Gaming News Wrap [11 Dec 2013]

Breakfast Wrap 03Good morning gamers. And happy day-after-Doom day to you all. No, it’s not the start of the end (sadly) but yesterday was the game called Doom’s 20th birthday, so we’re celebrating. Sort of.

Games

Respawn Entertainment is “definitely thinking about” a Titanfall beta, but they “don’t have an answer yet” as to when – or whether – there will be one. The developers also decided against any kind of Kinect support, as the device “didn’t fit the game”. [More on GameSpot]

Microsoft is looking at ensuring there are more demos on the Xbox One going forward, after concerns were raised about the lack of trial versions of games on the platform. Larry ‘Major Nelson Hyrb’ said in a forum post on his blog: “It is (and always has been) up to game developers to do demos for their own games. They’ll be more demos for Xbox One as the platform goes forward.” [via OXM]

The release schedule for the Xbox Live Game Store is available via Major Nelson’s blog. The highlights include the second season of The Walking Dead, discounted first season of The Walking Dead , ‘China Rising’ DLC for Battlefield 4, a Ubisoft sale, and a ‘Countdown to 2014′ sale.

The first DLC for Assassin’s Creed IV is now available for download. ‘Blackbeard’s Wrath’ multiplayer content pack adds three new multiplayer characters at a price of £2.39 and weighing in at 2.40 MB.

Check out the official Battlefield 4 ‘Top Issues Tracker’ – the place to find out what DICE is doing about those pesky little bugs and their status when it comes to sorting them out.

The ‘Uprising 1.7′ update for the free-to-play PS3 game Dust 514 has been released and brings “innovative weapons, an overhauled vehicle system, a fiery new battlefield mood and major changes to Factional Warfare“.

A free multiplayer mode for Peggle 2 has been announced. No date was given for the mode dubbed ‘Duels’. [via Facebook]

The Thief companion app will be available in December and will bring second screen functionality when the game launches next year. Other new features will be added to the iOS and Android app when the full game hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 25 February.

Artplant – the studio behind Battlestar Galactica Online – has launched their new space MMO Entropy via Steam Early Access. [More on CVG]

The ‘Caesar in Gaul’ campaign expansion for Total War: Rome 2 has been delayed until 17 December to allow Creative Assembly “more time to squeeze in some additions”..

TinyCo is working on a free-to-play Family Guy mobile game set to launch in 2014. [More on VentureBeat]

Hardware

A mandatory Xbox One system update is now available. The update “addresses” a number of issues for “some users”, including SmartGlass issues, multiplayer issues and more. Details – and how to download the update – are available via Major Nelson.

The PS4 accounts for around 10% of all Twitch streaming since the console launched in North America on 15 November. A total of 20 million minutes of footage (and 38 years) has been broadcast across Twitch and Ustream in that time. That ‘Share’ button has worked overtime. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Sony has patented a “Flat Joystick Controller” which bears more than a passing resemblance to their Move controller, with the main changes being the addition of a touch surface and a revamped button layout. [More on CVG]

Industry

PlayStation Spain and Portugal CEO James Armstrong has told MeriStation that the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One by more than three units to one in Spain. The console has notched up around 80,000 units sold in the country. [via CVG]

Markus ‘Notch’ Persson turned down a job offer from Valve. The creator of Minecraft said (in his book) that turning the job down was a hard decision, but he “felt that Minecraft was maybe my chance to create a Valve, rather than work at Valve.” [More on CVG]

Videos

Pure Pool has been announced for the PS4. The balls look shiny. [More on PlayStation Blog]

An unofficial hardware mod for the Xbox One allows the use of other controllers on the console, including the PlayStation 4’s Dualshock 4 and a mouse and keyboard configuration. This is all achievable via the CronusMax USB device.

A new Earth Defense Force 2025 which introduces the ‘Fencer’.

Obsidian has named their new RPG Pillars of Eternity. Previously known as ‘Project Eternity’, funding for the game was achieved via Kickstarter.

A Company of Heroes 2 trailer focusing on the ‘Southern Fronts’ update, which brings two new maps along with bug fixes.

Some fun and games in GTA Online.

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.