‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update January 18 2012

Hello everybody! Before we start this week’s ‘Heads-Up’ I have an announcement to make, this will be the last time I will write for the PSN Store weekly blog post… However, this leads on to some great news because I am delighted to announce that, as of today, I will be passing on the mighty blog keyboard to the newest member of the PlayStation Store team, Jawad Ashraf. I will still be assisting him with comments but Jawad will have more time dedicated to try and get the answers you want. Jawad, over to you!

Hello everyone! I am delighted to be welcomed on board the team and I hope this can only mean an even better service for you, our customers. Without me rambling too long, let’s get on with this week’s updates.

To kick things off, Arc the Lad (yes, Arc the Lad!) is now on the store for everyone to enjoy, and if you’re a PlayStation Plus member it’ll be free for a whole month. For PS3 we have Splinter Cell Double Agent. You take on the role of Sam Fisher. In order to stop an attack on American soil, you must infiltrate and destroy a vicious terrorist group. As a double agent you decide what you want to do – which side do you fight for?

Uncharted fans will be happy to know we have the Flashback Map Pack released this week. This was part of the Fortune Hunter Club and is now available to non-members. The pack includes the following multiplayer maps – Sanctuary, Fort, Cave and Lost City. Be sure to pick this up!

We also have DLC including more costume packs for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Dress Chun-Li in her Alpha costume (part of the Femme Fatale pack) or Sentinel in his classic rendition (part of the New Age of Heroes pack).

And because Chinese New Year is also upon us, there’s a free costume to obtain for LittleBigPlanet 2 to celebrate. Oh, and this is available for only one week so hurry, hurry, hurry!

To continue with what was started last week, we’ve also got the FAQ at the end of this post for some of last week’s major questions. If we didn’t answer this week then hopefully it’ll be next week, but do keep asking!

If there isn’t anything taking your fancy then hopefully next week will. Look forward to it! Until then, happy gaming!

PlayStation Network New Content

Full Games (PS3)

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent (£15.99/€19.99) Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: All Locales
File Size: 6.5GB

PSOne Classics (PSP/PS3)

  • Arc the Lad (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Norway
File Size: 300MB

  • Pandemonium 2 (£3.99/€4.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All Locales
File Size: 200MB

minis (PS3/PSP)

  • Stickman Rescue (£2.49/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All Locales
File Size: 7MB

  • P.O.W – Prisoners of War (£1.99/€2.49) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: Not available in Germany
File Size: 34MB

Demos (PS3)

  • Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning Demo Rating: PEGI 18

Availability: Not available in Germany
File Size: 2.5GB

PlayStation Plus

  • Starhawk Beta

Availability: All Locales
File Size: 1.3GB

  • Arc the Lad (100% Discount until 15th February 2012) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: Not available in Norway
File Size: 300MB

  • Crazy Taxi (75% off) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All Locales
File Size: 220MB

  • Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath (30% off) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All Locales
File Size: 3.3GB

Add-On Game Content (PS3)

Disney Universe

  • Baby Elephant Costume (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Bagheera Costume (£0.79/€0.99)
  • King Louie Costume (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Mowgli Costume (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Shere Khan Costume (£0.79/€0.99)

Rating: PEGI 7
Availability: All Locales

Dynasty Warriors 7 Xtreme Legends

  • Costume Pack 3 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Excel Stage Pack 2 (£2.39/€2.99)
  • New Weapon Pack 2 (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Wall Papers 1 (£2.39/€2.99)
  • Wall Papers 2 (£2.39/€2.99)
  • Wall Papers 3 (£2.39/€2.99)
  • Wall Papers 4 (£2.39/€2.99)
  • New Weapon Pack 4 (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Original Costume Pack 5 (£3.99/€4.99)

Rating: PEGI 16
Availability: Not available in New Zealand


  • EyePet & Friends Science Kit (£2.39/€2.99)
    (Includes the following content, also available separately)
  • Hazard Suit Costume (£0.79/€0.99)
  • Science Stickers (£0.40/€0.49)
  • Science Fill Patterns (£0.40/€0.49)
  • Science Soft Play Blocks (£1.59/€1.99)


  • Eyepet – Lucky Dip Vehicles 2 (Free)

Rating: PEGI 3
Availability: All Locales

Gran Turismo 5

  • GT5 – Car Pack 3 (£4.79/€5.99)
  • GT5 – Speed Test Pack (£3.19/€3.99)

Rating: PEGI 3
Availability: All Locales

  • LittleBigPlanet2 – Chinese New Year Costumes (Free)

Rating: PEGI 7
Availability: All Locales

Saints Row The Third

  • Cheapyd Pack
  • Genkibowl Vii (£4.39/€5.49)

Rating: PEGI 18
Availability: All Locales

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

  • Femme Fatale Pack (£3.19/€3.99)
  • New Age Of Heroes Pack (£3.19/€3.99)
  • Villain Pack (£3.19/€3.99)

Rating: PEGI 12
Availability: All Locales

  • Uncharted 3 – Flashback Map Pack #1 (£6.49/€7.99) Rating: PEGI 16

Availability: All Locales

  • Who Wants To Be A Football Millionaire? (£2.39/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All Locales

  • Worms 2: Armageddon – Mayhem Pack (Free) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All Locales

Dynamic Themes (PS3)


Hypnotic Flower (£1.59/€1.99)
World at Night Dynamic Theme (£1.59/€1.99)


  • Dynamic Black Spider Theme (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Dynamic river and trees theme (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Dynamic sea waves beating rocks theme (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Dynamic snow night theme (£1.59/€1.99)


  • Dynamic Eiffel tower theme two (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Dynamic ferris wheel theme (£1.59/€1.99)


  • Dynamic Dragon Theme 3 (£1.59/€1.99)
  • Space Flight (£1.59/€1.99)

Studio Themes (PSP)

Videos (PS3)

  • Access 017
  • Final Fantasy XIII – “Battle In Valhalla” Trailer
  • Tom Clancy’S Rainbow 6 Patriots: Debut Trailer

Permanent Price Drops

  • Vibes Mini (Was £3.99/€4.99 – Now £2.49/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All Locales

  • Stellar Attack Mini (Was £3.49/€3.99 – Now £2.49/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All Locales

  • Ace Armstrong Vs The Alien Scumbags Mini (Was £4.99/€4.99 – Now £2.49/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 7

Availability: All Locales

  • Fighting Fantasy: Talisman Of Death Mini (Was £3.49/€3.99 – Now £2.49/€2.99) Rating: PEGI 12

Availability: All Locales

  • Cubixx HD (Was £6.29/€7.99 – Now £4.99/€6.99) Rating: PEGI 3

Availability: All Locales

Special Offer Selection

For this week’s offers make sure you check out the January Sale post for updates!


1. What’s the deal with the Jurassic Park code?
A. We have raised this issue with customer services; details of how to contact them are here.

2. Warhammer 40k DLC.
A We have been told DLC could arrive at the end of January at the earliest (this could easily chage!)

3. Where’s Arc the Lad?
A. That’s on the store right now!

4. When will PS2 Classics be released?
A. We are working to get these out as soon as we can but have no solid date to announce. Rest assured these are coming.

5. When can we expect Resident Evil 2 and 3?
A. We are trying to get these out as a priority but certain issues arise that we cannot control or simply take time to rectify. We’ll do our best to get these out to you!

24 Author replies

Is their any chance of seeing a Dirt3 complet bundle, like we saw last week with NFS Hot Pursuit and Shift2, all the DLC and the game at a discounted price?

I know NFS is EA and Dirt is Codemasters,
Can you have a word Andy? For me.


Andy will take this on board. It’s a good idea but don’t hold your breath.

Jedwood doing the blog from next week! :O


About time we got Arc the Lad, thanks! It will be free for PS+ users, right? :)

Apart from SR3 And UC3 add-ons, it is yet again a weak update

Erm! Why dont we get Arc the lad?

almighty-slayer 18 January, 2012 @ 13:04

What a terrible update.



Hey Andy,

Not sure if this is your area of responsibility or not, but do you know if the PS Vita will definitely support PS1 classics eventually? I’m very tempted to get one, but it’d be great to be able to play the PS1 games with 2 analogue sticks :p

Also, are there any updates on Tombi or the Spyro games?



fml no avatars at all :( I want more capcom avatars!!!

Hell-Raiser-85 18 January, 2012 @ 13:05

Any news on Trine 2?

Best of luck Andy.

Remember to give Jawad the keys to the secret cupboard with all of the unreleased content. ;)

almighty-slayer 18 January, 2012 @ 13:05

Why is Stranger special offer under demos?


The error has been fixed. Thanks.


Also, sad to hear your leaving Andy. :( Thanks for bearing over with us for so long! Welcome aboard Jawad Ashraf! Hope you’ll be able to bear with the, sometimes, furious tone that some of the users displays here. We hope you like your stay :)

Also, ignore my question about Arc the Lad for PS+, it was answered in the update, though the list, lists the discounts under demo’s.


Andy Stewart, we were told that we were going to be getting the ps1 game Tombi in 2011 and we still do not have it.
quote “We’ve just sent another round of first-party titles for clearance and emulation to fill in the gaps in the catalogue (yes, one of them is Tombi so stop asking!)”
quoted from stand/


Thanks for your interest in PSOne games. When games are sent for clearance it doesn’t guarantee that they will get cleared, if at all. Certain issues arise that prevent titles getting the desired result. It is unfortunate but these things happen.

We do try with every title to get these cleared and as we know Tombi is highly requested so we will continue to pursue this and we ask for your patience.

EternalChaos72 18 January, 2012 @ 13:07

any [DELETED] news on the marvel vs capcom 3 avatars yet?!

welcome Jawad i hope andy had given you your body armour for the flack you will end up taking in this blog :D

will prob pick up crazy taxi with the discount, bit gutted i never waited for the discount on strangers as i have only put it on for 5 mins to see what it was like and it was pretty much a cert for a discount based on the blog post announcing it :( well i guess you win some you lose some.

anyway best of luck.


What Time Is Store Update Today, Because I Waited For The Ganki Bowl VII For Saints Row All Day Yesterday :)


The new store content is now live however, this may take time to update depending on the region you reside.

Still no Auditorium HD. What gives?

What about the Renegade Ops Add-on for the german store?
In all other EU stores it is already available. Want it!

CardcaptorStacey 18 January, 2012 @ 13:08

Any news about Okami and Atelier Totori avatars yet?

hi andy i dont know if you can help or not but do you know wether the dc universe online respec tokens are also available today in update


Yes, these are available today but only in game.


Welcome Jawad, I hope you brought your fire-fighting gear. ;)

Also, I think the words PlayStation Plus in the blog entry need to be embiggened or something. And if you’ve got time, can you research that old post on PSOne games that Ross once promised us?

So long Andy, it was fun. :)

PS+ stuff is listed under demos with price discounts but no price!


hay Andy, will we be getting the silent hill 2/3 avatars

Jacko_the_lad 18 January, 2012 @ 13:09

I thought the Uncharted 3 DLC was half-price for the first map pack?

Or did I dream that? :D

Why are their no Rock Band songs up for today?

Were already playing catch up to both other consoles and NA PSN, Today were suppost to be getting Rush’s 2112 pack, Hall and Oates and Edgar Winter/Korn.


Sadly these didn’t come out today but we will see these very soon. Keep an eye out for it!

Any idea when we can expect PS2 games?


Please read the FAQ section above.

More blu-ray games on PSN? like Uncharted or Killzone?

GT5 DLC Packs for me, PlayStation Home stuff aswell though lol.

I know this is off topic but have the Playstation Unwrapped prizes been sent out yet?


We need more exclusive avatars US gets flooded with them the latest silent hill :( and at cheap rates also speaking on the future are we due some info on the vita launch days the store will update or if online buyers will get a discount or be able to get there hands on titles before or at same time as retail as I love going out at 12pm to pick up new releases.

And are there many apps due on day one???


For avatars we are always looking into bringing more onto the store.

As for Vita, you’ll have to wait for an official announcement. Sadly I have no ETA on this.


Thank you for bravely facing the angry mob every week Andy. i wish you best of luck for your future endeavours.

Nothing for me today. Maybe something for me next Wednesday update.


Greetings to Jawad Ashraf, and thanks for the update, guys!

I will certainly be getting that Arc the Lad today. Also, Pandemonium 2 is tempting. I never did get around to playing that back in PS1 days. May also try the Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning demo. Pretty excited about that game.

Can anyone please tell me, if I purchase the new Gran Turismo 5 DLC, will those also be work with Gran Turismo 5 XL edition when it comes out?

@suzzopher as per the blog post

4. When will PS2 Classics be released?
A. We are working to get these out as soon as we can but have no solid date to announce. Rest assured these are coming.


Please, can you update the January Sale post with the £ prices?
Thank’s! :)
Great deal’s and content for this week!

EternalChaos72 18 January, 2012 @ 13:11

extremely ridiculous update with no avatars at all how pathetic nothing ever changes why im i not surprised…

ShadowhunterrX 18 January, 2012 @ 13:11

Goodluck Jawad. Watch out there are many crying people here :P

chrisredfield_97 18 January, 2012 @ 13:11

niceto U3 maps for me starhawk beta arc the lad and kingdoms of amalur reconing great update u3 maps 8.00 euros SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!! but don’t agree andy last time i’m asking you this can you please go deep inside the point and and ask from your team to put last of us avatars? please and i’m asking you this as a favor i don’t want you to feel bad i’m just asking so please if you have spare time respond to my question


Andy is aware of this and is trying to sort it out. Hopefully we’ll see them soon.

Cool but when I be able to normally download Sam & Max: The devil’s playhouse? Currently it’s locked for my country (except episode 1).
I informed Polish SCE but it was about month ago and it’s stil not working.

And where could I propose some improvements to PS+ ? Or at least ask if they’re possible??

I mean automatically downloading of all older premium themes and avatars since they small in size but it’s annoying to DL them manually :)


Andy im sorry to see you leave the blogosphere, youre still working for SCEE though right? Youre not totally gone are you? :(

On another note Hello Jawad Ashraf, welcome to the blog i hope you enjoy your stay, you will need a WILL of steel though, just to warn you.

As for my querey, i was wondering if you guys had Mr.Driller on your PS1 list. Ive request it before but i just wanted to see if i could get a update on this.

Ok, so this week’s update amounts to:

– a game which is nearly 5 years old at a stupidly inflated price
– a game which was released in the wrong language and has taken forever to be fixed
– 1 other ps1 title and a couple of minis

and a bunch of excuses about content which should have come out last year.



mediocre at best again. sigh one day the store will realise its potential one day.

CookieMonsterES 18 January, 2012 @ 13:13

Thanks for your dedication and all your good work, Andy.

And welcome and good luck to Jawad, we are sure the blog updates are in good hands :)


whats up on todays january sale just out of interest?

James Gallagher 18 January, 2012 @ 13:33

I’ve updated the original blog post. Here’s a link to save you searching:


When are Sony going to fix the pick and mix minis so that I can play the games I bought how I want!!!! Loads of complaints and nothing but B***S*** in response.
Haven’t read the offers as I’m not buying anything until this is fixed as I CANNOT TRUST SONY……………


For anyone with problems with this then you will need to contact customer services.

talk about passing the buck to poor Jawad.

Why has Trine only failed cert with SCEE.


Unfortunately this is confidential so I’m not allowed to discuss such issues.

so any news on:
– trine2?
-magic the gathering deck 1 and 2 dlc??


We’re waiting for an update on Trine 2. As for Magic: The Gathering decks 1 and 2, because deck 3 has been released with no issue a fix will be instated for 1 and 2 shortly. I’m waiting for an ETA on this and will answer this again in a future FAQ.

Missed the FAQs at the top whoops.

Sorry to see you go Andy.

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