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Hey there folks. What better way to banish the mid-Autumn blues than by catching up on a week of action-packed PlayStation news? This week we had big game reveals (Drakengard 3, SOMA, Surge Deluxe), the PlayStation Plus November reveal, a beta announcement for intriguing PS Vita RPG Destiny of Spirits, new Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag videos, and much, much more.

Check out the full list below, and feel free to fire any questions at me that you might have. Enjoy your Sunday!

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darkdudes_2 13 October, 2013 @ 10:17 am   1

1. awesome week, awesome ps+ pdate, thx^^
II. will the amaing spiderman II coming for vita and is the first title crossby?^^
3. any chance for bioshock infinite, persona IV golden and DmC in the IGC?^^
IV. any news soon on first party title for vita?^^
5. do we get soon infos from playstation third party prodction like how big they are?^^
6. why is sony awesome?^^
7. pls contine with being awesome πŸ˜€

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 10:44 am    

    1. Lovely, we’re happy you’re happy!
    2. I couldn’t speak for Activision I’m afraid – keep an eye on their announcements
    3. Excellent suggestions – anything is possible, but I’ve nothing to confirm today.
    4. Nothing to discuss right now, but we make regular PS Vita reveals – look out for more in due course.
    5. Sorry, I’m not sure what you’re asking here. Can you re-phrase?
    6. *blush*
    7. We’ll do our best!

chrisboers 13 October, 2013 @ 10:29 am   2

These recaps are my weekly reminder of all the awasome news that gets released each week. With this many great posts, it’s difficult to choose my personal highlights.

The Souls Sacrifice update, the release of Beyond: Two Souls (still have to get that one!), SOMA for PS4, the release of Dragons Crown (now playing) and of course the latest news by Futurlab (Surge HD) are all highlights on this news-packed week. And next week promises to be just as awesome!

And that almost makes me forget about the PS Plus November update!

Keep up the great work!

Dear Fred

How long we have to wait to receive the code or get the game? πŸ™


…still no Ratchet Gladiator code. πŸ™

I was writing about Ratchet Gladiator. Sorry for the double post.


Hey Fred,
Any chance there will be a blog post soon about PS4 media functionality?
So we can see what type of video files are supported

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 10:48 am    

    We’ve nothing planned in the immediate future, but we’ll be able to confirm those sorts of details a little closer to launch.


Hi Fred still no Ratchet code.

To the other people who didn’t get it.

Fred replied in last weeks recap that new codes are being generated and it should take about a week to get them out to us.

So, I have to question what happened here last Friday and with the reshaped IGC in general.

Pretty much since the announcement of the PS4, the news that it would require Plus and that the IGC would include PS4 games too, it was asked how this would impact the IGC for the current systems.

So what went wrong? Who would have argued with a well explained reasoning that the service would be reshaped, to adopt to the new situation?
But instead to chose this rather obvious path to announce incoming changes to the service to us customers, SCEE decided, in all its wisdom, to chose an alternative … to either lie or at least simply ignore this topic.
You even dared to simply announce the new IGC content for November, without droping one single word about what happened there.

Just one game less, no explanation. Furthermore all related questions were dodged. Later we received answers in the kind of “There is nothing to explain. Motorstorm RC is Cross Buy, there you have your third PS3 game”.

How exactly is that supposed to be considered good PR? It was a disgrace, from A to Z.

And while we finally (after an awful lot of pushing) received the explanation, the last IGC announcement is still a collection of clumsy statements, leaving your customers in confusion on many topics.

When asked for the replacements for the 2 yearly PSV IGC games, for example:
“No news to share at the moment, sorry”
“Uncharted Golden Abyss and Gravity Rush will be remaining in the service at the moment”

A reply with some kind of value would have been: Uncharted GA and Gravity Rush were offered 21/11/2012 and will thus be replaced with the next update.
Instead we got vague replies. And thanks to how clear the issue with the third PS3 game was explained, vague answers instantly raise doubts now.

So could we please finally get a clear statement about the future shape of Plus?
On NeoGAF and other boards, people already begin to assume that we’ll see equally spread 2 PS3 / 2 PSV / 2 PS4 games each month. Which is false imho.

Early shared detailed information is welcome and appreciated.
Restrained information, attempts to dodge a topic and having to force the truth out in painful little steps, is just …

Dr-abdulelah 13 October, 2013 @ 11:28 am   10

hello fred
any plan to add Arabic language to ps vita
we already know ps4 will support Arabic language
thank you πŸ™‚

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 10:54 am    

    I’ve got nothing to confirm today I’m afraid. If it is part of a future system update you’ll learn about it here first.


Cool week again;) Playing ‘Beyond’ I LOVE IT!:P + A bit of ‘GTAV Online’ to + Hopefully soon? we will get some PS4 UI official Videos on this Blog? Or maybe a unboxing Video(a PS Blog video) of the PS4(but maybe i am jumping the gun) Sorry i can’t wait:D

supersmith2500 13 October, 2013 @ 12:01 pm   12

Sounds like the Vita enjoyed a good week this week. Injustice and Spider-Man got announced. Worms and Malicious Rebirth got released and I scored Dragon’s Crown and even other 2 games for PS3 and Vita from the weekend raffle I won over on the forums which are Spy Hunter and HAWX2.

Could we happen to see a date for Invisimals: The Alliance for Vita soon?

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 11:04 am    

    Inizimals: The Alliance is currently scheduled for a February release in the UK.


Any plans to add Ratchet and Clank HD Collection, DMC or Playstation All-stars to the IGC in the future?

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 10:58 am    

    It would be no fun if we let the cat out of the bag early on future titles! We’ll announce the next batch of games in mid November.

THE_FORCE 13 October, 2013 @ 12:30 pm   14

Fred don’t you mean ‘Destiny of Spirits’? πŸ˜‰


Hey fred

Can you ask EA or your team to make some of theses PSP & PS1 titles compatible for vita?
Sims 2 Castaway (psp) Theme Hospital (PS1) Theme Park (PS1) Populous (ps1) Future Cop LAPD (ps1)


PIREDERAS 13 October, 2013 @ 12:54 pm   16

Hi Fred, I ‘ve got some questions.

1. I have the digital version of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for PS Vita (courtesy of PS Plus), and I ‘d rather be able to separate the 2 games (MGS 2 & 3) instead of being forced to store the entire collection to my Vita, I have memory card space limits. In my download list there are no MGS 2 and 3, unlike the Jak & Daxter Trilogy (I can install one game at a time if I want to).

2. Any news about Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery? It’s been months since the 1st episode.

3. When can we expect new Telltale games? The Walking Dead Season 2, The Wolf among us?

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 11:03 am    

    1. This is a decision that lies with Konami rather than Sony, I’m afraid
    2. I’ve no news to share at present
    3. Wolf Among Us is out on Wednesday. TWD2? Only Telltale knows that answer to that one!

declan__watson 13 October, 2013 @ 1:04 pm   17

Hey fellow Bloggers
Hello Fred, hope your having a splended weekend πŸ™‚
Enjoyed alot of the weeks top picks, seen the new SOMA from Frictional Games and it looks excellent. πŸ˜‰
I also played Red Barrels Outlast on PC and now waiting for a funny and scary experiance on PS4, loved running around and screaming my head off. πŸ™‚
Re-organised my room last night with my PS3, PS2 and PSvita on my desk but that PS2 will soon be replaced so it’s in that position for the forcedible future. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰
New Spider-Man vita is going to be a definitive experiance and the PS Plus picks for November looks excellent. πŸ˜‰
Everyone enjoy the rest of your weekend, happy gaming πŸ™‚
Bye Fred πŸ˜‰

declan__watson 13 October, 2013 @ 1:06 pm   18

Dont worry about my PS2 after PS4 arrives, I will be moving it to another position. I dont plan on abandoning it just yet. πŸ˜‰

Lunastra78 13 October, 2013 @ 1:30 pm   19

I’m so happy to see Soma coming to PS4! Along with Outlast and Enemy Within it seems us horror fans are in for a treat.

Although, if you were to also sign Routine, Slender and the recent Amnesia game – that would be so perfect that I would probably instantaneously combust of pure happiness! So don’t do that! πŸ˜‰

Btw, I’ve asked this before – but are there any news concerning if Dark Souls will be available as a downlodable game on PSN? Or perhaps a PS4 title (best scenario)? The blu ray drive of my PS3 is dead so I’m really hoping for a DL version here!

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 11:05 am    

    A PSN release for Dark Souls would be a decision for Namco Bandai to make – and I haven’t heard any plans at present I’m afraid.

chrisboers 13 October, 2013 @ 2:35 pm   20

There actually was a statement: 2 PS3 games, 2Vita games from now on, and with the advent of PS4: 1 PS4 game per month. That’s the new format. Here is the Dutch statement (from the forum):
Vanaf deze maand krijgen PlayStation Plus leden toegang tot 2 PlayStation 3 titels. De maandelijke PS Vita updates blijven hetzelfde en Plus leden krijgen toegang elke maand toegang tot 2 PS Vita titels. Goed nieuws is dat met de aankomenden launch van de PS4 PS Plus leden automatisch toegang krijgen tot PS4 content, dus hun lidmaatschap zal PS4, PS3 en PS Vita content bevatten, hier wordt binnenkort meer informatie over vrijgegeven! Dus houd het in de gaten.

dogwalker4000 13 October, 2013 @ 3:10 pm   21

Hey Fred!

Are we getting a Halloween sale come the end of the month? If yes can I ask kindly for the yearly inclusion of Costume Quest again please, think it’s about time I picked it up. Thank yee πŸ™‚

Nice, thanks. πŸ™‚

On the other hand that’s a perfect example how inept their information policy is. They didn’t manage to tell us that directly via their major news channels. Nope, it’s coming indirectly from the dutch forum instead.

That’s my real grudge. It reminds a bit too much of Microsoft’s phase after the E3, when they didn’t manage to explain anything and sent mixed and inconsistent signals. At least it took SCEE only some hours to figure it out and not several weeks. πŸ˜›

LuckyNeanderthal 13 October, 2013 @ 3:39 pm   23

So, yeah. Average week on the blog, as usual. I just have some questions to ask though, Fred.

1. I know that this is a Media Molecule matter, but do you have a guestimate about when we may see a demo for Tearaway?
2. With the PS4’s release date getting closer, do you think you could pull some information about a potential PS4 demonstration tour in Europe? You know, so we could get a hands-on with the PS4 before its release?
3. I understand that there are some matters that may be out of your control on the blog, but could you try and make an effort to represent the needs and wants of the EU community to the SCEE higher-Ups, and also to better communicate with the community? I feel that it may help improve the European service, both for SCEE and its customers.

Thanks for reading.

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 11:18 am    

    1. There are no plans for a Tearaway demo at present – if that changes you’ll be the first to know.

    2. Yes, there will be opportunities to play PS4 ahead of launch – we’ll confirm details soon.

    3. For a wide range of reasons, it’s unfortunately not possible to answer every question posed here, but everything is absorbed and fed back to the relevant teams. We try our very best to make sure the community feel 100% informed on what’s happening, and will strive to improve further in future.

shamildio009 13 October, 2013 @ 4:03 pm   24

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MajinStar 13 October, 2013 @ 4:51 pm   25

So, when is The Wolf Among Us coming, exactly? NA is getting it on 15th, so how far behind are we gonna be once again? (Reference to the Walking Dead)

Lunastra78 13 October, 2013 @ 5:44 pm   26

*I meant to say Dark Souls 2! An edit button would be nice too. πŸ™‚

JediKnight246 13 October, 2013 @ 6:15 pm   27

Is there any chance of the DLC for the Mass Effect series being in a sale at some point? The DLC for the series is a bit pricey and for Mass Effect 3 costs more than the game itself.

Lord_Gremlin 13 October, 2013 @ 9:01 pm   28

Recently a lot of stuff appearing on store is being unavailable in Russia. Which includes major stuff – Atelier Meruru Plus, Dragon’s Crown. And that’s while Atelier Totori Plus was and is available.
Then there is newest DLC, like Zombie Driver one – unavailable in Russia, while the game itself AND it’s earlier DLC are available.
I’m kinda expecting an official response at this point. Dragon’s Crown really is a breaking point (aka point that makes you cancel PS4 preorder).
What next? Toukiden, Tales of Xillia 2 not available in Russia? Really, if you gonna just keep that insulting treatment of Russian segment I might just consider importing every single game from Japan and advice all my friends and relatives against buying PS4 (none of them are into importing anything from abroad).
So, how about official response? I remember you were “looking into” Atelier Meruru Plus in Russia, but alas no follow up response. About bloody time we get one.


Dear Fred, it was a huge week and most of it in a positive way. But I also want something more then a simple statement what you guys are doing with the Plus service. I think Sony did a bad job communicating that and leave us hanging about what we can expect from the service in the future. I guise and hope Sony got a long term plan and while you take 1/3 of the monthly service for PS3 owner away you don’t explain why and what the future will bring except from the bold statement.
I wish Sony would add an option to the service to include all platforms (PS3/4 and Vita) for an additional fee.
Not saying the announced games aren’t awesome but you know…

ShinYagami13 13 October, 2013 @ 11:33 pm   30

no gladiator code here either
3rd recap i m posting this…



im still worried about the vita games.
when chris replied to me stating he changed the wording of his post he replied to a post whre i said i did not think the games would change, at that point he could have said they will change but no more info at this time and that would be concerns gone.

im over the changes now as i realised last night that i hardly touch the stuff from igc and still predominantly play purchased games, i have played 2 levels of giana sisters and thats it from the last 3 months of igc,i often find i have or have had the games given and was saying to catkiller a few months ago i was thinking of ditching plus as i never use the contet but after it being said it needed or ps4 i changed mind.

evilwitch83 14 October, 2013 @ 10:17 am   32

Fred, I am really unhappy about the change in plus and how it was announced. In my opinion, you should have announced the drop from 3 to 2 ps3 games in November at the same time as announcing Driveclub and Resogun were coming to plus. I am far more unhappy about the way this cut in plus games was announced than I am about the cut itself.

However I am now really worried about the future of playstation plus and the instant games collection. If you have now suddenly dropped from 3 to 2 games with no warning, will PS3 games still be in the instant games collection this time next year, and how much warning will we get? My brother is also a plus member, but he only owns a PS3 and currently has no plans of buying a PS4 or a Vita and his plus subscription runs out in April 2015. Will he still be getting any games at all by the time his subscription ends?


Still no Ratchet code either πŸ™


Yup still no Ratchet Gladiator code in email or download list on ps3

Alphaembryo 14 October, 2013 @ 11:25 am   35

Yes, i’m one of those people who are gonna say that the ps3 content cut was awfully handled. And while i’m here, also mention the irrelevant but more irritating singstar icon that ”welcomes” me every time i open my ps3…


@Golwar: Theres no point asking for an explanation as we both know they only reply when you pat their backs. Chris is a good example since he only gave a little bit of info after other users already discovered what was changing.


I’m one of those people who are still waiting for a Gladiator code too.
I’ve been asking around on forums, and apparently Gladiator has been randomly added to people’s downlaods list. Yet I’m still waiting!

Are codes still being sent out (or are you still adding it to download lists)? I’ve waited so long for this game. I can’t wait to get it, but my hopes are slowly dying. And I am not about to pay for a game I’m owed.

Well there are only 2 explanations anyway that I could imagine:

1. SCEE did it on purpose this way.
They somewhen considered how they should spread the news and they picked this path of not communicating anything and letting us figure it out on our own.

2. They have no idea what they do.
Doesn’t matter if some of them simply forget that it is their job to inform us (and that in time and with a minimum of style). Or if they utterly fail to handle such situations after something went wrong in such a manner.

I’m sorry Fred. But if you guys won’t even attempt some damage control with a kind of minimum effort to deliver any answers or at least a confession of guilt (and yes, we have so far not [b]once[/b] received a public apology!), I don’t really hesitate to punish you thatfor.
I won’t let such b****t simply pass, just because I think that Plus is still great and you are a nice guy.

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 1:16 pm    

    Hey there Golwar. I’m afraid I can’t add anything beyond what Chris said in his post on Friday, other than that I’m very sorry to hear you’re aggrieved about this situation. I hope that the titles we’ve got coming up for PS Plus on Vita, PS3 and PS4 help win you back, and allay any longterm fears about the PS Plus value proposition. If that’s not the case, please do keep letting us know about it. We are always listening to feedback – negative and positive.

Here, I can even offer you a survival kit:

We know that we failed to communicate changes, as we should have done long before they came into effect.
We know that we failed to react properly to our mistake, it was almost worse than the mistake itself. We clearly need some internal improvements and communication training.
And finally here is your well deserved answer about how Plus will look like in the near future: *details*
And the 2 new PSV yearly IGC games will be announced around *date*.


Dear Fred, as I said, I still love Plus. I don’t mind the change and I don’t require any greater service improvements.
I want to see better communication, I want to hear a “Sorry” when someone is at fault.

What frustrates you personally more? That humans are naturally prone to mistakes or if they refuse to admit it and apologize in style?

    Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 1:30 pm    

    Sure thing – like I said elsewhere in this thread, there are myriad reasons why sometimes it’s not easy to give you all the information you ask for, but we are commited to doing a better job in future. Sorry for falling a little short in this instance.


totaly agry on the fact sony need to tel more to consumers .

them tel very silent them gone charge mony to online on ps4
i have no problem u demanding mony , buth not tellin directly = woarst then lying .

sony + sony blog goth 1 big problem = transparancy
tel truth
stil no corect answord =
-singstar remove in future ?
-csgo why not out in europe psn?
-ps+ desision to 2 game
-vita wil also geth ps4 app
why we al need to search to tings u company need to tel in first place ?

i tink u need to change abo to next tings+-=
20 € online gamplay + cloud save 3 gb
50 € online gamplay + cloud save 6 gb + 2 games on every console ore 6 on one console of u choise !!!
70 € al above + 8 games total on 2 consoles of u own choise
100 € al above + ps2/ps3 games tru gaika service


@Fred: I understand there are many reasons for not giving information bout certain things, you do work for Sony in the end. What does boter me is giving false information. As many already said Sony stated PS+ wouldnt change when the PS4 arrives, besides adding PS4 content. PS+ did change ( and again, its still great value ). Besides that, pretending nothing has changed while there clearly have been made changes is even worse. And Chris acted if there wasnt anything different, up till the point all info was already revealed through other sources. Its clear you guys didnt made the decision and it seems most people can live with changes, communication about it was lacking and pretending there werent any changes is even worse imo.

Mootanclan 14 October, 2013 @ 2:16 pm   43

Hi Fred
is the new batman game coming out on PS4 or will the vita version be crossbuy. I did say I would stop buying PS3 games after GTA 5 but I have now seen this

Fred Dutton 14 October, 2013 @ 2:52 pm   44

It’s a PS3 title. The PS Vita title is actually a completely different game (Arkham Origins Blackgate), rather than a port, so there’ll be no Cross Buy.


@monoliet You to grasp the fact that a negative response doesn’t always get the answer you like.
Just a few of your points:
Singstar icon – reportedly after the introduction of the forced icon Sony sold millions more songs extra. It’s unfortunate and I share your frustration but it’s time to get over it.

CSGO – do you really think Sony doesn’t want a game on their store in EU? You know they get a bit of the money when a copy is sold. You need to ask Valve and if you really want the game import is from the US store.

PS+ gets 2 PS3 games because a part of the money needs to go to the PS4 games you are going to get. Yes the communication was bad and they should improve on that but I’m sure you understand why it’s done.

to be continued


Sony isn’t done with giving information about the PS4. We still don’t know everything. There is the camera and details about support of video formats. These things are still in flux and worked on but we will get them when they are ready to tell us. Do you want them to do like MS? Telling you can record gameplay and publish it on youtube to find out later that it isn’t in place day 1 and maybe doesn’t come ever.

Your subscription suggestions are great but some of them are unrealistic. Six games for 1 console? They never can do that for PS4 or Vita. You understand the fact we need to have a subscription to play most online games is for Sony to improve their online performance in adding and maintaining servers and stuff. But I still wish there where multiple options.


@ OttoT 59
negative = no
i only give mi opinion

them sel more songs = great buth if them do advertise + free app = even beter
nowh u get peopel who are so iritated to al sing games related ( if u give me free app i can dowload ore not = bigger chanche i wil try but if u force me i wil never ever ever )
last point = jes en no

if u own al 3 jes
buth if u not have ore want to play on ps3 enimore ore not have vita u have lesser service level.
reason why i ask new abo type !!! 20/25€ ps online gaming
i almoas dowload 0 free stuf = if i not like i not like + waisting mi mony .
paying to play online games if service quality go up = good
them improve store + better dowload = also good
% of games = very hardly bigest point of intrest to me ( hope even more in future = like steam )

free games in ps+= dislike very mutch , to the point i gone buy the game ore do 1 day ith gone be free ?

i am pointing to problems i have today

sony do tings good but also bad ( some peopel are needed to showh where them can inprove πŸ˜‰ ) lukly we are not all blind fanboys .


beter solution = them have
4 games ps3
4 games ps vita
2 games ps4

u then have id ps+ games = u only can pick 4 total games on you id every month on u own console of u choise so if i pick 2 vita 2 ps4 games = total of 4 games
if i have only vita i pick 4 vita games
only ps3 = 4 games on ps4
on ps4 ith self no big libery = 2 games

Kandracar 14 October, 2013 @ 4:10 pm   49

Really would love to see a sale on Modnation Racers theme packs Fred. Want to pick them all up sooner the better.

Fred – i appreciate that you are sending all our suggestions and complaints to relevant teams, but from my point of view it looks like all your effort is useless. There isn’t even slightest bit of interest from their side. They had hundreds chances to react (in my case to forced Singstar complaints), but all we got is silence. You can’t be surprised that we take this as SCEE arrogance (at least). And personaly me? After i spent above-average sum of money to PS games and HW, now i feel like second class customer, deceived and deeply dissapointed.

Sorry, but all this throws negative light to whole SCEE. I know it’s easier to recruit new customer than keep current, but there isn’t unlimited number of new customers. SCEE should think about it.

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