Showing posts with label Sony Entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sony Entertainment. Show all posts

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Horizon Zero Dawn Regional Price for PC Rise Due to VPN Abuse

Regional prices for Horizon Zero Dawn pre-order has gone up on PC due to VPN abuse from first-world country.

Now that 2017 action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn is finally coming to PC via Epic Games Store and Steam, players who never played it are really excited to experience the former PlayStation 4-exclusive in August 2020.

However, pre-order price for Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition for Windows PC platform has radically increased in several countries due to many people trying to purchase their copies from different regions through VPN abuse.

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Horizon Zero Dawn Regional Price for PC Rise Due to VPN Abuse

RELATED: Horizon Zero Dawn PC Release Date

In some select countries, players on PC enjoys a lesser price for digital games and people trying to purchase HZD from different regions have now caused regional price to gone up significantly in Argentina, China, Brazil, Mexico and Russia.

Recently shared in threads on ResetEra and Reddit, players from affected countries decided to address this important issue and detailed how such practice from people in rich countries can actually hurt others from less fortunate territories.

RELATED: Horizon Zero Dawn Board Game Fully Funded

ResetEra member Hikari_Ryu expressed frustration over VPN abuse to purchase game from other regions.

I know there's a thread about HZD coming to steam, but this is more about regional pricing and how people from rich countries can screw over poor counties by taking advantages of it.

RELATED: Former Horizon Zero Dawn Producer Responds to Angry Fans Over PC Port

When pre-order for Horizon Zero Dawn became available on Steam, it was originally priced 539 pesos in Argentina, an equivalent of $7.62. Within next 24 hours or so, that price point has reached to 2100 pesos, which equals to $93.82.

Argentina and many other countries face high inflation numbers every year, making hardware more expensive than Western territories. Only good thing they have in terms of gaming is competent regional prices that people are abusing now.

RELATED: Horizon Forbidden West Coming in 2021

Many people lining up to buy the game cheap using VPN has apparently encouraged Sony to shot up its overall retail price. Whereas prices are drastically raised in Argentina by 289%, there was a 357% increase in Turkey and 301% for Russia.

Horizon Zero Dawn from developer Guerrilla Games is debuting on PC next month and will be published by PlayStation Mobile. Players will get their hands on Horizon base game, Frozen Wilds DLC expansion and all downloadable content.

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Voice Actress Gets Death Threats Online

Laura Bailey, voice actress for The Last of Us Part II character is getting death threats over her role of Abby.

Ever since major plot point of PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title The Last of Us Part II was leaked online, developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has been facing serious backlash from fan-community.

Upon launch, players start review-bombing TLoU2 on Metacritic and bashing its plot over at dedicated sub-Reddit. A small group of people took it too far by sending online death threats to Laura Bailey, voice actress for The Last of Us 2.

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The Last of Us 2 Voice Actress Gets Death Threats Online

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR UPCOMING THE LAST OF US PART II.

TLoU2 has created a massive rift among its fans that are divided over Naughty Dog's treatment of a fan-favorite character and entire plot. If killing off previous protagonist Joel Miller was not enough, they had to make his last moments miserable.

Many are pissed at newly introduced playable character Abby who is responsible for his death and for being forced to play as her. Their frustration has led online backlash towards Abby's voice Laura Bailey and she recently opens up about it.

RELATED: Sony Reaches Out Reviewer Over The Last of Us 2 Criticisms

Bailey recently posted a couple of screenshots of her inbox on Twitter, publicly revealing multiple death threats and series of unending harassment directed at her over her portrayal of Abby, most hated character in The Last of Us Part 2.

Now getting angry towards a forcefully inserted character is somewhat understandable and common for gaming industry consumers but such egregious behavior towards anyone over a fictional video game property is not acceptable at all.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Sales Drops by 80% in U.K. Charts

Laura Bailey has posted a screenshot of threats she is receiving for The Last of Us 2 on social media lately.


RELATED: The Last of Us 2 Fans Angry Over Change in Trailer Moment

To spare uninitiated fans of The Last of Us II spoilers, Bailey redacted some parts of those messages and showed off how bunch of people got worked up by a role she played that they threat her with harm and even death upon her.

People who are harassing Laura Bailey really need to learn to separate fiction and reality to avoid cases like this to spare actors who had nothing to do with a characters' actions in-game other than simple portrayal and leave her alone.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Accused of Copying Music Artist

Jocelyn Mettler, who is a former Naughty Dog employee and served as face model for Abby didn't receive any abusive threats. She worked as a support visual effects artist for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and now works at Beyond-FX.

Thankfully, many fans came to show support for her on Twitter, which she acknowledged in a reply Tweet. The Last of Us Part II has seemingly made people forget that Laura Bailey is just an actor who played her part and not Abby in real life.

Horizon Zero Dawn PC Release Date

Guerrilla Games shows-off latest features and improvements for PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn, releasing August 7.

In a totally unexpected marketing move, Hermen Hulst of Worldwide Studios officially confirmed back in March that 2017 action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn is getting a PC port and is scheduled to arrive on summer 2020.

In a recent announcement, developer Guerrilla Games has revealed that Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition priced $49.99 only will be released on August 7, 2020, for Windows PC platform via Epic Games Store and Steam.

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Horizon Zero Dawn PC Release Date

RELATED: Horizon Zero Dawn Hits 10 Million Sales

Guerrilla Games released a new trailer showcasing key-features for PC version of HZD: Complete Edition.




RELATED: Former Horizon Zero Dawn Producer Responds to Angry Fans Over PC Port

You can tell that Guerrilla Games really know their PC audience very well by taking a brief look at the trailer as they focus on options menu rather than gameplay or story and swinging those beautiful display sliders to entice eager fans.

Complete Edition for Horizon includes its base game with Frozen Wilds expansion pack and bunch of PC specific features like some major graphical enhancements, ultra-wide screen support, unlocked frame-rate and much more.

RELATED: Horizon Zero Dawn Board Game Fully Funded

Horizon Zero Dawn on PC also offers control options, benchmarking tool and graphical customization. A number of options for adjusting anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are added but there will be no ray-tracing support.

HZD: Complete Edition allows you to change the field of view to a maximum of 100 degrees on PC. Players can enjoy higher frame-rates than console and resolutions up to native 4k depending on their hardware specification.

RELATED: Horizon Forbidden West Coming in 2021

Horizon features a strong female character named Aloy, a young hunter from Nora tribe who ventures through an open-world in an epic journey to uncover a mystery and fights off various mechanical beasts in a post-apocalyptic future.

Horizon Zero Dawn was formerly launched as a PlayStation 4-exclusive title that has sold over 10 million copies so far by February 2019. A sequel, Horizon Forbidden West has been revealed for PlayStation 5 with a 2021 release window.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Sony Reaches Out Reviewer Over The Last of Us 2 Criticisms

Vice reporter was reached out by Sony representative over his critical review of The Last of Us Part II.

As expected, PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment made a strong opening by selling over 4 million copies in three days.

Generally, majority of news outlets had nothing but praise for The Last of Us Part 2, except a few who were a bit critical of its execution. In a weird follow-up move, Sony has reached out to one of these reviewers over some criticism.

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Sony Reaches Out Reviewer Over The Last of Us 2 Criticisms

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Sales Drops by 80% in U.K. Charts

Sony representative contacted Rob Zacny of Vice regarding his statement of Naught Dog has attempted to repeat with what they already have shown in their previous games and TLoU2 character motivation weren't much compelling.

Zacny was told that his conclusions were somewhat unfair and he dismissed few meaningful changes. Though their exchange was pleasant but it was very unusual for a publisher like Sony to reach out about a review they didn't quite liked.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Slammed on Reddit

Sometime big-name publishers can reach out to individuals for sure but contacting someone for their criticism over a particular game is totally unheard of, especially when that title has become the fastest-selling first-party PS4-exclusive ever.

Naughty Dog and Sony were also very selective about which outlet will get The Last of Us II review copies, most probably because of many outlets reporting on alleged "Crunch Culture" to call out their unfair treatment of all employees.

RELATED: The Last of Us 2 Fans Angry Over Change in Trailer Moment

Though many reviewers have given The Last of Us 2 a perfect review score, many fans were pretty disappointed with how Naughty Dog has chose to end this saga with death of a beloved character and review-bombed it on Metacritic.

Even game director Neil Druckmann has admitted that The Last of Us Part II is bound to create disagreement among fans. People can always disagree and debate but that often turns into ugly fight whenever it comes to a popular fandom.

Monday, June 29, 2020

PlayStation Plus Free Games for July 2020

PlayStation Plus free games lineup will be adding NBA 2K20, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration and Erica for July 2020.

Recent official announcement to reveal upcoming lineup of PlayStation Plus free games for the month of July 2020 also comes in a day when Sony Interactive Entertainment is also celebrating 10 years of PS Plus service on June 29, 2010.

Sony would like to thanks all members of their services throughout a decade-long journey together with freebies and exclusive discounts. To celebrate, a free PS4 theme will be released on PlayStation Store for a limited time soon.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for July 2020

RELATED: Horizon Forbidden West Coming in 2021

PS Plus will be kicking off July with basketball simulation game NBA 2K20 by Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. Over the years, NBA 2K has evolved into more than a mere sports game and improved mechanism despite some criticism.

Set off for a lifetime of adventure with Lara Croft in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, which includes classic Lara Croft skins, "Extreme Survivor" difficulty, PS VR support and single player story alongside main campaign.

RELATED: Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales to Release in Holiday 2020

Adding an extra title for PS Plus in July, interactive thriller Erica is a PS4-exclusive cinematic experience from developer Flavourworks. You will play as a young girl who is haunted by her father's murder and uncovers shocking truth.

Upcoming free PlayStation 4 games for PlayStation Plus will become available on July 7 and will remain until August 3, 2020. Meanwhile, all members can still grab onto Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront II before they are replaced.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Last of Us Part 2 Sales Drops by 80% in U.K. Charts

After a successful opening week on UK charts, The Last of Us Part II sees an 80% sales drop week-on-week.

Within three days of its release, PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game The Last of Us Part II from developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, setting a huge milestone.

However, that impressive sales number has took a great hit and unexpectedly dropped by 80% this week. Although sales drops after first week are pretty common, difference between The Last of Us 2 and other first-party titles are noteworthy.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Sales Drops by 80% in U.K. Charts

RELATED: The Last of Us 2 Fans Angry Over Change in Trailer Moment

Recent numbers from United Kingdom market are gathered by Germany's largest market research institute GfK, which solely reflects over physical boxed sales figures in UK only and not including overall digital sales from PlayStation Store.

Despite being at number 1 spot last week, TLoU2 sales have dropped by a large margin and it may lose its place in UK charts by next week. Previously, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for PS4 had seen a 78% drop during its second week of sales.

RELATED: The Last of Us Part 2 Accused of Copying Music Artist

Seeing a heavy fall of 80% after a strong opening week is not uncommon for a PS4-exclusive title. Interestingly enough, people who didn't play the first game are buying box copies of The Last of Us: Remastered for PS4, which saw 82% rise.

Last week, Naughty Dog and Sony had a remarkable achievement of attaining number 1 spot on UK sales chart with recently released The Last of Us Part II and its critically-acclaimed 2013 predecessor title The Last of Us taking number 9 place.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Death Stranding Sequel or Spin-Off Teased by Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima teases working on new concepts, possibly teasing Death Stranding sequel or a spin-off.

After his shocking departure from publisher company Konami, game director Hideo Kojima made Kojima Productions an independent studio and helmed anticipated action game Death Stranding for Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Following its PlayStation 4 debut back in November 2019, a Windows PC version was announced for July 14, 2020. Meanwhile, Kojima started to tease a number of projects that he may be working on, including a Death Stranding sequel.

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Death Stranding Sequel or Spin-Off Teased by Hideo Kojima

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Though there have been rumors of Kojima Productions working on either Metal Gear Solid or Silent Hill series in association with Konami and Sony, which was debunked by a representative from former company shortly afterwards.

Most likely to be set within Death Stranding universe, upcoming Hideo Kojima project may turn out to be a sequel or spin-off. At least, his latest series of social media posts suggests that he is up to something similar to his most recent work.

RELATED: Death Stranding May be Getting PS5 Sequel

Kojima posted an image of his work desk on Twitter, collaborating on character designs and much more.


RELATED: Death Stranding Rumored to Have Missed Sales Targets

Keen eyes at ResetEra has taken a good look at the artwork on his working desk and deduced an object as a flying vehicle, labeling it as "Landing Ship" and connecting dots that Death Stranding franchise may head over to space travel.

An early video featuring official logo of Kojima Productions shows a Ludens character on surface of moon carrying a studio flag. In a 2019 official release trailer, Cliff Unger talks to BB about being able to go anywhere, even to moon.

RELATED: Death Stranding Getting Photo Mode for PS4

In a second image, he showed an illustration by Shusei Nagaoka for "Oasis" by famed Japanese artist KitarĊ.


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Though most fans are speculating that he is working on a video game, Kojima himself has stated interest of working on a non-interactive project. You can surely draw more than one conclusion from what ResetEra breaks down to you though.

Despite offering a unique gameplay experience, Death Stranding has created division among players as the game is not certainly for everyone. There is a lot to explore in Hideo Kojima's thematic fictional world in a future sequel to DS.

The Last of Us 2 Hits 4 Million Sales

Sony reveals The Last of Us 2 has sold over 4 million copies and becomes fastest-selling PS4-exclusive title ever.

Despite receiving widespread acclaim from critics, PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title The Last of Us Part II by developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment didn't sit quite well with majority of fans.

However, Sony reveals in a recent report that The Last of Us 2 has now becomes the fastest-selling first-party PS4-exclusive ever by selling over 4 million copies by June 21, in just three days after its official release on June 19, 2020.

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The Last of Us 2 Hits 4 Million Sales

RELATED: The Last of Us 2 Review-Bombed on Metacritic

Naughty Dog just reached their first milestone for one of their biggest project in years, which is surrounded in controversy. TLOU2 game director Neil Druckmann has expressed his gratitude to millions of fans who played the game lately.

Although angry fans are venting frustration with memes and rants on dedicated sub-Reddit for The Last of Us Part 2, none of that negativity has affected sales in any way because there are many who are not aware of its "Leaked Story" yet.

RELATED: The Last of Us 2 Fans Angry Over Change in Trailer Moment

The Last of Us first game has sold over 17 million copies across PlayStation 3 and 4 by April 2018. Given how amazing its predecessor title was in terms of both gameplay and narrative, success of its 2020 sequel was almost guaranteed.

Naughty Dog and Sony were almost certain of strong sales numbers for The Last of Us Part II. Most common complaints of many players are poor treatment of series protagonist Joel and a lousy story direction with new character Abby.