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At long last I’m pleased to share that the great goddess Amaterasu is ready to save the world once again! Ōkami HD is launching on PSN today in North America and will be available to download for $19.99 later today with the PlayStation Store update.
In case anyone needs it, here’s a quick refresher on all the things we’ve added to Ōkami HD:
As a small Japanese developer specializing in a niche genre, it is a great pleasure to be able to release one of our games internationally. Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition will be our first PS3 / PlayStation Network title distributed outside of Japan, and our first international package release since WarTech: Senko no Ronde in 2007.
Old-school. Retro. While we do use those terms to describe the titles we develop, fundamentally we hope to make games that are of the same cloth as the classics we played and loved in our youth. Our studio was built on the concept of creating “game-like games” – drawing from the dynamics and style of past favorites. We have felt that the number of similar games on the market have dwindled, particularly in recent years.
Many years ago I quit a pretty sweet job as creative director on Activision’s Spider-Man series in the middle of development on Spider-Man 3. Why did I do such a crazy thing? I’d love to say it was because of the screenplay, but no — a big part of the reason was that even though I had the highfalutin’ title “creative director” I didn’t feel like it was my game. Somehow, not enough of my own creative input and ideas were making it into the thing, and I thought that at a small company I could start making games I could call my own again.
And I’ve been getting my butt kicked ever since! Every mistake you can make as an indie developer… I’ve probably made it twice. We did okay with Schizoid, which made it into the PAX 10, but didn’t bring in enough money to make the next game, and although we managed to hold on for a while longer, doing some contract work here and there, we eventually had to call it quits.
Are you ready, guys? Because right now it’s Ragnarok Odyssey happy hour! Or more like Happy Day, since today we celebrate the release of our precious PS Vita title. It’s been a lengthy localization journey, but we’re proud to bring out the Ragnarok Odyssey Standard Edition for $39.99, as well as the Mercenary Edition, which includes a meaty monster guide with artwork, a full soundtrack, and 10 randomized collectable monster cards out of over 50 for $49.99.
The game itself is the real star of the show, though. Think of it kind of like Monster Hunter or Gods Eater, but with more of a Norse mythology twist and a battle system that’s all about knocking your enemies high into the air, then flying up after them and flinging them all over creation before slamming them back down into the hard dirt below.
Hey yo hey yo! You may remember me as the designer ofClosure, a game I created with artist Jon Schubbe and musician Chris Rhyne that made its debut on PSN earlier this year. Since release, our eerie puzzler has received quite a bit of praise from both fans and press. People love the game, and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to play this game we spent so long working on. So, as a thank you to all who have played it (and haven’t!), and in the spirit of the season, we’re launching a special Halloween sale this week! Halloween is a perfect holiday to spend checking out Closure, an eerie puzzle platformer that takes place mostly in darkness, where anything not illuminated simply ceases to exist.
The time has come, PlayStation Assassins! We are very pleased to announce that both Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will be available tomorrow on PS3 and PS Vita, respectively.
To celebrate, we’d first like to draw your attention to our Assassin’s Creed III launch trailer, which you can watch below!
As an exciting bonus for our PlayStation Assassins, PS3 players will get day-one access to four exclusive missions at no extra cost. The bonus missions cover one of the most dastardly betrayals in American history: the treachery of Benedict Arnold! We don’t want to give too much away, but fortunately we have a trailer that goes over a few key details…
This Wednesday, October 31st, we welcome a new Home publisher as well as two new fantastic games to launch this week. If that’s not enough, fans of Terminator 2 will squeeee in delight at some new outfits, Home Tycoon is having a sale, and more!
Check out all this starting Wednesday:
1. VEEMEE – Home-Grown Laboratory
VEEMEE welcomes you to the opening of the recently re-discovered Home-Grown Laboratory. HGL was a top-secret facility tasked with creating super solders. Designed for combat in a post-atomic war battlefield, the resulting Creatures were superb fighters.
We’re excited to announce the winners of the official LittleBigPlanet Karting 2012 Video Contest! We had tons of submissions, so we narrowed them down to a final Top Ten that we felt best showcased both the community’s imagination and the overall creativity of the game. We put each entry through a rigorous judging process and they all received thousands of votes, but in the end the winners were clear. Drum roll please…
The Grand Prize winner is Todd Doldersum! For anyone who saw Todd’s entry, Fueled By Imagination, you know why it won. It’s a great video that truly captures the ethos of LittleBigPlanet Karting, and we’re thrilled that it’ll be running on TV as the official fan-made commercial for the game.