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NOVEMBER 2015 NEWS

November 29, 2015

    PS4 News
    Have you been playing Star Wars: Battlefront? If so, you're not alone as millions of gamers have been enjoying the game since its release last week. One very cool feature of the game is being able to use Speeder Bikes on the forest moon Endor. They're super slick, and super fun and there might be a reason for that. As Eurogamer has uncovered, Criterion Games, the makers of Burnout assisted with development of the game.

    NIS America, through Bandai Namco Australia, has announced that their episodic game République will be released on PS4 in early 2016 through the Playstation Store, and with a physical release. In the game you control Hope, a young woman held captive inside Metamorphosis, a shadowy totalitarian state ruled by the omnipresent Overseer. By hacking into this secret nation's elaborate surveillance network, players and Hope begin a treacherous and thrilling journey to freedom. Check out the Announcement Trailer below...

November 27, 2015

    PS4 News
    In somewhat expected news Electronic Arts have announced that Star Wars: Battlefront is their fastest selling game on digital platforms. While no sales figures have been released the company did revise expected sales for the game for the fiscal year up from 10 million to 13 million units.

    Industry News
    Sony has announced that sales of the PS4 have now surpassed 30.2 million units after 2 years of sales. To put that into perspective that's two months quicker then the previous fastest selling console, the PS2, and with the next 2 months around Christmas set to be the biggest of the year it bodes well for the system's continued success. Microsoft no longer report sales of the XBox One - possibly due to sluggish sales - but estimates put their sales at around half of Sony's, if that.

November 25, 2015

    PS4 News
    It's release is only a week away now and the developers at Avalanche Studios have released a gameplay video showing off the first hour of Just Cause 3. Of course there are spoilers, but given the size of the game, it's only a small amount, and shows you what to expect from the title. Check it out below...

    Blu-Ray News
    Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced that Blinky Bill The Movie will be available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet from January 14, 2016. An adventurer at heart, Blinky (Kwanten) dreams of leaving his little home town of Green Patch and following in his missing Father’s footsteps. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Father's whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundaries of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous outback.

November 22, 2015

    PS4 News
    Telltale Games have crafted some wonderful story focused games with their game based on A Game Of Thrones impressing most. Now, with success of that first series comes news that the developers are working on a Second Season of the game based on the hit HBO series. No details or date just yet.

    3D Realms' latest title Bombshell won't make it's anticipate 2015 release but has now been given a firm January 29, 2016. The game has had a bit of a rocky past and was originally known as Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction before Gearbox gently reminded them that 3D Realms no longer own the rights to the famous character with the isometric action game later being renamed Bombshell. Either way, it should be a title to keep an eye on.

    Want to hear a very sad quote? Here you go... "I don’t think it’d be the right choice to continue indefinitely creating Souls and Bloodborne games". That's from the creator and director Hidetaki Miyazaki so, yar, Dark Souls III may be the end especially as he continued with "I'm considering Dark Souls 3 to be the big closure on the series. That’s not just limited to me, but From Software and myself together want to aggressively make new things in the future". Then again, Hideo Kojima, has been saying that for years about Metal Gear Solid - and it was only his removal from Konami this year that finally ended that relationship.

    It was released a few weeks ago in America, and now Europe, including New Zealand and Australia, will see Primal Carnage: Extinction on Tuesday November 24. A new trailer is also released which you can see in our updated preview.

November 20, 2015

    PS4 News
    One game we've been following pretty keenly is Alone With You from Benjamin Rivers. While the game was expected in late 2015 a new post on the Playstation Blog (available here) has announced a (US) Spring 2016 release (so Q'2 2016).

    Wargaming.net has announced an Open Beta for World of Tanks will take place on the weekend of December 4 to December 6. The game is a free multiplayer tank simulator which has been a phenomenal success on PC, although there won't be cross-platform play. Those who participate in the Beta will receive a premium tank with a custom emblem.

November 18, 2015

    PS4 News
    This is semi-exciting news with Sega confirming that their 2008 game, Valkyria Chronicles, will be upgraded and release on PS4 in Japan next February, on the 10th to be precise. The game is one of the most underrated of all time so a re-release is quite exciting, however a release outside Japan has not yet been confirmed. Adding to the excitement is the announcement of a new game in the series, Valkyria of the Blue Revolution, a demo of which will be included with the re-release on PS4.

    Industry News
    A little while ago Jade Raymond, the creator of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, announced she was forming a new studio in Montreal for Electronic Arts called Motive. In a somewhat unsurprising announcement EA financial boss Blake Jorgensen stated that Jade is working on a game similar to her hit franchise at Ubsosft. He stated "We've never really operated in the largest genre of gaming, and that's the action genre. That's the Assassin's Creed-style games; more open-world, more single-play versus multiplayer. It's not been an area that we've operated in. We recently hired Jade Raymond, who was behind the Assassin's Creed franchise for Ubisoft and she will be building an action genre for us through a studio we're building out in Montreal right now. So a lot of excitement around the action genre.".

November 17, 2015

    Terrorism and Industry News
    As most of you would be aware there has been a horrific terrorist attack in Paris a couple of days ago. While the death toll continues to climb, and authorities are reportedly still hunting for the mastermind, the Playstation has come under fire from Belgian Federal Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon. In this article on XPats he states that "PlayStation 4 is even more difficult to keep track of than WhatsApp" and this article on Politico, which was 3 days before the terrorist attacks in Paris he said "The most difficult communication between these terrorists is via PlayStation 4. It's very, very difficult for our services — not only Belgian services but international services — to decrypt the communication that is done via PlayStation 4.".

    Now, we of course are big Sony fans, but for someone of importance to target a specific device is somewhat unsettling. We're all aware of the Sony Hack a couple of years ago and so they make their systems secure, now, it is being pointed out for being too secure. While these interviews were conducted just prior to the attacks in Paris, the timing couldn't be worse for Sony with many linking the events while the evidence isn't there in this case.

    Due to the amount of press the attack and comments are getting, Sony have released a statement on the matter which is as follows:

      PlayStation 4 allows for communication amongst friends and fellow gamers and, in common with all modern connected devices, this has the potential to be abused. However, we take our responsibilities to protect our users extremely seriously and we urge our users and partners to report activities that may be offensive, suspicious or illegal. When we identify or are notified of such conduct, we are committed to taking appropriate actions in conjunction with the appropriate authorities and will continue to do so.

    PS4 News
    Activision has today released Deadpool on the PS4 which is an upgrade to the PS3 game from a couple of years ago and retails for $59.95 here in Australia. The release includes DLC including two bonus challenge maps: "GRT Plaza" and "Inside the Tower" as well as The Uncanny X-Force and D-Pooly suits for looking gooooood in Infinite Mode.

November 16, 2015

    PS4 News
    We're pretty excited about this news with BandaiNamco confirmding that Dontnod's downloadable game Life is Strange getting a retail release as well and is set down for a January 22nd release. Furthermore The Limited Edition includes a directors' commentary, a physical 32-page art book, and 14 licensed tracks from the games official soundtrack as well as 8 tracks from the game's composer Jonathan Morali.

    So how big a release is Fallout 4? Well very popular apparently with confirmation today that the publisher, Bethesda, has shipped 12 million units to retail around the globe. That doesn't mean sell-through numbers, but, as you're probably aware, it's a pretty massive seller.

November 13, 2015

    PS4 News
    Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Siege is out in only a couple of weeks, and as with most games these days there is a Season Pass available for gamers to spend even more money then just purchasing the game (sorry, we're just a big jaded with Season Passes becoming such a "normal" thing). Anyway this "year long" Premium Membership will set you back $AU39.95 (or is included in the Gold Edition of the game) and includes the following:

    • Seven day exclusive early access to the eight new operators that you can instantly add to your roster upon their release
    • Permanent 5% Renown boost to allow you to unlock content quicker
    • The exclusive Season Pass Porter weapon skin
    • The Safari Bundle of five weapons skins
    • Two extra daily Renown-earning challenges
    • 600 R6 Credits that can be used to purchase additional in-game content
    The first post-launch content pack, called Operation Black Ice, will be released in January and introduces two new operators from the Canadian JTF2 counter-terrorism unit, a brand new map, and more.

November 9, 2015

    PS4 News
    Ubisoft have today released a video detailing their post-release plans for Rainbow Six: Siege. The game looks great and there should be plenty of long term support so check it out...

November 7, 2015

    PS4 News
    So it's kind of a big day for FPS fans with Activision launching Call of Duty: Black Ops III across the globe. "With Black Ops III, we wanted to create a Call of Duty game like no other, one that brings innovations to every mode in the game, and introduces a few new surprises along the way, all while staying true to the gritty, blockbuster thrill ride for which the franchise is known. And Treyarch has delivered," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing Inc. "This game is so fun, so deep, so varied and has so many kick ass twists and turns, that we couldn’t be prouder of it. And we think our fans are going to love it."

November 6, 2015

    Blu-Ray News
    Paramount have today confirmed that the Tom Cruise starring smash hit Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 10, 2015. If you prefer a Digital version you're in luck as that be released on November 18.

November 5, 2015

    PS4 News
    2K Games have announced a new monster - the Gorgon - is now available for their action game Evolve. Check out the trailer below...

November 3, 2015

    PS4 News
    Square-Enix have unveiled details about their upcoming third person action RPG NieR: Automata, a follow-up to the 2010 game NIER. This sequel is in development at Platinum Games and a new trailer has been unveiled.


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