Breakfast Wrap 11If you don’t know what’s happening in the world of gaming, you probably don’t read the Gaming News Wrap… or this introduction for that matter…

Games

Konami has confirmed the release date of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 for 1 September. The PC version releases two weeks later on 15 September. The game will include Metal Gear Online and has a SRP of £59.99 for PS4, Xbox One and Steam, and £49.99 for PS3 and Xbox 360. There is also a £99.99 Collector’s Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One, which has a half scale replica of Snake’s bionic arm, along with a number of other items. [More…]

Turtle Rock Studios is adding an ‘Observer Mode’ to Evolve, which clearly marks their plans for the future of the game as an eSports title – albeit it a slightly unusual one. The ‘Observer Mode’ will allow for shoutcasting, jumping between characters and more.

Sales & Discounts

Madden 15 has been added to the EA Access Vault. [via Twitter]

Consoles & Hardware

Retail Xbox Ones will be unlocked as test kits in the second half of 2015. [More…]

Industry

Sony is looking at free-to-play as a “significant part” of the PlayStation’s digital business. PlayStation’s Sarah Thompson said at GDC that free-to-play is “going to be a really a big chunk of our revenues in the next few years; 3-5 years. And it’s already growing at amazing rates that are really quite surprising.” [More…]

Phil Harrison is reportedly leaving Microsoft after only three years with the company.

At GDC, Valve announced that the Source 2 engine will be available for free, the only requirement is that any game made with the engine must be released on Steam. The game may be released via other methods too, but no Steam, no free engine. [More…]

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor bagged the Game of the Year at the GDC Awards 2015. [More…]

Maxis Emeryville, the studio who made Spore and the recent SimCity, has been closed by EA. The Sims will continue under current studio Redwood Shores, while affected employees would be given “opportunities to explore” other positions within EA. [More…]

eSports

MLG has announced its Call of Duty Advanced Warfare calendar for the rest of the year. Alongside the Pro League (with its salaried players), there will be an opportunity for players to participate in a ‘Relegation’ tournament (it’s really only relegation if you get knocked out) in June to secure a spot in the Season Three Pro League. There will also be a World Championship in mid-October with a $250,000 prize pool. [More…]

Videos

Xbox head, Phil Spencer, outlined the company’s plans to integrate Xbox One and Windows PC. Cross-buy – and cross-play – as well as wireless Xbox One controller play is heading to PC.

The second content drop – ‘The Ultimate Survivor Bundle’ – of the Season Pass for Dying Light will be released on 10 March. New weapon blueprints and new outfits will be yours for free (with the Season Pass) or $5. Also arriving on 10 March, and completely free, is patch 1.4 which brings improvements to the game’s performance, gameplay balance, online functions, and visual fidelity. It will also add the new Hard Mode, an additional weapon rarity tier, extra rewards for completing the game, more character outfits, and dozens of new weapons.

PC gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

http://youtu.be/EhQgIRoMqG8

Metal Gear Online has a trailer with developer commentary.

http://youtu.be/ehk9-7gZgew

Elite: Dangerous has been announced for Xbox One and is “planned to launch in 2015”. It will release with all content added to the PC version by February’s Community Goals content update and March’s (upcoming) Wings content update. [via Press Release]

Bethesda has announced a standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order called Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. The game will be released for PS4 and PC, and digitally for Xbox One on 5 May at a price of £14.99. [More…]

Alien: Isolation was originally prototyped as a third-person game – this piece of news was revealed at GDC by the developers Creative Assembly. [More…]

Tropico 5 will be hitting the PS4 on 24 April with 1080p and 30fps visuals.

5v5 free-to-play game Gigantic is heading to Xbox One and Windows 10 later this year. [More…]

Magicka 2 will be released for the PC and PS4 on 26 May and will feature 1080p graphics running at 60fps.

White Night has released a launch trailer, with the game out now for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

First-person exploration game Ether One will be hitting the PS4 this year.