Monthly Archives: March 2014

Metro: Last Light and Metro 2033 could be coming to PS4 and Xbox One

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Metro developer 4A Games confirmed Metro Redux through a statement on the game’s website. You can read the message in full below.

“Metro Redux. You may have heard of it… even though you probably shouldn’t have! We could issue a ‘We do not comment on rumour and speculation’ statement and pretend this never happened. They’re pretty boring to read. They’re also pretty boring to write.

So we’re going to comment on rumour and speculation instead.

Is Metro Redux real? Yes. We never made any secret of 4A’s desire to bring Metro to the latest generation of console hardware. But what you saw leaked was taken from an old, internal planning presentation, containing some nuggets of truth but a lot of hypothetical ideas and place holder material.

(Eagle eyed fans will recognize the artwork on the ‘packshot’ as the art from the original Russian edition of the Metro 2033 novel. And that ‘logo’ is just the old Metro 2033 logo with the ‘2033’ scrubbed out and ‘Redux’ added… )

As you can see, we’re not quite ready to reveal 4A Games’ first next-gen console project, but we will be making an announcement this side of E3. And we think the reality is a lot more exciting than the out-dated material that got leaked shows, and we’re itching to share it with you. Just not yet.”

The original story is below.

Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light could be making their way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, a new report has suggested.

A product image of Metro Redux was displayed temporarily on Italian website Everyeye.it, but All Games Beta managed to archive the information.

According to the listing, the bundle will be released in July for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and contains a ‘redux’ version of Metro 2033 and its sequel Metro: Last Light. Also mentioned is a download code for some DLC, a soundtrack, art cards, and fancy packaging.

Metro 2033 was first released on PC and Xbox 360 back in 2010. The sequel, Metro: Last Light, made its way to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in 2013, and scored a whopping 9/10 from GameSpot at the time.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Megabit

Peter Brown brings you back to 1997 with Alucard and friends in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Game with a silly name, Warface, gets 25 million registered users

Crysis developer Crytek’s free-to-play shooter Warface has reached 25 million registered users across the world, the studio announced today. The game hit the milestone two years after its initial PC release in Russia in April 2012.

Warface launched for PC in North America, Europe, and Turkey in October 2013, and the game would be released in Korea and Brazil later that year. Crytek also plans to bring the game to Asian nations like China, Japan, and Taiwan.

“Warface is part of our games-as-service model, which means the game thrives off and revolves around our community. We look forward to delivering more of the great gameplay experiences that they have come to expect, and can promise the growing ranks of Warface fans that the franchise still has lots of surprises in store,” Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said.

Importantly, it’s unclear how many of those 25 million users are actively playing the game. Crytek has also not disclosed any details regarding how much money the game’s microtransactions are pulling in.

The Xbox 360 version of Warface is currently in open beta, with a full release slated for later this year. Warface is Crytek’s first free-to-play game, though you’ll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($60/year) to play on Xbox 360.

The game, built on CryEngine 3, features four soldier classes and competitive and cooperative modes. In a bid to keep players engaged, Crytek also releases new missions on a daily basis.

The name “Warface” might sound silly, but Yerli maintains that the title is appropriate because the game is “very personal.”

“Yes, it’s a very strange word combination, but I wanted to express that it’s a truly social FPS game,” Yerli said in 2012. “It’s about war on a different scale–between corporate entities–but also, it’s a shooter between you and your friends. That implies so many new kinds of possibilities with the social technology that we’ve invested over the last five years to build. So that’s why we as a company keep going back to ‘face.’ It’s very personal.”

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Call of Duty: Ghosts $10 next-gen upgrade offer ends today

Today is the last day to take advantage of Activision’s $10 next-gen upgrade offer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, so you best act quickly if you haven’t already or you’ll miss out.

As an effort to ease the transition from generation to generation, Activision launched a deal last year where if you purchased a copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts for either PS3 or Xbox 360, you could upgrade to PS4 or Xbox One for $10 instead of the full $60 sticker price.

The upgrade offer is only valid if you purchased a digital copy of the game. Whether you take advantage of the offer or not, your in-game stats will transfer from generation to generation, provided you stay within the same console family (i.e. Xbox 360 to Xbox One).

Activision is being a bit more generous with the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC season pass. If you buy and activate your Xbox 360 or PS3 season pass no later than May 31, and purchase and activate an Xbox One or PS4 by that time, your content will be available on your new system for free.

More details about the Call of Duty: Ghosts upgrade plan is available through this extensive FAQ on the Call of Duty website.

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Microsoft unveils its free Xbox 360 games for April

Microsoft has unveiled the two games it will be giving away for free in April as part of its Games with Gold program for active Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

For the first half of the month you’ll be able to download Hitman: Absolution, IO Interactive’s attempt at resurrecting Agent 47. It might not be as celebrated as fan-favourite Hitman: Blood Money, but the most recent adventure of arguably gaming’s baldest hero was well-received by critics: GameSpot awarded the game a score of 7.5 upon its release.

From April 16, until the end of the month, Microsoft will be offering up Deadlight, Tequila Works’ zombie adventure set across a beautiful 2D landscape.

The two games follow on from March’s offerings, Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders.

But what about free Xbox One titles as part of Games with Gold? Phil Spencer, the previous boss of Microsoft Games Studios who emerged from an executive cocoon today as the new Head of Xbox, said at the start of February that we would hear news about that soon. It’s almost April, Phil!

Meanwhile, over in the blue corner, Sony has announced that PlayStation Plus will be dishing out Mercenary Kings, Batman: Arkham City, Stealth Inc, A Clone in the Dark, Castle of Illusion, Velocity Ultra, and Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD in April.

Microsoft boss Phil Spencer gets a promotion to "Head of Xbox," promises "incredible new chapter" for gaming

Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer has received a promotion. The veteran Microsoft executive and “games guy” is now leading the entire Xbox ecosystem as the “Head of Xbox,” it was announced today. His new position as leader of the Xbox team will see him overseeing the Xbox and Xbox Live, as well as the creative teams at Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios. Spencer has been with Microsoft for more than a quarter-century.

“Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself. I am incredibly proud of the talented Xbox employees around the world and believe, like they do, in the power of technology to bring games and entertainment to life across console, PC, tablet and mobile devices,” Spencer said in a statement on the Xbox Wire. “It’s been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry.”

“Games and gamers have always been at the core of Xbox and the core of my work–and gaming will be our core as we take Xbox forward,” he added.

Spencer will report to Microsoft operating systems executive Terry Myerson, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a email to employees today. Also in that email, Nadella confirmed that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will join Microsoft as its Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group, which includes Xbox. This move, first reported last month, will become effective when the $7.2 billion Microsoft/Nokia deal closes.

Spencer said the past year has been a “growth experience” for himself and the entire Xbox team. He’s likely referring to the controversial summer Xbox endured last year and the policy reversals that came as a result. “Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment, and drive technical innovation,” he said. “As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program.”

Finally, Spencer teased that Microsoft will have “much more” to share in a few months during the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

“You will hear much more as we head into E3, but we are at the beginning of an incredible new chapter for Xbox and I can’t wait for the days and years ahead. This is going to be fun,” he said.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Star Citizen reaches $41 million in funding, now getting procedurally generated content

Star Citizen, the upcoming PC space sim from Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts, continues to soar. The game has now pulled in an astonishing $41 million in lifetime funding.

That’s up from $40 million less than a month ago. A total of 417,219 people have backed Star Citizen so far. According to Roberts, this proves that the PC space sim genre is not niche.

Now that funding has reached $41 million, Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games will add procedurally generated content to the game. Should funding hit $42 million, the developer will add a “Galactapedia” to the game.

Star Citizen is already the most successful crowdfunded project in history from a dollars perspective, easily surpassing the next closest competitor: the Pebble Watch ($10 million).

To put Star Citizen’s new funding milestone into context, Epic Games revealed in 2006 that development on the original Gears of War cost $10 million, while Tim Schafer’s 2008 action game Brutal Legend had a budget of around $25 million.

Star Citizen is due to launch in full sometime in 2015.

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This company will buy your used video games, no matter what you think they’re worth

If you’ve tried to unload your used game collection at retailers like GameStop or Wal-Mart, you know that those retailers will pay almost nothing, if anything, for certain games. But the same is not true for new company Decluttr, which will buy any CD, DVD, or video game from anyone.

Fast Company profiled Decluttr recently and reports that the company pulled in revenue of $150 million globally last year from buying and selling media that no one seems to want.

The secret to Decluttr’s success appears to be in the fact that they won’t turn anything away. President Brett Lauter says that by accepting everything–including items that probably won’t sell–they are bound to eventually hit upon something that will.

“The first CD you scan in may be another [Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill]. If we say we’re not going to buy it, you may give up. We just lost you,” Lauter said. “So we’re going to give you the minimum, 50 cents, because maybe your second one is Green Day’s Insomniac, and oh my gosh, this will sell quickly.”

Of course, you could sell your old games, movies, and CDs on eBay, but anyone who’s gone through that process knows it can sometimes be a hassle. Decluttr aims to streamline the process, Lauter says. The amount Decluttr pays is based on a proprietary algorithm that factors in how many copies of an item are already in its warehouse, what the item sells for on Amazon or eBay, and how quickly it sells.

Decluttr hasn’t done much marketing, but the company is already buying 10,000 items per day and Lauter said he expects the company will become profitable by the end of the year.

You can sell your games to Decluttr through the company’s website or by downloading the iOS and Android mobile app that scans the barcode on the back of your game, DVD, or CD. The catch? All media needs to come with original artwork and you need to sell a minimum of 10 items per batch.

Decluttr currently accepts PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PSP, and PlayStation Vita games. The company does not accept PC games. You can read more about Decluttr on its website.

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Luigi is really going to "suck" in the new Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

One of Luigi’s moves for the upcoming Wii U and 3DS Super Smash Bros. game will have the younger brother using his “Poltergust” vacuum to trap enemies. That’s according to a new image from the game shared by game director Masahiro Sakurai as today’s “Pic of the Day.”

Sakurai writes, “Luigi might be thinking, ‘Who would’ve thought I’d get to show off the Poltergust in Super Smash Bros.?!’ Wondering if it’s going to suck something in? Yeah, it probably will.”

As you can see in the image, Luigi is outlined by a gold glow that suggests he’ll use the Poltergust as his Final Smash move. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii, Luigi’s Final Smash was the trippy “Negative Zone” that inflicted damage upon enemies caught in its damage zone.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS is expected to launch sometime in 2014, though Nintendo has not provided a firm release date yet. Luigi’s Poltergust vacuum most recently appeared in 2013 3DS game Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

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Transformers Universe is PVP With A Twist

Is Transformers Universe’s robot-on-robot action a tactical challenge, or will you just be spamming the attack button the whole time?