Weekly Recap: PS4 Sells 20 Million, The Phantom Pain Release Date Announced
Did you step away from the Internet this week? Check out a roundup of some of the week's biggest stories here.
THE BIG STUFF:
METAL GEAR SOLID 5: THE PHANTOM PAIN RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED: Hideo Kojima's open-world action game is launching September 1 worldwide on console. Except the PC version. That edition is arriving two weeks later on September 15.
THE OTHER STUFF:
Lords of the Fallen, the Dark-souls style role-playing game from CI Games, added its first expansion this week. The Ancient Labyrinth DLC is available now across console and PC. Expect new enemies, weapons, rewards, and more in the content, said to span about 2 hours.
Social gaming giant Zynga, whose financial fortunes have lessened of late, has announced what sounds like an incredibly ambitious mobile game called Dawn of Titans. Created by NaturalMotion, which Zynga acquired last year, the game lets you control thousands of units. Check out a video [here] and read the first details here.
Paradox Interactive announced this week that Magicka 2 will be released for PC and PlayStation 4 on May 26, 2015. PC preorders are open now, while PS4 preorders should open soon. Magicka 2 will cost $15 on both PC and PS4 when released.
3D Realms is back. The company this week released a new trailer for Bombshell. Check it out here.
Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling has offered a new statement on the fallout surrounding his failed video game company, 38 Studios. In an impassioned blog post, Schilling said: "I can assure you that when this settles itself you will see and hear things A) You never thought possible and B) That will make you understand from the 1st day I never even hinted at doing anything illegal or underhanded." Read his full blog post here.
After a short, one-week delay, Activision and Sledgehammer Games have released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's first expansion, Havoc, for PC. The DLC comes with new maps, weapons, and even a brand new Zombies mode starring John Malkovich and other celebs.
Infinite Crisis, the upcoming MOBA from Boston-based developer Turbine, will launch March 26 on Steam, the studio announced this week. The game is set in DC Comics' iconic multiverse, featuring a range of famous heroes and villains.
Disney is celebrating three years of Marvel: Avengers Alliance by offering new story-based quests and more for the Facebook game. Anyone who plays the new "Taco Party" mission will be given a chance to unlock special anniversary armor, gain three gold, and earn a free comic code. The offer is good for a limited time only. See more here.
New DLC is now available for Sega's acclaimed horror game Alien: Isolation. Grab the latest expansion, "The Trigger," today on console and PC. The expansion tasks players to fight against the clock to survive on three new maps for the game's Survivor mode. It's included with the $30 Alien: Isolation DLC pass or you can buy it by itself for $8.
In addition to Xbox One, inXile's role-playing game Wasteland 2 is now coming to PlayStation 4, it was announced this week during the Game Developers Conference. Both the Xbox One and PS4 editions will be released this summer. The game, originally funded through Kickstarter, is already available on PC.
Outspoken developer Jonathan Blow, who created Braid, has chimed in with another interesting quote. "All games are basically porn," he says in this excellent new Vanity Fair story. Full disclosure, it was written by a former GameSpot editor.
DLC alert! Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced the latest expansion for racing game Forza Horizon 2. Available now on Xbox One is the Rockstar Energy Car Pack, featuring a sweet of new rides. See all the cars here. The DLC is available now for $5.
Upcoming role-playing game Kingdom Come: Deliverance, whose main hook is that it doesn't have any fantasy elements, continues to look stunning. Case in point: this video.
Former Call of Duty developer Robert Bowling has a new job. After his studio, Robotoki, closed down earlier this year, it was revealed this week that he's now joined Humble Bundle as its vice president of creative. Read more about the news here.
Sunset Overdrive's final piece of DLC has been revealed. Learn all about it in the latest episode of Sunset TV here.
After lackluster initial Xbox One sales in Japan, Microsoft has rolled out a series of new promotions to help get things going. Part of that, according to DualShockers, is discounted games, controllers, and more. Read more about it here.
A new study from The Open Gaming Alliance released this week predicted that the PC games industry will rise to new heights in the next few years. The study, conducted in association with DFC Intelligence, forecasts all major areas of the PC gaming industry to grow thru 2018. Preliminary estimates indicate that the PC industry will grow from $26 billion in 2014 to $35 billion by 2018.
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