Gaming News Wrap [5 Sep 2013]

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So. The Xbox One has a release date. 22 November. It’s for 13 countries only, and while South Africa is not one of them, there are plenty of other countries not getting it then. So quit your moaning. The countries that are getting the console before Christmas this year are: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. More regions will be revealed in 2014.

To console (see what we did there?) yourself until your country gets the next-generation console, Microsoft has announced that it plans to support the Xbox 360 for another three years and the company plans to ship another 100 titles still. [More on CVG]

Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi reckons the Xbox One may sell at a profit from day one. Or at least Microsoft are “looking to be breakeven or low margin at worst.”

The UK ‘Day One’ Edition of the Xbox One will now come bundled with either the previously announced FIFA 14 or Forza 5. Currently GAME, Amazon.co.uk and ShopTo are offering the deal. In fact, there are now a number of bundles available and you can find them all on Eurogamer.

Microsoft will be looking to implement the loaning and trading of digitally-downloaded games on Xbox One in future, according Xbox director Albert Penello. He also chatted about the Xbox One price and more on GameSpot.

It has also been announced that Forza 5 will feature Australia’s touring car circuit Bathurst’s Mount Panorama.

Battlefield 4 will feature a vehicle testing ground. DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson told IGN: “We’ve definitely heard that people are afraid of getting in there [and using vehicles like helicopters] and that’s not our intent, so what we’ve done is, we’ve added a test range, which allows you to try out all the hardware ahead of time.”

Hideo Kojima wants some of the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s characters look “more erotic” to encourage cosplay. [More on CVG]

PSN gamers who bought Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be given a full refund, Sony has confirmed. This follows a slightly stellar launch of the title last week. Details on the PlayStation Blog.

The Metro: Last Light ‘Tower Pack’ DLC is now out and priced at $4.99 / £3.99 / €4.99.

The Black Ops 2 ‘Apocalypse’ DLC for PS3 and PC will be out on 26 September.

Female fighters will be on the roster for the first time ever in a UFC game when EA Sports UFC launches. [More on AllGamesBeta]

If you’re in Tokyo on 19 to 22 September, this may be of interest to you. If not, move along. Nothing to see. Square Enix has revealed the line-up of games they will be showcasing at TGS, and it includes Thief, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Evil Within and Bravely Default: For The Sequel. The full line-up is here.

The missing levels on the PS Vita version of Rayman Legends will be released as free DLC, Ubisoft has promised. The missing content was left out due to time constraints. [More on CVG]

Creative Assembly will release the first Total War: Rome II patch on Friday, 6 September. It will address various crashes and graphical issues, plus add “tweaks” to AI routines.

Videos

The EU PlayStation Store update brings Diablo 3 to the PS3, and Killzone Mercenary and The Walking Dead to the Vita. There’s a fair bit more, but full details can be found here.

14 minutes of Watch_Dogs. Worth. Every. Minute.

This new Destiny trailer thanks the supporters and shows off a little more of the world.

A new FIFA 14 video which details the career mode in the game.

Meet the four new Tekken Revolution characters coming to the PS3 frr-to-play exclusive via a free update on 11 September.

A narrated gameplay video for XCOM Enemy Within.

PC game Outlast has launched. There is (of course) a trailer to celebrate.

A new Killzone Mercenary trailer to coincide with the EU launch of the game.

The Farming Simulator console launch trailer. Really.

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