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1) Infinity War teased the release of its next batch of DLC for Call of Duty Ghosts, titled Onslaught. The DLC will be available on Xbox One on January 28 and other platforms shortly afterwards. It will include some extra multiplayer maps as well as episode one of Extinction's four-part episodic series called Nightfall.
2) Microsoft revealed a limited edition Xbox One controller inspired by Respawn Entertainment's upcoming first-person shooter, Titanfall. The controller (in the photo attached to this article) will arrive in time for the launch of the game -- March 11 in North America and March 13 in Europe.
3) According to listings on the PlayStation Store, The Last of Us’ first single-player DLC titled Left Behind is set to come out on February 14. That’s right, Valentine’s Day.
This could of course just be a placeholder, though seeing as how the Sony Entertainment Network also suggests a February 14 release (originally indicating March 31), this notion is seemingly unlikely; however, neither Sony nor Naughty Dog have yet to confirm the official date.
4) Octodad: Dadliest Catch will hit PC, Mac and Linux on January 30.
The title will be available through Steam, Humble and GOG. Players on PlayStation 4 hoping to get a piece of the cephalopodic action can expect to wait until at least March, according to developer Young Horses, Inc..
A new story trailer was released in celebration of the announcement, which you can view on Octodad’s official YouTube channel, OctodadGame.
5) EA announced that Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will launch a week later than expected.
Originally set to release on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on February 18 in North America and February 20 in Europe, the Plants Vs. Zombies spin-off will now hit North America on February 25 and Europe on February 27.
A PC edition is also on its way, and a PlayStation 4 version is expected as well, thanks to a ratings board listing (via Eurogamer), though this is unconfirmed.
6) Guerrilla Games revealed two upcoming multiplayer expansion maps that will be available for free: The Hangar and The Cruiser.
The former is located in the hangar bay of one of Helghan's mining spires, with plenty of space intended for long-range combat. The latter places players inside a decommissioned ISA cruiser, composed of "tight, claustrophobic corridors and interconnected compartments," focusing on close and mid-ranged encounters. Both maps are inspired by "key locations" from Shadow Fall's campaign.
No word yet as to when these maps will be available.
Guerrilla also announced that they're working on the first DLC for Killzone: Shadow Fall and promised to reveal more information in the near future.
7) Square Enix revealed to IGN that developer IO Interactive is working on a new Hitman game that is headed to next-gen consoles and PC.
The statement from the representative reads:
Io-Interactive is developing a new, AAA Hitman game that will be coming to PC and next-gen consoles and Square Enix Montreal is fully focused on mobile development of games some of which are related to the Hitman franchise. We look forward to sharing more details about these titles later this year.
8) Nintendo cut its expected unit sales for the Wii U and 3DS for the end of their 2014 fiscal year. President Satoru Iwata explained in an earnings release that the company lowered their estimates from 9 million Wii U’s and 18 million 3DS’ sold by the end of March to 2.8 million Wii U’s and 13.5 million 3DS’.
With that said, the 3DS was the number one selling platform of 2013, though both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched just mere weeks before the end of the year and have already sold more than the Wii U, which launched in the fall of 2012.
9) Disney deserted the Star Wars 1313 trademark, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website.
The trademark was “Abandoned because no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued.”
Star Wars 1313, first revealed at E3 2012, was a third-person action adventure title intended for next-gen consoles. The game was ultimately canceled after Disney shut down LucasArts in April 2013, just a few months after purchasing the rights to LucasFilm and Star Wars from George Lucas for $4.05 billion.
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