The rumor-mill is a-churnin’, folks: vg247.com recently posted an E3 2012 prediction article which seems to drop inside knowledge regarding a partnership between Sony and a “leading cloud gaming service”. Sony has a long history of early E3 leaks, and VG247 has a long history of actually getting things right, so we’ll chalk this one up as a solid “possible”.
Leading possibilities here include OnLive, Gaikai, and Steam, but a recent invitation from Gaikai posted by French blog Gameblog.fr translates to: “Gaikai has major announcements for E3, which has the potential to change the future of video games, the game consoles and the way in which we play.” This would put Gaikai as the frontrunner.
What does it mean for gaming? Is this a PS3, PS4, or PS Vita-related announcement? Will Sony shift to a cloud-based gaming model in order to reduce hardware costs and losses in the next generation? Oh, this time of year is just so exciting.
Well, someone’s getting fired.
A Rayman Legends trailer, almost certainly the sequel to Rayman Origins as reported earlier in the week, leaked out onto the internet, ensuring its immortality. What’s more, the trailer was specifically for the Wii U version, which has seen no direct promotion since E3 2011.
First, regarding the game itself: beyond the improved rendering engine, the game features new social features, multiplayer modes, characters, and all those sequelly things we’ve come to expect. However, the game also takes advantage of some unique Wii U features. In one scene, one of four players is shown directly manipulating platforms on the Wii U tablet’s resistive touch screen, allowing the other three players to advance. And, in the first instance we’ve yet seen of the Wii U’s built-in NFC technology, figures were placed on top of the Wii U tablet and recognized, granting additional features in-game. This functionality is notably similar to last year’s Skylanders, a game that enjoyed perhaps surprising commercial success.
The Wii U tablet controller looks largely unchanged, save for an odd black patch on the back on the controller. Camera? Infrared sensor? We’ll have to wait until E3. And that Ezio Auditore statue is intriguing…it’s hard to imagine how he’ll fit into the happy-go-lucky world of Rayman, but we’re more than willing to find out.
At long last! The official Portal 2 map creation tools, dubbed the “Perpetual Testing Initiative”, are coming to Aperture Sciences near you. Come May 8th, you’ll be able to use the streamlined interface to create virtually any testchamber your non-Euclidean imagination can dream up. Share them with your friends! Hoard them to yourself, because you hate your friends! The choice is yours.
The game utilizes the Steam Workshop features of Steam, which seems to preclude any possibility of this DLC reaching the PS3 version of the game. We are sorry, console brethren.
If you’d like a little teaser and a lot of our good friend, Cave Johnson, go ahead and check out the trailer on GTTV. We’d wait, but we kind of ran out of things to say.