As we reach the junction between this week and the last, we look back upon a packed week of blog posts that brought us interviews with our President and CEO Andy House, and Mr. Takashi Sogabe, the designer of PlayStation Vita. We also got the scoop on the first details of Mortal Kombat on PS Vita, the opening of the Starhawk Public Beta (how are you getting on with it?), first look at the WipEout 2048 opening movie and the unveiling of Resident Evil 6.
Next week we’re going to be in similarly fine fettle and, while I don’t want to drop a pile of spoilers on you, posts we have taking shape include a beginner’s guide to BlazBlue, a competition to win a PS Vita with a pile of games and an appearance from a well-known wearer of bow-ties…
Here’s your recap:
- FIWC Winner Enjoys a Night With the Stars – An interview with FIFA Interactive World Cup champion Francisco Cruz following the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland.
- Arc The Lad Returns With An Accent – The long-awaited English-version emulation of Arc the Lad was re-released on January 18th on the EU PlayStation Network.
- GT Academy Drivers Take Class Podium at Dubai 24H – Last weekend, a record-breaking race team composed entirely of PlayStation gamers participated in the Dubai 24H in the GT Academy competition.
- ModNation Racers: Road Trip – Mod Postcards! – A preview of the hilarious customizable postcards ModNation Racers players will be able to create on Playstation Vita.
- Starhawk Public Beta! – All the skinny on the Starhawk beta that kicked off on Wednesday for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
- PlayStation Home: Welcome The Year Of The Dragon – A new Chinese Dragon companion, plus adorable Stitchkins ponies and a Japanese Edo period-themed space.
- New Year, New Uncharted 3 DLC; Fortune Hunters’ Club Grows – The new U3 DLC includes four completely new maps. We also get a preview of the next DLC, which will feature three new character skins packs.
- ‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update January 18 2012 – New this week: Splinter Cell Double Agent, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 costumes packs, a free LittleBigPlanet 2 costume, and tons more.
- New Gran Turismo 5 DLC Out Today – Two new GT5 DLCs: Car Pack 3, featuring more Gran Turismo cars, and the Speed Test Pack.
- Hitman: Absolution Q&A: IO Interactive Goes for the Throat – We sat down with the lead producer of the awe-inspiring new Hitman game for an info-packed Q&A, featuring questions submitted by @PlayStation followers.
- Meet PlayStation’s President: Andy House – A video interview with PlayStation President and CEO Andrew House, who discusses PlayStation Suite, the upcoming Western launch of PS Vita, and a lot more.
- PS Vita Designer On Perfect Screen Size And Battling Engineers – Takashi Sogabe, head of the team in charge of the aesthetic of PS Vita, offers insight on screen size, analog sticks, and the battle between function and design.
- Mortal Kombat For PS Vita: Ed Boon Talks Touchscreen Fatalities, New Challenge Tower – Netherrealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon talks about what’s different, what’s the same, and what’s new for Mortal Kombat on PS Vita.
- Resident Evil 6 Announcement Trailer – RE6 for PlayStation 3 is coming this November, and this trailer offers the first real look at the thrilling and ambitious new installment.
- Access Episode 17 – Episode 17 of Access TV is now available on YouTube complete with mega PS3 exclusive The Last of Us as game of the week.
- Step Into The World Of WipEout 2048 – Check out a specially narrated cut of the cinematic intro to WipEout 2048 on PlayStation Vita.
- The Weekend Debate: Going for Gold – Which Olympic events would you include in your game of the 2012 Olympic Games and what would be the control mechanic?
- UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss – The Characters Unmasked – Check out how the UNCHARTED characters are brought to life.
- Weekend Essentials 109 – Take part in the Starhawk beta with PlayStation Plus and check out the January Sale on PlayStation Store this weekend.
- Win the ultimate PS Vita gaming bundle – Be first in line to experience the handheld revolution thanks to Inside PS Vita.
- Pick the right PS Vita launch game for you – Say hello to the games set to lead the handheld gaming revolution, and choose the right ones for you.
- Trophy Cabinet – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Treasure, trailblazing and trophies combine in the outstanding adventure of 2011. Here’s how to max out your trophy list.