Sony Pushing Monthly Active Users As A Primary Metric For Measuring Success

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Sony Pushing Monthly Active Users As A Primary Metric For Measuring Success

During Sony's financial call, as DualShockers reports, Sony has decided that it will start measuring Monthly Active Users (MAU) as one of the main ways it will measure success of the PlayStation brand. It tracks engagement rather than single-time sales, checking in on how many people are engaging with their services on a monthly basis.

This might sound familiar, as Microsoft announced that they would focus on MAU over hardware sales not too long ago. They update on milestones, as well, taking pride in the growth of users over time.

Sony clarifies that console sales are still important, the more units they sell, the likelier they are to hit a saturation point. From there, what matters is tracking direct interaction with consumers. This can mean things like PlayStation Plus subscription, but more often means things like DLC sales, lootboxes, microtransactions, and the like. Sony is checking their numbers against expectations and growth in those criteria.

Voice Actor From Devil May Cry 4 Gets Asked About A Sequel

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Voice Actor From Devil May Cry 4 Gets Asked About A Sequel

At New York Comic-Con earlier this month, prolific voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch (known for roles like Nero in Devil May Cry 4, Protagonist and Adachi in Persona 4, and Kung Jin in Mortal Kombat X) was asked about rumors about a Devil May Cry 5. His reaction, which on paper says nothing, seems to say more on video than he might have wanted to convey.

Bosch has been well-known in the past year to post on social media about performing with Reuben Langdon, the voice and motion capture actor for Dante, as well as many other Capcom characters like Ken Masters and Chris Redfield. The fan anticipation has reached a fever pitch, as Devil May Cry series director Hideaki Itsuno has been teasing, and subsequently apologizing for not revealing, his current project all year.

During the panel, Bosch does not answer, but physically puts his tongue in his cheek and looks away, leading to laughter and applause from the audience. Afterward, he moves on, but he hopefully gave away more than he intended. Check out the video below and decide for yourself if Bosch is being Coy.

New Footage Of Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night By Former Castlevania Head

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New Footage Of Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night By Former Castlevania Head

A Kickstarter update for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has come along with a video showing progress on the game.

Halloween is a perfectly appropriate time for new footage of the Castlevania spiritual successor, which is making progress since its demo shown and released to backers at E3 2016. It is headed by Koji Igarashi, who kickstarted the project after leaving Konami and the Castlevania series behind.

Check out the new footage below, but you can find the full backer update with music samples here. Bloodstained is scheduled for 2018 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and officially still PlayStation Vita.

Perception, A Horror Game About Being Blind, Is Out Today On Switch

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Perception, A Horror Game About Being Blind, Is Out Today On Switch

Deep End Games' horror-thriller game, Perception, is not only out today on Nintendo Switch, but a "remastered" patch has been released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC that adds a host of new content.

Perception is a first-person horror game where the player, who is blind, attempts to explore a house that has more than an average amount of spooks and scares going on. Players see the world in terms of what vibrations and sounds tell them, which definitely makes it easier for things to get the jump on you.

The new remastered patch, which is part of the base Switch version, gives you several difficulty levels to choose from. You can choose to be almost completely free of danger or to dodge it at every turn. There have also been clarifications to the story through new dialogue, gameplay and balance changes, and new lines recorded for the main character.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Releasing On Xbox One On December 12

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Releasing On Xbox One On December 12

Confirmed during a Microsoft Special Event stream, the much-anticipated PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be releasing on the Xbox One on December 12, making good on the promised 2017 release date by a scant few weeks.

The game, which is being published by Microsoft on the Xbox One but has been on available as an early access title on PC since April, is Microsoft's big move to get attention for the Xbox One and Xbox One X this holiday. It is not surprising, as Battlegrounds has slowly and quietly become one of the biggest games in the world over the last six months

One major change for the Xbox version is that, unlike the PC version, the game will run on Microsoft's internal Azure servers rather than the Amazon servers that are being used now. This also limits any possibility of crossplay, but the possibility was already unlikely due to the differences between a mouse and a controller in terms of aiming.

PlayStation 4 Hits Shipments Of 67.5 Million

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PlayStation 4 Hits Shipments Of 67.5 Million

Sony, whose financial quarter also ended recently, has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 shipments have topped 67.5 million, indicating that shipment numbers have sped up later in the generation rather than slowing down.

Sony's financial year, like a lot of Japanese's companies, runs from April to the end of March, so this current quarter is the second quarter of 2017 by their accounting. In other words, in the past three months, Sony shipped 4.2 million PlayStation 4s this quarter, which is up 0.3 million from the same quarter the previous year.

While shipments are not sales numbers, they indicate that retailers are ordering more units to replenish sold ones. The number indicates that the PlayStation 4 is picking up pace, which is rare for consoles coming into their fifth years on the market. Even despite more heated competition from rival consoles, the market in general is expanding with Sony selling more PlayStation 4s year over year.

Captain Ginyu Takes The Spotlight In FighterZ Character Reveal Trailer

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Captain Ginyu Takes The Spotlight In FighterZ Character Reveal Trailer

The captain of the Ginyu Force leads the charge in Dragon Ball FighterZ's newest trailer.

Released October 30 by Bandai Namco Entertainment, the video shows Captain Ginyu in action against Goku. In addition to his own strikes and Body Swap technique, he can summon the other members of the Ginyu Force like Burter, Jeice and Recoome for long ranged beam attacks, tackles, and telekinetic blows.

Players can test out his moves themselves when Dragon Ball FighterZ hits store shelves January 26, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Until then, stay up to date on all the new announcements with our month-long coverage hub.

Bloodborne Gets A Tie-In Comic Book In February 2018

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Bloodborne Gets A Tie-In Comic Book In February 2018

Fear the Paleblood! Titan Comics just announced a tie-in comic for Bloodborne, featuring an entirely new story set in Yharnam. As reported by Gamesradar, Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep is set to begin the hunt in February.

It's unclear when in Yharnam's timeline the comic takes place, but it features another nameless Hunter embarking on a quest into the dark, beast-filled streets of Yharnam.

Titan Comics, which released tie-ins for The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus earlier this year, has a history of quality licensed comics and the talent behind Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep promises to continue that good work. Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep will be written by Ales Kot and feature art by Piotr Kowalski.

EA And DICE Tune Lootboxes In Battlefront II

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EA And DICE Tune Lootboxes In Battlefront II

During the beta for Star Wars Battlefront II, players noticed that the loot box aspect of the game implied some grinding or paying for what the game called Crates. After heavy criticism coming out of the beta, DICE have announced major changes to the way the crate system works.

Before and during the beta, Battlefront II would only dole out weapons and abilities above the base tier through crates. This on its own could be annoying, but it encouraged players to pay for crates in order to just get the best weapons and abilities from the beginning or get frustrated and pay for crates in hopes of losing less.

Now, DICE have promised to make the following changes:

World Of Final Fantasy Coming To PC Via Steam

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World Of Final Fantasy Coming To PC Via Steam

Square Enix has announced that World of Final Fantasy is coming to PC via Steam on November 21, a little more than a year after it first appeared on the PS4 and Vita.

Gamers have until November 28 to get the Day One edition to get a soundtrack sampler and wallpaper for the game.

For more on the PS4 version of the game (shown), check out Joe's review.