Gaming News Wrap [29 Jan 2014]

News Wrap 08Good. Yawn… ing. Yes. No-one has the strength for this getting up in the morning malarkey. Hopefully this tasty race through the news will help you manage.

Games

An Xbox Live Sale has kicked off on EA titles with savings of up to 75%. Titles on sale include FIFA 14, Need for Speed Rivals, Mass Effect 3 add-ons and more. To go along with the EA sale, a few other titles are available on special for Xbox 360, while Crimson Dragon is discounted by around 20% on Xbox One. [More on Major Nelson]

‘Onslaught’ – the first DLC for Call of Duty Ghosts – is now available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The DLC – which features four new maps, a new episode for Extinction mode and a new weapon – is available as part of the Season Pass or can be purchased separately.

A new Call of Duty Ghosts update has been released (all platforms by the end of today) and brings with it a hefty number of fixes, including eSports rules and Broadcast mode, spawn points, weapon balancing and more. On top of that, two new modes have been added to the playlist – Gun Game mode (which debuted in Black Ops) and Hunting FFA. Full patch notes here.

An upcoming Battlefield 4 update will tweak the vehicles, with a focus on reducing the number of missiles an anti-air vehicle can hold, a reduction of the MAA’s default cannon range, and the reduction of anti-aircraft missiles’ impact. [More on Battlefield Blog]

DICE has announced the Battlefield 4 Player Appreciation Month. As a thank you to the fans, in the month of February you can get a ‘Battlepack a Day’, Shortcut Bundles, Double XP weekend (for Premium members), Community Missions and DICE developer talks. Full details here.

The PS4 version of The Elder Scrolls Online will not require PS Plus to play. Players will therefore only need to pay the same monthly subscription as PC and Mac users. Bethesda has confirmed to Joystiq that the Xbox One will require Xbox Live Gold membership to play, as well as the game’s monthly subscription. The game is out for PC and Mac on 4 April and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June. [More on CVG]

The Imperial Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online has been leaked by Amazon.

SOE‘s unannounced MMO is not a Star Wars title, but a title that John Smedley thinks “SWG [Star Wars Galaxy] vets will like.” Details are a little then on the ground otherwise.

The Achievements for Thief have been revealed, including one which rewards you for taking your time through the game.

According to a Ubisoft Shanghai employee’s LinkedIn page, Far Cry 4 (or “the next Far Cry”) has been in development since at least September 2013.

The director of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, Dean Evans, is currently in the early stages of planning a new, unannounced Ubisoft project. [More on Polygon]

Borderlands 2 will be getting a new update which will allow users to enable a colorblind mode. [More on Gearbox’s Site]

The US PlayStation Store update has now gone live and brings Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition to PS4 along with some sale and discounted items. Full details on PlayStation Blog.

The biggest ever EVE Online battle went down on Monday. Over 2200 players and more than 75 titans were destroyed as Clusterf*** Coalition took control of the B-R5RB system. [More on Eurogamer]

GTA San Andreas is now available for Windows Phones at the price of £4.99 / €5.99 / $6.99 / $7.49 AUS.

Hardware

PS3 backward compatibility on the PS4 will be coming via the PlayStation Now streaming service – that was announced previously. Now it appears that PS1 and PS2 games will be arriving on the PS4 (with the possibility of HD visual enhancements) via a software emulation. The information comes by way of Digital Foundry.

Microsoft is apparently planning to “tweak” the Xbox One to squeeze more power out of the console. Sources say Microsoft is planning to untap power reserved for the Kinect camera which will help improve the console’s overall graphics processing power and come closer to rivalling the PS4. The extra power gained will apparently equate to an 8% increase. [More on Express]

Amazon’s Android console is reportedly going to cost less than $300. The console is still in development and is expected later this year. [More on VG24/7]

Industry

EA has posted a net loss of around $308 million for its third fiscal quarter ended 31 December 2013. This may in part be due to lower sales of Battlefield 4 on last-gen consoles, which was in turn blamed on the console transition. This is on the back of 1.6 million gamers subscribing to Battlefield Premium.

Skyrim has sold 20 million copies worldwide since its release, making it one of the biggest selling games in history. [More on GI International]

Ken Kutaragi – the former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO and “father of the PlayStation” – will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s GDC in March.

League of Legends has seen its number of players more than double in one year. According to a report, more than 27 million people play the game each day. [via CVG]

Screenshots

Videos

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 trailer. Spoilers ahoy.

Explore the world of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 in the second Developer Diary.

A free Gran Turismo 6 update has been released and introduces new cars and new challenges, including the second half of the Red Bull X Challenge in the game’s Career Mode.

Off-screen gameplay footage from inFamous: Second Son.

The ‘War of the Light Part 1’ DLC for DC Universe Online is now available for PC, PS3 and PS4.

The first DLC for Bandfuse: Rock Legends has been released for Xbox 360 and PS3. The content includes tracks from Jimi Hendrix, Pantera and more and costs $1.99 or $2.99 per track.

Broken Age Act 1 is now available for all Steam users. The game has also been updated following requests by players.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z trailer shows off some costumes.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. An Oculus Rift game about bomb disposal…

The first images and details of the Sly Cooper movie have emerged. The movie is due in 2016 and is an origin story of “he world’s greatest thief-turned-hero.” [More on AllGamesBeta]

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