Gaming News Wrap [18 Mar 2014]

Breakfast Wrap 02Good morning. It’s your short! sharp! shocked! insight into the gaming news of the last 24 hours.

Games

Amazon has DriveClub listed for release in September this year – 30 September to be exact. However, pre-order customers are being emailed by Amazon to let them know when they can receive the game based on “a new release date”. That timeline is 3 October to 7 October. So no confirmed date actually then. [More on CVG]

An update for the Xbox One version of FIFA 14 has been released. The update specifically resolves an issue where users were unfairly awarded a win or avoid a loss after disconnecting from FIFA Ultimate Team matches. The update is the same as the one released for PS4 on 21 February.

DLC for Kinect Sports Rivals could “absolutely” add new sports to go along with the six included in the game. [More on CVG]

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood will be coming to Xbox 360 on 9 April at a price of $14.99. [via Twitter]

An announcement about Devil’s Third is coming soon according to an ex-THQ executive. Danny Bilson told VG24/7 that he’s “very close to Itagaki” and the development team at Valhalla Games Studio and the upcoming announcement is “pretty specific and very, very exciting.” Bilson also spoke about other lost THQ games in his interview with VG24/7.

The US PS Store update will bring two new games to PS Plus subscriber’s Instant Games Collection. Thomas Was Alone on PS3 will be joined Unit 13 on PS Vita. A GTA sale will also kick off from today. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Ghost Recon Online will be renamed to Ghost Recon Phantoms as the free-to-play game moves out of beta to full release on 10 April. [More on Eurogamer]

iOS and PC indie horror game Home will be heading to the PS4 and PS Vita later this year. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Industry

Marc Whitten – the Xbox Chief Product Officer – has left Microsoft after 14 years. He will be joining audio device firm Sonos as their Chief Product Officer. [More on CVG]

A new studio focused on “experiential game design” has been announced, and features former Call of Duty, Spec Ops, Tomb Raider and Yaiba devs. Tangentlemen is in the “Concept Phase for their first project, an existential, surreal horror trip with a working title of Daedalus in a top-secret development chamber (garage).” [More on AllGamesBeta]

The release of Titanfall has boosted the week-over-week sales of the Xbox One in the UK by 96%. The game also became the UK’s biggest release to date in 2014.

The PS4 – as well as the games and peripherals – have seen an increase in its RRP in Canada. The console has increased by $50CA due to a shortage of product. [More on CVG]

PayPal has changed its policies with regards to crowdfunding campaigns. Going forward, anyone using PayPal for crowdfunding purposes must explicitly state to its backers that there is a risk that the product may not being completed or delivered. [More on PayPal]

Castlevania producer, Koji Igarashi, has left Konami and he now plans to start his own small development company. [More on CVG]

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

A teaser trailer for Battlefield 4‘s ‘Naval Strike’ DLC.

A 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil gameplay trailer.

The ‘Variety Pack’ arrives for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare today, and best of all, it’s free.

The official trailer for Angry Birds Epic.

Kinect Sports Rival ‘Inner Competitor’ developer diary. Some screens are available here.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 ‘Epic Tale’ trailer.

The reboot of Gauntlet has been confirmed by Warner Bros., and will be heading to Steam this summer. [More on CVG]

Aztez has been announced for the PS4 and PS Vita. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Zen Studios has announced that Pinball FX2, CastleStorm – Definitive Edition and KickBeat – Special Edition will be coming to the next generation of consoles – or the PS4 and Xbox One if you prefer. [More on Eurogamer]

Atari has announced RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. [More on AllGamesBeta] The publisher has also said that “there is a PC experience in production now for release this year!”

The official trailer for Super Game Jam – a new indie game documentary.

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