It’s time to play catch-up on a few key games and announcements as we delve into the second month of 2014 and inch closer to the release of some of our most anticipated games of 2014. In this weekly news wrap up we’re going to look at Amazon’s push into video games, another major milestone for League of Legends, an exclusive Xbox One mode for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the end of The Last of Us story, another game from the mind behind Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Star Wars: The Old Republic taking all players into space and PS4 headset support.
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The 75-person team at Double Helix Games, developers of the Xbox One launch title Killer Instinct, have been acquired by Amazon. In recent years Amazon has been expanding into entertainment, attempting to launch their own exclusive TV series, and now they’re interested in video games as well. Is this another stepping stone on Amazon’s path to potentially launching their own rumored game console?
“Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers.”
League of Legends
Back in October 2012, Riot Games happily announced that they had 12 million players signing on to play League of Legends each day. That’s not registered users in total – that’s actual player activity on a daily basis. Impressive? Now they have 27 million players playing daily, more than double that 2012 number. No wonder the game dominates the livestream charts of Twitch…
PvZ: Garden Warfare Xbox One Exlcusive
One of the surprise hits of E3 2013 and a game we quickly fell in love with was Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. Think Dungeon Defenders but with far improved and polished graphics thanks to it being built on the Frostbite 3 game engine. We found out last week that on Xbox One, EA is delivering fans an exclusive mode called ‘Battle for brainz.’ The strange part is that this is the only splitscreen mode in the game, pitting two plants against waves of incoming zombies. That’s right, only one platform will have splitscreen for Garden Warfare. Next-gen? Why wouldn’t the game support splitscreen multiplayer for all its modes on all consoles? Especially a super simple wave-based survival mode we’ve seen in dozens of games…
The Last of The Last of Us
In cased you missed it in late January, Naughty Dog confirmed that there will be no more story DLC coming for The Last of Us. The Left Behind DLC coming out on February 14 will be the last of the story. Now we await news of whether or not the game will release on PS4 and whether or not we’ll be getting a sequel.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Lead Forming ‘Dream Team’
Dean Evans, creative director of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon spoke to Polygon to share some of his other, more crazy game ideas he had before Ubisoft let him construct the lovable retro downloadable spinoff we know as Blood Dragon. Evans says he’s working on a “dream project” with a “dream team” – something they’ve all wanted to do and now finally can. It’s based in a “compelling and unique universe” and because of the success of Blood Dragon, Ubisoft is giving him plenty of creative freedom. Read the great interview at Polygon for more.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has finally entered the realm of the stars. The big budget MMO which failed to last long with the traditional monthly paid subscription model before going partly free-to-play launched its Galactic Starfighter expansion in December for subscribes and this week it’s now available to everyone, even the FTP players.
The space sim combat stuff was a major missed opportunity for TOR which launched without it and instead featured an on-rails space shooter of sorts, dropping the ball on the space combat previous Star Wars MMO (Galaxies) offered or what all of the X-Wing and Tie Fighter games delivered throughout the ’90s. With the amount of buzz space sims are getting these days thanks to EVE: Valkyrie and Star Citizen it’s about darn time the Star Wars brand does something with their massive library of space ships. Unfortunately, all of the ships in Galatic Starfighter are not from the films..
PS4 Headset Support
The 1.60 update for PS4 released this week and with it came support for Sony’s PULSE headsets. Sony took the opportunity to announce the new Gold
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