Gaming News Wrap [14 Feb 2014]

Zombie_Valentines_01Good morning everyone. It’s that time of the week again. When zombies take a break of writing drivel and go back to doing what they do second best… chasing humans for fun. Well, it is Valentine’s Day, and who doesn’t like being chased by a loving zombie?

Games

The Xbox One beta of Titanfall will run at the rather odd native resolution of 792p. The final target for release is 900p at 60fps. In related news, the download size of the beta on PC is 12.3GB.[More on Titanfall Blog]

Nordic Games has announced a Darksiders Collection and a Red Faction Collection. Both are due in March for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Darksiders Collection includes Darksiders 1 and 2, along with the sequel’s season pass content. Red Faction Collection includes the original game, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Red Faction: Armageddon and Armageddon’s Path of War DLC. [More on Eurogamer]

The ‘Second Assault’ DLC for Battlefield 4 will be available for Battlefield Premium members on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, and Xbox 360 on 18 February. The third expansion for the game – ‘Naval Strike’ – will be available in late March and features four new sea-focused maps and themed weapons, vehicles, and gadgetry. Details on Naval Strike have been revealed on Battlefield.com.

An update for the PC version of Battlefield 4 is now available and focuses on stability issues and other fixes. Full details on the Battlefield Forum.

Master Chief voice actor Steve Downes reckons you shouldn’t expect Halo 5 this year, but in 2014 you will see the Master Chief still in Halo 2 Anniversary. [More on Gamezone]

Final Fantasy XV is “quite far into development now and it is being given a very high priority within” Square Enix according to series producer Yoshinori Kitase speaking to Videogamer.com.

Divekick: Addition Edition will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One sometime after SoCal Regionals 2014 (tournament for the original version of the game), which ends on 2 March. The game will be free to current owners of the PC, PS Vita or PS3 version and will feature 13 fighters with revisions to their move list. [More on CVG]

Survival game Rust is possible but “a while off” for PS4 and Xbox One. [More on CVG]

EA is planning to shut its browser-based MMO Lord of Ultima on Monday 12 May, after four years of activity. You better spend your available currency now, as in-game currency will not be refunded or transferred to other games. [More on the game’s forums]

Angry Birds Stella has been announced by Rovio. No real details were given, but you can assume it has nothing to do with the beer… [More on Rovio’s Website]

Hitman GO has been announced for mobile devices. The game is a turn-based one which features “rendered diorama-style set pieces.” [More on Hitman.com]

Hardware

An Xbox One media remote has leaked has leaked online. It is set to cost $24.99 (£13.70) and is dated for release on 4 March across North America. The listing, which appeared on Amazon Canada has since been removed. [More on CVG]

A system update for the Xbox One controller will still arrive this month and will “increase the sensitivity of the outer boundaries of the thumbsticks”. [More on Joystiq]

Industry

Software sales continue to decline, with NPD reporting a 25% decline year-on-year for November and December 2013. The PS4 lead the way over the period. For January 2014, Call of Duty Ghosts topped the US chart.

Xbox Europe boss Chris Lewis will step down from his position at Microsoft as soon as a suitable replacement has been found. The 25-year Microsoft veteran will be leaving to focus on his own business interests. [More on MCV]

Jason Holtman – the former Steam boss – has left Microsoft’s PC division after just six months. [More on CVG]

Screenshots and Concept Art

Videos

The Last of Us ‘Left Behind’ launch trailer. The DLC is available today.

The fifth – and final – ‘Headhunter’ DLC for Borderlands 2 will be available from 15 April. ‘Sir Hammerlock Versus the Son of Crawmerax’ will be priced at $2.99/£2.39/€2,99.

Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2 ‘The Chaos Claws’ trailer.

A PS4 gameplay trailer for Bound by Flame.

Hellraid developer diary.

A Project Cars trailer showing off the next-gen versions of the game.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare live action trailer.

Meet Styx: Master of Shadows. More information about the Cyanide Studios stealth game can be found on AllGamesBeta.

A few videos from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct. Additional details on AllGamesBeta.

Bayonetta 2.

Mario Kart 8. Out 30 May.

Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. Out 21 February.

Smash Bros. 4.

Yoshi’s New Island. Out 14 March.

Mario Golf: World Tour. Out 2 May.

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