The Drop: New PlayStation Games for February 19, 2019

Are you ready, Freelancers? The time has come to suit up in your javelin exosuit and take flight in Anthem.

BioWare’s latest sci-fi adventure lets you and up to three friends fight ferocious enemies by land, air, and sea. This world is teeming with otherworldly monstrosities like ghastly Swarm tyrants, so you’ll need to customize your javelin to overcome the odds. Anthem’s blistering gameplay, co-op missions, and sprawling environments arrive this week.

For a full list of new games coming to PlayStation next week, read on. And enjoy The Drop!

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Almost There: The Platformer
PS4 — Digital
Sprint between saw blades while dodging homing missiles. Duck under lasers while the floor crumbles beneath you. Almost There was designed specifically for fans of the hardcore platforming genre – you’ve been warned.
Anthem
PS4 — Digital, Retail (Out 2/22)
On a world left unfinished by the gods, a shadowy faction threatens all of humankind. The only thing that stands between these villains and the ancient technology they covet are the Freelancers. Join with up to three other players and assemble high-tech, hand-crafted, uniquely powerful exosuits.
Chromagun VR
PS VR — Digital
Welcome to ChromaTec’s test lab! You’re here to test our state-of-the-art military-grade color-technology: The ChromaGun (patent pending)! Use it to solve our meticulously designed test chambers by painting the walls and droids. Remember how to mix colors from pre-school? Congratulations, you qualify!
Daggerhood
PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross-Buy)
Daggerhood set his sights on stealing the King’s gold. Every man should have a skill and for Vincent S. Daggerhood, that skill was thieving. Armed with a dagger he can throw and reclaim by teleporting to its current position, he’s going to need your help!
Death end re;Quest
PS4 — Digital, Retail
Video game programmer Arata Mizunashi discovers his missing colleague Shina Ninomiya is trapped in the virtual video game world they created. How can Shina escape? Complete the game and unlock the perfect ending – a success rate of 1%.
Dreamworks Dragons
Dawn Of New Riders
PS4 — Digital, Retail
Join Scribbler and Patch in an epic battle to save dragons and defeat the villain Eir’s evil plans. Clash against fierce enemies and meet many DreamWorks Dragons characters in this fun and fiery action adventure.
Farm Together
PS4 — Digital (Out 2/20)
Grow your own farm all by yourself, or cooperate with your friends in this unique, relaxing farming experience. Start from scratch, with a small plot, and end with a huge farm that extends further than the eye can see!
HackyZack
PS4 — Digital
You are Zack. Juggle balls, bounce off walls and avoid fatal falls as you try to make it through more than 100 levels of precision puzzle-platforming. Collect stickers along the way to unlock optional time-trial challenge levels as well as extra playable characters (who are also extra cute!).
Hell Warders
PS4 — Digital (Out 2/21)
Hell is at our gates! Rise up as one of the mighty Hell Warders, an ancient order, to resist the demon hordes head-on. Push back wave after wave of Hell-spawn with an arsenal of weapons, and deploy your army to bring the fight back to Hell!
Hexa Maze
PS4 — Digital (Out 2/21)
Exciting brain twisters for puzzle fans! Tricky puzzles to test your brain power: work your way from level to level by cleverly fitting the colorful hexagonal blocks into the templates. With four different levels of difficulty, this puzzle will be enjoyed by beginners and experts alike.
Pode
PS4 — Digital
Pode is a co-op puzzle exploration game about a rock and a fallen star working together to solve ancient puzzles in a stunning environment inspired by Norwegian art and culture.
Queen’s Quest 2: Stories of Forgotten Past
PS4 — Digital
When the king asked a famous alchemist to look into the murder of his most trusted agent, the last thing the alchemist expected was to discover an intricate network of criminals working from the shadows to bring chaos to the land.
Rym 9000
PS4 — Digital
Save an island in peril on a childhood holiday. With restless spirits threatening the safety of Toromi Island’s inhabitants, Tai must venture through dangerous dungeons and across a variety of environments to put the spirits to rest.
Steins;Gate Elite
PS4 — Digital, Retail
Ready to play the anime? Experience a fully animated adventure with brand-new scenes in Steins;Gate Elite! Follow a group of young, tech-savvy “lab members” who discover how to change the past via e-mail using a modified microwave.
Unexplored: Unlocked Edition
PS4 — Digital
Descend into the depths of the Dungeon of Doom and complete your quest: steal the Amulet of Yendor from the fearsome dragon and make it out alive. Unexplored is an accessible yet challenging action RPG that has won praise for its revolutionary level generation tech.

The information above is subject to change without notice.

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Share of the Week: Valentines

Ah, love. Sometimes fickle and fleeting, other times true and everlasting. Some of our favorite moments in gaming involve romance, and this week we’re spotlighting some of your favorite video game Valentines. After searching through your shares in #PS4share and #PSBlog, here are this week’s heartfelt highlights:


Markus and North share an intimate moment of vulnerability in Detroit: Become Human, shared by @cali_ocelot.


Love can be found even in the wild west, like this shot from Red Dead Redemption, shared by @_sasta_.


Sometimes love hurts, like in this emotional moment between Inquisitor Lavellan and Solas from Dragon Age Inquisition, shared by @lebkuchenbaer.


Even Witchers can find love, like in this The Witcher III share from @taajkaa.


Aloy might not have any official love interests, but she knows how to share the love in Horizon Zero Dawn, shared by @nightmareknigh1.


Love is in the air in this Final Fantasy XIV share by @Bianca_X23.

Search #PS4Share and #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in next week’s Share of the Week?

Theme: Far Cry New Dawn
Share by: 9am Pacific on Wednesday, February 20

Next week, travel back to Hope County in Far Cry New Dawn. While fighting to survive in the post-nuclear superbloom, share your best shots with #PS4share and #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

Critics’ Choice Sale: Deep Discounts on Prime Picks

An acclaimed monster hunter, a band of GOTY outlaws and a review-reigniting dragon – PlayStation Store’s Critic’s Choice Sale brings savings up to 60 percent on some of gaming’s most celebrated titles. PS Plus members save up to 75 percent.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition, Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition, and Spyro Reignited Trilogy lead the pack. But don’t miss 10s new and old like Celeste, Inside, Grand Theft Auto V and more.

Take your pick from the full lineup below and head over to PS Store tomorrow. Our Critic’s Choice Sale ends March,1 at 8AM PT.

PS4 Games
Title $Sale $PSPlus $Original
11-11 MEMORIES RETOLD $20.99 $17.99 $29.99
1979 REVOLUTION: BLACK FRIDAY $4.79 $3.59 $11.99
2064: READ ONLY MEMORIES $9.99 $6.99 $19.99
ABZÛ $11.99 $9.99 $19.99
ALEKHINE’S GUN $8.99 $7.49 $29.99
AMNESIA: COLLECTION $11.99 $8.99 $29.99
ARMAGALLANT: DECKS OF DESTINY $5.99 $4.99 $19.99
BANNER SAGA TRILOGY $34.99 $29.99 $49.99
BATTLEFIELD 1 & TITANFALL 2 ULTIMATE BUNDLE $19.79 $14.99 $59.99
BATTLEFIELD 1 PREMIUM PASS $19.99 $14.99 $49.99
BATTLEFIELD V $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
BATTLEFIELD V – DELUXE EDITION UPGRADE $7.99 $5.99 $19.99
BATTLEFIELD V DELUXE EDITION $39.99 $31.99 $79.99
BATTLEFIELD WORLD WAR BUNDLE $39.99 $34.99 $99.99
BEAST QUEST $11.99 $9.99 $39.99
BLACK & WHITE BUSHIDO $6.49 $5.19 $12.99
BLEED 2 $5.99 $4.49 $14.99
BROTHERS: A TALE OF TWO SONS $7.99 $5.99 $19.99
BURNOUT PARADISE REMASTERED $7.99 $5.99 $19.99
CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS III: ZOMBIES CHRONICLES $22.49 $19.49 $29.99
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III – ZOMBIES CHRONICLES DELUXE $59.99 $49.99 $99.99
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III – ZOMBIES CHRONICLES EDITION $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III SEASON PASS $29.99 $24.99 $49.99
CALL OF DUTY: WWII – DIGITAL DELUXE $54.99 $44.99 $99.99
CALL OF DUTY: WWII – GOLD EDITION $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
CALL OF DUTY: WWII – SEASON PASS $29.99 $24.99 $49.99
CELESTE $13.99 $11.99 $19.99
CHIME SHARP $5.99 $4.99 $9.99
CRASH BANDICOOT N. SANE TRILOGY $27.99 $23.99 $39.99
DANDARA $7.49 $5.99 $14.99
DANGANRONPA 1/2 RELOAD $31.99 $27.99 $39.99
DANGANRONPA V3: KILLING HARMONY $47.99 $41.99 $59.99
DEAD ALLIANCE $11.99 $9.99 $39.99
DESTINY 2: DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN $23.99 $19.99 $39.99
DESTINY 2: DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN – ANNUAL PASS $27.99 $24.49 $34.99
DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN – ANNUAL PASS BUNDLE $48.99 $41.99 $69.99
DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN – COMPLETE COLLECTION $69.99 $59.99 $99.99
DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN – DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $59.99 $51.99 $79.99
DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN – LEGENDARY COLLECTION $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
DIABLO III: ETERNAL COLLECTION $29.99 $19.79 $59.99
DIABLO III: RISE OF THE NECROMANCER $10.49 $8.99 $14.99
DIRT 4 $17.99 $11.99 $59.99
DIRT RALLY $11.99 $7.99 $39.99
DIRT RALLY: PLAYSTATION VR UPGRADE DLC ADD-ON $3.89 $2.59 $12.99
DIRT RALLY: PLUS PLAYSTATION VR BUNDLE $14.99 $9.99 $49.99
DIVINITY ORIGINAL SIN 2 DEFINITIVE EDITION $38.99 $35.99 $59.99
DONUT COUNTY $10.39 $9.09 $12.99
DOOM $14.99 $13.99 $19.99
DOOM + WOLFENSTEIN II BUNDLE $34.99 $27.99 $69.99
DYING LIGHT $15.99 $13.99 $19.99
EA SPORTS 19 BUNDLE $79.99 $69.99 $99.99
END SPACE (VR) $7.99 $5.99 $19.99
EXIST ARCHIVE: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY $17.99 $11.99 $59.99
EXTINCTION $17.99 $14.99 $59.99
EXTINCTION: DELUXE EDITION $20.99 $17.49 $69.99
F1 2017 $17.99 $11.99 $59.99
F1 2018 $26.99 $20.99 $59.99
FARMING SIMULATOR 17 $12.89 $9.89 $29.99
FARMING SIMULATOR 17 – PREMIUM EDITION $23.99 $17.99 $59.99
FIFA 19 $23.99 $19.79 $59.99
FIFA 19 – NHL 19 BUNDLE $47.99 $43.99 $79.99
FIFA 19 CHAMPIONS EDITION $31.99 $26.39 $79.99
FIFA THE JOURNEY TRILOGY $41.99 $38.49 $69.99
FRACTURED WORLDS – A VICTOR VRAN ADDITION $5.99 $4.79 $11.99
FURI $7.99 $6.99 $19.99
FURI – DEFINITIVE EDITION $8.79 $7.69 $21.99
GRAND KINGDOM $14.99 $11.99 $29.99
GRAND THEFT AUTO ONLINE MEGALODON SHARK CASH CARD $94.99 $84.99 $99.99
GRAND THEFT AUTO V $17.99 $14.99 $29.99
GRAND THEFT AUTO V & GREAT WHITE SHARK CASH CARD BUNDLE $19.99 $14.99 $49.99
GRAND THEFT AUTO V: PREMIUM ONLINE EDITION $20.99 $14.99 $59.99
GTA ONLINE: CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE STARTER PACK $22.49 $19.49 $29.99
GTAV: PREMIUM ONLINE EDITION & GREAT WHITE SHARK CARD $26.51 $19.71 $67.99
GTAV: PREMIUM ONLINE EDITION & MEGALODON SHARK CARD $51.59 $39.59 $119.99
GTAV: PREMIUM ONLINE EDITION & WHALE SHARK CARD $36.07 $27.27 $87.99
GUACAMELEE 2 $13.99 $11.99 $19.99
GUILTY GEAR XRD -REVELATOR- $5.99 $3.99 $19.99
INFINITE AIR MARK MCMORRIS $8.99 $7.49 $29.99
INJUSTICE 2: LEGENDARY EDITION $41.99 $35.99 $59.99
INSIDE $6.99 $4.99 $19.99
INSIDE & LIMBO BUNDLE $8.99 $5.99 $29.99
KINGDOM COME: DELIVERANCE $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
KINGDOM COME: DELIVERANCE – AMOROUS ADVENTURES $6.99 $5.99 $9.99
KINGDOM COME: DELIVERANCE – FROM THE ASHES $6.99 $5.99 $9.99
KINGDOM COME: DELIVERANCE – TREASURES OF THE PAST $3.49 $2.99 $4.99
LABYRINTH OF REFRAIN: COVEN OF DUSK $39.99 $34.99 $49.99
LAST DAY OF JUNE $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
LAYERS OF FEAR + OBSERVER_ BUNDLE $23.99 $19.99 $39.99
LAYERS OF FEAR: MASTERPIECE EDITION $9.19 $6.89 $22.99
LICHDOM: BATTLEMAGE $8.99 $7.49 $29.99
LIFE IS STRANGE 2 EPISODE 1 $4.79 $3.99 $7.99
LIFE IS STRANGE COMPLETE SEASON $5.99 $3.99 $19.99
LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM COMPLETE SEASON $6.79 $5.09 $16.99
LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM DELUXE EDITION $9.99 $7.49 $24.99
LIMBO $2.49 $1.49 $9.99
LOADING HUMAN: CHAPTER 1 (VR) $11.99 $9.99 $39.99
LORDS OF THE FALLEN $4.99 $2.99 $19.99
LORDS OF THE FALLEN COMPLETE EDITION $7.49 $4.49 $29.99
MADDEN NFL 19 $17.99 $14.99 $59.99
MADDEN NFL 19 – FIFA 19 BUNDLE $47.99 $43.99 $79.99
MADDEN NFL 19 – HALL OF FAME EDITION $23.99 $19.99 $79.99
METRO 2033 REDUX $7.99 $5.99 $19.99
METRO REDUX $11.99 $8.99 $29.99
METRO: LAST LIGHT REDUX $7.99 $5.99 $19.99
MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR $34.99 $29.99 $49.99
MINIT $6.99 $5.99 $9.99
MOTÖRHEAD: THROUGH THE AGES – A VICTOR VRAN ADDITION $5.99 $4.79 $11.99
MUTANT YEAR ZERO: ROAD TO EDEN $31.49 $27.99 $34.99
NEED FOR SPEED $6.59 $4.99 $19.99
NEED FOR SPEED – DELUXE EDITION $8.24 $6.24 $24.99
NEED FOR SPEED PAYBACK $7.99 $5.99 $19.99
NEED FOR SPEED PAYBACK – DELUXE EDITION $9.89 $7.49 $29.99
NI NO KUNI II: REVENANT KINGDOM $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
NI NO KUNI II: REVENANT KINGDOM – DELUXE EDITION $55.99 $47.99 $79.99
NINJIN: CLASH OF CARROTS $9.74 $8.24 $14.99
NO HEROES HERE $3.74 $2.24 $14.99
OBSERVER $14.99 $11.99 $29.99
OLD MAN’S JOURNEY $5.99 $4.99 $9.99
OVERRIDE: MECH CITY BRAWL $19.49 $16.49 $29.99
OVERRIDE: MECH CITY BRAWL – SUPER CHARGED MEGA EDITION $25.99 $21.99 $39.99
OVERWATCH LEGENDARY EDITION $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
PERCEPTION: REMASTERED $7.99 $4.99 $19.99
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 $44.99 $40.19 $59.99
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 SPECIAL EDITION BUNDLE $59.99 $53.59 $79.99
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 ULTIMATE EDITION BUNDLE $74.99 $66.99 $99.99
ROAD RAGE $8.99 $7.49 $29.99
SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER – CROFT EDITION $53.99 $44.99 $89.99
SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER – DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $41.99 $34.99 $69.99
SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER – SEASON PASS $20.99 $20.09 $29.99
SHADOW TACTICS: BLADES OF THE SHOGUN $19.99 $14.99 $49.99
SILENCE $11.99 $8.99 $29.99
SLAIN: BACK FROM HELL $4.49 $2.99 $14.99
SNIPER ELITE 4 $23.99 $17.99 $59.99
SNIPER GHOST WARRIOR 3 SEASON PASS EDITION $17.99 $13.99 $39.99
SOMA $11.99 $8.99 $29.99
SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE $20.99 $14.99 $59.99
SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE GOLD EDITION $31.49 $22.49 $89.99
SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH $17.99 $14.99 $29.99
SOUTH PARK: THE VIDEO GAME COLLECTION $39.99 $31.99 $79.99
SPINTIRES: MUDRUNNER – AMERICAN WILDS EDITION $27.99 $23.99 $39.99
SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY $33.99 $29.99 $39.99
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II $8.24 $6.24 $24.99
STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS COLLECTION 1 PACK $35.99 $29.99 $59.99
STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS DELUXE EDITION $39.99 $31.99 $79.99
STARLINK: BATTLE FOR ATLAS DIGITAL EDITION $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
STARTER PACK AND GREAT WHITE SHARK CARD BUNDLE $35.99 $32.39 $39.99
STARTER PACK AND MEGALODON SHARK CARD BUNDLE $87.29 $83.41 $96.99
STARTER PACK AND WHALE SHARK CARD BUNDLE $53.99 $52.19 $59.99
STEEP $10.49 $7.49 $29.99
STEEP X – GAMES GOLD EDITION $29.99 $24.99 $49.99
SUNDERED ELDRITCH EDITION $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
SUPERHOT $14.99 $9.99 $24.99
SUPERHOT MIND IS SOFTWARE BUNDLE $25.99 $19.99 $39.99
SUPERHOT VR $18.74 $14.99 $24.99
TACOMA $9.99 $6.99 $19.99
TENNIS WORLD TOUR $23.99 $17.99 $59.99
TENNIS WORLD TOUR – LEGENDS BONUS PACK $7.99 $5.99 $19.99
TENNIS WORLD TOUR – LEGENDS EDITION $29.99 $22.49 $74.99
THE BRIDGE $2.89 $1.89 $9.99
THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE SUMMERSET COLLECTOR’S ED. UPGRADE $23.99 $22.49 $29.99
THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: SUMMERSET UPGRADE $14.99 $13.99 $19.99
THE GARDENS BETWEEN $13.99 $11.99 $19.99
THE GOLF CLUB 2 $8.99 $7.49 $29.99
THE LONG JOURNEY HOME $27.99 $23.99 $39.99
THE METRONOMICON: SLAY THE DANCE FLOOR $13.99 $11.99 $19.99
THE PERSISTENCE (VR) $20.99 $17.99 $29.99
THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH $15.99 $11.99 $39.99
THE SEXY BRUTALE $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT $15.99 $11.99 $39.99
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT – BLOOD AND WINE $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT – COMPLETE EDITION $19.99 $14.99 $49.99
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT – HEARTS OF STONE $4.99 $3.99 $9.99
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT EXPANSION PASS $12.49 $9.99 $24.99
THUMPER (VR) $6.99 $4.99 $19.99
TITANFALL 2 – ULTIMATE EDITION $9.89 $7.49 $29.99
TOOTH AND TAIL $6.99 $4.99 $19.99
TORMENT: TIDES OF NUMENERA $24.99 $14.99 $49.99
TRANSFERENCE $12.49 $9.99 $24.99
TRANSPOSE (VR) $11.99 $9.99 $19.99
TUMBLESTONE $7.24 $4.74 $24.99
TYPOMAN $3.99 $2.99 $9.99
TYPOMAN DELUXE EDITION $5.19 $3.89 $12.99
TYR: CHAINS OF VALHALLA $4.39 $3.29 $10.99
ULTIMATE CHICKEN HORSE $8.99 $8.24 $14.99
UNRAVEL $11.99 $7.99 $19.99
UNRAVEL TWO $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
VALKYRIA CHRONICLES 4 $41.99 $29.99 $59.99
VICTOR VRAN $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
VIRGINIA $3.99 $2.99 $9.99
WALDEN A GAME $9.49 $7.59 $18.99
WARHAMMER 40,000: INQUISITOR – MARTYR $29.99 $23.99 $59.99
WARHAMMER 40,000: INQUISITOR – MARTYR | DELUXE EDITION $35.74 $29.24 $64.99
WARHAMMER 40,000: INQUISITOR – MARTYR | IMPERIUM EDITION $47.99 $39.99 $79.99
WATCH DOGS 1 + WATCH DOGS 2 GOLD EDITIONS BUNDLE $39.99 $29.99 $99.99
WATCH DOGS 1 + WATCH DOGS 2 STANDARD EDITIONS BUNDLE $27.99 $20.99 $69.99
WATCH DOGS 2 $20.99 $14.99 $59.99
WATCH DOGS 2 – DELUXE EDITION $24.49 $17.49 $69.99
WATCH DOGS 2 – GOLD EDITION $34.99 $24.99 $99.99
WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH $9.99 $7.99 $19.99
WIZARD OF LEGEND $12.79 $11.19 $15.99
WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS $29.99 $19.79 $59.99
WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION $39.99 $26.39 $79.99
WRC 7 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP $14.99 $9.99 $49.99
YOMAWARI: MIDNIGHT SHADOWS $15.99 $13.99 $19.99
YS VIII: LACRIMOSA OF DANA $47.99 $41.99 $59.99
PS3 Games
Title $Sale $PSPlus $Original
GRAND THEFT AUTO V $11.99 $9.99 $19.99
GUILTY GEAR XRD -REVELATOR- $5.99 $3.99 $19.99
LIFE IS STRANGE COMPLETE SEASON $5.99 $3.99 $19.99
THE BRIDGE $2.89 $1.89 $9.99
PS Vita Games
Title $Sale $PSPlus $Original
2064: READ ONLY MEMORIES $9.99 $6.99 $19.99
A ROSE IN THE TWILIGHT $5.99 $4.99 $9.99
COLLAR X MALICE $15.99 $11.99 $39.99
EXIST ARCHIVE: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY $11.99 $7.99 $39.99
GRAND KINGDOM $14.99 $11.99 $29.99
MIND ZERO $7.49 $4.99 $24.99
MURAMASA REBIRTH GENROKU LEGENDS COLLECTION $4.49 $2.99 $14.99
SHIREN THE WANDERER: THE TOWER OF FORTUNE AND THE DICE OF FATE $11.99 $7.99 $39.99
SLAIN: BACK FROM HELL $4.49 $2.99 $14.99
THE BRIDGE $2.89 $1.89 $9.99
YOMAWARI: MIDNIGHT SHADOWS $15.99 $13.99 $19.99
YS VIII – LACRIMOSA OF DANA – $31.99 $27.99 $39.99
ZERO ESCAPE: THE NONARY GAMES $11.99 $7.99 $39.99
ZERO ESCAPE: ZERO TIME DILEMMA $11.99 $7.99 $39.99

Note: All pricing is for U.S. only and subject to change.

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection: Archiving a Golden Age of Gaming, Out March 19 on PS4

The arcade comes home with SNK 40th Anniversary Collection on PS4 starting March 19 — relive 24 classics from the golden age of retro gaming. Then dive into Museum Mode to immerse yourself in SNK’s rich history, boasting an abundance of high-definition artwork and rare promotional assets. Today, developer Brandon Sheffield discusses how these materials were carefully researched and lovingly compiled, as well as the importance of preserving such history.

How have you come to work on this collection? What was the archival process like?

Actually, I worked on a Digital Eclipse archive as one of my first game writing jobs! Way back in 2006 I wrote some quiz questions for Capcom Classics Collection: Volume 2, so with the resurrection of Digital Eclipse as a company, I was really excited to get back into it, now that I have a lot more experience. Together with Frank Cifaldi, who runs the Video Game History Foundation, I wanted to push our archival and research process even further with our first SNK title.

Essentially, Frank gathered as much printed material, game boards, and various scraps of information as possible. He scanned and cleaned up those materials, and tested the games in the collection against the boards to make sure they were accurate, and if they weren’t, went to lengths to fix that (such as re-recording or dumping new audio). Meanwhile, I interviewed former SNK staff members, and gathered information about the games for use in the museum, as well as whatever concept art former SNK artists had squirreled away.

In one case I went to Japan, then took a 7.5 hour journey by train, bus, and car, to reach a specific arcade game warehouse out in the middle of nowhere, in a town called Tatsuno. I spoke with the proprietor there, because he had some of the games about which we knew almost nothing. Without that trip, a lot of our info would’ve been wrong! So that’s how dedicated we are to trying to do this right.

How did certain games get chosen to be featured in Museum Mode?

This was a back-and-forth between Digital Eclipse and SNK. SNK had certain titles they wanted, and so did we. One important thing we did was find a way to replicate the Loop Lever. The Loop Lever was a unique joystick that SNK developed which allowed the player to rotate (by twisting the joystick) and move (by tilting the joystick) at the same time. No prior collection has been able to replicate that because there’s simply no hardware that supports it. We split the movement and rotation across two joysticks, making these games fully playable again, even if they’re not playable in the exact original format. It’s more important that people have the experience of the game, so we wanted to make that happen. Once we did, we tried to get as many Loop Lever-compatible games in the collection as we could, and we got pretty close to all of them!

Aside from that, we knew we wanted Athena, we knew we wanted Crystalis, and we knew we had to showcase that song in Psycho Soldier! The first vocal track ever in an arcade game? How could we resist!

Did you have previous experience with SNK (such as having played the original titles in SNK 40th Anniversary Collection)? If so, how does it feel to return to those games now?

I’ve been playing SNK games all my life. Of course I played a lot of Neo Geo games, and I was an insane collector of Neo Geo Pocket games, but I also played games like Ikari II in a local arcade during high school too. Coming back to these games is almost like a breath of fresh air, especially with the renewed Loop Lever controls. Honestly I am better at Ikari now than I ever was because of that!

But the real revelation for me came as I researched these titles and why they were important. There were so many things that SNK did before anyone else, that honestly I didn’t even know about before doing this research. They created one of the first playable tutorials. One of the first games with the concept of a health bar. It was a great time of innovation in the industry, and I really felt that as I interviewed the people who made them.

What are some highlights the player should take away from Museum Mode?

Some people have likened the collection to a digital, playable history book, and I really like that idea. SNK is most famous for games that began in its Neo Geo era, but when you play this game, when you go through the Museum, you see the roots of those games. SNK’s first fighting game is here. Sure, it’s nothing compared to Fatal Fury or The King of Fighters. But it’s the first. How did they get from there to where they are now? That’s what we want people to see.

Back then, SNK was making new, bespoke boards for many of their games. If they wanted to do something new, they not only had to come up with the gameplay and art innovations, but also hardware to support it. So while a game like Vanguard might feel a bit stiff in today’s world, we want to make sure everyone understands its importance, and its place in history. Before this collection I feel that SNK’s important history was under-discussed, and my hope is that by reading and playing with our “digital history book” players will feel the impact of that history.

What are your thoughts on the importance of preserving video game history, and today’s gaming audiences/industry in general?

I think it’s incredibly important to preserve our history, especially as ancient game boards disappear, and source code is lost. Emulation is literally the only way we can present these games, because there’s not a soul alive with the source code to most of these projects. But we can make sure that emulation is as close to the original if we have the boards, and that’s what we try to do.

There’s value in appreciating the incredible craft of these creators, the speed with which they had to make these games, and the intense labor that went into them. The path they paved helped us get to where we are now, establishing the gameplay and art standards upon which we’ve built a global industry.

On top of that, when I spoke to the original developers of these games, they were so happy to speak. They said that they felt their part in history had been forgotten, as people usually speak about the Neo Geo when they speak of SNK. They were simply glad that anyone still wanted to hear their stories, and learn from them. To me their contribution to the game industry is so valuable, and I’m very happy we can share a piece of that with everyone.

Pardon Our Dust

Hi folks – first, some exciting news. We’re close to launching a major update to PlayStation.Blog that will bring some (long-overdue) UX and functionality updates. Expect to see it in the coming weeks — knock on wood!

In the meantime, we’ll be temporarily taking a few systems offline for maintenance including login and commenting functionality. These will return after the launch of the new UX and design.

Can’t wait for you to see it! More details to share soon.