UK indie studio Relentless Software - best-known for its Buzz! series of quiz games on PlayStation 2 - has closed its doors for the final time.
Buzz! inventor Relentless Software is making three-and-a-half new games, co-founder Andrew Eades told me this afternoon - including a new game in the successful Blue Toad murder mystery series.
For Relentless Software, the book has all but closed on Buzz! - a quiz series voiced by Jason Donovan and recognised by its bespoke four-button controllers. What Sony poured champagne over during the glory days of PS2 simply failed to bubble on PS3.
Buzz! maker Relentless Software is no longer shackled to PlayStation, and there's one piece of technology that has particularly caught its eye: Kinect.
Two new spaces are set to launch in PlayStation Home today.
According to the PlayStation Blog that'll include Buzz! HQ, where you can take part in 64-player quiz games. Points, prizes and special events are promised.
Meanwhile, EA is opening a new Fight Night space in the form of a boxing-themed nightclub. Expect an interactive DJ game, rewards and "plenty of places to chill" (here on the deck?) "with your nearest and dearest Home-boys and Home-girls". Marvellous.
Sony has updated the PlayStation Store with a Wheelman demo, some more DLC for Street Fighter IV, Everybody's Golf, LittleBigPlanet and Buzz, and the digital download version of Patapon 2 for PSP.
Sony has stuffed the PlayStation Store with a F.E.A.R. 2 demo and plenty of other bits and bobs.
Sony plans to offer a Special Edition of Buzz! Quiz TV this Christmas on PS3.
We've been reliably informed that PS3 quiz title Buzz! Quiz TV has been patched to include Trophies.
The latest in the long line of trivia-testing successes, Buzz! Quiz TV is only the second Blu-ray game to get the Trophy facelift after Nathan Drake's tropical adventures in Uncharted pipped it to the virtual post.
Anyone firing up their copy of Buzz today should receive a prompt for an update which will install the patch. It's not known whether this will function retroactively or if you'll need to relive your finest moments in order to secure your prizes.
There's little change at the top of the UK all-formats chart this week, as Super Smash Bros. Brawl continues to fight off opposition from Battlefield: Bad Company at two and LEGO: Indiana Jones at three.
The PS3 debut of venerable and award-winning quiz series Buzz will not surprise you. In terms of presentation and content, very little has changed. It's hard to avoid a slight twinge of disappointment when you realise this, since our usual expectation when any series jumps console generations is to expect a showcase; something bigger, bolder, familiar yet beefed up in all the ways that were never possible before.
That's not happened here, but that twinge of disappointment soon fades. Buzz doesn't really need a makeover, since it's already a superbly refined quiz machine. Relentless has therefore opted for the safer, more sensible, path of not fixing something that isn't broken. The categories are the same - Lifestyle, Sports, Knowledge, Movies & TV, Music - and they break down into sub-categories such as Food and Drink, Toons and Oldie Hits.
The rounds available are also familiar, bar one new addition and one tweaked entry. Play a local multiplayer game and you'll get Point Builder, Pass The Bomb, Fastest Finger, Pie Fight, Point Stealer, High Stakes and Final Countdown. High Stakes is the new round, and requires players to bet some of their points based on their confidence regarding the subject matter. Final Countdown, meanwhile, now places each contestant on a raised podium, the height of which is dictated by your score. Being the first with the correct answers raises you higher, wrong answers drop you lower. Should you drop to the bottom, you plummet into a hole and are out of the game.
Sony has launched a new website for PS3 game Buzz! Quiz TV, and you can find it over at MyBuzzQuiz.com.
It's not just a load of rubbishy old screens and flash movies - the point is, you can create your very own quizzes and play them online. You can also try out ones other people have created. (We correctly answered six out of eight questions in the Mario Kart quiz, though we'd argue the answer to one of those questions is subjective and there's no way Princess Peach is fatter than Donkey Kong.)
Then, when Buzz! Quiz TV launches on July 4th, you'll be able to download quizzes and play them on your PS3.
Slowly but surely, Sony's plan to woo the casual gamer is starting to become clear. Drawing obvious, yet understandable inspiration from proven internet concepts, it's now pushing the trendy idea of user-created content far more aggressively than their rivals. There's SingStar, of course, with its YouTubey karaoke video uploads. Eventually there'll be LittleBigPlanet with its drag-and-drop physics playground. And here we have Buzz! Quiz TV, the PS3 debut of Sony's mammoth quiz franchise. The nuts and bolts of the game should be familiar to most fans - Jason Donovan returns as Buzz, the smarmy host - and will be covered when the time comes to dust off the review trousers. For now we'll be taking an early look at the new features added for the PS3.
Sony Computer Entertainment America has tacked on a couple of additions to the list of games it plans to show at E3 next month.
Sony Europe has told Eurogamer that Buzz! Quiz TV will be out here on 4th July.
Buzz! developer Relentless Software believes videogames are still "miles away" from captivating the mass market.
Shooters and sports games. RPGs and racers. Strategy and simulation, action and adventure. The lines may blur but for the most part you know where you are with these. If a game's got guns, cars, football or wizards, it's easy to see where it fits.
Sony has told Eurogamer that it's hoping to release the PS3 version of Buzz! Quiz TV at "around the same time" as the newly announced Buzz! for PSP this spring.