Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced the launch of a revamped PlayStation Home, complete with a reworked Home Square and a new districts design that aims to make it easier to find games, people and places that fit your favourite game genre.
New districts are Action, Sportswalk, Adventure and Indie Park, each featuring new games and interactive content.
Action: With a gritty, urban vibe, the Action district is the 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.
PS Home also includes new spaces where players can meet up and interact - take a stroll down by the Boardwalk, have a go at playing Cogs, or hang out in Home Square. Old favourites, such as bowling and chess, have also been preserved.
This looks like a pretty comprehensive overhaul to PlayStation Home, meaning now is a good time to jump back into the virtual space to see what all the fuss was about.