Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: PSN

PlayStation 4 now available in stores and online

PlayStation 4 (System) Day One Patch Announcement - Set

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.

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PlayStation 4 News

Versus, co-op multiplayer showcased in new Dark Souls II screens

Dark Souls II (360, PC, PS3) November Screens - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai has released new screenshots from FromSoftware’s upcoming action RPG, Dark Souls II. The latest crop of a dozen-plus shots show more of the mulitplayer action, both player-versus-player and co-op, that’s in store for those brave—and/or masochistic—enough to venture back into the Souls series.

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Demo launches for co-op brawler Final Exam for consoles, PC

Final Exam (360, PC, PS3) Demo Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new demo has gone live for Rocket Studios’ action title Final Exam. The trial of the 2.5 side-scrolling brawler features the tutorial, the first chapter (with support for up to four players in co-op), and several weapon, skill, and combo unlocks. And for that extra touch of fancy, the demo also has its own leaderboards.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now $29.99, includes character DLC

Metal Gear Rising (360, PS3) Jetstream DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 3

Konami has gone for a double whammy to entice gamers into grabbing Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Not only have they lowered the price to $29.99, but they have also tossed in the Jetstream and Blade Wolf character download packs. The Jetstream DLC features Samuel Rodriguez, Raiden’s dashing sword-wielding rival, in his own side story that details his origins. The Blade Wolf DLC is a similar origin-themed release that reveals the backstory of Blade Wolf, previously known as LQ-84i. In addition to seeing how he came to serve under Desperado Enforcement’s Sundowner, players will also get to experience a new boss battle.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Soulcalibur II HD Online to reignite souls on November 19 and 20

Namco Bandai has announced that Soulcalibur II HD Online will be launching on November 19 for PS3 and on November 20 for 360. The $19.99 release will not only include updated visuals and support for online play, but it will also feature two of the three characters that were console exclusives when the game originally launched in 2003: Heihachi and Spawn. Several new gameplay trailers were also released and are available below.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Dark Souls II PSN October beta rescheduled for November 9

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

Namco Bandai has announced that the Dark Souls II beta that was scheduled for October 26 has been rescheduled for November 9. Those who have already downloaded the client will be able to play in the next round, which will run from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (PST). According to Namco Bandai, they have “worked with all parties concerned in the beta staging process to ensure that the November 9th beta round will commence on schedule and as promised.” New screenshots were released with the announcement and over a dozen posted, so be sure not to miss them below, PC and Xbox 360 gamers.

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PlayStation 4 day-one 300 MB patch, PlayStation App detailed

PlayStation 4 (System) Day One Patch Announcement - Set

Sony has announced a day-one patch for PS4. The 300 MB update, detailed below, will allow access for a variety of features, including Remote Play for playing games on PS Vita, Second Screen for using smartphones and tablets as additional screens, a screen- and video-capturing utility, eight-user party chat, and the play-as-you-download feature. Surprisingly, the ability to play DVDs and Blu-ray video discs requires users to go online beforehand. Sony also announced that suspend/resume mode, among other features, will be unavailable at launch, either out the box or post patch.

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Android, Apple Handheld, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD heading to consoles, PC this January

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

It looks as if Aveline will have a busy new year. Ubisoft has announced that the console and PC version of Assassin’s Creed Liberation will be released on January 14 for PS3 and on January 15 for 360 and PC. The download-only release will feature assassin Aveline’s original adventure, set prior to the American Revolution, which found her using machetes, whips, and poison darts to take down her prey throughout New Orleans and even Mayan ruins. This new version will feature upgraded visuals—a comparison below shows a scene from it next to the same from the PS Vita original—and be released at $19.99. A discount of $5 was also announced for owners of Black Flag’s Season Pass.

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition now on PSN, Steam

Enslaved Odyssey to the West Premium Edition (PC, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ninja Theory’s post-apocalyptic action-adventure title Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition is now available online for PC and PS3. Available on PSN and Steam, Premium Edition includes the base game along with Pigsy’s Perfect 10 DLC and several extra skins (Classic Monkey, Ninja Monkey, and Sexy Trip). The PC debut also features support for Big Picture Mode, Cloud Saves, and Steam Achievements.

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DLC, PC News, PlayStation 3 News

Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut: Ultimate Edition now on PSN

Deadly Premonition Directors Cut (PC, PS3) PC Steam Greenlight Announcement - Screenshot 2

A new version of Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut has launched on PSN for PS3, the Ultimate Edition. This release features all of the content from the original Director’s Cut as well as all post-launch downloadable content. The extra packs add seven trait-boosting suits and outfits, three new rides that enhance performance (and one that adds drifting), a vehicle skin, and the Real Estate pack that allows York to purchase a home and settle down in Greenvale.

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