Gaming News Wrap [23 Dec 2013]

zombie santa_01Good morning. It’s now officially the quiet holiday period. We will still be around trying to keep you informed, but it won’t be as early or as daily over the next few weeks. Stay safe out there, and have a fabulous festive season.

Games

Some new Saints Row is coming. However, it is unclear whether it is a new game or DLC. The hint came by way of Saints Row 2 voice actor Jay Mohr who said on Twitter: “About to do my voice over work for new Saints Row video game.” [via CVG]

The delayed (until 2014) Soul Calibur: Lost Swords will feature Astaroth, Pyrrha and Nightmare. Videos and screens of the characters can be viewed here.

There are no DLC plans for Dark Souls 2 according to the game’s producer Takeshi Miyazoe. He has also said that From Software has never considered bringing the game to the Wii U. In an interview with Edge he said: “For Dark Souls 2, we don’t even expect any additional downloadable content because we want to deliver a full game, the full experience, to fans who purchase the package from day one. We did do additional content for Dark Souls, but generally downloadable content for Dark Souls 2 is not really being considered.”

The daily deal on Xbox Live today will make a grand total of about four of you happy. NBA Jam, FIFA Street 13, NFL Blitz and 3 on 3 NHL ar all discounted a whopping 75%, but they are now probably still a little overpriced… There’s always the weekly deals to keep you happy, but those will change tomorrow, so get in there now. [More on Major Nelson]

Guacamelee! by Drinkbox Studios is heading to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Champion Edition will be more than just a port, but will feature all new content and improved visuals. [More on IGN]

MX vs ATV Supercross will be out in the first half of 2014 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac and Linux.

Patch 2.1 for StarCraft 2 is inbound. The main focus of the patch will be to introduce a number of new features for Clans and Groups. [More on Battle.net]

The Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft open beta has been pushed back from this month until next year – possibly in January. Hearthstone production director Jason Chayes said on Battle.net: “We believe the right thing to do for the game is to not rush it out into open beta, but to instead hold onto it a little longer to make sure it’s ready for wider testing.”

Industry

Sony has claimed that the sales of the PS Vita in the UK has jumped following the release of the PS4. Sales went up 68% in the week following the PS4’s launch and another 65% the following week. [More on MCV]

Former EA executive David De Martini has been appointed the head of worldwide publishing for Oculus VR. [More on Gamasutra]

Videos

The launch trailer for Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Screens here.

A number of PlayStation trailers to get you envious or enthused.

Check out a look back at what PlayStation Plus subscribers scored in 2013.

Gameplay of Eliza in the free-to-play PS3 fighter Tekken Revolution.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z bosses (and more) trailer. Some screenshots are available here.

Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Mecha-Naruto trailer. Screens can be viewed here.

A new Wii U ‘overview’ trailer from Nintendo. We assume they’re trying for some Christmas sales.

The characters in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Lara Croft, Master Chief, Connor (Assassin’s Creed) and… Mario in Powered Up!

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