This edition of Gaming Update looks at Driveclub, The Witcher 3, The Elder Scrolls Online and MLB 14: The Show.
Driveclub Delayed . . . Again
Driveclub was originally slated to be released last November as a PS4 launch title. It was pushed back in October, and its release date was scheduled for early 2014. IGN spoke with Sony's Scott Rohde last week about the delays. He said the game will not arrive until the company is satisfied with its quality. So although Amazon has it listed for Sept. 30, don't expect that date to stick.
"We really don't want to release a game before it's ready," Rohde said. "And sometimes, this happens in the normal course of business, where we think we're on track to deliver what we think is going to be a great game, and when we get closer, we realize that we'd be doing everyone a disservice if we shipped it before it was ready."
The Witcher 3 Pushed Back to February 2015
CD Projekt Red announced plans to push back the release of its forthcoming RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to February 2015. The game was expected to arrive in the fall. According to the developer, the additional time will allow them to work on the quality of the game.
"We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game's final release date," wrote the company in an open letter. "The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game toward the end of the year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us."
Bethesda Addresses Subscription Requirement, Beta Feedback for the Elder Scroll Online
During a recent interview, Bethesda exec Pete Hines defended the company's decision to use a subscription model for The Elder Scroll Online. According to Hines, regular updates to the MMO title with substantial content justify the $15/month fee.
"We're also very confident in our ability to support it with content," Hines said. "And not content of the magnitude of, it's a new month, here's a new sword or here's a funny hat–but content that is real and significant and it feels like regular and consistent DLC releases. Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren't willing to make."
The publisher announced via the game's Twitter account that more than five million gamers signed up for the beta. Feedback has already poured in, and they have wasted no time making adjustments. Included in the changes is a "more streamlined tutorial in Coldharbour."
MLB 14: The Show Coming to PS4 on May 6
PS4 gamers will have to wait a little longer than the rest of the PlayStation family to get their hands on MLB 14: The Show. The title will arrive for PS3 and PS Vita on April 1 and will launch on the PS4 on May 6. Sony hasn't given a reason for the delay. But there reportedly won't be any differences in features between the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game, and both will be compatible with the PS Vita version.
Starting with MLB 14, players will be able to carry over their saves to future releases. The Franchise mode has been upgraded to include a new notification system and a feature that allows you to hire/fire coaches during the season. Also new is Quick Counts mode, which gives gamers the ability to complete a full nine-inning game in 30 minutes.
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