Gaming News Wrap [12 June 2014]

News Wrap 01Good morning. News will start to slow post-E3. It’s just the way of the gaming world. But there’s still drips of information that sneaks out, and we will cover it if we see it.

If you missed them, here’s the round-ups from the four main press conferences on day one of E3:

Games

The Titanfall update due this month for Xbox One and PC, and “soon thereafter” for Xbox 360, will bring two new game modes. ‘Marked for Death’ and ‘Wingman LTS’ (2v2 Titan combat) will be joined by Titan Burn Cards, Titan customisation and matchmaking fixes. [More…] The game has also become the Xbox One’s best-selling title. [More…]

Ubisoft has cut out the option to play as a female assassin in Assassin’s Creed Unity due to “the reality of production.” Ubisoft creative director Alex Amancio said: “It’s double the animations, it’s double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets. Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work.” [More…] As expected, there has been an outcry over this announcement, and Ubisoft’s Alex Amancio attempted to respond to it all via Eurogamer.

Mass Effect 4 will reference the original trilogy but remain separate. How and where is the game set? BioWare’s Aaryn Flynn says he “can’t get into that too much. We’ve got a really cool idea for how we’re going to carry on – keep the trilogy separate but at the same time give a bunch of nods to fans who enjoyed the trilogy in the past. That’s all going to come out soon.”

The ability to invite friends without a copy of Far Cry 4 into a co-op game is something that will happen more of on the PS4 in the future. Sony’s Jim Ryan told CVG that it is “the first manifestation” of an existing idea for the console.

GTA V on the PS4 will have some unspecified exclusive elements. What? Who knows, because John Koller from Sony would only say that it will be “very special on PlayStation,” because “GTA is a PlayStation franchise.” [More…]

Destiny is expected to be the PS4’s biggest system seller according to Jim Ryan. [More…]

Suda51’s latest game, Let It Die, will be a free-to-play title on the PS4. [More…]

Street Fighter 5 is in “early planning stages”. And there’s no “pay to win model” planned you rumour starters. [More…]

The first five characters for WWE 2K15 have been revealed. First timers in the series are Bray Wyatt, Cesaro and Roman Reigns, who are joined by John Cena and Hulk Hogan. [More…]

Sales & Deals

The Steam Summer Sale starts 19 June and runs until 28 June according to Eurogamer. The dates do not appear to be confirmed yet.

Industry

The Xbox One without the Kinect is starting to “fly off the shelves” at GameStop. [More…]

Mario Kart 8 quadrupled the rate of sales of the Wii U in the US, with the game achieving an attachment rate of 18%. [More…]

The Oculus Rift will be cheaper thanks to Facebook’s buyout. Oculus also expects to sell more than a million units when the first consumer units are released. But we suspect all the hardcore gamers have stopped listening since the buyout was announced. Candy Crush VR anyone? [More…]

eSports

The titles for IeSF, as well as the prize pool has been announced. A total of $100,000 is up for grabs over Dota 2 (male division), StarCraft II (male and female division), Ultra Street Fighter IV (male division), Hearthstone (male division) and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (female division). The idea of male and female divisions seems a little odd, and this is further compounded by the prize pools being halved in value in the female division.

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

Here’s a fabulous time-lapse video from the Destiny alpha by DigitalFoundry.

Six minutes of competitive multiplayer from Destiny. OK, why not.

Some gameplay footage from Dragon Age: Inquisition. Quite a bit actually.

Some tech details and specs for PlayStation TV have been revealed. No 1080p output will most likely put some off.

Gameplay from Homefront: The Revolution.

Some Bloodborne gameplay footage has hit the internet. It’s not direct feed so not really that exciting to view.

Deep Down is currently only confirmed for Japan, but it does look tasty.

Watch_Dogs for Wii U. It’s still “coming_2014”.

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