Sunday Gaming News – 24/11/2013

November 24, 2013

I have both an Xbox One and a Playstation 4 sitting in front of me as we speak. The next generation is very much here, but that doesn’t mean the news has to stop!

  • Popular side-scrolling build-em-up Terraria is coming to the PSVita on December 4. The game, which was all but abandoned by its developer barely a year after it launched, has had something of a second wind since its console release. The Vita version was teased in the latest issue of MCV.
  • Super Mario 3D World doesn’t come out in Australia until next week, however it’s already out in Japan, where Nintendo have produced a series of adorable ads to promote it:

  • Microsoft’s white launch team Xbox Ones are going for alarmingly high prices on eBay. Collectors gonna collect.
  • Speaking of the Xbox One, it has, just like the Playstation 4 last week, sold a million units on launch day. Microsoft have also revealed that players have driven over 3.5 million miles (5.6 million kilometres) in Forza 5, and killed over 60 million zombies in Dead Rising 3.
  • According to Shuhei Yoshida, the games that inspired the PS4’s sharing and uploading features was none other than the brutally hard Demon’s Souls and its successor, Dark Souls. “Lots of things that Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls did [like] leaving the messages to other people asynchronously – so you feel connected, but not really connected at the same time – all of these things inspired us when we were designing the system features for PS4,” Yoshida told Eurogamer.
  • John Carmack has officially left id Software. According to tweets he made, Carmack found that dividing time between id and his new role at Oculus was preventing him from fully focusing on projects.
  • The PS4 version of Assassin’s Creed IV is already pretty nice to look at (and smooth! so, so smooth!), but a new patch brings it up to full 1080p glory. Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry took a look to see exactly how different it now is.

This week’s cover image is an original Xbox on top of an Xbox One. They are both HUEG LOL. Photo taken by me.