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What we missed: ‘Dark Souls 2’ release date, Rockstar’s next-generation plans and more

Since our staff is responsible for covering pretty much everything related to the video game industry on a daily basis, it can be tough to post all the stories we think our readers would like to see. Videos go unwatched, new release dates are missed and silly quotes just float away without ever being heard. So, instead of ignoring the news that slipped through the cracks each week, we decided to put it all in one convenient place!

This week, we take a look at the first details for Dark Souls 2, Rockstar’s plans for the next generation and an interesting Facebook page for XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Rockstar North working on “cutting edge” next-gen technology 

Another day, another job posting that hints at the next generation of consoles. Rockstar North is on the hunt for an “experienced programmer” to work on the new hardware.

We all know that a new, more powerful group of consoles are on the horizon, and it seems that the Grand Theft Auto developer needs a few extra hands moving forward.

“Rockstar North is currently seeking an experienced programmer to focus on core engine development,” the job posting reads. “This is an exciting opportunity to develop cutting-edge architectures and high performance systems for current and next-gen platforms.”

We’ll just have to see where this leads at a later date.

‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ lets you remember fallen soldiers via Facebook

XCOM: Enemy Unknown knows how to tug at your heartstrings. Giving players the ability to customize and name members of their party just makes it that much more difficult when they fall, but thankfully, there’s now a way to mourn with the community.

The game’s Facebook page allows players to post a memorial that will be shared with fellow XCOM players. Yes, Major Mojo may never enter the field of battle again, but he can now live on through your words.

If you’re interested, head over to the page and tell some tales.

‘Mars: War Logs’ first trailer

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‘GTA: San Andreas’ now available on PSN 

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of Rockstar Games’ most beloved open-world titles, is now available for download as a PlayStation 2 Classic.

You know, I really don’t think I need to say much more. If you haven’t played this game yet, go download it off of PSN. If you have… just buy it again for $14.99. Trust me, you’ll have a blast.

‘Dust 514’ showcases its weapons 

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‘Dark Souls 2’ may not release in 2013

The latest issue of Edge Magazine has plenty of information on Dark Souls 2, and according to the development team, the open-world title may not see a 2013 release.

The game, which began development in September 2011, is about 25 percent complete. The world creation staff has doubled since the original Dark Souls, but the team is still unsure if this direct sequel will make it to market next year.

Other interesting facts are also out there. Edge claims that the visuals are on the level of something like Watch Dogs or Star Wars 1313, which are both thought to be next-gen titles. The world itself will be of a similar size to the one seen in the first game, but much more dense. Also, the Covenant system will be “clearer and more accessible.”

Look for more details on this massive title next year.

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