Articles by Zarmena Khan

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Summer Lesson VR and Gundam Breaker 3 Getting English Releases in Asia

Over in Singapore, Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia announced that it’ll be releasing English versions of Summer Lesson VR and Gundam Breaker 3 Break Edition in the region on April 27 and May 2, respectively. Summer Lesson: Miyamoto Hikari will also get an English Package Bundle Edition, which includes the main game alongside Second Feel and Day Out DLCs. “From new situations to additional outfits including one-piece dresses and sportswear, there is plenty of exciting new content to look forward to,” wrote the company in a press release. You can check out trailers for the content below. [embedded content] [embedded content] Gundam Breaker 3‘s Break Edition includes the base game and all six DLC expansion packs. Here’s an official description of the title: GUNDAM BREAKER 3 is the third instalment of the popular GUNDAM plastic model (also known as “Gunpla”) action game that lets players freely combine Gunpla heads, torsos, arms and other parts to create their very own original unit. Players destroy enemy Gunpla units to acquire new parts, and use them to create new original Gunpla to fight alongside their comrades in co-op battles against huge enemy Gunpla units. The newest game features enhanced equipment that units can READ FULL…

Artifex Mundi

Adventure Game Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call Comes to PS4 Next Week

[embedded content] Developer Artifex Mundi has announced that its adventure game, Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call, will make its way to the PlayStation 4 on Tuesday, March 28. The game was initially released in 2013 on PC and appeared on Xbox One last year. Here’s an official description: When Sarah Black, the curator of the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a package from a mysterious messenger, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. Moments after she opens the package to reveal an artifact, assailants descend on the museum and rob her of it. She can hardly believe that this is the beginning of a new nightmare from the deep. After blacking out in the museum, Sarah finds herself on the shores of Kingsmouth, a forgotten fishing town with an incredible secret. The would-be messenger reveals the sad truth: he and the rest of the town’s denizens are suffering from a curse that is gradually turning them into aquatic creatures. A curse that was cast by two powerful beings: the mayor, Murray, and the sea-devil: Davy Jones. Main features:• Explore the dark alleys of the cursed town of Kingsmouth!• 48 vibrant locations full of details and riddles!• 28 varied minigames READ…

Australian Classification Board

Australian Senator Criticizes Government Following Outlast 2 Classification Refusal

Senator David Leyonhjelm of Australia’s Liberal Democratic party has lashed out at the country’s government and its classification board over their approach to video games. IGN reports that Leyonhjelm cited the recent case of Outlast 2, which was refused classification, in a speech to the Senate yesterday where he also complained that Australia’s politicians and public servants are “blocked” from accessing video game websites. This video game takes place in a fantasy world involving all kinds of creatures both human and non-human. The mere suggestion of an out-of-screen encounter between a creature and a human character was enough to get it banned altogether by the Australian Classification Board. All of this operates on the false assumption that people who play video games are impressionable children who would play out anything they saw. Yet the internet is now awash with all manner of unpleasant images involving real people – not computer generated images – and violent crime around the world is in decline. Although IGN has been told that entertainment websites including video game publications are typically blocked for public servants at work, Leyonhjelm argues that it’s “presumably because we might stumble across an image of something somebody disapproves of on a medium we don’t READ FULL STORY…

Killing Floor

Killing Floor 2 Descent Content Pack Now Available, Adds New Maps and Weapons

[embedded content] Tripwire Interactive has announced the release of Killing Floor 2‘s Descent content pack today, which brings with it new maps, weapons, and more. In a press release, the developer detailed the content as follows: ·         New Maps and Mode – the Descent, an all-new map featuring the new Holdout sub-mode in Survival that descends players to a new random location each wave, and Nuked, a community-made map that is now featured in the official lineup ·         New Weapons – The Spitfires, a fan-favorite from the original Killing Floor, and Stoner 63a LMG which is a light machine gun that has long sustained fire ·         New Trophy Update – a new Trophy update on PlayStation Store Network that contains new trophies for recently released maps To mark the release, Tripwire is offering a 33 percent discount on the game via the North American PlayStation Store. The offer lasts until March 28. If you don’t want to take the plunge, you can always try out the game for free starting now until the same date. The Descent pack is included in the trial version. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Grasshopper Manufacture

PS Plus Members Getting Free Let It Die Booster Pack, Bonus PS Plus Membership Offer

PlayStation US has announced that it has teamed up with GungHo to provide its PS Plus members Let It Die‘s Direct Hell Booster Pack (valued at $20) for free until April 18. Here’s what it includes: Death Metals (10) — These allow you to continue upon death and expand your storage. 1-Day Express Pass (2) — Passes provide a small taste of what our 30-Day Express Pass offers. Kill Coins (20K) — Kill Coins can be used to purchase weapons, armor, and Skill Decals. SPLithium (20K) — A special resource used to craft equipment and strengthen various elements of your Waiting Room (home base). Solo Shelter (2) — A tent-like item that can be used to take quick breaks from gameplay preventing enemy attack while replenishing HP. Barbmeat Full Portion (3) — This full portion of meat replenishes 100% of your max HP. In the same blog post, the company also announced that those who buy a one-year Plus membership via the PS Store will get three bonus months of membership. This promotion runs through March 31, 2017. For terms and conditions, head over here. [Source: PlayStation] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Diablo III Update 2.5.0 Out on All Platforms, Blizzard Details Console Seasons

[embedded content] Blizzard has announced that Diablo III update 2.5.0 is now live in the Americas across all platforms. The developer hasn’t released console patch notes yet but users are reporting that it’s a rather small update. If you want an idea of what to expect then watch the video above or head over here to see the PC patch notes, some of which will be applicable to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions as well. Those outside the US may have to wait a little bit longer for the patch to go live in their regions. Elsewhere, Blizzard has fulfilled its promise of offering full details on Diablo III‘s console Seasons. In a lengthy blog post, the studio explains what the feature is all about, how to make a character, the Season Journey, rewards, and more followed by an FAQ section. So if you’re new to the feature or not sure how it’ll work on consoles, click here. We’ll update our readers when we have update 2.5.0 console-specific patch notes. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Testing Some Big Changes for Overwatch’s Lucio, Addresses Draws in Competitive Play

Blizzard’s latest Public Test realm update for Overwatch reveals that the developer is trying out some big changes to Lucio and is addressing draws in Competitive Play. According to the team, Lucio “has often felt like a must-pick due to his raw healing output and the versatility of providing a speed bonus to your entire team.” As a result, Song’s area-of-effect radius has been decreased to 10 meters from 30. Here’s what Blizzard’s testing out alongside an explanation: Sonic Amplifier Projectile speed increased from 40 to 50 Alternate fire now considers vertical orientation when knocking targets back Crossfade Song’s area-of-effect radius decreased from 30 meters to 10 meters A temporary in-game visual has been added to illustrate this radius (it is only visible to Lúcio and his teammates) Heal Song Healing-per-second has been increased by 50% (also applies to Lúcio’s Amp It Up ability) Sound Barrier Radius decreased from 30 meters to 20 meters Wall Ride Movement speed increased by 30% when wall riding Lúcio now receives a burst of speed when leaping off a wall The goal of these changes is to keep those elements feeling strong, but making them harder to READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Capcom

Resident Evil: Vendetta Coming to Theaters in US and Canada for One Night Only

[embedded content] If you’re based in the US or Canada and want to watch Resident Evil: Vendetta on the big screen then you have very limited time to do so. Although the CG animated movie won’t have an official theatrical run in the region, Sony Pictures has teamed up with Fathom Events and Park Circus for a special one-night event on Monday, June 19. In a press release, Fathom CEO John Rubey said: We are thrilled to bring Resident Evil: Vendetta to the big screen for its U.S. debut. This sequel is even scarier and more thrill-inducing than the previous titles, with mind blowing CG animation that should be seen on 40-foot screens with the highest quality sound and visuals to further enhance the fan experience of this beloved franchise. Tickets for Canadian screenings go on sale Friday, March 24 and can be purchased here. Those in the US will be able to grab theirs starting Friday, March 31 from Fathom Event’s website or participating box offices. Resident Evil: Vendetta releases in other regions on May 27. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Bandai Namco Entertainment

Looks Like the New Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Game is Heading West

Just a day ago, we reported that a new Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth title, Hacker’s Memory, is making its way to the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this year in Japan. We figured the game would end up in the West at some point since its predecessor did too but it looks like Bandai Namco already had plans for localization as the publisher has filed a trademark for it in Europe. As spotted by Gematsu, the trademark was filed just today with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and can be viewed here. Only a matter of time before we hear something officially, then. In case you missed it, Hacker’s Memory features a new story whose protagonist is a young man framed in a criminal case that he has no knowledge of. The game will include some systems from the original, like Digi-Farm, and will have more than 320 Digimon. We’ll update our readers when we have more info. [Source: Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

News

NieR: Automata Director Wants a PS Vita Successor

Over the weekend, NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro tweeted out his desire to see a PlayStation Vita successor (we want one as well). He told fans that he wants a “slightly smaller next-gen handheld console” that does what smartphones can’t do. You can check out his tweet below followed by a translation courtesy of Siliconera: VITA の後継機が欲しいなあ。Switch が出たから少し気持ちは落ち着いてるけど、もうちょっと小型の次世代携帯ゲーム機が触りたい。物理キーの無いスマートフォンでは満たされない欲望を満たしたい。 — yokotaro (@yokotaro) March 18, 2017 I want to see a Vita successor. That feeling has calmed down a bit after the release of Switch, but I want to play something on a slightly smaller next-gen handheld console. I want something that could satisfy my itch that can’t be done through a smartphone without physical buttons. While communicating with fans, he also spoke of having something like a keyboard to make chatting on the Vita easier as some felt that the touch screen can make it a bit inconvenient at times. Do our readers agree with Yoko Taro? [Source: Siliconera] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Assassin's Creed Empire

Swiss Retailer Lists Assassin’s Creed Empire for Q4 Release This Year

Rumors of an Assassin’s Creed game with an Egyptian setting, code named Empire, have been floating the web for quite a while now. In January last year, reports surfaced that Ubisoft had pushed the game to 2017 and then we saw some screenshots back in October, which suggested that title was still in development. At least one other screenshot appeared on Reddit as recently as this past February but we didn’t make much of it. However, VG247 has now spotted a new listing for Assassin’s Creed Empire on Swiss retailer WOG’s website, with a release window of fourth quarter, 2017. You can see the listing below in case it disappears. There’s nothing to suggest that this entry is authentic and that’s a stock box image but it’s not unheard of for early retailer listings to leak games prior to their official announcements. At this point, only Ubisoft can put this rumor to rest by either confirming or denying reports that have been making rounds for such a long time. We’ll keep you posted. [Source: WOG via VG247] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Fatshark

Upcoming Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide DLC Brings New Missions and Trophies

Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide is set to receive the Karak Azgaraz DLC next Thursday, March 23, which brings with it new missions and trophies. Karak Azgaraz is set on the peaks of Grey Mountains and tasks players with three missions to foil “the vile rat-men’s plans.” “The wretched Skaven army plots to overrun the Dwarven fortress and settlements around Karak Azgaraz, and our heroes must warn them before it’s too late!” says developer Fatshark. Community Manager Leo Wakeline further wrote: You will have a chance to acquire the Warpick for Bardin, our spirited Dwarf Ranger, and the Falchion for Victor, our ever critical Witch Hunter. The Warpick introduces a new two-step heavy attack that allows Bardin to lunge forward towards his enemy for a heavy swing. The Falchion is in turn an especially sharp, one-sided sword that is excellent at beheading Stormvermin. The DLC comes with eight new trophies including three Silver and five Bronze. You can find the full list here. Those who don’t own the base game can now get it alongside the DLC by purchasing the Digital Value Pack. For more details, follow the link below. [Source: PlayStation] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Devolver Digital

Shadow Warrior 2 Coming to Consoles With DLC This Spring If Certification Goes Well, Says Dev

Shadow Warrior 2 developer, Flying Wild Hog, has said that the first-person shooter will finally come to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Spring “if all things go well with certification.” Additionally, the console versions will include all the DLC released thus far. The developer tweeted: Shadow Warrior 2 will hit XB1 + PS4 this spring if all things go well with certification and will include all current DLC! Thx for patience! pic.twitter.com/AJprXbRhpB — Shadow Warrior 2 (@ShadowWarrior) March 17, 2017 Already out on PC, Shadow Warrior 2 suffered numerous delays since its announcement in June 2015. Early in January, Flying Wild Hog said that it “hopes” to release the console versions in “April or May.” We were also told that they “most likely” won’t support HDR on either console due to “time constraints.” Additionally, there are “no specific enhancements” planned for the PS4 Pro. Looks like the release is all down to the certification process now. We’ll update our readers when we have more info. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Naughty Dog

New Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Character Images Released, Villain Played By Usman Ally

Naughty Dog Creative Director and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy writer, Shaun Escayg, has shared some new character art from the upcoming stand-alone expansion for A Thief’s End. The images show Nadine Ross, Chloe Frazer, and villain Asav, who is played by Obie award-winning actor Usman Ally. Check them out below. Nadine Ross @LauraBaileyVO pic.twitter.com/YzS5NMwrOz — Shaun Escayg (@ShaunEscayg) March 18, 2017 Asav- @UsmanAlly1 pic.twitter.com/cBGzJSvYx3 — Shaun Escayg (@ShaunEscayg) March 18, 2017 Uncharted – The Lost Legacy- Chloe Frazer @TheClaudiaBlack – brace yourselves! pic.twitter.com/MiGfUHdTMf — Shaun Escayg (@ShaunEscayg) March 18, 2017 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4 sometime this year. Naughty Dog recently said that it’s unlikely the studio will produce another game in the series. “I would never say never, but we’ve got The Last of Us Part II on our plates and there’s so much other stuff that [we want to explore],” explained Co-President Evan Wells. We’re told that the developer wants to explore new ideas. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!