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Thursday, 28th August 2014
Welcome to the Visual Concepts Era - Hands-On with WWE 2K15 [Eorl- 04:04pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Continuing our coverage of all things wrestling, AusGamers was given the chance to get some hands-on preview time with 2K Sports' latest addition to the long running WWE 2K series, and we can definitely say it had a lot of wrestling involved.

From the high-detailed visual changes to the almost realistic likeness of WWE's characters, 2K15 is definitely one title WWE fans do not want to miss out on. As usual though it is too early to declare 2K15 the winning contender, with some nuances still left over from a long-lined series that has tried its hardest to be unique each and every year.

Find out all of those details and more in our full hands-on preview of WWE 2K15.

PlayStation Plus September Line-up Unveiled [Eorl- 02:09pm] From: AusGamers News [ 4 Comments ]
Another month is once again coming to a close, and that means new PlayStation Plus deals from Sony for their PlayStation platforms.

Eyeing up September's line-up reveals a number of cross-play titles, so you won't feel left out if you happen to only own one brand of console. Hitting the PlayStation 4 is arcade shoot 'em up Velocity 2X and local multiplayer compendium Sportsfriends, while PlayStation 3 gains PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and dragon-infused Hoard.

For PlayStation Vita users you'll be gaining Llamasoft’s highly addictive psychedelic tube shooter TxK, plus Hello Games' (No Man's Sky) dare devil Joe Danger. For a full overview of each game head by the PlayStation Blog, and remember to nab the current August selection before they rotate out come September 3rd.



BioShock's iOS Version Now Available to Select Devices [Eorl- 01:10pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
After revealing that Irrational Games' 2007 BioShock would be making its way to iOS devices earlier this month, publisher 2K has today announced that the slimmed down mobile port is now available for purchase.

Priced at a whopping $18.99 on the iTunes store, the mobile game features all of Rapture in its gritty, underwater nature, with some tweaks of course. These include a new UI for those fingertips, optimised touch controls and support for bluetooth controllers.
Bringing a true AAA gaming experience to the mobile platform, BioShock sends players on an adventure to explore the submerged Art Deco city of Rapture to fight deranged survivors of a failed objectivist utopia, and genetically modify their own DNA to gain superhuman powers. The game also features a new leaderboard system, an in-app digital artbook (based on the original Special Edition), and a new player profile function that allows players to see how they stack up against their friends with a number of personal in-game stats that track how many weapons and plasmids are used, the number of enemies killed, and more.
If the price doesn't put you off, you can check it out through the iTunes store over here. Note that BioShock for iOS is only compatible with the following devices: iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5 - and will sadly not run on older devices.

Devs Detail Changes Planned for Quake Live's Steam Launch [Dan- 11:49am] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
Quake Live, the Quake 3-derived browser-based shooter from id Software recently switched to a standalone application and will soon be making it's way onto Steam with a host of updates and changes.

A detailed blog post from the Quake Live dev team explains the reasoning behind the changes, and their intention to make elements of the game more accessible to newcomers without alienating veteran players:
Quake is a masterful game of skill, often compared to Chess by its veteran players. However, with that depth has come a challenge to welcome and capture new players long enough for them to discover the joy to be found in what many consider the finest Deathmatch game ever made.

For some of us that joy is simply nostalgia of our early days, an introduction to online FPS that ushered in a new era of gaming. For many it is a love of mastery, striving to become better in a competitive world that seems to have no upper bounds. It is a game of limitless growth where the movement, strategy, and perfection of aim seem to be an extension of our human selves where hard work, dedication, and confidence can translate into a measurable improvement that brings a great pride to our players. While Quake will always be a home to the competitive base, we have often longed for a wider audience who could experience, appreciate, and fall in love with all that it has to offer.
Some of the bigger changes and additions include a 2x potential speed boost from bunny hopping, a continous jump mechanic when the jump key is held down, a new heavy machinegun weapon and a new in-game UI.

GOG.com Now Selling DRM-free Films, Starting With 20 Games-related Documentaries [Dan- 10:20am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Beloved DRM-free digital games distributor GOG.com is expanding its product range to cover films, kicking things off with 20 games and tech related documentaries all sold with no copy protection.

A launch promotion price is offering each movie currently on offer for US5.99 and to let users test the service out, two of the docos -- The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard -- are currently available completely free.

While the range is currently limited to indie films about games, the company hopes to attract major studios once the system is more established:
Our goal is to offer you cinema classics as well as some all-time favorite TV series with no DRM whatsoever, for you to download and keep on your hard drive or stream online whenever you feel like it. We talked to most of the big players in the movie industry and we often got a similar answer: "We love your ideas, but … we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk". DRM-Free distribution is not a concept their lawyers would accept without hesitation. We kind of felt that would be the case and that it's gonna take patience and time to do it, to do it, to do it right. That's quite a journey ahead of us, but every gamer knows very well that great adventures start with one small step. So why not start with something that feels very familiar? We offer you a number of gaming and internet culture documentaries - all of them DRM-Free, very reasonably priced, and presenting some fascinating insight into topics close to a gamer's heart.
If nothing else, it seems like a great outlet for any independent filmmakers, particularly stand-up comedians, to hock their wares.

Check out the current catalogue of DRM free movies on GOG right here.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Offers Further Glimpse at Multiplayer Co-Op [Eorl- 09:40am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
After offering a small amount of details yesterday in regards to the rumoured 4 player cooperative multiplayer mode coming to BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition, the developer has now revealed a full-fledge gameplay video demonstrating exactly that in action.

Being kept largely from the single-player experience, the multiplayer co-op will offer its own various encounters between you and three of your friends. Customisation is also a key part of the mode, allowing you to create unique armour, weapons and level your character up. In regards to characters, you'll have 12 to choose from with a range of abilities, all of which can be modified through a talent-like system.

Check it out in action below, and let us know your thoughts on this new addition to the previously predominate single-player franchise. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be launching November 18th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Wanting to know more about Dragon Age: Inquisition? Why not check out our recent hands-on preview of the game at this year's Gamescom, or better yet read up on all the goss in our interview with BioWare Aussie ex-pat Cameron Lee.



Xbox One Kinect Standalone Release Date and Price Revealed [Eorl- 09:27am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Microsoft has revealed that a standalone release of the Xbox One's Kinect sensor will be hitting stores in October, with a US suggested price of $149.99.

Microsoft launched the Xbox One last November for $599 with a Kinect in the box. In June, the company unbundled the Kinect from the console and began selling the system itself for $499. At the time, Microsoft said it would release a stand-alone Kinect sensor this fall. Last month, the company announced that Xbox One sales in the U.S. doubled once the console became available without Kinect.

The package will include a copy of Dance Central Spotlight, which launches September 2nd. The game comes with 10 songs; customers can purchase additional downloadable tracks and import music from previous Dance Central titles. The second-generation camera was also made available for Windows last month, at a price point of $199.00.


Wednesday, 27th August 2014
Dragon Age: Inquisition Hands-On Preview – Inquisitive Potential Revealed [Eorl- 03:11pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Continuing our rolling coverage of this years Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, AusGamers had the chance to test out the newest title in the Dragon Age series from prestige developer BioWare, Inquisition (be careful you don't say that too loudly for fear of red dressed men barging through doors).

To take up the arms - literally - we tasked Nathan "NachosJustice" Lawrence to find out all things Inquisition-y on from his hands-on preview, and it seems his faith in the series after the questionable Dragon Age II may have just been restored.

Read on for his hands-on preview of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: No Going Back Reviewed [Eorl- 02:40pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
Telltale's fifth and final episode in the second season of their gripping episodic series The Walking Dead is now available to gamers, but how well does it shape up compared to last year's first season?

Titled No Going Back, the new episode continues on with the survival of 11-year old Clementine as she battles the apocalypse by herself, though not without help from a handful of strangers. Being the finale also brings with it a number of solid season decisions to fruition, plus depiciting what could happen for a possible third season.

Taking the lead once again is James “Jickle” O’Connor who finds that while Telltale certainly have a knack for a good story, it seems this season may be lacking in that bang of the original debut.
The second season of The Walking Dead has had highpoints, but in the end it can’t match up against the first season. While individual episodes worked well, the series arrived at a conclusion that it hadn’t really bothered to build up to, and the last episode falls a bit flat as a result.
Follow the zombie trail for the full review of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: No Going Back.

The Crew Clocks in at 1080p, 30FPS for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 [Eorl- 02:56pm] From: AusGamers News [ 18 Comments ]
An Ubisoft representative has let slip the graphical benchmarks the team behind open-world racer The Crew is currently aiming for: 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1080p on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

This revelation comes in response to a forum member's complaints that the PC beta test of the game is locked at 30 frames per second. An Ubisoft community manager stepped in to respond with a succinct rebuttal: "The final game will run in 1080p with 30 frames per second on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and will support up to 5760 x 1080p on PC for triple screen set-ups," the response reads. "Right now the team is focusing on providing an optimal experience for all players."

Later, the community manager would edit the reply to note that the development team is working to reach 60 frames per second on the PC. "We can officially say that we're aiming for 60FPS on PC at launch," he wrote. "Our Beta build is still more performant at 30FPS, but you can expect to play at 60FPS on PC when the game is launched."

As a prominent PC player it is quite disheartening to hear that I won't be able to go above and beyond 60FPS. Hopefully Ubisoft will have something more solid by the time The Crew debuts on November 11th.

Diablo 3's 2.1.0 Patch Now Live for PC and Mac, Here's a Trailer [Dan- 12:21pm] From: AusGamers News [ 10 Comments ]
Right on schedule, Blizzard has launched the rather significant 2.1.0 patch for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls on its North American servers, introducing its new seasons concept as well as greater rifts, leaderboards, itemisation updates and new environments.

A blog post discussing everything can be found here on the battle.net site. As Australian players default to North American servers, you can update right now, but if wanting to Global Play on the European or Asian servers, you might have to wait until those patch.

Watch the overview video below.



Some Details on Dragon Age: Inquisition's Co-operative Mode [Dan- 10:40am] From: AusGamers News [ 2 Comments ]
BioWare has shared a generous amount of details and footage from the single-player campaign of the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, but had been quiet on the rumoured 4 player cooperative multiplayer mode.

IGN recently had a chance to go hands on with the co-op, and in addition to a full write-up on the experience -- which they explain is kept largely separate from the single-player experience -- they also have a video feature where a couple of the site's editors discuss what they know, over the top of some of the mode's first video footage.
Single-player is aiming for a smart marriage of narrative and gameplay systems. Multiplayer is pure, meant to attract role-playing junkies with a passion for loot, combat, and team-based battles in the gorgeous, brutal world of Dragon Age. After completing a multiplayer quest, you’ll take home your found gold to spend on treasure chests, which include items such as item recipes, new equipment, potions, grenades, and salves of varying rarity. Some may even unlock a new hero or character skin. Nine heroes join Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer roster at launch -- three for each mage/melee/archer class, each unique in their appearance, abilities, and characterization.
The article elaborates on the item unlock feature with a microtransaction element, but is quick to point out that such purchases are an "optional time saver" currency, and that "Nothing is behind a paywall", comparing the business model to that of the popular League of Legends.

Watch the video below. Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled for launch on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 21st 2014.



The Elder Scrolls Online Reveals Subscriber Loyalty Program for Veterans [Eorl- 10:12am] From: AusGamers News [ 3 Comments ]
Bethesda has revealed a loyalty program for its MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, designed to reward those who subscribe to the game for an extended period of time.

The developer announced the first such reward will take the form of a High Hrothgar Wriath vanity pet, and will be emailed to anyone who's subscribed to the game for a combined time of three months or more in September. These three months don't include the month of time that comes free when you purchase the game.

"There’s so much more on the horizon, but we think it’s important to give some special recognition to those of you who have already been there every step of the way," a post reads. "The loyalty program will keep expanding over time, so keep an eye out for more tokens of our gratitude if you’re a longtime player. Our next reward will be granted for those who have subscribed for six months — we’ll reveal it to you soon."

The system definitely sounds awfully free-to-play like, with a number of free MMO's utilising a loyalty program to reward those who choose to spend money in a in-game store or subscribe. Those who aren't subscribed at the moment can take up the rewards once they meet the requirements.

Mario Kart 8 DLC Points to 16 New Tracks and Six Characters Including Link [Eorl- 03:45pm] From: AusGamers News [ 11 Comments ]
Edit: Nintendo has sent over official word on the DLC packs, noting that prices for both packs will be U$10.00/NZ$14.00 each, or AU$16.00/NZ$20.00 for the two. Considering the amount offered in this DLC, I'd say that is one killer pack.

Following the Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U leak, it seems Nintendo might have accidentally leaked the upcoming DLC planned for their arcade racer Mario Kart 8, pointing towards 16 new tracks and six new characters coming to the Wii U title.

With two upcoming downloadable content packs, Mario Kart 8 players will be able to add The Legend of Zelda's Link and the villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing, according to a post from Nintendo's official UK store. Also included in the DLC packs is 16 brand-new tracks, a whopping 50% increase to the current track count.

The first pack of the two adds Link, cat-suit Peach and tanooki-suit Mario, as well as four vehicles and eight tracks. It will be available in November of this year. Pack 2, available in May 2015, adds Animal Crossing's Villager, Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the skeletal Dry Bowser, four vehicles and eight tracks.
"Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent," the site reads. "The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack."
Those who purchase both DLC packs will receive additional content as well: eight new colors each for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who pre-purchase those packs gain access to the new colors immediately.


Tuesday, 26th August 2014
Shadow Realms Hands-On Preview – Master of Puppets is Trolling Your Strings [Steve Farrelly- 05:11pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Nathan "NachosJustice" loves a good shadowy realm. It's how we found him -- hiding out of sight of the sun; his milky-white skin being the perfect reflection of the average gamer and so it seemed fitting we let him take his fear of light to BioWare's new IP, Shadow Realms.

Of course none of that is true, Nathan is a model of Vitamin D sustenance and has never lived in his parent's basement (to our knowledge), but he still knows games and where some games came from, so taking on the role of the Dungeon Master in Shadow Realms is especially fitting for him.

Read on for his full thoughts on BioWare's Shadow Realms.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Patch 2.1.0 Launches Tonight for PC [Eorl- 04:53pm] From: AusGamers News [ 2 Comments ]
Seasons, two new zones, and tons more content will be coming in the form of patch 2.1.0 to Blizzard's loot-filled title Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls according to a new forum post on Battle.net.

Blizzard announced the new Seasons game mode back in June, along with details on the addition of Greater Rifts, a type of Nephalem Rift, and Cesspools, one of two new areas for Reaper of Souls. Blizzard's 2.1 Patch Roundup revealed even more content coming with the 2.1 patch, including The Vault (another new area), leaderboards for Seasons and Greater Rifts, and details on the first Season's new items.

Community manager Tyvalir noted on the Diablo forums that while the patch only weighs in at 300mb, "it will be making several changes to the game files stored on your computer. As a result, the “Applying Patch” phase may take up to 30 minutes to finish once the patch has been downloaded." Those lost or wanting to catch up on the new changes can also find a stack of cliff notes giving the quick rundown on the patch over here.

Heroes of the Storm's First Competitive Ladder Begins Tomorrow [Eorl- 02:32pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Blizzard's casual take on the competitive MOBA scene will be heading into the eSports limelight beginning tomorrow, with ESV Champions League announcing a new month-long Heroes of the Storm tournament for the top teams in North America.

Promising to provide "insight on the competitive side of Heroes of the Storm," the ESV Champions League will pit some of the very best alongside each other as they compete for the first of many eSports challenges. These include Team dIISENt, ESV's own teams Tempest and Wildfire, plus Glorious! Gaming led by Heroes streamer ZPs.

The tournament will begin on August 27th, 8:00am AEST, with the first six matches being broadcast through ESV's Twitch channel. A coverage hub has also been set up to offer match schedules, list of results, news and anything else pertaining to the event, which you can find over here.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Five-Minutes with Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan on Wrestling and WWE 2K15 [Steve Farrelly- 01:51pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
AusGamers had a chance to not only get hands-on with WWE 2K15 (impressions coming soon), but to also speak with a number of WWE superstars at the company's most recent PPV event, Summerslam.

While not active on the roster currently -- and during the PPV -- due to injury, crowd (and AusGamers) favourite, Daniel Bryan, stopped by the site for five-minutes to answer a few questions about his thoughts on the game, his own ranking within it, and wanting a head like Brock Lesnar's.

Click here for our full WWE 2K15 Daniel Bryan interview.

Razer's Cortex Application Includes a Digital Bargain Hunter [Dan- 11:37am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Boutique games hardware manufacturer Razer is continuing its R&D on the software side of things too, and the latest project is Razer Cortex, described as a "gaming nerve center" with several utilities for optimising your PC gaming experience -- including, it seems, trawling for bargains on online games retailers (thanks Polygon).
From combing the web for the best game deals, improving your PC performance in-game, to recording then sharing your in-game moments on Facebook and YouTube, and even backing up your save games in the cloud, Cortex is the free all-in-one software which gives you the best gaming experience possible.
A product overview page explains that Cortex currently monitors the likes of Steam, GOG, Origins, Green Man Gaming, Amazon, GameStop and GamersGate, updating prices every hour and informing games of discounts relevant to their tastes.

Cortex is expected to launch official in a couple of weeks, but interested users can sign up for early access here at razerzone.com.

Age of Empires Returns from the Dead with Castle Siege for Windows 8 [Eorl- 11:42am] From: AusGamers News [ 2 Comments ]
Microsoft has revealed a new return to the long-running series Age of Empires, though this time in the form of a touch-based multiplayer game coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Titled Age of Empires: Castle Siege, the fast-paced game lets players choose from several civilizations — including the Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus — then tasks them with fortifying a castle and surrounding city, training armies and attacking other players' castles. Microsoft says the game is being built with touch devices in mind, meaning players will control their armies with swipes of a touchscreen.

At first glance the game bears a striking resemblance to Supercell's hit strategy game Clash of Clans, but Microsoft promises "the strategy and combat Age of Empires is renowned for." Age of Empires: Castle Siege is being developed by Smoking Gun Interactive. The developer has worked with Microsoft in the past on Kinect Doodle Jump, Mars Rover Landing, Kinect Adventures and multiple Kinect Fun Labs titles.

The game is scheduled for release sometime in September, and will feature cross-play support between Windows 8 PCs, tablets and mobile phones.



NBA Live 15 Reveals Damian Lillard as Cover Star [Eorl- 11:03am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
NBA Live 15 will once again be featuring a leading player of the sports, this time Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

Lillard, a point guard in the team, was the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year and made his first All-Star appearance this past season. According to EA, Lillard has been working with NBA Live 15's developers at EA Tiburon for two years. The studio scanned his face and head to build a detailed in-game model of him, and along with doing motion capture work, Lillard has provided feedback on the game.

Lillard also lent his voice to Learn Live, a tutorial mode that's new to NBA Live 15 and will help introduce players to the game — an onboarding process that was notably absent at NBA Live 14's launch. Those wanting to see him in the digital flesh can check out the video below.

NBA Live 15 will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One come October 7th.



Super Smash Bros. Leak Suggests Shulk, Bowser Jr. and More as Fighters [Eorl- 10:26am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
A new leak has appeared online suggesting that we could be seeing Shulk, Bowser Jr. and Ganondorf as fighters for Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.

A massive roster leak for the new Super Smash Bros. is being documented on NeoGAF, with convincing video evidence revealing Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, Bowser Jr., and Ganondorf as the newest additions to Nintendo's all-star brawler. YouTube user Izat True was responsible for the five leaked videos showcasing the three previously unannounced fighters, though the videos have now been claimed by Nintendo.

It seems these aren't the only fighters who have had their appearance leaked ahead of the game's launch. The Duck Hunt Dog and Ness from Earthbound are reportedly going to show up for battle, as well as Dr. Mario and Dark Pit. There is even a DLC rumor list that features Lucas, Wolf, Chorus Men, Ice Climbers, and Snake. It also seems general information has been dumped as well on Imgur, featuring trophies, arenas and more.

The Banner Saga Journeys Onto Tablets in September [Eorl- 09:51am] From: AusGamers News [ 2 Comments ]
After revealing in June that successful Kickstarter title The Banner Saga would be heading to iPad, Windows and Android tablets, publisher Versus Evil has announced that the team are aiming for a September release.

Stoic's Viking-themed role-playing strategy game launched on Windows and Mac back in January, and the tablet version is said to feature controls reworked for touchscreens. It will be listed as a premium title, though no price has yet been determined.

Wondering what The Banner Saga is all about? Check out our review to see just what the Vikings have in store for the tablet devices.

Amazon Acquires Twitch for US$970 Million [Dan- 09:40am] From: AusGamers News [ 2 Comments ]
Following rumours that a $1 Billion acquisition from Google was looming, online retail giant Amazon has revealed itself as the new owner of Twitch, confirming a $970 million cash purchase of the hugely popular streaming video service.
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month — from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

“Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”

“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”
A statement from Twitch CEO Emmett Shear thanking users for their support and describes Amazon as the right choice for the deal as they "share our values and long-term vision". Shear also goes on to say that Twitch plans to "keep everything the same" in regards to its office, employees and brand, and rather puzzlingly intends to retain its "independence".


Monday, 25th August 2014
Report: Internet Trolls Claim Responsibility for Diverting Commercial Flight Carrying SOE President [Dan- 11:28am] From: AusGamers News [ 5 Comments ]
An online hacking group that also claimed to be responsible for the recent PlayStation Network outage has reportedly indicated that it was also behind a bomb threat called in to American Airlines that saw flight 362 from Dallas to Phoenix redirected as a result. Polygon reports that Sony Online Entertainment present John Smedley had been on board and is the presumed target of the felony prank.
"Something about security and our cargo. Sitting on Tarmac," Smedley tweeted. Polygon has reached out to representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America, SOE and the Phoenix office of the FBI for additional comment.

An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed to The Arizona Republic that Flight 362 was diverted for security reasons. KPNX-TV also reported the FBI was investigating the threat.

Earlier this afternoon, the hacker group that says it brought down PSN tweeted this threat to American Airlines' account. A tweet while the flight was airborne (and since taken down) also contained a link to this image appearing to show an e-Ticket for Smedley's flight, with a confirmation number, asking Smedley and Sony if this was indeed his flight. The hackers continued to tweet threats about the flight.
Sony has reassured PlayStation Network users that "no personal information has been accessed", but as of the time this article, services have yet to be restored.

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