Gaming News Wrap [2 Oct 2013]

News Wrap 03Good morning. Just a few more sleeps until South Africa’s rAge expo kicks off. We’ll see some of you there we assume?

The Xbox One day one update is expected to take between 15 and 20 minutes to download. We assume that Microsoft is basing that time on internet speeds in the US and not South Africa… The day one update is a necessity due to the “difference in manufacturing schedules versus software schedules”. [More on IGN]

GTA Online is now available pretty much everywhere. GTA V requires an update (which also fixes singleplayer bugs) of around 52MB to download. A number of issues have been reported with the obvious ones being difficulty to connect or find a game. However, a number of players have complained about corrupt or damaged save files that affect their story mode progress. Rockstar is aware of some of the issues and are looking into them. [More on CVG]

Valve has filed a trademark for Half-Life 3, suggesting they may at last break their silence on the sequel to Half-Life 2. Maybe. [via CVG]

The early access to the Battlefield 4 beta is now available on all platforms. For those that aren’t entitled to early access, you can expect to check out the next entry to DICE’s first-person shooter as follows on 4 October (for any answers to questions, check out this FAQ):

  • PC: 1 AM PDT/9 AM UTC (9am BST)
  • Xbox 360 worldwide: 2-6 AM PDT (10am-2pm BST)
  • PlayStation 3 (Europe): 7-11 AM PDT (3pm – 7pm BST)
  • PlayStation 3 (US): 11 AM PDT (7pm- BST)

A new PS3 firmware update (4.50) brings the previously PS Plus only option of automatic downloads for software updates and purchases to all. The update also allows the transfer of data from PS3 to Vita via a wireless Wi-Fi connection, doing away with the requirement to use a USB cable.

Xbox Live Gold is free to all this weekend. From 4 October to 6 October, non-Gold members will have the chance to try before you buy.

The EU version of Beyond Two Souls has been “edited slightly” to ensure the game got a PECI rating of 16. According to SCE Europe EMEA brand manager Ross Alexander: “There are only two amends between the EU and US versions of the game, amounting to about 5-10 seconds of gameplay that’s not been removed, just edited slightly to be in line with a PEGI 16 rating.” [More on PlayStation Blog]

Mighty No. 9 has hit its Xbox One and PS4 Kickstarter stretch goal of $3.3 million meaning the game will arrive on the two platforms as well as on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U. [More on CVG]

A report claims that EA has closed its North Carolina studio. The studio specialised in mobile and freemium titles, with its most recent release being the iOS title Monopoly Hotels. [More on CVG]

Sega has laid off a “small” number of staff in the US. [More on Eurogamer]

Pikmin 3 is getting paid for DLC, with the first available already for £1.79. [More on CVG]

Production of Nintendo’s Wii will be ceasing “soon”. [More on CVG]

The World of Warcraft film will be released on 18 December 2015. [via Twitter]

Videos

The Destiny beta has been confirmed for launch early 2014. The beta will be available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One as a pre-order bonus. A new trailer called ‘The Moon’ has been released in celebration. Details and screenshots on AllGamesBeta.

Battlefield 4 beta trailer.

Halo 4 ‘Game of the Year’ edition trailer. Which year, they aren’t saying…

Need for Speed Rivals ‘Progression and Pursuit’ video. A few screens are available here.

Sniper Elite III debut trailer.

Super Mario 3D World. The game is out in Europe on 29 November.

Screenshots

eSports

The FIFA Interactive World Cup for FIFA 14 has kicked off with players from around the world able to take part to win their share of the prize money.  The following is from the press release:

Qualification for this year’s event will take place over six separate 1-month-long seasons. In keeping with the tradition of previous editions, the top two online players from each season will qualify for the Grand Final. Additionally, for the first time in FIWC history, a third ‘best-placed’ qualification spot will be handed out every season to the player deemed the winner of the Community Qualifier. This new online format ensures that the FIWC Grand Final is more accessible than ever before and emphasizes quality of online games over quantity. FIWC Players are awarded a win/lose ratio based on a minimum of 30 games played over an online season. The player with the best win/lose ratio at the end of a season wins the Community Qualifier seat.

In addition to the 20 Grand Final participants, FIFA and PlayStation will also be offering other competitors the opportunity to travel to Brazil, experience the FIWC Grand Final and watch one of the FIFA World Cup™ matches live in the stadium. For more information on the FIWC and to become part of the FIWC community please visit http://www.fifa.com/interactiveworldcup/index.html and https://www.facebook.com/fiwc or follow the event on Twitter @FIWC.

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