The Catch-Up: July 8th, 2013 – Usain Bolt Buying a PS4, Tales of Xillia 2 Being Localized in 2014, NA & EU Getting Some PS Vita Games

It’s Monday! So that means a really busy Catch-Up, filled with lots of gaming goodness.

General News

  • Looks like we can expect the Madden NFL 25 demo to hit the PSN on August 13th, but nothing’s 100% official yet. [Source]
  • Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark will be released on July 23rd in North America and July 24th in Europe. Available for both the PS3 and PS Vita, it will include Cross Buy. [Press Release]
  • Tales of Xillia 2 has been confirmed for release in the west at some point in 2014, exclusively for the PS3. If you have a save file from Tales of Graces f and Tales of Xillia, you’ll then be given bonus items for Tales of Xillia 2, but nothing’s been detailed yet. [Press Release]
  • Both Demon Gaze and Dangan Ronpa from NIS will be coming to North America and Europe in 2014, exclusively for the PlayStation Vita. [Press Releases]
  • Aksys Games will be bringing Holy Sorcery Story from Compile Hearts to the PlayStation Vita this year in North America, under the name Sorcery Saga: The Curse of the Great Curry God. Mmm, curry. [Source]
  • Atlus’ parent company has registered This is far from an announcement about the future of the franchise, but it is something. Kind of. [Via/Source]
  • PlayStation LifeStyle shirts are now for sale! Have any ideas for a design? Let us know in the comments below. [Check Them Out]
  • H-Hour: World’s Elite ended its Kickstarter run with $252,662, $52,662 above their initial goal. Since they came short of the $2 million goal, the PS4 version isn’t a guarantee, but with the just over $250,000, they’ll be able to create a demo and try to shop the game around for further funding. [Kickstarter]
  • Pre-order Killzone: Mercenary from for $39.99 and get $30 off of Soul Sacrifice, which is $29.99 right now. [Deal!]
  • While undated, a Crunchyroll app has been announced for the PlayStation Vita and is on its way. [Source]
  • Pete Hines of Bethesda spoke about cross platform play when it comes to The Elder Scrolls Online, saying that it’s “just a nightmare” for PS4 and Xbox One because they are both their “own thing.” [Source]
  • Min-Liang Tan, CEO of Razer, explained on Twitter that the company doesn’t create accessories for the PS3 is “because I don’t really spend time with mine.” Tan does have “high hopes” for the PS4 from what he saw at E3 and they’ll “definitely be looking at PS4,” but couldn’t make any promises. [Via, Twitter 1, 2, 3]
  • Gaijin Games has announced DLC for Runner2 in the form of a Good Friends Character Pack. It hits Steam this Thursday and adds seven new characters, including Raz (Psychonauts) and Quote (Cave Story), with a console release happening somewhere down the line. [Source]
  • Luke Spring, Community Manager at Codemasters, said, “We’re aiming to announce #F12013 soon. But exact dates can always change, approvals are tricky.” Once news crosses the finish line, you’ll be sure to hear about it from us. [Twitter]
  • A patch for Hotline Miami on PS3 and PS Vita to fix bugs and trophy issues is on the way and we should expect more info this week. [Twitter]
  • Aaron Hernandez has been removed from NCAA Football 14 and Madden NFL 25, with EA explaining, “We have made a decision to remove Aaron Hernandez from Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14. Because NCAA Football 14 was finalized prior to our decision, Hernandez’ image still appears in the Nike Skills Trainer. However, he is not in the game, and anyone who unlocks that particular Nike Skills Trainer reward will receive an Alex Smith Ultimate Team player item instead. The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future.” [Source]
  • Buy Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection from Best Buy to receive $20 off Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. [Will You Click?]
  • We’ve reached out to each developer for PlayStation release dates, but the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2013 has been detailed, with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons out August 7th for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), Flashback on August 21st for 800 MSP ($10), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on August 21st for 800 MSP ($10). We’ll let you know release dates for all these games on PSN as soon as we can. [Source]
  • Usain Bolt recently said that he’d be buying a PS4 when it comes to the PS4 vs. Xbox One showdown this holiday. [Source]
  • In something-that-could-be-maddeningly-difficult news, Yui Tanimura, Director on Dark Souls 2, said, “We’re hoping that if the player tries hard enough, or are willing enough, they could even start halfway through the game, depending on how willing or how brave they are.” Good luck if you decide to do that. [Source]
  • Dragon Fantasy Book II is on track for a summer release date, with Dragon Fantasy Book I expected to release soon in Europe. Also, the Book 1 “Non-HDMI patch” is awaiting final approval from Sony. [Twitter 1, 2, 3]
  • Both Activision Blizzard and Tencent have joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). [More Info]

New Videos

  • Alien Rage, previously known as Alien Fear, will release on the PSN, PC, and XBLA on September 24th worldwide:

  • Here’s a walkthrough for the Liquid Natural Gas demo in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which launches on August 20th in North America and August 23rd in Europe:

  • If you have nearly 12 minutes, you can listen to some commentary on the Destiny E3 reveal:

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