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Epic: “No regrets” with Microsoft over Gears exclusivity deal

Friday, 22 January 2010 07:30 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Epic Games co-founder Mark Rein has said that the company has “no regrets” over the exclusivity deal it has with Microsoft over the Gears of War series.

His comments came after analyst Michael Pachter yesterday claimed the firm had “regrets” over signing the deal with MS.

Speaking in the comments for our original story, he said the Wedbush Morgan analyst was wide of the mark.

“Michael is wrong. We have a great relationship with Microsoft and we have no regrets,” he said.

He also replied to one of our readers comments, saying that rumours on series about to several publishers including Sony, fighting Microsoft to take out the chainsaw melee gameplay mechanic from Gears of War 2 and more were simply “not true.”

A couple of weeks back, Gears of War lead designer Cliff Bleszinski said Epic was working on “awesome shit” which will be revealed “when the weather’s warm”.

It’s unknown what he was talking about.

Epic president Mike Capps made noises on the subject of Gears 3 at Tokyo Games Show, though, last September when he said whenever the next Gears of War lands, it’ll be on next-gen consoles.

He soon retracted his comments, saying if another title in the series was coming, it’d be released in this generation of consoles.

The identity of projects going on at external Epic studios, however, are a little clearer.

Poland-based People Can Fly recently trademarked Bulletstorm.

In 2008, Epic acquired Chair Entertainment, the studio behind last year’s popular Xbox Live Arcade game, Shadow Complex.

Chair has the rights to to make a game based on the novel made by Orson-Scott Card, Enders Game.

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42 Comments

  1. Redh3lix

    Of course not. Just Patcher being prat as usual.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    Another Patchter rumor debunked. He’s the friggin tabloid press of the gaming industry

    #2 5 years ago
  3. tatsujin

    I wouldn’t want Gears to hit the PS3. The system would choke on it for being so low on its data and outdated on its software use. Upgrade from Unreal engines please? Oh wait, nvm the DVDs are still using them.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    Well there you have it. Case closed.

    Pachter appears to have made this incorrect claim based on the assumption that multi-platform games are always going to sell about twice as much as exclusives. Therefore, Epic must be thinking about all those EXTRA millions that they ‘missed out’ on.

    That’s not the case, since it’s blatantly not just a case of developing a game and then typing ‘work on PS3‘ on the Blu Ray and ‘work on 360‘ on the DVD.

    Epic worked closely with MS on Gears, and apparently even got the 360 hardware changed so that it could look as amazing as they could get it to.

    Lets be honest, a large part of the appeal of Gears was how it looked. Would it have looked as good without the MS/Epic exclusivity relationship? I seriously doubt it.

    I’m not saying that Epic don’t want to touch the PS3, but they are a games developer, and they are more than capable of releasing other IPs on the PS3. So I don’t think that they would waste their time looking back and wishing that they could release Gears on PS3, when they are more likely to be more interested in coming up with something ‘new and improved’.

    Someone should ask Pachter if he thinks that Valve “can’t wait” to go multi platform!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. KAP

    Yet when you three all see GOW3 or Uncharted 2…silence Lol

    Patcher is usually wrong in most cases but this one i think hes kinda right but the thing is Epic cant look to M$ one of the biggest companies in the world to sound undeserving. OF COURSE they’d welcome a bigger fan base, and anyone who said otherwise is lying out there teeth. believe me.

    With the amount of money lost from the fact it isnt on PS3 is astounding.. specially now.

    When i hear 360 users say stuff like that they only do due to fanboyism but dont ever see the bigger picture. The world is bigger then just what console you deside to stick with.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. KAP

    Yet the mind set completely changes when its a game from PS3 stables that goes multiplatform… different story then right?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. NiceFellow

    regrets, I’ve had a few…

    no wait, I haven’t actually. I’ve made a fortune. Yay.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. DaMan

    Pachter! always wrong.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    Pachter = retard.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    Yet the mind set completely changes when its a game from PS3 stables that goes multiplatform… different story then right?

    It totally depends on the context.

    Do you think that Media Molecule “regret” LBP being a PS3 exclusive?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Eregol

    Pachter says ‘Microsoft regret not making one big console with Sony.’

    It’s coming. I bet ya!

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    Just to be clear Patcher didnt say Epic probably regretted having Gears 1 & 2 only on 360 but that he thinks they reget having its sequel yet again under contract by MS. He’s pretty much basing this off the fact that the franchise is already known and the 3rd being a multiplat wouldnt only sell a shit load on 360 (like the first 2) but also do some decent PS3 sales at the same time.
    By the way Mark Rein worded what he said he either didnt understand this or just confirmed that Gears 3 is indeed already under an exclusive contract to MS.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    Well, the ridiculousness of the statement all depends on when the contract was signed.

    Before/during Gears, after Gears or after Gears 2.

    If it was before/during Gears, which I doubt, then I still can’t see how Epic would regret the deal, since they hadn’t even sold a single copy yet and they can still be grateful for all the millions in marketing and dedicated development help, etc.

    If it was after Gears, which is more likely (especially from MS’s point of view), then Epic went into it with their eyes wide open. They could see projections for 360 and PS3 sales and were in a much stronger position to look at their (then) record breaking IP and do what they wanted to do with it.

    If it was after Gears 2, then Pachter is obviously taking utter nonsense, because that was such a relatively short time ago, and not all that much has changed in terms of how many extra copies they could sell on the PS3.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    “If it was after Gears 2, then Pachter is obviously taking utter nonsense, because that was such a relatively short time ago, and not all that much has changed in terms of how many extra copies they could sell on the PS3.”

    Sometime after Gears 2 there was a PS3 price drop and the Slim came out. PS3 sales pretty much exploded worldwide and it overtook the 360 in nearly ever region other then the US (where sales are starting to get pretty close), i wouldnt say ‘not all that much changed’. Even Pachter makes mention of that by pointing out PS3 numbers.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Jadeskye

    i wonder if pachter will respond in the comments of this thread to flame mark rein?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    He’ll probably say at some point that what he said has been taken out of context, which is sort of true based off peoples comments and how they understood his claims.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    Anyone with a brain could figure out that there was going to be a PS3 price drop. So this suggestion that no-one, or more specifically Epic, could see it coming is a bit silly to say the least.

    Even so, are we now on the assertion that Epic were happy to go exclusive if they were only missing out on 1-2m copies, but now that they’re missing out on 3-4m, they regret it?

    No matter what the increase in sales might be since Gears 2 came out, there was the potential for at least 1m in PS3 sales since the PS3 was first released.

    So if they turned it down during Gears, after Gears or after Gears 2, they still knew what they would be losing in terms of sales and obviously decided to go exclusive anyway.

    I’m sure that Epic don’t regret it. I’m sure that Valve don’t regret not working on PS3, and I’m sure that neither of them would describe themselves as being ‘unable to wait’ to develop for both consoles.

    Like I said, there are benefits to the developer of working single platform, and all of them (developers) are different. Some will be happier on two, some on three, some on one, but to make a ‘catch all’ statement and say that no-one wants to go exclusive any more is clearly wide of the mark.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Dannybuoy

    Lets grab our flaming torches folks, we got a wrong doer to chase down

    #18 5 years ago
  19. JonFE

    Pachter’s comment sounds logical, but no one (not even the mighty Pachter) can accurately estimate how many copies Gears of War would sell if it was not x360 exclusive.

    You see, I firmly believe that part of GoW retail success is *because* it was exclusive. That allowed Epic to concentrate on specific hardware and play to its strengths, improving their Unreal engine along the way.

    Also, Microsoft used it as a showcase of what the x360 was capable of and threw all of its marketing weight behind it, which certainly didn’t hurt.

    Finally, the game suited the infamous Xbox hardcore demographic, who lapped it up like the original Splinter Cell back in the day.

    All the above contributed to establishing GoW as a successful and valuable new IP, which will probably run its course as a x360 exclusive during this generation. As for the next, only time will tell…

    #19 5 years ago
  20. The Hindle

    Marks best part of Gears 2 was the pay checque at the end, that checque would have been a lot bigger if it was multi plaform. He is lying if he says that dont mean out to him. Gears wont go multi platform as Microsoft cant afford it to as after Halo its thier only ip that does big business.

    Wit a 3rd party exclusive you never truely know if it will stay on one console as its proved with Sony etc.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Alakratt

    And you really think Epic will admit they regret it?

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Psychotext

    It wouldn’t be the first time a dev has come out and said something like that.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Artheval_Pe

    They won’t say that they regret it until they are not in a relationship with microsoft anymore.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Goliath

    So let me get this straight; of all the places Mark Rein could have responded to Michael Pachter’s comments, Neo Gaf, IGN, Gears of War forums, GameTrailers themselves who reached out for comment etc., he chose the forums of VG247.com?! Right.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Blerk

    Actually from the looks of things he’s been doing the rounds of pretty much every gaming site on the internets.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    Wow Goliath, you really did get pwned! LOL!

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Goliath

    Yeah. I’ll go post over a Joystiq where there AREN’T attributing anonymous comments in their comments section to the head of develpment studios.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Johnny Cullen

    Pretty much what Blerk said.

    That said, Mark’s a pretty big fan of VG247 (from what I know anyways).

    So dont be too surprised if you see him comment again. :D

    #28 5 years ago
  29. JonFE

    Apparently getting owned only once is not enough…

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Psychotext

    If JC says that’s Mark Rein, that’s good enough for me.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Goliath

    Yeah, well I’m not as trusting. Google every article attributed to Mark Rein regarding Pachter’s comments and you get VG247 as the sole source for every article. This I do know, Microsoft DID try to nix the chainsaw melee in the orginal Gears of War, that’s a fact.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. G1GAHURTZ

    Source?

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Blerk

    How do you know that for a fact? Are you Cliff Bleszinski?

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Goliath

    I ask Mr. Cullen to use his journalistic skills to track down one Jeff Bell and ask him because I highly doubt he’ll be commenting in the comments section.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Hunam

    It’s on the special edition ‘Making of’ that came with Gears 1. Wether it was staged or not I don’t know, but it is the best making of documentary I have ever seen, flat out comedy drama from the get go.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Psychotext

    Talking of devs posting on boards… there’s a discussion over at GAF which is about Cliff Bleszinski cockblocking some guy in a club. CB has posted in it a couple of times, though apparently him and the girl are just friends. ;)

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Gekidami

    For a moment there i read that as “Cliff Bleszinski cockbiting some guy in a club”.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Johnny Cullen

    8O

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    That’s yet to be confirmed.

    /runs

    #39 5 years ago
  40. onlineatron

    Cliffy B you salty sea dog

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Goliath

    @ Hunam

    Cliff said it was not true and that it was done to add tension and drama for an MTV special but it was true. On the bonus disc for GOW1 Collector’s Edition they show the actual back & forth with Microsoft and Epic about inclusion of the chainsaw in the final game; including Cliff’s first time meeting with Bill Gates, taking a picture, and the priceless expression on Cliff’s face when Bill imposed a November 2006 release date for Gears of War, an 8 month window at the time. Jeff Bell worked directly for Peter Moore at the time and he can tell you that it is true.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Artheval_Pe

    @ Johnny Cullen : You do realise that this comment went all over the internet because you wrote “This is indeed Mark Rein – I can confirm that” ?

    I hope we don’t get a press release one of these days from epic games saying “Mark didn’t make that comment” ^^

    @ Goliath : We do know that Mark Rein has been lying about stuff in the past when it was convenient for the company to have him do so. It’s just business, he has to lie when it’s good for the face of the company from time to time.

    I think that most people including the vg247 staff are taking this comment for what it is : the official response of the company, nothing more.

    #42 5 years ago

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    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]