News Roundup October 8th

by Huey Chewwy

Monster Hunter will be getting a little bit of Metroid for its coming release.  In a trailer shown today for a Japan Nintendo Direct, we can see that players will be able to don the armor and laser cannon of the famous bounty hunter.  Also seen is the ability to play (or costume presumably) as Samus, seen kicking some butt in the trailer.  This will not be the only Nintendo crossover in the new Monster Hunter, as equipment for Link (of Legend of Zelda fame) will be in the game.  

Playstation Plus subscribers will need to wait a little longer for the free version of Driveclub.  While it was supposed to launch yesterday with the full paid game, it is not available in the Playstation Store.  Due to server problems affecting the game already, the Playstation Plus version is delayed while developer Evolution Studios work to eliminate the problems.  The game's director, Paul Rustchynsky, wrote a lengthy explanation for the delay on the game's official Facebook page. 

In anticipation for Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA is offering a free game from the Dragon Age series.  As part of the On the House program, Dragon Age: Origins will be free, but only until October 14th on Origin.  Be sure to pick it up!

Activision is offering free upgrades from Xbox 360/PS3 versions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to their respected next-gen versions.  Please note this only applies to digital versions and the upgrade will only be available till March 30th, 2015.  

What is The Black Glove?  It is a new game coming from Day for Night Games, a studio comprised of many former Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite developers.  Described as a first-person experience, players are welcomed to The Equinox, an eerie 1920's theater that appears unstuck from conventional reality.  The Equinox is a venue pervaded by weird dream logic, inexplicable holes in space, unshielded x-ray art installations, and tasteful use of crushed velvet.  As the latest Curator, you must improve on the work done by the three creators in residence of The Equinox, and help bring the venue to glory.  However the developers are asking for some help to make this game happen.  You can visit The Black Glove's kickstarter page to help donate to what looks to be a very interesting experience.  

Get ready to let the dogs out in an interactive comic inspired by Valiant Hearts: The Great War.  Titled The Dogs of War, the comic stars Walt the dog (from Valiant Hearts) and his sister.  It takes place during the first years of World War I, as the two dogs fight to carry out their duties, care for the wounded, and deliver messages to allies.  The comic is brought to life with the help of touch navigation and animated panels, along with music and sound effects.  Dogs of War will be available November 6 on iOS, and anyone who has the iOS version of Valiant Hearts: The Great War will receive the comic for free. 

Confirmed by the game's Twitter page, Shadow Warrior will grace the PS4 and Xbox One on October 21st.  Available by retail or digital, Shadow Warrior is a re-imagining of the original title (of the same name) from 3D Relams.  

After 14 years, the Playstation One game, Vib Ribbon, has finally made its way to North America.  Released yesterday on the Playstation Network, Vib Ribbon found its way thanks to an outpouring of fans after a mention of the game by president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America Shawn Layden, during E3 of this year.  Vib Ribbon is a unique rhythm game, using music CDs to randomly generate levels, with their difficulty based on the intensity of the music.

EA has announced a The Battlefield 4 Premium Edition due to arrive on October 21st for PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin). The premium edition includes all five expansions of the game, including the new pack Final Stand, set to arrive sometime this Fall.  Included as well are new customization options, 12 Battlepacks, and priority position in server queues.  The Battlefield 4 Premium Edition will launch for $60.  Currently, the Xbox 360 has not been mentioned for a version of the Premium Edition.