Gaming News Wrap [16 Apr 2014]

Breakfast Wrap 02Good morning gamers. We’re feeling a little infected around here today. It’s not our every day infection, so best you keep your distance if you see a zombie shuffle into view.

PSA: There is a PSN Maintenance period from 4pm BST (5pm SA time) on Monday 21 April until 4am BST (5am SA time) on Tuesday 22 April.

Games

There are a number of Batman related items up for sale on the Xbox Game Store this week. There are a number of other titles and add-ons available too. Full list is available on Major Nelson.

‘Naval Strike’ for Battlefield 4 is now available for all and not just Premium subscribers.

Respawn Entertainment is planning to focus on updating Titanfall more frequently and more transparently going forward. The first updates will focus on tweaking the current game, and will then be followed by feature additions and “infrastructural features” (including additional options for private matches). Read more on the Titanfall Blog.

Romance in Dragon Age: Inquisition will be more dynamic with “hate-filled forbidden love” a possibility. [More on Eurogamer]

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be smaller than Borderlands 2. Randy Pitchford reckons that it “might be as big, or a little bigger, than Borderlands 1. It might be kind of in between the two.” [More on PC Gamer]

Dark Souls 2 on the PC has been delayed by a week to 2 May – but only in the UK, and only the boxed version. [More on Joystiq]

3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment appear poised to rename Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction by removing all Duke Nukem references. [More on Eurogamer]

A new Skylanders game is expected to be revealed on 23 April. [More on Polygon]

EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is now available on Xbox 360 Games on Demand. It costs $59.99 on the US Marketplace, but pricing and availability is likely to vary in your region.

GT Academy 2014 kicks off on Monday 21 April. The first stage is accessed in-game via Gran Turismo 6. [More on PlayStation Blog]

New DLC for PS Vita game Killzone: Mercenary is now available and will introduce offline bots. The DLC costs €2.49  and arrives alongside a mandatory 23 mb update for the game. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Hardware

“Leaked PlayStation Now Beta loading times for all games show large improvement from first phase” – you can read more on DualShockers.

Industry

Massive Entertainment feels the delay of Watch_Dogs helped The Division. To the developer is showed that Ubisoft was willing to make the “choice between time and quality,” and that “quality will win.” [More on Examiner]

Star Citizen has generated over $42 million in funding. What will be done with all that dosh? New features will be added it seems.

CCP Games have suffered a loss of $21 million in 2013 – mostly brought on by the now cancelled World of Darkness. [More on GI International]

Fable Anniversary lead designer Ted Timmins has left Lionhead after around a decade with the studio. [More on CVG]

Square Enix has shut its branch in India, around one year after establishing it. [More on MCV]

eSports

For today’s dose of Call of Duty eSports news – including all the roster changes internationally – head over to eSportsLive.

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

Snoop Dog will be coming to Call of Duty Ghosts with the ‘Drill Instructor Voice Pack’ which will cost $2.99 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 22 April. Additional platforms will follow later.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has free DLC for players. ‘Zomboss Down’ adds a western-themed map, eight new character variants, and an increased level cap. [More on AllGamesBeta]

Blood Bowl 2 ‘First Match’ video.

MechRunner has been announced for the PS4, PS3 and PC.

Taki joins SoulCalibur: Lost Swords.

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