Just before E3, Rocksteady confirmed the sad news that the third and final chapter in their Batman Trilogy ‘Arkham Knight’ was to be delayed till 2015. Reports in the last week suggested a possible January release for the game.
But over the weekend, Microsoft’s Xbox Store was showing a listing for Arkham Knight with a February 24th release date for the game on the Xbox One.
It is not uncommon for online stores to use ‘Placeholders’ to list items before they are released, but normally it is the pricing that gets the most attention. Nothing has been confirmed by Rocksteady so far, but if it is legit, it is a good indication of how 2015 will start off with a bang!
It had been rumored that the next WWE video game, now being published by 2K games, was to be released closer to the next Wrestlemania event in 2015. However tonight 2K have announced via Twitter that it will be releasing in the US on October 28th and in the UK and Europe on October 31st. It will be available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.
The digital upgrade versions of Ultra Street Fighter IV will release across Europe on June 4th for XBLA on Xbox 360. On August 5th, the Xbox 360 retail version will be in stores, with the full digital bundles available for download then too.
Players who pre-order the digital upgrade of Ultra Street Fighter IV on European PSN or the full retail version at select retailers will receive the 2014 Challengers Costume Pack, consisting of alternate costumes for each of the five new characters for free. The five new costumes include: Jungle Elena, Medieval Hugo, Pirate Poison, Wizard Rolento and Gladiator Decapre. The pre-order program officially kicks off today, so be sure to check out the alternate costume character art and new trailer above.
Owners of Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will be able to download Ultra Street Fighter IV as a €14.99 / £11.99 digital upgrade. Players who purchase the retail version or full digital bundle will receive all previously released costumes for the series, making this the definitive version of Street Fighter IV!
The Bridge focuses on bringing players into a new gameplay experience, beyond what they may expect from the usual puzzle game. Following in the footsteps of non-traditional titles like Braid and Limbo, The Bridge offers a uniquely cerebral approach to gaming. With detail-oriented, hand-drawn environments that resemble architectural design, more than level design, players are asked to look beyond just the protagonist and into the environment to solve each puzzle. The ability to control the world around the protagonist offers a plethora of options for strategically positioning both the character and the world to achieve success. Critical thinking is a key to player progress and is not limited to just the environment; players will face off with “The Menace,” gravitational vortexes and parallel universes adding twists for additional layers of gameplay in this award-winning title.
At its heart, The Bridge is a 2D logic puzzle game that forces the player to re-evaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective through 48 increasingly-difficult levels. Created to be both an intellectually stimulating experience and accessible game, The Bridge uses a minimalistic control scheme so both gamers and non-gamers can easily jump in and enjoy. To allow for experimental efforts, the “rewind” feature allows players to travel back in time to critical moments in the problem-solving process for a colloquial “re-do.” From the very start, The Bridge is designed to foster outside the box and critical thinking skills, leaving the player with a pronounced sense of intellectual accomplishment at the end of each level. Players willing to take on the game a second time will be treated to a secret ending reserved for the most dedicated of players.
The Bridge was developed by game designer and programmer Ty Taylor and artist Mario Castañeda; together they are known as the Quantum Astrophysicists Guild.
The Bridge is rated E for Everyone and will release on Xbox Live Games Store on November 13th.
Rockstar Games has today unleashed Grand Theft Auto V upon their public – it is now available worldwide for your entertainment and comes five years after GTA IV in 2008! Where have those years gone…
Developed by series creator, Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto V pushes the series forward in exciting new ways. For the first time, players can jump in and out of the lives of three simultaneously playable lead characters, experiencing all sides of an interwoven story. Set in a satirical reimagining of modern day Southern California, Grand Theft Auto V offers players the freedom to explore the dense urban metropolis of Los Santos and the wide open countryside of Blaine County; plan and execute a series of epic heists; meet a vast array of strangers and freaks; or participate in a host of activities, from golf to arms trafficking, base jumping to yoga and much more.
“Grand Theft Auto V was a massive undertaking for us, I’m so proud of what the team created,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We cannot wait for people to finally play it.”
Grand Theft Auto V also includes access to Grand Theft Auto Online, the revolutionary new open world online game launching October 1, 2013 that comes free with every copy of Grand Theft Auto V.
Look out for our review in due course, although we expect you are playing the game already!
Realta Entertainment Group in association with Reverb has announced today that BandFuse: Rock Legends, a music video game where legendary rockers transform players into real-world guitarists, bassists and vocalists, will launch in North America on November 19th, 2013. A release date for Europe and Japan will be announced soon.
BandFuse: Rock Legends will ship with three distinct hardware bundles for the Xbox 360 giving players an excellent, smartly priced set of retail options, whether they already own a guitar or not.
The Artist Pack ($69.99 MSRP) includes the BandFuse: Rock Legends game and 1/4” to USB guitar cable (Xbox 360 also contains an Audio Adapter and headphone extension cable).
The Band Pack($79.99 MSRP) includes two guitar cables, a microphone, multi-port instrument hub, and an acoustic guitar adapter.
The Guitar Bundle includes the BandFuse: Rock Legends game, guitar cable, and authentic Fender Squier guitar (MSRP to be announced at a future date).
BandFuse: Rock Legends players can also create original content from scratch or select from a diverse set of backing tracks for accompaniment to record and play back for friends and family. Seamlessly connecting real guitars, basses and microphones to game consoles, BandFuse empowers players to jam to a fully unlocked library of hit songs from rock to metal and punk to funk, featuring 55 massive genre-jumping songs from Slash, Maroon 5, Rush, The Strokes, Heart, Pearl Jam and more. The game’s exclusive four-player co-op mode enables players to play music together by connecting two guitars, one bass, and a microphone simultaneously, providing each player with detailed feedback from the BandFuse: Rock Legends analytics engine.
Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal, has today announced that Thief will be released for Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 25th February 2014 in North America and a little bit later on 28th February 2014 in Europe and PAL territories.
“This city will not die with the old and the poor holding it back.
The time has come for a new future”
– Baron Northcrest
“No more will our homes be taken and our families starved.
This City belongs to the people. We must seize it back.”
Garrett the Master Thief is entangled in the growing layers of conflict between Baron Northcrest and the oppressed masses led by Orion, the voice of the people. In a City on the brink of revolution, Garrett’s skills are all he can trust as he walks the fine line between politics and the people.
Tecmo Koei in Europe has announced that the upcoming release of Dynasty Warriors 8, will be available in stores across Europe on the new date of July 19th 2013. The game is set to feature new characters, new modes, new and redesigned stages, and new scenarios, following the stories of the kingdoms of Wei, Wu, Shu and Jin through the actions of historical military and political figures of the time as they fight to gain control over the Three Kingdoms of China.
Fans who pre-order Dynasty Warriors 8 from UK retailers can receive various in game DLC or collectable items:
By pre-ordering from GAME.co.uk, fans will receive a beautiful, limited edition smartphone pouch, otherwise unavailable outside Japan, in one of four exclusive designs. Each design features a different character and colour, representing the four kingdoms.
Other retailers will offer a DLC pack, featuring Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, Cao Cao, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu’s outfits from Dynasty Warriors 1. Additionally, those who pre-order through independent retailers will also receive an exciting exclusive DLC pack that brings outfits for Zhao Yun and Sun Shangxiang from Romance of the Three Kingdoms 12 into the Dynasty Warriors universe for the first-time.
505 Games have today announced via a Press Release that the Ashes Cricket 2013 release will now move to July. In conjunction with CA and the ECB, the decision has been taken to move the release date back in order to offer cricket fans the best possible gaming experience to compliment this historic back to back Ashes year.
“505 Games has made a commitment to creating a cricket game designed for cricket fans,” commented Tim Woodley, Senior Vice President Global Brand & Marketing at 505 Games. “Developer, Trickstar Games has taken the time to overhaul and rebuild the game engine to offer brand new features in batting, bowling and fielding. By pushing back our release date, this gives us the opportunity to deliver a quality cricket title.”
Ashes Cricket 2013 will launch on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii-U and PC.
Nordic Games delivered the news that the release date for Deadfall Adventures has now been confirmed as September 27th for the Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The development team at The Farm 51 state that they “have been working around the clock to ensure that the game is packed full of unique gameplay”. It will feature a single player campaign, multiplayer battle arenas and a newly announced survival cooperation mode.
In the long-forgotten temple complex, the thrill of the chase awakens the true adventurer in Quatermain, as he and Agent Goodwin strive to be one step ahead of the Nazis and the Russians, one step closer to obtaining the Heart of Atlantis. And deep in these temples, where age-old guardians awake from their eternal slumber, James soon learns that his great-grandfather’s stories are not as crazy as he had always believed. For all things live forever, though at times they sleep and are forgotten.
Developed using Unreal Engine 3, Deadfall Adventures is said to be full of spectacular jaw-dropping moments, as player’s battle natural and not-so-natural enemies across stormy deserts of Egypt to the icy depths of the Arctic and all the way to the steaming jungles of Guatemala. Assuming the role of adventurer Quatermain, players will encounter fiendish puzzles, deadly traps and stunning set pieces, making this one of the greatest adventures ever told – let alone played.
Deadfall Adventures will be released on September 27th 2013.