Gaming News Wrap [16 July 2014]

Breakfast Wrap 01Good morning gamers. There’s a good variety of news and videos to tantalise your taste buds today. So get stuck in.

Games

Your progress in the Destiny beta may still carry over to the final game. The beta will also offer new experiences “even for alpha veterans”. [More…]

If you were wondering who will feature on the cover of FIFA 15, wonder no more. It’s Lionel Messi. However, the pose is a little different this year. [via Twitter]

The cover art for NBA 2K15 has been revealed and it features the previously announced Kevin Durant as the cover star. It also reveals that Pharrell Williams is the man responsible for curating the music for the game. [More…]

Would you like to shape Mass Effect 4? Well, BioWare is letting you help them by answering this online survey. BioWare will also be detailing the game at Comic-Con later this month.

Apparently, it’s possible to play through Alien: Isolation without killing anyone. How trying to peacefully negotiate with the Alien will work out for you would be entertaining to watch. [More…]

The first DLC for GRiD: Autosport is in the form of the ‘Boost Pack‘. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with nitro boosters but an opportunity to accelerate XP progression in both career and online modes. It costs ‘just’ £2.39/$2.99. Codemasters has also confirmed three car packs as part of the game’s season pass – ‘Best of British’, ‘Coupe Style’, and ‘Road & Track’. Three ‘mini-expansions’ for singleplayer will also be part of the season pass content and will feature “a brand new single player championship and along with it a selection of tracks, routes and cars”. You can expect the DLC “before October 2014”.

Sniper Elite 3‘s ‘Hitler’ (also known as ‘Hunt the Grey Wolf’) pre-order exclusive is now available to everyone at a price of $7.99.

The creation tools in LittleBigPlanet 3 will be “more accessible” and integrated into the story mode. [More…]

OlliOlli will be available for the PC on 22 July at a price of  £9.99/$12.99. The PS and PS4 versions of the game will be out at a later date.

Hardware & Consoles

Xbox One Camo Controller_01Microsoft has announced a new special edition stereo headset and wireless controller for the Xbox One that  sport a “modern camouflage pattern and military look”. The peripherals have been announced for release in October and will cost $64.99 for the controller and $89.99 for the headset. See more of the green machines here

Sales & Discounts

This week’s Xbox Deals with Gold include Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (40% off) and Wolfenstein: The New Order (33% off) on Xbox One, with BioShock, Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake related items discounted on Xbox 360. Details can be found here.

A 2-for-1 sale has been launched on the US PSN. The sale ends on 21 July and bundles from $9.99. Full details can be found here.

Meanwhile, the weekly US PS Store update has gone live, and pre-orders are now available for Far Cry 4, while Abyss Odyssey is now available for PS3. There’s price changes, sale items and more. Full details are available here.

Industry

A restructuring at Microsoft may see a large number of jobs cut according to a report on Bloomberg. It looks likely to be the biggest cut in five years, and possibly the biggest in thhe firm’s history.

Sony appear to be justifying the glut of remakes to appease – and bring back – customers who skipped the PS3 and bought the Wii during that generation. Tough cookies if you supported them, as the remastered editions don’t appear to be any cheaper than new titles developed especially for the PS4. [More…]

Sony has filed a trademark for ‘The Hungry Horde‘. [via AllGamesBeta]

Volition – the studio behind Saints Row – plans to increase its studio by 100 new staff members. [More…]

Ex-Infinity Ward developers have formed Reload Studios and plan to release a VR shooter in 2015. The studio will develop games for VR and mobile markets as well as consoles.

eSports

This weekend it’s all about Dota 2‘s The International (unless you’re one of the 16 teams playing in the MWEB JHB LAN), where the final eight teams will be playing in the double elimination playoffs for the first prize (and not too badly awarded second through eighth place) of $4,949,345. The action starts again on Friday 18 July with the upper bracket and continues Saturday with the lower bracket.

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

Everything you need to know about the Destiny beta, which starts Thursday 17 July on PS4 and PS3, and on 23 July on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The beta will end on 27 July at 11:59 pm PDT for all platforms.

Sting is making his debut in WWE 2K15. He will be offered as a DLC pre-order incentive. And no. Not the Sting from 80’s band The Police.

The Last of Us Remastered TV spot.

Motiga – a studio formed by ex-StarCraft developers – has revealed Gigantic, which is described as “a team action game where heroes battle alongside a massive guardian in a fight for supremacy”. It is due for PC in 2015.

The launch trailer for Abyss Odyssey which is out this week on the PS3 at a one week discounted price of $10.49. Details and screens here.

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