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  1. Hello, PlayStation fans! We are thrilled to bring the beloved rhythm game DJMax Respect to the global audience for the first time on March 6. Start exercising your fingers to get ready for some intense rhythm action game some call the “Dark Souls of rhythm games.” We’ve developed and shipped a total of 9 games in the DJMax series on PlayStation platforms since the launch of DJMax Portable in 2006. We’ve taken a bit of a hiatus after the release of DJMax Technika Tune on PS Vita in 2012. Now DJMax is back bigger and better than ever in DJMax Respect. We’ve worked hard to make DJMax Respect a game that we can be proud to share with our long time fans. From the inception of the design, the development team’s goal was clear. We were all agreed to create a game that was a true homage to our fans. We named the game DJMax Respect as a form of paying respect to our most ardent fans around the world. Here is what you can expect from DJMax Respect starting March 6. Gigantic content DJMax Respect’s base game contains an unheard of 147 songs with 40 new songs available exclusively for the title. With multiple difficulty levels and a rich achievement system, the base game alone should give our fans hours and hours of challenges. To let our fans take advantage of the content in today’s HDTV environment, we’ve completely remastered the tracks and the music videos to run flawlessly at 60 FPS in 1080p. In addition, we will release all DLC that’s available in Asia within the first month of base game release so there is no need to wait. There a tons of DLC to choose from. We are especially proud of our collaboration with other games such as Guilty Gear, Brown Dust and Girls’ Frontline. The base game and the DLC will allow you to own every song that we ever shipped in DJMax franchise, remastered. Play with your friend… or anyone! For the first time in the series, you will be able to play with your friends either locally or online. Playing together is always fun and nothing is more satisfying than beating your friends in their own living room. Battle it out in Freestyle Mode! Once you’ve soundly beaten your friend, you can go online to compete with the best of the best and try your hands at climbing the global leaderboard. Get ready for challenge If you are up for a challenge and are a hard core fan of rhythm games, DJMax Respect will provide you with hours of challenging fun. Make sure to stretch and strengthen your fingers before you grab the controller, you will need to be nimble and accurate to be respected in DJMax Respect. Check it out at PlayStation Store March 6! View the full article
  2. Hello, PlayStation fans! We are thrilled to bring the beloved rhythm game DJMax Respect to the global audience for the first time on 6th March. Start exercising your fingers to get ready for some intense rhythm action game some call the “Dark Souls of rhythm games.” We’ve developed and shipped a total of 9 games in the DJMax series on PlayStation platforms since the launch of DJMax Portable in 2006. We’ve taken a bit of a hiatus after the release of DJMax Technika Tune on PS Vita in 2012. Now DJMax is back bigger and better than ever in DJMax Respect. We’ve worked hard to make DJMax Respect a game that we can be proud to share with our long time fans. From the inception of the design, the development team’s goal was clear. We were all agreed to create a game that was a true homage to our fans. We named the game DJMax Respect as a form of paying respect to our most ardent fans around the world. Here is what you can expect from DJMax Respect starting 6th March. Masses of content DJMax Respect’s base game contains an unheard of 147 songs with 40 new songs available exclusively for the title. With multiple difficulty levels and a rich achievement system, the base game alone should give our fans hours and hours of challenges. To let our fans take advantage of the content in today’s HDTV environment, we’ve completely remastered the tracks and the music videos to run flawlessly at 60 FPS in 1080p. In addition, we will release all DLC that’s available in Asia within the first month of base game release so there is no need to wait. There a tons of DLC to choose from. We are especially proud of our collaboration with other games such as Guilty Gear, Brown Dust and Girls’ Frontline. The base game and the DLC will allow you to own every song that we ever shipped in DJMax franchise, remastered. Play with your friend… or anyone For the first time in the series, you will be able to play with your friends either locally or online. Playing together is always fun and nothing is more satisfying than beating your friends in their own living room. Battle it out in Freestyle Mode! Once you’ve soundly beaten your friend, you can go online to compete with the best of the best and try your hands at climbing the global leaderboard. Get ready for challenge If you are up for a challenge and are a hard core fan of rhythm games, DJMax Respect will provide you with hours of challenging fun. Make sure to stretch and strengthen your fingers before you grab the controller, you will need to be nimble and accurate to be respected in DJMax Respect. Check it out on PlayStation Store from 6th March! The post Hardcore rhythm game DJMax Respect is unleashed on PS4 next month appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  3. Hi everyone, I’m Tavez Huang, producer of Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1 at WindThunder Studio. I’m excited to announce that our side-scrolling adventure will be released at PlayStation Store on February 27! This is the first time the 16-year old series will appear on consoles, and we’re honored to have this chance to present our story to a whole new audience. Heroine Anthem Zero features side-scrolling platformer gameplay coupled with RPG elements to tell its story. The Story of Heroine Anthem Zero Heroine Anthem Zero takes place in a beautiful, but harsh, fantasy world where men, faeries and other creatures have been abandoned by the gods. Humanity survives, co-existing with various creatures and monsters. For the tribes of men in this world, protecting the World Tree Terasyr is their duty — the reason for their existence. Legend tells that Terasyr is the origin of all life, and to this day the Engora dynasty still protects this World Tree that stands tall in the clouds. The seven tribes of men are spread from seven rivers to the ends of the world. They take pride in living at the origin of life, believing that they protect the center of the world. Our protagonist, Wanin Sarem, is a young Forest Keeper, part of the Uzato tribe who are tasked with protecting forests on the border. The world of Heroine Anthem In creating a fantasy world that players will feel connected to, we crafted the basic foundation of the world — creating myths and legends mimicking oral storytelling traditions of indigenous cultures. For the denizens of this world, these stories are not only historical events, but a blessing (or possibly a curse) that makes up their identity. These myths not only tell of the past — some foretell the future. The art direction of the game is something we take very seriously, from the architecture of the world, to the garments that different tribes wear, to the design of the boss creatures. The costumes of the characters reflect their culture and tell their own stories. Norse mythology has always been a source of inspiration for this series, and that influence is apparent in the game’s visuals. Boss Creatures and Other Beasts Humans are not alone on this world, sharing the land with other humanoid races like Faeries and the Darui — and some not so human. Ranging from magnificent beasts deemed to be divine, to furry animals to grotesque primordial creatures, they are the result of a world constantly stricken with strife and abandon by higher powers. Rentolus is one such example — coming from a race of holy beasts found in White Feather Mountain, the Uzato tribe believes it has sacred powers, evident as White Feather Mountain is the only place immune to the evil encroaching into other mountains in the Longhorn Woods area. As a partner in fighting evil, Uzato Forest Keepers had begun calling them the White Feather Forest Keepers. Other smaller creatures also roam the land. The Horned Wolf is mainly found deep in the forest, very protective of their own territory. Recently the Horned Wolves have begun encroaching into the village, and reports have seen crimson colored wolves in the Longhorn Woods. In addition to the mythology, stunning visuals and memorable creatures, the soundtrack of the game is also an important part of Heroine Anthem Zero. Created by a collaborative team of musicians from Japan and Taiwan, the music utilizes rare instruments especially selected to convey the atmosphere of a world of fantasy. The first Heroine Anthem game was released 16 years ago in 2002, and it is a special opportunity for a series to be given new life 16 years later. The team at WindThunder Studio is excited for this first console release, and we hope you’ll enjoy your adventure in the world of Heroine Anthem Zero! View the full article
  4. Hi everyone! I’m Tavez Huang from WindThunder Studios, and the Producer of Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1. I’m excited to announce that our side-scrolling adventure will be released and available as a download only on PlayStation Store on 28th February! This is the first time the 16-year old series will appear on consoles, and we’re honored to have this chance to present our story to a whole new audience. Heroine Anthem Zero is a side-scrolling platformer that includes RPG elements to tell a very story-driven narrative. Episode 1 is the first installment in a episodic series, offering around 12 hours of gameplay. The Story of Heroine Anthem Zero The story takes place in a beautiful but harsh fantasy world where Men, Faeries and other creatures having been abandoned by gods. Humanity survives, co-existing with various creatures and monsters. For the tribes of Men in this world, protecting the World Tree Terasyr is both their duty, and the reason for their existence. As legend tells, Terasyr is the origin of all life, and to this day the Engora dynasty still protects this World Tree that stands tall in the clouds. The seven tribes of men are spread from seven rivers to the ends of the world. They take pride in living at the origin of life, believing that they protect the centre of the world, generation after generation fighting against the nine-headed dragon driven to the ends of the earth. Our protagonist Wanin Sarem is a young Forest Keeper, part of the Uzato tribe who are tasked with protecting forests on the border. The world of Heroine Anthem Zero In creating a fantasy world that players will feel connected to, we crafted the basic foundation of the world – creating myths and legends mimicking oral storytelling traditions of indigenous cultures. For the denizens of this world, these stories are not only historical events, but a blessing (or possibly a curse) that makes up their identity. These myths not only tell of the past, but some foretell of the future. Visually, the Heroine Anthem series have always had a distinct art-style. The art direction of the game is something we take very seriously, from the architecture of the world, to the garments that different tribes wear, to the design of the boss creatures. The costumes of the characters, from the major characters to NPCs, all reflect the culture they are from, and tell in themselves a story. Norse mythology has always been a source of inspiration for this series, and visually you can see many areas that have been influenced. Boss creature and other beasts Humans are not alone on this world, sharing the land with other humanoid races like Faeries and the Darui — and some not so human. Ranging from magnificent beasts deemed to be divine, to furry animals to grotesque primordial creatures, they are the result of a world constantly stricken with strife and abandon by higher powers. Rentolus is one such example – coming from a race of holy beasts found in White Feather Mountain, the Uzato tribe believes it has sacred powers, evident as White Feather Mountain is the only place immune to the evil encroaching into other mountains in the Longhorn Woods area. As a partner in fighting evil, Uzato Forest Keepers had begun calling them the White Feather Forest Keepers. Other smaller creatures also roam the land. The Horned Wolf is mainly found deep in the forest, very protective of their own territory. Recently the Horned Wolves have begun encroaching into the village, and reports have seen crimson coloured wolves in the Longhorn Woods. In addition to the mythology, stunning visuals and memorable creatures, the soundtrack of the game is also an important part of Heroine Anthem Zero. Created by a collaborative team of musicians from Japan and Taiwan, the music utilises rare instruments especially selected to convey the atmosphere of a world of fantasy. The first Heroine Anthem game was released 16 years ago in 2002, and it is a special opportunity for a series to be given new life 16 years later. The team at WindThunder Studios is excited at this first console release, and we hope you’ll enjoy your adventure in the world of Heroine Anthem Zero! The post Episode 1 of side-scrolling action RPG Heroine Anthem Zero hits PS4 on 28th February appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  5. We’re kicking off Season 3 of Fortnite Battle Royale this week, and along with it our new Battle Pass! In addition to the Battle Pass, we have some awesome features coming in, a movement tool in Save the World, and improvements to how you build in Battle Royale! Fortnite in 60 FPS! The v.3.0.0 update brings a new 60 FPS mode for PS4 and PS4 Pro. You’ll be able to pick up those Victory Royales with more clarity than ever before with buttery smooth framerates. If the highest-quality graphics are still your preference, you can toggle the 60 FPS mode at any time for improved visuals instead. We plan to continue work on the mode and improve it over time so definitely give us your feedback! Better Building Building is vital to your survival in Battle Royale, so we want to make it feel as good as possible. Find a tiresome tree in your way? No problem, now you can build right through it and continue on your way to a Victory Royale. Additionally, with the Turbo Build mode and Material Swapping you can keep building those stairs as you sprint ‘n shoot and if you run out of wood the brick or metal (whatever is available) will swap right in! Save the World Updates Fans of our Save the World mode also get a slew of new content. Cruise around the storm in style with the brand-new Hoverboard, a new way to traverse the map. No need to use stamina as you surf to your quest objectives and complete them quicker than before. The v.3.0.0 update also brings in a new Lunar New Year questline with all new Heroes and weapons. P.S. If you’re feeling Heroic, I’d give a listen to the newly overhauled orchestral Save the World music. There may even be a little in Battle Royale as well ;) New to the Battle Pass? It’s a way to get exclusive loot by playing Fortnite, and then earn or buy tiers to unlock even more rewards! When you buy the Season 3 Battle Pass, you’ll instantly unlock a batch of great in-game rewards including the new Mission Specialist Outfit! As you play during the season, you unlock a series of reward tiers. 100 tiers, 100 rewards. The more you play, the more you’ll unlock. So what’s different from the Season 2 Battle Pass? There are now 30 more tiers in Season 3 (100 total), and with more tiers comes more loot. Even though we added 30 tiers, you’ll still be able to complete the Season 3 Battle Pass in the same amount of time as the Season 2 Battle Pass (typically 75-150 hours). Don’t have the time? You can always purchase tiers for 150 V-Bucks each. See you in Fortnite! View the full article
  6. We’re kicking off Season 3 of Fortnite Battle Royale this week, and along with it our new Battle Pass! In addition to the Battle Pass, we have some awesome features coming in, a movement tool in Save the World, and improvements to how you build in Battle Royale! Fortnite in 60 FPS The v.3.0.0 update brings a new 60 FPS mode for PS4 and PS4 Pro. You’ll be able to pick up those Victory Royales with more clarity than ever before with buttery smooth framerates. If the highest-quality graphics are still your preference, you can toggle the 60 FPS mode at any time for improved visuals instead. We plan to continue work on the mode and improve it over time so definitely give us your feedback! Better building Building is vital to your survival in Battle Royale, so we want to make it feel as good as possible. Find a tiresome tree in your way? No problem, now you can build right through it and continue on your way to a Victory Royale. Additionally, with the Turbo Build mode and Material Swapping you can keep building those stairs as you sprint ‘n shoot and if you run out of wood the brick or metal (whatever is available) will swap right in! Save the World updates Fans of our Save the World mode also get a slew of new content. Cruise around the storm in style with the brand-new Hoverboard, a new way to traverse the map. No need to use stamina as you surf to your quest objectives and complete them quicker than before. The v.3.0.0 update also brings in a new Lunar New Year questline with all new Heroes and weapons. P.S. If you’re feeling Heroic, I’d give a listen to the newly overhauled orchestral Save the World music. There may even be a little in Battle Royale as well. New to the Battle Pass? It’s a way to get exclusive loot by playing Fortnite, and then earn or buy tiers to unlock even more rewards! When you buy the Season 3 Battle Pass, you’ll instantly unlock a batch of great in-game rewards including the new Mission Specialist Outfit! As you play during the season, you unlock a series of reward tiers. 100 tiers, 100 rewards. The more you play, the more you’ll unlock. So what’s different from the Season 2 Battle Pass? There are now 30 more tiers in Season 3 (100 total), and with more tiers comes more loot. Even though we added 30 tiers, you’ll still be able to complete the Season 3 Battle Pass in the same amount of time as the Season 2 Battle Pass (typically 75-150 hours). Don’t have the time? You can always purchase tiers for 150 V-Bucks each. See you in Fortnite! The post New Fortnite update brings 60FPS, hoverboards and building improvements to PS4 shooter appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  7. Greetings, PlayStation fans! We know you’re super excited about the upcoming release of Ni no Kuni II on March 23, but we’ve got a huge update to tide you over… Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has gone gold, and March 23 is the date! The wait is almost over for the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs ever. The graphical upgrade from the first game is astounding, the music composed by Joe Hisaishi is magical and the story created by Level-5 is something that will keep you enthralled from start to finish! Now then, let’s get into the details from the Behind the Scenes video. First off there’s the combat system, it’s a lot different from the first Ni no Kuni in many ways. You’re now able to move, attack, switch weapons and characters in real-time. This allows allow an unprecedented amount of freedom in how you approach each battle. Another huge aspect of combat are the Higgledies, if you’re familiar with the Familiars from the first game, you’ll feel right at home giving commands to these little guys. Higgledies are much more than just combat fodder, they’ll go on the offensive during battle, cast spells, summon weaponry and buff your party. There are also a special class of Higgledies called Higgledy Heroes to discover and recruit throughout your adventure, each Higgledy Heroes has a unique look and personality. Outside of assisting you in battle, Higgledy Heroes are invaluable during your travels as they will open up new routes, clear pathways, and show you hidden passages. Behind the Scenes – Kingdom Mode Our main character of this story is Evan, a deposed King who must rebuild his kingdom. We didn’t want you to just watch Evan return to glory as a ruler. To truly have a significant impact, we wanted you to experience what it’s like to pick up the pieces and build your realm back up from scratch. That’s where the Kingdom Mode comes in, this mode will allow you to develop your very own kingdom full of shops to buy items, forges to build weapons, centers to study magic and even facilities where you can build an airship to travel the over-world map. You can spend hours in Kingdom mode. It’s so huge, it can be a game onto itself! Behind the Scenes – Skirmish Mode One of the most difficult aspects of ruling a kingdom is defending your kingdom from invaders. In order to showcase the large-scale battles associated with invasions we’ve created the Skirmish Mode. In this mode, Evan becomes a field commander with four units made of characters you’ve recruited to join your cause and kingdom. Completing these skirmishes will net you Kingdom Points that allow you to recruit new subjects, construct new buildings or expand your facilities in Kingdom Mode. In short, take out the invaders, grow your new kingdom and gain advantages on your journey to reclaim your place as the rightful king! That’s all for now PlayStation fans! The next big RPG is right around the corner. Get ready to experience Evan’s tale when Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom hits the PlayStation 4 on March 23, 2018. Pre-order Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom digitally and receive the Special Swords Set and Proper Tidy Ring that will aid Evan in his travels. View the full article
  8. Greeting PlayStation fans, we know you’re super excited about the upcoming release of Ni no Kuni II on 23rd March. To tide you over we’ve got a huge update! Mark the date 23rd March is the date! Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has gone gold and the wait is almost over for the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs ever. The graphical upgrade from the first game is astounding, the music composed by Joe Hisaishi is magical and the story created by Level-5 is something that will keep you enthralled from start to finish! Behind the scenes – combat and higgledies Now then, let’s get into the details from the Behind the Scenes video. First off there’s the combat system, it’s a lot different from the first Ni no Kuni in many ways. You’re now able to move, attack, switch weapons and characters in real-time. This allows allow an unprecedented amount of freedom in how you approach each battle. Another huge aspect of combat are the Higgledies If you’re familiar with the Familiars from the first game, you’ll feel right at home giving commands to these little guys. Higgledies are much more than just combat fodder, they’ll go on the offensive during battle, cast spells, summon weaponry and buff your party. There are also a special class of Higgledies called Higgledy Heroes to discover and recruit throughout your adventure, each Higgledy Heroes has a unique look and personality. Outside of assisting you in battle, Higgledy Heroes are invaluable during your travels as they will open up new routes, clear pathways, and show you hidden passages. Behind the scenes – Kingdom Mode Our main character of this story is Evan, a deposed King who must rebuild his kingdom. We didn’t want you to just watch Evan return to glory as a ruler. To truly have a significant impact, we wanted you to experience what it’s like to pick up the pieces and build your realm back up from scratch. That’s where the Kingdom Mode comes in, this mode will allow you to develop your very own kingdom full of shops to buy items, forges to build weapons, centers to study magic and even facilities where you can build an airship to travel the over-world map. You can spend hours in Kingdom mode. It’s so huge, it can be a game onto itself! Behind the scenes – Skirmish mode One of the most difficult aspects of ruling a kingdom is defending your kingdom from invaders. In order to showcase the large-scale battles associated with invasions we’ve created the Skirmish Mode. In this mode, Evan becomes a field commander with four units made of characters you’ve recruited to join your cause and kingdom. Completing these skirmishes will net you Kingdom Points that allow you to recruit new subjects, construct new buildings or expand your facilities in Kingdom Mode. In short, take out the invaders, grow your new kingdom and gain advantages on your journey to reclaim your place as the rightful king! Farwell and see you soon That’s all for now PlayStation fans! The next big RPG is right around the corner. Get ready to experience Evan’s tale when Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom hits the PlayStation 4 on March 23, 2018. Pre-order Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom digitally and receive the Special Swords Set and Proper Tidy Ring that will aid Evan in his travels. The post See Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom’s Skirmish & Kingdom modes in action as PS4 JRPG goes gold appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  9. Hello there, we are Red Candle Games, an indie game studio based in Taiwan. I’m excited to share with you all that Detention, our debut title will be launched on PlayStation Store in Europe on 1st March. Ever wonder the most familiar place may one day turned into a nightmare? “Waking up from the doze, you found yourself in the classroom and somehow all the classmates are gone. Looking out of the window, it’s almost dark and the typhoon is approaching… You got to find a way out.” Detention is a 2D story-driven atmospheric horror game heavily influenced by Taiwanese and East Asian culture (Chinese mythology, Taoism/Buddhism belief, folklore, etc.) based upon the 1960s Taiwan under martial law. You will play a pair of teenage characters, Wei and Ray, who set out to explore the seemingly haunted high school. While hiding from the rampaging evil spirits to survive, you will also encounter numerous puzzles in the otherworldly school grounds. By solving each puzzle, you get a step closer to unveil the cruel truth behind the cursed school. Offering a classic point-and-click control scheme, you’ll navigate the characters to explore their surrounding and interact with items. Be aware – every note and item that you pick up is key toleads solving the past’s mysteries. How history shaped the horror-filled future What makes Detention special is how we’ve been inspired by our own history to shape the dystopian setting in the game. We set Detention in the 1960s Taiwan, when the country was under the shadow of dictatorship. It was a turbulent time for many. We used that fear and oppressive feeling to create this psychological horror and unique dystopian narration of the game, to tell a story of what might have happened if you were living in that time. As Taiwanese developers, we wanted to input as many cultural elements as possible into Detention. In other words, the whole gaming experience is cultural immersion! From the visuals, puzzle design and to the audio, we blended Taiwanese mythology, religious beliefs and a soundtrack that blended traditional Asian instruments with electronic, lo-fi and rock to create a fresh gaming experience for many players to enjoy. Detention is a project started from a single idea: tell a story of Taiwan. Inspired by past events, we attempted to build a fictitious world to recreate the atmosphere of 1960s Taiwan. With the visuals and audio influenced by Taiwanese literature, film and music of that time, we hope that you could feel that spine-chilling fear in the most interactive way. As you venture more into the game, you will be pulled into the surreal nightmare behind all this. So, be ready to experience a psychological thriller ride! The post Atmospheric PS4 horror Detention, set in 1960’s Taiwan, comes to Europe next month appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  10. Hello once again, children. We’re so pleased you’ve joined us for the last chapter of the Runaway Kid’s journey through the Maw, which will be releasing this Friday, 23rd February. It’s been quite a while since we last spoke about Little Nightmares, and although this particular story is coming to a close, the world of Little Nightmares continues! And we know that you still have many, many burning questions about that world and the curious things you’ve encountered during your time there. So, to sate your hunger just a bit, we here at Tarsier Studio browsed through the shelves and drawers and cabinets at our disposal, all of them bulging with questions (including many that were gathered from your fertile minds, thanks to Twitter and Facebook). We were delighted to pluck out a few plump, wriggling answers nested there in order to serve them up to you. Delicious… Beware, spoilers for the earlier chapters of the story may be ahead… Can we unlock new Trophies in this chapter? Yes, there will be Trophies to discover just like the other chapters. We have asked the watchers who keep track of such things to take extra care to record all of your deeds within the Residence. Even those you accomplish in secret. Can this chapter answer any questions about the world outside of the Maw? Sure it could, but we’ve resisted the temptation to just tell you everything, as it’s way too much fun reading all of the theories you’ve created! Though hopefully by the end of this chapter you’ll understand a little more about what makes the world of Little Nightmares turn the way it does. Who are the shadow kids? They’re nobody in particular. Just like all children, they’re forever being left behind; and just like all shadows, they’re difficult to escape. Will there be more DLC for Little Nightmares now that the three chapters of the Secrets of the Maw have been released? You only want DLC? You really should be demanding more of us! Rest assured, there is a world without The Maw, and if we ever get a chance to pay it a visit, there will no doubt be many tales to tell there. Can we find out what happened to the Nomes from chapter 2? Sure. They escaped The Maw and sailed off into the sunset on a 32-foot yacht called ‘The Endeavour’, where they sipped champagne and played shuffleboard in their pajamas. Then they woke up. Will the Kid ever find out what happened to the Girl from the first chapter? For us, their first encounter was perfect, so why spoil it? Some things are best left alone. How did the Runaway Kid and the other children come to be in the Maw? That, I’m afraid, is something that will remain their secret for the time being. There’s a reason why nobody here speaks. Are there any normal grown-up humans as we know them in the world of the Maw? Such things have no place in The Maw. The problem with ‘normal grown-up humans’ is that we don’t know them, we just know what they look like on the outside. The Maw knows them though, and that’s what you see when you pay it a visit. Have we seen all of the Lady’s powers at work? The Lady has been in The Maw for a long time. She’s learned all sorts of unpleasant things during her residence. It’s best that we don’t scratch the surface. What connection does The Lady have to the Maw? She belongs there, just like everyone else. Is Six related to the Lady? We get this question fairly often, and it seems the majority of people want them to be some sort of mother-daughter combo. I don’t know what that says about the general feelings we all have about our mothers, but I can say that I was once trapped on a train for half an hour and none of the other passengers were my mother. Maybe it’s what we expect of drama after a lifetime reading Joseph Campbell, Sophocles, or the person that started the whole tradition – George Lucas; but the reality is that these two characters have been thrown together by forces beyond their control. The child wants to escape and the adult wants to keep the child trapped forever. How people see that as a mother-daughter relationship, I just don’t know. It’s a curious thing, isn’t it? How the taste of answers only sharpens your appetite for more? Take care, hunger can lead one to terrible ends for the sake of one more sweet morsel. We hope you’ll enjoy this final chapter of Secrets of the Maw: The Residence, which will be available on 23rd February. Please do share your thoughts on its mysteries with us. You never know when another warm, fresh answer might show itself. The post Little Nightmares’ creators answer your questions about the latest expansion to its PS4 puzzle horror appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  11. Hey Beater Players, Cyrus Wesson from the Community team here at Bandai Namco! I’m super excited to tell you about the latest Sword Art Online game in the franchise – Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, arriving on your PS4 this Friday, 23rd February Whether you’re reading this as an avid Sword Art Online gamer, a Kirito or Asuna fan, or you’re completely new to the series, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will give you a rich and immersive experience in the well-known VRMMO original novel and anime series. With this entry in the video game franchise, we welcome players to the world of Gun Gale Online, a futuristic and exciting area where tactical and challenging new experiences await. Now, let’s dive into some of the specifics that make this game such a thrilling adventure! This is YOUR Story Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man, I wish I could be a part of the Sword Art Online universe?” Well, fear not FullDivers, because in Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, YOU are the hero! You get to create your own avatar and venture into the world where you’ll meet Kirito and friends while exploring new areas. You’ll make choices that help you progress through the story and dictate your relationship with the different characters. However, just because you’re not Kirito doesn’t mean you can’t experience his awesome beater abilities. That’s right, you’ll be able to play as him and experience his story within the game in Kirito Mode! Just don’t forget, this is still your story where your personal choices come with a price. Original story set in Gun Gale Online Sword Art Online’s story is incredibly dynamic. Spanning across multiple different virtual worlds and realities, you never know if Kirito is going to have a sword, wings or long hair. It’s a wild ride that we all know and love, and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet continues this never-ending creativity with an all new story supervised by Reki Kawahara himself. But what’s even better is this story takes place in the intense VRMMO Gun Gale Online, where players can choose what they want their gun-slinging or sword-toting weapon will be. Want to fight enemies up close and personal? Grab yourself a shotgun and a photon sword. Or, did you want to snipe unsuspecting characters from afar? Load up your Sniper rifle and crouch on a mountaintop. Just make sure to check your six so Sinon doesn’t have you in her sights, or you’re toast. How Dimps is using the power of Unreal Engine 4 Remember how we mentioned earlier that Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is incredibly immersive? Well, that’s in large part due to the game being developed by our great partners at Dimps, utilizing the power of Unreal Engine 4. You can be sure to expect stunning graphics and dynamic environments, plus an engine that can support multiple styles of play. Be sure to utilise those wall to wall repels, power slides, and the physical fixtures to your advantage; you never know when you’ll have to escape danger. A word from Kawahara, the author of SAO, on the game: “Hello, everyone. I am Reki Kawahara, the author of Sword Art Online, and I am so thrilled that Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will be releasing in Europe very soon. The staff has put in a lot of effort into creating a very stunning game, and I believe SAO and TPS fans will be pleased with this title. I hope you enjoy being the protagonist in Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, one who forges their fate while suffering from their choices.” And there you have it! Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is your chance to dive into the Sword Art world. Be sure to grab it for your PS4 on 23rd February and team up online. The world is yours, and your choices are heavier and faster than a bullet. Link Start! The post What you need to know about action RPG Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet ahead of its PS4 release this week appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  12. Cyrus Wesson from the Community team here at Bandai Namco! I’m super excited to tell you about the latest Sword Art Online (SAO) game in the franchise — Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, arriving on your PS4 February 23. Whether you’re reading this as an avid SAO gamer, a Kirito or Asuna fan, or you’re completely new to the series, Fatal Bullet will give you a rich and immersive experience in the well-known VRMMO original novel and anime series. With this entry in the video game franchise, we welcome players to the world of Gun Gale Online, a futuristic and exciting game where tactical and challenging new experiences await. Now, let’s FullDive into some of the specifics that make this game such an adventure. This is Your Story Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man, I wish I could be a part of the SAO universe?” Well, fear not FullDivers, because in Fatal Bullet, you are the hero. You get to create your own avatar and venture into the world where you’ll meet Kirito and friends while exploring new areas. You’ll make choices that help you progress through the story and dictate your relationship with the different characters. However, just because you’re not Kirito doesn’t mean you can’t experience his awesome beater skills. That’s right, you’ll be able to play as him and experience his story within the game in Kirito Mode! Just don’t forget, this is still your story where your personal choices come with a price. Original Narrative Set in Gun Gale Online Sword Art Online’s story is incredibly dynamic. Spanning across multiple different virtual worlds and realities, you never know if Kirito is going to have a sword, wings, or long hair. It’s a wild ride that we all know and love, and Fatal Bullet continues this never-ending creativity with an all new story supervised by Reki Kawahara himself. But what’s even better is this story takes place in the intense VRMMO Gun Gale Online, where players can choose what they want their gun-slinging or sword-toting weapon will be. Want to fight enemies up close and personal? Grab yourself a shotgun and a photon sword. Or, did you want to snipe unsuspecting characters from afar? Load up your sniper rifle and crouch on a mountaintop. Just make sure to check your six so Sinon doesn’t have you in her sights, or you’re toast. Dimps — Unreal Engine 4 Remember how we mentioned earlier that Fatal Bullet is incredibly immersive? Well, that’s in large part due to the game being developed by our great partners at Dimps, utilizing the power of Unreal Engine 4. You can be sure to expect stunning graphics and dynamic environments, plus an engine that can support multiple styles of play. Be sure to utilize those grappling repels, power slides, and the physical fixtures of the map to your advantage; you never know when you’ll have to escape danger. And last but not least, we have a message from Reki Kawahara himself: “Hello, everyone, I am Reki Kawahara, the author of Sword Art Online, and I am so thrilled that Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will be releasing in the Americas very soon. The staff has put in a lot of effort into creating a very stunning game, and I believe SAO and third-person shooter fans will be pleased with this title. I hope you enjoy being the protagonist in Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, one who forges their fate while suffering from their choices.” And there you have it! Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is your chance to dive into the Sword Art Online world. Be sure to grab it on February 23 and team up online. The world is yours, and your choices are heavier and faster than a bullet. Link Start! View the full article
  13. This week’s PlayStation Store Deal of the Week is Epic Games’ action building smash-hit, Fortnite. With a selection of Founder’s Packs and Upgrades available on offer on PS4, you can enjoy the campaign and get stuck into the brilliant Battle Royale mode. Fortnite – Standard Founder’s Pack Fortnite – Deluxe Founder’s Pack Fortnite – Super Deluxe Founder’s Pack Fortnite – Limited Edition Founder’s Pack Fortnite – Deluxe to Limited Upgrade Fortnite – Deluxe to Super Deluxe Upgrade Fortnite – Standard to Deluxe Upgrade Fortnite – Standard to Limited Upgrade Fortnite – Standard to Super Deluxe Upgrade Fortnite – Super Deluxe to Limited Upgrade Save up to 60% on PS4 (until 7th March) Today we have our ‘Save up to 60%’ promotion starting, with great discounts on full-game, PS VR and add-on PS4 content. With the likes of Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Crash Bandicoot N. 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  14. Shining fans rejoice! The latest installment in the Shining series, Shining Resonance Refrain, is coming to the west this summer on PlayStation 4! To get more details on the game, we caught up with localisation producer James Kuroki to ask him about the game, the characters and the music. 1. For those new to it, what is the Shining series? The Shining series is a long-running SEGA series. Some older gamers may recognize the name from Shining Force from the Genesis era. There was quite a hiatus since the last installment in the West, but we hope Shining Resonance Refrain can serve as the vanguard for future Shining titles. 2. What is Shining Resonance Refrain? Shining Resonance Refrain, although brand new for the west, is a remaster of the PlayStation 3 game Shining Resonance, which was originally released only in Japan. This is the first time we are bringing it to the west. Along with improved graphics, Shining Resonance Refrain includes all the DLC released for the original, plus a brand-new “Refrain” mode with new content, which unlocks the Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas as party members. This new mode is intended for those who want a second playthrough or who previously played the game released in Japan. 3. What will players notice when they play this game? The game already looked great on the PlayStation 3, but in this remaster in 1080p, it’s gorgeous. Thanks to the increase in visual fidelity, the character models now look exactly like the illustrations provided by character designer Tony Taka, a renowned artist in Japan and abroad. Each character plays differently, so you’ll take your time trying out all moves and party combinations. The game makes an outstanding effort to keep the battles seamless and the player engaged with the battle system. The battle is action-packed, with all sides moving at once. Shining Resonance Refrain will also have both English and Japanese voiceovers available. Not only can players can choose which language they prefer to hear, but they can do it wherever and whenever they feel like. Even mid-battle! 4. How does the element of music factor into gameplay and the series’ lore? The recent installments of the Shining series all have some sort of emphasis on music. Shining Resonance Refrain is no exception. Dragons share power with mankind, and mankind provides power to the dragons through the use of music. All of the party members use weapons that double as instruments and you can perform sessions during battle, providing various benefits such as increasing the party’s speed or making the enemy more vulnerable to certain attacks. There are several songs in featured in the game, done by Elements Garden, a music production group that has created many hit songs for various artists, video games, and anime. And the songs are sung by the Japanese voice actresses, including Saori Hayami, Asami Seto, and Nana Mizuki. 5. Tell us about the characters in the game. The protagonist Yuma is a timid young man, oblivious to the world and gullible, due to being locked away for possessing the Shining Dragon’s soul within him. In comparison, the people around him act as role models all in their own, different ways. As the story progress, Yuma learns from them and grows to become a reliable member of the team. The characters are all unique and full of personality. For example, Kirika is a priestess who serves the Shining Dragon. She speaks very formally and is courteous, but she only sees Yuma as the Shining Dragon. Sonia, on the other hand, is very outgoing and straightforward. She helps prod Yuma during his times of indecisiveness but can be short-tempered at times. There are plenty of side stories to experience, both serious and comical, plus you can date them and see sides of them you otherwise wouldn’t be able to normally. 6. What can you tell us about Excella? Excella, along with Jinas, were non-playable characters in the original game. But in Refrain mode they are available to play and have their own story to tell. Excella was a popular character in the original Japanese version, and I’m sure players will see why when they play the game. However, I do recommend playing the Original mode first though, because Refrain adds story on top of that. 7. Any final comments? We’ll be hosting a livestream this Friday, 8pm GMT / 9pm CET on our SEGA Twitch channel in case anyone wants to see a first look at the localized gameplay! I am honored to be the Localization Producer for Shining Resonance Refrain, and our team is currently working hard to provide the best experience for our players. We hope the players will enjoy Shining Resonance Refrain this Summer, as we ourselves are very excited to share this game with the world! The post 7 things you need to know about JRPG Shining Resonance Refrain, coming to PS4 this summer appeared first on PlayStation.Blog.Europe. View the full article
  15. Shining fans rejoice! The latest installment in the Shining series, Shining Resonance Refrain, is coming to the West this summer on PS4! To get more details on the game, we caught up with Localization Producer James Kuroki, to ask him about the game, the characters and the music. Jacob Nahin: For those new to it, what is the Shining series? James Kuroki: The Shining series is a long-running Sega series. Some older gamers may recognize the name from Shining Force from the Genesis era. There was quite a hiatus since the last installment in the West, but we hope Shining Resonance Refrain can serve as the vanguard for future Shining titles. JN: What is Shining Resonance Refrain? JK: Shining Resonance Refrain, although brand new for the West, is a remaster of the PS3 game Shining Resonance, which was originally released only in Japan. This is the first time we are bringing it to the West. Along with improved graphics, Shining Resonance Refrain includes all the DLC released for the original, plus a brand-new “Refrain” mode with new content, which unlocks the Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas as party members. This new mode is intended for those who want a second playthrough or who previously played the game released in Japan. JN: What will players notice when they play this game? JK: The game already looked great on the PS3, but in this remaster in 1080p, it’s gorgeous. Thanks to the increase in visual fidelity, the character models now look exactly like the illustrations provided by character designer Tony Taka, a renowned artist in Japan and abroad. Each character plays differently, so you’ll take your time trying out all moves and party combinations. The game makes an outstanding effort to keep the battles seamless and the player engaged with the battle system. The battle is action-packed, with all sides moving at once. Shining Resonance Refrain will also have both English and Japanese voiceovers available. Not only can players can choose which language they prefer to hear, but they can do it wherever and whenever they feel like. Even mid-battle! JN: How does the element of music factor into gameplay and the series’ lore? JK: The recent installments of the Shining series all have some sort of emphasis on music. Shining Resonance Refrain is no exception. Dragons share power with mankind, and mankind provides power to the dragons through the use of music. All of the party members use weapons that double as instruments and you can perform sessions during battle, providing various benefits such as increasing the party’s speed or making the enemy more vulnerable to certain attacks. There are several songs in featured in the game, done by Elements Garden, a music production group that has created many hit songs for various artists, video games, and anime. And the songs are sung by the Japanese voice actresses, including Saori Hayami, Asami Seto, and Nana Mizuki. JN: Tell us about the characters in the game. JK: The protagonist Yuma is a timid young man, oblivious to the world and gullible, due to being locked away for possessing the Shining Dragon’s soul within him. In comparison, the people around him act as role models all in their own, different ways. As the story progress, Yuma learns from them and grows to become a reliable member of the team. The characters are all unique and full of personality. For example, Kirika is a priestess who serves the Shining Dragon. She speaks very formally and is courteous, but she only sees Yuma as the Shining Dragon. Sonia, on the other hand, is very outgoing and straightforward. She helps prod Yuma during his times of indecisiveness but can be short-tempered at times. There are plenty of side stories to experience, both serious and comical, plus you can date them and see sides of them you otherwise wouldn’t be able to normally. JN: What can you tell us about Excella? JK: Excella, along with Jinas, were non-playable characters in the original game. But in Refrain mode they are available to play and have their own story to tell. Excella was a popular character in the original Japanese version, and I’m sure players will see why when they play the game. However, I do recommend playing the Original mode first though, because Refrain adds story on top of that. JN: Any final comments? JK: We’ll be hosting a livestream this Friday, 12pm PST on Sega’s Twitch channel in case anyone wants to see a first look at the localized gameplay! I am honored to be the Localization Producer for Shining Resonance Refrain, and our team is currently working hard to provide the best experience for our players. We hope the players will enjoy Shining Resonance Refrain this summer, as we ourselves are very excited to share this game with the world! View the full article

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