The Update for week ending 19th October

Hello Fellow Cravers. Before we kick off this week’s episode of the Update p, I want to apologise for the lack of a CTG Podcast last week, due to major technical problems we ended up losing not only the original episode, but the episode we recorded on Sunday too, do not worry as we will be back to normal this week. So, It’s time to get updated on the weeks news, UK charts and game releases this week.

NEWS
3) Project Cars Delayed till March 2015

Project Cars, the crowdfunded simulation racing game from Slightly Mad Studios, has been pushed back to March 17, 2015, in North America, and March 20, 2015, in Europe, the studio announced this week.

The new date, which applies to the game’s PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, represents a delay of four months — publisher Bandai Namco had previously set a release date of Nov. 21 in Europe. In a press release, Slightly Mad and Bandai Namco said they decided to push back Project Cars to move it out of the crowded fall 2014 release window, and to allow for additional development time.

“Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect,” said Ian Bell, studio head at Slightly Mad.

The SteamOS and Wii U versions of Project Cars will be available at a later date in 2015 following the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One releases, according to the FAQ on the game’s website.

2) Fans crowd funding Gabe Newell look a likes to siege Valve for Half Life 3

Valve are notoriously known for never reaching the 3rd game in a series, so much so that the slightest hint of them making a 3rd title sends the whole games industry into a huge hype. Well it seems some fans are sick of waiting for Valve to reveal Half-Life 3, so much so that they have taken to crowdfunding website IndieGoGo in an attempt to reach $150,000 which will be used as incentive for Valve to finish development on Half-Life 3 by attempting to “besiege” Valve headquarters and hiring Gabe Newell doppelgangers.

The elaborate campaign is headed by marketing firm employees Chris Salem and Kyle Mazzei, who say their firm — McKee Wallwork & Co. — is supporting their push to bring the game to life.

At the $3,000 tier, Salem and Mazzei will create a Google AdWord campaign targetting all 300 employees of Valve, which will read “we want Half-Life 3.”

Once the $9,000 tier is reached, a truck with a giant billboard will “besiege” Valve headquarters in Washington with a similar message.

At the $45,000 tier, the pair will hire Gabe Newell look-a-likes to enter the Valve headquarters, all wearing “we want Half-Life 3” t-shirts.

Finally, at the $150,000 tier, a concert will be held in Seattle featuring “some of the biggest names in video game music” and invite Valve employees and fans.

For more information on the crowd funding, watch the clip bellow

1) PS4 update 2.0 reveal more features including dashboard customization

The list of features in PlayStation 4 system software update 2.0 continues to grow, with new elements now including further customization options for the dashboard and better sorting for your game library, Sony announced this week.

Firmware 2.0 a.k.a. “Masamune,” presumably named for the renowned swordsmith from feudal Japan. The update is led by Share Play, which Sony detailed during Gamescom 2014 in August. It will also bring themes to the PS4, and Sony said that users will additionally be able to change the background color of the dashboard from its default blue to one of seven other hues: gold, dark blue, red, green, purple, pink and gray.

Another new feature in firmware 2.0 is the ability to listen to music while you play games, without using Sony’s Music Unlimited service. However, this will only work for files on USB storage; you still won’t be able to copy media to the PS4’s internal hard drive. The USB Music Player will support files including MP3 and M4A audio, and MP4 and 3GP video.

PS4’s Content Area, the horizontal list of all your games and apps is also getting a redesign. With firmware 2.0, the space will be limited to the 15 most recently used items, while the rest will remain in the Library. The Library itself is being improved with sorting options to filter by name, type and more. And free PlayStation Plus games will now have an “Add to Library” button in the PlayStation Store, so you can secure them for future use without having to start the download.

Other additions to the PS4 in update 2.0 include enhanced voice commands, improved live broadcasting and a “Players You May Know” tile in the What’s New tab that shows you other users whom your friends play with frequently. Sony also plans to release system software version 3.35 for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV around the same time as Masamune; that update will add support for four-player Remote Play to those systems. In addition, the Live from PlayStation app will arrive on those devices at that time. And finally, Sony is also working on a version 2.0 update for the PlayStation mobile app on Android and iOS for the same launch window.

Masamune is set for release this fall on PS4. According to Scott McCarthy, director of product planning and software innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment America, there are more features for the update that have yet to be announced.

UK GAME CHARTS

FIFA 15 makes it four straight weeks at No1 holding off the challenge of several new releases. It also matches FIFA 13 in holding the top spot for four straight weeks from launch. One survival horror title replaces another at No2 this week as Bethesda Softworks’ third release of the year The Evil Within debuts in second place. It’s comfortably ahead of another new release Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! which lands at No3. Take2’s latest addition to the series debuts on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC with no sign of Xbox One or PS4 versions. With two new releases taking 2nd and 3rd Warner’s Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor drops a place to No4. Forza Horizon 2 is also pushed down a spot to No5 in its third week. Last week’s No2 Alien: Isolation slides four places to No6 but does enough to stay ahead of Destiny at No7. PS4 exclusive title Driveclub drops down to No8 in its second week. Minecraft: Playstation Edition climbs a place this week with a boost in sales seeing it claim No9. Codemasters latest Formula One title F1 2014 makes a Top 10 debut at No10.


Down 1 to No.5:     FORZA HORIZON 2
Down 1 to No.4:     MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR
New at No.3: BORDERLANDS:THE PRE-SEQUEL!
New at No.2:      THE EVIL WITHIN
Still at No.1:             FIFA 15

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER
Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth (PC)
Just Dance 2015 (Wii/360/PS3/Wii U/XO/PS4)
Fantasia: Music Evolved (360/XO)
Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3/PS4/PSV)
Shadow Warrior (XO/PS4)
Disney Magical World (3DS)
Singstar: Ultimate Party (PS3/PS4)
Power Ranger Super Megaforce (3DS)
The Voice: I Want You (Wii/360/PS3/Wii U)
The Walking Dead: Season Two (360/PS3/XO/PS4)
The Walking Dead: Season One – Game Of The Year Edition (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC)

So here we are, the Update for week ending 19th October, tune in to the CTG podcast available every Friday, and next Monday for the update.

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