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Getting started in Destiny 2: Into The Light, live today for all Guardians

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Destiny 2: Into the Light starts today, and in case it wasn’t apparent during the multiple livestreams last month, it’s a great time to be a Destiny 2 fan. In fact, there’s so much in today’s release that this article is only going to focus on aspects that might appeal to three different types of Guardians:

  • Cooperators (I win when the team wins)
  • Perfectionists (I win when my run is perfect)
  • Collectors (I win when I own everything)

Feel free to skip to the section that sounds most like you or try a little bit of everything; you might discover a new type of fun.

Getting started in Destiny 2: Into The Light, live today for all Guardians

For Co-op Thrill-Seeking Guardians

Into playing with friends and turning the heat up to see how much your finely honed teamwork can take? Meet Onslaught, a new wave-based defensive activity where teams of three will face increasingly challenging waves of enemies hellbent on destroying your Advanced Defense Unit.

It’s a new type of gameplay in Destiny 2 that gets even more interesting when you start constructing upgrades like turrets (that until now have mostly been pointed at Guardians) and decoys (that until now have only been sweeping up after Guardians).

“We’ve had turrets in the game for a while, but rarely have they been on our side,” said Clayton Kisko, a designer on the Destiny 2 team. “Having support with this much enemy density is exhilarating. It’s really rewarding when a turret that you or your teammates built has your back when you’re surrounded by enemies.”

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But who’s cleaning up the mess these turrets make? Well, it turns out that your decoy comes with a broom. “It is a Sweeper Bot!” Kisko says. “They are amazing at pulling aggro from enemies and clumping them up for the perfect grenade opportunity. And they start sweeping right away. Enemies can’t stand this one simple trick the Sweeper Bot does. Just watch as they surround it with hatred.”

Decoys can be upgraded into Redjacks and a final secret version. Just make sure someone on the team is building them because this tidy technology might be the difference between a victory and a total team wipe.

“Things ramp as you progress through the waves and eventually get to a point where if everyone dies at once, the run ends. On Legend difficulty, this is how Onslaught works from the start! We can’t wait to see how people work together, master the mechanics, and clear the fi

Beat Saber releases first-ever Hip Hop Mixtape, out today

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Beat Saber is not stopping! Hip Hop has long been one of the most requested music genres and the least represented within the game, but the wait is over: the Hip Hop Mixtape is out now on Beat Saber for PS VR2 and PS VR. The track list includes some of the biggest names in Hip Hop like Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, and 2Pac, covering different eras and styles of this influential music genre.

Beat Saber releases first-ever Hip Hop Mixtape, out today

Last year, the music industry celebrated the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, and since its earliest days, the genre quickly dominated charts, becoming popular with music lovers around the world.

Hip Hop Mixtape features 9 hits:

  • 2Pac – All Eyez On Me (feat. Big Syke)
  • Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
  • Snoop Dogg – Gin and Juice
  • Eminem – Godzilla (feat. Juice WRLD)
  • Outkast – Hey Ya!
  • The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize
  • Dr Dre – Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang
  • Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
  • Pop Smoke – The Woo (feat. 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch)

For the first time ever, Beat Saber brings uncensored tracks to the game, this means that players can experience all songs in the Hip Hop Mixtape in their original and raw form. We also introduced “Explicit Lyrics Toggle” that empowers players to choose their preferred in-game experience, allowing them to opt in or opt out of songs and music containing explicit lyrics. The toggle is available on all platforms for users over the age of 13.

The Hip Hop Mixtape comes with a brand new environment, inspired by urban spaces heavily painted with graffiti like basketball courts, underpasses, and subway stations, helping to build the vibe alongside the iconic tracks.

As usual, the release is accompanied with the base game + music pack bundle offering, available since the launch date. The bundle costs $38.99 and includes all 9 songs from the mixtape together with the base game Beat Saber.

Stellar Blade interview: creating stylish sci-fi action in a post-apocalyptic world

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Stellar Blade launches in just a few short weeks on PS5. You may have already sampled the action adventure firsthand by way of the recently released demo in which Eve, a member of the 7th Airborne Squad, is sent to a desolated Earth on a mission to reclaim the planet from the mysterious, malevolent Naytiba and save humankind. If so, you’ll have had a taste of the game’s mechanics and combat, its story, and creature design. To dig in further, we sat down with Stellar Blade director Kim Hyung Tae (who is also founder of Stellar Blade development studio Shift Up)  and technical director Lee Dong Gi to learn more about the studio’s background, the game’s inspirations and more. 

Stellar Blade director, Kim Hyung Tae (left), and technical director, Lee Dong Gi (right) of Shift Up

It all began with a collective passion to create action games for video game consoles

PlayStation Blog: As Stellar Blade is a brand-new title, how and when did the idea of developing this game emerge?

Kim Hyung Tae (Kim): About five years ago, when we were talking about what mobile game title should be released after Destiny Child. We were initially thinking about creating Goddess of Victory: Nikke into a duology game for the Android and iOS platforms. It was during that process that the urge to develop a console title emerged as our second project. I have been a long-time fan of video game consoles and have always wanted to develop action games for them. The idea attracted a group of members with a shared passion, and that’s how the idea of developing Stellar Blade emanated.

With Stellar Blade being Shift Up’s first title developed for video game consoles, did you encounter new challenges or hurdles?

I am being realistic in thinking our fans would not be lenient and forgiving just because this is our debut title for game consoles. Instead, we held the same high standard that console gamers hold for their games and ensured that Stellar Blade would be on par with those games in terms of quality.

Can you tell us about the concept and theme of Stellar Blade?

The theme I dedicated to Stellar Blade is humanity. The story is about what makes us human and defines us as human–it’s quite universal. The story came to my mind one day as I witnessed taxi drivers on strike.

The strike erupted when technologies for self-driving cars began advancing, almost hinting at the implementation of autonomous cars in the near future. This instilled fear among taxi drivers that these technologies would eventually take over and replace their jobs. As I watched them on strike, I asked myself what I would do if this were to happen to me, if one day humans were entirely replaced by something non-human. This is where the theme for Stellar Blade originates. Having said that, the game’s focus should not be on that; we tried to create an action adventure game that players can enjoy as they follow Eve’s story. 

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MLB The Show 24 Season 1 adds new Storylines, awards, packs, and more

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Major League Baseball’s 2024 season has begun, and MLB The Show 24 is bringing you more content to live out your baseball dreams.

The award-winning Storylines mode* transports you into baseball’s past, allowing you to relive iconic moments with unsung heroes of the diamond. Experience career-defining moments through a combination of immersive gameplay and visual storytelling.

MLB The Show 24 continues to put history into your hands in Storylines: Negro Leagues Season 2 with the addition of 3 newly introduced Negro Leagues Legends. Starting today, play your way through the careers of Larry Doby, Leon Day, and José Méndez in Storylines: Negro Leagues – Season 2 and celebrate these barrier breakers and their contributions to the game that still resonates beyond baseball today.

MLB The Show 24 Season 1 adds new Storylines, awards, packs, and more

Season Awards Drop 2 program

Seasons Awards Drop 2 Program** features players from the Topps Now Series and Season Awards Series. Step up to the plate as Milwaukee Brewers top-prospect Jackson Chourio as he made his MLB debut, or take the mound as the Pittsburgh Pirates newest ace Jared Jones when he racked up 10 strikeouts in 5.2 innings in his MLB debut. Relive these Moments and more in the Season Awards Drop 2 Program.

Season Awards Drop 2-pack

Season Awards Pack—Drop 2 contains one Diamond player item from the Season Awards Series and Topps Now Series player items. It is available today in the Show Shop for 30,000 Stubs and is limited to 5 packs per player.

  • Victor Scott II, CF St. Louis Cardinals (89 OVR
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand, 1B Cincinnati Reds (89 OVR)
  • Ryan Borucki, RP Pittsburgh Pirates (89 OVR)
  • Oswaldo Cabrera, 3B New York Yankees (92 OVR)
  • Brady Singer, SP Kansas City Royals (92 OVR)

Pipeline series

The all-new Pipeline Series features some of the MLB’s top prospects for the 2024 season. Get your first look at the Pipeline Series players in Pipeline Pack 1 and Headliners Choice Pack 7. Be sure to watch for even more Pipeline Series player items in MLB The Show 24.

Pipeline Pack 1

MLB Pipeline Pack 1 lets you choose 1 Diamond player item from one of two tiers: Rare (92 OVR) and Base (89 OVR). Find the MLB Pipeline Pack 1 in the Show Shop today for 40,000 Stubs with a three-pack per player limit.

Rare Round:

  • Jordan Beck, CF Colorado Rockies (92 OVR)
  • Nick Frasso, SP Los Angeles Dodgers (92 OVR)

Base Round:

  • Ryan Clifford,

Share of the Week: Rise of the Ronin – Weapons and Armor

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Last week, we asked you to showcase the best weapons and armor Rise of the Ronin has to offer using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s highlights:

Call_me_xavii shares a ronin in full samurai armor 

gill_mackay shares a ronin with a bladed pole standing in front of a fire 

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_alexMadeira shares a ronin drawing their blade posing for battle

Marka_game shares a ronin with a pointed rifle in hand in front of some cherry blossoms 

Xelod93 shares a ronin in full dark red armor with a demon mask

Sayaka693518 shares a ronin dancing with a bladed weapon in a field of flowers 

Search #PSshare #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in the next Share of the Week?

THEME:  Dragon’s Dogma 2
SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on April 10, 2024

Next week, show off the once-in-a-lifetime encounters on your fantasy journey. Share epic quests and moments from  Dragon’s Dogma 2 using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

Helldivers 2 gets an explosive new Warbond on April 11

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Noble patriots of Super Earth, the time for stealth is over. A new Helldivers 2 Premium Warbond has been deployed to all fighting units on frontlines across the galaxy on April 11. Codename…. Democratic Detonation.

This concoction of chaos is packed with explosive weapons, fierce armour, super-slick capes and sweet emotes.

So let loose and make the biggest bang since the dawn of time to blow up the bugs, melt the machines, and ignite the raging fires of liberty!

Firepower

BR-14 Adjudicator Rifle

Deliver righteous judgement to your enemies with accuracy. This armour-penetrating assault rifle is best used against smaller groups.

R-36 Eruptor Rifle

Keep your distance… this bolt-action rifle fires jet-assisted shells that explode shrapnel in all directions upon impact. All directions. Even your face.

CB-9 Exploding Crossbow

Kaboom! Enjoy powerful exploding bolts that dish out max damage upon direct impact. Gravity must be accounted for when aiming.

Secondary Weapons & Utility Booster

G-123 Thermite Grenade

This little beauty can stick to surfaces before burning up to a toasty 2000°C.

GP-31 Grenade Pistol

Does what it says on the label – a pistol that fires grenades. Don’t forget to reload between shots though.

Expert Extraction Pilot Booster

Need to get out of a jam fast? This booster lowers the time it takes for the extraction shuttle to reach the extraction beacon. Home in time for dinner.

Armour

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CE-27 Ground Breaker

Medium Armour.
“The ground is just another obstacle that hasn’t yet been cleared.” – SGM Janet Jones, Excavation Corps Founder.

CE-07 Demolition Specialist

Light Armour.
Originally worn by Lunar terraformers, this suit can withstand rapid changes in pressure, heat, and personal velocity.

FS-55 Devastator

Heavy Armour.
Domestic versions of this armour allow colonial farmers to safely plant crops and mines side-by-side while staying in one piece.

Of course, always accessorise your choice of armour with brand-new capes – Harbinger of True Equality, Eagle’s Fury, or Freedom’s Tapestry – as you mix and match your lethal loadout of lib

The 5 top-played games on Ubisoft+ Classics

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Ubisoft+ Classics is a curated catalog of Ubisoft games for players to explore, inviting them on adventures to explore the ancient worlds of England, Greece, and Egypt; test their tactical prowess; race across the wilderness; and more. With a library of over 50 standard edition titles, Ubisoft+ Classics adds new content monthly. Subscribers can expect The Crew 2 and OddBallers in April, The Settlers: New Allies and Watch Dogs in May, and Anno 1800 in June.

Most recently, For Honor’s new season, Forged in War, came to Ubisoft+ Classics. For Honor immerses players in an age-old war featuring three of the most notorious fighting factions in history: Knights, Vikings, and Samurai, and the new year is bringing even more to the shores of Heathmoor. Forged in War focuses on the weapons For Honor’s Heroes wield in battle to achieve victory.

In addition to For Honor, check out five of the most popular games on Ubisoft+ Classics:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

English shores await raiding Vikings. As Eivor, players will fight Saxons, forge alliances, and build up their Ravensthorpe settlement. Eivor will also meet Hidden Ones who task Eivor with eliminating members of the powerful Order of the Ancients who have infiltrated all levels of society. As players roam thick forests, purple heaths, and ancient cities, they’ll uncover plenty of mysteries and side stories, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla also gives players a chance to experience stories from Norse mythology – albeit with an Assassin’s Creed twist.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

A military survival game, Ghost Recon Breakpoint will test players in their ability to survive almost as much as their prowess in open combat and stealth. Players take on the role of a Ghost special agent, sent to the Aurora Archipelago to hunt down traitorous Wolves. Aurora is a diverse environment, ranging from frigid mountains to dry deserts to futuristic cities, and each biome has unique advantages and disadvantages. Taking this into account will be crucial to survival – and taking out the enemy before they’re even aware they’re in danger.

Far Cry 6

Antón Castillo is Yara’s brutal dictator whose relentless drive to produce Viviro – a purported miracle cancer treatment – leaves countless destroyed lives in his wake. Dani Rojas didn’t plan on joining the rebellion, but after an attempt to flee Yara goes horribly wrong, they fall in with the Libertad guerrillas and their fight to free Yara. As players explore Yara’s diverse regions, Dani will meet many Yaran citizens as well as animal companions that will fight by their side like Chorizo the dog, Guapo the crocodile, and Chicharron the fighting rooster.

Watch Dogs: Legion

London’s falling in the dystopian near-future. Underground hacker organization DedSec has been framed for a bombing, and now work to clear its name, take back London, and protect its citizen

Gran Turismo World Series 2024 begins with online qualifiers April 17

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Attention Gran Turismo drivers! We’re excited to announce details of the Gran Turismo World Series 2024. Gear up and get ready for another nail-biting season as we start a new format – The Nations Cup and Manufacturers Cup will feature six rounds of Online Qualifiers each.* The best players will progress to four live rounds with spectators, culminating in the World Finals

Montreal, Prague and Tokyo announced as host destinations for the Gran Turismo World Series Rounds 1-3 with the venue for the World Finals to be announced.

Gran Turismo World Series 2024 begins with online qualifiers April 17

The Gran Turismo World Series 2024 gets underway on Wednesday, April 17. Any player who has a copy of Gran Turismo 7 for PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 can enter the series by heading to the Sport mode in the game. Once there, sign up for the Nations Cup – racing to represent your home country or territory – and/or the Manufacturers Cup, racing for your favorite manufacturer.

First up from April 17 are the Online Qualifiers for the Nations Cup: six rounds played out over three weeks. From Wednesday, 8 May the action switches to the Manufacturers Cup, similarly with three weeks and six rounds of Online Qualifiers.

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At the end of the Online Qualifiers, the top players will be selected to attend the live events. In a change to the format for 2024, three live Gran Turismo World Series Rounds will lead into the end-of-season World Finals.

The calendar for the Gran Turismo World Series 2024 live events is as follows:

  • Round 1 – Montreal, Canada | Saturday, 6 July
  • Round 2 – Prague, Czechia | Saturday, August 10
  • Round 3 – Tokyo, Japan | Saturday, September 28
  • World Finals – Date and location to be announced

Fans unable to attend the live events won’t miss any of the action, with each round set to be broadcast live on https://www.gran-turismo.com/world/live/ and https://www.youtube.com/@GRANTURISMOTV.

In the Nations Cup, the top 12 players (five from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region; two each from the Central & South America, North Ameri

Foamstars new season Mysterious Swing begins on April 12

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Foamstars Producer Kosuke Okatani here. I hope that everyone is enjoying the Foamstars Groovy Disco season. I’d like to share details regarding the new season Mysterious Swing which begins from Friday April 12.

Foamstars new season Mysterious Swing begins on April 12

New Foamstar – Chloe Noir

Mysterious Swing will feature the new Foamstar Chloe Noir. Chloe Noir is a Foamstar who combines a charge rifle–that can shoot straight foam shots–with skills to hunt down opponents using her bubble beastie, Ciel. She blasts all her enemies with the utmost precision.

Everyone can unlock Chloe Noir for free by progressing the Season Pass to Tier 31. 

She may also be unlocked immediately for users who purchase the Premium Pass, so please check out the Season Pass!

Mysterious Swing – Season Pass introduction

Earn XP via online matches, completing missions or clearing Challenges to progress through the Season Pass tiers and unlock skins, items, and more for free. In the Mysterious Swing Season Pass: Chloe Noir, a weapon skin for Jet Justice, a character skin for Mel T, and more will be unlockable. By purchasing the paid Premium Pass, you can unlock even more glorious rewards. Players will immediately unlock any rewards up to their Season Pass tier at time of purchase.

Tales of Kenzera: Zau releases Day 1 into the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog on April 23

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Eventually, we all will contend with grief. It can come in many forms and from many different sources. Surgent Studios’ (founded by  Abubakar Salim) debut game, Tales of Kenzera: Zau, is a 2.5D story-driven, action-exploration game all about facing those emotions and discovering how love gives us the courage to press on after a devastating loss, and it’s coming to the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog at launch on April 23rd, 2024! (Available with PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium memberships).

Players will take control of Zau, a young warrior-shaman from Amandla, who seeks out Kalunga, the God of Death, to bargain with him to bring his Baba back from the realm of the dead.

Wielding two powerful masks imbued with the cosmic power of the sun and the moon in a beautiful and chaotic dance, Zau travels across Kenzera, a rich mystical realm inspired by Bantu tales, fighting tough ancestral spirits and platforming obstacles to find the 3 mighty beings that have eluded the God of Death.

Zau will discover and unlock new powerful abilities and skills during his quest to become a worthy Nganga and reclaim his lost Baba. These include mighty Spirit Attacks like the ferocious Lunar Beam blast that can be unleashed to obliterate enemies using the Moon Mask…

…and the engulfing fire Supernova that can be used to scorch nearby foes with Shamanistic fire using the Sun Mask.

Throughout Zau’s adventure, players will earn experience from exploration and combat. This experience can be spent on skill points split between two skill trees, one for the Moon mask and one for the Sun mask. These skills will enable Zau to become more powerful and learn new formidable attack combos and feats , becoming a fierce warrior-shaman.

Along his journey, Zau will also find ancient Shaman Shrines which gift him unbelievable abilities, such as the power of Gliding across the plains to cover long distances or slow his descent…

…or the cosmic Pulse ability which can enable him to to break down and reconstruct barriers in his path.

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