Gaming News Wrap [20 Mar 2014]

Breakfast Wrap 04Good morning. It’s Friday right? Well it is if you live in South Africa, because tomorrow’s a public holiday. Woo-hoo!

Games

Is Assassin’s Creed heading to France? Images leaked and obtained by Kotaku suggests at least one of the two Assassin’s Creed games expected this year will.

The Xbox 360 version of Titanfall has been delayed again. The game will now be available in North America on 8 April and Europe on 11 April. [More on EA.com]

Rockstar Games is selling some of their titles at a fraction of their usual price on the EU PS Store. The sale is similar to the one currently running on the Xbox Games Store. Details on the PlayStation Blog.

The GTA V PC beta invites doing the rounds are not real. Do not fall for it, it is a security scam. [More on CVG]

PES 2014 will be getting an £8 World Cup add-on for PS3 and Xbox 360. The ‘World Challenge DLC’ introduces a “new visual look, new AI elements based around morale, and even cut-scenes” and is due on 26 March. [More on Eurogamer]

Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney has told attendees at GDC that Unreal Tournament will not be visited any time soon. In fact they are “developing anything in the Unreal game universe at all at the moment.” Epic is busy with their Unreal Engine 4 and the game Fortnite. [More on CVG]

Hardware

Microsoft has promised (or at least said out loud) that Xbox One games running at 1080p will become more common, as developers begin to master the “complicated beasts” known as the GPU and ESRAM. [More on OXM]

Industry

EA has again been nominated for the Worst Company in America award. They join 31 other companies, including Microsot, McDonalds, Facebook and Yahoo in a battle for the top prize. Not that anyone really wants to win something like this… [More on CVG]

An EA server has been hacked and used for phishing purposes. Once discovered, the company took “immediate steps to disable any attempts to misuse EA domains.” [More on VG24/7]

The CryEngine has adopted a monthly subscription program. A monthly subscription fee of 9,90 USD/EUR per user – royalty free for indies – is available on the first tier. [More on AllGamesBeta]

The creative director of God of War 3, Stig Asmussen, has left Sony Santa Monica. No details were given for the departure. [More on IGN]

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

Plenty of new stuff on the EU PlayStation Store this week, including inFamous: Second Son, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid and more. You can find the full list here.

A trailer for ‘Naval Strike’ coming to Battlefield 4 from 25 March.

Check out the Snowdrop Engine – which will power The Division – in action.

A gameplay video for Sacred 3. The game is scheduled to launch 22 August in Europe and 26 August in North America on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

A gameplay video for EVE Valkyrie.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 ‘Revelations’ DLC trailer.

A gameplay trailer for Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty.

A chat (in Japanese) with the creators of Deep Down. There’s some gameplay footage for those wanting to see more of the free-to-play game on PS4.

A PS3 vs. PS4 comparison video for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. [via CVG]

Horror game Among the Sleep may be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. More on Polygon, but here’s a trailer anyway.

The closed beta for World of Tanks Blitz has launched. The title is an iOS and Android entry into the World of Tanks franchise.

Oculus Rift has unveiled the second version of their dev kit, which is now available for pre-order at $350, with a release planned for July. Full tech specs here.

Epic has announced a new subscription model for use of their Unreal Engine 4. Get the software for PC, Mac, iOS and Android for $19 per month, plus 5% of gross revenue made from any commercial products built using the engine.

A trailer for the Deus Ex fan-made short film Human Revolution. The film premieres on 25 March.

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