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The Drop: Week of April 1st 2013 New Releases

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Join a futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology. Create a unique character and level up with diverse customization options. Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and unlock powerful modern and alien weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await in this constantly evolving online world.

Immerse yourself in the world of Defiance as the game impacts, and is impacted by, the Defiance TV series on this week’s The Drop.


(Also on PSN) — The visionary open-world shooter MMOG Defiance serves as a companion to the tandem television show on Syfy. In an entertainment first, the game and show will influence and depend on each other, and even feature some players’ characters on the TV shows as extras.

Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet transformed by decades of conflict. The game combines the intense action of a ‘AAA’ console shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart weaves the rich tapestry of the world into a series with the scope, characters, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence each other and evolve together over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.

Ion Assault HD — In 2183 humanity discovers an energy source that facilitates travel into new regions of space. Gigantic mother ships collect the newly discovered fuel from the distant energy fields and transport it to Earth. When the fleet is destroyed in an alien attack, the player sets out on a perilous journey home in a small harvester.


In Ion Assault, instead of conventional weapons, players use the free energy particles that are abundant in space to fend off swarms of aliens. The particles are bundled and the player is able to shoot them at asteroids and enemy ships. The particles are not destroyed in this process, but are redistributed in space, ready to be magnetically attracted again and re-used. Their random distribution makes for dynamic gameplay and calls for a more strategic approach.


  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Terraria

PlayStation 2 Classic

2477_gtalcs_Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories — There are a million stories in Liberty City. This one changes everything. Once a trusted wise guy in the Leone crime family, Toni Cipriani was forced into hiding after killing a made man. Now he’s back and it’s time for things to be put right. Forced to fight for his life in an odyssey that will shake Liberty City to its foundations, Toni must use any means necessary to secure his place in the leadership of the Leone family in a town up for grabs.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories — Vice City features more expansive locations, and over 120 vehicles ripe for the picking such as exotic cars, motorcycles, luxury yachts and planes. The soundtrack boasts three times the tunes compared to the previous GTA, and features countless ’80s hits. Over 40 different weapons ensure effective firepower and provide enough variety for stylish defensive measures (samurai sword anyone?).

[Editor’s Note: The following dates are subject to change. Game details are gathered from Press Releases, Retail Descriptions, from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]

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shb23 said:

April 1st, 2:33 pm

@122 Xnightwish
Haze 3 is where they really sold out, I refuse to play any more of the series until they reboot it with a grimdark prequel filled with QTE’s.

Rockefellow said:

April 1st, 2:35 pm

I’d say they were trolling us, were it not a common, incessantly annoying occurrence around here. The lack of respect and overwhelming laziness is nothing short of disgusting.

I guess all the fine folks at the PlayStation Blog are still peeking around for their missing Easter eggs from yesterday. People with “special needs” tend to take a little longer than others at that sort of thing, don’t they? We should all be nice and exercise patience here– the team has proven time and time again that you don’t get much more “special” than them.

cornagandarub said:

April 1st, 2:41 pm

Are the same people who are responsible for updating the Playstation Store on Tuesdays the ones who also update the Playstation Blog?

bt1234567892010 said:

April 1st, 2:42 pm

@153 I don’t think so, but I could be wrong.

wolfnarledge said:

April 1st, 2:44 pm

I want to know more about PSVita titles. Like when is Phantasy Star Online is coming out for America. Japan got it and Americas got delayed with no set date. Heck, I would settle to be able to play Phantasy Star Portable 2 again but on my vita. And I want to see a vita verson Monster Hunter!

Rockefellow said:

April 1st, 2:44 pm

Not at all, Cornagandarub. Just imagine if these guys were responsible for updating the actual PSN– it’d probably end up going live on Thursdays and Fridays every other week, half the promised content would be missing, there would be spelling errors everywhere, and most of the prices would be incorrectly labeled.

cornagandarub said:

April 1st, 2:45 pm

@154 It was rhetorical. I was implying both parties are disgustingly slow at their jobs.

beef_child said:

April 1st, 2:53 pm

Gamers need to find an outlet. All this hate can’t be good.

It’s a holiday weekend, assume it will be late and wait with anticipation, not angst.

Rockefellow said:

April 1st, 2:53 pm

…yes. Apparently, my accompanying commentary slipped over your head as well. I merely suggested that these folks are even worse than the PSN guys.

Carry on.

cat9966 said:

April 1st, 2:58 pm

They must be afraid to post on April Fool’s Day. They probably had a real hysterical post planned, like US Plus will now be getting the same games as EU Plus- April Fools!

Procloa said:

April 1st, 3:01 pm

It’d be cool if people who pre-order stuff can preload the title but be locked out of it until launch or were able to download it at midnight. Why do some titles get a midnight release on the PS Store but others don’t? Pre-ordering is essentially pointless.

SweetReLeaf said:

April 1st, 3:04 pm

well said :)

PrimeroIncognito said:

April 1st, 3:07 pm

Today is a “State Holiday”… Cesar Chavez Day is being observed today, April 1, and it’s not an April Fools’ Joke.

I don’t know about your state, but here in California, some of our state/government offices are closed today. However, I’m not sure if SCEA would also be observing Cesar Chavez Day, but they might be, and it could explain why the blog team is seemingly absent today.

wolfnarledge said:

April 1st, 3:09 pm

@84. TALLglassofWATER. Hell yea dude i agree, Elder Scrolls III Morrowind should be on the PSVita. It needs a RPG like that. Guess I gona have to bug Bethesda lol.

Chizuzuu said:

April 1st, 3:12 pm

You know, I would typically assume a blog like this would be more or less written ahead of time, scheduled to go live at the time it should, unless something changes, like the availability of some of the titles, or the network in general.

dodgedoors said:

April 1st, 3:17 pm

I am hoping this delay on plus update has to do with nailing down some high quality discounts from publishers for the NA spring sale. UK was weak hopefully we get better.

PrimeroIncognito said:

April 1st, 3:18 pm

Although, someone from the blog should have posted a notice in advance about the upcoming holiday and the related altered schedule to prepare everyone. That’s the part that flusters me. Only because I was interested in what the update had in store for us and I wasted about an hour-and-a-half just goofing off on the internet, with the blog open in another tab waiting for the Plus post, only to eventually have it dawn on me that Cesar Chavez Day might be observed today at SCEA’s offices.

If someone from the blog did post a notice about the holiday, then I apologize because I obviously missed it.

Eh, it’s not really a big deal though… just slightly annoyed. See y’all tomorrow.

kenj77 said:

April 1st, 3:21 pm

I think the reason for the Drop not being posted yet is due to the problem with some people not being able to access to PlayStation store, as Morgan tweeted about a few hours ago.

Wez455 said:

April 1st, 3:26 pm

Heres the reason for lack of plus update:

PrimeroIncognito said:

April 1st, 3:28 pm

@ kenj77

Perhaps, but what does the store have to do with the Plus update? Is Morgan more than just a community manager, but a technician too, working on fixing the store?

The Plus update is only an announcement for the stuff that will be available every Tuesday of the month, with the earliest starting TOMORROW. It’s nothing that affects today. Nothing is being uploaded to the store. The Plus update only consists of text, which was probably (hopefully) drafted days in advance. It only takes a quick click of the “Submit” button to complete the task.

But if you saw Morgan tweeting about store-related issues, then maybe he’s at work, and maybe SCEA isn’t observing Cesar Chavez day after all. I just wish there was some clarification.

SweetReLeaf said:

April 1st, 3:28 pm

@kenj77, Not the Drop you mean the PS+ update but you are right i just saw Morgan Tweeted “Holding off on update because the store is having issues” So now everyone can chill out lol

D33DL1T said:

April 1st, 3:29 pm

@163 If they planned to honor Cesar Chavez day, they will probably announce the update on sunday or at least say that they will dont post any news today..

dyiing4life said:

April 1st, 3:32 pm

What, are they not posting today? lol they’re afraid if they announce some super awesome free game for PS Plus no one will believe them.

PrimeroIncognito said:

April 1st, 3:34 pm

@ D33DL1T

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking…

The whole thing just had me perplexed for a moment. I thought they might be observing the holiday because SCEA’s offices are here in California, where I live. And I know that we, as a state, observe Cesar Chavez Day. So I thought there might have been a connection there.

I’d be happy to find out I’m wrong about that though… :)

viceforce said:

April 1st, 3:35 pm

Ok seriously what the HELL is this. Y hasn’t there been no plus updates!? How come when ever something good happens Sony does it best to disappoint us. It’s 6PM over here and we don’t have any Plus updates !? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!? This should have been done hours ago. Totally unacceptable sony.

Peleus81 said:

April 1st, 3:36 pm

Could it be that one or more of the games that will be on Plus are currently on sale. Sony trying to make every last buck.

szor2 said:

April 1st, 3:37 pm

April fools or whoever Chavez is, it’s not a legal holiday, update us already!

lisatsunami said:

April 1st, 3:39 pm

Primero, today is Cesar Chavez day? I was wondering why the fwy traffic is so light. It’s also opening day at Chavez Ravine, and sweet Jesus, Sandy Kofax at the mound!

x_PlaTtiNuM said:

April 1st, 3:44 pm

what games are comig to ps+ for this month ? for the US

PrimeroIncognito said:

April 1st, 3:47 pm

Lisa, technically, yesterday was Cesar Chavez Day, but like most holidays, it’s observed on the following Monday.

By the way, screw the Dodgers. Go Angels! Hee hee…

TALLglassofWATER said:

April 1st, 3:49 pm

anticipation _._

Did anyone else notice that when they posted March’s content and said it would be dished out weekly in “random order”
they actually released all the games in the order they were posted?

PrimeroIncognito said:

April 1st, 3:50 pm

@ SweetReLeaf

The store has been having problems for a long time though. For a little over a month now, every time I’ve tried to input codes to add funds to my wallet, I’ve had to try 4, 5, 6, or even 7 times before it would finally go through. An abundance of error codes and connection problems. I always got through eventually and finished what I was trying to do, but still, something needs to be cleaned up on that end.

Funny that they’d decide to finally do something about it today. And to hold back the monthly Plus forecast even though it’s not related to the store?

Maybe this really is an April Fools’ joke after all…

TALLglassofWATER said:

April 1st, 3:54 pm

nvm, it was almost the same order they were posted in, save for disgea.

bt1234567892010 said:

April 1st, 3:54 pm

So we cannot see an update due to a PSN update? That’s complete garbage….seriously, as someone else said, all it takes is a little posting, we can’t even access the new content until tomorrow (evening for me in CST, and those in EST), so I don’t see why we have to wait for the update…but at least it’s a legitimate reason, and not a stupid April Fools Day prank…

Nergil said:

April 1st, 3:55 pm

Yeah…but why is Dennis Rodman on the cover of the Defiance box?

IronStorm613 said:

April 1st, 3:55 pm

What is the news on PS+ Instant Game Collection? Anything new coming?

Heatseeker125 said:

April 1st, 3:55 pm

@181. LOL, wrong. Go back and read the post from March 4. It says, “Entering PS Plus in March (in no particular order)”

-Spec Ops: The Line (PS3)
-Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PS Vita)
-Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PS3)
-Tekken 6 (PSP; Supported on PS Vita)
-The Cave (PS3)

This isn’t the correct order.

rocker041212 said:

April 1st, 3:57 pm

I hope we get some good games for Playstation Plus Members this month! We haven’t had a good PS+ game for free in months. :[ Bring us something good!

TALLglassofWATER said:

April 1st, 3:58 pm

@ 185 because dennis rodman is an alien. Or have you never watched third rock from the sun?

lisatsunami said:

April 1st, 3:58 pm

Primero, don’t worry, the Dodgers will screw themselves, if overwhelming historical evidence can be believed :-(

Wasn’t there a store software update yesterday? I had to. I get a little confused because I have 3 PS3s so get hit with forced updates at differing times. However, why not just use SEN for redeeming codes, or just acct mgmt? Anything to stay out of store unless necessary.

Nergil said:

April 1st, 3:58 pm

LOL…dude I totally forgot about that episode! Thanks for the memories.

TALLglassofWATER said:

April 1st, 3:59 pm

@ 187 I already said I had been mistaken LOL indeed

TALLglassofWATER said:

April 1st, 3:59 pm

he is in several episodes, I’ve been watching it on the netflix recently

Nergil said:

April 1st, 4:01 pm

Yeah I should rewatch the entire series…used to watch it every day after school in rerun syndication form.

PrimeroIncognito said:

April 1st, 4:05 pm

Lisa, I got the software update for the store a few days ago. And of course I could use other methods of adding funds, but I was going into the store to purchase and download stuff anyway, so I just did it from there.

SweetReLeaf said:

April 1st, 4:12 pm

@primerincognito, You’re right and i think most people would agree (The new store sucks really bad or it can’t keep up with this gen) either way that’s what Morgan said. Though I’m not sure what the store has to do with a blog update either. beats me.

dyiing4life said:

April 1st, 4:14 pm

Wait, so whats going on exactly? Are we going to get a post today or not?

Koimia said:

April 1st, 4:21 pm

Does anyone know if Defiance is going to be available at midnight?

WastelandDan said:

April 1st, 4:23 pm

LoL,yea….keep waitng.
They dnt give a Chit, show’m next time plus comes time torenew by NOT renewing plus.
The only thing they hear is money.

Plusless and proud.

bt1234567892010 said:

April 1st, 4:24 pm

@ 198 I highly doubt it since the PSN is having difficulties according to some other people. It will if you get it on disc I imagine, but if you want it digital, you’ll have to wait until the next time the store updates (if it updates tomorrow like it is supposed to.)

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