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EGM Weekly: May 31, 2014 Edition

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Posted on May 31, 2014 AT 11:00am

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

This week, EA and Visceral Games reveal Battlefield Hardline, Take-Two makes clear Red Dead is a “permanent franchise,” Harmonix is hit with layoffs, Nintendo unveils a GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros., Quantum Break and The Order: 1886 get delayed to 2015, and much more.

Plus, the Crew reviews Watch Dogs, MLB 14: The Show, The Walking Dead: Season Two: Episode 3 - “In Harm’s Way,” and Tropico 5, while various interchanging pairs of us do DoubleTake’s of The Evil WithinH1Z1, and Sniper Elite 3.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

BEA and Visceral Games reveal cops-and-robbers themed Battlefield: Hardline

The next Battlefield will be a game of cops and robbers called Battlefield: Hardline, according to leaked source code from the Battlelog blog later confirmed by EA. READ MORE

BioShock series in 2K Marin’s hands, Red Dead a ‘permanent franchise’ for Take-Two

While speaking at the Cowen and Company Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference this week, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick mentioned that the company considers Red Dead among their “permanent franchises.” READ MORE

Nintendo reveals GameCube controller adapter for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will be playable with GameCube controllers courtesy of an adapter that will presumably release in time for the game’s launch later this year, Nintendo revealed on Twitter. READ MORE

Chroma requires ‘substantial retooling,’ Harmonix hit with layoffs

Despite pulling off Kickstarter success at the last second with Amplitude, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine at Harmonix: the company revealed their free-to-play rhythm-based shooter Chroma is in need of “substantial retooling” and announced the termination of 37 full-time positions. READ MORE

PlayStation Plus will grant two games per PlayStation platform, June’s titles revealed

PlayStation Plus members will start getting two free games per PlayStation platform starting in June, Sony announced. READ MORE

Quantum Break 2015 launch confirmed, gameplay teaser released

Quantum Break will be available exclusively on Xbox One in 2015, Remedy Entertainment confirmed in a newly released video. READ MORE

Bethesda reveals 32-player online brawler BattleCry

Bethesda and BattleCry Studios this week revealed BattleCry, a 32-player free-to-play brawler coming to PC next year. READ MORE

The Evil Within needs a few more months, now launching October

Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks’ The Evil Within will no longer meet its original August release date, and will now launch in October, publisher Bethesda announced. READ MORE

The Order: 1886 delayed until early 2015, behind-the-scenes video released

Ready at Dawn’s third-person shooter The Order: 1866 has been delayed until early 2015, Ru Weerasuriya CEO and Creative Director, Ready At Dawn confirmed.READ MORE

Developing new Gears of War is about ‘managing betrayal,’ says Fergusson

Developing Gears of War for Xbox One is all about “managing betrayal,” according to Black Tusk studio manager Rod Fergusson. READ MORE

Features

The Road to E3 2014: DoubleTake: The Evil Within

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Posted on May 27, 2014 AT 04:05pm
EGM editors Ray and Eric brave the horrors of a pre-E3 demo of Tango Gameworks’The Evil Within, and live to tell their tales of surviving the horrors that awaited them.READ MORE

The Road to E3 2014: DoubleTake: H1Z1

A zombie outbreak recently hit Los Angeles, and while EGM editors Josh and Eric were able to avoid infection, they weren’t able to avoid some of the other deadly horrors of H1Z1. READ MORE

DoubleTake: Sniper Elite 3

Chris and Josh go hands-on with the next entry in the Sniper Elite franchise to see whether it’s staying on target or missing its shots by a mile. READ MORE

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

This week: XSEED snags the farmland (and its Harvest) from Natsume, Sony foots the bill for indies appearing at TGS 2014, and six new projects are prepping for the Xbox One’s launch in Japan. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Chicago Deep Dish Style

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

Watch Dogs

It’s certainly no dog, but Watch Dogs might not be the triumphant franchise debut fans were hoping for, either. READ MORE

MLB 14: The Show

While its revamped ballparks help elevate the series’ PS4 debut, some elements could still use a few reinforcements from the minors. READ MORE

The Walking Dead: Season Two: Episode 3 – “In Harm’s Way

With Episode 3, The Walking Dead: Season Two finally starts to channel everything that made Season One so great. READ MORE

Tropico 5

Tropico 5 may see more followers want to revolt than wish to re-elect “El Presidente”.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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