Gaming News Wrap [29 July 2013]

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Both Sony and Microsoft have announced their Gamescom plans. You can read more on Polygon about the Microsoft press conference. Sony will host their press conference on 20 August at 7pm CET. More about the Sony press conference on MCV.

A developer has suggested that Microsoft will be bringing self-publishing to the Xbox 360 – however, Microsoft themselves have told Kotaku that “we have not announced any changes to our publishing policy for Xbox 360. We look forward to sharing more about self-publishing on Xbox One at Gamescom.”

A BioShock Infinite DLC announcement is expected today. So get ready.

Activision Blizzard is theoretically an independent company again having bought itself back from French media conglomerate Vivendi, for the price of $8.2 billion. I’ll put my cheque book away then… [More on CVG]

Phil Spencer – head of Microsoft Studios – has said that indie developers are likely to have full access to the Xbox One’s RAM and features, as well as having a high discoverability on the Marketplace. [More on CVG]

An article on Eurogamer has attempted to explain the amount of RAM available to indie developers on the PS4. It’s all a bit much for us to understand, so we’d suggest you just read their article.

The wait for Mirror’s Edge 2 is due to the fact that DICE “wanted to get to the right concept and the right idea” and that right idea could “frankly only be built on gen 4”. [More on GameReactor]

DICE is investigating transferring Battlefield 4 statistics from current generation to next generation consoles. On Twitter, they stated: “We’ve heard reports that players would like their stats and progression to transfer from current to next-gen in #BF4. We’re investigating.”

Looks like Injustice: Gods Among Us will still be getting more playable DLC characters in the future. Both Riddler and Zatanna have been teased. [More on CVG]

Grid 2 will see the return of Demolition Derby, along with new cars and new tracks in upcoming DLC which will follow a major ‘community patch’ in August. Full details are available here.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will feature a fourth, previously unannounced continent which offers an open-world experience similar to Skyrim. [More on Gematsu]

Fez 2 has been cancelled. It seems Polytron’s Phil Fish has had enough of the industry… Read his statement here.

LucasFilm has registered a number of Star Wars ‘Attack Squadron’ domain names. Other than a names registration, no other details are know. [More on Fusible]

It had to happen eventually. Claims of fraud have been leveled at a tabletop game designer who raised $123,000 on Kickstarter for his game, but thirteen months after the project started, all that money is gone. [More on CVG]

The World of Warcraft subscriber base appears to be on the decline. It currently sits at a still mammoth 7.7 million, but is down from the 9.6 million of three months ago. [More on Eurogamer]

Torchlight 2 has sold over two million units, ten months since release.

Sony has confirmed that a movie based on their game Gran Turismo is in development. [More on Joystiq]

Videos

F1 2013 will be out on 4 October for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. [More on AllGamesBeta]

If you’re looking for something better than the plain old ‘Game of the Year’ edition, how about Saints Row IV lets you have a ‘Game of the Generation’ Edition. With only 5,000 copies priced at $130, the edition is packed with the kind of items that you put on a shelf and forget about. [More on Gematsu]

Watch Agent Cole in ‘The Chase’ live action trailer from The Bureau: XCOM Declassified.

The sixth (Japanese) trailer for Killer is Dead. There’s also the seventh episode of Killer is Dead TV and stills from the episode on AllGamesBeta.

Elder Scrolls Online is about the Scamps.

Behind the ‘Brainz’ in Plants vs. Zombies 2.

Puppeteer sees heads roll.

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