Sony To Give Up On The Vita
We kick off the week with some sad, but expected news about the Vita’s future….
According to Sony’s senior VP Masayasu Ito, the company plans to rely on the production of games by third parties going forward.
“Currently, first-party studios have no titles in development for PS Vita,”
“Since third parties are working very hard on PS Vita, SCE’s own strategy is to focus on PS4, which is a new platform.”
I can’t say this is a big surprise, we have expected that Sony is much more focused on PS4, and it makes commercial sense considering how many hardware units are in circulation for the respective devices. That being said, it is still sad to hear it from Sony themselves. I’ll never understand why we didn’t get an inFAMOUS game for the vita.
Continuing the departure news, and this time its bad news for Microsoft. Eric Neustadter, the man considered as the architect of Xbox Live, has left the company after 18 years – 14.5 of which were for the Xbox team. Announcing the departure on Twitter, Neustadter said that “it’s been an amazing ride.” As founder of the online service, Neustadter’s gamertag “E” was the first ever created way back in August 2002. I’m sure that someone with such pedigree will have no problem landing another high-level role, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours. I’ll always remember my first Xbox Live experience – racing through the city in Midtown Madness 2 on the original Xbox.
I’m sure PC gamers will remember the horror that was the Batman: Arkham Knight launch. Well it appears that the nightmare may finally be over, with the game due to re-launch later this week. In a statement, Warner Bros. confirmed that the game will return “at 10 am PDT, [on] October 28th.” All DLC released to date on the console versions will be immediately available to PC player who has previously bought the season pass. It will be interesting to see if anyone still has any interest playing this game on PC. With Fallout 4 only two weeks away, people may just save their money.
Talking of Fallout 4, Bethesda has partnered Carlsberg in order to bring an official Fallout 4-inspired beer, very originally called “Fallout Beer.” The lager will offer a “refreshing zesty hoppy taste and a floral aroma.” You can pre-order the beer from Amazon using this link. Sure this is a pure gimmick, but I will definitely be ordering a case.
Closing out the news, and EA’s Need For Speed has gone gold ahead of its November 6th release. The rebooted racing franchise is being developed by Ghost Games, and just last week we revealed details of the full car list in the game. I already have Forza Motorsport 6 as my main racing game for this year, but I feel that Need For Speed will make a nice alternate with its more arcade racing feel. I can confirm that it does handle itself really well and I will be getting it before the year is out.