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Sony says PS3 only console powerful enough for Killzone 2 as OPM UK announces first official review

Monday, 19 January 2009 11:06 GMT By Mike

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On sale Tuesday 20th January, the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine UK will have the first official Killzone 2 review, Future publishing announced this morning.

Not only do you get a review, you get a “highly collectable” holographic wallet which has an image of a Helghast trooper on it and it also “shifts colour as the light catches it.”

“Killzone 2 is without doubt the best looking game on the PlayStation 3, and we wanted to come up with a treatment that mirrored the visual voodoo which the development team at Guerrilla Games has pulled off,” said Tim Clark, Editor in Chief of Official PlayStation Magazine UK.

“We couldn’t be happier with the finished results.”

David Wilson, UK PR Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment UK, added:

“Killzone 2 has been a long time in the making, and best showcases why PlayStation 3 is the only console powerful enough to deliver a ground-breaking title of this nature. Who better to partner with than the Official PlayStation Magazine, in order to offer the readers a special collectors edition issue. It’s a great way to celebrate the launch of this milestone game.”

Expect the internet to go Killzone 2 crazy from this point onwards. We’ll be doing our level best to keep up.

Full details after the break.

By Mike Bowden


PRESS RELEASE
Future’s Official PlayStation® Magazine UK scoops Killzone 2 exclusive!

Holographic wallet as magazine celebrates first UK review of PS3TM blockbuster

19/01/09 – Future’s Official PlayStation Magazine UK is celebrating its exclusive review of Killzone 2, with a special collectors’ holographic wallet for the February issue.

Created by Guerrilla Games, Killzone 2 is a PlayStation3 exclusive game, published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) on Friday, 27th February, and is eagerly awaited by gamers and critics alike.

On sale Tuesday 20th January, the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine UK is the first place gamers will get the definitive verdict on the game. Showcasing the true next-gen power of the PlayStation3, Killzone 2 gets a comprehensive 6-page review, thanks to the Official magazine’s unrivalled access.

To mark the event, the February issue comes encased in a highly collectable holographic wallet, emblazoned with an image of a Helghast trooper which shifts colour, as the light catches it.

Tim Clark, Editor in Chief of Official PlayStation Magazine UK, said:

“Killzone 2 is without doubt the best looking game on the PlayStation 3, and we wanted to come up with a treatment that mirrored the visual voodoo which the development team at Guerrilla Games has pulled off. We couldn’t be happier with the finished results.”

David Wilson, UK PR Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment UK, added:

“Killzone 2 has been a long time in the making, and best showcases why PlayStation 3 is the only console powerful enough to deliver a ground-breaking title of this nature. Who better to partner with than the Official PlayStation Magazine, in order to offer the readers a special collectors edition issue. It’s a great way to celebrate the launch of this milestone game”

Alongside the exclusive review of Killzone 2, the February issue of Official PlayStation Magazine UK also features the 20 best new games for PlayStation 3 – including God of War III, Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves and Mini Ninjas. The magazine also reveals its Game of the Year for 2008, as voted by the readers. The package is completed by the world’s only Blu-ray demo disc, which contains 21 playable games including Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Bioshock and Valkyria Chronicles – for £5.99.

ENDS

About Future
Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK and USA. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today it creates over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the technology, games, music, automotive and sports sectors. Over 130 international editions of Future’s magazines are published under licence by publishing partners in 30 other countries around the world. Future employs around 1,300 people worldwide. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

For more information
Will Guyatt, Media Relations Manager, 01225 822517.

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47 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Blah blah blah blah, etc.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Hero of Canton

    I really wish OPM would do a version for about 3 or 4 quid without the disc. It’s a very good mag – arguably the pick of the official ones – but that disc is just useless to me, and (I’d imagine) a substantial portion of its readership.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Wait – official mag ‘good’? Does not compute! Bzzzt! BOOM!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. No_PUDding

    OOOH SHINY!

    Blah blah blah

    #4 6 years ago
  5. TimClark

    Thanks Hero of Canton. The wallet really is shiny though. Like crushed butterfly wings being sprinkled into a rainbow. Have a look in Smith’s – I semi-guarantee you’ll at least give a slight ‘oooh’. And congrats on the new releases Pat. Can’t remember if I said that before.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Mike

    Fancy sending a copy to Denmark, Tim? ;)

    #6 6 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    Seriously, how long have you been at that mag….

    I bought the Issue 026: Christmas Edition.

    Glad I did, cus you had some Demon’s Souls info in there. And I won’t have to download a good 50% of the demos from the PSN store.

    Yeah, I might pick this one up.

    I still have one of them from the PSone Days, I really need to find it. The cover was Simpsons wrestling I think. It had Driver 2 tips in it.

    Aaaah, those were the days.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Morrius

    I just want to know how you fill a whole mag full of positive information on the PS3. Maybe I should pick it up and find out, I’m aching for mine to seem more of a worthwhile purchase.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. TimClark

    How long? Oh Christ. I’ve always been here. Like the caretaker at the Overlook Hotel. I’ve even used that joke before. :(

    Every now and then I talk about leaving. My publisher just laughs.

    Maybe I’m more like John C Reilly in Platoon – a lifer.

    Are you actually Denmark based then, Mike?

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Mike

    Yeah, I am. Sexual refugee about 10 years ago.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Blerk

    He’s a reformed male escort.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. TimClark

    @Morrius

    Well we try not to make it too much like a glee club. Generally though, we’re not short on content. Without wanting to get into any hot console-on-console action, I’d rather be writing about our lineup than anyone else’s – but I play all three systems, lest that sound too partisan. That said, I’m a ridiculous HD whore so the Wii barely gets a look in.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Mike

    OPSM UK costs about £15 where I live. :(

    That’s a mental amount of money.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. deftangel

    Most powerful console blah blah. Shame how one of the engineers at IBM who worked on both disagreed last week :)

    Game looks great and I’m there day one but throw four years and enough cash at a team to work exclusively on the 360 they’d be able to get something looking just as good.

    Have to hand it to Guerilla for getting pretty close to “that” trailer though :)

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Retroid

    Only console powerful enough to do this particular game in the very specific ways it does things? :)

    #15 6 years ago
  16. patlike

    Cheers, Tim.

    *broken*

    #16 6 years ago
  17. sennasnit

    Wait a minute, i subscribe to the mag, i didn’t get one of those shiny things, Tim if you’re still around, sort it out, do subscribers not get the shiny thing, is it just to attract shelf shoppers, i’ve subscribed to all three “Official” mags and i want free stuff… it’s bad enough that now if you subscribe you get a free BluRay, i got nowt.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. TimClark

    Pat, I got tired looking after my niece for an hour. She said she wanted the same story reading twice in a row. “That’s ridiculous,” I explained,”you know the ending now.” It was the croc comes to tea or something. Spoiler: he eats all the food.

    Fail at parenting.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. TimClark

    Sennasit, the packaging doesn’t go to subs – primarily to avoid waste I think. Sorry. But we’re saving the planet one hologrammatic piece of card at a time I guess.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Retroid

    I’m a reformed Ford Escort.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Mike

    @Tim: :D

    I read my son the same story about 5 times a night!!

    *checks email*

    *still nothing*

    #21 6 years ago
  22. DS1086

    @ deftangel
    It’s common knowledge that it looks considerably better than “that” trailer, not “pretty close”.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Blerk

    My arse it does!

    #23 6 years ago
  24. SticKboy

    That just, like, your opinion, man.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. deftangel

    Er no bollocks to opinion. There’s no way it looks better than the original trailer. You’ve only got to look at the faces for that.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Whizzo

    It looked very good when I saw it running at EG Expo, not as good as the completely pre-rendered movie from ages ago, but as close as any current generation console hardware is likely to pull off.

    As for looking better than it, that’s bullshit.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. No_PUDding

    In some elements it’s much better looking:

    Fire, Art direction, Motion Blur

    In others it’s not as good:

    Smoke, poly-count.

    it still stands that there are people who think that it looks better than the CG, and that is an achievement in itself, so go ahead and have your opinion.

    And Deftangel, you can’t disregard it like that. They are totally different consoles. They work radically different. All I can say is that Killzone, didn’t have a budget that high above you’re average HD game (shockingly). $21 mil according to an article I found in the NeoGAF thread.

    4 years? Well 2/3 years really, since Liberation was done inbetween the E305 trailer and the E307 one.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @TimClark

    It’s ‘the tiger who came to tea’.

    Still a classic…

    #28 6 years ago
  29. deftangel

    There was a Killzone 2 trailer at E3 2005. It releases at the end of Feb 2009. Assuming they didn’t dream up the trailer the night before E3 like I used to with my Art Homework then that’s four years on my calendar.

    The format wars bullshit is very 2006. Everybody and their dog has had their say on it and the general consensus has been their designs are radically different but they are roughly equivalent in terms of overall performance. The PS3 just has a steeper learning curve as it’s a more radical architecture.

    That’s more or less what a chap from IBM said last week. Given they designed large parts of both boxes I’m inclined to think he’d know what he’s talking about.

    As for budget, it was rumoured to have risen to EU42m on this very site last year. EU21m was the original estimate. That’s a pretty expensive game!

    Like I say, if you gave a competent developer that amount time & money to develop their own propriety engine on the 360 and give them the same art direction, you’d get a very similar output. Both systems have their limitations. The 360′s is not being able to rely on the hard drive, the PS3′s is memory but anyone saying Game X would not be possible on Platform Y is largely talking out of their ass.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. DS1086

    To quote gamesradar:
    “E3 2005 gave us the infamous MotorStorm and Killzone 2 trailers. They looked amazing – too good to be true. And of course, they were too good to be true, generated as ‘target footage’ by Sony. MotorStorm came close (sort of) but failed. And now we’ve got playable preview version of Killzone 2 sitting in our PS3, we can tell you that it doesn’t look as good as that early footage.

    It looks better.”

    See: http://www.gamesradar.com/f/killzone-2-2005-07-and-08-graphics-compared-in-video/a-20081217113324546074

    It’s only their opinion, but it also happens to be fact. :D

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Robo_1

    @deftangel

    Do you have a link to the IBM guy quote?

    I’ve always read that Cell is significantly more powerful than MS’s CPU solution, and given that KZ2 makes full use of the SPE’s to get the graphics it does, it’s one time where I’m inclined to agree that this game is only possible in its current form on PS3.

    No problem being proven wrong here BTW, but I’ve had a keen interest in the tech behind KZ2, and as everything is so heavily based around the unique functionality of the SPE’s, I don’t see where the 360 could substitute that amount of grunt from.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. crippledhooba

    now why did he have to go and say that lol.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. No_PUDding

    Was gonna go off an talk tons, but it’s not worth it.

    Let me revert to this fallacy.

    Let me see somethign to challenge it on the 360.

    Let me see the next Halo (not ODST), whatever that Asian woman is working on. Because thats where we will see the fruits of labour.

    Anyway as I said… it was NOT 4 years. Liberation was developed between the E305 trailer, and the E307 reveal, by Guerilla Games.

    And $42mil is still less than half of GTAIV’s cost. And therefore, I expect less than many AAA games.

    So there was neitehr excessive time, nor too far above the average investment. All it was was exploring alternative techniques, to suit the alternative hardware.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Robo_1

    Oh not looking to stir trouble, I’d just genuinely be interested to talk about the tech of each console. I know 360 is ahead of PS3 in memory and gpu, but from what I’ve read, that’s not going to bridge the gap between Cells 6 spu’s targeted at rendering the game.

    Honestly, I’ve no problem being proven wrong, I’m just keen to discuss the tech side of things, as I’ve taken quite an interest in the tech behind this engine.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. No_PUDding

    Psychotext is your man.

    Shocked me actually quite how intelligeable he is on that subject.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. Truk

    Heh!

    #36 6 years ago
  37. No_PUDding

    Yeah, that sounded like an apologetic compliment.

    The guy knows his stuff.

    The thread I lurked in, there was still the battle of which is stronger, and both sides were putting up a great points, from documented evidence.

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Psychotext

    You leave me out of this… I’m sure TEA is lurking around here somewhere just waiting to scream xbot at me the second I post anything even vaguely Sony related.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Retroid

    “And of course, they were too good to be true, generated as ‘target footage’ by Sony. MotorStorm came close (sort of) but failed.”

    Only if you watched the original target trailer on a 14″ rubbish portable. Motorstorm didn’t look anything like the quality of the pre-render, that’s bollocks.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. No_PUDding

    Yeah Motorstorm didn’t, thats true.

    But then, some thigns, (as with the KZ2 CG) don’t fit with gameplay as well either.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. fearmonkey

    I’ll believe that the graphics are better when I see it for myself. I remember all the hype over GTA4, and while it’s a pretty game, the graphics engine didnt look as good as some of the pictures that I saw before the games release. It was so overhyped.
    Im sure KZ2 will look incredible, but to say it can be better than tht pre-rendered movie is just stupid. That initial opening scene where it showed the city underneath.
    No way it can look exactly like that, im sure it will be a nice enough aproximation however.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. No_PUDding

    They did it in 2007. And there’s other sections in the final game, I am sure we haven’t seen, where the city is shown from above.

    N’Gai Croal played it in 2007 though.

    So the City view isn’t impossible by any means.

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Cort

    I just read somewhere that OPM UK gave KZ2 9/10. Is this true?

    #43 6 years ago
  44. DrDamn

    Yeah OPMUK 9/10, OPMUS 10/10, some dodgey website review which got pulled 99%.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Cort

    Oh dear, OPM UK usually scores Sony exclusives one point higher than the industry average. It’s a good score, but this will be siezed upon by the doubters.

    #45 6 years ago
  46. Syrok

    8 would also be a good score.

    #46 6 years ago
  47. No_PUDding

    On the other hand OPMUS, has scored other PS3 exclusives pretty scathingly.

    Motorstorm PR was a 6, was it not?

    And Warhawk a 7 (it’s defintely DEFINTELY not)

    #47 6 years ago

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  • Diablo 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more make up this week’s Deals with Gold

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  • GTA 5: parallax occlusion mapping is gone, but framerate is better

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  • The Witcher 3 dev: DirectX 12 may not have impact on Xbox One games resolution

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  • Get infinite items in Bloodborne with this duplication glitch

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  • Motivational Growth is the first non-documentary film to be released on Steam

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  • Metal Gear Solid movie in the works at Sony Pictures

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  • Destiny: Inferno mode returns this week with Inferno Clash

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  • Bladestorm: how 28 rogue ninja conquered Brittany

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  • First Bloodborne speedrun is in, game finished in under 45 minutes

    Bloodborne has been out for less than a week in most parts of the world and the first speedrun record has already been achieved. YouTuber Oginam_tv managed to finish Bloodborne in under 50 minutes. Of course not without utilising more than his fair share of exploits, including level-skipping glitches, as well as the item duplication […]

  • Advanced Warfare Infection gameplay shows the new map, monsters, extraction mechanic

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  • Hotline Miami collector’s edition is close, 50% already achieved

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  • Woah Dave will be an extra free PS+ game on PS4 in April

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  • Mortal Kombat X: three international tourneys announced, $100,000 prize pool

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  • Project CARS to receive a free car every month, starting with the Lykan Hypersport

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  • Leaked Halo Online gameplay shows weapons, maps, and more

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  • Get PlayStation 4 with the PS Camera and The Last of Us for $399

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC comes to PS4 in May

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  • Watch Rainbow Six Siege developers stream new gameplay right now

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  • Advanced Warfare Exo Zombie Infected trailer shows new weapons, massive enemy

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  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

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  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

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  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

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  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

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  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

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  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

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  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

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  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

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  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

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  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

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  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

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  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

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  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

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  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

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  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

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  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

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  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

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  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

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  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

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  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

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  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

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  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

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  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

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  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]