Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions' upcoming open-world stealth game, will allow players to create their own missions with tablets and smartphones, the Official PlayStation Magazine U.K. reports.Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima said that the decision to put Snake in an open-world environment came from a desire to use mobile devices with the game, functionality he hinted at last year at PAX Prime.
Virgin Galactic is nearing in on commercial spaceflight with the completion of its latest test of SpaceShipTwo. The reusable ship, which will eventually be used to ferry around passengers, took its second rocket-powered flight this morning over Mojave, California. Virgin founder Richard Branson says that the craft flew higher and faster than it ever has before — up to 69,000 feet in the air. This run was also apparently a crucial measure of the shuttle's unique "feathering" reentry system, which it tested today for the first time.
The past few days have been interesting in the way of Nexus 5 (or Nexus 4 2013) rumors. After a few grumblings that seemed to confirm that LG would once again be responsible for the smartphone Nexus slot, there was silence, an FCC approval disclosure and then retraction, and then purported spotting of the Nexus 5 in Google's KitKat announcement video.Today the FCC re-posted the approval documentation for ZNFD820, or the LG-D820 model, a device which is steadily gaining traction as potential candidate for the Nexus 5.
Electronic Arts is branching out from its current collection of sequels by developing six to eight new franchises, EA Games chief Patrick Soderlund told MCV.
Soderland referenced Mirror's Edge 2 and Star Wars Battlefront as examples that the company is still willing to take risks on new material despite the strong focus maintaining successful franchises.
"We are working on a new Mirror's Edge game, and although that's not a new IP, it is a revival done in a new way. We are developing Star Wars Battlefront, which to us is a new IP, even though it isn't technically," he said.
"We have six to eight completely new IPs in the works. The day we stop making new IP is when we go onto life support."
Spotify, the very popular music streaming service, is moving ahead with its aggressive growth strategy, and it looks like it’s raising more money to do it: a report today in the Swedish financial paper Dagens Industri says that the Stockholm-based startup is looking for backers at a 35 billion kronor ($5.27 billion) valuation.It further reports that the money that is being raised may come in the form of a loan rather than an equity investment, with the two co-founders, CEO Daniel Ek and Spotify’s two founders CEO Daniel Ek and chairman Martin Lorentzon reluctant to give up more of the company to investors.
Judge Denise Cote has imposed an injunction on Apple in the ebook price-fixing case, which, among other things, will install an external antitrust monitor for the company. Apple will also be required to end all agreements with the five major publishers that prevent Apple from lowering ebook prices.
In addition to the monitor, the Justice Department had also wanted to change Apple's digital content policies, at least in regards to ebooks, letting ebook apps such as Amazon's Kindle app link to Amazon's store from within the app, something that Apple no longer allows, and hasn't since 2011. Judge Cote decided against such measures, not wanting to interfere fundimentally with the way Apple does business.
Dots is a simple, well-designed and incredibly addictive ‘match three’ (or in this case, match two or more) game designed by Betaworks for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices.General Electric (GE) has teamed up with the developer to implement a new Gravity Mode this weekend for casual players. It removes the timer and move restrictions, so gamers can coast through six levels at their own pace. The feature also includes a gravity button that shuffles the dots into a new, randomized position. Betaworks and GE used a new physics engine to create the effect, which forces the dots (which are normally suspended in mid-air) to drop to the bottom of the screen based on the angle of the device.