The Catch-Up: April 11th, 2014 – Naughty Dog Celebrating its 30th Birthday With Art Book

You didn’t forget Naughty Dog turns 30 this year, did you? For shame…

General News

  • Re-confirming some old news, DriveClub Design Director Paul Rustchynsky said the game’s still arriving in 2014 and “to be clear on microtransactions, DriveClub will of course offer content to purchase/download. But there will not be any ‘consumables’. ” Shuhei Yoshida then said that the DriveClub PS+ Edition is still happening. [Twitter 1, 2]
  • Provided you have patch 1.12 downloaded and installed, the Capture Creator is now available in Grand Theft Auto Online. [Source]
  • Wondering why Magic 2015 isn’t coming to the PS4 or PS3? Well, Wizards of the Coast doesn’t really have answer, with a PR rep only saying, “All the info I have is what’s included in the press release – including info about which platforms are available. We don’t have any other announcements planned at this time.” When asked if Microsoft had picked up publishing rights, they replied, “Wizards of the Coast is actually the publisher for the Duels games.” To sum up, we have no idea why Magic 2015 isn’t coming to PlayStation. [Source]
  • EA is “working on finding a transition [for Battlefield 2142, Battlefield 2, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 from GameSpy’s servers], but still have technical hurdles to overcome. We will make an announcement when there is news to share.” [Source]
  • In the May 2014 issue of Game Informer, it’s revealed that a Darth Maul project by developer Red Fly was in the works for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U before being cancelled on June 24th, 2011. [Via, Art, Video]
  • There have been concerns about Luftrausers, with people on Twitter saying they felt uncomfortable with some of the supposed Nazi imagery in the game. In a very long blog post, Rami Ismail explains their process in making the game, but basically, “From our perspective, we do not cast our player as a Nazi pilot.” [Source]
  • Roll7 is looking to release OlliOlli for the PS4, PS3, and PC on July 22nd. It’s not 100% confirmed right now, but it’s what they’re aiming for. [Source]
  • Want to learn more about Shuhei Yoshida’s life before he became the powerful tyrant media darling he is today? [Read This Article]
  • Having sold over 70 million games globally in the studios’ 30 years, Naughty Dog is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to release The Art of Naughty Dog later this year. The book will span the history of Naughty Dog and feature hand-picked and never before released artwork depicting our past, present, and future. Select fan art will be a chapter of the book as well. [Source]
  • You’ll mostly find deals on Ubisoft’s PC games, but if you’re interested, follow the link to see everything offered in Ubisoft’s Spring Sale. [Check it Out]
  • Already out on the PS3, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be released for PlayStation Vita on June 24th in North America. [Source]
  • Not including Cross Buy – just Cross Play – Backgammon Blitz has been confirmed for release in North and South Amerca on April 15th for the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita at $7.99. [Press Release]
  • Guerrilla Games’ upcoming new IP will have “groundbreaking, innovative online gameplay,” according to a recent job listing. [Source]
  • Shuhei Yoshida recently said of the Phil Spencer hiring as Head of Xbox: “It proves Microsoft is smart. He’s the most human guy there.” Confirmed: Most people at Xbox are aliens. [Twitter]
  • Housemarque teased: “Imagine Resogun, right? Now imagine it so much better that you almost forget how good the original was. That. Is. Coming.” They didn’t elaborate further, but they did say “there’s no Resogun 2,” so they may just be teasing some epic DLC for Resogun. [Twitter 1, 2]
  • After a last-minute delay, the PS1 Classic import Hyper Crazy Climber will be available on April 15th in North America on the PlayStation Store. It appears as though it will only be playable on PS3 and PS Vita, but not PSP. [Source]
  • Intentional or not, 4J Studios sent out this image, featuring glimpses of Minecraft on PS Vita and PS4 [Twitter]:


  • Here’s a couple of cool screens for Batman: Arkham Knight [Twitter 1, 2]:

New Videos

  • Go behind the scenes of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes to see how various aspects of the game were made:

  • Ahead of its PS4 launch next week, here’s a new Trials Fusion trailer:

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