Countdown For New Sony Game “Panopticon” Appears

TSA: "Something called “Panopticon” has appeared on the official Sony website, with a countdown (or, rather, count-up) that will expire next week."

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majiebeast1870d ago

Cerny is ready for E3.

Who knows could be Patapon 4 that would be sweet.

DOMination-1870d ago

I don't think it has anything to do with Patapon which is a product by SCEJ whereas this is an SCEE project as reported originally back in February:

The speculation from people is that it's either a project by SCE Cambridge (now Guerilla Cambridge) or something to do with the camera, ie: Pan-OPTIC. We will find out soon.

sherimae24131870d ago (Edited 1870d ago )

i think your wrong, that panopticon that appeared today comes from scej, that will be reveal next week may 16
you can even visit or neogaf for more info ^_^

ok here is the link:

Electroshocked1870d ago

Apparently it has something to do with the 18th century, according to this article. Do you guys think that it has anything to do with those player models spotted on the monitors in the background in one of Naughty Dog's development series videos of The Last of Us?

Grap1870d ago

'nuff said. it's from naughty dog

"the Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow a watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without them being able to tell whether or not they are being watched."

cool concept

thechosenone1870d ago

And Sony keeps pumping out the new IPs. MS should feel totally ashamed of themselves, there's absolutely no reason why it couldn't push out at least one new IP in these last 3+ years.

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cl19831870d ago

I wonder if it may be the date they chose to reveal the ps4 console?

ZodTheRipper1870d ago

I'd rather think that the PS4 is going to be revealed at E3.

Jdoki1870d ago (Edited 1870d ago )

The definition of Panopticon is...

"A circular prison with cells arranged around a central well, from which prisoners could at all times be observed"


EDIT: Here's a massive (and likely wrong) circumstantial leap...
The Panopticon was a type of building designed in the late 18th century...There's been speculation that the recent character models seen in the background of an interview with Naughty Dog showed 18th Century costume...

-Gespenst-1870d ago

This is the most common association of the word Panopticon. It really relates to the idea of surveillance in prison systems- by not being sure if they were being watched or not, prisoners took no risks and were forced to monitor their own behaviour and comportment. Michel Foucault discusses it in Discipline and Punish to address how the justice insitutions became diffuse and ubiquitous and not based on violent, public spectacle for punishment. You can understand a lot of things in this day and age as panoptical- facebook for instance- we manage this "profile" of ourselves- this surface image that conveys a version of ourselves to observers, and which we can never be sure as to whether its being looked at by others, just as others can never be sure if we're looking at theirs. The point is that society figuratively becomes multiple panopticons that condition one another based on surface appearances, and that one is effectively constantly being monitored in some way.

Likely the game is set in some kind of surveillance state judging by the rather dark-looking countdown.

Jdoki1870d ago

Panopticon sounds like a cool Transformer :)

Interesting post you wrote. Considering how often news now relies on smartphone video clips, how major cities have ridiculous numbers of surveillance cameras, how Governments are trying (succeeding) to erode peoples right to privacy, it's certainly true that we are all being monitored somehow in some way already.

There's a cool game in there somewhere... Isn't it called Watch Dogs! :)

Also brought up memories of that PS3 game that never launched. Eyedentify if I remember correctly. Used the PlayStation camera. Looked pretty cool back then.

Conzul1870d ago

Well the prefix "Pan" means "everything" or "all things"

and "optic" means "to see"

Pretty badass word, hope it makes for a badass game.

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Tatsuya 1870d ago

This should be awesome and Panopticon is a very cool name for a game!

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