We've read all about the announcements and we've watched a plethora of trailers. To finish off the weekend headlines, we have the multitude of updates, release dates, screenshots and other details that completed the news over the last few days.
UpdatesFirst, Sony had an important announcement about their Playstation Now service. From August 15th, 2017, players will no longer be able to use the service on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, all Sony Bravia TV models (some will be ending on May 15th), all Sony Blu-ray player models and all Samsung TV models. This is so that they can "shift [their] focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices. This move puts [them] in the best position to grow the service even further". Playstation Now will continue to run on PC and Playstation 4 where players will be able to pick up from where they left off with their cloud saves. If you don't wish to use PS Now on either of these two devices, remember to cancel your subscription before or on July 15th so that you will no longer be charged.
Destiny released a hotfix that brought the game up to version 188.8.131.52. Dubbed "the one about Sandbox tuning", here are all of the fixes and improvements that it made:
The Playstation VR update for DiRT Rally has arrived. Players can try out the entire game in VR, as well as the brand new Co-Driver mode where a second player gives calls using a controller and the social screen. Check out the trailer showing the mode in action:
Next week, or more specifically February 28th, marks the release of the Trials: The Endgame Update for Dungeon Defenders II. The update will bring a new Chaos difficulty, the ability to level a hero indefinitely, Shards, new enemies, new strategies, balance changes and more. For more information on the new shards, character levelling and changes to relics, weapons, armour and loot, check out this blog. For more information on the Chaos difficulty, new enemies and challenges, check out this blog instead.
Developer CCP Games launched the Wormholes update for EVE: Valkyrie. Key to the update was the new Wormholes game mode where a new wormhole opens up every weekend. In it, players will find different gameplay objectives, from "mined control points to Supermissiles and beyond". You'll find more details here. Then there's the new Leagues alpha feature where players can improve their league status by playing competitive matches. Support has been added for the Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS 4 joystick and there has been a whole host of feature improvements and other enhancements. For a full breakdown of improvements, check out this post.
STEEP delayed its Alaska update until February 24th, but that didn't stop the development team from providing an hour long stream that showcases what players can expect from the upcoming content. The stream begins at 16:17 for those who don't want to admire the starting soon screen.
Next week on February 28th, a new character will be joining Street Fighter V as part of the Season 2 Character Pass. Kolin is the "phantasm of snow and ice". She excels in the Russian martial art of Systema and uses her opponents' momentum to execute her slash-like attacks and knife hand strikes. Of course, her ability to blast opponents with frigid gusts of air and summon icicles also comes in handy.
Five months after the release of The Tomorrow Children, developer Q-Games has added a new building to the game. The Administrator Tower is a culmination of the Comrade Stars and Party Privilege Stamps systems and rewards players with a variety of useful administrative commands. There were also quite a few bug fixes and other improvements. Here's a list of those:
A series of hotfixes have been released for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End now that the game has reached version 1.20. The current version is 1.20.062 but here is the short list of fixes that we've combined from the last few hotfixes.
Finally, War Thunder's next major update will introduce additional Japanese tanks, such as the Type 87 SPAAG that will be the new top anti aircraft vehicle at rank V of the Japanese Ground Forces tree. Other new Japanese ground vehicles will include a multi-turreted tank and an ATGM vehicle. Japan will not be the only nation to benefit as there will be new vehicles for USA, UK, USSR and Germany too. There is no propsed release date for this update yet.
Release DatesThe long-awaited Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be arriving on June 30th. Developer Vicarious Visions also answered some community questions. You can check those out here.
Kona was announced three weeks ago over the weekend period, so it should come as no surprise that the developer chose the same time of the week to confirm a release date. The game will be arriving on Playstation 4 on March 17th. Check out the new announcement trailer for a taste of what to expect.
As well as announcing a few titles, NIS America confirmed release dates for some of those that had been previously revealed. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony will be released on September 26th, 2017 in North America and on September 29th in Europe for Playstation 4 and Vita. Meanwhile, Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita) will be released on May 16th, 2017 in North America and on May 19th in Europe. The latter also revealed a few new screenshots:
SEGA's Puyo Puyo Tetris is arriving in North America on April 25th and Europe on April 28th.
The Sexy Brutale will be released on April 11th. Not only will it be released digitally, publisher BadLand Indie will be publishing the physical The Sexy Brutale: Full House Edition. This will include a soundtrack CD and full-colour manual that provides background on the game's development. If you pre-order this version, you'll aslo get a choice of "an exclusive six-page comic book penned by renowned comic artist Enrique Fernandez or an exclusive artbook featuring unseen images and concepts from the game’s development".
StarBlood Arena will be coming to Playstation VR on April 11th in North America and April 12th in Europe. Those who pre-order the title will receive the "StarBlood Arena Legends Pack" that includes The Steel Hercules skin for The Baron, The El Diablo Azul skin for Buck and The Granny Granny Boom Boom skin for Alice. You'll also get 10gs Bloodbux, the in-game currency, to buy "stuff that we haven’t even revealed yet".
In more negative news, you may have heard that Star Trek: Bridge Crew has been delayed again. The game will now be released on May 30th, 2017. At least it will include the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek: The Original Series, which will be playable in the Ongoing Voyages mode. This mode generates randomised missions that can be conquered in solo and co-op play.
ScreenshotsIn Blackwood Crossing, players control Scarlett, a 14 year old girl. AFter her parents died suddenly when she was seven, she grew up on her grandparents' farm. After being wrenched out of her old familiar life, Scarlett has always felt out of place. The development team went through many personality types and appearances before th team settled on her current persona. They've even created a backstory for her. You can read about all of this in more detail here.
Dreamfall Chapters announced that Simon Poole, the composer known for soundtracks like The Secret World, will be contributing 48 songs towards the soundtrack for this title. Players who purchase the game will be given a download code to obtain the soundtrack when the game is released on May 5th. For now, check out the two new screenshots that publisher Deep Silver released at the same time as the soundtrack announcement.
Over the weekend at Monaco Anime Game International Conferences, FINAL FANTASY VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura revealed two screenshots for the game:
Looks like Cloud has been spotted The Guard Scorpion looks like an even more formidable foe
The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk will be released this summer after Playstation 4 players have had a chance to play the game's prequel, The Inner World. To tide you over until that time, we have two more screenshots for you to scrutinise:
Also at Monaco Anime Game International Conferences, KINGDOM HEARTS III director Tetsuya Nomura spoke about his work and his career. He also showcased a new screenshot.
Super Blackjack Battle II - Turbo Edition - The Card Warriors will include 12 locations as players fight to become blackjack champion. Take a look:
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles revealed a host of new screenshots for the upcoming open-world adventure title.
MiscellaneousFinally for this week, KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX Limited Edition for Playstation 4 is available to pre-order exclusively through the SQUARE ENIX online store. As well as all six remixed titles, the Limited Edition also includes an exclusive collectible pin badge that features the games' main protagonist Sora. Click here to pre-order the title for $49.99.
That's all for this week. Join us next week for more weekend headlines.
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