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

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118w 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,...
 

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

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118w 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...
 

Videos: PlayStation Home Updates to v1.7, New Items and More

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118w ago - PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager Cade Peterson has shared some new videos today announcing that PlayStation Home is updating to v1.7 with new items and chances to win!

To quote: This Wednesday, September 12th, PlayStation Home gets another global platform update to version 1.7, bringing with it some exciting new possibilities, subtle changes to improve the user experience and more.

In other news, LOOT shares some cute freebies, Lockwood has a wonderful selection of items and new Gift Machine items, the Ca$h Carnival continues and more!

Home 1.70 Update

Application of the patch

If you are upgrading from an old version of Home (1.40 or earlier) then when you attempt to apply the 1.70 patch please wait for the orange "hard drive activity" light to stop flashing on your PS3 before commencing the patching process.

New Features

Camera

The camera has been added as an Action to the Emotes menu. This means you can now take pictures in Home while you are using a companion or other portable item.

• Select the Emote menu by pressing R1.
• Select the Camera option.
• The camera is activated and works in the same way as the portable version.
• The camera...
 

Video: Mercia: Fractured Realms PlayStation Home's Fantasy RPG

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120w ago - Lockwood Publishing Director Sophia Coney has posted up a video today which showcases Mercia: Fractured Realms providing an in-depth look at PlayStation Home's first free-to-play Fantasy RPG.

To quote: Mercia: Fractured Realms is a beautifully detailed and expansive free-to-play fantasy RPG for PlayStation Home.

Making a number of huge technical leaps forward, Mercia: Fractured Realms offers you an experience unlike anything you'vecome across on the platform before. It's the closest PlayStation Home has come to a full retail title running within its engine, and it's available now.

Offering a compelling, unique story and universe to explore, with beautifully realized environments and awesome combat with various characters, weapons, magic and enemies. Mercia: Fractured Realms is a truly immersive experience.

We are very pleased to have been able to develop something in the fantasy genre with this project. It's no secret that there is already a surplus of fantasy games available; despite this, we believe we have achieved something truly fresh and original.

With the visual design alone, you can see this isn't your typical kind of fantasy clothing and armour - drawing inspiration from various world cultures and ancient civilisations ensured the end result would...
 

Video: DUST 514 at E3 2012: PS3 Beta, PS Home and PS Vita App

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132w ago - DUST 514 Community Manager CCP CmdrWang has shared some video footage of DUST 514 from E3 2012 alongside the Summer PS3 Beta, PS Home and Vita application details today!

To quote: Hello from E3! We know you're excited and following all of the great stories coming out of the show this year, we just want to briefly touch on some of the DUST 514 news that we've announced this week and we'll be focusing on at the show.

First and foremost, we have details on our first Beta event of the summer. We know many of you are eagerly anticipating your chance to try out DUST 514, and we're happy to announce that we'll be doing a big wave of invites for our first summer Beta event on June 29, 2012, and will run throughout that weekend.

This will coincide with an update to the Closed Beta containing what we've got on show at E3 and more, you can see it in action in our latest trailer (link below). If you haven't already, you can register at [Register or Login to view links], and players will be chosen at random to participate.

But don't worry if you don't make it into this first round; this is just the first of several Beta events scheduled for this summer, and we're going to announce lots of info and chances to join the action in the coming weeks. If you...
 
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