Video chat with Robert Karp: Backgammon Blitz coming to PS4, PS3 and Vita

Posted by on December 12th, 2013 | 2 Comments | Tags: ,

I was pleased to have an opportunity to speak with Robert Karp from The Fyzz Facility about Backgammon Blitz. The game has a crazy release schedule at the moment, with Europe getting the PS4 and Vita versions on December 18th while the EU PS3 version as well as all the North American versions will be released in January 2014.

Robert and I had quite a bit to talk about including both our backgrounds with testing games for Sony in our respective regions. He taught me that backgammon is a much bigger game in the UK than in the US and I wish we had classes in schools that taught kids the fundamentals to chess too. Blitz mode seems to be exactly what PlayStation gamers in general would enjoy whether they are familiar with the game or if this might be their first time playing. Fortunately, there will be a trial with an introduction to the basic rules. Watch the interview above as Robert talks a little about some of the alternate rule sets that may be coming in future updates.

One thing to note as I am ramping up our Google+ presence with our new +PSNStores Page, we’re now able to host live Google video group chats via Hangouts On Air. We can do some fun things such as one-on-one interviews as seen above, hold roundtable discussions about our favorite games of the generation, or even schedule a Google Event for a podcast recording that everyone could watch live and even ask questions…all live. The Google Cloud is the limit!

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  • Devin Hudson

    Like Robert mentioned in the video, most of my experience with backgammon is from playing it in compilation games that featured it. I think it’ll definitely be cool to play it in a standalone title and get a better grasp of the mechanics of the game. I think video games can be a great way to learn something if the game is good enough, as among other things I’ve learned how golf, tennis and poker work all from playing them in video game form.

    I hope they’re able to work out the whole cross-buy thing. I know I’d most likely spend most of my time playing it on Vita (which is what I’ll buyi it for if it doesn’t end up being cross-buy), but I wouldn’t mind playing it on PS3 (and then PS4 whenever I get one) for the local multiplayer.

    And oh man, 24: The Game. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible by licensed game standards. Of course, I’m willing to cut it a lot of slack because I’m a huge 24 fan, but I think even non-fans could find something to like. That level where you have to drive through an earthquake was pretty epic by any standard.

    I can’t imagine how hard it is to get interviews with developers, so I’d be happy with whoever you can manage to get. But to name a few specifically, I wouldn’t mind hearing from Zen Studios (there’s always plenty of pinball to talk about) or Renegade Kid (about the PSN version of Mutant Mudds, and if they’re working on anything else for PSN at the moment). But anything is appreciated. Thanks Nick!

    • KosmoCrisis

      Thanks for the awesome comment. I’ll get to work on those right away.