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The Novus Prime Universe Expands with Novus Prime: Escalation for PlayStation Home on March 31st

Jeff Posey's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Posey on Mar 28, 2011 // President, Hellfire Games

We’re excited to announce Novus Prime: Escalation, our biggest expansion yet for Novus Prime in PlayStation Home, is going live on March 31 with tons of new content. The Hellfire Games team has been working on Escalation for quite some time, and we can’t wait to see it go live! Until then, I’d like to give you a sneak peek at what to expect in Novus Prime: Escalation.

Multiplayer Sci-Fi Action, Escalated

At its core, Novus Prime is a free-to-play multiplayer space combat shooter that can be played cooperatively or solo. As a pilot recruited by the Earth fleet against the insidious Bot armada, you’ll learn the basics of space flight, personalize your ship with custom weapons and special add-ons, and embark on missions to earn XP and level up.

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With Novus Prime: Escalation, we’re essentially doubling the game’s content in one huge expansion. It’s our biggest update yet, featuring new missions, enemies, weapons, companion bots, avatar items, leaderboards, voiceovers, a completed pilot outfit, a new personal space with zero-gravity simulator, and more.

We listen to our players to provide the strongest content offering possible in each update, and Novus Prime: Escalation outdoes every previous update so far. We hope you’ll like the latest content, and if you’re new to the Novus Prime universe, we hope you’ll stick around and check out what’s still to come!

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The Metagame

Because our game lives in PlayStation Home, the full Novus Prime experience doesn’t end with completing missions and leveling up. The Novus Prime space station serves as a social hub for players to meet up and hang out, enjoy a nice spacewalk, shop for new items, and upgrade their ships for battle. Novus Prime: Escalation takes that experience further with a new personal space, the Officer’s Quarters, and a private hangar where players can play custom games with friends, view their customized ship up close, and track their score on a private leaderboard.

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From concept to completion, a lot of work goes into creating new spaces for our players! We’re fortunate to have some über-talented artists on hand to create some of the best looking environments in PlayStation Home. For example, here’s the concept art for the Officer’s Quarters below:

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And here’s how it looks in-game, complete with spacewalk simulator and decorative Novus Prime artwork on the walls:

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We asked our community on the PlayStation Forums what they wanted to see in this update, and the majority wanted more missions and their own personal apartment. So, ask and ye shall receive, plus a whole lot more!

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Developing for PlayStation Home

One of the great things about developing for PlayStation Home is the ability to continually gather feedback directly from our players in-game and make timely updates to make sure we’re providing our community with the most satisfying game experience possible. It’s super-gratifying to jump into the Novus Prime space immediately after an update goes live and talk to players about the new content as they check it out in real time.

Novus Prime launched in PlayStation Home in December 2010 and already boasts a very active community, with dedicated players constantly competing for the top leaderboard spot and new names showing up each week. It’s feedback from players like you that keeps us cranking out quality content each month, so keep telling us what you want to see in the next update!

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We’re having a blast working on the premier sci-fi multiplayer experience for PlayStation Home, and we hope our players love the new content coming soon in Novus Prime: Escalation on March 31. Thanks for stopping by to read about the expansion, and join our Facebook page for the chance to win some awesome giveaways!

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19 Comments   4 Replies

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+ Khriz134 on March 28th, 2011 at 1:11 pm said:

Nice im going to try it out


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+ stickydimes on March 28th, 2011 at 1:21 pm said:

Unexpected but very welcome. Can’t wait!!!!


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+ yazter on March 28th, 2011 at 1:37 pm said:

Yet you still don’t take care of those who freeze everyone on Home. They use item/avatar merging.

Now I know better than to avoid game spaces because someone will glitch and no matter how many time they’re reported, nothing is done.

Yet people who do nothing wrong get suspended.


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+ yazter on March 28th, 2011 at 1:37 pm said:

glitch and freeze us out*


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+ LpSquall on March 28th, 2011 at 1:53 pm said:

Please allow voice chat while playing the game.


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+ yazter on March 28th, 2011 at 1:58 pm said:

Jeff, sorry, I thought a Home mod made this post. Please accept my apologies.


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    + Jeff Posey on March 28th, 2011 at 5:06 pm said:

    No problem. I feel your frustration. Take it out on the enemy in Novus Prime! :)


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+ SpyDudeFX on March 28th, 2011 at 2:26 pm said:

Great space, looking forward to the new content. The one thing I want to see are the Mech Suits available seperately and for either male or female at a lower price.


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    + Jeff Posey on March 28th, 2011 at 5:25 pm said:

    Thanks. We’re heading that direction with new outfits.


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+ gamer_316 on March 28th, 2011 at 2:54 pm said:

lookin forward to it


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+ Sophronia on March 28th, 2011 at 3:07 pm said:

“One of the great things about developing for PlayStation Home is the ability to continually gather feedback directly from our players in-game” -HFG

Yes, and it’s awesome to actually meet the guys behind the game and to even play it with them. Keep up the great work!


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    + Jeff Posey on March 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm said:

    Thanks! I’m Novus-Sandman and I hope to be fighting alongside you soon!


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+ al2009man on March 28th, 2011 at 3:28 pm said:

I already saw it on the forums. and now this! can’t wait!


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+ Hooligantuan on March 28th, 2011 at 3:37 pm said:

Shopping as a leisure activity?

Go watch something on Lifetime.


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+ musicman1234 on March 28th, 2011 at 6:12 pm said:

You even added the radiation signs. Hellfire,Thank you. If I had to vote right now on an overall experience in Playstation Home at this point it would be Novus Prime and here’s why. Hellfire Games and the Novus team are more involved and in tune with what I want in Home.You offer a more immersive experience than anyone right now. First,your multiplayer, your rewards are just great, you ask us what we want and deliver. Your a presence here on our Home forums and you get out and talk to us in the community, which put’s you in a position to be ahead of the rest. Did I say their rewards are great?…Really..No tee shirts here folks.
I hope you continue this excellence and that you may become the standard by which standards are set. This update makes me feel like it was made for me. TY again to our Home Team and Novus Prime.

All System are go……


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+ phatso64 on March 28th, 2011 at 6:12 pm said:

any chance y’all could make a clubhouse for Home ? i’m in the Homelings and we currently have 25 motherships (clubhouses) and i can almost garauntee that if you made a space themed clubhouse they’d sell like mad . most Homelings i know send huge amounts of cash on Home and we love Novus (:


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+ phatmillips on March 28th, 2011 at 6:41 pm said:

General question directed to all PlayStation home game spaces – any chance for future trophy support? I assume they are not allowed – would you be able to bring it up for discussion in the future? Or at least have an in game “accomplishments” list or medal room?


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+ Kamino_3 on March 28th, 2011 at 9:55 pm said:

I’m sorry am I gonna have to pay for this expansion?? I’m at work and I only saw a small part of the video, which looks awesome.


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    + Jeff Posey on March 29th, 2011 at 9:16 am said:

    You don’t have to pay. Novus Prime is a free to play game. However, sure, the expansion does include new content that can be purchased.


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+ Kamino_3 on March 28th, 2011 at 9:59 pm said:

Oh yeah, and I agree on EVERYTHING #12-musicman1234 said


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+ varelapaul on March 29th, 2011 at 12:44 am said:

so, how much does it cost all together? or does the suit, companion and space come with purchasing the game?


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+ ioanina on April 1st, 2011 at 2:39 pm said:

Well, that expansion really gives us what we’ve been wanting since it’s release; more new adventures, missons, enemies, bosses, etc.! Keep up the good work with the new Novus Prime expansions! The heroes will always want more new adventures, eventually. I’m actually excited about this! And with the new 1.5 patch coming soon, I’m sure you will be even more than excited when the new game developing tools arrives to the team, and others, and makes the new upcoming changes even more better than ever before!


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+ GGCAN on April 1st, 2011 at 5:05 pm said:

Was on till around 3 in the morning for this and actually forgot until I got into Home….but had a lot of fun.


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