Amy Hennig joins Visceral Games as Creative Director on Star Wars project
Amy Hennig Joins Visceral Games
I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Amy Hennig to our team at Visceral Games and EA as Creative Director on our Star Wars project.
Amy has long been recognized as one of our industry’s top visionaries, and is coming off an amazing run as the Writer and Creative Director of the Uncharted franchise. But her contributions go beyond the games she helped create at Naughty Dog and at Crystal Dynamics, where we worked together many years ago. As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired her approach to creative development – focusing on nailing down the soul of a game first, and then making sure the writing, the gameplay, the design and the art comes together to form a unified, interactive experience for the player. This fits in perfectly with what we’re trying to do here at Visceral and Amy’s going to help us continue in our pursuit to make the most thrilling, immersive games in the world.
Over the last few weeks, Amy and I have spent a lot of time talking about what her first project would be. There are a lot of different directions we could have gone, but I could sense that what really excited her about this opportunity (because let’s face it, we weren’t the only ones knocking at her door) was Star Wars. Amy’s a huge fan. We happen to be making a Star Wars game. Just thinking about the possibilities made both of us even more excited about having her join the team.
So welcome, Amy! This is a great day for our team at Visceral Games and EA.
Child of Light Footage, Previews, Screens & Concept Art
SOMA ‘Lambda’ trailer reveals underwater setting
New SOMA trailer dives deep into the darkness
It’s time to reveal a secret about our upcoming horror game, SOMA! So, before reading any further, take a look at our new trailer above.
That’s right, our next game will be set deep below the water’s surface – at the bottom of the sea. It was a decision which came very swiftly; Jens (co-founder of Frictional Games) and I sort of decided it on a whim during a meet-up. But it’s something that had been brewing inside us for a long time. Most of our earth is covered in ocean, and yet it’s something that we know very little about. It is an incredibly hostile environment filled with strange creatures, and it is right on our door step.
Most of the ocean is devoid of sunlight and inhospitable to us. The differences in pressure between the surface and even a modest depth of 100 meters is enough to turn a human into mush. That pressure, that depth, is nothing compared to the true ocean deeps. And as if this isn’t enough, the creatures living there seem like they’re from another world. Gigantic squid, luminescent fish and creatures that are all mouths and teeth are only the start. If you dive down any distance you enter into a realm of monsters.
The ocean is an alien world, and we’ve only scratched the surface. We feel it’s the perfect place to explore in a horror game.
When SOMA is released on PS4 in 2015, we invite you to take a deep breath and follow us down into the darkness.
Natural Doctrine ‘Game Guide’ Walkthrough Part 2 ~ Online Multiplayer & Tactics
Natural Doctrine ‘Game Guide’ Gameplay Walkthrough
Abyss Odyssey Enemy Trailer ~ Bauta
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Dated for October 7, Story Trailer
Shadow of Mordor reveals: release date, story trailer, box art, pre-order bonus
Witness the return of Sauron’s army to Mordor, the attack on the Black Gate and the origins behind Talion’s quest for vengeance in the Official Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer – Banished from Death.
Also today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions confirmed the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor ship date for 7th October 2014, and revealed the game’s official box art and pre-order bonus pack.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available on 7th October 2014, 2014 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
Fans who pre-order Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will get access at the game’s launch to The Dark Ranger exclusive bonus pack. Available at all participating retailers, the pack will provide exclusive content and challenges for players including:
• Dark Ranger Character Skin
- Begin your own quest for vengeance with a new Dark Ranger character skin that embodies Talion’s darker side
• "Test of Power" Challenge Mode
- Face Sauron’s Captains and defeat them to earn powerful Runes and gain a head start in the game
- Test your speed, skill and strategy and measure yourself against your friends on the leaderboards
• Access to Exclusive Leaderboards for “Test of Power” Challenge Mode
- Test your speed, skill and strategy and measure yourself against your friends on the leaderboards in this challenge mode
Daylight Delayed to April 29, New Trailer
Daylight’s new release date - April 29
Let’s not mince words. First news you need to know about Daylight is that we had to delay the release date by several weeks. Here’s the thing: the way Daylight is developed is completely different because of its procedural generation. In a lot of ways it really helped the team by streamlining the environment creation, but it’s taken extra time to make sure all the scare cues are properly implemented for maximum player effect.
Daylight’s new release date is April 29.
The silver lining to this cloud? We have some great news about Daylight’s price:
• Starting on April 29 for 2 weeks, PS+ subscribers will be able to get Daylight for $9.99, non-subscribers $11.99.
• You can pre-order Daylight on PC right now through April 29 for $9.99, which is 33% off the original price.
After the promotional periods, Daylight will be its regular $14.99 price.
Tropico 5 hits PC on May 23, PS4 this fall
Tropico 5 PC Global Release Date Announced for 23rd May
Start a bright new future for you and your family by moving to the beautiful land of opportunity known as Tropico. On 23rd May, El Presidente has declared that Tropico 5 will be available globally on PC (US retail release 27th May), so make sure you’ve packed your sunglasses and swim shorts. The Xbox 360 and Mac versions will be releasing this summer with a version for the PlayStation 4 platform following in autumn. Kalypso is also working on an extensive Steam OS (Linux) version which will release with the respective new hardware.
Our brand new website also launches today, which provides potential visitors with all the information they need to know about the fantastic standard of living on our island paradise. View gorgeous pictures, impressive videos and inspiring speeches from our benevolent leader El Presidente. Imagine a place where the people never go hungry, all work has a decent wage and the weather is forever bright and sunny – just make sure you always vote El Presidente. Check out the official website for Tropico 5 here: tropico5.com
Packed with a whole host of new gameplay features and all new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new and exciting direction – dynasties!
You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras.
As well as a wealth of other new features, including advanced trading mechanics, technology, scientific research trees and island exploration, Tropico 5 will add cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series’ history! Viva El Presidente!