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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Killzone: Shadow Fall
After selling 370,000 units in Japan since its launch on February 22, the PlayStation 4 has passed the 6-million-unit mark, according to a new announcement from Sony. In addition, PS Plus is also increasing in numbers, as according to the release, “in addition to existing members, more than half of PS4 owners are enjoying the benefits of PS Plus.” On the software side, Killzone: Shadow Fall has now sold over 2.1 million copies worldwide, while general software sales have reached over 13.7 million sales in stores and through PS Store for all available games.
Sony has announced that the PS4 has sold over 2.1 million units as of December 1. The total includes 700,000 that have sold throughout Europe and Australasia since its launch in those territories on November 29. The release quotes Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, as stating that the system has “delivered the best launch in PlayStation history.” It was also noted that there have been over 6.5 million shares captured via Facebook and broadcasting sites Twitch and Ustream using the DualShock 4’s Share button.
After months of anticipation, it has arrived: Sony’s PlayStation 4. The $399 successor to the PS3 is available alongside numerous games and services, including the PS App companion for Android and iOS, allowing use of the handhelds as second screens and as remotes; PSN for PS4, along with popular apps such as Hulu and Netflix; and over 20 games, including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Contrast, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Need for Speed Rivals, and Resogun. The system comes with a replaceable 500 GB hard drive and 8GB of GDDR5 of RAM, while the operating system allows gamers to share videos and screenshots over social media networks and streaming sites. Each package also contains vouchers for a free month of PS Plus, one for a month of Music Unlimited, and another for $10 in PS Store credit.
A new story trailer has been released for Killzone: Shadow Fall. The PS4 launch title, developed by series creator Guerilla Games, is set 30 years after Killzone 3. The two-and-a-half-minute trailer details the current state of affairs between the Helghast, Vektans, and ISA. After the ruin of Helghan, the remaining Helghast have been resettled on Vekta, separated from the Vektans by ISA security. The world is on the verge of war as each side gears up to battle over supremacy of the planet.
I think it’s safe to say that Sony surprised quite a few people, including us, during their E3 2013 conference. The event covered a wide variety of topics, including cloud gaming, PS4, PS Plus, and PS Vita, and how each works within the Sony ecosystem. For starters, the PS4 will have no restrictions regarding used games, no online authentication requirement, and will launch this holiday season for $399.99. PS Plus will function as it does now, with game giveaways and special discounts, but it will also be required to play games online; however, it will not be required for streaming media from such services as Hulu and Netflix.