Articles by Jason Dunning

Sony Financials: Lifetime PS4 Shipments Reach 60 Million

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today that 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles were shipped worldwide in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, bringing the lifetime total of the system to 60 million. Overall, the Game & Network Services Segment saw sales increase by 6.3% to $14.7 billion USD in FY2016, while operating income was up 53% to $1.2 billion. Sony says the sales increase was “primarily due to an increase in PlayStation 4 software sales, including sales through the network, as well as an increase in PS4 hardware sales, partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange rates and the impact of a price reduction for PS4 hardware.” The operating income increase, meanwhile, was “primarily due to PS4 hardware cost reductions and the above-mentioned increase in PS4 software sales, partially offset by the impact of the price reduction for PS4 hardware and a decrease in PlayStation 3 software sales.” For this current fiscal year (ending March 31, 2018), Sony expects PS4 shipments to drop two million year-over-year to 18 million. If they reach this, it would bring total PS4 shipments to 78 million. They also expect total gaming segment sales to rise by 14.6% due to an increase in network sales. [Source: Sony (1),…

Atlus

Atlus Revises Persona 5 Streaming Guidelines, Was Surprised By the Negative Reaction

At the beginning of the month, Persona 5 publisher Atlus announced strict guidelines for streamers, saying they could not stream past the in-game date of July 7, and anyone who did could be issued a content ID claim or a channel strike/account suspension. In a new streaming update this week, Atlus said they were surprised by the negative reaction to their guidelines, and only created them to limit online spoilers. After going through all of the feedback, Atlus has now changed their guidelines and anyone can stream/post videos up to the in-game date of November 19. You can read their full statement below (spoiler ahead!), which also includes an apology to anyone who felt the previous guidelines were threatening: When Persona 5 launched, we put out a set of video/streaming guidelines that we hoped would limit online spoilers for fans who have yet to play the game. To our surprise, we then saw numerous reactive news articles go up, opinion videos post, and received many emails asking us to please change our Persona 5 streaming/video policy. We recognize that our fans are the reason why the game is the major worldwide success it is, and we continue to want them to be READ FULL…

DLC & Patches

Victor Vran: Overkill Edition Hits PS4, Xbox One & PC on May 30

[embedded content] Haemimont Games and publisher Wired Productions announced today that Victor Vran: Overkill Edition is releasing on May 30 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC through physical and digital retailers. The Overkill Edition includes the base game and both the Fractured Worlds and Motörhead: Through the Ages DLC packs. If you don’t want to spend the $39.99 USD/€39.99/£34.99 on the Overkill Edition, Victor Vran will be available as a standalone title (price TBA) on May 30. You’ll then be able to buy the two DLC packs for $11.99 USD/€11.99/£9.99 each. Victor Vran is an isometric action-RPG where you fight waves of demons and boss monsters alone, in local two-player co-op, or in online four-player co-op. Haemimont Games says it will deliver “outstanding performance at 60fps.” Here’s what to expect from the Motörhead: Through the Ages DLC: Motörhead: Through the Ages is a wild tour through the mythos of the loudest band in the world. Harness the powers of the immortal Motörhead to defeat frightening new enemies in three demon-infested worlds intertwined with the songs of the band, and heavily inspired by Motörhead’s lyrics and attitude. Enter the Wörld of Wars, the Weird West and the Dark Ages. Bring the fight to the evil oppressors READ…

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Gets a Gameplay Trailer, Final Character Count “Won’t Be Disappointing”

[embedded content] Featuring Ultron, Chun-Li, Hulk, Strider Hiryu, Thor, Chris Redfield, Hawkeye, and the Space Stone, a new Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite gameplay trailer was released today. Included in the Deluxe Edition is the 2017 Character Pass, which grants access to six post-launch DLC characters as they release by the end of the year. As Producer Mike Evans revealed in an interview with TrustedReviews, you won’t be able to unlock the additional characters in-game like you can in Street Fighter V: All we’re announcing right now is the 2017 Character Pass, which will feature the six DLC characters, the first of which is Sigma. The other thing I can say is that the game will not feature dual-currency like Street Fighter V. We don’t have an in-game ‘sweat equity’ currency, it will be more traditional in that sense with straight-up DLC. Looking at the characters on the launch roster, 14 have been announced so far, and Evans told Metro that “we have many more announcements coming. But I can’t say about the final number.” He did say that the final number of characters “won’t be disappointing” though. On the Marvel side of things, Evans confirmed that the characters aren’t “based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe,”…

Bandai Namco

Gundam Versus Comes to North America & Europe in Fall 2017 for PS4

[embedded content] Built from the ground up exclusively for PlayStation 4, Gundam Versus is coming to North America and Europe in fall 2017, Bandai Namco announced today. According to Amazon, it will cost $59.99 USD. Gundam Versus includes over 90 Mobile Suits spanning 35+ years of the Mobile Suit Gundam universe, and each has its own weapons systems. You’ll be able to use those Mobile Suits in various offline and online game modes, including online two-versus-two and three-versus-three team battles. [embedded content] Here’s the full description for Gundam Versus: World famous giant robot series and notorious head to head arcade smash hit, Gundam Versus, is coming to Americas for the first time, this time built from the ground up exclusively for PlayStation 4! Featuring Mobile Suits from all across the series history and brand new features exclusive to the home console release, fans finally have a chance to take 2 vs 2 combat to the next level! Fast Paced Action-Fighting – Coordinate and lay waste to your rivals in fierce PVP fighting combat iconic to the Gundam Versus series. Go all out with guns blazing and lightning fast melee in a robust selection of Offline and Online game modes, featuring classic arcade 2 vs 2 battles and console READ…

Japan Studio

LocoRoco Remastered Launches on May 9 for PS4

[embedded content] Sony Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that LocoRoco Remastered is releasing on May 9 for PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe. The pre-order is live on the European PlayStation Store for £11.99 (should be $14.99 USD), and PlayStation Plus members save 20% off the regular price. As you can see from the description, LocoRoco Remastered runs at 1080p on PS4 and 4K on PS4 Pro: The world is under attack from the dastardly Moja Corps, and only the cheerful tunes of the LocoRoco can stop them. Grow, bounce and roll your way through this classic puzzle platformer, remastered in stunning HD for PlayStation 4. Split and merge your LocoRoco to solve puzzles, discover secrets and pick up new decorations for your very own Loco House. Master the motion controls of your DualShock 4 to tilt your squishy friends through five vibrant areas. Enjoy this charmingly unique world in 1080p on PS4 and in 4K on PS4 Pro. You can read our preview of LocoRoco Remastered over here. The other remaster announced at PSX 2016, Patapon Remastered, doesn’t have a release window yet. Just like LocoRoco Remastered, it will include 4K PS4 Pro support. [Source: PlayStation Store, PlayStation (1), (2), (3)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Arkane Studios

Prey Review Copies Aren’t Going Out Early, Free Demo Now Available

[embedded content] Prey doesn’t release until May 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but if you want to play it early, the free demo is now available through the PlayStation Store (North America, Europe) and other digital stores. It lets you play the opening hour of the game and is a 13.6GB download. If you’re planning on buying Prey, the digital pre-order through the PlayStation Store is 10% off for PlayStation Plus members. Depending on your region, the PS4 version of Prey will take up between 38.2GB and 39.5GB, Bethesda has confirmed. Additionally, there will be a day one update, but further details weren’t provided today. “Future patches and DLC will increase the free space requirements [of 42GB at launch],” Bethesda adds. “The maximum amount of space for save files allocated to the title is 1 gigabyte, with at least 44.05 megabytes of space required to create the profile on first boot, and each save file requiring 10.49 megabytes of space.” Pre-loading for the PS4 version of Prey will begin at midnight EST on April 28 in North America, and at midnight by territory on April 29 in Europe. It will then unlock at midnight by territory on Friday, May 5. When Game Revolution reached out…

Capcom

Capcom Financials: Resident Evil 7 Moves 3.5 Million Copies, Misses Original Expectation

In their financial report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, Capcom revealed that Resident Evil 7 has sold 3.5 million copies (physical and digital) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This is 500,000 units off their original expectation, but Capcom says it “gave an overall solid performance.” While Dead Rising 4 for Xbox One/PC and Monster Hunter Stories for Nintendo 3DS “underperformed,” Monster Hunter Generations for 3DS “achieved solid sales overseas.” Additionally, Capcom says the Resident Evil re-releases “performed steadily thanks to a stable fanbase for the brand.” Looking at the updated million sellers list, Resident Evil 6 for PS4 and Xbox One has sold one million copies since launch in March 2016. Additionally, Resident Evil 5 (PS3, Xbox 360), Resident Evil 6 (PS3, 360), Resident Evil Remastered, Resident Evil 0 Remastered, and Street Fighter V all sold 100,000 copies in the previous quarter (January 1 to March 31). Street Fighter V is now sitting at 1.6 million copies sold lifetime. For the full fiscal year, Capcom net sales were more than ¥‎87 billion ($783 million USD), which is up 13.2% year-over-year. Discussing their plans for the future, Capcom said they’ll “strengthen digital download sales and increase our pipeline of major title releases according to our medium-term strategic map.” [Source: Capcom (1), (2), (3) via NeoGAF, Games READ…

Battlefield

The Spring Battlefield 1 Update Today Brings Platoons, New Weapon Variants

Adding Platoons, new features, new weapon variants, and more, the big Battlefield 1 Spring Update is now available to download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The first wave of Platoons features is added with the Spring Update, and DICE’s focus with the initial release is to add some of the core and most essential Platoons features, such as the Platoon Tag, “while building a robust system that we can continue to expand and improve going forward.” Here’s an overview of what to expect from Platoons: Create & Manage – Any player can create a Platoon; you are however limited to one General role, the highest rank and the rank a Platoon creator starts with, at any one time. When creating a Platoon, you can add the following info: Name – This is required and must be 3-24 characters. Names are not exclusive. Tag – This is required and consists of 1-4 alpha-numerical characters. Tags are not exclusive. Description – This is optional and can be up to 256 characters long. Use this to describe your Platoon however you see fit. Emblem – You can choose an emblem for the Platoon from your own personal Emblem gallery. The emblem READ FULL…

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Final Fantasy XV Update 1.09 Now Out on PS4 & Xbox One, Is 4.65GB

[embedded content] Final Fantasy XV update 1.09 is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and players have revealed that it’s a 4.65GB download on PS4. With the update, Square Enix has added a new Steady Mode on PlayStation 4 Pro, which “enables the player to enjoy a smooth gameplay experience with a stable frame-rate.” According to the above video from VG Tech, you can expect 1080p visuals and a near locked 30 frames-per-second when in Steady Mode. Here’s everything Square Enix says was added with update 1.09 today: Implementation of additional display options for PlayStation 4 Pro Addition of content in collaboration with Terra Battle Introduction of rankings to Timed Quests First Timed Quest reward – the Afrosword, a Greatsword inspired by Grammy Award winning DJ and Producer Afrojack New car decals for players to customize their Regalia Three new songs added to the Music Player. Enlarged font sizes for the subtitles and various menu screens Various bug fixes According to the Japanese Final Fantasy XV website, the online multiplayer DLC should cost around $15 USD on its own when it eventually launches. [Source: Final Fantasy XV (1), (2), (3), Reddit (1), (2), (3), VG Tech via Nova Crystallis, NeoGAF] READ FULL STORY AT…

DLC & Patches

For Honor Update 1.06 Today on PS4 & Xbox One Balances Fighters, Improves Performance

[embedded content] Released ahead of schedule, For Honor update 1.06 is now available to download on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft has announced. However, due to an issue with Ubisoft’s servers today, you may be unable to connect to a match, even after installing the update. Here’s the patch notes for update 1.06, which highlight changes to the fighters, frame-rate improvements in game menus and during matches, the activation of Join-in-Progress at the end of the match, and more: Connectivity Network Data exchanges between players are now more resilient to network fluctuations. Reduced the footprint of data exchanges to improve match experience under limited networking conditions. Performance Multiple performance improvements increasing the frame-rate both in game menus and during matches. The LODs (Level of Detail) on ambient FX are now dynamically adjusted during matches, when required, to help ensure optimal performance. [Bug Fix] Fixed a performance degradation when the Xbox One home panel was being opened which sometimes triggered a simulation re-synchronization. Session/Match Reduced the rematch timer from 90 to 60 seconds. We are now able to activate Join-in-Progress at the end of the match. When we activate it at a later date, players leaving the session will be replaced by READ…

activision

Call of Duty: WWII Campaign Doesn’t Have Auto-Regenerating Health

[embedded content] When you play through Call of Duty: WWII’s campaign as Ronald “Red” Daniels, you won’t be able to duck behind cover and automatically regenerate health. Instead, as IGN reveals, you’ll have to limp over to your medic and ask for help. The same concept applies to ammo – run out and you’ll have to ask a squadmate for more. As Sledgehammer Games Co-Founder Glen Schofield told Polygon, you “have to worry about every bullet” in WWII: You’re not the superhero. You can’t just stand there taking seven bullets, ducking, shooting again. It’s refreshing for us to deal with recruits who aren’t Tier One warriors, to show that vulnerability. They’re naïve. It’s been a really cool challenge creating this different kind of gameplay. Discussing Call of Duty: WWII with GamesRadar, fellow Co-Founder Michael Condrey revealed that sharing ammo is just one of several mechanics where you squadmates can help: Part of being this squad and working together was about helping each other out in a very different way than in previous games. This is [you] relying on your squad, and so that was a mechanic where you can rely on your squad members to help you, and in that case – READ FULL STORY…

HB Studios

The Golf Club 2 Launches on June 27, New Trailer Focuses on the Course Editor

[embedded content] The Golf Club 2 is launching on June 27 in North America and June 30 in Europe for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, HB Studios and Maximum Games announced today. Priced at £29.99, the console versions will be available both physically and digitally. By pre-ordering The Golf Club 2, you’ll receive the Day One Edition, which includes the following: Moneybags – Save time and get rich quick with an instant payout that will boost your career and give you serious purchasing power Elite Club – Make your competitors jealous and stand out among the crowd with an exclusive 24K solid gold driver Premier Clubhouse – Gain access to an exclusive high society clubhouse for you and your friends Heirloom Apparel – Play in style with a throwback outfit from the golden age of golf Elite Emblem – Add class to your Society logo with a signature badge In the new features trailer today, you’ll get a look at the Course Editor feature, which has been upgraded from the first game with new features such as tournament dressings with camera towers and vibrant crowds. The trailer also mentions the Career Mode, Societies, 100,000+ courses, and more. [embedded content] Here’s the list of The READ FULL…

abstraction games

New ARK: Survival Evolved Update Goes Live Today on PS4 & Xbox One

[embedded content] By 2pm PT/5pm ET today, the latest ARK: Survival Evolved update for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One should be available to download, Studio Wildcard has revealed. It was previously scheduled for April 24, but took a couple of days to pass certification. Version 506 on PS4, and v753 on Xbox One, here’s the full list of patch notes for today’s update: New Content New Mechanic: Aquatic & Amphibious Creature Breeding New Dino: Equus! New Dino: Leedsichthys! New Dino: Ichthyornis! New Dino: Iguanodon! New Structures & Mechanic: Tek Underwater Bases New Structure: TEK Teleporter New Structure: TEK Mosa Saddle New Structure: Tek Power Generator New creature sounds for: Dodo, Raptor, Quetzal, Parasaur, Rex, Trike, Pteranodon, Dilo, Direwolf, Compy, Dung Beetle, Argent, Pachy, and Mammoth. New female/male character sounds, inventory sounds, building sounds, crafting sounds, and a couple items/weapons. 20+ new Explorer Notes 1 New Hairstyle and 1 New Facial hairstyle (male and female variants) General Total Inventory Menu redesign (other UI’s coming soon!) Flyer Nerf Ridable fliers (not the Moth) now have ground attacks. Limited one C4 attached per dino Sheep now have a “Slaughter” option when you have a club, sword, hatchet etc equipped, also works on PvE Player invulnerability after READ…