Shacknews - Asif Khan

We all know that I love to do it for Shacknews. So when given a chance to sculpt something in Oculus Medium with Oculus Touch controllers, I had to make a Shacknews logo. Oculus Medium is a virtual reality sculpting application that is free for all Oculus Touch users. Please take a look at this video. Around 7 minutes in, I ran into a serious problem with the capital W in the application. I did it for Shacknews in the end, and there was much rejoicing.

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Oculus Medium will launch free for purchasers of Oculus Touch controllers on December 6th.

Shacknews - Brittany Vincent

During today's special Death Stranding presentation lead by Geoff Keighley and featuring Hideo Kojima himself, we learned a good chunk of new information surrounding the game and the engine it will be running on.

Kojima's new studio Kojima Productions will in fact utilize the Decima engine, which was developed by Horizon Zero Dawn's studio Guerrilla Games, for Death Stranding. PlayStation 4 system architect Mark Cerny was onstage with Guerrilla Games director Hermen Hulst to chat about Decima, which is coincidentally known as "Dejima" in Japan.

Utilizing the Decima engine, which is more than just rendering, as Hulst remarked, is appropriate when it comes to working on "open worlds," according to Hideo Kojima. While the company is hard at work putting the game together, a smaller version of Kojima Productions will be launching from within Guerrilla Games in Amsterdam.

The latest trailer for Death Stranding that debuted at Thursday's The Game Awards depicted a dark and deliciously strange world, so hopefully we'll see a lot of that darkness coming through in whatever footage is to come in the future. This engine looks like it's going to be quite formidable.

Shacknews - Josh Hawkins

Vane is the first game from independent developer, Friend and Foe. Originally established in 2014, this small development team has high hopes for their upcoming title. Vane, which is an atmospheric adventure about unraveling the secrets of an unknown world, will lead players on a journey through shifting sands, ancient ruins, and more as they search for answers to the secrets of the past.

Not much is known about Vane at this point in time, however, based on the trailer we can make a few guesses as the what the game is about. From what we can see in the trailer below, Vane appears to be an adventure platformer following in the same vein as games like Inside, Abzu, and Limbo. In the trailer we see what appears to be a child as she traverses the ruins of the world, solving puzzles along the way.

While we might not know much about the game quite yet, we do have some interesting information to keep in mind about the developers. Friend and Foe, which as we mentioned earlier was only established in 2014, contains some very creative forces behind him. The team, which is made up of Ivar Dahlberg, Rasmus Deguchi, Rui Guerreiro, Thomas Lilja, and Victor Santaquiteria, all have backgrounds in the industry with ties to games like Bionic Commando, Battlefield 3, Killzone, and even The Last Guardian.

What will become of this adventure remains to be seen. Based off the small glimpse we’ve been given though, we’re more than willing to give it a try and see what this stunningly beautiful world has to offer. As of this moment Vane does not have a solid release date. However, the developers have slated the game for a PlayStation exclusive release some time in 2017.

Shacknews - Asif Khan

Capcom announced that Street Fighter 5's next character will be Akuma at PlayStation Experience 2016. The company also detailed a 2017 Season Pass that is available for preorder and includes Akuma along with 5 other new characters! Check out the trailer!

"Akuma returns to Street Fighter 5, displaying his mastery of Ansatsuken and while he has become burlier than previous games, he possesses quick footwork and devastating combos. He has a wide array of destructive tools and is able to completely out-class opponents with his oppressive pressure. His moves and stances often strike poses reminiscent of Buddhist statues and Ukiyo-e paintings." said the company on the Capcom Official Website.

Capcom has also released a breakdown of all Akuma's techniques:

V-Skill: RakanAkuma strikes a defensive stance and similar to Ryu’s Mind’s Eye, can parry an incoming attack. He can follow-up the move with an upward kick or a long reaching palm strike.

V-Trigger: Dohatsu ShotenAkuma powers up and envelops his body with ki to enter Dohatsu Shoten mode. In this mode, his Gohadokens are more powerful, now able to travel full-screen and he can unleash two in the air even while jumping backwards. Additionally, when he lands his Goshoryuken attack, he follows-up and violently drives his opponents into the ground.

Critical Art: Sekia KoretsuhaAkuma channels an incredible amount of ki into his palm and drives it into the ground, striking the opponent with an exploding pillar of fierce energy.

Critical Art: Shun Goku SatsuOnly accessible while in Dohatsu Shoten mode, Akuma’s most powerful attack returns. He glides towards the opponent and grabs them, resulting in a series of devastating strikes in the blink of an eye.

Akuma will be available alongside the new Holiday Content, which includes B-Boy Ryu and B-Girl Chun-Li. Akuma’s Story, Premium Battle, and Nostalgia costumes will also be available when he releases.

Capcom went on to say that "the 2017 Character Pass releases on December 20th for $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99 and will grant pass holders with Akuma, in addition to 5 brand new fighters as they join the fray throughout 2017. The pass also comes with Premium Battle Costumes with colors 3-10 unlocked and default costume colors 3-10 for each character. Additionally, 2017 Character Pass holders will receive an exclusive PS4 theme!" 

Keep watching the Official PlayStation Experience 2016 Live Stream for more news as it breaks!

Shacknews - Brittany Vincent

The Marvel vs. Capcom series is evolving with the announcement of the latest title to be added to the series, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is here, and it's scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Aside from featuring Marvel and Capcom fighter favorites, it will include Arcade, Training, Mission modes, as well as Story Mode that explores both sides of each universe.

Faces like Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Ryu and Mega Man X will be joining the roster this time around, though we didn't get much more of a look at the game than that during today's PlayStation Experience presentation.

Built with Unreal Engine 4 and including ranked and casual online matches, lobbies, and leaderboards with spectator modes, this should be another Marvel vs. Capcom title that'll meet the usual high standards of quality we've come to expect from the rest of the games, but we'll have to wait a little while longer uuntil we can learn more about the game.


Shacknews - Josh Hawkins

Lara Croft Go, another entry in Square Enix’s push to make games for mobile devices, is finally coming to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game will be available later today, and will actually include a never before seen expansion, Mirror of Spirits, will be available first on the PlayStation platforms. Lara Croft Go, which was previously only available on iOS and Android, is the second of Square’s mobile titles to make the move to mainstream platforms, following the footsteps of the publisher’s first Go game, Hitman Go.

Released in August, Lara Croft Go brought everyone’s favorite raider of tombs to mobile devices in a brand new way that was a “brilliant reimagining of a classic franchise” according to Shacknews Editor-in-Chief, Steve Watts, when he reviewed Lara Croft Go earlier this year. Of course, Mirror of Spirits isn’t the first expansion pack that the mobile game has received since its initial release, as expansion ‘Shard of Life’ hit mobile devices back in November.

Going back to our review, Steve Watts also stated that Lara Croft Go “successfully illustrates the versatility of the franchise as a whole, showing that it can work as a soothing puzzle game just as well as an action-packed, nerve-wracking platformer. It's an outside-the-box design that makes it a perfect fit on mobile devices and provides enough substantial challenge for either a dedicated night in or playing on the go.”

It’s really interesting to see Square Enix bringing their mobile titles to other platforms, and we’re sure that Lara Croft Go will be just as enjoyable on the big screen as it was on our tablets and phones. Giving the game a Vita version also allows PlayStation users to carry the game with them on the go, essentially still allowing the title to have the same mobility as it does on phones and tablets.

There currently isn’t any known information on whether Lara Croft Go will make the push to PC, like Hitman Go did, but we wouldn’t write the possibility off just yet. We do know, however, that the game will be cross-buy compatible on the PlayStation 4 and Vita, meaning you’ll only need to purchase it once to enjoy it on both platforms.

PlayStation users can pick up Lara Croft Go starting today for $9.99, or $7.99 if you have a PlayStation Plus subscription.

Shacknews - Josh Hawkins

Let it Die, a new free to play game from Grasshopper Manufacture and Gungho Online Entertainment invites you travel to the Tower of Barbs, a brutal dungeon of sorts. Originally announced during E3 2014, Let it Die is a free to play game that tasks players with surviving in a post-apocalyptic  world where every moment could be your last. The game, which is only currently available on the PlayStation 4, can now be downloaded and enjoyed in North America and Europe.

Along with the release of the game comes a new launch trailer which introduces players to some of the deadly enemies that they’ll be facing. Dive in today and enter the Tower of Barbs, where you’ll begin your story to success with nothing but your underwear. Once you do finally meet your demise, and trust us… you will meet your demise, your “death data” will be circulated around the game’s servers so that other players in the game can run into your character, giving them even more formidable opponents to fend off. The sharing of “death data” is just one of the many asynchronous systems that Grasshopper Manufacture and Gung Ho Online Entertainment are pushing for the new title. 

Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with the developers of Let it Die.

Let it Die looks to be an interesting and intriguing look at the Demon Souls formula, and while it isn’t exactly Demon Souls, it appears to offer up plenty of challenge for players who enjoy tough and engaging gameplay. You can check out the trailer for the game below, where you’ll get a glimpse at some of the enemies and character you can run into during your adventure.

You can check out the game by heading over to the Let it Die website, where you can see more about the world and the developers who created it.

Shacknews - Jason Faulkner

I absolutely love the Ace Combat series (especially 0 and 5), and I can't explain how pumped up I am for Ace Combat 7. The new trailer that dropped today at PlayStation Experience 2016 was only a minute long, but it showed some of the beautiful airplanes we've come to expect from the series.

Ace Combat 7 is a direct sequel to Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation so we'll get to see more of the Estovakians and Emmerians, and hopefully even see Yuktobania, Osea, and Belka again! There's no firm release date set for Ace Combat 7, but Bandai Namco is aiming for a 2017 release.

Shacknews - Jason Faulkner

At the PlayStation Experience 2016 Showcase, a new trailer was shown that gave some new story details, and we were informed that the final update for the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard demo would hit later. Capcom stated that the demo would receive one more update and this one is supposedly "massive."

The update is also bringing some new features to the demo. It now has PlayStation 4 Pro support and PlayStation VR support, which adds to the terrifying atmosphere significantly. If you already have the demo, the update should push automatically at some point today. If you haven't given it a try yet, you can download it off of the PlayStation Store for free. The demo, in its complete form, will make its debut on Xbox One on December 9 and Steam on December 19.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Xbox One, and PC on January 24, 2017.

Keep watching the Official PlayStation Experience 2016 Live Stream for more news as it breaks!

Shacknews - Asif Khan

Sony has announced that Windjammers, the classic arcade sports game, is coming to PS4 and PS Vita, The game will feature 6 playable characters with different skills, and an online versus mode with ranked matches. Sony didn't give a specific release date, just saying it will be out "soon." Check out the trailer!

Keep watching the Official PlayStation Experience 2016 Live Stream for more news as it breaks!


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