Gaming News Wrap [24 Jan 2014]

Breakfast Wrap 07Good morning everyone. It’s Friday, so it’s good to be alive right? Not that we’d know of course…

Games

The EU PlayStation Network will be down for maintenance for around six hours on Monday 27 January. PSN will be down from 5.30pm to 11.30pm GMT / 6.30pm to 00.30am CET / 7.30pm to 01.30am SA Time.

Ten more user-generated jobs for GTA Online have been “verified” by Rockstar Games. [More on Rockstar Games]

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z has been delayed. The game with will now be available in North America and Europe in March. The game will now arrive in Europe on 21 March and will come in standard format, as well as a day one special edition which includes an exclusive full colour comic book by Dark Horse, a digital version of the game’s soundtrack and Yaiba-themed DLC for use in Dead or Alive 5.

Earth Defense Force 2025 will be released in Europe on 21 February for Xbox 360 and PS3. [More on CVG]

The Dead Rising Collection is a real thing and hits the Xbox 360 on 7 March. The pack contains the original Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2, along with additional content like the DR2 prologue Case Zero and DLC add-ons Off the Record and Case West.

Cyberpunk 2077 is a “true RPG game” and not a “straight-up shooter,” according to Marcin Iwinski from CD Projekt Red. [More on IGN]

The Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition only runs at 30fps on the Xbox One against the 60fps on the PS4. It does appear that it may not be like that for the entire game, but you know how the internet reacts to this sort of thing. [More on CVG]

Tomb Raider has launched for Mac users. It will be available (as a timed exclusive) on the Mac App Store for £34.99 / €44.99 / $49.99, before being made available via other retailers from 30 January.

The Kickstarter campaign for 2D action game To the Death has been announced. The game is being developed by ex-Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment developers. The game is planned for PC and Mac.

The World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will introduce visual upgrades. The upgrades will increase the polygon counts of some player models more than fivefold. [More on Battle.net]

The Hearthstone beta is now open beta in Europe. You can download the game for free on the European Battle.net.

Disney is running a closed beta for their upcoming free-to-play space shooter Star Wars: Attack Squadrons. The beta test will run until 28 January and require at least Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.6 with 4GB RAM. [More on GamesBeat]

Rumours suggest that Watch_Dogs for the Wii U may be cancelled. GameStop Italy is reportedly cancelling pre-orders of the game. No official response has been received from Ubisoft.

Hardware

Rumours suggest that the 2014 version of Apple TV will be able to support games. [More on 9to5Mac]

SteamOS beta has received an update which introduces dual-boot and custom partition capabilities. [More on CVG]

Alienware has stated that it won’t “prevent” users from modding their Steam Machines, but it won’t be “easy” to do. [More on Eurogamer]

Industry

Microsoft shipped 3.9 million Xbox One units into retail globally in Q4 of 2013. Of course, none were to South Africa, so that’s only partially globally. In the same time 3.5 million Xbox 360 units were shipped.

Charles Randall – the former combat designer for Assassin’s Creed 2 – has accused Warner’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor of imitation. He even went on to suggest that Ubisoft may have licensed its Assassin’s Creed code or assets to Shadow of Mordor developer Monolith. Both Warner and Ubisoft had not responded to CVG’s request for comments. Watch the video below and make up your own mind…

Former AMC programming director Ari Mark has been recruited Xbox Entertainment Studios to make video content. [More on CVG]

Capcom has pledged to hire 100 new developers every year over at least the next five years to build a “more powerful development workforce”. [More on CVG]

eSports

If you’re keen to keep up with the standings in the ongoing MLG Winter Invitational, head here. Matches run until 7 February between the eight teams and can be viewed on MLG.TV

If you find yourself fixated with the ongoing roster changes to the Call of Duty teams internationally, we would like to suggest that you visit eSports Nation for the most comprehensive coverage on the shenanigans.

Riot Games is confident that League of Legends “should last decades” just like any other sport. [More on OnGamers]

Videos

The trailer for the first episode of four for the ‘Extinction’ mode of Call of Duty Ghosts.

A brand new trailer for Castlevania Lords Of Shadow 2, which introduces Dracula (voiced again by Robert Carlyle) and Zobek (Patrick Stewart), among others.

John Cleese, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Hale and Michael Gambon have been confirmed as some of the voice actors for The Elder Scrolls Online. [More on AllGamesBeta]

Check out the combat system of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Around eight minutes of footage from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor which is coming to PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Basement Crawl has been dated for release in Europe. The PS4 exclusive multiplayer only game will be available on 29 January via PSN for $9.99 USD / €9.99 / ?7.99. North America’s release is “soon”.

A NSFW behind the scenes teaser trailer for The Evil Within.

http://youtu.be/0N2wmn6NA1w

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