Playstation Network/Downloadable Packs Release

Here's some info on the kind of things that you will be able to pick up on the PSN come April.

If you've already managed to take your games through their paces by then, you'll be able to add some more flavour by downloading different sets of battle dress for your four playable Genji characters. Or if that doesn't grab you, you can always opt for the school uniform…

There will also the option to customise your car and download a special race event for Ridge Racer, two new playable maps for Resistance: Fall of Man and any PS3 owner playing MotorStorm online will receive Time Trial Mode automatically – you won't even need to download this one from the Store.

Phew, anyone would think that European think launch day was just around the corner…

Press release follows -

Want more from your PLAYSTATION 3? Just download it!
Enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 games at PLAYSTATION Network

- PLAYSTATION Network to feature downloadable extras for PLAYSTATION 3

- Genji: Days of the Blade and Ridge Racer 7 packs available at launch

- New packs to be added regularly – check online for your favourites

On the 23rd March, PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) will launch with a stunning lineup of titles. Games like Resistance: Fall of Man, MotorStorm, Genji: Days of the Blade and Ridge Racer7 are set to turn the gaming world on its head. Now, thanks to PLAYSTATION®Network1 (PSN), the interactive, evolving space which opens the door to a new world of exciting entertainment opportunities, you can enhance your favourite PS3 games with downloadable extras for the ultimate gaming experience.

PSN will launch simultaneously with PS3, and, on the first day, two downloadable packs containing extra content for Ridge Racer 7 and Genji: Days of the Blade will be available in the PLAYSTATION®Store. More downloadable packs will become available in April and May, including additional content for Ridge Racer 7 and MotorStorm, as well as new maps for the amazing first-person shooter Resistance: Fall of Man. PSN will enable you to keep the games you've purchased on disk as up-to-date and as fresh as you'd expect from PlayStation® – as well as offering entire titles for download elsewhere in the PLAYSTATION Store.

Downloadable items available in April and May on PLAYSTATION Network:

Genji: Days of the Blade
Add more excitement to your medieval Japanese swordplay experience with different sets of battle dress for your four playable characters. Equip Yoshitsune with the armour of his adversaries the Heishi clan or opt for a set of Western-style metal armour. If those don't suffice, the third pack will clothe your mighty warriors in… school uniform?

Ridge Racer 7
Make your machine look as good as it drives with a total of 14 downloadable decal packs arriving throughout March and April. Will your machine bear the Katamari Damacy livery or the classic PAC-MAN and XEVIOUS decals? This is your chance to customise your machine in the most distinctive way and show it off online!

Or will you enter a special downloadable race event? Test your skills against a jet-black ANGELUS in a Quad Battle event at Seaside Route 765, take on the Xevious army in a special race event at Downtown Rave City, or get behind the wheel of a fully-customised ABEILLE for a Duel event at Laketop Parkway. With 25 special event packs available in April and May, a visit to PSN is a must for serious drift race-heads.

Any PS3 owner playing MotorStorm online will receive Time Trial Mode automatically – you won't even need to download this one from the PLAYSTATION Store. Take any vehicle out on the track of your choice and go hell for leather to lay down the quickest lap time. You can race against ghost vehicles of your previous efforts, other players' times and the best attempts from the MotorStorm development team – and then upload your best times to the global online rankings. In addition, more tracks, vehicles and game modes will be available later in the month, and thereafter on a regular basis.

Resistance: Fall of Man:
Download two new playable maps: Westmorland and Camborn. Take the battle against the Chimera to new areas of England: create carnage in the autumn splendour of Camborn with bullets, then leave blood trails in the fresh snowfall of hilly, sniper-friendly Westmorland. All multiplayer game types are fully playable on these stunning new landscapes.

Downloading packs is simple – just follow these steps:

1) Connect your PS3 to Broadband and register on PSN
2) Go to the PLAYSTATION Store and add your pack to your cart
3) Proceed to the checkout. For content with a price tag, you will need to have funds in your PLAYSTATION. Store wallet to complete your purchase
4) Download your pack and enjoy!

If you think all this sounds good – well, it's just the beginning. PSN will be updating its downloadable packs regularly to offer all the support you need to expand your games further, ranging from extra weaponry and vehicles to new modes and game levels.
With all of this, plus online rankings, free online play and more, you'll be missing out if you don't pay a visit to PSN this March.

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