First screen of new COD game emerges, Puppeteer coming to Plus and Chinese cone game censorship – daily PlayStation news round up

Call of Duty dominated the news today as an impressive in-game screen made its way from Sledgehammer’s GDC presentation into the wilds of the internet. But it hasn’t all been close-ups of soldiers’ pores – there’s also news of the May Instant Game Collection titles including Puppeteer and Payday 2, and China’s censorship directives for console games.

Daily PlayStation news Round Up

  • Picture credit: IGN

    Sledgehammer Games used this shot to illustrate a presentation called Quest For Quality: Maximising the Relationship Between Creative and Production at GDC 2014. It shows an in-game character model from an unannounced Call of Duty title, and found its way onto IGN. As the screenshot aptly demonstrates (if you buy the dev’s line that this is, in fact, an in-game model), Sledghammer’s next Call of Duty will be “next-gen first”. Those are the words of Activision CEO Eric Hirschberg, alluding to the awkward halfway house Call of Duty: Ghosts found itself in technically by launching at the same time as next-gen consoles.

  • May’s Instant Game Collection titles have also been announced for PSN. PS Plus subscribers will gain instant access to Puppeteer, Payday 2, Stick It to the Man (a game I can’t advocate enough), Muramasa Rebirth and Everybody’s Golf. That means some games have to be sent packing to make room for the new blood: Mercenary Kings, PES 2014, Bioshock Infinite, Hotline Miami and MotoGP 13 all get the chop as of April 30th.
  • And in world news, China has announced a set of censorship rules which will determine whether certain games can be sold and played. As Games In Asia reports, it’s pretty long:

“Gambling-related content or game features
Anything that violates China’s constitution
Anything that threatens China’s national unity, sovereignty, or territorial integrity.
Anything that harms the nation’s reputation, security, or interests.
Anything that instigates racial/ethnic hatred, or harms ethnic traditions and cultures.
Anything that violates China’s policy on religion by promoting cults or superstitions.
Anything that promotes or incites obscenity, drug use, violence, or gambling.
Anything that harms public ethics or China’s culture and traditions.
Anything that insults, slanders, or violates the rights of others.
Other content that violates the law”

On the face of it, that seems to rule out every game ever. The fun ones, anyway.

  • Finally, for those who have been wondering where online ed Leon’s gone to lately – after many years of faithful service to the OPM brand, he’s moved on to Kotaku UK as news editor. Even though he’s currently sitting at the exact same desk, we already miss him terribly. With that in mind, the site’s going to work a little differently over the next couple of weeks. Bear with us as we get used to a new way of working, and stay tuned for further developments. Also: now’s the time to leave your Leon love letters in the comments by way of thanks.