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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!”
Marvel.com announced yesterday that the first downloadable content for the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 game comes out Nov. 5.
It’ll include new simulator missions, boosts and five new playable characters — Cable, Psylocke, Carnage and two as-yet unannounced additions. The new content will cost $9.99 on the Playstation 3 and 800 Microsoft points on the Xbox 360.
In addition, the previously only-available-via-GameStop-pre-order character, the Juggernaut, will also be released on that day — he’ll cost you 160 Microsoft points on Xbox 360 and $1.99 on the Playstation 3.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe announced a new digital reader for their PlayStation Portable device today at gamescom in Cologne, Germany, which will allow PSP users to download comic books and other media to read on the device. The Digital Comics service will include titles from Marvel, Archie Comics and Image Comics.
Per a story posted on Marvel.com, “The digital reader for PSPTM will offer content from Marvel that includes Spider-Man, X-Men and the Fantastic Four (and so many others!) whilst other content will include graphic novels, comics from a variety of local publishers and the latest underground sensations. More and more titles will arrive on PlayStation Store with monthly content updates, offering a huge choice of quality titles at your fingertips, allowing you to take your favorite comic characters with you on the move.”
The new reader and Digital Comics service will be available in December. Sony made a number of other announcements as well, which include a cheaper PlayStation 3 and a PlayStation Video store, so be sure to click on the first link to read all about them.
Update: After the jump you’ll find the official press release from Sony for the Digital Comics initiative. It will include titles from Marvel and IDW, as well as material that iVerse has licensed, which includes Archie Comics and some Image titles like Proof.
The video game site Kotaku is reporting on a new survey on the PlayStation Network is asking gamers what they think of digital comics and downloading graphic novels to Sony’s handheld PlayStation Portable console.
The survey asked about price points, subscriptions, sharing comics and Memory Stick sizes.
The comic prices ranged from .99 cents to $2.99 per issue with up to 30 percent price breaks if you buy a dozen. Graphic novels ranged from $4.99 to $19.99 and mange was $4.99 to $14.99. The monthly access plans ranged from about $7 to $15.
Kotaku seems to think this might have something to do with a rumored PSP revamp. Regardless, it seems as though Sony is trying to offer the console as a serious comics alternative to the iPhone, Kindle and other hoity-toity gadgets. Anyone want to bet on its chances?