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Most Recent: PS4
Watch Dogs will be available on November 19 for the PC, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 with a PS4 version scheduled for release at the system’s launch. The game is also coming to the Xbox 720/Durango, but Ubisoft continues to stubbornly refer to it as “other next generation consoles” in their press releases. Clearly, you have plenty of options to purchase Watch Dogs this Fall.
To complicate your choice a little bit more, Ubisoft announced a pair of retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses for Watch Dogs today:
GameStop – Palace Pack: The Palace Pack includes a single player mission, an investigation bonus, and ATM hack boost. The investigation bonus will unlock exclusive investigation opportunities inside of the network and the ATM hack boost will increase cash rewards when hacking into bank accounts. In addition to the single player Palace Pack mission, players who pre-order the game will receive an exclusive poster designed by famed comic-book artist, Alex Ross – while supplies last.
Amazon.com – Signature Shot Pack: The Signature Shot Pack comes with an exclusive single player mission that once completed, unlocks both a unique Biometric Assault Rifle and the Black Viceroy’s Outfit. The biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for the captain of the Black Viceroy’s gang. The weapon only works for the first person to imprint their palm on the handle. Players will need to breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to imprint the weapon and get out of The Wards alive.
Shocker of shockers… it’s a black box! Also, it appears to have a racing stripe for some reason.
Sony released this short teaser of the PlayStation 4 console today and promise that we’ll get a very good look at it during their E3 Press Conference, which is set for Monday, June 10 at 6:00 PM (Pacific Time).
This has been your announcement of an announcement for the day.
If that’s a thing you care about, here’s a quick snippet of some wireframe development work being done on Call of Duty: Ghosts at Infinity Ward.
We’ll learn more about the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise this Tuesday, May 21, at Microsoft’s “Next Xbox Reveal.” In addition to the Xbox 720/Durango version, Call of Duty: Ghosts is also in development for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Versions of the game for the PS4 and Wii U are also expected to be announced soon.
Blizzard has said all along that they didn’t want the console version of Diablo III to be some slapped together cash grab and their appearance on the most recent episode of “Conversations With Creators” reinforces that notion. Production Director John Hight, Lead Console Designer Josh Mosqueira, and Senior System Designer Jason Bender each took turns talking about how Diablo III benefits from the PS4 and why it was the perfect choice for Blizzard’s first console game in decades.
According to Mosqueira, Blizzard wanted to create an “intimate connection between the player and the character” with Diablo III on the PS4 and, to the end, the developer believes “the Controller is king” in this new version. He concludes by saying, “What we didn’t want to do is simplify the experience. [...] What we wanted to do is streamline the experience.”
Lofty goals are great, but direct examples are better and John Hight confirmed that the PS4′s touchpad will be used for inventory management: “One of the things we’re excited about the controller is the touchpad. We think the touchpad’s gonna give a lot of opportunity to make that interface easier.”
I’m still not sure how that little touchpad will work with a DualShock 4 in my hand, but Blizzard’s “Conversations With Creators” episode is definitely worth a watch.
For everyone disappointed that Gran Turismo 6 isn’t coming to the PS4, cheer up, it probably will eventually.
Speaking to IGN, Polyphony Digital President Kazunori Yamauchi said, “We actually do have a PlayStation 4 version in mind, but for this holiday season, we thought it would be best for users to release on PS3 for now.”
However, a PS4 version of the game is is likely a little ways down the road as Yamauchi also said, “I thought the best scenario would be to have the game come out, then to have new scenarios, new DLC and other updates. Once the players have thoroughly played out the system, if the PlayStation 4 version came out naturally, as part of that process, I think that would be the best scenario.”
So GT6 this Fall… then new scenarios… then other DLC… then we all have to get sick of GT6… and then finally we’ll get a chance to buy it all over again on the PS4.
Sony hasn’t strayed far for their second “Conversations With Creators” video. After focusing on Watch Dogs in episode one, the consolemaker sticks with Ubisoft and asks the developers of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag what they think of the PlayStation 4.
Creative Director Jean Guesdon and Associate Producer Sylvain Trottier praised the systems’s power with Trottier saying: “First thing that’s going to change drastically is the graphics. Because we think visually, with the stronger GPU, stronger CPU, a lot of RAM, we’re going to exploit this console and push the bar visually.”
Trottier also discussed the development environment of the PS4 and he believes Sony has made great strides in helping developers make games compared to the PS3: “The beauty of working with Sony on this console for this generation was the fact that it was built for game developers. To be really honest, Sony fixed all the issues that could have been there on the console.”
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is expected to be a launch title for the PS4 when it’s released later this year.
Sony plans to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo with a special event at the Silverstone Race Circuit in England on May 15. “The event will be a celebration of all that Gran Turismo has come to represent to a community of millions all over the world” and Polyphony Digital’s Kazunori Yamauchi will make a special announcement about the future of the franchise.
Sony didn’t come right out and say they’re announcing Gran Turismo 6, but since we know it’s already in development, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet.
The only question is… PS3 or PS4?
EA announced earlier this week that The Sims 4 would be released sometime next year. Yesterday, company President Frank Gibeau confirmed that the next entry in the popular franchise will be available for the PC and Mac in early 2014.
The Sims 4 will be joined by ten other titles in EA’s “fiscal 2014″ lineup. All of these games will be in stores before March 31, 2014, but most are already on the schedule for 2013:
- Fuse (May 28)
- NCAA Football 14 (July 9)
- Madden NFL 25 (August 27)
- NHL 14 (September 10)
- FIFA Soccer 14 (September)
- FIFA Manager 14 (October)
- Battlefield 4 (Fall)
They’ll be joined by the free-to-play Command & Conquer (which is expected to be released sometime in 2013), the next Need For Speed game (NFS games are typically released in the Fall), and NBA Live 14. Many of these titles were also confirmed for release on the PS4 and the Xbox 720/Durango during the same briefing.