With the Game Developers Conference having just ended and PAX East just beginning, there is a lot happening in the world of video games. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor won Game of the Year at GDC, Bungie explained why they removed the infamous Destiny loot cave and Harmonix officially announced Rock Band 4 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And there's so much more to come.
With all the announcements and news coming in, there's a lot to share with our readers. In this week's video game news round-up, we'll highlight a few of the news stories from the week that didn't make the front page. We'll share a few details about Battlefield Hardline Premium, Dead Rising's new web series and much more.
Battlefield Hardline Premium Details Revealed
This week EA shared a few details about the Premium membership for their upcoming shooter, Battlefield Hardline. The Premium service will give members many perks similar to those given in past Battlefield games. Premium members will receive two weeks of early access to the game's four expansion packs, giving them a head start on the newest action in the game. Members will also receive at least 12 additional Battlepacks – special packs of content in the game – along with "Premium-exclusive camos, patches and more to dominate in style."
The Premium service doesn't come as much of a surprise to veteran Battlefield fans. The service has been available for past Battlefield games, so it's almost expected at this point. While it wasn't mentioned by EA, we anticipate Premium members will also receive extra double-XP events and other perks not yet revealed by the publisher. With Visceral's focus on a strong story for the newest Battlefield, hopefully EA has some extra campaign missions in the DLC plan as well.
Battlefield Hardline is set to release on March 17th for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Dead Rising: Watchtower First Clip
A few months ago, online movie service Crackle announced they were working on their own original show based on the popular video game series, Dead Rising. The show, called Dead Rising: Watchtower, stars Jesse Metcalfe and Keegan Connor Tracy. The above clip gives viewers a taste of the action that's expected from the show, which is set to debut on March 27th.
While it's definitely not The Walking Dead, Zach Lipovsky's Dead Rising: Watchtower has a lot of potential. If the entire show looks and feels like the above clip, we have no doubt it will be appreciated by Dead Rising fans. Though we're curious to see if the characters in the show will be as creative with their weapons as players can be in the game. Based on the fact that Capcom was a part of the production process, and the show's team had access to a couple Xbox consoles to play the games, we're sure to see a lot of similarities between the show and the games.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Features Local Split-Screen on PC
A few days ago, developer Capcom announced the open beta for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 PC local co-op for both the Campaign and Raid Mode. Local co-op was available on the console version of the game when it first released, but the feature was originally left out of the PC version.
Local split-screen co-op has become a rarity in video games with the continued focus on online multiplayer - especially for PC games. However, as more PC gamers use console-style controllers and treat their PCs like consoles by connecting them to TVs, it makes sense that they would want to have the same features their console counterparts have. There's no word from Capcom on how long the open beta will last, so we recommend those who want to use the feature act now and provide feedback to the developer while you have the opportunity.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is available now for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Sony Reveals Amplitude Gameplay Trailer
Earlier this week, Sony revealed a new gameplay trailer for their revive of Amplitude, the cult classic rhythm game. The new trailer shows off the game's team multiplayer, a new feature the developer is adding to the game. Players can play 2v2 or 3v1 in the fast-paced, eccentric rhythm racer.
We have no doubt the decision to add team-play is due partly to Sony's desire to see the game make it in the competitive gaming world. We'll see if the strategy pays off for them. Either way, we're excited for the opportunity to take on friends in the game's new multiplayer dynamic.
Amplitude is expected to release on PS3 and PS4. No release date has been set for the game yet.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Skyrim Mod Tools Remove File Size Limit
Despite the fact that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been out for four years now, gamers still enjoy the open-world RPG, especially with the many mods available for the PC version of the game. Unfortunately, those mods were limited to 100 MB each, until now. Developer Bethesda announced this week they are lifting the size limit on mods.
We have no doubt this move will encourage many modders to expand their visions on what's possible with the game for years to come. We anticipate many new and updated mods will start to hit the streets in the coming weeks and months.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, though mods are only available for the PC version of the game.
Source: Bethesda Blog
Motiga's MOBA, Gigantic, Will Have Xbox One and PC Cross-Platform Play
This week, Xbox's Phil Spencer announced that Motiga's popular MOBA, Gigantic, will be coming to Xbox One. He also revealed that the Xbox One and PC versions of the game would allow cross-play, meaning players can play together, even if they're on different platforms.
Gigantic represents the second recently announced game that will feature cross-platform play – the first was Fable Legends. The cross-platform play will be available thanks to Microsoft's newest PC operating system, Windows 10. Since both Windows 10 and Xbox One work so well together, we won't be surprised if Microsoft announces even more games that feature cross-platform play. Both these games, Gigantic and Fable Legends, are Xbox One exclusive games, so we don't know yet if this feature will be available for games that also release on PS4. Time will tell.
Gigantic is currently available on PC and is set to release on Xbox One later this year.
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