Square Enix Opening New Studio Focused On RPGs

Square Enix are in the process of opening a new studio to work specifically on console RPG titles, it has been revealed.

A recruitment page has recently popped up online – and whatever the final title may be, it’s quite obviously in the earliest stages – with the studio looking specifically for interest from those with experience “specializing in RPG” to populate their core team.

Positions listed currently include just about everything needed for the unannounced project, from Directors, Lead Planners, a Programming team, Designers, Artists, and a Marketing squad.

Speculation is that this could be Final Fantasy 15 related – what do you think?

Square Enix Opening New Studio Focused On RPGs

Angry Birds Series Flies On, New Game & Trailers Launched

Whether you love the series, or wish those colourful birds would just flock off, there’s no denying that Rovio’s Angry Birds is a formidable franchise, which just keeps laying golden eggs for the Finnish developers.

It was recently revealed that the Birds are to feature in a cross-over with every youngsters favourite 80’s cartoon Robots In Disguise, the Transformers – and following that announcement, a new suitably retro trailer has been released ahead of the October 15th roll out.

That’s not all though, as not to outdone by the classically male pew-pew lasers and 18-wheelers of the forthcoming Transformers, Rovio have also released trailer for the pink and fluffy “BFF” Birds game, Stella, which features a new, almost entirely female flock, who’re on a mission to protect their treetops from Gale, the Bad Princess. That title is available on the App Store right now.

So, there we have it, more Angry Birds. Not much else to say really, is there?

Angry Birds Series Flies On, New Game & Trailers Launched

Claire Redfield Returns For Resident Evil Revelations 2

Sony’s TGS conference saw a trailer for the new Resident Evil title – Resident Evil Revelations 2 – and whilst it was announced Chris & Jill wouldn’t return, the game’s protagonist were, at that point, unknown.

Now, a few new details have emerged, including the names of two playable lead characters, Claire Redfield of Resident Evil 2 & Code Veronica, and Moira Burton, series regular Barry Burton’s daughter.

Revelations 2’s producer, Michiteru Okabe told GamesMaster that the new title will continue to bring well-recieved elements from the first Revelations, including “unspeakable horrors and unique gameplay experiences”.

“We started development on Revelations 2 with the intention of building upon two of the best-received features of the first title,” he told the magazine.

“[We focused on] the survival horror atmosphere, where the player feels a sense of tension and fear at what lies behind every door and down each dark corridor, and the dramatic serial story structure.

“In particular we’re taking the story to the next level by crafting the twists and turns of each nerve-wracking plot point so that they slowly build up to dramatic cliff-hangers that will leave players on the edge of their seats, anxious to see what happens next.”

Resident Evil Revelations is expected to launch in Japan early 2015, with a Western release to follow.

Claire Redfield Returns For Resident Evil Revelations 2

Viva La Vita? Sony’s New Smartphone Includes PS4 Remote Play

Sony took to the stage during today’s IFA technology showcase in Berlin to unveil their new wearable tech and Z3 Smartphone – the latter of which touts a wide array of fancy features, including, perhaps most notably for us – PlayStation Remote Play.

I know what you’re thinking; The Z3 doesn’t feature any sticks or physical buttons, this won’t work. You’re probably right. Sony have got you covered however, with the somewhat cumbersome DualShock 4 controller mount seen below.

So, if you fancy shelling out the cost of a PS4 all over again (and then some) to play DriveClub on the loo, you’ll be wanting to pick up a Z3 – or it’s tablet counterpart – later this year. Sony say they have no plans to bring the Remote Play service to any other mobile handsets.

Personally, I don’t see this taking off, but it’s unnerving that Sony are investing in the idea at all, given that the Vita’s positioning as a companion app is such a big selling point for PS4 owners right now, and remote play being it’s major USP.

Viva La Vita? Sony’s New Smartphone Includes PS4 Remote Play

New-Gen Grand Theft Auto V Dated By Retailer

The Xbox One, PS4 & PC versions of Grand Theft Auto V have been available for pre-order at various retailers for a couple of months now, with most holding a “provisional placeholder” or similar date of November. Today, however, it seems catalog giant Littlewoods know something a little more concrete, with their pre-order page holding a delivery date of November 14th.

We know the game’s coming. Cara Delevingne, host of in-game radio station Non Stop Pop FM, teased an updated radio station lineup for “new versions” earlier this week.

Nothing’s been confirmed just yet, and quite obviously that price of £70 isn’t going to be the best you’ll find, but we reckon this date is pretty spot on, and since Take Two’s UK distributor Exertis Gem have also changed their listing of the game to say November 14th too, that all but confirms it.

New-Gen Grand Theft Auto V Dated By Retailer