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FINAL FANTASY XIII Comes to PlayStation Home + Sodium Updates, Indiana Jones Items & a Huge Sale!

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on Mar 10, 2010 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

By now you’ve read Jack’s post regarding the exciting new update to PlayStation Home’s core client, which will, among many other things, greatly improve loading times as well as streamline navigation in-between spaces. But we have much more than just the 1.35 update coming at you this week. We’re talking FINAL FANTASY XIII content, new Indiana Jones items, and more personal spaces than you can shake a stick at.

The reviews are rolling in and, to say the least, they are positively glowing. FINAL FANTASY XIII, Square Enix’s latest addition to what is inarguably one of the critically-applauded RPG franchises of all time, has just been released and, chances are, you are reading this blog on a brief detour to the ultimate destination: Pulse. Which means that we caught you just in time to let you know about an additional option for those of you who, like me, simply must immerse themselves in all things FINAL FANTASY-related – namely, the brand spanking new FINAL FANTASY XIII personal space (as well as the corresponding furniture items) that is releasing tomorrow, March 11 into the ever-expanding world of PlayStation Home.

Also releasing this week is a brand new personal space sure to make every racing fan’s pulse pound – the Luxury Race Box. A true must-have for all you speed demons, the Luxury Race Box is the ideal location to kick back and relax with your friends. That’s if your idea of “relaxing with your friends” is being bombarded with the shrieks and squeals of cars that are motoring by mere feet away whilst the smell of burning rubber fills your nose. Peep the video below for a closer look at this exhilarating new personal space.

Magnus Keynes’ Mall Madness sale continues this week with a huge price cut on some of the most popular personal spaces to ever grace the PlayStation Home platform. We’re talking the Summer House, Lakeside Log Cabin, Wizard’s Den, Post-Apocalypse, and even the Halloween favorite “Deadquarters” (which turns you and all of your friends into zombies just by entering) – with prices ranging from $1.99 to $4.99 for a bundle. Needless to say, Magnus has been going a little nuts with the proverbial scissors but it fares well for the rest of us, so let him do his thing! Here are a couple shots of some of the spaces that are on sale this week. These spaces are only available at this super-low price for a limited time, so be sure to pick yours up on tomorrow morning.

PlayStation Home Summer Apartment PlayStation Home Apocalypse Apartment

It’s a new week, which means that a new episode of The Tester will be playing in the PlayStation Home Theater come late Thursday afternoon. And, of course, we’ll be giving out free items to everyone who watches Episode 4 of this PlayStation Network exclusive reality series, as well as offering commemorative items in the Central Plaza and Theater kiosks – like this special The Tester jersey!

PlayStation Home Tester Female Jersey

In other news, another batch of Indiana Jones items are coming to PlayStation Home this Thursday – including your very own Ark of the Covenant for your personal space. Of course, you need to make sure you are pure of mind, body, and soul before you pick this one up…

In terms of Sodium updates, two new Salt Shooter weapons will be available this Thursday: The Multi Shot Grenade Launcher and the Long Range Plasma Emitter. The MSGL is a powerful and deadly addition to your arsenal that is perfect for taking on multiple enemies at once, while the LRPE boasts fantastic accuracy, rapid rate of fire, impressive range, and an efficient cooling system (the LRPE can be upgraded to become the most powerful weapon in the game and will help you achieve new personal high scores left, right and center!) To get these new weapons, all you have to do is purchase the corresponding items of furniture from the Sodium store. When you have these, you will be able to equip your tank with the weapons next time you play the Salt Shooter game.

Come tomorrow, you’ll also start receiving Bronze, Silver and Gold Accolades as you progressively earn more credits playing the Desert Quench mini-game in the Sodium hub. To earn credits as a thirsty customer you must drink your way through beverage after beverage following the command prompts which appear on screen – the less prompts that you miss, the more credits you’ll earn. As an employee, you should aim to serve customers the right drink combinations – correct combinations will earn you the most credits and get you closer to those precious accolades.

See you in Home!

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+ BlooodyCow on March 10th, 2010 at 11:07 am said:

*yawn*


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+ ROFLdrg on March 10th, 2010 at 11:09 am said:

Will the FFXIII home space be free like it was in Japan?


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+ FredNation on March 10th, 2010 at 11:09 am said:

Wow I just can’t say much more. You guys and girls from Sony know how to make a cake good. ”Just the icing on the cake” but seems like I’m getting more then icing. Great job on Home and nice update. What a triple feature on ”Home” tomorrow!


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+ Tyrsis on March 10th, 2010 at 11:10 am said:

The F1 car models look atrocious.


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+ PaperCarrier on March 10th, 2010 at 11:11 am said:

I would’ve liked to have seen Hustle Kings content make it to NA
But there is always hope for another time.


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+ BiezulbubBill69 on March 10th, 2010 at 11:11 am said:

Sounds awesome!!


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+ vcotson on March 10th, 2010 at 11:12 am said:

like what what no 2 said is the FF XIII space be free like the JAPAN and the EU space?


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+ vcotson on March 10th, 2010 at 11:14 am said:

also for this race space can we race with our friends? if so how many?


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+ NotoriousGamer on March 10th, 2010 at 11:17 am said:

Why soooooo many personal spaces launches all the time? Just use that time to make Home more interesting to use and enjoy.


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+ Anti-Dentite on March 10th, 2010 at 11:23 am said:

Sony really needs to ditch this crap. It’s embarrassing.


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+ MrMondayNighttt on March 10th, 2010 at 11:24 am said:

Dear Jack Buser

The updates that you mentioned here are really appreciated thank you very much for them.

Now that we have faster load times, For the Next update You guys at sony need to focus on bringing over xbox live members into HOME.

We gotta Implement voice chat within HOME,and also like fellow member Shadowpelican said “we really need Home to be a universal multiplayer game lobby to launch into all games”.

Stop Microsoft from crushing PSN by adding these features please! Home would be much more socially friendly and enjoyable for gamers.

Please don’t ignore this post and take this into consideration.
I want PSN to again ground on XBOX LIVE and people like you Jack Buser and others have the power to make that happen.

Thank you.


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+ gman_harmon on March 10th, 2010 at 11:25 am said:

Looks like I’ll have something to look forward to in Home when I receive my twice-repaired PS3 on Saturday. Thanks.


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+ Codename42 on March 10th, 2010 at 11:26 am said:

Star Wars stuff this week?


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+ nissangtr261 on March 10th, 2010 at 11:29 am said:

With the release of the Final Fantasy xiii content tomorrow will we be getting the 4 costumes for Lightning, Snow Villiers, Oerba Dia Vanille and, Sazh Katzroy? I know japan has all 4 of these costumes already.


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+ CommaderKoopa on March 10th, 2010 at 11:30 am said:

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! STOP DISTRACTING US WITH THIS PETINESS AND GIVE US WHAT WE ALL HAVE BEEN ASKING AND WAITING AGES FOR! WE ARENT BRAINDEAD SHEEP WHO WILL FLOCK TO EVERY RIDICULOUS THING YOU PUT OUT!


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+ perrandy on March 10th, 2010 at 11:31 am said:

does anyone knows when is sony keynote at gdc?i’m confused because i dont know if gdc is this week or next and if the blog is going to cover it for us??


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+ polo155 on March 10th, 2010 at 11:34 am said:

nice i will get the race space for sure, to bad i cant watch the real nascar races on sunday in there tho. nice up ya keep it up.. and ahh anothe qore update, so i take it HOME will be up later than usual for the core update?


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+ PaperCarrier on March 10th, 2010 at 11:35 am said:

I’m also interested in the race space.


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+ aliluc on March 10th, 2010 at 11:36 am said:

What is the price of the Final Fantasy XIII personal space? And how about those amazing ornaments? I have always wanted to have a Tonberry pet, this is like a dream come true! And the cactuars will also be awesome!


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+ PaperCarrier on March 10th, 2010 at 11:36 am said:

Too bad we couldn’t get the Hustle Kings ball-dodge event space.


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+ polo155 on March 10th, 2010 at 11:37 am said:

CORE UPDATE MY FAV (BESIDE RACING SPOT) AND MY PSP GO COMES BACK FROM SONY ASWELL… I SENT THEM MY PSP GO SATURDAY AND ITLL BE HERE TOMORROW… I WAS READY TO WAIT WEEKS! NICEE DAY FOR ME AS MY GO IS MY LIFELINE


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+ sassyGIRL311 on March 10th, 2010 at 11:37 am said:

Can we please get the school uniforms and bunny girl outfits from IREM


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+ aliluc on March 10th, 2010 at 11:38 am said:

Sorry for double post, but I have a reply.

To #9, there is only one reason why there so many personal spaces. There’s lots of people out there, and all of them with different tastes. So, the Home managers are trying their best to have at least one perfect personal space for everybody!


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+ polo155 on March 10th, 2010 at 11:42 am said:

PAPER, LETS PLAY A COUPLE GAME OF HUSTLE KINGS, YOU UP FOR IT OR LATER? HLLA AND @ RANDY GDC IS TODAY AND ITS AT 4PM PST 7PM EST TIMES


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+ danofsteel on March 10th, 2010 at 11:42 am said:

Hey Locust_Star

Great Update! One Question…Are we getting Musicality from
NDreams? Patrick O’Luanaigh mentioned that it would release in North America soon. Yes, No, Maybe, Top secret?

Patrick O’Luanaigh said,”Musicality will launch initially
in Europe, and we hope to bring it to North America and Japan soon afterwards.”

Thanks!


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+ raeej on March 10th, 2010 at 11:42 am said:

So does this $4.99 bundle include the summerhouse, lakeside log cabin, wizard’s den, postapocalyptic apartment, and the deadquarters? Is that what he’s saying? Or is the bundle going to be like only two of the previously mentioned personal spaces?


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+ Gaara_Of_TheFunk on March 10th, 2010 at 11:46 am said:

I’m a die hard Final Fantasy fan, so if the personal space isn’t free, I’d still get it anyway. I look toward to going on home tomorrow & I hope the tester jersey is free ;)


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+ M_C_A_S_ on March 10th, 2010 at 11:53 am said:

mmm nice update… but… whne are we going to see heavy rain content in home?


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+ PaperCarrier on March 10th, 2010 at 12:06 pm said:

@POLO Hustle Kings is getting updated Thursday with voice/video chat, Home game launching and many other cool features if all goes well! I’ll be playing that tomorrow night after I checkout the Home updates tomorrow afternoon.


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+ Sindred on March 10th, 2010 at 12:10 pm said:

Give us the Return of the Jedi Death Star Emperor Throne room as a personal space, complete with Endor battle doing on in the back ground, and an Emperor Tossing minigame :D


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+ SeraphimArietta on March 10th, 2010 at 12:14 pm said:

Does this also include the final fantasy xiii costumes too?


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+ RuthlessEd on March 10th, 2010 at 12:15 pm said:

Pretty tough to defend the statement: “the reviews are rolling in and, to say the least, they are positively glowing.”

An average of 82 on MetaCritic isn’t exactly glowing.


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+ unspacy on March 10th, 2010 at 12:30 pm said:

we need anything from star trek, stargate, battlestar new old, caprica, dr who, torchwood, more if i think of them and more from anime macross, robotech, gundam, anything from personal spaces from the ships from each show to clothing, to anything would be great or a personal starfleet space on earth or a random outpost or starbase would be cool


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+ stardeth on March 10th, 2010 at 12:42 pm said:

I must say, Locust, that the personal spaces sale is a slap in the face to all of us who dished out full price for them!! I think some sort of compensation is in order. I would suggest perhaps giving home users who have been ‘residents’ for over 6 months the free spaces that have been made available in the past (i.e., the chamber apartment and the MAG personal space given for pre-orders at amazon.com). It would be a simple process: set up a web site we users can log into that can determine how long we’ve ‘dwelled’ on home, then provides us with a download code. I myself am not a psn baller, but this could sour many of us on HOME purchases.


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+ x-cult on March 10th, 2010 at 12:47 pm said:

seth, by that logic everyone who bought a ps3 at full release price should be compensated.


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+ Sekoku on March 10th, 2010 at 12:50 pm said:

If the FFXIII Home space isn’t free for a week like it was Japan, I’m going to be ticked.


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+ PaperCarrier on March 10th, 2010 at 12:55 pm said:

@Sekoku It will be.


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+ silverthehedgeh on March 10th, 2010 at 12:58 pm said:

finely a fix for the long load times thank you


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+ Spideywebs on March 10th, 2010 at 1:13 pm said:

So where is the Radec suit that EU got last week? Any plans on releasing God of War stuff? :|


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+ King0fHearts2007 on March 10th, 2010 at 1:13 pm said:

Well we ever get an update that will give us back our lost items?

Also what about TV’s radios and The Hall of Fame?

What happen to the items we didn’t get in the 1.3 update?


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+ NEJI64 on March 10th, 2010 at 1:15 pm said:

how come Atari haven’t been put into Home yet.


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+ PaperCarrier on March 10th, 2010 at 1:21 pm said:

@NEJI64 I think people at Atari including Phil Harrison much prefer XBOX360.


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+ Darki643 on March 10th, 2010 at 1:23 pm said:

I think you guys put the wrong pictures in the post. The two pictures in the post show the “Summer house” and “Apocalyptic” spaces. Did you guys mean to put the “Luxury Race Box” and “Final Fantasy XIII” personal spaces?


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+ Darki643 on March 10th, 2010 at 1:25 pm said:

Ok I need to read a blog more closely before I post. Disregard #43


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+ PaperCarrier on March 10th, 2010 at 1:27 pm said:

@Darki643 The summer house and post-apocalyptic space pictures are shown because they’re tomorrow’s sale items at discount prices.


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+ Senju_Karim on March 10th, 2010 at 1:28 pm said:

Good to hear! Seems as if I’ll be jumping into PS Home alot this week. Hope FFXIII space is free, can never get my credit card to sync with the network unfortunately…


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+ SpyDudeFX on March 10th, 2010 at 1:35 pm said:

I can’t sign on the blog using IE8. So will this huge sale now include the promised 100s of items? Looking forward to S1 and FF updates.


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+ stardeth on March 10th, 2010 at 2:24 pm said:

@x-cult First, I don’t know who this seth person is, maybe I missed his post. Second, a physical object is a totally different animal than a virtual one; ANY price is overpriced. Third, the virtual personal spaces I mentioned were FREE to begin with, which means no out-of-pocket loss for Sony, which means no problem.


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+ kmkaizen on March 10th, 2010 at 2:55 pm said:

hey you better make FFXIII free for one week like japan do ok if only square reading this why not make a Final fantasy museum game space sound like fun


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+ retro25 on March 10th, 2010 at 3:06 pm said:

I’m thinking that maybe you guys can get us the Irem Pachipara lounge game space, that would be awsome. ^_^


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