Morning News Wrap (11 Mar 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 07This is the start of a fantastic week.  Mark my words.  You will know why pretty soon.  It has nothing to do with the apocalypse.  Promise.

Let’s start things off with the next-generation of consoles.  Michael Pachter is forecasting a Microsoft win in the next-gen wars.  W’ll leave you to read more over here, as we frankly don’t care much for these “experts” and their analysing.

Meanwhile, Avalanche Studios (Just Cause) believes the PS4 will “out-power most PCs for years to come.

Poor old EA and their SimCity game.  The US launch has hurt them following the server issues, and it now appears that promises of a “smoother” European and worldwide launch have proved to be optimistic.  At the time of writing this, the EU servers had suffered intermittent outages following the game’s launch in the region on Friday.  Unsurprisingly, a petition has been started to remove the game’s online requirement and has surpassed 30,000 signatories. [via CVG]

If that wan’t sign enough of a troubled launch, in an email – apparently from EA to affiliates of EA Origin’s LinkShare program - the publisher has said it has “deactivated all SimCity text links and creative and we ask you to please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being.”  [via Polygon]

**UPDATE**  EA has obviously had a busy weekend, and have improved their server capacity by 120 percent. improving the service for those wanting to get their city building fix.  To buy back the angry masses, EA will also be offering a free game: “To get us back in your good graces, we’re going to offer you a free PC download game from the EA portfolio. On March 18, SimCity players who have activated their game will receive an email telling them how to redeem their free game.”

Ironically, the game from which EA should have learnt valuable lessons from has a new patch inbound.  Diablo 3‘s co-op gameplay will be the focus of the game’s next update.

The demo date for The Last of Us has been announced – at least for God of War: Ascension owners.  The playable demo of The Last of Us will go live on 31 May for owners of Kratos’ latest game, while general public will need to hold on until a date for them is announced.

A launch trailer for CI Games’ Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 which launches “worldwide” next week – 15 March – on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

A new developer diary for the Vita bound Killzone: Mercenary has been released by Sony, and features a fair amount of gameplay for your enjoyment.

BioWare have released a developer diary for the ‘Rise of the Hutt Cartel’ DLC expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic.  It will feature a new planet – Makeb – and raise the level cap to 55.  It will cost $19.99, but subscribers will be able to buy it for $9.99.

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