Quick Hits- Gran Turismo 5, Resistance losing online support, no Minecraft planned for Wii U

gt5Some popular games exclusive to Sony’s console will be losing online support come next year. Among those losing the online component are the  sci-fi shooter series from Insomniac, Resistance, as well as Polyphony Digital’s racer sim Gran Turismo 5. Also losing online capabilities is MAG, SOCOM 4, and SOCOM: Confrontation. What this means for owners of these games is that their online components will no longer be playable, though, with the exception of MAG and SOCOM: Confrontation (both are online only), the games’ offline features and modes will be accessible. Sony originally placed a support article on the official Playstation website back in October making this announcement, but dates have not been publicized until recently. MAG, SOCOM 4, and SOCOM: Confrontation will be losing their online support come January 28, 2014, with the Resistance series (Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance 3) going offline on March 28, 2014. Gran Turismo 5 will follow suit two months later, on May 20, 2014.

For those who own Nintendo’s console eagerly waiting to play Minecraft, as it’s just become available on the PS3, don’t hold your breath, as the developer has no current plans to bring the popular world building game to the Wii U. The game’s creator, Markuss “Notch” Perrson, has stated on his Twitter feed that “I am not aware of any current plans to release a Wii U version of Minecraft” following it up with another Tweet that while he agreed a version for Nintendo’s console would make sense, developer Mojang has too much work as of now, most likely in reference to the upcoming ports on the Vita, PS4, and Xbox One. To date, 33 million units of Minecraft have been sold across all platforms.

The 20th playable character in the upcoming Wii U and 3DS game Super Smash Bros. has been revealed by Nintendo. Hyrule’s princess Zelda (using her Twilight Princess model) will join the playable cast of characters that also includes Peach, Rosalina, and several versions of Link. Some familiar stages to Zelda will make their appearance in the game, including Gerudo Valley, Spirit Tracks Train, and Skyloft. No official release date for the game has been announced yet, beyond that it is coming in 2014.

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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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