Train2Game News PlayStation 4 Surpasses 50m sales

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced that PlayStation®4 (PS4™) has cumulatively sold through more than 50 million units to consumers worldwide as of December 6, 2016, having enjoyed the best ever Black Friday week in the history of PlayStation®. 
This includes the sales of PlayStation®4 Pro (PS4™Pro), a high-end system that supports cutting-edge imaging technology, which launched last month.

With a vast array of exciting software titles from 3rd party developers and publishers as well as from SIE Worldwide Studios (SIE WWS), PS4 software sales also remain strong, with more than 369.6 million copies sold in retail stores globally and through digital downloads on PlayStation®Store as of December 4, 2016.

“We’re truly delighted that the PS4 community continues to flourish since launch three years ago.” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “With tremendous support from our fans and partners across the globe, this year we were able to deliver an unprecedented lineup of hardware, including the new slimmer PS4, PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR. We will continue to provide the best gaming experiences available through our ground-breaking software lineup and network services, as we focus on accelerating our business and expanding the PS4 ecosystem.”

PS4’s software portfolio will continue to grow this holiday season and beyond with highly anticipated games including Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport, and MLB® The Show 17™ (all from SIE WWS), as well as PlayStation®VR games such as Farpoint (SIE WWS). Third-party publishers and the independent development community will also continue to deliver a variety of blockbuster franchises and innovative new titles for PS4.

SIE will continue to expand the world of PS4 to deliver entertainment experiences that are only possible on PlayStation.

The PS4 system is currently available in 122 countries and regions worldwide.

Train2Game News Sony at E3

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC LOGOAt its annual E3 press conference today, Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC (SIEA) debuted a line-up of premier content for PlayStation®4 (PS4™), including Days Gone (SIE Bend Studio), Spider-Man (Insomniac Games), LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ (TT Games and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment), God of War (SIE Santa Monica Studio), DEATH STRANDING (Kojima Productions), FINAL FANTASY® XV (Square Enix), RESIDENT EVIL® 7 biohazard (Capcom Co.), and many more.

SIEA also announced the North American launch date of October for PlayStation®VR (PS VR), a virtual reality system that takes PS4 to the next level of immersion. Along with the launch date announcement, SIEA unveiled a breadth of unique PS VR experiences, including Farpoint (Impulse Gear), Star Wars™ Battlefront™: X-Wing VR Mission (Electronic Arts), and Batman™: Arkham VR (RockSteady and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment).

“PlayStation’s heritage has been built around innovation and ground-breaking gaming experiences, and today’s reveals of new PS4 and PS VR content speaks to our continued commitment to this evolution of gaming,” said Shawn Layden, President of SIEA and Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios. “From the reimagining of God of War to the brand new world of Days Gone, this E3 marks one of the best content line-ups in PlayStation history. With the launch of PS VR on the horizon, innovation also has never been stronger at PlayStation, as developers, from smaller independent teams to larger studios, have been able to quickly leverage the technology and create unique experiences that truly embody VR’s potential.”

PlayStation®4
PS4 continues to remain the fastest-selling console in PlayStation ® history with more than 40 million units sold worldwide, and new game announcements revealed on stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles demonstrated how PS4’s library will further expand with an unparalleled line-up of games. SIE’s Worldwide Studios (SIE WWS) unveiled three new ambitious games during the show – God of War, Spider-Man and Days Gone. Developed by Santa Monica Studio, God of War opened the show with a reveal showcasing a refreshed gameplay experience that continues the next chapter for iconic character, Kratos.
As part of the reveal, renowned musical artist Bear McCreary, composer for God of War, shared his score for the game while conducting an incredible live orchestra.

The debut of Spider-Man for PS4 introduced players for the first time to an authentic new Spider-Man story and universe being developed through a close collaboration between Insomniac Games, Marvel and San Mateo Studio. Additionally, Days Gone marks the long-awaited return of Bend Studio, who debuted a trailer highlighting a story about loss and regret set in a stunningly realistic high-desert of the Pacific Northwest, and closed the press conference with a live demonstration of emergent, open-world gameplay.

Other featured titles from SIE WWS included highly-anticipated titles Horizon Zero Dawn, Detroit : Become Human, and The Last Guardian. SIEA also announced that The Last Guardian will launch on October 25, 2016. Also, in partnership with SIE, celebrated game creator Hideo Kojima took to the stage to announce his new PS4 exclusive title, DEATH STRANDING. DEATH STRANDING will be produced, written, directed and designed by Hideo Kojima himself, and will star actor Norman Reedus.

In addition to the wealth of content coming from SIE’s WWS, partnerships with the industry’s leading developers and publishers will further solidify PS4 as the best place to play for gamers. At the press conference, SIEA announced it has worked with Activision to bring back one of PlayStation’s fan favorite characters, Crash Bandicoot. Coming to PS4 first this October, Crash appears in Skylanders® Imaginators, the latest game from one of the most beloved franchises. Additionally, in 2017, fans can play Crash 1, Crash 2, and Crash Warped, fully remastered for PS4 by Activision and Vicarious Visions. SIE will also continue its partnership with Activision on Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare, ensuring once again that PlayStation is home to one of the world’s biggest franchises. PlayStation 4 gamers will be the first to play all downloadable map packs from Infinite Warfare, and those who pre-purchase select editions of the game for PS4 will be the first to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’s campaign 30 days prior to launch on November 4.

Additional featured partner titles shown during the conference include LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard, and FINAL FANTASY XV. PS4 owners will be the first to play the demo for the highly-anticipated LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the demo for RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard will be made available first to PlayStation®Plus members. Additionally, it was announced that RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard will be fully compatible with PS VR.

PlayStation®VR
When PS VR launches on October 13, 2016 in North America, it brings with it the opportunity for virtual reality to reach the mainstream, as all 40 million PS4s in gamers’ homes are PS VR-capable. From some of the biggest franchises in gaming to brand new titles created exclusively for PS VR, a wide breadth of unique experiences will await gamers when PS VR launches. During the conference, SIEA unveiled new PS VR experiences, including Farpoint, Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission, and Batman: Arkham VR. From developer Impulse Gear and SIE’s San Mateo Studio comes Farpoint, an unnerving VR space adventure that will set a new standard for immersive VR.

Batman: Arkham VR is from the critically-acclaimed Rocksteady Studios and is the first virtual reality Batman experience that will allow fans to experience Gotham City through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Detective in an all new Arkham mystery.

Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission will immerse players in one of the most dreamt about Star Wars™ fantasies – piloting an X-wing in the far reaches of space. This all-new mission will be exclusive to PS VR this holiday, and is free*** for owners of Star Wars Battlefront.

PlayStation VR titles will range from $9.99 to $59.99. Additionally, PlayStation Move controllers will be available as a two-pack bundle for $99.99 (MSRP).

Pre-purchase Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Digital Deluxe, Digital Legacy, Legacy, or Legacy Pro editions on PS4, and get access to the Modern Warfare Remastered campaign on 10-05-2016 on PS4. Offer available on PSN and at participating retailers only.

Train2game News PlayStation VR at EGX Rezzed

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Sony Computer Entertainment UK is pleased to announced that PlayStation®VR will be available to demo at EGX Rezzed during next month’s London Games Festival giving fans the perfect opportunity to experience Sony’s latest entertainment innovation ahead of its October launch.

Taking place from the 7th-9th April at the Tobacco Dock in London, visitors to the PlayStation stand will have the opportunity to experience the upcoming PlayStation VR exclusive software titles recently shown at GDC, and available to demo for the first time in the UK including RIGS: Mechanized Combat League and THE PLAYROOM VR. Additional titles available to demo on the stand include PlayStation®VR Worlds and the first UK hands on opportunities with the VR reboot of first-person tank warfare classic, Battlezone, and first-person puzzler SUPERHYPERCUBE, which will launch first on PlayStation® VR.

In order to experience a PlayStation VR demo at EGX Rezzed and to avoid disappointment, visitors will need to pre-book their appointment.

To be notified when the PlayStation VR demo booking system is live follow @PlayStation UK on Twitter or sign up to receive updates at https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/explore/playstation-vr/get-updates

All PlayStation VR demo participants will need to be in possession of a valid EGX Rezzed ticket and be 12 or over. A limited number of walk-on demos for THE PLAYROOM VR will also be available across the three days.

Visitors to the PlayStation stand will also be able to try a range of the best digital exclusive games coming soon to PlayStation 4 including Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch, Heavy Spectrum’s Shadow of the Beast, Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival, Invent Games’ Strength of the Sword, Housemarque’s ALIENATION and Dreadbit’s Seraph.

For further information on PlayStation®VR visit playstation.com/psvr or follow us @PlayStationUK.

Train2Game News Stone Carved PS4

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Today, Ubisoft Entertainment has released a range of stunning photos of a hand-crafted Sony PlayStation®4 and DUAL SHOCK ®4 controllers, to mark the upcoming launch of Far Cry Primal on February 23rd, 2016.

Working free-hand, accredited master carver and stone mason, Nick Roberson, was commissioned to intricately replicate these items from stone, to showcase the Stone Age era that the franchise moves to in the latest installment.

In addition to the PS4 console and controllers, Nick Roberson was also commissioned to craft an entire gaming den from hand-carved finest Fletcher Band sandstone. The den was also kitted out with a stone television, pizza box, beer can and an impressive carved coffee table.

The result is a stunning image of a prehistoric take on the contemporary items of today, as regularly seen in modern gaming pads across the country.  

Footage of the main pieces being chiseled can be viewed here in the official video feature: CLICK HERE

“This project was undertaken to highlight the vast landscape and rich setting of the Stone Age era in Far Cry Primal,” comments Tom Goldberger, Senior PR Manager at Ubisoft. “Nick has managed to immortalize, in stone, the beautiful, elegant designs of these iconic items with unbelievable accuracy.”

Stonemason, Nick Roberson, who has over 20 years of experience, which has seen him take on commissions for Hollywood movies, comments on his involvement on creating the man cave; “This project was a great challenge for me and I really enjoyed seeing the modern and techy items come together in this natural form. The buttons of the controllers were certainly tricky but I’m delighted with the final results and the fantastic way they’ve been collated for the shoot.”

Far Cry Primal is available to own on February 23rd on the Sony PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and Microsoft Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and will be available on Windows PC on March 1st, 2016.

For more information regarding Far Cry Primal, visit:
https://www.ubisoft.com/en-GB/game/far-cry-primal/

Train2Game News Ni no Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced

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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc announces Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom for Playstation 4.

Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is pleased to announce that  Ni no Kuni II: REVENANT KINGDOM is in development for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

Developed by famed Japanese video game studio, LEVEL-5;  Ni no Kuni II: REVENANT KINGDOM features an all-new cast of charming characters, an emotional storyline, and innovative gameplay design that will delight and challenge players.

“With its emotional storytelling, innovative gameplay, and breathtaking aesthetics, the original  Ni no Kuni broke new ground in the RPG genre and became one of the most beloved and well-received games of 2013,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

“With   Ni no Kuni II: REVENANT KINGDOM, the artistic visionaries behind the first game are back to take their creative vision of a grand adventure to even higher heights that are sure to delight video game fans.”

Ni no Kuni II: REVENANT KINGDOM  is rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB. The game will be coming to the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

You can enjoy the trailer below

Train2Game News FF VII Remake Trailer

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During this past weekend’s PlayStation Experience in San Francisco, SQUARE ENIX® debuted a new trailer for FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE, the full remake of the award-winning role-playing game, FINAL FANTASY VII.

The new trailer features the first CG scenes as well as gameplay footage. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.

SQUARE ENIX also revealed that the original FINAL FANTASY VII is now available on the PlayStation®Store‎ for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

For the first time on the new generation of consoles, gamers new and old can experience the unforgettable RPG that shaped the future of the genre. In celebration of its release, the title will be available with a 30% discount for the first week and will then be priced at $15.99 starting December 13. All players who purchase the title will also receive a static custom theme, featuring the cityscape of Midgar from FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE.

The new FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE trailer is available on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLYyWAqTTAo.

Train2Game News Instant Indie Collection Volume Two

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The Instant Indie Collection Vol Two is designed to offer Xbox One and PlayStation owners the opportunity to build a collection of the The Instant Indie Collection Vol Two is designed to offer Xbox One and PlayStation owners the opportunity to build a collection of the very best indie games, for a fraction of the total retail price.

Instant Indie Collection Volume Two contains The Swindle, Pumped BMX + and Nova-111 and is available from today on the US PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita (cross buy) stores, tomorrow in Europe and Friday (23rd October) on Xbox One worldwide, priced £19.99/$24.99/ €24.99.

The Swindle hails from developer Dan Marshall. A mixture of platform, action and stealth gameplay, The Swindle gives player access to the ultimate thieves’ guild and tasks them with breaking into procedurally-generated buildings, hacking their systems, stealing their cash and then charging to the nearest exit to the sound of alarms and breaking glass.

Pumped BMX + is the latest game in the series which has captivated both the BMX and gaming communities alike from one man studio YEAHUS. Pumped BMX + takes everything that made the original game so well loved and brings it up to date for the console generation. With 50 tricky courses, a comprehensive collection of authentic ticks and 500 intense in-game BMX challenges, this truly is the ultimate Pumped experience.

Nova-111 is the brain child of ex Q-Games developers Eddie Lee and Kalin, whose previous work included the PixelJunk series. Nova-111 is a sci-fi themed adventure that lets you utilise both real-time decisions and turn-based strategy to fight enemies and solve puzzles. Pilot rescue vessel Nova through mysterious and alien planets, navigate mind warping puzzles and engaging in strategic battles with bizarre astrobiological creatures.

“Instant Indie is designed to allow console owners the opportunity to discover indie gems that they may have missed upon original release in one no hassle, discounted bundle.” says managing director of Curve Digital, Jason Perkins. “Volume Two showcases some of our year’s biggest hits from a variety of different genres. There is something for everyone in this bundle” very best indie games, for a fraction of the total retail price.

Instant Indie Collection Volume Two contains The Swindle, Pumped BMX + and Nova-111 and is available from today on the US PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita (cross buy) stores, tomorrow in Europe and Friday (23rd October) on Xbox One worldwide, priced £19.99/$24.99/ €24.99.

The Swindle hails from developer Dan Marshall. A mixture of platform, action and stealth gameplay, The Swindle gives player access to the ultimate thieves’ guild and tasks them with breaking into procedurally-generated buildings, hacking their systems, stealing their cash and then charging to the nearest exit to the sound of alarms and breaking glass.

Pumped BMX + is the latest game in the series which has captivated both the BMX and gaming communities alike from one man studio YEAHUS. Pumped BMX + takes everything that made the original game so well loved and brings it up to date for the console generation. With 50 tricky courses, a comprehensive collection of authentic ticks and 500 intense in-game BMX challenges, this truly is the ultimate Pumped experience.

Nova-111 is the brain child of ex Q-Games developers Eddie Lee and Kalin, whose previous work included the PixelJunk series. Nova-111 is a sci-fi themed adventure that lets you utilise both real-time decisions and turn-based strategy to fight enemies and solve puzzles. Pilot rescue vessel Nova through mysterious and alien planets, navigate mind warping puzzles and engaging in strategic battles with bizarre astrobiological creatures.

“Instant Indie is designed to allow console owners the opportunity to discover indie gems that they may have missed upon original release in one no hassle, discounted bundle.” says managing director of Curve Digital, Jason Perkins. “Volume Two showcases some of our year’s biggest hits from a variety of different genres. There is something for everyone in this bundle”

Train2Game NEws EGX 2015

egx2015I had the pleasure of attending EGX again this year, my fourth year in a row. This year however I took a slightly different approach.

Every other year I have just played the games at the event to see what the next big games are going to be like but as the event moved to its bigger venue at the NEC in Birmingham many of the games had a 3 hour plus wait.

All though I didn’t experience the games my self I did get to see many of them like Rainbow Six Siege which looked incredibly tactical, Tom Clancy’s: The Division which seemed more casual and accessible to casual players, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst which seemed to be just a modernised version of the original which in my opinion is no bad thing and finally Star Wars Battlefront which looks as good and exciting as we all hope it will be.

Instead of playing these games this year I took in the atmosphere and watched more of the talks. At the PlayStation stage I listened to Charles Cecil hold a Q and A on the Broken Sword series. It was truly heart warming to hear from a man who has been in the industry since the 80’s still have an incredible passion for the industry. He also dropped a hint that he may be working with comic book artist Dave Gibbons in the future.

Over on the Xbox stage, games personality Julia Hardy hosted a number of indie and triple A games coming to Xbox in the near future. She was also very passionate about the games she was covering with numerous interesting ID@Xbox games arriving soon.

In conclusion this year was again bigger and better than before with the move to Birmingham giving more space for bigger stands and more people.

Train2Game News World of Tanks on PS4

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World of Tanks continues its dominance as Wargaming today announced that their wildly popular World of Tanks will make its way to Sony’s PlayStation®4, including platform specific features and exclusive bonuses only for PlayStation gamers.

With over 150 million registered players across PC, console and mobile around the globe, the next target for World of Tanks is PlayStation®4, bringing a slew of new features to the battle. Complete DUALSHOCK®4 functionality means players will feel, hear and touch the battle like never before by incorporating light bar and controller speaker capabilities, as well as touchpad support.

World of Tanks on PlayStation®4 will also support other key platform features, including Share Play and PlayStation®Vita Remote Play, as well as revamped controls designed to optimize the handheld experience. Exclusive to the PlayStation®4, for a limited time only, are two new maps.

Most excitingly, World of Tanks on PlayStation®4 is free to all PlayStation® account holders with no PlayStation®Plus membership needed in order to play. Gamers who have PS Plus membership, however, will gain access to a number of exclusive benefits and items, including a free premium tank with exclusive camouflage, three days of Premium Account time and special discounts on other purchases.

For more information about World of Tanks on PlayStation®4, visit: PS4.WorldofTanks.com

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 01.09.15

Gears of War Ultimate EditionAfter a bit of a drought of new games finally we have a number of new entries that have taken the top spots. At number one is the Gears of War Ultimate Edition, in second is Sony’s horror Until Dawn, third is the third instalment of Disney Infinity and the final new entry is Madden NFL 16.

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Week ending 29 August 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 GEARS OF WAR: ULTIMATE EDITION MICROSOFT
2 UNTIL DAWN SONY COMPUTER ENT.
3 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY
4 MADDEN NFL 16 EA SPORTS
5 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
6 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 2
7 DISHONORED: DEFINITIVE EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
8 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 7
9 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 3
10 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 5
11 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES 4
12 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 6
13 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 8
14 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 10
15 DESTINY ACTIVISION 11
16 LITTLEBIGPLANET 3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 20
17 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED SONY COMPUTER ENT.
18 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 15
19 F1 2015 CODEMASTERS 16
20 RARE REPLAY MICROSOFT 12
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