Gaming News Wrap [13 May 2014]

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Games

Blizzard has announced that Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition will be available for PS4, Xbox One (now confirmed), PS3 and Xbox 360 on 19 August. The game – which features “all of the content, features, and updates we’ve released for Diablo 3 into one epic package” – will cost $59.99 on PS4 and Xbox One, and $39.99 on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has been designed to offer “lots of replay value.” This is due to the fact that “the player makes a choice early on the outcome of which opens up an alternate timeline which changes the vibe of the story.” It is suggested that you “do a second play through and see what would have happened if you chose differently. If you collect everything and explore everywhere I think a single play through could end up close to 20 hours.” [via Reddit]

Sunset Overdrive will feature an online co-op mode according to a tweet by Insomniac Games.

DriveClub will feature micro-transactions which game director Paul Rustchynsky calls a “shortcut”. “We don’t let people buy Fame [in-game currency/XP]” but if you want to “unlock a car immediately, you can pay to unlock that car straight away” rather than wait to achieve the required Fame level. [More…]

Moscow indie studio Zomboko Entertainment has revealed their new CryEngine-powered first-person shooter called Crossing The Line, which you “shift between our world and the world of the dead”. The game is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC. [More…]

Skullgirls Encore will be available from today as part of the Instant Game Collection for US PlayStation Plus subscribers. A number of Square Enix games and free-to-play content will be discounted from today too. [More…]

Halo: Combat Evolved‘s multiplayer on the PC will not be affected by the closure of GameSpy – players will be able to use online service GameRanger.

A PC listing for Red Dead Redemption has appeared on the Windows Compatibility Center, suggesting the game may still be headed to PC around four years after it appeared on Xbox 360 and PS3. Or not. [More…]

Mortal Kombat 9‘s multiplayer will not be affected by GameSpy’s shutdown at the end of the month. [via Twitter]

The Sims 4 has been given an adult (18+) rating in Russia due to a federal child protection law that was passed in 2010. [More…]

Half-Life 2 and Portal are now available for the Nvidia Shield via Google Play for $9.99 each.

Consoles & Hardware

Microsoft Xbox One preview testers have received a second firmware update in as many weeks. This update focuses on party chat and system update fixes including addressing issues where “Game DVR clips may be recorded without audio.” [More…]

Industry

Elite co-creator David Braben believes that the “true successors to Elite and Frontier were the Grand Theft Auto games.” [More…]

EA‘s Patrick Soderlund, Stephen Bene and Peter Moore have sold more than half their shares in the company between them as the publisher’s share price rose to the highest levels since 2008. [More…]

Capcom has announced that it plans to promote some of its female workers to executive roles in a bid to highlight the company’s position on gender equality. [More…]

Sony’s Andrew House and Mark Cerny will give the keynote at Develop 2014 which takes place in Brighton from 8 to 10 July. The keynote is entitled 20 Years Of PlayStation, 40 Years Of Console Games And 100 Years To Come, and looks at the history of the PlayStation brand and how it “propelled console gaming into the mainstream”.

Sony feels it needs “to do something different to get AAA games on Vita.” Indie games are a regular addition to the PS Vita, but Sony wants more AAA content on the portable gaming device. [More…]

Netflix will be (has got in some cases) getting a £1/$1/€1 increase but existing Netflix customers will get their current plan guaranteed and the “will not change for two years.” [More…]

eSports

With two months to go before the Dota 2 International kicks off, the total prize pool stands at $3.9 million – that’s more than double last year’s prize pool. The prize pool is accumulated via sales of in-game Compendiums which started last Friday. [More…]

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

The third major Titanfall patch has been released and adds custom load-out names as well as improving a number of features. All of this is in preparation for the ‘Expedition’ DLC, which handily has a new trailer out. [More…]

This is Bonk: Brink of Extinction which was due for release on Xbox 360 and PS3 until it was cancelled.

Here’s A Story About My Uncle – coming to Steam on 28 May. [More…]

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