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PlayStation Home redesign launches tomorrow - video

Revamped social networking and games space shown off in new screens too

PlayStation Home will be taken offline for scheduled maintenance tomorrow morning at 7am BST ahead of the launch of its redesign.

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The revamped PS Home will feature a made over Home Square and a new 'districts' design aimed at helping users find games, people and places to fit their favourite genres.

Here's all the info, straight from the horse's mouth:

This enormous update integrates games, quests, community events and user-generated content, while providing players with additional navigation, shopping, socialization, and entertainment options.

Action: With a gritty, urban vibe, the Action district is the perfect destination for players looking for action, shooter and horror games. Check out free-to-play game Bootleggers '29 - set in the seedy underbelly of the Roaring Twenties, this PlayStation Home exclusive first-person shooter pits cops vs. criminals in a Prohibition-era game of Capture the Cask. Boasting real-time multiplayer action, a variety of vintage weapons and unlockable rewards, and the unique ability to play as your PlayStation Home avatar, Bootleggers '29 is a 100% free-to-play game that introduces a classic narrative to the modern shooter genre.
Sportswalk: Experience the collective atmosphere and feel of a major sporting event with sports-themed games, special features, sports quizzes and trivia. Share your latest sporting achievements with friends over a game of pool, darts, or even drop into the poker lounge and see if you've got the nerve to beat your opponents and leave with your chips stacked high.
Adventure: Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and adventure-themed games discovered in the Adventure district. At launch it will be themed around the Uncharted 3: Fortune Hunter total game integration event, providing a third-person adventure experience including a partial recreation of the Yemen level from Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception multiplayer mode and a cover-based shooting system complete with weapons and gameplay inspired by the hit series.
Indie Park: Currently featuring new games such as Espionage 9, Gnome Curling and Los Penguini Brothers, Indie Park is the place to go to check out a huge range of bite-sized games showcasing the huge talent and creativity of a variety of indie developers. This zone offers a unique opportunity for up and coming developers to show off their talent and for players to experience their innovation first hand.

As well as these four exciting gaming districts, new look PS Home includes fresh spaces where players can meet up and interact. Why not take a stroll down by the Boardwalk, have a go at playing Cogs, one of our many new games, or hang out in Home Square (which has also had a makeover) and get to know the PS Home community of PSN players?

Long-term fans of PS Home will be pleased to hear that along with all of this great new content there will also be the old favourites such as bowling and chess preserved for those that fancy some classic and nostalgic gaming.

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This massive PlayStation Home redesign will launch with a number of new, free-to-play games, including:

Bootleggers '29: Set in the seedy underbelly of the Roaring Twenties, this PlayStation Home exclusive first-person shooter found in the Action District pits cops vs. criminals in a Prohibition-era game of Capture the Cask. Boasting real-time multiplayer action, a variety of vintage weapons and unlockable rewards, and the unique ability to play as your PlayStation Home avatar, Bootleggers '29 is a 100% free-to-play game that introduces a classic narrative to the modern shooter genre.
PlayStation Home Hold 'Em: A series of backroom poker tables hosted in the brand new Sportswalk district, PlayStation Home Hold 'Em squares players off in a no-holds-barred, winner-take-all battle of the bluffs. Only the best of the best will progress to the high stakes tables and collect all the prizes in this free version of the wildly-popular Texas Hold 'Em card game.
PlayStation Home Sports Trivia: Test your sports expertise against the PlayStation Home community and unlock a series of themed rewards in this massive sports trivia game, found in the Sportswalk. Packed with over 10,000 trivia questions, this game will challenge the memories of even the most die-hard sports fans.
RC Rally: Build and customize your own remote controlled car and race against friends over multiple courses, performing stunts and tricks and unlocking numerous upgrades along the way. This fast-paced PlayStation Home original game can be found in the new Pier Park.
Cogs: A 3D version of Lazy 8 Studios award-winning Steampunk puzzle game, Cogs can be found in PlayStation Home's new Hub. Build a variety of machines from sliding tiles and unlock exclusive PlayStation Home rewards in this highly-addictive puzzler.

[ SOURCE: PS Blog ]

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