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The Update for Week ending 13th November 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases for the next 3 weeks and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Xbox One’s Backwards Compatablity celebrates One Year Anniversary by bringing Skate 3

Microsoft is marking the one-year anniversary of the Xbox One’s backward compatibility initiative by bringing a highly requested game to the program: Skate 3.

EA Black Box’s skateboarding game, which was originally released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010, is now playable on Xbox One. It’s been a big week for Electronic Arts titles joining the list, with Microsoft having added support for Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 three days ago.

In addition to making Skate 3 backward compatible, Microsoft is partnering with EA on a special offer. From today to Nov. 20, the game’s San Van Party Pack add-on is available free on the Xbox Marketplace. Skate 3 itself is also on sale for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, with a 16.67 percent discount that drops the price to $9.99 from $11.99.

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Microsoft’s backward compatibility program on Xbox One. The service debuted Nov. 12, 2015, with a launch lineup of 104 Xbox 360 games. Since then, Microsoft has added dozens of titles to the list, with today’s additions of Skate 3 and TikGames’ Scarygirl bringing the total number of supported games up to 284.

2)Overwatch will be Free to Play this weekend

Blizzard’s popular team-based shooter, Overwatch, is going to be free to play on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One during the weekend of Nov. 18-21.

During the free weekend, players will have access to all 22 heroes and 13 maps that are available to play, including Quick Play, Custom Games and the Weekly Brawl. For new players interested in picking up the game after the free weekend trial is over, any progress made during the three-day period will carry over once purchased.

Players will be also be able to play four different game modes: Assault, Escort, Assault/Escort and Control. Each mode takes place in a variety of cities or locations, with all modes and maps supporting 12 players in a 6v6 format. Unfortunately, it appears that Blizzard won’t be offering Competitive Mode to players trying the game out during the three day period.

Those interested in trying out Overwatch for the weekend will need a PlayStation Plus membership, Xbox Live Gold membership or Battle.net account to play. According to Blizzard, the download file will be approximately 12 GB in size. The free period will kick off at 11 a.m. PT on Nov. 18 and end at 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 21.

1)Nintendo confirms production of the Wii U to end in Japan soon

After months of rumors that Nintendo was going to cease production on its Wii U system ahead of the release of the company’s new hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, an update on its website has confirmed the news.

Spotted by Kotaku, a picture of the Wii U on Nintendo’s Japanese website now has a caption stating that “production is scheduled to end soon.” The caption also explicitly states that the ceasing of production is limited to Japan right now. The version of the console Nintendo is referring to, the white 32 GB “premium set” is also the only available version on the website. Other versions of the console, including the black Wii U, are listed as no longer in production.

Rumors started floating around in March that the company could stop rolling out Wii U’s as early as this year, as reported by Japanese website Nikkei. Nintendo denied the claim, with a company representative telling IT Media that “from the next quarter and thereafter, production is scheduled to continue.” In April, however, Nintendo president and CEO Tatsumi Kimishima told investors that the company could end production on the console by March 2018. Kimishima reiterated that the Switch wouldn’t just replace the Wii U and 3DS.

Just last week, Eurogamer reported that production would end as early as this month, but Nintendo representatives denied that claim as well. It’s unclear how — or if — the end of production on the Wii U in Japan will affect other markets.

In a statement to Polygon, Nintendo confirmed that production for the Wii U in Japan would be ending “in the near future.” The company could not announce any additional details on exact timing for when that may be. Nintendo added that, “As of today, all Wii U hardware that will be made available in the North American market for this fiscal year has already been shipped to our retail partners. We encourage anyone who wants Wii U to communicate with their preferred retail outlet to monitor availability.”

UK GAME CHARTS

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare remains at No1 for a second week. Fifa 17 moves back up to No2 pushing Battlefield 1 down to No3. It means the sole new entry in this weeks’ Top 10 is Bethesda’s Dishonored 2. The sequel is down 38% on the original Dishonored, which launched on 360, PS3 and PC in 2012. Its arrival pushes another Bethesda title The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition down to No5. Several titles are boosted by retailer promotions this week with Forza Horizon 3 climbing four places to No6 and Overwatch jumping eleven places to No7. However it’s Lego Dimensions who is the chief beneficiary with a huge sales increase propelling it from No37 back into the Top 10 at No9. EA’s Star Wars Battlefront continues its week on week climb up two places to No10. Two other titles make their debuts in the Top 40 this week. The first is Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization at No33. Finally Ubisoft’s VR title Eagle Flight for PS4 lands at No39.

Down 1 to No.5:                   THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM SPECIAL ED.

New at No.4:                        DISHONORED 2

Down 1 to No.3:                   BATTLEFIELD 1

Up 1 to No.2:                         FIFA 17

Still at No.1:                          CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

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Watch Dogs 2 (XO/PS4)
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (PS4/PSV)

 

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

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Planet Coaster (PC) – Digital Only

 

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

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Killing Floor 2 (PS4)(PC) – Digital Only
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection (XO/PS4)
Lego Dimensions Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Story Pack
Lego Dimensions Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack
Lego Dimensions Gremlins Team Pack
Lego Dimensions Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Fun Pack
Lego Dimensions E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Fun Pack
Lego Dimensions Marceline Fun Pack

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. The Update will be back next week with more news, uk charts and game releases.

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