Gaming News Wrap [4 Dec 2013]

News Wrap 06Good morning. It appears everything is now back to normal – and the zombie apocalypse did not happen – so you can all rest easy again and enjoy the news in bite-sized chunks.

Hardware

The ‘What’s New’ feature on PSN has been re-enabled for the PS4 after being disabled for the European launch of the console. Returning next is the ‘Content Information Screen’, which enables users to see their friends’ activity and information specific to the title they’re looking at.

The Party System on the Xbox One will “get better” according to Xbox Live director of programming Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb. [More on CVG]

Microsoft is reportedly planning large-scale updates – codenamed ‘Threshold’ – which will bring the Xbox One, Windows and Windows Phone operating systems closer together. [More on Eurogamer]

Games

The EU PSN ‘12 Deals of Christmas‘ sees Diablo 3 and Spelunky discounted until until the end of Wednesday. Diablo 3 is available for €39.99/AU$59.95/£29.99, while Spelunky on the PS Vita is €6.99/AU$10.35/£5.49.

The PS4 patch for Battlefield 4 which was due on 3 December will now be out at a later date to be confirmed so that it can under “some additional testing”. The PC patch for the game is now available. Meanwhile, the ‘China Rising’ DLC is now available on all platforms for Premium subscribers. The content is available to others on 17 December.

However, there are already the “occasional hiccup, issue, glitch, or problem that could interrupt or prohibit your gameplay,” caused by the Battlefield 4 ‘China Rising’ DLC according to EA. [More on CVG]

EA has filed a (new) trademark for Desert Strike, suggesting a return to an old IP from the Super NES and Sega Genesis era. [via AllGamesBeta]

In-game footage from Ubisoft’s The Division will shown at the Spike VGX event on Saturday. [via Twitter]

Also confirmed for the Spike VGX event is a showing of The Witcher 3, an unnamed “upcoming Wii U game”, along with confirmed “exclusive new looks” at Titanfall, South Park, Broken Age, Dying Light, Thief and Quantum Break. [via Spike TV Press Release]

A significant gap between the release of Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain can be expected if an interview with series creator Hideo Kojima is accurate. He wanted to release the t games at once but “it appears likely that Phantom Pain will be coming out around the time the PlayStation 4 becomes more spread out. That means we would’ve had to make people wait a while longer.” [More on Siliconera]

Yager – the developer of Spec Ops: The Line – is recruiting for a triple-A free-to-play shooter, according to a number of job listings. [More on CVG]

New Microsoft studio, Lift London, will be revealing three free-to-play triple-A titles “very soon”. [More on CVG]

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for the PS4 has been dated for release in Japan. An open beta test takes place from 22 February, while the full game arrives in April. Owners of the PS3 version will be able to upgrade to the PS4 version free of charge. [More on Siliconera]

The Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod will be available via Steam on 16 December, and will be preceded by a beta from 7 to 14 December. [More on CVG]

A Warhammer 40K MOBA is arriving in the first quarter of 2014 for PC and mobile. Storm of Vengeance is being developed by Eutechnyx (UK creator of the NASCAR games) and is described as a “lane strategy game”.

Industry

The PS4 has sold 2.1 million units worldwide since its launch in 32 countries. SCE boss Andrew House gushed that it’s “PlayStation’s largest ever” launch. [More on CVG]

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick expects the Xbox One and PS4 to surpass its predecessors (in terms of sales) in just five years. [More on GI International]

EA CEO Andrew Wilson has predicted that Sony and Microsoft and their consoles will soon face “stiff competition” from other companies – such as Apple and Google – who are hoping to enter the living room entertainment space. [More on GI International]

Videos

The Battlefield 4 ‘China Rising’ DLC trailer. Screens available here.

The intro video for Project Spark.

The Elder Scrolls Online character progression video.

The Japanese trailer for PS Vita TV.

Ridge Racer Slipstream for mobile devices has been announced by Namco Bandai, and will be available sometime in December. [More on AllGamesBeta]

South Africa

Or Africa in general. IGN Africa has launched, and while we are loathe to be advertising our competition, we’re also stupid zombies who know no better… The African version of IGN (which now completes the world domination by IGN) is brought to you by the Johannesburg-based publisher of NAG and the owner of rAge. NAG will not be disappearing due to the arrival of IGN (and neither will we, if anyone was worried…) but some of the NAG writers are now IGN writers. [via Press Release, with more on NAG]

The South African developed game, Stasis, has hit its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 around four days ahead of schedule.

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