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President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton Resigns

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Jack Tretton To Step Down As President And CEO Of Sony Computer Entertainment America

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced that Jack Tretton will step down from his role as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America as of March 31, 2014. This is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Tretton and SCEA not to renew their contractual relationship.

Shawn Layden, currently Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Network Entertainment International, will become President and CEO of SCEA, effective April 1, 2014.

Mr. Tretton has been with SCEA since its inception in 1995. As one of the founding members of the executive team, Tretton played a pivotal role in launching all PlayStation platforms in North America, including the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PSP, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Network, and PlayStation Vita. Most recently, Tretton led the record-breaking launch of PlayStation®4 (PS4™), which sold more than one million units in 24 hours in North America and is now the #1 next generation gaming console in North America and worldwide. During his tenure, Tretton was also responsible for achieving several industry milestones, including surpassing 50 million units sold of PlayStation 2 in North America, and aggressively growing the PlayStation business in Canada and Latin America.

“Working at SCEA for the past 19 years has been the most rewarding experience of my career,” said Tretton. “Although I will deeply miss the talented team at SCEA and the passion demonstrated every day by our fans, I’m very excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the employees, partners and customers for their tireless commitment to the PlayStation brand and, of course, to our fans who have pushed us to new heights of innovation and entertainment over the past two decades. I leave PlayStation in a position of considerable strength and the future will only get brighter for PlayStation Nation.”

A 15-year PlayStation veteran, Layden was one of the founding members of SNEI in 2010, joining the company directly from Sony Computer Entertainment, where he most recently held the position of President, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. His career at Sony Computer Entertainment also included eight years at SCE Worldwide Studios in London where he directed international software development.

“It’s an honor and privilege to join Sony Computer Entertainment America and be a part of the team that is leading the next generation of gaming and entertainment,” said Layden. “SCEA is committed to delivering breakthrough gaming experiences that inspire fans and exceed their wildest expectations. As PS4™ shows us every day, there has never been a better time to be part of the PlayStation community and I look forward to working with our retail, development, publishing and network partners to further demonstrate why PlayStation is the best place to play.”

“I’ve worked with Jack for nearly two decades and I want to personally thank him for his leadership and the considerable contributions he’s made to the SCEA business and PlayStation brand over the years. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment. “I also want to welcome Shawn to the Sony Computer Entertainment America team. I have the utmost confidence in Shawn’s leadership capabilities, and his deep knowledge of the gaming industry and commitment to gamers, will help keep PlayStation at the forefront of entertainment and innovative gameplay.”

Source: All Games Beta

The Last of Us To Be Made Into A Live Action Movie

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Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, last year’s PlayStation 3 smash hit, is getting made into a live action movie according to Deadline. Screen Gems will be the distributor of the film. Staff credits include Neil Druckmann (the game’s Creative Director) will be penning the script for the movie adaptation. The rest of the creative team will be Co-Presidents of Naughty Dog, Evan Wells & Christophe Balestra, and Bruce Straley (Game Director for the game). Sam Raimi (of Evil Dead & Spiderman fame) is also involved along with his company Ghost House Pictures.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts – Devastation DLC – Screenshots, Video Preview, & Details

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z – Screenshots

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Dragon Age: Inquisition – Discover the Dragon Age Trailer

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Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn – Logo, Artwork, Screnshots, Trailer, & Indiegogo Link

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Dark Souls II – Screenshots, Prologue Video, PC Release Date, & Collector’s Edition Details

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Namco Bandai Games Calls Upon Dark Souls II PC Players to Go Beyond Death on April 25

Namco Bandai Games America today announced that Dark Souls II for the PC platform launches in retail stores and for digital download via Steam worldwide on April 25, 2014. Dark Souls II is the highly anticipated, punishing sequel to 2011’s hit Dark Souls, a game that has been cemented as one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in videogame history. Players embark on a journey through a devastated world filled with death and despair where only those who are strong-willed and cunning will survive and achieve glory. Gruesome and bloodthirsty enemies await adventurers as they face soul-crushing challenges.

Dark Souls II for the PC platform will provide players the opportunity to further immerse themselves into a harsh and unforgiving world; it is also the only version featuring increased texture resolution with enhanced frame rates. Dark Souls II on PC will support both gamepads and mouse-and-keyboard control options.

In this devastated world, everyone needs a helping hand. Players can now pre-order the PC version of Dark Souls II from Steam, GameStop, Amazon, and ClubNamco or purchase the Dark Souls II PC Collector’s Edition from GameStop, Amazon, and ClubNamco to gain early access to the powerful Black Armor Weapons pack; an in-game weapons cache that can possibly increase players’ chances of survival. Five special weapons and shields are included in the Dark Souls II Black Armor Weapons Pack in addition to the normal array of starter weapons, giving players a possible edge on their journey as they meet relentless adversity throughout their adventure.

The items in the Dark Souls II Black Armor Weapons Pack for PC include

• Black Flamestone Dagger and Black Flamestone Parma – A dagger and shield encrusted in Black Flamestone both found in the Gutter at Black Gulch. Even though they are heavier than a normal dagger and shield, the Flamestone crystal’s unique properties make the dagger extremely sharp and give the shield high resistance to damage.

• Yellow Quartz Longsword and Yellow Quartz Shield – A straight sword and small shield hardened with yellow quartz both uncovered at the bottom of the Iron Keep. Even though these items can break easily due to their high level of corrosion, they are exceptionally light and their power to inflict damage has not declined.

• Bound Hand Axe and Bound Wooden Shield – A brutal hand axe and shield found in the Undead Purgatory. Both items are wrapped in chains and thorns to cause additional bleeding on enemies. Both the axe and shield have diminished in overall slashing power but their ability to deliver pain has been deliberately increased.

• Homunculus Mace and Homunculus Wooden Shield – A mace and shield with spherical protrusions found in Aldia’s Keep. Although heavier-than-normal maces and shields, the hard protrusions greatly increase the striking power of the mace as well as the shield’s defensive capabilities.

• Transgressor’s Staff and Transgressor’s Leather Shield – A staff and leather shield entwined with an unknown and seemingly lackluster element; these items are found in the Dark Chasm of Old. They have become a catalyst for sorcery and hex, and they cause an effect known as Darkness.

Valiant PC players that choose to specifically pre-order Dark Souls II for the PC through Steam, GameStop, Amazon, or ClubNamco will also receive a plethora of digital bonuses including, the Official Digital Dark Souls II Artbook (PDF), Original Dark Souls II Digital Comic Book written by Rob Williams and Andi Ewington with art provided by Simon Coleby (PDF), the Complete Digital Game Soundtrack (MP3), and the Black Armor Weapons Pack (Access Code) for a MSRP of $49.99

The Dark Souls II PC Collector’s Edition, available only through GameStop, Amazon, and ClubNamco will come with, a digital download code for the game, collectable metal case, 12” tall Warrior Knight figurine, exclusive hardbound art book, original game soundtrack, and cloth map for a MSRP of $109.99.

Early access vouchers for the PC Black Armor Weapons Pack will only be available by pre-ordering Dark Souls II PC from Steam, GameStop, Amazon, and ClubNamco or with purchase of the PC Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls II.

Dark Souls II for PC will launch in the Americas on April 25, 2014. Dark Souls II for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft will be available in the Americas on March 11, 2014.

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LEGO The Hobbit – Artwork & Trailer

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Watch_Dogs – Story Trailer & Release Date

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Ubisoft Reveals Watch Dogs Release Date

Today, Ubisoft revealed that its highly anticipated open world action-adventure game, Watch Dogs, will be released worldwide on May 27, 2014.

In Watch Dogs, players assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante hero who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) to control almost every element of the city.

“We are pleased to be able to reveal to gamers all over the world the new release date for Watch Dogs™,” said Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft. “We are extremely confident that the additional time we afforded the dev team to refine and polish the game will be more than worth the wait.”

Players who purchase Watch Dogs on either PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 will have exclusive access to 60 minutes of additional gameplay via the PlayStation Network.

“We’re really excited for the launch of Watch Dogs on both PS3 and PS4 and are confident that it will prove to be one of the standout games of 2014,” said Michael Pattison, Vice President, Third Party Relations, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “It’s a unique and visionary game and we believe that the exclusive content available via PSN will not only excite gamers, but showcase how PlayStation is a preferred destination for Watch Dogs.”

Watch Dogs will be available on Sony PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Microsoft Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Microsoft Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and Windows PC. The Wii U version will release at a later date.

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Tropico 5 – Gameplay Trailer

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Take a Guided Tour of Tropico 5 in the First Gameplay Trailer

El Presidente invites you to take a historical tour around the beautiful island paradise of Tropico in the first gameplay trailer for Tropico 5. Bask in the Caribbean sun and watch Tropico develop through the ages from a small colonial state of the Crown to a sprawling metropolis of the future. See how small farming communities evolve into thriving industrial powerhouses under the glorious leadership of El Presidente and his new family dynasty. Tropico 5 will be available in early summer for Windows PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft – followed by PlayStation 4 later this year.

Packed with a whole host of new gameplay features and all new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new and exciting direction – dynasties!

You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras.

As well as a wealth of other new features, including advanced trading mechanics, technology, scientific research trees and island exploration, Tropico 5 will add cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series’ history! Viva El Presidente!

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