Morning News Wrap (25 Mar 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 06Public holidays and extended long weekends have a way of really throwing out the news reporting and the dinner clock.  We’re famished.  We’ve missed a bit of news and lots of braaaaaaaiiiiiiiinnnnssss.  But news first.

The Xbox LIVE Spring (yes, Northern Hemisphere time) Sale kicks off on 26 March.  The first full schedule of items on sale has been announced, and include the first episode of The Walking Dead completely for free.  The other episodes are diiscounted by 50%, and you can also grab discounted content for Skyrim, as well as, well, lots of stuff.  The current list of items expires on 1 April, when a new list replaces them for your spending needs.  Check Major Nelson for full details.

Rockstar has some bad news for you.  There is no timeline on when new information and assets for GTA V will be released.  So keep waiting. [via OXM]

On the other hand, the much delayed FUSE from Insomniac has been given a released date.  The four player co-op shooter will be available in the US on 28 May, and in Europe on 31 May.  There are pre-order bonus incentives available.  Click the press release link to find out more.  

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GUILDFORD, UK. — March 23, 2013 — A new kind of arms race is about to begin. Today, Electronic Arts Inc. and Insomniac Games announced that the four-person co-op action shooter – Fuse™ – will launch on May 31 in Europe.Fuse thrusts players into the roles of four elite, covert agents – Dalton Brooks, Izzy Sinclair, Jacob Kimble and Naya Deveraux – each with their own xenotech weapon and set of unique skills used to fight to protect mankind from a deadly alien energy source known as fuse. Developed by the critically-acclaimed independent studio, Insomniac Games, Fuse will mark the company’s first multiplatform release when it becomes available for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system this spring.

“Insomniac Games is known for delivering best-in-class weaponry that breaks the mold of traditional video games – and Fuse is no different,” said Ted Price, CEO and Founder of Insomniac Games. “These xenotech weapons further the innovation players will find in this unique, action co-op shooter. We can’t wait to bring Fuse, our first multi-platform game, to gamers worldwide this May.”

Players who pre-order Fuse from select retailers will be able to unlock special armor and weapon customization for each of the game’s four elite agents. These weapons can be used to bolster their characters’ respective arsenals through increased damage on all one-handed weapons.

The pre-order bonuses include:
·         Four Hyperion Prototype Agent Armor Skins—Upgrade your agents’ look with four special, state-of-the-art armor skins discovered inside the top-secret Hyperion Base
·         Four Hyperion Prototype Weapon Skins—Customize your Fuseweapons with four skins based on each of the original prototypes developed inside Hyperion Base
·         Quickdraw Team Perk—Increase your damage with this team perk adding powerful Fuse elements to all one-handed weapons for all four characters in your squad

Fuse is a four-person co-op, story-driven, action game that allows even solo players to experience the unique attributes of each agent by using the game’s LEAP feature – a feature that can be used to switch the player between the four characters at-will during combat. Each covert agent is equipped with unique skills and weapons that are not only necessary for survival, but also help create unexpected and extraordinary results. Xenotech weapons are powered by a volatile alien substance that gives players unique capabilities that expand their strategic options in and out of combat. Through lethal teamwork, players can complete objectives and kills to earn Fuse points for powerful upgrades. Players can also play online* or offline and level up along unique character paths, allowing players to unlock more powerful Fuse-driven abilities as the game progresses. In addition, the game’s progression system is unified between different play modes, allowing players to continue improving their agents regardless of how they play.

BioWare Edmonton (the Mass Effect studio) is working on a brand new series, which executive producer Casey Hudson revealed at PAX East as a “whole new fictional universe”.  He will work on the project with Mass Effect lead designer Preston Watamaniuk, while also remaining executive producer of the next Mass Effect game, being developed at BioWare’s Montreal studio.  No details other details on the new IP were revealed.

Quantic Dream has said they plan to continue their exclusivity with Sony.  Co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière said: “As long as we can create the games we want to create, we’ll stay with Sony.”

The PS Plus (free) April content has been announced via the PlayStation Blog, and subscribers will be able to grab Okami HD, The Cave and others for their enjoyment.

Telltale Games’ Walking Dead Season One will be coming to the Vita this year.  It is unclear whether it will arrive episodically or in one bundle. [via CVG]

If you voted in the Xbox Entertainment Awards, you may be in for a treat following the security breach of the app, which leaked personal information of a number of users.  Affected users will be getting 1600MS Points from Microsoft as a “gesture of goodwill”. [via CVG]

Lara Croft: Reflections has been trademarked in the US by according to Siliconera.  Whether it’s a game, expansion or movie and whether it’s current-gen or next-gen related needs to be confirmed by the powers that be.

The upcoming Halo 4 update which will bring back ‘x-markers’, as well as competitive skill ranking features for multiplayer, will also feature a new map entitled Forge Island.  It will be free and available from 11 April.

Ubisoft has released a new Splinter Cell: Blacklist gameplay video, which shows game director Patrick Redding working his way through a London-based level called the Abandoned Mill.  It showcases the three play styles present in the game: Ghost, Panther and Assault.

A new gameplay video for Metro: Last Light has hit the internet thanks to gamespot.  You get ten minutes in the swamp for viewing pleasure.

Harley Quinn’s character gets to beating her ex-lover and others in this new Injustice: God Among Us trailer.

Footage – from the sadly only PC bound – Resident Evil 6/Left 4 Dead 2 crossover has been released.

Firaxis has teased a new XCOM project or possibly new DLC for XCOM: Enemy Unknown at PAX East.  This video is courtesy of AllGamesBeta.

Teaser by All-Games-Beta

Money matters.  But not $200 million worth.  Someone, somewhere, has suggested that BioShock Infinite has cost $100 million to develop and has had another $100 million set aside for marketing.  Ken Levine thinks that person is clearly absurd: “200 million for Infinite? Did someone send some checks to the wrong address? #unnamedanalyst”. [via CVG]

Apparently, China based online games giant Tencent owns 40% of Epic Games, and it cost them $330 million to do so.  That’s according to financial documents, which refute claims that Tencent’s acquisition originally represented a ‘minority stake’ of Epic.  Epic’s founder Tim Sweeney said in an email statement sent to Polygon: “as part of the investment, two Tencent representatives joined Epic’s board of directors, in addition to the three directors and two observers appointed by Epic”.

A Sony representative has told IGN that over a third of all Vita games are purchased digitally via the PlayStation Store.  PlayStation’s director of product planning and platform software innovation Don Mesa also said that there are over 100 are coming to the portable platform this year.

HMV have cut the price of the Wii U premium bundle to £200 in the UK.  In South Africa, an unconfirmed report has said that BT Games has the Wii U ZombiU bundle for R2999.  Both may only be short term sale prices.

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