Gaming News Wrap [20 Mar 2015]

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PSA: Sony has announced that PSN will be down for routine maintenance for two hours on Monday 23 March from 9am PDT/ 12pm EDT/4pm UK.

Games

Star Wars Battlefront will be getting a fresh airing at at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA from 16-19 April. In fact, the game will “officially” be debuted at the event. [More…]

Contrary to (some slightly baseless) rumours, there is no plans for a remastered Gears of War ‘Marcus Fenix’ Collection for Xbox One. *Wipes away the tears*. But there will be some Gears of War at E3. *Yay*. [More…]

A new Halo 5 teaser site suggests that more news – or a reveal of some sort – can be expected pretty soon. The countdown does in fact suggest something happening on Sunday. [More…]

Four new hunters and the Behemoth (fourth playable monster) will be heading to Evolve on 31 March. These new characters will cost you (as has been well documented by many), while a new ‘Observer’ mode and two new maps will be free to everyone. [More…]

The next update for Destiny (1.1.2) will add more audio options and a Colourblind Mode. Details can be found here.

The latest Mortal Kombat X livestream revealed that Kustom Kombat and Test Your Luck modes will be back, and that Stryker, Smoke, Rain, Kabal and Cyrax may all be on the game’s roster. [More…]
The promised “-ality” reveal is ‘Quitality’ – a new punishment for players who quit online matches. [More…]
Meanwhile, digital pre-orders for the game are now available for Xbox One.

Rock Band 4 will run at 1080p and 60fps, and is “going to look ‘next-gen’ with more realistic lighting, character models, and animation.” [More…]

Hearthstone will be fully cross-platform compatible between PC, Android, iOS and Mac, and players will not know what platform their opponent is playing on. [More…]

A new closed beta for Dirty Bomb will kick off on 26 March at 9am PDT/ 4pm GMT.

The ‘Marksmen’ DLC for Arma 3 will be released on 8 April. Included in the update will be new weapons, attachments, and gear along with a new multiplayer mode, training courses and showcase scenario.

Final Fantasy 11 will be shutdown in March 2016 on PS2 and Xbox 360, but the PC version will survive the cull. [More…]

Keeping with games that we think nobody really plays, Farming Simulator 15 will be available for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on 19 May, while Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 is expected for PC on 14 April.

Consoles & Hardware

The PlayStation Network has a new status page to notify users (in real time) of the status of the various services on PSN. Similar to the Xbox Live status page in fact.

Industry

Dying Light has hit 3.2 million players in the 45 days since its launch, with over 378 million zombies killed. The number of units sold make it Techlands most popular game to date. [More…]

It appears as if Hideo Kojima may not be part of the Konami executive structure anymore. Eagle-eyed Reddit and NeoGAF users picked up that his name had been removed from the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain marketing images. Eurogamer requested comment from Konami who did respond – albeit without any commitment – that “Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.” However, GameSpot is suggesting (via an inside source) that Hideo Kojima will leave Konami after the completion of the latest Metal Gear game.

DriveClub developer, Evolution Studios, has been hit with a number of staff lay-offs and will “now focus on DriveClub as a service going forward, in particular, the important launch of the PS Plus Edition.” [More…]

On 23 March, people in Denmark donating blood will score themselves a free copy of Bloodborne (or another PlayStation game). The drive is an effort to create awareness about the lack of blood donors in Denmark. [More…]

Videos

Details of how you can customise your weapons in Bloodborne is a new feature on the PlayStation Blog. If you prefer moving pictures to reading, then the latest TV commercial may just be the thing for you.

Rare’s Conker will be arriving in episodic format as part of Project Spark from 23 April. It’s been around ten years since the squirrel last made his appearance in Conker: Live & Reloaded. [More…]

Gameplay footage of the Lamborghini Veneno in DriveClub.

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition has its first trailer, however, the first zombie killed is just the first of many. [More…]

The first gameplay video for Blood Bowl 2 accompanies the launch of the game’s updated website.

EVE: Valkyrie has a gameplay trailer.

Valve chats VR at EGX Rezzed.

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Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.