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Hot on the heels of the recently announced “Batman: Arkham VR” game comes another major virtual reality release, also announced during the E3 press conference: “Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission.” The PlayStation blog has details on the new mission, which comes from Criterion Games and DICE and will be available via PlayStation VR.
The virtual reality mission will put you, the player, in the cockpit of an X-wing, giving you the feeling of going up against the Empire alongside a band of Rebel pilots. It’ll feel like you’re in an X-wing cockpit floating in space as opposed to sitting on the couch in your living room
In the films, Bruce Wayne has Lucius Fox to provide him with those wonderful toys, and in real life, a Batman fan named Francis has the builders of AWE me.
PlayStation teamed with the YouTube channel for a contest to reward one lucky gamer with a one-of-a-kind go-kart inspired by the Caped Crusader’s ride in Batman: Arkham Knight. And Francis, a systems engineer from San Diego won.
Koei Tecmo has unveiled a new trailer that confirms the upcoming Attack on Titan “tactical hunting game” will be just as violent and bloody as the hit manga on which it’s based.
The previous trailer, released early last month, showed mostly title cards and still art, but this one depicts gameplay of the Survey Corps in action, hurling across the screen with their 3D maneuver gear and splattering blood as they hack and slash at the invading Titans. And be sure to stick around until the end.
Koei Tecmo has debuted the first screenshots from Attack on Titan, the “tactical hunting game” for PlayStation based on Hajime Isayama’s hit manga.
The images arrive courtesy of the Japanese magazine Famitsu, which reveals that 50 percent of the game is complete. According to Koei Tecmo executives Hisashi Koinuma and Tomoyuki Kitamura, much of the focus has been on making flight, through the manga’s signature 3D maneuver gear, as fun as possible, with the controls rewarding both newcomers and skilled gamers.
Keoi Tecmo, the Japanese company behind Dynasty Warriors and One Piece: Pirate Warriors, will release a video game later this year based on Attack on Titan.
The announcement, made on the wraparound jacket band on the 17th volume of Hajime Isayama’s bestselling manga, is light on details. According to Anime News Network, the ad states the game will be released for a PlayStation platform, but doesn’t specify which one.
For devoted gamers and Dark Knight fans, Sony this morning unveiled the limited-edition Batman: Arkham Knight PlayStation 4 bundle.
Priced at $449.99, the bundle includes a Steel Grey PS4 system chassis with a custom faceplate, matching DualShock 4 wireless controller in Steel Grey and, of course, the finale of Rocksteady Studios’ hit Arkham trilogy.
On the heels of the Tuesday premiere of Powers, PlayStation has launched its Gear Store, featuring an assortment of officially licensed merchandise based on video games and — you guessed it — the adaptation of the long-running comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
In addition to T-shirts, messenger bags and coffee mugs emblazoned with the familiar Powers logo, you can buy a Division hoodie, and men’s and women’s tees featuring Oeming’s drawing of Retro Girl.
Following a nearly year-long delay, Sony has finally released downloadable content for its Scott Pilgrim vs. The World game that not only adds Scott’s roommate Wallace Wells as a playable character but also introduces an online multiplayer feature.
Released in 2010 by Ubisoft in conjunction with the big-screen adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a side-scrolling beat-‘em-up that, in its original form, allowed gamers to play as Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Kim Pine or Stephen Stills, who must to battle their way through Ramona’s Evil Exes (Knives Chau was later offered as DLC).
The new content pack is available for $4.99 on the PlayStation Network. Watch the trailer below.
I guess it was too good to be true when Sony finally revealed the release date for the long-anticipated DC Universe Online MMO this past summer, as now the game, which was originally supposed to come out in November, has been delayed until “early 2011.”
Here’s the reasoning, from the press release: “SOE is dedicated to delivering the highest quality game experiences possible,” says John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. “DC Universe Online is the first game of its kind, and a truly massive undertaking — the first action MMO set in the DC Universe, the first MMO on the PlayStation® 3, and the first time the entire DC Universe will be accessible to the millions of fans who are eagerly anticipating its release. As the game heads into external beta testing, this extra time will allow us to address community feedback in a meaningful way. When we get deeper into external beta, we’ll be able to share more information regarding the new launch date.”
The whole point of a beta test is to help figure out what needs to be fixed before launch, so I guess if this ultimately means the game will be better and more complete when it comes out, so be it. While the delay sucks, they did have a bit of a silver lining, as they announced more info on the external beta:
The PlayStation blog says that Spike TV will air a new trailer for DC Universe Online called “Blur,” plus a behind-the-scenes look at the multiplayer role-playing game, this Friday night. They also posted the above teaser for the trailer, which features Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Joker and Cyborg, among others.
Watch for the full trailer tomorrow night on GameTrailers TV.
As promised, Marvel.com is unveiling the costumes you’ll be able to download for LittleBigPlanet, starting with this summer’s big movie star, Iron Man. They also confirmed that the costumes will work in the upcoming sequel to the hit PlayStation 3 game.
Check out a couple more pieces of art after the jump.
The Marvel Universe is about to get a whole lot cuter, as Marvel announced on Friday that fans of the PlayStation 3 game Little Big Planet will soon be able to download new Marvel-themed costumes for their in-game characters. The “Sackboys and Sackgirls” can dress up as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Venom, Punisher, Rogue, Ghost Rider, Green Goblin, Mystique and many more thanks to four costume packs that will roll out every week beginning July 7. In addition, Marvel is also unleashing a Marvel Level Kit, “which includes four levels of adventure pitting your Sackpeople against the evil plans of Magneto,” according to Marvel.com. The site promises more information and costume art starting tomorrow.
It’s little surprise that discussion has been dominated today by DC Comics’ move into digital distribution with the launch of the comiXology-developed DC Comics App and the availability of titles via PlayStation Digital Comics. (As an aside: It’s already ranked #11 on the list of free apps available for the iPad.) Here’s a selection of reactions to the announcement from comics creators and commentators:
David Brothers, at Comics Alliance: “While their first stab at day and date releases is promising, it is also going to force Marvel to make a play. The relationship between DC and Marvel in the direct market has largely been one of constant and desperate one-upmanship. This Let’s Be Friends Again strip is pretty close to accurately depicting their relationship. Now that DC has one-upped Marvel’s digital comics strategy by going further with day and date and pricing, Marvel is going to have to rise to the challenge. It may be a month from now, it may be around the time New York Comic-Con begins in the fall, or it may be the top of next year, but it’s soon.”
Augie De Blieck, Jr., at Comic Book Resources: “Out of the gate, the DC app follows the pattern of digital comics publishing admirably. Their selection is an interesting modern cross-section of popular titles, particularly ones related to recent movies (Jonah Hex and The Losers are both in there). There’s nothing out of the deep back catalog here, but the inclusion of a day-and-date series is exciting and more palatable than the one Marvel is offering in coming weeks. It’s a good start.”
Douglas Wolk, at Techland: “If you had to pick one DC title to be sold simultaneously in print and digitally… it might not occur to you to pick a biweekly miniseries whose fourth issue comes out this week. But this is actually a reasonable trial balloon: it’s safe to assume that anyone buying JL:GL [Justice League: Generation Lost] is also buying Brightest Day, so while it’s a popular enough title to gauge interest in day-and-date distribution, it’s not going to be the only thing someone goes to a brick-and-mortar comics store for.”
On the heels of DC Comics’ big announcement this morning, Sony has issued its own release emphasizing the availability of the publisher’s titles on the PlayStation Digital Comics service for PlayStation Portable.
Launched in December 2009, the PlayStation upgraded its digital comics reader just this week with features that include collection browsing, an Autoflow Viewer and left-to-right reading for manga.
In addition to many of the initial offerings available through Apple’s iTunes App Store, PlayStation Digital Comics carries PlayStation Network-exclusive titles like Free Realms, God of War, Resistance and Superman/Batman.
The big E3 Expo is going on down in Los Angeles right now, and with it comes all sorts of news, announcements and goodies about upcoming video games. Over on the Playstation blog, Sony has posted the official E3 trailer for the upcoming — and long-awaited — DC Universe Online MMORPG that’s due to come out this fall.
“This trailer also shows the tremendous influence Jim Lee has brought to the table working as the Executive Creative Director on this title – his edgy take on the DC Universe has been transformed from the traditional 2D comic book medium into an immersive 3D interactive environment where you become the next legend!” the post reads. “Between now and our release in November, stay tuned for tons of exciting releases from the team – we can’t wait to show you what is up our sleeves!”