News Wrap 02Good morning from infection central.

Let’s kick things off with sales shall we? SA online retailer Kalahari.com has a sale on Blizzard titles at up to 60% off.

The Ultimate Game Sale starts today on Xbox Live Marketplace. The games on sale today are Assassin’s Creed 3 ($14.99), Max Payne 3 ($9.99), Far Cry 3 ($19.99) and Borderlands 2 ($9.99). Every day until 5 July new titles will go on sale while there is a selection of titles on sale for the next week.

Microsoft is making a return to the Tokyo Game Show after skipping it in 2012. That should really not come as a surprise as Microsoft and the Xbox one need to start working hard at improving their PR since the Xbox Reveal event. [via Eurogamer]

Speaking of the Xbox Reveal… Don Mattrick of Microsoft has resigned from the company. He has left his position as head of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, and has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Zynga with effect from 8 July. [via AllGamesBeta] In the meanwhile, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will oversee the Xbox side of things for now. [via CVG]

The Xbox One has two engines. A “gaming” one and a “essentially” a Windows 8 engine meaning that some Windows 8 apps may make an appearance on the console. At least, that’s according to Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism group. [via The Verge]

Sticking with apps. The Xbox SmartGlass app for Android, iOS and Windows Phones has been downloaded more than 17 million times. [via Eurogamer]

Naughty Dog has released patch 1.02 for The Last of Us. While the patch fixes a few issues with the multiplayer and singleplayer, it actually makes those naughty sex line telephone numbers disappear. [via Naughty Dog]

A new Prince of Persia is coming. But don’t get too excited, it looks like it may only be a new mobile game. [via CVG]

The ‘400 Days’ DLC for The Walking Dead will arrive on the various platforms from this week. PSN in the US can download on 2 July, while PC and Mac can download a day later. On Friday 5 July, Xbox Live gamers can download the content, while European PSN subscribers will need to wait until next Wednesday (10 July) to grab the DLC. Price has not been announced. [via IGN]

 

Metal Gear Solid 5 art director Yoji Shinkawa discusses his favourite characters in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and the character designs he’s most proud of.

http://youtu.be/y9Cqlltl07g

A new developer diary for Disney Infinity which shows of the Play Sets.

http://youtu.be/M6rNy6Mc4OA

The Wii U has more titles coming in 2014. At least, it has more than could be announced at E3. That should please owners of Nintendo’s console. Hopefully. [via CVG]

On the other hand, Nintendo has lost its battle to gain control of the WiiU.com domain. A company in Burlington, Massachusetts has owned the domain since 2004. [via CVG]

The web version of Xbox Music has been launched by Microsoft. If you care enough head here.

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eSports

This past weekend saw the Major Gaming League hit Anaheim, CA with the three day event breaking attendance records. More than 21 000 competitors and spectators attended the event which saw $105 000 in prize money given away. You can see pics and video from the event here.
Results:

  • League of Legends: 1st – FXOpen eSports ($20,000) | 2nd – Complexity ($5,000)
  • Black Ops: 1st – CompLexity ($20,000) | 2nd – Icons Impact ($12,000)

  • Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm: 1st – CMStorm Polt ($10,000) | 2nd – Quantic HyuN ($6,000)