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God of War studio Sony Santa Monica hit with layoffs

Sony Santa Monica, the studio best known for its work on the God of War series, has suffered layoffs today. Sony representatives confirmed the dismissals with IGN, citing "resource re-alignment against priority growth areas" within Sony Worldwide Studios as the cause. The statement reads: "SCEA ca...

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Nariko kills a lot of dudes in this Heavenly Sword movie trailer

Nariko, wielder of the titular Heavenly Sword in the upcoming film, is a life insurance company's worst nightmare. In this trailer she kills over a dozen soldiers in under a minute – wait, do henchmen even get life insurance?...

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In Heavenly Sword's name, the first trailer for a CGI movie [update]

Six months ago it was a footnote to the Ratchet & Clank movie's announcement. Now the Heavenly Sword film has a full-blown trailer and is really rather real, apparently. Yes, it does seem bizarre that an IP neglected by Sony since it was a 2007 PS3 game is being converted into a CGI movie. No...

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MAG, SOCOM PS3 servers signing off for good

Servers for MAG, SOCOM 4, and SOCOM: Confrontation are shutting down on January 28, 2014, Sony has announced. As it stands, the server shutdowns will essentially make MAG and Confrontation obsolete, due to their reliance on online play. The news follows the closure of MAG and SOCOM studio Zipper...

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PlayStation Plus price not changing for PS4, video services don't require Plus

The PlayStation Plus service will remain the same price at the launch of the PlayStation 4. SCE America VP of Publisher & Developer Relations Adam Boyes confirmed to Joystiq during a roundtable that the price will remain $50 annually in North America. Boyes also said "all video services [on the...

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Yoshida on SOCOM: We 'never retire any franchise'

Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, wants to quell fears that we'll never see another entry in the SOCOM franchise. Even though series creators Zipper Interactive was shuttered back in March, "never say never," he said. "It's not done. We never retire any franchise," Yoshida told O...

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Sony's Rohde explains The Last Guardian's E3 absence: 'It just wasn't appropriate for us to give an update'

Sony's E3 2012 press conference was full of surprises. For one, Quantic Dream's new game was unveiled – Beyond – Two Souls. Just like that! More surprising, however, was a game that didn't make an appearance: The Last Guardian. Since being teased in a January 2008 Sony Japan job listing...

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Sony confirms Zipper Interactive closure

Today has been a rough one for the games industry. Following massive layoffs at Sega today, Sony has confirmed Zipper Interactive's closure after it was rumored last week. In a statement given to Game Informer, a Sony representative stated the move was the "result of a normal cycle of resource re-a...

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Sony hopes Heavy Rain will appeal to casual audiences, too

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, the senior vice president of Sony's Worldwide Studios Europe Michael Denny disclosed his desire to see Heavy Rain "appeal to the core [audience] and then the consequence-based gameplay can appeal to a newer audience, a more casual audience as well." The exec ...

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Sony's Afrika soundtrack is safari-sational

Ludwig's on vacation, but we're sure he'll check the site sooner or later and see that we have news to report on his most wanted game ever. Sony's lovely, yet elusive safari sim, Afrika, has surfaced again (albeit briefly) in a new behind-the-scenes clip of its soundtrack being recorded in Hollywoo...

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