Gaming News Wrap [24 Apr 2013]

News Wrap 03We really didn’t know if we were going to make it today.  No power almost meant no tasty cooked news titbits to go with your morning coffee, but we made it somehow.

Black Ops 2 is – surprise, surprise – “on track for record sales” according to Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz.  So, no real news there then, shall we move on? [via CVG]

A rumour (or a report as some have taken to calling them) is indicating that Batman: Arkham Origins may arrive with multiplayer.  According to Kotaku sources, the multiplayer that will allow players to take control of villains.

Nordic Games – the proud new owners of the Darksiders franchise – have stated that there will not be a new Darksiders game this year.  Thankfully, the reason is pretty sound –  they’re in no rush to put out “a shitty sequel,” says Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors, but they have been in discussions to move forward with development. [via Game Informer]

The upcoming list of releases for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace have been announced via Major Nelson.  Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on 1 May (not yet priced) is the big one, along with TellTale Games’ Poker Night at the Inventory 2 (800MSP) and the Assassin’s Creed 3 add-on The Redemption (640MSP).  For the full list, along with the sale items, check here.

Meanwhile, over on the US PS Store, there is a ‘Spring Fever’ sale happening.  The Resident Evil franchise is discounted, meaning the life of a zombie is now worth even less than before…  Details here.

The PS Plus poll to determine the type of content users wanted has been counted, and despite RPGs and action titles being the big choices, Sony says it will “continue to strive to provide a variety of content”.  I suppose taken out of context that makes Sony look a little evil, so read the full report here.

Remember that controversial torso limited edition for Dead Island Riptide?  Well, Deep Silver have released it in the UK and Australia according to reports.  The game releases in the UK on Friday, and there is a launch trailer sans the limbless female torso in a bikini in the Zombie Bait Edition of the game…  A number of reviews so far appear to say the game learnt nothing from the original and has been released with a number of similar bugs that plagued the visit to the zombie infected paradise.

The Star Trek launch trailer has launched – possibly to where no man has gone before.  The game hits retail this Friday in the UK on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

http://youtu.be/LDez0J6G4Hc

The second (but first paid for) map pack DLC for Gears of War Judgment is now out for VIP Season Pass holders.  Three new maps and one new mode is yours in the ‘Call to Arms’ map pack.  Non-Season Pass holders can buy the pack on 30 April for 1000MS Points.

http://youtu.be/lUlDeNFzfeI

The third survival guide for Metro Last Light has been released.  Still very few people to take the “running away” option.  The game is out on 14 May.

http://youtu.be/2-Nf_M5b2gE

Say “hi” to the ninja in a half shell called Michelangelo in this new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

http://youtu.be/zKotCHhqoaI

The director’s cut of Deadly Premonition is out this week on PS3.  So here’e the launch trailer.

A fantastic CryEngine 3 tech demo video has been released, and simulates real-life urban development plans.  It may not be gaming, but shows off the amazing tech behind the engine. [via Eurogamer]

What happened in ’62?  Well, if you’re around 50 years old, you may have been born.  If not, it might have been an alien invasion that year.  Take-Two looks like they’ll be telling us on 26 April based on this teaser trailer which appears to have something to do with the rebranded XCOM shooter.

Harmonix has confirmed a “small number” of layoffs due to “shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix’s multiple future projects.”  Meanwhile BioShock 2 lead designer Zak McClendon updated his LinkedIn profile to list himself as the design director at Harmonix. [via Polygon]

John Needham is the new head of Lionhead.  His previous experience is with studios that specialised in MMOs.  Fable.  MMO.  Just saying. [via Eurogamer]

A Pizza Hut app has launched on Xbox 360 and… of fuck it.  Who the hell is actually going to order and customise their pizza using a Kinect?  Oh.  America only.  Makes some sense then…