News Snatch: Steam Controller, Forza 5 And XCOM: Enemy Within

No time for chat today as there is a ridiculous backlog of news nuggets that need deep frying for three minutes until crispy, starting with a new “Security Breach” trailer for XCOM: Enemy Within.

Forza 4’s Autovitsa cars were a secret prototype for Forza 5.


“So in Autovista in Forza Motorsport 4 there were 26 cars, and those cars, in many ways, were prototypes for what we wanted cars to look like on next gen hardware,” explained Turn 10′s Dan Greenawalt.

“The thing we learned in doing that experiment was that we didn’t think the next generation was about poly count and texture resolution. It was gonna be about light and atmosphere and imperfections so we actually got to ship a prototype – which was kind of cool.”

“Now obviously we didn’t tell people that – that’s not how we framed it – but I thought that was a cool experience. Autovista was a very cool experience and that carried forwards in Forza 5. We were prototyping ideas.”

Forza 5 will also feature “The Stig’s Digital Cousin”.

Wii U sales are up nearly 700% thanks to The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD.

So up from 1 sale to 700 8 then.

Football news! Leyton Orient had won eight games in a row at the beginning of the season right up until a few weeks ago when a certain football based annual title was released. The team have since failed to win a single league match, and Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade has now banned players from playing FIFA 14 before a match.

FIFA 14 is Leyton Orient’s away shirt sponsor.

Japanese action MMORPG Onigiri is coming to PS4 in Japan, no Western release has been mentioned.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will launch with some day one DLC based on Thor: The Dark World. It includes eight new playable characters featured in the movie.

Obvious news doo doo doo doo do-do, obvious news doo doo doo doo do-do, OBVIOUS! NEWS! Newsthatisobvious! A-bing-bong-bing-bong…

Game Developer Won’t Make Game Unless He Wants To SHOCKAH!
“I can’t imagine doing it if we weren’t in love with the idea”, explained Ken Levine when asked if he was going to make another Bioshock game.

Pre-beta footage of the Football Manager 14 match engine.

Masahiro Sakurai, creator of Kirby, has criticised the industry’s reliance on sequels and re-use of characters.

“Is there any industry that relies so much on reusing and reusing their old titles as much as video games?” he asked. “Compared to other media like movies, dramas, animation, novels and comics, the glut of franchises and remakes is at an unnatural level.”

Sakurai currently developing Super Smash Bros.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 has soft launched in certain regions for Android devices, clicketh this linketh to purchaseth it.

Valve have released video of Darth Vader’s codpiece the Steam Controller in action.

Rumour has that Apple will announce two new iPads on October 22nd, causing shoppers on London’s Regent Street to get really irritated as scores of people queue up outside the Apple store for yet another minor update to an overpriced bit of shiny.

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom has gone gold on PS3, expect it and the companion PS Vita game in the shops before Christmas.

Well known video game hardware retailer, John Lewis, has predicted a win for the Xbox One this christmas.

The Angry Birds movie has gained not one but two directors, Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis. You may not recognise their names because they have never been on directing duties before.

New Star Soccer 1.5 submitted to Apple and, subject to approval, will be out in the next week.
And Finally, it’s the trailer you have been waiting for, ladies and gentlemen I present a teaser trailer for Barbie Dreamhouse Party! Woohooo!



  1. Please never ever stop doing the obvious news thing Tuffcub. Never fails to raise a smile on my dinner break!

  2. Ps Super excited for pvz2 on Android. Been waiting ages for it.

  3. Boo Plants Vs Zombies isn’t out in the UK yet on that link. Hopefully it will be by the end of the week.

  4. 1 sale increasing to 700 would be a 69900% increase.

    Just sayin.

    • Shush. I was busy.

    • I was just thinking that. A 700% means they sold eight of them! :-) I think. :-)

  5. Ah John Lewis who still think they can sell a vita bundle with Uncharted for over £200 and currently have a facebook thread asking for PS4 launch details from customers going back to June with still no detail. They are clueless about video games.

    As for too many sequels and re-using characters, it’s a bit rich coming from a guy making a smash-bros game. The cost involved is too high not to reuse characters in games. It’s not like you can go and pay for an off the shelf video game equivalent of Will Smith or Tom Cruise who can sell a game for you. Maybe they should. Naughty Dog could contract out Drake assets with Nolan North to other developers like an agent gets actors contracts.

    The “blockbuster” video game costs are so high now that it’s only natural that developers want to reuse assets to cut costs and publishers want sequels to reduce risk. Beyond has highlighted a potential future where big names actors are brought in to help with both the acting side and selling the game.

    • There is an idea of bridging film and ‘interactive entertainment together’ with like Jodie Holmes (Beyond) starring in other games with different stipulations.

  6. The irony of Sakurai complaining about sequels when he’s working on another Super Smash Bros is almost unbearable. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! And the fact Nintendo only seem to release games centred around their characters from 5th gen consoles is hilarious.

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