Gaming News Wrap [4 Apr 2014]

Breakfast Wrap 06Good morning. It is the weekend. If you’re keen to keep with gaming, don’t forget there’s the MWEB Cape Town LAN. Spectators are welcome, and you humans may get to see a zombie outside of its natural habitat.

Games

‘Devastation’ has been released for Call of Duty Ghosts on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The content weighs in at 1.34 GB and is priced at £8.06.

A patch for Call of Duty Ghosts has been released to coincide with the arrival of the content. Details of the fixes can be found here.

The ‘Naval Strike’ DLC for Battlefield 4 will go on general sale on 15 April.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls has sold 2.7 million copies since its launch on 25 March.

The first DLC for Don’t Starve – called Reign of Giants – has been released on Steam Early Access at a price of £3.19 (reduced from £3.99 until the end of April).

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II has been delayed. The game will now be available from 22 May 2014 to allow the developers to “release a superb game as polished as possible”.

Telltale Games has confirmed that The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us and Game of Thrones will be coming to the Amazon Fire TV. [More on CVG]

Epic will release an update for the Unreal Engine to take it to version 4.1, which will add Linux and SteamOS support, free Elemental demo and a hefty list of other changes.

Hardware

Oddworld Inhabitants co-founder Lorne Lanning believes the performance gap between Xbox One and PS4 is closing and that the difference will be negligible in a few years. [More on Xbox Achievements]

95 launch games have been announced for the Amazon Fire TV. Games are as little as ‘free’ and go up to $7.99. [More on Kotaku]

Sticking with Amazon‘s micro console, the company has stated that the “Fire TV is not available outside the US at this time and we’re not able to speculate on future plans”. So it might not be in your region for a while still. [More on CVG]

Amazon vice president Pete Larsen has said that the Fire TV “isn’t trying to be a console, but we do think there’s a great opportunity there in between a console and a smartphone for fun, quality games.” [More on Engadget]

Industry

Microsoft Studios has confirmed a number of staff layoffs in their Xbox division. No number has been specified. [More on CVG]

Microsoft‘s new Visual Studio 2013 allows developers to easily create and port apps between mobile devices and the Xbox One. [More on CVG]

Twitch has launched a beta for ‘Group Chat’, which allows users to setup a private, invite-only chat room that is separate from the main chat channel within which spectators comment. [More on CVG]

GameSpy Technology will shut down all online hosting services for multiplayer games on 31 May, affecting dozens of games. [More on Polygon]

eSports

UMG has announced the launch date for UMG Online. Well, it’s not quite fixed to one day, but the open beta will launch between 13 and 15 April and end on 23 April, to be followed by the official launch. [More on eSportsLive]

The ESL has announced that it will take over the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) America, which will be held in the newly-built, state-of-the-art ESL TV Studios in Los Angeles, California. [More on ESL]

Screenshots & Concept Art

Videos

The sound of Alien: Isolation.

The PS4 and PC bound horror game Soma is set under the sea. [More on PlayStation Blog]

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil skills and celebrations tutorial video.

PS4 direct feed footage of Child of Light. Concept art and screens can be seen here.

Death In Candlewood is a game from ex-BioShock and The Witcher developers trying its luck on Kickstarter. The game is an “open-world psychological FPS set in ghoulish 1940s America”.

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is coming to the App Store and Google Play on 10 April. The title is a free-to-play one with… micro-transactions.

Watch the Xbox One ‘cloud’ in action.

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.