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EGM Weekly: May 10, 2014 Edition

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Posted on May 10, 2014 AT 07:00am

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

This week, Epic Games reveals that a new Unreal Tournament is in development and will be completely free and built in collaboration with fans, Nintendo announces Skylanders-style NFC figurine plans, The Elder Scrolls Online‘s console versions get delayed six months, Oculus responds to ZeniMax’s stolen VR tech accusations, Infinity Ward absorbs Neversoft, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mario Golf: World Tour, Child of Light, and Kirby Triple Deluxe, Josh keeps an eye on all things indie in Under the Radar, Eric checks in on Nippon with Japan Service, and the Crew tumbles into a vortex of print-deadline crunch that causes them to miss another Game Over Podcast session. Promises to convene next week, for sure, however, will be met.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

New Unreal Tournament in development, to be collaborative and completely free

Work has begun on a new Unreal Tournament game that will be completely free and developed in collaboration with the UT community, Epic Games announced.READ MORE

Nintendo developing NFC figures, 3DS reader, compatible across multiple titles

Nintendo is developing a line of NFC figurines and an NFC reader for their handheld that will be compatible with multiple future Wii U and 3DS titles, president Satoru Iwata revealed. READ MORE

First Sunset Overdrive gameplay footage features four minutes of acrobatic antics

Sunset Overdrive‘s first gameplay footage shows off acrobatic traversal and open-world third-person shooter antics, complete with narration about gameplay mechanics. READ MORE

The Elder Scrolls Online console versions hit by six month delay

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of The Elder Scrolls Online have been delayed by six months, ZeniMax confirmed. READ MORE

Valiant Hearts: The Great War launching across consoles and PC June 25

Valiant Hearts: The Great War, the UbiArt-powered 2D puzzle-adventure game set during the first World War, will arrive on consoles and PC June 25, Ubisoft announced. READ MORE

Nintendo reports $456 million annual operating loss

Nintendo published its numbers for the end of its most recent financial year, reporting an annual operating loss of 46.4 billion yen ($457 million). READ MORE

No new Need for Speed this year, returning in 2015

After over 10 years of annual releases, EA is giving the Need for Speed franchise a well deserved break this year, with plans to bring it back in 2015. READ MORE

Oculus responds to ZeniMax claims, challenges all accusations

In response to ZeniMax’s claims that former id Software co-founder John Carmack took Zenimax-owned tech with him to Oculus, the company released a press statement challenging the accusations. READ MORE

Activision to spend $500 million developing and promoting Destiny

Activision’s investment in Bungie’s post-Halo IP Destiny runs so deep the company plans to spend $500 million developing and promoting the shared-world shooter, Reuters reports. READ MORE

Infinity Ward absorbing Neversoft to form a ‘super-studio’

Infinity Ward is absorbing Tony Hawk developer and Call of Duty: Ghosts collaborator Neversoft is to become one “super-studio,” according to an internal memo obtained by Giant Bomb. READ MORE

Features

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

This week: The internet finds the first English screenshots of Tomodachi Collection, Atlus starts putting up more of their PS2 games on PSN, and we get an English demo of The House in Fata Morgana. READ MORE

Under the Radar: Your Weekly Guide to the Games You’ve Never Heard Of

This week: I get un-robbed, storytelling gets short and blocky, and Randy O’Connor tries to get me to drink the iOS Kool-Aid. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Bound by Games

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

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Even with their previous Spider-Man successes, Beenox cannot be forgiven for this atrocity. READ MORE

Mario Golf: World Tour

It’s been nearly a decade since Mario last stepped up to the tee, but he hasn’t lost his touch. READ MORE

Child of Light

Ubisoft’s indie-scale, JRPG-inspired downloadable Child of Light is a delight to look upon and play, but a little lacking in emotional substance to give its narrative weight.READ MORE

Kirby Triple Deluxe

Even after all these years, HAL Laboratory knows how to tweak things just enough for Kirby to still feel familiar, but new again at the same time. READ MORE
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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