Metro: Last Light dev thanks Jason Rubin for highlighting working conditions

Edit: We came across a video posted on GameInformer that shows the offices of 4A Games during the developement of Metro: Last Light and they don’t exactly look like Rubin’s descriptions. Yes, the offices are small, but certainly a far cry from card tables. Not sure if we’re seeing the whole picture or there is more to this story.

We previously reported on Jason Rubin’s comments on the squalid environment 4A Games worked under while developing Metro: Last Light. It appears as if one of the developers for 4A Games has replied to Rubin’s general assessment of the situation and while he is thankful for the mention, he is quick to point out that Deep Silver shouldn’t take any of the blame for the logo situation (4A Games’ logo is not on the enterthemetro.com website) and the team needs “no indulgence” for their work.

In a comment under the original piece on GamesIndustry International, 4A Games’ Creative Director Andrew “Prof” Prokhorov thanked Rubin for being “the only THQ President” to visit the team in the Ukraine, and noted the battle to turn around the ailing company was an uphill one at best, saying Rubin only had a few months to “fix the situation”. Prof continued to expand on the working conditions saying:

It is a fact that our work conditions are worse than those of other developers outside Ukraine. I don’t think anyone can doubt that – yes, it’s true that American and most of European developers operate in a country far more comfortable than Ukraine. And yes, the publishers pay them more. This is clear: the more “reasonable” the country the less the rrisks [sic]. And we don’t want to be all dramatic about that – after all, better conditions are earned, and we strive to do this as soon as possible :)…

However, the Creative Director stopped short of blaming publisher Deep Silver for the logo fiasco that Rubin felt would undermine the credit 4A Games deserved for their work saying, “…after all, it’s our game that matters and not our logo.”

Prokhorov also stated the team wanted to work on a multiplayer mode, but felt the time would be better spent on a quality campaign claiming, “if it was excluded from the start, a lot of precious time wouldn’t be wasted and we’d make an even better single [sic].”

indexProf’s final comment signals a certain confidence in the title that we hope genuinely translates into an awesome release for 4A Games: “We deserve the ratings we get. After all, the final consumer doesn’t care about our conditions. And this is RIGHT. We need no indulgence.”

Metro: Last Light is available now for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and unlocks in about 6 hours (at press time) on Steam.

Source: GameIndustry International

Battlefield 4 poster shows real-life dog tags as pre-order bonuses, claims Fall release — Rumor

UPDATE: (Seeing as this significant news, content producer Westie made a video, which you can watch below)

While Battlefield 4’s official reveal is but a few days away, that doesn’t mean we have to wait for the latest news or rumor.

Over on Chinese gaming site Gamersky (via MordorHQ), they have uncovered what seems to be an EB Games poster for Battlefield 4 showing one of the game’s pre-order incentives, which you can see as this post’s headline image.

Remember those dog tags that we got by knifing enemies in Battlefield 3? Well, EB Games seems to be giving players the real deal if they pre-order the game. Now, keep in mind that this could very well be a fake, or something that’s exclusive for this retailer.

Nevertheless, this might be the first poster and pre-order leak we’ve seen. And to be honest, I’d prefer the real-life dog tags than the digital ones when it comes to pre-order bonuses.

Additionally, the poster shows a “Available Fall” lettering on the bottom right. This is, of course, a formality at this point, since we do assume that Battlefield 4 will be EA’s “big” game for this year’s holiday season.

We’ve contacted EA and will update the post once they’ve given an official comment.

For more on BF4, don’t forget to check out our “BF4 Wishlist” video where we’re giving away Roccat gear! You can find out how to enter by going here.

Battlefield 4 is set to officially be revealed tomorrow at GDC. Pixel Enemy will be there to cover the event as it happens.

Thanks for the tip, DelucaFTW

Batman: Arkham Origins to be revealed by Rocksteady at this year’s E3 — Rumor

While I have no doubt that Rocksteady is hard at work on another game, if rumors are to be believed, we’ll be seeing Batman in a rather nostalgic light.

According to French gaming site Gameblog.fr, their sources have told them that Rocksteady is working on a Batman: Arkham game that will be revealed at this year’s E3. It will allegedly be called “Batman: Arkham Origins,” and the story will apparently take place around the ’50s or ’60s, and will even feature other members of the Justice League.

Not only that, but the rumors also state that it’s scheduled for a PS4 and Xbox 720 release, but there is a chance that it will come to current-gen platforms, too.

Keep in mind that this is still very much a rumor. But if true, then this would add more ground to murmurs that Rocksteady’s next game will involve the Justice League in some capacity.

We’ve reached out to Warner Bros. Interactive for a comment and we’ll give an update once we hear back from them.

So, would a Batman game set during the ’50s or ’60s be your cup of tea? Let’s hope it’s more Batman: The Animated Series than Adam West, no?

Batman: Arkham Origins to be revealed by Rocksteady at this year’s E3 — Rumor

While I have no doubt that Rocksteady is hard at work on another game, if rumors are to be believed, we’ll be seeing Batman in a rather nostalgic light.

According to French gaming site Gameblog.fr, their sources have told them that Rocksteady is working on a Batman: Arkham game that will be revealed at this year’s E3. It will allegedly be called “Batman: Arkham Origins,” and the story will apparently take place around the ’50s or ’60s, and will even feature other members of the Justice League.

Not only that, but the rumors also state that it’s scheduled for a PS4 and Xbox 720 release, but there is a chance that it will come to current-gen platforms, too.

Keep in mind that this is still very much a rumor. But if true, then this would add more ground to murmurs that Rocksteady’s next game will involve the Justice League in some capacity.

We’ve reached out to Warner Bros. Interactive for a comment and we’ll give an update once we hear back from them.

So, would a Batman game set during the ’50s or ’60s be your cup of tea? Let’s hope it’s more Batman: The Animated Series than Adam West, no?

Thanks, NeoGAF

Major Nelson: “Looking forward” as the “truth comes out” regarding PS4 being 30% superior vs Xbox One

Following Albert Penello’s recent comments regarding Sony exaggerating about the apparent 30% power advantage that the PS4 has over the Xbox One, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb has added his thoughts to the mix.

Posting on Reddit, Hyrb defended his colleague, and stated that he very much looked forward to when “the truth comes out”:

Albert is one of the most amazing people I work with – that’s why I invited him on my podcast a few weeks ago. I jab him a bit about posting on ‘GAF (fact: they would not approve my account of there) but he’s smart and driven. He’s also right: We have some of smartest programmers in the world working on Xbox One. I am very much looking forward to the next few months (and beyond) as the truth comes out.

Hyrb sounds enthusiastic, and with some of the “smartest programmers in the world working on the Xbox One”, surely there is a reason to exhibit such confidence in the next-gen console.

Spike TV hosting PS4 launch event, “world premieres and announcements” promised

Excited for the PlayStation 4? Well, this little bit of news might make you more enthusiastic.

Gametrailers host Geoff Keighley has announced on Twitter that he’s set to host the PS4 launch event this coming November 14 at 11 p.m. EST. That in itself is not big news, but in the same tweet, he also revealed that it’s an “epic night of PlayStation world premieres and announcements.”

Get ready for an epic night of @PlayStation world premieres and announcements. #PS4ALLACCESS, Live from NYC in 2 weeks, 11/14, 11PM on Spike

— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) November 1, 2013

And just in case that wasn’t clear enough, a PlayStation fan asked whether this means new PS4 games will be announced to which Keighley replied with,”definitely.”

If you don’t get Spike TV in your part of the world or you’re at work, don’t fret as the event will also be live-streamed with details set to be announced at a later date.

So, what games are you expecting to be shown? Ideally I’d say The Last Guardian but that’s wishful thinking, I think.

Maybe Naughty Dog’s debut PS4 game will make an appearance? Let’s hope so.

Thanks, Gematsu!

Major Nelson doesn’t like the Xbox One being nicknamed “Xbone,” thinks it’s disrespectful

When Microsoft revealed that the next-gen Xbox’s name was going to be Xbox One, some people clambered to think of a shorthand term for it right off the gate.

Of course, that’s easier said than done since it’s not as easy as the Xbox 360 being nicknamed the X360 or Sony’s consoles continuing with numerical names (PlayStation 4 = PS4).

Unfortunately or fortunately — depending on your point-of-view — some people have nicknamed the Xbox One as “Xbone,” since it’s a play on Xbox, the word One, and the fact that some people considered Microsoft’s original DRM scheme for it as “boning” consumers.

Over on NeoGAF, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has just recently gotten his membership approved and people already made a “Welcome @MajorNelson at GAF” thread started to officially welcome the Microsoft spokesman into the fray.

In it, Nelson proceeded to answer a few questions regarding the Xbox One and one user asked him what he thought of the Xbox One being nicknamed “Xbone” to which Nelson replied that he doesn’t like it, and thinks it disrespects the teams that worked hard on it.

I don’t like it…it disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.

I personally don’t use the term Xbone when referring to the Xbox One and honestly don’t have a problem with it. But then again, I’m not part of Microsoft or worked on the console itself so maybe Major Nelson has a point?

Are you fine with the Xbox One being called Xbone or should enthusiasts think of a better nickname for Microsoft’s next-gen platform?

For more on the Xbox One and Major Nelson, make sure to read up on how he’s looking forward to the “truth” to come out regarding the PS4’s alleged 30 percent power advantage over the Xbox One.

Xbox One User Interface with Kinect was staged at reveal event

The video above is an exclusive Wired video that shows Xbox One TV integration. NeoGAF users have caught out Microsoft for showing a fake UI at the Xbox reveal event, stating that the actual UI is choppy and slow.

User jaypah said, “Yeah, we found out shortly after the show. Apparently that wasn’t the actual episode of Price is Right that was live at the time. Plus there were videos of an actual demonstration and while it worked OK (choppy video on initial channel pull-up), it wasn’t as smooth as the stage presentation.”

Now this certainly isn’t going to go down too well, especially right before E3. But responses from the internet community to this have been mixed, with some stating that stage demonstrations are usually faked to an extent, but others suggesting that Microsoft is trying to sell Xbox One for something it isn’t.

Regardless, the company should prepare for another backlash. Better yet, they should have some really, really good games at E3 to placate gamers with! Microsoft also claimed that the Kinect 2 will feature 1:1 movement ratio with little to no lag. We’re hoping that the final product will deliver Microsoft’s promise.

In the meanwhile, we’ve contacted them for a statement to ask why the demonstration was staged.

Shark Tank investors kind of ripped apart Oculus Rift accessory Virtuix Omni

This past Saturday, venture capital investors on the panel of reality TV show, Shark Tank, were not that impressed by the Oculus Rift accessory Virtuix Omni. The panel consisted of Mark Cuban and Daymond John among others.

As you can see in the video, the investors were a little harsh in addressing an idea that got a pretty good backing on Kickstarter, but they have a point. The guys at Virtuix were seeking $2 million in exchange for a 10% stake in the company, but they didn’t have the right answers to some legitimate questions.

The Omni alone is an expensive treadmill without the Oculus Rift (which is a requirement) and the gun peripheral. It’s also pretty massive and you have to wear special shoes to hop on. While the panel at Shark Tank thought it was a cool idea, they pointed out quite a lot of flaws with the concept as well as the business model. Check out the video above to understand their argument.

DYSCOURSE to have indie developer cameo in new story “Indie Plane Crash”

DYSCOURSE is an interesting upcoming game that will follow the story of Rita, who is stranded on an island with a bunch of tourists. The game revolves around you making choices on survival, either with or without the help of the other people on the island.

But there’s also a bonus story, which has some of the best developers in the business;

Tim Schafer (Psychonauts, Broken Age / Double Fine)

Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy / Team Meat)

Phil Tibitoski (Octodad / Young Horses)

Alexander Bruce (Antichamber / Independent)

Ron Carmel (World of Goo / 2D Boy)

Robin Hunicke (Journey, thatgamecompany / Funomena)

Ichiro Lambe (Aaaaa! / Dejobaan Games)

Adam Saltsman (Canabalt, Hundreds / Semi Secret Software)

Will Stallwood (Auditorium / Cipher Prime)

Rami Ismail (Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing / Vlambeer)

You can pick up the game on Kickstarter for $15; even $1 gets your name in the credits!