Shack Snack: May 9, 2014

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Nintendo launching new hardware for 'emerging markets' next year

Nintendo's launching a new console next year. However, it's not targeted for American release. Instead, the company is pursuing "emerging markets," aiming to capitalize on "a growing middle class" in markets like China. The hardware and the games released on said platform would be oriented towards consumers with lower incomes and "less gaming experience."

The Elder Scrolls Online PS4 & Xbox One delayed

The upcoming console release of The Elder Scrolls Online has been delayed, Bethesda confirmed. Bethesda's official FAQ mentioned a six month delay, which Bethesda later clarified in a statement to Shacknews. Here's what the original text said: "When does The Elder Scrolls Online officially launch? The Elder Scrolls Online officially launched on April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac. While it has become clear that our planned June release of the console versions isn't going to be possible, we have made great progress, we have concluded that we'll need about six more months to ensure we deliver the experience our fans expect and deserve."

WildStar open beta kicks off this week

It's been a long, winding road for WildStar's development, but it looks like the MMORPG on track for its summer release. Now it's preparing a beta to celebrate. The development team, Carbine Studios, announced that the game will go into open beta starting this Thursday, May 8th. It will go for ten days and conclude on Sunday, May 18th. During that time, players will be able to take part in open battles and reach a level cap of 30.

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Unreal Tournament returns as ambitious, fan-driven free first-person shooter

It's been ages since the gaming community has seen any new content revolving around the Unreal Tournament franchise. But, today, Epic Games made good on its promise to spill the beans on a new project in the series. One that will focus just as much on being a tried-and-true first-person shooting experience as much as it will on being a devoted project where fans have some say.