282w ago - Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager) via PS Blog today: E3 may now be over, but the games shown off at the event will be a part of our lives throughout this holiday season and beyond. One title that will occupy the lives of PLAYSTATION 3 owners for hours upon hours this fall is Valkyria Chronicles. This PS3-exclusive strategy-JRPG from Sega (to clarify, NOT a PSP game), is utilizing the power of the console to push its dynamic and visually arresting Canvas Engine.
The graphics in Valkyria Chronicles appear similar to an animated watercolor painting, with a bit of the colored-pencil-sketch action seen A-ha's 1980's "Take On Me" video. As you'll see in the video below - it really works.
Speaking of the video, it features Sega Associate Producer Christopher Kaminski detailing the unique battle system found in Valkyria Chronicles - it completely takes the Strategy RPG genre "off the grid."
We'll have more on Valkyria Chronicles here on the PlayStation.Blog as we near its November release date.
287w ago - Oh, another day and another hour. This time we debunk a rumor. The latest one that just smashed through the window of hopes is the teary eyed rumor that there will be a demo for Final Fantasy XIII to display engine goodies for the highly anticipated RPG that PS3 people are fond of and 360 people are drooling to have.
Well, stop hoping and praying. Not answered in other words. Here's what Square Enix's NA PR has to say:
"We have no plans whatsoever to intro a playable demo or any demo at E3 on the FFXIII project."
Okay okay. Hold back the gushing tears of agony. So there won't be any playable demo this year at E3. Does it really surprise anyone? But one thing is for sure, you can all still keep hoping that some form of FFXIII will show up at E3.
287w ago - The stats database has been reinforced and you should now see the correct stats both in-game and on the Web site.
A very small amount of players might experience some freezes when logging in. Please report this on the following thread and we will take care of it as soon as possible.
Please note that you only receive an unlock on Rank 1, 2, and 4, for a total of 3 unlocks.
We will continue working around the clock to improve your experience even further. This Tuesday we're rolling out an update during the regular maintenance to secure the integrity of your stats.
We've noticed that EU players sometimes end up on North American east coast servers and vice versa. During the maintenance the ping servers will be tuned in order to make sure you end up on the server with lowest ping.
We've increased the number of servers to cater for an amazing 50,000 players. In a couple of hours time we need to restart all servers to prepare for this and to decrease the lag and improve the experience on X360.
RESTART WILL OCCUR AT 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 01:00 CEST.
290w ago - Update: Apparently this isn't anything 'new' as PS3 online users are also reporting Army of Two, Burnout Paradise, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 have an In-Game Friends List as well as Resistance for well over a year now.
Watchful reader StevieK08 has alerted us to the fact that the new Haze Demo has an in games friend list. To see it, get to the main menu, hit triangle once, triangle a second time, and voila!, up pops the friends list.
We have not had a chance to verify but Steve attached a screen shot that appears to confirm his story. If you have the demo, please give it a try and let us know. Thanks!