Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: PS4

PlayStation 4 surpasses 50 million units sold, software 396 million

Sony has announced that PS4 has sold through more than 50 million units as of December 6. They also noted that they had their “best ever Black Friday week in the history of PlayStation.” The numbers include both the standard PS4 and PS4 Pro, and represent a footprint in five regions and 122 countries. PS4 software sales were also noted to have surpassed 369.6 million, excluding add-on content, in global retail and digital sales as of December 4.

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Persona 5’s party-boosting hacker Futaba Sakura introduced

The Phantom Thieves’ hacker, Futaba Sakura, is getting her time to shine in a new character trailer. The socially awkward dropout is a recluse who now serves as the group’s navigator. Futaba, under the codename Oracle, guides the crew to their destination or, if things go south, an escape route. She also provides moral support that buffs her teammates during combat. As with the previous reveals, the character’s voice actor, Erica Lindbeck, is also interviewed in a separate video.

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Persona 5 digital pre-orders up, Story and Confidant trailers released

Atlus has sent word that digital pre-orders are now live for Persona 5. As a bonus, early digital buyers receive the dynamic Protagonist Special Theme & Avatar Set. Pre-orders also come with in-game DLC, the Izanagi & Izanagi Picaro Set Persona, who makes a return from Persona 4 in the flesh and as a themed dress for Picaro. To learn more about the Phantom Thieves, scroll down to check out the recently released story trailer. Details were also revealed about several Confidants, characters who form a bond with the party and will lend them a hand. Three of them are detailed below, and star in their own trailers.

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PSX 2016 – Bandai Namco: Ace Combat 7, Ni No Kuni II

Bandai Namco had two big sequels on hand at PS Experience 2016, the Level 5-developed RPG Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and the cinematic flight combat sim Ace Combat 7. Both received new trailers, as well as a host of new screenshots, a few of which feature the VR-enabled view for Ace Combat 7. Everything can be found below.

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PSX 2016 – Activision: Crash Bandicoot Trilogy, Destiny The Dawning

Crash is set to return next year in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The bundle will feature remasters of the first three titles: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Vicarious Visions is rebuilding each game from the ground up, adding new lighting, animations, environments, and cutscenes. The audio is also being updated with a revamped soundtrack and new dialogue recorded with some of the original actors. The three will also support a unified save system, a similar checkpoint system, and analog stick functionality. Lastly, Bungie will kick off a three-week-long event for Destiny: Rise of Iron, The Dawning, on December 13. The winter festivities will include new Quests, Bounties, and customization items, plus an additional Record Book and game mode, Strike Scoring. Sparrow Racing League will also return, complete with two new tracks, one on Earth and the other on Mercury.

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PS4 getting Yakuza Kiwami in 2017, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in 2018

They keep pulling me back in! Sega will be releasing two new Yakuza titles for PS4: Yakuza Kiwami, a remastered version of the original Yakuza, in 2017 and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in 2018. Kiwami is set to be a complete overhaul with graphical assets recreated from scratch for 1080p/60fps support and dialog re-recorded by the original Japanese cast. Additionally, the game will be beefed up with an extra 30 minutes of cutscenes, expanding the backstory and tying it to Yakuza 0, and new districts, adding Pocket Circuit car racing and other activities. The combat is also being revamped to utilize the updates from Yakuza 0. On a final, odd note, Majima will randomly pop up for a quick fight. Lastly, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, which will continue Kiryu’s adventure, has had its digital and physical North American release confirmed for early 2018.

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PSX 2016: DotEmu – Wonder Boy, Windjammers, and Ys Origin

DotEmu is embracing the past for their upcoming releases. First up is Lizardcube’s upcoming Wonder Boy title, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which received its second developer diary. The video highlights the re-imagined soundtrack from the Wonder Boy III remake. They also announced two new PS4 and PS Vita titles for early 2017: Ys Origin and Windjammers. Ys Origins will release on February 21, offering players a chance to play the prequel on console, taking place 700 years before Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished. Some new, undetailed features are also being included, with the title itself being ported by DotEmu. The Neo Geo classic Windjammers is also returning. The futuristic sports title pits two players against one another as they attempt to fling a disc into their opponent’s net by using powers and ricochet shots. It will support five game modes, including online versus (do I hear an angelic choir?), along with leaderboards and trophies.

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Space Hulk: Deathwing trailer showcases 13 minutes of gameplay

Space Hulk: Deathwing recently wrapped up its technical beta, allowing tens of thousands of players to try their hands at the game’s co-op mode, but its release is still a week away. To hold everyone over, developer Streum On has released a new gameplay video of the single-player campaign. The 13 minutes of footage follows the player as their Deathwing squad explores the the Space Hulk and battles Ymgarl Genestealers.

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Arkane releases eight minutes of gameplay from Prey

A new gameplay walkthrough has been released for Prey. Arkane Studio’s upcoming first-person shooter, set to be released next year, finds players waking up in Talos I, a ransacked space station that’s been overrun by aliens. The sequel will offer a more open-ended approach to tackling levels, and creative director Raphael Colantonio and lead designer Ricardo Bare detail those sorts of possibilities in the video.

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Final Fantasy XV sells digitally, ships to retail 5-million-plus units

Square Enix has sent the celebratory word that Final Fantasy XV has shipped physically and sold digitally over five million units globally. The release marks the first time that a Final Fantasy has been released simultaneously around the world. The studio also noted that they they “will continue to work on projects to expand and enhance customer enjoyment of Final Fantasy XV, releasing additional content and associated series products.”

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