Gaming News Wrap [17 Jan 2014]

News Wrap 05Good morning. You don’t need reminding that it’s Friday, but it is. And that makes us happy. You will like happy zombies. Unhappy zombies… not so much…

Games

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is now available for free to Xbox Live Gold members. The Games With Gold title will be available until the end of January, at which point it will revert back to costing £9.99 / $14.99.

A patch has been released for the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty Ghosts. The 106MB download adds fixes to the Broadcaster Mode and a few a restrictions in the #CODeSports ruleset.

A beta is set for Titanfall on the Xbox One. Invites have been issued by EA to a growing number of people in preparation of a trial prior to the game’s 11 March release. The beta will only be a limited technical trial for now with a proper beta coming later. [More on OXM]

Rockstar is cracking down on GTA Online cheats. According to the Rockstar Newswire, “a small number of Grand Theft Auto Online players sought to exploit the game by generating and distributing game-breaking amounts of in-game cash, disrupting the experience for other players.” Rockstar plans to punish the cheaters by placing them “in isolated cheater pools” or banning them from GTA Online altogether.

The Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 4 has been patched. Full patch notes are available on Battlelog.

Want to see what Achievements you can get in Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes?  There are only 15 Achievements totaling 1000GS, and if you want to view them, be aware that there are spoilers. [More on Xbox Achievements]

IO Interactive is working on the next Hitman for PC and next-gen consoles. In an open letter to fans, the studio said the game will let you “experience a globetrotting Agent 47 at the prime of his career – the apex predator stalking his prey across the world, with the support of his long-term handler Diana Burnwood and the whole of the ICA.” The game will be based on the Glacier 2 engine, and Contracts Mode will be back, while Agent 47’s “magic pockets” have been removed. The levels will also be huge, checkpoint-free sandbox levels. More details will be forthcoming during the coming months.

The release date for DriveClub will be announced “shortly” but it does appear that it will miss the release of the PS4 in Japan on 22 February. “Thank you for your patience,” said Sony’s rep to IGN.

A next-gen version of Dark Souls 2 has… not been considered yet according to the game’s co-director Yui Tanimura. [More on Edge]

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has been delayed by a week. The (most likely timed) Xbox exclusive will now be out on 25 February in North America and 27 February in Europe.

Ubisoft is planning to bring Tetris to the PS4 and Xbox One. The publisher announced the partnership with The Tetris Company but have not elaborated on exact titles or release dates.

Frogwares is developing the next-gen Call of Cthulu game. First screens has been released.

The beta version of a suite of modding tools for Total War: Rome II has been released. ‘The Assembly Kit’ is available for download here. [More on CVG]

South Africa

BT Games is having a clearance sale on deluxe, limited and collector’s editions of recent (and not so recent) games. The Prestige Edition of Ghosts is now R1500, while God of War Ascension Collector’s Edition is R600 with the Kratos figurine. There are plenty more specials, but we’ll direct you to the site for details.

Hardware

Sony has no plans to offer an option to disable the light bar on the DualShock 4. [More on CVG]

Industry

The Xbox One was December’s best selling console in the US according to NPD. The console sold around 908,000 units, while the Xbox 360 sold around 643,000 to finish third. [More on CVG] Call of Duty Ghosts was the best selling title in the US for December, with Battlefield 4 ending second. The 2013 overall sales leader was GTA V. [More on CVG]

The Last of Us has received 13 nominations in this year’s DICE Awards – the most by any title. GTA V, Bioshock Infinite and more are among the full list of nominees which can be viewed here. The awards show is on 6 February.

Ouya’s co-founder Muffi Ghadiali has resigned. [More on CVG]

Screenshots

Videos

Plants vs. Zombie: Garden Warfare 4-player co-op video.

F1 Race Stars Powered Up Edition is now available on the Wii U eShop for £19.99 / €24.99 / $29.99.

Two new Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII videos have been released by Square Enix.

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