Weekly News Catch-Up: May 20th

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.

On tap this week: release dates, development studio Criterion Games looking into PS3/Vita cross-platform play, another Sony Vita Heaven event, plus more.

Release Dates (PS LifeStyle, Destructoid)
Mad Riders (PS3) - May 29th
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Vita) – June 12th

Next PlayStation Vita Heaven Event to be Broadcast in June (Andriasang)
According  to a report by Andriasang, Sony Japan is aiming to host another Vita Heaven event this coming June. The first held back in March saw the announcement and tease of numerous upcoming titles such as Phatnasy Star Online 2 and Soul Sacrifice. This broadcast, as it’s been called by Sony, consisted of unseen videos/trailers of new games that were distributed via YouTube as an event. Hiroshi Kawano, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of Japan, mentioned in a blog post that Sony has taken on board criticisms made by the public regarding their previous event, and is hoping to use that feedback to help shape their next.

Criterion Games on the Look Out for PS3/Vita “Interoperation” (PS LifeStyle)
In a recent job listing tweeted by @Superogatory, Criterion Games is advertising for a new member to help “[implement] interoperation between the PS3 and VITA” with their next game. @Superogatory speculates the listing is for a new Need For Speed game, however Eurogamer reported last year that the studio was seeking new staff to develop an open-world racing game, which sounds an awful lot like Burnout: Paradise that was released in 2008 and hasn’t seen a major entry in the series since (Burnout CRASH! not withstanding). Either way, Criterion is widely regarded as one of the master game studios in the racing genre, so no matter the title in development things should prove interesting for racing fans.

Sly Cooper Sneaking onto Vita (PS Blog EU)
Glen Egan, CEO of Sanzaru Games, recently made a post on the European PlayStation Blog regarding the next entry in the Sly Cooper series, subtitled Thieves in Time. In this post was the surprise announcement that Thieves in Time will also be coming to Vita, with added control functionality only available to Sony’s handheld. Better yet, save files can be transferred between the PS3 and Vita, allowing players to continue their progress either on the go or at home. The Sly Cooper series is known for its well-crafted platforming, art direction, character design and gameplay mechanics. This upcoming entry will be the fourth in the series; the previous three being released last year as part of the Sly Cooper HD Collection.

New Quantum Conundrum Trailer

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