Quick Hits- Far Cry bundle on the way, Sony unveils Playstation Now, Alien: Isolation officially announced

farcryA compilation called Far Cry: The Wild Expedition was revealed by Ubisoft, which will release in North America under the name Far Cry Compilation (personally I like the other name better). The bundle for Europe is said to contain the original Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, while the North American bundle will only have Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It’s set for release in North America on February 11 for the retail price of 39.99, and will hit Europe three days later, on February 14. The final price for the European release has yet to be confirmed, but one would assume it will be comparable to the one for North America. The bundle will be available for the PS3 only in North America (though it may expand to other platforms), and it also includes the Xbox 360 and the PC in Europe. There seems to be a disconnect between the two versions, and once we have more solid information we’ll pass it on.

 

Sony revealed today at the CES an all new streaming service. Called Playstation Now, the service will allow “classic” Playstation games to be played across the PS4 and directly on other non-gaming platforms. The service uses Gaikai, which Sony purchased in 2012 for the tidy sum of $380 million. The idea behind Playstation Now is that you will no longer need to keep your PS3 around for that console’s games. Instead, you will be able to stream those games on your PS4 and the Playstation Vita, as well as televisions, tablets, and smartphones. Sony Bravia televisions made in 2014 will support the service, with it eventually becoming available on non-Sony products as well. Games available at launch will be limited, but both The Last of Us from Naughty Dog and Beyond: Two Souls from Quantic Dream have been confirmed by Andrew House to be among the titles used at CES to test the service. Playstation Now will be a subscription based service, but it remains to be seen as to whether it will tie in to existing services such as Playstation Plus. The service will offer both trophy and online multiplayer support, and players can opt not to subscribe but rent on a game-by-game basis. A closed beta will be conducted for the service later this month, with full service expected to roll out this summer.

The first person survival horror game developed by Creative Assembly was officially announced by SEGA. Alien: Isolation takes place on a decommissioned trading station on the fringe of explored space. Alistair Hope, creative lead at Creative Assembly, said, “In Alien: Isolation, we have taken the series back to the roots of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, the original survival horror. Our Alien is a truly terrifying creature, as intelligent as he is hostile, relentless, brutal and unstoppable. This is the Alien game fans of the series have always wanted.” Players will play as Amanda, Ripley’s daughter, as she fights her way through the station against the Xenomorph. The game will be available for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the PC late in 2014.

Excited about the Far Cry bundle? Thoughts on the streaming service from Sony? Will Alien: Isolation make us forget the abomination that was Aliens: Colonial Marines? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more news from us here a t leetgamers.asia.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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