Contestants! Strap in and get ready to experience the mad destruction of The Finals, launching on PlayStation 5 today.

The Finals is the ultimate virtual combat game show, where you and your team fight for fame, riches, and the favor of generous seasonal sponsors.

The Finals launches on PS5 today

This free-to-play, team-based, first-person shooter pits contestants against each other in hyper-realistic, fully destructible Virtual Arenas inspired by iconic real-world locations.

In The Finals, there are no obstacles that can’t be overcome. Run through the storied streets of Monaco, soar across the gaps between the shining skyscrapers of Seoul, and fight for victory with your team in the glitzy casinos of Las Vegas.

Crash through walls and ceilings, destroy anything and everything in sight, and build bridges and barricades in this fast-paced, high-stakes fight for fame and riches on the world’s biggest stage.

Come out on top, reach The Finals, and win the hearts of the viewers.

Here’s what to expect:

Iconic arenas

Fight it out on top of the skyscrapers high above the streets of downtown Seoul, and on the cobblestone streets of old town Monaco, the idyllic city-state on the banks of the French Riviera. You’ll also get to experience Skyway Stadium, an ever-changing playground full of treacherous traversal and strategic vantage points, and Las Vegas, an interconnected maze of interiors that encourage tight team play, and make destruction even more dynamic and impactful.

Build your contestant

The Finals may be a team sport, but you’ll fight for individual glory too — with your own playstyle, gear, and fashion. Build your contestant with a wild combination of looks, accessories, weapons, and gadgets.

Contestants pick from a range of body types, each with their own attributes, abilities, and loadout. Tower above your teammates as a Heavy, and slam through walls and floors. Swing nimbly through the arena to deal devastating sneak attacks as a Light. Or enjoy the balance of a Medium, to support your team while armed to the teeth.

Play your way

Trap and surprise your opposition with a range of dynamic tools scattered throughout the arena. Send exploding canisters of gas and goo through the air, burst through windows, or drop fire from above.

Use moving platforms, pocket walls, ziplines, jump pads, and more to create treacherous and unforgettable moments. Take out your enemies with garbage cans and flowerpots, office chairs, and hospital beds. Only your imagination sets the limits.

Game-altering world events

The arenas always change, cutting off pathways and creating new ones — simultaneously, for all contestants. If that sounds hairy, just wait.

You’ll face unpredictable weather, day-and-night cycles, and sudden World Events that shake the very foundation of the Virtual Arena. Like Orbital Lasers that instantly kill campers (better keep moving, my friends!), Low Gravitythat makes you jump like you’re on the moon, a fun little nightmare we like to call The Dead Go Boom, and more.To experience the unparalleled chaos and destruction of The Finals, take a look at the launch trailer, released today, and make sure to check out the game at PlayStation Store.

Final Fantasy XVI players will soon be able to enjoy two new DLC chapters for the critically-acclaimed action-RPG, one very soon indeed: Echoes of the Fallen launches on PlayStation Store today! The second DLC, entitled The Rising Tide, releases Spring 2024. Both are paid-for DLC, but players can purchase the Final Fantasy XVI Expansion Pass to enjoy both chapters at a discounted price.

Echoes of the Fallen unlocks a whole new story, battles, weapons, accessories, level cap and more. For players who have completed the required quests, this new adventure begins before the base game’s final battle, as strange, dark crystals begin to circulate on the black market. Players will follow Clive and his friends during their investigations as they encounter a group of suspicious traders, leading them to a long-abandoned Fallen tower known as the Sagespire. There, they will unravel the terrible secrets that await within.

Special bonus items for purchasing Echoes of the Fallen or the Expansion Pass include the Buster Sword, allowing Clive to wield Cloud Strife’s iconic weapon from Final Fantasy VII, and the “Away (1987)” Orchestrion Roll which allows a chip-tune version of the song “Away” to be played as background music in the hideaway.

The Rising Tide, set to release in Spring 2024, will bring new challenges and more, including the confrontation between Clive and the legendary Eikon, Leviathan.In celebration of the nominations and wins at The Game Awards, Final Fantasy XVI is discounted on PlayStation Store from December 7 through 11.

We’re pleased to introduce our brand-new gameplay trailer for Rise of the Ronin, and to confirm that the game will be releasing March 22, 2024 with pre-orders available from December 14, 2023.

We’ve been hard at work since we announced this title in September last year, spurred on by the excitement that our players have voiced since then. As a title, Rise of the Ronin features a historical setting quintessential to Koei Tecmo, while brimming with Team Ninja’s own brand of action and combat. Throughout creating our biggest game to date, we have been working alongside the team at SIE to create an experience that allows players to fully embody a Ronin during the closing days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Rise of the Ronin arrives only on PS5 March 22

Japan at the end of the 19th century was characterized by the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, a period of oppression and stagnation. It was a time when innovators like Ryoma Sakamoto and Shoin Yoshida sought to modernize the country. The game’s Ronin protagonist will find their destiny linked to these characters (some of whom you saw in the trailer) in several different ways.  Your choices will shape how your character algins or clashes with story characters and their factions.

You will explore the vast world of late-Edo period Japan by horse and glider, while battling foes using a wide range of weapons and equipment – melee weapons like swords and spears, as well as ranged weapons like firearms and thrown weapons. Also armed with a grappling rope and stealth tactics, you can expect the variety and freedom shown in our latest trailer.

In addition to our launch date, we are excited to share your options for experiencing Rise of the Ronin. Pre-orders will open on December 14, 2023 at all participating retailers, PlayStation Store, and Pre-orders will go live at 10:00 AM local time on December 14, 2023 (10am EDT / 7am PDT in U.S.) Players who pre-order any version of Rise of the Ronin will receive an early unlock of Iga Ninja’s Katana and Armour set and an early unlock of 4 Combat Styles to help you Forge Your Fate.

Get your hands on the standard edition of Rise of the Ronin for $69.99 / £69.99/ €79.99/ ¥8,980 MSRP. There will also be a Digital Deluxe Edition of the game.

The Digital Deluxe edition of Rise of the Ronin ($79.99 / £79.99/ €89.99/ ¥9,980 MSRP) will include the game, all the pre-order incentives, as well as Iga Ninja’s Staff, Toyokuni Paired Swords, Bando Warrior Armour set and Japanese Formal Wear set.

I’m thrilled to finally be able to use this opportunity of The Game Awards to announce the game’s release date. We are releasing an exciting lineup of editions for the game with bonus content, and pre-orders will begin soon. The different editions include unique samurai and ninja-inspired content that will surely resonate with fans of Team Ninja titles. Stay tuned for further updates on the game.

As of November 19, God of War Ragnarök has sold through more than 15 million units worldwide across PS4 and PS5.

To show our appreciation for the incredible support and love you’ve given the game since its release last year, our team has been working on a surprise for the God of War community.

As fans of our fans, we’re thrilled to announce that on December 12*, we’ll be releasing a free DLC as a gift to our players – God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla.

God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla DLC revealed, coming December 12

Journey to Valhalla

God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla will be an epilogue to the events of God of War Ragnarök that follows Kratos on a deeply personal and reflective journey.

Set after the decisive battle against Odin and Atreus’ departure, Kratos has seen a path for himself that he never thought possible before. Brought to the mysterious shores of Valhalla accompanied only by Mimir, Kratos will enter its unknown depths to overcome trials within himself and face echoes of his past.

Combat reimagined

The team here at Santa Monica Studio challenged ourselves to make something different from anything we have done before in God of War history. God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla celebrates the combat you know and love from God of War Ragnarök and blends it with fresh, experimental elements inspired by the roguelite genre.

Each attempt in Valhalla will encourage you to master different aspects of Kratos’ arsenal as you face new combinations of enemies and some surprises along the way!

Fight, learn, grow

In Valhalla, defeat in combat is not the end of a warrior’s spirit. If Kratos falls, he will reawaken outside the doors ready for the next try. During each attempt, you will learn and adapt to the challenges Valhalla has to offer. The more you overcome, the more resources you’ll gain that can be put towards permanent upgrades that affect both Kratos and even Valhalla itself.

Accumulating rewards and knowledge during your attempts will help you get ever closer to discovering the mysteries that await Kratos within.   

Master Valhalla, master thyself

The shore of Valhalla humbles all those who wish to enter. Kratos must cast off his armor and equipment, and instead build towards both per-attempt and permanent rewards.

Kratos will have access to all his weapons and fully-upgraded skill trees at all times, but must commit to a shield and path of Spartan Rage for each attempt. As you overcome the trials of Valhalla and explore its depths, you will make choices between temporary Glyphs for which Stats to upgrade, which Perks to select, which Runic Attacks to wield, and more. Each attempt can play out differently based on the rewards you choose, so keep your strategy in mind when making selections!

Wise preparation, adaptability to the challenge at hand, and command of your abilities will be the keys to mastery.

Play in style

Armor in Valhalla is for appearances only, so don’t hold back when customizing for style! Unlock different looks, then mix and match your favorites between attempts to get Kratos looking fighting fit for all your Photo Mode needs.

Choose your challenge

God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla has five difficulty settings that have been specially crafted and tuned to the unique gameplay of the DLC. Each difficulty setting increases the rewards you’ll gain from battle, and you can swap freely among them between attempts (including to and from the highest difficulty setting, Show Me Mastery).  

As your skills grow, we encourage you to try out some of the higher difficulties to earn more rewards and test your mastery over Kratos’ arsenal!

Between the five options, you will be able to select the level of challenge that is most fun for you. To help further customize your gameplay experience, the DLC will continue God of War Ragnarök’s standard for accessibility settings.

Play at any time

God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla is a separate experience from God of War Ragnarök, so you don’t need to worry about going in without certain upgrades, equipment, or story progress. If you think the DLC sounds fun, you can jump in at any time!

However, if you are concerned about narrative or gameplay spoilers, we do recommend that you finish God of War Ragnarök first as God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla serves as an epilogue to the story of the base game.

A gift to the fans

If you own God of War Ragnarök, you will be able to download God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla for free on December 12* at PlayStation Store.

On behalf of everyone at Santa Monica Studio, we want to wish everyone a happy holiday and extend our heartfelt gratefulness for the incredible support you’ve shown us over the past year. We truly are fans of our fans, and we hope you enjoy God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla when it comes out next week. We can’t wait for you to play and share your experience with us by using #GodOfWarRagnarokValhalla or #GoWRV on social.

For the latest updates around God of War Ragnarök and God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla, make sure you follow Santa Monica Studio on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

To join the conversation with other fans, head to the official Santa Monica Studio Discord!  

*Available starting 9 AM Pacific Standard Time, December 12, 2023.