News Wrap 06Good morning. We had to skip the regular morning news wrap yesterday, as the zombie in charge was suffering with a Johannesburg hangover. Today’s wrap is almost double the fun, and while some news maybe old news, remember that it’s always (new) news to someone somewhere.

We would like to start by congratulating F34R_Adept for winning this past weekend’s LAN in Johannesburg which was hosted by MWEB GameZone. Their final with Insane Gaming had everything one hopes for in any sports match and will be remembered for some time to come by those who watched it.

Games

Update 4 for Titanfall on Xbox 360 is now available. There are bug fixes, general improvements, new Titan Burn cards, Titan Insignias, 3 new Titan voiceover options and a new game mode called ‘Marked for Death’. [More…]

Sticking with Titanfall (some of us have an addiction, OK?!), you can find out a little more about the map ‘Export’ which arrives as part of the ‘Frontier’s Edge’ DLC.

The Destiny beta for PlayStation players has gone offline until Wednesday due to “maintenance”. [via Twitter]

Destiny does not offer cross-platform play so that Bungie could “create the best, most level playing field, both actually and perceptually,” so they “separated it by platform.” [More…]

Naughty Dog will be focusing on multiplayer DLC for The Last of Us and will “definitely not” be making more campaign expansions. [More…]

The Last of Us will reportedly need 50GB of storage space on your PS4’s HDD. [More…]

Doom is unlikely to get another – more public – airing until 2015. That means only the QuakeCon attendees got a real taste of the new game in the series. [More…] Details of what the attendees discovered can be found here.

According to CVG’s previewCall Of Duty’s ‘All Ghillied Up’ level is driving Sledgehammer withCall of Duty Advanced Warfare.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain challenges US-world politics and will allow players choose whether to use nuclear deterrence or not, according to Hideo Kojima. [More…]

The Forza Horizon 2 ESRB rating has revealed at least three gameplay modes that will be included in the Xbox One version of the game – Circuit, Point-to-Point and Street racing.

Patch 1.08 for Dark Souls 2 has been released ahead of the release of the Crown of the Sunken King DLC from later today. Details of the patch can be found here.

Activision have announced the Skylanders: Trap Team Dark Edition, a special package featuring an extra-large trap and three color variant figurines, which costs $99. The game is out on 5 October in North America and 10 October in Europe.

Dance Central Spotlight will cost $10 and arrive on 2 September. The game will launch with ten tracks, and another 50 tracks will be available as launch day DLC, with “many, many more to come”.

The Unfinished Swan is heading to the PS4 and PS Vita according to a listing on the Korean Game Rating Board website. [More…]

The Ratchet & Clank HD Trilogy for Vita will launch on 22 July in the US. The game is already available in Europe and Australia.

Hitman GO for the Android has received the ‘Airport’ update. The update contains 15 levels, a new “civilian mode”, moving walkways and the ability to skip turns, among other features and can be unlocked through natural progression or via a 69p/€0.99/$0.99 purchase.

Industry

The closure of Microsoft Entertainment Studios will not affect the development of Quantum Break. [More…]

The Xbox team for Europe, Middle East and Africa will see significant cuts to their staff numbers. The cuts will not affect the release of the Xbox One in South Africa and the European countries expecting it in September. [More…]

There will be ‘collectible’ Xbox One units at Comic Con up for grabs. Details of how you can win one can be found here.

Naughty Dog is exploring ideas for The Last of Us sequel, but whether it’s a sequel to that game, another, or a brand new IP, the firm is aiming for 1080p and 60fps for all future games on the PS4.

Naughty Dog’s community strategist Arne Meyer told Digital Spy that the Uncharted series is a good candidate for remastering on PS4, agreeing with the words of PlayStation worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.

A Rock Band survey seems to suggest that the series may be making a return.

Sims developer, Maxis, is hiring for a new free-to-play game in the “creative space”, according to a job listing posted by the studio.

Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus has been finalized and they are “looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate.”

Google will no longer list in-app purchase games as ‘free’ on Android, while Apple remains less committal in response to EU Commission’s recommendations. [More…]

A Space Invaders movie is in the works. Yes. Space Invaders. So that could be almost any sci-fi film made already. [More…]

eSports

China’s Newbee beat ViCi Gaming 3-1 in the Dota 2 The International 2014 to take home around $5 million. Not bad for playing games right? You can re-watch the game (or watch it the first time) via the videos on demand on the Dota 2 Twitch Channel.

Videos

The next update for the Xbox One has been detailed. Some of the features being updated or added include: Activity feed updates, expanded Friends area on Home, mobile purchases, low battery notification, the ability to disable notifications during video, enabling 3D Blu-ray and more. Full details can be found on Major Nelson’s blog.

Pre-ordering Destiny will get you early access to the Vanguard armoury.

A PS3 vs. PS4 comparison video of the Destiny beta.

This is the intensity and emotions of FIFA 15. It has also been revealed that Clint Dempsey will join Lionel Messi on the cover of the game in North America.

Here’s 24 minutes of gameplay from Rainbow Six Siege.

http://youtu.be/R7KU_3vSXKE

Check out the pre-order bonus DLC for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Here’s the ‘highlights’ from update 14 of Warframe.

It’s the launch trailer for Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, which is out from today for PS4.

The official website for Styx: Master of Shadows has gone live. Have a trailer to celebrate.

Media Molecule has teased a new PS4 project by way of this ” trippy sequence of colourful nonsense” video.

The cast of The Last of Us will feature in a live performance of selected scenes from the game on 28 July. Tickets have already been sold out. [More…]

The PC beta for The Crew has kicked off and runs until 25 July. It appears as though registration is still open for the closed beta. Here’s a walkthrough video to celebrate.

DC Universe Online has released a series of videos to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman.

The Sims 4 will offer a premium subscription according to SimGoodie. Watch this gameplay video while you ponder the implications of that…