Submitted by nofilter 666d ago | news

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." (PS3, PS4, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan)

majiebeast  +   666d ago
Cerny is ready for E3.


Who knows could be Patapon 4 that would be sweet.
DOMination-  +   665d 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.
sherimae2413  +   665d 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 gematsu.com or neogaf for more info ^_^

ok here is the link:
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Electroshocked  +   665d 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?
Grap  +   665d 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
thechosenone  +   665d 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.
cl1983  +   665d ago
I wonder if it may be the date they chose to reveal the ps4 console?
ZodTheRipper  +   665d ago
I'd rather think that the PS4 is going to be revealed at E3.
Jdoki  +   665d 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...

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-Gespenst-  +   665d 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.
Jdoki  +   665d 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.
Conzul  +   665d 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.
The_Infected  +   665d ago
Panopticon is also Greek for “seeing everything”.

What could it be?:)
Tatsuya  +   665d ago
This should be awesome and Panopticon is a very cool name for a game!
GiantFriendlyCrab  +   665d ago
sony is on fire :)
ZodTheRipper  +   665d ago
It's smart marketing, they are announcing announcements for next week now and kill a lot of microsoft hype with it. Next week is gonna be even more interesting. After that, I guess Sony'll just relax until E3 because after the Xbox has been announced it will be hard to surpass the Hype for it. And at E3, the real bombs will be dropped.
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GiantFriendlyCrab  +   665d ago
the countdown is showing that the reveal is on may 16th if im not mistaken
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DivineAssault  +   665d ago
very interesting.. I hope its great!
merciless  +   665d ago
How many exclusives does sony have for the ps4 launch?

The witness
Drive club
Media molecules project

Naughty dog are clearly working on a launch title plus TLOU port for ps4 PLUS there is more coming up at E3 we haven't even heard about. I have both systems and I'm not into flame wars but MS clearly has their work cut out for them.
merciless  +   665d ago
Just found out that Santa Monica are debuting something new at E3 \0/
francknara6  +   665d ago
The Witness is not exclusive, it releases on PC
Media Molecule project isn't even announced, the demo was just a tech demo like Quantic Dream's.
b_one  +   665d ago
NEW IP \o/
kwyjibo  +   665d ago
Watch Dogs and Infamous: Second Son already deal with surveillance society. And now a game called Panopticon? I smell a trend.
akhmenhawk17  +   665d ago
The name sounds like a spiritual-successor to Patapon.
M-M  +   665d ago
The way the countdown page is setup reminds me of LBP. Whatever it is, I can't wait to see it.
sprinterboy  +   665d ago
There is 2 women and a man in the image, the man has a simlar hair do to drake also lockers on either side of the room, very interesting
sherimae2413  +   665d ago
sony knows how to keep the hype train rolling steady eh ^_^
Majin-vegeta  +   665d ago
Oh come on Sony i just finished calculating what i'm gonna spend on games.Now you might be announcing another game...you know What STFU AND TAKE MY MONEY!!
CEOSteveBallmer  +   665d ago
To me it sounds like Inception. A game within a game??
TheBossMan  +   665d ago
Isis was one of the best bands ever.

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