Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: PSN

Idea Factory releases statement about Monster Monpiece’s changes

Monster Monpiece (PS Vita) IF Statement - Screenshot 1

Following their announcement yesterday that Monster Monpiece will be coming to North America later this year with a few alterations, Idea Factory has released a statement to address concerns regarding the changes. The full statement is available below, plus a few new screens.

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PlayStation Vita News

Idea Factory bringing Monster Monpiece to North America

Monster Monpiece (PS Vita) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Idea Factory has announced that they will be bringing their first PS Vita title to North America, Monster Monpiece. Set for a PSN release this spring, the game is a mixture of card battling and light role-playing elements that tasks players with tracking down a friend who has become “Lost” and leader to a group of creatures known as “monster girls.” As her best friend, May, players must stop Elza and her gang from stealing the protective quartz housed within the world’s cities. The cards are represented by 3D chibi characters, and there are over 100 monster girls to call upon during battle. Each monster has their own skills and weaknesses, and they can be fused for new combinations as well as powered by rubbing the touch screen (it seems even monsters have hearts). The game will also support ad hoc and network modes for multiplayer.

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PlayStation Vita News

Dozen-plus new screenshots released from Dark Souls II

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) New Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

Following the release of yesterday’s Curse trailer, Namco Bandai has released over a dozen new screenshots from Dark Souls II. The new shots feature all that is the Souls series: exploration, monsters, magic, and combat. Oh, and of course, some weird-looking characters.

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Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD launches online for 360, PC, PS3

Assassins Creed Liberation HD (360, PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Assassin’s Creed Liberation has made the leap from handheld today with an HD re-release for 360, PC, and PS3. Set prior to the Revolutionary War, Liberation puts players in the role of Aveline, the first playable female Assassin, who must use her varied arsenal, including a whip, a machete, and poison darts, to take down enemies across the world, from the streets of New Orleans to Mayan ruins. The new version has been remastered in high definition and features “improved gameplay mechanics and missions.”

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Dark Souls II shows what’s in store for the Cursed in new trailer

Dark Souls II edges ever closer to release, and today, Namco Bandai has released a new trailer showing more of what FromSoftware and company have in store. The latest video, Cursed, shows nearly three minutes of new gameplay footage, including some of the monsters that will need to be bested and skills mastered as part of the grueling campaign.

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Sony reveals cloud-based streaming, rental service PS Now

PS Now (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) Announcement - Header

Sony has announced PlayStation Now, the Gaiki-powered streaming service that will use cloud technology to allow players access to PS3 games on their PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and Bravia TVs. The service is scheduled to go live first for PS4 this summer and later for the rest of the Sony family, including eight models of the 2014 Bravia TV line (KDL-R400B is the exception). Sony plans to eventually expand the service further to include non-Sony products, allowing gamers to “enjoy instant access to a game wherever there’s Wi-Fi connectivity” along with seamless transition between devices. The service will feature the ability to rent specific titles or subscribe for access to the library. There will be online multiplayer and trophy support. For those curious about the system’s integration with the current setup, the PS Blog responded to a community question that the PS Store will continue to offer downloadable titles in addition to PS Now’s streaming services.

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Covenant combat revealed in new Dark Souls II screenshots

Dark Souls II (360, PS3) December Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

A dozen new screenshots from Dark Souls II have been posted showing off the Covenant system. As a member of a covenant, players will be able to receive assistance from others against invading players (Way of Blue), automatically summon assistance from others (Blue Sentinels), offer sacrifice to the god of war Nahr Alma by invading other players’ worlds (Brotherhood of Blood), worship the sun by assisting others (Heirs to the Sun), and guard those bonded together (Bell Keepers). More covenants will be announced closer to launch.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Zen Pinball 2 launching for PS4 on Dec.17 with free, paid DLC tables

Zen Pinball 2 (PS4) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1 (Dr Strange Table)

Zen Studios is expanding their pinball empire later this month with the release of Zen Pinball 2 for PS4. The upcoming version is scheduled to launch on December 17, and as before, the game will be a free download and serve as a platform for downloading tables as DLC. There will be 20 tables at launch, and each will be available individually or as part of eight different sets (Star Wars Pinball, Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force, Marvel Pinball, Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles, Plants vs. Zombies Pinball, Epic Quest, Paranormal, and Earth Defense).

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DLC, PlayStation 4 News

PlayStation 4 global sales exceed 2.1 million

Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4)

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.

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PlayStation 4 News

Souls reignite as Soulcalibur II HD Online launches for 360, PS3

Namco Bandai has announced that Soulcalibur II HD Online is now live for 360 and PS3. The Project Soul-developed port includes updated visuals, online multiplayer, and two of the three console-exclusive characters from the 2003 original: Heihachi and Spawn. The re-release features seven modes in total, which include Arcade, Survival, VS Battle, Time Attack, Team Battle, Practice, and Weapon Master.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News