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PC version of Modern Warfare 2 does away with dedicated servers, upsets PC gamers

Monday, 19 October 2009 03:13 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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During a webcast with BASHandSlash, Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling announced IWNet – a proprietary online match hosting system that does away with the muss and fuss of dedicated servers – to… crickets.

“The silence you hear is because we’ve got a community right now structured in such a way that it relied on having dedicated servers,” one of BASHandSlash’s moderators told Bowling.

Infinity Ward, of course, intends for IWNet to ring in a new era of accessibility for PC multiplayer games. The system allows players of the same rank and skill level to stick together, but:

“You’re completely reliant on IWNet and there is no dedicated server or server list. You rely on IWNet for matchmaking and your games, but you still have your private matches,” Bowling said.

So, how will modded maps fare under Infinity Ward’s new regime? “Better than ever,” unfortunately, wasn’t Bowling’s response.

I don’t have those answers yet,” he said.

Hey, where’d those crickets go? Now all we can hear is the sound of pitchforks wooshing upright and… are those torches? Hmmm. Weird.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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38 Comments

  1. dtyk

    Oh, can’t say anything? So after you rob and steal everything the modders are entitled to, piss everyone off, be a bunch of balls lickers, you got nothing to say? Fuck you IW.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. blackdreamhunk

    yea I know pc gamers are boycotting hardware companies that support consoles, big companies like AMD

    we are boycotting all actvision games. We really love blizzard but actvision gets half their income from pc gamers that support blizzard.

    boycotting COD is not enough because the game devs wouldn’t care. We boycott the tooles they work on maybe the message will get across.

    here is two links

    news up date actvision trying to Silences Community

    http://www.gamersnexus.net/component/content/article/47-newsfront1/221-iw-silences-community

    http://kotaku.com/5384290/dice-makes-hay-with-dedicated-server-controversy

    we now have 39 000 pc gamers please spread the word. hopefully we can get enough pc gamers to make an inpact with our dallor bills.

    something that big companies only under stand money!

    http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?dedis4mw

    #2 5 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    here is the sorce

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2369799

    frankly I am sick of drm,lies,sick of gamestop etc basicly big companies treating pc gamers like dirt!

    So please spread the all over the world.WE need as meny pc gamers as we can to fight big comapnies.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. MushroomStamp

    boycotts never really happen. If a game rocks then, we gamers, want to play it, regardless of gaming politics. We adapt to whatever we are given even if we don’t like it… because in the end, we want the game.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. blackdreamhunk

    if that happens big comapnies will always take advantage of you and your money. They may even kill gaming it self.

    the small guys will always get steamed rolled by big companies.

    you only need to look at the stock market to see what big companies can do. Big companies pretty much killed the world encomy abd wall street.

    if the elite rich could they would love to make you their slave and milk you for what you got.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. MushroomStamp

    ummm.. yeah.. I agree.. but what does that have to do with wanting to play a videogame? I mean that same “thinking” is in EVERYTHING in life… To think I could make a difference would be naive… and I have better things to put my energies toward… Like slag’n some fool kid talkin shit because I just ran a 10-hit killstreak and it’s making him cry! now that’s some satisfaction I can make towards :)

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Morrius

    Fucking dolts. That’ll be me pirating it then, first pirated game ever! Woot!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    Why can’t they have both?

    Server list and a match maker?

    Why do we keep seeing more and more console features on a platform that works better already?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Hunam

    I like’d RPS’s tag of ‘the singular sound of a million facepalms in the distance’.

    Activision seems to be the host of silly decisions of late, no Starcraft LAN and now CoD servers, someone over there must be at least sane enough to point out that these decisions are clearly made by stupid people.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Freek

    That seems like a bad situation for the mod scene, and there’s also a hint of subscription fee around the whole thing.

    If this takes off they’ll probably add mod support and other features that come as standard in the dedcated server scenario (clans having thier own server, custum settings, admin support) and then charge you money for it.
    With the rational being: third parties used to foot the bill for this sort of thing, but now IW has to pay.

    Why does IW want this? Full control over the game and the posibility to charge users money for it and/or add advertisement to the system.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Whizzo

    Most bizarre decision for a games dev I can ever think of, sales of the PC version were never going to be that large in comparison to the console versions but this means they’ll probably be bugger all.

    Smooth move Activision/Infinity Ward you’ve well and truly shot yourselves in the foot.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    There’s only one way to solve this!

    Lets all buy consoles!!!

    #12 5 years ago
  13. SunKing

    I sent this tip in a couple of days ago via e-mail. :S

    Anyway, this is all about Activision trying to keep control over what content is available in multiplayer and reducing piracy numbers. Too bad there won’t be a community there to buy all the DLC they’re bound to offload, since the sales of the game will be even worse than they were for the first MW.

    The worst thing? Bowling actually said the reasoning behind this was to make the game more “accessable” to the community. What a load of horseshit.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    This must be a response to piracy. In which case, I blame the pirates.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. SunKing

    The thing is, I sympathise with their problem with piracy. Installing a draconian multiplayer infrastructure into their game is not the answer, though. If anything it will just give potential pirates more reason to download MW2.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. NiceFellow

    Sounds like we may be starting down the road to saying goodbye to free mods and open level editors and hello to paid DLC.

    It may be about piracy, also, but this smells of we’d rather people on Live paying for DLC and completely controlled vs free mods, etc. on PC and an open community.

    Hopefully that doesn’t sound paranoid, but I do see the rise of consoles for online gaming seriously impacting some of the best elements of PC gaming.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    @ SunKing:

    Yeah, they can download it, but if they want to be able to play it online without problems, they’ll be forced to buy it, no?

    The thing is though, Probably 65-70% of Acti/IW’s profits from this game come from the 360, which is why they’ve only really been showing the game running on 360′s so far.

    The sad thing for PC gamers is that because of this, any boycotting is probably only going to be met with nonchalant shrug of the shoulders.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. SunKing

    I think it’s impossible to say for certain without hindsight, but this could be a watershed moment for online PC games, and especially FPSs in particular.

    @ G1GAHURTZ

    My theory is that some people may see a package that offers less than they were expecting, won’t be bothered with online now, and will pirate it just for the singleplayer experience. I think that you are right, though, that any boycotting will fall on deaf ears. The sales numbers I saw were so low compared to the 360, or even the PS3, that they almost have nothing to lose. To be honest, I don’t think they really give a shit about the PC audience at this point and are just paying them lip service.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. rainer

    LOL whats funny is the IW publicly dissed GFWL around the release of one of the CoD games on the PC when MS asked them would they like to use it and now they are essentially doing their own version.

    PC sales of CoD:MW probably only make up 5-10% at best of the total so I guess they are “streamlining” development.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. JonFE

    @rainer:

    Having their own version (as you say) basically gives them the power to do whatever they wish with it.

    Probably, the biggest fear people have is that they might start charging for the multiplayer privilege or kill it altogether when the next CoD is released.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Dralen

    WTF! Well this has officially ruined my day.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    The IW forums are a complete mess.

    They even had to post this:

    This is will be enforced:

    1. Piracy threads will not be tolerated: – If you feel so strongly about it then all I can say is please respectfully leave the forums. There is no stopping you if this is your choice.
    2. Repeat threads will be locked as usual: – Petitions, grief threads, and discussions have place but repeat topics do not. They will be locked and linked to the original or deleted. This is an effort to keep the boards clean. A priority we moderators have had since day one.
    3. Console users: – Refrain from going into PC threads and making intentional confrontational messages. One month to permanent bans will be handed out to all offenders.
    4. PC users: – Please do not feed trolls. One month to permanent bans will be handed out as well.

    That is notice and a reminder. Report all threads and posts as needed. Threads that turn into a power house of flaming will be removed. This is for the best efforts and intentions of the community. The cleaner things get discussed the easier it is to handle. Fact of life.

    Further clarification: This is in light of the recent news concerning the lack of dedicated servers as well as other issues that arose from the podcast. This thread has been edited to better reflect the situation

    #22 5 years ago
  23. endgame

    and after what G1GAHURTZ just posted what more can i say!? the number of comments on every site that posted this news is growing fast. most of the pc gamers are really upset about this. and they have the right to be. acti is taking away our freedom, and iw doesn’t do anything about this, if this wasn’t actually their idea after all. personally, i don’t think it’s because of piracy. not that it matters what i think anyway. hmm, u know, they could copy the quake live server model. even that would be better. the system gives u suggestions about what would be the best server for u but it doesn’t force u on any any of them. if id can do that than iw could do it as well. since they r not, it’s obvious that they don’t care about the players. and the ones who they hurt the most are hardcore players. i mean, i like to play with the elite (specific ppl and clans that i know) on elite servers. now i might end up with some fucking newbies!? why!? i always want to improve myself and this way i’m not going to. and let’s not get started about the possible bad server locations. oh and payed content.. after u ask 60$ for a pc game, can it get any worst!?

    ty for trying to kill the online pc gaming community iw but know that we will not go down so fast. we will pirate the game if we have to, we will find ways to alter the content and play online bypassing your code. u know we can do it. and u know we will do it if u treat us like that. remember that we are and always will be free players! and no one will tell us what or how to play a game.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. pracer

    Easy solution for PC gamers. Very easy, really. Buy a Xbox360(or a PS3 if you like.) Problem solved.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Bagpuss-RoXx

    “The IW forums are a complete mess.

    They even had to post this:

    “This is will be enforced:

    1. Piracy threads will not be tolerated: – If you feel so strongly about it then all I can say is please respectfully leave the forums. There is no stopping you if this is your choice.
    2. Repeat threads will be locked as usual: – Petitions, grief threads, and discussions have place but repeat topics do not. They will be locked and linked to the original or deleted. This is an effort to keep the boards clean. A priority we moderators have had since day one.
    3. Console users: – Refrain from going into PC threads and making intentional confrontational messages. One month to permanent bans will be handed out to all offenders.
    4. PC users: – Please do not feed trolls. One month to permanent bans will be handed out as well.

    That is notice and a reminder. Report all threads and posts as needed. Threads that turn into a power house of flaming will be removed. This is for the best efforts and intentions of the community. The cleaner things get discussed the easier it is to handle. Fact of life.

    Further clarification: This is in light of the recent news concerning the lack of dedicated servers as well as other issues that arose from the podcast. This thread has been edited to better reflect the situation“

    it would have been quicker for them just to say

    “If you dont like it,Fuck you All…”

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Goliath

    Anyone else thinks IWNet is a tool to fight piracy. I’m thinking if you don’t have a retail copy of the game, you wont be able to log in to IWNet and play the game online.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. endgame

    we’re not going to buy a console. it would not resolve the problem. what kind of retard says that!? did u even know what the problem is!? fucking idiots.

    2nd. there r ppl that play pirated versions of mw1 on pirated servers and there will be ppl that will be playing pirated versions of mw2 on pirated mw2 servers. shit, u guys really don’t know anything about piracy. but this is not about piracy. if this would be about piracy then why take out the server list and modding tools as well. it doesn’t make any sense.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. freedoms_stain

    “Easy solution for PC gamers. Very easy, really. Buy a Xbox360(or a PS3 if you like.) Problem solved.”

    Then we’d have to play at lower resolution with less detail.

    No thanks.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Hunam

    If PC gamers boycotted hardware companies that make console hardware we’d actually have nothing at all to buy. BDH just makes this shit up as he’s typing it.

    This is seriously bullshit though. As opposed to pracers comment really, if I wanted a console experience I’d buy the game on the 360, but I don’t hence why I wanted it for the PC.

    Decided to just cut the bullshit and get borderlands instead.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Uncontested

    Thanks IW you douche bags, you lost a customer with this last minute crock of shit bs.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Michael O'Connor

    “we are boycotting all actvision games.”

    Sales of Activision games would argue that “you” are failing in your mission, in that case.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. blackdreamhunk

    I hope hacker declaer war on consoles. I think their fit to get a virous.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Michael O'Connor

    I repeat.

    ““we are boycotting all actvision games.”

    Sales of Activision games would argue that “you” are failing in your mission, in that case.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Michael O'Connor

    “I hope hackers declare war on consoles. I think they’re fit to get a virus.”

    For someone who claims to be such an expert on PC games, I’m amazed at how you could even think that’s possible. All three consoles use closed off services and systems, and don’t allowed executable to be run that they haven’t authorised.

    Unless you hack your machine personally, it’s completely impossible to implant a virus on a console.

    Seriously, at this rate I’m starting to believe it’s completely impossible for you to be the genuine article, and your only purpose is deliberate trolling.

    Tell Shatner we said hi. *wink*

    #34 5 years ago
  35. blackdreamhunk

    didn’t you hear hackers have already hacked consoles. even the new brick system. By the way there was anarticle all over ng4 about it.

    http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3842751/Hackers+Target+Xbox+Live.htm

    lets take a look at what EA had to say about the future consoles is right bow.

    http://uk.games.ign.com/articles/103/1036254p1.html

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Michael O'Connor

    There’s a difference between hacking a machine and implanting a virus on other people’s computers, which is what you were talking about. Way to avoid the point… as usually.

    Also, convincing someone to hand over their passwords through social engineering is not “hacking”. Whoever wrote that article is an idiot. Anyone stupid enough to give their password out deserves to get their account stolen.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. blackdreamhunk

    both work well, you better prey that hackers don’t ever declare war on consoles. I can see it happening. there will be very little sony or microsft can do if it ever happens. From what I have seen from links it has already started.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Michael O'Connor

    Dear god you’re an idiot…

    #38 5 years ago

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    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]