Morning News Wrap (8 Jan 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 03Wake up sleepy head.  Shake those cobwebs from your head and fill it with braaaaaaiiiiiiiinnnnnssssss – of course – and this little round up of mildly entertaining news from the world of gaming.

Everyone’s favourite episodic zombie game (… only one maybe), The Walking Dead by TellTale Games has sold a whopping 8.5 million episodes across its five episodes.  That’s roughly 1.7 million per episode across a multitude of different platforms.  Not shabby at all.  According to TellTale CEO Dan Connors (speaking to the Wall Street Journal), the figure is based on the first seven months of the series’ availability.  Connors also told Red Bull UK last week that TellTale is looking at how user choices made in the first season can be implemented in a forthcoming second season.  So there’s more coming if you’re a fan of zombie slaying.  If you aren’t a fan of zombies (slaying or otherwise), in the same Red Bull interview, Connors said that the developer would be keen to develop a game set in the Star Wars universe, which is no surprise given TellTale was founded by former LucasArts employees following the cancellation of Sam & Max: Freelance Police.

A retail bundle featuring Borderlands 2 and at least its first two pieces of DLC has been outed by the Australian Classification Board.  Whether the third and upcoming DLC featuring Sir Hamemrlock will be included is unconfirmed (as is the product itself actually), but we’re pretty sure that if this does prove accurate, the box will feature all the DLC released and to be released for Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 2.

Yet another Android-powered gaming device has been unveiled.  This time Nvidia has revealed its first foray into game consoles called Shield.  The open platform handheld device is powered by a Tegra 4 processor, and looks like a console controller with a 5-inch retina-display touchscreen attached.  It also has an HDMI port and a microSD card slot. The battery life is claimed to be 10-11 hours in-game, and 24 hours for HD video playback.  On top of that, the Shield is capable of streaming games from a Windows PC via Wi-Fi – as long as the PC has a GeForce GTX 650 or higher card.

In gaming console related news, Sony America may be planning to show off its next console (let’s call it the PlayStation 4 for now) to “selected” industry partners at a closed doors event in February.  ‘Destination PlayStation’ is an annual conference for third-party publishers and a number of retailers and an invite notice said the two-day event will provide a “first look at amazing new releases from SCEA”.  Our invite is apparently “in the post”.

The studio behind Asura’s Wrath – CyberConnect2 – is apparently working on three original IPs which they plan to reveal this year.  More details when they release something more concrete.

Applications for beta testers for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is now open.  According to the publisher: “Players who met the Legacy campaign requirements can participate in the beta test starting from phase 1 and are not required to apply. However, we ask players who wish to participate in the PlayStation 3 beta test to apply for it.”  You can, in the meantime, enjoy this prologue video for the game which is coming to the PS3 and PC sometime this year.

The – thought to be cancelled – game Insane by film director Guillermo del Toro appears to be still alive.  In an interview with The Toronto Sun he said: “We are in talks with a very, very big company. I can’t say who, but it’s one of the big ones. They really responded to the game, they responded to what we were trying.”

Firaxis has released new free DLC for XCOM: Enemy Unknown (called ‘Second Wave’) which unlocks 16 post-game options whichwere abandoned during the game’s development.  More details here.

A host of Nintendo and Wii U news to close off with.  Crytek and EA have decided that Crysis 3 will not be making it to Nintendo’s new console because “there’s not enough business drive in it“.  In better news for the Wii U, the console sold between 600 000 and 675 000 units in North America according to analysts.  In not so great news, that put it in fourth place behind the Xbox 360 (at least 1,55 million), the 3DS (1,14 million) and the PS3 (900 000).  Heading back up the rollercoaster (for consumers at least), Nintendo may consider free-to-play model for new franchises… which means not Mario and Pokemon.  Phew.