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Sniper Elite 4 DLC “Deathstorm Part 2” and Big Free Update Out Now

Disappointed by Sniper Ghost Warrior 3? Don’t worry because Sniper Elite 4 has you covered. Developer Rebellion Developments released part two of its three-part Deathstorm campaign DLC today alongside a big free update that adds a new map (Urban), Capture the Flag mode, and Survival mission to the game. Called Infiltration, here’s what the second chapter revolves around: Agent Karl Fairburne has recovered the ‘Deathstorm’ package – canisters full of deadly plutonium particles. Now he’s been dispatched to the Fascist-occupied north of Italy to find out what the Nazis are planning for their new weapon. The beautiful medieval town of Niroli, now a regional centre for the Nazi propaganda machine and garrisoned with a strong Italian force, holds the key to Deathstorm. Karl must infiltrate the town, find a prominent Italian scientist and rescue his wife – a crucial Allied informant – before it’s too late. Set at dusk amidst the winding alleys, yawning rooftops and lofty towers of a venerable walled city, Deathstorm Part 2 offers an atmospheric and tactically varied environment packed with deadly opportunity, a new elite enemy unit and an explosive new weapon… The Urban Assault Expansion Pack also arrived today. It brings eight urban-themed rifle skins, READ FULL STORY…

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NIS Announces Yomawari: Night Alone Sequel, Shin Yomawari, for PS4 and PS Vita

Following some teasers, Nippon Ichi Software has announced Shin Yomawari for the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. It’s a sequel to the developer’s 2015 title, Yomawari: Night Alone, which released in the West last year. The game was unveiled in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation. Shin‘s protagonists are two young girls named Yui and Haru and a synopsis of their story is as follows (translation courtesy of Gematsu): In order to see the end of summer vacation fireworks in the neighboring town, Yui and Haru went out to the mountains. On the way back home, the two are accidentally separated and get lost. They roam around in search for each other, but an ominous night town has spread out before them. Will the girls be able to safely reunite? We’re told that the sequel’s world will be twice the size of its predecessor and players will be able to explore more locations than before. Monsters and strange creatures will be lurking around at night. While some will be harmless, merely touching others will result in “Game Over.” Shin uses the same camera style as the original but will switch to side-view in some parts. Any of our readers READ FULL STORY…

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Just Cause Studio Partners With Entertainment Company to Increase Growth in Gaming Market

Just Cause and Mad Max developer, Avalanche Studios, has announced that it’s teaming up with a leading Nordic entertainment company, Nordisk Film to “accelerate its growth in the international gaming market.” In a press release, Avalanche revealed that Nordisk Film will invest over USD 10 million for a minority ownership share in the developer. “We are investing heavily in gaming and look forward to working with Avalanche Studios on bringing the company to the next level,” said Nordisk CEO Allan Mathson Hansen. “Gaming fits our profile very well. We are used to working with creative people, commercializing creative products and developing IPs.” Avalanche’s CEO Pim Holfve added that this partnership will help the studio to develop and self-publish more high quality games. “With a solid background from a range of creative industries, they understand our business well and have a matching company culture,” he said of Nordisk. Founded in 2003, Avalanche Studios currently employs over 270 people between its offices in Sweden and New York. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Elite: Dangerous Legendary Edition Gets a Retail Release Later This Year

Frontier Developments has announced that it’s teaming up with distributor Sold Out (The Banner Saga, Overcooked) to bring its space adventure, Elite: Dangerous, to retail. Boxed versions of the Legendary Edition will be out for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year. The retail edition includes the base game, Horizons expansion and 1,000 Frontier points. Last December, Frontier said that it’ll bring Elite: Dangerous to PS4 in Q2 this year with all expansions to date, the full Horizons Season Pass, and following features for DualShock 4: Touch Navigation – Explore Elite Dangerous’ map of the Milky Way with a swipe using touch pad controls that make navigation fast and easy. Extra Control – Customize four additional touchpad ‘hotkeys’ to suit your own play style. Fast Headlook – Quickly track your enemies in the heat of combat with optional motion-based headlook controls powered by the DualShock 4 wireless controller. No release date or further details are available at this time but we’ll update our readers when we have more info. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Upcoming NieR: Automata DLC Out in the West Same Day as Japan

[embedded content] Square Enix confirmed today that NieR: Automata‘s upcoming DLC, 3C3C1D119440927, comes out in the West on the same day that Japan gets it. We were previously told that the content will be out in Japan on May 2 for 1,500 Yen (approximately $14 USD). 3C3C1D119440927 includes three new colosseums and additional sub-quests, upon completion of which you can earn the following rewards: Costumes from the previous Japanese release, NieR: Replicant, for androids 2B, 9S and A2 Records that add special music tracks to the players’ jukebox New equipment and cosmetic accessories such as hairspray that allows you to change the color of 2B and A2’s hair Masks with unique “on equip” effects Special bullets that change the appearance of enemy bullets You can check out some previously released gameplay here. For more on NieR: Automata and related coverage, head over to our dedicated game hub. Any of our readers planning to buy the DLC? READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Pro Overwatch Player Dropped By His Team Over Racist Rant, Results In Him Ending His Career

A top-rated eSports player has called it quits shortly after he was dropped by his team for going on a racist rant during an Overwatch livestream. Toronto Esports announced that it had released Matt “Dellor” Vaughn from the organization as he had breached his contract by using “abusive and discriminatory racial language.” Here’s what happened. Vaughn was playing a ranked Overwatch match when a Widowmaker, who he accuses of cheating, in the opposing team ended up eliminating him. That’s when he repeated the same racial slur over and over again for a good 30 seconds (view video here at your own risk – it’s pretty loud) and once the incident was brought to light, Toronto Esports understandably wasted no time in letting him go. “Toronto Esports is an organization built on inclusivity, and we have always had a zero-tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination,” said President Ryan Pallett. Over on TwitLonger, Dellor offered an apology and said that he understood the decision. In a separate post on Twitter, he announced that he was quitting eSports for good. Having seen the video, however, chances of another team wanting to hire Vaughn seem slim to none even if he decided to stay in the game. Hopefully, lessons have READ…

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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Takes Almost 5 Mins to Load, Developer Responds

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 releases worldwide tomorrow but reviewers who’ve been playing the game since last week have noted one serious problem; it takes almost five minutes to load. Eurogamer and PlayStation LifeStyle’s own Martin have tested PS4 copies so we can’t speak for other versions of the game but at least on Sony’s console, the issue occurs when you initially load the game or travel to one of the four in-game regions. When Eurogamer brought the issue to light, CI Games responded by saying that it’s aware of the problem but defended its approach. Here’s the studio’s statement in full: We are aware of the problem with long initial loading times, but thanks to this decision we were able to shorten any loading times during missions, respawns, and fast travel to a minimum: fast travel 4-15s load last checkpoint (depend on situation) 15-30s Restart mission 25s Ultimately we feel like this inconvenience is rewarded with a comfortable experience once the game is loaded. We’re not sure if CI intends to address this in a future patch or not but we’ll keep our readers posted. [Source: Eurogamer] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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LittleBigPlanet 3 Getting Little Nightmares Asset Pack This Week

Sumo Digital has announced that it’ll be adding a Little Nightmares-themed asset pack to LittleBigPlanet 3 this week. The pack will contain 5 Materials, 3 Lights, 9 Objects, 7 Decorations, 18 Stickers and 4 Costumes that the developer says can be used to create the “creepiest, most fiendish levels imaginable.” Over on the PlayStation blog, Community Manager Steven Isbell also reminded players that Sumo Digital previously released a free Tarsier costume for the game as a thank you to the Little Nightmares developer for its contribution to LittleBigPlanet 3. You can download it from PlayStation Store in your region (availability may vary). Little Nightmares is set for a worldwide release on Friday, April 28, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Stay tuned for our review, which will be published soon. In the meantime, you can check out our recent hands-on preview of the game here. Any of our readers planning to buy the game next week? [Source: PlayStation] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Digital Foundry: Persona 5’s PS4 Version Delivers a “Rock-Solid” Performance

[embedded content] Persona 5 isn’t exactly a technical powerhouse but its stylish visuals and presentation is certainly praiseworthy. The game has been in development since 2012 – around the same time Atlus released Catherine – and was initially a PlayStation 3 title. However, Persona 5 didn’t utilize Catherine’s Gamebyro engine and instead, the development team built an entirely new engine to work with. In its analysis, Digital Foundry writes that the game runs at 1080p at 30fps on PS4 and while that may come as a disappointment to some, its performance on the current-gen console is “rock-solid.” Although the PS3 version isn’t that far behind visually, it suffers from “obvious” screen-tearing in “almost every scene.” “Persona 5 suffers from tearing throughout the screen, which can be intrusive,” said Digital Foundry of the PS3 version. As for the PS4 version, we’re told that the resolution boost is the “major improvement” the game offers over its last-gen sibling. You can check out the full analysis in the video above. [Source: Eurogamer] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Stephens College Becomes First Women’s School to Offer eSports Scholarship

As eSports continues to gain prominence around the world, one college in the US has become the first all-women’s school to sponsor a varsity eSports program and is already assembling an Overwatch team for Fall 2017. Missouri-based Stephens College’s president Dianne Lynch told ESPN that the school started putting together a plan over a year ago and Overwatch couldn’t have come at a better time. Although women’s eSports teams already exist, Stephens College’s program is the first of its kind at least in the US. “We always consider ourselves early adopters, or a kayak in the water, as I would say, rather than an ocean liner, ” said Lynch. “We have the capacity and the appetite for doing something new that allows us to say, ‘Let’s try this.’” ESPN points out that there’s no infrastructure currently in place for eSports under the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Therefore, Stephens’ team will operate under the Information Technology department for the time being. “There are multiple kinds of athletics, and this is just a new kind,” explained Lynch. “It’s different, and it looks different, and it feels different, but it is, as you know, one of the most rapidly growing industries and athletic events…

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Rocket League Dev Says a “High Percentage” of Console Gamers Prefer Physical Games Over Digital

The debate of whether digital video game releases are overtaking physical has been a contentious one, with many arguing that data presented in favor of the digital market is often skewed. Developers themselves have varying perspectives on this but some indie studios have previously mentioned that they’d want to see their work on store shelves too, if financially feasible, as opposed to just digital storefronts. Psyonix’s publishing VP, Jeremy Dunham, is one of those who believes that “it makes business sense” to release games digitally as well as physically in order to reach out to a wide audience. Speaking to Games Industry, Dunham said: You need to be accessible to fans who only have cash or are only aware of games they see on the shelves as opposed to being online. Even when you don’t factor that in, there are still the logistics of it all. There’s a high percentage of console gamers that still buy physical copies of games and not digital, so it just makes business sense to be available to them in as many ways as possible. Dunham revealed (based on Psyonix’s internal data) that those who are buying physical copies of Rocket League are “mostly a READ FULL STORY…

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Call of Duty: WWII Reportedly Starring Transformers Actor Josh Duhamel

A new day, a new Call of Duty: WWII report (or leak – whatever you prefer). This time, rumor has it that the game will star Transformers: The Last Knight actor Josh Duhamel. It all began with the leaked images, which we shared yesterday, that were accidentally published on the official Call of Duty website. The images have since been removed but not before they made rounds online. Some hawk-eyed users have noted that a character in one particular image (above) resembles Duhamel, who has previously teamed up with Activsion to voice a character in Skylanders: SuperChargers. Thus, people began digging through his social media profiles and ended up discovering photos of him in a mocap suit that he shared on his Twitter profile back in March. Charlie INTEL went a step further and pointed out that Duhamel only just started following the Call of Duty Twitter profile! Coincidence? We shall find out on Wednesday, April 26, when Call of Duty: WWII gets a worldwide reveal. [Source: Charlie INTEL] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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NieR: Automata PS4 Version Crosses 500,000 Sales Milestone in Japan and Asia

Earlier in April, Platinum Games and Square Enix announced that NieR: Automata has sold more than one million copies worldwide, which includes physical copies shipped and digital copies sold. This weekend, both companies celebrated crossing the 500,000 sales milestone on PlayStation 4 in Japan and Asia alone. You can see a little celebration via the tweet below: PlayStation®4版『NieR:Automata』アジア地域での発売を4/27に控え、SIE台北オフィスにて行われた発売直前イベントにて、日本&アジア累計出荷・DL販売本数の50万本突破確定が発表されました。たくさんのご支援ありがとうございます。 #NieR#ニーアpic.twitter.com/gPKADjtfhT — NieR公式PRアカウント (@NieR_JPN) April 21, 2017 The developer thanked fans for their ongoing support, with Square Enix producer Yosuke Saito adding (translation via Siliconera): It makes me truly happy to see it surpass 500,000 in Japan & Asia for PS4 alone. Thank you very much. PS4版だけで日本&アジア累計50万本超えは本当に嬉しいっす(´;ω;`)ありがとうございます… https://t.co/DfXLa7cRjF — 齊藤陽介 Yosuke Saito (@SaitoYosuke_Z) April 21, 2017 According to latest figures, the PS4 version of NieR: Automata has sold over 315,000 copies in Japan alone through physical and digital retailers since launch in February. The game has yet to release in some countries where it’ll be out next Thursday on April 27. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA for PS4 Has Gone Gold

Nihon Falcom has announced that the PlayStation 4 version of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA has gone gold. In a tweet, the developer said that the final master version of the game has arrived and reassured fans that there won’t be a delay in its release in Japan on May 25, 2017. The PS Vita version is already out in the county. A Western release of Ys VIII will follow later this year for the PS4, PS Vita and PC. In case you missed it, here’s an official description of the title: Ys returns with a brand new adventure for the first time in 8 years! Adol awakens shipwrecked and stranded on a cursed island. There, he and the other shipwrecked passengers he rescues form a village to challenge fearsome beasts and mysterious ruins on the isolated island. Amidst this, Adol begins to dream of a mysterious blue-haired maiden living in an unknown world. Join Adol as he unravels the riddle of the cursed isle and the blue-haired maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA! An Epic Tale – Follow Adol on his latest adventure and uncover the mysteries of the cursed island. Party On! – Change your playable READ FULL STORY…