WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 11TH -16TH AUGUST

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From September 1st, Sony will be increasing the prices of PS Plus subscriptions in the United Kingdom. Although the new prices have yet to be confirmed, a one month subscription will rise from £5.49 and three months will increase from £11.99. The £39.99 annual subscription will remain the same however, offering the best value for money but locking people into a year of service. It is expected that prices will rise in line with the current cost for Xbox Live, which stands at £5.99/£14.99/£39.99.

PS4 users require PS Plus to play online, and while I’ve personally got my worth out of the service purely through the amount I’ve saved getting free games, the service regularly comes under criticism for maintenance downtime, slow download speeds and inadequate cloud storage capacity. Sony have claimed that they will invest the new funds into improving the service.

In related news, beta testers in Japan have leaked details of what will be included in the upcoming v3.00 firmware update for PS4. Communities, Events and direct broadcasting to YouTube are among the headline additions

In Other News

A mere three weeks after realizing that fans really want a remake of Resident Evil 2, Capcom have given the official go ahead for development on the project to begin. Yoshiaki Hirabyashi (who previously took to Facebook to reveal that he had been pitching the idea of a remake internally) did the honors in a short video, wearing a T-shirt stating ‘We Do It!’

Given the happy news, I think fans will forgive him for the obvious slip in grammar

Given the happy news, I think fans will forgive him for the obvious slip in grammar

While no potential release date has been given, 2017 would be a sensible bet given that it would be the 20th anniversary of the original title’s release. Capcom are already plugging away on a HD remake of Resident Evil 0, which should come out next year.

The bonkers car football simulator Rocket League has been one of the standout games of the year so far, benefiting from its inclusion on the PS Plus service for July and being adopted as the new YouTube game of choice. A new patch for the game, v1.04, has now added a couple of new features including a spectator mode, a new Gladiator inspired arena called Utopia Coliseum, more cosmetic items and the ability to vote to forfeit a ranked match if you are getting clobbered.

The update also provides support for a new batch of paid DLC items, providing two new cars and cosmetic items for about four quid.

Having finally released all of the quite substantial amount of free postlaunch DLC for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (including a New Game + mode that I’m severly tempted to jump into), CD Projekt Red have now released an official ModKit allowing PC users to alter several game elements as they see fit.

Considering how modders have managed to keep The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as a fresh and entertaining experience for over four years now by adding lots of random stuff, I’d imagine that Wild Hunt will benefit from similar enthusiasm.

The 30 game compilation title Rare Replay has become the first game by the British studio to hit the top of the UK Game Sales Charts in seventeen years. The last game to do so was Banjo Kazooie back in 1998; a game which happily comes as part of the collection. Rare Replay also managed to claim some more interesting statistics, becoming the first Xbox One exclusive to hit the top of the UK charts, and also becoming the first budget title since Wii Fit Plus in 2009 to be on top.

This resulted in Lego Jurassic World slipping down to second, with Batman: Arkham Knight in third spot.

Top Ten For Week Ending 8th August 2014 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – Rare Replay (Rare)*

2 – Lego Jurassic World (Traveller’s Tales)

3 – Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios)

4 – The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online)

5 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)

6 – FIFA 15 (EA Canada)

7 – Battlefield Hardline (Visceral Games)

8 – Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (EA Tiburon)

9 – F1 2015 (Codemasters)

10 – Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (4J Studios)

* indicates a new chart entry

And Finally

Guillermo Del Toro seems like a pretty cool guy, and it also helps that his film resume is fairly top notch as well (Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim) – when it comes to involvement in games however, the man seems to be straight-up out of luck. Two projects that Del Toro was attached to for PS3 & Xbox 360 went unreleased (most notably a title called Insane that he was part of for two years before THQ shut down) and recently of course his enticing collaboration with Hideo Kojima on Silent Hills was heavily anticipated, but the project was cancelled by Konami. In an interview published by ShackNews, Del Toro has now stated that he is done with games:

‘I have proven to be the albatross of video games…I joined THQ, and THQ goes broke. I join Kojima, and Kojima leaves Konami. I have decided, in order not to destroy anyone else’s life, I have decided I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I’ll join someone and his house will explode, or something. If I join another video game, World War III will start’

It’s a shame for horror enthusiasts, as I reckon with the right support Del Toro’s infatuation with monsters could have led to something properly terrifying. At least I’ve still got P.T resting on my PS4’s hard-drive as a reminder of what could have been…

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