Let’s start this with some South African eSports news. The Dream Gear Battlefield 3 Close Quarters League on PS3 came to its conclusion last night, with four teams playing for their lives. Alright, not for their lives, but for first, second, third and fourth place. Legion took the final from Legendary in what was – by other’s accounts – a fantastic final. In the third and fourth place play-off, SAEF OSS beat MoM. Our congratulations to Legion, as well as all the teams that participated and GFY for organising the tournament.
The development of The Last of Us is complete. Now we wait for the game’s release on 14 June. [via Instagram] Not resting on their laurels, Sony has registered domains for The Last of Us 2 and 3. Let the franchise begin… [via CVG]
The postponed double XP weekend for Battlefield 3 has been dated. For 96 hours from 23 May, you can double XP on ranked servers. Awesome. Maybe I’ll rank up. To, erm, rank 2…[via Facebook]
In case you missed it, the ‘Uprising’ DLC for Black Ops 2 is now available on PS3 and PC, and features ‘Mob of the Dead’, along with four new multiplayer maps. Unless you have the Season Pass, it will cost you £11.59 for PS3 and £11.49 for PC.
2003’s Manhunt from Rockstar is now available to download on the PlayStation Store. It will cost you $9.99 / €9.99 / £7.99 on PSN. Rockstar is also promising that The Warriors will be available on PSN “soon”.
SimCity is getting an amusement park. We thought the traffic issues were amusing enough, but nope, this is an expansion pack bringing all the fun of the fair to the game on 28 May.
The demo for Resident Evil: Revelations is now available for download.
Get your kicks on Route 666… Ride to Hell: Route 666 will be coming to XBL and PSN.
The PS4 version of Diablo 3 will make use of the controller’s touchpad. Hear people talk about it in this latest ‘Conversations with Creators’.
Sony Japan has posted a trailer for a new title called Panopticon, which is confirmed for Japan, but may be making it around the world too.
EA has said they have “no game in development” for the Wii U. Ouch for Nintendo’s console, as EA appears to be meaning no FIFA 14 or any other of the sports titles. [via Kotaku]
The Angry Birds movie is expected to be out 1 July… 2016. It will be in 3D and is “being developed, produced and financed by Rovio. Additionally, Iron Man and Despicable Me producers, David Maisel and John Cohen respectively, will be on board as well.” [via Eurogamer]
Four naughty LulzSec hackers have been jailed in the UK for cyber attacks on sites which included companies such as Nintendo, Sony, Bethesda and 20th Century Fox, along with government-run organisations such as the CIA and SOCA, the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency. [via Eurogamer]
Working conditions at Metro: Last Light developer 4A Games was apparently pretty shocking. Considering electricity was unreliable for the Ukraine based developer, that’s probably not the right choice of word. However, the studio had to smuggle in dev kits, use “folding wedding chairs” and sit “literally elbow to elbow at card tables” in a work environment that resembled a “packed grade school cafeteria,” but the developer doesn’t “want to be all dramatic about that”. Good for you. We hear your game is pretty good. [via GamesIndustry International]
Lionhead is looking for recruits experienced in original IP or “reimaginings of existing franchises”. The firm is advertising for an animation director and core engine programmer which suggest the studio is planning to use the Unreal Engine for an unannounced game.
Apparently the rampant game piracy is not quite as rampant as the industry leads us to believe. A study by academics from three separate universities gathered three months of data from a large-scale open-method investigation into torrent downloads, claiming it is “the largest examination of game piracy via P2P networks to date”. They found that 173 games were illicitly downloaded by a total of 12.6 million people during a 90-day period. The findings – while showing game piracy is widespread – contradict data published by the ESA, which claimed that piracy was responsible for around 10 million illegal downloads of around 200 games in a month. [via CVG]