Gaming News Wrap [22 Aug 2014]

FIFA 15 UK CoverGood morning everyone. Good to have hit the weekend – or at least the last day of work (for most of us). If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you may find something on in your neck of the woods that is gaming related. Head here to find out.

Games

The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare is being made by High Moon Studios – the developer of Transformers and Deadpool. [More…]

Two new Factions multiplayer maps have been released for The Last of Us on PS3 and PS4. The best news is that they are free. We’d assume this is Naughty Dog’s way of buying you off while they sort out “those pesky matchmaking times…” [More…]

The UK edition of FIFA 15 will feature Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as a cover star alongside the ever-present Lionel Messi.

It appears that Blizzard’s tribute to the late Robin Williams will be active in World of Warcraft in the Warlords of Draenor expansion due on 13 November. Three different characters called Robin the Entertainer in the guise of roles the actor had played. [More…]

The free-to-play card battle RPG Assassin’s Creed spin-off, Assassin’s Creed Memories, is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Consoles & Hardware

The Xbox One pre-download feature has arrived earlier than expected and is available for Madden NFL 15.

The recently revealed 500GB HDD for the Xbox 360 will be available in the UK (alongside the confirmed US release) this month at an estimated price of £79.99.

Sales & Discounts

An image has appeared online, which suggests that Microsoft is about to launch Free Play Day with Gold‘ – a promotion for Xbox Live Gold subscribers that will allow 24-hour trials of select games at no cost. [More…]

Borderlands 2 is free to play on Steam this weekend. The game will be open to all until 10pm SA time.

Industry

The (almost forgotten) EA Sports Season Ticket will be discontinued in March 2015, with all service benefits set to expire in March 2016. It’s now all about EA Access after all. [More…]

Speaking of which, EA Access has its own controversy already. Fans of Madden NFL are upset that the early access version of Madden NFL 15 is only playable for six hours, after subscribers felt they were led to believe that the game would be playable for up to five days before release. [More…]

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

Ooohhh. It’s the Destiny launch trailer. The game launches 9 September. Are you ready? You can also read an interview with Bungie members on the level cap, raids and game size by Eurogamer to further help you get ready.

The world’s greatest playground exists in The Crew.

It’s the Halo 2 maps (Ascension, Coagulation, Sanctuary and Zanzibar) all remastered for the upcoming Halo: Master Chief Collection.

The first footage from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s multiplayer has been released. Watch carefully and it appears at about the 17 minute mark. But there’s all sorts of open-world exploration and the day-night cycle shown off too.

The Season Two finale (‘No Going Back’) of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead has been dated for release. PC,  Mac and PSN in North America gets the game from 26 August, while Xbox 360 and PSN in Europe can download the game on 27 August. The iOS version is available on 28 August.

Update 14.0 for Warframe on the PS4 is coming. This trailer shows you all about it.

Almost 13 minutes of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The game will be available for PC on 25 September at a price of £14.99 / $19.99.

Save Churchill Part 2 – this time it’s the Belly of the Beast in the new Sniper Elite 3 DLC.

A hotlap around the Austrian Red Bull Ring in F1 2014.

Have a launch trailer for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare on PS4.

Update 3 for Ace Combat Infinity is available for the PS3. It brings new aircraft, a new level cap, a campaign mission and more. Remember, it’s free-to-play.

The first gameplay trailer for The Witcher Battle Arena coming to iOS, Android and Windows Phone later this year.

A new ‘Adventure’ PS Vita bundle will be released this autumn in Europe for €199.99. The memory card and the five game vouchers will also be made available for €39.99.

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