World War Z: Aftermath’s Horde Mode XL update launches tomorrow

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If there’s one thing the World War Z game franchise is known for, it’s throwing massive hordes of zombies at you. We took that design philosophy to heart as we set to launch World War Z: Aftermath’s long-awaited Horde Mode XL update.  

World War Z: Aftermath’s Horde Mode XL update launches tomorrow

Launching tomorrow, Horde Mode XL is a new game mode that takes advantage of PlayStation 5’s power to put more blood-thirsty zombies on the screen at the same time than ever before, including the previous Horde Mode Z.

In the new mode, you and your friends will find yourselves in a new map where you must protect a civilian camp located inside a shopping mall. 

There are three gameplay areas connected to this mall and each of them is a separate front line under the attack of zombie swarms seeking to reach the civilians

  • The Restaurant Area:  The swarm attacks from the temple and the village 
  • The Riverside Area:  The swarm attacks from the city 
  • The Construction Area: The swarm attacks from the factory

The rules are simple: survive as long as possible and prevent the zombies from getting to the civilians.

The core difference in the new mode is that some zombie waves will be “XL waves” with a mind-blowingly huge amount of zombies on the screen at the same time, and they’re all coming for you and your team. 

To survive this onslaught, you have to stock up on supplies in order to launch enhanced defenses. These are unique events that trigger at the beginning of an XL wave if you’ve stored enough supplies and they slay a ton of zombies at once.

The more supplies you store, the deadlier your enhanced defenses will be. Enhanced defenses differ in each area: there are missiles in the Restaurant area, jet fighters in the Riverside area, and explosive gas at the Construction site.

Horde Mode XL also features other new gameplay features and surprises that

Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 447: Endured and Survived the Holidays

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Share of the Week – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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Last week, we asked you to share epic moments from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, available as a PlayStation Plus Monthly Game for January. Here are this week’s highlights:

AreeLyBadPun shares The Second Sister reaches out sinisterly

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RyoppyGamePhoto shares Cal standing in the opening of a massive round structure

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Q&A with Roberta & Ken Williams, developers of reimagined Colossal Cave, out today

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Ken and Roberta Williams need little introduction among adventure game fans. The duo, who founded legendary developer Sierra On-Line in the earliest days of gaming, has been responsible for some of the genre’s most innovative, daring, and memorable titles. The two have been away from game development for quite some time, but they haven’t been out of the spotlight–in recent years, the pair has been honored with a Gaming Icon Award from The Game Awards, and Roberta received a Pioneer Award at the 2019 Game Developers Conference. 

Q&A with Roberta & Ken Williams, developers of reimagined Colossal Cave, out today

Now, the accomplished tag team is returning to the world of adventure games after 25 years with a new development team, Cygnus Entertainment. The team’s first outing is a full remake of a true classic: Colossal Cave. Originally a pioneering text adventure game released back in 1976 and called Colossal Cave Adventure, Colossal Cave transforms the lime-green-on-black text of the original into a visually captivating graphic adventure. The original game was a huge influence on many of the designers of the era, including Ken and Roberta, who are funding this ambitious remake. We sat down with the power duo to discuss their return to the world of game development and what players can expect from their return to game development. 

This interview has been edited and condensed for brevity and clarity.

PlayStation.Blog: Roberta, can you tell us about your experiences with the original text-based Colossal Cave Adventure back in 1976 or 1977?

Roberta: I had never played a computer game ever. I think Colossal Cave may be the first or, if not, then very very close to the first computer game ever. And it certainly was the first adventure game — I mean, it basically invented the concept of an adventure game. So I played it, and I loved it, and I wanted to play more, but there weren’t really any more games quite like it at the time. So I was inspired to sit down and design my own game, which ultimately became Mystery House. 

PSB: How did the original Colossal Cave Adventure influence the games you made, Roberta?

Roberta: Colossal Cave invented most of the things that many of us who do game design [rely on], especially in the adventure game genre. It developed the idea of mapping a world. Mazes, getting lost, going down a passage o

The Last Clockwinder brings clever automation puzzles to PS VR 2

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You find yourself in control of the Clockwinder’s Gloves – an incredible invention that lets you record anything you do with your hands and turn that action into a robot clone that repeats exactly what you did in a loop. These clones are called Gardeners, and you’re going to need their help to save your childhood home. Use the clones to harvest plants, operate machinery, and even throw things to yourself and catch them across the room. There’s no single solution to any challenge: you can create marvels of precision efficiency or hare-brained Rube Goldberg machines. The only limit is your own creativity.

The Last Clockwinder brings clever automation puzzles to PS VR 2

The Last Clockwinder is a unique mix of automation and puzzle gameplay. Since its launch the game has been widely recognized for its innovative design, receiving several awards including Road To VR’s Best PC VR Game of 2022, Hardcore Gamer’s Best VR Game of 2022, and Finalist at the DICE Awards in both VR categories. We’re thrilled to bring The Last Clockwinder to PlayStation VR2 on February 22.

A mechanic made for VR

We’re big fans of automation games, but our least favorite part about automation is putting in the instructions for the things you want to automate. Selecting, dragging, moving timelines around – it can get very fiddly! This is where automation with clones is different.

In The Last Clockwinder, the way that you tell a clone what to do is by simply doing it yourself. With the press of a button you start recording yourself. Your hands, head, and all your inputs are recorded for a short time. While recording, you can grab objects, throw and catch, use tools – pretty much anything. When the recording is finished, a clone appears where you were and starts repeating the actions that you just did on a loop. Clones can be created with 2, 4, or 8 second loops, and the recording system ensures that clones will stay synchronized. No fiddling required!

Creating an interface this expressive and easy to use was only possible with VR. With precise tracking and free 3D movement there’s zero friction between thinking something and doing it. This is a game mechanic that is truly unique to VR.

Exploration and optimization

To progress in the game, you’ll need to make teams of clones working together to harvest resources from plants. You’ll use these resources for many things: powering machinery, creating new plant seeds, and unlocking rooms within the Clocktower.

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