Gaming News Wrap [12 Mar 2014]

News Wrap 03Good morning. You feeling like you need a pick-me-up? Perhaps we can assist by offering you some gaming news and videos.

Games

Titanfall is now out for PC and Xbox One in the US. It will be out everywhere else except SA by the end of the week. It’s getting pretty decent reviews. However, there is a day one patch available to combat “early issues” like improving load times into private lobbies. The developer has also explained why the Xbox One version of the game only has a 17GB install to the PC’s 48GB install – it’s all due to the uncompressed audio in the PC version of the game.

Another game doing pretty well and available this week (even in SA, barring a delay) is Dark Souls II. However, the game is experiencing matchmaking issues on PS3. An update is being worked on.

An update coming today will add Trophies to PlayStation Home. What that means in the great scheme of things is unknown, but hey, PS Home is still a thing. [via Twitter]

A Watch Dogs closed beta listing has appeared on the Xbox One dashboard. And that is all that’s known. [via AllGamesBeta]

Meanwhile, in Australia, Watch Dogs has been reclassified to R18+ due to ‘Strong Impact’ for themes, drug use and sex.

Three new maps will be released for the Xbox 360 version of World of Tanks if the community can reach the number of cumulative kills required by 24 March. Ten million tanks will need to be destroyed in a week starting 18 March to open ‘Lakeville’. Destroy 25 million and ‘El-Halluf’ will be available. On 40 million, the map ‘Prokhorovka’ will be opened. [More on CVG]

Character names for an unannounced game from Take-Two have hit the internet. Speculation is that they may be related to Mafia III.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is getting some new DLC outfits. The DLC will start at €2.99/£2.39 and go for as high as  €9.99/£7.99 for a number of the cheaper DLCs in a bundle. [More on CVG]

There’s a number of new titles on sale this week on the Xbox Live Game Store. Games include Eternal Sonata, Soul Calibur V and more, and discounts range from 37% to 80%. Full list of featured titles on Major Nelson.

Star Citizen – the new game from Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts – has managed to accumulate over $40 million in funding via its various crowdfunding schemes.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will launch this autumn and Blizzard has opened digital pre-orders for the game which will include an instant level 90 boost.

Hawken is now free-to-play on Steam, and no longer requires starter packs to play. The Starter Packs – which cost £14.99/$19.99 – are still available to purchase.

The last Arma 3 campaign DLC episode will be available on 20 March as a free update on Steam. [More on Eurogamer]

Flappy Bird may return – either the original game or a follow-up. Either way, if it does return, it will come with a warning to “take a break”. [More on Rolling Stone]

Hardware

Microsoft has acknowledged – and is working on fixing – issues with the the Xbox One‘s headset adapter. Numerous issues have been lodged on the Xbox forums which indicate the issues vary depending on whether the user is in-game, on Skype or in a party chat. [More on Game Informer]

Industry

Microsoft has filed a trademark for Leap Experience Pioneers (LXP), which is an “in-house games developer for Microsoft based in the US.” [More on AllGamesBeta]

Valve’s VR project lead Atman Binstock has joined Oculus Rift as the company’s chief architect. [More on Eurogamer]

eSports

The 32 teams going to L.A. for this year’s Call of Duty Championship have been finalised. To see who all will be competing for their share of $1 million, you can head here.

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

Titanfall ‘Free the Frontier’ live-action teaser.

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Sharing is clearly caring in this Watch Dogs trailer.

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Staff members from Irrational Games share their proudest moments working on BioShock Infinite.

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A Fable Legends Q&A session.

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The fourth and final behind-the-scenes video for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD launch trailer. Screens are available here.

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TowerFall Ascension is now available on the PS4. [More on PlayStation Blog]

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Hitman Absolution Elite Edition is coming to Mac this spring (or autumn in the southern hemisphere). The version will include the game and all previously released DLC.

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