The Update for week ending 2nd November

Hello Fellow Cravers. It’s time to get updated on the weeks news, UK charts and game releases this week.

NEWS
3)DriveClub PS+ edition delayed ‘until further notice’

Evolution Studios’ PlayStation 4 racing game DriveClub has been out for close to a month, but its online component has been rocky and unreliable. This week, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida issued a formal apology for the game’s technical problems and confirmed that DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition is now postponed “until further notice.”

DriveClub launched on PS4 on Oct. 7, and developer Evolution Studios hasn’t been able to provide a reliable online experience since then. The game’s PlayStation Plus Edition, a sampling of DriveClub’s cars and tracks, was expected to hit alongside or near the retail release. But given the core game’s flaky online performance, the trial version of DriveClub hasn’t been delivered as promised.

Sony Computer Entertainment hasn’t responded to multiple requests for comment on DriveClub PS Plus Edition, but Yoshida addressed the absent release after apologizing for DriveClub’s performance.

“We have been listening to your feedback and realize that patience understandably is running out,” Yoshida wrote on Facebook. “Evo is working around the clock to close the gap, and we have deployed additional engineering resources to help resolve the remaining issues as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the time frames required to roll out the fully connected experience will be longer than anticipated and we do not have an exact time frame for when they will be resolved. We will continue to update you on progress and you can find the latest info on the DriveClub Facebook page.

“We are also very conscious that we have disappointed so many of you who were looking forward to playing the promised PS Plus Edition. Our first priority is to provide you with the best possible experience while playing DriveClub. With the high volume of new players and additional server load the PS Plus Edition is anticipated to bring, we are currently not confident that we can guarantee the best online experience. Until we can ensure that everyone can enjoy the full social connected online experience, we will be postponing the release of the PS Plus Edition until further notice.”

Evolution Studios has updated its DriveClub Facebook page numerous times since the game’s original release, saying it was updating its online infrastructure and rolling out new server updates in an attempt to address the game’s performance woes. But problems have persisted with the socially connected racing game more than three weeks after its debut.

2) Prey 2 is officially dead

Prey 2, sequel to the 2006 first-person shooter from Human Head Studios, has officially been cancelled according to a statement from Bethesda’s Pete Hines delivered to CNET.

Prey 2 has had an extremely rocky road that included being leaked in 2011, switching publishers from Radar Group to Bethesda and a rumored transfer of the entire project from Human Head to Dishonored developer Arkane Studios.

“It was a game we believed in, but we never felt that it got to where it needed to be — we never saw a path to success if we finished it,” Hines told CNET at PAX Australia. “It wasn’t up to our quality standard and we decided to cancel it. It’s no longer in development. That wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s one that won’t surprise many folks given that we hadn’t been talking about it.”

1) Zombies are coming to Call of Duty again, as DLC

Backing up on a rumour that has been circling the last week, zombies are returning to Call of Duty’s online multiplayer as part of a “season pass” full of DLC that costs almost as much as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare itself.

The season pass, announced through a GameStop press release, includes four packs of multiplayer maps and a bonus map, “Atlas Gorge,” which is a remake of Pipeline from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The release did not give a specific arrival date for Advanced Warfare’s zombie maps. The first map pack is due to arrive on Xbox One in January, followed by other platforms later.

UK GAME CHARTS

EA’s FIFA 15 does it again with a 6th consecutive week at No1 since launch, the most of any title so far this year. Previous version FIFA 14 made 12 appearances at No1(a record for FIFA titles) and also strung a 6 week streak together, but not from launch. Microsoft’s Xbox One platform exclusive Sunset Overdrive debuts as the highest new entry at No2 – courtesy of the Rachtet & Clank / Resistance developer Insomniac. There are 3 new entries within the Top 20 this week and the two others are as follows. New at No5 is 2K Sports/Take 2’s WWE 2K15 with xbox 360/PS4 coming out first. Also new at No11 is Square-Enix’s Tuesday release Lords of the Fallen for 360, PS3 & PC.


New at No.5:      WWE 2K15
Down 1 to No.4:      THE EVIL WITHIN
Down 1 to No.3:     MINECRAFT PLAYSTATION EDITION
New at No.2:      SUNSET OVERDRIVE
Still at No.1:              FIFA 15

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
Football Manager 2015 (PC)
Tropico 5 (360)
Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)
Tears To Tiara II: Heir Of The Overlord (PS3)
The Muppets Movie Adventures (PSV)
Planes: Fire & Rescue (Wii/Wii U/DS/3DS)
The Wolf Among Us (360/PS3/XO/PS4)
Disney Infinity 2.0 Disney Toybox Pack (306/PS3/Wii U/XO/PS4)
BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition (360/PS3)

So here we are, the Update for week ending 2nd November, tune in to the CTG podcast available every Friday, and next Monday for the update.

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