Welcome to another edition of Beyond Co-Op, the weekly news pieces that takes a look at interesting happenings around the video game industry that may or may not pertain to cooperative gaming. It was a surprisingly quiet week, most likely due to PAX East happening right now in Boston. While a few announcements have come out of the show, Borderlands being the biggest, there are some others that flew under the radar for us.
Hearthstone Gets Single Player Mode
The free to play card game from Blizzard is getting a single player mode fcalled Curse of Naxxramas. In it players will battle AI in a story based setting located on a floating island. A new board and 30 unique cards are up for grabs for players. Perhaps we'll be seeing a co-op mode next?
The Last of Us Coming to PS4
It should come as a surprise to no one, but the Last of Us - a game that came right at the beginning of the PlayStation 4's lifecycle for the PlayStation 3 will be getting an updated version for the PS4. Most of the changes include higher fidelity graphics in 1080p, further draw distances, and polished gameplay including the game's DLC. Also included will be directors commentary. No date has been set.
Orcs Must Die Unchained Announced
This one sort of bridges the versus and co-op gap, but Orcs Must Die is getting a sequel and this time it's a sort of MOBA and tower defense hybrid with a 5vs5 player layout. The free to play title is coming to PCs later this year but you can gain access now by pre-funding the game with several options and exclusives.