Share of the Week: Vistas

Last week, we asked you to climb high and gaze down at stunning gaming vistas using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s highlights: 

frejim_nica shares Atreus gazing down from a tall stone wall in God of War Ragnarök.

Cyb3r3ll4 shares Aloy lying in an old satellite, looking down across a foggy field in Horizon Forbidden West.

Gurararala shares a snowboarder making their way down a snowy landscape in Riders Republic.

hirockey5 shares a yellow-clad explorer looking down at a pink-purple city in Biomutant.

CaGamer_07 shares Ellie and Joel looking down into the valley at Jackson in The Last of Us Part I.

shimo_ps shares Francis standing on a ledge overlooking a cloudy full moon vista in The Artful Escape.

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

THEME: Space
SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on December 7, 2022

Next week, we’re headed to the cold outer reaches of space. From celestial bodies to alien encounters, share views of space from the game of your choice using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

Gran Turismo 25th Anniversary and World Finals celebration continues with GT7

The ‘Gran Turismo World Series’ 2022 in Monaco proved a fitting start to Gran Turismo’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. A four-day festival of racing saw three champions crowned, a new Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo unveiled, a tight Pro-Am race in which BWT Alpine F1 Team driver Esteban Ocon was just pipped for the win, another race between the GT Sophy AI agent and some of the leading World Series drivers, an online appearance by seven-time F1 World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton, stunning cars on display, and plenty of opportunities for the Gran Turismo community to get involved and win prizes in-game.

First up was the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup on Thursday, 24 November. After two highly-competitive Semi-finals and a last-chance Repechage, 12 drivers lined up for the Grand Final, 30-laps around the Fuji International Speedway in the TOYOTA GR010 HYBRID – the real version of which was displayed at the event. It was 2018 Nations Cup champion, Brazilian Igor Fraga, who delivered a dominant performance to take the win and a trophy presented by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe’s Vice Chairman Kazuki Nakajima.

On Friday it was time to narrow a 30-driver Nations Cup field to a final 12 – and crown three regional champions in the process. Takuma Miyazono (JPN), a triple champion in 2020, took the honors for the Asia-Oceania Region. The EMEA race was won by Spain’s Coque López, a player who has been at every GT World Series event since its inception in 2018. Finally, it was the turn of the Americas Region and in-form Chilean Angel Inostroza was crowned champion and booked his place in Sunday’s Grand Final.

With Sunday’s Nations Cup final line-up confirmed, Saturday saw the focus switch to the Manufacturers Cup. Twelve three-driver teams represented the leading World Series manufacturers, including series partners Toyota, Genesis, and Mazda. With points already accrued from the three World Series events and July’s Salzburg World Series Showdown, more points would be awarded in Race 1 and a double-points Grand Final.

Team Porsche took the maximum from Race 1, with pre-event points leaders, and favorites, Team Toyota in second. Team Mercedes-AMG rounded out the top three, while World Series Showdown winners in July, Team Subaru, looked to have dropped out of contention with a sixth-place finish.

Taking to the famous Spa-Francorchamps track for the Grand Final, the skies looked ominous and the weather would prove to be a decisive factor in a mesmerizing endurance race. Rain started to fall causing the drivers to pit for intermediate or full-wet tires. Intermediates looked to have been the better choice as the conditions improved. However, the rain started again in the latter stages of this 30-lap race and this time it didn’t clear, leaving those that switched to full wets finishing stronger. Team Subaru’s superb race craft and great tire choices saw them win just ahead of Team Toyota and Team Mercedes-AMG in third.

The result left Subaru and Toyota tied on points, but it was Subaru’s Daniel Solis (USA), Takuma Miyazono (JPN), and Kylian Drumont (FRA) who lifted the stunning Boccioni-inspired Manufacturers Cup trophy as World Champions thanks to their win in the Grand Final.

And so to Sunday’s Nations Cup Grand Final for even more excitement. French Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon was in the crowd at Le Sporting Monte Carlo (the venue for the World Finals) that was treated to some compelling entertainment. A packed Nations Cup broadcast saw Ferrari’s Chief Design Officer Flavio Manzoni unveil the stunning Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo that will appear soon in Gran Turismo 7. The crowd went on to witness racing no less spectacular.

A single-lap Qualifying Session set the grid for 30 laps around the Trial Mountain Circuit (reverse) in the Red Bull X2019 Competition in national liveries. Japan’s Takuma Miyazono qualified on pole, but Spaniard Coque López was just a thousandth of a second behind.

In what turned out to be a magnificent race full of intrigue and differing tire strategies, López and Miyazono were leading the field on the penultimate lap but had one mandatory pitstop to make to switch onto the slower hard tires. As they emerged from the pitlane, the pair were dissected by Chilean Angel Inostroza who was on soft tires. After an action-, and incident-, packed final lap, López took the checkered flag from Inostroza and Miyazono, but celebrations were muted as an ‘incident under investigation’ notification went up and the drivers, and audience, awaited the verdict of the stewards. When the judgement came through that the collisions were ‘a racing incident,’ the celebrations could start in style for the Spaniard. As in the Manufacturers Cup, there was a points tie at the top of the leaderboard. López and Inostroza were both on 30 points, but the Spaniard’s victory in the Grand Final gave him the World Championship and left the Chilean bitterly disappointed. The third step of the podium was taken by Brazil’s Igor Fraga.

It had been a highly entertaining four days of racing with drama, excitement, high-profile guests, and some Monaco glamour. If you missed it, check out the streams on the Gran Turismo YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/@GRANTURISMOTV

Celebrating 25 years of Gran Turismo continues

The Gran Turismo 25th Anniversary celebration continues as the Increased Rewards Campaign, Day 4 of the ‘Viewers Gift’ campaign for the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo, and World Finals livery distribution are still available (see below for specific details. Internet connection required to access.)

Increased Rewards Campaign

For a limited time (Ends December 5), there will be increased rewards for each race in the ‘Sport’ mode!

  • Daily Races
    • Ends December 5
    • Daily Race A will feature a race like the World Finals 
    • Within this period, the Credit rewards for applicable events will be 5x more than usual
  • Online Time Trials
    • Ends December 5
    • Complete recreation of World Finals races to be held as a time trial event 
    • Within this period, credit rewards for applicable events will be 2x more than usual 

‘Viewers Gift’ campaign rewards the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo

  • The ‘Viewers Gift’ campaign is to reward anyone watching our streams live each day via an online quiz mechanism.
  • Watch the World Finals and answer the Day 4 question to get early access to the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo
  • Reward ends December 4 at 7:59am PST / 3:59pm GMT

World Finals livery distribution

Until January 3rd 2023, the special GT World Series World Finals liveries will be available through the ‘Recommended’ section of the Showcase pavilion, including the X2019 in national colors and some of the special Manufacturers Cup liveries.

Happy 25th birthday to Gran Turismo. If the GT World Series World Finals are anything to go by, the next 25 years are going to be even more exciting.

Thrilling hunts await when Monster Hunter Rise hits PS5 and PS4 on January 20, 2023

Heads up, hunters! Monster Hunter Rise is coming to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on January 20, 2023. It’s been a little over two years since the release of the final update for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, so we’re thrilled to welcome PlayStation players to Kamura Village and back into the hunt.


Thrilling hunts await when Monster Hunter Rise hits PS5 and PS4 on January 20, 2023

Unleash your hunting spirit

Monster Hunter Rise infuses the hunting experience you might be familiar with from Monster Hunter World and Iceborne with new acrobatic maneuvers enabled by the endemic life known as Wirebugs. Leap into the air, scale cliffs, and quickly traverse open environments with ease. Wirebugs allow for varied and unique special attacks for each of the 14 weapons in the game. Even if you’ve mastered a certain weapon in the past, these new abilities bring new skills to incorporate into your toolkit.

You’ll meet a brand new buddy type: the Palamute Canyne. In addition to providing support alongside the tried-and-true Palico Felyne companions, you’ll be able to ride on the back of a Palamute to swiftly make your way across each locale. Palamute riding is a great way to safely use items or sharpen your weapon in your time of need. Be sure to pet your Palamute too and show them some love for all their hard work.

So what are we hunting? 

The flagship monster Magnamalo leads a mix of new and returning monsters inspired by Japanese folklore. Known as the Wyvern of Malice, Magnamalo unleashes a deadly purple gas that consists of consumed monsters known as Hellfire, while also ferociously striking with its powerful claws and spear-tipped tail.

In addition to new monsters, returning favorites from previous Monster Hunter titles will also test your skills. Many of these monsters feature new moves and abilities over past games, and so even if you’re a seasoned vet that’s slain many Rathalos and Rathian throughout the years, you’ll certainly find a familiar but fresh experience in Monster Hunter Rise. 

A new threat rises

Monster Hunter Rise puts you in the shoes of a fully customizable fledgling hunter at the start of their journey. Over time, your skills will grow and you’ll tackle more and more challenging threats as you protect your hometown: the quiet and peaceful Kamura Village.

The peace of the village is threatened by the reemergence of Magnamalo and an onslaught of monsters known as the Rampage. 50 years ago, Kamura suffered devastating casualties from the same threat, but this time it’s up to you to fight the Rampage back and defend the village. Together with a vibrant cast of characters, you’ll fight back the impending threat and uncover the mystery of the rampaging monsters. 

When you’ve got some downtime in Kamura, you’ll spend time with your friends in the village as you prepare for the next hunt. Improve your gear, get your buddies in order and eat some tasty dango.

Hunting is better together

Challenge yourself to slay a monster solo, or go online and team up with up to three others for cooperative hunting fun.* Communicate with other hunters in your lobby via in-game voice chat and enjoy the thrill of the hunt with friends or with other players online. Gather together in a lobby as you prepare for a hunt, or help out players on certain quests by responding to a join request. Players on either PS5 or PS4 also don’t need to be on the same platform to play together. 

Become immersed in the hunt with PS5

Hunters on PS5 have a few extra options to make for an even greater hunting experience. 

Monster Hunter Rise on PS5 will launch with two performance options, both of which offer silky smooth gameplay and high resolution image quality: 4K resolution and up to 60 FPS, or 1080P resolution with up to 120 FPS with compatible screens. 

With 3D audio on PS5, get immersed in the experience even further with spatial sound that adds depth and makes you feel like you’re right there in the hunt.

Monster Hunter Rise takes advantage of the PS5 DualSense controller’s adaptive triggers for added feedback and resistance with Gunner weapons, and a slight but impactful kick when blocking with a shield.  

Last but not certainly not least, Monster Hunter Rise has full trophy support across both PS5 and PS4, so you can track all of our hunting achievements (and brag to your friends about them).

Hundreds of hours…with more to come

Monster Hunter Rise comes already loaded with a treasure trove of content, including the title updates and Event Quests for the base version of the game (up to version 10.0). Rest assured that there’s plenty to do here, and you’ll want to make sure you’re well equipped for what awaits…

Later in Spring 2023, the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak massive expansion will take the hunt to the next level by introducing new Master Rank monsters, new locales, and an all new story full of challenging threats. While Monster Hunter Rise features new monsters inspired by Japanese folklore, Sunbreak introduces monsters from western folklore, like the vampire-inspired Elder Dragon Malzeno. 

It’s safe to say there’s plenty to look forward to once you make your way through to base game.

The hunt is on

To recap, Monster Hunter Rise launches digitally on PS5 and PS4 on January 20, 2023. Preorders are available today and earn you a bonus adorable Layered Armor for your Palamute and Palico. You’ll also get a Novice Talisman to help you out in the early stages of the game.

If you’re looking for a bit of extra help getting through the early game, the Guild Cross armor and Legacy Talisman will be available for free to all players. This gear has high defense and useful skills to aid your progress through the early quests as you get more familiar with the hunting basics.    

Happy hunting! We hope that you enjoy your stay in Kamura.

*A PlayStation Plus account is required for online multiplayer for PS5 and PS4.

Indies highlights coming to PS4 & PS5 in December 2022

The holiday season is here, and this year Santa’s brought a big bagful of indie awesomeness to keep you cozy indoors and out of the cold. Whether looking for stylish first-person action, emergent horror, or a chance to prove yourself on the virtual slopes, these December indie highlights have enough style and variety to keep you playing well into 2023. 

The Forest Quartet release date 

First, the fine folks at Bedtime Digital are excited to share that their emotional puzzle adventure The Forest Quartet launches on PS5 and PS4 December 8. Read on to learn more.


Indies highlights coming to PS4 & PS5 in December 2022

Hello Neighbor 2 

The unassuming small-town terror of viral indie hit Hello Neighbor has returned, and let’s make it clear, these neighbors do not want any of your housewarming chili. An investigative journalist has come to the town of Raven Brooks with a mission: discover why folks are going missing and who might be responsible. And one particular resident is especially suspicious: the infamously creepy Mr. Peterson. The stocky, mustachioed man is the subject of many rumors and you’re the only one with the courage to dig up the truth. But the more you dig, the more it seems like the whole town is very strange. Build the tense atmosphere with open-world exploration and a story directly affected by your actions, then try to outsmart an AI constantly learning from player actions. There goes the neighborhood!

Release Date: December 6 | Publisher: tinyBuild | PS4, PS5


Indies highlights coming to PS4 & PS5 in December 2022

Shredders 

It’s December, so you know what that means: Snowboard season. And here’s more great news: the critically acclaimed indie snowboarding sandbox Shredders is coming to PS5 on December 6. Described by the developers at FoamPunch as “a love letter to snowboarding,” Shredders takes you to the Frozen Wood resort, where you and your buddy making viral videos turns into the snowboarding adventure of a lifetime. You’ll also be able to hang out with famous pro snowboarders like Jamie Anderson, Marcus Kleveland, and Zeb Powell, as you build skills and stunt your way to glory. A rockin’ original soundtrack from producer Jennifur makes for a great accompaniment when you and your online friends shred the slopes together.

Release Date: December 6 | Publisher:  FoamPunch | PS5

Sky: Children of Light

The creators of indie masterpiece Journey have returned with a new adventure. Sky is a game about using the ability of flight to explore a beautiful worldーand forge powerful bonds with others. Starting from a simple base island, you and a huge community of players worldwide set out on journeys to explore seven large, beautiful realms to recover ethereal spirits. Sky is a game built around the transcendent joy of mutual exploration and cooperation as you and the other players you meet and interact with traverse gorgeous open environments. Use a unique system of gestures and actions to connect with others, travel together, and make beautiful memories. With a big world to engage with and ongoing seasonal events offering new sights and interactions, there’s always more to see in Sky. 

Release Date: December 6 | Publisher: thatgamecompany | PS4

The Forest Quartet   

It’s time to get the band back together for one final concert. However, The Forest Quartet is quite different from your typical reunion story: with the death of the band’s leader Nina, members Kirk, JB, and Sebastian have fallen into darkness fueled by grief. Taking control of the remnants of Nina’s soul, you’ll witness physical manifestations of emotion and struggle brought to life with vivid graphics and stunning sound design. Travel through breathtaking environments and piece together puzzles to help your bandmates begin the difficult process of healing in this emotional elegy.

Release Date: December 8 | Publisher: Bedtime Digital | PS4, PS5


Indies highlights coming to PS4 & PS5 in December 2022

Neon White 

Welcome to Heaven! Unfortunately, the Pearly Gates has a bit of a demon infestation, but that’s potentially good news for you. As Neon White, an assassin plucked from the misery of Hell, you’re competing to eliminate as many demons as possible for a ticket to the afterlife among the clouds. Show off your sublime style by dispatching demons in first-person combat quickly and efficiently, using a unique system of collectible Soul Cards for weapons and special abilities. A sky-high skill ceiling allows you to improve your times and ranks, while secret routes and hidden items provide even more replayability. And the cherry on top is a superb narrative penned by OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes screenwriter Ryann Shannon.

Release Date: December 13 | Publisher: Annapurna | PS4, PS5

What indie games are on your list to play in December?

Neon White is coming to PS4 and PS5 December 13

Neon White is a lightning-fast single-player first-person action game where you exterminate demons beyond the pearly gates of Heaven. It’s a one-of-a-kind mashup of first person shooter, platformer, puzzle game, topped off with a social link system where you can get to know your fellow dead assassins.

That may sound like a lot, but it’s simple in practice: Kill every demon and reach the end of the level as fast as you can. Levels are bite-sized challenges built from the ground up to be rewarding to replay and optimize- this is achieved using the unique Soul Card system. Soul Cards serve as both your weapons and your movement abilities. For example, the Godspeed card is a high powered rifle that can kill demons, but if you discard it you execute a forward dash. You can take your time and finish a level by shooting demons, but if you want to do things quickly, you’ll have to sacrifice your weapons.

Neon White is all about speed, so one of our highest priorities was performance. It was important to us that the PlayStation 5 version runs at 120hz across the board. When precision matters, the high framerate makes a difference. We’ve also made the most of the system SSD to reduce load times significantly. It’s important that restarting levels is as quick and painless as possible. If you want to beat your friends’ leaderboard times, you’ll be restarting levels over and over again.

Neon White also makes use of PS5’s adaptive triggers to make each Soul Card feel unique when you fire them as well as when you discard. Controller Haptics provide an extra level of feedback on top of that. You’ll feel it when you’re moving faster on water and you’ll get a subtle confirmation when you successfully snipe a distant demon. Our goal wasn’t just to make you feel cool, but for you to develop a sixth sense. To turn you into a speedrunning freak.


Neon White is coming to PS4 and PS5 December 13

Before you kick down the pearly gates, here are a few tips to help you optimize levels and earn those Ace medals:

Let discards do the work

It’s tempting to hoard ammo to maximize your damage output. However, your goal is speed, not DPS. So here’s my tip: when possible, your discard should both move you and kill enemies at the same time. The Purify bomb discard might kill four enemies at once, but why not try jumping on it at the same time for a boost?

Aim with Gyro

Neon White supports Gyroscope aiming using the DualSense controller, and I personally never play without it. Gyroscope aiming can take some getting used to, but it’s well worth it for an extra degree of fine-grained control when sniping demons from the start of a level.

Katana Tricks

Neon White has a handful of secret features that can give you an edge over the competition. White’s default Katana card isn’t powerful on its own, but it can be used to deflect many enemy projectiles back at them, dealing extra damage. Successful parries with the Katana also give White a small speed boost, which is even more effective when White is airborne.

Tips and techniques aside, the best way to experience the game is to jump in and try it for yourself. Neon White comes with all the tools you need to climb the leaderboards regardless of your level of experience. And if you don’t care about leaderboards, just play the first mission. Trust me, you will care about the leaderboards.

Neon White launches on PS5 and PS4 December 13.

Top tips to get ready for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, out December 2

Hey everyone! I’m Jake Solomon, creative director at Firaxis Games, and the good folks at PlayStation have asked me to share some of my top tips for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, which comes out tomorrow on December 2.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is the latest title coming out of Firaxis Games, whom you may know as the creators of Civilization and XCOM. It’s a deep tactical RPG set in the darker side of the Marvel Universe, where you get to lead and live among Marvel legends from across The Avengers, Runaways, X-Men, and more. You’ll play as The Hunter, the first customizable original Marvel hero, and take on Lilith, the Mother of Demons (and your actual mother in the game). Now, let’s jump right in!

Building your perfect squad

There are three things to think about when building a squad: what type of mission am I going on? Who is mandatory on that mission? And who do I want to improve and level up?

In Marvel’s Midnight Suns, we have several types of missions that each have different objectives. Some missions you will be tasked with protecting a VIP who is guarded by a tough enemy that you need to take down first. Other missions may have you defending objectives from the forces of Hydra and Lilith. The type of mission can help you figure out whether you need strong single-target damage dealers like Captain Marvel, or someone who can really spread the love with Blade.

Second, every mission in Marvel’s Midnight Suns has a required hero that you need to take. Story missions all require The Hunter, while general missions can require anyone on the roster. Depending on who is required, you can shift your strategy around that. For example, if a mission requires Doctor Strange – you’ll know that you have no trouble generating Heroism but you may have a bit of a challenge in doing damage. Having an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each hero can help you build that ideal team.

Finally, you’ll want to consider which heroes you want to get stronger. In Marvel’s Midnight Suns, all abilities are represented as cards, and the only way to earn more cards to further empower your abilities is through playing missions. The more you play as a hero, the more you unlock their abilities – so sticking with your favorite team has its benefits!

The power of friendship

Marvel’s Midnight Suns features a Friendship system where your off-the-battlefield discussions and Hang Outs with your fellow heroes have big bonuses for on-the-battlefield. You earn Friendship through several activities – picking the appropriate dialogue when talking to heroes, hanging out with them, giving them their favorite gifts and even complimenting them. The more you understand a Hero, the better chance you’ll have in gaining those valuable Friendship points.

What’s not as well known is that in addition to individual Friendship levels with each Hero, there is a Team Friendship level that you’ll increase as you gain Friendship with everyone. Improving Friendship with your fellow Heroes can result in an increase in your Team Friendship, unlocking combo abilities, improving the power of your compliments and more.

And those on-battlefield bonuses can be true game changers. One of my favorites include Iron Man’s passive I’ll Handle This, which grants Redraws when you play multiple Iron Man abilities in one turn. Iron Man can use those redraws to increase the power of his abilities… and you’ll want to play those buffed abilities, which means you’ll continuously reactivate his passive throughout combat. He can snowball really quickly if you play your cards right!

Take your time and have fun

With Marvel’s Midnight Suns, we set out to create a game that you can really play at your own pace, at your own difficulty. We want this to be something that anyone can pick-up and play, whether you’re just looking for a great Marvel story or if you want to really test yourself at Ultimate III difficulty. There’s no time-constraint on when you need to complete missions, and there’s no limit to how many general missions you can go on.

Don’t forget to explore the Abbey grounds, too – surrounding your supernatural secret base are even more mysteries for you to solve. Expect to earn abilities, find ingredients for crafting, and you even be the one to unlock all the secrets of the mysterious Blood.

Hopefully these tips both prepare you for what you’ll play when the game comes out and gets you excited about all of the combat and story potential for you to explore. Marvel’s Midnight Suns will be available on PlayStation 5 on December 2.

Hands-on with Divine Knockout, the third-person platform fighter smashing onto PlayStation Plus December 6

Ever hear someone say that there’s nothing new in the world? Turns out – that guy was wrong.

Divine Knockout introduces a whole new genre of game: the 3rd-person platform fighter. Imagine a familiar side-scrolling platform fighter, but spin the camera on the Z axis. Suddenly you’ll find yourself jumping, dashing, and smashing your friends in all three dimensions.

The mythological multiplayer mayhem of DKO hits your PlayStation on December 6. Better yet: The DKO Founders Edition is available at no extra cost for all PlayStation Plus members* – talk about a holiday miracle!

Read on for an exclusive inside look at how DKO plays, the adorable playable Gods, the battlegrounds you’ll fight on, and why DKO is perfect on PlayStation. 


Hands-on with Divine Knockout, the third-person platform fighter smashing onto PlayStation Plus December 6

What’s a 3rd-person platform fighter?

Everybody was platform fighting – The core combat of DKO is inspired by the 2D platform fighters everyone grew up playing (and loving). You damage enemies to make them vulnerable, then you knock them out of the arena with a smashing blow. Simple, right?

Into the third dimension! – Wrong. DKO is something brand new: a 3rd-person platform fighter. When you throw out Thor’s hammer Mjolnir, it doesn’t just go off to the right of the screen; you have to aim at your target. If you want to chase down a fleeing Ymir, you’ll need your 3D platforming skills to jump between platforms. It’s somehow both familiar and something you’ve never played before – and it’s very fun.

Years of iteration – The dev team at Red Beard Games has been working on DKO for three-plus years, trying to discover just what a 3rd-person platform fighter really is. They’ve playtested dozens of drastically different versions of DKO as experiments. One was more of a “physics shooter” than a platform fighter, the devs say – not a surprise considering the core team was behind the indie cult classic Sky Noon. But over the years and experiments, they found the secret sauce of DKO.

Execution, not dexterity – Success in DKO comes down to positioning and timing, not memorizing combos or difficult inputs. Each character has light and heavy attacks that can be chained into combos, and a dodge to evade blows or reposition. But characters are truly defined by their three abilities (which go on cooldown after use), and a game-changing ultimate ability – Watch out when King Arthur summons the might of his legendary sword Excalibur!

Make the Gods your own

The Mightiest Gods of MythThe playable characters put the “Divine” into Divine Knockout. You’ll play as a legendary god of mythology in DKO; do you want to hurl boulders as Hercules or master the katana as Susano? These gods come from all the world’s myths, with the 10 Gods available at launch representing the Japanese, Greek, Roman, Norse, and Arthurian pantheons. Devs say more pantheons and Gods will be added regularly.

Adorable anime styling The gods of DKO are reinterpreted in a charming chibi art style, inspired by the chibi god skins in the hit action MOBA Smite. Red Beard Games’ amazing art team took this inspiration to an all-new level with the full power of Unreal Engine 4, adding anime-style cel shading and reworking proportions so that combat remains readable. Somehow, even the Greek God of Death, Thanatos, looks downright huggable in this stunning game.

Play your wayThough DKO is launching with 10 Gods, it’s launching with hundreds of ways to play each god. A deep system of Talents lets you define your own playstyle for each God. As Athena, for example, you can be a long-ranged spear thrower, a teamwork-focused shieldbearer, or an agile martial expert – all on the same god, just by equipping new Talents. Red Beard Games assures us the system is not pay-to-win; all players always start with a full loadout of Talents, and additional playtime unlocks additional options – not additional power.

The battlegrounds of the Gods

Arenas that fight back – You won’t be fighting in boring, lifeless stages in DKO. Each of the seven levels at launch features a unique mechanic that you’ll have to master to win. One level crumbles away as you fight, slowly reducing the fighting area – and making the action more hectic. Another challenges players to avoid deadly spinning spikes – or smash enemies into them!

“Arcade” adventures – In DKO’s core 3v3 Arcade mode, each round is a new adventure, with a new map – and a new mode. In this best-of-5 game, you’ll roam across arenas and play a variety of game modes like Knockout, King of the Hill, and Oddball. This more casual, teamwork-centric mode is a blast to play with friends, almost giving off party game vibes.

Competitive Duels – If you’re the kind of player that wants the most competitive possible experience, DKO’s 1v1 and 2v2 duels are for you. These heart-pounding matches are focused entirely on combat mastery, and are set on 7 unique smaller, simpler stages made specifically for duels.

The Gods play on PlayStation

Optimized for PlayStation 5 – DKO plays great on PS4, but the devs at Red Beard Games put in the extra effort to build a PS5-native version that takes advantage of the extra horsepower. Expect 120 FPS, 4K gameplay on PS5.

Included with PlayStation Plus – That’s right – all PlayStation Plus subscribers get the Founders Edition of DKO at no extra cost. This $24.99 MSRP edition includes access to the game, eight playable Gods (Amaterasu, Sol, Hercules, Susano, Ymir, Athena, Thor, and King Arthur), and some sweet exclusive cosmetics like the Epic-level Biohazard Sol skin.

Cross-platform – If your friends don’t play on PlayStation, don’t worry: DKO fully supports cross-play. You can invite friends to parties, play in custom games, or matchmake online across all supported platforms. And if you play on multiple platforms (like, say, your work PC when the boss isn’t watching), you can also take all your unlocks with you thanks to cross-progression.

If you’re as excited about DKO as we are, you don’t have to wait long to play it. DKO launches on PS5 and PS4 on December 6, with the Founders Edition included with PlayStation Plus.

*Available from 06/12/2022 – 05/1/2023. Monthly Games accessible for duration of PS Plus subscription only.

PlayStation Tournaments on PS5 officially launches today

Since hosting our first on-console tournament back in 2016, it’s been our pleasure to watch the growth of esports and competitive gaming across our platforms.

Over the past three months, we’ve been beta testing the next generation of our on-console competitive experience: PlayStation Tournaments for PS5.

The new experience streamlines competitive play with shorter tournament times, seamless on-console sign-up, easily discoverable tournaments, all-new UI, real-time match updates, and more improvements that address common barriers to online competitive play.

Today, we’re thrilled to roll out our first official PlayStation Tournaments for PS5 – featuring Guilty Gear -Strive, NBA 2K23, and FIFA 23.* You can now play and compete to win prizes across a range of special events, challenges, leaderboard competitions, and more with our global PS5 community.


PlayStation Tournaments on PS5 officially launches today

Kicking off with a special launch program

Between December 1 and January 31, you can take part in the PlayStation Tournaments: Win-A-Thon on both PS5 and PS4 consoles. There are lots of exciting prizes on offer, including cash, PS5 consoles, and new DualSense Edge wireless controllers.

The Win-A-Thon is a leaderboard competition where you can rack up wins and improve your overall ranking while taking part in PlayStation Tournaments.

Succeed in any Win-A-Thon eligible tournament to have that victory count towards your overall ranking on your regional leaderboard. When the results are tallied at the end of January, all players with the most points will win awesome prizes.

The best PS5 players will take home accessories like the new DualSense Edge wireless controller or Pulse 3D wireless headset, while PS4 owners could win PS5 consoles.

Look for the Win-A-Thon badge on a tournament card, sign up, and start your leaderboard climb for a shot at the prize. For a breakdown on prizing and eligibility click here. For more information, see the full rulesets for PS4 and PS5.

New features on PlayStation Tournaments for PS5

Thanks to community feedback, we have introduced some new features that make it quick and easy to take part in tournaments on PS5, including:

An easy discovery process: Tournaments are easy to find. Scroll to the relevant game on your PS5 home screen and press the down directional button to see a list of upcoming tournaments. Alternatively, view available tournaments by launching the Control Center with a tap of the PS button while playing a supported game.

Sign up on console: Signing up is quicker than ever. From the Control Center or Game Hub, simply select an available tournament and press the “Register” button to enter a competition.

Bracket capping: Tournament length traditionally increases as more players compete. However, we have introduced a new bracket capping feature to ensure a standard duration for every tournament. If the cap is exceeded, multiple brackets will be created for the same tournament – but prizing will remain the same for each.

More tournaments: Everyone has different schedules. Tournaments will take place more often, and at regular intervals, so more players can find the time to compete.

All-new UI: The brand-new tournament UI utilizes the activity card framework to let you easily view tournament information. Notifications will automatically carry you through the experience, and you’ll be alerted when your next match is starting. The tournament can be launched from the notification, giving you time to train up in-game, or even play other titles between matches.

View automatic and real-time results: After registering for a tournament, all relevant details can be accessed via the corresponding activity card in the Control Center.

Results are automatically displayed and reported as the matches progress.

The status of the full tournament bracket is also viewable in the tournament card at any time.

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Exciting prizing: Anyone eligible can sign up to win prizes, regardless of skill level.

Prizes can range from cash, in-game currency, PlayStation consoles or accessories, experiences, and even special collectibles received just for taking part.

Introducing a new Discord community hub

PlayStation Tournaments on PS5 will also coincide with the launch of a new PlayStation Tournaments Discord server. Players will be able to connect here to engage more deeply with the PlayStation competitive community. In this destination, we’ll host interviews and play sessions with major figures in the esports community alongside other special content. Here you’ll find regular updates on esports events, articles, videos, and gaming news.

So much more in the new PlayStation Tournaments

PlayStation Tournaments on PS5 will create more meaningful and frictionless competitive gaming experiences for players of all skill levels. We can’t wait for you to sign up, play, compete, and engage with the community across lots of fantastic games from PlayStation Studios and our third-party partners.  

We plan to share more information on new platform features, titles, and events in the near future. Stay tuned. 

*To participate in a PlayStation Tournament, users must be a resident of an eligible country, have access to PS5 versions of PlayStation Tournaments supported games and have a PS Plus membership and internet connection. PS Plus is a paid-for ongoing subscription with a recurring subscription fee, which is charged automatically at the then-current PS Store price at the frequency chosen until cancelled. Full terms apply: see PSN Terms of Service and PS Plus Usage Terms at www.playstation.com/legal.

*PlayStation Tournaments: Win-A-Thon is not available in Croatia, Malta, Japan, Argentina, Turkey, North Korea, Russia.

*See PS5 Control Center and Game Hub to view upcoming tournament times.

Awaken your wanderlust with open world adventure Sable, out today on PS5

Hello, Gliders! I’m Greg, Creative Director at Shedworks. The team and I are excited to finally get Sable into your hands on Playstation 5! It’s been a lot of hard work from the team and we think you’ll love some of the new features and content. 

For those of you who are not yet familiar with Sable, this game is a coming-of-age adventure set in the world of Midden. Our main character Sable embarks on her Gliding, a journey of self-discovery that will take her to scenic vistas, remote encampments, and ancient ruins, all the while meeting friends and strangers on the way. By helping them, she will learn more about their ways of life, see new sides of herself, and ultimately choose the mask she wants to wear for the rest of her life. 

The mask is an exploration of identity. Everyone in Midden undertakes a ceremony called “The Gliding” as they reach adulthood, where they travel the world and try on many different masks until they finally find the one that suits them best. Their chosen mask is part of how they present themselves to the world. Will they choose to follow a particular craft or role in society? Or will they choose a mask that symbolises a rejection of convention?

Our aim with Sable is to trust you as the player: once Sable leaves her family, we open up the game completely and give you the freedom to encounter any location, quest, or activity in any order you like. Every single quest in the game is optional. This means you can pick and choose what parts of Midden interest you and which characters you want to learn more about. What you do is driven by your own fancy and we hope this will awaken your curiosity and wanderlust, where adventure can lie around any corner.

In addition to the freedom of exploring, it was important for us to make a game that was inclusive, warm, and welcoming to all travellers. This included representation of people with different sexual and gender identities. We also wanted to emphasize that you are not participating in combat. We want you to focus on exploring the world without being distracted by enemies or violence.

The team has been working hard to make this release extra special for you. The Playstation launch is bundled with the game’s biggest content update yet, which centers around the brand-new fishing mini-game. 

In the land of Midden, fish populate the desert sands rather than the waters of the oasis. To get started, you’ll want to visit the Angler’s Hut in Sansee and have a chat with the Angler who will provide Sable with her very first fishing rod. Once equipped with the rod, you can cast off anywhere you fancy and be sure that something will bite! Assist the Angler with their requests, and Sable may even be rewarded with the new Angler Mask. 

In The Wash, Sable can find another new location. The Vivarium displays local flora and fauna, but the head Researcher needs Sable’s help with completing the collection. Sable can turn in any fish or butterflies she has collected so far on her journey, which will populate the halls of the Vivarium on her next visit. 

Finally, we wanted to take this opportunity to make exploring Midden an even more immersive experience by utilizing the DualSense controller. You will feel the adaptive trigger resistance as you drive Sable’s bike, Simoon, across the dunes. The haptic feedback will hum as Sable hovers in the gliding orb, shake as grand movements happen around her, and it will even give you a hint if she is close to a hidden collectible or a bug ripe for catching. 

We hope that you will enjoy your adventure in Midden and that Sable’s journey will not only help you discover something new about her but maybe something about yourself, as well.

Sable is available for Playstation 5 as a digital download in the Playstation Store now.

Share of the Week: Gathering

Gather ’round, friends. This week, we take a look at six stunning images featuring characters gathering. Gathering what, you ask? Sally forth to find out!

Garretthiede shares Kena and the Rot in a quiet moment.

MrioMoreno5 shares a post-match celebration in eFootball 23.

TheSkinnyRage shares a post-hunting photo op in Red Dead Online.

Call_me_xavii shares a gorgeous landscape view from Gran Turismo 7.

Amianan_NiRaGuB shares a gathering of friends and shipmates in Mass Effect 3.

Scottoka1 shares a fireside meal between warriors in God of War Ragnarok.

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

THEME: Vistas

SUBMIT BY: 9AM PT on Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Next week we’re looking for your best vista shots. Share ’em with #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.