Zynga has announced that it has purchased NaturalMotion for $527 million. NaturalMotion being the creators of the Euphoria and Morpheme animation technology as used by Rockstar in Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and most recently Grand Theft Auto V.
Previously Rockstar had licensed RenderWare technology for use on games developed on the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox, including Manhunt. After Criterion Games was bought by EA they decided to create their own proprietary technology, resulting in the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine as used on their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titles and a secondary engine developed at Rockstar Leeds for use on their handheld titles and Manhunt 2. It is thought that part of the reasoning behind this was to avoid lining the pocket of a competing games publisher.
It may be some time before we hear from Rockstar regarding any possible future use of the technology within their games as at present the only announced title that Rockstar have in development is Agent. For their part NaturalMotion have said that they plan to continue licensing the technology.
This week marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of Manhunt on the PlayStation 2. That means we can no longer use our fingers to count how many years have passed, we could use our toes to help, but the touching of shoes is somewhat problematic amongst the locals.
While we are celebrating milestones I think it is also worth noting that we have been bringing you Manhunt coverage and keeping the community alive for over 8 years now.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved over the past eight plus years.
Here's to the future! If we can find a way to continue keeping track of the years, that is.
Today marks the official launch of Grand Theft Auto Online on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
In order to access Grand Theft Auto Online you will first need to download a title update for Grand Theft Auto V. The latest title update also includes fixes for stored vehicles disappearing and various other bugs.
GTA News | Grand Theft Auto The Official Trailer Released
You can now view the latest Grand Theft Auto V trailer, this latest trailer is simply titled "The Official Trailer" suggesting that it may be the final trailer we see for the game. At the very least I imagine we will see TV spot between now and the game launching.
At the time of posting we are just over two weeks from the launch of Grand Theft Auto V.
GTA News | Grand Theft Auto Online Gameplay Trailer Out
Rockstar recently released the first Grand Theft Auto Online gameplay trailer.
At the same time they announced that although Grand Theft Auto Online is included with your purchase of Grand Theft Auto V it won't officially launch until the 1st of October. The reason given for the slight delay is because the team considers it to be a seperate entity to Grand Theft Auto V.
Earlier today Roockstar published a Grand Theft Auto V related "Asked & Answered" on the Rockstar Newswire. In the A&A they say that game play footage of the game is on the way and say that vehicles and weapons are highly customisable.
They also reiterate that the multiplayer portion of Grand Theft Auto V is named Grand Theft Auto Online. The fact that they continue to refer to it by an independent title to the “multiplayer portion” of Grand Theft Auto V makes me wonder if they plan to have the online stand alone, outside of the core game. Other notable titles to take such an approach recently include Killzone 3 and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
It was also revealed that Grand Theft Auto V will ship on 2 discs on the Xbox 360 and requires at least 8GB of free space on your Xbox 360 hard drive or an external 16GB USB flash drive. The PlayStation 3 version of the game will also have a mandatory 8GB installation in order to play the game.
The fact that Rockstar is able to divulge such technical details at this point suggests that the game is far into the process of optimisation on both platforms, this should come as great news to fans of the series as it suggests that they are on schedule to deliver the game this September.
PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners can pick up Grand Theft Auto V from the 17th of September this year.