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Creators of ‘Bastion’ and ‘Transistor’ reveal their new RPG, ‘Pyre’

Supergiant Games, creators of Bastion and Transistor, have just revealed the first trailer for their upcoming role playing game, Pyre. Check it out above!

Pyre places you deep in purgatory as you lead a band of exiles through a series of combat trials, known as the Rites, through which the worthiest competitors will be granted safe passage back home. Supergiant Games Creative Director, Greg Kasavin, had this to say:

“Pyre once again showcases our small team’s commitment to rich atmospheric presentation and storytelling, along with a distinctive gameplay blend that combines expressive decision making on the world map with fast, action-packed confrontations against rival groups of exiles whose own freedom is at stake. We want to create a large cast of characters you can grow close to as you travel together across a strange and wondrous land.”

The game will be available to demo at booth #8212 during PAX East in Boston, which runs this weekend from April 22-24.

Pyre releases exclusively on Playstation 4 in 2017!

Sony merger will not affect gamers ‘in the short term’

Sony recently announced the merger of Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment, which now comprise the umbrella company Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). The company will serve as headquarters for the PlayStation brand moving forward, but according to SIE President Shawn Layden, will not impact PlayStation platforms anytime terribly soon.

“So what does this mean for you, the gamer?” Layden said on the PlayStation Blog. “If I’m honest, probably not a whole lot—at least not in the short term. But in the long run, it will mean everything.

“The formation of SIE will allow us to forge a unified PlayStation organization that can adapt more quickly to meet the ends of the gaming community, innovate with digital services like PlayStation Vue and PlayStation Now, and—above all else—drive consistent and constant innovation in the dynamic medium of video games.”

In other words, the merger was intended to improve the relationship and, likely, the communication between Sony’s gaming and entertainment divisions—the implications of which will only become noticeable as future projects ramp up.

Layden himself has also changed hats, or rather, gained another. He is now chairman of Worldwide Studios, PlayStation’s first-party studio which oversees such projects as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Horizon Zero Dawn.

Source: PlayStation Blog 

Lince Works drops the first trailer for their stealth ninja game, ‘Aragami’

Lince Works just dropped the first trailer for their new stealth action game, Aragami. Check it out above!

ARAGAMI is a third-person stealth game in which you control the shadows. Play as Aragami, an undead assassin with supernatural abilities. You, a once mighty warrior, have been summoned back from the dead by Yamiko, a noble girl from the sacred citadel of Kyûryu. How you were once defeated or any clear memories to your past are all fragmented. Make your way through the heavily guarded city with Yamiko by your side as you uncover memories from your past life and ultimately decipher your connection with your summoner.

Aragami features an array of abilities utilizing your “Shadowmancer” powers to become invisible or teleport to aide you in hunting down and slaying your targets. Each map has multiple ways of completion, allowing you to play in which ever way you see fit. Move as an unseen ghost in the dark, or strike hard and clear the field of all enemies.

Lince Works, having originally announced the project as “Twin Souls: The Path of Shadows”, eventually evolved it into something more after two years of development, officially changing the name to Aragami.

Along with the announcement trailer, check out the gallery of gameplay screenshots on the next page!

Aragami releases on Playstation 4 and Steam this fall!

 

New Homefront: The Revolution Trailer Shows A Scary Alternate American Timeline

Homefront: The Revolution is almost here and Deep Silver has officially released the opening cinematic for the game. The live action opening walks you through the dark, alternate American history in the Homefront universe and sets the tone for the game. The United States has fallen into chaos and it's up to you and the rest of the resistance fighters to take back the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Deep Silver is looking to reboot the entire franchise with Homefront: The Revolution and feature a brand new backstory on an alternate history in which Korea won the technological arms race thanks to the rise of the sinister APEX corporation.

Homefront: The Revolution releases May 17th on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Sony already sending out PS4.5 'Neo' dev kits to game studios

Hidden within the confirmation of leaked documents detailing the upgraded PlayStation 4 console codenamed 'Neo,' it was revealed that Sony has already begin sending out development kits for their upcoming console.

 Earlier today, Digital Foundry confirmed that they had access to the same leaked documents that GiantBomb had. These documents offered a number of details on specs for the new PS4, how the console will worked and how games will be affected (overview here).

In addition to this information, Digital Foundry snuck in that Sony has already begun sending out development kits to studios, in hopes of meeting their October deadline for games to ship with both a 'Neo Mode' and a 'Base Mode.' These dev kits will also help other developers with games releasing in September offer a 'Neo' update for their games to be compatible with the device.

The dev kits that have been (or are in the process of) sent out are not being shipped in their final case. A secondary kit, out in June, will be released – again without its final casing.

The Division, Salt and Sanctuary top March PS4 downloads

Sony recently released the digital download records for PlayStation platforms in March 2016. Among other trends, the month demonstrates the continued popularity of The Division, the power of Dark Souls hype, and the influence of flash sales.  

To the surprise of nobody, Tom Clancy’s The Division topped PS4’s March downloads. After all, the game sold through $330 million worth of copies in its first week, shattering Ubisoft’s sales records and just beating out the launch of its spiritual competitor, Destiny.

2D Dark Souls-inspired action game Salt and Sanctuary followed The Division in the number-two spot on PS4. The game’s stellar visuals and combat won the day, but the hype surrounding Dark Souls 3’s upcoming launch also undoubtedly gave it a boost. Aside from replaying Dark Souls, there’s no better tide-me-over than Ska Studio’s latest. Meanwhile, Rocket League kept its momentum in third, which can be attributed to the upcoming release of its basketball mode.

PS3 digital downloads were led by Alice: Madness Returns, the arguable forerunner of the latest PlayStation flash sale. Madness Returns was 90 percent off throughout the sale, which seems to have given it a big enough boost to surpass The Last of Us and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune in downloads for the month.

PS Vita downloads were less surprising: The Jak and Daxter HD collection came in at first, with Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth close behind. The most-downloaded PlayStation classics, were Bully, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fatal Frame 3: Tormented.

Note that these rankings reflect download count, not sales count. You can view the full listings over on the PlayStation Blog.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Sony will have in-store demos of Playstation VR before its release

At a recent Gamestop investors meeting, Sony announced they'd be presenting the new Playstation VR in stores across the country, allowing potential consumers to try the headset before its release.

The news came from Sony Interactive Entertainment Vice President of Marketing, John Koller. The PSVR will be the largest marketed virtual reality system in comparison with others such as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, which have only been available to demo so far at conventions and trade shows. Come June, Gamestop will be field testing 500,000 units in its stores, allowing fans to get a genuine feel for how the system will play before its release in October. Koller had this to say:

"We need people to pick this up and play it. We need them to be transported. You have to be able to go into a GameStop and be able to try this. We have an ascendant technology, but you have to be able to get your hands on it, that's the thing. The ability to effect trials and get people to experience this is absolutely crucial. [Giving] trials is unequivocally the best thing we can do for the technology and the platform."

The PSVR boasts an easy to use "plug-and-play" set-up as well as upwards of 50 games to be made available with the system starting with its release and continuing on through the holiday season. As an added incentive, Gamestop will be offering 30% additional trade-in credit towards a Playstation VR once its made available.

PlayStation's PSN finally catching up to Xbox's account security

When it comes to account security, both PlayStation and Xbox users have seen what relaxed security will get you on a console. Most recently, we saw a PlayStation user locked out of their account after someone charged $75 on their account and Sony wouldn't reimburse them.

This is not an uncommon practice in the digital age of gaming, in fact, it is becoming more and more common. With the number of hacked accounts rising, Sony will be finally implementing a better authentication service for PlayStation Network users.

"In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a 2-step verification feature," a Sony representative said to Polygon.

Earlier this week, Sony updated the PS3's firmware giving some users the two-step verification experience. The new authentication process is not widely available across the PlayStation Network, however Sony did mention that "more details will be shared at a later date" in their statement to Polygon.

Rumor: May PS Plus games revealed by German PSN

It appears as though the German PlayStation Network has jumped the gun on the revealed for May's PlayStation Plus titles. A Redditor has reportedly come across Watch Dogs and Tetris as May's bonus PS Plus games.

The image, as seen above, is pretty bad and could easily be a fake – however – it would be nice to see a AAA title included in the PS Plus lineup. Recently, PlayStation has brought the Ps Plus focus to indie games, neglecting to include many blockbuster titles in the program.

Last month, PlayStation Plus members saw Zombi and Dead Star as their free games, both titles had been hinted at by numerous reports prior to their release. Dead Star was even confirmed by PlayStation prior to its release.

PSN Flash Sale cuts PS4, PS3 games by 60% or more

The PlayStation Store has been hit with a surprise Flash Sale, bringing huge discounts to games across multiple PlayStation platforms. The discounts tend to start at 60% and go up from there, making this sale offer a ton of saving for gamers.

PlayStation 4 owners have the opportunity to purchase games at some of their lowest prices yet. The cinematic heavy Order: 1886 is roughly $8 and Beyond Two Souls is about $12. The only thing this Flash Sale is missing is The Last of Us.

While there are Vita games available in the Flash Sale, it's not an extensive line up of games available.

Some of the highlights fore the PS4 and PS3:

PS4

  • Evolve Ultimate Edition (60% off) $23.99
  • The Evil Within (60% off) $23.99
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (75% off) $14.99
  • Alien: Isolation (60% off) $11.99
  • BEYOND: Two Souls (60% off) $11.99
  • Metro Redux (60% off) $7.49
  • Tom Raider: Definitive Edition (75% off) $7.49
  • The Order: 1886 (60% off) $7.99 
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail (75% off) $3.74
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (60% off) $23.99

PS3

  • Dishonored GOTY Edition (60% off) $11.99
  • BioShock (60% off) $7.99

In addition to games, the Flash Sale is also offering discounts on movies!