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EGM Weekly: March 29, 2014 Edition

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Posted on March 29, 2014 AT 10:42am

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

This week, Square Enix trademarks Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in Europe, Uncharted 4 game director Justin  Richmond joins a growing list of departed Naughty Dog employees, Respawn cracks down on Titanfall cheaters by putting all aimbot users in matches together, Xbox One reveals a new reputation system, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews The Witch and the Hundred Knight and Deception IV: Blood Ties, details our hands-on time with Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, Batman: Arkham Knight, and more from GDC 2014, and we close out the week with another episode of the Game Over Podcast.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Notch cancels plans for Oculus Rift version of Minecraft

Markus ‘Notch’ Persson announced that he has canceled plans to bring a version of Minecraft to Oculus Rift following the announcement of Facebook acquiring Oculus VR. READ MORE

Square Enix trademarks ‘Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’ in Europe

Square Enix filed a trademark for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided through Europe’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market for trademarks and designs.READ MORE

Tomonobu Itagaki promises Devil’s Third reveal later this year

Could we finally see the erstwhile Team Ninja head’s post–Ninja Gaiden creation come E3 2014? READ MORE

Uncharted 4 game director departs Naughty Dog

Uncharted 4 game director Justin Richmond has left Naughty Dog to join League of Legends developer Riot Games, he confirmed to IGN. READ MORE

Watch Dogs delay prevented features being cut

Ubisoft’s VP of creative, Lionel Raynaud, revealed that Watch Dogs‘ delay prevented several systems being cut from the game. READ MORE

Titanfall PC cheaters will play in ‘the Wimbledon of aimbot contests’

Respawn Entertainment confirmed that Titanfall‘s anti-cheat measures are now being fully enforced and cheaters are being punished for their actions. READ MORE

Epic was going to let Gears of War ‘sit on the shelf for a decade or more’

Epic Games had planned on letting the Gears of War franchise just sit on the shelf for a decade or more before Microsoft bought the rights. READ MORE

Persona 5′s director hints at some elements, themes of the game

In the most recent issue of the official Persona magazine, Persona 5‘s director Katsura Hashino gave some clues on what fans will find when the game launches later this year in Japan (and in 2015 here in the West). READ MORE

Xbox One users with bad reputations to receive warnings, may lose privileges

Microsoft announced some tweaks to Xbox One’s reputation system that will see players receive notifications if they drop into the “Needs Work” category. READ MORE

Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Cambridge, SCE London Studio all hit with layoffs

Three of Sony’s UK-based studios—Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Cambridge, and SCE London Studio—were hit with layoffs this morning, Sony confirmed. READ MORE

Features

Preview: Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman and Rocksteady return in a big way with Batman: Arkham Knight. READ MORE

Hands-On: World of Speed

World of Speed looks to take racing games down a different route. READ MORE

Hands-On: Armored Warfare

Armored Warfare looks really nice, but it feels too much like a World of Tanks clone at this point. READ MORE

DoubleTake: Fantasia: Music Evolved

Ray and Josh check back in with the Kinect-based collaboration between Disney and Harmonix. READ MORE

Hands-On: Gauntlet

A remake we probably didn’t realize we badly needed. READ MORE

Face-Off: Oculus’s DevKit 2 vs Sony’s Project Morpheus

EGM’s Ray Carsillo had a chance to try both virtual reality headsets at GDC and its a closer competition than you might think. READ MORE

The Best of the Rest from GDC 2014

Like any gaming convention, GDC 2014 was packed full of so many great titles that Ray and Josh didn’t have time to see everything, even with their steady intravenous drip of coffee and Red Bull. READ MORE

Japan Service: What’s New This Week in Japanese Gaming

This week on Japan Service: Assault Suit Leynos suits up to live again on the PS4, Sega’s early era mascot Opa-Opa goes 3D, and Namco Bandai’s ShiftyLook project comes to a close. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Trap Happy

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

Deception IV: Blood Ties

In Deception IV, Temco Koei returns to its classic tale of trap-springing thrills—and the trip is still sinfully good. READ MORE

The Witch and the Hundred Knight

If you’re a fan of action-RPGs and can handle a rude, crude, lewd witch who swears like a sailor, you just might find your match in The Witch and the Hundred Knight.READ MORE

Podcasts

EGM Game Over Podcast 069: Welcome to Cougar Town

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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