Archive for March, 2011

Sony Closing The Agency Dev Today? What About the Game?

Just last night, game developer for the new Duke Nukem game, George Broussard, tweeted that Sony Online Entertainment Seattle may be closed today.

Here are a few of his tweets:

Word that Sony Online Entertainment Seattle is having lay-offs and that studio closure is possible

To be more clear, the lay-offs may be SOE wide and not just limited to Seattle. So, Austin, San Diego, etc.

SOE Seattle and other studios (Denver is rumored) will be closed tomorrow. Good luck to all impacted

According to CVG, SOE will be closing down Seattle, Tucson, and Denver, while laying off close to a 3rd of its staff.

Back in December, Sony gave a new release date of late 2011. Eurogamer spoke with SOE president John Smedley, who insisted it was still on for late 2011.

Smedley even went on to say that they had 115 people working on the game with 50 reserved for post-launch patches.

So what do you all think? Do you think this game is canned or moved to another studio? Either way, its bad to hear about all of the layoffs.

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PlayStation Plus Last Call

Featured offers for PlayStation Plus subscribers will be coming down on April 5th, so you have until then to take advantage of what has been offered.

Sonic the Hedgehog will be returning to $4.99, so grab it if you already have not.

Wakeboarding HD is going to be $9.99 unless you grab it at its current price of $3.99. The game is fun and is a solid purchase in my eyes.

Swarm is heading on up to $14.99, so if you aren’t sold yet from our numerous articles on it, you should be; currently at $11.99.

Mini Squadron PlayStation minis is $1 until the 5th, so grab it and add it to your collection (unless you plan on spending an extra dollar to get it later at $1.99).

Mega Man 3 is at $3.00, and can be found under the PS1 Imports section; it will be returning to $5.99.

Check after the jump to see what’s coming next month!

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Swarm – Developer Q & A

Swarm is a shiny-shiny, new-new IP developed by Hot Head Games (you might have played one of their previous and very good games already) and published by UTV Ignition. Don’t know about you, but for me, a new IP (especially one that looks as fun as this) created with the sweat, tears, and blood of young blobs of goo deserves a new Q&A, and they were kind enough to help us out on that front:

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Is It Bedtime? Did I Ask For A Story?

Yes. It is bedtime. And you will sit there and read every word I have to say. This story has charm, lovable characters, and paints a picture with words because the author is awesome. Let’s begin, dearest reader…

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