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March 2017 PS4, PSVR & PS Vita New Releases in North America and Europe

March is filled with big releases, including Horizon Zero Dawn (in Europe), Mass Effect Andromeda, NieR: Automata, Ghost Recon Wildlands, MLB The Show 17, LEGO Worlds, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, Danganronpa 1&2 Reload, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3, Toukiden 2, DLC for Final Fantasy XV and Dark Souls III, and much more. The March 2017 PlayStation Plus games will likely be announced on Wednesday, March 1, before going live on Tuesday, March 7. As of right now, here’s everything scheduled to release next month; for an up to the minute list, head over to our March 2017 release dates page, which we keep up to date: PlayStation 4 Games North America A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (PSN) – March 1 WRC 6 (Retail & PSN) – March 3 Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Ghost Recon Wildlands (Retail & PSN) – March 7 LEGO Worlds (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Loot Rascals (PSN) – March 7 NieR: Automata (Retail & PSN) – March 7 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Retail) – March 7 2Dark (PSN) – March 10 Danganronpa 1&2 Reload (Retail & PSN) – READ FULL…

DLC & Patches

The Division Update 1.6, Last Stand Expansion Release on February 28

During yesterday’s State of the Game livestream, Ubisoft announced that The Division will be getting Update 1.6 and the Last Stand DLC on Tuesday, February 28. Because there’s no exclusivity period with Last Stand, it will be available at the same time on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Full Update 1.6 patch notes are expected on Monday, but for now, you can see some of the previously revealed changes over here. On the State of the Game, Ubisoft said you can also expect further server fixes and optimizations, as well as some PS4/PS4 Pro improvements, including better performance, a higher resolution, and improved upscaling. The Division Twitter account adds that Update 1.6 will be 11.5GB on PS4, and around 8.5GB – 9GB on Xbox One and PC. Last Stand is the final planned expansion for The Division, but Ubisoft says this is not the end of the game, and they’ll “keep bringing you updates moving forward.” [Source: The Division (1), (2), Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Capcom

Resident Evil 7’s Not a Hero DLC Sees the Return of Chris Redfield

Capcom has confirmed that the free Not a Hero DLC for Resident Evil 7 will star Chris Redfield. “Chris Redfield returns in the free Not A Hero DLC for #RE7 this Spring. Who or what is he chasing? Find out soon in this separate story,” Capcom wrote in a tweet yesterday. Polygon made in image comparing Resident Evil 7’s Chris Redfield to RE5’s and RE6’s: In terms of paid DLC, Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2 are available now. An “Additional Story Episode” is also coming, but Capcom hasn’t revealed any details yet. According to the Season Pass product page, the additional story episode will be released by December 31, 2017. The stats page for Resident Evil 7 (only counts those who have enabled the in-game data transmission option) says there are 1.54 million players, and 145,000 of them are VR users. The amount of in-game time spent by players is nearing 2,000 years, and the amount of kills is nearing 110 million (as the site points out, the population of Japan is approximately 126 million). [Source: Resident Evil (1), (2), PlayStation Store, Polygon] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Gravity Rush 2’s Free Raven Story DLC Arrives on March 21

[embedded content] On Tuesday, March 21, Sony will release the free The Ark of Time – Raven’s Choice DLC for Gravity Rush 2 in North America, Europe, and Japan, the company announced. Raven’s Choice was originally expected to be paid DLC, but when Gravity Rush 2 was delayed from late 2016 to January 2017, Game Director Keiichiro Toyama announced that it would be free. “This DLC features a brand new story for Gravity Rush 2 focusing on Kat’s partner, Raven,” Sony says. “Alone, Raven must battle to save the Lost Children who were left trapped inside the Ark at the end of the first Gravity Rush.” The Japanese PlayStation Blog adds (translated by Gematsu) that the DLC will also bring some enhancements to the main game: the highest level of the Devool Trench Mine will raise from 30 to 50, and the rarity of Talismans will also increase. You can read our review of Gravity Rush 2 over here. Will you be downloading the free DLC next month? [Source: PlayStation Blog, PlayStation, PlayStation Europe (1), (2) via Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

kingdom hearts

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix PlayStation Store Pre-Orders Come With a PS4 Theme

Square Enix has confirmed that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix for PlayStation 4 will be available digitally in both North America and Europe. Pre-orders are currently live in North America, and will go live in Europe on February 28. By pre-ordering 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, you’ll receive this theme: Receive a #KH 1.5+2.5 stained glass #PSN theme by pre-ordering from @PlayStation: https://t.co/i0M990De8M! Coming to EU on 28 Feb! pic.twitter.com/DYAodJOuiM — Kingdom Hearts (@KINGDOMHEARTS) February 23, 2017 According to the North America PlayStation Store page, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix has a “50GB minimum save size,” and the digital version will unlock at 12am PT/3am ET on Tuesday, March 28. Here’s what’s included in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics) Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix releases on March 28 in North America and March 31 in Europe. [Source: PlayStation Store, Kingdom Hearts] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards

20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Winners Revealed, Overwatch Takes Home Game of the Year

At the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards last night, Overwatch took home Game of the Year, beating out Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Pokemon Go, Battlefield 1, and Inside. It was still a good night for Uncharted 4, as Naughty Dog’s title took home four awards, including Adventure Game of the Year. Elsewhere, Inside won Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Steep won Sports Game of the Year, Street Fighter V won Fighting Game of the Year, and Dark Souls III won RPG/MMO Game of the Year. Here’s a look at many of the winners from the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (winners in bold): Game of the Year Battlefield 1 Inside Overwatch Pokémon Go Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction 1979 Revolution: Black Friday Battlefield 1 Inside The Last Guardian Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Outstanding Achievement in Game Design I Expect You to Die Inside Overwatch Owlboy Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay Battlefield 1 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Overwatch The Division Titanfall 2 Outstanding Achievement in Animation Inside Overwatch Street Fighter V The Last Guardian Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Outstanding Achievement in Character Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Nick Reyes Firewatch – Delilah Firewatch – Henry The Last Guardian – Trico READ FULL STORY AT…

DLC & Patches

Horizon Zero Dawn Update 1.02 Detailed, Launch Trailer Released

[embedded content] With just a few days left until launch, Sony has released the launch trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn, which runs for three minutes but doesn’t include any actual gameplay. “In a world where Machines dominate the earth and mankind lives on in primitive tribal societies, one woman sets out to find her destiny among the remnants of the ancient past,” the trailer’s description says. “As Aloy, you must brave the Machine-infested wilderness and unearth secrets that lie buried deep within the earth. Will you embrace your calling… or pass into oblivion unsung?” To find out what reviewers (including us) think of Horizon Zero Dawn, check out this accolades trailer: [embedded content] The day one Horizon Zero Dawn update (versions 1.01 and 1.02) is beginning to roll out, and as PSX-Sense reveals, it’s a 227MB download. Here’s what’s included, according to the PS4’s Update History: 1.01 Added options to switch graphics mode and HDR rendering Multiple crash fixes and progression Various performance improvements 1.02 Multiple crash fixes and progression Various fixes to avoid getting stuck player Updated visual settings Performance improvements Horizon Zero Dawn releases on February 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe. [Source: PSX-Sense] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Nioh Update 1.05 Goes Live as Worldwide Sales Cross One Million

Released on February 7 for PlayStation 4, Nioh has sold more than one million copies worldwide, Koei Tecmo announced. As the Nioh website points out, this is the combined total of physical copies shipped and digital copies sold. To celebrate the milestone, Team Ninja included the Golden Nioh Armor in today’s Nioh update, version 1.04. After downloading 1.04, access the Boons menu from a Shrine to obtain it. Fextralife translated the patch notes for update 1.04, and you can read them below: Adjustments A new menu is added to the Hidden Teahouse. It will allow players to readjust points Items such as arrows and other consumables will now be sent directly to the storehouse if the player’s carry max is reached Added an “Other” menu to the “Play Record” window The following has been altered in the Game Settings menu under System Menu: Added a weapon type tab; Added an armor type tab; Added a small items tab; Autmatic projectile replenishment at mission start; Center the camera when guarding Title screen will now show application version Weapons and armors may now be sorted by category The Itokuri Guardian Spirit will now give priority to weapon attributes regarding paralysis protection. Bug Fixes Fixed an issue where…

DLC & Patches

Rocket League Update 1.30 Fixes 1.29 Issues, Psyonix Addresses Reported PS4 Frame-Rate Drops

To help fix some issues introduced with update 1.29 earlier this week, Psyonix has released Rocket League update 1.30 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Depending on your platform, it’s between 491MB and 1.26GB, according to players. Here’s the full list of patch notes: Bug Fixes General Fixed an issue with the ball collision code, changing it back to pre-v1.29 (Hot Wheels update) conditions in all Offline matches, and Free Play. This update has already been pushed out to our servers for Online matches Toppers (Cavalier, Mohawk, Pixelated Shades) now correctly display on all Battle-Cars Fixed an issue with Twin Mill III engine audio not following the Battle-Car After downloading update 1.29, many PS4 players reported frame-rate drops and stuttering. According to Psyonix, this is due to motion blur being forced off and will be fixed in the next patch: Note for our PS4 players: Some PS4 players are asking about an “fps drop” or “stuttering” problem that arose with Rocket League in the v1.29 update. The issue is actually related to motion blur currently being forced off, which is a byproduct of the PS4 Pro support we now have. We are fixing this. In our next READ FULL STORY AT…

Guerrilla Games

Guerrilla Games Explains Why They Did Something So Different From Killzone

[embedded content] In our interview with Guerrilla Games Lead Concept Artist Roland Ijzermans (going live very soon), he explained the motivation behind doing something so different from Killzone: This came from within the studio. When we were making… at the end of Killzone 3, the company said, ‘Okay. Everybody can make a pitch. What is the new thing that we’re gonna to make? We made Killzone. What is the next big thing that the studio is good in, that will match our profile, and something we can make?’ So a lot of ideas came from that and one of these ideas was Horizon. It was too ambitious. So we started to [do] other ideas first. We worked on that for half a year. But everybody gravitated towards Horizon in the sense that that had so much appeal for the team to work on. So I think it’s a love child of the studio in a sense that it came from our company art director Jan-Bart van Beek, [who] pitched this idea. His idea, some of those pillars are still here today. Most of the pillars. But it was mostly a storytelling thing. What if humans are no longer like the dominant READ…

Kojima: Death Stranding Is an Open-World Action Game “With a Lot of Freedom”

Sitting down with PlayStation Australia at RTX Sydney earlier this month, Hideo Kojima said Death Stranding is an open-world action game where the players has lots of freedom: I can’t really speak on [the gameplay] right now but in a word, it’s an action game – an open world game, with a lot of freedom. You have a lot of freedom of choice to do what you want to do and you can get in vehicles and so on. If you are a fighter, there’s plenty of opportunity for that. If you’re not that type of player, there are other ways to play this game. I can’t really say much more, but it’s an open-world, action game that’s very intuitive to play. Once you get into the world and start to explore more, we’re hoping there’s something there you’ve never seen before. While most action games give players a gun and team them up with others to take down a stronger opponent, Death Stranding will offer something different. “In this game you can do that but I wanted to go a little deeper beyond that with something that doesn’t focus on a weapon like a gun and that’s what has a connection to the strand…

Ghost Story Games

Irrational Games Becomes Ghost Story Games, Ken Levine Is President & Creative Director

Three years ago, Irrational Games was ‘wound down‘. Today, twelve former Irrational developers have announced the formation of Ghost Story Games, a studio whose goal is to “create immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them.” Ghost Story isn’t ready to share details on their new game, but they did say, “While we believe our new games will have strong appeal to fans of BioShock, our new focus allows us to craft experiences where the gameplay is as challenging as the stories.” Here’s a look at some of the developers working at Ghost Story: Ken Levine – President, Creative Director Don Roy – Executive Director: Production Shawn Robertson – Art Director Andres Gonzalez – Lead Game Designer Mike Snight – Lead Level Builder Jennie Morse – Associate Producer I Emma Clarkson – Associate Producer II Seth Kendall – Senior Animator Discussing the studio, Kendall said, “Real focus on making core games for core gamers. Emphasis on making games with inspiring and intriguing story and characters, with a high quality bar for execution. Deep interest in finding innovative solutions to problems that have plagued game development for decades. The world and IP we are creating is richly specific and original, and conveys READ FULL STORY…

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Injustice 2 Story Trailer Reveals Cyborg as the Newest Fighter

[embedded content] Titled Shattered Alliances Part 1, the new Injustice 2 story trailer offers up some details on how Superman and his Regime become one of Earth’s greatest threats. Additionally, at 0:37 of the video, Cyborg is revealed as the latest character in Injustice 2’s roster. Here’s his description: Victor Stone lost more than his friends at the tragedy of Metropolis, he lost his hope. His anger tempered his loyalty for Superman and he has remained eager to serve the Regime. With the world left unprepared for the looming threat, Cyborg may be the only one who can combat the technological might of Brainiac. The Injustice 2 Closed Beta recently wrapped up, and NetherRealm has revealed that 1.76 million matches were played, 1.68 million pieces of gear were dropped, one player played more than 3,000 matches, and there were 404 round ties. Injustice 2 releases on May 16 in North America and May 19 in Europe for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. [Source: Injustice (1), (2), (3)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

BioWare

New Mass Effect Andromeda Videos Feature Combat Gameplay, Natalie Dormer

[embedded content] In the second Mass Effect Andromeda Official Gameplay Series video, Combat Profiles and Squads, BioWare showcases how to customize your characters, progress your skills, and command your squad. Beginning at 1:20, you can see how useful your four Favorites loadouts will be during combat. The squad gameplay then begins at 3:20, where Power Combos are featured. Another new Mass Effect Andromeda video today confirms Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as the voice of Lexi T’Perro, the Tempest’s doctor. One of the first characters you meet after waking up, Dr. Lexi’s role is to “maintain crew fitness, both physical and mental, and research how the environments and situations they are exposed to throughout the Andromeda galaxy affect human biology and psychology.” [embedded content] On the Mass Effect website, BioWare detailed two of the seven types of profiles you can choose from as you unlock skills: Adept – As you gain more biotic skills, you’ll unlock the Adept profile that adds bonuses to the duration and damage of your biotics. The more you invest in these skills, the higher the level of profiles you’ll be able to unlock. Explorer – If you want to dabble in lots of different skills, try the Explorer profile. With this READ…