The Catch-Up: August 28th, 2013 – PSN Maintenance at 9AM PST/12PM EST Tomorrow, Mark Rubin Explains Background Call of Duty Patches

Can you imagine if Arkham Origins actually looked as good as the above image?

General News

  • It seems like we just had some PSN maintenance, but there will be more tomorrow (Thursday) starting at 9AM PST/12PM EST that is expected to last an hour. Sign in now to avoid issues tomorrow. [Twitter]
  • Beatshapers’ PlayStation Vita game that they’re collaborating with Housemarque on will be unveiled next week, while their PS4 title will be unveiled at a later date. [Press Release]
  • Going to PAX Prime? [Find Out How To Get a The Last of Us Poster and Art]
  • Marcus Nilsson of Ghost Games said, “If people would come to me and say, you know… make [Need for Speed: Underground 3] with Frostbite 3 with exactly the same features and you’ll go back and sell 15 million copies, then yes, I would build that game. I would. But it’s not that simple.” If only it were that simple. [Source]
  • Another entry in the Dead Space franchise may be unknown, but Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels, said that “it’s not out of rotation” and “we still have faith in that franchise.” [Source]
  • When Batman: Arkham Origins launches for PS3 on October 25th, it will be a Day 1 Digital title as well. [Source]
  • Cara Delevingne will be a radio DJ in Grand Theft Auto V. [Twitter]
  • The Jak & Daxter Collection became free today for PlayStation Plus members in Europe, and if you were wondering, it does include Cross Buy. [Source]
  • Though unconfirmed, chances are good that The Walking Dead on PS Vita will launch next week in Europe. [Source]
  • Rayman Legends on PS Vita in the UK has been delayed to September 13th, but don’t worry, the North America version is still scheduled for September 3rd. [Press Release]
  • Those free PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale costumes are now available in North America, with Europe getting them next week. [Twitter]
  • While you can find a PES 2014 demo right now, the “proper” one won’t be released until September 10th in North America and September 11th in Europe. [Twitter]
  • Mark Rubin of Infinity Ward explains why they do background fixes in Call of Duty: “We’re making changes that they don’t know about because we want to see the changes happen without [affecting] people’s sort of free perceptions on what they think has happened, so sometimes we stealth in changes to design and see how they react.” “Without saying ‘hey we just did this, what do you think?’ and we’ll get responses ‘oh it’s tons better’ or ‘oh my god, it’s so much worse, you broke it’. A lot of times those answers aren’t as honest as they should be, so we stealth in updates to get more honest answers.” [Source]

New Videos

  • I have a feeling this Rayman Legends launch trailer is going to be legend… wait for it:

  • Here’s the official PS3 and Xbox 360 trailer for NBA 2K14, which releases on October 1st:

  • We still don’t know if Invizimals is coming to North America, but here’s a trailer showing off the PS3 version:

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