Monday, August 26, 2013

Gamescom 2013 Wrap-up

Hey Guys,

So I decided to just do a wrap-up of info from Gamescom. I figured it would be the easiest. This is by no means all of the info coming out of Gamescom but I just wanted to give you guys a snapshot. First thing I must mention that Nintendo seems to have more plans to show out at Pax and just stayed classy at Gamescom. This cannot be said about Sony and Microsoft that took jabs at each other like this was a political race. I was disgusted to see these two companies act like this. They need to keep it professional. 


PS4 reveal date Nov 15th in the US. PS4 will have blue and red dual shock controllers apparently the new DualShock 4 are more FPS friendly. 

Sony’s Game Upgrade Program – Buy the PS3 game and upgrade to the PS4 digital dowload game at a discount. At Gamescom today Sony announced the price of the PlayStation Vita would fall to USD$199/€199, effective tomorrow in the US and Europe. Sony has announced a PS3 Grand Theft Auto V bundle. Included is a copy of the game, a 500GB PS3, and a Pulse headset. The package will hit in September alongside GTAV for $270 US. It also comes with a 30 day trial of PlayStation Plus. Sony has announced that Mojang's Minecraft is coming to PlayStation 4 at launch. It's also headed to PS3 and Vita, according to creator Markus "Notch" Persson. 

Sony has revealed that PlayStation 4 will receive 33 games (a combination of retail games with PSN-only downloadable titles) between the console’s launch in November and the end of the calendar year. Sony has also revealed that “more than 180 PS4 titles [are] in development.”

Below is a list of every PS4 game slated to release in the console’s “launch frame.” An “R” indicates it’s a retail release; a “P” indicates it’s a downloadable release via the PlayStation Network. Keep in mind that all of PS4’s retail games will also be available digitally, just like on PlayStation Vita. 

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (R), Basement Crawl (P), Battlefield 4 (R), Blacklight: Retribution (P), Call of Duty: Ghosts (R), Contrast (P), CounterSpy (P), DC Universe (P), Doki-Doki Universe (P), DriveClub (R), FIFA 14 (R), Flower (P), Hohokum (P), Just Dance 2014 (R), Killzone: Shadow Fall (R), Knack (R), LEGO Marvel Superheroes (R), Madden 25 (R), Minecraft (P), N++ (P), NBA 2K14 (R), NBA Live (R), Need For Speed: Rivals (R), Pinball Arcade (P), Planetside 2 (P), Pool Nation Extreme (P), Resogun (P), Skylanders: Swap Force (R), Super Motherload (P),Tiny Brains (P), WarFrame (P), War Thunder (P), WatchDogs (R) 

While Microsoft didn't confirm its next console's launch date, it did mention that every single European pre-order of the Xbox One will come with a free copy of Fifa 14.

Full Xbox One line up reveal for launch window - 

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft), Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts), Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision), Crimson Dragon, (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios), Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft), FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts), Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft), Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios), Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft), Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios),

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive), Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios), Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts), NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports), NBA Live 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts), Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts), Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts), Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios), Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios), Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision), Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft), Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios), Zumba Fitness: World Party (ZoĆ« Mode, Majesco). 

ZeniMax Online Studios' upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will cost $15 monthly for subscribers, Bethesda has confirmed to IGN.

UK publisher Reef Entertainment has acquired “exclusive console video game rights” for 1984’s The Terminator and “console and PC video game rights” for 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day from Studiocanal. No mention of genre or specific platforms was made, nor were any screenshots of said project released. The logo below is all we have at the moment. 

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is described as a "dark and terrifying new chapter" in Diablo's story and takes place "from the sprawling streets of Westmarch to the ancient walls of the Pandemonium Fortress."- no release date 

At Gamescom this week, the veteran designer unveiled the first details of the Vision Gran Turismo project, for which Yamauchi-san approached a number of car companies and renowned car design studios and asked them to submit their dream car concepts that Polyphony Digital would then create in GT6. – release December 6 2013. 

This week, Blizzard detailed the updates coming in WoW’s upcoming Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar, including class changes, currency conversions and much more.In an interview at Gamescom, game director Tom Chilton and lead content designer Cory Stockton explained how the new changes will affect WoW, plus how many more updates Mists of Pandaria players can expect.

Sims producer Ryan Vaughan has been around for almost this entire transformation, having started working at Maxis on The Sims 2 and continued through The Sims 3 and all its various expansions. "Quite frankly I think it’s the best simulator that we’ve created at Maxis, so I’m really excited about that," he says. "This is the first one that we’ve got brand new tech, [which] we’re calling it SmartSim, and it’s allowing us to create the most relatable and the most intelligent Sims game ever." "It creates a cascading set of circumstances for you as a storyteller," says Ryan. "For example, previously if a Sim caught their partner cheating, there’d be a short term mood hit and then the whole thing would effectively be dropped. Now they’d be pushed into a powerful emotional state by that – it might cause depression."

Well guys that's my wrap-up. I will probably do something similar for PAX and Eurogamer Expo. Until then. 

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