Gaming News Wrap [17 July 2014]

Breakfast Wrap 02Good morning everyone. You know the score by now. Gaming news and videos. Makes your morning better. Etc.

Games

Get your first look at the ‘Dig Site’ map from the ‘Frontier’s Edge’ DLC due for Titanfall soon.

Visceral Games have detailed the changes, fixes and improvements planned for Battlefield Hardline, as well as promising more information about the campaign and multiplayer in the coming days. Head here to see what they’ve been up to.

The Destiny companion app is now available on iOS and Android, just a few days before the beta releases.

The new Crackdown plans to blur the line between singleplayer and multiplayer more than ever promises Microsoft Game Studios creative director Ken Lobb. [More…]

There’s ten new verified jobs for GTA Online, and it includes hipsters. Full details on Rockstar Newswire.

Pinball FX2 is coming to Xbox One on 31 July and will feature 1080p at 60fps. Included with the game on release is the Sorcerer’s Lair table for free, while prices for tables range between $2.49 and $2.99 for single tables, and $9.99 for table packs. You will not be able to transfer tables from the Xbox 360 version. [More…]

A closed beta for free-to-play AirMech Arena will launch on 23 July for Xbox 360. The beta will include a single-player mode, a cooperative mode, and two-vs-two and three-vs-three competitive multiplayer modes, and players can sign up here.

The new ‘Fun & Games Spotlight Pack’ for Killzone Shadow Fall adds “Fart, Planking and Comedy spotlight moves”. It will cost you just $1.99 to enjoy these vital gameplay features…

Ubisoft has appointed a ‘chief parkour officer’ to ensure the “authenticity and accuracy” of the free running aspects of the Assassin’s Creed series. [More…]

EA will be ending its support of The Sims 2. As a way of keeping people on their good side, “Everyone who had a digital copy of The Sims 2 will find the Ultimate Collection in their library within the next 5 days. Just log in to Origin and visit your My Games library.” [More…]

Sales & Discounts

BattleBlock Theater on Xbox 360 is now the free Games with Gold offering until the end of the month. The game weighs in at 1.16 GB and is usually priced at £9.99/$14.99.

Industry

The US sales of the Xbox One more than doubled in June on the back of the removal of the Kinect. [More…]

Activision is being sued by former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega for “deliberately and systematically” using his likeness “without authorization or consent” in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Apparently they did so to “increase the popularity and revenue generated by Black Ops 2″… [More…]

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick was almost fired due to his involvement in the buyout of Vivendi. [More…]

Apparently 150,000 YouTube views equate to around ten actual sales according to an article by the president of Game Mechanics,  John Ardussi. [More…] Whether the article is in direct response to recent criticism of the ‘unmarked advertorial’ videos that have been admitted to by some is unclear. Eurogamer has an informative article on the issue.

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

The EU PS Store has been updated. We won’t bore you with words when moving images can illicit far more excitement, however, details can be found here.

An E3 awards trailer for Rainbow Six Siege.

Tinker Bell and Stitch are coming to Disney Infinity 2.0. If that sort of thing interests you.

Zelda in Hyrule Warriors.

Crius is coming to EVE Online on 22 July. To find out more about the changes it will bring, head here.

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