Morning News Wrap (25 Feb 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 01Dammit.  Back to the start of another work week.  Maybe a little news catch up will make it all kick off in a slightly more bearable fashion.

PlayStation Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has said that the new DualShock 4 controller is “still in development in terms of final specs and design”, but is near “final. It’s just gonna be small tweaks being done.” [via Engadget]

If you are worried that the next generation of consoles will bring along a price hike in the games themselves, fear not.  According to SCEA CEO Jack Tretton [via CNBC] games will cost anything between $0.99 and $60 – depending on whether it’s small downloads or full-price retail titles.

But, let’s be honest, nothing is better than free right?  In March, BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 will be free to download for PlayStation Plus subscribers.  It joins Dead or Alive 5 and Joe Danger 2: The Movie, who all join the already-available F1 Race Stars, Quantum Conundrum and Wipeout 2048 in the monthly-changing line-up.  Outgoing games Sleeping Dogs, Vanquish and Limbo will be available until 6 March, and until 13 March for Wipeout, at which point Metal Gear Solid HD Collection becomes available.  The PlayStation Store has also been updated to version 1.03, now loading faster and re-introducing the quick download option.

Sony has said that every title coming to the PS4 will be available both as a boxed retail copy and as a downloadable copy – pretty much like the PS Vita.  Speaking with The Guardian, Shuhei Yoshida said: “We’re shifting our platform more and more to the digital side – PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc. The Witness will be a digital release and because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models.”  He went on to hint that Sony may look at a tiered subscription model. “As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we’ll have more of an option to create attractive packages. So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company. We ould have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that.”

Mr. Yoshida has been a busy man of late.  He has also apologised for the continuous lack of information regarding The Last Guardian.  In an interview with Kotkau, he said: “I apologise to people who are waiting for the game… Ueda-san posted that he’s still working on it, that he’s creative-directing it and that the team in the Japan studios are working hard… We are waiting for the right time to re-introduce The Last Guardian.”

If you’re expecting the next-generation of graphics to be obviously better than the current generation, BioWare reckons you shouldn’t hold your breath.  It’s all about the money however.  Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine UK, BioWare art and animation director Neil Thompson believes that while there will be marked improvements in the graphics, the industry can’t afford to “get itself into a corner where it becomes economically unviable to make a game.”

The next-generation of consoles is looking to be more focused on persistent worlds than graphics then.   Watch Dogs creative director Jonathan Morin has suggested “hyperconnectivity” as the way the game will integrate social and online elements into its play.  “Watch Dogs is all about hyperconnectivity. To me, that has to mean all the time and anywhere. So yes, other people are out there all the time, when you don’t expect it. Whether you’re playing single-player or multiplayer it’s happening,” Morin told Kotaku.

Another weapon has been revealed for Gears of War Judgment.  Called the ‘Breechshot’, this Locust bolt action rifle was designed for hitting short to medium range targets.  It has a powerful melee, thanks to the blade attached to the bottom of the rifle.

Injustice: Gods Among Us… watch as four of the game’s characters beat several shades of s*** out of each other.  And want the game to arrive sooner than 16 April (US) or 19 April (Europe).

And finally, after all that violence, Disney’s Skylanders competitor, Disney Infinity has revealed the ‘Cars’ playset.  Aren’t they adorable?

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