So, the Christmas season is now officially upon us! I hope you’ll all agree that we marked the beginning of the Winter silly season in some style this week, with the announcement of both your December PS Plus content and our annual 12 Deals of Christmas promotion. Check them out!
Elsewhere on the Blog this week, we also hooked up with the lovely folk at Media Molecule for an update on Tearaway’s development, and had an early look at a fistful of tantalising new indie titles on their way to PSN, including Labyrinth Legends, Sportsfriends: Hokra, Rocketbirds and Page Chronica. See below for a full news digest.
- Community update: Retro gaming, Tekken Tag 2 and Smart As showdowns – This week’s Community update includes all the details on the Tekken Tag 2 and Smart As community events plus a chance to reminisce about retro gaming.
- Video Store update: 26th November 2012 – Laure Casteran has got more new releases to tell us about in the latest Video Store Update.
- Sack it to Me: Sackboy has a new website! – LittleBigPlanet.com! the new and completely re – designed home of Sackboy is annouced.
- PlayStation Mobile: Puzziball – Heavy Spectrum tell all on the second of their debut titles, Puzziball.
- Labyrinth Legends dungeon-crawls onto PSN next month – Scott Hyman – Vice President of Development, Creat Studios, explains more about the latest addition to the PlayStation Network catalogue, Labyrinth Legends.
- Ratchet & Clank: QForce arrives in Europe this week! – Ratchet and Clank arrived back in europe this week in there brand new game Ratchet & Clank: QForce
- PlayStation Home update: Xi Continuum – nDreams presents Xi: Continuum plus Emo Ray Vs. The Intergalactic Teddy Bears, Heavy Waters first fully-fledged, story driven game to reach the PlayStation Home platform and lots more.
- Grand Theft Auto sale starts today – Plenty of bargains on offer as Rockstar Games have teamed up with the Playstation Store to discount some great Grand Theft Auto content .
- PlayStation Plus: Your December content – December brings Batman: Arkham City, LIMBO, Big Sky Infinity and several more titles to the Instant Game Collection.
- Introducing Travel Bug, a new Discovery app for PS Vita – Travel Bug, a new PS Vita Discovery app, is now available for free download.
- ‘Heads-Up’ Store Update 28th November 2012 – This week’s store update features Ratchet & Clank: QForce, Battlefield 3: Aftermath, the Mass Effect 3: Omega expansion and plenty more.
- New Gran Turismo 5 DLC – Drive the Corvette C7 Test Prototype – The rumours are true – Chevrolet and Polyphony Digital have been working very closely for months in developing an exclusive first-hand driving experience by offering a camouflaged Corvette C7 Test Prototype in Gran Turismo 5. The DLC is now available for free through the PlayStation Store.
- The 12 deals of Christmas! – With Christmas just around the corner, ’tis the season to be jolly! Now you have 12 extra special reasons to celebrate as the 12 Deals of Christmas makes its return to PlayStation Store.
- VidZone update: Step into the Christmas Zone – Whether it’s Cliff, Noddy, Bing, Paul, Mariah or Aled that levitates your sleigh, get to the new Christmas Zone for all the Yuletide cheer you require.
- Media Molecule’s Tearaway – developer diary #1: “Jamming” – What has Media Molecule been up to since they first announced Tearaway for PS Vita, and where are they now? The game’s Producer, Michelle Ducker, shares an update in this new developer diary.
- Page Chronica: Why ‘edutainment’ isn’t a dirty word! – Page Chronica is due out exclusively on PSN from 5th December, and developer Red Hare Studios is ready to convince edutainment-haters to withhold judgment and give Page Chronica a try.
- Sportsfriends: Hokra steps into the limelight – The creator of Hokra, one of the four games that make up Sportsfriends, shares details on the minimalist sports game for two teams of two players.
- DUST 514 Dev Diary: A Closer Look at the Free-to-Play FPS’ Vehicles – In this new video, you’ll see how vehicle classes provide a rock-solid foundation for exploring specialized roles in DUST 514.
- We need YOU for the God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta – We are recruiting NOW for the God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta. Click through for details on how to register for a chance of being a selected participant!
- MUBI update 30th November 2012 – This week MUBI is highlighting the works of a major new upcoming talent: Denis Côté, a unique, emerging voice who is constantly experimenting, which means his movies are always vibrant, interesting, and surprising.
- Access episode 60: Far Cry 3! Metal Gear Rising! The Batmobile! – Far Cry 3 is Game of the Week! Also featured in this episode: Platinum Games and a spin in the Batmobile.
- Let’s Fish! Hooked On first gameplay trailer – As the release of Let’s Fish! Hooked On approaches, the first official trailer demonstrates just how well-suited this game’s fun, arcade style is to the PS Vita.
- Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken takes flight on PS Vita in 2013 – This Ultimate version of Rocketbirds is coming to the PS Vita in Q1 2013!
- Weekend Debate: Desert island discs – This week, we invite you to ponder how being stranded on a desert island might change your gaming habits.
- Weekend Essentials – Ratchet & Clank: QForce, Far Cry 3 and more… here’s our weekly pick of the hottest new games on PlayStation.
- PlayStation Network scheduled maintenance – PlayStation Network is offline for scheduled maintenance from 16:00 GMT on Monday 3 December 2012 to 01:00 GMT on Tuesday 4 December 2012.
- Bundles of fun – Start your PS3, PS Vita or PSP adventure with a great value hardware and software pack from PlayStation.
- Conjure up a Portable ID and win a PS3 theme – Celebrate the launch of Wonderbook: Book of Spells by showing off your creative skills and you could win an exclusive PS3 theme
- Fancy a fantastic deal this Christmas? – Pick up a festive bargain on PlayStation Store with our 12 Deals of Christmas promotion.