PlayStation Plus Free Games of June 2016 for PS4, PS3, PS Vita

With less than 24 hours to go in the month of May, Sony has now announced June 2016’s lineup of PlayStation Plus free games.

The PlayStation 4 games include NBA 2K16 and Gone Home, while PlayStation 3 owners can pick up Echochrome and Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12). Freebies for PlayStation Vita in June include Little Deviants and God of War: Chains of Olympus.

These games will be available when the PlayStation Store refreshes next week. In the meantime, it’s not too late to grab May 2016’s free PlayStation Plus games, which include Tropico 5, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, and God of War: Ghost of Sparta.

PlayStation Plus June 2016 Free Game Lineup:

PlayStation 4:

  • NBA 2K16
  • Gone Home

PlayStation 3:

  • Echochrome
  • Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12)

PlayStation Vita:

  • Little Deviants
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus

What do you make of June 2016’s PlayStation Plus lineup? Let us know in the comments below.

Han Solo Movie Writer Reveals When the Star Wars Spinoff Will Start Filming

There might be be two Star Wars movies to come before we get to see the Han Solo spinoff, but there is already considerable buzz about the adventures of the young space smuggler. It was recently confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich will star, now writer Lawrence Kasdan has revealed when the film will begin production.

Kasdan was recently honoured at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, and was asked about working with directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord on the Han movie. “They’re great, funny, and imaginative and we’ve had a great time together,” Kasdan said, via StarWarsNewsNet. “My son [Jon] and I wrote the script and Chris and Phil are working on it and they’re about to move to London to start shooting in January. And it should be fun.”

Kasdan also revealed that although he wasn’t working directly on Episode VIII and IX, he was in contact with their directors and had “a little information” about the storylines. “Rian [Johnson, Episode VIII director] is a friend of mine. I’m getting to know Colin Trevorrow, who is going to direct Episode IX, so I feel very involved with it,” he said.

Kasdan is a veteran of the Star Wars universe, having previously co-written The Force Awakens, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. He also wrote the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Earlier this month, Ehrenreich was announced as the new Han Solo after months of speculation. Few further details are known about the film, but it is expected to take place between Episodes III and IV. In March Disney boss Bob Iger revealed that the film would also feature Solo’s trusty co-pilot Chewbacca.

The movie is currently set for a release on May 25, 2018

Xbox One Price Drops to $300 Again Ahead of E3

The Xbox One’s price has again dropped by $50 in the United States, returning it to the $300 mark it was at for periods in late 2015 and early 2016.

The official Xbox website advertises the new starting price, and it’s already gone into effect at a number of retailers, such as Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and the Microsoft Store (which throws in a bonus controller and select game for free).

For $300, you can get 500 GB system bundles that include Quantum Break or Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or another that lets you choose one of several games (among them, Forza 6 and Rise of the Tomb Raider). The Microsoft Store is also currently offering a bundle with a 1 TB system, an extra controller, and five games for $320.

There’s no word on how long this promotion will last or if the $50 price cut will be permanent this time around. When the discount ended earlier this year, it was immediately replaced by a $50 gift card offer.

Reports suggest Microsoft is working on two new versions of the Xbox One. The first of these, a smaller system, would launch later this year, followed by one that sports improved hardware specs in 2017. If that’s accurate, we may hear about some of these plans at E3–in which case, this current model of Xbox One could be in line for some kind of permanent price cut.

Witcher 3 1.2 Update Out Now, See What’s New and Changed Here

Ahead of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Blood and Wine expansion tomorrow, CD Projekt Red today pushed out a big new update for all versions of the RPG.

The update adds new features, including an enemy upscaling option and a system to help make it easier to collect Gwent cards, while it also fixes a series of bugs and more. In terms of visual improvements, The Witcher 3’s 1.20 update fixes an issue where Geralt doesn’t put his clothes back on after sex scenes. It also fixes a PS4-specific problem where the texture of water puddles wouldn’t fade as it should.

You can see the full Witcher 3 1.20 patch notes here [PDF]. Coming out tomorrow is the Blood and Wine expansion, which weighs in at 10-15 GB depending on your platform.

Blood and Wine, a substantial-sounding expansion that offers over 90 new quests and around 30 hours of gameplay, is the final add-on for The Witcher 3. You may not have to wait much longer to hear about what’s coming next from CD Projekt Red, however, as the developer recently teased that it may show a new game at E3 next month.

GameSpot’s Blood and Wine review scored it an 8/10.

“Perhaps we will join him in yet another adventure, but if Blood and Wine is the White Wolf’s final interactive appearance, he at least departs in style,” reviewer Kevin VanOrd said. “I’ll miss you, Geralt–your impossibly perfect hair, your mercenary disposition, your stoic approach to horrific crimes and unspeakable tragedies. If you and Roach must ride into the sunset, then I’m glad the time we spent together was so enthralling.”

Batman-Themed Phone Coming to Celebrate a Three-Year-Old Game

Samsung recently announced plans to release a limited, Batman-themed version of the Galaxy S7 Edge in select markets. It’s doing this not as a tie-in with Batman v Superman or something recent, but instead to mark the three-year anniversary of a mobile game in which Batman is a character.

Fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us was released for Android in late 2013, months after its release on consoles and iOS. It features a variety of DC superheroes and villains fighting each other, and for whatever reason, Samsung and Warner Bros. felt now was the time to release what is admittedly a nice-looking version of the S7 Edge.

The phone will be released in limited quantities in select regions–and so far, most of North America and Europe are not among them. According to a press release, the phone launches in early June in China, Singapore, Korea, Latin America, Russia, and “others to be announced soon.”

While you may not be able to easily get your hands on one, you can check out what comes in the phone’s box in the exceedingly dramatic unboxing video below. The phone comes with a Gear VR headset, though it appears to be only the phone that’s Batman-themed.

Fable Isn’t Dead, With a New Card Game Coming From Ex-Lionhead Devs

A new digital card game based on the Fable RPG series called Fable Fortune is in the works, and it’s coming to Kickstarter this week.

The game was originally an idea pitched for Fable 2, but it only entered development at Lionhead in 2014, according to IGN. With Lionhead now shut down, Microsoft is allowing the Fable license to be used by a new indie studio founded by a group of ex-Lionhead employees–Craig Oman, Mike West, and Marcus Lynn–who intend to finish the game.

Fortune is described as being similar to Hearthstone, but it offers new features like a cooperative mode where two players team up against the AI and a leveling system for cards. Playing on Fable’s morality system, it also has mid-game quests where players are able to make a choice between good and evil that impacts their cards and chosen hero character. Those cards and heroes will be based on well-known and obscure characters and foes from the Fable games, as well as concepts that never ended up being used in them.

Microsoft is no longer attached to publish Fortune. As a result, the new studio, Flaming Fowl Studios, is turning to Kickstarter to help make the game a reality. The month-long crowdfunding campaign begins on Tuesday, May 31 at 7 AM PT and will be seeking 250,000 GBP (about $366,000). A closed beta should be available a few weeks after the campaign ends, with an open beta following on PC and Xbox One in October. The full game is slated for release in late 2017.

Fable developer Lionhead was shut down in late April following the cancellation of Fable Legends. Microsoft reportedly declined offers to sell the studio due to an unwillingness to part ways with the Fable license.