PlayStation Home, a virtual world where PlayStation gamers could meet, socialize and not do much else, passed away today in the early hours of the morning. There was no fanfare, no special goodbye, just a gentle passing on.
PlayStation Home is being snuffed out in Japan and the rest of Asia next year.
SCEJA will no longer sell virtual items for the service after September 24, and will close Home's doors for good in March 2015. Speaking with Game...
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Our friends at Flashman Studios recently unveiled a new line of Star Trek: The Next Generation items for your PlayStation Home avatars, and to celebrate, they've given us a ton of awesome stuff to hand out to the Dtoid community! Up for grabs are PSN cards, the Star Trek: TNG collection on Blu-ray, a personalized Cubify printed figurine, and more!
See below for details on each of the prizes. To win, just leave a comment in this thread telling us your favorite character from the Star Trek universe. You have until this Sunday, September 15 at 11:59 PM Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone in the world as long as you're a Huge member*. (US-only for non-Huge members, sorry!)
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At E3 this week, Sony showed off their latest free-to-play release for PlayStation Home called -- w-w-wait, come back!
Okay, I know PlayStation Home isn't the first place you go when you're looking for a new cover-based multiplayer shooter, but things change. Or, at least, Sony and developer VEEMEE are hoping to find a new audience with their post-apocalyptic, competitive shooter No Man's Land.
NML is an ambitious stab at a Gears of War-style shooter. In fact, it's the largest team that has ever worked on a Home game. While the framework of NML is familiar, it does some key things very differently. For one thing, you don't freely move throughout the environment. As in 5th Cell's Hybrid, you give navigation commands to your avatar. It's a really awkward way to play a shooter. It feels like it's different just for the sake of being different, but maybe it grows on you over time.
There are a couple other interesting things, like guns that jam on you and the ability to buy new loadouts, but nothing about NML really sells me on loading up Home (something I've never done before). But if you are already invested in Home, maybe No Man's Land is the dreary, cover-based shooter you've been looking for.
PlayStation Home's big relaunch kicks off today, and we've got something for you to wear to the celebration. You can check out Home's redesign, new genre-based districts, and new games in a Destructoid t-shirt!
Earlier this year we spoke with PlayStation Home Director Jack Buser to find out what we could expect with the relaunch of PlayStation Home. That relaunch is set for tomorrow, and now we have details on the games you'll find in Home.
In the new genre-based districts you can expect to see new exclusive games:
Bootleggers '29 is a new free first-person shooter that pits cops against criminals in a Prohibition-era game of Capture the Cask.
RC Rally lets you build your own car and race it on stunt tracks.
Cogs is a Steampunk puzzle game in 3D
PlayStation Home Sports Trivia (Samit!) has over 10,000 questions to...tackle.
There's also new non-game features coming, like the PlayStation Home Theater, which will air episodes of Pulse and Qore as well as trailers and interviews from the PlayStation Blog. The PlayStaton Home Mall has also been redesigned.
"This is a major milestone for PlayStation Network, and we are thrilled to bring a new core experience to PlayStation Home where games are front and center," said Buser. "Home’s community is made up of some of the hardest-core gamers on PS3, and we’ve listened to all of the feedback since Home launched in 2008, finally transforming Home itself into a game.This redesign marks a new beginning for PlayStation Home, and players can expect much more to come."
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PlayStation Home will see big changes later this year. Sony is working to overhaul the focus completely, changing Home from a virtual world experience to a game world, pushing it forward as a social games platform. Last week I spoke with PlayStation Home Director Jack Buser, and he was kind enough to run down the huge list of changes for the service, set to take place this fall.
Instead of being a virtual place to hang out, this overhauled PlayStation Network is more like a world of games. The idea, Buser says, is to get away from the idea of chatting in an empty room to unifying users over games. Like Disneyland has different themed lands to explore, Home will have different genre-based districts that are separated by game type, allowing users to head directly to the zone that fits their mood and interests.
The Action District will have a gritty, urban feel that will look like an FPS level. Buser says to expect shooters and other games that have the same level of intensity. Pier Park is more casual waterfront locale, complete with a ferris wheel. It will be populated with arcade titles, puzzlers and carnival games. Sportswalk will have an outside-of-the-stadium feel and will feature streamed scoreboards and highlights to accompany the area's sports titles. Finally, the Adventure District will look like a lush jungle and will house role-playing and adventure games.
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