Public 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.
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.
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.