Gaming News Wrap [26 Feb 2014]

News Wrap 06Good morning all. It’s tough to get yourself going every morning right? Studies have found that reading the Gaming News Wrap every morning may (possibly) help alleviate the difficulty of getting yourself going… just a little.

Games

This week’s Xbox Live Store deals are Call of Duty focused. Well, Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3 focused specifically. You can get a number of add-ons for the titles, as well as the two titles themselves discounted by 50%. [More on Major Nelson]

Konami has announced that the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be reduced from £39.99 to £29.99. [More on Eurogamer]

Early buyers of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will get an exclusive DLC voucher for The Phantom Pain, which will bolster their Mother Base with additional resources and staff. Konami revealed a second-screen feature for Ground Zeroes. The iDROID app is available for free on iOS, Android, and Smart Glass devices and will let users search maps, call air support, and play cassette tapes found around the environment. [More on CVG]

Guerrilla Games have been working on a non-Killzone project for almost two and a half years, but they “cannot share details of the new IP” yet. [More on CVG]

Seven 20 second scenes in South Park: The Stick of Truth have been censored for the EMEA console versions of the game. [More on AllGamesBeta]

The US PlayStation Store update brings Thief and Basement Crawl to the PS4, while the PS3 gets Thief, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and more. There’s a number of apps, demos, discounted items and add-ons. Full details are available here.

If you pre-order Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls you can get the ‘Wings of Valour’ for their character and Valla the Demon Hunter for use in Blizzard’s upcoming free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm. [More on Battle.net]

Bethesda has promised to give “huge, ongoing triple-A support” for their upcoming subscription based MMO The Elder Scrolls Online. Bethesda’s Pete Hines admits he is “anxious” about the subscription model, but is hopeful the game will represent good value for money. [More on CVG]

A large-scale beta for The Elder Scrolls Online has been announced by Bethesda. The beta will start at 5pm GMT this Friday, 28 February, and run until 4.59am GMT on Monday 3 March. Access appears to be via the multitude of international gaming sites issuing keys to their readers.

The ‘Whistleblower’ expansion for Outlast will arrive on PC and PS4 in April. “You play as Waylon Park, a software engineer under contract with Murkoff and the man who emailed journalists around the world – including Miles – at the beginning of Outlast.” [More on AllGamesBeta]

Risen 3: Titan Lords will be coming to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in August 2014. [More on AllGamesBeta]

Persona 5 (PS3), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS), Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3 and Xbox 360) and Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PS Vita) have all been announced for release in 2015 in North America.

A LEGO The Hobbit PS3 bundle will arrive alongside the game in the US. The bundle will include a 500GB PS3 system and the game for $269.

You can pay $60 in the World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor to instantly rank up to level 90. You can choose to do it the hard way of course, but why would you want to? [More on Eurogamer]

Minecraft on PC has over 100 million users, while the game itself has sold 14.3 million copies. The high number of users is due to the free accounts set up to access the demo.

The iOS and Android game Deus Ex: The Fall is coming to PC. Square Enix confirmed a release date of 25 March after images related to the game were spotted on Steam. The game will cost £7.99/€9.99/$9.99 and anyone who pre-orders will get a free copy of Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition. [More on CVG]

Hardware

Microsoft has reiterated that it will not be bringing out an Xbox One without the Kinect. The company still feels the Kinect is an “integral to the Xbox One experience”. [More on Eurogamer]

Twitch streaming on the Xbox One will be introduced with the March system update. The update is scheduled to roll out on 11 March. [More on AllGamesBeta]

GameStop in the UK will be selling the Xbox One and Titanfall bundle for £30 below the new RRP of the console for £369. One day when South Africa is bigger we might get to buy an Xbox One…

Industry

The PS4 has sold 320,000 units in Japan in two days according to Famitsu. This is almost four times more than the PS3 sold on its weekend launch.

Sony Santa Monica has been hit with layoffs. SCEA confirmed with IGN that they “have completed a reduction in workforce at Santa Monica Studio,” which is “a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority growth areas within SCE WWS.” One of the studio’s projects has reportedly also been cancelled.

Videos

A new video looking at Friends and Party on the Xbox One which will be updated with the March system update.

The unboxing of the Titanfall collector’s edition. Want.

Mr. Freeze will be making his appearance in the ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins. The DLC will be out on 22 April.

The launch trailer for the Dead Rising 3 DLC ‘Chaos Rising’ which is now available for Xbox One.

The Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare launch trailer.

The third developer diary for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.

A vampiric trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

Go behind the scenes of Sonic Boom in this 10 minute documentary.

A teaser trailer for browser-based MMO EndWar Online has been released.

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