Terraria is essentially Minecraft in 2D, and it’s gained a hell of a following since its release in 2011. The game received rave reviews on PC, and the PlayStation 3 iteration, released earlier this year, ain’t nothing to sneeze at either.
But what of the PlayStation Vita iteration? It was announced back in March, and we’ve heard very little about it since. Well, until now. The game’s publisher, 505 Games, has revealed that Terraria’s Vita release will occur on December 11th in Europe and on December 17th in North America. It will cost $14.99.
Those eager for a way to interact with their Xbox One using something other than gestures, voice control, and the Xbox One controller will soon be in luck, thanks to a third party device which now enables different input devices to be used on the system.
This new functionality is offered as part of the CronusMax, a third-party USB device that was previously known for enabling Xbox 360 controller support on PlayStation 3, DualShock 3 support on Xbox 360, and keyboard and mouse support on both 360 and PS3, among other things.
The latest update for CronusMax features what's described as "full Xbox One support." What this means is a wide variety of input devices are now compatible with Xbox One, including keyboard and mouse, the Wii Remote, DualShock 3, DualShock 4, and the Xbox 360 controller.
In terms of big PlayStation 4 exclusives in 2014, the landscape’s a bit barren. We have the eagerly-anticipated title from Sucker Punch – Infamous: Second Son – coming in March, the delayed launch game Driveclub coming at some point, and The Order: 1886, which appears to be coming in the fall.
Speaking of The Order: 1886, the studio behind it -- Ready at Dawn -- has been flexing its graphical muscles. Its introductory trailer from E3, seen below, runs in-game, and Ready at Dawn’s presentation at Gamescom 2013 showed-off its impressive tech.
Founded a little more than 20 years ago by a group of disgruntled Marvel artists, Image Comics became synonymous with the comic artists’ rights movement of the 1990s. An upcoming documentary titled The Image Revolution promises to tell Image’s story from its inception to its current stable of properties, which includes The Walking Dead.
The full film can be preordered over at Sequart. In the meantime, you can spend a few minutes with some of the founders of Image Comics in this fascinating clip. Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri criticize both Marvel and DC, telling the story of how the trio marched into the head offices of both outfits and announced their intention to go their own way. Added bonus: You get to hear about Marvel’s EIC (Tom DeFalco, according to Comics Alliance) do a Three Stooges pratfall through an open door. Watch:
This Friday, December 13th, at 12:30pm PT, IGN and Infinity Ward are teaming up to bring you a live broadcast from the developer's Los Angeles studio as part of Activision's global Extinction Day community event. We'll be showcasing new updates to Call of Duty: Ghosts' Extinction mode with live gameplay, including developer commentary about how the game was made, unique strategic insights, and how to find easter eggs.
Viewers can participate by asking questions live over Twitter. Just tag your post with the hashtag #ExtinctionDay for a chance to have your questions answered by IGN editors and developers from Infinity Ward and Neversoft.
Update: Ubisoft has officially announced Blackbeard's Wrath, the first multiplayer DLC for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be available later today on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC for $2.99, or for free if you're a Season Pass holder.
As we originally reported below, the DLC will see three new characters join the game's multiplayer: Blackbeard, The Jaguar and The Orchid.
While Blackbeard's skillset will focus on using his strength to throw targets off balance and finishing them off with one clean strike, The Orchid will use the training she obtained serving as a military advisor during China's Qing Dynasty to get the most out of her blade. The Jaguar, meanwhile, is an Aztec warrior from Mexico, working with the Templars and using a discreet axe.
Marvel has been renewing focus on the original graphic novel format in recent months. They kicked off a new wave of OGNs set in current, Marvel NOW continuity with Warren Ellis and Mike McKone's Avengers: Endless Wartime. That will be followed up early next year with Mark Waid and Gabrielle Dell'Otto's Spider-Man: Family Business.
And now USA Today has revealed the third entry in this series of graphic novels. Mike Carey and Salvador Larroca are teaming for an X-Men-themed OGN called X-Men: No More Humans. As the title suggests, the book explores what happens when all the humans on Earth disappear, leaving mutants in control of the planet. Despite this concept, the book will be firmly entrenched in the franchise's post-Battle of the Atom continuity. The cast includes members of both Wolverine and Cyclops' schools, including the time-displaced original X-Men. The villain Raze from Battle of the Atom will also be a major player thanks to his knowledge of the future.
The Sacrament is not an easy watch. It’s the kind of film that burrows under the skin as it flashes before your eyes, flooding the brain with doubt, fear, panic and grief as the narrative slowly edges towards its devastating denouement.
On the surface it’s the story of a guy trying to prise his sister from the clutches of a cult, but dig deeper and you’ll find a film about how effortlessly the smart and manipulative can cast a spell over the vulnerable and weak.
And it’s made all-the-more disturbing by the fact that the story is rooted in reality, most notably the Jonestown Massacre, a tragedy that transpired in Guyana in 1978.
Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog comic is still going strong after all these years. And while most publishers are gearing up to solicit their books for March 2014, Archie has given us an exclusive look at the solicitation and covers for April's Sonic the Hedgehog #259. This issue is the second part of "The Chase," which pits Sonic against his old foe, Dr. Eggman, a runaway train, and an armada of killer robots. Never a dull moment.
Take a look:
Family Guy is going mobile in 2014. Twentieth Century Fox has revealed its parternship with TinyCo, makers of, Tiny Monsters, to bring us the Family Game Mobile Game.
The Family Guy Mobile game is free-to-play and based on an all new storyline from the collaboration between Fox and TinyCo. "Family Guy is an amazing show that’s famous for its sharp wit, unpredictable storytelling, and hilarious cast of characters,” said Suli Ali, CEO of TinyCo. “We’re capturing that essence and providing players with an awesome way to get their Family Guy fix every day.”
Check out the first teaser image of the game below for a taste of what's in store.
A new system update is now available for Nintendo 3DS, bringing additional Nintendo Network ID functionality as well as Miiverse integration.
As was announced during a Nintendo Direct last month, the new update allows you to register a Nintendo Network ID to your Nintendo 3DS, which means you can have one unified login and eShop account for both your handheld and Wii U console, bringing together your balances and Wish Lists. To reiterate, your funds will be pooled for use on either device and you can see a combined purchase history.
Alongside this, Miiverse is now available on 3DS. While the full experience will require a broadband Internet connection, an offline mode will still allow you some functionality, such as the ability to queue up to three posts while offline that can be posted once you're back online. You can also post screenshots from either the top or bottom display of the handheld.
PS4 is responsible for 10 percent of all Twitch streaming done since its North American launch on November 15.
That's according to a range of new stats released by Sony on the EU PS Blog, which details how much success the console's new social-sharing features have enjoyed.
Over 20 million minutes of PS4 footage have been streamed since the console's US launch on Twitch and Ustream. That's almost 38 years' worth of gameplay recorded and shown in under a month. This breaks down into more than 800,000 gameplay broadcasts and 7.1 million spectate sessions.
A recently unearthed Sony patent has resulted in speculation that the PlayStation Move controller could be revamped imminently to include a touchpad.
The patent (via CVG) was filed back in June 2012 but only recently published, and is for a "flat joystick controller". An accompanying image looks remarkably like the existing Move controller, though it appears to incorporate a touchpad on the handle.
Seeing as this is a feature exclusive to the DualShock 4, speculation is rife that the new device is being designed with the PS4 in mind.
The superheroes of Marvel UK are finally getting their time back in the spotlight in 2014. Revolutionary War: Alpha #1 kicks off a new 8-issue limited series that brings together heroes like Captain Britain, Dark Angel, and Motormouth for the first time in two decades to face off against a returned Mys-Tech.
The story begins on January 8 with the release of Alpha #1 written by Andy Lanning and Alan Cowsill with art by Richard Elson. The tale continues one week afterwards with the release of Revoluionary War: Dark Angel #1, and will continue through March with other one-shot issues.
Check out the first look at Revolutionary War: Alpha #1 below!
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Update: Microsoft has responded to the claims that NSA and GCHQ spied on Xbox Live communications, saying it hasn't seen any evidence to support that it happened and it wasn't sanctioned if it did.
A spokesperson told Eurogamer, "We're not aware of any surveillance activity. If it has occurred as reported, it certainly wasn't done with our consent."
Additionally, the company has joined forces with the likes of Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn Facebook and Twitter to issue a jointly-authored document condemning the unauthorised surveillance of its customers. The Global Government Surveillance Reform site explains that "While the undersigned companies understand that governments need to take action to protect their citizens’ safety and security, we strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed."
The episodic Game of Thrones project Telltale is working on is planned to continue for several years, according to a statement from HBO.
Sounds like it’s full-steam ahead on the Freddie Mercury flick, with a director and star closing deals to work on the biopic.
Sacha Baron Cohen was previously attached to play Mercury, but pulled out several weeks ago. And now Ben Whishaw – best known as Q in Skyfall – has landed the gig of playing the larger-than-life Queen frontman.
According to Deadline, Dexter Fletcher will direct, with the Sunshine on Leith helmer already meeting with members of the band to prepare for a 2014 shoot.
Update: Konami has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will launch in Europe on March 20, 2014, a couple of days later than in North America.
The prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be available in stores on current gen consoles for £29.99 or via download for £19.99, while digital versions for Xbox One and PS4 will set you back £29.99.
In North America it's considerably cheaper at $19.99 on current gen and $29.99 on next generation consoles.
Original story, including details of Xbox-exclusive missions, follows.
Original story: Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes will be available on March 18, 2014.
Fez has sold over a million copies across all platforms, according to developer Polytron.
A post on the studio's official site reveals the feat and extends thanks to everyone who made it possible.
"We couldn't have done it without you!" it reads. "Thank you for buying the game!... Thank you for telling your friends about it! Thank you for buying it again when it came out on PC!... Thank you for putting up with the bulls***!"
It's a colossal achievement for the indie game, and has reopened speculation over whether this will convince creator Phil Fish to reconsider making a sequel.
Fez II was announced back in June before being cancelled just over a month later, with Fish largely blaming constant criticism for the decision. The fact work on the sequel ceased surprised both his Polytron co-workers and provoked several declarations of support from other developers, including Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinkski.