Gaming News Wrap [23 Apr 2013]

News Wrap 02It’s… no, we’re not going to tell you what day it is.  People don’t appear to like that.  So just read the news and this day will be a much better one for you.

If you’re a FIFA fan and you reside in the UK, you may be able to join EA at their Guildford office to help them test FIFA 14.  You will need to complete this survey to stand the chance to do so, said the company via Facebook.

Konami has announced that the AFC will feature in future PES games.  Not Arsenal FC, but the Asian Football Confederation Champions League.  If you can name one team in it without using Google, we’ll send you to watch the final next millennium.

Reports suggest that God of War: Ascension cost a whopping $50 million to make.  The insinuation comes from lead producer Whitney Wade in an interview with 20 Minuten (via VG247), in which he revealed that “a mid double-digit million amount” was invested in developing the title.  Ouch.  Don’t think this will be a profitable one for Sony…

Nintendo however, are definitely not looking as profitable according to an analyst, who believes the company is likely to fall short of its operating profit forecast.  According to estimates compiled by Bloomberg, Nintendo is set to announce a 18.7 billion yen loss for the 2012 fiscal year, which ended in Japan on 31 March.  They are also expected to post an operating income of 70 billion-yen for the 2013 fiscal year.

Konami has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection is real and will arrive exclusively on PS3 in June.  It will include: Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 (which includes the original MSX versions of METAL GEAR and METAL GEAR 2), Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions and Metal Gear Solid 4: Trophy Edition.

German studio Deck 13 have revealed a new next-gen RPG called Lords of the Fallen.  Theproject is helmed by CI Games (Sniper: Ghost Warrior)  and takes cues from Dark Souls and Borderlands, according to its executive producer Tomasz Gop.  The game will arrive on PC, PS4 and the next Xbox.  So it’s confirmed then?  The next Xbox we mean?

The Australian classification board has outed an unannounced Bethesda project called Endless Summer.  The game contains “strong horror themes and violence.”  Wait.  Aren’t they maybe behind (again) with a listing for ‘The Evil Within’? [via CVG]

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger has been dated and trailered.  The game will arrive on 22 May and cost £11.99 on PSN and PC and 1200MSP on Xbox Live.

This new GTA V trailer has been released.  Well, it’s more a viral ad, but if you watch really carefully, you may see some kind of in-game footage.  It’s all about the fictional cult Episilon who “emerged as a teaser site for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and [was] later referenced numerous times on radio stations and by pedestrians in the game itself,” according to the GTA Wikia.

A trailer for the Wii U version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist shows off all the console’s unique features.

Gearbox has secured the Homeworld licence from THQ.  Via a statement released: “Gearbox Software has prevailed as the highest bidder in the acquisition of the Homeworld franchise from THQ. Brian Martel, Gearbox Software’s Chief Creative Officer, has great love and respect for Relic’s brilliant, fun and innovative game and personally spearheaded the acquisition.”  No figures were revealed.

Sticking with the THQ sale.  Nordic Games has grabbed the Darksiders, Red Faction and MX vs. ATV IPs for a bargain $4.9 million.  Included in the deal are the franchises Supreme Commander, Frontlines, Stuntman, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior, Destroy All Humans “and more”.

505 Games have picked up the Drawn to Life franchise.