The team behind Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs has confirmed via a livestream that the game’s drop-in multiplayer feature will be able to be turned off for players who would rather not welcome other players into their worlds. Found within the game’s menu, players will be able to decide whether or not they would like to utilize Watch Dogs‘ online features with the simple toggle of one of the game’s options.
Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed PS3 exclusive, The Last of Us, is being adapted into a live-action film. The script will be written by the game’s creative director, Neil Druckmann, and will be distributed by Sony Pictures subsidiary Screen Gems, according to Deadline. Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures will cover the game’s big screen adaptation.
Tomb Raider – released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC – is set to pass the 6 million units sold mark by the end of this month, causing Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics’ reboot to surpass previously set profit expectations, according to a post on the game’s official Tumblr.
Sony announced today that Jack Tretton will be stepping down as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America. Tretton has been with Sony for nearly 20 years, and has served as President and CEO of SCEA since 2006, but will be departing in a mutual decision not to renew his contract as one of the top decision makers for the PlayStation brand.
Tretton’s resignation will be official on March 31, and he will be succeeded by Sony Network Entertainment International executive vice president and COO Shawn Layden. You can read the full press release by clicking below.
PlayStation 4 enjoyed a strong holiday season which saw the console almost universally sold out through the end of 2013. This was followed up by solid January sales (analysts put PlayStation 4 sales at around double Xbox One sales for the month), and it recently launched in Japan as well. All of this has pushed the young console past the 6 million sales mark in just over three months. This likely means that PlayStation 4 now has more lifetime sales than Wii U, although we won’t know for sure until Nintendo updates their official sales numbers.
Sony has also put the number of software units sold at just under 14 million. Notably, launch title Killzone: Shadowfall has sold 2.1 million units. Shadowfall has enjoyed success in the Western world, but had a rather modest debut at number seven in Japan.
Bioware has internally discussed releasing its famed Mass Effect Trilogy on PS4 and Xbox One, according to a tweet from Bioware GM Aaryn Flynn.
On Sunday, Flynn responded to a question regarding the possibility of the trilogy making its way onto next-gen consoles from Twitter user Shinobi602. Surprisingly, his response was pretty straightforward. Check it out after the jump.
Last week we learned that Sony Santa Monica had been hit with layoffs. The team responsible for the God of War franchise and other games reportedly lost 50 employees as part of Sony’s overall downsizing. Unfortunately, this means a new IP has been cancelled.
While many new games have come out with lower resolutions on Xbox One compared with PS4, Xbox One owners will be happy to know that Wolfenstein: The New Order will run at full 1080p for both systems, and at 60fps. Wolfenstein: The New Order is being developed by Bethesda as a first person shooter set in an alternate history were the Nazis had won World War II and have been ruling for a few decades.
The news pertaining to resolutions for next-gen versions of the game was released via an email from a Bethesda PR manager to GamingBolt, stating that “The Xbox One version of Wolfenstein will run at 1080p/60 fps”. The game is set to release May 20 in North America and May 23 in Europe. Wolfenstien: The New Order will be available on PlayStaiton 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
A new story DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins titled ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ has been announced by Warner Bros. for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The add-on is scheduled for April 22 and will cost $9.99 for those without the game’s season pass.
The DLC will focus on the backstory of Mr. Freeze, allowing players to utilize new gadgets – like Thermal Gloves and Thermocharged Batarangs – and explore “iconic Gotham City locations” such as Wayne Manor. Warner Bros. has also promised that the DLC will take around several hours to complete. Check out a trailer for Arkham Origins‘ upcoming DLC after the jump.
The next installment in the Lego video game series, Lego The Hobbit, is set to release on April 8 in North America and April 11 in Europe, according to Warner Bros.
In direct correlation with Peter Jackson’s films based off of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the game will follow the events from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
PlayStation 4 launched in Japan on February 22, and estimates for the first two days of sales are in. According to Famitsu, Sony’s new console moved 322,083 units in its first two days. This is a massive improvement over 88,443 sold by PlayStation 3 at launch, but nowhere near the 630,552 sold by PlayStation 2. For a more recent comparison, Wii U sold 308,142 in its first two days, so PlayStation 4 has a slight edge over Nintendo’s most recent launch.