Morning News Wrap (11 Feb 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 01Morning all.  Trust your breakfast was as delicious as the human brain sent to us by a recent competition entry desperate to bribe a win out of us.  Feel free to keep sending, and we’ll make sure you almost always win.  And now for your morning news…

And, let’s start with next-gen rumours, because we know as much as your head says: “wait for confirmation”, you really thrive on all the speculation.  Sony is “almost sure” to bundle a next generation PlayStation Eye device with every PlayStation 4, according to a new rumour published on VGLeaks.  The device is being referred to as ‘Dual Camera’, and contains a pair of wide-angle cameras (each with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels), and with sound being processed by a four microphone array working at 48 Khz.  The device apparently supports head and hand tracking as new game inputs, but it is unclear if it’ll support body tracking in the future.  It will also support video chat, and recognise and sign in users into the PS4.  Sounds – and feel free to try and correct me here – exactly like something called ‘Kinect’…

On the flip side to all this next-gen talk, Sony believes that the PS3 still has “a long life” ahead of it.  According to CEO Masaru Kato in the earnings call (transcript by Seeking Alpha): “PS3, in its sixth year, I think it still has a long life, and here we’re not in the stage where we are losing money in the hardware any more.”

We were quick last week to query why HMV execs were not some of the first to hit the cutting room floor when the company went into administration – especially when 66 stores were preparing to close their doors.  It appears that someone else agreed with us, and the company’s CEO has been “asked to leave”, along with 60 other “redundancies” at the HMV head office.  Still sad to see this all happening, in what is starting to look like troubled times in the gaming and entertainment industries.  Maybe those new consoles can’t come soon enough.

Activision has announced its disappointment with Wii U launch sales.  The publisher is particularly concerned for its Skylander franchise saying “one of the things we are concerned about is what the installed base of hardware will be like for 6- to 11-year-olds. But we have a lot of confidence in the franchise for the long-term…”  Maybe the Wii U was a little too expensive at launch?  We couldn’t have been the only people in the world to have thought that?

What is Murdered?  Humans usually, but a number of Square Enix representatives  pointed people to a teaser website for a mystery game project given the name ‘Murdered’.  Since then it has confirmed to VG247 that the game’s full name is ‘Murdered: Soul Suspects’ and is described as “an exciting new game from Square Enix which challenges players to solve possibly the hardest case of all”.

Dead Space 3_19EA is happy for you to bypass their micro transactions for weapons by using the Dead Space 3 ‘glitch’ that’s not a glitch.  Discovered by GameFront, the glitch allows players to collect constantly respawning crafting resources – something that is completely intentional according to EA representative Jino Talens.  “The resource-earning mechanic in Dead Space 3 is not a glitch. We have no plans to issue a patch to change this aspect of the game. We encourage players to explore the game and discover the areas where resources respawn for free. We’ve deliberately designed Dead Space 3 to allow players to harvest resources by playing through the game… For those that wish to accumulate upgrades instantly, we have enabled an optional system for them to buy the resources at a minimal cost ($1 – $3).”

Sega has confirmed the rumoured Season Pass for Aliens: Colonial Marines.  The Season Pass will cost 2400MS Points (£20.56 / $30.00 / $30.00) on Xbox 360 and $29.99 /£19.99 / €29.99 / on PS3 and PC, and will provide access to “all four” planned DLC packs.  The pass will represent an almost 40 per cent saving on the content, compared to the cost of buying the packs individually.

Crytek may solely be focusing on free-to-play games in the next few years.  Speaking to Venture Beat, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said the firm had decided as early as six years ago that free-to-play is the future. “We decided five or six years ago that we want to marry the quality of triple-A games with the business model of free-to-play… I think over the next two to three years, free-to-play is going to rival retail with quality games like Warface… Our primary goal is to make triple-A free-to-play games for the world market and transition entirely to that.”

A new Grid 2 teaser trailer has been released.  It shows some cars.  The game is due 31 May in the UK and 28 May in the US on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Sony has released some behind the scenes footage of the live-action God of War: Ascension video ‘From Ashes’.

A Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen trailer has been released, showing off the new enemies and areas in the game.  Not that you would understand anything being said, as the trailer is in Japanese.

Axl Rose’s case against Activision over Guitar Hero has been  dismissed by he judge presiding over the case.  According to the San Marino Tribune, following a two-hour hearing of the lawsuit’s contract claims, LA Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer dismissed Rose’s claims.  Not a good time for Mr. Rose and court cases – this follows a dismissal last year of a similar case he had because they were filed too late.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct will not be released on the Wii U in Australia.  No, the age rating system has not been reversed, nor is it due to game violence, it’s simply that Activision reckons there isn’t enough customer demand.

And finally, CVG recently did an interesting, and lengthy, article on violence in gaming and age ratings.  Go and read it if you want to stay informed and involved, as gamers – and most likely – parents.

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