Gaming News Wrap [22 Nov 2013]

News Wrap 05Good morning. It’s a truly wonderful day isn’t it? If you live in one of the 13 Xbox One release countries that is. Otherwise who gives a toss right? Wrong! Kinda. Not really…

Hardware

An Emergency Offline Update originally touted as an USB alternative to the online day one update required for the Xbox One is not what Microsoft originally claimed it was, and the instructions have now been removed from the Xbox website. Microsoft issued a statement to Eurogamer which suggests users having any issues updating should contact the Microsoft official support centre.

The launch did hit a few intermittent connection issues with Xbox Live and the Xbox website, but the services are now fully operational again. Microsoft is investigating the earlier issues however. [More on CVG]

Full Dolby Digital audio via digital optical will be added to the Xbox One via an update some time after launch. For now optical will only be in stereo, while “anyone with an HDMI receiver should be fine, as we pass the uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1 through HDMI as well as DTS.” [More on Eurogamer]

The BBC iPlayer will be available for the PS4 on the console’s launch in the UK. It will be coming to the Xbox One later. [via Eurogamer]

A “small number” of EU PSN passwords have been reset as a “precautionary measure”. There is apparently “no specific evidence” that any user accounts have been compromised, and users presented with an “incorrect password message” should “select Forgotten Password and reset it.” [More on the PlayStation Forums]

A FAQ for Steam In-Home Streaming has been posted by Valve. The feature allows gameplay to be transmitted from one computer to another in the same home. You can read all about it here.

Games

The map pack names for Call of Duty Ghosts have been revealed. ‘Onslaught’, ‘Devastation’, ‘Invasion’, and ‘Nemesis’ were named in an email that some Charlie Intel readers have received.

Phil Spencer has assured gamers that the Xbox One will not suffer from a post launch game drought like the Xbox 360 did. In fact, he says “the depth of the portfolio next year is pretty incredible.” [More on Polygon]

Crimson Dragon on the Xbox One will make use of the console’s cloud to update and balance the game following the feedback in reviews. [More on Xbox Wire]

“Multiple sources” have told IGN that Telltale Games is working on a Game of Thrones game. However, the developer has responded: “We get these sorts of rumors about what we could be working on next cropping up all the time. Officially we have no comment.”

A playable demo of Tearaway will be available for the PS Vita today – the day of the game’s full release.

Industry

Microsoft may struggle to meet demand for Xbox One‘s due to the “unprecedented” number of pre-orders received. Phil Harrison has told GI International that the Xbox One’s launch “will be a significantly bigger than 360.”

Microsoft transformed Leicester Square in London into a green wonderland for its UK Xbox One launch party. Pictures here.

Ruffian Games – the developer of Crackdown 2 – is busy with a next-gen title due in 2014. This was revealed via a job listing in which the studio is looking for three C++ programmers to help develop a next-gen game that it is “working on for ship next year”.

It would appear that Ninja Theory “is heading entirely for mobile” and leaving behind the “broken” console market. At least, that is what design lead, Tameem Antoniades, told  Edge in an interview. The company has however told CVG that this is not true, and they are “not making the transition to a mobile only studio. We are currently developing for both console and mobile platforms and plan to do so for the foreseeable future.”

Embattled UK retailer Blockbuster will reportedly have closed all its shops by Christmas according to MCV. This will mean the loss of around 2,000 jobs.

US gamers spent around $3.45 billion in Q3 (July-September) 2013, which according to NPD represents a 17 per cent rise year on year. [More on CVG]

A DFC Intelligence analyst has predicted that the Wii U will achieve lifetime sales of 25 million – around a quarter of the number of Wii consoles sold. This number is within roughly the same sales window as GameCube. The GamesCube has been the lowest selling of any of Nintendo’s globally-released home consoles, and managed sales of 22 million globally.

A man has been arrested in Japan for for allegedly threatening to kill two unnamed Nintendo executives and blow up the company’s headquarters. [More on Kotaku]

Screenshots

Videos

NBA  2K14 ‘Momentous’ trailer.

Fulgore returns in this Killer Instinct launch trailer.

F1 2013 ‘Brazil’ hot lap video.

CVG’s Battlefield 4 Class Customization video – the “COMPLETE Class and Upgrades Guide”.

Watch Jimmy Fallon play with his Xbone. Sorry. An Xbox One.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will be shipping for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on 18 February 2014 in North America, 20 February in Europe and 21 February in the UK.

11 minutes of gameplay from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

The Super Mario 3D World European launch trailer.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies ‘Turnabout Reclaimed’ DLC trailer.

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