Gaming News Wrap [5 Dec 2013]

News Wrap 07Good morning gamers. As always, the Gaming News Wrap gives you all your gaming news and videos in small, digestible bites, so tell your friends about it. They’ll be jealous and want some of the tasty treats too. And we like to share.

Hardware

More PS4 PSN functionality has been enabled following the temporary disabling of features during the European launch of the console. The lastest features re-enabled are ‘Live Item’ in the ‘Content Information Screen’, which lets users see their friends’ activity and information specific to the title they’re looking at.

An optional PS3 firmware update (4.53) has been released which improves system stability. [More on CVG]

Games

New details for Destiny have been revealed due to the game’s Game Informer magazine feature. The full list of details have been compiled by CVG and can be found here.

‘Freedom Cry’, the next single-player add-on for Assassin’s Creed IV is due on 17 December. The DLC forms part of the Season Pass and features a our hour-plus story, new multiplayer characters, the exclusive Kraken Ship Pack and additional personalisation options.

Some Xbox owners have been having issues downloading the ‘China Rising’ DLC for Battlefield 4. The issue is with a “limited” number of both Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions.

DICE has put all development of future expansion packs for Battlefield 4, as well as “future projects”, on hold until they have resolved all the current issues with the game. [More on Polygon]

The pricing structure for the Gran Turismo 6 micro-transactions have been confirmed. In-game credits cost real-world money as follows: 500k Cr – $4.99, 1M Cr – $9.99, 2.5M Cr – $19.99, 7.5M Cr – $49.99. Sony has stated that micro-transactions in the game are “completely optional”. [More on CVG]

Blacklight Retribution – the free-to-play FPS – is now available for download to PS4 gamers in Europe.

Doki-Doki Universe will be available on 10 December via digital download for PlayStation 4, PS3 and Vita.

The second campaign for Arma 3 will launch on 21 January as free DLC. ‘Adapt’ will follow on from the events of the first chapter. On 11 December an automatic update on Steam will introduce three additional vehicles (Wy-55 Hellcat helicopter, FV-720 Mora IFV, MBT-52 tank), plus black versions of the MX rifle family, infra-red grenades and the LRPS sniper scope.

Revolution Software has released the first episode of Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse via Steam and GoG for $24.99/£18.99. The game is currently on sale until 11 December at a price of $19.99/£15.19.

Industry

More than 30 developers have signed up for Microsoft’s self-publishing program, ID@Xbox. Crytek, Vlambeer and Double Fine are some of the names who have signed up. The full list is on Xbox Wire.

The cast for the World of Warcraft movie has been revealed. Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky from a variety of films, including Mission: Impossible and Pacific Rim and X-Men, will star.

UK mobile service provider, O2, will be offering an Xbox One FIFA bundle with a Nokia Lumia 1020 at over 60 stores from Thursday 5 December. An upfront cost of £99.99 and 24 monthly payments of £52 gets you the deal, and buyers will also get unlimited minutes and texts, 1GB of data, a copy of FIFA 14 and a 12 month Xbox Live Membership. You listening South African cellphone providers?

Danny Wells, who played Luigi in the Super Mario Bros Super Show has passed away. RIP.

Videos

The weekly EU PlayStation Store update sees Gran Turismo 6, Blacklight: Retribution, PS4 Apps, and more join the party. Full list here, or video below.

The ‘Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’ DLC pack for Saints Row IV is available now on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC and costs $3 (about £2).

Get ‘Inside the Square’ with this Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII developer diary.

An Avalanche Studios video which hints at Just Cause 3. Well, they’re in a jungle at least gathering “reference material for future games.”

The ‘Visual Effects #2′ video for the Unreal Engine 4.

A trailer for the PS4 version of Zen Pinball 2, which is available in the US from 17 December and in Europe from 18 December.

More clothing for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.

Fables: The Wolf Among Us is now available on the iOS App Store, and to celebrate, here’s a new developer diary.

Bravely Default is just about to be released for 3DS in Europe this week, and already a sequel has been announced. The sequel is called Bravely Second, but no additional information is available. In the meanwhile, enjoy the launch trailer for Bravely Default.

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