Plus: New Doctor Who VR Game Confirmed and Apex Legends Update Coming Soon…
Sony has announced PlayStation Productions for video game film and TV adaptions. Also, a new Doctor Who VR game has been confirmed and an update for Apex Legends is due this week.
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- PlayStation Productions Announced for Film and TV
- Doctor Who: The Edge of Time VR Game Announced
- Apex Legends Update Coming This Week
PlayStation Productions Announced for Film and TV
A new development studio as part of Sony Interactive Entertainment has been announced.
Aptly named PlayStation Productions, the new studio will be developing TV shows and movies based on video games.
The studio will be working with Sony Pictures, one of the world’s biggest and best movie producers in order to develop their projects.
Being headed by Asad Qizilbash, PlayStation Productions is set to develop new film and TV franchises based on renowned PlayStation titles, with 25 years worth of inspirational material to work from.
Some of the games to work from might include Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot and Metal Gear Solid, among many others.
However, PlayStation has more than 100 IPs with which they can work and according to Mr. Qizilbash, any new TV or film productions based on these video games will be developed based on analysis of the PlayStation community.
Another positive outlook for the projects is that they will be developed inside generous time frames with the developments being given the time they deserve from start to finish.
The focus of any new adaptions will be based purely on the essence of what made a particular game great in the first place and distilling the core concepts down into cinema medium.
“Ultimately, the story will determine the format. We want to bring our IP to the medium that best honors the property…“
That’s according to Shawn Layden, Chairman of Sony Interactive World Wide Studios.
One thing the studio has seems to corrected is that they are to conceptualize and develop new media themselves, based on their own IP, rather than licensing out the project to third party production houses.
In most cases, production studios develop movies based on games based on a particular director or producer’s interpretation of a game, which is quite often a poor one.
Almost all films and TV shows based on video games have historically and infamously been quite poor either in their execution, their reception or more often than not, both.
However, with the full weight of Sony Pictures, the full support of Sony Interactive Entertainment and an excellent understanding of original IP games, PlayStation Productions might just be able to succeed where so many others have failed.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Time VR Game Announced
A full VR production of a new video game based on popular Sci-Fi series Doctor Who has been announced.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Time will see players having to prevent the end of the Universe itself.
The game will feature Jodie Whittaker, the show’s current Doctor Who voicing the character for the game.
Also featured will be classic Doctor Who characters such as Daleks and iconic Doctor Who locations such as Totter’s Lane.
Having to recover Time Crystals, the game will consist of a series of interactive puzzles and getting to pilot the TARDIS.
The project is being developed with the latest in VR technology by Maze Theory and BBC Productions, and is to be published by PlayStack.
Maze Theory has been formed by former PlayStation and Activision employees and is looking to push develop stunning VR games by utilizing the technology to maximum effect.
The studio has also just announced a Peaky Blinders VR game based on the TV show which will also use groundbreaking VR technology.
Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is set for a September release on PlayStation 4, Occulus Rift and other compatible PC VR devices.
Apex Legends Update Coming This Week
A new patch for massive online Battle Royale game Apex Legends is to be released some time this week.
According to the game’s developer, Respawn Entertainment, the update will include game improvements and bug fixes.
The main focus of the patch seems to address the game’s sounds and music.
The game’s audio engine is said to have been improved, making it around 30% more CPU efficient and data code has been optimized to reduce drop out.
Other audio changes that have been made to the game include sound volume changes and other various audio adjustments and fixes to menus, weapons and items.
There has been no mention of any additional content.
Apex Legends is available now as a Free to Play game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Origin.
Note that Apex Legends does not require a PlayStation Plus account in order to play online.
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