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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

    #57 6 years ago

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  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]

  • Runescape developer has an “undisclosed MMO” in the works

    Runescape developer Jagex is working on something new. According to Jagex’s careers page, the developer has a new, unannounced game in the works. Its advertisement for a lead programmer makes explicit mention of an “undisclosed MMO”. The ad mentions the new title is in “the preliminary stages of redefining the cross platform MMORPG genre” and […]

  • Destiny PvP rewards system to be addressed

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it will change the way Crucible rewards work. Destiny players are always complaining about the perfidy of RNGesus, but there’s one area where it particularly hurts: the Crucible. PvP players often receive nothing at all for excellent performances, and sometimes Guardians receive the best drops merely for logging in as […]

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the works for 3DS

    Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a sequel. Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates has confirmed that the sidescroller has been popular enough to warrant a second instalment. The sequel will also be released on 3DS, the team said on Facebook. Very little information is available at present, unfortunately. “As time goes on we will have […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]