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Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has rejected the idea of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One being part of the final console cycle, according to an interview published by CVG. He argues that while cloud gaming will stir things up a bit, it will also cause manufacturers to strive for more control over their platforms and that they will try to accomplish that by releasing new consoles.

To answer your question, I think that the cloud is going to change a few things. I still think it is not the last generation, because the manufacturers want a way to control their platform and the machine is the best way to have a specific access to that. —Yves Guillemot

Head past the jump for some more Ubisoft thoughts about console cycles!

The identities of two lead actors for Killzone: Shadow Fall were compromised today by the official PlayStation blog. Sinclair, the director of the Vektan Security Agency, is your character's boss and is being played by David Harewood. Harewood is an established actor who is probably best known for playing David Estes in the ongoing Homeland TV series. Echo is another key character in the game. While you are following Sinclair's orders to keep the Vektan group ahead of their rivals, Echo is doing the same for the Helghast agency she works for. Echo is being played by Jamie Gray Hyder, who played in the hit HBO series True Blood as a werewolf named Danielle.

Both Hyder and Harewood are supplying their voices and their likenesses for Shadow Fall, and you can see them in action in the attached teaser trailer after the jump.

A new Assassin's Creed IV gameplay video came out recently which shows off the ship upgrade system and some naval combat. The video demonstrates a natural progression of the naval combat and upgrades originally featured in Assassin's Creed III, with a wider variety of projectiles and the ability to manually aim your canons at weak points. The video ends with a brief description of how you upgrade Edward Kenway, which will be elaborated on in a later video.

Hit the jump to see the video for yourself!

According to Polygon, former Capcom producer Keiji Inafune was left disappointed by the titles revealed by Sony and Microsoft at E3. Claiming that the absence of freshness and innovation did not inspire him to try out any new titles, Inafune was let down by the current focus on sequels and current-gen games on next-gen consoles:

I was mostly handling interviews during E3 so I couldn’t get around the show floor that much. But with the quick overview I had, I sadly didn’t see any games this time that I really wanted to try out. We’re right at the cusp of new hardware launches, after all, so my impression was that it was nothing but sequels and there aren’t any new titles in the end.

Head past the jump to read his full quotation!

UPDATE: The game is coming to PlayStation 3 later this year.

Sony teased an image on Twitter of a purple eclipse with the caption "When Worlds Collide." Many fans speculated the company was teasing the PlayStation 4's release date, as there is a solar eclipse that will occur on November 3rd later this year. However, Sony expanded on the poster. The eclipse became an ellipse. The purple circle represented a science-fiction portal of sorts. In addition, the tease was said to be a project by Insomniac Games.

Now we know what that project is.

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is Insomniac's new game, and it marks the return of Ratchet and company.

Take a look at the game's description captured by NeoGAF.

"Ratchet and Clank are back! The beloved duo return with an original single-player epilogue to the acclaimed Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is a story-driven platform adventure with humor and heart, featuring outrageously upgraded weapons, extreme planet hopping and brand new worlds begging to be explored. Into the Nexus marks a true return to form for the acclaimed series."

For the full description, you have to hit the jump! You can also take a look at all the teaser images there!

You read that headline right; any PlayStation 4 digital content will be allowed to cross over to other PlayStation 4s. That means no more hauling consoles over to play digitally downloaded games; one can simply log into their PlayStation Network account on a friend's console and begin to download the game from their digital library.

But that does not even begin to cover this glorious news. Many of you are probably wondering how great this is if it takes 6 bazillion hours to download the game anyway. Sony has come up with a solution to that, though, in the form of Play As You Download. This feature will allow users to start playing the game while the download is in progress, causing only a slight delay, assuming that the players don't outpace the download. Read more about it inside!

Sony focused on games during the PlayStation 4 reveal, and at E3 2013 they only talked about the system's film and television services for a brief minute. But now a new trademark application for "PlayStation TV" suggests the company has something somewhat bigger in store. The application gives little information so we only have our imaginations to think of what this service — it's marked as a service, not a physical item — will entail or provide. The application was filled on June the 26th and went unnoticed for several days.

Perhaps PlayStation TV will be a newscast with firsthand gameplay videos and announcements, or maybe it will be a way to actually watch TV. If you have any thoughts, be sure to share them below while we wait for the official reveal.

Microsoft has already introduced the impressive television capabilities of the Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 has the basics, such as Redbox Instant and exclusive deals with Sony Pictures, but Sony has focused on games during press debriefings on the upcoming PS4. That doesn't mean video services are dead on the PS4! Although Sony announced the upcoming Gamescom expo would be Vita focused, we could see some PlayStation 4 news sprinkled here and there.

"There’s more to be revealed around services and what else is going to come with the package you know, when it launches and what more can people expect so we’ll go into more detail about that probably around about Gamescom..." --Fergal Gara, Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment UK

For the full quote, you have to clickoodle click on the jump!

Since its announcement at E3 2013, Kingdom Hearts III has been the subject of mass speculation. In a recent interview with Series Director Tetsuya Nomura at Japan Expo, KHDestiny sat down to discuss the development of the game thus far. In the conversation, Nomura says that Kingdom Hearts III follows the series’ protagonist, Sora, who must go on an adventure to find the “key” without knowing exactly what or where it is.

This is the first home console Kingdom Hearts title developed by the studio who has been working on the portable entries in the franchise for years. Nomura notes that this is a new experience for this group, and it will take time to develop and polish Kingdom Hearts III until it becomes the game the team envisions.

With all of the additional features available on next-gen consoles, Nomura was asked if he thought of implementing elements such as voice recognition, motion detection, or the use of touch into this game. He responded that voice control could be an interesting addition to the game, and went on to describe its potential uses:

“We would like to incorporate these features in KINGDOM HEARTS III The one that we find most interesting is the voice recognition. I think it would be great to be able to control Donald and Goofy through voice command to tell them what to do. Wouldn’t that be nice?” --Tetsuya Nomura

Kingdom Hearts III will be making its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One down the road, but a release date has yet to be announced. You can read the full interview, translated by KHInsider, here!

One of the most striking features of the DualShock 4 is a bright, illuminated bar of the color blue. The light streak allows communication between the controller and PS Eye, letting games use the two devices in conjunction to provide new experiences. It's a motion-gaming enabler within a traditional controller, while also serving as an augmented reality tool.

Even though the PS Eye is not included with the PlayStation 4, that blue bar won't go dark... ever. That's right folks, the red ring of doom has nothing on the azul apparatus of augmented-reality. You thought Kinect being always-on was bad? How about an annoying cerulean shape.

Jokes aside, this news was confirmed by Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's president of worldwide studios. You can check out his tweet after the jump.

The new and improved Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn won't release on Xbox 360 or Xbox One, director Naoki Yoshida told RPG Site, because Microsoft does not allow games on Xbox Live to share servers with other platforms.

"The main reason from our side is that I don't want the community to be divided; to be split into two or more. For example, one player might be on the PC version, another might be on the PS4 version, and I'm playing the Xbox version -- but we're not able to join the same game servers. That is just ... I just don't like the idea. I disagree with it. To be frankly honest with you, there are now so many mobile devices, smart phones, everything -- why would you ever just stick to one platform from the hardware aspect? Just -- make it open to everyone? That's my opinion."

You may remember an exception was made for Final Fantasy XI, the series' first MMO outing—an exception that won't be made this time around.

Find out more after the jump.

Gearbox Software has games covering both ends of the quality spectrum. You have Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Or there's the original Borderlands compared to Duke Nukem Forever. We now know that the developer is working on a new IP for next generation consoles.

Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox, recently revealed this fact in a Nerdist podcast. No details were revealed, but we know it's coming now. The mysterious title will most likely come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

What do you think Gearbox is working on? Another first-person shooter or something new?

As you may know, Bethesda is working on an Elder Scrolls Online game. OXM recently spoke with Bethesda's Vice-President Peter Hines, who had several things to say about the latest generation of consoles and the trouble the company encountered while working across multiple platforms.

When asked about developing for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC/Mac, Hines had the following to say:

They don't all play with each other. PC and Mac play together, but Xbox One is its own thing and PS4 is its own thing. The whole cross-platform thing is just a nightmare.

He also praised the consoles, likening them to "high-end PCs, the way they're architectured," and noted, "they're much easier to develop for."

It seems that at least one developer is happy to be working on the newest consoles. Are you excited for the next generation? How about playing Elder Scrolls Online?

Earlier today, Sony posted an interesting image to their Facebook page, which appears to be a teaser of some type. There's a solar eclipse with some hints of purple and blur coloration, but what's most interesting is the words that go along with it: "When Worlds Collide." Assuming it is in fact a teaser, maybe it's a major crossover, a Sony All-Stars Battle Royale 2 perhaps. Of course, only time will tell.

Oh, you thought I was going to let you see the picture right here? No no, hit the jump if you're interested.

Want to preorder a PlayStation 4? Well, don't go to GameStop! The retailer has closed all US preorders. The reason stated is that the store "sold out" of its allocated launch supply. We don't know whether this is a permanent or temporary affair. We could see the supply matching the demand if GameStop is given more units to sell.

"Due to high demand for the system, GameStop is not currently taking additional store reservations for the PlayStation 4." — Official Statement by GameStop

Could the PlayStation 4's launch be as big as the Wii's? Are you buying one at launch? Sound off in the comments.