The Update forweek ending 15th February

Hello Fellow Cravers. GD here to bring you this weeks top 3 gaming news stories, the top 5 games and new releases of the week with the Update!

NEWS
3) Mass Effect getting multiplayer in next installment

BioWare’s next entry in the Mass Effect universe will include an online component, according to a job listing tweeted by senior development director Chris Wynn.

Details of how the studio plans to integrate online features have yet to be revealed, with Wynn stating only that the studio is looking to “shape online” for the upcoming game.

“Things are getting real now and I need an excellent Producer to come shape online for the next Mass Effect,” wrote Wynn.

However, the job listing itself confirms BioWare is looking for an online producer to help create connected multiplayer experiences. The post reads: “Create and champion the vision of the multi-player, connected experiences and online features of the game which respects the project leadership goals and be accountable for the quality targets and the results achieved.”

Last year, BioWare confirmed is being penned by the lead writer of Halo 4; although, details of the new Mass Effect are still scant. BioWare has previously said it will focus on exploration. The game will also see the return of the Mako, the all-terrain vehicle that players can pilot on the surface of planets.

BioWare revealed that it had plans for “another full game” in the Mass Effect franchise way back in 2012. The developer said previously that calling the new title Mass Effect 4 is a “disservice” to the game, as it will not follow the trilogy’s Commander Shepard.

2) Dying Light to get harder this March 

Dying Light will receive a new hard mode through an upcoming free content update, Techland producer Tymon Smektala said in a prepared statement.

The new mode, which is expected to launch by March, will feature a beefed-up night-time difficulty that will introduce even tougher infected foes. In this mode, supplies will be limited and players will be required to play stealthily.

“A few gamers have already finished Dying Light and are asking for more. So we’re going to give our community a new challenge that will put everything they learnt in the game to the test. Hard Mode is exactly that,” Smektala explained.

Also Dying Light’s first DLC, “Cuisine & Cargo,” launched this week for Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with plans to release two additional DLC packs by May as part of the Season Pass.

Cuisine & Cargo is made up of two missions that see players investigate buildings previously sealed off during the first days of the undead outbreak.

In March, Techland will release the Ultimate Survivor Bundle which gives players seven unique in-game items, including three outfits and four blueprints for over-the-top weapons.

Finally in May, the studio will release The Bozak Horde which delivers a new map that is playable in both single-player and co-op. Players will go inside the Harran Stadium to test themselves against increasingly tough waves of enemies.

1) Sonic Boom officially the worse sonic game ever

Sonic the Hedgehog’s latest game, Sonic Boom, sold just 490,000 copies during the Christmas quarter, Sega’s parent company announced in its quarterly earnings report (PDF), making it one of the lowest-selling games in the console series.

Sega said it sold 1.76 million units of Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation during the holiday quarter, which spans October to December. The company also sold 640,000 copies of Football Manager 2015 during the same period. Sales of its two Sonic Boom games, Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS, sold 490,000 copies combined.

That’s lower than the most recently released Sonic the Hedgehog games for consoles and handheld platforms. 2013’s Sonic: Lost World, which was also released for Wii U and 3DS, sold 640,000 copies during its debut quarter. Sonic Generations, which was released on four platforms, sold 1.63 million during a similar period in 2011. Sonic Colors sold 1.85 million during a similar period in 2010.

Sonic Boom reviewed poorly at launch. The Wii U version, developed by Big Red Button, and 3DS version, developed by Sanzaru Games, have average review scores of 32 and 47 on Metacritic.

UK GAME CHARTS

The All Formats chart receives a much needed boost with 2K/Take 2’s Evolve leading the pack of new debutants and taking the No1 crown.  For Take 2 it’s their first chart topping title that’s not part of the Grand Theft Auto franchise since Bioshock Infinite back in March 2013. With the release of new Nintendo 3DS & 3DS XL consoles giving a boost to hardware this week, it’s no surprise that two new 3DS titles debut in the Top 5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D lands at No2 and is the biggest selling single format title of the week. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is forced down to third place despite promotions driving strong sales. The second monster hunting title in the chart this week is the aptly named Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which makes its mark at No4.  Grand Theft Auto V and FIFA 15 are both down 3 places to No5 and No6 respectively. A colossal sales push driven by retailer promotions pushes Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 up two places to No7. Familiar face Minecraft: Xbox Edition is at No8 although Minecraft: PlayStation Edition slips to No11. Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Destiny round off the Top 10 at No9 and No10.


Down 3 to No.5:                  GRAND THEFT AUTO V
New at No.4:                         MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE
Down 2 to No.3:                  CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE
New at No.2:                         THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK 3D
New at No.1:                          EVOLVE

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY
Total War: Attila (PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY
Q*bert Rebooted (PS3/PS4/vita)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 20 FEBRUARY
The Order: 1886 (PS4)
Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round (360/PS3) – Digital only  (XO/PS4)
Amiibos wave four (Shulk/Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man/King Dedede/Meta Knight)

We are back with the CTG podcast this Friday and another Update on Monday with the news, UK chart and new game releases of the week.

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