Let me come right out-the-gate with the fact that all of this is nothing but speculation, so don’t get too excited just yet. But, this is some pretty educated speculating going on here, so it’s still fascinating nonetheless.
Malik, owner of MaxLevel, has brought to Playstation fans’ attention that Naughty Dog’s PS4 game may actually be a sci-fi affair. As Malik points out, Naughty Dog’s environment artist David Ballard posted a Tweet recently showing a picture of SpaceX, claiming that Naughty Dog was about to begin their tour of it.
Malik then cleverly connects this fact with the possibility that Naughty Dog may be attending this SpaceX tour in order for inspiration and direction of their next-generation game, and frankly, I think he’s on to something.
Anyone who has played and finished The Last of Us should be aware of the comics in the game titled “Savage Starlight.” The cover shows a man and a woman in sci-fi suits holding futuristic firearms. I repeat: A man and a female companion. Does that not scream ‘Naughty Dog game!’ to you? But more obviously, of course, the fact that the Savage Starlight comic if of course set in a space/sci-fi setting, Naughty Dog’s tour of SpaceX seems to mean a lot more than one would normally think.
Also, the domain SavageStarlight.com has actually already been registered and is currently up with the cover page of the comic seen in The Last of Us.
This is too coincidental in my eyes to not be true. It seems like the Savage Starlight comics may have actually been a real Easter Egg to what Naughty Dog’s other team was working on at the that time. We could very well expect Naughty Dog’s PS4 title to be set in a futuristic, outer space setting.
It was announced today that Nintendo sank to a loss in the latest quarter because of lackluster sales of it’s Wii U console. Gamers aren’t buying it because there aren’t any games on the console that can’t be played on a different cheaper console, and other consumers are more than contempt with gaming on smartphones and tablets.
Nintendo lost about 81 billion yen which is 81 million in dollars for the three months that ended in September 30. Making the 8.6 billion yen/million dollars they garnered the quarter before completely worthless. Even with the Wii U price cut, the console is still struggling to find it’s footing much like the 3DS did when it was struggling a few years ago.
Nintendo would then go onto respond to their investors by saying: “The Wii U hardware still has a negative impact on Nintendo’s profits.” The loss was largely blamed on the price cuts in Europe and the US, with advertising and game development also significant factors. Which is childish in my opinion. We aren’t idiots, Nintendo. We know why the console is struggling. Besides the afromentioned statement, there aren’t any games for it. I know Wonderful 101 is really good along with Pikmin. It suffering the same issue the 3DS was going through: It’s library consists of ports and low quality games. Don’t forget the major lack of third-party support with publisher like EA, Capcom, Ubisoft, Konami not making any games for it. Nintendo is failing because they are trying to sell the Wii U off of future potential with the promise of “Hardcore Gamer Games” like Super Smash Bros 4 and the new Zelda to come out whenever they feel like releasing it. At the same time this isn’t bankrupt-related news either. They are still getting by on 3DS hardware, software and WiiU software sales.
Finally, Nintendo’s target was to sell at least 9 million Wii U unit by March of next year. But it’s not likely to happen. I’m not sympatheic about all this. I mean, releasing a console with an insane asking price with nothing to play on it wasn’t exactly the smartest move. Nintendo can’t get by of the power of nostalgia anymore. Nintendo is in further peril with the upcoming release of the Xbox One and PS4. Hopefully, they’ll pull through and then I can start buying one.
During its quarterly earnings call today, Electronic Arts’ Blake Jorgensen announced today, that TitanFall “for the life of the title,” is strictly exclusive to Microsoft’s gaming outlets. This consists of: PC (Games for Windows), Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Meaning that this game is not exclusive based on time and will not be coming to the PS4 at a later date.
For those of you that don’t know, TitanFall is an upcoming multiplayer-only FPS being developed by Respawn Entertainment which is a new studio that consists of the men who developed Call of Duty in the past. In which players, play as mech pilots opting out to engage combat using their guns or using their mechs. Think Call of Duty but with the Megazords from Power Rangers or what ever giant robot series you’re into.
Also Jorgensen responded to rumors that his company was seemingly rushing the game to market. “No, we’re not doing that at all,” was all he said.
I’m not really excited per say for this particular title mostly because it’s insane focus on multiplayer. I pretty much only see it as Call of Duty but, with mechs. I despise Call of Duty but, I do love mechs. Maybe if I get a person hands-on with the game myself, I’ll probably sing a new tune.
TitanFall comes out to the aforementioned consoles and PC on March 11, 2014.
UPDATE: Upon further investigation, Vince Zampella of Respawn Entertainment hadn’t intended for TitanFall to be a Microsoft exclusive. As it turns out, EA made a deal prior to Zampella’s knowledge to make the game Microsoft exclusive. Said Zampella on his twitter about the news:
His reply to when a potential fan asked if they will would ever develop games for the PS4. To avoid insinuating that Respawn Entertainment has a hard-on for Xbox: