PlayStation Australia says it expects “significant quantities” of its new PlayStation 4 console to be available early next year.
From February 2014, Sony says new consoles will be available via Australian retailers.
“Since launch on November 29, our priority has always been to get additional stock into Australia as quickly as possible to fulfil the overwhelming demand,” said Michael Ephraim, managing director at Sony Computer Entertainment Australia.
“The best way to guarantee your PlayStation 4 in early next year is by going to your preferred retailer, either in store or online, before Christmas to place your pre-order.”
More than 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold worldwide since the system went on sale in the US on November 15, estimates Sony.
A documentary about the ill-fated E.T. videogame tie-in will kick off a new series of shows on Xbox TV looking at the rise of the digital age, Microsoft has announced.
Legend has it that – along with other pieces of hardware including the Atari Mindlink – millions of copies of the game were buried and covered in concrete in New Mexico after the videogame crash of the early- to mid-eighties.
In fact, the E.T. game is commonly cited as one of the major causes of the crash.
EA has publicly responded to two class action lawsuits against it that claim the publisher misled investors regarding the quality and sales potential of Battlefield 4, saying both are “meritless”.
A statement issued to Game Informer reads, “We believe these claims are meritless. We intend to aggressively defend ourselves, and we’re confident the court will dismiss the complaint in due course.”
Yesterday law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, filed a suit alleging that EA violated the Securities Exchange Act and issued, “Materially false and misleading statements highlighting the purported strength of the Company’s rollout of version 4 of its all-important Battlefield videogame series.”
The first expansion to Diablo III, called Reaper of Souls, will be released on March 25 for PC and Mac.
Reaper of Souls will cost AU$44.95 for the digital standard edition, and AU$49.95 for the physical standard edition. The digital deluxe edition will cost AU$64.95. Both are available for pre-purchasing now.
Reaper of Souls has Diablo imprisoned in the Black Soulstone, but Malthael – the fallen Archangel of Wisdom and now Angel of Death – has seized it.
The game that has become the open world hacking adventure Watch Dogs was initially built on parts salvaged from a cancelled Driver project.
Speaking with IGN, Ubisoft’s Laurent Detoc said, “Watch Dogs wasn’t started as Watch Dogs. They were working on a driving engine, working on something. We had the Driver license. This was years ago. Then we were thinking, ‘no, this is not the way we want to go with a driving game,’ so we cancelled that and restarted.”
“It’s not like Watch Dogs started as Watch Dogs,” said Detoc. “The Watch Dogs project was initially another game. At some point it changed. That’s at least three years ago, and then the Watch Dogs project reused some of the work that had been done on this driving engine.”
Free and paid multiplayer downloadable content for Ryse: Son of Rome has been released, says Microsoft.
The free update will add two new level events to several maps in Gladiator mode. The first is a turret that will bombard both players until destroyed. The second is deity statues that will spawn and boost players’ health or focus bars.
The Colosseum Pack costs US$3.99 and adds two new arenas, Henge and Ascension. In the first, warriors must secure a shrine and defend it from hordes of barbarians. In Ascension, warriors must fight to the surface from Hades’ underworld.
A second class action lawsuit has been filed against EA amidst claims it misled investors regarding the quality and projected performance of Battlefield 4.
The suit, filed by law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, alleges that EA violated the Securities Exchange Act and issued, “Materially false and misleading statements highlighting the purported strength of the Company’s rollout of version 4 of its all-important Battlefield videogame series.”
It claims that between July 24 and December 4, 2013, EA stock rose on the back of these statements, reaching a high of $28.13 per share on August 23, and this allowed “certain of Electronic Arts’ senior executives to sell their Electronic Arts stock at artificially inflated prices.”
Nintendo is collaborating with Tecmo Koei to develop Hyrule Warriors, a kind of mash-up of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors.
Nintendo’s Satoru Iawata described the game as an offshoot from the Zelda series. Hyrule Warriors will feature Dynasty Warriors gameplay and a Zelda aesthetic, with series hero Link fight his way through battlefields teeming with moblins.
Hyrule Warriors is a working title. Nintendo has scheduled its release for the first half of 2014.
YouTube has defended its controversial new Content ID copyright management system despite negative feedback from both users and copyright holders.
The automated system flags copyrighted content in videos on monetised YouTube channels.
In an email to users, YouTube said, “Know that we love what you do. We’ve worked hard to design Content ID and other tools to give everyone – from individual creators to media companies – the opportunity to make great videos and earn money. As YouTube grows, we want to make sure we’re providing the right product features to ensure that everyone continues to thrive.”
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