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PC’s a “very powerful platform and it’s very flexible,” says Pitchford

Wednesday, 7 October 2009 21:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford was on a roll during a discussion with Maximum PC on piracy, Steam, and the like while touching on the “current health” of PC gaming.

“It’s a very powerful platform and it’s very flexible. The longer the generation goes with the consoles, the more the extreme side of the PC will have an advantage, from a technology perspective.

“The other thing is that the PC is a very flexible platform, we can build PCs of a lot of different types. Another angle to that is that it’s a very accessible platform, it invites a lot of different development activities. However, the biggest games in the world are very costly to produce.

“How healthy is the PC platform? I believe the PC has a hard time being a dominant gaming platform, because of the advantages it has. Because it’s such a powerful, flexible platform, it’s also less accessible, to ordinary folks.

“It can be expensive, but you can amortize your investment in a PC in a lot of different ways. You’re not just buying a PC as a gaming platform. You can rationalize that cost in a bunch of different ways. Ultimately though, that versatility of the platform means the PC won’t be the dominant platform, but it also means it will never go away.

“Games will change, but we’re always going to amuse ourselves with whatever tools we have.”

We paraphrased it a bit to cut the length, but the whole thing is through here.

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50 Comments

  1. Psychotext

    I’m going to make a prediction…

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Syrok

    I can read your mind and agree with your prediction. :)

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    It’ll come true.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    Just close the comments now.

    Please?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. theevilaires

    PC gaming RULES come on BDH! I’m with you all the way!
    (because I think you’re really Shatner undercover)

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    BDH is the guy who constantly rips on PC gaming for no reason other than ignorance right?

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Len

    I agree tea, surely it is…?

    He can’t be far away…

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Johnny Cullen

    I think everyone knows your prediction, PT.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. endgame

    and yet in the end bdh is right.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    Wait… what? Satin really is coming?

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    Satin… lol. That is still funny, :-D

    #11 6 years ago
  12. No_PUDding

    That’s only funny to me now I know he didn’t actually mean Satin. xD

    ANYWAY… This guy genuinely doesn’t know what he’s talking about does he?

    How can you call PC a powerful platform? How can you quantify the power of PC’s? I bet my piece of shit Windows 95 one up in the loft isn’t powerful or flexilbe.

    Jesus this guy should be gagged till he sorts out his ridiculous hair, makes good games and also has a good development business.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. blackdreamhunk

    pc’s are the dominant platform sorry the world does not play on consoles.

    a $300 or $200 is still better and more powerful than a new console.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    Ahh, there’s the boy. Prediction fulfilled.

    On a different note. How do you feel about the rumours that Nvidia is pulling out of the mid to high range PC GPU market BDH?

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    I’ll make a prediction of my own on that: he’s probably in a corner, a dark corner, sobbing away to himself.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    lol you wish lol

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    Hmm… two lols. I think that counts as manic depression.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. blackdreamhunk

    here think of pc gamers and pc gaming like the borg.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZEJ4OJTgg8

    the hive mind or the queen would be the internet

    pc gamers are the borg.

    we know what is happening all over the world. We will adpted to antyhing. We are ever evloving ever growing.

    think of consoles as the ice queen.

    ice queen vs the borg queen, the borg queen is going to win.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAHW7GMbgLg

    people who try to fight pc gaming and pc gamers will only end up like this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CN0fui9Nmg&feature=related

    yea the person who ever created the borg idea must have been a real pc gamer. Only a pc gamer would know such things.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. No_PUDding

    I can’t think of a single PC exclusive… Unless it’s some shitty MMO.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. blackdreamhunk

    oh really I can think of tons pc only games do you want a link or links.

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    sorry real pc gamers are not driven by media or media hype. In fact pc gamers don’t trust big companies or media. We do things differently we share ideas and talk about games. What do marketers call it agin? pc gamers use word of mouth I think id what marketers call it.

    for pc gamers we get news at the speed of light and news travels so fast no human can keep up.

    your resistance is hopeless. Only god himself can kill pc gaming.

    pc gamers are a different breed of people.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. hitnrun

    The problem is that “resilient” doesn’t necessarily mean “relevant.”

    There will always be decent PC games – something that can’t be said for any other platform – because of its two unique characteristics: “open” and “extremely widespread.” The question is, do the major studios support it? For the past few years, the answer has been increasingly “no.” Account-locked titles, console ports, and casual time-wasters targeted at non-pirates have made almost all of the money on PC.

    Pitchford makes an interesting point, though. Will the PC start to make a comeback with more “regular” game experiences in the next few years? The Big 3′s reluctance to start the next gen cycle is going to result in consoles falling way behind the cutting edge. Disciplined companies will still focus on consoles, but companies who are chasing the glory are going to be mighty tempted to go PC.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. blackdreamhunk

    good exmaple is empaire total war vs kill zone 2

    pc gamers are different breed of people. We live on the net, it’s our home.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Johnny Cullen

    Did… did he just compare an RTS to an FPS?

    Thats just so wrong. Like, a black hole has appeared and is gonna swallow up the earth (saves the CERN super collider a job anyways).

    #23 6 years ago
  24. blackdreamhunk

    man must i explain everything I am talking about marketing vs word of mouth.

    I am talking about how pc gamers and pc gaming are different.

    pc gamers have acess to so much information it’s no longer about media, it’s about creadiblity and the name.

    it’s about how publishers and game devs serve us.

    empire total war was able to knock killzone 2 out of the number 1 spot on charts.

    it’s also why blizzard is so popular.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    “empire total war was able to knock killzone 2 out of the number 1 spot on charts”

    Ahh yes, Empire. Beaten in its launch week by Killzone 2 / Prof Layton in Ireland, Wii Fit in Denmark, Killzone 2 / Wii Fit / Halo Wars in the Netherlands and Australia, Killzone 2 / GTA IV in Finland.

    Very impressive launch given the billions of PC gamers. Would comment on other countries… but it either didn’t make the top 10 or they don’t bother to report PC game sales. It did have a better opening week in the UK, but was 8th in the charts after a week, falling to 15th a week later… and so on.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. blackdreamhunk

    fifa online makes more money than fifa on consoles. That is just an exmpale by the way.

    fifa sport games is EA new baby,it’s no longer maden. Pc gamers helped EA with fifa when it wasn’t a big name brand.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. freedoms_stain

    Fifa has been a big name brand in Europe since the mid 1990′s.

    BDH, just shut your hole, you’re increasingly clueless.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. blackdreamhunk

    when pc gaming clearly has the must games made for every year.

    http://kotaku.com/5037023/more-developers-working-on-pc-xbox-360-titles

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10291692-1.html

    http://adrianwerner.wordpress.com/games-of-2009/

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7960498.stm

    http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/why-the-future-looks-bright-for-pc-gaming-589422

    if you want to disclaim my words you better bring some hard facts!

    http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/58497

    #28 6 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    Considering anyone with a PC and some programming knowledge and a little artistic skill can build a PC game for very little up front capital it’s pretty unsurprising that is has the “most” games.

    However the “big” developers are increasingly looking to consoles as their lead platforms because, like it or not dude, games sell better on consoles.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. blackdreamhunk

    please stop lieing to me sorry console gaming is in a decline and does not match pc gaming. You can lie to the avverage person but pc gamers and people like me are not your average person.

    Until you have hard numbers your only going to make your self look small.

    agin sorry the world does not play on consoles they play on the pc.

    you can blow hot air all you want, until you have facts you have no creadiblity

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Psychotext

    You mean the hard facts like those showing EA’s revenue from PC gaming as about a third of their revenue from console gaming? You don’t like hard facts, just your own links which you don’t seem to read.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. blackdreamhunk

    yea EA revaune even when they were macking pc gaming with drm was still very strong.

    sorry nice try, do you really want me to add more links.

    in fact when Ea found out how mcuh pc gaming online made they rush to be online too.

    If EA had a game like wow they would have never ever sank so fast when the ression started.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    Umm… why don’t you just go and look at their financial reports. Or is that a little too complicated for you? Are youtube and endless rehashes of the same PC gaming alliance news story just about your limit?

    #33 6 years ago
  34. blackdreamhunk

    the links speak for them self, sorry asia nation don’t play on consoles, india does not play on consoles.

    pc gaming is so big online companies are having a hard time tracking slaes.

    your breathing hot air, bring some facts and then we will talk

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Psychotext

    http://investor.ea.com/results.cfm

    kthnxbye, talk later!

    #35 6 years ago
  36. blackdreamhunk

    hahaha what a joke you will never ever see a console game devs buy football team like blizzard did.

    EA use to be number 1 company in the gaming industry now they are number 2 .

    them console games couldn’t keep a big company like EA could it.

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    You’re fun.

    /pats head

    #37 6 years ago
  38. blackdreamhunk

    yea and epic games got replaced by cryteck life goes on lol.

    Even Will wright never ever respected consoles lol

    you will never ever see a console game dev do stuff like this

    http://360.kombo.com/article.php?artid=17429

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Gekidami

    “pc’s are the dominant platform sorry the world does not play on consoles.”

    Ignoring sales figures again i see.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Phoenixblight

    I think BDH Masterbate every time he sees the acronym, PC.

    Its like talking to a broken record that he is stuck on the phrase “PC r teh bast”

    BTW BDH if you are knowledgeable why in the hell can you not type a whole sentence without any spelling errors.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. Suikoden Fan

    Stephany did you have to publish this article? you know cthulhu would be summoned.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. Gadzooks!

    Keep charging at those windmills Don!

    #42 6 years ago
  43. G1GAHURTZ

    Some classic comments here… LOL!

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Filofax

    Bloody hell I so want a BDH EyePet, then the fun would never end.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Neolucifer

    It’s obviously a waste of time , as he’s so in love with PC that he (BDH) will be in constant denial …

    But you want some hardfacts ? Swell …
    Blizzard is one of the biggest publishers ever on pc , with things like Starcraft going at more than 11 millions units , of course WoW at around 12 millions , warcraft 3 3.56 millions , and diablo 2 addons included roughly 7-8 millions .

    Anyway in short Blizzard got two of the biggest sales ever on pc with World of warcraft and Starcraft . It’s only topped by EA’s Sims … and followed far behind by Myst and Half Life .

    Guess how high they rank against best selling consoles games of any origins ? Barely reach the top 20 (namely only the sims does) .

    Regardless of quality , it gets beat by anything nintendo ( like pokemon , mario , wii sports , fiit etc) , and sell basically around the same level as ps2 ‘s GTA , or titles such as grand turismo and with stuff like Halo 3 on it’s trail.

    BTW most asian nation arent so hot on PC . Many plays mmos obviously , and Korea anything Blizzard , but the japanese , korean , chinese market are otherwise clustered with niche games . Like visual novels , erotic games , doujin games in japan .

    The few big budget and serious pc games like Magna Carta mostly get limited successes and did most of their money on consoles . Too many beloved genres arent properly represented on PC or just important enough there to yet (i insist on YET) make PC a driving force in asian industry , outside of MMOs or game developement (mostly for console ironically ) .

    Finally i’d also comment about your bit on Fifa : WTH ??.
    It’s driving force was always the console , at least in sales . The PC was even the poor parent for a long time , with sluggish controls and lack of polish (like in fifa 97), and stuff like exclusivity of the new engine at the time , for 12 months on 360 .

    Anyway spin away spinmasta , i realize i’m already wasting too much time with this post .

    #45 6 years ago
  46. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I’ll skip all the comments and go right to my opinion.

    PC gaming may or may not be the “dominant” gaming platform, but with a decent tower (I’ve got Core 2 Duo (6600, 2.4GHz each), 4GB PC2-5300 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX), the multiplatform games do look superior on the PC. Mirrors Edge, NFS: Shift, Batman:AA, COD4,(the list goes on) are all examples of this.

    The other thing I like about the PC is new maps via patches are usually always free to consumer, and I prefer the lobby joining system on most PC games over their platform “instant matchmaking” counterpart.

    Having said that, I would tend to think the platforms are more popular, still look fantastic, and certianly more affordable.

    #46 6 years ago
  47. Quiiick

    What are “doujin games”?

    #47 6 years ago
  48. endgame

    post: some random console user
    post: bdh
    post: some other random console user
    post: bdh
    post: and another random console user
    post: bdh
    etc etc

    wow, that’s just ONE pc gamer vs so many console users and he’s got more heart than all of you put together. that’s why the pc community will never die and that’s why i love it and will always stay on this side. plus he’s got good arguments while all of u others r making me laugh. lol!

    #48 6 years ago
  49. Psychotext

    Hey endgame, most of the people arguing with him are PC gamers too. We’re just not dumb enough to be PC only gamers, nor PC fanboys (how exactly does that happen anyway?).

    As for “good arguments”… well, the less said about that the better.

    #49 6 years ago
  50. Hunam

    I’ve been a dyed in the wool PC fanboy for over 10 years and I still think BDH talks shit.

    #50 6 years ago

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  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

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  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

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  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

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  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

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  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

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  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

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  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

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  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

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  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

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  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

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  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

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  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

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  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

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  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

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  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]

  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

    Rockstar is set to release a patch today that will fix a bug preventing players from installing the game. The bug is tied to Windows usernames that use certain characters not supported by Rockstar. There’s already a workaround available on the Rockstar Support site, but those waiting for an official update will be able to […]

  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

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  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

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  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

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  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

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  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

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  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]