Gaming News Wrap [30 Aug 2013]

Breakfast Wrap 07Good morning and welcome to the weekend… almost. To kill around 18 minutes more of your day, read the news, watch the videos and feel informed.

The Xbox One will only launch with full Kinect voice support in five countries – US, UK, Canada, France and Germany. One can only assume that more countries will follow post launch. [More on CVG]

Rockstar has introduced the first of many changes to its Social Club ahead of the release of GTA V and GTA Online. The developer has added hierarchies to its Crews. Crew leaders can now assign ranks to their members, designate crew management and reward loyalty and performance appropriately. Ranks are ‘Commissioner’, ‘Lieutenants’, ‘Representatives’ and ‘Muscle’. [More on Rockstar Newswire]

If you pre-order Dying Light, you will get the ‘Be the Zombie’ game mode as an exclusive incentive. The mode is a PvP game mode and provides gamers the ability to stalk other players as a ‘night hunter’. [More and screens on AllGamesBeta]

PES 2014 is losing out to FIFA 14. The Konami football franchise will not feature any Spanish stadiums or the stadium editor after “extremely aggressive” licensing by EA. In the game, “rain has not been implemented for 2014” due to the development team having to start from scratch with the FOX Engine. [More on Winning Eleven Blog]

Namco Bandai Games has confirmed that Heihachi and Spawn will be available on both the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network versions of Soul Calibur II HD Online. [More and screens on AllGAmesBeta]

GAME in the UK has re-opened pre-orders for the Xbox One Day One Edition after a few additional units were wangled.

What is the story overview for Halo on the Xbox One? “In possession of a mysterious data chip, Petty Officer John-117, aka Master Chief, confronts a new battery of challenges and tests in a Herculean effort to stay alive in a galaxy where sentient life is mercilessly hunted.” [via AllGamesBeta]

A Killzone: Shadow Fall PS4 bundle has been spotted on Amazon France at a price of 500 Euro. The bundle comes with the game and the console, as well as a second controller and the PS4 Camera.

Deep Silver has dated Metro: Last Light‘s Tower Pack DLC for release on 3 September (PC, Xbox 360and PS3 US) and 4 September (PS3 EU). Priced at $4.99 / £3.99 / €4.99, the second of four DLC packs for the game sees “players have to fight their way up through a heavily guarded tower, a virtual combat simulator.” [More on CVG]

Capcom will release six new multiplayer maps – Convoy chasm, Inferno, Octagon, Siege, Spire, and Synapse – for Lost Planet 3 “soon”. No other details have been made available yet.

A Saints Row IV patch for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 is in the works. No date has been given for the update’s release.

Bound by Flame – previously announced for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 – will now also be released on the PS4. Dates and other information to still be released, but images and additional information is available on AllGamesBeta.

A firmware update for the PS Vita is now live. Update 2.61 has been designed to improve system software stability during use of some features. [More on CVG]

Reggie Fils-Aime (Nintendo of America president) is apparently unimpressed with the Xbox One and PS4 launch line-ups. So Zelda, Mario and Donkey Kong really made your sales skyrocket on launch then? [More on IGN]

The Golden Joystick Awards for 2013 has kicked off. Go cast your vote here.

Videos

The official trailer for GTA V. It’s official and stuff.

Tactical shooter Takedown: Red Sabre will launch for Steam and Xbox 360 on 20 September at a cost of £11.99 or $14.99 – or 1200 of those historical Microsoft Points.

Mark Cerny talks about Knack.

Do you want to see a Postal 2 movie? Then help Uwe Boll by supporting his Kickstarter campaign. Or not.

Check out the improved chat quality between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, brought about due to “integration with Skype‘s audio codec”. [More on CVG]

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