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Kotick: I would raise game prices even further

Thursday, 6 August 2009 14:30 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Forgot about this last night. In the Q&A part of the Acti Blizz earnings call, Bobby Kotick said he’d like to see game prices raised even further.

The response came after Mike Griffith answered an analyst question on price points. Here it is in full:

Michael J. Griffith

And then on the second question, Tony, on the pricing, we’ve had for all of our launch titles in the back half of this year, some of which contain peripherals, as you point out, very strong retailer acceptance and support for all parts of our plan, including our merchandising plans, our marketing programs, and our price points.

Robert A. Kotick

And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further.

Here’s the Seeking Alpha transcript. After he said it, all the execs started laughing and there was a pause before the next question.

So there you go. £70 here we come!

Thanks, Psychotext.

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57 Comments

  1. No_PUDding

    Take him out the back and hang him.

    /South African accent

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    My momma told me if I don’t have anything nice to say… not to say anything at all.

    /zips lips

    #2 6 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    Your momma never knew Bobby Kotick (or did she?).

    #3 6 years ago
  4. No_PUDding

    Bobby “the milkman” Kotick

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    Ehh, joke or no joke, it makes me sick hearing that.

    Even EA weren’t that arrogant when they were shit as far as I remembered.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    Psycho is Kotick’s lovechild

    #6 6 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    No… I shant slow down, posting comments VG247!

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Artheval_Pe

    Yeah, Activision, continue to raise prices until gamers go buy their games elsewhere. Say what you want against EA or Ubisoft (bad DRMs, poor ports, shallow games), but a least they’re not such douchebags.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    hahaha

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Harry

    I wonder when exactly EA managed to offload the cursed monkey hand onto Activision.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. SunKing

    Hah, I bet you would, Kotick.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. JesteR

    And then they will whine that people will download the games of torrent….. Really wtf i guess they are just greedy bastards like the rest of the human race. But seriously game prices are already high enough.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. justiceblob

    @Harry probably about the second that Actiblizz came into fruition.

    Kotick is taking this too far now, surely he realises that COD is activisions only CONSOLE franchise that people are so rabbid about that they would pay any price for it, everything else they put out these days just screams, ‘meh’

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Whizzo

    That’s some very strong crack they’re smoking in the ActiBlizz boardroom.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. dirigiblebill

    Hopefully this is one of those “harmless joke out of context” situations, because I for one have never bought a game at the current “standard” RRP, let alone 70 quid.

    /rifles through old trade-in vouchers

    #15 6 years ago
  16. No_PUDding

    That’s not even true Whizzo.

    I mean, they almost have complete carte blanche to do what they like, with the stregnth of their IPs.

    And the fact they KNOW the mainstream consumer can afford upwards of £100 on just one game (Guitar Hero) means they can be very confident, it applies to other games.

    Perceived value involving the guiatr itself is nothing. If people WANT a game, they are willing to pay upwards of £100, and that is why there is no crack being smoked.

    Activision are just the top dogs of the moment, and are flexing their muscles. Nothing more.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Freek

    I woulden’t want to be working at Activisions PR departement at the moment. Everytime this guy opens his mouth bad press comes out.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. No_PUDding

    I would… I bet the bonuses are huge.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Whizzo

    Raising prices during the worst economic situation for generations requires either insanity or the use of recreational pharmaceuticals, I look forward to their profits warning next year.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. No_PUDding

    All it means is that they will be buying Modern Warfare 2 and nothign else.

    Or DJ Hero and nothing else.

    There’s nothing crazy about it. People want the game, they buy the game.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. haliotis81

    Just cut Robert A. Kotick’s salary. Stop indirectly asking for more salary.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. joshua nash

    holy shit, this now makes him the biggest fucking tool in all creation, the fucking arrogances he has is disgusting and disturbing all at the same time

    #22 6 years ago
  23. freedoms_stain

    “Hey, lets drive all our business away” that’s a sound business model if ever I’ve heard one.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. SticKboy

    His eyes are *awfully* close together.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Lutz

    Prices do need to rise. I think £70 is pushing it mind.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. El_MUERkO

    i’m buying the PC version of CoD … when i feel like it

    £20 December Steam Sale here we come!

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Psychotext

    “Psycho is Kotick’s lovechild”

    That’s why I must destroy him in epic battle (possibly after losing my hand or something).

    #27 6 years ago
  28. No_PUDding

    I think that sounds fitting xD

    #28 6 years ago
  29. tont

    Properly offensive pricing – of course retailers love it, as it’s more margin for them.

    The interesting thing about MW2 is it’s the only top-tier franchise Activision has that doesn’t rely on a fancy peripheral. Even Tony Hawk has gone down that route, presumably in some facile belief that adding pretend toys to games is what constitutes progress, rather than making them look like lazy bodges, leading to the creative bankrupcy (and diminishing returns) that licence-heavy, low-creativity iterative IPs like GH actually represent.

    Adding approximated real-world peripherals really saved the arcade industry from stagnating into a mire of hideously-overpriced, contiunally recycled ‘experiences’ rather than actual games, didn’t it?

    The horror for me is that MW3 *WILL* have its own range of plastic guns. You can pretty much bet on it, as well as a £100+ price tag. FUCKERS.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. SticKboy

    Shit tont, I think you might be bang on the money with that. If not MW3, then certainly MW4. Still, if it turns out to be anything like the old SEGA Menacer, would that really be so bad?

    #30 6 years ago
  31. SunKing

    The thing is, with a higher price comes a perception and expectation of a higher quality product. In the long run they could be setting themselves up for failure.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Lutz

    Well yeah, cos the Menacer was fucking shit.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Armitage

    A face only a mother could.. barely resist punching.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. theevilaires

    greedy american pig+small penis=bad economy

    #34 6 years ago
  35. deftangel

    The boy’s been on a real charm offensive this year hasn’t he? Raising prices, threatening to pull PS3 support, attempted block of Brutal Legend and general dropping of anything they can’t “annualise”.

    More to the point, Modern Warfare 2 at £55 is one thing. Music games are in a pretty sharp sales decline and practically none of them got canned to Q1 so the there is plenty of scope for cannibalisation.

    As for Tony Hawk? How many people are *really* going to buy it? For £99? Both that and DJ Hero may well be pretty good games but have limited appeal in mass market terms, IMO.

    I’d like to see if he thinks Blur is going to fly out at £55 quid.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. Robo_1

    Bobby endearing himself further to the people who keep him in a job I see.

    Will you look at that shit eating grin though… Just for once I’d love to see him post disastrous results.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. theevilaires

    Tony Hawk+Ride=Epic Fail

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Peffy

    Ohhh…my god! My godness! £70?!It’s too much… :’(

    In Hungary: £70 = ~20.000 HUF, and the minimal wage is 71.500 HUF (avarage wage 80-90k HUF)…

    £70? It’ll be rubbish… I do not work for a game(s)…

    *(Sorry for my bad English)*

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Syrok

    No one forces you to buy games as soon as they come out. For all I care they can demand €140 for it. :)

    #39 6 years ago
  40. G1GAHURTZ

    Bad PR

    #40 6 years ago
  41. BraveArse

    @G1GA – Astonishingly so. Tbh it’s pushed me from wavering over the buy btn to pretty much only buying Acti games from the secondhand section. I can wait quite happily.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah. Tbh, if Acti didn’t have the CoD games, I probably wouldn’t buy a single product of theirs just because of their ever growing arrogance…

    #42 6 years ago
  43. fearmonkey

    I’m glad that while i enjoy Infinity ward’s games (Dont care for the COD’s they havent developed), im not so addicted i cant wait to get the title at a used cost. I think that i’ll plan on getting this one used just to spite Activision.
    If this was Bethesda and Zenimax saying this crap, then i would be upset.

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Morrius

    Dear Bobby Kotick.

    You’re a cunt.

    Sincerely,

    Everyone else.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. SticKboy

    I too will be breaking the habit of a lifetime and opicking up CoD:MW2 second hand, only so as to deprive Activision of sales.

    Maybe British gamers should start a campaign to get more people involved.

    #45 6 years ago
  46. freedoms_stain

    Raising the price to £70 won’t increase their profits, because only a small percentage of gamers are willing and/or able to cough up that much cash with any degree of regularity, thus all they’ll achieve is excluding the majority of their audience from launch day titles with little/no financial benefit to themselves.

    #46 6 years ago
  47. Galactic_Barret

    I like the sound of that. Boycotting a game sounds so stupid; If you were ever that much of a fan in the first place to be angry over a business decision (L4D2), chances are, you’re going to break down and get it anyway.
    However, if you were to petition something like purchasing their games used, you would get more traction; You’re still getting the game, cheaper even, albeit later than some other early adopters. The positives greatly outway the negatives for the consumer, and the publisher gets the worst of it. I would never outright boycott any game from a publisher, but I could definitely get behind buying all of their games used. If anyone deserves that right now, its the voice of Activision.

    #47 6 years ago
  48. frostquake

    Remember my young ones, not long ago a company called NEO GEO released a revolutionary console! To play such a wizard system, one must shell out $199.99 to $249.99 pure gaming cartridge for the premium of playing actual arcade titles at home! You could even take your memory card from the Neo Geo and place it in the memory unit at the arcade, plunk in a quarter and pick up where you left off! They believed their was a Niche for those who wanted true arcade games, a small niche that bathed in pregnant mothers milk and fetal leavings, and they were right! But sadly they only could find a 1000 who would buy and as the SUPER WEALTHY typically do, they became bored and invented a drink called Patron and now they sit by a pool full of jelly and gold caps on their teeth and drink the elixir of the devil and the memory of those ghostly $199.99 cartridges are left like skeletons picked clean by the buzzards of life…AWWWW HELL NO I AM NOT PAYING $70.00 for a freaking game!!!

    #48 6 years ago
  49. frostquake

    Oh and here is how it goes…
    1. Games for the Rich
    2. Games for Everyone
    3. Games for the Rich…I think we are getting to this part quickly!

    #49 6 years ago
  50. BraveArse

    So how do we start a little experimental “Fuck You Kotick” movement then? via twitter maybe? Could use a hashtag for posts regarding it if i knew how to do that…

    #50 6 years ago
  51. BraveArse

    I just twatted the following tweet:

    “#buymw2used #activision Very unimpressed with recent pricing strategies. So I’m going to wait for MW2 second hand thankyou Mr Kotick.”

    If we can get some retweets or just disgruntled posts using the same hashtags then who knows? Maybe it’ll take off. maybe it’ll be a damp squib though.

    my Twitter = @BeardyBrave

    #51 6 years ago
  52. bugmenot

    in all seriousness game prices are due a rise, since sony set the standard for disc based releases in 1994(about £40-£45) we’ve had 15 years of inflation, 10-20 fold rise in development cost, the rise in crippling high street used game trading, online rentals/swapping. If we dont want to quality taking a nosedive prices must rise a little, theres too much pressure on developers at the moment to produce multi million sellers or face doom

    #52 6 years ago
  53. fearmonkey

    @bugmenot yeah, thats complete baloney.
    Glad you buy into it, you can pay the higher prices, while the rest of us wait for used copies.
    If they kill the used market with digital distro and use higher prices, watch the industry take a nose dive.
    Look at the apple store, 99 c titles sell like crazy while the more expensive titles do ok. I truly believe that for publishers to kill the used market, the need to offer titles at lower prices. In my little gamer survey i have found that gamers will buy on impulse a title up to $24.99, anything from $29.99 and up seems like a major purchase.
    If publishers want to charge higher prices fine, but they better drop them later to much lower prices for them to sell at all. All higher prices will do is make our purchases more selective, so games like singularity and Borderlands will die as everyone will only buy COD and Halo, and thats happening right now at the current price, but it will be much worse if they raise them.

    #53 6 years ago
  54. Phoenixblight

    I Agree with Fearmonkey. They want to raise the prices as they do that my Gamefly list gets bigger

    #54 6 years ago
  55. bytemap

    What’s interesting is that not many realized that Genesis, NES, SNES games were at $40-$50 already for new copies and this is about 10-20 years ago.

    So, all that BS talk about development costs is just trying to sway the consumer mind thinking they deserve it. If that’s the case, they should keep Mirror’s Edge at $60, but after time, it dictated it wasn’t selling, so it’s reached a price point of $20 now.

    They will make enough money from quantity sold cheaper, but what to skin us alive in prices. To be fair though, a HUGE majority doesn’t care because they WANT their game NOW. If not, they’ll die or something.

    I don’t doubt they’ll raise the price, probably stick the term, “Limited Collector’s Prestrige Ultimate Finally Edition” and everyone will flock to it. Some to resell at a higher point and some to just purchase.

    #55 6 years ago
  56. Lutz

    Bytemap, so are you saying that costs haven’t increased substantially? That games prices should stay the same?
    And games selling at $20 will, probably, be making a loss. But it’s better to make a loss at $20 than a loss at $0.

    Quantity sold cheaper doesn’t quite qork either.

    Games sold on Apple Store for 1/40th of the price of an RRP highstreet game (£1 comparred to £40) do not cost 1/40th the price to make, nor do they sell 40 times as many.

    #56 6 years ago
  57. bytemap

    @Lutz: Wow, I don’t know if you joking or if you are serious, but I’ll address the questions you mentioned. Oh, and so that everyone knows, I’m just trying to inform as many people as to how some businesses do their thing, because they don’t care about us (at least most of them, not all). They just want our money. ;)

    Now onto the questions.

    1) Yes, game prices from before weren’t substantially cheaper. If you want proof, see if you could ask a video game collector about the old game prices were when they were sold as new.

    2) Game prices shouldn’t stay the same as they are now, but should be cheaper. I say it should be 50-65% off what it is now, but that’s me.

    3) Companies are all about the numbers. The more they sell, the quickest, the happier they are with their IP. So if they have to discount the game, to make a not so stellar selling period, they will. That high price gives them enough room to still make a NICE profit.

    4) I’m glad you brought up the Apple Store. You just prove the point further. I mean I thought we were only talking about PS3/360, but this is great as well. If you produced a game or app for a small mobile, then Yes the production cost of it will not equal the price it’s being sold. But are we just counting ONE unit? I don’t believe most developers/publishers just think ONE unit is being sold.

    No, they know thousands upon thousands, if not MILLIONS are being sold. So for little development costs on the iPhone, they make more in the SHEER quantity of purchases. It would be absurd to ask for a HIGH price for that medium, just because Apple wants your business as quickly as they can with no hesitations.

    If you still believe that the prices should stay the same, that everything is fine with any more price increases to “cover development costs” ***COUGHbsCOUGH***( it will happen LOL), and that the way business is done is for OUR benefit, then my hats off to you, my friend. More power to you.

    :D

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    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

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  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]