Gaming News Wrap [17 Dec 2013]

News Wrap 02Good morning. Definitely feels like everyone else is on holiday already. But not the zombies just yet. Too many plans to make for the zombie apocalypse before we can take a break.

But let’s distract you with some gaming news shall we…

Games

Shoot Many Robots is now available as your ‘free’ Games With Gold title until 31 December.

The Xbox Live ‘Countdown to 2014’ sale will start from today. There is an ongoing sale running until 23 December which includes games such as FIFA 14, BioShock Infinite and more substantially discounted. There are also daily deals which Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb will announce each day via Twitter and starts with Borderlands 2 (75% off) and related DLC. [More on Major Nelson’s Blog]

Final Fantasy X/X2 HD for Vita will be released in Europe on 21 March 2014. This is the same day of release as the PS3 version.

A PC patch for Battlefield 4 has been released and contains improvements to the game’s netcode – including the so-called ‘kill trading’ issue – and bugs related to sound, gameplay and overall stability.

PS Plus subscribers in the US will be able to try out the multiplayer of Killzone Shadow Fall for free this Christmas. The ‘Trial’ version of the game will be released for pre-loading from today. Players will then be allowed to play from 28 to 31 December 28-31.

Capcom has announced that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will be delisted from PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade soon. No reason was given and the last available day to download will be 19 December for PSN Europe and 26 December on Xbox Live.

The first Xbox One indie titles are due to release in the first quarter of 2014. That’s according to ID@Xbox director Chris Charla speaking to Edge: “I think it will be early in the New Year, in the first three months. I would say closer to the third month. In terms of how many games there will be, it’s hard to say, because they’re still in development.”

Hardware

The first batch of original Xbox TV content is expected to arrive in early 2014. The Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series is part of the initial batch of programmes.

There’s a £6000 ($9779) gold-plated Xbox One doing the rounds if you have more money than sense… [More on CVG]

SCE boss Andrew House says the PS4 launch is “a great opportunity for Vita” to receive a much needed sales boost due to the Remote Play feature offered by the portable device. [More on CVG]

A number of videos have hit the internet featuring the beta batch of Steam Machines. Check out the unboxing, gameplay and teardown of Valve’s Linux machine here.

Industry

Analyst Doug Creutz says the decline in sales of Call of Duty Ghosts is “troubling” and may be a lot worse than the originally reported 19% year on year decline would suggest. The arrival of the new consoles did not appear to reduce the deficit as expected. [More on VentureBeat]

Screenshots

Videos

The launch trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV‘s ‘Freedom Cry’ DLC.

The new ‘Hunter, Hunted’ multiplayer mode for Batman Arkham Origins is now available for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

A new patch for Need for Speed Rivals has been released, and along with obvious fixes, the update also adds a 2015 Ford Mustang for free. [More on Official Website]

The Charlie Santa Heist DLC trailer for Payday 2.

The first trailer for LEGO: The Hobbit. The game will be available in spring [Northern Hemisphere] 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Vita, Wii U, 3DS, PC and Mac.

The PlayStation 3 edition of Minecraft will be available for US PSN gamers today, and European PSN games tomorrow. A PS4 and PS Vita version is being developed but is only expected “sometime next year.”

The DayZ standalone in alpha form is now available via Steam Early Access. [More on AllGamesBeta]

About Zombie Dredd

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