Valve And Adult Swim Team Up For New Reveal

Adult Swim and Valve are working together to collaborate on some… secret thing. It is believed that it might be the “Meet the Pyro” video or perhaps a long rumored Valve game project for this year.

“To learn how their video game peanut butter will be getting in our network’s chocolate, come back next week,” adds the teaser, which offers a newsletter sign-up for more info when they’re ready to actually talk about it.

Source: Adult Swim

Nexon Free-To-Play Games Invade Steam

Nexon has announced their intention to bring the free-to-play games Vindictus, Dungeon Fighter Online and Combat Arms to Steam. This follows an announcement by Valve that Nexon will publish Counter-Strike Online 2 in China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asian territories.

“Providing our games on Steam is about making it as easy as possible for players to access our games,” said Nexon America CEO Daniel Kim. “Valve has been a great global partner to Nexon for many years, and this agreement continues the marriage of Nexon’s immersive content with Valve’s strong distribution channel and large player community.”

Sony’s Yoshida Says They Should Have Shown More PS Vita Games At E3

Sony’s E3 press conference had direct mentions of an Assassin’s Creed game and a Call of Duty title for the Vita, but previous little else for their portable system. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, says that in retrospect, the should have given more time to the PS Vita.

“I got lots of tweets to my account complaining that there weren’t many PS Vita games being talked about,” said Yoshida. “In retrospect, we should’ve spent more time showing and talking about our PS Vita titles.”

“We [had] 25 PS Vita games playable on the show floor, some of which are really great titles I’m very excited about,” said Yoshida. “We could have spent more time talking about those, but we had a very clear intention this year to make the total press conference shorter, because we’re notorious for holding lengthy ones.”

“I hope we accomplished that with this year’s conference (which I think lasted about 80 minutes), but from the perspective of people who are waiting for more information on Vita titles, we weren’t able to provide that,” Yoshida concluded.

That said, Yoshida is very bullish about the PS Vita overall. “Bearing in mind it’s been only four months since we launched PS Vita, I’m very happy with how the Vita has come out. We’ve worked really closely with the hardware group over the last few years to discuss what devices and capabilities would make sense,” said Yoshida. “We wanted to create the idea of a portable gaming system with our hardware group that we also wanted as a game development group. Four months later, we’re still working hard to realize the potential and vision that our hardware team has created with PS Vita. One example is that we’re able to announce PS1 classics support with the next firmware update. Other examples are how we use PS3 and PS Vita together.”

“We’re working on new titles like SoundShapes (where you can create your own songs) that is also an action platformer. You can share your creations in that game with other people who are playing games on PS Vita or PS3,” he noted. “We’re trying to show both consumers, industry and development teams what it is that they can do using PS Vita as a platform in conjunction with PS3. In my mind, we are still at the starting phase of realizing and showing the potential of PS Vita. PS Mobile is a larger initiative that also includes Vita.

Source: Develop

Need For Speed Movie Coming From DreamWorks

Electronic Arts has announced that it has sold the film rights for the Need for Speed franchise to DreamWorks. George and Johns Gatins (Real Steel) will write the script, while EA will produce the film alongside John Gatins and Mark Sourian. Director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is attached to direct, with a planned 2014 release date.

“I’m excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies,” said Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Chairman. “This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O’Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods.”

“We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and the entire DreamWorks team,” said Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels. “They are the perfect partner to take Need for Speed to the big screen by creating the exciting action film that we have always envisioned.”


EA Says It Wants To Innovate With Origin

Electronic Arts senior VP of global ecommerce David DeMartini says that the company wants Origin to differentiate itself. He said he’s happy that Origin is part of the conversation right now.

“If MySpace had stayed the one answer in social networking and no one switched to Facebook, then we’d all be stuck on MySpace right now and we wouldn’t have had the Facebook phenomenon,” said DeMartini.  “There are better mousetraps that ultimately get built out of this innovation and the only way you get to the innovation is to have other people try and do a better version of what someone has previously done. And that’s what we’re attempting to do on Origin.”

“Gabe was quick to point out in the first time he ever spoke about Origin publicly that he didn’t think we’d achieved that yet,” he added. “I would agree with that – we’re on a path of constant improvement. I didn’t expect to be able to out-feature Steam within the first 12 months. But I’m quite optimistic we will differentiate ourselves as a service. We’ve built the foundation and now we are starting to add value to the service off of that foundation.”

On Newell talking about Origin, he noted, “If 12 months ago you would tell me we’d be in the conversation, I would have been pretty happy. And when you look at the fact that over 12 million people have downloaded Origin, we have over 50 partners that have flocked to the service in less than 12 months, and we did over $150 million in revenue, which represented 400 percent growth over the previous year – those numbers show we are making huge progress.”

“EA is in a really interesting place. We have this bar that is set so high, so that whether it is any of our games or services, we want to be 90 plus Metacritic at everything. Origin is moving in that direction. We are not there yet. We understand that. But we are going to get there soon,” he concluded.

Source: MCV

2K Sports Wants Fans To ‘Uncover The Cover’

2K Sports announced the launch of their “Uncover The Cover” Facebook application. This is designed to engage the 2K Sports online community and reveal some big clues about the cover of NBA 2K13, the next installment of the top-rated NBA video game franchise.

In order to reveal the final image for NBA 2K13 fans are encouraged to tweet using the hashtag #UncoverNBA2K. Fans can view the app’s progress in real-time on

Fans will be able to download the final version of the artwork once it is revealed.

Final Fantasy XI Tops In Series Profitability

Square Enix has revealed that if all the play time for Final Fantasy XI is added up, it would equal 200,000 years. The venerable MMO will see a new expansion soon, and the company offered a reason why that was so, even after launching the successor in Final Fantasy XIV.

“Looking at profitability, it’s the top of all past FF games,” said Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada during his opening remarks at the Vana Fest 2012 event.

Source: Andriasang

Social Media Salvation Might Come In Cue

On average, a person receives about a novel’s worth of new information every day or roughly 63,000 words. Sorting through all of this information from emails, tweets, Facebook updates and web pages can be daunting, so Greplin has made a new app called Cue that’s designed to filter through everything to find what you want.

Cue can connect to 26 different services, including the usual email and social-media sites. As for what you can do with it, if you’re meeting with a new client for instance, Cue will try to find the contact’s latest tweets and Facebook updates.

It’s designed to help organize information from scores of sources. “If we’d gone the Batman route, we liked Alfred,” says Walker. “He’s the guy behind the scenes, greasing the wheels, while Batman is kicking ass.”