Gaming News Wrap [30 Jan 2014]

News Wrap 01Good morning. We’re just so darn excited to be up and at it this morning. Not really. Need sleeeepppp. And brains would be good too of course.

Games

Don’t hold your breath for the next Gears of War on the Xbox One… Black Tusk is only one week into development of the game. Phil Spencer said via Twitter: “Leadership team has been involved for a month but studio has only been on Gears for a week.”

Additional content for Titanfall is planned post launch. While no details were given, EA said the content will “evolve over time as we see how the playerbase evolves through the year.” EA have also promised that they have learnt from the Battlefield 4 launch and won’t “experience the same problems again.” [More on Eurogamer]

You can check out the Collector’s Edition box art for Titanfall here.

DICE has detailed the upcoming Battlefield 4 weapon tweaks, the full details of which can be found on the Battlefield Blog.

Rumour has it that the GTA V PC pre-orders will open tomorrow (Friday 31 January) according to GameReactor. Rockstar has not officially replied as yet.

It does not appear that Assassin’s Creed has plans to end. The current (Assassin’s Creed IV) “storyline has an ending, but because all of history is open to us we see the universe as a Doctor Who type thing. There are so many possibilities we don’t want to definitively end the universe, but we can have storylines that have endings.” [More on Edge]

The EU PlayStation Store update has brought the new additions to the PS Plus Instant Game Collection (BioShock Infinite and Metro Last Light included), along with the usual mix of new titles and add-ons to spend your hard earned cash on. Head to PlayStation Blog for full details.

A ‘Flash Sale’ is running on the US PS Store. Until tomorrow (31 January) at 6pm Pacific time, you can pick up Gran Turismo 6, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Madden NFL 25 and Killzone: Shadow Fall and more at discounted rates. Full details on the US PlayStation Blog.

Killzone Shadow Fall has sold over 2.1 million copies, giving the game an almost 50% attachment rate to all PS4s sold. [More on CVG]

PS4 exclusive Basement Crawl has been delayed but is still expected in the first quarter of 2014. [More on AllGamesBeta]

Mario Kart 8 will be out in May for the Wii U.

Hardware

Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said that a Wii U “price reduction as a way to defuse the situation is not an option.” The situation being referred to is slow Wii U sales, which has meant poor financial results for the firm. [More on CVG]

A Wii U update expected in early summer [Northern Hemisphere] will introduce a ‘fast start-up’ menu to enable instant game access.

Industry

Beta invites for PlayStation Now are being sent out. Sadly, the closed beta is restricted to North America only. [More on IGN]

Microsoft’s SkyDrive is now known as OneDrive, following a legal battle with BSkyB. [More on CVG]

Sony Santa Monica is expanding and moving. In fact they are moving out of Santa Monica. The developers new office is around “four or five times the size” of the current office and will be in the Playa Vista neighbourhood down near Los Angeles airport. [More on Eurogamer]

Nintendo has reported a decline in revenue and profit between April and December 2013. In reaction to this senior board members will be taking a cut in salary of almost 50%.

Funcom has been charged with breaching the Securities Trading Act. The company revealed false or misleading financial information regarding the game The Secret World from the period of August 2011 until the launch of the game in July 2012, and the two months following the launch. [More on Eurogamer]

Screenshots

Videos

The Imperial Edition of The Elder Scrolls Online has been confirmed. For £89.99 / $99.99 you can enjoy a ” 12″ Molag Bal Statue, a 224-page illustrated guide annotated by the Imperial scholar, Flaccus Terentius, a 21″ x 26″ printed map detailing Alliance-controlled zones and the ultimate conquest: Cyrodiil,” and more.

The Wolf Among Us Episode 2 ‘Red Band’ trailer.

Rekoil is now available for the Xbox 360 for the price of £11.99. The game is an “arena shooter that allows battles of up to 10 players,” and “features seven different game modes, 10 maps, and 40 different weapons, all focused on infantry based combat across a number of different locations.”

A Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII ‘Retro-spective’ trailer.

A video showing off five “simple” mini-games for Google Glass.

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