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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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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…

PlayStation Store Global Update – March 28, 2017

Each week Sony brings PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable owners new content, add-ons, games and more. PlayStation LifeStyle catalogs the PlayStation Store updates for the major regions across the globe. Check back every Tuesday to keep up to date with each week’s PlayStation Store Update. North American Update March’s PlayStation Plus Lineup Pre-orders Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition ($50.99)(out 4-7) Cosmic Star Heroine ($14.99/PS+ $11.99)(out 4-11) Toukiden 2 with Bonus ($59.99)(out 4-3) Yooka-Laylee ($39.99)(out 4-11) PSVR Games Fated: The Silent Oath ($9.99) Korix ($19.99) PS4 Games Anoxemia ($7.99) Digerati Indie Darling Bundle ($10.19) Harvest Moon®: A Wonderful Life Special Edition ($14.99) Has-been Heroes ($19.99) Heroes of the Monkey Tavern ($7.99) Horse Racing 2016 ($12.99) KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 +2.5 ReMIX ($49.99) MLB The Show 17 ($59.99) MLB The Show 17 MVP Edition ($69.99) MLB The Show 17 Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99) Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call ($9.99) Old Time Hockey ($11.99) Rain World ($19.99) R.B.I. Baseball 17 ($19.99) Resident Evil Super Bundle ($51.99) Skyforge: Early Adopter Pack ($14.99/PS+ $11.99) Snake Pass ($19.99) Tom Clancy’s The Division® Premium Credits Edition ($65.99) Vikings-Wolves of Midgard ($59.99) We are the Dwarves ($13.49) Zero Eszcape: The Nonary games…

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PlayStation Store Sales in North America: Week of March 28, 2017

This week on the North American PlayStation Store, you’ll find a Resident Evil franchise sale, a new round of PlayStation Plus Specials that includes For Honor and Skyrim Special Edition, and much more. Here’s the games on sale this week through the PlayStation Store, with many offers ending on April 4 at 8am PT/11am ET: Resident Evil Sale PlayStation 4 Resident Evil – $9.99 Resident Evil 0 – $11.99 Resident Evil 0 Costume Packs – 18% to 20% off Resident Evil 4 – $9.99 Resident Evil 5 – $9.99 Resident Evil 6 – $9.99 Resident Evil 7 Deluxe Edition – $74.69 Resident Evil: Deluxe Origins Bundle – $19.99 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Costume and Character DLC – 50% to 60% off Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition – $11.99 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode Two – $2.99 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode Three – $2.99 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode Four – $2.99 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Extra Episode: Little Miss – $2.49 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Extra Episode: The Struggle – $2.49 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Raid Mode: Throwback Map Pack – $2.49 Resident Evil Revelations 2 Season Pass – $7.99 Resident Evil Super Bundle (Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil 4, Resident READ FULL…

4J Studios

Minecraft Update 1.44 Today Adds the Glide Mini Game, Power Rangers Skin Pack Released

[embedded content] With Minecraft update 1.44 today on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita, developer 4J Studios has added the new Glide Mini Game, a new Mini Game Lobby, support for up to 16 players in Battle and Glide, and more. The update is now live in Europe, and will be coming to North America later today. Here’s the full list of patch notes for update 1.44 on PlayStation platforms: PlayStation 4 Added Glide Mini Game! Added new Mini Game Lobby. Fix for MCCE-3984 – Enderdragon is able to use an End Gateway. Added Leaderboards for Glide Mini Game. Added support for up to 16 players in Battle and Glide. PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Vita Added Glide Mini Game! Added new Mini Game Lobby. Fix for MCCE-3984 – Enderdragon is able to use an End Gateway. Fix for save corruption when exiting a newly created world. (PS3 only) Fix for crash when downloading PS3 save. (PS Vita only) Fix for MCCE #4108 – Skeleton Hitboxes were blocking the placement of blocks directly above them. Fix for MCCE #4238 – Stained Glass Pain on the ground does not appear transparent. Fix for MCCE-4226 – Wrong LOD showing for non-block item icons READ…

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Minecraft Console Versions Getting Glide Mini Game Tomorrow

[embedded content] 4J Studios has announced that it’s releasing a new mini game, Glide, for Minecraft‘s console versions tomorrow. The update, which will put your aeronautical skills to test, will be free. Over on the game’s website, the developer detailed Glide as follows: Beat the clock in the Time Attack mode, using thermal drafts and speed boosters to your advantage, or go for points in Score Attack by hitting all the hoops. Careful study may reveal sneaky shortcuts to refine your runs, so keep your eyes peeled! You can choose to beat your personal best in solo play, pit your wing-skills against other players online, or – on Xbox One and PS4 – take a swing at the all new Glide leaderboards. This update also boosts the number of PS4 and Xbox One players possible in both Glide and Battle up to 16, and all platforms get a more spacious lobby, too! You can check out a trailer above. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Marvelous Inc.

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus Sales Cross 320,000 Worldwide

Senran Kagura producer Kenichiro Takaki has revealed on Twitter that Estival Versus‘ sales have crossed 320,000 units worldwide. The game was first released in Japan in March 2015 followed by an international launch a year later. Interestingly, 65 percent of the game’s copies were sold on the PlayStation Vita initially, with Takaki noting that the percentage of PS4 sales has since increased. Here’s the original tweet (via Reddit): 日本で初回10万本でスタート。約2年後の今年頭にPS4/Vitaでワールドワイド32万本を超えた所です。当初はVita:PS4で6.5:3.5ぐらいでしたが今はPS4の方が大きく伸びてます。・・・だけど、携帯ゲーム専用機ってのも続いていって欲しいなと思うのです。#閃乱カグラEVpic.twitter.com/fUoPQHGbCb — 高木 謙一郎 ©カグラPBS発売中! (@kenichiro_taka) March 26, 2017 Last August, Takaki announced that the Senran Kagura series had sold one million copies worldwide. Estival Versus alone sold 100,000 copies in Japan within the first three days of going on sale in the country, selling through 80-90 percent of its shipment. For more on the series, check out our previous coverage. Did any of our readers play Estival Versus? Let us know what you think of it. In case you missed it, you can find our review here. [Source: Kenichiro Takaki (Twitter) via Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Limited Edition Announced, Exclusive to Iffy’s Online Store

Idea Factory International has officially announced a limited edition version of its upcoming Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds visual novel for the PlayStation Vita. According to the announcement on Twitter, the limited edition version of Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds will be exclusively available only through Iffy’s Online Store or Iffy’s EU Online Store. The limited edition of Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds comes with the game itself for the PS Vita, a Shinsengumi Warriors Bento Box, a Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Furoshiki, a “Record of Service” Art Book, a “Melodies from Kyoto” Official Soundtrack, a Collector’s Box, and a Reversible Cover Sleeve. As of this writing, only the US listing has been made available but the EU listing should be quite soon. Pre-order for the item will begin on April 18, 2017. The US listing puts the price of the Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds limited edition at $72.99. It’s secheduled to come out on May 16 in the US and May 19 in the EU. [Source: Iffy’s Online Store via Idea Factory International (Twitter)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Deep Silver

Valkyria Revolution Launches on June 27 for PS4, PS Vita & Xbox One

[embedded content] Valkyria Revolution is releasing on June 27 in the Americas and June 30 in Europe for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One, SEGA announced today. The PS4 and Xbox One versions will be available physically and digitally for $39.99 USD, while the PS Vita version will be a $39.99 USD digital-only title. In the Americas, pre-orders and limited launch copies of Valkyria Revolution at retail will be known as the Vanargand Edition, and they include a metal pin emblazoned with the team’s insignia, a 12-track soundtrack by Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Stella Glow), and an outer box. In Europe, pre-orders and limited launch copies include the 12-track soundtrack. SEGA’s Will Chan explained how Valkyria Revolution differs from previous Valkyria games: First things first: Valkyria Revolution is not a sequel to the Valkyria Chronicles series. “Spin-off” would be the right word. It takes place in a whole different timeline, continent, and universe than its predecessors, but familiar elements — such as the precious mineral ragnite and the legendary beings known as the Valkyria — make a return. Instead of a World War II influence, the game is inspired by the European industrial revolution and focuses on a war of liberation between two vastly different nations. But arguably READ…

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UK Sales Chart: Mass Effect Andromeda Sees the Third Biggest Launch in Franchise History

The third biggest game launch of 2017 so far (behind Ghost Recon Wildlands and Horizon Zero Dawn), Mass Effect Andromeda debuted in 1st place last week. As GfK Chart-Track adds, 55% of sales were on PlayStation 4, 41% were on Xbox One, and 4% were on PC. Comparing Andromeda to the rest of the Mass Effect series, it saw the third biggest week 1 in franchise history (behind Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3). Mass Effect 3 still holds the record for biggest launch, and Games Industry notes that ME3 sold over 33% more units in week 1 than Andromeda at retail. Here’s the top 20 best-selling games through retail stores in the UK for the week ending March 25, 2017, according to GfK Chart-Track: Mass Effect Andromeda Ghost Recon Wildlands (down 47%) LEGO Worlds (down 29%) Horizon Zero Dawn (down 23%) Grand Theft Auto V The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (up 50%) FIFA 17 Rocket League Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Forza Horizon 3 Halo Wars 2 (up 129%) Battlefield 1 Overwatch For Honor Forza Motorsport 5 1-2 Switch Minecraft: Xbox Edition Rare Replay Resident Evil 7 Sniper Elite 4 How do you think Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix will do this week? [Source: GfK Chart-Track (1), (2), READ FULL STORY…

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Sony Sending Out PS Store Discount Coupons Again, Some Users Receive $100 Vouchers

Sony’s in the giving mood again this weekend as users across the web have reported receiving emails with 20 percent discount vouchers for the PlayStation Store. Some users got even luckier as they reported receiving one of those rare $100 vouchers (also known as the golden tickets). Threads on NeoGAF and Reddit are full of screenshots and comments from those who’ve received the vouchers. Do note that this scheme, like the previous ones, seems to be for US residents only. The 20 percent off discount voucher is apparently included in a newsletter announcing the recent Flash Sale, expires on the 31st, and doesn’t apply to pre-orders. The code is at the bottom of the email, in case you overlooked it. As for the $100 code, it’s rare of course, but several users have posted screenshots proving that they’ve received them. Like the aforementioned vouchers, they too expire by the end of the month. For those who’ve received the codes and aren’t interested in the Flash Sale, here‘s another sale you can check out. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

DLC & Patches

PS4, PSVR & PS Vita New Releases This Week: March 28, 2017 – Silent Heroes

In a jam-packed week for new releases, you’ll find MLB The Show 17, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, Snake Pass, Has-Been Heroes, Vikings: Wolves of Midgard, Fated: The Silent Oath, Salt and Sanctuary, a couple of PlayStation 2 Classics on PlayStation 4 in the form of Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 2 and Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition, and much more. Looking at DLC, you’ll find new content for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Final Fantasy XV, Mafia III, Dark Souls 3, and Battlefield 1. *All games/content are releasing in North America and Europe, unless otherwise noted. PlayStation 4 Games 88 Heroes (Retail) – NA Anoxemia (PSN) APB Reloaded (PSN) – NA Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 (Retail & PSN) – EU Atari Flashback Classics Volume 2 (Retail & PSN) – EU Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 (PSN) – NA Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PSN) – NA Has-Been Heroes (Retail & PSN) – NA Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (PSN) – NA Horse Racing 2016 (PSN) – NA Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (Retail & PSN) MLB The Show 17 (Retail & PSN in NA; PSN in EU) Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call (PSN) READ FULL…

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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…

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Salt and Sanctuary Comes to PS Vita on March 28

[embedded content] Released in March 2016 for PlayStation 4, Dark Souls-inspired 2D action-RPG Salt and Sanctuary is coming to PlayStation Vita on March 28 in North America and Europe, Ska Studios announced today. As previously promised, the Vita version will include cross-buy with PS4. After saying they may have been overambitious in thinking they could release the PS Vita version at the same time as the PS4 version, Ska Studios thanked players for their patience: Of course, a big thank you to you for your patience and support. No game studio can survive without the respect of its customers, and the last thing we want is to feel like we’re letting you down. You’ve all been so awesome. Keep expunging heretics, making OP builds, doing naked level 1 runs, and abusing glitches. Above all, keep surviving. Sickhead Games, who handled the console ports of Stardew Valley and Axiom Verge, is behind the Vita port of Salt and Sanctuary. Ska Studios adds: Not only is Sickhead Games responsible for our Vita port, but they’re the ones behind MonoGame for Vita, without which Vita wouldn’t have received ports of TowerFall and Axiom Verge, which Sickhead also did. They’re as talented as they are overworked. We had a READ FULL STORY…