The PS4 won't be short on exclusive third-party content following its launch. This year's GameStop Expo revealed that 20 third-party publishers and developers are partnering up with Sony to deliver exclusives for the new console. Some of what you can expect is Bungie offering content for Destiny, Ubisoft delivering content for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs, and Bethesda offering the exclusive Elder Scrolls Onlinebeta.
It's been a month since the world last got to grappling hook around and play silly beggars with our chums, and that's far too long. Thankfully the Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod is preparing for another open beta weekend, kicking off at 1am Pacific on Saturday morning. Handily, the game's on sale this weekend too.
Actual bargains worth buying include all three Thief games for $6, Natural Selection 2 for $6, Dark Souls for $8, XCOM: Enemy Unknown plus its DLC for $10, Civ V: Brave New World for $15, BioShock Infinite for $20.
Film producer Avi Arad, most known for a slate of successful Marvel comic movies like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Avengers, seems serious about video game flicks. He's spinning plates for movies based on the Uncharted, Metal Gear, and Mass Effect universes, and recently shared some insight about when to expect them and what he sees as the central stories in each.
Like the original, Baldur's Gate 2 is getting an "Enhanced Edition." Beamdog has been hard at work, having produced scads of new dialogue in May, and has now announced that it will hit PC on November 15. It will cost $25, and iOS and Android versions will follow sometime later.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third major release in the franchise, and has gained some heavy plot baggage along the way. Creative director Mike Laidlaw explained how important it is to wrap up some of those dangling plot threads even as it introduces new ones to lead toward more sequels.
Peter Molyneux's Project Godus will get an early access release on Steam on September 13, 22Cans announced today. The god game, which granted a developer's god-like powers to a Curiosity player as part of its reveal, will cost $19.99.
What does your indie team do when you have bills to pay but still want to focus on your pride and joy? Rather turn to paid DLC or start work on a sequel, Natural Selection 2 developer Unknown Worlds is trying a spot more crowdfunding to keep the FPS-RTS's free updates rolling. This comes after it launched another big free update, and has kicked off a free weekend and sale to draw in more players.
The Xbox 360 "Games with Gold" program marches on. August offered us Crackdown and Dead Rising 2 (with Case Zero) for our Gold investment, and Microsoft announced today that September will get its own critical hits.
While the gaming world turns its eyes to PAX Prime in Seattle, Weekend Confirmed holds down the home front. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata welcome in "Indie" Jeff Mattas and Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia to sort out this week's Nintendo announcements, including trying to make heads or tails of what the company was thinking with that 2DS design. After that, it's time to dive into games, as the team discusses Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV, Killer Is Dead, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Hearthstone (Or is it Hurthstone?), and Shelter. The show ends with a new round of Finishing Moves and a few Super Bowl predictions, because the NFL kicks off in just six days!