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Gaming Daily: 2nd July 2012

Welcome back to another Monday on Gaming Daily, and today’s main story sees a huge new development for Sony, one which could shape the direction they take in the next generation of consoles.

Sony Acquires Gaikai for $380 million

In a major announcement this morning, Sony revealed that it had struck a deal to purchase cloud gaming service Gaikai. Heavily rumoured around the time of E3, the move sees Sony aim to create “a new cloud service” based on the acquisition, allowing them to shortcut the research and development portion of any future services. In a press release, SCE President and Group CEO Andrew House said of the deal: “By combining Gaikai’s resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE’s extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences. SCE will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices.”

Whilst the deal still hinges on competition commission approval and various other legal hoops, what it represents is a monumental leap into the cloud space for Sony. Speculating, it could possibly allow Sony to leverage their entire back catalog without the need for their consoles to require additional hardware. It could also extends their audience to anyone with a variety of internet connected deviced, including iPads, smartphones and the like, as custom hardware wouldn’t be a necessity for a cloud gaming service. Gaikai themselves recently signed a deal with Samsung enabling games to be streamed to any compatible TV’s (a deal that may come into question given Sony’s interest in the television market). While some remain skeptical of cloud based gaming due to the infancy of broadband and bandwidth and speed requirements, today’s announcement still marks an exciting time for video games, and a vision into what the future could hold for the medium. While Sony haven’t announced whether they intend to implement this on the PS3 or PS Vita, we’ll keep you up to date on any developments/announcements as they become known.

Seth Killian joins Sony Santa Monica

It seems we’ve had many stories recently of developers leaving their respective companies for pastures new. Add another story into the mix: Seth Killian, known in fighting circles as “S-Kill”, and who recently left his position as special advisor at Capcom, was today unveiled as a lead game developer in Sony’s Santa Monica studio. Killian, founder of the EVO gaming championships and pro fighting game competitor, will oversee development of the upcoming Sony All-Stars Battle Royale. Killian spoke on the US Playstation blog about the title:

“Fighting games are very close to my heart, and as someone that’s spent much of my life with traditional fighters, All-Stars has been a great opportunity to take a step back and rethink fighting fundamentals from the ground up. The entire team was put together from scratch to create this game, and they are loaded with fighting game superstars (including some impressive tournament credentials–I’m not even the first EVO finalist to join the team!) who love great combat just as much as I do… we’ll be taking All-Stars on the road and making sure you guys have plenty of opportunities to go hands-on, starting with PlayStation’s first official presence at EVO this weekend”

THQ stock reverse sees them maintain NASDAQ listing

It’s no secret that developer THQ has been in dire straits recently. Facing a delisting from the NASDAQ stock exchange, THQ took the drastic step of a reverse stock split, in essence consolidating approximately 70 million shares into around 7 million, and increasing the value of the shares from 61 cents to $6.20, retaining their stock listing for now. In order to maintain their listing, the stock will have to remain above $1 per share (NASDAQ’s minimum share price) for 10 consecutive days. It’s another in a long series of  developments in THQ’s ongoing troubles, which has seen them close studios and shed licences, including the valuable UFC licence to EA, in a bid to remain afloat.

Battlefield 3 Double XP week underway

Those with a penchant for shooters will be pleasantly surprised when they turn on Battlefield 3 this week. Developers DICE are running a week long double XP event, making all those kills, revives and repairs even more valuable. Those who subscribe to the premium service will have the event available all week, whilst everyone else will only earn double XP until July 4th.

Daily Trailer: Halo 4 – Forward Unto Dawn

Each day, we end the piece with the latest trailers. Today’s teaser is from the upcoming “Forward Unto Dawn”, a live action web series coming this autumn. The series will focus on the beginning of the human/Covenant war, and will be shown on Microsoft’s Halo Waypoint service as a five episode series, as well as on Machinima.

That’s another Monday in the bag, as usual any comments are extremely welcome, either below or on twitter @michael_ormonde.

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Gaming Daily: June 25th 2012

Just to preface this slightly, the idea behind “Gaming Daily” will be to bring you the top stories from around the industry in bite-sized chunks, making for easy reading.

Guilty Plea for Lulzsec pair

We start the week off with another chapter in the hacking saga involving the PSN last year. Two British teenagers, Ryan Cleary and Jake Davis, 19 and 18 respectively, have plead guilty to two separate counts of conspiracy related to the attack on the PSN, as well as a whole host of other websites such as News International and 20th Century Fox. They, along with two other suspects, Ryan Ackroyd (25) and an unnamed 17 year old, each deny charges of publishing confidential information and will face trial next year.

The attacks on the PSN occurred in April last year, and were the responsibility of the hacking collective Lulzsec, a splinter group of Anonymous. The accounts of approximately 77 million PSN users were accessed, which lead to the network being taken offline for a period of  24 days. The attack was estimated to have cost Sony in the region of $171 million.

Journey Collectors Edition

On a happier note, proponents of the games-as-art argument and well renound development studio Thatgamecompany officially unveiled the Journey Collector’s Edition. While only confirmed for a US release at the moment, the bundle features all three of their critically acclaimed PSN exclusive titles – Journey, flOw and Flower, as well as three exclusive mini games and a whole host of other content including soundtracks, commentaries and avatars. The trailer can be seen below:

James Mielke trades in Q Entertainment for Q-Games

James Meilke, one-time 1Up journalist turned games producer (with titles such as Child of Eden and Lumines Electronic Symphony under his belt), revealed today that he’s set to leave development studio Q Entertainment for the similarly named but completely unrelated Q-Games, developers of the excellent PixelJunk games. Talking to CVG, Meilke said that he’s leaving Q Entertainment “on the best of terms” adding that “for a lot of reasons I won’t bore you with the time felt right to shift gears and move forward”. If his output is anything like that at Q Entertainment, it’s an exciting development and we wish him the best at Q-Games.

Dragons Dogma rolls past the One Million Mark

dragons dogmaStaying in Japan, Capcom told outlets today that it has shipped one million units of its new role playing game Dragon’s Dogma. While that doesn’t mean they’ve sold one million units (the number sold is more than likely significantly less than this), it’s good news for the developer following a string of bad publicity, including the outrage at DLC for Street Fighter X Tekken being included on the disc.

Black Ops 2: Declassified Developer Mystery

Black Ops: DeclassifiedFinally today, when asked about the developer of upcoming Playstation Vita title Black Ops: Declassified, Treyarch’s Director of Communications John Rafecz seemed as in the dark as the rest of us. “I don’t know… With regards to the Vita, all I can tell you is that it’s quite literally declassified.” We’re sure he meant classified. Speculation abounds that ex Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero developers Neversoft have taken the reigns, while the exact nature of other CoD studio Sledgehammer’s work also remains a mystery. The signs aren’t good for Call of Duty fans on the Vita, although it could just be the developers toying with us…

That’s it for Monday’s headlines. If you’ve any comments on the format, or about any of the news items, make sure to let me know in the comments below, or I can be reached on twitter @michael_ormonde

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