Gaming News Wrap [24 Sep 2014]

Zombie PicnicGood morning, and welcome to your public holiday (in South Africa) edition of the Gaming News Wrap. To celebrate our heritage, we will be slapping a severed limb or two on the barbie. Or braai.

GTA Online will reportedly support 32 players and not 16 as previously anticipated. This has not been confirmed by Rockstar as yet. The online portion of GTA V launches on 1 October. [More on CVG]

GTA Online appears to have “cash packs” planned with “all purchased cash automatically deposited into your character’s bank account. Spend wisely, cash therapy is fleeting.” [via AllGamesBeta]

GTA V has sold over 2.2 million copies in the UK in one week. This is more than the first week total sales of all previous series entries combined.

More GTA V news. People are reporting ‘crash errors’ and freezing issues on older Xbox 360 consoles. Rockstar are “collecting data”. Another issue that Rockstar are working on relates to disappearing cars. The “issue may occur if you drive another character’s personal vehicle” and Rockstar is advising that you do not use the game’s garages until the bug is fixed.

Expect an announcement about DLC for The Last of Us this week. That is all.

The Call of Duty Ghosts Achievements have made it onto the internet. There are 50 Achievements available, and you can see them here.

Indie games for the Xbox One approved through the Developers @Xbox program aren’t likely to appear at launch, but are more likely to start appearing early in 2014. Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison said: “It’s reasonable to expect in early 2014 we’ll start seeing the first games come through.” [More on GI International]

Microsoft has partnered with a Chinese media company – BesTV – for the development of a games and TV streaming device. [More on Polygon]

PES 2014 appears to be having online update issues. Other than taking some people hours to download, it appears corrupt or wrongly installing itself too. [More on Eurogamer]

Beyond: Two Souls cost Sony €20 m /£16.9m / $27m to produce, according to a report. [via CVG]

The US PlayStation Network will be down on 25 September for maintenance. It is scheduled for six-hours from 10:15pm to 4:15pm Pacific Time (1:15pm to 7:15pm Eastern) and will only effect “PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home, and Account Management”.

The 3DS, Vita, Wii and PS2 versions of FIFA 14 will not feature any new modes or gameplay improvements, and will only add new kits and player transfers. This makes the game an update on a disc for those platforms.

Valve has announced SteamOS – a free Linux-based operating system “designed for TV and living room”. [More on CVG]


Forza Motorsport 5 FilmSpeed video.

Metal Gear Solid V Xbox One gameplay.

The Alien Rage launch trailer.

DriveClub Mercedes Benz AMG trailer.

Hellraid ‘Edryn’s Escape’ interactive movie.

A new trailer showing off the Return of the Jedi table arriving as DLC for Star Wars Pinball this autumn.

Microsoft has announced a new range of Surface tablets with 1080p screens. The Surface 2 will be available in 32GB and 64GB models. Pricing starts at $450 for the 32GB model without a Touch Cover, but no UK or European prices have been confirmed yet. The Surface Pro 2 will be available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB versions and will start at a price of $900. The tablets will be available from 22 October in the US. [More on Surface Blog]