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Report: Sony May Have Snagged FIFA 18 Marketing Deal From EA

Electronic Arts’ FIFA is one of its highest-selling franchises, particularly in the European region, so it’s no surprise that console manufacturers are interested in marketing deals for the games. Over the past few years, EA Sports and Microsoft have remained in a partnership over FIFA but if the photo above is anything to go by, it looks like Sony’s stepping up this year. The photo was posted by Polish YouTuber Oskar “Junajted” Siwiec (pictured) on Facebook, who attended a FIFA 18 event in Germany a couple of days ago. It was subsequently picked up by fans online and has since been making rounds but there’s no official confirmation of anything yet so we’re taking this one with a grain of salt. Some are suggesting that the photo may have been photoshopped while others say that FIFA games are often shown off on PlayStation consoles in Germany. However, photos from last year’s FIFA event display Xbox logos on the banner so we’re not sure if that’s an accurate claim. Either way, we’ll find out in due course. What do our readers think of this? [Source: Oskar “Junajted” Siwiec (Facebook) FIFA Forums via NeoGAF] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

The Nineties are Back, and So Is Crash Bandicoot in the N. Sane Trilogy.

The massive success of the original PlayStation compared to what had come before made it seem like it was bigger than video games. 100 million units is a huge number, and that cultural cache rubbed off on the console’s premier games like Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil. Even though he was owned by Vivendi (and now Activision), as a furry, obscure animal with attitude Crash Bandicoot became Sony’s de facto mascot in a series of popular platforming games starting in 1996. Now, after several E3 teases and with PlayStation and the 1990s bigger than ever, Crash is back in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a remaster of the first three games for PlayStation 4. After all these years is Crash more Mario, Sonic, or Bubsy? I played a demo to find out. [embedded content] Developed by perennially underappreciated Activision studio Vicarious Visions, The N. Sane Trilogy takes some of the raw level geometry of Naughty Dog’s original work but essentially rebuilds the games (Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped) from scratch on top of it. And that effort shows. This looks like a mostly modern video game with cartoony vistas, fur shading, and…

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PlayStation Store Introduces Developer Recommended Curation

Don’t know what PS4, PS3, PS Vita, or PS VR games to play? Well, let Shuhei Yoshida and more tell you via PlayStation Store’s new developer curation section. …Read More The post PlayStation Store Introduces Developer Recommended Curation by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

Persona 5 Gets A Small Change To Avoid Further Controversy In South Korea

[Image: Atlus] When PlayStation Korea uploaded the Persona 5 title sequence for the game’s upcoming release in the country, fans noticed something: Ryuji Sakamoto’s shoes. As Record China reports, fans were upset that his shoes depicted a Rising Sun Flag motif. Obviously, due to historical associations Korean people have with that flag, there will certainly be greater sensitivity to that sort of imagery. Here’s a close up of Ryuji’s shoes in-game. [Photo: Kotaku] This wasn’t the first time his sneakers caused controversy in South Korea. Last year, when the game was originally released in Japan, the shoes were the subject of Korean internet articles and heated online discussions. (You can read more about why this character might have this imagery on his sneakers right here.) Advertisement Yet, the opening uploaded to PlayStation Korea’s official YouTube channel seemed to show that this element of the game wasn’t localized for Korean gamers—which was actually somewhat surprising. PlayStation Korea, however, has since re-upped the title sequence, and Ryuji’s sneakers no longer have the Rising Sun mark. Instead, they are completely white, as you can see below. PlayStation Korea told IT Media that it had accidentally uploaded the title sequence that wasn’t the Korean…

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Sony: There’s 26 Million PlayStation Plus Subscribers & 70 Million Monthly Active PSN Users

In Sony’s IR Day 2017 presentation today, they revealed that there were more than 70 million monthly active PlayStation Network users at the end of Fiscal Year 2016 (ended March 31, 2017). By comparison, Microsoft reported 52 million monthly active Xbox Live users across Xbox and PC during their latest quarter. Also in Sony’s slideshow, they said there were 26.4 million paid PlayStation Plus subscribers at the end of 2016, which is up from 20.8 million at the end of 2015. For the end of 2017, they hope to grow this number. As part of their strategy for this fiscal year (ending March 31, 2018), Sony wants to “maximize profit during the “harvest” period” in the PlayStation 4 ecosystem, “further expand PS VR as a game and entertainment medium, incubate new content ecosytem,” deliver the best-in-class viewing experience in the OTT TV market with PlayStation Vue, and develop a new audience by creating a new mobile content opportunity in the Japan/Asia region. To maximize their PS4 profit, Sony hopes to get sales up to 78 million by the end of this fiscal year, enhance the game lineup (Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Gran Turismo Sport were the two games mentioned), and READ FULL…

Resident Evil Movie Franchise Is Being Rebooted

Martin Moszkowicz of Germany’s Constantin Film has confirmed to Variety at the Cannes Film Festival that the Resident Evil movie franchise is being rebooted. Constantin currently holds the rights to the franchise and has worked on all of its installments. “Details such as the reboot director, stars, and how the reboot would fit into the franchise narrative are being kept under wraps,” say Variety. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which grossed $312 million worldwide, was to end the franchise but it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Variety further writes: The Resident Evil movie franchise has earned $1.2 billion worldwide to date, making it Europe’s most successful independent horror-genre movie franchise in history and the highest-grossing film series to be based on a video game. It’s unclear if Paul W.S. Anderson will return to work on the franchise as he’s currently working on a movie adaptation of Capcom’s Monster Hunter. What do our readers think of this? [Source: Variety] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Report: Tom Holland Cast in Uncharted Movie, Which Is Now a Prequel

Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland is attached to play a young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie, Deadline reports. Furthermore, Deadline’s report says the Uncharted movie will act as a prequel to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted games, drawing inspiration from the sequence in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception where a young Drake first meets Sully. The report adds that Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman decided to redraft the movie as a prequel after seeing the latest cut of Spider-Man Homecoming. A new writer will be brought on board to create the storyline that follows Nathan Drake as he grows into the adult treasure hunter from the games. [Source: Deadline via Geoff Keighley] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Tom Holland Will Play Young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted Movie

Image: Holland as he appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Nathan Drake as a child in Uncharted 4. Credit: Sony Pictures/Sony Computer Entertainment Sony’s long-in-gestation adaptation of the smash hit video game series Uncharted has apparently gone under a major reworking. It’s now a prequel series set before the events of the games, and its hero Nathan Drake will be a youngster played by Spider-Man himself. Deadline reports that Shawn Levy’s film—itself a retooling of initial plans for an adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Indiana Jones-esque action series—will now take inspiration from flashback sequences shown in the third game of the series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, which showed the young Nathan Drake meeting his future partner-in-crime Victor “Sully” Sullivan for the first time. Young Nate as he appeared in the PS3 video game Uncharted 3. The website claims the vast retooling of plans for the film came when Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman saw a new cut of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which has lead to not only Uncharted getting a new re-write—with Sony allegedly currently hunting for a new writer to re-do Joe Carnahan’s cript—but also Homecoming star Tom Holland coming on board to play the young Drake. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Japan's Biggest Indie Game Event Hits Kyoto

This past weekend, BitSummit got underway in Kyoto. Each year, the event gets bigger and bigger, and this year’s appeared to be the biggest yet! The show has come so far from the first year—which was held in a tiny auditorium and with participants setting up on card tables. [Image: Kotaku] Now big name game developers like Goichi Suda of No More Heroes fame are regulars. Advertisement Once again, Sony was on hand with its indie games, as was Nintendo. But what drew my attention was some of the titles I happened upon on the show floor. [Image: Kotaku] [Image: Kotaku] [Image: Kotaku] My favorite was People Panic. Players hold a UFO attached to a fishing poll, and the goal is to abduct as many pedestrians milling about on the streets. I told the guy passing out fishing polls, “This would be excellent as an arcade game.” I told him that twice, I believe. [Image: Kotaku] The other game I really liked was Rival Star Hero. It isn’t a Japanese developed game, but a Canadian one. It is, however, influenced by Japanese shmups—but with a cool two player versus spin. I thought it was terrific. Advertisement Another interesting title was…

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The Witcher Dev “Wouldn’t Mind” Working on Naughty Dog Games Like The Last of Us

PlayStation Blog has published an interesting new interview with Konrad Tomaszkiewicz of The Witcher studio, CD Projekt RED, quizzing him about his favorite PlayStation games. When asked if there were any platform-exclusives that he wishes he had worked on, Tomaszkiewicz said that he “wouldn’t mind” working on Naughty Dog games like The Last of Us and Uncharted because they’re “very story-driven, action-packed experiences” that “pack a huge emotional punch.” He revealed that The Last of Us is one of the few games that he ended up watching the full end credits for. Tomaszkiewicz has also invested a lot of time into the Souls series (including Bloodborne) and Nioh, noting that these games offer challenging encounters that encourage players to figure out their gameplay strategy and test their skills. As a fan of the RPG genre, Tomaszkiewicz places a heavy emphasis on stories and mentioned that Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain “really” got him thinking about storytelling in video games. “It had a lot of powerful moments that linger with you long after the credits roll,” he explained. “It really sticks with you, especially when you’re a parent or expecting to be one. And the way your choices impact the story was really something.” The full interview has more on Tomaszkiewicz’s READ…

SHU’s new DLC is coming May 23rd, and the PS Vita release date has been delayed

I (Robin Ek, TGG) got some bad and good news to share with you all regarding Coatsink’s platform/action game “SHU“. So I’m going to start with the bad news first. You see, Coatsink informed me that the PS VITA version of the game has been delayed. Yes, I know. It sucks. However, here’s the good news. SHU’s free DLC “Caverns… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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