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Win a Sony PlayStation 4 Before PS4 is Released from Taco Bell

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48w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment of America Senior Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing Guy Longworth announced today that fans can win a PlayStation 4 before PS4 is released on November 15th from Taco Bell!

To quote: I have exciting news for PlayStation fans! I know you all have been eagerly waiting to get your hands on PlayStation 4, the best place to play.

I'm happy to announce that PlayStation and Taco Bell are joining forces to give away PS4s before they hit stores on November 15th. One winner will be selected every 15 minutes starting September 26th through November 10th!

You have six weeks to head over to your local Taco Bell for your chance to "Play the Future First." Taco Bell will mark their $5 Buck Boxes- which include a Crunchwrap, Crunchy Taco, Burrito Supreme and medium fountain drink - with a special code that you can text in for a chance to win a PS4 prize pack.

The prize pack, which includes one PS4, a copy of the PS4 exclusive launch game, Knack, and a one year PS Plus membership, will be shipped on or around November 12th.




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Killzone Shadow Fall PS4 Q&A: The Black Hand on PlayStation 4

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49w ago - Killzone Community Editor Victor Zuylen posted up a Killzone Shadow Fall PS4 Q&A today dubbed The Black Hand on PlayStation 4 below.

To quote: Following our recent [Register or Login to view links] on the Black Hand, we've asked Art Director Roy Postma and Assistant Art Director Dan Calvert to tell us more about the creation and design of the radical Helghast subfaction from Killzone Shadow Fall.

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Why do the Black Hand look so different from any of the foes seen before in the Killzone universe?

Dan Calvert: We're dealing with the universe-changing consequences of the demise of planet Helghan, plus the jump in time between Killzone 3 and Killzone Shadow Fall. We'd already started to see the Helghast fragment in Killzone 3 after Scolar Visari's death, and the loss of their home and a vast part of their population only furthered this.

The Helghast maintain their identity and their ideals, but their goals are now splintered. The Black Hand are the most divergent Helghast subfaction we see in Shadow Fall; they're not a regular army, and...
 

Hohokum on PS4: New PlayStation 4 Trailer of the Guano Factory

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49w ago - Honeyslug Designer & Co-Founder Ricky Haggett introduced Hohokum on PS4 today, complete with a new PlayStation 4 trailer of the Guano Factory below.

To quote: We're really excited to unveil a new place in Hohokum today - the Guano Factory - with a new teaser trailer made by Scott Benson, and backed by one of our favorite Matthew Dear songs: Temptation.

Matthew Dear is a founding artist of Ghostly International, and is also a DJ, dance-music producer, and an experimental pop artist. The Temptation track is off his latest album, Beams - a suite of weird, wild, and optimistic rhythm-driven pop. The perfect type of music for Hohokum.

In our first trailer, we glimpsed lots of places in Hohokum, and showed some gameplay, but this time around we wanted to try something different: focusing right down on a single part of the game - and the characters and action that happens there - and making something that feels more like a music video than a gameplay trailer.





Not every place in Hohokum is a peaceful place. For example, this factory is a noisy, dirty place, full of pipes and strange machines and bad smells. What are they doing here? What is that gloopy yellow stuff? What are they making with it? We'll...
 

Sony Q&A on The Art of God of War: Ascension for PlayStation 3

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50w ago - Sony Santa Monica Studio Community Strategist Aaron Kaufman shared a Q&A today on The Art of God of War: Ascension for PlayStation 3 below.

To quote: In conjunction with our talented friends at Section Studios, we are proud to present [Register or Login to view links].

At 400 pages, it will redefine what we come to expect from an "art of" book. This is the art book every God of War fan will remember. [Register or Login to view links] to buy on Amazon, or learn more at [Register or Login to view links].

I sat down with Senior Concept Artist Eric Ryan to discuss his work on one of the Monsters of Ascension, and a bit left on the cutting room floor. All images featured here and hundreds more can be seen in the The Art of God of War: Ascension book.

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Sony Santa Monica: Tell us a bit about your journey as a concept artist here at Sony Santa Monica and time with God of War.

Eric Ryan: Hey I'm Eric Ryan, Senior...
 

Video: Assassin's Creed IV on PS4: A Truly Next-Gen Experience

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50w ago - Ubisoft Community Developer Gabriel Graziani posted up a video today showcasing Assassin's Creed IV on PS4, proclaiming it is a truly next-gen experience on PlayStation 4.

To quote: A lot of people have asked us what kinds of technical advancements can be expected from Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag on PS4, so we asked Associate Producer Sylvain Trottier to give us a couple of examples...

He went a little nuts, and delivered an entire video detailing a ton of improvements.

CAUTION: Things are about to get a little techy, so put on your coder hats!

Some of the highlights include our use of real Beaufort scale waves for a realistic ocean and the new sea engine, which follows real world physics. Complex shaders work to give the ocean that translucent appearance.





Each raindrop is an individually lit object, puddles accurately mirror the world around them and volumetric fog accepts and reflects light from different sources. Dynamic Navmeshes (three dimensional objects you can run around on) ensure that you can jump from one ship to another without encountering weird collision issues, and can seamlessly interact between two ships involved in a boarding action.

We can use the...
 
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