Gaming News Wrap [17 July 2013]

News Wrap 03Yes it’s the middle of the week and the end seems so far, but if you read this Gaming News Wrap, you’ll be around 15 minutes closer to the weekend. See how kind we are to you?

GTA V will be “much faster” than its predecessors and all three playable characters will be available from the start. Rockstar North president Leslie Benzies said they wanted to “show off the new game mechanics while creating intense, action-packed gameplay, to capture the player’s attention immediately.” [More on OXM]

Xbox One games will be playable while they (and any updates) download in the background. [More on Polygon]

The US government’s lawyers are denying Microsoft the opportunity to address the recent accusations of allowing the US intelligence agencies unrestricted access to customer data. Microsoft’s Brad Smith Said: “Today we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information,” and went on to say that there were “significant inaccuracies in the interpretations of leaked government documents”. [More on CVG]

The first of the four planned pieces of DLC for Metro: Last Light is now available on Xbox Live and Steam with PSN most likely available later today. The three original campaign missions is available at a cost of 400 MSP/$4.99/£3.99/€4.99.

The final piece of DLC for Dishonored – ‘The Brigmore Witches’ – will be out on 13 August (14 August 14 on PSN Europe), and will cost 800 MS Points or £7.99/€9.99/$9.99/AU$14.45. You will conclude the story of Daud in the DLC.

Bethesda does not have any games in development for the Wii U – nor does it plan any in the near future. [More on MCV]

You can expect a Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal in mid-August. And that is really all there is to say about that.

Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono is not currently working on a new Street Fighter game for Xbox One and PS4, as he is busy with Ultra Street Fighter 4 and doesn’t have the research and development budget or the staff to work on a new Street Fighter game. [More on CVG]

Lego Movie the videogame has been announced. Bet you really didn’t expect that to happen did you? [More on AllGamesBeta]

SRIV_GatIn case you were wondering, ‘Gat is Back’ in Saints Row IV. Johnny Gat that is.

Games! Deals! DLC! Stuff! Yip it’s the weekly coming to Xbox Live Marketplace update brought to you by Major Nelson. Plenty of partly interesting things with varying prices, so we suggest checking here.

Sony has relaxed its PSN film and TV restrictions. Not that this means anything to South Africans. Movies and TV shows are now re-downloadable and the content is playable across any supported devices. [More on ShackNews]

Sony have confirmed that they did test a biometric sensor pad for their new controller for the PS4. Apparently the controller was subject to “a long research project where we looked at pretty much any idea we could think of”. [More on CVG]

Sony has confirmed that the online servers for MAG and Socom will be shut down in January 2014. This obviously means MAG – an online only game – is now a useless frisbee if you own it on disc.

Oculus VR would like to you to have their Rift virtual reality headset free of charge. At least one day sometime. For now you can expect it to cost around $300 at its launch in 2014. [More on CVG]

Apple has made a $280 million bid for PrimSense - the Israeli firm that provided the tech behind the original Kinect. [More on The Verge]

A spiritual successor to Police Quest has started its Kickstarter campaign and sees the Police Quest creator Jim Walls at the helm. The game is called Precinct, and this Police Quest fan wants it. Now.

To show what can be done if you have a passion and ambition, a 19 year old has spent a year building a mod for Skyrim which adds 25 hours of gameplay, a land mass a third the size of the original game, new characters, new voices, and dozens of quests. He really wants a job at Bethesda… [More on AllGAmesBeta]

Videos

It’s the pirate’s life on the high seas with this new Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag trailer.

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eSports

In case you missed it (and most of you probably did to be fair), the results from this past weekend’s Gfinity event in the UK went as follows: Complexity took the honours in Black Ops 2 while Copenhagen Wolves took the crown in League of Legends. Lots of people watched the event on Twitch and saw each team score themselves a whopping $30,000…

The annual fighting games tournament Evo broke Twitch records for viewership on Twitch in 2013. 1.7 million unique viewers watching the tournament’s official livestream channels. [More on Polygon]

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