Gaming News Wrap [15 Aug 2013]

Breakfast Wrap 04Good morning gamers. Yes, we know Call of Duty Ghosts is big news today, but don’t forget later today Rockstar unveils their online component of GTA V.

Just because you don’t need to connect the Kinect to the Xbox One anymore, doesn’t mean Microsoft plans to ship the console without one. Major Nelson said via Reddit that Microsoft are “100% all in on Kinect” and that there are “no plans” to release a Kinect-less bundle. Yet. Maybe…

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox 360 ‘Season Passes’ will be transferable to the Xbox One by way of the ‘Season Pass Guarantee’. This means that a Season pass purchased for DLC for a “participating Xbox 360 title” will automatically allow you to receive access to download the equivalent Xbox One Season Pass. [More on Xbox Wire]

Blizzard has teased ‘Reaper of Souls’ – what is being assumed is a Diablo 3 expansion due for full unveiling at Gamescom.

The PSN Store’s ‘Summer Festival’ sale has seen more titles added to the list of discounted goodies. The full list is available on the PlayStation Blog, but includes Ratchet & Clank 2, Dead Island Riptide and more at as much as half price.

The PSN Store in Europe is not done with just that. There’s the weekly Store update too, which brings a few new titles (Payday 2) and DLC (Dishonored) along with more. Full details here.

DICE has confirmed that stats will carry over for Battlefield 4 from current-gen to the next-gen consoles. [More on CVG]

Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) will be joining the cast of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. He will play Emperor Emhyr var Emreis, the ruler of Nilfgaard. [More on Eurogamer]

Check out the $120 Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition here.

Five new missions for Earth Defense Force 2025 via DLC. That’s all very well, but the game itself is only arriving in 2014 pretty much everywhere except Japan – where it’s already out. [More on CVG]

Former Steam boss at Valve, Jason Holtman, has joined Microsoft where he will be “focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment”. [More on GI International]

Three top executives have left Zynga as part of the company’s “larger management restructuring” plans. [More on CVG]

Videos

GTA V Governer campaign videos before today’s ‘Online’ reveal. There’s also plenty of new screens here. Reports of a PC version made by Nvidia however are an error. The company was merely “expressing enthusiasm” during their recent earning’s call which mentioned the title.

The launch trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag gets all stealthy.

Flashback HD gets a story trailer.

A teaser for Dark Souls II. An extended version will follow soon we assume.

The second in the tutorial series for PES 2014. The focus is on team attacking this time around.

Summer (or Winter) of Arcade hits week two with the game Charlie Murder. It will cost you 800MSP and weighs in at 370 MB.

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The Wonderful 101 launch trailer.

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