Daily Gaming News – 7/02/13

February 7, 2013

  • NEWS: The Astronauts, a new studio comprised of veteran People Can Fly developers, has announced their first game: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Inspired by dark and mysterious tales originating from the early 20th century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter chronicles a supernaturally enhanced detective as he investigates a sleepy mountain village in search a kidnapped child: Ethan Carter. Hoping to find the boy before he meets a grizzly fate, the unexpected discover of the kidnapper’s mangled remains sets the detective on a path to something far more sinister. Aimed to be played “at night, alone, and in headphones”, The Astronauts have stated The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has immersion as their top priority, aiming to tell story and convey atmosphere through meaningful gameplay. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter will launch digitally on PC sometime later this year.

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  • NEWS: AllGamesBeta has a bunch of new screenshots from the re-release of quirky Twin Peaks inspired Deadly Premonition, found here. The re-release, Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut, will include updated visuals and controls, additional scenarios, support for DLC and PS Move, among other enhancements. It is currently aiming fore a release at the end of April on PlayStation 3.
  • VIDEO: Action adventure Remember Me is having a bit of a media blow out. Developed by the Paris based Dontnod Entertainment, and slated for a release in May, the following two videos take a peek at how the protagonist will explore her world, remix her memories, and dispatch her foes.

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  • NEWS: As Microsoft and Sony’s next generation systems loom, the rumours are heating up. According to EDGE, Microsoft’s next system (codenamed Durango) could take a drastic turn from the current generation offerings. If the rumour is to be believe, Durango will utilise anti-used game policies via an always-online activation system, we’re guessing quite similar to the way many games (such as those from EA) ship with online passes required to access content. Additionally, Durango will reportedly support 50GB Blu-ray disks as the storage medium of choice, and will launch with a more advanced Kinect unit for those who enjoy motion controls. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long to learn what is and isn’t true!
  • NEWS: And in Sony’s court, ever reliable Japanese website Nikkei is reporting that the PlayStation 4 will make heavy use of social networking, for communicating and sharing content with friends. At the backbone of this feature will be the cloud service Gaikai, which Sony acquired full ownership to last year. Lastly, Nikkei reports that the PlayStation 4’s hardware will abandon the PlayStation 3’s Cell chip. This corroborates with long standing rumours from the last year or two, and is likely true.
  • NEWS: LinkedIn leaks strike again. CVG is reporting that an employee of Avalanche Studios, the masters behind Just Cause, has two upcoming titles on his resume. The first is a sandbox action game and a new instalment in a “very well-known game series”, *cough* Just Cause 3 *cough*, that will not only appear on PC but also next generation consoles. The second is an entirely new title, and another open world action game, though this time based on a “well known movie license”. Previously Avalanche was rumoured to be working on a tie-in game for the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road. Could this be it?
  • VIDEO: More Tomb Raider? More Tomb Raider. Here’s a new trailer all about exploration.

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