Weekly Recap: Quantum Break Delayed, More Xbox One Resolution Drama, GTA 5 60FPS Trailer

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THE BIG STUFF

Xbox One's Quantum Break Delayed: Another big 2015 title has been bumped back. Microsoft announced this week that Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment's upcoming time-bending shooter Quantum Break is now due to launch in 2016. But not to worry, Microsoft says, as it still has big-name exclusives like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, Forza Motorsport 6, and more this year.

Witcher 3 Dev Can't Promise Improved Xbox One Resolution With DirectX 12: More drama about Xbox One resolution this week, as Witcher 3: Wild Hunt designer Damien Monnier said getting the Xbox One version of the game to run at 1080p (it currently outputs at 900p) would "require a much bigger change from Microsoft than DirectX 12..."

Watch GTA 5's Incredible 60fps PC Trailer: Rockstar Games this week released a jaw-dropping new trailer for the PC version of the game showing off what Los Santos looks like at 60fps. The results are incredibly impressive. Watch the full thing here.

THE OTHER STUFF:

Grand Theft Mario 5. That's the inspiration for a new, custom-made tshirt you can buy right now. Grand Theft Auto and Mario are pretty much on the opposite of the gaming spectrum, but this t-shirt hits the nail right on the head. Check it out here. http://www.othertees.com/design/9072/

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The Texas Lottery announced this week that it's launching a new Tetris-themed scratch-off game with more than $11.5 million in prizes up for grabs. Even non-winning tickets are still good for something, as players in Texas can enter them for a chance to win Tetris merch.

Patent Arcade has the scoop this week about a new complaint that alleges gaming giant Activision Blizzard is violating numerous "networking" patents for games like World of Warcraft, Destiny, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Read more about the dispute here.

The personal strain of AAA game development can be extreme. Just ask Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory designer Clint Hocking, who says pouring in long hours to make that 2005 gave him brain damage. Read the full summation of Hocking's thoughts here.

Want to know more about Geralt of Rivia, the hero of the Witcher series? Then check out this new comic from Dark Horse. It's available now online for $4 and should hold you over under The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrives next month.

The Guardian has an excellent interview with Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne designer Hidetaka Miyazaki. In it, he talks about his origins in gaming and also reveals that some Bloodborne enemies were modeled after gaming executives. Maybe he was kidding, but it's a good read all the same.

Two new modes are available now for Crysis developer Crytek's free PC shooter Warface. The modes are Domination Versus and Marathon Survival. You can read more about each here.

Want to listen to the haunting music of Bloodborne on the go? Soon you'll be able to, as Sumthing Else Music Works and Sony have announced that the Bloodborne Original Soundtrack will launch on April 21.

This new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is absolutely insane. That is all.

Some teachers in the United Kingdom want to report parents who let their children play violent games. Sound crazy? Read all about it in this BBC story.

Steam's first non-documentary movie, Motivational Growth, is now available to buy on Steam. That's right, Steam is in the movie business now. Buy the movie here.

The Sims 4's first major expansion, Get to Work, is now available for PC and Mac. Among other things, the content introduces three new careers: Doctor, Detective, and Scientist. The add-on is available today for $40.

DLC alert! Tropico 5's "Hostile Takeover" expansion is now available for the Xbox 360 edition of the simulation/strategy game. Though the PC edition of Tropico 5 has welcomed loads of new expansions since the game's release last year, this is the first add-on for the Xbox 360 version. Here's what it includes:

  • 3 new standalone scenarios that include an original story, objectives and voiceovers
  • 3 new buildings for all game modes: The Asylum, Fast Food Joint, and Defense HQ
  • 3 new avatar accessories: The Funnel Hat, McWig, and impressive General's Hat
  • 3 new sandbox maps: St. Dimpna, Punta de Refugio, and Madre de Dios
  • 3 new music tracks and additional voice recording

The sixth and final expansion for racing platformer Trials Fusion, called "After the Incident," is now available across console and PC. The add-on introduces 10 new tracks, 24 challenges, five trophies, and more objects for the game's track editor.

Tickets for this summer's huge gaming event in Germany, Gamescom, are now on sale. Head to the event page here to secure your tickets. The show itself runs August 5-9 in Cologne.

Virtual reality is like choose-your-own-adventure on steroids. That's according to HTC America President Jason Mackenzie speaking with CBS News about the company's upcoming virtual reality headset, which it's making alongside gaming juggernaut Valve. Watch the whole thing here.

Upcoming role-playing game Final Fantasy 15 has an all-made primary cast, but the title may indeed have female guest party characters. Game director Hajime Tabata spilled the beans recently in an interview with Japanese media. "It's possible we'll have female characters join the party as guests. But since it's an all-mate party, when you have a female character as a guest, their behavior might change because a woman is around."

This giant, weaponized Minecraft robot is totally amazing. See it in action here.

Eager to try out Microsoft's new browser, Project Spartan, the one that will finally replace Internet Explorer? Now you can, provided you're in the Windows 10 preview program that is. If you are, though, now you're able to test out the slimmed down, more refined browser. Read more here.

Harmonix has launched yet another new survey for Rock Band 4. This one, however, is really starting to get specific. Among other things, it asks what kinds of bundles you might be interested. Just the game? A game with a plastic guitar? Drumset? Let your voice be heard by filling out the survey.

Gearbox and Sega will be among the exhibitors for MomoCon 2015, event organizers have announced. The show takes place May 28-31 in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the standout panels include:

  • Gearbox Software -- Borderlands Behind the Characters
  • Sega -- Sega 3D Classics – a discussion regarding remastering masterpieces
  • Ke “Jacky" Jiang, art director, thatgamecompany – Journey of Art through Disney - will discuss his work at Disney and on the hit title Journey

A Tetris movie is currently in production, but how the heck is that going to work? Check out this interview with the producer Threshold Entertainment at The List to hear all about it.

Runescape and Block N Load publisher Jagex has a new CEO. Rod Cousens has joined the UK-based studio after exiting another international studio, Codemasters. "Rod will oversee the company during a period of expansion," Jagex said in its announcement, referencing a new Runescape card game and the upcoming launch of Block N Load.

Have a great weekend!

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