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  4. FIFA 19 delivers a champion-caliber experience on and off the pitch. Developed by EA Vancouver, FIFA 19 introduces a number of new gameplay innovations such as Timed Finishing, Active Touch, Dynamic Tactics, and 50/50 Battles. The UEFA Champions League, the biggest club competition in world football, has been interwoven throughout the game. Also, experience the dramatic final chapter of Alex Hunter’s story. For a full list of new games coming to PlayStation next week, read on. And enjoy The Drop! Air Missions: Hind PS4 — Digital (Out 9/26) Air Missions: Hind is an action combat flight simulator based on the Russian Mi-24 Hind assault helicopter. Equip the weapon of your choice and use those weapons to tear up the sky in single player and multiplayer modes. The Cat and the Coup PS4 — Digital Play as the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. Coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off shelves, scattering his papers, and scratching him. Catastronauts PS4 — Digital (Out 9/28) Can you deal with unrelenting disaster and hold your ship together long enough to destroy the enemy invaders? Gather your friends and join the illustrious Space Fleet in this fast-paced party game! Creed: Rise to Glory PS VR — Digital, Retail Do you have what it takes to become a champion? Follow the ascent of boxer Adonis Creed as you go toe-to-toe with the world’s top opponents in an intense boxing experience that lets you train, fight, and win like a Creed. Cryptract PS4 — Digital Cryptract is a free-to-play online fantasy RPG with turn-based battles, in which Lords can form contracts with Mystical Beasts to fight together. Combine strengths with your newfound allies and form your own ultimate army! Dakar 18 PS4 — Retail Dakar 18 is a realistic simulation of the world-famous annual rally raid organized by Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) in South America, and features stunning visuals and many vehicles including motorcycles, cars, trucks, quads and SxS. Dark Eclipse PS VR — Digital (Out 9/26) Dark Eclipse is PS4’s first ever VR MOBA. Command a team of three Leaders, each with their own unique characteristics and abilities, and battle for supremacy in the post-apocalyptic dark fantasy world of Oldus. Deployment PS4 — Digital Deploy your troops and get ready for epic battles in Deployment, the new competitive top-down shooter game by the creators of We Are The Dwarves! FIFA 19 PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 9/28) FIFA 19 delivers a champion-caliber experience on and off the pitch. Led by the prestigious UEFA Champions League, FIFA 19 offers enhanced gameplay tools that allow you to control the pitch in every moment with unrivaled ways to play. Freaky Awesome PS4 — Digital (Out 9/28) Freaky Awesome is a highly dynamic roguelike where you’ll gain mutations by contact with the remains of your enemies. Play solo or co-op with your friends! The Grand Museum VR PS VR — Digital This virtual museum environment contains 82 models of real-world ancient works of art, originating from many ancient cultures of Europe, Asia and Northern Africa. Investigate the archives and discover the history of the art pieces. Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition PS4 — Digital Descend into the world of Hollow Knight, the award-winning action adventure of insects and heroes. Explore twisting caverns, ancient cities and deadly wastes. Battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs. Jack N’ Jill DX PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) Once upon a time, Jack and Jill, went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water. It didn’t particularly end well for them, and to be honest, things aren’t exactly great for another Jack and Jill either. 140 levels and a bunch of minigames! Life Is Strange 2 Episode 1 PS4 — Digital (Out 9/26) The long-awaited sequel to award-winning Life is Strange returns. Two brothers, aged 16 and 9, are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident, while attempting to conceal a sudden and mysterious supernatural power. Metal Max Xeno PS4 — Digital, Retail Metal Max Xeno is a post-apocalyptic RPG. Collect and customize tanks to battle mutated creatures and robotic enemies. Perception: Remastered PS4 — Digital (Out 9/27) An award-winning narrative thriller about a blind woman’s journey to uncover the truth about the mansion from her nightmares or become one of its victims. Using sound as sight, Cassie explores Echo Bluff, desperate to unravel its sordid history. Pilot Sports PS4 — Digital (Out 9/27) Pilot Sports is brilliant gaming fun for the whole family! Split screen mode and unlockable courses for up to four players, over 50 different courses, a variety of aircraft and thrilling challenges provide for all sorts of gaming enjoyment! Pitterpot PS4 — Digital PitterPot is a 3D platforming adventure game. Play as PitterPot, a magical potted plant, use abilities to explore levels, collect seeds, defeat the weeds, and save the garden! Punch Line PS4, PS Vita — Digital Punch Line is the newest visual novel adventure from the creators of Zero Escape and the Science Adventure series! Revenant Dogma PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy) Revenant Dogma is a fantasy RPG featuring stunning 3D battles! Caine enters a ruins site in search of a relic and meets a mysterious girl in a mask, kicking off a grand scheme that will change the worlds of humans and therians. Think of the Children PS4 — Digital Little Bobby’s dead, the BBQ is on fire, Jen’s eating poisonous berries and the birthday cake still needs icing. Just another wonderful day out with the kids in Think of the Children, a frantic parenting simulator for up to four players. This Is the Police 2 PS4 — Digital, Retail Interpret the law as you see fit! Run the sheriff’s department, manage your cops, make tough decisions – and try to keep out of prison yourself – in this story-driven mixture of adventure, strategy, and turn-based tactical combat. Timespinner PS4, PS Vita — Digital Timespinner is a beautifully crafted story-driven adventure, inspired by classic 90s action-platformers. Timekeeper Lunais is on a quest to avenge her slain family, using time-bending powers to explore an interconnected world. Toon War PS4 — Digital (Out 9/24) Your mission is to liberate peaceful villages from evil forces, eliminate enemies and win over dangerous bosses. Toon War is a twin stick shooter game with colorful and vivid graphics. Valkyria Chronicles 4 PS4 — Digital, Retail Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight for freedom in the desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers, and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory. The information above is subject to change without notice. Marvel’s Spider-Man Soundtrack Prince – Piano & A Microphone 1983 Machine Gun Kelly – Binge Uncle Drew (plus Bonus Features) Skyscraper Hotel Transylvania 3 Premieres Sunday, September 23 at 9PM ET/PT on CNN Season 3 Premiere Tuesday, September 25 at 9/8c on NBC Season 3 Premiere Thursday, September 27 at 8/7c on NBC PlayStation Vue has your favorite sports, news and must-watch shows. View the full article
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  6. Starting today at PlayStation Store, save up to 40 percent on games like BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Deluxe Edition, Dark Souls: Remastered, Star Wars Battlefront II and more! Check out the full lineup of titles below, but don’t wait too long – this flash sale ends September 24 at 8 a.m. PT. Games <-- Swipe left on mobile for full table Platform Title Sale Price Original Price PS4 ADVENTURE TIME PIRATES OF THE ENCHIRIDION $29.99 $39.99 PS4 BLAZBLUE: CROSS TAG BATTLE $34.99 $49.99 PS4 BLAZBLUE: CROSS TAG BATTLE DELUXE EDITION $48.99 $69.99 PS4 DARK SOULS: REMASTERED $27.99 $39.99 PS4 EARTHFALL $22.49 $29.99 PS4 EARTHFALL DELUXE $29.99 $39.99 PS4 EXTINCTION $17.99 $59.99 PS4 EXTINCTION: DELUXE EDITION $20.99 $69.99 PS4 FAIRY FENCER F: ADVENT DARK FORCE $5.99 $29.99 PS4 FAR CRY 3 CLASSIC EDITION $17.99 $29.99 PS4 FAR CRY PRIMAL $14.99 $49.99 PS4 FAR CRY PRIMAL – DIGITAL APEX EDITION $16.49 $54.99 PS4 FIGHTING EX LAYER (LIGHT VERSION) $27.99 $39.99 PS4 FIGHTING EX LAYER (STANDARD VERSION) $41.99 $59.99 PS4 HASBRO FAMILY FUN PACK $15.99 $39.99 PS4 HELLO NEIGHBOR $22.49 $29.99 PS4 HERO DEFENSE $17.99 $29.99 PS4 LUMINES REMASTERED $11.24 $14.99 PS4 MLB THE SHOW 18 $19.99 $39.99 PS4 MLB THE SHOW 18 ALL STAR EDITION $24.99 $49.99 PS4 MLB THE SHOW 18 DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $39.99 $79.99 PS4 MONOPOLY FAMILY FUN PACK $5.99 $19.99 PS4 MOTOGP 18 $29.99 $49.99 PS4 NEW GUNDAM BREAKER $44.99 $59.99 PS4 PURE FARMING 2018 $23.99 $39.99 PS4 PURE FARMING 2018: DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $29.99 $49.99 PS4 SEGA GENESIS CLASSICS $22.49 $29.99 PS4 SONIC MANIA: ENCORE DLC $3.74 $4.99 PS4 SPACE HULK: DEATHWINGS $23.99 $39.99 PS4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II $9.99 $39.99 PS4 STEEP – WINTER GAMES EDITION $14.99 $49.99 PS4 STEEP – WINTER GAMES GOLD EDITION $20.99 $69.99 PS4 STREET FIGHTER 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION $29.99 $39.99 PS4 SURF WORLD SERIES $8.99 $14.99 PS4 SURVIVING MARS $23.99 $39.99 PS4 SURVIVING MARS – DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $29.99 $49.99 PS4 SURVIVING MARS – FIRST COLONY EDITION $37.49 $74.99 PS4 SYBERIA 3 $14.99 $49.99 PS4 TACOMA $7.99 $19.99 PS4 THE CREW ULTIMATE EDITION $12.49 $49.99 PS4 UNRAVEL YARNY BUNDLE $20.99 $29.99 PS4 VAMPYR $40.19 $59.99 PS4 WIZARD OF LEGEND $12.79 $15.99 PS4 YAKUZA 6: THE SONG OF LIFE $35.99 $59.99 Note: All pricing is for U.S. only and subject to change. View the full article
  7. Last week, we asked you to catch Spider-Man doing what he does best, swinging through the city streets in Marvel’s Spider-Man. You shared spectacular shots of Peter swinging and leaping using #PS4share and #PSBlog, and we picked our favorite death-defying shots. Here are this week’s highlights: @MahmoudHamo1 captured Spider-Man swinging through the hazy sun-lit city. @JohnTambanillo shared Spidey swinging in the Scarlet Spider suit. Spider-Man moves through some dramatic lighting in this share from @InglouriousHugo. @PhotoModeGamer shared this well-framed vertical shot. @Eazels shared Spidey leaping off the page in this vintage cel-shaded shot. Spider-Man swinging into the night in this share from @chococriespy. Search #PS4Share and #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in next week’s Share of the Week? Theme: Marvel’s Spider-Man – Villains Share by: 9am Pacific on Wednesday, September 26 Next week, we’re turning the lens on Spidey’s biggest foes. Share shots of your favorite villains in Marvel’s Spider-Man using #PS4share and #PSBlog for a chance to be featured. View the full article
  8. The season for fall blockbuster games is in full swing, with recently launched hits like Marvel’s Spider-Man and Destiny 2: Forsaken. To guide us through this season, we’ve brought back a fan favorite: our mysterious PlayStation Store Merchant. You might have already seen him in several ads this month, including cameos in our Countdown to Launch campaign and in Marvel’s Spider-Man launch campaign. Today, we’re dropping a new PlayStation Store ad, “Bazaar,” and wanted to pull back the curtains a bit more to give you a look behind the scenes. In Bazaar, the Merchant gives you a tour of his limitless marketplace, designed to represent the boundless games and content that can be found on PlayStation Store. In reality, the actual filming took place inside a decommissioned aluminum plant. Built from scratch, the entire set was carefully designed to look like a huge bustling outdoor market, with extensive lighting rigs used throughout the highest catwalks inside the building. The creative minds in the art department also paid careful attention to detail when building out other parts of the set, including the office building where Marvel’s Spider-Man makes an appearance, and a vast soccer stadium bursting with fans. They also included a fully functional pink tank and a forge. A whopping 30 tons of sand were also used throughout the set. The set took many weeks to prepare for a four-day shoot, with roughly 40 talent, 150 background extras and 150 crew members. Nearly 200 different looks were created for the actors and extras to bring to life the bustle of the magical bazaar. This included integration of games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and FIFA 19, just to name a few. As an homage to games, this video reflects some of the amazing content coming to PlayStation Store this fall. There are all kinds of Easter eggs in the ad – what do you spot? View the full article
  9. September has been full of amazing game launches, and Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk is no exception! This game tells the story of the Dusk Witch, Dronya, and her apprentice Luca, who arrive in a quiet town known as Refrain. The inhabitants seem to go about their days doing one routine after the next, but beneath this cozy little town filled with honest folk lies a deep, dark labyrinth filled with alluring secrets and deadly dangers. Those of you unfamiliar with this game will be excited to learn that it was made by the same developers responsible for the critically-acclaimed Disgaea franchise. Today, we’re here with the developers to ask some questions from fans. How would you say the story for Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk differs from Disgaea 1 Complete? It’s a story focused on a witch that has supernatural powers, but the environment of this game is much more realistic and multi-dimensional when compared to Disgaea. On top of that, the story and the theme of the game are a little more profound. In that sense, this title is probably more similar to The Witch and the Hundred Knight than Disgaea. Personally, I thought the story was heartwarming, but after hearing the opinions of those who played it, it seems that people didn’t find the story as heartwarming as I thought! What were some of the improvements made to the game when it was released on PS4? The PS Vita version of this game was released to high praise, so for the PS4 version we only made minimal changes by maintaining the good and leaving out the sharper-edged aspects of the game. That being said, there were many requests to “expand the options for character-making” so we added new character illustrations and voices. So with that in mind, the character-making in this game is much more expansive than the Vita version. Also, though the Vita has a beautiful screen, due to the screen size and resolution it was hard to see the enemy character graphics for all the characters. One thing to look out for in this version is the details in the enemy graphics. Some RPGs have a reputation for being extremely difficult at times and are not so accessible to the “casual gamer.” With that in mind, how would you place Labyrinth of Refrain on the scale of “easily accessible” to “hardcore”? In terms of difficulty, we believe that this game is balanced so that any non-core gamer can beat this game. With that being said, we realized that some people may want to play the game at an easier difficulty so this is an in-game option available to the players. We have an easy setting for the casual gamers that may want to enjoy just the story, and a hard mode that should be a fulfilling experience for the more hardcore players. Following up from the previous question, would you say that someone who hasn’t played any first-person RPGs before would enjoy this game? What elements of this game do you believe make this a must-play? When making this title, our concept was to not categorize this as a certain type of game, but rather, create an RPG that is enjoyable. Moreover, we want inexperienced players as well as people who disliked this “genre” of game to play this game. People may be surprised by the world in this game, but once they get into it, this is a game that could be cleared without any major obstacles. One desirable aspect of this game is that the title has no branching points in the story, which allows the user to enjoy a story-centric experience. For you who wandered into this world, we’d like you to experience a unique adventure as the Tractatus de Monstrum. What kind of advice would you give fresh RPG gamers who pick up Labyrinth of Refrain? We made this game with beginners and advanced players in mind by implementing many different things into the game. We created the world and story of this title not only with the cutscenes but with an all-encompassing approach that is unique to games. The items, game systems, and the trophies all contribute to the story. This title doesn’t feature state-of-the-art technology or immense content but it was made with tons of passion. We hope you’re all looking forward to your adventure in Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, available now! Join Dronya and her apprentice Luca—along with your brigade of puppet soldiers—and discover the secrets within the labyrinth of Refrain! View the full article
  10. Email us at [email protected]! Subscribe via iTunes, Spotify, Google or RSS, or download here Listen in to this week’s Blogcast for our first thoughts on PlayStation Classic, as well as a #SpiderManPS4 post-launch interview with creative director Bryan Intihar. Enjoy! Stuff We Talked About PlayStation Classic Marvel’s Spider-Man interview w/ Bryan Intihar Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new Blackout mode Creed: Rise to Glory Hollow Knight Valkyria Chronicles 4 The Cast Sid Shuman – Director of Social Media, SIEA Justin Massongill – Social Media Manager, SIEA Kristen Titus – Social Media Specialist, SIEA Thanks to Cory Schmitz for our beautiful logo and Dormilón for our rad theme song and show music. [Editor’s note: PSN game release dates are subject to change without notice. Game details are gathered from press releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.] View the full article
  11. We are excited to announce that starting today, you will be able to stream as well as download PlayStation Now games to your PS4 system so that you can play both locally and offline, all with a single subscription. Almost all PS4 games in the service, including Bloodborne, God of War 3 Remastered, NBA 2K16, and Until Dawn, will be available for download, in addition to the PS Now lineup of classic PS2 games remastered for PS4. This feature will be gradually rolled out to PS Now subscribers over the next couple of days, so if you don’t see the feature on your PS Now today, make sure to check back again soon. Downloaded PS Now games will support all user-purchased DLCs, microtransactions, and add-ons, as well as PS4 Pro enhancements for subscribers using a PS4 Pro system. And remember, you do not need a PlayStation Plus membership for online multiplayer on PS Now – which stays the same for both streaming and downloaded games. If you’ve already started a game via streaming on PS Now and want to continue playing locally on your PS4, you can transfer your save file from the PS Now cloud to your console with a PS Plus membership (sold separately). This is done by transferring the save file from the PS Now cloud to your PS Plus cloud storage, then transferring it from the PS Plus cloud storage to your PS4 system. Check out this page for step-by-step instruction videos on how to transfer your game saves. Note that you will need to connect your PS4 system to the internet every few days to verify your PS Now subscription, even if you’re only playing downloaded games. A quick reminder that there are a few days left to get in on our summer price promotion, which ends September 25. Try PS Now for a full month at just $9.99 (new subscribers only) with our special intro offer, or get a full year for just $99.99 USD. And if you’re a PS Plus member, you can take advantage of the exclusive discount on the 3-month pass for PS Now for just $29.99 ($44.99 regular price). Although note that in order to take advantage of the $9.99 intro offer, you will need to purchase that directly, as the 7-day trial will transition into the standard monthly subscription. This is a great time to catch up on PS4 games that you missed or discover new franchises through PS Now. Let us know what you’re going to be streaming or downloading in the comments below! View the full article
  12. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is less than one month away. In just a few weeks, this highly anticipated game will be in the hands of PlayStation 4 players around the world. Developer Treyarch has shared its plans to support the community with an active calendar of events and variety of free content once Black Ops 4 is released. We are excited to announce that in our continued partnership with PlayStation, following the launch of the highly-anticipated game, PS4 players will get to play new Black Ops 4 content first on PS4. This means all the playable content coming to the Black Ops universe after the game’s release will come first to PS4, including new specialists and maps, as well as seasonal events. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches worldwide on October 12th. Following its release, Activision and Treyarch are planning an active calendar of events and variety of free content – across all three epic modes – Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout – that will come to PS4 first. Here’s just a sampling of what’s in store for the entire community for free following launch: Nuketown: This fan-favorite map returns in November in an all-new take. Specialists: The first of several new characters will debut in December. Blackout: Launch day is only the start; Blackout will continue to evolve after launch with regular map updates, expansions and new Blackout modes. Events: Seasonal, weekly, and time-limited events bringing new game modes and content to players. View the full article
  13. It’s been a little under a month since we launched Torn, and we’ve been thrilled with the reception from fans and critics. Every developer wants positive reviews, but when you see quotes like, “Torn is one of the better puzzlers in gaming. Full stop.” from Shacknews, it’s extremely exciting. Our goal with Torn was to drop you into a mysterious world and make the player figure out the rules. Neill Glancy, our creative director, led the project. “Early on in Torn’s ideation, we knew we wanted to create a super premium VR experience,” Neill says. “We had to combine a deep and interesting story with AAA graphics and physics simulation, all driven by a world-class score.” And when it came to crafting that score to match Torn’s atmosphere and tone, it would have been impossible without Garry Schyman’s stunning soundtrack composition. Neill worked very closely with Garry over the course of development. “Sound and music can sometimes be underestimated in games projects, but I’ve always felt it’s at least one third of the product,” Neill says. Constructing the audio elements, however, was no simple task since the game’s narrative and score were composed simultaneously. We knew we would need themes for Talbot, Rena, the title sequence and individual rooms, so we scored these first knowing they were unlikely to change. This afforded us the time to address and iterate on the compositions that may have shifted gears as the game developed. Torn for PS VR | PlayStation Store The music sets the tone for our fantastical world, where you want to explore deeper. There’s always a looming sense of darkness and mystery, an underbelly beneath the mansion and within Talbot’s heart. “Garry’s music brings the ‘breath of life’ to exploring the mansion, as well as the story’s more tense and dramatic moments,” Neill recalls. As more and more players discover the secrets within the mansion, we hope they’ll go back and listen to the soundtrack. When they close their eyes, we hope they’ll get that tingle in their spine as they’re warped back into that experience. “Good music at the right time and with the right tone immerses the player emotionally inside the fantasy of Torn’s world.” The relationship with the player in VR is about as close to implanting memories as you can get. Playing the game isn’t just entertainment, it’s a fully-lived experience. “Some of the instruments that were used in the performance were extremely rare and valuable, and I would like to take this moment to thank all the musicians who worked so hard to bring the score to life,” Neill praises. “We hope players enjoy the presence and emotion that the music brings to the game. Behind the scenes it was a lot of work, but we are very proud of the final result.” View the full article
  14. We would like to thank our CBT and early access participants. We owe it to your efforts and feedback that allowed us to be more thorough and efficient in the last stages of development. As such, we see no reason to delay the release any longer. Warface is now available at PlayStation Store, with all-new content added! Meet the fast-paced PvP mode Blitz Everyone’s familiar with Plant the Bomb and Team Deathmatch — after all, these are the bread-and-butter of PvP gameplay in most games. How about mixing them up a bit? That’s when you get an awesome, one-of-a-kind hybrid: Blitz! Just like in Plant the Bomb, the action is focused around an explosive device, but in Blitz, the clock is ticking as soon as the round begins. With the bomb planted and activated, two sides face off for a tension-filled 90-second match: attackers need to defuse the bomb and avert disaster while defenders need to make sure it explodes. Blitz is a game mode always packed with dynamic gunfights and plenty of room for tactical gameplay and teamwork — you’ll always be on the edge of your seat! As for the mode’s setting, we’re introducing a new map which includes chokepoints and numerous access paths, which makes defense non-linear and every scenario unique. Welcome to Hawkrock. Introducing new PvP map Hawkrock Hawkrock will be the first map to feature this game mode. The action unfolds in a countryside estate, hidden within which is the bomb location, containing the transmitter and crates carrying stolen prototypes. Despite the size of the map, there are a dozen of access paths, elevations, underground passages, vantage points and crossings to leverage for an advantage! Some paths are gated, but these obstacles prove futile against a solid C4 blast, so a sudden assault is always an option. But this isn’t the only new map we’re introducing. Other preexisting game modes are getting new locations. An all-new PvE raid: Earth Shaker If you’re more into PvE, you’ll definitely like our new raid Earth Shaker. This one is a true test of skill and will take a tight-knit, well-organized team to complete — especially when tackling the new mission in our insanely difficult Nightmare level! This time, the Warface squad is deployed to Sector H26, at the foot of an active volcano somewhere in Africa. First you take the approximate whereabouts of a Blackwood research facility, then you add suspicious—and most importantly, unnatural—seismic readings, and you’ve cause for worry. Satellite scans proved futile and UAVs are deterred or disabled on sight, and that justifies a ground covert op. Intel suggests the research site is well-guarded and employs highly-advanced defensive turrets. Each of these “marvels of engineering” carries different equipment and thus different danger, and when deployed you’ll have to adjust your strategy. Some turrets will require you to stay away and use cover, others will force you to be quick on your feet and overwhelm them with suppressive fire. PlayStation Plus perks As we have announced during early access, a PS Plus subscription will not be required to play Warface on PS4. Nevertheless, an active subscription will have its benefits! To start with, it will provide the owner with a VIP Booster, which increases your experience and other in-game currency gains in PvE missions and PvP matches. Apart from that, players with an active subscription will be eligible for various gifts that will be released in future updates. View the full article
  15. Almost 25 years ago, the original PlayStation was introduced to the world. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, it was the first home console in video game history to ship 100 million units worldwide, offering consumers a chance to play games with real-time 3D rendered graphics in their homes for the first time. Today, we are excited to announce that we are bringing back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturized version – PlayStation Classic! The console will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. The mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and it emulates the original’s look and feel by featuring similar controllers and packaging. Long-time fans will appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love, while gamers who might be new to the platform can enjoy the groundbreaking PlayStation console experience that started it all. All of the pre-loaded games will be playable in their original format. Available for pre-order at select retailers across the US and CAN, each unit will also come with an HDMI cable to connect to their TV, a USB cable, and two controllers for local multiplayer within compatible titles. PlayStation Classic will be available for $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $129.99 CAN (MSRP) on December 3, 2018 – a historic date for all of us at PlayStation. Visit PlayStation.com for more details on regional availability, and stay tuned to the Blog for the full lineup of titles coming to PlayStation Classic. There are more fan favorites, and we can’t wait to share more details in the coming months. What are your favorite original PlayStation memories? Share in the comments below! *AC adaptor sold separately View the full article
  16. Finally, been waiting for this, I have played it 2 or 3 times now at E3 and PSX... the vr version was amazing then!!!
  17. Hello Ace Combat fans! It’s time to jump back into the cockpit and feel the rush of superior air power! You are invited to climb into the most advanced warplanes ever developed and fly headfirst into breathtaking cloud-filled skies and cityscapes and experience some of the most intense aerial battles ever presented in the 20 years of the Ace Combat series’ history. Here are just a few of the planes you’ll be able to fly: F-22/A Raptor F-35C Lightning II Eurofighter Typhoon Sukhoi-35 Flanker E F-16C Fighting Falcon F/A-18F Super Hornet A-10A Thunderbolt II Sukhoi-33 Flanker D F-15C, F-15E, F-15K Sukhoi-30SM Mig-29A Fulcrum F-14D Tomcat F-2A And on top of that, you will also be able to feel the thrill of flight in Virtual Reality, a mode exclusively available on PlayStation 4! Lastly, we’re super jazzed to be able to offer a very special offer. Pre-purchasing Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown from PlayStation Store will include the following incentives: Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown dynamic theme (delivered instantly) A McDonnell Douglas F-4E plane and three aircraft skins (delivered at launch) Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War (full game, delivered at launch) However, we know some of you prefer to purchase games physically, so this same offer (minus the dynamic theme) will be available when pre-ordering at retail too! Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will be available at retail and on the PlayStation Store for $59.99. A season pass that includes three additional planes, three additional stages, and a bonus in-game music player will also be available for $24.99. You will also be able to purchase a deluxe edition that includes the base game and season pass, as well as acquire the digital-only incentive Lockheed F-104 Starfighter plane. What plane are you looking forward to jumping into most in Ace Combat 7? View the full article
  18. Welcome to PlayStation Store’s Pub Party, where we’re celebrating three awesome game publishers – 505 games, Kalyspo, and Bigben – bringing savings up to 60% all week long. Plus members save up to 70% off. Check out the full lineup below and be sure to join us at PS Store before our Pub Party comes to an end September 25 at 8 a.m. PT. Games <-- Swipe left on mobile for full table Platform Title Sale Price PS Plus Price Original Price PS4 2DARK $11.99 $8.99 $29.99 PS4 ABZU $13.99 $11.99 $19.99 PS4 ADR1FT $5.99 $3.99 $19.99 PS4 AIR CONFLICTS: PACIFIC CARRIERS $5.99 $3.99 $19.99 PS4 ASSETTO CORSA $17.99 $14.99 $29.99 PS4 ASSETTO CORSA ULTIMATE EDITION $27.99 $23.99 $39.99 PS4 ASSETTO CORSA SEASON PASS $11.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 BLACKGUARDS 2 $11.99 $7.99 $39.99 PS4 BRICK BREAKER $3.99 $2.99 $9.99 PS4 BROTHERS: A TALE OF TWO SONS $5.99 $3.99 $19.99 PS4 DEFENSE GRID 2 $4.49 $2.99 $14.99 PS4 DUNGEONS 2 $8.99 $5.99 $29.99 PS4 DUNGEONS 3 $14.99 $9.99 $49.99 PS4 GRAND AGES: MEDIEVAL $11.99 $7.99 $39.99 PS4 HANDBALL 17 $14.99 $9.99 $49.99 PS4 HOW TO SURVIVE 2 $4.49 $2.99 $14.99 PS4 HOW TO SURVIVE: STORM WARNING EDITION $5.99 $3.99 $19.99 PS4 HUNTING SIMULATOR $11.99 $7.99 $39.99 PS4 LAST DAY OF JUNE $9.99 $7.99 $19.99 PS4 MOTORCYCLE CLUB $9.99 $7.99 $19.99 PS4 OUTCAST – SECOND CONTACT $11.99 $7.99 $39.99 PS4 OUTCAST – SECOND CONTACT DELUXE EDITION $13.49 $8.99 $44.99 PS4 PAYDAY 2 – CRIMEWAVE EDITION – THE BIG SCORE DLC BUNDLE! $19.99 $15.99 $39.99 PS4 PAYDAY 2 – CRIMEWAVE EDITION – THE BIG SCORE GAME BUNDLE $29.99 $24.99 $49.99 PS4 PAYDAY 2: CRIMEWAVE EDITION $11.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 PAYDAY 2: CRIMEWAVE EDITION – THE MASTER PLAN $9.99 $7.99 $19.99 PS4 PAYDAY’S MOST WANTED BUNDLE $9.99 $7.99 $19.99 PS4 PIXEL PIRACY $4.49 $2.99 $14.99 PS4 PREMIUM POOL ARENA $4.99 $3.99 $9.99 PS4 RAILWAY EMPIRE $35.99 $29.99 $59.99 PS4 RUGBY 18 $17.99 $11.99 $59.99 PS4 SHERLOCK HOLMES : THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER $14.99 $9.99 $49.99 PS4 SNIPER ELITE 3 $8.99 $5.99 $29.99 PS4 SNIPER ELITE 3 ULTIMATE EDITION $11.99 $7.99 $39.99 PS4 SNIPER ELITE 3 SEASON PASS $11.99 $8.99 $29.99 PS4 SUDDEN STRIKE 4 $17.99 $11.99 $59.99 PS4 TENNIS WORLD TOUR $35.99 $29.99 $59.99 PS4 TENNIS WORLD TOUR – LEGENDS BONUS PACK $11.99 $9.99 $19.99 PS4 TENNIS WORLD TOUR – LEGENDS EDITION $44.99 $37.49 $74.99 PS4 TERRARIA $5.99 $3.99 $19.99 PS4 TROPICO 5 $8.99 $5.99 $29.99 PS4 TROPICO 5 – COMPLETE COLLECTION UPGRADE PACK $8.99 $5.99 $29.99 PS4 TROPICO 5 COMPLETE COLLECTION $14.99 $9.99 $49.99 PS4 TROPICO 5 – ESPIONAGE $3.99 $2.99 $9.99 PS4 TROPICO 5 – WATERBORNE $3.99 $2.99 $9.99 PS4 TT ISLE OF MAN – RIDE ON THE EDGE $29.99 $23.99 $59.99 PS4 VALHALLA HILLS – DEFINITIVE EDITION $11.99 $7.99 $39.99 PS4 VIKINGS – WOLVES OF MIDGARD $17.99 $11.99 $59.99 PS4 VIRGINIA $2.99 $1.99 $9.99 PS4 WRC 5 & 6 DELUXE PACK $23.99 $17.99 $59.99 PS4 WRC 5 ESPORTS EDITION $13.99 $10.49 $34.99 PS4 WRC 5 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP $11.99 $8.99 $29.99 PS4 WRC 6 $19.99 $14.99 $49.99 PS4 WRC 7 $24.99 $19.99 $49.99 PS4 WRC COLLECTION $43.99 $32.99 $109.99 Note: All pricing is for U.S. only and subject to change. View the full article
  19. Ghost Recon Wildlands sets players loose in a huge open world, challenges them to take down a vicious drug cartel, and gives them the freedom to do so using all the tools the Ghosts have at their disposal. In the year and half since the game launched, it has grown considerably, adding the Ghost War PVP mode, the permadeath-enabled Ghost Mode, and free missions built around the Predator, Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher, and Operators from Rainbow Six Siege. If you’ve yet to experience piling into a chopper with friends or executing a flawless team sync shot, there’s a perfect opportunity coming up this weekend, when the Ghost Recon Wildlands Free Weekend will be available for PS Plus members from September 20-24. Beginning at 12:00 am Pacific on September 20, you’ll be able to dive into everything the base game has to offer, including the PVE campaign (playable solo or with up to three co-op teammates) and Ghost War. And if you want to keep playing after the free weekend ends at 10:00 am Pacific on September 24, all editions of the game will be discounted until October 2. You can grab the Standard Edition for 60% off from PlayStation Store, or the newly launched Year 2 Gold or Ultimate editions for 40% off. The Year 2 Gold Edition includes the Year 2 Pass (which grants one-week early access to all Year 2 Ghost War classes, along with special equipment packs), while the Ultimate Edition comes with the Year 2 Pass, as well as Season Pass Year 1 (which includes the Narco Road and Fallen Ghosts expansions) and additional perks. The free weekend coincides with a major new update for Ghost Recon Wildlands, which is now live. Titled Operations & Maintenance, the update includes a number of gameplay improvements, and introduces Mood Matchmaking, a new feature that lets players set “mood” preferences (like competing story missions or exploring the open world) to help them find players with similar goals in public matchmaking for campaign co-op. Also, Operations & Maintenance will add a new item pack for Year 2 Pass owners, a practice that will continue with each future title update. To find out more, we chatted with Senior Producer Nouredine Abboud about the latest update and the ways Ghost Recon Wildlands has grown since its launch. What’s surprised you most about how Ghost Recon Wildlands has grown, and how the community has embraced the game? Nouredine Abboud: It has been a year and a half since we released Ghost Recon Wildlands, and the demand for a second year of live content was really rewarding for us in the studio. We have been thrilled to see how each new update has brought more content and diversity to our open world, and the positive reaction to our thematic crossovers went above and beyond our expectations. We’re super happy to see the love for bringing other Tom Clancy characters to the Wildlands, and the continued support and feedback from our community has been a big driver for us. From the Predator and Sam Fisher to Rainbow Six Siege Operators, there have been so many surprising missions added to the game since launch that new players can still experience – how did these come about? What were your goals with these missions? NA: With Ghost Recon Wildlands, we have tried to build a coherent world in which the Ghosts need to take down a drug cartel in a fictionalized Bolivia. But, we also wanted to extend the universe of the brand to new experiences and partnerships too, which is what we did with the Predator, Splinter Cell, and Rainbow Six brands. Seeing the amazing feedback we got from these releases, we will look into how we can keep on building this shared universe in the future! Ghost War PVP is a free addition to Wildlands that regularly gets new classes, modes, and maps. What motivates the team to continue expanding this competitive mode? What aspects of GRW do you think thrive in this mode? NA: The Ghost War PVP mode has been one of the key post-launch releases for Ghost Recon Wildlands, one that was embraced by the community for its unique take on open-ended 4v4 matches. Ghost War is all about the tension and the intensity of a game of hide-and-seek, mixed with the thrill of military shootouts. It is extremely interesting to see the meta of the mode evolve with every new class and every new map we release. The positive community reaction makes us excited to keep supporting Ghost War with new classes and features with the upcoming Special Operation updates. Overall, what’s been the main focus of the updates you’ve been making to GRW since its launch? NA: Our main objective after the launch of the game and its DLC has always been to try and build a healthy community of players that we keep entertained and engaged, and also to find new ways to attract new players to the game. For example, we are releasing the Operations & Maintenance update to address issues and quality-of-life proposals from the community, and we have released the new Ghost Mode as part of Special Operation 2, which lets players try to complete the main campaign of the game under thrilling new conditions, including permadeath. What’s your advice for someone interested in getting into GRW for the first time? NA: We have a trial version of the game available on all platforms that allows anyone to try the full game for five hours, either solo or with friends in co-op. Most of the post-launch missions, like the Predator or the Splinter Cell ones, are deliberately quite difficult, so try to complete a few provinces and build up your skills and arsenal before you take them on. Free weekends are a great opportunity to try the Ghost War PVP mode, too, as all classes are temporarily unlocked! What is your goal when designing Challenges? NA: Challenges allow us to create recurring events and keep the community engaged in PVE and PVP. Our goal with the Challenges is to add more diversity to the game, and try to address the different playstyles and difficulty levels of our players. We have recently added bigger rewards to the PVE Challenges, for instance, which allow you to get your hands on new vehicles or Prestige Credits. Who do you think the new Mood Matchmaking system will appeal to? NA: Mood Matchmaking will give PVE players several options for who they would like to matchmake with, based on their game mode and their current objective. We think it will be a useful tool for anyone looking for a great co-op experience, either with friends or with new acquaintances. Being able to play with other gamers that share the same objectives you do definitely works to enhance the overall experience of playing co-op. You and your team will be more focused and more efficient, which we believe will improve your games. View the full article
  20. Hi PS VR fans! I’ve got some good news… Astro Bot Rescue Mission has gone gold and is being readied to launch on October 2, exclusively on PS VR! We’re super excited about this game and have packed in lots of content for you. There are 26 levels ranging from city, sky, water and fire stages, epic bosses to beat (including a memorable final boss battle), a range of challenge stages, collectibles and loads of extra replay value. We can’t wait to see what you think! As we get closer to launch, we wanted to tell you some more about the development of the game before you get the chance to play for yourselves. One of our goals was to take classic platforming to new heights; this was made possible thanks to the unique capabilities of PS VR. I took the opportunity to sit down with Gento Morita, our Lead Designer and Sebastian Brueckner, our Art Director to discuss what makes Astro Bot level design different from classic TV platformers. This video gives you a unique behind-the-scenes look at some particular aspects of Astro Bot Rescue Mission that we are especially proud of. We talk about how we created 360 gameplay in VR while keeping the experience comfortable, and how moving your body gives you a unique perspective, letting you interact with the scenery and your location more fully. You can now pre-order Astro Bot Rescue Mission physically or digitally. By reserving your copy you will be able to play as soon as we launch, get the full game soundtrack (courtesy of PlayStation veteran Kenneth C.M. Young) and a specially-created dynamic theme. So that’s it from me for now, stay tuned as we will be back soon with even more behind-the-scenes footage of the ASOBI! Team and more information about Astro Bot Rescue Mission. View the full article
  21. The team here at Sunsoft is thrilled to announce that Dark Eclipse for PS VR will be available on September 25. Dark Eclipse is a VR MOBA – the first of its kind on the platform, taking advantage of VR technology to provide a truly immersive experience. You battle against your opponent by first selecting three unique Leaders from a roster of Heroes and Dominators – characters who inhabit the game’s dark fantasy world of Oldus. Victory is achieved by destroying your opponent’s towers while defeating their Leaders and gaining ground on the battlefield. Online play As an online-only title, Dark Eclipse pits players against each other from all over the world through PSN. Following rigorous testing over the course of two closed beta periods, we’ve carefully tuned the game to be as balanced as possible, avoiding the potential for players to “pay to win.” Much like any other eSports MOBA, it’s players’ ability to carefully choose their leaders and make tactical use of special abilities which will see them victorious in battle. Unlike other eSports MOBA’s however, the way in which players interact with their Leaders is made unique through PS VR, as they watch the battle unfold around them with full 360-degree vision, negating the need for a complex mini-map. This technology allows players to fly over the field, picking up and placing their units by simply reaching out and grasping them. Updates and add-ons Dark Eclipse’s starting roster of Heroes and Dominators isn’t all players can expect going forward. Here at Sunsoft, we’re planning regular, free updates to the game, adding new Leaders and fine-tuning the game’s balance. Additionally, we’ll be making special Starter Packs available through PS Store, featuring unique character skins and players icons. It’s important to note that the only items exclusively available through these packs are purely cosmetic. Players are able to purchase new Leaders through these packs, but all Leaders are also available to purchase in-game through earned currency. Dark Eclipse has been built from the ground up, specially for PS VR, making use of the technology to provide an intuitive, immersive experience. We’ll be constantly working to improve and refine the title, so please have fun and look forward to the game’s launch on September 25. View the full article
  22. Hi everyone! We’re excited to announce Creed: Rise to Glory will be launching September 25 with an online PvP mode*, where you’ll be able to settle the score with friends or challenge unassuming contenders in Quick Match. This PS VR boxing experience features intense 1:1 boxing gameplay set against the rich backdrop of the Creed film universe. With a Career mode charting the ascent of Adonis Creed as he trains with Rocky Balboa and additional Freeplay and Training Montages, Creed: Rise to Glory has plenty of options for when you feel like raising your gloves. Before you step into the ring, we decided to ask our devs what advice they have for PS VR players about to enter the ring next week. Practice Makes Perfect – The knowledge you gain in training exercises will prepare you for the fight ahead. For instance, the treadmill exercise gives you a solid idea of how much effort you should be putting into knockdown recovery. Vary Your Punches and Approach – The best boxers are strategic on when and where they swing. Take advantage of short openings or trigger powerful combos. Know When to Defend – Blocking and fast reaction times are crucial to a clean KO. Sometimes it’s better to stay on defense and wait out attacks, or time a perfect dodge and catch your opponent off guard. Keep an Eye on Your Gloves – The lower your stamina, the longer it takes for your stamina to start recovering. Take a breather and block a few hits while your gloves are still orange and before they flash red. Pacing is everything. Put Some Muscle Behind It – The more effort you put into your swings and movements, the more that gets translated in game. Harder hits will cause more damage, faster strides will increase running speed. But be careful! Don’t overextend or overexert. Know your limits (and your playspace**)! Dodging for Stamina – In single-player modes, triggering a slow-motion dodge will recover the player’s stamina–perfect for lining up a powerful punch or quick combo. Always Block in PvP – Make sure to block your opponents hits as much as you can! A successful block in PvP Mode gives you some stamina back. Likewise, if you hit when your opponent is blocking, your stamina will get drained. Read the Opponent – When the opponent rears back for a power hit, be prepared to either dodge or block using both hands. While blocking is safer, the hit will drain your stamina on impact and you’ll lose the opportunity to counter the swing. The Third Knockdown – If you make it back on your feet from a third knockdown, take caution: the next knockdown comes quickly, and there is no recovering from it. Stay (Not) Thirsty – VR boxing is not an idle pastime. Please make sure to stay hydrated, and occasionally check the status of your headset. Take frequent breaks and keep a towel nearby! We can’t wait to share what we’ve created with the PlayStation community. This is a title we as a company were excited to take on to bring our own spin to the VR boxing genre. We’ll be continuing to refine the player experience post-launch, and would love to hear your feedback! Thanks again for your interest in Creed: Rise to Glory, and we’ll see you in the ring September 25. *PS Plus is required for online play. **As with any VR title, we highly advise playspace awareness and assume no responsibility for what may ensue outside the playspace area. This includes but is not limited to: broken televisions, controllers, light bulbs and/or windows, drywall repairs, medical bills or noise complaints. Standard practice. Good luck. View the full article
  23. Fishing Sim World is the most authentic fishing simulator ever made and is going to take you on an angling journey like no other. Feel the adrenaline rush of landing trophy sized largemouth bass and the thrill of fighting huge carp and monster pike as perfectly combined realistic game physics and accurate fish AI create an authentic experience that will have you hooked from the start. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler there’s something for you to enjoy in Fishing Sim World. Fishing Sim World launches with 18 different species of fish including largemouth and smallmouth bass, carp and pike all with their own unique AI and behavioral systems. To help you successfully catch each species, there are hundreds of items of equipment to choose from with thousands of combinations. Target the bass by using spinning or baitcaster rods and reels from Duckett Fishing and Fitzgerald Fishing. Equip your reels with line from Fitzgerald or Sunline and select the correct lures or baits from Nichols Lures, Missile Baits and Bill Lewis (Rat-L-Trap). Target carp with equipment from leading names including Korda, RidgeMonkey, Mainline Baits and Delkim. Not only do the fish behave differently, reacting to water temperature and bait choice, but the dynamic weather also plays a huge role in where the fish will be. You will need to ensure you choose your strategy and location carefully depending on the conditions. Fish at your own pace, find your perfect set up but be prepared to change tactic as the weather does! There are seven different destinations awaiting you in Fishing Sim World varying vary from huge North American Lakes to picturesque venues in Europe. Each presents its own challenge and requires different tactics, equipment and angling skills to master. The venues featured include the sun drenched Lake Johnson in Florida and the glacial Lake Boulder in upstate New York, both of which are over 2000 acres in size with endless different spots to try to catch trophy fish from. Of course, a lake that size needs a boat to get around on and Fishing Sim World features three high powered models including two from our licensed partner, Bass Cat Boats. Drive at speeds in excess of 70 mph, activate your Sonar and find a perfect spot to fish. In Europe, you will find France’s legendary Gigantica Main Lake that has been replicated in stunning detail and contains all of the known boss fish including the incredible ‘Fudgies’ weighing in excess of 85 pounds! A challenging stretch of the UK’s Grand Union Canal awaits and is home to some monster predator fish including big, powerful pike that will test your set-up to the limit. Finally, we have Manor Farm Lake (from the leading day-ticket water complex in the UK, Linear Fisheries) Waldsee and Bergsee which are our three favourite lakes from Euro Fishing. These venues have been remastered to not only look even more stunning but now feature a larger number of species to catch, new and bigger boss fish to target and all of the new equipment and styles of fishing to try and land the lakes monsters. Fishing Sim World reflects the competitive element of this great sport, allowing you take part in live tournaments against opponents from around the world. Featuring the launch of ‘The Dovetail Fishing League’ (DFL) players can compete with fellow anglers across the world in individual events for the glory of being crowned ‘Angler of the Month.’ The DFL consists of multiple events split across four different series. Each of the series has its own season leaderboards with points earned added together to determine your position in the Global Season Leaderboard. Players can also opt to fish with friends in four-player multiplayer, comparing catches on real-time leaderboards as well as communicating via voice chat. So whether you’re trophy bass hunting in the USA, spinning for a monster pike in England, or sat by the side of a peaceful French carp venue waiting for that catch of a lifetime, there will be something for everyone. View the full article
  24. We hope you’ve enjoyed the Blackout Beta as much as we’ve enjoyed playing it along with you. Armed with your incredible feedback, we continued to update the Beta throughout the week and will keep listening as we improve the game in time for launch. That’s what betas are for, after all. Blackout is our own distinctive Battle Royale, and we knew we had to make this something special for our fans from the start. Our teams have set out to create a uniquely Black Ops experience, featuring time-tested Call of Duty gameplay, signature Treyarch design philosophy, and a celebration of 10 years of Black Ops heritage. We know we have to nail the things that people love about the genre, improve on the elements that we want to take to the next level, and bring plenty of new ideas to the table. Your feedback this week has been encouraging to say the least, and everyone here at the studio can’t wait to show you what’s coming in the future. With the Beta wrapped up and everyone counting the days to October 12th, we’d like to take this opportunity to look back at the biggest feedback items that came from the community and provide some deeper insights into what we’re doing to improve the game, just as we did following the Multiplayer Beta. Here’s a look at some of the hot topics we’re tracking between now and launch: Armor Armor’s role in Blackout is inherently unique compared to its role in MP. You only live once in Blackout, and you’re rewarded for scavenging in areas that often put you in perilous positions, especially as the Collapse gets smaller in the late game. For this and other reasons, we’ve been cautious about making sweeping changes to the way Armor works, though we’ve made some tweaks during the Beta and continue to evaluate how Armor will work at launch. Every Item in the game, from Armor to Weapons to Perks, is constantly re-evaluated to ensure they fit in the correct place in the game’s meta. You can expect Armor to be tuned multiple times as the game, and the gameplay content, evolves over time. Some changes to Armor since the start of the Beta include: Spawn frequency of Level 3 Armor has been reduced by 75% compared to its initial spawn rate in the Beta. Level 3 Armor will now most frequently be found in Stashes and Supply Drops, though it may occasionally spawn in the world. Level 3 Armor now breaks sooner and passes more damage to the player wearing it, and still offers headshot and other types of damage mitigation. We’ve heard your concerns that Level 3 Armor was still perhaps too powerful by the end of the Beta, and will be evaluating the data to see what other tweaks may be required. Level 2 Armor was also minorly adjusted during the Beta and will potentially be tweaked further in time for launch. Players will see an indicator of the condition of their own Armor, and those of their teammates, in the HUD. This provides a more granular indicator of the damage that your Armor has taken beyond the Armor icon and will let you know if it’s time to seek out a replacement. Audio Adjustments We saw several reports of footsteps sounding louder or quieter than expected, and not always being able to tell the direction enemies were coming from. Others reported an uneven balance of footstep volume between teammates and enemies. We’re on it. Improvements to how audio will work at launch include: Sounds will be properly impacted by walls, floors, ceilings, and other objects in the world. This means enemies directly above or below the player should no longer sound louder than expected. The volume of the cargo plane, punching, game countdown timers, and everything else you’ve brought to our attention (and many things you have not) will be reviewed in-depth as part of that process. The game has not yet had its final audio mix. Teammates’ footsteps will be quieter compared to enemy footsteps. The Awareness Perk will further reduce the loudness of the footsteps of your teammates. All audio presets will be available at launch in the Options menu. Audio presets can make a big difference, and we offer many choices for those who play with headphones or surround sound. Inventory & Item Management On the first day of the Beta, the community almost unanimously asked for faster Item pickups. As a result, we made pickup speed as fast as possible while still protecting players from accidentally picking up an Item when attempting to reload. Console players have asked for an option in Settings to allow them to tap a button to instantly pick up an Item. We like this idea a lot, and want to be sure we get it right and test it thoroughly. The Quick Equip menu can be fantastic for making Inventory adjustments quickly, but could also get in the way of picking up Items, opening doors, or entering vehicles. We adjusted the Quick Equip menu so it automatically closes after a few seconds with no interactions. We are also looking into the feasibility of closing the Quick Equip menu if the player performs other actions such as firing a weapon, changing stance, starting a Sprint, etc. We’ve already improved the proximity and height at which you can interact with Items on the ground so you don’t have to look down at that Item so precisely. It’s being tested now and is very likely to be in when the game comes out. Last but not least, we are creating designs for other “quality of life” improvements to these very important game systems including, but not limited to: Evaluating options to improve the Stash interface when looting enemies and containers on console. Adding a new method to allow you to quickly remove all Attachments from a weapon. Incorporating a way to swap Attachments between Weapons, if both Weapons support the same attachment. And finally, we’ve got some fun Beta stats to share. While the (very unofficial) numbers, Mason, are still coming in across all platforms, we’ve poked through the data to find some of our favorites to share: Players eradicated 7.5 million Zombies. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more where those came from. Squadmates were revived 26 million times. Thanks for being team players. 3.3 billion Items were picked up. That’s “billion” with a B. Over 64 million Stashes were spawned. That’s a lot of loot. The longest Combat Axe kill distance was 213 meters, or about 698 feet. Well done! Players managed to eliminate 123 people with a basketball. Is ball still life? Most kills by an individual player: Solos: 25 Duos: 29 Quads: 25 Most kills by a team: Duos: 32 Quads: 38 And that’s a wrap. Please keep your feedback coming and give us your detailed thoughts in our official post-Beta survey. Thank you for taking this journey with us so far, and know that we’re committed to listening and communicating with you along the way to make Blackout the best experience it can be. This is just the beginning. – Treyarch View the full article
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  26. Speed Brawl, the stylish, anime-inspired 2D combat-racer, arrives at PlayStation Store on September 18. Today, we get to hear from the game’s Art Director, Eric Angelillo, and Creative Director / Writer, Lee Thomas, about some of the inspirations behind this loud and unabashedly fast game ahead of its release. Lee (L): We’d always pitch Speed Brawl as Streets of Rage meets Sonic the Hedgehog, but we used Street Fighter for a while because, amazingly, some people didn’t know what Streets of Rage was! Eric (E): But way before that it was a puzzle platformer called Luna — actually we changed that to Lady & the Moon — which of course got completely overhauled and became a brawler. L: Well we’d just made two brawlers; Big Action Mega Fight! and then OK KO! Lakewood Plaza Turbo with Cartoon Network… E: So Lady & the Moon was initially a sort of palate cleanser. L: We got quite far into the development, and Eric had already started this really cool and evocative look for the game… E: Until we realized there were like 11 million other puzzle platformers also in development. L: Some of them are so good, but there were just SO many. E: Right, so even though we liked what we had, we went back to what we knew best: cooperative games about punching stuff. L: Eric was a Streets of Rage and Marvel vs. Capcom fan, I was a Two Crude Dudes and Final Fight enthusiast… The slight age difference meant we had different touch points but we both loved the same types of worlds. Fantastical but true to life… in a manner. E: And then we threw in some Sonic, because faster is better, right? L: For sure. We took the Victorian setting of Lady & the Moon as a jumping off point – added a little bit of the social satire inspired by our mutual love of Paul Verhoeven, and a sprinkle of War of the Worlds. E: He means the Jeff Wayne musical he always makes me listen to. L: Oh, of course! E: Visually, it was important for us to bring some freshness to a Victorian-set game. Power Stone was a good touchpoint, but then we wanted to push it further. I thought; what would an 80’s cartoon or anime look like if it was set in the 19th century? So we took some classic Thundercats inspiration and mixed in some Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Dragonball for good measure. L: Don’t forget Streets of Fire and Bubblegum Crisis! E: Is that where Invincible came from? We used a Pat Benatar track as our opening song for the game and its trailer. Lee loves Streets of Fire and wanted to use Nowhere Fast as if it was orchestrated by Vince Dicola. L: Invincible is from The Ballad of Billie Jean, an 80s film starring Helen Slater (Supergirl). Our sound and music team Vibe Avenue did an awesome job with that. We’d done Big Action Mega Fight! with them, and what they’ve done on Speed Brawl is outstanding. E: So yeah, we have London, the Victorian era, a race of lunar creatures and brawling…. That’s when we called it Brawl Britannia, right? L: Ha, amongst other things… I remember Fistgal and A Call To Fists were floated too. E: Speed was something Dan Menard, our Producer, was really excited about; carrying momentum into a combat game. He was obsessed with Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and also Jackie Chan movies. The way the fight scenes were choreographed and how the characters used their environment as a weapon. L: Especially that scene in Sherlock Holmes where Robert Downey Jr. has this whole pre-cognitive fight sequence… Like a puzzle he was putting together, and then executes. E: That’s how we came up with the pole swinging and wall kickoffs of the game, this sense of exaggerated physics and the world as a weapon. The race format came from ways we were looking at how this game could be enjoyed online, or with streamers and friends. L: That, and the feeling of having a game you could play with your brother and sister. It’s cooperative, but one of you gets to show off how good you really are. Ha! E: So I started drawing… and Lee started writing… and this tandem process just kept the ball rolling… OH, shall we talk about the time we had an actual ball in the game? L: We will never talk about the ball again! The rest of the elements fell into place, and games like Speedrunners and Rivals of Aether came and went, leaving their marks on the team. E: Vince, our Senior Programmer and the combat design lead on Speed Brawl, played everything from Dragon’s Crown to Bayonetta. We all played Monster Hunter on 3DS and our ambitions for items and repairing and crafting were explored. We even used to have a ‘wear and tear’ mechanic where you had to heal brawlers in a hospital between fights. L: It’s fun to look back at the process. The game has looked and felt twenty different ways by now. L: We’ve played the game ourselves many, many times, it’s been really interesting to see our own tastes and favorite characters evolve. We’re really excited to see what players are going to do with the game. E: We fought for a long time about how the game should be played during development, with everyone on the team being in a slightly different camp. We eventually learned that we couldn’t cater to everyone, but that the differences in our playable characters could speak to different players’ preferred play styles. L: Speed Brawl is about having a blast, but there’s a lot of layers to peel off in order to be as fast and as effective as you can be. We wanted it to be broad but also be an engine for something potentially competitive. E: Plus, we’ve got some really cool competitive features coming post-launch, right? L: Head-to-head mode, more social functionality, not to mention more characters and scenarios. There’s just a lot more game and story. E: But the most important question is: Who’s going to be the fastest speed brawler? L: My runs are definitely going to be faster than yours, Eric. E: Yeah, but mine will be more stylish. View the full article
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