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Confirmed: Retail Patapon 2 for PSP to be UMD-Free

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288w ago - Update: Sony has just confirmed the story with a statement to Ars Technica. The statement reads:

"We're considering a digital only format for the Patapon 2 release as a one time test case as we continue to explore consumer preferences for digital content," Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at SCEA said.

"The downloadable game will be available on May 5th at both retail and via the PlayStation Store. We remain focused on providing superior games and entertainment experiences in both the UMD and digital formats and are working closely with our partners to deliver the best PSP line up in our history."

Inside sources at ArsTechnica indicate that the upcoming Patapon 2 for PSP will be distributed solely through digital means. Retailers themselves will not carry UMD's, rather empty cases with the download code for the game.

To quote: Our inside source has given us word that Sony will release its upcoming title Patapon 2 purely through digital means, even though empty cases with the download code will be available at retailers.

Sony may be inching even closer to a purely digital business model, but retailers will surely want to fight the future. Is this the first shot in the digital war? Ars investigates.
 

Killzone 2 DLC for PS3 Will be Free, Arrives on April 30, 2009

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288w ago - A few days back Sony announced a Killzone 2 DLC Steel & Titanium Map Pack for the PS3.

Over the weekend, it appears to be confirmed that the map pack will be free, and will be downloadable on April 30, 2009.

Roughly translated via [Register or Login to view links]:

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that first person shooter Killzone 2 new multiplayer game fields receive.

The expansion in the Netherlands made PlayStation 3 game from April 30th for free download.
 

The Hunter for PC Out of Open BETA and a Free Download

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291w ago - The Hunter, developed by Avalanche Studios (the creators of Just Cause), promises to be the most true-to-life simulation of buck hunting ever designed.

With a mixture of different gaming features, from social networking to online play, The Hunter provides a sandbox island where patience and careful planning win out over run and gun play.

The game is just recently out in Open Beta, utilizing the same "login to play" system alongside ID Software (Quake Live) and EA (Battlefield Heroes). It's currently free to play after making an account and grabbing a 400mb file from download.

From the brief moment of play I've had, the presentation is nothing short of stunning. Birds fly in random patterns, deer sniff the air and scratch themselves. The graphics are phenomenal for such a small install, so it's definitely worth a look at their [Register or Login to view links].
 

Free Unreal Tournament 3 Titan PS3 Pack Lands Tomorrow

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292w ago - Epic Games Unreal Tournament 3 Lead Designer Steve Polge revealed that the long-awaited Unreal Tournament 3 Titan PS3 Pack finally arrives tomorrow, for free!

To quote: "Greedings," everyone. As you may have heard, the new Titan Pack expansion for Unreal Tournament 3 will be available on the PlayStation Store starting tomorrow, and it's completely free.

The Titan Pack's downloadable content includes the gametypes Greed and Betrayal, the namesake Titan mutator, 19 maps, the Link Station and X-Ray Field deployables, the Stinger Turret and Eradicator Cannon weapons, the Stealthbender vehicle, the Slow Field power-up, and characters Kana and Nova.

Speaking of Greed, our guys are having a blast with this addictive new gametype. Greed is a fast-paced, "tug of war" style mode in which you swipe the skulls of fallen players and unload them at the enemy base to score points. Silver skulls are worth a point, gold skulls represent five points, and red skulls are 20 points.

It's common to see players fighting over huge hoards of skulls as the clock winds down. Each team always tries desperately to stop the other from scoring while, at the same time, fighting to survive en...
 

Sony Staff Free Hostage Bosses After Pay Row in France

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293w ago - Something like this could only happen at Sony's "DAX" Technology Center... Sacked workers at a French Sony factory have freed two executives they had been holding hostage in an attempt to win a better severance deal.

To quote: Sony France chief executive Serge Foucher and human resources boss Roland Bentz were held overnight by the workers at the Pontonx-sur-l'Adour plant in southwest France.

The workers are trying to force the Japanese electronics giant to give them a payout in line with other French Sony plants that have shut.

"I am happy to be free and to see the light of day again," Mr Foucher said, before travelling with his former captors for a meeting with state and union representatives.

On Thursday the bosses had travelled to meet its 311 workers one last time before the closure of the factory on April 17.

But the workers, who say their payoff is less generous than that offered at other French Sony plants that have closed, decided to launch a strike.

They barricaded the entry to the site with tree trunks and stopped them leaving, then held them overnight in a meeting room.

CGT union official Patrick Hachaguer said worker had been asked to let Mr Foucher out of the factory earlier this morning to meet the regional state...
 
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