Good morning and welcome to the start of the weekend. If you’re an eSports watcher, then turn your eyes to the Inter-Regional tonight brought to you by MSSA and MWEB.
While some analysts predict that ‘Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U won’t match their predecessor’s sales’, pre-orders of the new consoles appear to say otherwise. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has said that “Some retailers, not all of them, are saying pre-orders two times than what they saw in the last generation launch.” Microsoft’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb has almost confirmed that for the Xbox One saying that pre-orders are “trending higher” than that of Xbox 360 during its respective pre-launch period.
Microsoft’s Xbox Division has reported a growth due to Xbox Live growing nearly 20 per cent in the latest financial quarter. [More on CVG]
Microsoft is still passionate about indie developers and plan to reveal its Xbox One publishing policies “very soon”, according to Lionhead’s Gary Carr. Maybe at Gamescom then… [More on OXM]
Get a one year Xbox Live Gold subscription free if you subscribe to Microsoft Office 365. The offer is valid until September 28, and is available to most of Europe, Asia and Australia. Microsoft’s website lists the territories where the promotion is available. South Africa… you are eligible.
Ubisoft will not be holding a press conference at Gamescom this year. [More on MCV] The publisher has also pushed the release of an unannounced franchise from the current fiscal year to the next which ends March 2015. So that means there is something new to look forward to. [More on CVG]
The Crew is expected in the first quarter of 2014 Ubisoft has announced.
The Division is due out “closer to the end” of 2014. [via Joystiq]
If you want to see what the North American Limited Edition of Watch Dogs contains, hit this link.
The PS3 wireless headsets will be supported by the PS4 – at least that’s the current word from Sony via Polygon.
The Battlestar Galactica television screenwriter Michael Angeli is working with Sony Santa Monica on a “non-God of War game”. No other details are now at present. [More on Polygon]
Namco Bandai has trademarked Soul Calibur: Lost Swords. [via AllGamesBeta]
Sam Fisher becomes “what they fear most” in this new Splinter Cell: Blacklist trailer. The game arrives next week on current-gen consoles and PC.
inFamous Second Son – Conversations with Creators
Here’s Copperhead… Batman: Arkham Origins.
Capcom has announced a new Strider game which will be out on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One via digital download in 2014. More details and screens on AllGamesBeta.
The still awesome Firefly sci-fi TV series will live on from next year in Firefly Online – a game due on iOS and Android devices. [More on Polygon]
Angry Birds Star Wars is coming to a console near you on 29 October 2013.
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 [via AllGamesbeta]