A trip to Costa Rica by Avalanche Studios has been exposed in a new developer diary, where they show staff capturing the abundance of jungle wild-life and even make sure there's plenty of ocean footage.
It's all for "reference material" and research in their "upcoming open world games," and the captured sky is partially used in Mad Max. They mention Just Cause and how important water simulation is.
The 16-bit helicopter thrill ride that is Desert Strike has just been given a dusting off by EA as two new trademarks have been discovered, which were posted late last month. The last in the 'Strike' series was in '97.
Desert Strike launched in 1992 for SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive. It's an isometric shooter with plenty of winch action and accidental building collision. Plus its theme tune is pretty recognisable.
Ubisoft has announced the release date for the first DLC pack for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which stars Edward Kenway's quartermaster Adewale in his pursuit of freeing slaves in the colonies.
It's unclear when the PC version of Freedom Cry launches as the December 17th date is accompanied only by the Xbox and PlayStation logos. The DLC is worth 4+ hours of play.
Ubisoft's game designer James Everett has talked about the development of Splinter Cell: Blacklist and how it was important to take "nothing away" at the root level of the franchise.
Finally, fans could start worrying about leaving bodies lying out in the open again - it mattered. How else to make Sam Fisher vulnerable? Heavy infantry to discourage gun running.
Popcap Games has released five trailers, each focusing on a Master players will be encountering in their highly anticipated sequel, Peggle 2, including Gnorman, Jeffrey, Bjorn, Luna and Berg.
The Elder Scrolls Online lead designer Nick Konkle hosts a new developer diary, showing off character progression. The upcoming MMO will feature the same style of leveling as the single player games, allowing players a tremendous amount of freedom on how they want to kit out their character.
The mysterious site TheSurvivor2299.com, which may or may not be teasing Fallout 4, has updated itself with a cipher puzzle, along with the phrase "Nuclear winter has come."
Hideo Kojima has revealed a little more about the time frame for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which he says will see a release when the PS4 has become "more spread out," offering no firm window.
Ground Zeroes is the spring 2014 due MGS V prologue, which doesn't feature an open world. It was to be a digital only title, but they opted for physical release.
NeoGAF is reporting that God of War: Ascension director Todd Papy has announced on Twitter that he has left Sony Santa Monica Studio and has joined Crytek to work on an unannounced project. His current LinkedIn profile lists him as the game director on said project.
With its recent release on PC, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has been receiving high scores from both reviewers and fans. To celebrate its glowing reception, Ubisoft has released a new trailer showing off some more story in between rave reviews.
The Spike Videogame Awards will feature two new trailers from publisher Square Enix, according to the publisher's marketing VP for North America and Europe, Karl Stewart.
DICE has announced the next PC update will be arriving tomorrow for Battlefield 4, so it launches alongside the China Rising expansion for all Premium members. Roll out begins 1.00am PST/10.00am UTC.
No new changes have been made to the earlier update notes for PC. It addresses the 'one-hit kill bug' where a single bullet's damage would be "applied multiple times".
WB Games has released a new trailer for the Initiation DLC that explores Bruce Wayne's even earlier life than in Batman: Arkham Origins, where he's training under martial arts master Kirigi in North Korea.
Challenge maps across "exotic locales" will test the martial skills of Bruce, facing "fresh enemies along with an epic final test" to prove his worthiness to master Kirigi. It's out tomorrow.
Braid creator Jonathan Blow has posted two new in-game shots of The Witness, and yes you're officially seeing double. Each image sports a doppelganger which is stereotypical of 3D sorcery.
Most likely Blow is teasing the inclusion of Oculus Rift, the VR headset that's threatening to take the world by storm. It would go well with the game world of The Witness.
The upcoming content creator for Grand Theft Auto Online has been discovered among the game files and accessed ahead of time. Footage has appeared, from the same person who found the audio files.
New races and death matches were creatable but it's 'unfinished', they report, acknowledging their version is different from the updated Content Creator. Obviously this is all 'work in progress'.
The 8 year record held by PS Vita for fastest selling console in the UK is shattered by Sony's new shiny PlayStation 4. It helped propel Call of Duty: Ghosts back to the chart top, besting FIFA 14 by 6k copies.
Battlefield 4 keeps 3rd place, with Killzone: Shadow Fall debuting 4th. Every title in the top 10 is on PS4 except for Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V which came 7th after a sales jump.
Battlefield 4 supports a geo-leaderboard, says CEO Patrick Soderlund of DICE, which tells you the best players in your local area. What if they could pull your local weather too and have it appear in-game?
Soderlund says that's "frankly one dumb idea from me, but it's kind of cool!" The cloud-based world we now inhabit allows for so many more experiments with features.
Team Meat has announced one of their new features for their cat breeding sim Mew-Genics: an Animal Crossing-style home furnishing, that will not only give the player something to do but affect their cats as well.
Telltale Games released a new screenshot from The Walking Dead Season 2, and it shows off one of the characters from the first season: Omid. No sign of his partner Christa, however.
Sega has dashed the hopes of eager gamers awaiting a sequel for their beloved open world game Shenmue, as the publisher has announced that a trademark filed last Monday for Shenmue III is a hoax.