SCE Japan Studio Released Teaser for Mysterious Panopticon Game

Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japan Studio has released a teaser trailer for a new project titled Panopticon. The video was released on the official PlayStation website after a counter climbed up to 1,000,000 years. More information about the game will be released on the website on the 21 May.

Very little is known about this title apart from the fact that PlayStation applied for a European trademark on Panopticon; the symbol (pictured right) was filed to include computer and video games, toys and playthings, and entertainment.

A panopticon originally comes from English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 1700s, and was a design for a prison that meant a watchman could monitor all the inmates from one position without their knowledge. Although an exact version of Bentham’s panopticon has ever been built, it has been said that some prisons were influenced by Bentham’s design. The word panopticon is derived from the Greek words “pan” and “optikon”, which together mean “all-seeing”.

Soul Sacrifice Vita Conference Trailer Released

A new trailer for the RPG Soul Sacrifice, which was previously shown at the PlayStation Vita conference, has been released. The video shows further footage of the game’s various monsters and environments. The game will be released in Japan on 7 March, in North America on 30 April, and in Europe on 1 May.

The protagonist of the game is slave of a cruel sorcerer, who is saved from sacrifice by a demon in the form of a book. This book allows the player to experience battles with monsters from the past, gaining experience and power as they go along. Players can use magic but it comes at a cost, which can range from objects like jewels to body parts. The player’s in-game counterpart will be permanently marked by each use of magic, and as they get more powerful, they lose their human appearance and begin to resemble, and eventually turn into, a monster. 

The game was developed by Japan Studios, an in-house developer of Sony Computer Entertainment.

Soul Sacrifice RPG Trailer Released

PlayStation Japan has released a trailer for the PS Vita RPG Soul Sacrifice, the trailer was previously shown at the PlayStation Awards on 3 December. The video features gameplay footage of battle, which is described in the video as “intense magic battle action.” The game will be released in Japan on 7 March, in North America on 30 April, and in Europe on 1 May.

The protagonist of the game is slave of a cruel sorcerer, who is saved from sacrifice by a demon in the form of a book. This book allows the player to experience battles with monsters from the past, gaining experience and power as they go along. Players can use magic but it comes at a cost, which can range from objects like jewels to body parts. The player’s in-game counterpart will be permanently marked by each use of magic, and as they get more powerful, they lose their human appearance and begin to resemble, and eventually turn into, a monster. The game was developed by Japan Studios, an in-house developer of publisher Sony Computer Entertainment.

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time Animation Short Released

PlayStation have released an animation short to promote Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time action game; the video features Sly and his friends pull off an airborne heist. The character of Sly is voiced by Kevin Miller (Blood Will TellNightshade).

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time was developed by Sanzaru Games and is being published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game will be available on PS3 and Vita on 5 February (US), 27 March (UK).

God Of War: Ascension Singleplayer Teaser and Demo Revealed

PlayStation and Sony Computer Entertainment have released a teaser trailer for the singleplayer mode of God Of War: Ascension. The story of this prequel is set six months after the last game, in which Kratos was tricked by Ares into killing his wife and child. Kratos broke his blood oath with Ares and was sentenced to an eternity chained in a prison for the living damned; now he will be tested as he seeks his freedom and vengeance. God of War: Ascension will be available on PlayStation 3 from March 12 (US), March 15 (UK).

Players can gain early access to the singleplayer demo by joining the Rise of The Warrior challenge and testing their God Of War knowledge for the chance to win in-game rewards and exclusive downloadable content.

PlayStation Network users in North or South America can also access an open beta for the game’s multiplayer mode.

Sony’s Platformer Game Puppeteer Celebrates Halloween with a Trailer

Sony Computer Entertainment has given its upcoming release Puppeteer a special Halloween themed trailer. The game follows a small boy Kutaro in a dark fairytale world, where he is transformed into a puppet and his head is bitten of by the Moon Bear King; Kutaro must defeat the Moon Bear King to get back his head. Although, his is not the only head in this world, as he can pick up different heads to give him certain abilities, and a pair of giant scissors help him to cut through obstacles and enemies. The game is set for release in 2013.

The game’s striking aesthetic is inspired by its creator Gavin Moore’s love of Japanese Bunraku (puppet) theatre.

Happy Halloween!