Gaming News Wrap [5 Aug 2013]

News Wrap 01Good morning gamers. Trust the past weekend was an awesome one. Remember, it’s a short week in South Africa and we will help to get you there even quicker. ‘Cos we’re awesome like that.

Microsoft has made improvements to the Xbox One‘s GPU clock speed. The speed has been increased to around 853mhz – an increase of around 6.6% – which allows developers to put more demand on the system. [More on CVG]

Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin has released a short grainy video teasing a new feature in Call of Duty: Ghosts. The video reveals what looks to be a ‘Squads’ menu in the game, with sub-menu options of ‘Options’ and ‘Online Play’. Some speculation is that this might be the Spec Ops replacement. Or the game is heading into Battlefield 4 territory…

Speaking of… DICE has answered some questions about Battlefield 4 and the vehicles available. Get the answers here.

id Software’s John Carmack reckons that the PS4 and Xbox One are “essentially the same” in terms of performance. He also feels the Xbox One backlash was a “bit of a witch hunt”. [More on Gamasutra]

Assassin’s Creed 4 director Ashraf Ismail has revealed that  “is an end” to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. While multiple teams work on the various entries into the series, there is a brand team that “sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series’ overall arc. So there is an overall arc, and each iteration has its place inside this.” [More on Eurogamer]

Will you buy a sequel to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance? Konami wants to know, and you can tell them here.

Tekken X Street Fighter is still in development. You can read more on Siliconera.

CD Projekt Red has opened a new studio in Cracow, Poland, to “bolster the development” of their two major titles – The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.

Crytek have taken their websites offline due to “suspicious activity” – or “security reasons” – but they are “working on getting all websites fully operational again as soon as possible”. Account holders on crydev.net or mycrysis.com will be asked to change their passwords upon their return.

The Wii U version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be shipping without offline co-op to ensure it releases alongside the other versions of the game on 22 August in Europe and SA.

The Fez 2 cancellation by Phil Fish was a surprise to Polytron producer Marie-Christine Bourdua. However, the studio has some “other stuff on the way” and are working with Sony. [More on Joystiq]

The PS Vita is “not performing that well” according to an unnamed Sony executive, who also says Sony plans to spend a lot less to bring the PS4 to the market than they did on the PS3. [More on CVG]

Bethesda has announced a new Elder Scrolls Anthology pack for PC, which is due out on 13 September. The pack has pretty much every bit of Elder Scrolls content imaginable – starting with Elder Scrolls Arena and ending with the Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim, with everything in between. [More on Eurogamer]

Sony has announced EverQuest Next. For details, screens and videos, head over to AllGamesBeta.

Videos

The first footage from Team Bondi’s Whore of the Orient has emerged online.

Leaked gameplay footage of The Evil Within.


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Ace Combat Infinity has been announced and is a PS3 exclusive and will be free-to-pay. Namco Bandai has said the game will be available later this year.

Payday 2 ‘Safehouse’ trailer.

The first fifteen minutes of Splinter Cell: Blacklist has hit the internet. Don’t watch if you want to avoid spoilers obviously.

A new ‘Threat’ trailer has also been released for the game.

A new live action video for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified called ‘The Interrogation’.

A DayZ developer diary.

CVG has released a video which tells you everything you need to know about what you will get in your package when the PS4 launches.

A CVG interview with the Elder Scrolls Online creative director Paul Sage.

Screenshots

eSports

Gfinity has announced their second event of 2013 which will feature 16 top Black Ops 2 teams playing for a $70,000 prize pool. The event will run on the 12th and 13th of October in London.

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