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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available in stores on May 16

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Mojang’s Owen Hill has announced (via the PlayStation Blog) that a disc-based version of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available in stores on May 16. The retail release will join a downloadable version of the game that was added to the PlayStation Store on December 17. Priced at $19.99, the retail version of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be current up through Update 14, which added “Emeralds, Ender Chests, potatoes, and more” to the game.

Mojang also wants to remind us that 4J Studios is hard at work on Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition and Minecraft: Vita Edition. There’s still no release date for either version, but development continues on both and is currently in the “serious business” stage, whatever that means.

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Naughty Dog details Grounded Bundle, the final DLC for The Last of Us

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Naughty Dog is readying the third (and final) DLC release for The Last of Us, and now they’re finally ready to talk about it. The Grounded Bundle will be available as a free download for Season Pass holders and as three separate DLC packs for everyone. All Grounded Bundle content will also be included in The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4.

The centerpiece of the Grounded Bundle is Grounded Mode ($4.99), a brutal new challenge for the single-player campaign that ups the difficulty to new heights. According to Naughty Dog, the AI in Grounded Mode is “relentless, smart, and brutal” making survival “near impossible.” To showcase their toughness, players will receive a new Trophy upon the completion of Grounded Mode.

The bundle will also include the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack ($9.99), which will add four new maps to the game’s multiplayer mode. “Wharf,” “Capitol,” “Coal Mine,” and “Water Tower” will reintroduce players to locations that are “familiar yet unfamiliar” to those who have completed the single-player campaign.

The Grounded Bundle will include five new weapons. Four will be available as part of the Survivalist Weapon Bundle ($5.99) and a single gun, the Full-Auto Rifle, will be available as a free download for all The Last of Us players. If you spring for the Survivalist Weapon Bundle, you’ll receive the Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer, and Launcher.

Finally, a pair of Skills packs ($3.99 each) will be included in the Grounded Bundle. The Situational Survival Skills Bundle will enhance your maneuverability while the Professional Survival Skills Bundle will make you a more deadly combatant.

Naughty Dog has announced a release date for the Grounded Bundle yet, but they did announce that the Last of Us Season Pass will no longer be available after May 13, so a May/June release (ahead of the Remastered version’s “Summer” launch) is likely.

More details about all the maps, weapons, and Skills can be found after the break. (more…)

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Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn, Trials Fusion, Beyond: Two Souls, more added to PS Store

playstationstorelogoSony dumped another huge pile of games onto the PlayStation Store yesteday. Let’s start digging through the goodies…

Square Enix has officially launched the PS4 version of their MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It is available in a standard edition and a Collector’s Edition. And speaking of special editions, Ubisoft has added Trials Fusion to the store and it is also available in two editions on the PS4 (a standard edition and a Deluxe Edition, which includes the Season Pass).

Board games were also big in yesterdays update as Backgammon Blitz is now available for the PS3, PS4, and Vita (sorry, there’s no Cross-Buy option). If you’re looking for more brainteasers, Pure Chess and That Trivia Game were both released for the PS4.

What else… a little over six months after its retail release, Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls is now available to download for the PS3. Meanwhile, EA Sports has made 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil available to download for the PS3 on the same day as its retail release. And Vita owners will surely want to know that Dead Nation has finally come to Sony’s handheld.

We’re barely scratching the surface of this week’s PlayStation Update. More information about all of this week’s releases can be found after the break and a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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There are two Bumblebees in the latest Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark trailer

Activision’s Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be released this year and it will combine the world of Michael Bay’s Transformers films (including this Summer’s Age of Extinction) with High Moon’s War For Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron series. The game’s latest trailer makes good on this promise with two versions of the little yellow robot that could: Bumblebee. The two never meet, but both “Earth” Bumblebee and the more lovable “Cybertron” Bumblebee will make an appearance in Rise of the Dark Spark.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is in development at Edge of Reality and it will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in June. A slighty different version of the game is also in the works for the 3DS at WayForward Technologies.

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New Releases: Trials Fusion, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Conception II

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Three new retail releases will compete for your gaming dollar this week…

RedLynx’s platform-racing series makes the jump to next-generation consoles with the release of Trials Fusion. The game will be available in a “Deluxe Edition” that includes a Season Pass so players can gain access to future downloadable content for both the PS4 and Xbox One.

Also available next week is 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The actual World Cup is still a few months away, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare yourself with EA’s quadrennial tie-in game.

Finally this week, Atlus will release Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for the 3DS and Vita. If the title didn’t tip you off, Conception II features an absolutely insane storyline that includes evil gods, a group of god-fighting cultists, and a whole lot of baby-making.

Yup, definitely a Japanese RPG.

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CoD: Ghosts Devastation Pack coming to PC, PS3, PS4 on May 8

Right on schedule, Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts‘ Devastation Map Pack will be available for the PC, PS3, and PS4 on May 8. The pack has been priced at $14.99 and will include four new multiplayer maps (“Ruins,” “Behemoth,” “Collision,” and “Unearthed”), the 2-in-1 “Ripper” SMG/Assault Rifle, and the Extinction Mode’s second episode (“Mayday”). And don’t forget, you can play as the Predator in “Ruins.” Definitely a point in its favor… as long as you ain’t got time to bleed.

In case you missed them the first time around, more information on all the new maps can be found after the break. (more…)

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Citizens of Earth is a turn-based RPG starring the Veep

Sadly, Joe Biden doesn’t star in Citizens of Earth. Instead, Eden Industries has created their own slick politician to lead a political party of 40 concerned citizens in their upcoming turn-based RPG. Taking nostalgic cues from Earthbound, and other 16-bit classics, Citizens of Earth asks the Veep to investigate some strange goings-on in his hometown:

The retro-inspired Citizens of Earth pits players as the second-highest-paid bureaucrat in the land. The game begins just after winning a long, drawn-out candidacy, and the VP returns to his hometown for some taxpayer-funded rest and relaxation. But after just one night passes, the VP awakens to find the world gone berserk! As elected official he has two responsibilities: investigate what’s caused people to go crazy… and delegate as much of the dirty work as possible. Citizens of Earth has 40 wacky citizens to recruit and send into battle.

The “way-too-jittery Barista, the ever-optimistic Weatherlady, the notoriously skeezy Car Salesman, and the ridiculously shy (and totally real) Sasquatch” are just some of the citizens of Citizens of Earth that the Vice President will be able to command. Eden Industries has promised the game will not include random encounters, but that it will have “hours of bonus content and optional side-quests to explore.”

Citizens of Earth will be published by Atlus and will be released as a downloadable title this September for the PC (through Steam), Wii U, 3DS, PS3, PS4, and Vita.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel officially announced

The rumors are true! 2K Games, Gearbox Software, and 2K Australia have announced that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is officially in development. As expected, it will be released this Fall for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

The moon… jetpacks… Handsome Jack before his rise to power… everything that was hinted at in Monday’s leak is now official:

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the newest entry in the critically acclaimed Borderlands franchise that is currently being co-developed by Gearbox Software and 2K Australia. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel continues the franchise’s tradition of industry-leading co-op, allowing up to four players to experience all-new low-gravity, shoot ‘n’ loot gameplay on Pandora’s moon. Featuring four new playable character classes armed with powerful laser and icy Cryo weapons, players will battle against an array of new enemies. Taking place in-between the events of Borderlands and Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel showcases Handsome Jack’s transformation into the ruthless tyrant fans loved to hate in Borderlands 2.

In bridging Borderlands and Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel will reintroduce players to four characters they’ve already met, but who are playable for the first time:

  • Athena, the Gladiator: Uses her Kinetic Aspis, which is a shield that can absorb incoming damage, then convert it back into energy to use against enemies. Athena made her debut in “The Secret Armory of General Knoxx” DLC for the first Borderlands game.
  • Wilhelm, the Enforcer: Wilhelm was previously seen in Borderlands 2 as one of the first deadly bosses in the game.
  • Nisha, the Lawbringer: The sheriff of Lynchwood from Borderlands 2, Nisha will be dealing out her own brand of justice, which we’ll discuss further in the coming months.
  • Claptrap, the Fragtrap: Wait – Claptrap? The goofy robot companion from Borderlands 2, now playable for the first time? Fragtrap is his character class? Well, you can play him too!

Be sure to check out the trailer above for a first look at Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. And if you’re attending this weekend’s PAX East convention, 2K Games plans to showcase the game at their booth all throughout the entire show.

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