The Game Times: October 16
Ubisoft's next-gen delays, NBA 2K14 in next-gen glory, and Pokemon parkour
Ubisoft’s next-gen flagships pushed to 2014
Developer Ubisoft has been campaigning hard for Watch Dogs at virtually every gaming event and conference in recent memory, so it comes as a surprise that the game, along with the MMO-style racer The Crew, has been delayed to spring 2014.
The news comes straight from the Ubisoft Blog in the form of the following statement:
Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming. It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until spring 2014.
We know a lot of you are probably wondering: Why now? We struggled with whether we would delay the game. But from the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality. As we got closer to release, as all the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the way you respond on the web, at events, press conferences and other opportunities we have to interact. Your passion keeps us motivated.
We can’t wait to see you in Chicago next spring. We are confident you’ll love this game as much as we love working on it.
Worried pre-orderers will be glad to learn that online retailer Amazon, the leading PS4 pre-order provider, has clarified how PS4-bundled copies of Watch Dogs will be handled. A few details have yet to fall into place, but we do know that those bundles will be delivered on time, with the game itself either refunded or swapped.
- You can get your Zelda fix and splurge on a new 3DS XL at once with this new bundle.
- Pokemon X & Y have raked in $400 million in just two days. It’s not $800 million overnight, but impressive nonetheless.
- Battlefield 4 just loves to eat Xbox 360 hard drives, and this 14GB install is proof.
- NBA Live 14‘s long-awaited lineup has finally been revealed.
- More sports newness: A new mode for WWE 2K14 cropped up.
- Speaking of NBA 2K14: Check out its first next-gen screenshot, courtesy of PS4.
- PS4 says hello. Literally. It’s kind of creepy.
- Valve isn’t happy with just a new console. They want virtual reality too — or at least a few ex-engineers do.
Update from Sony exec: PS4s will not explode
With countless specifications and tech-demos at our fingertips — which is to say nothing of the smorgasbord of in-game footage that’s just a Youtube away — gamers everywhere are well aware of the impending horsepower boost that next-gen consoles will provide. However, all the grandstanding in the world won’t protect consoles from overheating, and both PS3 and Xbox 360 are notorious for their temperature-induced, console-ending yellow lights of death (YLOD) and red rings of death (RROD), respectively. Luckily, in spite of a recent “red line of death” rumor, it seems PS4 won’t have that problem. President Shuhei Yoshida himself dismissed the rumor, with a sufficient “not true” via Twitter. The red line seen above is simply an indicator of the system risking overheating—a sign to take it out of the oven you’ve apparently set it in.
The part with the videos
Just when you got tired of the old one, Sony put out a new PS4 TV commercial…
…and Nintendo’s 2DS handheld gets some limelight of its own.
Remember the funky Steam Machine controller? This is how it plays.
A closer look at how to win $100k from Borderlands 2. Sort of.
Frequent readers may remember a little video of one athlete’s commendable recreation of the parkour title Mirror’s Edge. This week’s final boss is from a similar vein, but this time, presumably in acknowledgement of the runaway success of Pokemon X & Y, everyone’s favorite mouse is doing the running. And flipping, and rolling, and terrifying local residents.