PSN/PS+ Sales Up
Sony actually has something to be happy about, as they reported to Joystiq that both Playstation Network downloads and Playstation Plus subscriptions have seen significant gains as of last quarter.
According to Jack Buser, the senior director of PlayStation digital platforms at Sony Computer Entertainment of America, this is mostly thanks to the company’s so-called Instant Game Collection announced at E3, during which time PS+ membership nearly doubled. The collection offers multiple, high-profile games in a rotating release schedule for all PS+ members. Those games that have seen the highest overall downloads include inFamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, Just Cause 2, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One and, um… Gotham City Imposters. It’s also worth mentioning that since E3, a number of Playstation Network titles such as Dyad and Tokyo Jungle have offered discounts for PS+ members that purchase them within the first week after release.
Whatever the reason, the net result is that the period between last April and June brought the highest PSN sales for any quarter since the Playstation 3′s release.
38 Studios’ Assets Up for Auction
Giant Bomb broke a not entirely unexpected but still quite sad story today, letting us know that the lifeless remains of 38 Studios will be picked apart and sold by the company’s metaphorical murderer, the Rhode Island state government.
Everything from TV’s, to computers, to conference equipment will be up for grabs in two upcoming auctions on Oct. 12 and Oct. 23 in Maryland and Rhode Island itself. Also originally listed as being for sale were a few Xbox 360 development kits. However, such development kits are never actually owned by developers, and are simply licensed to them from Microsoft. Evidently, the Rhode Island government was unaware of this at first, which pretty much underscores the sort of uninformed thinking that helped lead to the studio’s downfall. The kits have since been pulled from the listing.
Rest in peace, 38 Studios. We hardly knew ye.
[Source: Giant Bomb]
First Ever EVE Online Cash Prize Tournament
Yeah, this is a story about EVE Online. Deal with it.
Developer CCP has announced that they will be hosting the first-ever EVE tournament to feature a real-life cash prize. While officially sanctioned EVE Online — such as the annual Alliance Tournament — are not uncommon, this one will have a prize pool with a total of $10,000 up for grabs.
There are no limits to who can be on any of the 24-man teams, other than that players may only participate on one. Registration begins on Oct. 12 and will run for one week. Further details can be found on the game’s website.
We expect teams to begin backstabbing each other almost immediately.
The Full Playstation All-Stars Roster Revealed
IGN finally predicted the one Sony surprise that no one saw coming: that there are no more surprises.
Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale, the upcoming Playstation 3/Vita brawler will feature a roster of exactly 20 characters at launch. In case you were wondering, that’s exactly the same number of characters that we knew about before today.
In a tweet from Sony social media guru Sid Shuman, it was revealed that all launch characters had already been announced. That doesn’t necessarily rule out DLC, of course, which would seem highly likely for any game released in 2000-and-goddamn-12.