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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 The system would choke on it for being so low on its data and outdated on its software use.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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    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

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • 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

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • 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

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • 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 […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]