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Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force, Ys, Gundam and Senran Kagura coming to PS4

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia unveiled a slew of new games — and some not so new games — coming to PlayStation 4, including Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force 4.1 and a new Ys title. Disgaea 5 is coming to PS4 sometime in 2015. Earth Defense Force 4.1 appears to be an update to the most recent Sandlot-developed bug-slaying shooter. Also announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference was a new PS4 game from Bandai Namco based on the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and a new game in the Senran Kagura series, subtitled Estival Versus, which is coming to PS4 and PS Vita. Tecmo Koei also re-confirmed that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, a new version of its 3D fighting game, was coming to PS4.
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Themes are coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita

Sony will bring themes to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in future firmware updates, the company announced at its Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference today. The ability to customize your PS4 and Vita will introduce game-themed wallpapers and icons for each platform. In the example shown for PS4, PlayStation mascots Toro and Kuro (above) were shown in animated form playing in a house — with nods to LocoRoco — alongside a user interface that featured theme-specific icons. On Vita, a theme for Danganropa series spin-off Zettai Zetsubo Shojo: Danganronpa Another Episode was displayed with custom wallpaper and icons.
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Dragon Quest Heroes brings the series back to PlayStation in Dynasty Warriors style

A new Dragon Quest game is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3: Dragon Quest Heroes, a hack and slash, Dynasty Warriors-style action role-playing game from Square Enix, Tecmo Koei and Omega Force. Yuji Horii from Square Enix and Kou Shibusawa from Tecmo Koei unveiled the new Dragon Quest spin-off at today's Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference alongside a trailer that showcased gameplay and pre-rendered cinematics. A group of heroes was shown dispatching scores of classic Dragon Quest enemies, like slimes, cyclopses, dragons, skeletons, wizards, golems and more. Dragon Quest Heroes will be out sometime in 2015. Sony will release a special edition version of the PS4 to commemorate the launch of Dragon Quest Heroes. Dubbed the Metal Slime edition, the silver...
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Persona 5 coming to PS3 and PS4 in 2015

The next game in the Persona series has been pushed to 2015, Atlus announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's press conference today. The game, Persona 5, is now slated to come to PlayStation 3 as well as PlayStation 4 next year. Persona 5 was announced as a PS3 title last year and slated for a "winter 2014" release. Developer Atlus showed an animated teaser today, but no gameplay, and confirmed that the role-playing game was PS4-bound next year. Here's the game's latest Japanese-language teaser.
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Resident Evil Revelations 2 coming 'early 2015'

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 — and other platforms — in early 2015, Capcom producer Masachika Kawata announced at a Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference today. Revelations 2 is being developed by the core staff members of the previous entry, which hit Nintendo 3DS and previous generation consoles, but will be set in a new period and a new setting, Kawata said. The game's protagonists will not be Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield, Kawata noted, but no other game specifics were announced. The game was announced alongside a live action teaser with the tagline "Evil is watching," but no gameplay footage was shown. Kawata said Capcom will reveal new information about Resident Evil Revelations 2 next week, and a playable demo will be available at...
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Bloodborne comes to PS4 on Feb. 5

From Software's dark action-role-playing game Bloodborne will be released for PlayStation 4 on Feb. 5, 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced today. The Japanese release of Bloodborne will come with a special art book for those who pre-order the game. A worldwide release date for Bloodborne was not announced, but Sony has said the game will come to PS4 in early 2015.
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New Hot Shots Golf coming to PlayStation 4

A new entry in the Hot Shots Golf series — or Minna no Golf, as it's known in Japan — is coming to PlayStation 4, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida announced today. The "New Mingol Project" will leverage the power of the PlayStation 4 and its social features, Yoshida said. The game was said to feature an open-world game design, though Yoshida did not elaborate on what that meant for the 17-year-old brand. The last game in the golfing franchise, Minna no Golf 6 or Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, was released for PlayStation Vita and PS3.
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Where old school meets new school in Mighty No.9

When development studio Comcept USA set out to make the spiritual successor to side-scrolling platformer Mega Man, it faced a challenge: How could it make an old school-feeling game that reminded people of Mega Man without making it feel outdated and irrelevant? The answer, according to studio lead and original creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, was in the game speed. Speaking to Polygon, Inafune said while designing Mighty No. 9, a game that was successfully funded on Kickstarter, the studio walked a fine line between maintaining classic game mechanics while ensuring there was enough modern gameplay so the game would feel like it had evolved with the times. "If you look at some of the older games from the 1980s, the original 8-bit and 16-bit games, they moved a bit slower," Inafune...
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Borderlands 2's villain is playable in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Handsome Jack, the uber-enemy of Borderlands 2 will be a playable character in the DLC packages announced for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel this weekend at PAX Prime in Seattle. Canonically, it isn't actually Jack whom the player will control, but a bodyguard duplicate who has been surgically modified to be indistinct from the real guy. The playable character is included among four DLC packs that follow the release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on Oct. 17. A season-pass purchase option gives buyers access to all four packs, which include challenges, missions and other content not available in the main game at launch. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is being developed by 2K Australia in conjunction with Gearbox Software, and due for release Oct. 14 on Linux, Mac OS, PlayStation 3, Windows...
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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round announced for PS4 and Xbox One

A surprise announcement at this weekend's Japan Gamer's Live event revealed Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will launch in spring 2015 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, in Japan. There's no word on any Western release, nor additional details on the game itself other than the teaser trailer above. The last full release in the series was Dead or Alive 5, which launched worldwide in September 2012. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, an update to the game, launched a year later.
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Evolve gears up for another alpha test

For those who missed the limited alpha test of Evolve on PC back in July, developer Turtle Rock says another is coming, and invitations for it will be given out soon over the title's social media channels. Visitors to the 2K Games booth at PAX Prime this weekend have gotten the opportunity to register for the closed alpha. For everyone else, chances to get in will be broadcast over Evolve's official Twitter feeed, Facebook page, and on Turtle Rock's forums. Evolve, originally scheduled to release Oct. 21, is now planned to launch on Feb. 10, 2015. For more, see Polygon's preview from E3 2015.
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Modders rejoice: Saints Row 4's development kit will be made public

As if Saints Row 4 wasn't open-endedly bizarre enough, developing studio Volition announced at PAX 2014 that they will release the official software development kit for the game on PC, which is music to the ears of modders. Volition, as announced earlier, also is reconditioning the game with Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, a port of last year's game to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There will be a full release of that game, with all of its DLC, titled Gat Out of Hell. Both are available Jan. 27, 2015.
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Civilization: Beyond Earth's latest trailer shows a colony at its height

Firaxis released its latest trailer for Civilization: Beyond Earth after its panel at PAX Prime this weekend. Over six minutes of gameplay, it shows how a colony functions once it has reached full strength, about 100 years into the game's timeline. That includes features like the "Purity Affinity," which basically means the human colony terraforms the environment to accomodate it, rather than adapting human biology to the environment through cybernetics, gene modification or other transfusions. There's also a demonstration of combat (against a freakin' Kraken), diplomacy, and the game's orbital layer. Civilization: Beyond Earth will launch on Oct. 24 for Linux, Mac OS and Windows PC. For more on the game, see this preview from this week.
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Heavenly Sword studio Ninja Theory is working on Disney Infinity 2.0

Ninja Theory, the studio behind Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and 2013's reboot DmC: Devil May Cry, is aboard the development team for Disney Infinity 2.0, the game's executive producer told a panel at PAX 2014. John Vignocchi said the studio has been on the project since February and was asked on because of their experience in combat systems, which they'll bring to Disney Infinity. Vignocchi said the studio has so far worked on the villains Loki, the Green Goblin, and Ronan the Accuser (from Guardians of the Galaxy.) They've also developed Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, who in the game has the means of summoning a sand tornado, Vignocchi said. "The full name of the video game is 'Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes, open parentheses, 2.0 Edition, close parentheses,"...
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Dungeons & Dragons castle defense game coming to mobile next year

A castle defense game based in the Dungeons & Dragons universe is in development for mobile devices from DragonVale creator Backflip Studios. The team is unveiling the heretofore untitled project today during a panel at PAX Prime, titled "Videogames in the Forgotten Realms: A Sneak Peek at D&D's Line-up for 2015." Speaking to Polygon before the panel, Backflip CEO Julian Farrior and creative director Ryan Drag explained that the inspiration for the title first came about after the team released the 2011 mobile title Army of Darkness Defense. That game, which was licensed from the classic Evil Dead series film, tasked players with protecting a castle from waves of undead enemies by building traps and armaments, while fighting on the ground as franchise protagonist Ash Williams. The...
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People watched Twitch Plays Pokémon for a billion minutes

Back in February, thousands of Twitch users came together to watch and play a game of Pokémon by inputting game commands via the live video streaming service's chat box. The crowd-sourced massively multiplayer online co-op version of Pokémon Red/Blue for Game Boy was an online phenomenon, drawing thousands of viewers within a day of its launch. Today at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, researcher and data scientist Alex Leavitt released numbers that revealed just how popular it was. At its peak, Twitch Plays Pokémon had 121,000 concurrent viewers At some points during Twitch Plays Pokémon, the stream was the most-viewed on the platform, and accounted for 20 percent of all viewers on Twitch The stream received a total of nine million unique views. By comparison, the Stanley Cup...
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