Naughty Dog hires former Assassin’s Creed dev, Activision spends $500m launching Destiny, and Battlefield 4 gets pre-game squad join feature – PlayStation round up

Back to the grind, eh? Those three days off seem so far away now. It was a simpler time. A time when Naughty Dog hadn’t yet revealed that it hired Assassin’s Creed III lead animator Jonathan Cooper. A time when you didn’t know Activision’s spending $500 million on Destiny’s launch (for context, Norway’s GDP is $499m). A time when you were still wondering when DICE would get around to adding in a pre-game squad join feature to Battlefield 4. Ah, but those days are behind us.

PlayStation news round up

  • Assassin's Creed 3Right then. Starting us off is news that Jonathan Cooper, lead animator on Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III, has recently joined Naughty Dog to work on the next Uncharted game. He’s been there since February in fact, and says the following about his new role (via CVG): “It’s quite a change from the rigid structure a multi-studio collaboration like Assassin’s Creed requires, but after over a month here I am certain this project is going to be another milestone in game animation.”
  • Next up, time to look at big numbers, hear about how they’ve been spent on a game, and imagine what you’d do if you had those big numbers in your bank account instead of Activision’s. The Call of Duty publisher’s spending $500m getting its next big franchise Destiny off the ground. The breakdown? “Marketing, packaging, infrastructure support, royalties and other costs” says CEO Bobby Kotick (via Reuters).
  • Finally, some good news for PS3 and PS4 Battlefield 4 players. You’ve now got the functionality to create a sqaud with your buddies before entering a game, via a feature called Squad Join Beta. It’s been requested long and loud by the community, and now it’s here. So that’s nice.