Gaming News Wrap [3 Feb 2014]

ws_Cup_of_Coffee_2560x1600Good morning all. Another week, another dose of daily gaming news shot into your body. Feels good doesn’t it?

Games

Your Games With Gold for the month of February are… Dead Island from now until 15 February, followed by Toy Soldiers: Cold War until the end of the month.

The ‘Smoking Tire’ DLC for Forza 5 will be available on 4 February. The content brings ten new cars for $10. The full list and details of the cars are available on Xbox Wire.

EA has released the latest Battlefield 4 patch of the PS4. The update tweaks the DMRs and fixed a number of other issues which can be seen in detail here.

Killer Instinct will be getting a new patch which will introduce a ‘Jail’ system to punish quitters. Details are available on CVG.

The change list to Ultra Street Fighter 4 can be found on Capcom Unity.

Rambo: The Video Game is arriving on 21 February for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Bet you can’t wait…

Dark Souls 2 DLC has not been completely ruled out – contrary to previous reports. It’s about “fan feedback” said producer Takeshi Miyazoe to OXM. So if you like the game on release, let From Software know.

The DLC for the Wii U version of Batman: Arkham Origins has been cancelled. Low demand for the content has been cited by Nintendo. [More on GoNintendo]

A leak has suggested that the next Sonic game may be out in 2015 for Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One. [More on CVG]

South Park: The Stick of Truth is now available for pre-order on Steam. The game is out on 5 March.

Codemasters has released a Humble Bundle on Steam. Overlord, Overlord Raising Hell (Expansion Pack), Operation Flashpoint: Red River, Operation, Flashpoint: Dragon Rising and Rise of the Argonauts are available for $1 or more, while spending over $6 will also net you DiRT Showdown, DiRT 3 and Overlord 2.

Hardware

A new version of the Ouya has been released in the US. The upgrade features 16GB of storage, a refined controller and better WiFi connectivity. The new version sells for $129.

Industry

The rumoured cheaper Xbox One seems to have some real traction with multiple publications including  The Verge and VG247 seemingly verifying it.

However, the NeoGAF poster who leaked the various Xbox One related titbits has Microsoft on his tail. The company is in fact looking to “take legal action” against the mysterious ntkrnl. Additional proof that he might have let slip some real truth then? [More on Kotaku]

Microsoft is close to appointing Satya Nadella as their new CEO, according to Bloomberg. There is also a chance that he may replace Bill Gates as chairman.

Sony has finalised a deal to purchase the Renesas Electronics semiconductor manufacturing plant in Tsuruoka, Japan for $73 million. This is the manufacturer who is responsible for creating the DRAM used by Nintendo in the Wii U.

Epic Games has promised that Unreal Engine 4 powered games will be making their appearance “this year, toward the Christmas period.” [More on CVG]

Remember Me developer Dontnod is not bankrupt but has entered a process of ‘judicial reorganisation’ to help overcome financial struggles and fund new projects. [More on GI International]

According to a Polygon source, Need for Speed Rivals developer Ghost Games has been hit with layoffs, resulting in an unnamed Need for Speed game being put on hold.

Nintendo has decided on a slight change of the business following a poor financial showing recently. One of the possible options is the possibility of a merger or acquisition. [More on CVG]

South Africa

This past weekend saw the Afrihost Call of Duty Invitational in Johannesburg. With one of the biggest prize pools (R20 000) for a console Call of Duty up for grabs, the event was always going to be titanic battle by the twelve teams competing. In the end, Team Adept went through the tournament undefeated and take the final 3-0 over aC Gaming. While we couldn’t be at the event, ITF Gaming was, and their coverage of the final can be found here. Full bracket and results are on Challonge.

Photos of the event (courtesy of ITF Gaming) are available here.

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

The unboxing of the Imperial Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online.

A story trailer and TV commercial for South Park: The Stick of Truth.

This is Sherlock Holmes… in Crimes & Punishment.

Kodoku – a new survival horror for PS4 and PS Vita – has been unveiled. [More on PlayStation Blog]

Ready to Run is coming exclusively to the PS4 this year. R.C. cars in all the virtual glory.

Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day – the game directed by Grasshopper Manufacture’s Suda51 and developed the studio behind Tokyo Jungle, Crispy’s, has been confirmed for a Western release.

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