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Outlast 2 Dev Clarifies Australian Classification Issue, Says It Was a Submission Error

Outlast 2‘s Australian classification fiasco has taken another turn as developer Red Barrels has released a statement implying that the issue stemmed from an error during submission. Following a refusal by the country’s classification board, Australia’s ongoing issue with video game censorship was thrust into the limelight, with local politicians jumping into the debate. Shortly afterwards, the game was approved for release in the country but there were reports of content being modified. Now, in a statement obtained by several outlets, Red Barrels claims: The original submission of Outlast 2 sent to the Australian Classification Branch contained the final game code and a video file for reference taken from an Alpha version of the game. This video file should not have been sent along with the game code, as its content was not representative of the final game. In the second submission, the same game code was submitted, with a video file reflecting the final game content. The game was then approved for release with an R18+ rating. There will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide. These will be the final comments made on this release. Whatever the case, at least everyone gets to play Outlast READ FULL STORY…

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PS Vita Exclusive Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Gets Details on Three New Beautiful Bachelors

Idea Factory International released new details for the otome visual novel Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, coming to PlayStation Vita on May 16 in North America and May 19 in Europe. …Read More The post PS Vita Exclusive Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Gets Details on Three New Beautiful Bachelors by Azario Lopez appeared first on DualShockers.

Sailor Moon Drops Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary with a Royal Event

Bandai Namco wants to celebrate Sailor Moon Drops’ anniversary with an event that may just unlock one of the most coveted characters in the franchise. …Read More The post Sailor Moon Drops Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary with a Royal Event by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Blizzard Aims Sights on Widowmaker for Its New Overwatch Statue

Sony Focusing on Increasing the Number of Younger PS Vita Users in Japan

The Western market for Sony’s PlayStation Vita has been the subject of much debate from time to time but Japanese developers have significantly supported the handheld and undoubtedly continue to do so. While some criticize Sony’s support (or lack thereof) for Vita in the West, the company still has faith in the Japanese market. In an interview with Trendy Nikkei last week (translation courtesy of Kotaku), SCE Japan Asia boss Atsushi Morita said that since Minecraft‘s release on the handheld in 2014, the company has been “actively” trying to bring more younger gamers on board. “Since Minecraft came out in October 2014, we’ve been able to actively bring on board kids; that is, younger gamers,” he said. “We’re going to continue concentrating on the PS Vita and increase the number of younger users. This year, we also plan on developing an IP that’s aimed at children.” Recently, NieR: Automata director Yoko Taro tweeted his desire to see a PS Vita successor, noting that a next-gen handheld can do what smartphones can’t. What do our readers think of this? [Source: Trendy Nikkei via Kotaku] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Dark Souls III Director’s Next Game Not Necessarily Similar to Dark Souls

In an interview with Famitsu, Dark Souls III Director Hidetaka Miyazaki spoke about his thoughts on Dark Souls III, its second and final expansion The Ringed City, and what’s next for him and From Software. Apart from sharing that the studio is already working on several projects, he said that the studio’s stance on game production has not changed in that it doesn’t concern itself with the thought of making a game that resembles Dark Souls or making a game that doesn’t resemble Dark Souls. He explained that he plans on making the “game that he wants to make now,” without being concerned about whether it is or isn’t similar to Dark Souls. Miyazaki didn’t share any details on what the studio is currently working on but it’s been previously rumored that the company is working on a spiritual successor to Dark Souls, a reboot of the Armored Core series, and a new game for PSVR. [Source: Famitsu via Gematsu] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Mafia III Gets Free Demo and “Faster, Baby!” DLC Today

[embedded content] If you haven’t taken a trip to New Bordeaux yet and aren’t sure if you want to, then you might be interested in trying out a Mafia III story demo that was released today alongside the Faster, Baby! DLC pack. In a press release, 2K Games and Hangar 13 announced that the demo covers the entire first act of the game, which has protagonist Lincoln Clay partaking in a bank heist gone wrong followed by a betrayal that leads to his quest for revenge. Those who like the demo and end up purchasing the full game can transfer their progress over. You can check out a trailer above. Faster, Baby! is the first paid DLC for Mafia III. It’s the first of three packs that’ll be available individually or as part of the Season Pass. Here’s an official description followed by a trailer: Faster, Baby! introduces new narrative and more to explore, set alongside the events in Lincoln Clay’s story of revenge in Mafia III. New Bordeaux expands with the addition of Sinclair Parish, a town west of the Bayou where Lincoln teams up with a new character, Roxy Laveau, to take down the corrupt and powerful Sheriff “Slim”…

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Iga’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Introduces Three New Characters with New Art

Today, the team behind Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, with Koji Igarashi at the helm, released some new artwork introducing three new characters for the game. …Read More The post Iga’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Introduces Three New Characters with New Art by Giuseppe Nelva appeared first on DualShockers.

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These are the best Joy-Con grips you can get for Nintendo Switch

Now that the Nintendo Switch is available, one of the many complaints I’ve seen online is that the Joy-Cons don’t have enough substance to them to grip. I found them comfortable to hold, even if the back is a bit flat, but if that’s your main problem with the Joy-Cons, this Joy-Con Gel Guard kit from PDP is the perfect solution for that problem.The PDP Joy-Con Gel Guard kit comes with two sleeves that you slip over the Joy-Con with two analog stick caps to help protect them. They have a little bit more texture to the grip so if you find your fingers slipping off the analog stick when you’re using it, these grips might help alleviate the problem.The main issue most people have with the Joy-Cons is that Nintendo didn’t include any ergonomic curves on the back of the device, mainly because they’re intended to be used in several different configurations. Without something to rest your fingers against comfortably while you play, your fingers can end up getting cramped. These PDP Gel Guards solve that problem by giving you an ergonomic back to the Joy-Con.I’ve found the Joy-Cons much easier to hold now that I have these gel…

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LittleBigPlanet 3 Mass Effect Andromeda Costume Pack Now Available for Free

LittleBigPlanet is one of the PlayStation platform’s most beloved franchises and in spite being released almost two years ago, LittleBigPlanet 3 is still getting new content and updates. And today, Sony has announced that a new Mass Effect Andromeda Costume Pack has been released today and available to download for free. Mass Effect Andromeda is the latest entry into the Mass Effect series and was just released last week to very mixed and polarizing reviews. Check out our review here. The costume pack comes with a total of five costumes for Sackboy and his friends including an N7 Armor costume for Sackboy, a Drack costume for Big Toggle, an Initiative Armor costume for Little Toggle, a Wraith costume for OddSock, and a Poc costume for Swoop. Alongside the release of the Mass Effect Andromeda Costume Pack, Sony also announced that a new Genres menu has been added to LittleBigPlanet 3, which makes searching for new community levels a lot easier. The Genres menu allow players to browse through 23 different genres including Arcade, Cinematic, Driving, Puzzle, RPG, Shooters, Sports, Top-down, and more. Additionally, the classic Team Picks and Most Hearted menus have been moved to the Recommended menu. [Source: READ…

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Salt and Sanctuary Hit By Last-Minute Delay in EU, NA’s Launch and Cross-Buy Issues Addressed

Those in Europe who were hoping to play Salt and Sanctuary on their PlayStation Vita today were disappointed to find out that the game didn’t release in the region. Developer Ska Studios took to Twitter to voice its own disappointment but was unable to reveal what exactly happened. “We are so sorry about this delay and working to get it available as soon as possible,” Ska said in a blog post. Although the North American launch went ahead as planned, some players reported issues with the cross-buy option whereby they weren’t able to download the Vita version for free despite already owning the game on PS4. The workaround that Sony has suggested is to re-download the game on your PS4 for the Vita version to unlock. “Some people are also having luck queuing up the download from the PlayStation Store on the web,” says Ska. They’re working to get it sorted out so it just works, but the workaround at least means you won’t be buying the game twice.” Last but not least, the developer has published a list of issues that it’s aware of and is currently working on. These are: Online features, such as messages and tombstones, are READ…

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Snake Pass devs working on patch to fix loud rumble on Switch

Snake Pass by Sumo Digital hit the Nintendo eShop this week and while we’ve been having fun with the game in anticipation of our review, someone on YouTube noticed that the game seems to make the HD Rumble in the Nintendo Switch crazy loud while in handheld mode. Watch the video above to see what I’m talking about. Sumo Digital is apparently aware of the issue and they’re working on a patch that will address this absurdly loud rumble sound. I can confirm the issue seems to be related to handheld mode only, as I’ve been playing the game in docked mode and the rumble issues aren’t nearly as loud there. Nintendo eShop Card – $50 READ FULL STORY AT NINTENDOTODAY!

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Amazon Providing Some Customers with Persona 5 – Take Your Heart Edition Free After Mistakenly Canceling Pre-Orders

After a mixup with canceled pre-orders in the past few weeks, Amazon is making it up to some customers with Persona 5 – Premium Edition for free. …Read More The post Amazon Providing Some Customers with Persona 5 – Take Your Heart Edition Free After Mistakenly Canceling Pre-Orders by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

Watch Dogs 2 Gets the No Compromise DLC & Free Showd0wn Multiplayer Mode in April

No Compromise, the third DLC pack included in the Watch Dogs 2 Season Pass, is releasing on April 18 for PlayStation 4 and on May 18 for Xbox One and PC, Ubisoft announced today. It includes a multi-mission storyline called Moscow Gambit, six new single-player time trials, two new non-lethal weapons (Air Shotgun and Taser Sniper Rifle), and new ability-granting outfits and vehicles. No Compromise was originally supposed to have a multiplayer mode called Showd0wn, but Ubisoft is now releasing it to all players on April 17 as part of a free update. The update will also include randomly appearing loot truck events where you have to hack an armored car, 13 new clothing items, a quick-swap feature for weapons, and the paintball rifle weapon, and it will give drone, motocross, and eKart races multiplayer functionality. Here’s what to expect from Showdown: Pitting two pairs of players against each other, Showd0wn is an endgame challenge for experienced players. Its competitive matches come in three flavors: Steal the HDD; Doomload, a King of the Hill-style match; and Erase/Protect the Servers, a Watch Dogs twist on classic domination matches. Spread out across 15 distinct locations, these modes will flow seamlessly from one to the next, pushing you to bust…