Weekly News Catch-Up: March 24th

We here at PSN Fans love news: release dates, gameplay trailers, hardware details… You name it. However we can’t always report on everything that trickles out of the news machine, which is where Weekly News Catch-Up comes in. Here we cover some of the stories that didn’t make it to the front page the first time around. 

What is Datura? (Destructoid, IGN)
To be honest… We have no idea. Other than gameplay details and videos, we don’t really know what the player’s purpose or motives are in Datura, a new downloadable title by Team Plastic. However, it’s safe to bet that the game will give players a unique adventure-esque experience only enhanced by the Move controller. Filled with opportunities that offer players choice (both in a morality and gameplay sense) there’s no doubt Datura’s atmosphere and mystery is one to keep people intrigued. Below is a gameplay video showing off some of Team Plastic’s offerings.

[youtube width="640" height="350"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HHRDieDM6Y[/youtube]

Hydrophobia Developer Closes its Doors (Games Industry.biz)
Dark Energy Digital, creators of the aquatic action/thriller Hydrophobia, has entered administration. Upon release of their flagship title, Hydrophobia failed to attract enough revenue despite a re-release that addressed issues pointed out in reviews at the time. Hydrophobia is best remembered for its impressive water physics, which is a technological aspect Games Industry.biz suspects will attract other developers to make a bid towards.

Dark Energy Digital was founded in 1998, primarily developing pool/snooker games. Hydrophobia was released on downloadable platforms in 2010, and its HydroEngine tech that powers the realistic fluidity of water in the game took approximately three years to develop alone.

 Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad Gets New Gameplay Trailer
Fans of off-road racing should be gearing up for Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad, which is set to release on the PSN sometime in Q2 2012. In a recent press release, developer 2XL Games states the game features 8-player competitive racing, online stat-tracking, leaderboards, dynamic environmental obstacles and a fluid 60FPS presentation in 1080p resolution. Releasing at a $9.99 price point, racing fans can whet their appetites with the gameplay trailer below.

[youtube width="640" height="350"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8w_1LkcIhU[/youtube]

Foosball 2012 Coming to Vita, PS3 (My Vita Feed, IGN)
We’re no strangers to table-top games turned video game like poker, pool or even Warhammer 40,000… but foosball? Colour us interested. This new Vita/PS3 downloadable game will be following the recent buy-one-get-both-versions model seen with other titles like Motorstorm RC and Hustle Kings, along with cross-platform continuation. No word yet on how the original foosball dual-handed control method will be translated to dual-sticks, but we’ll keep a look out and let you know. In the meantime, have a gander at some gameplay footage.

[youtube width="640" height="350"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5S4-EVhuJ0[/youtube]

Lightbox Interactive Shows Off Split-Screen Multiplayer, “Crunch Time” Developer Diary (PlayStation Blog)
If you don’t know what Starhawk is, quickly have a read of our collective impressions of the beta. Then get excited for the fact that this online-only experience is giving players the opportunity to share their couch and screen with a friend to bring along into the online realm.With this announcement coming straight from the PlayStation Blog, it’s also great to note that dual-PSN logins are supported in this space western too.

As stated in the post, “You can sign in using your PSN ID on the same machine and retain the XP you earn at your friend’s house. And you can still take that hard-earned XP home with you and apply it to your character there.” Going on however, “you can’t earn Trophies or character customizations (outfits, paint jobs, decals) as these are saved directly to the PS3. It’s not perfect, but it’s way better than Warhawk where Player Two couldn’t level up at all.” It’s also important to note that playing offline means the second player’s stats will not be saved online, thus resulting in no XP earnage.

Below is a developer video diary talking about putting the finishing touches on the game and Lightbox’s efforts throughout the beta period. Starhawk is set to release beginning May 8th, 2012.

[youtube width="640" height="350"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GjjfuJ4sIk[/youtube]


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