Sunday Gaming News – 27/10/2013

October 27, 2013

Taking just long enough out from my weekend-long Path of Exile bender to bring you the news. Yes.

  • Blizzard are adding more connected realms to World of Warcraft this week. Connected realms are a system where two or more World of Warcraft servers are connected so that players can join guilds, make parties and trade with players from other servers. It’s essentially Blizzard’s term for what other MMOs call server merges, except without the connotations of impending game death that merges imply.
  • Blizzard have also written a blog post discussing Diablo III‘s upcoming Enchanting feature. Enchanting is being added in the Reaper of Souls expansion due next year, and offers a way of recrafting an items stats if they weren’t quite to your liking.
  • Here, have a launch trailer for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies.

  • While we’re in a video mood, here’s one from Nintendo that explains, mostly to parents, what a Nintendo 2DS is:

  • Sony have released the final spec sheet for the Playstation 4. The specs aren’t anything we didn’t already know, and are frustratingly light on technical detail, but they do confirm a number of rumours about the system, including that it has a faster BD-ROM drive (6x up from 2x in the PS3), and USB 3.0 ports rather than USB2. The sheet also mentions that a HDMI cable is included in the box, which is nice.
  • It looks like Final Fantasy XIV has had a successful relaunch, with 1.5 million accounts created since it came out in August. The game, which was completely overhauled as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, looks like it might finally be on track to live up to the high standard of the previous Square Enix Final Fantasy MMO, Final Fantasy XI.
  • It’s been six years since The Witcher launched, and CD Projekt Red are celebrating by announcing that, in that time, the two games have sold a combined six million copies. They’ve also released a nifty infographic, and spoken to Eurogamer about the series. You can watch the Eurogamer interview right here:

This week’s cover image is from Path of Exile, a New Zealand-developed free-to-play ARPG that will tickle the fancy of anyone who loved Diablo II. You can download and play the game for free on Steam, or at its website.