Sony Computer Entertainment America  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Sony Computer Entertainment America  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Is WiLD the next big leap for open world games? Tue, 03 Nov 2015 19:47:46 -0500 Derek Islas

After it's unveiling last week during Paris Games Week, WiLD generated a lot of hype. A few days later, Fallout 4 compressed images leaked on the Internet which sparked a discussion about what people have come to expect from AAA game titles. This raises a question: what games can live up to the high standards that today's gamers have?

Playstation's WiLD looks up to snuff and may possibly offer one of the most beautiful open-world experiences to date. During its presentation, creator Michael Ancel showed the community the miraculous scenic vistas that WiLD has to offer. Based on what was presented, WiLD may rival or even exceed the highly regarded Witcher 3 in terms of detail on both characters and scenery. 

Ancel hopes to immerse players inside the world of WiLD by allowing them to create a character of their own. This is different from the concept of other games' open world character customization in the sense that your shaman's capabilities will be visible on you. There are various tattoo markings and animal divinities that players are able to choose from. This customization method only expands as you explore more areas. 

WiLD incorporates many new aspects into its gameplay, while staying true to the concepts that gamers love. The game may very well pave the way to new expectations of AAA open world games. As of now, WiLD is still in its early development stages, but keep a lookout for anymore upcoming news.

New Game Awards Show Supported by Major Game Companies Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:21:00 -0500 mchiu

All of the major entertainment industries have their own awards shows, whether it's the Emmys for TV, the Grammys for music, the Oscars for movies, or the Tonys for Broadway, but the video game industry does not really have that one big show that recognizes all the talent within its own industry.

Tracy aspires for EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), but room for one more letter?

The Video Game Industry Does Have Awards Shows...

Over at GDC, there is the "Game Developer's Choice Awards", which centers more on the game developers, and Spike TV has been hosting the "Video Game Awards" (later renamed to VGX) focuses more on the actual video games themslves, and has more of the Hollywood awards show feel to it, complete with live musical acts. 

Now, Geoff Keighley, the video game broadcaster behind the VGX, has unveiled "The Game Awards" show, which looks like it will now focus more on game developers, while also including e-Sports and communities, recognizing both game developers and game players. Similar to the VGX, it will also feel like a Hollywood awards show, as well as having live musical acts, but the focus will certainly be on video games. In addition, the show will also feature world premieres of new games. 

Advisory Board Contains Some of the Biggest Names in the Business

Looking at the advisory board on the website, it features a star-studded group including: Peter Moore, (COO of EA) Hideo Kojima, (Director of Kojima Productions) Phil Spencer, (Head of XBox Microsoft) Reggie Fils-Aime (President and COO of Nintendo America) Shawn Layden, (CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America) Yves Guillemot, (CEO and Co-Founder of Ubisoft) as well as the game publishers, Valve and Rockstar Games.

The Game Awards 2014 show will be held on December 5, 2014 in Las Vegas at the AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Tickets will be made available through Ticketmaster starting on November 11, 2014. While the show will not be picked up by any of the TV Networks, it can be viewed directly from the show's website, as well as on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo, and Steam.

While it can be argued that this is just the industry patting itself on the back for work that it's supposed to do, however, for myself, I feel that it is important to give credit where it's due, as well as using these kinds of awards shows to inspire people to continue pushing forward. Hopefully, as video games become more prevalent and prominent in our society, we can see a show such as this become a major award that game developers aspire to win. I can't wait to see what the red carpet interviews would look like!

CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Resigns Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:14:38 -0500 Mary Yeager

The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment has resigned. Jack Tretton was the man in charge of the US division of PlayStation. While little is known about the details of his resignation, the press release only said that it " a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship."

EVP and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, Shawn Layden, will assume the duties left open by Jack Tretton's leave. Tretton has been the man to drive the PlayStation brand for the past 15 years here in the States. He has worked with Sony Computer Entertainment America for a total of 19 years.

Tretton's resignation will be effective March 31st, 2014. He was one of the founding members of the SCEA executive team. He was also in charge of growth of the PlayStation brand in Canada and Latin America.

A blog on the US Playstation site written by Jack Tretton himself states as the press release about the split. Tretton had a thank you for PlayStation fans in his post:

Serving PlayStation fans for the past 19 years has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. Your passion for gaming inspired me every day.

I want to thank you for constantly pushing PlayStation to deliver breakthrough gaming and entertainment experiences, and to never settle for “good enough.” The embodiment of this commitment can be found in the PS4, which has quickly become the #1 next-gen console worldwide…thanks to you.