Recently released Xbox One game D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is "never" coming to the PlayStation 4. That's according to director Hidetaka Suehiro, who is perhaps better known by his nickname, Swery.
Responding to a fan on Twitter who asked about the possibility of a PS4 version of D4, Suehiro did not mince words. "Sorry. Never," he succinctly said.
He added: "You can't play D4 on PS4 forever. Sorry. Have to buy [an Xbox One] or find kind friend."
Another fan asked if D4 might come to PC (after all, Xbox One titles do have a history of making the jump), and Suehiro replied with less certainty. He said, "I have to do a lot of [public relations] now" for the Xbox One version. This is currently what's keeping him busy, he added.
This statement leaves open the possibility of D4 coming to PC some day, following the likes of Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome, among others.
D4 was released for Xbox One in September, and GameSpot gave the title a 7.0. Reviewer Kevin VanOrd praised its ridiculous story and atmosphere, while lamenting its stereotypical characters and several slow stretches that bogged down the pace.
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The PlayStation Network has gone offline unexpectedly across numerous countries, limiting access and services on PlayStation 4, PS Vita and PlayStation 3.
Affected countries include the US, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece and Australia. How global the problem has become is not yet clear. However, some gamers within these regions say they are not seeing any issues.
In a statement sent to GameSpot, Sony said: "We are aware of some Network connectivity issues this morning. Our engineers are currently investigating and we will update when more information is available."
On PS4 in the UK, gamers can browse the PlayStation Store and download certain apps but accessing a game's server is not possible. In some cases this means digital games cannot be played, as they need to be verified online.
Meanwhile, on PS Vita, the Store is inaccessible. One error code that gamers have begun to report is "8071053D" which is associated with connection problems. The PlayStation App is also inaccessible, and similar network issues have affected PS3.
Update 1: On the games forum NeoGAF, users in Europe have started to suggest the system is rebooting.Update 2: Sony has told GameSpot that its engineers are looking into the issue.Update 3: Chris Owen, Sony's EU community manager, has said the issue has been resolved:
We should now be back up to full speed, the PSN issue has been resolved. Thanks for your patience. — Chris Owen (@Envisager_) October 2, 2014
We should now be back up to full speed, the PSN issue has been resolved. Thanks for your patience.
Rovio Entertainment, the Finland-founded entertainment studio that shot to global fame with its Angry Birds games, is preparing to cut its headcount by a maximum of 130 people.
This comes weeks after the corporation's chief executive, Mikael Hed, announced he would be stepping down from his role in January. Rovio emerged as a runaway success in 2009 after iPhone users were gripped by its breakthrough iOS game, but its latest financial report showed that annual profits have sunk by about 50 percent.
Hed, writing on the Rovio website, said that the company will now focus its efforts on three key businesses with the highest growth potential: games, media, and consumer products.
"Unfortunately, we also need to consider possible employee reductions of a maximum of 130 people in Finland," he added.
"It is never easy to consider changes like this, but it is better to do them sooner rather than later, when we are in a good place to reignite growth."
If as many as 130 people go, that would equate to a 16 percent workforce reduction.
Rovio expects that its Angry Birds film will be released in July 2016. By January, Hed will be succeeded by former Nokia executive Pekka Rantala.
Sony has increased the cost of PlayStation Plus membership, sometimes by as much as 50 percent, in select regions.
Affected countries include South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and some states across India. In some instances the price hike is significant, such as in South Africa, where the price of a three-month PS Plus subscription has climbed by 50 percent to R219 ($19.55).
This means that PS Plus costs in some regions are now closer to the US price, which is $17.99 for three months.
In a statement sent to Joystiq, Sony assured it had no present intention of increasing the PS Plus price across North America.
"We slightly increased prices for PlayStation Plus in South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and India regions due to various market conditions," a representative said.
"Currently, price adjustments are not being planned for PS Plus in the SCEA [North American] region."
PlayStation Plus is a versatile games service that gives subscribers discounts on certain PS Vita, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games. On PS4, a subscription is required to connect with other gamers online.
Along with this, customers receive free games to play each month. From October 7, PS Plus subscribers will be granted access to the following games for free:
A games developer has demonstrated how easy it is for scammers to pose as YouTubers and receive numerous Steam game codes for free.
Leszek Lisowski, the owner of Poland studio Wastelands Interactive, claims he sent 46 emails to fellow developers--whilst masquerading as a YouTuber--and asked each one for a free Steam code of their game.
"In reply, I got 16 keys for 15 games, which is worth more than $400," he said.
For marketing reasons, developers often give free game codes to YouTube personalities in the hope that they will be covered on their game channels.
Lisowski was spurred into investigating the matter after he realised that his own team was being scammed by fake YouTubers. He hopes that his report, which was self-published on Gamasutra, can help inform fellow developers of how easy it is to trick companies into supplying free Steam games.
Driving the point home, he writes: "Allow me to underline this: I spent three hours sending out emails to almost 50 developers simply asking them for a Steam key, claiming that I was a YouTuber with 50k subscribers. In return, I received Steam keys worth over $400. This means I could have theoretically made close to 150 bucks an hour."
Adding: "If I had spent some more time on making my identity feel credible, or just sent more messages, I feel confident that this ratio would have been higher. However, with just one message, 25 percent of the developers had been robbed."
Lisowski was alerted of the scam after discovering that one of his own games in development, called Worlds of Magic, was being sold on reseller websites without his authorisation. Suspicious of how this had occurred, Lisowski decided to purchase one of the games.
"I went to the store and bought a key using my credit card. Then I discovered that the key was one of those sent out to YouTubers. Initially I thought that the guy had taken three keys, kept one for himself and sold two of them, but after I checked it was clear that the guy had received only one key. It took me a while before I realized what is going on."
After further investigation, Lisowski believes that "roughly 70 percent of the keys we had given out were taken under false pretenses, or to use a more direct term, stolen."
Now, when asked for a Steam game code, he asks for verification.
"From about 20 additional game requests, I received only two YouTube channel confirmations," he wrote.