Dust 514 Gets a Cover Charge

July 11, 2011 by

Dust 514

Back at E3, Sony and CCP showed off Dust 514 for the PS3 and explained how it connects with the PC’s EVE Online. Today, CCP’s CEO, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, told how they will manage the launch of Dust 514 into this plan.

Pétursson explained that Dust 514 will have what he called a cover charge that is paid upfront in the beginning to play the game. It’s not money totally lost though because later you will receive credits as in-game currency.

“In the beginning you have to pre-buy credits, so you pay something like $10-$20 to enter the game and you get the equivalent number of credits in the game once you do that. We call this the ‘cover charge’.”

CCP’s CEO did state though that they might make Dust 514 fully free-to-play down the line but that the cover charge will be required for their launching of the game. There’s no word on how far off total free-to-play form is from the launch and charge though.

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Vita Not to Carry the PSP’s Mistakes

July 8, 2011 by


Sony Worldwide Studios President, Shuhei Yoshida recently talked to Gamesindustry.biz regarding many aspects of Sony’s upcoming handheld, the Playstation Vita. In the interview, Yoshida stated that they always had the $249 price point in mind ever since they began planning the Vita about three years ago. Working with the features they wanted to implement and the price they were trying to achieve within budget made them look at every option they had. He stated that this is how their process was different from the PS3. Yoshida also explained where they went wrong with the PSP.

“We were very happy having something very close to the PS2 experience in a portable format with the PSP, but we didn’t do a good enough job creating the proper interface to really play games with graphics in 3D.”

Yoshida points out the Vita’s second analog stick as the result and that the PSP’s graphics were quickly outdated by the player’s comfort with the newer HD consoles. With graphics simply not being enough, he reasoned that interface and innovating it with the touch screen and camera was a focus.

One last thing covered by the interview was Sony’s promise that the transition of developers to the Vita would be smooth and cost-effective.

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PSN Pass Begins With Resistance 3

July 6, 2011 by

PSN Pass

An image recently surfaced showing the box details for the Resistance 3 bundle and the mark of a mysterious PSN Pass feature. Today, it was confirmed in a statement from Sony that the feature is indeed real and coming soon starting with Insomniac’s latest installment in the Resistance franchise.

The pass is being compared all over to EA’s pass system from last year where a one-time code is used to access a game’s online features. The concept seems like it’s spreading like wildfire across the industry with many games planning to incorporate the future. It is primarily seems as an attack on the secondhand games market of which GameStop is the leader. If you get the game used with no code, you’ll have to fork over extra cash to purchase your own pass.

Right now it’s only for PS3 games and they made it clear that the Pass is game-specific but we all know that it’ll probably find it’s way on to the games we all want to play.

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New Screenshots, Characters for Frontier Gate Revealed

July 6, 2011 by


Konami has just revealed two new characters for their Monster Hunter-esque turn-based RPG Frontier Gate, which is being developed by tri-Ace for the PSP, as well as some new screenshots. The new characters will be called Sigrid and Dandes respectively: Sigrid is a female knight from the federation of Kilkenia (spelling subject to change) and wielding a two-handed sword; Dandes is a retired settler who carries around a huge hammer. Think of a funny “Can’t touch this” reference, then hit the jump to see the new characters as well as the new screenshots.

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Final Fantasy X, X-2, and XII in HD?

July 4, 2011 by


HD remakes seem to be the thing to do in the game industry these days. It is a low risk venture with almost always much to gain. Some of the biggest franchises of all time have hopped on the HD bandwagon, Metal Gear Solid, God of War, and Resident Evil, just to name a few. But Final Fantasies not ending in 13, have yet to be given that HD treatment. The wait could be over soon.

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PSP Entertainment Pack

July 4, 2011 by


It seems that Sony is taking that last gasp of retail air for the PSP before the PSV invades its shelf space. Check out all the details of the PSP Limited Edition Entertainment Pack after the jump.

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Debut Teaser Trailer for Frontier Gate Released

June 29, 2011 by


Konami has just released a teaser trailer for their upcoming RPG Frontier Gate which is being developed by tri-Ace for the PSP. The trailer shows off quite a lot of gameplay footage which really looks intriguing if you ask me. But with tri-Ace handling things, that’s not all that surprising. Hit the jump to take a look at their newest effort, which is still in desperate need of an international release date.
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Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta Start Time/Info

June 28, 2011 by


June 28 marks the day the Uncharted 3 beta starts, and that day is upon us. If you have logged into your PSN account today though and you’re wondering where it is, well according to Naughty Dog’s twitter the beta should begin around 2 PM Pacific Time, so nothing is happening yet. Check out all the beta information after the jump.

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Hitting Shelves (June 28)

June 27, 2011 by


Take a look at all the games hitting store shelves tomorrow after the jump, anything that interests you?

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July 22, Unofficial Sony Bundle Holiday

June 24, 2011 by


July 22 has become an unofficial Sony exclusive holiday. The company will be celebrating three of its most beloved franchises with $40 bundle packs. Uncharted, Resistance and Ratchet & Clank will all be getting that sweet bundle treatment. Check out details of the bundles after the jump.

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