Gaming News Wrap [2 Sep 2013]

News Wrap 01Good morning. It’s yet another wonderful week in gaming. And that’s all that matters to you humans right? That, and the fact that the zombie apocalypse still hasn’t started…

Sony is working with over 21 third-party developers to secure a range of “exclusive game content” to make the PlayStation “the best place to play”. [More on CVG]

Japan will stop receiving PlayStation Home updates from this September, while the rest of Asia will follow suit from March 2014. According to the Sony statement, content delivery for PlayStation Home in Europe and America will not change.

We already mentioned that the PS4 will be able to wake itself to remotely download content and then put itself back into sleep mode. Well, the Xbox One can do it too according to Marc Whitten: “Yes! Of course you can download while you are away. #xboxone - Always up to date, always your console. The beauty of low power mode!” [Via Twitter]

The next release date rumour for the Xbox One comes via a PepsiCo promo document which states the consoles will arrive “late November”. Really not overly interesting to be honest considering Microsoft has confirmed November is the release month for 13 markets. [More on CVG]

It would appear that the next-gen Halo is indeed going to be called Halo 5. A new version of the E3 trailer by Axis Animation shows off the Halo 5 logo, but it may only be a placeholder. [More on AllGamesBeta]

The next two Games with Gold titles have been announced (and the first is available already). Magic 2013 is now available on Xbox Live, with the (now ancient) Rainbow Six Vegas available from 16 September. In South Africa however, Rainbow Six is replaced with Shadowrun.

The Xbox Live Marketplace has been renamed Xbox Games Store. [Via Eurogamer]

Self-publishing independent developers on the Xbox One will have access to ”every business model that any other game on Xbox One has.” Meaning the developer will be able to determine costs, micro-transactions and more while having access to “full Gamerscore, full Achievements, can take advantage of SmartGlass, Kinect”. [More on Joystiq]

Ghost Games appears to have taken sole ownership of the development of the Need for Speed franchise. According to an interview with VideoGamer Ghost Games boss Marcus Nilsson said: “[EA is] thinking about the brand as Ghost owns it. It cannot go from black to white between Black Box and Criterion, and that’s why we’re now thinking about the brand as Ghost owns it.”

An Assassin’s Creed sale has hit the EU PlayStation Store. The PS3, Vita and PSP content discounts run until Friday and features around 50% off almost all the Assassin’s Creed your heart can desire. Details on the PlayStation Blog.

Cliffy B (or Cliff Bleszinski if you are not a friend) has revealed more conceptual art from the project he is working on.

Jieh-Yung Lo, a City of Monash councillor, wants to see the name of Team Bondi’s game Whore of the Orient changed, as it is offensive to “Chinese culture, history and traditions”. [More on CVG]

Plants vs. Zombies 2 has already passed the total lifetime downloads of the original game – it has been downloaded 25 million times in two weeks. [More via CVG]

Videos

Check out the Free Fall bonus map coming with pre-orders of Call of Duty Ghosts.

Warface is coming to the Xbox 360 in 2014. That is old news. However, Xbox South Africa has confirmed the free-to-play Crytek shooter will be available here too. If you’re a Gold member of course.

XCOM: Enemy Within ‘War Machines’ trailer.

Assassin’s Creed IV actors discuss the key characters in the game.

Find out more about Jodie and Nathan’s relationship in this Beyond: Two Souls video.

Eurogamer has a new preview of Dragon Age: Inquisition up, which details a number of additions. The Qunari are confirmed as fourth playable race and the tactical view from Dragon Age: Origins will return. They also have a new video featuring new gameplay. Screenshots and concept art are also available on AllGAmesBeta.

Get “Behind the Square” in this new Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer.

Watch a fast lap from F1 2013‘s classic tracks, Circuito De Jerez.

The Mass Effect DLC for Minecraft, which will be exclusive to Xbox 360 and cost $3.99 from 4 September.

Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate ‘New Management’ Trailer.

Screenshots

Hollywood producer Avi Arad has said the Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect movies are “still in early stages” and that the Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid adaptations have the potential to break the cycle of sub-par crossovers. [More on Kotaku]

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