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RUIN Brings Social Action-RPGs to PS Vita and PlayStation 3

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164w ago - SCEA Senior Producer Travis Williams has shared details on RUIN today, which will be bringing Social Action-RPGs to both PS Vita and the PlayStation 3 console.

To quote: "I have a great idea for a game..." If you only knew how many times producers hear those words it would honestly amaze you.

We hear them all the time and we have to try our best to get excited about the words that follow that phrase. When we ([Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links]) stopped building PAIN expansions those words were music to my ears... Okay, what's next?

When I started working in games 20 years ago, I worked as an RPG designer/tester. So when we decided to make a social action-role-playing game you KNOW I was on board. When the decision was made to make it a PS Vita product I got even more excited.

Even among the nerds here in San Diego Studios I am branded nerdy. So making a game based in fantasy is right where I want to be. RUIN (Working Title) will be that fast-paced action-RPG that I have wanted to build since I first played old-school action-RPGs.

There will be some unique differences. Social networks and constant net connections make your victories (and losses) more public. The...
 

Video: Sony Announces The Studio, Brings Digital Art to PS3 XMB

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171w ago - Sony PlayStation Network Product Manager James Thorpe has announced The Studio today alongside some videos, which aims to bring digital art to the PS3 XMB.

To quote: Showcasing the best in digital design, The Studio brings to PlayStation a collection of Static and Dynamic Themes for PS3 and PSP from some of the most coveted and cutting edge graphic and digital artists, illustrators and graphic designers around the world.

We have partnered with [Register or Login to view links], one of the world's most tuned-in creative design and production companies, to help us curate The Studio collection and ensure only the finest offerings in everything from urban street art to illustration are included.

In a world where art and gaming continue to converge, the digital creations on offer at The Studio are the ultimate design accessories for your PS3 or PSP. Available to download from just €0.99 to €2.99* each, you can choose from a wide range of Static and Dynamic themes for the XMB.





Over the next 2 months we will be updating the Themes on offer in The Studio every week, with monthly updates thereafter. Here's a summary of the themes you can find in the first week and available to download...
 

Video: Dungeon Siege III Brings Bountiful Co-op to PlayStation 3

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172w ago - Today Sony's Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has shared a video spotlighting Dungeon Siege III, which features accessible controls and bountiful co-op action on the PlayStation 3.

To quote: If you're like me, the last time you played a traditional action-RPG on a console was probably [Register or Login to view links] for the PSone or [Register or Login to view links] for the PS2.

Over the years, the action-RPG gameplay foundation – compulsive loot-hoarding and XP-grinding with liberal character progression and heavy replayability – has slowly but steadily infiltrated other genres, from shooters such as [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] to pure RPGs such as Fallout 3 and [Register or Login to view links].

[Register or Login to view links] brings the trend full circle, presenting a modern take on the classic overhead-view action-RPG.





Crucially, developer [Register or Login to view links] has put much work into making Dungeon...
 

DC Universe Online Free Update Brings Two-Face, Bat Cave Raids

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172w ago - Sony Online Entertainment Senior Producer Wes Yanagi has posted details on the free DC Universe Online PS3 update today, which brings Two-Face and Bat Cave Raids.

To quote: To combat those lingering post-time-change blues, DC Universe Online is adding another free batch of new downloadable content that will introduce you to former Gotham City District Attorney-turned crime boss Harvey Dent (aka "Two-Face") in the sinister new installment.

Follow Dent into The Penguin's hideout to take out his smuggling operation... but you will never know if he is going to help or hinder your gameplay.

Also included in this update is the final part to the Batcave raid where you level 30 players (if you aren't at level 30 yet, hurry up and get there already) will be face-to-face with the caped crusader.

You'll even catch a guest appearance from sneaky trickster Mister Mxyzptlk! We're bringing content for players of all types, so if you're a solo player, duo champion, or veteran raider get ready to jump online!

The free "Heads or Tales" content update for DCUO includes:

Two-Face

• Two-Face Instance: Following Harvey Dent/Two-Face on a mission into The Penguin's hideout, players will aim to take out his latest smuggling operation....
 

EDF: Insect Armageddon Brings Co-Op & Weapons to PS3 in July

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177w ago - Today Senior Producer Brian Etheridge at D3Publisher of America Inc has revealed EDF: Insect Armageddon which brings co-op and 300 weapons to PS3 this July!

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] is the follow-up to the highly regarded Earth Defense Force 2017, and we're bringing three-player co-op and six-player Survival Mode over PSN to this fight! The series comes to the PlayStation 3 for the first time on July 5th, 2011.

First, some history. The Earth Defense Force series originated in Japan and started out with two titles appearing on the PlayStation 2 known as [Register or Login to view links] (2003) and [Register or Login to view links] (2005).

America's first dose did not come until 2007 when Earth Defense Force 2017; Prior to that, only a handful of savvy importers knew what the series was about; insane numbers of huge insect enemies, massive destruction, boatloads of crazy weapons, and non-stop arcade action.





As the fourth game in the series, Insect Armageddon stays true to its predecessors. The Ravagers, an insectoid race from the stars, has come to Earth to dominate it...
 
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