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Genshin Impact version 1.4 celebrates love and life with the Windblume Festival

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Greetings, Travelers! Genshin Impact’s dev team here once again with exciting news and previews of the game’s upcoming version 1.4 update, launching March 17. We hope you’ve all had a wonderful time exploring and taking part in Liyue Harbor’s Lantern Rite. As the chill of winter begins to fade across Teyvat to make way for spring, we’d like to share an inside look at a traditional annual festival in Mondstadt — the Windblume Festival. As the beauty of spring fills the city, we hope that everyone will join the citizens of Mondstadt in a heartfelt celebration of freedom and life.

All Travelers who are at Adventure Rank 20 or above and have completed the Archon Quest “Song of the Dragon and Freedom” will be invited to join the cordial celebration of the Windblume Festival. Throughout the festival, there will be numerous mini games to play with tons of rewards and prizes. Players will even have a very special chance to spend time hanging out with Barbara, Noelle, Bennett, and Chongyun, with the possibility of experiencing different endings and memories depending on your choices and interactions with each character.

A time for special memories

As swirling dandelions begin to fill the warm spring air, the people of Mondstadt gather together to celebrate the Windblume Festival. The festival’s origin can be traced back to the liberation of Mondstadt two thousand six hundred years ago.

However, as the traditions of the Windblume Festival were passed down through the generations, the festival has gradually come to signify a cultural celebration of romance and passion. Couples and love birds alike will use the occasion as a chance to spend a lovely time together, and Mondstadt locals will often recommend Cape Oath as the perfect spot to confess one’s feelings and pledge romantic vows. During this time of love and freedom, Travelers will also have a unique chance to spend a special time together with Barbara, Noelle, Bennett, and Chongyun. Choices and interactions that players make with the characters may lead to different endings, with each actual ending awarding players with a Hangout Memory illustration.

Festive challenges await

In preparation for this year’s festivities, the Knights of Favonius and the Adventurers’ Guild have assembled the most festive mini games the city has ever witnessed, with a variety of activities awaiting both Travelers and Mondstadt locals alike. The majority of the Windblume mini games will support both single-player and co-op mode, so whether you’re playing solo, with a group of buddies, or together with that special someone, the games are sure to leave fun, lasting memories for all that participate. 

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Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 390: Fully Immersed

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Email us at PSPodcast@sony.com!

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Welcome back y’all! This week we dive deep into some recently announced PS VR titles, and share short and sweet games that can be beat in one night.

Stuff We Talked About

  • Doom 3: VR Edition
  • Song In The Smoke
  • Fracked
  • Zenith
  • I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar
  • After the Fall
  • Hitman 3
  • Maquette
  • When The Past Was Around
  • Outriders

The Cast

Tim Turi –  Senior Content Communications Specialist, SIE

Kristen Zitani – Senior Content Communications Specialist, SIE

Share of the Week: Vertical

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Last week, we asked you to turn your lens 90° and share some vertically angled moments from your favorite games using #PSshare #PSBlog. From carefully crafted portraits to well-framed action shots, here are this week’s highlights: 

Eivor’s golden armor gleams in this Assassin’s Creed Valhalla share by Amianan_NiRaGuB

Dante is ready to unleash hell in this Devil May Cry 5 share by schokoshake17.

GameonFocus shares the stark landscape of Metro Exodus.

A battle fit for the gods plays out in this green-soaked Immortals Fenyx Rising share by Wishful_Flowers

PatmanVP gets up close and personal with a Freaker in Days Gone.

The moon rises over this archer in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, shared by galaxyb0nes_vp.

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: Inspiring Women

SUBMIT BY: Wednesday 9 AM PT on March 10

Next week, in honor of International Women’s Day we’re spotlighting inspiring women in gaming, with a twist. Alongside the share of your favorite heroine (or villain!), share the story of how or why the character inspired you in using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured!


Want to share more of your epic photo mode moments? U.S. players can enter the Red Bull Capture Point competition* for the chance to win some thrilling prizes. See full details at redbull.com/capturepoint

Two Point Hospital: Jumbo Edition delivers a healthy dose of absurdity

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The PS4 launch of the Two Point Hospital: Jumbo Edition is here, and we can’t wait for you to experience the huge amount of new content coming your way. This is by far the biggest release we’ve ever done, including four huge expansions, two massive item packs, and a free update with some of the most popular community requested features. There’s never been a better time to grab a stethoscope and start building your very own healthcare empire!

Head to the Pointy Mountains with local celebrity, Bartholomew F Yeti, in the Bigfoot expansion, blaze a sterilised trail through the tropical islands with Wiggy Silverbottom in Pebberley Island, or take on the latest and greatest challenges in the two newest expansions to hit consoles: Close Encounters and Off the Grid.

We know, we know… “Aliens in a hospital game?!”, “eco-warrior politicians in a hospital game!?” It’s probably fair to say you might have some questions before you jump in to solve mysterious alien conspiracies, or help the Mayor make the county green again… for the very first time. So why not grab a packet of the cheesiest gubbins you can find and put your feet up while some of our lovely designers, Harry Puttock and Sam Webley talk you through the new adventures that await you in our beloved little Two Point County.

Close encounters

Harry Puttock: Alien conspiracies might sound a little “out there” for a hospital sim game, but we really wanted to go for something a little more fantastical and push the boat out, which is exactly what we did for Close Encounters. The basis of the idea came from our Creative Director, Gary Carr after watching far too many conspiracy TV shows on Roswell, Area 51 and the like. 

Sam Webley: Close Encounters has three brand new areas: there’s Goldpan, a small town where rumours of a UFO crash landing began, Camouflage Falls, a town that doesn’t really exist, housing a massive military base, and Chasm 24, a secret government facility. The levels really do go from strange happenings to full-blown government cover-ups as you get deeper and deeper into this crazy conspiracy.

Harry:Throughout the DLC you’ll be encountering lots of different space-themed illnesses. My personal favourite being Lack of Humanity, where you’re actually turning these aliens into people so they can integrate with society in Two Point County. It’s quite a nice twist, because the DLC starts by exposing these aliens that are trying to infiltrate your hospitals, and by the end of it you’re helping them stay here rather than sending them home. 

Sam: You can’t talk about illnesses in Close Encounters without mentioning Bowhine though. Patients with this illness ha

PlayStation Store: February 2021’s top downloads

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Whether in the US, Canada, or Europe, it looks like players on both sides of the Atlantic spent a lot of time with FIFA 21 this past month. The title topped both PS4 and PS5 charts, with Black Ops Cold War, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Grand Theft Auto V also appearing prominently across the lists.

Read on for the most downloaded titles across PS4, PS5, and PS VR: 

PS5 Games

US / CanadaEU
1FIFA 21FIFA 21
2Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarAssassin’s Creed Valhalla
3Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
4Madden NFL 21Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
5NBA 2K21Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
6Assassin’s Creed ValhallaMortal Kombat 11
7Mortal Kombat 11Hitman 3
8Hitman 3Demon’s Souls
9Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeBorderlands 3
10Demon’s SoulsMadden NFL 21
11Nioh 2 Remastered – The Complete EditionImmortals Fenyx Rising
12Immortals Fenyx RisingWRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
13Werewolf: The Apocalypse – EarthbloodNBA 2K21
14Borderlands 3No Man’s Sky
15GodfallWerewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood
16Sackboy: A Big AdventureNioh 2 Remastered – The Complete Edition
17No Man’s SkyGodfall
18Watch Dogs: LegionSackboy: A Big Adventure
19Dirt 5Watch Dogs: Legion
20Dead by Daylight: Special EditionDirt 5

*Naming of products may differ between regions.
*Upgrades not included.

PS4 Games

Bloodstained’s Miriam joins 3D arena battler Mighty Fight Federation

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Today I’m excited to announce – and take a first look – at a new guest character joining our 3D arena battler Mighty Fight Federation: Miriam from action platformer Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night! Miriam will be a free addition to the main game and available to everyone later this spring. As a reminder, Mighty Fight Federation is available now on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

Like our other licensed character guest stars such as Yooka-Laylee and ToeJam & Earl, Miriam comes with her own level and remixed music track. She will have one the largest movesets in Mighty Fight Federation, focusing on weapon and shard synergy, with many moves inspired by the entirety of the Bloodstained franchise. See her in action in the below trailer:

We worked with Bloodstained’s famed creator, Koji Igarashi, and his team to ensure we did Miriam justice, from her unique design to her wide breadth of weapons and Shard abilities. Both myself and the game’s creative director, Jullian Spillane, are incredibly excited to see what fans of technical-style combatants are able to achieve come her debut later this year. You can take a closer look at the in-game model below, and Igarashi-san himself found the time to share his excitement as well.

“Hello, this is Iga. I am pleased to announce that Miriam has been included in Mighty Fight Federation! Miriam is the protagonist of my exploration-heavy side-scrolling action game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I am very excited to see what kind of fighting style she’ll bring to the table. Oh, and if you haven’t heard of Bloodstained, please check it out as well~ I wish you all have tons of fun playing both works.”

  • Koji Igarashi

Mighty Fight Federation is playable with up to four players, and console crossplay ensures that epic, chaotic clashes can take place locally or online. Comprehensive tutorials and training modes mean players of all abilities and fighting game backgrounds can hit the ground running, while veteran fighters can be sure they are landing every punch in this balanced and highly-competitive brawler thanks to its rollback netcode. 

Whether it’s one-on-one, a triple threat, or a fatal four-way, competitors can jump into the action and join the foray 24/7. The game boasts 13 outlandish characters (and more to come), each with their unique play-styles, combos, and special moves. It also has a killer soundtrack featuring music by Tee Lopes (Sonic Mania), James Landino (RWBY, No Straight Roads), Vince DiCola (Rocky IV, Transformers), and Manami Matsumae (Mega Man, Shovel Knight).

Mighty Fight Federation is available now on PS5 and PS4, so you can join the action while waiting for Miriam’s debut later this year.

Signs of the Sojourner brings card-based conversations to PS4 March 16

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Signs of the Sojourner is a narrative card game about connecting with people. It’s the debut release from our studio, Echodog Games, and I’m delighted to share the news that it’ll be available to download on PS4 from March 16. 

Signs of the Sojourner brings card-based conversations to PS4 March 16

Deck-building begins

We started development on Signs of the Sojourner during the summer of 2018 (at that point it was called ‘Project Thunder’), with a lot of prototyping and experimenting early on. The original pitch was ‘your deck is your character’, but figuring out what that actually meant took a lot of exploration and iteration. 

How the game looked during the early stages of development

By the start of 2019 we’d figured out the core structure, systems, and visual language, and that’s when things really started coming together. We began bringing on external collaborators during that spring and by the fall we had an open alpha and growing community. Involving the community so early was a new experience for all of us, but a fantastic one. Folks were so enthusiastic and bursting with ideas about how the game could be expanded.

Designing a narrative 

At first, we included mechanics similar to those found in games such as Slay The Spire and Magic: The Gathering, but quickly realised it encouraged players to approach card encounters with a hostile mindset. They would regard characters as foes to be defeated, which was not what we wanted at all.  

We moved in a direction that focused on symbols and stringing together sequences, which we felt was a much better representation of how it can feel trying to connect and communicate. Combined with how your deck develops over time, the new direction also brought more focus to the themes of identity and personal growth that we wanted to explore.

Different communities in the game tend to favour certain card and deck types, and it’s up to you to choose how to build your deck as you travel around Signs of the Sojourner’s near-future, sort-of-Earth world. Of course, by curating a deck that allows you to communicate more successfully with one group, it may make othe

From the creators of Arizona Sunshine, After the Fall brings fast-paced co-op FPS action to PS VR

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Hey everyone! I’m TamTu, community manager at Vertigo Games and today I have some exciting news to share with PS VR fans.

Ever since we first revealed After the Fall, our team has quietly worked away to bring you the most thrilling VR co-op action FPS that will pit you and your friends against a post-apocalyptic VR world in a raging fight for survival. Today we are excited to announce that After the Fall is coming soon to PS VR with full cross-platform multiplayer support.

To celebrate, we have released an all-new cinematic trailer which introduces the four heroes of After the Fall as they have left the semi-comfort of their underground hideouts to venture out into the treacherous, ice-covered snowbreed territory above:

From the creators of Arizona Sunshine, After the Fall brings fast-paced co-op FPS action to PS VR

Now that you’ve watched the cinematics trailer, we’ll consider your memory refreshed on what snowbreed are – the ferocious, undead creatures that are roaming the frozen remains of an alternate 1980s LA. Though they are undead, they are nothing like the average zombie: snowbreed are terrifying, ferocious monsters that move around in hordes – not unlike a pack of wolves – waiting to strike in big numbers. And while you try to keep your head cool fending off these huge hordes with your friends at your back, you will want to watch (and listen) for the more twisted types; from towering brutes that can instantly flatten you with a strike of their huge ice fist to decapitators that will grab you by the neck to pull you off the ground.

After The Fall

Aside from the cinematics trailer, sometime during the next couple of weeks we’ll be revealing an all-new gameplay trailer showing off what to expect when you’re venturing out into the world of After the Fall with your friends, players you meet in camp, or the friendly AI companions that will be at your side if you’re going at it solo. Keep your ice peeled!

Armed with full VR motion controls on dual PS Move controllers or the PS VR Aim controller, After the Fall will make you feel like your favorite, slightly overpowered 1980s action hero as you engage in the game’s high-paced combat with real-life movements. Aside from the more conventional weapon types, you’ll be able to gear up with weaponry and tools that are heavily inspired and rooted in 1980s culture. Unlocked that iconic cassette player-turned-missile launcher to keep the hordes at bay? Don’t rest on your laurels just yet, because no mission will play the same twice. We’ll keep you on your toes whether it

Expansive JRPG-inspired MMO Zenith is coming to PS VR

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Our team loves anime, MMOs, and VR but there was nothing out there that combined all three for a satisfying experience. We set out to build Zenith because it was the game we wanted to play, and because we believed that many of you would feel the same way. 

The World

Zenith is a VR MMO that marries a colorful open world with adrenaline pumping action adventure gameplay. Our game has beautiful, hand-crafted environments that you’ll spend hours getting lost in. From lush canopies in the Amarite Forest, to turquoise blue waters at the Radiant Coast, to the hyper futuristic city of Zenith itself, we’ve built a stylized fantasy world dripping with detail. Of course beautiful scenery is only one part of making Zenith feel like a living world, we’ve also invested lots of time on lore, infusing the setting with intricate details that bring it to life.

Zenith

Set generations after a cataclysmic event known only as The Fracture, players will be drawn into an engrossing tale as they fight man and gods alike to prevent catastrophe from striking again. Using the power of Essence, the magical lifeblood of all living beings, players will grow increasingly powerful as they adventure together — meeting a colorful cast of champions and villains along the way.

The Movement

With such a massive world, we also wanted to give you unparalleled freedom of movement. 

In Zenith you can climb anything. Use your hands to climb up the sides of skyscrapers or giant cliff faces, discovering secret areas and searching for hidden treasure. You have limited stamina, which increases as you explore the world, so you’ll need to plan your ascent carefully.

Zenith

Soar through the skies using our Gliding system to quickly fly to distant areas of the map, get the drop on some enemies, or just take in the view.

The Combat

The most amazing open world doesn’t mean squat if we don’t have a deep core game loop to keep you satisfied for hours, and that’s exactly what we aim to deliver with our hyper-immersive combat system that’s only possible in VR. 

While many MMORPGs feel like spreadsheet simulators, Zenith feels tactile and simple to learn. Instead of learning a million formulas about damage, you’ll be mastering intuitive mechanics like throwing, blocking, and dodging. Parry the cold steel of your enemy’s blade, slam your staff like a wizard, and even dodge arrows while slowing time.

Mastery of blade and magic in Zenith takes both time and practice as you l

I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy And The Liar returns to PS VR

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Greetings, Agents! Adam Kuta, Community Marketing Specialist at Schell Games, reporting in with brand new intel direct from HQ. I’m honored to announce that I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and The Liar will release for PlayStation VR later this year.

It has been more than four years since the award-winning original I Expect You To Die launched on PlayStation VR, back in December 2016, and fans have been requesting more content and missions ever since. “We are thrilled to be coming back to PlayStation VR with the sequel,” Project Director Charlie Amis says. “It was really a no-brainer. Our PS VR Agents are an integral part of our community, and we can’t wait for players – both new and returning – to experience the new twists, turns, perils, and puzzles IEYTD2 has to offer.”

Following the events of I Expect You To Die, IEYTD2 sends you back into the immersive world of espionage and undercover danger. Leaving nothing to chance, the Agency has assigned you with the task of going deep undercover and putting a stop to the Zoraxis organization’s new scheme of world dominance. After all, you did stop Zor before and survived the Death Engine! Now, you’ll need to step up your super spy game! Take advantage of your telekinetic abilities in all-new environments and surroundings. Expose the diabolical plot and learn even more about Zoraxis. Risk your life for the greater good; because, remember: we expect you to die.

We have plenty more surprises and information in store for you as we get closer to our release. But, until then, there’s more to uncover and decipher in these images – and perhaps even within this very article – for now! Stay sharp, Agents. We’ll be reporting back very soon.

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US / CanadaEU
1Grand Theft Auto VFIFA 21
2Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarGrand Theft Auto V
3MinecraftMinecraft
4NBA 2K21Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
5Little Nightmares IIThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
6Red Dead Redemption 2Tekken 7
7FIFA 21Red Dead Redemption 2
8Persona 5 StrikersLittle Nightmares II
9Call of Duty: Modern WarfareArk: Survival Evolved
10Ark: Survival EvolvedTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
11Need for Speed HeatCall of Duty: Modern Warfare
12Mortal Kombat 11Jump Force
13Assassin’s Creed ValhallaGran Turismo Sport
14UFC 4Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
15God of WarUFC 4
16Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeNeed for Speed Heat
17Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderFall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
18Ghost of TsushimaThe Forest