Last week, Naughty Dog teased the possibility of The Last of Us 2, Xbox 360 gamers got some bad news regarding Titanfall, Rockstar increased the crew limit and added jobs to GTA Online, and Murdered: Soul Suspect was confirmed for next-gen consoles.
Naughty Dog Considering Sequel to The Last of Us
Fresh off a Game of the Year award at the D.I.C.E. Awards, Naughty Dog is considering many options. Besides considering ideas for a Last of Us sequel, the developer could also develop an entirely new franchise.
“We have started brainstorming some stuff,” creative director Neil Druckmann told Eurogamer. “To be honest, some of them are sequel ideas and some of them are brand new IP [intellectual property]. It’s kind of like how we approached Left Behind. Can we tell people a story that’s really worth telling, and that’s not repeating itself? And if we can’t, where can we get inspired—what is something that’s really going to challenge us and push storytelling in this medium forward?”
The Last of Us single-player story DLC will be released on Valentine’s Day.
Titanfall‘s Xbox 360 Release Delayed
On March 11, Xbox One and PC gamers will be able to play Titanfall, but Xbox 360 players won’t. Last week, Electronic Arts announced plans to delay the release of the highly anticipated title for the Xbox 360, citing a need for more time to “put the final touches on the game.”
“We are moving the Xbox 360 ship date to March 25 in North America and March 28 in Europe. The extra two weeks will ensure the full world of Xbox gamers has an awesome experience,” explained EA Studios exec Patrick Söderlund.
In other news, EA confirmed that a pre-order will not be necessary to participate in the game’s beta, but an access code will be required. Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella tweeted, “[The] goal is to get as many people in as possible, doing it in waves to make sure it works.”
GTA Online Raises Membership Cap, Adds Jobs
Rockstar has raised the cap limit on its Social Club Crews. You can have as many as 1,000 players in your crew. The previous limit was 300. The increase allows more opportunity for Reputation Points bonuses, jobs and team-based challenges. Rockstar has also started live streaming Crew vs. Crew battles on its YouTube and Twitch channels. According to reports, the battle will involve Rockstar-created jobs and feature one developer on each side to make sure that things stay fair.
Rockstar also added 10 new verified jobs to GTA Online. The user-created jobs include a short technical race, “an anarchic Deathmatch” and “the ultimate Supercar endurance test.”
Square Enix Confirms Murdered Coming to Next-Gen Consoles
Square Enix revealed plans to bring its supernatural mystery title, Murdered: Soul Suspect, to the PS4, XBO, PS3 and PC. It will be released in June.
“The new console versions will offer increased visual fidelity via native 1080p output,” the company promised in a release. “Elements such as subsurface scattering and an increased particle count will depict an even more [engaging] ghost world.”
Murdered centers around slain detective Ronan O’Connor and his attempts to bring his killer to justice and escape Dusk, the shadow world where his spirit is held captive. Though he cannot communicate with his live counterparts, he can read their thoughts and use his supernatural abilities to affect their thoughts and actions.
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