GameSentral Rewind #009: May 1, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily look at the top gaming headlines.

Destiny: House of Wolves doubles Crucible rewards, adds PlayStation-exclusive map

Destiny Timekeeper

Destiny: House of Wolves will bring three new competitive multiplayer maps to the Crucible, and four if you own a PlayStation, according to Sony.

Timekeeper, seen above, will be the PlayStation-exclusive House of Wolves map. It’s set inside a Vex-built structure on Mars. Black Shield takes Destiny to the Mars moon of Phobos for the first time. Thieves’ Den is a close-quarters map on Venus, and Widow’s Court brings the battle to Earth’s European Dead Zone for the first time.

Crucible matches will also be more rewarding than ever. Players will receive twice as many engram drops in House of Wolves as they do now, and double the Crucible Marks. Plus, the daily featured gametype will offer guaranteed rewards.

House of Wolves will be released May 19.

Free Game Mania!

PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get free access to six games in May across PlayStation’s platforms, according to Sony, including Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, Hohokum and The Unfinished Swan.

New release Ether Ones will be one of those games, as it makes the leap from PC to PlayStation 4.

Here’s the full lineup:

  • Ether One (PS4)
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (PS4)
  • Hohokum (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • Murasaki Baby (Vita)
  • Race the Sun (PS4, PS3, Vita)
  • The Unfinished Swan (PS4, PS3, Vita)

Games with Gold

Microsoft’s Games with Gold lineup for May 2015 offers three free games: CastleStorm: Definitive Edition on Xbox One, with Mafia 2 and F1 2013 on Xbox 360, according to the company.

CastleStorm will be available free all month long, 2K Czech’s Mafia 2 will be available through May 15, and Codemasters’ F1 2013 will be available free from May 16-31.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor getting Game of the Year Edition next week

Monolith Productions’ Lord of the Rings prequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, will be getting a “Game of the Year Edition” re-release next week, according to publisher Warner Bros.

Launching May 5 for $49.99 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition will feature all of the currently available downloadable content for the game included. This includes the Lord of the Hunt add-on, the Bright Lord campaign and a bevy of bonus missions, skins and equippable runes.

 P.T. delisted from PlayStation Store

PT

P.T. has been delisted from the PlayStation Store after Konami’s cancellation of Silent Hills. However, if you added the demo to your PlayStation Network account before Konami took it down, you can stil download it.

P.T. is no longer available for download, we appreciate any previous support of the game.”

-Konami on P.T.’s website

Banjo-Kazooie creators unveil Yooka-Laylee spiritual sequel

Yooka-Laylee

Playtonic Games, an independent studio composed of former Rare developers, revealed its spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie today, a colorful new 3D platformer called Yooka-Laylee.

Playtonic’s new game stars titular duo Yooka the chameleon and Laylee the bat, who use their sticky tongue and flight powers to move through a 3D world. The pair were conceived by character artist Steve Mayles, the man behind Rare’s take on Donkey Kong and Banjo and Kazooie.

As previously announced, Yooka-Laylee is heading to Kickstarter to raise money for development.

“You told us you wanted Yooka-Laylee … to be the best game it could possibly be. You said you wanted sprawling, gorgeous worlds to explore, tons of smartarse characters to meet and inventive moves to learn… and you wanted to do it all on your gaming platform of choice.

“Fans of our past work are all over the place and it’d be a shame to leave anyone out and we’d really not do that.

“We’ve got the bloke who programmed Donkey Kong Country, the character designer behind Banjo and Kazooie, and the artist who made your console fit to burst with lavish environments across a decade’s worth of adventure games.”

-Playtonic on its website

Payday 2 publisher teams up with Overkill for The Walking Dead shooter

The console versions of Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, the same company that published the developer’s online co-op shooter Payday 2, according to the two companies.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows, according to 505. The company is working with Walking Dead series creator Robert Kirkman to “create new characters, plots and story-arcs that will live in the ever expansive world of The Walking Dead graphic novel series.”

“I can say that it will be Payday-esque because [Starbreeze and Overkill] are currently doing Payday. But I’m told it will be in a bigger world than Payday currently encompasses. They are going to be learning a lot of stuff from Payday that they will be incorporating into the Walking Dead game.”

-Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead series creator

Overkill’s The Walking Dead is expected to release in 2016.

Dead Island 2 pushed back to 2016

Dead Island 2 has been delayed until 2016, according to a tweet from publisher Deep Silver on the franchise’s Twitter account.

“We have always set ourselves a big goal for Deep Island 2: to create the sequel that takes Dead Island to the next level. We have been looking at the game long and hard, and we have decided we didn’t reach that goal we set out to achieve quite yet. This is why we have decided to delay Dead Island 2 to 2016.

“Right now, we are focusing purely on development, and we will have more info to share at a later stage. We know that our fans will be disappointed by the news, but by giving Dead Island 2 more time we are confident that everyone will get a better game to play as a result.”

-Deep Silver in a TwitLonger post

Dead Island 2 will launch on PlayStation 4, Windows and Xbox One.

Valve now lets developers permanently ban Steam users from a game

Valve has implemented a new “Game Ban” policy on Steam, allowing game developers to permanently ban Steam users from individual games, according to the company.

Through the initiative, Valve is allowing developers to run their own systems to “detect and permanently ban any disruptive players,” according to a Steam community page explaining what a game ban is.

If a developer discovers a player who is disruptive, the company notifies Steam, which issues the game ban on that Steam account for that game.

“The game developer is solely responsible for the decision to apply a game ban. Valve only enforces the game ban as instructed by the game developer.”

-Valve

You can now build for SteamVR with Epic’s Unreal Engine 4

Epic has released a prototype version of Unreal Engine 4 for free.

Every developer now has access to tools specifically designed to create room-sized virtual reality experiences with Valve’s equipment.

“In previous demos we’ve done, we were limited to having your head move around wherever it wants. But you didn’t have any interaction. You couldn’t use your hands or anything like that.

“This was the first time we got to play around with motion controllers in VR. How do we expose that to people? How do we make it easy for people to take advantage of the motion controllers without it being very complex? So we basically extended the systems that we already had in UE4. … So anything that you attach to this motion tracking component now basically appears in the virtual world tracked to your motion controllers in your hand. So it’s really cool, because you can put lights on people’s hands, you can do magic effects off people’s hands. All sorts of possibilities come up as soon as you have motion control in the room scale.”

-Nick Whiting, Epic lead engineer

 

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