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The Summer is coming to a close this week, but it looks like game publishers are getting a jump on the avalanche of new titles planned for this Fall for more than a half dozen new retail releases this week…
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle caps off Nintendo’s “Summer of Switch” with a colorful and crazy tactical battler. The game was developed by Ubisoft, and Mario and friends will fight back against the invading Rabbids with a unique arsenal of weapons and “humorous fun.”
Also set to launch this week is Yakuza Kiwami for the PS4. Players will get the chance to relive the first adventure of Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, in this “Extreme” remake of the original Yakuza.
Several other games will make their way to new platforms this week including Obsidian’s expansive RPG, Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition (PS4 and Xbox One); Capcom’s seaworthy spinoff, Resident Evil Revelations (PS4 and Xbox One); and 34BigThings’s futuristic racer, Redout (PS4 and Xbox One).
Finally this week, Sony and Clap Hanz will bring back their wild and wacky golf simulation, Everybody’s Golf, on the PS4. It’ll be joined by Koei Tecmo’s Warriors crossover, Warriors All-Stars, and zombie-themed shooter Dead Alliance (PS4 and Xbox One).
That’s all for now, but we’ll be back later this week with an in-depth look at the new additions to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.
Brace yourself… New Hot Shots Golf is no more. But don’t worry, Sony still plans to release the goofy golf simulation this Summer.
You might be asking yourself, “How can this be?” Well… Sony is dropping the Hot Shots Golf name in North America and will release the next game in the series as the Everybody’s Golf. You might recognize the new name for the franchise as Sony has used the “Everybody’s Golf” name in Japan and Europe for the past 20 years. With that kind of history behind the name, it seems likely they’ve been preparing to tee up this change for for quite some time.
If you’re still bothered by the name change, developer Clap Hanz recently published a new post on the PlayStation Blog to assure fans that a lot of features from their favorite franchise will also be included in Everybody’s Golf:
Not only does Everybody’s Golf boast the same three-click shot mechanic our fans have come to love, but the series returns with new features such as more character customization, robust online modes, and other fun activities including fishing, buggy racing, and treasure hunting in the open world environment. How you enjoy the game is up to you.
Everybody’s Golf will be released for the PS4 on August 29, and in addition to a new trailer, Sony also revealed that players who pre-order the game through the PlayStation Store will receive a “Day 1” bonus pack that includes an Everybody’s Golf Original Avatar, a 20th Anniversary Course, a Rabbit Mascot Costume, two Unique Shirts, a Premium Kart, and a PS4 Dynamic Theme.
PlayStation Europe definitely kicked the year off right after they unveiled a new video highlighting the many exclusives coming to the PS4 in 2017.
In addition to games such as Gran Turismo Sport, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the PaRappa The Rapper remaster, the sizzle reel also includes a glimpse of Quantic Dream’s Detroit: Become Human, which had previously been tagged with a “TBA” release date.
Here’s the full list of games featured in the video:
Coming to PS4 in 2017
- Detroit: Become Human
- Drawn To Death
- Gran Turismo Sport
- Gravity Rush 2 (January 20)
- Horizon: Zero Dawn (February 28)
- Knack 2
- MLB The Show 17 (March 28)
- New Hot Shots Golf
- Nex Machina
- Nier: Automata (March 7)
- Nioh (February 7)
- Persona 5 (April 4)
- PaRappa The Rapper
- Starblood Arena
- Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy
- Wipeout: Omega Collection
- World of Warriors
- Yakuza 0 (January 24)
The first big event of the 2017 “Video Game Calendar” will be PAX South, which will be held in San Antonio beginning on January 27. We’ll surely hear more about at least a few of these games then.
Sony reconfirms 2016 release date for The Last Guardian as PS4 sells 6 million consoles during holiday season
We’ve waited… and waited… and waited some more… but it looks like Sony is finally ready to commit to a release date for The Last Guardian. The game appeared earlier this month in a Sony Europe sizzle reel that focused on “2016 PS4 Exclusives.” And this past week, Sony Computer Entertainment America also confirmed that the game will be released for the PS4 sometime this year, which should come as a relief to anyone who has been following the game’s epic saga since its 2009 unveiling.
In addition to delivering good news to the PlayStation faithful, this announcement was part of a larger look at the PS4’s continued retail success. According to Sony’s internal estimates, more than 5.7 million PS4 consoles were sold during the holiday season (which Sony defines as November 22 through January 3). On top of that, more than 35 million games were also sold in this time period. For those keeping score at home, the PS4’s latest sales surge has pushed the system’s worldwide install base to a little over 35.9 million, which is well ahead of where the PS3 was after two years on the market.
“We are absolutely delighted that so many customers have selected PS4 as the best place to play throughout this holiday season and that the PS4 community is growing more than ever,” said Andrew House, the President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver innovative entertainment experiences, and look forward to bringing an unprecedented games portfolio from third party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios this coming year.”
Finally, Sony revealed that New Hot Shots Golf, which was announced during last month’s PlayStation Experience, will also definitely be released in 2016.
New Hot Shots Golf officially announced for PS4
Like the gallery at Augusta National, Sony was super quiet about New Hot Shots Golf during this weekend’s PlayStation Experience. But the cartoony golf franchise is most definitely in development for the PS4, and it was even playable on the show floor for fans looking to tee it up.
New Hot Shots Golf doesn’t have a release date yet, but we know that it’ll feature a “deep set” of character customization options (a first for the franchise), as well as local multiplayer, online multiplayer, and a Mission Mode. In development at Clap Hanz and Sony Japan Studio, SCEA’s Tomoyo Kimura recently talked a bit about the character customization options on the PlayStation Blog:
In past Hot Shots Golf games, unlocking new golfer characters and building a lineup of athletes with various strengths and weaknesses was key. However in New Hot Shots Golf, players start by creating and dressing their very own golfer, utilizing a deep set of customization tools. By playing and completing specific tasks, players can level up their personalized golfer and build strength for long drives, precise control for putting on the green, and more.
New Hot Shots Golf will also offer fully explorable courses for the first time. Players will be able to walk from hole-to-hole or hop in a golf cart and tear things up Caddyshack-style. There will be water hazards stocked with fish… turning your golf game into a fishing game!
The 2015 PlayStation Experience is just a few weeks away and Sony has unveiled (via the PlayStation Blog) the semi-complete list of games that will be playable on the show floor. I say “semi-complete” because the consolemaker also revealed they have plenty of new game announcements planned for the next edition of their yearly showcase, many of which will also have demos available.
The list, which is available after the break, is mostly populated with this Fall’s biggest PS4, PS3, and Vita releases. But it also has a few unannounced titles, including New Hot Shots Golf. Actually, I’m not sure if this is the first mention of a new Hot Shots Golf game or not, but its inclusion is a nice surprise to me… and that’s something.