News Roundup October 22nd

by Huey Chewwy

Today we get a look at the upcoming DLC for Mario Kart 8, which features eight new tracks.  The track revealed is Yoshi Circuit, having appeared first in Mario Kart: Double Dash for the Nintendo Gamecube.  Along with this classic track will be new racers (Link, Tanooki Mario, and Cat Peach) and four new vehicles.  The first DLC pack (containing Yoshi Circuit) will be coming in November and is priced at $8. If you purchase the two announced DLC packs in a bundle, it will run you only $12.  

Details of the Xbox One System Update are revealed today via Major Nelson, with customized backgrounds being the big touted feature.  Players will be able to choose custom colors or achievement art for their background, with more customization options coming in the future.  Other features include tweeting game clips over Twitter, new trending options, and smartglass improvements.  Unfortunately, no date has been given for the update.  For the full list of features, you can visit the Major Nelson Blog.

Android tablet owners will soon be able to enjoy Hearthstone on their devices, via an announcement from a Blizzard blog posting.  Although no firm release date was provided, Hearthstone will release on Android tablets by the end of this year.  As far as a mobile phone version for Iphone and Android, it looks like we are going to have to wait until early next year.  Blizzard posts that while they do have a version running on mobile devices internally, more work needs to be done to meet their standards.  

If a recent achievement list is to be believed, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas could be coming to Xbox 360.  The full list of achievements for the unannounced port appeared on an Xbox Achievement site.  Achievements include getting arrested a certain amount of times, drowning, purchasing a home, and completing the story. 

A new live-action Mortal Kombat series that will tie-in to the upcoming Mortal Kombat X has been announced.  The team behind this is Blue Ribbon Content, a division of Warner Bros.  No other details are known at this time.

NHL 15 received its third content update today, adding in more features that were not present at launch.  Among the features is the NHL Rookie Draft, putting the pressure on players as they will have only three minutes to choose a player to draft.  Gameplay tweaks and third jerseys for some teams have been added as well.  A full list can be seen on here.  

After a blowup on Twitter that caused the game Paranautical Activity to get pulled from Steam, Michael Maulbeck will be leaving developer Code Avarice.  After Steam mistakenly listed Code Avarice's newest game Paranautical Activity as still in early access, Michael took to Twitter.  After posting some very angry tweets that targeted Steam and managing director of Valve Gabe Newell, the final straw was a tweet that read "I am going to kill Gabe Newell. He is going to die."  As the result of that tweet, Paranautical Activity was pulled from Steam, and now the developer is asking support from the community to get the game reinstated.  In a post to the developer's website, a formal apology has been issued to both Valve and Gabe Newell.