Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 5/20/14


"The Kickstarter campaign for a new Amplitude game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 has drawn the support of Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive developer Insomniac Games. Writing on thedeveloper’s website, Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price announced that the studio has contributed $7,500 to the campaign, which ends on Friday, May 23.Price said his company adores music games (the company even used to have frequent Rock Band/Guitar Hero competitions) and called on his fans to support the new Amplitude campaign however they can. “We are big fans of both Harmonix and Amplitude, and we want to see Amplitude HD. We hope if you liked Amplitude or Frequency, or just love great music games in general, you’ll consider pledging too.”"


"Kinect Sports Rivals for the Xbox One has become a massive flop. I’m not sure why anyone at Microsoft is even surprised by this. the original Kinect Sports did well because people were still interested in the potential of motion-sensing peripheral – but that ship has long sailed. For the most part, nobody cares about Kinect or its games. Microsoft forcing Rare to make Avatars turgid, casual motion-gaming fluff is one of the greatest crimes in the history of video games. Microsoft has now perpetrated another injustice on Rare; they’ve let go of a number of staff, including senior staff and veterans.Sources suggest that 20 staff have been let go, including Chris Sutherland, who has worked on Rare games for more than 20 years. Sutherland was lead programmer on Battletoads and all three Donkey Kong Country games. He also not only lead the Banjo-Kazooie games, but provided the voice for the game’s heroes too."


"With the Electronic Entertainment Expo just a few weeks away, companies are already making plans for some big reveals. Electronic Arts is no exception, as the publisher reportedly has six new projects that will be unveiled. That’s not a typo.Geoff Keighley tweeted today (via Polygon) that EA’s press conference on June 9, which will also air on Spike TV, will include “six new game reveals.”"