Biggest DUST 514 upgrade arrives on EVE Online’s 10th Anniversary to forever alter the battlefields of New Eden
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND –March 26, 2013 – CCP Games, the world’s leading independent massively multiplayer game developer is pleased to announce that on May 6, 2013, the very date that EVE Online launched 10 years ago — the DUST 514® Uprising build will roll out, bringing new features to the mercenaries of New Eden!
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the hugely successful MMO EVE Online, as DUST 514 upgrades to the Uprising build, its biggest update yet. With Uprising, CCP takes another bold step toward the launch of DUST 514 and the further evolution of CCP’s single-shard universe.
Currently in open beta, DUST 514 brings intense infantry combat, large-scale warfare and deep character advancement to the PlayStation®3 in an exclusive, free-to-play, massively multiplayer shooter. Set in, and integrated with, the massive universe of EVE Online, players wage war in this next generation of first-person shooter, where a single victory could prove the crushing blow to a galactic empire and thousands of online gamers.
“We reached a momentous milestone in January when DUST 514 and EVE Online became one and formed the largest single-shard MMO universe in the world,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP. “Now our teams will continue to lay down more tracks between EVE Online and DUST 514 which will then be galvanized by our players every step of the way, inspiring us to go ever further. Uprising brings new features to drive meaningful human interaction, beautiful new visuals to astound, and increased ease of use, an important step in the journey”
CCP continues to improve and fine-tune DUST 514 in a series of planned updates during its open beta phase with the next and biggest wave of them all arriving in the spring of 2013.
The Uprising update for DUST 514 is focused on these core features:
- Planetary Conquest: Take over the galaxy one world at a time! Player corporations can own and manage planetary districts in the EVE Online universe. Every battle matters and the fate of hundreds of thousands of gamers and the wealth of their massive corporations are constantly at stake.
- Graphic enhancement: The overall visual experience of DUST 514 is improved and enhanced by an optimized graphics engine. The maps and environments of DUST 514 are sharper, faster, and better than ever.
- Accessibility: The improved user experience is cleaner and easier, getting players into the action quickly.
- New content: Uprising extends the DUST 514 gameplay experience with new battlegrounds and gameplay modes, and expands your arsenal with brand new weapons, gear, and equipment for every situation.
DUST 514 is currently in open beta and is available as a free download exclusively on the PlayStation®3. For more information, visit www.dust514.com and follow the game on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DUST514) and Twitter (@dust514).
About DUST 514®
The first of its kind, DUST 514 (PlayStation®3) is a free-to-play, premium massively multiplayer first-person shooter directly connected to the acclaimed science-fiction game EVE Online (PC/Mac). In DUST 514, players assume the role of deadly mercenaries who fight dynamic ground wars for dominance of planets in the EVE Universe. Players are armed with limitless customization options including weapons, vehicles, armor and specialized enhancement modules. In DUST 514 every action has real consequences that ripple across a persistent universe of countless players worldwide. For more information, visit DUST514.com.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is giving JRPG fans the opportunity to add additional bonus items to the recently announced Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ – Wizard’s Edition through a program called Ninostarter!
Ninostarter is an exclusive North American crowd sourcing initiative where NAMCO BANDAI Games America will harness the enthusiasm of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch fans to unlock additional items that will be included in the North American Wizard’s Edition when the game ships on January 22, 2013.
Ninostarter works by tracking the number of Wizard’s Edition preorders being placed exclusively on www.clubNamco.com; as the Wizard’s Edition pre-order numbers rise, additional Wizard’s Edition items will be unlocked when pre-established levels of preorders are reached. Fans will have to act fast to unlock additional items in the Wizard’s Edition as clubNamco.com will stop taking pre-orders for the Wizard’s Edition on August 31, 2012 in North America.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an epic tale of a boy name Oliver travelling between two worlds on a noble quest to save his mother. The game is developed by the critically acclaimed Japanese development studio, LEVEL-5 (Professor Layton video game series). Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch features animations and cut-scenes produced and supervised by the legendary Japanese animation company, Studio Ghibli, (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and features music scored by the world-renowned composer Joe Hisaishi.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on January 22, 2013 in North America. For more information about Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.com. To track the progress of Ninostarter, please visit: www.ninostarter.com. To pre-order your copy of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition, please visit; http://www.clubNAMCO.com.
Game Introduces the First Full Assassin’s Creed Experience on a Handheld Device
Copenhagen, Denmark – June 6, 2012 – Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will be released on October 31 exclusively for PlayStation® Vita, bringing the full Assassin’s Creed experience to a handheld device for the first time.
Assassin’s Creed III Liberation includes key pillars of the franchise that fans of the series know and love, including combat, free-roaming navigation and a rich story full of intrigue and twists, delivering a true Assassin’s Creed experience to PS Vita.
Gamers play as the series’ first female protagonist, Aveline. A woman of conviction, Aveline is fighting for freedom in 18th century New Orleans – a city on the brink of a rebellion as the Spanish Empire imposes its new rule.
Assassin’s Creed III Liberation also features PS Vita-specific controls, making the most of the system’s front and rear touch panels, cameras and gyroscope. These include distinctive combat, character interaction, deciphering and traversal controls – all delivering an immersive handheld Assassin’s Creed experience. Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will also bring a unique multiplayer experience to the series exclusively tailored for PS Vita.
“The release of Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will be the series’ most ambitious handheld offering to date,” said Geoffroy Sardin, chief EMEA sales and marketing officer at Ubisoft. “Combining the console-like experience with PS Vita exclusive features, Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will be a leading example of what gamers should expect from a handheld experience.”
PlayStation® fans who pick up both Assassin’s Creed III Liberation for the PS Vita and Assassin’s Creed III for PlayStation®3 this holiday will receive exclusive content, including an in-game version of Connor’s tomahawk, an exclusive character skin, a multiplayer character and a complete upgrade of all ammunition pouches.
Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will launch October 31st in stores and on PlayStation®Network for PS Vita. For more information on Assassin’s Creed III Liberation, please visit: www.assassinscreed.com/liberation
Capcom are pleased to confirm that the previously announced Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection will be available to purchase from the PlayStation Store on June 26th in North America for $26.99. The collection features previously released Resident Evil titles – Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, which have been remastered for the PlayStation 3 with stunning HD graphics and PlayStation Move compatibility.
The titles will also be available to purchase separately for $14.99 each from the PlayStation Store starting July 17th.
LONDON (22nd May, 2012) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. are delighted to announce that Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz™ will be available on PlayStation®Vita systems across Europe on the 26th of October 2012, via digital download and retail outlets. AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon and Baby all return in the most advanced Monkey Ball title yet.
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz™ contains over 100 stages of puzzle mayhem, eight mini-games (including fan favourites such as Monkey Target and Monkey Bingo) as well as a full complement of Vita specific features that take full advantage of the powerful handheld console. Tilt control functionality allows gamers to step inside the Monkey Ball and negotiate the game world via motion control, while the PS Vita’s camera can be used to snap real-world objects to create custom stages to challenge your friends and family.
Online Multiplayer means gamers will be able to go bananas at each other just about anywhere in the world and Global Leaderboards – accessible via GPS – will set the precedent for just who is the most talented monkey manipulator around!
For more information please visit http://www.sega.co.uk/supermonkeyball/.
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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz
Drift and Nitrous Boost Your Way to Victory Today as NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. Releases RIDGE RACER® on the PlayStation®Vita system
SAN JOSE, Calif., (March 13th, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced RIDGE RACER® is now available in North America for the PlayStation®Vita system.The classic series is reborn as a glorious, high-definition handheld online experience that will keep fans racing across the finish line in a global competition to be the world’s best racer.
In RIDGE RACER® for the PlayStation®Vita system, players will experience the stunning graphics that utilize the full power of PS®Vita alongside dynamic audio and white-knuckle races against players from all over the world.Players will also be amazed by the sheer unbeatable thrill and satisfaction of conquering a tight corner at hair-raising speed with their new console in hand. Along with the full game’s release, an exclusive application for the PlayStation®Vita system will also be available for free to download featuring an interactive audio and video experience that will give fans a unique taste of this bold and glimmering entry into the RIDGE RACER® world.
“For nearly two decades, RIDGE RACER® has been one of the most thrilling, high-speed racing franchises in video games,” said Carlson Choi, VP of Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “Today, with the series’ debut on the all-new PlayStation®Vita in North America, fans will be able to enjoy the next level of excitement in this longtime gaming tradition, along with free access to a host of premium additional downloadable content while supplies last for gamers that can’t wait to get behind the wheel.”
At launch and while supplies last, fans who buy the retail version of RIDGE RACER® for PS®Vita will find a code inside the box for a free RIDGE RACER Gold Pass which allows fans to download a wealth of extra premium DLC content completely for free. The same GoldPass is also available to all fans who purchase the digital version of the game on PlayStation®Network no later than April 30th, 2012. It will also be available for purchase on the PlayStation®Store for $7.49 for all other players to enjoy. The RIDGERACERGoldPass will let players download the following DLC content as soon as they become available after the game’s launch.
·Five additional machines: PROMESSA, ELENIE, DIGNISTAR, FATALITA and MELTFIRE
·Three additional courses: Old Central, SunsetHeights and Lost Ruins
·Two music tracks: NEW SONGS PACK 01
·One new extended music mix: LONG MIX BGM 01
Later this Spring, players still looking for more content will be able to purchase the RIDGE RACER Silver Pass which gives access to an additional three machines, three courses, and other BGM packs available for the unbeatable value price of $6.99.
- Three additional machines: RC410, EVOLVER, WISDOM
- Three additional courses: Oceanfront Cruise Way, Redstone Thunder Road, Silver Mountain Skyway
- Two music tracks: NEW SONGS PACK 02
- One extended music mix: LONG MIX BGM 02
RIDGE RACER® is rated “E 10+” for Everyone 10+ by the ESRB with a MSRP of $29.99 at retail, and $24.99 when purchased digitally on the PlayStation®Store. For more information on RIDGE RACER® and NAMCO BANDAI Games’ entire line up, please visit http://www.namcobandaigames.com.
Resident EvilTM: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident EvilTM: The Darkside Chronicles
San Mateo, Calif. – March 13, 2012 – Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that Resident Evil™: Chronicles HD Collection will be coming to the PlayStation®3 system across Europe and North America in June 2012 as a digital download. The collection includes Resident Evil ™: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil™: The Darkside Chronicles, and will be available for download from the PlayStation®Store. The two titles will also be available for purchase individually at a later date.
Remastered for the PlayStation®3 system with stunning HD graphics and featuring PlayStation®Move compatibility, Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection will offer gamers the chance to relive the Resident Evil™ story so far. The intense shooter gameplay from both titles is back as players attempt to survive the horror alone or with a friend in co-op mode, earning trophies as they go. PlayStation®Move technology brings the action to life, with the player using the motion controller as their weapon. The title can also be enjoyed with the wireless controller, providing seamless gameplay without a motion control accessory.
Revisiting past plots from the series and exposing Umbrella Corporation’s actions, The Umbrella Chronicles features eight playable characters, including Rebecca Chambers, Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine. As seen previously in the version for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, the title also features a brand new chapter in Resident Evil history. The Darkside Chronicles plot takes players back to the story of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield trying to escape the nightmares of Raccoon City, while finally revealing the truth behind Leon and Krauser’s feud.
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. Letting Players Touch, Squeeze, and Roll with the King of All Cosmos on the PlayStation®Vita system
SAN JOSE, Calif., (February 22, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced TOUCH MY KATAMARI™ is now available in North America for the PlayStation®Vita system. Players will utilize both the rear touch pad and touchscreen to stretch and squeeze their katamari ball through crazy missions while building up a wacky wardrobe for the King of All Cosmos himself!
Not content with being “only as cool as a school principal,” the King has tasked his son, the tireless Prince, with rolling up an ever more enormous ball of weird and wonderful junk in order to win back the fans who’ve forgotten the glory of the cosmos!
“Few games in our lineup are as bizarre, outrageous, and downright addicting as our beloved KATAMARI DAMACY® series,” said Carlson Choi, VP of Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “With TOUCH MY KATAMARI, the series is rolling its way back into the hearts of gamers on the go everywhere with the launch of the PlayStation Vita in North America.”
TOUCH MY KATAMARI™ will also be showering fans with pure katamari joy, with a demo containing a tutorial and one mission scheduled to be available on PlayStation®Network, plus a cosmic explosion of additional downloadable content scheduled to keep players rolling for a long time to come. With in-game releases scheduled over the coming months, the downloadable content will be comprised of several weird and wonderful missions that players can unlock with ‘Fan Damacys’ that are either earned in-game, or can be purchased over PlayStation Network to expedite the player’s ability to roll through these additional levels.
TOUCH MY KATAMARI™ is rated “E 10+” for Everyone 10+ by the ESRB with a MSRP of $29.99. For more information on TOUCH MY KATAMARI™ and NAMCO BANDAI Games’ entire line up, please visit http://www.namcobandaigames.com.
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. Allowing Players to Take Silent, Bloody Revenge on the PlayStation®Vita system with a New Title from Acclaimed Developer Acquire
SAN JOSE, Calif., (February 22, 2012) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen is now available in North America for the PlayStation®Vita system. Players will step into the role of Zen, a master ninja, through a thrilling dynamic storyline of betrayal and intrigue as he scales sheer walls, leaps across rooftops, and sneaks silently towards prey to expertly dispatch foes with his razor-sharp blade.
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen finds the region of Utakata in the grip of a vicious civil war. Zen soon finds himself betrayed by his companions and left for dead after his beloved’s murder. Saved by the Asuka Ninja clan, Zen chooses to live the life of a ninja and sets out to find those who wronged him, where each mission brings him closer to resolution while delicately swaying the balance of power in the war. Using the touchscreen and rear touch pad, players will be able to mimic ninja actions such as throwing ninja shuriken and targeting grapple points.
“It’s a thrilling, gripping adventure that will enthrall action fans on their PlayStation®Vita for a long time to come,” said Carlson Choi, VP of Marketing for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “The team at ACQUIRE has delivered an intricate tale of swords and assassins that we’re proud to be releasing across North America.”
Players wanting to get a taste of Zen’s deadly assassin skills in Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, can do so by checking out the free demo soon available on the PlayStation®Store. Additional premium downloadable content in which players will battle against otherworldly creatures and bring down their 8 fearsome bosses will also be available post-launch, offering even more satisfying kills after players complete the main game.
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen is developed by ACQUIRE Corp, renowned developers of the ninja stealth genre and countless smash hits. Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen has been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB with a MSRP of $39.99. For more information on Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen and NAMCO BANDAI Games’ entire line up, please visit http://www.namcobandaigames.com.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz™ will be rolling onto PlayStation®Vita and the mischievous monkeys AiAi, MeeMee, GonGon and Baby are geared up for some good old
fashioned, stuck-in-a-ball style of fun!
Aided by the power of time travel you will need to manage your monkey’s momentum as they navigate narrow ledges, moving platforms and loads of other challenging obstacles.
• Over 100 stages spread across five exhilarating worlds made of Jungle, Clay, Wood, Metal and Cardboard.
• 8 mini-games including fan-favourite Monkey Target, Monkey Bingo, Number Ball and more.
• Tilt, touch, blow or use the dual sticks to guide your monkeys through the game.
• Create your own stages using PS Vita’s camera feature and share with friends.
• Wi-Fi enabled online multiplayer mode.
• Using the GPS function, compare your standings locally or against players from around the world.
GENRE: Puzzle Action
PLAYERS: 1 – 4
RELEASE DATE: Summer 2012
PEGI RATING: 3+