Gaming News Wrap [12 Dec 2013]

Breakfast Wrap 04Good morning humans. It’s your favourite morning gaming news round-up in South Africa written by pretend zombies. Actually. It’s probably the only one that fits that bill.

Games

The free GTA Online Deathmatch & Race Creators Beta is now available for PS3 and Xbox 360. The tools are available via the latest automatic title update. [More on Rockstar News Wire]

Microsoft is giving refunds to unsatisfied Battlefield 4 Premium subscribers on the Xbox One. The subscribers are “unhappy about the service they paid £39.99 for, which offered them downloadable content Second Assault as a timed exclusive, and for free. But it didn’t work, and those who downloaded it experienced poor connectivity with Battlefield 4 servers ever after.” [More on Eurogamer]

A 600MB update for Battelfield 4 on PS4 is being rolled out. The update tries to solve many of the client crash and audio drop issues players have reported while playing the game. [More on Battlelog]

Microsoft has confirmed that it has increased the prices of some of their Xbox One digital titles. Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 are listed at £50, a £5 increase from the console’s launch. However, the pricing is “subject to change”. We can only assume that Microsoft doesn’t want to be too cheap compared to some of the PS4′s exclusives.

Leaked documents in Kotaku’s possession has revealed a setting of Boston for Fallout 4. The game remains unconfirmed by Bethesda, but Kotaku’s writer claims he can confirm the casting documents are “real”.

DC Universe Online‘s ninth DLC expansion (but first since its upgrade for the PS4 launch) will arrive in early 2014. ‘War of the Light Part 1′ focuses on the war between the Lantern Corps, whose conflict is centered in downtown Metropolis and their sentient home planets Mogo and Ranx. A new tanking power called Rage will be introduced for both hero and villain characters, and can be used across new 4-player and 8-player operations starring assorted characters from the Lantern mythos.

Hardware

The PS4 has received a minor update to version 1.52. The update “improves system software stability.”

Steam Machines will be arriving with around 300 beta testers from Friday 13 December. The testers are only US residents, so consider this nothing more than us filling your heart with hope and then popping it like a balloon…

Industry

The Xbox One sold over two million units in its first 18 days of release, according to Microsoft. A number of other stats and figures have been revealed too, including the fact that 83 million hours have been spent playing on the Xbox One and a total Gamerscore of 595 million has been achieved on the console.

Ananlysts at DFC Intelligence predict that the PS4 will outsell all (consoles) this generation, and that it will also be Sony’s most successful console launch of all time. However, the firm has suggested that the PS4 will not outsell the PS2 of Wii in total lifetime sales. [More on CVG]

EA is being investigated by a Georgia law firm who believe the firm misguided investors with Battlefield 4. The firm’s investigation “focuses on statements [made between July 24 and December 4, 2013] regarding the development and sales of the Company’s Battlefield 4 video game and the game’s impact on EA’s revenue and projects moving forward”. [More on CVG]

Google has implemented tighter automatic copyright blocks on YouTube, causing a large number of videos to be culled on a number of game presenters channels. However, a number of publishers have already stepped in to help resolve these issues, as many of the copyright owners have not asked for the videos to be removed. Ubisoft, Capcom, Blizzard and Deep Silver are now beginning to help users restore their content. You can also “dispute Content ID claims if they believe those claims are invalid.” [More on CVG]

Cliffy B is keen to make an arena-based first-person shooter on PC. Why? Because “It’s in my DNA,” he says. He says he has “a slide deck, I have a pitch, I have concept art, I know pretty much what I want to do.” [More on Eurogamer]

A ‘Dark  Souls‘ cafe is set to open in Japan. We assume the food is as hard as nails, but ultimately satisfactory once you’ve figured it out. [More on CVG]

Videos

The EU PlayStation Store update is now live and features plenty of games, add-ons and deals. The main focus for many will be the Cross-Buy game Doki-Doki Universe. See full list here. The sixth deal in ’12 Deals of Christmas’ is also live and features Saints Row IV on PS3 for €29.99/AU$39.95/£19.99 and Velocity Ultra for €2.99/AU$4.35/£2.39. The deal will run to the end of today.

A new – yes a new – GTA V TV spot.

The Collector’s Edition for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been revealed. The CE will only be available via the official Square Enix store at a price of $89.99.

eSports

In a surprising move, Call of Duty team, CompLexity Gaming has dropped James “Clayster” Eubanks and replaced him with Damon “Karma” Barlow, who has left Team EnVyUs. CompLexity started a series of six tournament wins after Clayster joined them in April of this year (after CompLexity placed fourth at Call of Duty Championships), so his termination is a baffling one. Clayster is now a free agent (most likely not for too long), while EnVyUs is back to a four man team with Goonjaar (ex-Kaliber) joining in the spot vacated by Karma. Still with us? Good, there’s even more roster changes in the competitive console scene, but we’d suggest you head to eSports Nation for full details.

**UPDATE** Aaaaand… Clayster has joined Kaliber.

About Zombie Dredd

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