Gaming News Wrap [31 Jan 2014]

News Wrap 02Good Friday morning all. It’s certainly is good to see the back of that week and move into the weekend right? With just today to get through, let’s help you there a little quicker with these tasty morsels of gaming news.

Games

The Xbox 360 version of Halo: Spartan Assault is available from today. The game costs $14.99 but eligible Windows Phone gamers who bought the game for the mobile can get the Xbox 360 version for $4.99 via the official site.

LocoCycle will be out on 14 February for PC and Xbox 360.

The Special Edition of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z has been revealed. The Special Edition will come with an “exclusive full colour comic book by Dark Horse Comics, exclusive Yaiba themed DLC costumes for both Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji for use in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and an original soundtrack in both the PS3 (via download voucher) and Xbox360 (included on physical disc) versions.” Additional details, as well as screenshots, are available here.

Tropico 5 will be hitting the PS4 along with the previously announced PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. The game will also introduce cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes for up to four players for the first time in the series’ history. [More on AllGamesBeta]

EVE Online has just witnessed the “largest, most destructive battle in gaming history”. A press release from CCP Games says the ‘Bloodbath of B-R5RB’ lasted around 21 hours and saw “over 7,500 players from around the world participating (2,670 in the system at once time),” with in-game damage of approximately $300k-$330k being accrued. A recap of the destruction can be found on the game’s blog.

Bugbear Entertainment’s Next Car Game has earned over $1 million via Steam’s Early Access and its own website. It managed to achieve the figure in its first week after a failed Kickstarter campaign.

2K Games has discounted a number of mobile games in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Full details here.

Hardware

An Xbox One firmware update is expected in March. The previously rumoured – and in part confirmed – update will include fixes for the console’s party chat system, as well as a reorganisation of the platform’s social features.

Sony has officially announced that the PS Vita Slim will be released in the UK. The handheld will be available from 7 February with an estimated price point of £180. The new Vita will replace the existing OLED model. [More on AllGamesBeta]

Industry

According to Sony, the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One in the UK at a ratio of 1.5:1. This is the reverse of sales of the Xbox 360 to PS3. [More on Eurogamer]

According to a post on NeoGAF, Microsoft is offering a $100 credit towards your Xbox One for trading in your PS3 on their store.

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading has new guidelines for developers to adhere to from 1 April. The guidelines – which if not met will mean a breach of the consumer protection law – requires developers to tell consumers upfront about costs associated with a game or in-game advertising. The developer must also let consumers know whether their personal data is to be shared with other parties for marketing purposes. [More on CVG]

QuakeCon 2014 has been dated for 17 July until 20 July at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas – in case you want to make plans to attend.

Undead Labs (the developers of State of Decay) have hired Patrick Wyatt, who specialises in “developing really big multiplayer games“. This points towards a move forward on their planned zombie MMO.

EA‘s Salt Lake studio has been hit with layoffs and will now focus on development of mobile games. [More on IGN]

Zynga has British middleware firm, NaturalMotion, for $527 million, and followed up by laying off around 15% of the workforce (around 310 employees).

Screenshots

Videos

The February Instant Game Collection line-up is a good one for US PS Plus members. Outlast is out for PS4, while PS3 gamers can get Metro: Last Light, Remember Me and Payday 2. PS Vita offers Street Fighter X Tekken and ModNation Racers: Road Trip.

Only the Xbox One version of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will support split-screen co-op. So here’s a video to show that off.

Nearly nine minutes of Dark Souls II. There’s surprisingly less dying than I expected… It has also been announced that Peter Serafinowicz (Darth Maul) will be joining the voice actors for Dark Souls II. Some new screenshots are available here.

The open beta for Ace Combat Infinity kicks off on 4 February and runs until 11 February on the PS3.

The reveal trailer for Spinal, as well as the Fulgore teaser for Killer Instinct.

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