Gaming News Wrap [18 Oct 2013]

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Ubisoft has said that their long-term plan is to “win the next generation”. This is a comment made in response to the delays of a number of next-generation new IPs from the firm. “The tough decisions we took to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance but we are convinced that, longer term, they will prove to be the right decisions both in terms of satisfaction for our fans and in terms of value creation for our shareholders. We are building franchises that will become perennial pillars of Ubisoft’s financial performance,” said a Ubisoft rep to IGN.

Activision wants to get its sales record back from GTA V when their cash cow Call of Duty sees Ghosts arrive on 5 November. Speaking to MCV, Activision UK senior brand manager Kevin Flynnsaid: “Congratulations to the team at Rockstar for their success. We look forward to getting the record back before the next GTA title.”

In the UK GTA V has actually gone on to sell three million copies since release, reaching the number faster than any game before it. [More on MCV]

Sony appears to be unwilling to confirm (or deny) the rumour that DriveClub has been delayed. We’re pretty sure that is a silent confirmation then.

Naughty Dog have no plans to release The Last of Us on the PS4. Maybe a sequel will be a PS4 exclusive. Maybe. [More on CVG]

Special Editions of inFamous: Second Son have been announced. While they vary slightly in Europe and the US, they all come with exclusive DLC in the form ‘Cole’s Legacy’.

A new EU PS Store sale has started which discounts Cross Buy games including Hotline Miami, Guacamelee, The Jak and Daxter Trilogy and Ratchet & Clank: QForce. A full list of titles can be found here.

The Long Dark has successfully reached its $200,000 Kickstarter target with the help of 6,966 backers. [More on CVG]

The beta for Football Manager 2014 is available now. At least, it is available to those who have pre-ordered the game from a participating high street or digital retailer. Any careers started in the beta will be carried over to the full game on its release.

Square Enix has reportedly formed a Final Fantasy committee which will ensure the series’ quality going forward. [More on AllGamesBeta]

2K Marin has confirmed “staff reductions” at the studio. No numbers have been announced. [More via Polygon]

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls will be playable on the PS4 at BlizzCon 2013. So if you’re in California over the 8th and 9th November, you know where to go.

GTA V has revitalised the US games market according to the latest NPD report. The game accounted for over 50% of software income during September, and is the highest selling game since 1995, when NPD commenced its tracking. Hardware sales still declined, dropping 13% compared to September 2012. However, the PS3 did manage to outsell the Xbox 360 for the first time in 32 months.

If you think South Africa has it bad when it comes to pricing of the next-generation consoles, spare a thought for gamers in Brazil. The PS4 will cost 2,999 Reais – more than $1,800/£1,100. That’s over R18,000. The Xbox One in Brazil will probably sell like hotcakes as it’s priced at a less eye-watering 2,199 Brazilian Reais, or $1,015/£628. Still a far cry more than the rest of the world, however Brazil might be the only place in the world where the Xbox One is the cheaper option. [More on Polygon]

Videos

The next-gen trailer for NBA 2K14. The sweat is so real you can feel it.

The Batman Arkham Origins TV spot.

Two new Ryse: Son of Rome trailers.

Ace Combat Infinity ‘Project Aces at Operation’ trailer.

The Elder Scrolls Online character creation video.

Blizzard All-Stars (previously known as Blizzard DOTA) has been renamed (again) Heroes of the Storm.

Watch a family have fun in this Wii Party U trailer.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ‘The Devil’s Spear’ short film.

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