It’s an exciting week for multiplayer and online reveals this week. There’s the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal on Wednesday (14 August 1:30pm EST), and the next day (15 August) it’s GTA V’s turn, as Rockstar will reveal the online component of their game called Grand Theft Auto Online.
It appears Microsoft has backtracked again – or didn’t clearly articulate themselves originally – but the Xbox One will not need the Kinect to be connected to function. In a Q&A session via IGN, Marc Whitten also said Xbox One will be able to text message Xbox 360 users, but party chat was not possible. Furthermore, at launch, Xbox One users will be able to arrange their Xbox Live friends lists into ‘favorites’, with more categorised features to come in future. Plenty more about what you can expect with the Xbox One when it launches can be found here.
Phil Spencer has confirmed a keynote address at Gamescom in Cologne. Expect plenty of talk about the Xbox One. [More on CVG]
In Battlefield 4, team play will be rewarded with “Field Upgrades”. These are – according to the Battlefield Blog – “chained boosts that can affect a number of gameplay mechanics for your player. Similar to the specializations in Battlefield 3, these can for example provide you with faster sprint speed, stronger personal armor, or expanded ammo capacity.” There will also be a new mode and map revealed at Gamescom later this month.
WWE 2K14 will be getting a 30th anniversary WrestleMania mode – an “unprecedented single-player campaign featuring iconic WrestleMania matches and an unparalleled roster spanning three decades of WWE history.” [More on AllGamesBeta]
A mysterious countdown clock has appeared for The Witcher 3, which looks like it has something to do with ‘Killing Monsters’. At the time of writing, all was to be revealed on Wednesday 14 August.
Games retail in the UK has suffered its worst month ever this past July. This slow down in sales is attributed to people waiting for the arrival of the next-generation of consoles. [More on MCV]
In positive sales news, the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft has sold over eight million copies. That’s a lot of mining and crafting happening.
There’s an “exciting” announcement coming today about LittleBigPlanet. And that’s all they really wrote on Twitter.
The PC will support the Xbox One controller in 2014, but it requires “quite a bit of dedicated work” to get to that point. [More on CVG]
Crystal Dynamics has been hit with redundancies which do not affect the next-gen Tomb Raider team. [More on Kotaku]
King of Fighters XIII has been confirmed for Steam release. A beta sign-up is open, and you can find out more on AllGamesBeta.
Rumour has it that the next Apple iPhone will be revealed on 10 September. More on CVG if you care.
Get an ‘Insider’s Look’ at the Xbox One controller.
Rocksmith 2014 gets answers to questions.
Morgan Freeman narrates ‘Annie the Angry Sex Doll’ for Saints Row IV.
Ubisoft has released a ‘Sea Fort Co-op Mission Walkthrough’ for Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist TV spot.
The unboxing of the ‘Buccaneer Edition’ of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Not available anywhere except GAME in the UK and GameStop in Ireland.
There’s an update for SimCity later this month, and when it hits you will be able to build bridges and tunnels.
CompLexity walked off as the winners at the UMG Gaming Black Ops 2 tournament in Atlanta. The MLG Anaheim and Gfinity champions bagged their share of the $10,000 prize pool and a place in ESWC in France later this year. [More on eSports Nation]
In the UK, Team Infused grabbed the champions honours at EGL 10 played in Sheffield. The team walked off with some cash money and a place in ESWC. While Black Ops 2 gets all the glory most of the time, it should not be forgotten that FIFA 13 was also played at EGL 10, and the winner of that was Ty Walton. [More on Infused’s win here]
Sweden’s Team Alliance walked away with $1.4 million for winning the Dota 2 Third International tournament in Seattle this past weekend. A total of $2.8 million in prizes were awarded to the various placings in the tournament. [More on Eurogamer]