WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 15TH – 21ST DECEMBER

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News in the video game world tends to slow down on the run up to Christmas, but for one brand soon it will stop completely – ComputerAndVideoGames.com, the online branch of the long running British media brand, will close down next February. The news was revealed on the site by editors past and present, reliving their fondest moments of being in charge of the site.

Future Publishing (who own several other video game media outlets including Total Xbox and Official PlayStation Magazine) will be shuttering the site and adding content to GamesRadar +, which already has side tabs for SFX and Total Film. CVG was first published as a magazine in 1981, but has been at risk since Future publicly announced intention to sell the brand earlier this year – none of the current staff are expected to have their jobs carried over to Games Radar +

As someone who visits the site on a daily basis and has been able to use it for an excellent source of gaming news, I’m very sad to see that the site will be closing – I hope that the current staff find a replacement job that reflects their professional quality.

In Other News

In a bid to appease fans who have been hit by matchmaking issues since launch, 343 Industries will be adding a re-mastered version of the much underrated campaign from Halo 3: ODST to The Master Chief Collection. Anyone who has played the Collection between the dates of 11th November and 19th December will receive the campaign, running in 1080p at 60fps, for free. As further ‘tokens of appreciation’, those people will also get a free month of Xbox Live Gold and exclusive in-game nameplates and avatars.

There are currently no plans to bring ODST’s Firefight mode to the Collection, but a remake of the Halo 2 multiplayer map Relic will also be added for free. The ten part ‘Spartan Ops’ campaign from Halo 4 is set to be added to the game in the coming days having been delayed at launch.

After remaining coy on the subject for much of 2014, Rockstar Games have released a new trailer showing off its much anticipated Heists gameplay for GTA: Online, with the promise that the content will be available for free on both current and next gen consoles in early 2015. The reveal article by IGN also features a surprisingly open interview with Online’s producer Imran Sarwar who admitted that Heists ‘turned out to be a lot more difficult than we originally thought’.

Who needs Heists when you have snowballs to throw at strangers online?

Who needs Heists when you have snowballs to throw at strangers online?

Rockstar have also stated in a Q&A session on their website that they will continue to support the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game as long as it is technologically possible, with content such as the Christmas gift items currently available in Multiplayer. The game is already stretching the limits of the seventh generation consoles; owners of 12GB PS3’s for example are already no longer able to access GTA: Online due to space constraints.

UK developer Ninja Theory are to hop onto the remaster bandwagon with a Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry, which publisher Capcom will release on 17th March 2015 for £30. The updated version of the game will run in 1080p and 60fps, include all previously released DLC with two new wearable skins, feature new game modes (Turbo and Hardcore) and offer a rebalanced gameplay experience. I never got around to playing DmC when it was released last year, so I look forward to giving this one a spin.

Capcom have also announced a highly unexpected next-gen port of Devil May Cry 4 for PS4 and Xbox One which will be released in Summer 2015; details aside from that have been fleeting.

A number of retailer discounts in the lead up to Christmas has led to a surge in sales for Destiny and Just Dance 2015, but the top five on the UK Games Sales Chart held firm this week with FIFA 15 holding off competition from Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Seeing as there have been very few games released since the November rush, there were no new entries into the Top 40.

Top Ten For Week Ending 13th December 2014 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – FIFA 15 (EA Canada)

2 – Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games)

3 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)

4 – Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal)

5 – Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Traveller’s Tales)

6 – Just Dance 2015 (Ubisoft)

7 – Minecraft: Xbox Edition (4J Studios)

8 – Minecraft: Playstation Edition (4J Studios)

9 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft Montreal)

10 – Destiny (Bungie)

And Finally…

After the colossal sale of Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion earlier this year, one might have asked the question of what should co-creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson do with his share of the money? Well we now have the answer – he’s bought the most expensive house ever sold in that hotbed of celebrity orientation, Beverly Hills, California.

The $70 million house features a 54 ft. curved glass door, eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, an 18-seat tiered screening room, three 90 inch HD TV’s and a candy room – yes, such things exist in the high-life. Notch also managed to get a few bottles of Dom Perignon throw in for good measure as well. Minecraft continues to go from strength to strength in the meantime, with TellTale Games (bizarrely) set to make an episodic ‘narrative driven’ story mode spin off series in 2015.

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