Last week we posted preview videos of the first two maps from “From The Ashes”, the third DLC pack for Killzone 3. Today we’re offering preview videos of the other two maps included with the pack: Tharsis Depot and Radec Academy. If these names sound familiar, it’s because they’re re-imagined and revamped versions of the beloved Killzone 2 maps.
The first preview video features Tharsis Depot, a Guerrilla Warfare map for 16 Players based on the Killzone 2 classic. After incurring damage during the ISA invasion of Helghan, the depot has been converted to process nuclear Petrusite. The Helghast made extensive use of jetpacks to facilitate the reconstruction process, but the harsh conditions resulting from the damage still made it a grueling endeavor. The ISA have locked their sights on Tharsis Depot now that it’s back in full-scale production, and this time they intend to finish the job they started.
To give you a sense of what’s changed, this video shows comparisons of the original and the new version:
Ever since we announced the Killzone 3 Helghast Edition, one of the questions we’ve been asked most frequently is “will there be more Killzone action figures?” Today, we can answer that question with a proud and unequivocal yes.
Today will see the release of Killzone Series 1, an action figure series consisting of the Helghast Assault Infantry and the uncloaked Helghast Sniper. Creator DC Unlimited is no strangers to PlayStation properties: Last year, it released awesome plastic renditions of the characters from Ratchet & Clank and Resistance.
This time, DC Unlimited has turned its exquisite attention for detail to two of Killzone’s most recognizable antagonists – the Helghast Assault Infantry and the Helghast Sniper:
Standing at 6.5″ high, each action figure comes with multiple points of articulation and a faithful reproduction of the character’s in-game weapon. As owners of the partially cloaked Sniper figure from the Killzone 3 Helghast Edition can attest, these figures boast realistic sculpts based directly on character art by Guerrilla, as well as paint apps so detailed they include the individual rivets on the uniforms.
Whether you’re a Killzone fan, completist or toy collector, Killzone Series 1 will make a great addition to your toy shelf. Look for it at your local comic book shop and online retailers today.
We’re happy to present a live action short that takes place before the events of the Killzone games. Some of you may have read the back story on Killzone.com and found out about the origins of the Helghast, the start of the war, etc. We’ve been looking for ways to add a personal touch to this back story. We found a team that was able to transform it into a live action short, which tells the story of two friends from different backgrounds, who are separated and become increasingly alienated from one another.
In the short, we listen in on video communications between the two friends, one on Vekta and one recently exiled to Helghan.
We hope you enjoy this small glimpse into what life was like before the war started in Killzone!
The Australian PlayStation community have celebrated the launch of Killzone 3 at an exclusive ‘invitation only’ event at Sydney’s Waterloo. Hosted by none other than ‘Commando Steve’ himself, the warehouse location provided the ideal setting for an ‘ISA Training Camp’ designed to give the 100+ attendees from around Australia, a true glimpse of the Helghan home world.
Upon entry to the event, guests were treated to a 15 minute exclusive developer video produced by Guerrilla Games, detailing the development process behind the game, and shedding some light on the key new features that have been incorporated. This included new details on the multiplayer portion of the game also which particularly excited the community. Next, Commando Steve took to the stage to brief the attendees on the actual training activities of the evening. He ushered them through a red curtained area to reveal a massive Killzone themed world, complete with authentic Helghast trooper in an amazing costume (with fully lit orange eyes).
Commando Steve personally ran all of the attendees through a number of gruelling activities aimed at recreating the harsh conditions of the Helghan home world. This involved for example, playing Killzone 3 while being ‘blasted’ by high output wind fans and snow-making machines. Also, playing Killzone 3 inside a giant ‘wind freezer’ designed to recreate the arctic-like temperature on Helghan. Of course it wasn’t all just about the elements. Weapons assembly was another key activity, with attendees having to learn how to disassemble and reassemble their Killzone weapon at double time, all while being blasted with strobe lighting designed to mimic the ‘flash fire’ of live combat.
Activities aside, the event was truly about Killzone 3 the game, and there were approximately a dozen Killzone 3 demo units set up, allowing attendees to play the finished Killzone 3 game for the first time (using the new Sharp Shooter gun peripheral combined with Stereoscopic 3D televisions no less). There was also a multiplayer challenge where users were able to put the online modes through their paces, and see who the real pros were. One lucky winner at the end of the event even walked away with a Killzone 3 Special Helghast Edition pack.
This was a fantastic event and a worthy celebration for a title that is among the very best that PlayStation 3 has to offer. Killzone 3 launches across Australia on Feb 24th.