This week in gaming

Release that hounds… later


“Watch Dogs,” the ambitious open-world game from developer Ubisoft Montreal that was set to launch along with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 has been delayed until Spring 2014, according to a post from the development teams on Ubisoft’s official blog.


They want to take some extra time to polish the game before it is released, according to the post.


Sora, Mickey and friends return in HD


Square Enix delivered some Kingdom Hearts news during the D23 Expo in Japan on Monday. “Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix” was announced and will be released sometime in 2014, and some early gameplay from “Kingdom Hearts 3” was shown as well.


Neither game has an official release date yet.


“Halo 3” will be free from Oct. 16 until the end of the month.

Finish the fight for free


Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download “Halo 3” for free from Wednesday until the end of this month. 

The game is free as a part of Microsoft’s Games for Gold promotion that has been running since the announcement of the Xbox One and will conclude December.


Xbox One cloud power detailed


Microsoft has revealed their Xbox Live Compute service, which is the availability and use of their own servers for the computations required in games for things like environment rendering and non-player character artificial intelligence, as well as dedicated servers for multiplayer games.

The post on Xbox Wire includes lots of examples of how this cloud computing service can be useful for game developers and players.



Games for Gold for good


Microsoft announced today on Xbox Wire that the Games for Gold program, which offers two free games for download per month to subscribers of Xbox Live Gold, will not be ending with the release of the Xbox One, but will instead continue on for users of the Xbox 360 into the foreseeable future.

Previous titles made available for free download through the program include “Assassin’s Creed 2,” “Dead Rising 2” and “Fable 3.”