Gaming Update: 'Saints Row IV,' 'The Order: 1886,' Amazon Acquisition

In this edition of Gaming Update, 'Saints Row IV' gets five new DLC packs, 'The Order: 1886' will be single-player only, and Amazon acquires Double Helix.

Last week, Deep Silver dropped a boatload of content for Saints Row IV, Ready at Dawn said co-play will not be an option in The Order: 1886,  and a conspicuous business move by Amazon hinted further at their plans to join the console wars.

Saints Row IV dropped lots of downloadable content for Xbox 360 and PC.

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'Saints Row IV'

Last week, Deep Silver dropped a boatload of content for Saints Row IV, Ready at Dawn said co-play will not be an option in The Order: 1886,  and a conspicuous business move by Amazon hinted further at their plans to join the console wars.

Saints Row IV Drops Five DLCs

Saints Row IV dropped lots of downloadable content for Xbox 360 and PC.

The one free offering, "Reverse Cosplay Pack," includes two new outfits, one for the Genki Space Pimp. "The Polarizer" DLC, which retails for $0.99, includes a magnet gun that can be used to attract Steelport citizens to your weapon before turning them against your enemies. "College Daze" DLC ($2.99) includes new fratboy and sorority girl outfits and Shayne's Barstool Racer. "Game On" DLC ($2.99) features hockey and golfing attire. The "Bling Bling Pack" ($2.99) gives you the power to turn your enemies into gold or pelt them with dollar bills.

All of this DLC will be available this week for PlayStation gamers.

The Order: 1886 Will Be Single-Player

Everyone hoping for a bit of co-play in the forthcoming Sony exclusive, The Order: 1886, received startling news. In response to a question on Twitter, Ready at Dawn co-founder Andrea Pessino confirmed that the game will be single-player only, saying "It is a single-player, third-person action adventure game." When asked about the decision to forgo a multiplayer feature, he replied, "better to do one thing well than a whole bunch half-assed. We are trying to make a [single-player] experience you will enjoy."

The game will run at 30 FPS in 1080P. Co-founder Ru Weerasuriya told Play3, "Currently we do not aim [for] 60 frames per second. In a first-person shooter that [surely] makes sense. Also fighting games are undoubtedly predestined for 60 frames. But for us, the cinematic experience is in the foreground—presented in full HD 1080p. In favor of spectacular effects and the highest resolution, we restrict ourselves to a fluid 30 frames per second."

Amazon Acquires Gaming Studio

Amazon hasn't said much about its recent acquisition of gaming studio Double Helix—only that it is part of an "ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers."

But the move seems to support rumors that the retail giant is looking to move into the gaming industry.

Double Helix is known for its recent work on Microsoft's Xbox exclusive Killer Instinct. But the game will not make the move with them. In a statement, MS announced it will use another partner for the title: "We want all of our loyal fans to know that the Killer Instinct team at Microsoft is not changing, and that the franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios. We remain dedicated to delivering a great experience and plan to announce our new development partner soon."


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