Gaming News Wrap [16 Oct 2013]

News Wrap 03Good morning gamers. As much as we wish this news wrap was a good way to get a positive start to your morning, we can’t always guarantee it. Bad news first…

We will be covering it in more detail in an upcoming article, but Watch_Dogs has been delayed until next year.

Ubisoft has also delayed The Crew until around mid-2014 (or according to Eurogamer, Q3 of 204). The game is in development for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

The release date for Assassin’s Creed IV has been brought forward for Xbox 360 and PS3. The gurrent-generation versions of the game will now be 29 october worldwide. The remaining versions of the game will be released over staggered dates. The dates in Europe for all other platforms is 22 November. Meanwhile, the PS4 version will be available in the US from 15 November, the PC one on 19 November, and the Xbox One version on 22 November.

The Mass Effect 4 storyline has nothing to do with Shepard or the events of the previous three games, according to BioWare lead writer Mac Walters. “I can’t get into details,” he said in an interview, “but the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever.”

DICE is recommending that Xbox 360 players do the 14GB install for Battlefield 4 to ensure that they “have the best experience possible”. This appears to be on top of a mandatory 2GB initial install. “Battlefield 4 on the Xbox 360 will come with two discs: one for multiplayer, the other for single player,” says the game’s FAQ page.

The Xbox One will be capable of gradual performance increases over time, thanks to the cloud, where upgrades will reduce the system’s aging effect. This is according to Xbox’s Phil Harrison. “And with Xbox One using the power of cloud we can add features, we can add functionality, we can have performance increases over time. I think that will keep the platform very fresh over a long period of time.” [More on MCV]

Xbox Live is nearly 50% more popular in the US than PSN. This is according to the NPD report in August which examined new trends in online gaming. The report found that Xbox 360 was 48 per cent more popular among online gamers than PS3. [More on CVG]

Xbox One game Project Spark will be free to all Xbox Live members and not just Xbox Live Gold members. [More on CVG]

Patch 1.0.2 for Diablo III has eventually made it to the Xbox 360. The update (which was released for PS3 around two weeks ago) fixes a number of crash-related bugs and gameplay issues, and makes further balance changes.

David Hayter – best known for voicing Snake in the Metal Gear Solid franchise – has joined fellow MGS actor Jennifer Hale in the cast of Kickstarter-funded The Long Dark.

Videos

The Last of Us ‘Abandoned Territories’ DLC trailer and the patch 1.05 video. Abandoned Territories will cost $10 in the US and £7 in the UK and will be available on 16 October. It features four new battle zones: Suburbs, Bus Depot, Hometown, and Bookstore. Screens and details here.

The Edward Kenway story in this new Assassin’s Creed IV trailer.

The Metro Last Light DLC ‘Chronicles’ is available now.

Learn more about Xbox Live Computer, Cloud and Smartglass on Xbox Wire. Or watch the video below.

Find out more about the racing accessories coming to the Xbox One.

Warface is going live for PC on 21 October. Watch people with guns shoot and get shot.

A trailer for How To Survive which is expected 23 October on XBLA, PSN and Steam. A release date for Wii U is still to be confirmed.

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Halloween costumes trailer. Screens here.

Kingdom Hearts 3 on the PS4.

A new SimCity developer diary focusing on the content in the ‘Cities of Tomorrow’ DLC.

Angry Birds Go! racing in this new video.

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