GameSentral Rewind #065

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

Call of Duty: Black Ops now backwards compatible on Xbox One

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Call of Duty: Black Ops is now backwards compatible on Xbox One, according to Microsoft.

Batman: Return to Arkham remaster collection announced

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The Batman: Return to Arkham remaster collection has been announced for a July 29 release priced at $49.99.

According to the Warner Bros. announcement, the collection consists of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, along with their associated DLC content and Game of the Year edition bonuses, on PS4 and Xbox One.

Porting studio Virtuos, responsible for the Final Fantasy X and Heavy Rain remasters, is moving both games onto Unreal Engine 4. The update will feature “improved graphics, as well as upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders.”

Sony confirms E3 2016 press conference timing

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Sony has announced that its E3 2016 press conference will be held on June 14 at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET, 2 a.m. GMT June 14).

Star Wars Battlefront campaign cut to release simultaneously with The Force Awakens

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Star Wars Battlefront’s campaign was cut in a “conscious decision” to get the game out in time for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“The one thing that we got criticized for was the lack of a single-player campaign. It was a conscious decision we made due to time and being able to launch the game side-by-time with the movie that came out to get the strongest possible impact.

Star Wars Battlefront came out [but] we got criticized for the depth and breadth of it. So as we look at why that was, we have to go back and course-correct that for another version if we were ever to build one.

“I think the team created a really good game based on the premise that we had. I would say the game has done very well for us and reached a very different demographic than a traditional EA game. So from that perspective, it’s a success. Are we happy with the 75 {Metacritic} rating? No. Is that something we’re going to cure going forward? Absolutely.”

-Patrick Soderlund, EA Studios boss

Rockstar Games’ next projects will be revealed soon

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During parent company Take-Two Interactive’s quarterly earnings report, Rockstar Games will be revealing some “exciting” future projects soon.

“Rockstar Games is of course hard at work on some exciting future projects that will be revealed soon.”

-Take-Two Interactive; Rockstar Games parent company, in its quarterly earnings report

Gran Turismo Sport gets release date

Gran Turismo Sport will launch on Nov. 15 in Japan and North America and Nov. 18 in the U.K., according to developer Polyphony Digital.

The game will include four sets of cars made up of 137 “super-premium” real world and fantasy vehicles.

19 tracks (including dirt tracks’ return) will be included, with 27 possible layouts.

A livery editor, a “Scapes” photo mode (which outputs at 4K resolution), a Twitter-esque timeline feature for events, with an unspecified companion app released alongside the game.

Gran Turismo Sport will also support PlayStation VR.

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