Gaming News Wrap [4 Feb 2014]

Breakfast Wrap 02Good morning. Is it weekend yet? No? Then we better console ourselves with these tasty treats of gaming news.

Games

Ubisoft is working to reinstate the Watch Dogs trademark after a “fraudulent Request for Express Abandonment” was filed last week. The publisher has told CVG that there is no impact on the game’s development.

The next chapter of The Walking Dead: Season 2 from Telltale Games is “just around the corner.” [via Twitter]

Meanwhile, the second episode of Telltales’ other game The Wolf Among Us has been dated for release. ‘Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors’ will out today for Mac, PC, and North American PS3 owners, while PS3 gamers in Europe and Xbox 360 can download on Wednesday 5 February.

The Titanfall beta will not be limited to pre-order customers, but details on how the beta will be handled will be announced “soon”. [More on CVG]

Evolve – the new shooter from Left 4 Dead creator Turtle Rock – may still make it to the Xbox 360 and PS3 along with the already confirmed PC, Xbox One and PS4 versions.

Orchid has become the new free-to-play character for Killer Instinct. [More on CVG]

Details of the Xbox One Games With Gold programme will be “coming fairly soon,” according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.

PES 2015 is being co-developed by a new UK studio. [More on MCV]

The next Duke Nukem game (the series’ debut on next-gen consoles) is called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, and is “a top-down action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation,” according to a teaser message decoded by fans. [More on Eurogamer]

The Last of Us has won a Writers Guild of America award for outstanding achievement in video game writing, beating out Assassin’s Creed, Batman, God of War and Lost Plant 3 in the process.

Hardware

Sony’s John Smedley has suggested that the unannounced Sony VR headset could support EverQuest Next. [More on CVG]

Razer has announced that it will be partnering with Microsoft to bring a “suite of products for the Xbox One, including a controller, arcade stick and more,” to the Xbox One. No details have been given on the release dates or pricing, but the press release suggests keeping your eye on the Razer website.

Industry

Reports of a cheaper disc-less Xbox One are false according to Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg. “You cannot believe everything you read on the internet” he said. Damn internet… [More on CVG]

Sony Computer Entertainment UK’s Fergal Gara has said that Nintendo‘s woes could negatively impact the whole gaming industry. “[The decline of Nintendo] could be detrimental to the market, unless people like us raise our game and help tap into the younger consumer group that they serve rather well”, he told TrustedReviews in an interview.

Take-Two has seen their third quarter profits soar on the back of strong sales of GTA V, which has shipped over 32.5 million copies worldwide. Speaking of GTA V, the publisher has “nothing to say about it” coming to PC.

The PC version of Minecraft has sold over 14 million copies. [via Twitter]

Screenshots and Concept Art

Videos

The PS4 1.60 update has begun to roll out and brings support for the PULSE and PULSE – Elite Edition wireless stereo headsets to PS4. Sony has also revealed the new Gold Wireless Headset which is due out soon for $99.99. SA release and availability to be confirmed.

Murdered: Soul Suspect has been confirmed for the Xbox One. It joins the already confirmed platforms of Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Ex-Ubisoft developers have started a new studio called Pixyul, and have revealed ReROLL – a “survival action RPG” that uses drones to map out the entire real world. [More on AllGamesBeta]

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