Epic Games' Tim Sweeney has revealed that they have a new triple-A title in the works.

As usual the studio is aiming to set new standards in next-gen visuals with their secret new triple-A title but Sweeney wasn't ready to reveal much more on it at the moment. Sweeney teased on the new game, "It's going to push next generation graphics as you'd always expect Epic to do."

Naturally Epic is still maintaining a solid balance between developing games and working on maintaining and improving the Unreal Engine 4. Epic has something in the works that will “push next-gen graphics”

He added, "At any time there are over 100 engineers working on the Unreal Engine and there are more than 100 developers worldwide at Epic contributing to our games, so they're really inseparable--the engine is based on the feedback from our game development processes."

Thanks Edge Online.

Mario Kart 8 gets a hardware bundle in the UK

No news on whether it will be released in other territories yet

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart 8 will be launched in a hardware bundle in the UK.

The latest game in the venerable and addictive Mario Kart series will be bundled with the 32GB Premium Wii U which includes a black Wii U Gamepad and a Wii Sensor Bar.

Nintendo has also announced some Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi-themed Wii remotes as well which will launch around the same time. Mario Kart 8 gets a hardware bundle in the UK

Mario Kart 8 and the hardware bundle are both due to launch on May the 30th.

Thanks IGN.

Dark Souls II is due to hit the PC tomorrow and Bandai Namco has released a new trailer to celebrate.

The trailer is made up entirely of game footage from the PC version of the game to show off just how much of an improvement it is over the console versions.

From Software has gifted the PC version with better graphics, a smoother frame rate and a specially optimized control mouse /keyboard control system. Bandai Namco releases a new trailer to celebrate the PC launch of Dark Souls II

Dark Souls II launched on PS3 and Xbox 360 last month and you can read what we thought on it in our review.

Duel Of Fates DLC arrives for Ryse: Son Of Rome

Three more historically-inspired maps arrive for Ryse

The third bundle of downloadable content, Duel Of Fates, has arrived for Ryse: Son Of Rome.

This new pack features three new maps for Ryse's multiplayer modes – Barbarous and Invictus for Arena mode and Island for Survival mode. All three maps are loosely based on real events from the history of the Roman Empire.

Invictus draws inspiration from the series of slave uprisings known as the Servile Wars. Barbarous is inspired by the barbarian uprisings that led to the fall of the Roman Empire. Duel Of Fates DLC arrives for Ryse: Son Of Rome

Duel Of Fates is available to download now on Xbox Live for the Xbox One for 4.79 GBP. It is also available as part of Ryse's 15.99 GBP season pass.

Bohemia Interactive launches a video guide to the Zeus DLC for Arma III

Arma III dev give some tips for players who want to indulge in the game's new god mode

Bohemia Interactive has released a new guide video for their recently released Zeus DLC for Arma III.

The Zeus DLC allows players to assume the role of Game Master controlling the action in a multiplayer battle as it unfolds.

Players get bird's-eye view of the action and can do anything from spawning units and setting objectives to changing the weather conditions or the start music, all on the fly as play is going on. Bohemia Interactive launches a video guide to the Zeus DLC for Arma III

The new guide aims to help gamers make the most of the new mode. Zeus Mode is available now as a piece of free DLC for Arma III.

Goat Simulator to chew its way to retail

Unique title heading to retail next month

Koch Media has announced that they will be bringing Goat Simulator to retail.

Goat Simulator began its life as a bit of a joke but quickly gained enough popularity to become a real game.

The retail version will include the same Steamworks support that is featured in the downloadable version. Goat Simulator to chew its way to retail

Goat Simulator will be released at retail on PC on May the 23rd.

Criterion co-founder Alex Ward speaks on his new studio Three Fields

"With Three Fields we’re starting over" says Ward

Alex Ward has finally spoken about his reasons for leaving Criterion to found a new studio with fellow Criterion co-founder Fiona Sperry.

Three Fields Entertainment is the result of their endeavours and is based on the idea that over-specialisation ultimately hurts game development.

The studio's title was inspired by a line from the script of Christopher Nolan's upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar where a space mission is looking “for people skilled in at least three fields”. Criterion co-founder Alex Ward speaks on his new studio Three Fields

“Titles and disciplines ultimately hamper game development by stopping people from speaking up and poking their noses into other areas,” Ward explained. “Great games don’t happen by accident. The magic ‘fun’ needs to be found very early on, so that the experience can be crafted, iterated and polished.”

He was also very scathing of people that have arrived in game development and immediately stopped playing games because they “became work, a chore, something to endure.”

This was partly born out of an experience Ward had when developing Black. He explained, “I suppose the weirdest meeting I ever had was when I was told my game (a first-person shooter that wasn’t called White) would be a hit because: 'at the start you’re UP and we all know that UP IS GOOD'.”

“Life’s too short to not truly love what you do,” Ward added. “There’s no point wasting time working on something you don’t believe in. And I’ve been lucky enough to have always been able to be truly invested in what I was working on. Hopefully that showed in some of the software.”

He concluded, “So with Three Fields we’re starting over, and trying something new. We’re not restricted by job titles or PowerPoint presentations, and everyone plays games. I guess that’s a start. Oh, and UP IS GOOD. Let’s not forget that.”

Thanks Develop.

Soul Calibur Lost Swords out now

Bandai Namco's free-to-play push continues

Bandai Namco has continued their free-to-play push with the launch of their single-player brawler Soul Calibur Lost Swords.

Lost Swords combines the classic swordplay of the Soul Calibur series with a new crafting system and elemental weapon effects.

The game begins with three characters unlocked from the start – Mitsurugi, Sophitia and Siegfried – with more characters available to unlock through questing beginning with Ivy and Taki. Soul Calibur Lost Swords out now

Soul Calibur Lost Swords is a free-to-play title available exclusively on the PlayStation 3.

Ace Combat Infinity to take off next month

PS3 free-to-play title gets a release date

Bandai Namco has announced a release date for their new free-to-play air combat title Ace Combat Infinity.

The game will offer Ace Combat fans a selection of single player and co-op sorties to fly as well as a wide selection of planes and customisation options.

It also builds on the revitalised combat system that Project Aces built for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon with targets disintegrating when hit spraying oil and debris into the player's vision. Ace Combat Infinity to take off next month

Ace Combat Infinity will arrive on PlayStation 3 on May the 28th.

Mojang has apologised for the long-running delay of the PS4 and PS Vita versions of Minecraft.

Mojang's Owen Hill has revealed that they are aiming to release the PS4 and PS Vita versions of Minecraft some time in either Q2 or Q3 of this year.

In the comments section of a PS blog post on the retail release of the PS3 version Hill told a fan, “We’re aiming for Q2/Q3.” Mojang apologises for the delay on the PS4 and PS Vita versions of Minecraft

He made an apology for the long wait in the body of the post saying, “4J are working on bringing Minecraft to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Sorry for the delay but making Minecraft happen is serious business.” Hill also revealed that they are planning to offer some kind of save game transfer between platforms.

“The plan is to enable users to transfer from PS3 to PS4,” Hill added. “We’re still working out how it’ll work with the Vita version.”

Rumour: Another World 20th Anniversary Edition coming to consoles

The game appears rated for consoles by the USK

Eric Chahi's classic platform adventure Another World may be on the verge of getting a console release.

The 20th Anniversary Edition on the game, which was remastered in 1080p for modern PCs and Macs but now it has appeared on the German ratings board, the USK, as having received a rating on 3DS, PS Vita, Wii U, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One.

The game's publisher , The Digital Lounge, gave the slightly cheeky response when asked about the game's appearance, "We do not comment on rumours. Especially since everybody is now fully aware!" Rumour: Another World 20th Anniversary Edition coming to consoles

Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition also includes achievements, two difficulty modes and a “making of” documentary as well as the visual and audio upgrades.

Thanks Eurogamer.

Royce Gracie to appear in EA Sports UFC

UFC legend joins Bruce Lee as an unlockable character

EA Sports has announced that UFC legend Royce Gracie will be making an appearance in their new UFC fighting title.

Royce Gracie will feature as an unlockable playable character alongside kung fu hero Bruce Lee. There are two options for getting access to Royce Gracie as with Bruce Lee.

Players can either finish EA Sports UFC on Pro difficulty or pre-order the game at UK retailer GAME for day one access. Royce Gracie to appear in EA Sports UFC

EA Sports UFC will be released on PS4 and Xbox One in North America on June 17th and Europe and the UK on June the 20th.

Ubisoft teases more Prince Of Persia

Twitter post briefly asks what is next for the series

Hot on the heels of rumours of a new Prince Of Persia title Ubisoft has teased an new game in the series.

Last week news emerged that Ubisoft were working on a new 2D Prince Of Persia game using the UbiArt Framework technology used to make the more recent Rayman games.

Yesterday Ubisoft Reflections engineer, Drew James tweeted an image asking “What next for #PrinceOfPersia?” Ubisoft teases more Prince Of Persia

Since posting the image both the tweet and the Twitter account have disappeared although an image was captured courtesy of VGLeaks and NeoGAF.

Thanks GameSpot.

Short Peace arrives in the West

Anime and game cross-media collection hits the PS3

The anime/game crossover project Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day has arrived on in the West.

The collection features four short anime films from a selection of some of the finest directors working in the medium and a game that ties in with the theme.

The films are Hajime Katori's A Farewell To Arms, Katsuhiro Otomo's Combustible, Hiroki Ando's Gambo and Shuhei Morita's Possessions. Short Peace arrives in the West

These all tie together with Suda51 and Yohei Kataoka's 2D side-scrolling action game Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day. Short Peace is available now only on PlayStation 3.

Xbox One to arrive in Japan in the autumn

Sunset Overdrive and Halo named as launch titles

The Xbox One has been given a release date in Japan.

According to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu Microsoft will launch their new console on September the 4th.

The launch titles will include Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, Halo, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Thief and Murdered: Soul Suspect. Xbox One to arrive in Japan in the autumn

Numerous Japanese developers have signed up to support the console including SEGA, Nippon Ichi, Zoo, Capcom, Level-5, Marvelous, From Software and Cave. Microsoft will be hoping that the third time is the charm after both the Xbox and the Xbox 360 failed to strike a chord with the Japanese gaming public.

Thanks MCV.

Master Chief voice actor speculates on what to expect from Halo 5

Master Chief might be seeking a way to revive Cortana

Steve Downes, the voice behind the Master Chief has been giving his thoughts on where the events of Halo 5 will take the legendary Spartan.

Downes predicts more emotional turmoil for the Master Chief and perhaps even a search to revive Cortana after she gave her life in the battle with the Didact at the end of Halo 4.

"By the time it got to Halo 4,” Downes began, “he was struggling with his own mortality and he was certainly struggling with his own emotional mortality. As things happened in Halo 4, and Cortana began to unravel, that was the only real emotional connection that he had experienced in his adult life. Not to mention what they did in a working relationship.” Master Chief voice actor speculates on what to expect from Halo 5

"As he saw her begin to unwind and finally began to accept that there was going to be an end to her, I think it was extremely difficult for him to deal with,” he continued. “That was the challenge for me. You're not going to have a scene where Master Chief is going to become completely undone, fall to his knees, and start crying, but yet, there were emotions in him that he didn't really know how to deal with. When you're approaching that kind of a character, you have to figure out how to emote a character that is uncomfortable with emotion."

"There's nothing I can divulge to you because, quite frankly, I don't know anything!. Anything I'm saying here is pure speculation, but I thought that trailer they did was very exciting. I think the popular theory is that maybe he's gone rogue, which would not be out of the question given what he went through,” Downes teased. "He's holding Cortana's chip, so it would seem as though there is some desire to reactivate that, but again, it's pure speculation on my part. There are so many different possibilities here. You've got to give the credit to the writers for fleshing out a story with that much depth."

Thanks OXM.

Puppeteer and Payday 2 amongst May's PS Plus Instant Game Collection

BioShock Infinite and PES 2014 drop out of the selection

Sony has announced the selection of games that will be available for PS Plus subscribers in May.

They will continue their indie game kick on the PS4 by swapping Tribute's Mercenary Kings for Zoink's puzzle platformer Stick It To The Man.

On the PS3 PES 2014 and BioShock Infinite will be making way for Overkill's impressively popular Payday 2 and Sony Japan Studios' quaint adventure Puppeteer. Puppeteer and Payday 2 amongst May's PS Plus Instant Game Collection

The PS Vita Instant Game Collection will be trading Hotline Miami and MotoGP 13 for retro JRPG Muramasa Rebirth and Sony's excellent Everybody's Golf.

The new selection will become available on April 30th.

CI Games having trouble getting Lords Of The Fallen to hit 1080p on Xbox One

No confirmation of whether the Xbox One version will run at 1080p

CI Games has admitted that they are having a tough time getting their new RPG Lords Of The Fallen running at 1080p on the Xbox One.

Tomasz Gop, the game's executive producer is confident that they can hit 30fps but they are having a lot of trouble trying choose a balance to strike between resolution and framerate.

"We definitely won’t be below 30fps, definitely,” Gop explained. “I think if we have to choose between resolution and framerate, we’ll probably choose to go full HD 1080p and have a stable, rock-solid 30fps, rather than try to lower the resolution and push it to 60fps because we believe this game looks pretty good, so we’d rather have a decent resolution to show it off.” CI Games having trouble getting Lords Of The Fallen to hit 1080p on Xbox One

He added, "We’re working very hard right now to deliver PS4 and Xbox One in 1080p but I can’t confirm whether it’s possible. It’s probably easier for me to confirm it’ll happen for PlayStation 4, because it appears on this one we’re almost nailing it and pretty much there. For Xbox One though, it’s slightly tougher and we’re still working on it, so I can’t confirm that yet."

Lords Of The Fallen is due out on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One some time later this year.

Thanks IGN.

Sony Online Entertainment has revealed their intentions for monetizing their upcoming zombie MMO H1Z1.

As SOE has already seen decent success taking games like Planetside and DC Universe Online free-to-play and H1Z1 will follow on their lead.

SOE's John Smedley has also promised that they will not be making the mistake of building a game that is pay-to-win. SOE's new zombie MMO H1Z1 to be free-to-play

“We will be selling wearables. We felt like this will be a good, fair revenue generator. However - we recognize how important finding wearables in the world is so you'll be able to find and craft a lot of stuff,” Smedley explained on Reddit. “We agree that's something important. We will NOT be selling Guns, Ammo, Food, Water... i.e. That's kind of the whole game and it would suck in our opinion if we did that.”

Thanks PC Gamer.

Telltale's The Walking Dead is coming to next-gen

GameStop reveals a Game Of The Year Edition on PS4 and Xbox One

New reports have emerged indicating that Telltale's The Walking Dead series is heading to next-gen consoles.

According to entries on GameStop's online store Telltale will be releasing The Walking Dead: Game Of The Year Edition at retail on the PS4 and Xbox One.

The Game Of The Year Edition includes all five episodes of the first season and the prologue episode for season two, 400 Days. Given that the game is already out on the PC it seems like a bit of a slam dunk to bring The Walking Dead next-gen consoles. Telltale's The Walking Dead is coming to next-gen

The release date given by GameStop is June 17th, which is the US update day for PSN. If this date is correct the European release date will probably be the next day June 18th.

Thanks Eurogamer.

First screen of Sledgehammer's Call Of Duty title appears

Those are some nicely rendered soldiers

The first screenshot of Sledgehammer's first stab at the Call Of Duty series has arrived.

The screen shows what Sledgehammer claims are full in-game renders of the game's characters and they do look rather pretty.

Sledgehammer has been handed a Call Of Duty title for the first time in order to lengthen the development cycle to three years for each game with the advent of the next console generation. First screen of Sledgehammer's  Call Of Duty title appears

Development on this new Call Of Duty title is next-gen led at the very least (“next-gen first” is Sledgehammer's wording) and will be released in November of this year.

Thanks IGN.

2K Games has announced that some of their titles will briefly lose their online services as they migrate the servers from GameSpy to Steam.

The issues have been caused by the imminent closure of GameSpy Technology which will shut down on May the 31st. Borderlands and several Civilization titles between Civ 3 and Civ 4 will be closed off to allow for the transition although, numerous other 2K titles will lose online support altogether.

These include Rune, Stronghold 2, Stronghold Legends, Top Spin and Top Spin 2 and the Vietcong series, all on PC. It will also affect the Civilization Revolution on the DS and the Wii versions of NHL and NBA 2K10. Borderlands and Civilization titles to go offline on PC as services migrate from GameSpy to Steam

2K Games stated on their blog, "During the transition, players will experience interruption of several features, including online play, matchmaking and voice over internet protocol (VOIP). Players will not experience interruptions to offline play."

Thanks Polygon

It appears that Sony has pulled out to an early lead in the next-gen console battle.

The PS4 has passed the 7 million units-sold mark recently but the Xbox One has yet to catch up on Sony's impressive pace of hardware sales.

The Xbox One is not doing that badly itself though having managed to sell in the region of 5 million units world wide since it launched in November. Xbox One lagging behind the PS4 to the tune of 2 million in sales

Liam Callahan of US industry analysts NPD said, "When comparing the first five months of sales for the Xbox One and PS4 to their predecessor's first five months, total Xbox One and PS4 sales are up close to 60 percent.”

Thanks MCV.

Nate Wells leaves Naughty Dog for Unfinished Swan dev Giant Sparrow

Wells becomes the third high-profile departure in as many months

Nate Wells who served as art director on The Last Of Us has announced his departure from Naughty Dog.

Wells joined the Uncharted developer from Irrational Games to serve as the art director on The Last Of Us and has revealed that he is off to work for Giant Sparrow, the indie studio behind Unfinished Swan.

Wells confirmed the news on Twitter saying, "Hmmm....seem to be some threads here. Yes, I joined the wild, wacky, and ultimately brilliant folks at #GiantSparrow on April 3rd." Nate Wells leaves Naughty Dog  for Unfinished Swan dev Giant Sparrow

He is the third high-profile team member to leave Naughty Dog following Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig who is now at EA Visceral working on their Star Wars game and Uncharted 4 director Justin Richmond who is now at Riot Games working on League Of Legends.

Thanks GamesIndustry International.

Assassin's Creed sales top 73 million

The AC series is by far Ubisoft's top earner

Ubisoft has released sales figures on their most popular franchises and Assassin's Creed is by far the top of the pile.

Assassin's Creed is well out in front having sold 73 million units across the whole series. The next best-selling series is Just Dance having shifted 48 million.

The Tom Clancy series titles are up next with Splinter Cell sitting at 30 million, Rainbow Six having sold 26 million and Ghost Recon sitting just behind that on 25 million. Rayman is level with Ghost Recon on 25 million. Assassin's Creed sales top 73 million

The other notable titles include Prince Of Persia at 20 million, Driver at 19 million and Far Cry at 18 million. Full sales figures are available over on the Ubisoft corporate website.

Thanks MCV.