Sony launches Third Party Production team


Gio Corsi

Sony Computer Entertainment America has formed a new publishing group called Third Party Production which will be headed up by former LucasArts lead producer Gio Corsi.

“The Third Party Relations team at PlayStation is well known for developing solid relationships across this industry, and this new group will work closely with our publishing partners to bring their beloved IPs to some new places,” Corsi wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

“Our partners who are currently in production will have us as a resource to strengthen their development process, ensuring quality and consistency on all Third Party projects.”

Its first project is the PlayStation Vita version of Borderlands 2 from Iron Galaxy Studios, and through Twitter Corsi reported he had received “literally hundreds of ideas, thousands of tweets,” from gamers suggesting other titles they’d like to see on PlayStation.

Corsi has been at Sony Computer Entertainment America for three months. Prior to that he spent time at LucasArts, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Nexon Publishing North America and Propaganda Games.

 

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Borderlands 2 new trailer for Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage!


EXPLOSIONS!!! Check out Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, the second campaign add-on for Borderlands 2. This add-on will be released on November 20th for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

 

Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgues Campaign of Carnage Preview — Arena Evolved


If there’s one theme that I see developing in Borderlands 2‘s DLC offerings, it’s diversity. The Captain Scarlett DLC was a finely executed and novel introduction of pirates to the franchise, and while developer Gearbox Software could have followed that up with vampires, ninjas, minotaurs, etc., their next DLC, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, goes in a notably different direction. It’s a direction that will surely please those who come to Borderlands 2 strictly for the gunplay.

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Considering the co-op friendly game design and its diverse array of enemies, Borderlands has always felt suited to arena-style play. This was proven previously with the Mad Moxxi DLC from the previous game. Many of the enclosed boss fight areas throughout the franchise give a taste of how an extensive multi-wave gun battle can play out. For Gearbox’s latest DLC, you’ll get just that, and considerably more. Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage isn’t just a settling for generic colosseum battles, although the new arena is the centerpiece of this DLC. There’s also a slew of side missions that will take this game well beyond the five-hour mark.

You can certainly see how much passion Gearbox puts into growing Pandora as the studio has added a ton of content beyond the arena. There’s at least 15 minutes of introductory content even before your first formal fight. You’re greeted by the tournament’s host, Mr. Torgue, who has the spitting image charisma of the late Macho Man Randy Savage.

He’s one of the loudest, most enthusiastic characters in the Borderlands franchise, so much so that Gearbox worked overtime on their censor button, bleeping out just the bare minimum for added hilarity. A new vault treasure has been discovered and Torgue has organized a tournament where the winner will be the one to open the vault.

You’ll of course have your hands full once you’re in the arena with enemies coming from all sides. The interior is elaborate in its art style, and the level design provides a handful of elevated structures to get both good vantage points and places of brief respite if your health is low.

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Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage also continues Gearbox’s tradition of practical approaches to new content and reskins. It’s commendable how they take the time to create new enemies with unique animations while mixing them with a roster of reskined foes. Same goes for the weapons as there’s a wealth of new and rare firearms to experiment with. And once again, if you have buddies who haven’t picked up the Season Pass but love weapons, you can bring the unique guns from this expansion into the main game and give them to your friends.

Equally admirable is how Gearbox continues to deliver fleshed out stories to their add-on content, complementing Borderlands 2‘s preexisting narrative. Mr. Torgue is just one of a number of new characters, and there are also a few familiar fan favorites although we don’t want to spoil their reveals.

What I did love about Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage the most is the game beyond the arena. Through some unforeseen developments, you’ll find yourself in other unfamiliar areas including a new city. Not only is this urban area densely packed with buildings, these structures are rather tall in the context of Borderlands environment design. It certainly felt new but not out of place in Pandora. There are enemies aplenty, both in the city streets and a nearby bar. In fact, causing a brawl in the bar is one of the mission objectives; this is Borderlands we’re talking after all.

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: Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage is out next week for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

 

Source: G4

Gearbox Teases Next Borderlands 2 DLC, It’s Torgue Time


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Keen eyed Borderlands 2 players may have already noticed that the last patch for the game added trophies for a DLC pack called Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage. Other than this bit of evidence, Gearbox was completely mum on any details regarding the follow-up to the Captain Scarlet DLC. Well that silence may finally be broken.

Gearbox had previously created a Twitter account for Gaige the Mechromancer, prior to releasing her as a downloadable character. After her release however, the account went silent. Now, just over a month later, her account has become active again today with the following post:

Hey g*uys! Sorr#y for the lack of upd%ates lately. My ECHO com’s been on $the friTz. I thin^ some)_’s tr#4ng to h/*ck it

Gearbox also tweeted that it was “probably worth keeping an eye on” Gaige’s account. Fifteen minutes later Gaige’s account was renamed MISTER TORGUE, and we were graced with this tweet:

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH IT’S TORGUE TIME BITCHES

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Mister Torgue has posted a few comical statuses since, right in line withBorderlands 2‘s humor. He goes so far as to call out the need for “…NEW PUNCTUATION THAT LOOKS LIKE AN EXPLOSION CAUSE PERIODS ARE TOO CALM AND EXCLAMATION MARKS LOOK LIKE AN UPSIDE DOWN LOWER CASE I”, and to say that “LOWERCASE IS FOR PUSSIES”.

He does specifically mention the name of the new DLC pack as well.

ARE YOU A BADASS ENOUGH BADASS TO SURVIVE “MISTER TORGUE’S CAMPAIGN OF CARNAGE”? I’M LEGIT CURIOUS CAUSE I DUNNO YOU THAT WELL#BADASSITUDE

— MISTER TORGUE 

There is no word concerning when we can expect to take part in the badassery that Mr. Torgue is asserting his Campaign of Carnage to be, but you can be sure that it’s not too far off now. Are you excited to continue your adventures on Pandora? What new features would you like to see Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage add?

 

Source: PlaystationLifestyle

Aspyr Announces Borderlands 2 Coming to the Mac November 20


Get ready to return to Pandora Mac gamers! Aspyr Media, in partnership with 2K Games and Gearbox Software, announced today that Borderlands 2 will be released on the Mac November 20. Borderlands 2 is the sequel to Borderlandsthe critically acclaimed four-player coop shooter-looter that combined intense first-person mayhem with role-playing gameplay.

Borderlands 2 lives up to the mantra “bigger, better and more badass,”  featuring all-new characters and skills, as well as imaginative, diverse new environments with unique missions and enemies. There’s even more exciting and fun weapons, equipment and loot than ever before. All of these features come together in a story that returns players to the world of Pandora to take down the notorious Handsome Jack and his corrupt Hyperion Corporation as a solo campaign or with up to four cooperative players.

“Aspyr prides itself on bringing the best in gaming to the Mac audience,” said Ted Staloch, Vice President of Aspyr Media. “Borderlands 2 is definitely among the best.  Most sequels have a hard time living up to the first, but Borderlands 2 manages to improve on every cool aspect of Borderlands, and still finds a way to wrap the player up in a new story with a new experience.”

Borderlands 2 will allow friends to play together online with drop-in-drop-out capabilities. Seamless cooperative gameplay and action makes Borderlands 2 extremely accessible for gamers and their friends to play alone or together.

The game  will retail for $59.99 and be available on Steam on November 20. The Mac App Store version will arrive later this year. For those that love tangibles, a physical boxed format for the game will also be available later this holiday season. Visit the Borderlands 2 page at GameAgent.com to pre-order and use Mac Match to see if your Mac is supported!

BONUS: Pre-order now from GameAgent.com to get access to Premiere Club content, including Gearbox Gold Gun Pack, a Golden Key, the Vault Hunter’s Relic, and a fifth playable vault hunter, Gaige the Mechromancer, all for FREE!

Look for a Borderlands 2 Mac FAQs post dishing out even more vital info on this game later today (Update: Borderlands 2 Mac FAQs post is now live!). Keep your eyes glued to Aspyr‘s  Twitter and Facebook accounts for the latest news and information on Borderlands 2.

Are you excited about this announcement? What aspects of the game are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Gameagent