By Brian Crecente on Jun 23, 2014 06.23.14
Increasingly those players who aren't white and male — the stereotypical view of who plays video games — are asking why they don't have the ability to play the games they love as characters that they can more easily identify with. Why isn't there more diversity in the fictional worlds of video games, where players can be anything that game-makers imagine? The topic, specifically the lack of realistic female protagonists in blockbuster games, became a major talking point at this year's E3 after the people behind the next installment of massive hit series Assassin's Creed said they abandoned women assassins in the cooperative mode of their game because adding them would have required too much work. "It's double the animations, it's double the voices, all that stuff and double the...
By Charlie Hall on Jun 18, 2014 06.18.14
Sony Online Entertainment's free-to-play massively multiplayer FPS PlanetSide 2 has been scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4 since last year's E3. But 2014 saw it inch ever closer to bringing combined arms battle on an epic scale to the living room. You can read our review here. To see the rest of our E3 trailers, check out our StoryStream.
By Samit Sarkar on Jun 09, 2014 06.09.14
More than 25 free-to-play titles are set to be released on PlayStation 4 within the next 12 months, announced Shawn Layden, president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, during Sony's E3 2014 press briefing. Sony showed a sizzle reel of free-to-play games that included the PS4 games PlanetSide 2 (screenshot above) and Kingdom Under Fire 2, and the PlayStation Vita titles Destiny of Spirits and Reaper.
By Colin Campbell on Jun 06, 2014 06.06.14
Already available for Windows PC, multiplayer shooter PlanetSide 2 is coming to PS4 later this year. A new E3 trailer released today offers an overview of the free-to-play science fiction battle-sim. As well as those sharp PS4 looks, the game will support remote play on the PS Vita as well as the touchpad on the DualShock 4 controller, according to a company FAQ. It does not require a PlayStation Plus subscription to play. Reviewing the Sony Online Entertainment game back in 2012, Polygon said it offers "big, beautiful wars" that, although imperfect, are never predictable.
By Samit Sarkar on Apr 11, 2014 04.11.14
During today's computer gaming panel at PAX East 2014, "The (Incredible) Future of PC Gaming," the topic at hand was — as you may have guessed — a contrarian viewpoint to the conventional wisdom that holds that the PC is on the decline. At the same time, it's not as if the panelists, who came from a wide spectrum of the PC gaming industry, were blind to the realities of the market. They just focused on the gaming segment of the platform. Gaming, they said, will keep the PC relevant for the foreseeable future. According to the panelists, there are many positive aspects of the PC platform that are obvious, including how open it is and how customizable it allows games to be. The PC is also in a transition period as a whole, noted Tom Petersen, Nvidia's director of technical marketing —...
By Jenna Pitcher on Apr 10, 2014 04.10.14
A user has earned more than $100,000 to date by creating and selling assets with Sony Online Entertainment's Player Studio, SOE president John Smedley revealed during the latest Game Talk Live episode detailing zombie survival MMO H1Z1. In response to a question if H1Z1 will feature Player Studio support, which Smedley confirmed the affirmative, he mentioned that SOE just had its first Player Studio user reach $100,000 in earnings to date from creating and selling in-game assets. Player Studio allows users to create in-game items with programs like Photoshop and Maya and sell them on in-game marketplaces. Player Studio first launched in 2012 and is currently integrated with EverQuest, EverQuest 2 and PlanetSide 2. Support for the program will be added to sandbox game Landmark on May...
By Jenna Pitcher on Apr 09, 2014 04.09.14
Sony Online Entertainment's post-apocalyptic massively multiplayer online game, H1Z1, is heading to PC first and PlayStation 4 later, SOE president John Smedley said on the latest Game Talk Live episode (later confirmed with Polygon), and will be available in 4-6 weeks via Steam Early Access for $20. H1Z1, where players to take on the role of an apocalypse survivor in a world swarming with zombies, was first revealed earlier today when details of the podcast were teased. The game will be a free-to-play title with microtransactions but it won't be pay-to-win and nor will it require a subscription. "The H1Z1 virus devastated mankind and left nothing but death and destruction in its wake and a world nearly empty of human life where the remnants of humanity are in a fight against...
By Owen S. Good on Apr 05, 2014 04.05.14
Registration is now open for SOE Live 2014, the annual community event for Sony Online Entertainment. SOE Live will be held Aug. 14 to Aug. 17 in Las Vegas. SOE games include EverQuest, DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2, and they will be the focus of developer panel discussions, social events and more. Attendees will also get to hear the newest announcement about these games, plus get access to beta programs, tournaments and more. Registration for all three days will cost $129 until May 12; $149 from May 13 to July 1, and $169 after then. Single day passes will cost $49, $59 and $69, and evening passes will cost $99, $109 and $119 following the same dates. SOE Live 2014 will be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. For more information, see the event's official site.
By Jenna Pitcher on Mar 25, 2014 03.25.14
Planetside 2 is set to receive balance changes, a new aerial vehicle, 64-bit system support and more in upcoming updates, creative director Matt Higby highlighted in the latest development roadmap video. Updates scheduled for the coming months include tweaks to melee weapon, physics, along with balance changes for vehicles and weapons. Tentative plans for May include a new swamp-covered continent called Hossin, continent locking and changes for the combat medic class. With the roll out of the Mission System, the developer hopes to "eliminate those 'what do I do now?' moments and actively encourage better fights" and will introduce new mission types such as Air Strike, Armor Support, Air Superiority, Anti-Armor and Request Reinforcements. You can read the full roadmap on the P...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 28, 2014 02.28.14
Sony Online Entertainment now expects to roll out its All Access Pass on April 16, two weeks later than the original launch date of April 2, studio head John Smedley announced yesterday on Twitter. "Looking like new membership plans will go live around 4/16 instead of 4/2. Lots of stuff to finish," said Smedley. Sony Online announced the redesigned All Access Pass last month. The subscription plan allows fans of the publisher's games to pay $14.99 per month for access to the company's entire catalog on Windows PC, a price that will be discounted for users who subscribe for three, six or 12 months at a time. The library of supported titles currently consists of DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2, Dragon's Prophet, EverQuest and EverQuest 2, along with Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, which...