Morning News Wrap (20 Mar 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 03For South African’s, today probably feels like a Friday.  It’s a public holiday on Thursday, so the lazy humans among you will probably take Friday off.  We will probably carrying on and do your bidding for now, by bringing you the news.

Do you remember Strider?  No, we don’t either, but Capcom may be making a new one.  Box art landed up on NeoGAF and was quickly made to disappear.  However, CVG appears to have found it all again.  It looks like evidence suggests it will appear on XBLA and Steam at the very least.

Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut will arrive in April.  26 April in the UK to be exact.

On 21 June, you can enjoy the sound of leather on willow as Ashes Cricket 2013 arrives just in time for the real life encounter between England and Australia.  The game features a “brand new game” engine and arrives on X360, PS3, Wii U and PC.  It will feature “dynamic game play” which “adds variety to each match.”  The press release goes on to say: “Players will have to adapt to varying and altering pitches; whether it’s a green seaming wicket or deteriorating fifth day pitch susceptible to spin and bounce. Weather forecasts will also change, altering the course of the match; overcast conditions will be more conducive to swing, while sunny days are a batsman’s paradise.”

How about you spoil yourself?  You can pick up some discounted items from 26 March in the Xbox LIVE Spring Sale.  What’s up for sale?  You will need to wait until 26 March to see, but it will include Arcade games, Games on Demand, Add-ons and more.

According to a listing on Amazon, Square Enix appear planning to release Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut for Wii U on 7 May.  Obviously this is still to be confirmed, but it’s Amazon, they have to be right… right? [via CVG]

Warner Bros. has revealed another playable character for Injustice: Gods Among Us.  Black Adam joins an ever growing cast of DC characters in NetherRealm’s new fighting game.  They are said to be placing a heavy focus on storytelling in the game.

The Tomb Raider multiplayer DLC is now out on Xbox 360.  The timed exclusive called ‘Caves & Cliffs’ comes with three new maps and will cost you 400MS Points.

A new Metro: Last Light trailer has been released by Deep Silver.  Called ‘Salvation’, it “focuses on the rich storyline behind the game, as the last remnants of mankind hurtle towards a final, fateful reckoning”.

The long-delayed XBLA multiplayer party game BattleBlock Theater from Castle Crashers and Alien Hominid developer Behemoth has benn dated for release on 3 April at the price of 1200MS Points.  It also got a trailer to go with the release date.

Supergiant Games who developed Bastion, have revealed their next game called Transistor.  It’s expected in 2014 and is an isometric game with sci-fi-ish feel.

This video demonstration showcases how real-time lighting tech would work in an interactive environment.  The games tools are from Geomerics who have updated their illumination and lighting tech to support the PS4.

Let’s end this all with industry news and a little “controversy”.

Sony’s shares jumped 11% on the back of ratings company Daiwa Securities raised the corporation’s rating.  The securities firm suggested that Sony is on track to turn a profit by the end of the financial year.  [via CVG]

Shadows of the Damned director Massimo Guarini has partnered with Sony to work on a platform exclusive IP.  Guarini has also opened a new studio called Ovosonico, which is the first Italy-based studio to join the Sony stable.  What is the game?  No idea.  When will it be out?  No idea.  Current or next-gen?  No… you get the idea.  However, he did mention “movie-length”, which means it won’t be a long game. [via Eurogamer]

The creative director of Remember Me says publishers rejected the game because of its female lead.  Speaking to Penny Arcade, Jean-Max Morris said: “We had some [publishers] that said, ‘Well we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.”  The publishers were also against the lead having any kind of romantic liaisons, because: “You can’t make a dude like the player kiss another dude in the game, that’s going to feel awkward.”

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