Block Off Some Time For Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode In 2015

Telltale’s 2014 is concluding with an announcement about the studio’s next big collaboration. This time out, things are likely to be less bloody and a bit craftier.
Mojang and Telltale are teaming up for Minecraft: Story Mode, an episodic game coming in 2015. It won’t be an add-on for Minecraft, and it will be a narrative experience similar to other Telltale projects.
For those hoping (or fearing) for a deep explanation of the Minecraft world or a character exploration of Steve, that’s not the direction the duo are taking. We’ll learn more in 2015 as the game’s first episode is released for PlayStation systems, Xbox consoles, iOS, Android, and PC.
For more, you can check out the humorous Info Quest II interactive announcement. Telltale currently also has Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones in progress, both of which premiered recently.

Assassin’s Creed Unity Patch 4 Requiring Full 40 GB Game Re-Download On Xbox One

Ubisoft has confirmed a problem with the latest Assassin’s Creed Unity patch. Xbox One players that installed Patch 3 are being forced to re-download the full 40 GB game.
The update, which rolled out on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 yesterday was already a hefty 6.7 GB. “Unfortunately, an issue with the patch downloading process is replacing the entire game instead of just the parts affected by the patch,” Ubisoft says. “This is obviously not the expected behavior, and we apologize that many of you will have to wait longer than expected to complete this download.”
The publisher says it is working with Microsoft on a fix for the problem. “But as of now we have no ETA on when this will be resolved,” the company says.
For those that own the disc version, you can uninstall the game, reinstall from the disc, and the correct patch size will then download. For more on Patch 4 and what it fixes, visit our previous coverage.

Assassin's Creed Unity Patch 4 Is 6.7 GB, Arrives Today On Xbox One and PS4

The fourth patch for Assassin's Creed Unity, which was originally expected to launch yesterday before being put on hold, will arrive today, Ubisoft announced on the game's website this afternoon. We already knew the patch, which aims to clear up most of the game's remaining issues, was a big one, but now we know just how big. Ubisoft explains that the patch is a whopping 6.7 GB. It's that big in part because Ubisoft needed to fully replace parts of the Paris map that were facing frame rate issues.

"Part of the team's effort to enhance frame rate for players involves replacing and updating portions of the Paris city map where we are seeing issues," Ubisoft said. "This explains the large size of this title update (6.7 GB). However, since a large portion of the patch replaces existing files the net increase to the game’s overall size will be less than 6.7 GB."

A quick-hit rundown of Unity Patch 4 is available below, courtesy of Ubisoft, while you can see the full patch notes at the game's forums.
  • Performance & Stability: Frame rate drops, game crashes, lost progression
  • Gameplay: Navigation, lock picking chests
  • Online: Connectivity, matchmaking, companion app
Unity Patch 4 is available today across Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and it should come to PC "later in the week," Ubisoft said.

Unity was released in November, though it--like other big-name games this year--suffered through some technical troubles out of the gate. Ubisoft has released a number of patches so far, and is even offering up free DLC and full-games to apologize for the bugs.

Next Assassin’s Creed Unity Patch On Hold, Requires Paris Map To Be ‘Refurbished’

Ubisoft has issued a statement indicating that the next Assassin’s Creed Unity update (dubbed “Patch 4”) is on hold. The publisher had originally promised to roll out the latest fixes today, following a long line of repairs to the title.
“As stated last week, we’d expected to release the patch today (and we know that many are anticipating its release), but we are choosing to hold off until we can give you the improvements we’ve promised,” the Ubisoft Live Update Team writes. “We are committed to delivering major performance improvements, which requires that we refurbish the Paris map and that will take a few more days to hit the high level of quality our players deserve.”
The publisher hasn’t offered a specific target for delivering Patch 4. We’ve reached out to Ubisoft for context or clarification around what is involved in refurbishing Assassin’s Creed Unity’s map. We’ll update once more information is available.

Tetris Ultimate PS4 and Xbox One Release Dates Set

Tetris Ultimate, the feature-packed re-release of Alexey Pajitnov's iconic 1984 puzzle game, will be released this week on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Publisher Ubisoft, which currently owns the licence to publish the Tetromino block-building game, says the PS4 edition will ship via the PlayStation Store on December 16, while the Xbox One edition will come via Xbox Live a day later.

One of Tetris Ultimate's standout features is four-player mode, a popular spin on the format which was first introduced with the N64 game The New Tetris. There are six individual game modes that compliment this, which are listed below (as written by Ubisoft):
  • Marathon – Complete level 15 and rack up as many points as you can.
  • Endless – Keep clearing lines until your stamina runs out.
  • Ultra – Race to score as many points possible before time runs out in this three-minute challenge.
  • Sprint – Clear 40 lines as quickly as you can.
  • Battle – Go head-to-head to knock out your challengers.
  • Battle Ultimate – Be the last person playing after using crazy power-ups! Go on the offensive with Carousel and make your opponent's Matrix shift to the left after each move, or trigger Let It Rain and dump blocks down on top of them. Buzz Saw helps you advance by clearing away a number of your lines, especially useful when you're in a spot of trouble.
Ubisoft adds that Tetris Ultimate uses a Drivatar-like system where the game will note your play style and allow others to play against an AI recreation of it.

It also features a global leaderboard and in-game replay options.

DmC Devil May Cry And Devil May Cry 4 Flock To Xbox One And PS4

Capcom has announced a duo of Devil May Cry titles headed to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. DmC: Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 4 will be headed to current-generation hardware with the former arriving in just a few months.
DmC: Devil May Cry will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second on both consoles, and will include new and expanded content. Dante’s brother Virgil takes center stage in Virgil’s Bloody Palace mode. The game also includes a new difficulty (Gods Must Die), Must Style mode, and hardcore mode.
There are new costumes included for Dante and Virgil that are inspired by previous entries in the Devil May Cry series. DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition will be out on March 17 for $39.99.
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition will be out next summer. 

Bandai Namco Announces Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 for Current-Gen And PC

Naruto is making the leap to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year. Bandai Namco has announced that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 will be coming for current generation consoles and PC.
CyberConnect 2 is handling development once more. The title will feature both online and offline play, and more information will be coming closer to launch.

Could this be Samsung's Galaxy S6?

An alleged image of a prototype of Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone.Toptienmobiel

Samsung's rumored Galaxy S6 smartphone may have made an appearance in a new image leaked online.

A photo of an alleged prototype of the yet-to-be- announced smartphone was published to the Web on Friday. The image, which first appeared on Dutch blog site Toptienmobiel, shows a person holding a white smartphone marked with the Samsung logo. The screen appears to be quite large and surrounded by a thin bezel. The product's design also suggests it's thin.

Not surprisingly, the Web has erupted with claims that the handset is the first published image of Samsung's expected Galaxy S6 flagship phone. Samsung is rumored to be working on a follow-up to its Galaxy S5, and it could unveil a device in February around the time of the Mobile World Congress trade show.

However, images are published to the Web each day, and until a company confirms they're real, they should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt. It's possible that the smartphone is simply a prototype that will never launch. Samsung has stayed tight-lipped on the matter and has not responded to a request for comment.

Rumors have been swirling around the Galaxy S6 for the last several weeks. Some reports have suggested that Samsung is building its Galaxy S6 from the ground up and that the device will run Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Samsung is also rumored to be bundling a 5.5-inch screen with the device that features a 2,560x1,440-pixel display. Its rear-facing camera could range between 16 and 20 megapixels, according to reports.

Toptienmobiel did not provide any technical specs for the pictured device, but its screen size seems to fall in line with earlier rumors. Still, until Samsung says it's real, don't believe everything you see.