If you're wondering where the announcement is for next month's free PlayStation Plus games, you're not alone. Unfortunately, Sony's not ready to spill the beans just yet.
The monthly reveal of free PS4, PS3, and PS Vita games typically comes a few days before the end of the prior month. With today being Friday and March starting on Sunday, PlayStation fans were expecting to have gotten some word by now. When that didn't happen, some of them took to the comments of Europe's PlayStation Blog to ask about this.
"Sorry to keep you good folks waiting," replied Sony's Fred Dutton earlier today. "I appreciate you're all really keen to see the line-up and that it's frustrating having to hang on a bit longer than usual. Alas, we're still not quite ready to make the announcement. I can't give you a firm time at present as to when the post will go live, but we're working to get it to you as soon as possible. It may well be next week at this stage."
If word doesn't come until next week, that would mean the announcement is being made in March--which isn't a huge deal, as we wouldn't be getting the freebies until Tuesday, March 3, at the earliest, anyway. As soon as we have word on what the games will be, we'll report back.
We do know one benefit Plus members will be getting in March (and April): Discounts on eight highly anticipated indie games that are debuting on PlayStation systems over the next two months. These include Hotline Miami 2, Bastion, and Shovel Knight, which, like the five others, will be available to Plus members for 10 percent off during their respective launch weeks as part of the Spring Fever promotion.
Another excellent PlayStation 4 deal has emerged, this one thanks to Buy's eBay store.
The bundle is centered around the "Four Games, One Pick" PS4. This includes the system and a code entitling you to a download for one of four games that you can choose from: Destiny, NBA 2K15, LittleBigPlanet 3, or Far Cry 4. You'll also get six months of PlayStation Plus (in the form of two three-month subscription cards), entitling you to even more free games for as long as your subscription remains active.
All of this will run you just $360, which is $40 less than the system alone ordinarily costs. Toss in the game and PlayStation Plus membership, and you're looking at saving in the neighborhood of $130.
This deal is currently available on eBay, though limited quantities are available. There's no indication of exactly how many units are left, but whatever the case, the sale will come to an end the morning of Monday, March 2.
As part of the first-ever The Division podcast on Soundcloud, developers from Ubisoft Massive revealed new details about the multiplayer game's PvP areas, called Dark Zones.
These zones, which are separate from The Division's main campaign, allow players to fight head-to-head with the possibility of losing items if they're killed. Game director Ryan Barnard said The Division's PvP mode will be different enough from its competitors' to stand out.
"It's another one of the great ways that we're really changing up what's been done previously in this genre," he said. "We want PvP to be important. A lot of times it's hard in a mainstream game it's hard to get people...people are a little averse to it, it can be a little freaky; it's generally very competitive."
Some multiplayer communities can be hostile and unwelcoming, he said, but The Division's Dark Zones have been purposefully designed so that players are encouraged to come back.
"There's this added layer of, potentially, you can be engaged at any time from another player," Barnard said. "So what we really want to do is bring the fun components of PvP in other games in this genre and others; try to make the mechanics more positive so you never really are punished."
There will be an element of risk, however, to entering a Dark Zone in The Division. When you discover items in a Dark Zone, you'll need to take them through a process called "Extraction," after which they become permanently bound to your character. If you're killed before this process is complete, you'll lose the item permanently.
Barnard said it was essential that some level of risk be apparent in Dark Zones. Otherwise, it's like playing poker with no money, he said. The items you find will take the form of something you won't want to lose, but not so incredibly important that the threat alone of losing them will keep you from playing, Barnard explained.
In addition to Dark Zones, The Division will have a non-combat Social Hub, similar to Destiny's Tower. The game's campaign is also playable in co-op. However, unlike Destiny, only the players you specifically invite will show up in your game while playing co-op.
Also during the podcast, Barnard talked about the inception of The Division. He revealed that, originally, the game started off as something completely different. It came down from Ubisoft higher-ups that Ubisoft Massive needed to make a role-playing Tom Clancy game. But after some development, this vision for the game didn't work out and its direction was changed.
"We had a game of a different type that was basically going in a direction that Ubisoft and us internally were not quite 100 percent happy with," Barnard said.
So Barnard and other key creative Ubisoft developers got together for a "brain summit" to determine how they could take the strengths of that game and apply them to something new. What they came up with was the concept for The Division, a game that follows a squad of tactical agents sent into a post-apocalyptic United States.
The Division launches this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, though a specific release date has not been announced. For more, check out some of our favorite images in the gallery below.