Gaming News Wrap [17 Apr 2014]

Easter News Wrap 01Good morning. The good news is it’s actually essentially the end of the week. The really good news is we aren’t planning to ruin your Easter with a zombie apocalypse.

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

Deadlight is now available as the Games with Gold title on Xbox 360 until the end of April. The game is a 1.96 GB download, and is usually priced at £11.99.

Naughty Dog have detailed the third and final bit of DLC for The Last of Us. The ‘Grounded Bundle’ brings singleplayer and multiplayer content. ‘Grounded Mode’ is the “hardest challenge” – or difficulty – to finish the campaign. The ‘Reclaimed Territories Map Pack’ brings four new multiplayer maps, then there’s four new weapons in the ‘Survivalist Weapon Bundle’ and new skills and a bonus for season pass holders. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Find out more about the technology behind Watch_Dogs, which uses “enhanced subpixel morphological anti-aliasing (SMAA) for both the Xbox One and PS4 versions.” [More on GamingBolt]

Minecraft for the PS3 will arrive in its retail form on 14 May in Europe. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Square Enix’s MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has gone past two million registered users. [More on Gematsu]

Chaos Reborn has managed to successfully be ‘kickstarted’. [More on CVG]

Industry

Over 7 million PlayStation 4 systems have been sold as of 6 April and more than 20.5 million PS4 games have been sold across both retail and on the PS Store as of 13 April.

Titanfall was “almost destroyed by lawsuits”. This is according to Kotaku and based on ‘The Final Hours of Titanfall‘ by Geoff Keighley. The main culprit in the story is the well documented lawsuit between Vince Zampella, Jason West and Activision.

Sony has sold all its Square Enix shares, ending a ten year financial bond between the two firms. 9.5 million shares were sold by Sony for a total of $47 million (well below real value) to global securities firm SMBC Nikko. [More on CVG]

Microsoft have filed a trademark for a new game called Screamride. [via AllGamesBeta]

Nintendo passed on Skylanders according to an in-depth interview with co-founders Fred Ford and Paul Reiche. You can find out about that and plenty more about the success story on Polygon.

A third of installed Steam games remain unplayed according to a new report. More than 780 million games have been installed since Valve’s digital games platform launched in 2004, and 17% have been played for less than an hour. [More on Ars Technica]

eSports

For today’s dose of Call of Duty eSports news head over to eSportsLive.

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

Want the skinny on what has hit the PS Store? Then head here for the US update details, and here for the EU details. Or watch the EU trailer if reading feels a little mundane.

PS4 update 1.70 is coming “soon”. The update will introduce SHAREfactory, which is a video editing app and more. Details on the PlayStation Blog, and a video below.

A new developer diary for Alien: Isolation.

Trials Fusion is now available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It should also be available worldwide for PS4. So here’s a developer diary to celebrate…

… and an official launch trailer.

Ultra Street Fighter IV ‘special’ trailer. You can find an additional video and screenshots here.

The Sly Cooper Trilogy is now available for the PS Vita at a price of €29.99.

Hearthstone is now available worldwide for iPad. It’s free-to-play.

Survival horror game Grave will be coming to Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux, with Oculus Rift support. The game is currently busy with a Kickstarter campaign.

Watch, as someone with to much time on their hands recreates the nine minute red band E3 trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain in… GTA V.

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.