Saturday, 9 December 2017

Golem: The Power of your Dreams

There are two ways to approach game development, especially for VR. You can do a survey of what exists and iterate on a proven concept; ramping up the dramatic stakes or rendering better-looking graphics or intensifying the combat. Or you can imagine what should exist – we all have hopes and expectations for what VR will be one day – and see how close you can get. Well, we didn’t name the studio Highwire because we wanted to take the safer path…

Golem at PSX 2017

So, what do we want from virtual reality? One of the most powerful VR experiences is the human connection we feel to virtual characters. When a well-realized character looks you in the eye for the first time, it is as breath-taking as any traditional action scene. In Golem we focused on telling a very personal story about an injured child learning to explore the world through her magical gifts, with help from her fearless older sister and their over-protective father. With talented actors and MocapNow’s cutting-edge performance capture techniques, we have tried to bring this family and their struggles to life with subtlety and nuance that would not work outside of VR.

Golem at PSX 2017

Locomotion is a complex problem for VR games, but what we all want is to smoothly and freely explore virtual worlds. So rather than reverting to an analog stick or artificially teleporting through space, we’ve developed an entirely unique way of moving through the world. We call it “Incline Control” and it allows you to move as you would naturally, by slightly leaning your body as if you were about to take a step and start walking. The result is an intuitive control scheme, one that gets out of the way and lets you immerse yourself in the world. Once you master it, you can move effortlessly through the abandoned ruins of the Endless City, exploring the large open environment full of mysteries, hidden shortcuts and dangerous enemy golems.

Golem at PSX 2017

The final component of Golem’s gameplay was obvious to anyone that has ever spent any time in VR. As soon as the system is tracking your hand, you want to try and punch someone. And as soon as the game gives you something to swing, you want to swing it at someone. Ideally, the game gives you an 8-foot broadsword with a razor-sharp edge. One-to-one melee combat has always been core to Golem’s gameplay, and it is really only possible in VR. Unlike a traditional game, where each swing is controlled by an animation and blocking is as simple as holding a button, in Golem every attack and parry is under the player’s direct control. If they don’t manage to get their sword above their head in time, they won’t block that overhead smash. And if they miss a cut at an exposed limb, it won’t do any damage. It takes practice, but landing a successful counter-attack is incredibly satisfying.

Golem has been a challenging and rewarding project for us, and we’re happy to announce that it will be available March 13th exclusively on PSVR. We hope you enjoy playing it as much as we have enjoyed making it! And in the meantime, check out the musical prequel to Golem from award-winning composer Marty O’Donnell at “Echoes of the First Dreamer”.



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Patapon 2 Remastered marches onto PS4 in 2018

Patapon 2 Remastered – the beloved second entry in the Patapon series – is marching its way to PS4s everywhere in 2018 in resolutions up to 4K*!

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Separated from their Zigaton compatriots, the Patapon tribe arrives on a strange new island, fighting through mysterious new enemies and creatures as they search for Earthend!

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With a whole slew of new features, including eight drum rhythms, new Patapon types and evolutions, brand new mini-games and the ability to create your own Patapon Hero, Patapon 2 Remastered is sure to keep you bobbing to the beat for hours on end.

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*PS4 Pro and 4K display device required to view in 4K.

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Killing Floor: Incursion Heading to PS VR

Last November PlayStation 4 fans got their first taste of Tripwire’s seminal co-op action sci-fi horror shooter franchise with Killing Floor 2. It’s been wonderful for the team at Tripwire to see how well the game has been received by the millions of PlayStation gamers that have picked up the game since launch. Three years ago, we announced that game at PSX, and we’re excited to be back again this year to announce our next game for PlayStation 4 – Killing Floor: Incursion for PlayStation VR!

The first thing to know about Killing Floor: Incursion is that it was created from the ground up for virtual reality. We believe the best VR games are made specifically with the VR platform in mind, so we set out to create something that was unique and truly played to VR’s strengths. Scale and heights can be incredibly powerful tools to elicit emotion from a player in VR and Incursion uses both to great effect. The player may find themselves standing in front of something gigantic, or standing on a high ledge. These dramatic moments can only be experienced in VR and are exciting and memorable.

Next players should know that Incursion is a very tactile game – the player uses both hands to physically manipulate items in the world, to swing axes and knives, and to duel wield weapons like the star of your own action movie. The gunplay was designed from the ground up to be the most immersive and rewarding shooting experience players have ever experienced in VR. Features such as a procedural recoil animation system allowed us to model all the power and nuance of firearms while keep the action fluid without breaking the sense of presence a player only gets in VR.

Killing Floor: Incursion includes a full story based campaign with four to six hours of gameplay. The campaign takes the player through diverse environments fighting through a cast of mutated creatures that range from shambling zombie-like monsters to massive biomechanical abominations. Keeping the player company on this journey is NODE, a helpful robot companion that not only shares transmissions from the outside world, but also can be ordered by the player to hunt out ammo, health and more.

A large part of the fun of Incursion is being able to bring a friend to fight alongside you in co-op. As we were developing Incursion one of the surprising things we discovered was just how connected you feel to the other person you are playing with in VR. So much more than in a standard shooter, in VR you truly feel like you are standing next to the other player. You can hear their voice, but also you see every nuance of their movement. Players can literally point at things with their hands, and toss each other weapons (or detached monster parts…). This is great because the story-based campaign and the new Holdout game mode can both be played solo or in co-op.

Holdout is an endless game mode where the goal is to survive as long as you can against an ongoing onslaught of enemies. As the match progresses more powerful weapons appear, but more powerful mutated creatures appear as well. Leaderboards show the world if you have survived the longest. As a special bonus for PlayStation VR players, the game will include an all new Holdout mode level to battle the zed hordes in!

Tripwire can’t wait to unleash Killing Floor: Incursion for PlayStation VR. So get those virtual axes sharpened, because Incursion is coming for you in 2018.



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PlayStation Experience 2017: More Announcements and Updates

Patapon 2 Remastered
SIE Japan Studio
Patapon 2 Remastered
Patapon 2 Remastered – the beloved second entry in the Patapon series – is marching its way to PS4s everywhere in 2018 in resolutions up to 4K*! Separated from their Zigaton compatriots, the Patapon tribe arrives on a strange new island, fighting through mysterious new enemies and creatures as they search for Earthend! With a whole slew of new features, including 8 drum rhythms, new Patapon types and evolutions, brand new mini-games and the ability to create your own Patapon Hero, Patapon 2 Remastered is sure to keep you bobbing to the beat for hours on end.

*PS4 Pro and 4K display device required to view in 4K.

Shooty Fruity
nDreams & Nearlight
Shooty Fruity, a manic mash-up of immersive job simulation and gunplay, is coming to PlayStation VR on December 19. Scan, serve & pack produce whilst shooting guns to defend your store from a mutant fruit uprising. Pre-order or purchase early for exclusive juicy content!
20XX
Batterystaple Games and Fire Hose Games
We’re excited to announce the hit indie roguelike platformer 20XX is coming to PS4 in early 2018! Jump and shoot your way through ever-changing levels, collect awesome new powers, and battle mighty bosses in the name of saving the human race maybe! Full co-op means you can play with a friend on the couch or online.
Children of Morta
Dead Mage Inc.
Become a member of the Bergson family as you hack and slash your way through hordes of enemies in this procedurally generated, narrative driven roguelike either alone or cooperatively. Experience not only what it means to be a hero, but to be part of a family. Available in 2018.
Fantasy Strike
Sirlin Games
Argagarg the Water Shaman joins the diverse cast of Fantasy Strike at PSX, alongside a gambling panda, a wise master who transforms into a massive dragon, a quirky painter girl and others in this vibrant and colorful fighting game designed by ex-Street Fighter dev David Sirlin.
Flipping Death
Zoink Games
Flipping Death
Welcome to Flatwood Peaks, a small whimsical town with a problem – death is on vacation! Help the ghosts with their curious problems while also solving the mystery surrounding your own demise in this new puzzling adventure from Zoink Games. Coming to PlayStation 4 spring 2018!
Guacamelee! 2
Drinkbox Studios
Guacamelee! 2
We’re excited to show a playable demo of Guacamelee! 2 for the first time at PSX! Play 4-player co-op as Juan, Tostada, X’Tabay and Uay Chivo. Meet the Chicken Illuminati and unlock cool new chicken abilities. Confront El Muñeco in an epic boss battle. Hope you can stop by!
Gungrave VR
Iggymob
Gungrave VR
Gungrave is coming alive from the dead after 13 years, in PS VR! We introduced new system “cooling” and “bullet time” to “full-break gun action” which received high evaluation at the time! The freshness of action, make your brain work for the strategic battle!
Horizon Chase Turbo
Aquiris
Horizon Chase Turbo
Thrilling arcade racing game, inspired by Outrun, Top Gear, Lotus Turbo Challenge and the whole generation of super-fun-straight-to-the-point racing games.
Hover
Midgar Studio & Fusty Games
Experience the thrills of a fast-paced single and multiplayer Parkour game. Join the Rebellion and deride the security forces of an anti-leisure tyranny. Rise up to the many challenges of a futuristic Open World, enhance your gear and perform incredible tricks and combos.
Knockout League
Grab Games
We’re excited to announce that Knockout League is coming to PS VR. Train with a speed bag, step up your skills with the focus mitts, or see how long you can survive in Reflex Alley. Fight your way through nine crazy characters to become the Knockout League champ.
Moonlighter
Digital Sun
Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements that demonstrates two sides of the coin – revealing everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that secretly dreams of becoming a hero. Coming to PS4 in 2018.
Mothergunship
Grip Digital s.r.o.
Coming in 2018, Mothergunship is a bullet-hell FPS where you can craft gun monstrosities that no reasonable person could ever lift, fight gigantic bosses, play together with your friends and defeat a robotic armada that conquered Earth!
Omen of Sorrow
AOne Games
Omen of Sorrow
Clear your mind, clench your fists and get ready for a wicked battle. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Omen of Sorrow delivers a deep 2D battle system inspired by the classics, bringing back the edge, mindset and philosophy rooted in the genre’s arcade legacy, taking it to the next level with innovative features and fighting mechanics. Join the battle, conquer darkness. Get the demo now!
The Church in the Darkness
Paranoid Productions
The Church in the Darkness
What happened to Alex? To find out, travel to South America and infiltrate the Collective Justice Mission, a secretive cult where nothing is what it seems. Find the answers in one of the many ways the story can play out in The Church in the Darkness, coming to PS4 in 2018.
The Forest
Endnight Games
The Forest
We are extremely excited to bring ‘The Forest’ to the PlayStation platform in 2018! Craft weapons from sticks and stones. Chop down trees to make a base. Fight to stay alive against a vicious enemy force. Although a harrowing experience in single player, you can now team up with a friend or two and even the odds. Our latest trailer showcases the cooperative multiplayer aspect of the game, surviving with a friend, exploring caves and building a base.
The Persistence
Firesprite
The Persistence
Time to steel yourself! The procedurally generated horrors of The Persistence are coming to PlayStation VR in July 2018!
Tower 57
Pixwerk
Tower 57 is a fast-paced neo-retro shooter where cooperation is as important as your ammo capacity. As a member of an extraordinary task force fight your way through a dieselpunk megatower and uncover its hidden secrets. Coming to your PS4 in 2018.
Wattam
Funomena
Wattam
Wattam is the latest game from Katamari Damacy creator, Keita Takahashi. Grab a friend and join the mayor to explore the world of Wattam together as you run, jump, climb, hold hands, explode, and more with colorful characters that will surprise you at every joyful turn. Wattam will be coming to PS4 in 2018.


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Enter The Gungeon Arrives on the Switch eShop Very Soon

News: Enter The Gungeon Arrives on the Switch eShop Very Soon

Gungeon on the go



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South Park The Fractured But Whole Free Download

South Park The Fractured But Whole Free Download PC Game setup in single direct link for Windows. It is an amazing RPG game. South Park The Fractured But Whole PC Game 2017 Overview From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a sequel to 2014’s […]

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Extra Credits – The Data Dilemma

Extra Credits this week takes a look at the data companies often use to measure success versus things they may be ignoring which can erode player trust in a given franchise or company.

Obvious comparisons to recent events are obvious.  Also somewhat interesting to me given my efforts to rank WoW expansions earlier in the week.  I suppose I could add in another version of the ranking with how much each one affected my trust in Blizzard.



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Daily Deal - Banished, 66% Off

Today's Deal: Save 66% on Banished!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

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Review: Traverse USA (Switch eShop)

Review: Review: Traverse USA (Switch eShop)

A basic but fun highscore chaser



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There's a Lord of the Rings card game for PC

The Lord of the Rings will get a card game on PC in 2018.

The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game is a video game version of Fantasy Flight Games' physical Lord of the Rings card game. As such, it retains the fixed distribution of cards, which removes randomness from card purchasing. There's a focus on cooperative, story-based gameplay, too.

Played single-player, the game tasks players with leading a team of three heroes through a series of narrative campaigns set across Middle-earth. You fight against the forces of Sauron, which are controlled by the computer, and build decks made up of ally, event and equipment cards.

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LocoRoco 2 Remastered Rolls to PS4 Today

Hello PlayStation fans and welcome to launch day for LocoRoco 2 Remastered!

We’re delighted to bring you our final trailer today, as well as a few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the big, beautiful world of LocoRoco 2 Remastered!

As you can see, there are plenty of high-flying, fast-rolling and crazy-bouncing adventures that await you, so here’s a few tips to help you along the way!

Check everywhere for hidden areas

The world of LocoRoco 2 Remastered is packed with secrets. Every wall you see, every crack in the ground, every odd-looking leaf and unique area likely holds some kind of reward, so make sure to get as close as you can and investigate!

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Look into their eyes

As if their cute songs weren’t enough, the LocoRoco are also really great about telling you when there’s secrets nearby. If you see your LocoRoco’s antennae start to wiggle and notice them looking at something, set your controller down for a moment and let them investigate! (That’s right. They’ll approach the area on their own!)

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The MuiMui House is the Key ~

Every MuiMui you rescue in a stage will make their way to the MuiMui house – an ever-growing utopia for MuiMui, LocoRoco and all of their friends!
New to LocoRoco 2 Remastered is the ability to collect items throughout the game and use them to continuously build new rooms and furniture for your MuiMui residents. The bigger the MuiMui house becomes, the more items you’ll receive from the MuiMui, some of which will allow you to access hidden stages!

But wait! That’s not all. Those who manage to 100% complete the MuiMui House will receive an EXTRA special reward, so make sure to do your best!

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Get rid of the Bunyo!

Throughout every stage in the game you’ll find Bunyo – little bits of black muck formed from the songs of the Moja. Bunyo actually suck the life out of the stages they inhabit, so do your best to clear every Bunyo out of all of the stages! Some are hidden quite well, so you’ll have to search high and low, but a special challenge awaits those who manage to do so.

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As a final reminder, those who pick up LocoRoco 2 Remastered throughout this PSX weekend will also receive a special Holiday Theme! This theme features a brand new music track and is only available for a very limited time, so don’t miss out!

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We hope you enjoy LocoRoco 2 Remastered, and have a wonderful holiday!



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5 tips to master out-there musical platformer LocoRoco 2, out on PS4 today

Hello PlayStation fans and welcome to launch day for LocoRoco 2 Remastered!

We’re delighted to bring you our final trailer today, as well as a few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the big, beautiful world of LocoRoco 2 Remastered!

As you can see, there are plenty of high-flying, fast-rolling and crazy-bouncing adventures that await you, so here’s a few tips to help you along the way!

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1. Check everywhere for hidden areas

The world of LocoRoco 2 Remastered is packed with secrets. Every wall you see, every crack in the ground, every odd-looking leaf and unique area likely holds some kind of reward, so make sure to get as close as you can and investigate!

2. Look into their eyes

As if their cute songs weren’t enough, the LocoRoco are also really great about telling you when there’s secrets nearby. If you see your LocoRoco’s antennae start to wiggle and notice them looking at something, set your controller down for a moment and let them investigate! (That’s right. They’ll approach the area on their own!)

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3. The MuiMui House is the Key

Every MuiMui you rescue in a stage will make their way to the MuiMui house – an ever-growing utopia for MuiMui, LocoRoco and all of their friends!

New to LocoRoco 2 Remastered is the ability to collect items throughout the game and use them to continuously build new rooms and furniture for your MuiMui residents. The bigger the MuiMui house becomes, the more items you’ll receive from the MuiMui, some of which will allow you to access hidden stages!

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But wait! That’s not all. Those who manage to 100% complete the MuiMui House will receive an EXTRA special reward, so make sure to do your best!

4. Get rid of the Bunyo!

Throughout every stage in the game you’ll find Bunyo – little bits of black muck formed from the songs of the Moja. Bunyo actually suck the life out of the stages they inhabit, so do your best to clear every Bunyo out of all of the stages! Some are hidden quite well, so you’ll have to search high and low, but a special challenge awaits those who manage to do so.

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5. Enjoy the new music track with the PS4 Loco Roco 2 Holiday Theme

As a final reminder, those who pick up LocoRoco 2 Remastered throughout this PSX weekend will also receive a special Holiday Theme! This theme features a brand new music track and is only available for a very limited time, so don’t miss out!

We hope you enjoy LocoRoco 2 Remastered, and have a wonderful holiday!

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Introducing Call of Duty: WWII MLG GameBattles Tournaments, Now Live on PS4

Competitive players, we’ve got a major update for you. For the first time, Call of Duty: WWII players in the Americas and select Asian territories will be able to register for and manage MLG GameBattles tournaments directly from their PS4 start menu beginning today.

Because Call of Duty: WWII’s new update is tightly integrated with MLG GameBattles at the PS4 system level, managing your Call of Duty: WWII qualifying matches and tournaments is easy and seamless.

Starting December 10, we will be opening registration for the first wave of Call of Duty: WWII competitive events. Starting events will be a mix of classic 2v2 to 6v6 Call of Duty competitive game types including, Hardpoint, Search and Destroy and Call of Duty World League events.

To bring this awesome new feature to our fans, we worked hand in hand with teams at Activision, Sledgehammer Games, High Moon, and MLG to craft a world-class tournament system for Call of Duty. The new platform and title-level integration for MLG GameBattles and Call of Duty: WWII makes jumping into competitive gameplay simple and fast whether you are new to esports or a seasoned veteran. Let’s look at some of the features that we have built for you.

System-Level Teams

Through the PS4 Events and Tournaments platform, you can now create and manage teams of up to 100 members including your friends, family, and favorite players on PlayStation Network. Once you setup your team, registering and participating in any of the featured Call of Duty: WWII events is as quick as a few button presses. Included in your team setup is team-specific chat, unique banners and logos, and complete tracking of your gameplay history and events you and your team have participated in.

Direct Integration into Call of Duty: WWII

Once you have chosen an event, registered, and checked-in, getting into gameplay is completely automated. Call of Duty: WWII and the Tournaments platform will automatically match your team with your opponent, setup the match types (including map rotation, rule set, etc.), and place you directly into the game lobby after you click “Join Match” from the PlayStation Tournaments section or directly within Call of Duty: WWII’s menu screen.

But what about when the match is over you ask? Again, the integration work done between our development teams ensures that your results are automatically reported, verified, and finalized without ever having to enter the results. This makes moving to your next match (Hopefully you won!) smooth, quick, and accurate, with no manual input or verification needed.

Along with this comes integration directly into the Call of Duty: WWII menus from the teams at Sledgehammer Games and High Moon. Here you can find tournaments, see the events you have upcoming, and join any of your matches that are about to start.

Call of Duty WWII: Tournaments on PS4

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As you can see, the teams at Activision and PlayStation are committed to offering the best place to compete in Call of Duty tournaments. Whether you want to climb the ranks to a CWL pro, or just enjoy casual competition with fellow Call of Duty: WWII fans, we have built a system that makes it as easy as possible.

So, grab your friends, create your teams, and we’ll see you online!



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Xbox One backwards compatibility: how does it actually work?

One of the most memorable of E3 reveals also happens to be one of the greatest technological achievements of the current-gen era. Two-and-a-half years ago, Phil Spencer took to the stage at Los Angeles' Galen Centre to showcase the original Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect running on Xbox One hardware. Following an impressive early access period, the backwards compatibility program rolled out in full force, and hundreds of Xbox 360 titles are now available to play on Xbox One, with a clutch of enhanced 4K games now available for Xbox One X. So how was this all achieved? How does back-compat actually work?

Across the years, we've only picked up a few titbits on the process - essentially that the original Xbox 360 PowerPC executables are reverse-engineered into an intermediate, then recompiled into x86. There's also been talk of some level of hardware compatibility integrated into the Xbox One processor to make the job easier, but beyond that, technical details on the process are thin on the ground - until now.

"Basically, we have a VGPU - or an Xbox 360 GPU that we've recompiled into x86 - and we run the entire 360 OS stack," explains Bill Stillwell, Xbox Platform Lead. "We take each game, we recompile it so that it runs, but basically we're running it still in a 360, and the team goes through the game with multiple passes."

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Shadow of the Colossus: PS4 Pro Enhancements, Special Edition Revealed

Though we have repeatedly confirmed that Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 is a full, ground up remake of the all-time classic, it is a fact that is harder to communicate via text or stills. To make it more clear, we have created a comparison video, which you can watch above, that shows the amount of work that has gone into this project to fully leverage the horsepower of modern gaming consoles.

Shadow of the Colossus on PS4

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For the first time, we are also happy to confirm that PlayStation 4 Pro users will benefit from two play options:

  • Cinematic, which emphasizes image quality, and for owners of compatible 4K HDR displays, boasts a beautiful dynamic 4K image targeting 30 fps
  • Performance, which delivers an extremely fluid frame rate targeting 60 fps

Shadow of the Colossus has never looked this good, or moved with this much fluidity. To give you more information about the PS4 Pro enhancements, check out this video feature:

Lastly, we are also proud to reveal a Special Edition release, which will include the following bonus items: Steelbook Collector’s Case with outer sleeve, Artist Postcards, Printed Manual, In-game Digital Extras (Ancient Bow, Cloak of Fate, “Spotted Steed” Agro skin), Two Custom PS4 Themes, Colossi Avatar Set for PS4, Physical World Map, and Colossi Stickers.

Shadow of the Colossus: Special Edition

Shadow of the Colossus is as much a prized part of our library as we hope it is yours, and so we wanted to make something special for you, its fans. The Special Edition will also be available on February 6th with an MSRP of $49.99.



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