‘Heads-Up’ Store update 9th January 2013

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‘Heads-Up’ Store update 9th January 2013

A Happy New Year to all! I hope you received plenty of games over the holidays and enjoyed them all.


Today, Chris kicks off the January sale – find out more info right here. Maybe you have some Christmas money spare, or perhaps it’s time to treat yourself after all the presents you’ve picked out for loved ones. Enjoy!
It’s a relatively quiet week for new content, but one title to look out for is Auditorium HD. Play, explore and discover while converting light into sound in this immersive puzzler.
Elsewhere, PlayStation Plus subscribers get exclusive access to the God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta today. Experience familiar GOW gameplay, but this time challenge your friends in gruesome battles.
Check out the rest of this week’s content below and return next week for more updates – it should be a good’un!

PlayStation Network New Content

Content may be added or removed, or move dates – please stay tuned to your weekly Store Update for the most up to date listings. Listed savings are approximate, based on SRP excluding Special Offer pricing and should be considered as a guide only.

PlayStation Plus


PlayStation 3

Auditorium HD (trial available)
Price: £6.49/€7.99
Availability: Not available in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine
Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle
Price: £15.99/€19.99
PEGI: 12
Availability: Not available in Turkey
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Price: £15.99/€19.99
PEGI: 18
Availability: Not available in Bulgaria, Hungary, Qatar

PS Vita

Price: Free

PlayStation Mobile

Life of Pixel
Price: £1.59/€1.99
Haunt the House: Terrortown
Price: £2.79/€3.49


Assassin’s Creed III
The Battle Hardened Pack
Prices: £7.99/€9.99
Availability: All
Borderlands 2

Prices: (£3.19/€3.99)
Availability: All
Dance Magic

  • Dance Magic Item Pack 1
  • Dance Magic Song Pack 1

Prices: £1.59/€1.99
Availability: All
F1 Race Stars

Prices: £3.69/€4.49
Availability: All
LittleBigPlanet (Cross-Buy)

Availability: All
Magic 2013

Availability: All
Rock Band 3

Availability: Not available in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE

  • Stevie Wonder – For Once in My Life (£1.39/€1.15)
  • Selena Gomez & The Scene – Hit The Lights (£1.39/€1.15)
  • Reece Mastin – Shut Up And Kiss Me (£1.39/€1.15)
  • Freddie Mercury pack (£5.35/€6.49)

Street Fighter X Tekken

Availability: Not available in Poland


LittleBigPlanet Vita (Cross-Buy)

Availability: All
Street Fighter X Tekken

Availability: Not available in Poland


The Studio Avatars

Flying Tiger Themes

  • Aqua Police Hook-Ups Avatar
  • Bad Nurse Yoko Hook-Ups Avatar
  • Detonator Hook-Ups Avatar
  • Devil Maiden Hook-Ups Avatar
  • Jungle Girl Hook-Ups Avatar
  • Mandy Maid Hook-Ups Avatar
  • Nurse Trixie Hook-Ups Avatar
  • Pocahook-Ups Avatar
  • School Girl Sakura Hook-Ups Avatar
  • See Saw Suzi Hook-Ups Avatar

Zombie Driver HD

Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2

Virtue’s Last Reward

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  • Hi Jawad
    I was wondering if there was an update on getting PSone classic Crash Bash?
    Is it still being worked on?
    Many Thanks

  • When can we buy the Playstation mobile games in Sweden?

  • HI jawad
    Any chance of us getting Closure, Minecraft and Trials Evolution?

  • And I guess “soon”, “it’s close now” or other similar answer as usual.

  • @ Jawad (comment 1/5):
    Hi there! Sorry if I haven’t posted anything here when you delivered the good news for our beloved Spyro, but another phone company switched the contract with our current one with theirs and I couldn’t access the internet for a week or so as a result; nonetheless, when I found out by connecting with my father’s phone (3G), well… I don’t need to tell you how ecstatic I was.
    (to be continued)

  • so I take it no EDF 2017 release for the vita then? When will it finally come to Europe?
    Also Ragnarok Odyssey, Sumioni and Dokturo?
    never mind just bought Ragnarok off ebay…but the others?

  • @ Jawad (continued from my first comment; it’s a repost, by the way):
    The Spyro trilogy, regardless of its import-only status, is an important addition to our PSOne Classics, and not only because he and Crash were Sony’s co-mascots back in the day. Without the sheer genius of these games’ design, the Sony fandom wouldn’t have the Ratchet & Clank series today. A second playthrough of the first game, that kept me busy while waiting for the 12th of December (or for my internet connection to return to normal, for that matter), made me notice many things in retrospect.
    (to be continued)

  • @ Jawad
    You mention the Dance Magic DLC packs but no mention of Dance Magic Full Game?? Has this been delayed & if so isn’t it a bit silly to release the DLC packs with no game??

  • Welcome back, Jawad…

  • You forgot Imaginestruments for Vita. It is also on PS Store.
    Also, can’t wait for Retro City Rampage next week according to Eurogamer. =D

  • @ Jawad (continued from my second comment):
    The first Spyro game shows a lot of potential alone by mixing a humble premise and simple controls with the ambition to do a lot with them. Also, doing a 100% run made me notice that the criteria for accessing the next world is automatically met in several occasions: fully completing the first world and then the homeworld of the second one grants you the right to visit the third; fully completing the first two worlds lets you skip the third; and so on. All in all, this is reminiscent of several “collectathons” often seen in the Playstation/N64 era.
    (to be continued)

  • @ Jawad (continued from my third comment):
    Needless to say, things get even better in the second game, and reach their apex in the third. I’m really glad that, after “whining” so much, I can now get to praise SCEE’s hard work for real. Of course, the Spyro trilogy doesn’t mark the end of the “missing Classics” at all, but it’s still a giant step forward.
    (to be concluded)

  • Hi Jawad .. Any news about the Corpse Party sequel, if so when and will it be playable on vita. Thanks.

  • @ Jawad (continued from my fourth comment):
    Last but not least, thanks for posting my drawings in that post, and kudos for your own: it looks really good! My B&W drawings were meant as a simple way to encourage the QA team; giving them recognition is an unexpected, but still warmly welcome, surprise. Kudos for everything, and see you next time, in order to work together for possibilities like Crash Bash, Chocobo Racing, and everything else that made Playstation’s glory back in the day!
    – AlexPSN89

  • I imagine (:P) Imaginstruments wasn’t supposed to be out today? :P

  • Wow when you finally get Auditorium HD over here you make it unavailable for most of Europe….
    Oh and should you not list Imaginstruments?

  • A quiet start to the year :D

  • A rather Lack Luster start to the year once again i see. Also where are the PSVita app’s like wake up club,niconico, imaginstruments and on the ps3 where is the EU version of youtube,crackle, and we still have no idea what the hell is going on with Conter Strike Global Offensive.
    It would be nice to start off the year with some honesty and some proper answers please instead of 2012’s approach of stonewalling everyone.
    on a side note HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone.

    • Wake Up Club should be with you in February – we’ll have a firm announcement on the blog soon. Niconico is a Japanese service. Imaginstruments is now available – I’m editing the Blog post to reflect that now.

  • Just thought that I would mention on behalf of someone else that Destruction Derby is broken on the Irish Store. There’s no buy button and the website gives a weird error message saying that it can’t be purchased. There’s a topic about it on the forums somewhere but I’m not sure it’s been followed up.
    Also @Izorpo – EDF is next week for Europe.

  • @6 – EDF is next week for EU

  • God of War Ascension?! Sweet!!

  • Welcome back Jawad, nice update.
    Any news of any sales for LA Noire or Saints Row 3 Season Passes? Both games have Complete Editions at retail yet the DLC is still full price on the store. Please give Chris (or whoever) a nudge!

  • I cant find the Ni No Kuni demo using the search button. only the pre order comes up.. fix it?
    i searched on the store on my PC and found it that way. guess i’ll be using the PC store more since it works.

  • Hi Jawad
    Can you please ask about getting PS1 classic ‘Overboard’ on the store

  • When is Ragnorak Odyssey and Dokuro coming for vita? Last time it was mentioned for winter 2012 and there is still nothing.

  • Did I read that correctly?
    Auditorium HD (trial available)
    Is that a PS Plus one hour trial, or just a demo?

  • Any chance the Hyperdimension Neptunia Avatar or other NISA Avatar ever will be available on Danish PSN?

  • There’s a free game that has appeared on the Vita store called ‘Imaginstruments’ but nothing happens when you click download, it doesn’t even add to your download list even though it has the red purchased bag next to it.

  • “Elsewhere, PlayStation Plus subscribers get EXCLUSIVE access to the God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta today. Experience familiar GOW gameplay, but this time challenge your friends in gruesome battles.”
    What a lot of rubbish, IGN had free beta keys to give out yesterday and most likely still do. IGN Prime members had it a month or so back when the limited trial began.
    Only NOW when it is probably a week or so before the Public beta that PS+ will get access to it. YOUR undermining your own service. Now that I played it, I don’t really care about it anyway as it is terrible but still, the fact that you managed to mess up such a good opportunity when it is a SONY BASED GAME, makes my blood boil….

  • Any news on the release of the wake up club app for vita?

  • Any news about the Bioshock discount? I’m waiting to play it before going on to Bioshock 2 that I got free, thanks to PlayStation Plus.

  • “Auditorium HD: Not available in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine”
    Ah, that’s a real shame. I waited 3 years for this and now it’s only coming to a handful of European countries.
    Any chance of it coming to the above listed countries? Preferably before another 3 years have passed. : )

  • Is there any possibility of seeing an HD version of the great psone game Rollcage at some point in the future please? Or just as a psone classic?

  • So the US got Mega Man 9 and 10 free on PSN+, any chance of us getting the same deal in the near future? Even a discount would be great

  • Are you kidding me? I can’t download that app. I hate false advertising.

  • Will we get sumioni this year, it was supposed to be one of vita’s first released titles. please release it.

  • @chrisboers
    “Did I read that correctly?
    Auditorium HD (trial available)
    Is that a PS Plus one hour trial, or just a demo?”
    It is just a demo.

  • Hi Jawad,
    Do you know if Dyad will be released in Australia and New Zealand?

  • Nothing for me, even though war in the North is great .. even though it is still very buggy, hope the release on PSN will result in some bug-fixing from the producers side … There are some pretty ugly ones …

  • Any news on Shenmue HD and Shenmue 2 HD as i have heard nothing since march about this

  • @ funkydan
    Not sure what the Ascension Multiplayer will play like but the Single Player Demo was great but stopped far too short….like always!
    From what I noticed it plays the same but you can use magic elements. There where points in the game where you would rewind time & fast forward time to progress further. Looking forward to it now!

  • Oh well its not like I had any money to spend anyway. A Netflix app for the Vita would be nice at some point


  • Next week it will be 1.5 months that Vita got the last content update and more for any discount or something.
    I think SCEE should express that they gave up Vita Store updates completely so we can stop waiting with hopes for new content or discounts and sell our Vitas in eBay.
    You can’t even your own promise and it seems you don’t care:
    “Posted on 7 January, 2013 at 9:30 am by Fred Dutton
    There is a new sale planned for this week. The list of deals is still TBC, but there may well be some Vita titles discounted.”

    • Hmmm… I don’t see a promise in that statement you’ve quoted. Rest assured, there will be Vita discounts coming over the next few months.

  • Sony Pulse App which adds sound settings for the Sony Pulse Wireless headset is available in US.
    When does the app reach us in EU?
    This is SONY hardware and SONY software, so it should be dead-easy to release it here.

  • Imaginstruments won’t actually download after purchase or even show in download list but when opening it in store on vita shows as purchased.

  • Any news on trophies for mobile games? Thanks for Life of a Pixel

  • lol i won
    = not 1 ting of intrest
    ni no kuni delay in euro zone = :(
    no terarria
    no demo / game ragnorack odysee – soul sacrefice
    stil skiping spamie star like always
    stil lots bugs + rong language in store
    i am also demanding minecraft? to ps3 / vita
    Retro City Rampage 16 jan .( not mi ting )
    ps3 conter strike = bad port so them canseld ;)! = ( joke from mi part )

  • Zombie Driver HD Avatars is cool but when is the game going to be released? The US already have it, and i was looking forward to play it.
    Can we have an e.t.a.?

  • Netflix for the Vita would indeed be good. Looking for to EDF next week too. Hopefully next week anyway, and hopefully for a sensible price.
    Is there any information on the second DmC demo that was supposed to be released in December exclusively for Playstation Plus members? Chris mentioned it in the December content update but it’s been edited out since.

    • This was a misunderstanding – there is only one demo however, it was exclusive to PS Plus for Germany only (available freely to all in other regions).

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