Sony has signalled the end to online support for tactical shooters SOCOM and MAG.
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UPDATE: Sony has finally confirmed that Zipper Interactive is no more.
Update: Game has offered Eurogamer an insight into pricing and how you'll receive the digital PS3 content.
Sony has revealed its latest round of PlayStation Plus deals, which go live later today.
All members are eligible for the offers, including those using the Welcome Back offer's free subscription.
What do you get? Sony's EU PlayStation blog lists extra maps for SOCOM: Special Forces and MAG are available at 100 per cent discount - completely free.
SOCOM developer Zipper Interactive has suffered a round of job cuts, owner Sony has confirmed.
The PlayStation Store has been redesigned. A bit.
There are new sections you'll notice when you tootle down the virtual aisles today. There's a top-level Demos category; a Franchises section to group all content by, say, Call of Duty; a Charts section for the most popular forms of all Store content; easier to find Themes and Avatars; and a more organised PlayStation Plus area.
Those changes are presented with a new cosmetic flourish.
Sony has announced on an unconventional way of celebrating the spirit of Christmas this week: it's letting PlayStation 3 users shoot each other in the head for free, courtesy of complimentary access to online shooter MAG.
Online PlayStation 3 shooter MAG is about to get yet another update, but this time new features are promised alongside bug fixes.
The biggest new addition is a Mulitqueue feature that replaces the old Directives deploy option, giving players the opportunity to queue up for any or all game modes at the same time.
According to a post on the game's official site, "This allows users to jump into the action quickly without forcing them into gametypes they don't want to play. All you have to do is uncheck the modes you're not interested in playing and the Multiqueue will take care of the rest.
Zipper Interactive has insisted large scale first-person shooter MAG is one of the most played online PlayStation 3 games amid accusations that hardly anyone's playing it.
Fresh from going live with a comprehensive patch earlier this month, more new DLC has been announced for MAG.
Developer Zipper Interactive has lifted the lid on the Escalation pack, which brings new maps, game modes and weapons to the PlayStation 3 multiplayer FPS.
The new Escalation mode supports up to 96 players, or one 32-man platoon for each PMC, and pits Raven, SVER, and Valor against each other at the same time. The first PMC to score the pre-designated number of points before the timer runs down wins.
Zipper has released the gigantic MAG 2.0 patch that brings Move support to the war game.
Other key additions are an increased level cap, revamped skill tree, new economy system and a clan deploy feature.
And that's "just the tip of the iceberg", the developer posted on the US PlayStation blog. "There are so many fantastic new or improved items in MAG 2.0 it's almost like a new game!"
A raft of new content is heading to Sony's online shooter MAG, developer Zipper Interactive has revealed.
The official MAG blog lists Move support, an increased level cap that goes up to 70, a revamped skill tree and "a brand new in-game economy that lets you earn credits to spend on weapons and items from the also-new Supply Depot."
Elsewhere, there's a new Clan Deploy feature that allows clan leaders to queue other clan members into a game. Existing maps, weapons and vehicles are refined, bugs have been patched and there's a MAG news page that informs users of all the latest updates when they log in.
Zipper Interactive has updated multiplayer shooter MAG so that it's possible to subscribe to two additional character slots for $0.99 each.
Sony has updated the PlayStation Store with a range of treats including Shank, MotorStorm 3D Rift and a new "Persistent Beta client" for MAG.
Klei Entertainment's Shank, published by EA, came out on Xbox Live Arcade yesterday as well and costs £9.99 / €12.99 on PSN. You run around a vibrant 2D world killing people, which is alright with us.
MotorStorm 3D Rift, meanwhile, allows you to play 10 of Pacific Rift's tracks in 3D if you have the equipment. It's a free trial but then you need to fork over a tenner.
PlayStation 3-exclusive shooter MAG is set to receive a patch next month.
The update, due early August, will include features fans have been "asking us for all summer", Zipper Interactive senior community manager Jeremy Dunham wrote on the US PlayStation blog.
Patch version 1.07 will bring a new 'Happy Hour' double experience point bonus, faster download and patching code, redesigned versions of maps, new lighting effects "for more attractive and realistic environments" and various bug fixes.
Sony and Zipper Interactive have announced an expansion pack for MAG, due out on 23rd June for €7.99.
128-player game mode, three new maps.
There's brand new and free content headed to gargantuan PS3 online shooter MAG next week.
The first lot of MAG downloadable content will be released next Thursday, 25th March.
Zipper has released a big patch for MAG.
Changes were described on the European PlayStation blog as "dramatic" and include revamps for every single weapon as well as sped-up gear and weapon swapping and a clamp-down on various exploits. You'll also be given more warning when a BOOM! - bomb is about to explode.
This update is patch 1.03, and the entire contents are listed below.
BioWare's galactic PC and Xbox 360 RPG Mass Effect 2 has entered the UK all-formats chart at number one.
In videogames, bigger has always equalled better. Marketing men spray ever-greater numbers at us like schoolboys competing to see who can pee furthest up a wall. 'Wonder at how many colours a Mega Drive can display!' they say. 'Marvel at how many minutes of cut-scene you can store on a PlayStation disc!' 'Quiver at the number of polygons that now comprise Lara Croft's cleavage!'
The inference is that quality always stays abreast of ambition; that the bigger, faster and more numerous the virtual things we have to play with, the happier we will be. As a result, it's numbers which fuel the fires of the console hardware cycles. And it's numbers which justify gaming's interminable sequels - explaining in neat accountant's rows why it is that we need another Gran Turismo, even when in the hands, the difference can be imperceptible.
More recently, however, there's been a move away from obsessing about figures. Nintendo's Wii and Microsoft's Natal are arguably technological sidesteps, focusing not on multiplying the underlying numbers but on changing the way we interact with them. And as gaming hardware has begun to languish, so developers have been forced to focus their ambitions elsewhere.
Eurogamer vs. IGN. What did you do in the war, daddy?
It's a MAG press event just off Baker Street. PS3s and huge HD screens are lined up in a subterranean hall, waitresses move through the crowds with bullet-studded belts, nobody during a presentation ever misses an opportunity to refer to the assembled gaming press as 'operatives' or exclaim 'Let's DO IT!' and a nice Sony PR lady has just taken to the stage to set things rolling.
On Wednesday night, 64 hardened Eurogamer operatives will take to the networked battlefield in the massive MAG tournament we've been trailing, with official invites going out today for people who have been selected to participate in the London event.
Sony has confirmed what retailers suspected: that MAG will be released in the UK on 29th January.
The time has finally come to register for the massive MAG tournament taking place on 20th January - at which you will get to fight for Eurogamer in a 128-player battle against our evil internet enemies at another website!
First-party exclusives are polarising beasts by nature, but Zipper Interactive's ambitious MMOFPS will likely prove more divisive than most. Some will dive in and find a game of uncommon depth and freedom, a richly designed long-term commitment that doesn't just recreate the boom-bang-a-bang of large-scale military conflict, but fosters the loyalty and fraternal co-dependence that holds armies together as well. Others, however, may find its epic 256-man battles too hardcore. To paraphrase Obi-Wan, both will be right. From a certain point of view.
So, by now we've established that we need you. Now we're telling you where and when. Our upcoming MAG battle against a rival website is fast approaching and it's nearly time to pick sides and book the evening off.
Sony has said it's attempting to sort out problems with the MAG open beta, which launched yesterday.
"We have seen a few connection issues today, which the team are working to resolve, so it's possible you may experience some issues connecting to games for the time being," SCEE's Elliott Martin wrote on the European PlayStation blog.
Meanwhile, over on the US version, Zipper's Jeremy Dunham told users who received a "10:4" connection error to keep trying. "You have about a one in four chance to connect to the lobby when that happens, and once you're connected the game runs fine," he wrote.
Sony has announced plans to run an open MAG beta at the start of next year.
The free-to-everyone test for the huge multiplayer shooter kicks off on 4th January and runs until 8am GMT on the 10th.
Anyone taking part will be able to get stuck into the 64-player Sabotage mode and the 256-player Domination one.
Quietly going about its business in a closed beta phase, Zipper Interactive's MAG is one of the most intriguing games Digital Foundry has taken a look at recently, and an important milestone in the evolution of online console gaming.
Sony has opened sign-ups for the European MAG beta test.
Head to the European PlayStation blog to put your name down.
There are 16,000 spaces, and they will be given out in weekly batches using a first come, first served rule. The MAG beta will span seven servers and be open for six hours a day from Monday to Friday.
Zipper's massive PS3 exclusive.
Sony America plans to unload MAG on North Americans from 26th January. Europe, however, has "no confirmed date as of yet", a spokesperson for SCEE told Eurogamer this morning.
256 player assault FPS.
When Sony revealed MAG - no-one's referring to it as Massive Action Game any more, it seems - at E3 last year, its promise of 256-player online modern warfare raised a few eyebrows. Not that we didn't believe it; we did, however, wonder how it could possibly hang together. Even in MMOs, you rarely get that many people in a single conflict, and when it does happen (in EVE Online, say) precious few understand what's going on, or can perceive it through the juddering lag. Surely a multiplayer FPS on that scale could only go one of two ways: complex, tactical and dry, or sheer bloody chaos.
Showing a few of those 256 players.
Sony has told us to expect PS3 exclusive MAG, or Massive Action Game, in spring 2009.
Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty will be released on Blu-ray Disc in PAL regions.
Sony has unveiled MAG, an enormous action game exclusive to PS3 that boasts 256-player online battles.
The name means Massive Action Game, in case you were in any doubt, and SOCOM outfit Zipper Interactive is the studio behind it.
Lead designer Andy Beaudoin took to the E3 conference stage to fill us in, and revealed that each side will be broken down into eight-player squads led by those who had previously proven themselves.