Welcome to another LVLONE weekly news roundup. Lots happened this week with several game announcements, release dates, game delays and big changes to one of the big three companies services and model.
New Release Date
Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo III has finally got a release date for consoles. Blizzard has confirmed Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition will be released on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 on August 19. The complete package dubbed Ultimate Evil Edition will allow PS3 and Xbox 360 characters to transfer to PS4 and Xbox One to continue their` progress. The game will be $39.99 for current gen while being $59.99 for next gen consoles.
Microsoft has announced that they will be selling a version of the Xbox One that will not include the Kinect. This version will be released on June 9th and will retail for $399. They have said that this was to offer gamers more choices and is direct feedback from the fans.
That’s not all from the Microsoft camp as they will now allow non-gold members to access apps like Netflix and HBO Go which owners needed a membership to view. Games with Gold which had only be for the Xbox 360 will now extend to Xbox One as well. The first set of games in June ail be Max Curse of the Brother Hood and Halo Assualt.
The Devision has been delayed to 2015. This isn’t really a surprise to anyone as the developers to the game said a 2014 release date was laughable and some even question a 2015 release as the game is still very early in development.
Farcry 4 is was announced yesterday for Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and PC to be released November 18th. This is will be a much bigger and grander game then Farcry 3 both in scope and elements. Those who pre-order the game will receive a free upgrade to the Limited Edition which includes Hurks Redemption, a series of three action-packed single-player missions featuring Hurk from Far Cry 3s DLC. The Limited Edition also includes Hurks signature harpoon gun called The Impaler.
What could only be a surprise to many is the announcement for the long anticipated sequel to the Halo series. Halo 5 Guardians will continue the Master Chief saga and judging by the cover it may be looking like he will somehow inquire a new suit in the Forrunner style. The game is set to release fall of 2015 and we think an announcement this early can me one of a couple of things but maybe it’s not only to show gameplay during Microsofts E3 presentation but possibly get more hype surrounding a possible Halo 2 anniversary for this year?
Pick of the Week
Lastly we close out with something we thought was truly awesome this week. Someone by the Youtube handle of NicksplosionFX has made the entirety of the Game of Thrones intro into with Super Mario Worlds. No end product is not only something we’d want to see in real life but would much rather watch that then the actual show, not trying to take anything away from the show but this is pretty epic. Watch it above.
Let us know what you think of this weeks updates and your thoughts on Xbox One’s change of Kinect-less console and all other announcements.