Introducing fully customizable Origin character The Dark Urge in Baldur’s Gate 3

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Everything you do in your playthrough of Baldur’s Gate 3 affects the course of your journey. And it starts at the character creation screen.

Each class, race, background, and Origin character has rippling effects on the world around you, triggering subtle permutations that change the Forgotten Realms in big, small, good, bad, exciting, and sometimes very bad ways.

What is an Origin character? They’re essentially playable heroes, each with their own stories, desires, and attitudes toward the world around you. If you don’t play as them, they each become companions, who you may (or may not) recruit throughout your journey.

You may have already met Shadowheart, Wyll, Gale, Astarion, Lae’zel, and Karlach – heroes with their own tales to tell, driven by your choices as the player. Of course, you can also customize your character and create an entirely new avatar, weaving their story through your actions with the same amount of depth & reactivity.

Today, however, we’re looking at an entirely new way to play Baldur’s Gate 3. The Dark Urge. A completely new customizable Origin, The Dark Urge can be created as any of the 11 races you’d like, but with their own Origin-like Dark Urge story as the backbone of your adventure.

Bringing forth a trove of malevolent reactivity to Baldur’s Gate, let’s talk about The Dark Urge.

Become The Dark Urge

The Dark Urge embodies the darkest recesses of the moral spectrum. With alabaster skin and a hulking dragonborn frame, The Dark Urge’s preset design is an imposing one, glaring back with the piercing gaze of a predator. However, this is also a fully customizable character. Its class, appearance, species, and gender are completely up to you. After all, evil can reside within anyone, irrespective of how they appear.

If you’ve been following our community-driven murder mystery Blood in Baldur’s Gate, you’ll be familiar with the Dark Urge’s simple but effective modus operandi: to murder brutally and indiscriminately. The Dark Urge is driven to commit some of the most lurid acts of violence that you’ll encounter in the game, and playing as this character, you’ll either indulge your most depraved impulses or resist them. We hope this character will whet the appetite of horror fans and those who seek a more sinister character to inhabit during their playthrough.

Stepping into the role of the Dark Urge, you begin Baldur’s Gate 3 with your memory lost after an unfortunate encounter between a parasitic tadpole and your brain. Now all that’s left is an insatiable urge. An urge that makes itself known in your subconscious, through your deepest thoughts, and in your dialogue options. Dark Urge gives players the opportunity to explore their dark side and let their subconscious urges bubble to the surface in the form of sinister responses and permutations.

The Dark Urge customizable Origin holds many secrets, but it’s for you to discover what they are and where this brutal new darkness hails from.

Share of the Week: Final Fantasy XVI

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Last week, we asked you to share epic moments exploring the epic world of Final Fantasy XVI using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s eikonic highlights: 

AlexGustyII shares Ifrit rushing forward with an attack.

crisg_art shares a portrait of Joshua.

whitememories_8 shares Torgal chasing a butterfly through a flower field.

KenKenVega1 shares Clive shrouded in fire, yelling.

Dario_OtherEyes shares Garuda screeching with a grin.

marka_game shares Jill in a graceful attack stance.

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: Heroes

SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on July 12, 2023

Next week, heroes take the spotlight. Share epic moments highlighting your favorite gaming hero using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

MLB The Show 23 Season 3 brings All-Star content and rewards, live today

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MLB The Show 23’s Season 3 Rewards Program starts today* and brings brand-new content and amazing rewards, including All-Star Game and Home Run Derby player items. With the 2023 MLB All-Star Game (ASG) and Home Run Derby (HRD) kicking off in just a few days, right now is the prime time to get your mitts on some great rewards for use in MLB The Show 23. 

MLB The Show 23 Season 3 brings All-Star content and rewards, live today

Earn Retro ASG and HRD rewards available in Team Affinity Season 3 featuring some of the greatest players from past games, such as ASG Series Vida Blue, Joey Gallo, and Trea Turner, as well as HRD Series Troy Glaus, Paul Konerko, and Jesus Aguilar. In addition to these fantastic player items, add ASG and HRD players from the 2023 season to your Diamond Dynasty squad. There’s no better time to get in on the action in MLB The Show 23.

New Legend Mike Cameron

Speaking of All-Stars, New Legend Mike Cameron makes his debut today in MLB The Show 23. One of only 18 players to complete “baseball’s greatest single-game accomplishment” by hitting four home runs in a single game, New Legend Mike Cameron is a must-have for any Diamond Dynasty squad in Season 3. New Legend Mike Cameron can be earned by progressing through the Season 3 XP Rewards Path.

New Mini Seasons Challenge – Righty Tighty

Build a squad of right-handed batters and pitchers, or common players, then win the championship to earn All-Star Game Series Starling Marter in the all-new Mini Seasons Challenge – Righty Tighty coming to MLB The Show 23 July 21.

Bring the All-Star Game action home and batter up in MLB The Show 23. See you on the field!

*Internet connection required for Season 3 update and rewards.

(For Southeast Asia) Essential Picks promotion comes to PlayStation Store

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The Essential Picks promotion is now live on PlayStation Store, bringing with it discounts off up to 75% on a wide variety of titles for a limited time*. That includes 75% off Resident Evil 3, 50% off God of War Digital Deluxe Edition and 67% off Sackboy: A Big Adventure.

Many more games are included in the promotion. Head to PlayStation Store to find out your discount.

*The Essential Picks promotion is live on PlayStation Store from Wednesday July 5 until Wednesday July 19.

8 ways Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate reimagines the time-traveling adventure for PS VR2

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Buckle up time travelers, as we’re ready to share further exciting details on Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate, coming to PlayStation VR2 in 2024.

8 ways Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate reimagines the time-traveling adventure for PS VR2

The technology that PlayStation VR2 offers, along with the power of PS5, has allowed us to explore some bold and exciting new ideas to truly elevate player presence, create more lifelike interactions and build richer worlds to explore. Let’s dive into these features a bit further.

Stunning new visuals

Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate has had a stunning art makeover. Completely overhauled visuals for PlayStation VR2 creates worlds that are richer and more beautiful, elevating our visuals to new heights. This includes an all-new lighting system and a complete overhaul on all our NPCs, which have been lovingly recreated and crafted to offer more realism and look better than ever.

Full body avatars

World-class full-body avatars allow you to embody characters through time – seeing yourself as these characters for the very first time. We’ve created a state-of-the-art player avatar system that doesn’t just accurately portray hand and head movement, eyes, and eyelids thanks to PS VR2’s new eye-tracking function. We’ve also created an AI system in which your legs respond to the context the player is in and portray the relevant required movement (climbing, hanging, falling, leaning, crouching etc). Player avatars can now have ‘strength’ based on being physics-driven. This is bound to our new ‘physics interaction framework’ and means player avatars can vary in regards to how strong they are when interacting with the virtual world around them.

Not only are we creating more immersion and better-functioning characters, but they’re also visually stunning as we’ve created a bespoke system that leverages the beauty of Epic’s Meta-humans.

Adventure platforming

Our brand new physics-driven platforming takes action adventure to a whole new level, giving players the ability to explore and interact with our worlds in new and creative ways. Swim, jump, crouch, climb, zipline, and swing your way through a variety of rich worlds in true adventure


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