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Two New Expansions Coming to The Pinball Arcade This Summer

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112w ago - FarSight Studios Lead Designer Bobby King has officially announced today that two new expansions are coming to The Pinball Arcade this Summer via PSN with details below.

To quote: A lot of people are calling The Pinball Arcade the greatest pinball simulation ever created.

At FarSight, we take great pride in our work and we take this distinction very seriously. We are focused on adding a steady stream of great pinball tables into The Pinball Arcade for both PS3 and PS Vita.

It's always a pleasure to get feedback from hardcore pinball fans telling us how much they appreciate the attention to detail we put into each table. We actually own a real, physical machine of each table, which we re-create digitally. Our studio's rec room and half of our conference room are already full!

So full, in fact, that I'll be moving my favorite machine - Creature from the Black Lagoon – into my office to make room for the some others that we just bought!

We've already released four new tables with two great DLC expansions: Add-On Pack 1 ([Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links]) and Add-On Pack 2 ([Register or Login to view links]
 

Battlefield 3 Expansions to Hit PS3 First, Open Beta on PSN 9/29

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153w ago - Today DICE Junior Product Manager Tommy Rydling has announced today that the Battlefield 3 Expansions are set to hit PS3 first, and confirmed that the Open Beta begins on PSN on September 29, 2011.

To quote: This is Tommy Rydling from DICE, and I've got two exciting pieces of news to share with readers.

First, we are very happy to announce the dates for the eagerly awaited Battlefield 3 Open Beta on PSN. The Beta is open to all and will run from September 29th to October 10th.

You can join it by simply going to the going the PlayStation Store and navigating to the "View All By Title" section, then selecting Battlefield 3 - within there you'll see the download for the Battlefield 3 demo!

Prepare for battle in the bombed-out metro tunnels on the outskirts of Paris in the upcoming Battlefield 3 Open Beta!

Alternatively, if you have redeemed a Medal of Honor: Limited Edition or Tier 1 Edition Online Pass, you will receive early access via a personal email invitation from DICE that includes 48-hour early access, which will allow you to start playing on September 27th.

The Open Beta is your chance to play Battlefield 3 early, try out our free social platform Battlelog, and give your valued feedback directly to those of us at [Register or Login to view links]....
 

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift - Speed and Adrenaline Expansions

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272w ago - Evolution Studios Game Director Jed Ashforth has shared a video today via PlayStation Blog on MotorStorm: Pacific Rift's Speed and Adrenaline Expansions.

To quote: As you're probably already aware, we've got 2 massive new packs lining up on the start grid, in the shape of 'Expansion: Speed' and 'Expansion: Adrenaline'.

For most players, the biggest news with these packs is all those new tracks, of course! New tracks for the game is always on every player's wishlist in the number one spot, and our track designers have been working non-stop since the completion of Pacific Rift last year on a whole clutch of fantastic new tracks.

MotorStorm has always been critically lauded for its great track designs, and these new ones have all been designed by the same team who crafted Pacific Rift's 16 original tracks, so they have a top-tier pedigree!





In each of the new expansions there are 3 brand new tracks, playable in all online modes, and offline in Time Attack, Free Play, and Split Screen. Let's take in the holiday brochure descriptions of the new locations, pack by pack.

First off, the Expansion: Speed tracks;

Quicksands - The sea breeze in your racing leathers, the sand in your face,...
 

Bethesda's Fallout 3 Patch 1.5 Overlooks PS3 Expansions Again

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278w ago - Bethesda seems to be taking an interesting tack when it comes to software updates for Fallout 3.

Ever since the 1.4 patch, including the new [Register or Login to view links] (which adds Broken Steel achievements and fix a few bugs), the releases have been for the PC and Xbox 360 only.

Of course those updates, besides bug fixes, are updating Achievements for expansions that are also not available on the PlayStation 3.

This could all point back to the surcharge on downloads that Sony began implementing on PSN downloads back in October, 2008, around the time Fallout 3 was released.

Since then Sony has charged developers $0.16/GB for content downloaded through PSN. Even content that's free, like the Fallout patches, would be subject to the charge for the first 60 days that the content is out. Paid content would be subject to the fee as long as there's a charge associated with it.

This could also be why we haven't seen the major Fallout 3 expansions on the PS3 either. Operation: Anchorage released on January 27, 2009 for 800 Microsoft Points, The Pitt ended up having a broken release in...
 

Three New Final Fantasy XI Expansions Announced by Square Enix

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301w ago - Square Enix gathered Final Fantasy XI fans for a big fan event on the 22nd in Tokyo. The last Japanese FFXI offline event in 2007 saw the announcement of the Wings of the Goddess expansion pack.

This time, while no expansion pack was announced, Square Enix did announce three expansion scenarios.

The three scenarios are titled, in Japanese, Ishi no Miru Yume, Senritsu! Mog Matsuri no Yoru, and Shantotto no Inbou. Each scenario tells a complete story, and all three were headed up by scenario writer Masato Kato. FFXI fans will recognize Kato from his work on the Rise of the Zilart expansion. More recently, he supervised the DS remake of Chrono Trigger.

While not lasting as long as a full expansion pack, Square Enix expects players to clear each scenario in one or two months.

Unlike past expansions, these three scenarios will be offered exclusively through direct download. Square Enix hasn't set pricing, but fans at the event were told to expect somewhere around the 1,000 yen ($10) range.

Ishi no Miru Yume will arrive first some time in Spring 2009. The other two will follow, separated by a few months.

These names, pricing, and release periods concern Japan only. We'll let you know about plans for international versions once Square Enix shares them.
 
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