We were originally going to run this piece yesterday, and use a big headline grabber, until we realised how ridiculous Microsoft are starting to appear, and decided they didn’t need any more help. If you have no internet connection (like when you’re “on a nuclear sub”) then you do have an option. It’s called the Xbox 360. That’s the solution coming from Microsoft’s Don Mattrick. [via The Verge]
Mattrick also believes that the Microsoft online strategy and creating a “natively connected device” is a “good choice”. Many have disagreed already… [via CVG]
Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has told CVG that the PS4 has “room for growth in both game content and system features” and that he expects the console to have a lifespan of ten years. So that’s nine years longer than one. *snigger*
Are you perhaps wondering why Sony has decided to charge to play multiplayer games on their next generation console? The fee will “will fund improvements” and Sony plans to “invest and improve our new services”. That’s what Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told CVG.
If you’re the sort who is more interested in the games coming out, rather than worry about nuisances such as DRM and stuff, then Eurogamer has made two handy lists. All (51 at the moment) games coming to the Xbox One. All games coming to the PS4. Oddly, there are less exclusives currently listed for the PS4.
EA COO Peter Moore has said he doesn’t expect next-gen software prices to increase, saying: “You see a $60 price for a next-gen game whereas we believe [with digital downloads] we can get $70, $80, $90 from the consumer, but it’s a $60 price point.” [via CVG]
Blockbuster in the UK is seeing pre-orders for the PS4 go “through the roof”. The spike in pre-orders is attributed to the price point Sony announced for their new console, which is $399 (£349) – $100 less than the Xbox One. [via CVG]
Infinity Ward’s Mark Rubin has suggested that Call of Duty: Ghosts may release on the Wii U. He also said that the game will be available on launch of the Xbox One and PS4.
“Veteran” Battlefield developers are involved with DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront game. Patrick Söderlund, exec VP, said that Battlefield executive producer Patrick Bach and DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson jumped at the chance to develop a Battlefront game, which nearly didn’t happen at the Stockholm based studio due to lack of “resources and availability”. Thank goodness the passionate devs put their hands up then.
On the flipside, Ubisoft – who appeared to be the biggest Wii U supporter a year ago – has said that Nintendo’s console must sell more to justify exclusives. [via Kotaku]
The PlayStation Store has been updated, as has the current sale. Batman: Arkham City and Portal 2 DLC has been added to the sale, while you can get Tekken Revolution (for free) and The Last of Us (sadly not free) as well as DLC and other goodies. You can see exactly what is available here.
We don’t often cover this game – because we’re completely useless on a PC – but here’s some League of Legends. The Aatrox Champion Spotlight.
Nordic Games has dated their first-person action adventure game Deadfall will be out on 27 September for Xbox 306 and PC. The game will ship with a singleplayer component, multiplayer battle arenas and a survival cooperation mode.
NeocoreGames have announced a sequel to the only recently released The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. The sequel – called The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II – will be coming to PC sometime in the future. However, console gamers are still awaiting the release of the first game on their platform.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is now available via Games on Demand on Xbox LIVE Marketplace at a price of £14.99/€19.99, and on the European PlayStation Store priced at £15.99/€19.99. Square Enix has also announced that “almost all DLC for the game is now permanently reduced to half the original price. Additionally, for those who didn’t experience the incredible story expansions for Lightning, Snow and Sazh, the various story-based episodes and all the reduced individual add-ons have been bundled into one DLC pack too.” The Bundle Pack costs 1360MSP /£10.99 / €13.99.
EA’s Frank Gibeau has said that the company’s strategy going forward is to make most mobile games freemium rather than charging a set price for them. In fact, it looks like FIFA 14 might be one of the big titles to do just that if his response to a question about why FIFA wasn’t free yet is to be interpreted. His response was “I think you’ll be very pleased this fall.” Think that’s pretty clear. [via CVG]