Industry hopefuls will be happy to know that one of Japan’s leading publishers, NAMCO BANDAI is set to open a Vancouver game studio this June. The new studio will open with 30 staffers and will work closely with government and local colleges and universities to acquire new talent and hopefully help bolster BC’s video game industry.
More information on NAMCO BANDAI’s Vancouver branch after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Yet again, it seems like the video game industry’s taken slow step forward and two quick hops back when it comes to equality in the work place. And this time, it led to the IGDA facing public resignations of a number of their prominent industry members.
This week many game industry professionals and hopefuls are attending the largest video game professional focused event in the world: Game Developers Conference. This event, better known as GDC, features panels, workshops, networking events and in the evenings, industry sponsored parties.
Last night at the International Game Developers Association event sponsored by YetiZen, a company specializing in funding social and mobile game development, attendees were treated to more than just food and alcohol, but also scantily clad dancers. More on this story after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Those of us (myself included) who have been pretty vocal about the PS Vita’s lack of games in 2012 have been on the receiving end of exciting game announcements this week. Not only are massive amounts of indie developers bringing their games to Sony’s handheld, Square Enix also stepped up and announced that two PS2 RPG classics, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster are coming both to the PS3 and PS Vita.
More info on both Final Fantasy HD Remasters (and full trailer) after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Earlier this week, Gazillion Entertainment finally announced that Marvel Heroes will launch on June 4, 2013. Marvel Heroes is an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG created by David Brevik (the creator of Diablo 1 & 2). Marvel Heroes casts a large number of Marvel characters in an action-rpg MMO that allows players to play solo or team up others online and take up arms against Dr. Doom and his villainous allies in battles that take place at iconic locations in the Marvel Universe.
More on Marvel Heroes (and the playable character list) after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Square-Enix recently confirmed that THIEF is officially coming to PC and next gen consoles. Developed by Canadian studio Eidos Montréal, THIEF once again casts master thief Garrett in a first-person adventure that is set to reboot and re-invent the franchise on the PS4, the next Xbox, and high end PC’s.
Like the Thief trilogy that came before, THIEF will give you freedom to forge your own legend, choose your own paths within each of the game’s levels, as well as how you go about each mission. More on THIEF after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Earlier tonight,Hiroshi Kawano, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced that the PS Vita will get a price cut in Japan starting at end of this month. From February 28, 2013 on, Japanese PS Vita prices will drop from 25,000 Yen to 19,980 Yen (Wi-Fi model). The price drop will apply for the 3G model as well.
In addition to the price cut, all PS Vita units sold from then on will include a 7-day trial to PlayStation Plus and a free download for the Torne TV service in Japan. If that wasn’t enough, Sony announced that Uncharted, Ridge Racer, and four other titles will be added to the PlayStation Plus Game collection this month.
Keep in mind that the announcement is only for Japanese PS Vita. However, given Sony’s big reveal and announcement plans on Wednesday, February 20, there’s a big chance that this price cut will also apply to North American and European markets.
Stay tuned to JTM for more news on PlayStation announcements.
Rumors are abound saying that Junction Point Studios, the developer of the Epic Mickey franchise is reportedly closing this year. However, the original source has now said that their original tweet was based on news from mynintendonews.com, and that the original tweeter had no inside information on the studio’s status.
The rumors of the studio closing began when Chris Roberts (Of Robert Space Industries) tweeted “Fare-the-well Junction Point! We hope that you all find new studios soon!” onto his personal account. The Tweet has since been deleted. After further investigation, we uncovered that Roberts’ tweet was actually based on news posted on mynintendonews.com where the story itself said:
“There’s no indication why the studio is closing down, but it’s thought that poor sales of Disney’s Epic Mickey: The Power of Two have something to do with it.”
The article itself quoted/linked Chris Robert’s original tweet as its source so I think it’s just a misunderstanding. We’ll stick with the story and keep you guys updated once we find out more. There hasn’t been any official statement from Disney Interactive so for now, let’s keep our heads up and hope that Junction Point Studios will stay open.
Rockstar Games announced that the PlayStation Network will get GTA Vice City tomorrow, January 29. According to Rockstar Games, the system-selling open-world title will be available for digital download from the PlayStation Store for $9.99 starting Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
Set in the 1980′s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City cast players as Tommy Vercetti, a Liberty City Mobster on an extended stay in the Miami-inspired city after a drug deal goes awry. Tommy’s story is all about him and his new (unsavory) cohorts finding those who tried to stab him in the back and to build his empire as the new kingpin of Vice City. Learn more about GTA: Vice City after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Earlier today, Capcom finally confirmed that Resident Evil Revelations is indeed coming to PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. Once a Nintendo 3DS-exclusive title, RE Revelations will be available through retail and through digital download.
Taking place between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil Revelations casts players as either Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield (along with each of their partners) as they try to solve solve the mystery within the abandoned Crusie Ship Queen Zeonbia. Resident Evil Revelations achieved critical acclaim for its return to the roots of the franchise; namely a focus on building tension and horror throughout the adventure.
Learn more about Resident Evil Revelations and check out the screenshots after the break.