The first Guild Wars 2 expansion has been announced. From what we've seen, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will see Mursaat and Rytlock returning, (Possibility of a new class), more focus on difficult group content, new guild features, new masteries providing new ways to customize your profession, and three different biomes for maps (jungle, roots and canopy). Below is the official announcement trailer. Also a note to anyone currently interested in Guild Wars 2, it is currently 75% off over at the official site.
Bethesda Softworks has announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will be dropping its subscription starting March 17, and will be renamed to "The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited". The MMO still won't be free-to-play though, you will still have to purchase the game, but once you do, you will have unlimited time to explore the content without having to pay a monthly fee. You will also get full access to all previously-released updates and added content. Those who already own The Elder Scrolls Online will simply have their accounts updated to the new version. There will also be "ESO Plus" memberships available in 30, 90 and 180-day durations which grant access to all future DLC, which will consist of game packs with "optional adventure content".
2K has announced Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The game is a remake of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in HD for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The collection includes Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel, along with a new four-player local split screen mode. The game will allow you to transfer your saves from the old-gen versions to the new-gen ones in the same console family and is scheduled to launch March 27. Check out the trailer below.
IGN has revealed that Battlefield Hardline will include a highly-competitive mode called Crosshair. It's a 5 vs 5 VIP extraction mode with a 3-minute round limit. Below is a hands-on video from Westie that explains everything currently known about the mode.
Driveclub has received a new update featuring five new Japanese tracks, gameplay enhancements, AI improvements, new features, a new multiplayer game mode and more. The full patch notes can be found below.
Sid Meier, the creator of the Civilization, has revealed a new game. 2K and Firaxis have announced Sid Meier's Starships, an interstellar strategy game and the next chapter of Civilization in space. The turn-based game is scheduled to arrive early 2015 to PC, Mac and iPad. In the game, you control a fleet of starships as you journey through the galaxy to complete various missions from protecting planets and their inhabitants, to building a planetary federation. You can expand your federation's influence and reach as you explore the stars and take part in "dynamically generated tactical combat".
Here is a 7 minute tutorial video of Bloodborne, the latest release from the creator of Dark Souls. Despite featuring similar action RPG elements to the Dark Souls games, the game has faster paced combat, and requires a more offensive approach in order to overcome denser hordes of enemies. Bloodborne is scheduled to launch worldwide March 2015.
Elite Dangerous is a space adventure, trading and combat simulator set in a galaxy based on the real Milky Way. Players can explore any star system in the Milky Way, furthering themselves through trade, bounty-hunting, asteroid mining and other missions and interact with other players in a massively multiplayer persistent world, as well as a single player online-only mode. The first major update for the game is on the way in early February, with the full release expected a week later. Update 1.1 will "introduce a new way to collaborate with other players in the galaxy in preparation for 1.2's major Wings update".
Evolution Studios has released a new Driveclub video showing a Jaguar CX-75 racing on the new Takahagi Hills track. The video also showcases Driveclub's amazing AI, which unlike a lot of other racing games, takes less than the optimal racing line to try and overtake the player. They also have the ability to screw up by driving aggressively, making the AI very unpredictable. The release dates for the new content have also been announced along with the video. Five new tracks will be available for free starting January 19, and the Apex expansion pack will arrive between January 27 and January 29.
The Xbox One price was cut before the holidays in a surprise price reduction, but then returned to full price earlier this month. But now Microsoft has announced that as of January 16, the price is being cut to $349 again. The promotion is due to the success of the Xbox One during the holidays. According to NPD, data shows the Xbox One was the best-selling console in the US during December. Sales also outpaced the Xbox 360 by 50% at the same point in its lifecycle. As for the Xbox 360, it became the best-selling seventh generation console of all time in the US as of December.
Here's an extended look at Majora's Mask running on a new 3DS XL. Nick Robinson from YouTube got to play the game early on a new 3DS XL and uploaded all of it on his channel. He discusses some of the new additions made to the 3DS version which include the save system, and the updated stereoscopic 3D graphics. Majora's Mask 3D is set to arrive on February 13.
The biggest Diablo 3 patch (2.1.2) since the Ultimate Evil Edition is now live and it adds new Ancient items, and a bunch of other changes. Ancient items are more powerful versions of Legendary items which drop in the Torment 1 difficulty or higher. You can also craft them at the Kadala vendor in town. With the addition of the Ancient items, the rarest legendaries before this patch will now drop a bit more often. Other updates include a message to the player when a Treasure Goblin has been killed or escaped, an increase in stack size of crafting materials and gems up to 5,000, class skill changes and a bunch of other bug fixes and balance changes. You can find the full list of changes over at Battle.net: PC and MAC patch notes, and console patch notes.
Visceral Games has announced that the Battlefield Hardline beta will be available on all platforms and will be open to everyone. A new blog post from executive producer Steve Papoutsis provided a few new details regarding the beta. According to the blog, participants will be able to try out new gadgets and play on two different maps. Two game modes will be available: Hotwire and Conquest. Conquest is a 64-player cops and criminals mode similar to the one contained in Battlefield, and Hotwire is an "all-out vehicular speed" combined warfare mode.
Rockstar has posted a new blog revealing the system requirements for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5, and announcing that the game has been delayed once again to March 24, 2015. Their reason is that it requires more testing and polish so it can be "as good as can be". GTA Online for PC will support up to 30 players, and will launch alongside GTA 5 for PC (which will feature 60 FPS, 1080p / 4k resolution support and other improvements found in the PS4 and Xbox One versions, including the first person mode) and the highly anticipated GTA Online Heists which will also be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Some ultra high resolution 4K screenshots and the system requirements for the PC version of GTA 5 can be found below.