Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 5/22/14


"The console versions of The Elder Scrolls Online are still planned for release this year, but a further delay isn’t out of the question.In early May, publisher Bethesda confirmed that the Xbox One and PS4editions of the MMO had been delayed by six months.Creative director Paul Sage has now told IGN that the studio’s “goal” remains to launch the console versions this year, although he can’t promise that will be the case."


"Consumers in the United States spent 47 percent more on video game hardware during the first quarter of 2014 than they did during the same period last year, but overall spending on gaming was still down by a small amount, the NPD Group reports.$983 million in total was spent on video game hardware in the U.S. during the quarter ending March 31, representing an increase of 47 percent over Q1 2013. That’s obviously due in large part to two new consoles hitting the market late last year in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. NPD analyst Liam Callahan says we can expect to see year-over-year increases for hardware sales to last through “most of 2014,” according to an NPD press release."


"An alleged development source has claimed Ubisoft’s plan to release The Division in autumn 2015 is “a bit optimistic”.Having correctly forecast in January that the game would be delayed from itsoriginal 2014 launch window, the unnamed source has now said the various studios working on the title may not hit their current release target.GameReactor’s source also claimed that Massive was unhappy with Ubisoft for originally announcing a 2014 launch date without first consulting the studio."