The Catch-Up: March 26th, 2014 – MotorStorm Creator Starts New Studio

What is the world coming to when even anti-violent video game politicians are corrupt?!

General News

  • Martin Kenwright created the MotorStorm franchise and was a developer at Evolution Studios, but now he’s moved to Starship, a new studio that has team members from Evolution and Studio Liverpool. Kenwright said of Starship, “It’s the optimum time to start a new IP, a new franchise at the start of new technology life cycles. You need to [be] pragmatic about it, so that’s what I’ve been doing. Formulating memorable IPs with genuine use and need. The idea was to take some of the best gaming talent in the world and then move it slightly outside games.” Expect announcements from the company “in the next year or so.” [Source]
  • In case you missed the announcement, both Thief and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on PS4 are enjoying a flash sale that puts them at $29.99. The sale ends on Thursday, so be quick! [Get Them]
  • Flame Over, from Laughing Jackal, is “a fire-fighting action roguelike, featuring randomly generated levels, twin stick controls, fast-paced gameplay, permadeath and dynamic fire that burns, spreads and threatens the player (and other NPCs) in some cool ways.” The game is in development for the PlayStation Vita right now, with a release date planned for late Q3/early Q4 2014. [Source]
  • The European PlayStation Store has launched a new sale that sees discounts on Assassin’s Creed III, Dishonored, Dragon Age 2, Saints Row IV, and more. [Check it Out]
  • Hideo Kojima recently said, “Play [Ground Zeroes] and then [Peace Walker] and vice versa. The wave of emotion get out of sequence, but result ends the same. Only difference is get to know now/later.” [Twitter]
  • Jamie Brayshaw, Senior Community Manager for Evolution Studios, said of DriveClub: “We know we’ve been quiet this year. We’re still working hard & looking forward to sharing DriveClub details + regular updates again soon.” [Twitter]
  • Want to have your brain get overloaded with minute details about a video game? Follow the link to read all about patch 2.2 for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. [Patch Notes]
  • EB Games Canada is running a new trade-in promotion where any game you trade in towards a PS4 worth $8+ will be bumped up to $20 (don’t forget that the PS4 is now $449.99 in Canada). [Twitter]
  • Ubisoft’s PAX East line-up features a brand new Watch Dogs demo, a demo for The Crew, a demo for Trails Fusion, a “new unannounced” digital title, Child of Light, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, Ghost Recon: Phantoms, and Might & Magic: Duel of Champions (the latter 3 aren’t on PlayStation). [Source]
  • 6 PlayStation All-Stars avatars are now up for free on the PlayStation Store. [Get Them]
  • Follow the links to check out the Trophy lists for MLB 14: The Show on PS3 and PS Vita (the Vita version has a couple less Trophies). [PS3, PS Vita]
  • Longest Day will be available in Europe for the PS3 on April 18th. No word on a North American release date yet. [Source]
  • Football Manager Classic 2014 will be available in Europe for the PS Vita on April 11th. This will be both a physical and digital release. [Press Release]
  • As of today, Shuhei Yoshida’s favorite PlayStation games are Soul Sacrifice Delta and inFamous: Second Son. [Twitter]
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is nearing completion, and when it’s released, will include a local co-op. Currently, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is scheduled to release on PS4, PS Vita, and PC. [Source]

New Videos

  • Tropico 5 is headed to the PlayStation 4 later this year. Here’s a new teaser trailer:

  • Here’s the New Features trailer for the recently released Dynasty Warriors 8 games on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita:

Are you tempted by Thief and Tomb Raider at $30 each?