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Weekly gaming news roundup (for the week of January 20)

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1. Bethesda revealed the cast for its highly anticipated MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online, coming to PC and Mac on April 4 and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in June.

The full cast includes John Cleese, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Malcolm McDowell, Kate Beckinsale, Lynda Carter, Alfred Molina, Jim Ward, Jennifer Hale, Peter Stormare and Kevin Michael Richardson.

You can check out the official Elder Scrolls Online website to find out which characters these voice actors will play.

2. Nintendo announced the release date for Yoshi’s New Island. The game will be available on March 14 in both North America and Europe, for 3DS. On that date, you can either pick up a retail copy or purchase it on the eShop.

3. An eight-minute video (attached to this article) for Monolith Production’s upcoming open-world Lord of the Rings game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, released this week, and with it came the accusation that the game is using code and animations from Assassin’s Creed II.

Charles Randall, a former Ubisoft employee who worked on the first two Assassin’s Creed games, took to Twitter to make the following statement:

“Check it out guys! I apparently made a Middle-Earth game!” He then followed up by saying, “Seriously, can someone tell me how Assassin’s Creed 2 code and assets are in this Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor game?”

Randall is aware that he has no legal claim to his work and that Ubisoft can license the AC engine to developers. He was in no way trying to bash the game, but instead said he hopes to be acknowledged in the credits.

4. A post on Respawn Entertainment’s official Twitter feed in response to a question asked by a fan confirmed that the studios widely anticipated debut title Titanfall will not feature microtransaction, and whether or not a DLC season pass will be available is still up in the air.

5. Minecraft sold over one million copies on PlayStation 3 since its launch on December 17, the games developer, Mojang, announced.

6. The Last of Us’ upcoming DLC, Left Behind, will be the first and last story DLC for the game, according to Naughty Dog Community Strategist, Eric Monacelli, in a comment on a post on the PlayStation blog.

Left Behind is slated to release on February 14 (Valentine’s Day). Players will take control of Ellie as she and her best friend Riley explore a post-pandemic mall.

7. According to a Ubisoft producer’s LinkedIn, The Assassin’s Creed film headed to theaters in Summer 2015 will begin shooting in August.

No director has been locked in as of yet, but rumor has it that 20th Century Fox is leaning towards Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, director of Safe House, though this is unconfirmed.


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