Gaming News Wrap [25 July 2013]

News Wrap 04Good morning you tasty beings you. We hope the flattery isn’t misconstrued as anything more than the cheap attempt to get in your good graces that it is. We truly do think you are tasty.

Microsoft have done what many will claim is an about turn on indie developers and games on the Xbox One. The firm has announced that indie developers can self-publish on Xbox One, and that every Xbox One console can be used for development. More details are set to be revealed in August at Gamescom according to Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten, however Kotaku have been told that the devkit functionality will be added post launch.

While it appears the announcement has been received positively by indie developers, the main concern is ensuring the games are not “hard to find” on the Xbox One. More from Kevin Dent, CEO of Tiswaz Entertainment on Polygon.

Microsoft has revealed the Xbox One recommended retail price of their first party games in the UK with a £49.99 pricetag for Ryse, Dead Rising 3 and Forza 5. The follows confirmation of the US pricing at $59.99.

Microsoft have taken steps to ensure that post-release Achievements for games will not “overwhelm” players – especially if you are “worried about wanting to get all of the Gamerscore.” [More on OXM]

Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar and his family have received death threats from some stupid gamers over the weapons that were recently patched for Black Ops 2. As he said on Twitter: “The DSR fire time was 0.2 seconds. It’s now 0.4 seconds. The rechamber time was 1.0 seconds. It’s now 1.1 seconds… Let me put some perspective into your life because I do care about what you say. Not sure these fractions of seconds are worth the threats of violence.” [More via Eurogamer]

The Achievements for Splinter Cell: Blacklist have made their way onto the internet. You can check out what will contribute to your Gamerscore here.

BioWare has confirmed that the choices you made and that were saved in other Dragon Age games will “absolutely come across” to Dragon Age Inquisition. [More on Eurogamer]

A BioWare artist has revealed a number of ideas that were cut from Mass Effect, including an eerie image of a Reaper baby boss and the fact that Shepard was originally planned to turn into Reaper technology to accomplish his goals. [More on Eurogamer] More images on AllGamesBeta.

The European PlayStation Store has been updated and that means new sale items (including games such as Demon’s Souls, inFamous, Walking Dead and more), as well as brand new content.

A number of Rockstar Games have gone on sale for Android and iOS devices, including GTA 3 and Max Payne. Details on Rockstar Newswire.

Epic Games have posted an article about one of the best known weapons to appear in video games in recent times – the Lancer from Gears of War. The weapon nearly wasn’t says the blog piece, but we’d suggest reading it to find out the thinking that turned a gun into a cutting machine to boot.

EA is apparently working hard at restoring its reputation among consumers after being voted ‘worst company in America’ two years in a row. The publisher says they are listening to you the consumer to achieve this. [More on VentureBeat]

Nintendo is not accepting applications from indie developers based in Japan. [More on CVG]

Mad Catz’s Mojo – a “truly open” Android micro console and Ouya competitor-  is expected by this coming Christmas. [More on CVG]

SimCity has sold more than two million copies, while Battlefield Premium has topped four million subscribers. [More on CVG]

A major update for Planetside 2 has been released. For full patch note, hit the game’s blog.

Nvidia has revealed ‘Project Logan’ – which brings the ‘Kepler’ GPU to mobile devices. On its release in 2014, Nvidia believe it will bring graphics of superior quality to the PS3 to mobile devices. [More on Nvidia Blog]

Apple has seen a drop in quarterly profit for the second time in succession, even with a significant increase in sales of the iPhone. [More on CVG]

Videos

Saints Row IV. Hail to the Chief #3: Weapon of Mass Abduction. The game has also been confirmed as having gone gold, and a Season Pass has been announced. For the price of  EUR 9,99 / £ 7.99 you will be able to access EUR 15 / £ 12 worth of content including the ‘Enter the Dominatrix’ DLC and a second mission pack due in late 2013. The game is out  20 August in North America and 23 August in the rest of the world. Season Pass details available here.

The third episode of the Payday web series.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Not one, but two Killzone: Mercenary trailers.

Disney Infinity ‘Toy Box Game Creation’ trailer.

South Africa

MWEB has added another dedicated Dota 2 server at their Johannesburg data centre which joins the two already deployed in Cape Town. [More on MWEB Gamezone]

All Otaku Magazine is hosting the Dota 2 Open. For details and to register, head here.

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