Gaming News Wrap [16 Apr 2013]

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Namco Bandai has announced the Dark Souls II shield design contest on the game’s official Facebook page.  Submit your works of art between now and 13 May, and and wait for the votes to roll in.  Six winners will see their design online in the game.

Two new pieces of artwork have been released by Rockstar for their little game called GTA V.  You can grab the artwork in a “wide variety of desktops, backgrounds, avatars, icons and more” via Rockstar Downloads.

Criterion Games wants to move away from racing games according to boss Alex Ward, saying that “It’s time to make something new”.  He didn’t elaborate in his tweets, and promises to announce something when there is something to “talk about”.  And no, it’s not Need for Speed Underground.  That’s a car game silly. [via CVG]

Climax Studios (Silent Hill: Shattered Memories), has released concept art for what appears to be a horror title, and a Prince of Persia type game.  While nothing has been made official a NeoGAF user spotted the images on the developer’s website. [via CVG]

A new ‘Abilities’ trailer for Ubisoft’s SplinterCell: Blacklist has been released.  Watch an old guy sneak around and take out bad guys half his age.  You can do the same too in August.

Insomniac Games have released a new video which walks you through the ‘Echelon’ mode in their upcoming co-op shooter Fuse.

NHL 14 has been announced by EA.  The game will release date on 10 September in the US and 13 September in Europe, and will arrive on PS3 and Xbox 360.

The Star Wars: The Old Republic ‘Rise of the Hutt Cartel’ expansion is now available for download.  Celebrate this moment with a new trailer.

Castle of Illusion HD – a remake of the “classic” featuring Mickey Mouse – has been confirmed for release this summer on consoles and PC.

A new Elder Scrolls Online trailer has been released, and shows off ‘The Ogrim’.

Sticking with the Elder Scrolls series, it appears Bethesda might have plans to revive the first Elder Scrolls game for tablets and phones.  The Elder Scrolls: Arena has been rated by the Australian classification body, but no details have been announced by Bethesda. [via CVG]

Superbot Entertainment – the PS All-Stars Battle Royale studio – has denied rumours that they are in the process of closing down.  Contrary to suggestions by an Edge source, the studio is busy with a new IP, but have “substantially shrunk down” their operations. [via Edge]

It appears the “worst company” in the US is having issues elsewhere in the world.  EA in Ireland has apparently cut around 20 jobs at its Galway customer service centre. [via CVG]

HMV‘s new owners – Hilco – are looking to cut around 400 jobs according to a report via MCV.  The cuts will be with security guards and cashier posts at the majority of stores, while the number of supervisors will also be reduced as the company looks to cut it’s annual payroll by £7.8 million.  Part-time staff is expected to grow to around 50 per cent of HMV’s total workforce.

The Wii U version of Injustice: Gods Among Us has been delayed by a week in the UK to 26 April.  There’s no news on whether the South African release date has been affected.  We will confirm as soon as possible.  Or just buy the Xbox 360 or PS3 version rather… problem solved.

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