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PlayStation Network Down, Sony Provides Some PSN Updates

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8w ago - This weekend Sony's PlayStation Network has been down for many users and Social Media Senior Manager Sid Shuman has shared some PSN updates below via their official blog.

To quote: Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

Finally, in related news according to reports (including [Register or Login to view links], [Register or Login to view links] and via [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links]) hackers are responsible for the attacks on Sony's servers and have even went to far as to threaten and divert an American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley.



 

Sony on How Real-life Conflict Inspired Far Cry 4 for PlayStation 4

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9w ago - Sony's Tom Wallis revealed details today on how real-life conflict inspired Far Cry 4 for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 platforms.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] is the upcoming first-person shooter from developer Ubisoft Montreal.

Set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat, this nation torn apart by war draws heavily from real-world locations to make the game feel authentic.

We caught up with Mark Thompson, narrative director, and Alex Hutchinson, creative director, to find out how visiting Nepal to meet people who actually fought in the civil war helped to inspire the development of Far Cry 4.

"One of the first things we did was to write down a list of different animals to include in the game," Mark told us when we met up with the team at Ubisoft recently in Montreal.

"We also made a list of environment features we wanted. From that we looked at locations where the two would make sense, and we came to the Himalayas. We needed to find somewhere that had a history of conflict - somewhere that could be politically unstable - the kind of place that you would go to that was on the edge of the map. Places that are referred to as 'failed states.'"

The difference...
 

Video: Sony on RiME for PS4: A Guide to the PlayStation 4 Trailer

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9w ago - Sony's Tom Wallis posted up a video today showcasing RiME for PS4 complete with a guide to the PlayStation 4 trailer below.

To quote: Developer [Register or Login to view links] are sneaky. Currently hard at work on their upcoming adventure game, RiME, that didn't stop them cramming hundreds of tiny details into the latest trailer.

We cornered creative director, Raul Rubio Munarriz, and cracked out the thumb screws to bring you every hidden detail you almost certainly will have missed.





1. Stranded (0.21)

"In the beginning you are stranded on this island and have no purpose. You are on the island, you have left your home and you don't know why."

2. Helpful critters (0.23)

"But suddenly you'll see something that shouldn't be there. The animals around you are going to help to varying degrees, here you can see the seagulls flying in one direction - they'll try to act as a guide and circle points of interest to help you out."

3. The little prince (0.25)

"The boy wears a cape, and that's really significant - but I can't tell you everything, you'll have to play the game!"

4. The key (0.31)
 

Sony on Facing the Challenge in Lords of the Fallen on PlayStation 4

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9w ago - Sony Online Content Producer Rhys Sutheran outlined some of the challenges PS4 fans will face in Lords of the Fallen on PlayStation 4 today.

To quote: "Do you like challenging games?"

So begins my first step into the demonic realm of the Fallen God - chief antagonist in Thomasz Gop and CI Games' forthcoming fantasy RPG, Lords of the Fallen on PS4.

In answer to that - still bearing the scars of endless Dark Souls re-starts - yes, I do like a challenge. Thomasz's jovial reply isn't exactly encouraging. "That's good! But you're still gonna die... a lot."

He's certainly not wrong. As executive producer in the small creative team at Poland's CI Games, Thomasz's friendly demeanor hides the dark heart of the man responsible for the most brutal, punishing, yet immensely satisfying fantasy RPG to make its way to PlayStation 4 so far.

I sat down with Thomasz at Gamescom 2014 to get hands-on with Lords of the Fallen's "second dimension," an alternate realm that the game's protagonist - and prolific sinner - Harkin will journey back and forth from throughout his blood-soaked quest.

"It's an important point in the game," Thomasz says as I face the first of the sword-wielding brutes blocking my path. "Learning more about both realms guides the player towards...
 

Sony PlayStation Game Store PSN Updates for August 19, 2014

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9w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Senior Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN Game Store content updates below, as follows:

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