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Epic, Bioware and Naughty Dog reveal new titles at VGAs

Mon 12 Dec 2011 11:10am GMT / 6:10am EST / 3:10am PST
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Spike TV awards show seen in over 100 countries, Skyrim picks up big awards

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The Spike Video Game Awards, broadcast on Saturday night, saw a number of new game announcements from the likes of Bioware, Epic Games and Naughty Dog.

Bioware revealed that it's next project would be Command & Conquer: Generals 2, and this morning it's been reported that EA studio Victory, known for its work on the franchise, had joined the Bioware stable.

Epic Games is working on a game that looks drastically different to it's shooter back catalogue, and is titled Fortnite. Last week Epic Games president Mike Capps told GamesIndustry.biz that he was "scared to death" about the reveal.

Uncharted developer Naughty Dog aroused interest with a trailer for The Last Of Us, a game seemingly centred around a young girl and her father, fighting to survive in post apocalyptic world. The fact that Mark Richard Davies, lead designer on Ensalved, is working on the game suggest there will be similar escort mechanics.

"We are excited to finally unveil The Last of Us, a project the team has been working hard on for some time," said Naughty Dog co president Evan Wells.

"Naughty Dog's mission is to change the way people experience video games. We are confident The Last of Us will take a leap forward in cinematic gaming and storytelling, providing gamers with an experience unlike anything else in the industry."

The other major news from the show was that Platinum Games, the developer behind Bayonetta, has taken over work on Metal Gear Rising. The game was formerly in production at Kojima Productions.

There were also new trailers from games like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Diablo III, Rainbow Six: Patriots, Bioshock Infinite and Mass Effect 3.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim scored Game Of The Year, Best RPG and Studio Of The Year for Bethesda, despite ongoing complaints from PlayStation 3 gamers about game play issues.

It was the ninth awards ceremony for the Spike TV Network, and was shown live on Spike TV, MTV 2 and streamed on Spike.com. The show was seen in over 100 countries and territories globally.

6 Comments

Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Im ok with Metal Gear Rising as the name. But that word, Revengeance does not sound cool. Looking foward to "To the last of us". Its great to see a company, let go of a succesful franchise to make something original, than burn it out. I think Ive had enough Uncharted for a while and the prudent thing would be to give the series a rest, until new technology comes out. Rainbow six:Patriots and Bioshock: Infinite both look great. Its nice to see that console gaming isnt dead, like most have been predicting (or looking foward to). these announcements alone make having a console worth it, at least im very happy. But this year has been an amazing year. im not switching my console for facebook or angrybirds anytime soon.

Posted:2 years ago

#1
I think the new swatch of IPs mean consoles will be around for another 5-8 years.....
Long live some exciting gaming and console fun!

Posted:2 years ago

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Terence Gage Freelance writer

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I don't mean to be one of those people, but I've noticed lots of errors in Rachel's articles over the weeks, for instance:

"Epic Games is working on a game that looks drastically different to it's shooter back catalogue"
"Bioware revealed that it's next project"

"The Last Of Us"
"The Last of Us"
- Pedantic I know, but which is it? I just think on a professional site like this consistency is necessary.

"Epic Games is working on a game that looks drastically different to it's shooter back catalogue, and is titled Fortnite."
"The game was formerly in production at Kojima Productions."
- These two sentences read awkwardly. In the first I'd suggest removing 'and is' and in the second I'd change 'production' to 'development'.

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Anyway, I thought it was a pretty good night for reveals overall - with Naughty Dog stealing the show for me (although I am a bit of an ND fanboy). I guess it was just a pleasant surprise because I never expected a new IP from them so late in the PS3's lifecycle, and their games are always brilliant so I know I'll be pre-ordering this as soon as the option's available. It's nice to see Epic move away from something other than gruff space marines, and although I wasn't very interested in the style of Fortnite they do always deliver high quality and I think the premise has some potential. PlatinumGames are always excellent so I'm already more interested in Rising than I was, although it doesn't really seem to have much in common with its parent series.

Posted:2 years ago

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Bonnie Patterson Freelance Narrative Designer

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When did Kojima hire George W. Bush to name their titles?

I'm not completely positivized that I approvulate the name "Revengeance."

Posted:2 years ago

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing

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Maybe the nakedness of Bayonetta did not achieve the full desired effect and now Platinum Games tries to get more recognition by infuriating the grammar police instead of the moral justice league.

Or as Terrence would probably put it:
It's its being it that is its being.

Posted:2 years ago

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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What I like about these announcements is that alot of these games are, original IP's its not another unreal, gears of war, uncarted, but games that push video gaming and technology to the very limits of whats available in terms of graphics, phisics, AI and story telling. Im very excited for The last of us and Fortenite. I like the cartoon aesthetic of fortnite as well. Its a big departure from most of EPICS products.... and it seems like fun. However metal gear rising is too big of a departure from what metal gaer is and I do not view it as a metal gear game. Comon, Raiden tossed a metal Gear Ray with one hand like a rag doll in the trash. Its awsome, but its just not a metal gear game to me. Transformers got me excited, seeing Bruticus merge and the dino bots has got me exstatic, and BEENOX is hard at work trying to make a good spiderman game which is admirable. Rainbow six, seems like a good game, im not a shooter fan, but the story is set in a world I can relate to. So its got me excited. Bioshock infinite looks awsome and I cant say enough for mass effect 3... I played mass effect 2 for over 200 hours, so I naturally preordered this game. Xenoblade chronicles is coming to america, im hoping last story does so as well... Im super duper pumped... Im just hoping console games and solo game play expiriences can co exist with online and social game development. Instead of trying to replace one another. I cant really picture facebook games or games like angry birds being the future of gaming. they do sell alot, but then again, they are either free to play or cost 2 0r 3 dollars. I truly doubt angry birds can sell as much as it did at 60$

Posted:2 years ago

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