New details on Baldur’s Gate 3 character creation and companions, out September 6

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Baldur’s Gate 3 is a big RPG. A great, big, uncompromising RPG! It shows in the numbers: more than 170 hours of cinematics and featuring three times more cinematic dialogue than all three The Lord of the Rings novels combined, a library of more than 600 spells and actions, and plenty more.

Dungeons & Dragons is all about player freedom – the freedom to define your character, to explore vast territories with your allies, and decide the fate of the world. We’ve spent the last six years bringing the unlimited freedom D&D is known for into the realm of video games. We’ve written two-million words of dialogue across the thousands of characters that populate the world of Faerûn, with an exhilarating story and in-depth character creation that puts you at the helm of the adventure. The dice may define your luck, but you define the story.

Originally due to launch on August 31, we’ve decided to release Baldur’s Gate 3 for PS5 on September 6. This brief delay allows us more time to achieve our ambition of 60 frames per second, thanks to the power of PlayStation 5. For those of you who purchased our gigantic Collector’s Edition (limited stock still available), don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’ll be emailing you codes so you can jump in on September 3, at the start of the September 3 72-hour Early Access period that comes with the Deluxe Edition.

We’ve talked about how Baldur’s Gate 3 is an ambitious game, so let’s take a look at some of the features you can expect when it launches on September 6, or for those of you with the Deluxe Edition, September 3.

Create a character who looks like you, or make something completely different

Whether you have the stature of a gnome or the muscle tone of a half-orc, it all begins with a hero. Character creation is such a central part of D&D, and in Baldur’s Gate 3, we wanted players to experience the same kind of freedom when shaping their own identity. Who you are, what you look like, and how you want to play is up to you. Define your body type, your age, and looks – right down to the highlights in your hair. Baldur’s Mouth will be writing about you, so it’s important you make a bold impression.

You steer the adventure. Well, a version of you based on your choice of Human, Dwarf, Githyanki, Elf, Drow, Tiefling, Halfling, Half-Elf, Gnome, Half-Orc, or Dragonborn. But how you appear doesn’t define who you are. That’s why we’ve 12 classes from D&D, including Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Warlock, and Wizard, with a total of 46 subclasses between them for some extra spice and specialization. Or should you not want to choose, you can create a hybrid class through Multiclassing.

Get as macro or as micro as you like.

Friends, lovers, and enemies

Whether exploring Faerûn with your companions in single-player or playing with friends in split-screen multiplayer, your story is shaped by the company you keep, the bonds you forge, and the enemies you make along the way.

On your long rests between battles and quests, you’ll make camp with others who have undergone the unfortunate process of tadpole insertion into their

C-Smash VRS – six ways to unlock the stars

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Now that C-Smash VRS has launched into orbit on PlayStation VR2, players across the globe are starting to discover its many cosmic delights.

C-Smash VRS – six ways to unlock the stars

We have decided to stay true to the game’s minimalist roots – it is based on Sega’s console and arcade classic – and encourage players to discover new techniques and powerups and to improve their skills with each new playthrough.

Here are six features, techniques and options you might not have yet discovered – and a teaser for what’s to come…

You are a magnet

While the game will push your body and mind to the limits, a subtle feature will help when you – or the ball – may be feeling cornered. Moving sideways will attract the ball in that direction, even from a distance, allowing you to move the ball out from behind a block for instance.

You’ve got the power

Look at your racket. With each consecutive successful ball hit, your racket will gradually fill up. Once full, use the trigger on the racket hand (R2 by default) to activate the Power Smash. Keep holding it down while you’re hitting the ball to perform it.


Left, right, don’t matter

Whether you’re left- or right-handed or just like to change things up a bit, you can easily switch racket hands in the menu. Note that you can also decide which hand to have the lateral movement stick assigned to.


Space commander

Lateral movement is your friend. Feel the fluidity of moving left and right, even without the ball in play. Soon you will feel like you’re dancing and will be able to catch balls which previously might have see

PlayStation Stars Campaigns and Digital Collectibles for July 2023

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Update: The July PlayStation and You campaign was listed as part of the monthly PlayStation Stars activities in error. Spellbreak was also incorrectly listed as part of the Survival of the Fittest campaign. This article has been updated to reflect these changes.

Original story: Hey there, PlayStation Stars members! July is just around the corner, and we’re here to share the new campaigns. Prepare to be challenged, earn points, and unlock digital collectibles for your collection. Stay tuned for regular updates on the PlayStation App throughout the month. Let’s dive into the featured lineup for July.

PlayStation Plus Monthly Games 

Available July 4

New month, new PlayStation Plus monthly games. Try any one of this month’s games for 50 points: 

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – Cross-Gen Bundle PS4 & PS5
  • Alan Wake Remastered
  • Endling – Extinction is Forever

Survival of the Fittest 

Available July 6 

Survival of the Fittest is another monthly campaign we celebrate for those who love battle royale games. 

Play any one of the featured titles this month and snag the July “winner-winner chicken dinner – Arroz con Pollo” digital collectible.  

  • Hunt: Showdown
  • Darwin Project
  • Spellbreak 
  • H1Z1: Battle Royale 
  • Fortnite 
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds 

Multiplayer Mayhem 

Available July 13

Play any one of these online multiplayer games and score 50 points.

  • Borderlands 3
  • Dirt 5
  • Doom Eternal

PlayStation Underground Part II

Available July 27

PlayStation Plus Members can play any of the featured demos or PlayStation Plus Game Trials to unlock a special digital collectible that will transport you back to those cherished PlayStation Underground days: 

  • WWE 2K22 with PlayStation Plus Game Trials 
  • Carrion with PlayStation Plus Game Trials 
  • Octopath Traveller II Prologue Demo  
  • Street Fighter 6 Demo 
  • Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Demo 
  • C-Smash VRS Demo 

Hard Game Club | Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

Available July 6

Join the Hard Game Club by completing difficult in-game challenges from some of toughest games on PlayStation to get exclusive digital collectibles. 

This month’s featured game is Wo Long: F

PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for July: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Alan Wake Remastered, Endling – Extinction is Forever

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Today we’re happy to reveal the PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for July. The Monthly Games lineup of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Alan Wake Remastered and Endling – Extinction is Forever will be available to PlayStation Plus members on Tuesday, July 4 until Monday July 31. 

Let’s take a closer look at each of the games in turn. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Cross-Gen Bundle | PS4, PS5 

Black Ops Cold War drops fans into the depths of the Cold War’s volatile geopolitical battle of the early 1980s. Come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths as you battle around the globe in iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters and more. As an elite operative, follow the trail of a shadowy figure on a mission to destabilize the global balance of power and change the course of history. Descend into the dark center of a global conspiracy alongside iconic characters Woods, Mason and Hudson, as well as a new cast of operatives attempting to stop a plot

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.35 adds 3 exciting new cars, GT Café Menus, and more – out today

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Gran Turismo players! The 1.35 update for Gran Turismo 7 arrives today June 28 at 11pm PDT* / June 29 at 7am BST / 3pm JST.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.35 adds 3 exciting new cars, GT Café Menus, and more – out today

Introduction of 3 New Cars

Aston Martin Valkyrie ’21 
A uniquely shaped hypercar with F1 derived aerodynamics.

Aston Martin is one of Britain’s most beloved luxury sports car manufacturers. This hyper car, the Valkyrie, is a result of their near 110 years of experience in the field combined with the expertise of F1 constructor Red Bull Racing. The design started from an idea for an innovative road car devised by Red Bull Racing’s designer and aerodynamics expert Adrian Newey. Newey took his proposal to Aston Martin where he made a connection with their chief designer Marek Reichman. In 2016, the project began in earnest as ‘AM-RB 001’. The car developed under the AM-RB 001 codename was first unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, along with its official name, the Valkyrie. 

Production versions of the Valkyrie were first seen in 2021, taking form as a uniquely shaped hyper car which incorporated F1 derived aerodynamics with the Aston Martin design language. The high nose of the car is equipped with an underslung wing and creates powerful downforce through the Venturi tunnels running under the body. Between them sits the teardrop shaped cockpit where the driver and passenger sit feet-up in the style of a formula car. Extensive lightening has been implemented across the carbon-fiber body with even the Aston Martin nose emblem being reduced to a 70-micron thick piece of aluminum. As a result, the car weighs roughly 1,000 kg, achieving an astonishing power-to-weight ratio of 1.01 kg/BHP. 

Hard mounted to the rear of the cabin is the hybrid power unit, a Cosworth 6.5L naturally aspirated V12 engine with KERS (kinetic energy recovery system). The total output of the system is 1,140 BHP putting the car on par with even top category racing machines. The Valkyrie was first available in a limited run of 150 coupe models, which sold out almost immediately despite the price tag of over 2M pounds. The coupe was followed by the ‘AMR pro’ Le Mans style competition model and an open-top ‘Spider’ model. This pinnacle of performance is notable as one of the first hyper cars to reach the level of an LMP1 machine.


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