Start every weekday morning with Words About Games’ round-up of the latest news from in and around the games industry.
Free PS Plus games for April revealed – Sony have revealed the games it’s giving away with a PS Plus subscription next month. We already knew that Drawn To Death would be free for subscribers when it launches on April 4, but now the rest of the line-up has been confirmed. PS4 owners will also be able to download Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, 10 Second Ninja X and Curses ‘n Chaos (the latter two are crossbuy with PS Vita).
(via Playstation Blog)
Sony are cancelling pre-orders of South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Sony have begun cancelling and refunding pre-orders of the next South Park game for Playstation 4 users. Email’s have been sent to those affected informing them of the decision, which the console developer has blamed on a lack of a concrete release date for the game. The Fractured But Whole was meant to launch in Q1 of this year, but was delayed recently to an unspecified date. Anyone who pre-ordered the game will still get to keep the previous South Park game, Stick of Truth, which was a pre-order bonus.
Funcom are relaunching The Secret World – The Secret World is being relaunched as a brand new game called Secret World Legends. Developer Funcom is redesigning the long-running MMO, taking all of its content and revamping the combat system to play like an “shared world” action RPG. Secret World Legends will be completely free to play, with some microtransactions for cosmetic items and account upgrades.
Akiba’s Beat launch date announced – The release date for upcoming action beat-em-up Akiba’s Beat has been revealed as May 19 in Europe. The game, which is launching on Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita, has very little to do with the previous Akiba game aside from its setting and developer. The combat, gameplay, narrative and characters have all be revamped for the sequel, and there is 100% less stripping.
(via Playstation Blog)
Video Game Hall of Fame finalists revealed – The Strong Museum have announced the finalists to be inducted into their Video Game Hall of Fame. The twelve finalists include such classics as Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII, Halo: Combat Evolved, Tomb Raider and more. The final inductees will be revealed during a ceremony at the museum on May 4.
(via The Strong Museum)
Fallout Shelter now available on Steam – Mobile strategy game Fallout Shelter has arrived on Steam. The game, which tasks players with building and maintaining their own Vault in the post-apocalyptic wastelands of the Fallout universe, recently celebrated reaching 75 million players worldwide. An update has been launched across all platforms alongside the PC release, adding new quests including a limited-time Easter-themed mission.
(via Steam store page)