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Morpheus may revive Move

Posted by Peter Nickless On Friday 29 August 2014No Comments

Anyone for ice-cream?

Gaming peripherals are on the wane these days. The now not so humble controller has proven to be the console gamer’s main choice with Microsoft’s Kinect, Sony’s Move and Nintendo’s Wii-remote often gathering dust in the corner right next to the balance board and multiple Guitar Hero instruments.

The Oculus Rift has certainly whet appetites with the promise of new gaming experiences, particularly as 3D TVs have not been enough to give players that extra immersion into their favourite titles. Sony, of course, has been working on its own headset, known as ‘Project Morpheus’. Now it seems that the Move concept could be revived for use in conjunction with the Morpheus and the PlayStation Camera to provide accurate 3D immersion for the PS4.

When interviewed on Pocketlint, PlayStation exec Shuhei Yoshida expressed the view that although the PS Move was “a bit ahead of its time”, he was still excited about technology that would allow studios to use “3D positional tracking to make games”.

Sony, please just don’t use this to just make more cheerleader games.

Paradox provides another option for space farers

Posted by Joel Guttenberg On Thursday 28 August 2014No Comments

If a regular earth-bound RTS just isn’t enough for you, then you may want to fire up your warp drive for Paradox Interactive and CreativeForge Games’ recently announced RTS Ancient Space.

Voiced by a cast of science fiction staples such as Dwight Schultz of Star Trek (and A-Team!) fame, Dina Meyers from Starship Troopers, and Richard Gun from Angel, Ancient Space promises a single player focused experience with a strong narrative, varying mission structure and the chance to build and develop a space fleet that will see you through “an explosive space opera”.

Space themed games do seem to be making a bit of a comeback with titles such as Elite: Dangerous, Star Citizen and StarDrive Unity allowing you to go where no one has gone before (or where no one can hear you scream). If CreativeForge manages to deliver on cool features like upgradeable progression, officer and crew selection for special abilities and facing aliens, pirates, and the unknown, this may be one title to get Santa to beam into your space stocking.

Ancient Space will be coming to PC and Mac in the Aussie spring.

Pokémon fighting game heading to Japanese arcades

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Wednesday 27 August 2014No Comments

Thanks largely to the success of Donkey Kong, Nintendo will always have a place in arcade gaming history. However, its contributions to the arcade scene have been few and far between in recent years, with its Mario Kart GP series among the notable exceptions. Now, another of its most storied franchises is making its way to Japanese arcades. As revealed by Famitsu, via a very helpful Siliconera translation, a fresh Pokémon game is in the works.

Due for release in 2015, the newly announced Pokkén Tournament is the result of a partnership between The Pokémon Company, which is part owned by Nintendo, and Tekken publisher Bandai Namco, which also worked on the aforementioned Mario Kart GP. The short announcement trailer appears to suggest that Pokkén Tournament will be a one-on-one fighting game featuring prominent characters from past Pokémon releases.

The initial announcement doesn’t discuss the potential for a western release or ports to Nintendo’s home or handheld platforms.

Amazon gets Twitchy

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 26 August 2014No Comments

The Twitch logo will now appear on all US currency.

Earlier this year, streamers everywhere suddenly became worried that Twitch was getting bought out by Google. Rumours abounded on the net that the massive internet company was buying out everyone’s favourite streaming service and when Twitch recently introduced a new music copyright system, many thought that this was a sure sign Google was poised to take over.

Well, in a twist that few saw coming, it was confirmed through an open letter from Twitch CEO Emmett Shear that the company had indeed been purchased, but not by Google. The new owner of Twitch is none other than virtual department store and e-reader champion Amazon.

According to Amazon, it purchased Twitch for US $970m, which is just shy of the billion dollar mark Google was rumoured to be offering. Apparently the owners of Twitch felt that Amazon was a better fit for the company. Amazon has a pretty good reputation for buying out companies and letting them run with minimal influence so this surely had a lot to do with the choice. It is easy to see some Amazon influence creeping into the world of Twitch however. Perhaps all Twitch ads will become Amazon related? Maybe we’ll see live links thrown into video streams as well?

It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, are coming to this super popular service. Will it be for the better or will another favourite internet company fall under the influence of an evil corporation? Only time will tell.