Thank PlayStation C.A.M.P. for some of PlayStation's most interesting and offbeat titles. The program has spawned creative video game works like echochrome, Tokyo Jungle and the upcoming invisible adventure Rain. It's also spawned Open Me!, a unique augmented reality puzzle game coming to PlayStation Vita later this year in North America.
Open Me! for PlayStation Vita didn't garner much attention at Sony's E3 booth this year, but we became enamored with the quirky multiplayer puzzle game after stumbling into it at last year's Tokyo Game Show (where it was known as Box! Open Me). The...
The scariest thing about Outlast isn't its mountain asylum setting, or even the thing stalking you through the bloodied building, it's that the game features a hide button.
The ability to hide isn't always there and it's not the only thing you can do in the game. Sometimes you can run, crouch, climb. What you can't do, no matter how desperate things get, is fight back.
"The core gameplay experience is about no combat," Red Barrels' co-founder Philippe Morin tells me before I have a chance to play the PC and PlayStation 4 game. "It's about having the player suffer."
Outlast tells the...
There's an attractive cruelty to 1001 Spikes, 8bits Fanatics' retro-styled side-scrolling platformer. Every step you take forward as protagonist Aban Hawkins is a step closer to death — death by spike, by scorpion, by poisonous blowdart, by collapsing platform, by fireball. Hawkins dies over and over and over again, which is both the most masochistically fun and frustrating part of 1001 Spikes.
Nicalis says the game draws inspiration from 8-bit games Spelunker and Challenger, influences apparent in 1001 Spikes' difficulty and retro aesthetic.
At E3 last week, we played 1001 Spikes on a...
PlayStation exec Scott Rohde, senior VP of World Wide Studios America, told Polygon that it would be "surprising" if third-party publishers brought the kinds of access limitations present on the Xbox One to the PlayStation 4, that Sony's patents in the area of used games aren't indicative of policy and that while trading or selling physical discs should be easy, the world of digital sales is anything but.
During Sony's PlayStation press conference on Monday, Jack Tretton said, "When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to use that disc, resell it, lend it to a friend or keep it...
After playing with Sony's The PlayRoom at E3, what is essentially a collection of slick tech demos and mini-games, I wish the PlayStation 4 had included the PlayStation Camera in the box. The camera, when paired with the DualShock 4's lightbar and the gamepad's motion sensing tech, is capable of some amazing tricks.
Created by a team of 10, The PlayRoom is not planned as a retail product at this point, but it's a promising peek at new control schemes that could come to PS4.
Nicolas Doucet, a producer at Sony Computer Entertainment who works in Sony Japan Studio's internal development...
Polygon caught up with Cerny at Sony's E3 booth to take a look at Knack, his newest character-based game. The PS4 title is the latest in a series of games he has created that stretches back through Sony lore, including Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank; Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot.
"Every time you make a game you need to have a core concept for it," said Cerny. "In this case I thought it would be very interesting to make a...
On the spectrum of influences, The Witness, developer Jonathan Blow's upcoming game, lies somewhere between Myst, Snake and the TV show Lost. He admits that's both "weird" and "unconventional," but he's clearly happy that Sony is bringing it to the PlayStation 4.
At a closed-door event at E3 2013, Blow started the game from its beginning and gave live commentary about his intentions, hopes and goals for the game that will make its console debut on PlayStation 4, the platform on which he played through the game.
Some of The Witness' influence may be esoteric — like Myst, for example, it...
Beyond: Two Souls takes place over 15 years in the life of protagonist Jodie Holmes, and her adventures include a stint as a CIA operative. In the E3 demo of Beyond, which we watched Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere play, Holmes found herself on a tough mission in Somalia, and the main thing keeping her alive was her supernatural companion, Aiden.
According to de Fondaumiere, this sequence is from the last third of Beyond, with Holmes having been recruited by the CIA and trained to be a soldier. The agency sent her into Somalia to kill a warlord named Jamaal, a mission that...
There aren't many people who've made a career creating a franchise that spans the entire lifetime of a company's consoles. Kazunori Yamauchi is one of those men. He's led the development of the PlayStation's flagship racing franchise since there have been PlayStations to develop for. And he remembers how it all began.
Many years ago now, at a time when next-gen consoles were measured in double-digit bits, Yamauchi sat down to prototype a realistic racing simulator.
With the tools at his disposal, he created a Formula 1 car and a simple oval track, all of which he modeled himself. As the...
In our second episode of Wireframe, recorded live at E3 2013, we spoke with Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin about Call of Duty: Ghosts, Remedy's Sam Lake about Quantum Break, and Bungie's Pete Parsons about Destiny.
Come back tomorrow at 8 AM Pacific / 11 AM Eastern for our morning show Hi Poly, and 3 PM Pacific / 6 PM Eastern for our final episode of Wireframe.
Welcome to Wireframe, our afternoon interview show live from the show floor at E3 2013. In our first episode, we spoke with Vince Zampella of Respawn Entertainment on his studio's debut game, Titanfall; with Ben Mattes at WB Games Montreal about its debut game, Batman: Arkham Origins; and finally with Ricky Haggett at developer Honeyslug, whose debut title Hohokum is part of Sony's ongoing push into indies.
Join us for new episodes on Wednesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET for more from E3 2013.
In short, Sony maintained the status quo, and was rewarded with one of the loudest and longest rounds of applause I've heard at a video game press conference that didn't end with everyone getting something for free.
The elated reaction called to mind the winning blow of a gladiatorial fight. How fitting that Sony held its press conference at the USC Memorial Sports Arena and Coliseum complex.
How fitting the conference was held at a Coliseum.
Console gaming, you see, is a blood sport that began nearly two decades ago when Sega and Nintendo fought to the death with blunt marketing jargon...
Team Ico's long overdue next title, The Last Guardian, is on hiatus but hasn't "gone away," Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton said today in an interview with GameTrailers.
Asked about the game that was originally due out in 2011, Tretton said that it's one of many projects circulating at Sony's global network of studios.
"I think the cool thing about our worldwide development studios is we have so many projects out there from so many great teams," he said. "Projects never ultimately go away, so The Last Guardian has certainly not gone away, but it's on hiatus right...
The PlayStation 4 won't have any DRM restrictions for Sony's first-party games, but third-party publishers will dictate their own DRM policies when releasing games on the platform, Sony America CEO Jack Tretton just said on GameTrailers.
"Well, I mean, we create the platform, we've certainly stated that our first-party games are not going to be doing that, but we welcome publishers and their business models to our platform," Tretton said. "There's gonna be free-to-play, there's gonna be every potential business model on there, and again, that's up to their relationship with the consumer,...
The PlayStation 4's only model at launch contains a 500 GB hard drive, but users can swap out the storage for a hard drive of any size, a Sony representative confirmed to Polygon today.
Sony is continuing a trend from the current generation: Every model of the PlayStation 3 included a user-replaceable 2.5-inch hard drive.
The Xbox 360 hard drive is replaceable, but only with a proprietary Microsoft unit, not any standard 2.5-inch drive. The same is true on Xbox One, but the upcoming console will allow users to plug in a USB external hard drive that can be used for the same functions as...
The most recent trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins, first shown during the Sony E3 press conference, is the first in-game footage of the Caped Crusader fighting off gangs, and profiles familiar villains Black Mask, Deathstroke and The Joker.
Warner Bros. Montreal, the developer of the game, keeps the same style combat as the first two games while adding new investigation elements and new gadgets for Batman to play with. Explanations for these new abilities and details of the storyline are expected to come out as the Oct. 25 release date approaches.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available...
The PlayStation 4 will be region-free when it comes to games, said Sony's Brad Douglas on Twitter.
Douglas, who handles third-party relations for Sony Computer Entertainment, said he was told by the company's public relations department that there is "no region locking."
We've reached out to Sony for confirmation, and will update this article with any information we receive.
The PlayStation 3 was also region-free for games; Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, however, along with PlayStation Network content, were region-locked. A Microsoft spokesperson did not confirm to Polygon a report from last...
The PlayStation 4 will be released this holiday season for $399 in North America, and Sony Computer Entertainment detailed the contents of the hardware and the box in a press release this evening.
All PS4 consoles will feature a 500 GB hard drive, just like the Xbox One. Sony listed some of the device's hardware specifications when it announced the console in February, and went into further detail today after unveiling the design of the console itself.
According to Sony, the console's internal architecture was designed in such a way as to "keep the body as slim and light as possible." As...
The console is available separately through Amazon and Best Buy or as a bundle through GameStop. Bundles include NBA Live 14 for $459.98, a choice of Killzone: Shadow Fall, Drive Club and Knack for $519.97, or the EA Sports bundle for $579.96.
Sony announced today during its E3 press conference that the console would sell for $399 in the US, £349 in the U.K. and €399 in Europe. The console is expected to launch this holiday and will include a new touch-sensitive...
Online multiplayer gaming on PlayStation 4 will require a PlayStation Plus subscription, said Sony in a video advertising the console's simple secondhand game process.
Sony also mentioned it in a slide during its E3 press conference.
The fine print in the video above notes, "PS4 multiplayer online access requires PSN account & PS Plus subscription."
A PlayStation Plus subscription costs $17.99 for three months or $49.99 for a full year; Sony will also be offering a new one-month subscription for $9.99. Existing subscribers on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita will have their memberships...
Gaikai is the cloud-based underpinning for the PlayStation 4, but it won't be available when the console launches this holiday season — Gaikai will launch in 2014, said Sony's Andrew House during the company's E3 press conference today.
Sony bought Gaikai for $380 million last summer, and Gaikai CEO David Perry introduced the service for PS4 during the console's reveal event this past February. Gaikai will be used for features like instant game streaming, instant demos and allowing friends to take over gameplay.
Destiny made its gameplay world premiere today during Sony's pre-E3 2013 press conference.
The trailer offered a look at the game's lush worlds, first-person gameplay and how players can meet up with friends and explore. During the live demo, studio head Jason Jones and game director Joe Staten teamed up to tackle enemies and scout through a desolate building. Jones and Staten easily dispatched alien enemies with energy-filled weapons and looted freely.
Shortly after exiting the building, the two were joined by a third player, adding a Titan to their Warlock and Hunter group. The...
The PlayStation 4 will launch at $399 in the US, €399 in Europe and £349 in the U.K. and will release this holiday, Sony announced at its E3 press conferenced today.
The PlayStation 4 was first announced in February of this year and will ship with a new controller — the touch-sensitive DualShock 4. It will also feature connectivity with second screen devices like tablets and mobile phones and a "Share" button that allows users to capture and share video content from their games.
The console will integrate streaming technology through Gaikai in 2014, which will allow PS4 users to...
PlayStation Plus will be available on PlayStation 4, with existing Plus memberships on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita being extended to cover Sony's new console, announced Jack Tretton, Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO, during Sony's E3 press conference today.
The price will remain the same — $49.99 per year — and PS Plus subscribers will receive a copy of Evolution Studios' PS4 launch title, DriveClub, as part of the Instant Game Collection of free titles. One PS4 title per month will be available to PS Plus members, with the slate of future free games including Klei...
There are more than 140 games in development for PlayStation 4 between first and third-party developers, Jack Tretton said during Sony's E3 press conference.
SCE Worldwide Studios has 30 games in development for the next-gen console, 12 of which are new intellectual properties, according to a press release from Sony. Out of the 30 games in development, 20 will release in the console's first 12 months.
Sony also revealed that the number of PlayStation developers has increased from 126 to 505 since its February announcement.
More than 100 will be available in the console's first year,...
PlayStation 4 will support used games, Sony announced today during its E3 press conference.
Players can trade games, lend them out or "keep them forever." There is no connection requirement to play them.
"When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they have the rights to use that copy of the game, they can trade in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend or keep it forever," said CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton.
The announcement was met with a standing ovation from conference attendees.
Tretton added games won't cease to work after 24 hours without...
The PS4 version will offer exclusive content, the Road Warrior Survival Kit.
A Mad Max game was originally revealed in March 2008 as a collaboration between God of War 2 director Cory Barlog and George Miller, the director of the Mad Max film franchise. In September 2010 it was reported that Barlog was working with Avalanche Studios on the game. Earlier this year, Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg tweeted a screenshot of a game that he...
Sony has confirmed that Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to PlayStation 4, spring 2014.
Sony added that there will be a beta for the game exclusively available first on PlayStation 4. The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online adventure set in the world of Tamriel. The PC version of the game is set for launch in 2013.
It's the first MMO based on the Elder Scrolls world, but Bethesda says the game will feel familiar to fns of the traditional RPG series. "If you played the PC version of Skyrim or Oblivion, our combat system will feel very much at home," said...
2K Sports showed the first gameplay footage of NBA 2K14 at Sony's E3 press briefing this evening, and it was pre-alpha footage of the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
The video featured cover athlete LeBron James discussing his video game presence with a digital version of himself, as well as gameplay footage of the four-time NBA MVP. You can check out the video below.
Publisher Take-Two Interactive announced last week that NBA 2K14 will feature LeBron James on the cover, and that it will be released Oct. 1 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. It will be a launch title on PS4 and...
Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn will launch on PlayStation 4, Sony announced today during its E3 press conference.
The massively multiplayer online role-playing game is slated to launch on Aug. 27 for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.
The game is an updated, second version of Final Fantasy 14, which launched in Sept. 2010. A Realm Reborn is currently in its third beta phase, which includes testing on both PC and PS3.
The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Diablo 3 will feature exclusive items inspired by PlayStation games and franchises, announced Sony Computer Entertainment's Adam Boyes during the company's E3 2013 press briefing this evening.
Diablo 3 will be released Sept. 3 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and later this year on PlayStation 4.
A full remake of the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee called Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New N' Tasty is coming to the PlayStation 4, Sony announced during its E3 2013 press conference today.
The game was developed in conjunction with Oddworld Inhabitants and Just Add Water, the developers behind the Oddworld series remaster. The reimagining will retain the level designs and puzzles of the original, but with "slight modifications" and it will also ditch the old game's scrolling.
Oddworld founder Lorne Lanning and developer Stewart Gilray first premiered the remake at the 2012 Eurogamer Expo....
Outlast, Red Barrels' survival horror title, is coming to PlayStation 4, Sony announced during its E3 press conference today.
The first-person horror game will make its console debut on PlayStation 4.
Outlast was announced last October for release on Windows PC in 2013. The game takes place in a mental asylum.
"In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum," a description on the developer's website reads. "A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the "research and charity" branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, has been...
Kingdom Hearts 3, the 10th installment in the Kingdom Hearts series and the final game in its current storyline, will launch for PlayStation 4, Square Enix announced today during Sony's E3 press conference.
Tetsuya Nomura acknowledged Kingdom Hearts 3 was in development shortly after the release of 2010 PlayStation Portable title Kingdom Heats: Birth by Sleep.
The first Kingdom Hearts launched in 2002 for PlayStation 2. The games focus on a young boy named Sora, Mickey Mouse and their friends as they travel through worlds that mashup elements and characters from Final Fantasy games and...
Independent developer Switchblade Monkeys is debuting Secret Ponchos on the PlayStation 4, it was announced at Sony's E3 press conference today.
Set in a dramatic Wild West setting, players take on the role of an outlaw with a bounty on their head in the online combat game. In order to survive, players must do their best to gain notoriety by dueling each other to gain a reputation. The greater their notoriety, the easier it is for them to claim their enemy's achievements. A player's legacy will be defined by how many people they kill and what rewards they collect.
A release date for the...
Long in-development title Final Fantasy Versus 13 has been rebranded as Final Fantasy 15 and will launch on the PlayStation 4, Square Enix announced during Sony's E3 press conference.
The announcement was preceeded by a trailer showing new footage of the game and its characters, featuring prominently protagonist prince Noctis Lucius Caeulum. Gameplay appears to be action-based and moves quickly.
Final Fantasy Versus 13 was announced at E3 2006 as part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis games, a trio of titles that would use the same themes and be part of the same world. During development the...
17-Bit Games, creators of Skulls of the Shogun, will release Galak-Z The Dimensional on PS4, Adam Boyes announced today during Sony's pre-E3 2013 press conference.
Details about the game were not revealed. 17-Bit was founded by former Sega Japan developer Jake Kazdal in 2009 with the intent to create games with a 16-bit feel. Previously, the studio worked on Skulls of the Shogun, a turn-based strategy game heavy on Japanese lore. Skulls of the Shogun launched for Xbox 360 and Windows phones.
Quantic Dream's latest tech demo, "The Dark Sorcerer," was shown at Sony's E3 press conference today.
The demo began with a serious tone, showing a sorcerer and a goblin-like minion in hell, before it was revealed that the characters were actors doing a dry run for an off-screen director. Sony will reveal the full 12-minute demo tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. ET.
Further consolidating its indie push, Sony has announced that Ragtag Studio's Ray's The Dead will be launched for PlayStation 4.
Ray's The Dead is a cartoon zombie-themed action-puzzler in which the player takes on the role of the undead.
The game is the creation of former Wideload developers Chris Cobb and Matt Carter, who had worked on 2005's Stubbs The Zombie in Rebel Without a Pause. In its Steam Greenlight pitch for the original Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Ray's The Dead, the developers describe the game as "Pikmin meets Stubbs the Zombie" with a 1980s backdrop and musical...
Octodad: Dadliest Catch will launch for PlayStation 4, Adam Boyes announced at Sony's pre-E32013 press conference.
Octodad was developed by a group of students at DePaul University, now branded as Young Horses. The game's sequel was revealed last year. It follows Octodad as he struggles to balance family with his nautical nature.
Dadliest Catch is expected to launch this year and will also be released for Windows PC, Mac and Linux.
Mercenary Kings, the pixelated run-and-gun shooter from Tribute Games, is headed to PlayStation 4, Sony announced at its E3 press conference today.
The four-player co-op game will make its console debut on the next-gen console.
"The game really starts to shine when you play with friends," studio co-founder Jean-François Major wrote on the PlayStation Blog. "A lot of people ask us why we went with split screen over forcing everyone in one screen. With our mission system, we quickly realized we wanted to give players the freedom to split up, and tackle various objectives separately and...
Klei Entertainment's randomly generated survival game, Don't Starve, is coming to the PlayStation 4, Sony revealed during its E3 2013 press conference.
In Don't Starve, players take on the role of Wilson, "an intrepid Gentleman Scientist," who must use science and magic to survive the bizarre monster-filled island. It also features unlockable playable characters with different abilities.
PlayStation 4 launch titles will include three games announced at the console's reveal event in February, Sony announced at its E3 press conference today.
Launch titles include Sony Japan Studio's Knack, Guerilla Games' Killzone: Shadow Fall and Driveclub from Evolution Studios.
Infamous: Second Son from Sucker Punch Productions will launch in Q1 2014.
Update: You can check out the trailers to all four aforementioned games below.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Infamous Second Son
Flixster is one of a few new entertainment services making their way to the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 later this year, Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House announced today during the PlayStation E3 press briefing.
House said Sony is also working to bring a Flixster app to PlayStation 4. Flixster is a movie service that integrates reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and allows users to look up local showtimes, trailers and other information. A Flixster app launched on Xbox Live this past April.
Sony announced The Order: 1886 as a new IP for the PlayStation 4 at its E3 press conference today.
The title is a PS4-exclusive and has strong steampunk overtones. From the reveal trailer shown at the press conference, the game appears to be set in the 19th century and features airships, gear-powered guns, elevated trains and supernatural monsters.
The game is being developed by Ready at Dawn Studios, which is best known for its work on the portable God of War titles and Okami. No release date was announced.
The Redbox Instant streaming service will bring 7,000 movies to PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4, Sony announced during its E3 press conference.
Sony Pictures is working on a brand new original programming plan for the PlayStation 4, CEO of Sony Entertainment and Sony Pictures Michael Lynton announced today during Sony's E3 press conference.
The unique content will be available for PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Network and will be tailored towards gamers, Lynton said.
"Sony Pictures will do everything in our power to drive the success of the PlayStation 4 by developing programming with gamers in mind and providing access to incredible content," he said.
Video and Music Unlimited will also be available on day one when the...
Sony will release a Grand Theft Auto 5 PlayStation 3 bundle on Sept. 17 for $299, Jack Tretton announced at the company's E3 press conference today.
The bundle will include a 500 GB PS3 and a 30-day PlayStation Plus trial.
In addition, Sony Partnered with Rockstar Games to create a custom Pulse headset (pictured below). The Grand Theft Auto 5 Pulse – Elite Edition headset is "inspired by Grand Theft Auto V’s focus on the almighty dollar," a post on the PlayStation Blog reads.
Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto 5 will be released on Sept. 17, 2013 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
As expected, Sony took the opportunity at its E3 press conference to finally reveal the industrial design of the PlayStation 4. Three weeks ago, Sony released a 39-second video, teasing today's unveiling of the box itself.
After the February reveal, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, told Polygon, "The console is just a box. The controller was very important to show because it has the share button, but the console is just a console." At the time, when asked if the design would make an appearance at E3, Yoshida replied, "We're still trying to...
The Walking Dead: 400 Days, a new episode in Telltale Games' modern adventure series, is headed this summer to PlayStation Vita, Sony revealed today during its E3 press conference.
A new PlayStation Vita bundle coming in August will include The Walking Dead season 1, 400 Days and bonus content.
Update: Telltale tweeted that the The Walking Dead: 400 Days is headed to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac, Windows and the iOS App...
Destiny of Spirits has been announced as a free-to-play Vita title.
The 2D RPG is being made by Q Entertainment and SCE Japan Studio and features the tagline "lead your spirits into battle." The trailer advises players to "let the Destiny engine guide you" with suggestions of much individual unit-upgrades and battle formation selections.
Sony applied for a patent for the brand back in March. A post on PlayStation Blog said the game will involve collaboration with friends, expanding collections of units, or 'Spirits'. Different regions around the world offer separate collections of units,...
At E3 next week, Sony Computer Entertainment will showcase more than 40 titles across the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, the company said on its official blog today. In addition to its PlayStation E3 2013 press conference on Monday, June 11, Sony also plans to broadcast three days of livestreamed demos and interviews from the show floor.
Those 40 PlayStation titles appear to be a mix of first-party and third-party games. During its PlayStation LiveCast, Sony promises to show announced PS4 titles including DriveClub, Destiny, Infamous: Second Sun and Killzone: Shadow...