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EGM Weekly: March 22, 2014 Edition

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Posted on March 22, 2014 AT 09:00am

This is EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

This week, Ubisoft confirms Assassin’s Creed: Unity, reports indicate EA has secured publishing rights to Titanfall 2 and that the sequel won’t be a Microsoft exclusive, Sony reveals VR headset “Project Morpheus,” longtime Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi departs Konami, Ultra Street Fighter IV‘s mystery fighter gets revealed, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews inFamous: Second Son, Constant C, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Luftrausers, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD. While at GDC in San Francisco, Josh gets hands-on time with Project Morpheus, Evolve, and Alien: Isolation, while those of us back at the EGM LA HQ crack Laurence Fishbourne jokes on the Game Over Podcast.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Ubisoft confirms Assassin’s Creed: Unity for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Following leaked images and information reported by Kotaku earlier this week, Ubisoft confirmed the existence of Assassin’s Creed: Unity and its French Revolution backdrop by way of a short reveal trailer. READ MORE

Marc Whitten, chief product officer for Xbox, departing Microsoft after 14 years

Marc Whitten, chief product officer of Xbox, is departing Microsoft to serve in the same capacity at consumer electronics company Sonos, Microsoft announced. READ MORE

Indie game Nero wants to create a whole new genre

No matter what you may think about newly announced indie game Nero, you can’t fault it for setting its sights too low. READ MORE

BioShock Infinite’s Elizabeth owes her believable AI to Shakespeare

In a GDC 2014 talk entitled “Bringing BioShock Infinite’s Elizabeth to Life: An AI Postmortem” Irrational Games lead programmer John Abercrombie revealed that the beloved companion character’s behavior had an unlikely source of inspiration: the theater. READ MORE

AC: Freedom Cry writer says difficult topics deserve as much focus as fun

Ubisoft’s Jill Murray thinks that games shouldn’t limit themselves by trying to tell stories that are overtly fun for the player. READ MORE

EA reportedly secures publishing rights to Titanfall 2, won’t be Microsoft exclusive

Titanfall’s inevitable sequel will again be published by Electronic Arts, but won’t be exclusive to Microsoft platforms, according to sources speaking to both Polygon and GameSpot. READ MORE

Upcoming PS4 update to add support for longer videos, improve sharing

An upcoming PlayStation 4 update will add support for longer video recordings, introduce a new video editor, and more, Sony announced. READ MORE

Sony reveals VR headset for PlayStation 4 at GDC 2014

Another horribly kept videogame industry secret has been confirmed. Sony’s PS4 will be getting a virtual reality headset. READ MORE

Decapre revealed as fifth new character for Ultra Street Fighter IV

Over the weekend, Capcom revealed the identity of the fifth and final character being added to Ultra Street Fighter IV, putting to rest nearly nine months of speculation.READ MORE

Longtime Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi parts ways with Konami

Koji Igarashi, producer of Castlevania games since the Symphony of the Night days, has left Konami to strike out on his own, Polygon reports. READ MORE

Features

Hands-On: Evolve

Much like the towering Goliath rampaging through its levels, Evolve is a tough beast to pin down. READ MORE

Hands-On: Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset prototype

EGM associate editor Josh Harmon goes hands-on with Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset prototype at GDC 2014. READ MORE

Hands-On: Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation won’t be out until the end of the year, but I can already assure you of two things that will likely put your mind at ease. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Snake-Shaped Box

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE

Reviews

inFAMOUS: Second Son

This new-gen installment of the inFAMOUS franchise offers a new hero, a new city, and tons of new powers—but is still inFAMOUS at heart. READ MORE

Constant C

Constant C is a more than an intriguing puzzle-platformer—it tells a worthwhile story, too. READ MORE

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z probably isn’t worth your time, but it’s an interesting spin-off nonetheless. READ MORE

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V may well end up as one of Hideo Kojima’s greatest creations in the end—but Ground Zeroes is a botched false start. READ MORE

Luftrausers

Indie developer Vlambeer once again prove their skill at crafting engrossing experiences from simple concepts with their latest release, Luftrausers. READ MORE

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster tells the story of a franchise’s rise and fall from grace all on one disc. READ MORE

Podcasts

EGM Game Over Podcast 068: Fasten Your Morpheus, ‘Cause Reality Is Going Bye-bye

The EGM crew brings you the Game Over Podcast, our end-of-the-week conversation where we discuss some of the biggest recent events in gaming. LISTEN HERE
Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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