Mar 28 2013 2:30pm

Gaming Roundup: Next-Gen Consoles, Games Optional

Gaming Roundup The Witness

Jonathan Blow, the creator of wildly successful Xbox Live game Braid and one of today’s star indie game developers, threw his backing behind Sony this month, announcing that his new game, The Witness, will be available on the PlayStation 4 before becoming available for the next-gen Xbox. But he didn’t stop there: Blow went on to state that the new Xbox “is not strictly about games,” which is the main reason he threw his backing to Sony.

Blow made waves last year with his anti-establishment stance on popular gaming, in which he railed against the complacency of standards in the gaming industry and the manufactured nature of studio games. His decision holds a fair bit of weight, although as most gamers know, Sony is historically no stranger to having superior game exclusives as compared to its competition. His specific criticism does seem a bit perplexing, as currently the PlayStation and Xbox share a fairly similar direction in terms of being living room centerpieces as opposed to strictly gaming consoles. This is likely to continue with Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen offerings.

In other gaming news this week, EA’s free game giveaway for SimCity customers ends this week and PAX East brought to light some interesting tidbits on Outlast, Contrast, and Bioware’s future.

  • Halo 4 will get a new fan favorite map on April 11th: Forge Island.
  • Bioware talked up their next planned game and prospective new directions for their Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

Eric Wyatt
1. SunDriedRainbow
Why would you tease a video about Dragon Age when they don't mention it at all?
2. KaosNoKamisama
Am I the only one who would love to see some good (as they normally are) articles about the Metal Gear franchise in TOR? I think it has developed into something quite Sci-Fi. Especially in the last instalments.

And... By the allmighty Glob!!! Have you seen that gorgeous trailer for MSG V: The Phantom Pain? Speaking of the power of the next gen consoles.
Pritpaul Bains
3. Kickpuncher
@2 Would love to cover more MGS - the franchise has definitely been entrenched in Sci-Fi for the last few games.

The MGS V trailer looks incredible! Will need to include it in the next roundup.

@1 Oops! Meant to write one thing and wrote another. Pure oversight.

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