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Remedy explains decision to release Alan Wake on Xbox 360 only

Friday, 19 February 2010 16:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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When Microsoft announced at X10 that there would not be a PC version of Alan Wake, it was explained away that the game was best suited for a larger screen – like a television.

According to Oskari Häkkinen, head of franchise at Remedy, playing the game on the telly is more of a preference than anything, as the company has a long history with developing games for PC.

Speaking with VG247 in London this week, Häkkinen told us that the decision to axe the PC version was more about focusing on one platform at a time than anything else.

“Saying that Alan Wake is best played of a sofa with 5.1 surround and a big TV screen, I think is more of a preference than anything else,” he said. “We’re not going out there to say that PC gamers can’t enjoy it from their own PC set-up. We’re certainly not saying that. We have a strong heritage in PC gaming as well.

“But, frankly, we’re a small studio. We’re 50 people, and being a small studio, it makes a lot more sense for us to focus on one platform. Currently we’re fully focused on the Xbox version, and [as for] what the future holds, we haven’t got anything to announce, and we haven’t thought that far right now.

“We’re fully crunching towards the Xbox 360 version”.

As far as a PC version being released in the future was concerned, Häkkinen said that the decision to do so would come from a “sit down” with Microsoft to “see where the title goes”.

Alan Wake releases on Xbox 360 May 18 and 21 in the US and UK, respectively.

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54 Comments

  1. blackdreamhunk

    let’s talk when the game comes out, 11 000 console game devs thought the very same thing!

    Oh and the numbers are still counting, you really think microsoft who is another spawn of satain is going to love you.

    I wonder how long the 360 is going to last, I mean consoles are on massive decline and sony is is picking up speed.

    I hope your going to say the same thing if you ever don’t have job in the gaming Industry and you need pc gamers to make games agin. The Indie seen belongs to pc gamers, you do know that right.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. itsucks

    I wonder how long the 260 is going to last, I mean consoles are on massive decline and sony is is picking up speed.

    Only a sonybot could be this delusional. one thing is certain, it won’t come out on the poopyshittreii, games sell like shit there.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    yea you have love 11 000 console game devs going bankuprt and counting! high production costs,rented games,the used games maret, pissed off hackers and pricay are going to sure kill the console sale numbers. :)

    11 000 console gone all because of sony and microsft’s billion dallor loss.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    hey Remedy if the pc gaming market ever dies you can kiss your job good by! the heart beat of gaming is the pc gaming Industry. Game devs like you better prey that you don’t go bankuprt because some people have very good memories and they will remeber every word you have spoken.

    there is alot more pc gamers out there than you think. The hate for alot of pubishers,game devs and meida is growing.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    B U L L S H I T !

    this game was planned at first for Windows VISTA ONLY game from Microsoft!

    This is just not the lie it is a disrespect to gamers. After this shit i have no respect for Rememdy. (I care less about Alan Wake on 360 because i will play it, its just a lie)

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Len

    Now I’m really confused…

    #6 5 years ago
  7. blackdreamhunk

    my words are solid

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Eregol

    Yeah. I don’t see this story getting a lot of love from anyone with any sense.
    Itsucks and BDH will see to that.

    Both with nary a brain cell to rub between them.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    “This game was planned at first for Windows VISTA ONLY game from Microsoft!”

    Erhum.

    It was always announced for 360, it was said to be for 360 AND PC but never at any point just for PC.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. theevilaires

    I remember seeing the PC version a while back. It looked really good, but i truly think they still have the project intact but its on hold. M$ wants to see how well the game will do first on the 360, then I’m sure this fall or early next year it will come to games for windows.

    They probably are scared shitless by the PC pirates…can’t really blame them. (looks at mushroomstamp)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. NGCes26294BIV

    “there is alot more pc gamers out there than you think”

    Yeah, and unfortunately most of them would rather pirate the game than buy it, which is why the PC gaming market (non-social, of course) is going down the toilet.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. blackdreamhunk

    @NGCes26294BIV

    goes to show how lighten really are

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1WGFjhCktc

    how about you say mmmoooooo for me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb-dYVEBtfM

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    All thieves those PC gamers.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. blackdreamhunk

    yea remedy sure loves their fanbase a lot, proof is the very words written in this gaming site

    People wonder why pc gamer don’t like consoles!

    yea, All thieves those PC gamers………..right!!!!!!

    what a joke the gaming at it’s finest!

    @Gekidami

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb-dYVEBtfM

    how about you mmmooo for me too!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Quiiick

    GAWD!
    What happened to the comments sections on VG247 ???

    #15 5 years ago
  16. steve1979

    I’ve been reading this site for a while now, and am curious. BDH why the anger? Why the hatred?

    Did a Console cheat on you, break down when you couldn’t save, or did you ask for one from your parents as a little boy and not get one.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. NGCes26294BIV

    @12

    Erm… I’m gonna go ahead and assume the videos don’t show proof of anything you’re trying to say, and I’m going to explain something very simple: When it comes to multiplatform, high bidget releases, PC games (physical and digital) count for about 5-15% of total sales, depending on the genre.

    It’s reaching the point now where it’s genuinely not worth the investment. And that’s nothing against the PC as a format, it’s just that sales are falling exponentially year-on-year.

    @13 :) Not all of course, but enough to cause a problem. Crytek had over a million unique users try out the Crysis multiplayer having only sold around 100k units at the time.

    Go figure.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    @Gekidami when it was announced 4-5 years ago it was Only a Windows Vista title and Xbox 360 title.

    Alan Wake was announced at E3 2005. Microsoft partnered with Remedy to release the game for the Xbox 360 and as a DirectX 10-only title for Windows Vista. (c) Wikipedia.

    No more Direct X 10, no more nothing… But actually who cares when there is Starcraft II for PC that will sell like cakes.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    …Thats what i said. It was planned for PC and 360 but never PC alone.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. blackdreamhunk

    The gaming industry is a joke! they are full of lairs some gaming media band you for speaking the truth and defending your platform.

    they call you trooll and then they write how pc gaming is dying!

    sorry remedy I am nrver ever going to buy a console!

    you want pc gaming dead so bad, becareful what you wish for because you just might get it.

    I amnd sure alot of hardware gaints are going to be sooooooooooo happy!

    #20 5 years ago
  21. blackdreamhunk

    @Gekidami

    we all know your true colors I mean you said it your self……..All thieves those PC gamers!

    how about you moooo for me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb-dYVEBtfM

    #21 5 years ago
  22. blackdreamhunk

    the gaming industry really really really loves it’s fanbase!

    #22 5 years ago
  23. NiceFellow

    Well, that sounds much clearer to my ears.

    What I hear is the platform decision is dependent on discussion with their publisher and heavily influenced by their publisher.

    Their publisher is MS and MS has decided that they’d rather have a few more full exclusives after the PS3 run of exclusives in 2009 and what is coming this year.

    For Remedy it makes sense inasmuch as they really can focus on one platform/version and of course have already admitted to getting lots of additional support from MS for 360 platform.

    Is this about face? For sure, but at least it’s understandable on those terms vs saying it plays better sitting in a couch, which was about as weak and stupid a statement as I’ve heard in a while.

    I’d imagine the PC code will be visiting the dusty hanger where the PC version of Gears 2 is hanging out waiting to see if it ever gets completed and sees the light of day.

    I just can’t work up any enthusiasm for the game, though.

    I love the art direction but it smells a lot like the US developed Silent Hill titles to me based on the comments, mixed with a dose of copied (and no doubt watered down) Twin Peaks/David Lynch weirdness, and that’s just too thin a recipe for me vs some genuine unsettling freakishness.

    However, should I turn out to be wrong I’ll both eat crow and play the game right away.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Gekidami

    Did you steal those cows BDH?

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Eregol

    A gaming media band?
    Sounds fun, what are they called?
    The lairs?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    Pat as lead singer. Make it so!

    #26 5 years ago
  27. blackdreamhunk

    @NiceFellow

    sorry i have hard time under standing as i see a lot pc gamer buy mircosoft products.

    mricososft and sony are is such a great companies. they have a nie little dictorship going on!

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Monk

    I think games like Alan Wake that`s not support online mode well have a large piracy and well not sell well on PC, even if the PC version was better.

    as EA does that with Dead Space 2 in this month I think,
    I think MS well try to do it.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Eregol

    Does he still have the beard?
    If so he’s a shoe in!

    Johnny for drummer. They never have to be all that intelligent.
    (No offence Johnny, only a joke).

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Goliath

    Is it me or does this site all of a sudden have a lot more trolls? What the fuck is going on?!

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Johnny Cullen

    Someone rang? :)

    #31 5 years ago
  32. blackdreamhunk

    @Eregol

    I am sure billions of gamer all over the world are very happy right now.

    thereis more of us than you people on consoles. we can do a lot more damge to companies repuations than you think. Yea we pc gamers aare a lot smarter than you think too.

    I am sure billions of pc gamers had to say today.

    I am sure the love for sony and microsft will grow. News travels very fast on the net.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Eregol

    The drummer is here.
    Now where is that lead singer?

    On the subject of Piracy though, I think Eidos had it right with the Batman: AA solution where certain features of the game didn’t work properly if it was ripped code.
    That way you cannot finish the game and you HAVE to buy the retail version.
    If more companies went along this route pirating would be a dead loss.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. NGCes26294BIV

    @BDH

    For the last frickin’ time, it’s “dictatorship”.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Eregol

    @BDH
    I have a PC and a 360.
    I play WoW a lot, I also have Football manager and Champ Manager on my PC, not to mention, Portal, Tales of Monkey Island and the Secret of Monkey Island remake.

    So don’t you go, talking to me like I’m some sort of console only fanboy.

    Stop talking shit, you know fuck all. And the only way to get topics back on track when you’re in them is to derail them first.

    Get a grip, do some research, get all the facts before you post and stop making such a prick of yourself.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. NGCes26294BIV

    “On the subject of Piracy though, I think Eidos had it right with the Batman: AA solution where certain features of the game didn’t work properly if it was ripped code.”

    Yeah – I still don’t understand quite how that worked…

    #36 5 years ago
  37. blackdreamhunk

    yes a dictorship, you must be a noobie. it’s long story I don’t feel like talking about but must people here know what I am talking about…….a least the smart people.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. blackdreamhunk

    people ask why pc gamers hate consoles

    big cooperation ask why people don’t like them.

    well I just want to say to big sony and microsft they are not too big to fall!

    what do they say the bigger they are the harder they fall!

    yea we sure love our fanbase says the big companies

    yea we sure love our fanbase says gaming Industry

    what a joke! your true colors shine very bight for people to see!

    #38 5 years ago
  39. NGCes26294BIV

    @BDH

    What operating system do you use on your PC?

    Do you play any GFWL-enabled titles?

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Eregol

    @BDH
    How about you respond to my previous post?
    You know nothing.
    So hop it.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. blackdreamhunk

    @Eregol

    goes to show how lighten really are

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1WGFjhCktc

    how about you say mmmoooooo for me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb-dYVEBtfM

    oh lets remeber big brother and billion people are going find about this great wonderful news. I am sure they will talk.

    11 000 consoles game devs and counting!

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Petulant Radish

    I love you Blackdreamhunk, I really do. Are you really hunky AND dreamy?

    #42 5 years ago
  43. NiceFellow

    @ 27 – not sure I get your drift. On PC I don’t really see MS as a major player at all. Live on PC has been a damp squid and apart from the association of MS with Windows OS to me they are a fringe player on PC.

    Of course, with their goal with Xbox and now 360 to bring the lucrative FPS/Online market to consoles, from that regard they have had a large bearing on the PC marketplace.

    Sony have also had an impact but it feels lesser to me.

    TBH though to me HW is just that, HW. I don’t really care if its a PC or a console or whatever. I dont see MS as evil or somehow wrong for doing this in principle.

    My main concern with MS is their policies with Live which prevent mods, etc. and the exclusion of that element of PC gaming (so far) from consoles. That plus charging for online play I don’t like – and I could do without them rushing to market so fast they put speed way ahead of acceptable HW reliability. But in principle I have no problem with the shift in focus for a lot of genres from PC to consoles in US/Europe.

    Sony funnily enough I find more open, but maybe that’s more because they have to be right now vs MS just to look different.

    Whatever though, on PSN you can have mods, etc. it’s just not been taken up, which I think is a shame. Also the basic online play is free so I really don’t see them enforcing a lot of control.

    MS though clearly do want to make sure you pay for the privilege of playing and make sure that any content has a price, be it something like the two maps of Crash Course on L4D or whatever.

    But they’re hardly alone in that. I mean, I doubt Activision want to give away the SDK for developing maps/mods for MW2 and have the game last for years with lots of free content from the community. Clearly they want you to play MW2 and buy additional content for it until they release MW3.

    It’s just the nature of more mature commercialism of the industry vs before.

    Something perhaps to mourn, but don’t give yourself a heart attack over it.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. loki

    Just because 90% of PC games fail and we don’t need another shity PC port

    #44 5 years ago
  45. NGCes26294BIV

    @43

    +1

    #45 5 years ago
  46. blackdreamhunk

    @loki

    you go tell that to AMD,Intel,Invida

    I am sure a lot of indie game devs will like that too.

    In fact you have usch good dreadability maybe you should tell that to blizzard!

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Eregol

    BDH you are a retard.
    Incapable of responding to any comment with any sort of sense or meaning.
    Funny how when you are matched against someone more intelligent than you, your brain does a runner and you resort to insanity to avoid answering the questions or responding to the points made to you.

    Maybe you need to be ‘enlightened’. But I doubt anyone would have the patience to do it as you’re such a massive wind up merchant.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. blackdreamhunk

    @Eregol

    your good at mmooo so moo for me lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb-dYVEBtfM

    I am so glade a lot of readers can see things for them self.

    you know why because truth always speaks for it self.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. mington

    has anyone ever clicked on any of the the links BDH has posted :)

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Stephany Nunneley

    /fucking facepalm

    #50 5 years ago
  51. steve1979

    @49 I just wish he’d spell check. I don’t ask for much. Although the fact that BDH is glade made me smile.

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Neolucifer

    BS lol …

    How did you focus on only the 360 version when most stuff shown for the game were on the pc version ? Hell some people even remembered Aw being used to promote directx .

    I always planned to buy the 360 version anyway , but the real reasons are far more obvious

    #52 5 years ago
  53. polygem

    ok, no pc version. i´m sorry for the pc only guys. i mean – seriously, because this looks like it will be a great game. it was announced for pc for years, so it´s only fair that the pc crowd is pissed. i can understand that decission though, but the argument that it will be best played on a telli with 5.1 surround is kind of odd…i personally enjoy games much more at my desk with a 24″ hd monitor (even 19″ works well) and some great headphones…for me this still is the best way to play a game…and i use 360 and ps3 – no pc.

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Urinat0r

    BDH is fucking funny.

    #54 5 years ago

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    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

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  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

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    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

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  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

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  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

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  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

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  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

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  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

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  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

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  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

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  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

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  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

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