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Tales of Xillia Interview: Namco's RPG Series Gets Bigger & Bigger

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115w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has shared an interview today with Namco Bandai on their upcoming Tales of Xillia RPG series video game below.

To quote: Good news for anyone who's been enjoying Namco Bandai's enormous JRPG Tales of Graces F since its launch back in August: its immediate successor, Tales of Xillia, is on its way exclusively to PlayStation 3 in 2013.

We've struggled our way through an hour or so of the original Japanese version, which launched overseas back in 2011, and the 13th entry in the long-running series brings with it a number of significant new innovations for the much-loved franchise.

Duly, we took the time to check in with producer Hideo Baba while in Tokyo last month to find out exactly what fans should expect.

PlayStation Blog: What are the key new additions to the Tales formula since Tales of Graces?

Hideo Baba, Producer: There are many unique features in Xillia but I'd like to emphasise that the battle system is very unique and much improved over the previous title. Also, the portrayal of the game world and its atmosphere has also changed a lot too.

In the previous games the characters were very deformed - they were much shorter - but with Xillia the team has tried to show the characters in realistic proportions...
 

Sony Announces Skype PlayStation Vita App Gets Updated Today

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116w ago - Sony European Product Manager Mayumi Donovan has announced that the Skype PlayStation Vita application is getting an update today.

To quote: Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying catching up with your friends and family using Skype on your PlayStation Vita.

Today I'm happy to announce that this great app will have new features which let you enjoy connecting to even more people.

You can now create a new account directly from your PS Vita system, as well as search for friends on Skype and add them to your Contacts. You can also use "Favourite", "Online" and "All" to manage your list of contacts.

If you want to change your profile photo, just use your PS Vita system's front or rear camera to take a new photo and replace it. Or you can simply use the photos in your PS Vita collection.

The new features do not end there, either. You can now add Skype Credit from your PS Vita and make calls to mobiles and landlines if the person you're calling is not online. You can also receive or delete voice messages directly from your PS Vita.

The update will be available from the LiveArea screen of Skype - just select the update icon to update Skype and enjoy all the great new features. If you do not have Skype for PS Vita yet, head over to PlayStation...
 

Sony Savings: Buy $100 on PSN in October, Get $20 PSN Credit

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116w ago - Sony Digital Distribution Senior Manager Pierre Gravereau has announced news of some PlayStation Network savings today - those who buy $100 on PSN in October will receive $20 in PSN credit.

All of the offer details are below, to quote: It's officially October, and we have a great new promotion for you to get the most out of your PlayStation gaming experience this month.

If you spend $100 or more on the PlayStation Store in October, we'll give you a $20 credit to your wallet to spend in November!

This is a store-wide promotion, so anything you purchase using your wallet will count towards the $100 total. One caveat: the credit back is limited to the first $100 you spend.

With great new programs like PSN Day 1 Digital, offering day-and-date digital PS3 games on the same day they hit retail, there are plenty of ways to participate in the "Buy $100, Get $20" promotion.

As a reminder, PlayStation Plus members receive an additional 10% discount on a number of titles in the line-up when they pre-order. Additionally, if you've already pre-ordered one of the awesome titles in the PSN Day 1 Digital program, the money you've spent on those will count toward your $100 for October. Not bad, eh?

Since the promotion includes anything purchased with your wallet...
 

Take Two: Borderlands 2 Gets Simultaneous PSN Digital Release

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118w ago - Take Two Europe Digital Sales Manager Ross McGrath has announced today that Borderlands 2 is getting a simultaneous PSN digital release.

To quote: By now you'll probably be aware that Borderlands 2 is just one short week from release. That means it'll soon be time for you and up to three friends to return to Pandora and wreak some havoc on Handsome Jack and his nefarious cohorts.

If you want to be among the first to return to the wastes and start your campaign against the Hyperion Corporation then there's still time to head over to PlayStation Store and pre-order ahead of the release on 21st September - the game will be launching at the same time on PSN as in retail stores.

"But why? Tell us why, oh why we should pre-order!" I hear you all shout. Probably.

To become a Borderlands 2 Premiere Club member of course! Not only will becoming a Premiere Club member give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, but also conveys the following benefits:

•A brand new character class!
•Come 16th October, Gaige the Mechromancer will be joining Axton, Maya, Salvador and Zer0 on Pandora, bringing a new style of play - commanding a mech named D374-TP (that's Deathtrap to you). Gaige will be available absolutely free to all Premiere Club members once...
 

Sony PlayStation Plus Update - Get 25% Off 12 Month Subscription

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120w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has posted up news today of a 25% discount off a 12 month subscription for PlayStation Plus fans.

To quote: You may notice something a little different about the PlayStation Plus update this week. Yes, as some of you may have heard, Ross has moved on to pastures new.

I hope you'll all join me in wishing him well in all his future endeavours - we'll miss having him around! Ross 2.0 will be along soon enough, but in the meantime I've stepped into the breach and will be keeping you informed of the latest updates to your Plus service.

So, without further ado, let's kick off with your new Game of the Month. As announced at Gamescom last month, from tomorrow until 2nd October you can pick up [Register or Login to view links] epic open world Western adventure Red Dead Redemption.

Rightly hailed as one of the finest games of this console generation, it's an absolutely unmissable experience. If you haven't played it yet, you're in for one heck of a treat. And if you have, the multiplayer community is still very active. Jump in.

Next up, from 12th September until 4th December, you can download retro-fabulous side-scrolling beat 'em up Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It's a rare movie tie-in that is every...
 
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