When is a movie more than a movie? That was the question posed back in 2002 when an intense, memorable live-action promo helped pioneering open-world crime saga The Getaway jostle its way onto PlayStation 2. Sure, the popularity of the British gangster movie had been reinvigorated by Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels but that kind of widescreen Cockney swagger was very new to the world of video games.
Whereas Hollywood-grade production values are taken for granted in AAA video game development today, that gruff two minute promo was a revelation, promising an all-action, open-world London, recreated on your TV screen thanks to the power of PS2.
I’m Stuart Whyte, Director of VR Product Development at London Studios and I’m thrilled to be able to tell you a bit more about Blood & Truth, a brand new action game we’re developing from the ground up, exclusively for PlayStation VR.
Blood & Truth takes place in modern day London against the city’s backdrop of glamour and grit, making it the perfect location for a criminal underworld to inhabit.
SingStar is back, and everyone’s invited to the party!
That’s right, SingStar Celebration starts its PlayLink tour on October 24, and today we’re thrilled to announce 30 classics from the biggest artists around that’ll be joining the party. So whether you want to belt out a ‘Hello’ by Adele, be a ‘Cheerleader’ (OMI feat Nicky Jam) or ‘Dancing Queen’ (ABBA), ‘One Way or Another’ (Blondie) you and your friends better prepare for the ultimate celebration, so grab your compatible smartphones and join us on the PS4 stage!
At long last, the very first title for the new Wonderbook peripheral, Wonderbook: Book of Spells, officially launches today in North America! The team at SCE London Studios worked hard to conjure up a truly amazing experience using the latest in augmented reality technology that combines Wonderbook with the PlayStation Eye camera. Starting today, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter and begin learning the art of spell-casting while using your PlayStation Move motion controller as your magic wand. The book features new and original writing from J.K. Rowling, and will allow you to learn about the histories of some of the well-known spells from the Harry Potter series, as well as other interesting insights.
Over the past few months, we’ve shared that Wonderbook: Book of Spells unlocks the secrets of casting your favorite spells like Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa and Expelliarmus.
As you may have heard, PlayStation had some exciting news to reveal tonight.
For some time now, we have been working on a project called Wonderbook – an interactive book that uses Augmented Reality> technology and PlayStation Move products to bring stories to life before your eyes. The AR in Wonderbook has been developed by London Studio – the team behind EyeToy and EyePet. We believe that this is the most advanced AR out there, not least because it utilizes brand new technology which enables enhanced fidelity.
Wonderbook is a physical book that will act as a platform for a range of different titles that the whole family will enjoy. Games, reading experiences, adventures – the possibilities are endless for Wonderbook, and we can’t wait to tell you more about the exciting things you can look forward to on this peripheral. It truly is one book, with a thousand stories. In North America, Wonderbook will be available for $39.99 for both the book and Blu-ray game.
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