Final Fantasy XIV’s new Endwalker expansion launches November 23

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Greetings, everyone! Matt “Bayohne” Hilton from the Final Fantasy XIV community team here as we kick off Final Fantasy XIV Digital Fan Festival 2021 today! We will be live today and tomorrow on our official Twitch and YouTube channels with a ton of great content on all things FFXIV: developer panels, special guests, musical performances, and a lot more.

We kicked things off with a bang as Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida delivered the keynote address—sharing many new details for the upcoming Endwalker expansion, including the release date: November 23, 2021.

Yoshida shared many updates for Endwalker during the keynote. As you may remember if you saw our February Announcement Showcase, we’re headed towards the climax of the long-running Hydaelyn and Zodiark story arc, and with that new story comes new areas and cities to explore, multiple new jobs to play, an increased level cap, and new foes to face during our adventures. You may also remember the hint that Yoshida dropped regarding the second new job for Endwalker—how many of you guessed right?

The reaper job is coming to FFXIV with Endwalker as the latest melee DPS job. Reapers wield scythes as their weapon of choice and can deal devastating damage at close range as they summon avatars to fight alongside them. I’m certainly excited to try out both the reaper and sage (Endwalker’s new healer job)—which do you plan to try out first?

We were also treated to another special reveal, and something I know many have been requesting since the initial reveal of Viera during the Fan Festival 2019 in Paris.

Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 398: Retro Future

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This week, we interview Mac Walters, Crystal McCord, and Kevin Meek from BioWare on the creative process behind Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Plus, the team shares games that make them laugh.

Stuff We Talked About

  • Manifold Garden
  • Returnal
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (interview begins at 17 minutes)
  • The Simpsons: Hit & Run
  • Jackbox Party Packs
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Night In The Woods
  • Portal
  • OverBlood
  • Tales From The Borderlands
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids DLC

The Cast

Tim Turi –  Manager, Content Communications, SIE

Kristen Zitani – Senior Content Communications Specialist, SIE

Share of the Week: Monsters

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Last week, we asked you to showcase some ferocious and terrifying monsters from the game of your choice using #PSshare #PSBlog. From fearsome creatures to haunting humanoids, here are this week’s monstrous shares: 

Skeleify faces down a batty foe in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Amianan_NiRaGuB tries to avoid the gaze of this Gorgon from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

FloPop10 shares a chilling shot of Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil Village.

justinphotomode went face to face with a Freaker from Days Gone.

undine2880 looks up at some deadly Glinthawks from Horizon Zero Dawn.

TiltingWindmil shared a mysterious monster from Returnal.

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: Unforgettable

SUBMIT BY: Wednesday 9 AM PT on May 19

Next week will be a week to remember. Celebrate Days of Play by sharing a moment that you’ll never forget from the game of your choice using #PSShare #PSblog for a chance to be featured!

Play At Home 2021 update: Free in-game content and more

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Hi all – Play At Home is back with one more batch of new free content to help make the next few weeks a little more fun! This time, we’re offering a selection of free in-game content and virtual currency for some popular PlayStation games, including Call of Duty: Warzone, Destruction AllStars, NBA 2K21, Rocket League, and more. 

And don’t forget, this is your last chance to download Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for free as part of Play At Home – the offer ends May 14 8:00pm Pacific Time / May 15 04:00 BST / 05:00 CEST. 

Read on below for details! To learn more, please visit the Play At Home page on‡ 

Starting May 17, 2021 

The following in-game content and virtual currency is available for free via PlayStation Store from Monday May 17 08:00pm PDT (18 May 04:00 BST, 12:00 JST) until June 6 11:59pm PDT (June 7 07:59 BST, 15:59 JST).† 

Game Content 
Rocket League * PlayStation Plus Pack – includes four unique customization items including Blue Notch Wheels, Blue Smoke Boost, Blue Rocks Trail, and the Trimpact BL Player Banner. 
Brawlhalla * Brawlhalla: Play at Home Pack – includes the Rayman Legend Unlock, Sir Rayelot Skin with Axe and Gauntlet Weapon Skins, Shrug Emote and Grimm Sidekick. 
Destruction AllStars ** 1100 Destruction Points 
MLB The Show 21 ** MLB The Show 21 10 The Show Packs 
NBA 2K21 ** The Play at Home Pack – includes MyTEAM Series 2 Amethyst Damian Lillard, 5,000 MyTEAM Points and more. 
Rogue Company * Rogue Company: Play at Home Pack – includes the Kyoto Undercover Ronin Outfit and 200 Rogue Bucks. 
World of Tanks/World of Warships * Twice the Courage Pack For World of Tanks: Modern Armor, this bundle includes five x1.5 Silver Boosters, five x2 XP Boosters, 7 days of Premium Account and more.  For World of Warships: Legends, this bundle includes Tier III battleship Arkansas, 7 days of Premium Account and 5x Rare Boosters of all five types. 
Warframe * Warframe: Starter Bundle – includes 100 Platinum, 100,000 Credits, 7 Day Affinity Booster, Essential Base Damage Mod Bundle and more. 

Starting May 20, 2021 

As part of the Play at Home campaign, you can get five 60-minute Double XP tokens for Call of Duty: Warzone to accelerate your levelling in Season Three. The Double XP tokens can be accessed exclusively in-game through the Message of The Day beginning May 20 at 10:00am PDT (18:00 BST, May 21 02:00 JST) through June 6 at 11:59pm PDT (June 7 07:59 BST, 15:59 JST). 

Game Content 
Call of Duty: Warzone * 5 Double XP Tokens  [Available from May 20 at 10am PDT, 18:00 BST, May 21 02:00 JST]

We appreciate the support from the PlayStation community, and hope you enjoy the final Play At Home content drop! Please stay safe, and thanks for playing.  

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Devs reveal their upcoming DualSense wireless controller implementations

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Earlier today we revealed two striking new colors for the DualSense wireless controller: Cosmic Red and Midnight Black, both available starting in June. This update was paired with an insightful Returnal deep dive that highlighted Housemarque’s amazing implementation of the DualSense controller’s many features.

To round out today’s news, we’ve also gathered a few updates from upcoming games that take advantage of adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, and more. If you’ve played titles like Returnal and Astro’s Playroom, you know how integral the DualSense controller can be to the full experience. We’re excited to see (and feel!) how developers use the controller to further pull players into the game.*

Devs reveal their upcoming DualSense wireless controller implementations

Here’s what they had to say:

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Insomniac Games: We love how the fidelity of the controller’s haptics allow us to give so many things in the world a distinct feel and the range allows us to support bombastic responses like explosions all the way down to footsteps without the sensation getting old. Although firing weapons and striking different surfaces with your wrench were no-brainers for haptics, we found that we could also use many more subtle cues that make the haptic canvas feel full.

For example, the simple act of picking up bolts from a defeated enemy is that much more satisfying when you feel a tiny impulse from each on in your hands, complemented by a subtle controller sound. Simply using the weapon wheel or scanning the map become more enjoyable when you feel a faint click as you highlight objects.

Subnautica: Below Zero

Unknown Worlds: When we first held a DualSense controller in our hands, we knew we had to take advantage of its awesome features in Subnautica: Below Zero (launching on PS4 and PS5… tomorrow!).

We’ve taken advantage of haptic feedback by connecting players to certain powered tools. You’ll feel like you’re actually turning on the Flashlight’s switch, or feel the coil of the cable in your PrawnSuit as it launches from your Grappling Arm. The drilling sensation as you drill for resources with your Drill Arm also adds to the immersion.