Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 418: Holiday Cheers and Game of the Years

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The team is back to round out the year with a lengthy Game of the Year discussion. Plus, we chat with Celia Schilling from Yacht Club Games about Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon.

Stuff We Talked About

  • New DualSense colors and PS5 console covers
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey/Valhalla
  • OlliOlli World
  • Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon (interview begins at 10:16)
  • Our personal Game of the Year picks!

The Cast

Tim Turi –  Manager, Content Communications, SIE

Sid Shuman – Senior Director, Content Communications, SIE


Share of the Week – The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience

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After an unreal amount of submissions, we’re diving headfirst into The Matrix Awakens and highlighting your hyper-realistic cityscape shares: 

PS5Photographer shares a portrait of a sunglass-wearing hero.

SindyJ_B shares the sunlight streaming down city streets.

kimchitraveler shares a colorful render of the city skyline.

adambomb2mk shares the experience’s lead standing in the streets.

YuriyKovalchuk shares some traffic.

RyanSkursky shares some downtown architecture.

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: Share of the Year
SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on December 31, 2021 

2021 is almost over, so let’s see your best shots! Share the gaming moment you are most proud of from this year using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured in the Share of the Year round up.

Seasons greetings from PlayStation.Blog and friends

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The end of the year is upon us once again! As we reflect on 2021 and look forward to 2022, the PlayStation.Blog team wants to thank you for your support all year.

As is tradition, we’ve rounded up season’s greetings cards from some of our talented friends and colleagues across the industry. So before you dive into your backlog, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and read on for some holiday cheer!

2K (Civilization VI)2K (NBA 2K22)2K (PGA 2K21)Activision (Call of Duty)Bandai Namco (Scarlet Nexus)Bandai Namco (Tales of Arise)Behaviour InteractiveBend StudioBlue Mammoth GamesBungieEmber LabFinjiFirespriteGearbox PublishingGuerrillaHazelight StudiosHousemarqueInsomniac GamesKoei TecmoLondon StudioLucid GamesMedia MoleculeMediatonicNaughty DogNetherRealm StudiosNixxesPearl AbyssPixelopusPlayer First GamesPolyarcPolyphony DigitalpopagendaPrivate DivisionPsyonixRespawn EntertainmentRiot ForgeRyu Ga Gotoku StudioSan Diego StudioSanta Monica StudioSegaSega (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles)Spike ChunsoftSquare EnixSteel Wool StudiosSucker Punch ProductionsSuperbrothersSupermassive GamesTarsier StudiosTeam ASOBItinyBuild (Secret Neighbor)tinyBuild (SpiderHeck)tinyBuild (Tinykin)Turtle Rock StudiosUbisoftUbisoft (Rainbow Six Siege)Warner Bros. GamesZoink Games

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Complete holiday quests, battle with unvaulted items, and more in Fortnite’s 2021 Winterfest

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Winterfest is back in Fortnite! Running from December 16 at 6 AM PT to January 6 at 6 AM PT, Sgt. Winter will be handing out 14 Presents — including two festive outfits — for you to unwrap. 

Here’s a peek at what the Presents are in addition to the two outfits: two Pickaxes, two Wraps, a Glider, Contrail, Emote, Lobby Track, Loading Screen, Emoticon, Spray, and Banner.

Complete holiday quests, battle with unvaulted items, and more in Fortnite’s 2021 Winterfest

Welcome Back to the Winterfest Lodge

Sgt. Winter and your presents will be waiting for you at the Winterfest Lodge. To enter the Lodge, head over to the snowflake tab in the Lobby. If you miss any days of opening Presents, you can always come back and open them before Winterfest ends.

We don’t wanna spoil all the gifts you’ll be receiving, but we’ll at least reveal the outfits. One is Krisabelle, a festive take of the community-inspired Isabelle, and the other is Polar Peely, one cool banana (literally).

Ice Cold Armory

Cool cosmetics aren’t the only gifts Sgt. Winter is bringing to the Island. He’s opened an armory full of familiar icy items. Give your opponents (or yourself) ice block feet with Chiller Grenades. Launch explosive snowballs with Snowball Launchers. Disguise yourself with the Sneaky Snowman. And up your loot game with the Holiday Presents throwables.

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A closer look at Horizon Forbidden West’s new Slitherfang, Rollerback, and Sunwing Machines

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On February 18, Aloy will venture into the dangerous frontier of the Forbidden West, confronting a huge variety of deadly new machines. You saw many of these steel beasts revealed last week at The Game Awards, but today Guerrilla offers a closer look at the armored Rollerback, the graceful Sunwing, and the acid-spitting Slitherfang, plus several more. Some serve as guardians of the natural order, while others are built only to kill. Even worse, the power to control them has fallen into the wrong hands… 

A closer look at Horizon Forbidden West’s new Slitherfang, Rollerback, and Sunwing Machines

We hope you enjoy this sneak peek at the machines of the Forbidden West, but remember – it’s only the beginning. The western wilds conceal new threats around every turn. 

Aloy observes a flock of Sunwings

Aloy gets up close to an armoured Rollerback

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