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PlayStation Home expands with exclusive, brand new social games

It's true… PlayStation Home is still up and running and there is apparently a healthy core of users still visiting it on a regular basis. So, Sony has teamed up with a number of developers to build even more social games for the platform, and a trio of them will be rolling out in the very near future.

These new games, which range from Pirate action, to a multiplayer RPG dungeon crawler, to a competitive and co-op shooter, are free to play but some support transactions for upgrades and whatnot. Sony is also launching a brand new Adventure District that will offer new sights and sounds for those into that genre and want to launch and play content such as Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove.

Take a look at the new games below.

Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove:

Offering the biggest multiplayer experience in PS Home thus far, Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove allows up to 24 gamers to battle aboard pirate ships as both ship captains and gunners, attempting to take down their opponents' ships. Utilizing a freemium game model, Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove is completely free-to-play, though users wishing to expand their ship's offenses can purchase coins to use for upgrades. (Release Date: March 28)

No Man's Land:

Arguably PS Home's most ambitious title yet, No Man's Land offers gamers the most advanced shooter experience the platform has ever seen. The game's unique cover-based mechanics were designed to take full advantage of the platform's technology. Players utilize a grid interface to sprint from cover to cover, popping up to take out opponents at every turn. The game offers a traditional "Team Deathmatch" mode, as well as a cooperative mode where salvage must be delivered back to the team's depots, while fighting to stay alive in the process. (Release Date: Spring 2012)

Mercia:
Mercia for PlayStation Home

Developed by Lockwood Publishing, PS Home's first multiplayer role-playing title transports players into a fantasy world of treacherous dungeons, magic spells, and a plethora of weapons and enemies. Mercia invites players to traverse a number of enemy-filled dungeons, and for the first time in PS Home's history, the game continually streams new content, leading to zero load times while playing. Mercia also utilizes a number of RPG mainstays such as crafting, upgrading, and resource management, giving gamers the deepest RPG experience available on the platform. (Release Date: Summer 2012)

They all look good, surprisingly good, too. Check out the official announcement below or the PS Blog  for more information.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced a planned rollout of one of the deepest and most immersive genre-based freemium games for PlayStation Home, the company's social games platform. These new titles, including a team-based 3rd-person shooter and a fantasy-themed multiplayer role-playing game, will further expand PS Home's new core experience, which first launched in November of 2011 with new games and genre-based districts.

Releasing now through the Spring months and into Summer, these new offerings will help showcase the ability for PS Home's developers to create experiences on the platform that are unmatched in the social games space using the latest development tools available, most notably with the post-apocalyptic shooter No Man's Land, created by UK-based development house VEEMEE. The titles will be released starting today, and include:

  • Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove: Offering the biggest multiplayer experience in PS Home thus far, Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove allows up to 24 gamers to battle aboard pirate ships as both ship captains and gunners, attempting to take down their opponents' ships. Utilizing a freemium game model, Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove is completely free-to-play, though users wishing to expand their ship's offenses can purchase coins to use for upgrades. (Release Date: March 28)
  • No Man's Land: Arguably PS Home's most ambitious title yet, No Man's Land offers gamers the most advanced shooter experience the platform has ever seen. The game's unique cover-based mechanics were designed to take full advantage of the platform's technology. Players utilize a grid interface to sprint from cover to cover, popping up to take out opponents at every turn. The game offers a traditional "Team Deathmatch" mode, as well as a cooperative mode where salvage must be delivered back to the team's depots, while fighting to stay alive in the process. (Release Date: Spring 2012)
  • Mercia: Developed by Lockwood Publishing, PS Home's first multiplayer role-playing title transports players into a fantasy world of treacherous dungeons, magic spells, and a plethora of weapons and enemies. Mercia invites players to traverse a number of enemy-filled dungeons, and for the first time in PS Home's history, the game continually streams new content, leading to zero load times while playing. Mercia also utilizes a number of RPG mainstays such as crafting, upgrading, and resource management, giving gamers the deepest RPG experience available on the platform. (Release Date: Summer 2012)

"These new titles are delivering on the promise we made to the PlayStation Home community when we first launched the new core experience in November of last year, offering a variety of genre-based games to suit every gamer's preference," said Chris Mahoney, Senior Business Manager of PlayStation Home, SCEA. "We're bringing gamers the kind of experiences they expect from these genres with the social elements that are only available through PlayStation Home."

Along with these three new titles, PS Home is also launching a new district for gamers to explore:

  • Adventure District: Transporting gamers to a lush jungle island, the Adventure District offers a number of tropical vistas to explore, including an ancient temple, a sweeping coastal shoreline and a beachfront bar. This brand new district also serves as the launch point for new PS Home title Cutthroats: Battle for Black Powder Cove. Gamers can also head to the cannon situated on the beach for some target practice, which helps prepare gamers for some intense seafaring battles.

For additional information about PS Home, please visit: http://us.playstation.com/psn/playstation-home/.



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