Archive for July, 2006

10000 PS3 Dev Kits

SCEA PR manager Ryan Bowling informed Next-Generation that a number of development kits have shipped to studios, saying:

“The best and brightest development teams are hard at work creating familiar franchises and original IP for the PS3 including – EA, Konami, Sega, Rockstar, Activison and our own internal studios just to name a few,” Bowling stated.

He also offered the latest PS3 dev kit shipment figures, in an effort to exhibit Sony’s commitment to developers. “To date we have shipped more than 10,000 development systems to 208 companies in 11 countries, the largest number ever for a PlayStation platform.”

Let me see – 10,000 dev kits to 208 companies means an average of 48 dev kits per company. That’s a lot of developers! I wonder if artists need dev kits too, or just the programmers?

At any rate, an average of 48 dev kits to 208 developers means there’s a lot of people working on PS3 games. Of course lots of those will be for evaluation only, or go unused, but still. These are the kind of numbers I like to see!

SCEA Third-Party Manager Joins Ubisoft

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Smackdown v Raw 2007 Not on PS3

No longer on PS3There is to be no Smackdown v Raw 2007 on the PS3. The rumour appeared on the official THQ German forum on Saturday night after some eagle eyed fans noticed the PS3 logo had mysteriously disappeared from the official SvR2007 website.

THQ’s Max Stellar apparantley posted in the thread & allegedly confirmed that the development team wanted to concentrate on the three other platforms (Xbox 360, PS2 & PSP) as the PS3 version wasn’t going to be finished in time.

Then yesterday THQ Europe released the following:

The next installment in our perennial SmackDown franchise is slated for release across multiple game systems this holiday. The highly anticipated WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 is scheduled to ship for Xbox 360, PSP and PlayStation 2 in November. Consistent with our goal of delivering the highest quality content across all next-gen platforms, we have decided to postpone the debut of the SmackDown series on PlayStation 3 until the holiday 2007 timeframe.

So there you have it. No PS3 Smackdown v Raw 2007 on PS3 this year.

Smackdown v Raw 2007 cancelled for PS3

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Tony Hawks Project 8 Gameplay Footage

I’ve never hidden how much I enjoy the Tony Hawks series (well apart from THPS 4 & onwards) & after watching a new gameplay video on GameTrailers, I’m one very happy gamer!

It looks great, especially the slo mo sections where the camera zooms in & you see the different ways the skaters use & position their feet on the board to pull off tricks.

Tony Hawks Project 8

I wonder if the slo mo will be a part of the game, maybe you build up your special meter & once it’s full you press a certain button which initiates the slo mo & you can pull of complicated tricks.

Check the link below & choose the July 22nd gameplay trailer:

New THP8 Gameplay Video

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PS3Land Interviews Pixelux

Remember that cool tech demo from a while ago about Digital Molecular Matter (DMM), to be used in upcoming LucasArts games? And remember that Star Wars game demo from yesterday? Well PS3Land has an interviews with the makers of DMM, Pixelux Entertainment.

Interestingly, LucasArts has an exclusive deal with Pixelux for their DMM technology until October 2008. I don’t really want to get much more into this interview, because you can read it for yourself over at PS3Land. It’s a cool read and PS3Land deserves your visit.

PS3Land Interviews Pixelux Entertainment

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