PlayStation 3 total hardware and software sales announced
Sony has revealed their sales numbers for the PlayStation3 console from launch to June 30th 2009. Since November 2006, a total of 23.8 million consoles have been sold worldwide.
In the same time period, Sony managed to accumulate a total of 189.7 million software sales, and that includes from the PlayStation Network and from at retail, across all publishers.
Batman: Arkham Asylum demo coming August 7th
Eidos Interactive will release a Batman: Arkham Asylum demo on the PSN (and XBL) this Thursday, August 7th.
Using the summer to polish the game to an inch of its digital life, we’ve been assured that this time has been well spent in making this not only the best Batman game of all time, but perhaps even the best super-hero game ever, period.
A drummer’s nightmare: behold the full 85 track set-list for Guitar Hero 5!
We hope you’ve got the van full of petrol/gas, your spandex washed and the groupies evenly distributed because, come September 1st, you’ll be taking to the road once more with Guitar Hero 5.
Or, you know, you could ask some friends around and rock out in the comfort of your own home with a reduced chance of contracting herpes.
Want to know what songs will be causing you blisters and destroying the last remnants of a cordial relationship with your neighbours? Read on Rock-God, read on.
“We’re working on Fat Princess issues. Patch imminent.” – Titan Studios
By now you’re likely to have finally gotten your hands on all that delicious and forbidden cake.
You’ve therefore no doubt also realised that the game has not only brought numerous gastro-inspired delights to the table but a less palatable menu of glitches, bugs and — the bane of all online gamers — latency issues. That’s “crippling lag” to the rest of us.
Speaking on their official blog, Fat Pricess developer Titan Studios have confirmed that not only are these teething launch issues known, the studio are hard at work getting a patch live as soon as possible that corrects the more blatant of technical hiccups.
Braid coming to the PSN
Popping up on German ratings website USK, it appears that indie puzzle-platformer and time-bending mega-hit Braid is finally making its way to the PSN.
Lauded over in XBL-land as one of games of the year (that would be last year), you may recall our insightful interview with designer Jonathan Blow where he candidly spoke his mind regarding future outings for his successful game. With talk of exclusivity deals and expiration dates, it would appear the game is finally on its way for PS3 owners.
Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao: Interview Part II
Welcome back to the second part of our interview with Ollie Clarke, head honcho of the team behind upcoming PSN title Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao.
Last time, we has a natter about the game, demo and development process.
This time, we’re focusing on the 3D aspect of the game that makes it so unique.
That and we threw in a few curve ball questions to keep Ollie on his toes…
It Came From Japan #3 – Yakuza 3
For this week’s It Came From Japan we decided to be somewhat topical.
With Yakuza 3 (and 4) popping up in the news lately, we thought it might be beneficial to take a look at the series as a whole and posit just how concrete recent rumblings of the series’ xenophobic tendencies actually are.
Amazon now taking pre-orders for PS3 slim
Though still very much steeped in myth and hearsay, when a popular online retailer lists a pre-order scheme for the still unconfirmed PS3 slim, we sit up and take notice.
This is exactly what has happened with the German branch of Amazon now taking orders for what some people are calling Sony’s relaunch of the PS3 console.
Burn Zombie Burn! DLC; designer hints at Japanese adventure next up for Bruce?
Not ones to simply sit back and bask in the glory of what has been universally acclaimed as a great and addictive PSN title, it appears the guys over at Doublesix have been hard at work expanding the Burn Zombie Burn! universe.
Apart from two new levels placing Bruce on a UFO soon to be on offer as (affordable, we’re assured) DLC, the studio also has some other great updates like custom soundtrack support and YouTube video uploading functionality on the way.
We decided to get in touch with senior designer Ollie Barder and ask some quick -fire questions about the upcoming DLC and what lies ahead for the future of the game.
Jump into the deep end and get WET this September
Day after day we continue to hear about delays plaguing our most anticipated games, the latest of which is Dark Void. Thankfully, Bethesda and A2M have kept with their promise of delivering their stylized shooter WET this autumn.
Water references aside, September 18th marks the date Europeans will be able to get their hands on Rubi Malone in her quest for revenge who just so happens to be voiced by the lovely Eliza Dushku. Swordplay, pistols, parkour; this lady has it all.
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin DLC “Reborn”
Warner Bros. and Monolith Studios have announced four extra single-player levels as part of a new DLC pack for F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.
Entitled Reborn, the new levels will coincide with the events from the retail game and see players face the wrath of Alma from a new perspective.
Taking on the role of Replica soldier Foxfrot813 as part of an orbital Powered Armor drop, gamers are assured that “nothing is as it seems.”
Is it ever?
Invincible Tiger: The Legend Of Han Tao – Interview Part I
We revealed recently that upcoming PSN title, Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao would last about the same as a DVD movie plus extras.
We discovered this during an extensive interview with the brain behind the game, Ollie Clarke. The Blitz Arcade Animator took time to get strapped into our examination chair and get hooked up to our lie detector while we quizzed him about his title and all things game-related.
So without further ado…
PS3 manufacturing costs reduced by 70%
Following the poor PlayStation sales results for Q1 of this year, Sony held a conference for overseas investors and Nobuyuki Oneda, CEO of Sony and Executive Vice President made an interesting comment about manufacturing costs for the PlayStation 3.
When the PS3 launched in North America and Japan back at the end of 2006, costs for producing PS3s were said to be around $800, when Sony were actually selling the console for up to $599 in the US.
inFAMOUS movie in the works
We are used to seeing superheroes from comics ripped out of the pages and put onto the big screen, but what about from games?
The big news is that Sony Pictures have signed up screenwriter Sheldon Turner to adapt inFAMOUS, the popular PS3 franchise, into a feature film.