Shovel Knight sales top two million

Shovel Knight sales top two million

2D side-scroller reaches new milestone.

Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight sales have surpassed two million copies, developer Yacht Club Games announced.

The game sold one million copies 18 months after its original debut, and finally reached two million copies 26 months later—at the end of February 2018.

Here is a breakdown of those two million sales by platform:

  1. Windows – 24.4%: Around 70,000 units sold during launch month
  2. 3DS – 23.9%
  3. Switch – 17.6%: Around 370,000 total units sold, with around 110,000 units sold during the launch month and faster sales than any other platform
  4. Wii U – 14.3%
  5. PlayStation 4 – 9.1%
  6. Xbox One, SIEE Cross-Buy, PS Vita, Mac, and Others – 10.7%

For more sales-related data, check out the Yacht Club Games blog post, which breaks down sales by region and revenue as well.

Shovel Knight first launched for PC, 3DS, and Wii U in June 2014, followed by Mac in September 2014, Linux in October 2014, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Xbox One in April 2015, Amazon Fire TV in October 2015, and Switch in March 2017.

PlayStation Plus free games for April 2018 announced

PlayStation Plus free games for April 2018 announced

Mad Max, TrackMania Turbo, and more.

Mad Max

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced the April 2018 lineup of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Get the full lineup below.

PlayStation 4

  • Mad Max (Warner Bros.)
  • Q*Bert Rebooted (Sideline Amusements)
  • TrackMania Turbo (Ubisoft)

PlayStation 3

  • In Space we Brawl (Forge Reply)
  • Q*Bert Rebooted (Sideline Amusements)
  • Toy Home (SIE)

PS Vita

  • 99Vidas (QUByte Interactive)
  • Q*Bert Rebooted (Sideline Amusements)

Sony Interactive Entertainment announces organizational transformation

Sony Interactive Entertainment announces organizational transformation

Sony reorganizing the structure of its regional companies.

SIE

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that it will change its organizational structure as of April 1 to further reinforce its business and operational strength.

Get the full press release below.

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced that it will change its organizational structure effective April 1, 2018, to further reinforce its business and operational strength to continue to spearhead and remain the leader in the constantly evolving business environment.

As PlayStation continues to bring together more customers around the world than ever before, meeting the needs of the globally connected PlayStation 4 community, while also responding to specific requirements in each regional market is an increasingly important priority. In order for SIE to remain competitive and deliver on its commitment to make PlayStation the Best Place to Play, it will reorganize the structure of its regional companies. Effective April 1, sales and marketing divisions that currently exist within Sony Interactive Entertainment America (SIEA, Responsible for PlayStation business sales and marketing in Americas), Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE, Responsible for PlayStation business sales and marketing in Europe) and Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia (SIEJA, Division company of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., responsible for PlayStation business sales and marketing in Japan and Asia) will report directly to Jim Ryan, Deputy President and Head of Global Sales and Marketing, SIE. In order to ensure coordination between organizations and support functions that are overseen locally, John Kodera, President and CEO, SIE, and Jim Ryan will assume the role of executive in charge of regions, Kodera with responsibility for Americas and Japan Asia and Ryan for Europe. Current SIEJA President Atsushi Morita will report directly to Kodera to support management of cross-functional activities for the Japan Asia markets.

Increasingly, the value of interactive entertainment is differentiated by the broad spectrum and depth of experiences that it provides to customers. As such, SIE’s mission to create and develop the most attractive and powerful first party titles has become more important than ever. To fulfill this purpose, also effective April 1, Shawn Layden, current Chairman of Worldwide Studios (WWS) and SIEA President, will concentrate his focus on WWS continuing to provide platform-defining content that helps drive the growth of SIE.

Additionally, in the global functions, Phil Rosenberg (Currently Senior Vice President of Business Development and Publisher & Developer Relations at SIEA) has been appointed Head of Global Publisher and Developer Relations as of January 2018, and Hideaki Nishino (Currently Senior Vice President of Product Strategy & Management and Corporate Strategy at SIE) will assume the role of Head of Platform Planning and Management effective April 1.

PlayStation Plus free games for March 2018 announced

PlayStation Plus free games for March 2018 announced

Bloodborne, Ratchet & Clank, and more.

PlayStation Plus free games for March 2018

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced the March 2018 lineup of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Get the full lineup below.

PlayStation 4

  • Bloodborne (SIE)
  • Bombing Busters (Sanuk Games)
  • Claire: Extended Cut (Hailstorm Games)
  • Mighty No. 9 (Deep Silver)
  • Ratchet & Clank (SIE)
  • Bonus DLC: Dungeon Defenders II PlayStation Plus Pack (available March 13 to April 10) – Includes four Shadow Costumes, one million in gold, five Campaign Shard Packs, five Defender Packs, and a Ninja Gato Pet.

PlayStation 3

  • Legend of Kay Anniversary (THQ Nordic)
  • Mighty No. 9 (Deep Silver)

PS Vita

  • Bombing Busters (Sanuk Games)
  • Claire: Extended Cut (Hailstorm Games)

Sony also announced that starting March 8, 2019, the PlayStation Plus monthly games lineup will focus on PlayStation 4 titles and no longer include PlayStation 3 and PS Vita titles. This will not affect any games you have already downloaded, or will download, prior to March 8, 2019. Those games will remain part of your PlayStation Plus games library as long as you remain a member. Your game saves and other benefits of PlayStation Plus will also remain the same.

Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 ‘Game Balance Re-Finement Update’ launches March 1 for PS4, PS3

Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 ‘Game Balance Re-Finement Update’ launches March 1 for PS4, PS3

Information on PC update due out at a later date.

Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2

Arc System Works will release the previously teased “Game Balance Re-Finement Update” for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 versions of Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 on March 1, the company announced. As for the PC update, the company asks that users please wait a little longer for more information.

After applying the patch, players will be able to enjoy battles identical to the latest version of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 currently available in arcades. Also, various modifications have been applied to make gameplay even smoother.

Here are the patch versions based on which edition of the game you own:

  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 owners – Version 1.07 patch
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator for PlayStation 4 Upgrade DLC “Rev 2 Upgrade Pack” owners – Version 1.12 patch
  • Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator for PlayStation 3 Upgrade DLC “Rev 2 Upgrade Pack” owners – Version 1.11 patch

And here are the main changes of the patch:

Main Changes

Mode Content
Combos and Missions In addition to balance changes, some problem content has been revised.
Training Fixed a bug that unnaturally listed the names for some skills when using the Combo Recipe display function.
Fishing (Overall) Fixed a bug that has occurred since the previous update where non-held items were sometimes not obtained even after catching more than 10 fish.
Online (Overall) Improved the delay value variation processing in network battles.

Main Changes (PlayStation 3 version-only)

Mode Content
Battles (Overall) Fixed a bug where Zato-1’s injury expression was not properly displayed.
Story Fixed a bug that has occurred since the previous update where the direction of Chapter 1 became unnatural.

For more detailed balance-related changes, please refer to this Japanese PDF of the arcade version 2.1.0 update changes.

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 is available now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.

My PlayStation web service launched

My PlayStation web service launched

Look up and message PlayStation Network friends.

My PlayStation

Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched My PlayStation, a new web service for PCs, smartphones, and tablets that enables PlayStation Network users to look up friends and view profiles, send friend requests and messages, and check trophies.

Visit the website here.

Dragon Quest Builders ‘Builders 100 Landscapes Contest: The Road to Builders 2’ broadcast set for February 16

Dragon Quest Builders ‘Builders 100 Landscapes Contest: The Road to Builders 2’ broadcast set for February 16

Dragon Quest Builders 2 information incoming?

Builders 100 Landscapes Contest: The Road to Builders 2

Square Enix will host a “Builders 100 Landscapes Contest: The Road to Builders 2” broadcast on February 16 at 20:00 JST where it will announce details on a Dragon Quest Builders “Builders 100 Landscapes Contest.” You will be able to watch it live on YouTube and Niconico.

Anyone who owns the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, or upcoming Switch version of Dragon Quest Builders will be able to participate in the contest.

The broadcast will feature Dragon Quest Builders Noriyoshi Fujimoto, assistant producer Takuma Shiraishi, public relations head Yohei Murakami, and talent Ranze Fukushima.

While the description of the broadcast itself does not mention any new information about Dragon Quest Builders 2, which is in development for PlayStation 4 and Switch, the title seems to imply there will be something.

PlayStation Plus free games for February 2018 announced

PlayStation Plus free games for February 2018 announced

Knack, Rime, Grand Kingdom, and more.

PlayStation Plus free games for February 2018

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced the February 2018 lineup of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Get the full lineup below.

PlayStation 4

  • Grand Kingdom (NIS America)
  • Knack (SIE)
  • Rime (TequilaWorks)
  • Bonus Game: Starblood Arena (available until March 6)

PlayStation 3

  • Mugen Souls Z (NIS America)
  • Spelunker HD (Irem)

PS Vita

  • Exile’s End (XSEED Games)
  • Grand Kingdom (NIS America)

Post-Final Fantasy X-2 Tidus and Yuna illustrations debut at Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Exhibition

Post-Final Fantasy X-2 Tidus and Yuna illustrations debut at Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Exhibition

Exhibition opens officially on January 22.

Square Enix is debuting illustrations of Tidus and Yuna after the events of Final Fantasy X-2 at its Final Fantasy “Farewell Stories” 30th Anniversary Exhibition, which will run at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo from January 22 to February 28.

Members of the press were invited to attend the exhibition ahead of its official opening, and Famitsu and GAME Watch shared images of the illustrations, the sketches for which were included in the “Credits & Bonus Audio” disc packaged with the Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster released in 2013.

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 were originally released for PlayStation 2. Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PC.