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PS3 Dev Q&A: Home's Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove 2.0

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105w ago - PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager Cade Peterson has shared a PS3 developer Q&A interview spotlighting the Battle for Black Powder Cove 2.0 in PlayStation Home today.

To quote: Last week, PlayStation Home got an update to the action-packed free-to-play multiplayer game, Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove.

With this news, we jumped on the phone to chat with Michael Mumbauer, Director of the Visual Arts Service Group (VASG), a madly creative department within Sony Computer Entertainment America. VASG has been helping make Home content nearly since Home went Open Beta and has made some of the platform's most entertaining items and spaces, including the Home Mansion.

Although VASG creates art and code for other development teams, like several of the World Wide Studios, this is their first full game.

Michael was kind enough to let me ask some questions that will shed a little insight on the decisions that went into this 2.0 update.





PlayStation.Blog: VASG has created content for Home for years, but when Home transitioned to a game platform in itself, it was the next logical step for them to step their game up and make one. What was the original concept behind Cutthroats,...
 

Sony on Integrating the Music Unlimited Service with Bravia TVs

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105w ago - Sony's Greg Belloni has announced today news regarding the integration of their Music Unlimited service with Bravia TVs.

Below are the details, to quote: If you own one of Sony's 2012 BRAVIA TVs, you'll be able to quickly and easily answer the following question: "Who sings that song?"

2012 Bravia TVs will feature Sony TrackID, allowing viewers to, with a push of a button, identify any song that's being played during a TV program they're watching.

By using Gracenote's advanced audio fingerprinting, Sony TrackID will show the song name and artist information for music played during TV shows, movies and even commercials.

Even better? After identifying the song that's being played, viewers will see direct links to the songs and/or artists on the Music Unlimited service, where listeners can listen to the whole song or more from that band or artist.

This is just one of the ways we're continuing to bring the Music Unlimited service to subscribers across a host of connected devices. Find out more [Register or Login to view links].
 

Jet Set Radio Tags PSN on 9/18 and PlayStation Vita on 10/16

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105w ago - Sega Community Manager Julian Mehlfeld announced today that Jet Set Radio is tagging PSN on 9/18 (available now for PlayStation Plus members) and PS Vita on 10/16.

To quote: Jet Set Radio is returning in glorious HD on PlayStation Network and PS Vita as part of Sega's Heritage Collection!

Originally launched in the year 2000 on Dreamcast, Jet Set Radio has always been regarded as a true SEGA classic - bringing a genre-bending mix of rollerblading, stylish graffiti, and a soundtrack that people are still talking about to this day.

Set in Tokyo-to, Jet Set Radio is the name of the pirate radio station that fuels the local street gangs called 'Rudies'. The game follows a group of Rudies called The GG's, as they challenge the rival gangs for control of Tokyo-to. Powered by magnetically enhanced in-line skates, they grind, jump and tag their way while avoiding the ever present and increasingly ruthless police force.

Our goal with Jet Set Radio (and indeed all the Heritage Collection titles) has been to deliver the closest experience to the original product and, when possible, improve on it.

Wait - I know the chill you get when the word 'improve' is mentioned in the same breath as your favorite game, and I can assure you that the core of the game is completely unchanged....
 

Video: Build Your Dream City in Home Tycoon, Coming to PS Home

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105w ago - Hellfire Games Community Manager Ben Lewis has shared a video today showcasing Home Tycoon, where users can build their dream city in PlayStation Home.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] is the first 3D city-building game where you can create your dream city from the ground up, explore it at street level as your own avatar, and share your metropolis with friends - and it's coming soon, exclusively to PlayStation Home.

We've been hard at work on Home Tycoon for quite some time here at Hellfire Games, and we can't wait to get the game out to the Home community.

Featuring a robust city-building simulation, tons of story-driven missions and activities, vehicle driving (complete with turbo-charged cars and stunt ramps), and over 50 avatar rewards to unlock, Home Tycoon is unlike anything you've seen in the genre before, and the first game of its kind in PlayStation Home.

From Hometown to Metropolis

As the newly-elected Mayor, you'll gather resources and broker strategic business deals to kick-start your town's economy.

You'll need to work with representatives from the mysterious yet eco-friendly TransUtopia organization and the profit-hungry GloboSyn corporation along the way. Will you lead a truly green city built...
 

EA Sports Announces FIFA 13 Demo Hits PlayStation Network Today

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105w ago - EA Sports Community Manager Romily Broad has announced that the FIFA 13 demo officially hits PlayStation Network across Europe today!

Below are the details, to quote: Good morning football fans. Rom from [Register or Login to view links] here to let you know that a free FIFA 13 demo will be available across Europe later today.

You'll be able to play as Manchester City, Arsenal, Juventus, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, and experience EA Sports' Football Club Match Day - a new feature that we think will drive the deepest and most meaningful connection yet between a videogame and the real world of sport.

FIFA 13 and the football season will be completely connected for the world's top leagues. EA SPORTS Football Club Match Day will push real-world news ripped from the headlines around the world into FIFA 13.

In the demo, real-world drama such as injuries, suspensions, team form, and media gossip surrounding Manchester City, Arsenal, Juventus, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund will play out in-game and be reflected through in-game commentary.

Player form, displayed in detail within the team management screens, will change regularly, so if a striker is in a scoring purple patch in real life, or a keeper is leaking goals, this will be reflected in their in-game...
 
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