News Wrap 02Good morning everyone. Let’s not mess about with formalities shall we, and jump right into things.

Games

It seems that Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones will be set around the time of the fifth novel (A Dance with Dragons) in the A Song of Ice and Fire series and will feature House Forrester. [via Twitter]

The season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has been announced. Four add-on packs are promised at a price of $29.99 (or $9.99 individually) and will encompass “new characters, challenges, missions, and experiences.” [More…]

If you’re a fan of statues and collector’s editions of games, the these statues coming with the collector’s and premium edition of The Order: 1886 may just appeal. A lot.

Bayonetta 2 has been dated for release in the US for the Wii U. The sequel (which packs in the original game too) will be available on 24 October.

Peggle 2 is heading to the PS4 on 14 October. [via Twitter]

Team Meat have revealed Super Meat Boy Forever. The game is an endless runner and will be released “when it’s done” on “phones, tablets and Steam… maybe more?” [More…]

Industry

A “Surprising New Study” (their words, not ours) on “How Video Games Impact Children” has found more positives than negatives in allowing children to play games every day. The study was conducted by Andrew K. Przybylski, Phd., with “2436 male and 2463 female young people, ranging in age from 10 to 15 years.” Read the article by Forbes here.

Nintendo of Europe has ended the contacts of 190 temporary workers, essentially bringing the total number of layoffs at the company to 320 since June. [More…]

Blizzard has hired one of the best Hearthstone players in the US, Ryan “Realz” Masterson, as an associate game designer at the company. [More…]

The Golden Joystick Awards for 2014 have kicked off. Tearaway leads the nominations with seven, whileMetal Gear Solid V: Ground ZeroesMario Kart 8 and Resogun also feature multiple times.

Castlevania producer Dave Cox has left Konami after 17 years with the company. [via Twitter]

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

SR4_Gat out of Hell_01Volition announced two Saints Row related titles at PAX Prime. In fact, it’s two Saints Row 4 related titles. The first sees the original game and all the DLC head to the PS4 and Xbox One on 27 January (US) at a price of $29.99 and renamed Saints Row 4: Re-Elected. [More…]
Announced alongside that was a standalone expansion called Saints Row 4: Gat out of Hell. As suggested, he game features Gat (and hacker Kinzie) and will be set in Hell with Satan as the main bad guy. Singleplayer and two player co-op will feature and the game will be out on 27 January at a price of $19.95 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. [More…]

Naughty Dog has revealed the two new free maps coming to The Last of Us. A patch has also been released and addresses “many of the matchmaking issues taking place in Factions mode for The Last of Us Remastered.” The Maps for PS4 are around 291MB and 143MB on PS3. The PS4 patch is about 137MB and 170MB and for PS3. [More…]

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will feature a remake of Halo 2 map Lockout.

Mortal Kombat X gameplay footage featuring Sub Zero, Scorpion, Raiden and Kano.

http://youtu.be/xwIZulXhcEs

The State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition has been announced for the Xbox One and will feature the original State of Decay, previously released Add-Ons Breakdown and Lifeline, as well as some entirely new content. The game will run in 1080p and is expected in Spring (northern hemisphere as always) 2015.

The first developer diary for Dying Light which discussed ‘natural movement’.

Allow us (or Warner Bros. and Monolith at least) to introduce you to ‘Ratbag’ from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Deep Down is still in development. You want proof? Here’s a video for you.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination gets a teaser trailer and some more details.

A teaser trailer for the Atari classic Haunted House: Cryptic Graves.

Here’s a first look at The Behemoth’s Game 4.

PC game Firewatch has a reveal trailer.

Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition has been announced. It will feature all the free content released so far as well as a new campaign pack expansion, Imperator Augustus.The Emperor Edition will be free to owners of the original game when it launches in September.

A gameplay trailer for Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth.

The making of Grim Fandango Remastered.

A video that’s worth sharing again because it’s pretty damn funny. The Madden Season is coming… Madden NFL 15.

http://youtu.be/-DL0W9AUCuY

A new trailer for Bravely Second – the sequel to Bravely Default.

An augmented thrill ride – Oculus Rift combined with a real-life rollercoaster.