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Two Point Hospital: Jumbo Edition delivers a healthy dose of absurdity

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The PS4 launch of the Two Point Hospital: Jumbo Edition is here, and we can’t wait for you to experience the huge amount of new content coming your way. This is by far the biggest release we’ve ever done, including four huge expansions, two massive item packs, and a free update with some of the most popular community requested features. There’s never been a better time to grab a stethoscope and start building your very own healthcare empire!

Head to the Pointy Mountains with local celebrity, Bartholomew F Yeti, in the Bigfoot expansion, blaze a sterilised trail through the tropical islands with Wiggy Silverbottom in Pebberley Island, or take on the latest and greatest challenges in the two newest expansions to hit consoles: Close Encounters and Off the Grid.

We know, we know… “Aliens in a hospital game?!”, “eco-warrior politicians in a hospital game!?” It’s probably fair to say you might have some questions before you jump in to solve mysterious alien conspiracies, or help the Mayor make the county green again… for the very first time. So why not grab a packet of the cheesiest gubbins you can find and put your feet up while some of our lovely designers, Harry Puttock and Sam Webley talk you through the new adventures that await you in our beloved little Two Point County.

Close encounters

Harry Puttock: Alien conspiracies might sound a little “out there” for a hospital sim game, but we really wanted to go for something a little more fantastical and push the boat out, which is exactly what we did for Close Encounters. The basis of the idea came from our Creative Director, Gary Carr after watching far too many conspiracy TV shows on Roswell, Area 51 and the like. 

Sam Webley: Close Encounters has three brand new areas: there’s Goldpan, a small town where rumours of a UFO crash landing began, Camouflage Falls, a town that doesn’t really exist, housing a massive military base, and Chasm 24, a secret government facility. The levels really do go from strange happenings to full-blown government cover-ups as you get deeper and deeper into this crazy conspiracy.

Harry:Throughout the DLC you’ll be encountering lots of different space-themed illnesses. My personal favourite being Lack of Humanity, where you’re actually turning these aliens into people so they can integrate with society in Two Point County. It’s quite a nice twist, because the DLC starts by exposing these aliens that are trying to infiltrate your hospitals, and by the end of it you’re helping them stay here rather than sending them home. 

Sam: You can’t talk about illnesses in Close Encounters without mentioning Bowhine though. Patients with this illness ha

PlayStation Store: February 2021’s top downloads

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Whether in the US, Canada, or Europe, it looks like players on both sides of the Atlantic spent a lot of time with FIFA 21 this past month. The title topped both PS4 and PS5 charts, with Black Ops Cold War, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Grand Theft Auto V also appearing prominently across the lists.

Read on for the most downloaded titles across PS4, PS5, and PS VR: 

PS5 Games

US / CanadaEU
1FIFA 21FIFA 21
2Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarAssassin’s Creed Valhalla
3Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
4Madden NFL 21Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
5NBA 2K21Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
6Assassin’s Creed ValhallaMortal Kombat 11
7Mortal Kombat 11Hitman 3
8Hitman 3Demon’s Souls
9Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeBorderlands 3
10Demon’s SoulsMadden NFL 21
11Nioh 2 Remastered – The Complete EditionImmortals Fenyx Rising
12Immortals Fenyx RisingWRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship
13Werewolf: The Apocalypse – EarthbloodNBA 2K21
14Borderlands 3No Man’s Sky
15GodfallWerewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood
16Sackboy: A Big AdventureNioh 2 Remastered – The Complete Edition
17No Man’s SkyGodfall
18Watch Dogs: LegionSackboy: A Big Adventure
19Dirt 5Watch Dogs: Legion
20Dead by Daylight: Special EditionDirt 5

*Naming of products may differ between regions.
*Upgrades not included.

PS4 Games

Bloodstained’s Miriam joins 3D arena battler Mighty Fight Federation

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Today I’m excited to announce – and take a first look – at a new guest character joining our 3D arena battler Mighty Fight Federation: Miriam from action platformer Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night! Miriam will be a free addition to the main game and available to everyone later this spring. As a reminder, Mighty Fight Federation is available now on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

Like our other licensed character guest stars such as Yooka-Laylee and ToeJam & Earl, Miriam comes with her own level and remixed music track. She will have one the largest movesets in Mighty Fight Federation, focusing on weapon and shard synergy, with many moves inspired by the entirety of the Bloodstained franchise. See her in action in the below trailer:

We worked with Bloodstained’s famed creator, Koji Igarashi, and his team to ensure we did Miriam justice, from her unique design to her wide breadth of weapons and Shard abilities. Both myself and the game’s creative director, Jullian Spillane, are incredibly excited to see what fans of technical-style combatants are able to achieve come her debut later this year. You can take a closer look at the in-game model below, and Igarashi-san himself found the time to share his excitement as well.

“Hello, this is Iga. I am pleased to announce that Miriam has been included in Mighty Fight Federation! Miriam is the protagonist of my exploration-heavy side-scrolling action game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I am very excited to see what kind of fighting style she’ll bring to the table. Oh, and if you haven’t heard of Bloodstained, please check it out as well~ I wish you all have tons of fun playing both works.”

  • Koji Igarashi

Mighty Fight Federation is playable with up to four players, and console crossplay ensures that epic, chaotic clashes can take place locally or online. Comprehensive tutorials and training modes mean players of all abilities and fighting game backgrounds can hit the ground running, while veteran fighters can be sure they are landing every punch in this balanced and highly-competitive brawler thanks to its rollback netcode. 

Whether it’s one-on-one, a triple threat, or a fatal four-way, competitors can jump into the action and join the foray 24/7. The game boasts 13 outlandish characters (and more to come), each with their unique play-styles, combos, and special moves. It also has a killer soundtrack featuring music by Tee Lopes (Sonic Mania), James Landino (RWBY, No Straight Roads), Vince DiCola (Rocky IV, Transformers), and Manami Matsumae (Mega Man, Shovel Knight).

Mighty Fight Federation is available now on PS5 and PS4, so you can join the action while waiting for Miriam’s debut later this year.

Signs of the Sojourner brings card-based conversations to PS4 March 16

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Signs of the Sojourner is a narrative card game about connecting with people. It’s the debut release from our studio, Echodog Games, and I’m delighted to share the news that it’ll be available to download on PS4 from March 16. 

Signs of the Sojourner brings card-based conversations to PS4 March 16

Deck-building begins

We started development on Signs of the Sojourner during the summer of 2018 (at that point it was called ‘Project Thunder’), with a lot of prototyping and experimenting early on. The original pitch was ‘your deck is your character’, but figuring out what that actually meant took a lot of exploration and iteration. 

How the game looked during the early stages of development

By the start of 2019 we’d figured out the core structure, systems, and visual language, and that’s when things really started coming together. We began bringing on external collaborators during that spring and by the fall we had an open alpha and growing community. Involving the community so early was a new experience for all of us, but a fantastic one. Folks were so enthusiastic and bursting with ideas about how the game could be expanded.

Designing a narrative 

At first, we included mechanics similar to those found in games such as Slay The Spire and Magic: The Gathering, but quickly realised it encouraged players to approach card encounters with a hostile mindset. They would regard characters as foes to be defeated, which was not what we wanted at all.  

We moved in a direction that focused on symbols and stringing together sequences, which we felt was a much better representation of how it can feel trying to connect and communicate. Combined with how your deck develops over time, the new direction also brought more focus to the themes of identity and personal growth that we wanted to explore.

Different communities in the game tend to favour certain card and deck types, and it’s up to you to choose how to build your deck as you travel around Signs of the Sojourner’s near-future, sort-of-Earth world. Of course, by curating a deck that allows you to communicate more successfully with one group, it may make othe

From the creators of Arizona Sunshine, After the Fall brings fast-paced co-op FPS action to PS VR

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Hey everyone! I’m TamTu, community manager at Vertigo Games and today I have some exciting news to share with PS VR fans.

Ever since we first revealed After the Fall, our team has quietly worked away to bring you the most thrilling VR co-op action FPS that will pit you and your friends against a post-apocalyptic VR world in a raging fight for survival. Today we are excited to announce that After the Fall is coming soon to PS VR with full cross-platform multiplayer support.

To celebrate, we have released an all-new cinematic trailer which introduces the four heroes of After the Fall as they have left the semi-comfort of their underground hideouts to venture out into the treacherous, ice-covered snowbreed territory above:

From the creators of Arizona Sunshine, After the Fall brings fast-paced co-op FPS action to PS VR

Now that you’ve watched the cinematics trailer, we’ll consider your memory refreshed on what snowbreed are – the ferocious, undead creatures that are roaming the frozen remains of an alternate 1980s LA. Though they are undead, they are nothing like the average zombie: snowbreed are terrifying, ferocious monsters that move around in hordes – not unlike a pack of wolves – waiting to strike in big numbers. And while you try to keep your head cool fending off these huge hordes with your friends at your back, you will want to watch (and listen) for the more twisted types; from towering brutes that can instantly flatten you with a strike of their huge ice fist to decapitators that will grab you by the neck to pull you off the ground.

After The Fall

Aside from the cinematics trailer, sometime during the next couple of weeks we’ll be revealing an all-new gameplay trailer showing off what to expect when you’re venturing out into the world of After the Fall with your friends, players you meet in camp, or the friendly AI companions that will be at your side if you’re going at it solo. Keep your ice peeled!

Armed with full VR motion controls on dual PS Move controllers or the PS VR Aim controller, After the Fall will make you feel like your favorite, slightly overpowered 1980s action hero as you engage in the game’s high-paced combat with real-life movements. Aside from the more conventional weapon types, you’ll be able to gear up with weaponry and tools that are heavily inspired and rooted in 1980s culture. Unlocked that iconic cassette player-turned-missile launcher to keep the hordes at bay? Don’t rest on your laurels just yet, because no mission will play the same twice. We’ll keep you on your toes whether it

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1Grand Theft Auto VFIFA 21
2Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarGrand Theft Auto V
3MinecraftMinecraft
4NBA 2K21Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
5Little Nightmares IIThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
6Red Dead Redemption 2Tekken 7
7FIFA 21Red Dead Redemption 2
8Persona 5 StrikersLittle Nightmares II
9Call of Duty: Modern WarfareArk: Survival Evolved
10Ark: Survival EvolvedTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
11Need for Speed HeatCall of Duty: Modern Warfare
12Mortal Kombat 11Jump Force
13Assassin’s Creed ValhallaGran Turismo Sport
14UFC 4Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
15God of WarUFC 4
16Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeNeed for Speed Heat
17Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderFall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
18Ghost of TsushimaThe Forest