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Invites Go Out for Destiny 2 Gameplay Reveal Event, Welcomes You To “A World Without Light”

While Bungie may have already announced the Destiny 2 gameplay premiere on May 18, what they kept secret was that the reveal would be done via a live event in Los Angeles for press and influencers rather than just a small livestream from the Bungie studios. One of the most interesting aspects of the invitation isn’t necessarily the reveal of the live event, but the ominous quote emblazoned on the back next to the image of a dead ghost: “Welcome to a World Without Light“ Light is what Destiny players so kindly refer to as “space magic” and it essentially enables everything that the guardians in Destiny were able to do, from their abilities to even being alive in the first place. Ghosts are the small floating companions that help them channel this Light from the Traveler, acting as a conduit. The Light of the Traveler enables humanity’s last defense to fight back the darkness, and if this quote is anything to go by, guardians may be without the primary source of their power in Destiny 2. The reveal trailer has already shown that the Tower is under assault and all possessions from Destiny have been destroyed going into READ FULL STORY…

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),…

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Destiny Xur Location and Items for April 28-30, 2017 Listed

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Destiny Xur location and item post here on PlayStation LifeStyle. This weekend players can spend 17 coins on the Trespasser sidearm. Hunters can grab the Knucklehead Radar helmet, Titans can pick up the Immolation Fists gauntlets, and Warlocks can purchase the Obsidian Mind helmet for 13 coins. Xur is also selling Exotic Legacy Body Armor Engrams for 29 coins. In addition to his usual inventory, Xur is also stocked up on an Invective and Storm’s Reproach bundle, as well as a Telesto and Lingering Vestige bundle, with each costing 30 coins and 25 silver dust. For this week, Xur – Agent of the Nine can be found at Tower North, opposite the Speaker. In other Destiny news, Bungie has released a teaser trailer for Destiny 2. The team has also detailed what will carry over from the first game into Destiny 2. The sequel’s expansion schedule has reportedly leaked by a GameStop employee. Destiny update 2.6.0.2 is live, addressing the Trials of Osiris match issues. For those of you who haven’t yet spoken to the Gunsmith this week, here’s the full list of available Foundry Orders and Test Weapons. Join us again next Friday for details on Xur’s location and his Exotic supplies. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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DiRT 4 Gameplay Trailer Rushes Out, Licensed Soundtrack Details Revealed

[embedded content] Codemasters and Deep Silver have released a new DiRT 4 gameplay trailer today, which showcases what kind of racing action fans can expect this June. One of the big reveals connected with the trailer is the DiRT 4 soundtrack, and in the trailer, you’ll get to hear the track “Instigators” by Grace Potter. In partnership with Globe Universal Music’s in-house sync team, DiRT 4 will feature over 40 licensed tracks throughout the game and includes notable performers such as: The Amazons, Sigma, Freak and Pretty Vicious alongside tracks from The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Queens Of The Stone Age and Bastille. DiRT 4 races out to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this June 6. READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Capcom

Capcom Changes Street Fighter V Thailand Stage Because of “Unintentional Religious References”

Capcom has tweaked its recently-released Thailand stage for Street Fighter V after the company was forced to pull the stage from sale after discovering what it says was “unintentional religious references,” pertaining to the stage’s background music, which featured what sounded like Islamic chanting. Capcom has said in a statement: It has come to our attention that part of the background music track used in the DLC Thailand Temple Hideout Stage, released on April 25, 2017, contains unintentional religious references. Capcom has therefore immediately ceased distribution of this DLC and, as a temporary measure, will be performing an emergency server maintenance update in the very near future to remove this track by replacing it with existing music from another stage. The Street Fighter 5 development and operations team, as well as all of us at Capcom, have nothing but the utmost respect for all faiths and religions around the world, and we would like to sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended by this content. Following a sudden server maintenance, the tweaked Thailand stage was returned to the PS Store and other digital marketplaces now featuring a different background track, namely M. Bison’s Street Fighter V theme. READ FULL STORY…

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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…

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Tekken 7 Story Mode, Rage Quitting, and Cross-Play Details Revealed

[embedded content] Tekken 7, the latest major entry into the long-running fighting game series, is set to finally come out on the PlayStation 4 and other platforms on June 2. And in an interview with GameSpot at a recent preview event series designer Katsuhiro Harada shared a few details on the game’s story mode, cross-play between platforms, and punishment for rage-quitters. According Harada, the company has plans to deal with rage-quitters but couldn’t go further into details regarding it. Here’s what he had to say: “You can’t keep someone from physically pulling out the LAN cable, so the only thing you can do is make them not want to do that by having some kind of penalties. Although we can’t really go into that at the moment, we do have penalties planned for that. We don’t want to go into a lot of detail right now because the hackers and such will already start about thinking of ways to circumvent that. But we do have plans to implement some penalties.” On bringing cross-play between PlayStation 4 and other platforms to Tekken 7, Harada said: “Since Tekken has three platforms, to do [cross-play] is much more difficult because READ FULL STORY…

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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…

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Nioh PvP Mode Detailed, Will Feature 1v1 and 2v2 Battles

The next major piece of DLC for Team Ninja’s Nioh called “Dragon of the North” is coming out in less than a week and in the latest issue of Famitsu, an interview with the game’s director reveals a few details on the game’s upcoming PVP mode which comes out alongside the new DLC. According to the interview with Nioh Director Yasuda Fumihiko, the PVP mode of Nioh will feature both a straightforward 1 vs 1 mode, where the first player to win two rounds wins the match, and 2 vs 2 battles. In 2 vs 2 battles, teammates can revive each other which adds to the mode’s challenge. The PVP mode will also have multiple stages with some stages featuring special gimmicks. Lastly, items and skills from the single player mode will mostly be usable in PVP although some items will have adjusted properties for better balance in PVP. As previously mentioned, the PVP mode of Nioh comes out alongside the Dragon of the North DLC which is scheduled for release on May 2. [Source: Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Remedy Entertainment Planning an IPO, Confirms Return to Playstation

Remedy Entertainment, most known for working on the original Max Payne, is planning to get listed as well as initiate an IPO on the Nasdaq First North Finland stock exchange, according to an announcement on the company’s website. According to the company, the move will give the company a “stronger value chain position” and it will enable it to “execute Remedy’s growth strategy and cover the company’s development and commercialization expenses.” Remedy CEO Tero Virtala said in a statement: “We’re developing our business in line with our strategy towards a multi-project model, which helps us release high-quality games to the global market more often. Our goal is to be one of most renowned game companies in the world.” While the company has created several successful titles, it was never able to keep ownership of the IPs it was able to create. The company hopes that this move will change that and allow it to retain control of future IPs it plans to create. Today’s announcement also confirms a previous report that the company will be returning to the PlayStation platform and that it is already developing its Northlight game technology for the PlayStation 4 for a new READ FULL STORY…

StarBlood Arena Update 1.03 Brings Matchmaking Fixes, Balance Tweaks & More

If you have a PlayStation VR, you owe it to yourself to get StarBlood Arena, a game that we coined “VR’s Overwatch” in our review. Now, if you already have it, then go check your update history as a new StarBlood Arena update (1.03) has been rolled out by Whitemoon Dreams. Some of the changes in the title update include: fixes to the matchmaking, balance tweaks, new control layouts and more. It’s one hefty patch, so go check out the full notes below. Note: 1.03 is set to go live on Thursday, 4/27/17 at 6AM PST (1AM GMT). Some users may experience temporary downtime for 30-45 minutes, as we are also pushing a server update. Downtime should be no more than 30-45 minutes. Thank you! Matchmaking• The number of players required to begin a match is varied based on player availability, with map selection reflectedappropriately.• Time to find a match within a search bracket reduced before matchmaking widens its search.• While in the Lobby Lineup before a match, the ready up timer is reduced to 30 seconds, and now automaticallyreadies players instead of kicking them.• Fixed an issue that prevented idle players from being kicked if they were killed before…

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For Honor Season 2 Begins May 16, Check Out the Full Details

[embedded content] Need more For Honor content in your life? Ubisoft has just the trick, then. In a press release, the publisher has announced the For Honor Season 2: Shadow and Might release date and what fans can expect from the expansion. Set to launch this May 16 on all platforms, Shadow and Might will usher in new content for the action game, with two new heroes, two extra maps, additional customization items and gameplay updates. The maps and updates will be free for everyone who has the game at the start of Season 2. The new heroes, the Shinobi, and the Centurion, will be available for free on May 16 for Season Pass holders, while other players can unlock the new heroes with in-game steel starting May 23. In the war between the three deadly factions, Knights, Vikings and Samurai, two new Heroes enter the battlefield: Shinobi (Samurai Assassin) – The Shinobi are silent warriors able to move with a dancer’s grace and kill with precision thanks to a lifetime of disciplined training. They wield the traditional Japanese Kusarigama. Centurion (Knight Hybrid) – The Centurion sees the battlefield like a chessboard. Equipped with the reliable standard issue READ FULL…

DICE: Main Thing We Wanted to Add in Star Wars Battlefront II “Was Depth”

While the Star Wars Battlefront game released in 2015 by EA was in no way a bad game, some gamers felt there was more DICE could have made to make it more “meaty.” Obviously, the shooter lacking a full single-player campaign added to this complaint, but even the multiplayer component, which was the bread and butter mode of the title, could have used a bit more content. This sentiment hasn’t gone past DICE’s heads, thankfully. In an exclusive interview with PlayStation LifeStyle set to go up tomorrow, we asked DICE Creative Director Bernd Diemer, Motive Studios’ Content Producer Paola Jouyaux, and Lucasfilm’s Douglas Reilly about all things Star Wars Battlefront II. One of the things we touched asked was what did they think was missing in the first Battlefront that they wanted added in the sequel. PlayStation LifeStyle: Conversely, what do you feel was maybe missing from the first game that you wanted to add to Battlefront II? Bernd Diemer: On the gameplay side, we said, “Okay, we have the core gameplay…we’ve got it nailed.” There are things we need to improve and we want to build on, but the main thing we wanted to add was depth. Give more reasons to…

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,”…