Gaming News Wrap [14 Apr 2014]

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Games

Dragon Age: Inquisition will support Kinect voice commands on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. [More on OXM]

Titanfall will not be available on Xbox 360 Games on Demand. “After extensive testing, we felt that it simply did not represent the true Titanfall experience and it was decided not to release a Games on Demand version,” EA said on its support page. Boo!

In related news, the first DLC for Titanfall will be available in May. ‘Expedition’ will feature three new maps and  will cost AU$13.45/£7.99/US$9.99. New burn cards and new modes are also expected. [More on Polygon]

The Capture Creator update for GTA Online is now available. [More on Rockstar Newswire]

Final Fantasy XIV on the PS4 is now available for players qualifying for early access. [More on CVG]

Hearthstone is adding a single-player Adventure Mode to the game, starting with Curse of Naxxramas. [More on Battle.net]

Project Totem – from the studio behind Max The Curse of Brotherhood – has been announced for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The 2D platform puzzler will launch in October. [More on AllGamesBeta]

Super Time Force is set to release in late May or early June for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. [More on Joystiq]

Mercenary Kings will be coming to the PS Vita, and will come with Cross-Buy support. [More on Destructoid]

Watch_Dogs will be released on the Wii U in the (northern hemisphere) fall 2014. [More on CVG]

Hardware

The PlayStation Now beta has been updated to 2.0 with a 42MB download and adds some new games to the service while removing others, taking the number of titles available to 19. [More on DualShockers]

It seems Microsoft is not keen to be left behind in the VR race. Xbox Live director of programming Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb thinks VR “could certainly be one of the next waves of gaming” but that VR is “a hard problem to solve” trying to “trick the human brain to do things it’s not supposed to do.” [More on CVG]

Rumours suggest the Steam Controller will be available in “October or November” this year. [More on PC Gamer]

Industry

EA has dated its E3 2014 press conference. The event will be at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Monday, 9 June 2014 from 1pm PT (10pm SA time). [More on IGN]

EA is working to ensure that their games hosted by soon-to-be-closed GameSpy will continue to offer multiplayer by transitioning games like Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142, but there are “technical hurdles to overcome.” [More on CVG]

You can expect both Rock Band and Dance Central to return sometime this generation. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos said at PAX East: “[The Rock Band and Dance Central franchises] are near and dear to our hearts and our mind. And we have grand plans to bring back both of them with guns blazing at some point in the coming console cycle.” [More on GameSpot]

The Behemoth is working on a new Xbox One game. Very little is known other than the firm teases “Game 4?” on a t-shirt. [More on Destructoid]

OnLive has cut its CloudLift subscription fee by half. [More on CVG]

Screenshots and Concept Art

Videos

The first 30 minutes of Batman Arkham Origins DLC ‘Cold, Cold Heart’. Don’t watch if you don’t want to ruin things for yourself.

A PS4 gameplay trailer for Trials Fusion.

New Road Redemption alpha gameplay footage.

Blizzard has revealed four new characters for its MOBA Heroes of the Storm.

Firaxis Games has revealed it is returning to the Civilization series in fall 2014 with Civilization: Beyond Earth. [More on AllGamesBeta]

CVG have a comparison video of Titanfall on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

A combat trailer for Bound by Flame.

http://youtu.be/JKmC-pqIFo4

The launch trailer for free-to-play PC title Ghost Recon: Phantoms.

Catch more on Star Citizen. If you have an hour to spare.

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