It’s been that time of year, where a bunch of TSA people meet each other in the real world, go to Pizza Hut and chat about complete and utter nonsense for a few hours. There may have been some games event or other too, but that took the back seat for me, and I’m sure it did for some of the others that made the trip into the heart of London.
Until next time, gang.
There’s something gained and something lost in this week’s hot topics, with the former being the reveal of the release date for and which games will work with the PlayStation TV – something of a misnomer, when you think about it. The problem is that this being a PS Vita that you plug into your TV, you naturally lose the precision of the touch inputs from the front and rear panels on the Vita, meaning that some notable games are missing as a consequence.
Simplebob noted the lack of Tearaway and Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, but ron_mcphatty added on top of this, saying, “Also, no Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout, FIFA Football, Metal Gear, Assassin’s Creed, Borderlands or Gravity Rush. Most of my games aren’t supported and most aren’t touch heavy. I’m bitterly disappointed by this list.” Youles weighed in too, saying, “I was surprised by those titles not being compatible, as access to these games (and PS Now) for £85 would have been a great way to tempt Xbox owners to buy into PlayStation.”
Has that list of game and those that are missing in action turned you off the idea of buying a PS TV? I know that Wipeout 2048 was something that many people were hoping to playing on a big screen, so maybe the announcement of Formula Fusion has gone some way to sate their appetites for anti-grav racing.
Some of the team that worked on Wipeout at the now defunct Studio Liverpool have banded together in R8Games and have been beavering away at a new take on acti-gravity racing. As you’d expect, it’s kind of Wipeout-y.
However, the early trailer footage didn’t sell the game too well to some people. Ron_mcphatty’s back, saying he thought it was “the dullest, most amateur and least enticing game trailer I’ve seen in years,” to which TSBonyman added that it was “very underwhelming for the people who brought us Wipeout but they have a good pedigree so they must have a clear vision of where they are going with the game.”
In the end, though, MrFisty signed in from the R8 team to explain the progress on the project so far:
Guys – this is Pre-Production footage! We don’t have the cash right now to blow lots on the teaser, It was created to engage with Wipeout fans as a means to prompt feedback on the community sites. We have listened to the fans disappointment over the lack of any plans to do anything for next gen and we have decided to make something we believe will breathe new life into the genre, and give us freedom to exploit platforms that were previously not considered because of exclusivity.
It’s perhaps a little early to show things, based on your comments, but we will continue to be open during the development process – even if you don’t get the direction in the pre-viz footage right now – we will work hard so you do.
We look forward to providing an open window on a development that we are sure will bring joy to many :)
Rounding things out this week is the news that PlayStation Home is being shut down in Europe over the next half year, with March 31st, 2015 the final day. The oft maligned social game space hasn’t really been in the spotlight for a long, long time, and with the dawn of the PS4 its relevance could only have been set to diminish further.
Then again, as rSp8 joked, “Who needs it now we’ve got Destiny’s Tower to dance or stand around doing nothing in?” while wonkey-willy complained, “So my half naked Harry Potter demon on a skateboard is about to be evicted from my beach front space station? Damn you Sony…”
TSBonyman returns with his own experiences:
I had some fun for the first year but then grew bored with it. think in that year i spent around 20 quid on various bits n bobs but i remember a forum thread at the time where people were discussing having spent up to hundreds of pounds on Home content. I wonder how much they spent on it since then and how they feel about losing all of it forever.
I might go on for the last day, should be something of an event.
Sadly, with the forums still down and Greg bringing his run with What We Played to an end, there’s just been nowhere for you guys to report the trophies your earnt and games you’ve completed! Things ought to calm down a little over the couple of weeks though, so I’ll kick people until there’s a replacement service for at least one of these…
However, A inferior race doesn’t need the forums to get your latest trophies into his tables, and you can head over to page 2 to view the latest 2014 leaderboards.
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