Gaming News Wrap [11 Apr 2013]

Breakfast Wrap 04It’s another morning, and it’s another gaming news wrap jam packed with tasty pieces of news to get your morning off  to an informed start.

BioWare co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk (now retired from the games industry), reckons the new consoles are unlikely to cure a “sick retail market”.  He went on to say in a GamesIndustry.biz interview  that he doesn’t think the PS4 and next Xbox “are going to be that big a deal”.

Strangely, one man’s negativity is another man’s partial negativity… PlayStation studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has said he doesn’t want to see all the games on the PS4 to be “FPS, action-adventure” games.  That was the main reason the PS4 reveal led with the game Knack. [via Edge]

Adam Orth – the man from Microsoft who defended ‘always online’ on Twitter – has left (either of his own volition or by being fired) the company.  He probably plans to go work for Sony now… [via Game Informer]

Ni no Kuni studio – Level-5 – may be ready to announce their new project “soon”.  It’s a PS4 game which looks ready to make use of the console’s network features. [via CVG]

The PlayStation Store in Europe has kicked off its ‘Declassified’ sale which runs until 24 April.  You can pick up games like Crysis 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and more for discounted prices.  In May, Hitman: Absolution will be available for free to PS Plus members.  For the full details, check out the EU PlayStation Blog.

The latest PS Store Update has, erm, updated, and there is plenty of new games and DLC available.  Check out the full list here.

There’s a new patch for Dishonored coming this week.  The patch on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC is in preparation of the upcoming ‘The Knife of Dunwall’ DLC releasing on the 16th of April.  A number of bugs will be fixed by the patch.  For a full list, head over to CVG.

IGN have released 12 minutes of Dark Souls 2 gameplay with commentary by game producer Yui Tanimura and Namco Producer Tak Miyazoe.

The second gameplay video for the upcoming MotoGP 13 has been released.

Star Wars: The Old Republic update 2.0 has been released, and to celebrate the update – dubbed the ‘Scum and Villainy’ update – a video has been released.

A Wii U version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist has been confirmed by Ubisoft.  It will join the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions and release on 20 August in North America, 22 August in EMEA territories and 23 August in the UK.

Other Wii U news:

Slant Six – the developer of Socom and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City – has been hit with a round of “temporary” redundancies.  A Slant Six representative in a statement to Games Industry: “This necessary measure has been taken to reduce the size of our team and to decrease interim operating costs while we continue to negotiate new business.”

Quantic Dream is looking for a lead online programmer.  The job listing, spotted by Kotaku, is looking for a programmer to “set up and to manage a team dedicated to our online / network developments.”  This will be a first for the developer who has not yet shipped a game with a multiplayer component.

Footage from a “smaller” Star Wars project at LucasArts, which they internally referred to as ‘Version Two’, has appeared via Kotaku.  Some speculation is saying it may have been Battlefront III, but we doubt that would be considered “smaller”.

Cheetah speed has been reactivated in SimCity.   The feature allows players to speed up time rather than sit around literally watching time pass by in real time.  The game has also been dated for release on Mac.  It will be out on 11 June, and will be free to those who have the PC version – and vice versa.

A total of four Lulzsec members have pled guilty to carrying out cyber-attacks that disrupted Sony and Nintendo websites in 2011.  They will all be sentenced on 14 May, Bloomberg reports.

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