Gaming News Wrap [15 Jan 2014]

News Wrap 03Good morning gamers. As usual, you can find videos and the latest gaming news in manageable chunks below. We do it because we care.

Games

The PS3 and PS4 versions of Battlefield 4 have received their latest title update. The full patch notes are available here.

EA Sports has updated its FIFA Ultimate Team to reflect the winners and members of the recent FIFA Team of the Year awards.

Sledgehammer Games is reportedly recruiting for a “next-gen Call of Duty game”. Over ten job adverts have been posted across a range of disciplines including art, design, animation and engineering. [More on CVG]

Pre-order incentive details for Evolve – the latest game from Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock Studios – have been revealed by 2K. Pre-order the Xbox One, PS4 and PC title from participating retailers and receive the Monster Expansion Pack, which includes the Savage Goliath skin at launch and a new monster character when it’s released post-launch. [More on AllGamesBeta]

A new Killzone Shadow Fall update has been released. Update 1.08 fixes “several common crashes, including the voice pack crash for Play-Go versions of the game and the spectator rollover crash.” [via Facebook]

Minecraft will be getting a patch on PS3 “before next week”. Details of the fixes are available here.

There’s a few games and add-ons on sale Xbox Live Game Store for the Xbox 360. The highlights of the items are Darksiders and Darksiders II, which are both discounted by 67%. The full list of titles is available here.

The US PS Store update brings with it Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation HD ($19.99), Double Dragon ($5.99) and plenty more. Full details on the PlayStation Blog.

The Wolf Among Us sees its second episode arrive in the “first week of February”. [More on CVG]

The Guacamelee Bundle Fantástico – which includes the game, its DLC, soundtrack, and more in one package – will be available on the European PSN from 22 January for the price of $20/£13.99.

Broken Age Act 1 will be available to the “public” (ie. not Kickstarter backers) from 28 January.

Tecmo Koei’s Vita game, Toukiden: The Age of Demons, will be available in North America from 11 February, and in the EU from 14 February.

The Splinter Cell formula is still “evolving” according to Ubisoft’s Kristjan Zadziuk. In an interview with OXM he said: “We haven’t got the luxury of Assassin’s Creed where we know our formula; we’re still evolving. If you look at them, there’s no two Splinter Cells that are the same. They’ve all evolved and adapted. That, to me, is what makes it really exciting.”

Free-to-play Ghost Recon Online will be available on Steam in spring. However, Canadians can download the game already via Steam’s Early Access.

Age of Zombies – originally an iOS game – has been released for the PS Vita in the US.

Hardware

Valve has released an experimental VR mode for the Oculus Rift with their “recent Steam Client Beta”. So, “”if you own an Oculus Rift dev kit you can try it out by starting Steam with “-vr” on the command line. Then press the Big Picture button to enter Big Picture + VR mode.” [via Steam Forums]

Industry

GameStop has reported “greater than expected” declines in software sales for the Xbox 360 and PS3 formats. Even with the launch of PS4 and Xbox One, the retailer reported sales results for the nine-week holiday period ended 4 January 2014, which saw a 22.5% decline in new software sales overall compared to the same period last year. [More on CVG]

Screenshots

Videos

A new Dark Souls 2 trailer called ‘Cursed’, which shows off a few new bosses. The game is out on 11 March for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

A PS3 vs. PS4 comparison video for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

New footage of the Kickstarter funded Road Redemption has been released.

A developer walkthrough video (in Japanese) for Yakuza: Ishin.

Rabbids Invasion is coming soon… at least to the UK. The cartoon is set to debut on Nicktoons on Monday 3 February and will air every weekday at 4.30pm.

Rabbids Cone from Nickelodeon UK on Vimeo.

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