SOCOM: Confrontation

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SOCOM expansion for Europe in Jan

SOCOM expansion for Europe in Jan

Cold Front release date confirmed.

Sony has said that the SOCOM: Confrontation expansion pack Cold Front will be released in Europe on 7th January, although pricing is still to be confirmed.

Cold Front came out in the US last week and consists of a new area in Eastern Europe populated by five new maps, new weapons, new Trophies, a new specialisation system, and more importantly SNOW! And SNOW EFFECTS! SNOW GEAR!

There are more details on the official PlayStation blog, where you can also read a comments thread full of people complaining about discrimination and things like that. SNOW!

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Sony unveils new DLC for SOCOM

Sony unveils new DLC for SOCOM

Snow! Ice! Russians! Missiles! Maps!

Sony has revealed a new downloadable content pack is on the way for SOCOM: Confrontation.

As revealed on the PlayStation blog, it's titled Cold Front and is set in a snowy area of Eastern Europe. You get two brand new maps plus three based on classic SOCOM maps, specially built for PS3.

You'll get to battle through blizzards, fighting alongside either a squad of mercenaries or special forces operatives such as the Russian Spetsnaz. Bless you. New game mode Arms Run sees you fighting to activate or destroy a load of missile launchers, according to whose side you're on.

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SOCOM, PowerUp, Silent Hill on PSN

Plus oodles of downloadable PSP games.

The downloadable version of SOCOM: Confrontation launched on the European PlayStation Store yesterday, along with PowerUp Forever, the PSone's Silent Hill and downloadable content for Call of Duty: World at War and Midnight Club: Los Angeles.

SOCOM: Confrontation

SOCOM: Confrontation

Biting the bullet.

Usually when the European release of a game is delayed, it causes gnashing of teeth and curses spat at whichever fiendish publisher has so callously disregarded our proud continent. In the case of SOCOM's PS3 debut, we should probably be grateful. When it launched in the US last October, the internet was set aflame by furious players who found themselves stuck with something that was pretty much broken. Game-breaking freezes, constant network disconnections, and a multitude of other annoyances all conspired to leave faithful fans brimming with vocal and very legitimate grievances.

There are no such technical problems for SOCOM's arrival on European shores; the fatal bugs having been ironed out in the withering heat of American fandom's baleful glare over the last five months or so. This doesn't mean that the game is cause for celebration however. SOCOM Confrontation is hopelessly out of time, an entry in a series that last made an appearance in the dying days of the previous console generation, and which arrived last Friday with most of its unique selling points long since co-opted by dozens of alternatives. Many things have changed since SOCOM 3 in 2005. Unfortunately, SOCOM isn't one of them.

Curiously, the game has gone multiplayer-only and it's from this decision that most of the problems stem. Back in the day, the SOCOM brand pioneered online console gaming, bringing a taste of what the PC boys had been sampling to the PlayStation crowd. When a title with that sort of heritage announces that it's ditching the single-player aspect to concentrate on multiplayer, you'd be forgiven for expecting something ambitious, something that really takes advantage of today's always-connected HD consoles to kick the console online experience up to the next level.

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Sony sorry for SOCOM beta collapse

Sony sorry for SOCOM beta collapse

Patch at noon to add regional servers.

Sony has apologised to would-be soldiers whose SOCOM: Confrontation beta experience was ruined by overwhelming demand on the game servers.

Developer Slant Six will be rolling out the first of many patches today at noon, which means game servers going down for a couple of hours.

Patch version 1.10, according to the official website, adds regional European and Australian servers as well as various stability fixes.

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SOCOM beta keys all gone - for now!

SOCOM beta keys all gone - for now!

Now go shoot some tangos, tangos.

The SOCOM: Confrontation keys are all gone. Congratulations to everyone who got hold of one and sorry if you missed out.

Apologies particularly to those of you who missed out because accessing the website between 4 and 5pm was difficult. SOCOM was a very popular attraction and our amazing super-strong server struggled to deal with your enthusiasm.

I thought it would be useful for Mark Kennedy, Eurogamer's lead technical person or whatever, to explain why the hell we shouldn't sack him on the spot and set fire to him. "Imagine going to the pub, and instead of everybody waiting for the barman to get round to serving them, they just all shout out their orders," Mark told me.

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SOCOM beta keys Friday at 4pm!

SOCOM beta keys Friday at 4pm!

Come get our 6,000 keys!

THE TIME HAS COME: And gone. Congrats to everyone who got a key! See elsewhere for the aftermath.

Update, 4th September #2: Good news! We will be distributing the SOCOM: Confrontation beta keys from 4pm UK time tomorrow, Friday 5th September. As previously mentioned, the keys will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to registered Eurogamer users in the UK. Sony has also explained that despite reports in the US that keys work up to three times, you will only be able to use the keys we distribute on one PS3. See you at 4pm tomorrow!

Update, 4th September: Hello everyone! Glad to see there is so much anticipation. First of all, this post is the only official source of information on the keys, so please stop spamming our poor old boss Rupert! Second, as soon as we know when it's okay to distribute them, we will post an update here. Third, you will need to be a registered user (link to registration at the top of every page) to get access to a key. Fourth, keys will be on a first-come, first-served basis, because we don't want you to have to wait around to get hold of one. More soon! Thanks for your patience.

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SOCOM: Confrontation beta delayed

SOCOM: Confrontation beta delayed

US waits days, Europe soon.

Sony has pushed the US public beta for SOCOM: Confrontation back "a few days" to 5th September.

Those subscribing to PS3 online show Qore will get access a week later on 12th September, according to the official US PlayStation blog.

The mid-October US release date is also still set in place, and Sony promises the public beta will run for a full month so people can get plenty of practice playing soldiers.

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Sony offers SOCOM PS3 details

Sony offers SOCOM PS3 details

Online only. Clever clan system.

Sony has debriefed us on the upcoming SOCOM: Confrontation game for PS3.

It's online-only, as we had thought, and will allow 32 players to pretend they are in the army and shoot each other.

Key to its charms will be a clever squad and clan system where you can recruit as well as promote or demote members to whittle your way to a perfect unit.

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SOCOM gets US release date

SOCOM gets US release date

More info on Euro version soon.

PS3 shooter SOCOM Confrontation will launch in the US on September 16th, according to 1UP.

A new community website has popped up too.

So when's it out over here? "We haven't set a UK release date for SOCOM yet," a Sony representative said, "But we should have some info on the game in the next few weeks."

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New SOCOM for PS3, PSP

Confrontations and Tactics.

Sony has confirmed that SOCOM will be heading to the PlayStation 3, although a European release date and details were MIA.