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EA: Respawn creating own IPs, not Battlefield or Medal of Honor

Monday, 12 April 2010 19:09 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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EA Games boss Frank Gibeau has made it pretty clear what the stance is on Respawn Entertainment are making from the EA side of things: new IPs, nothing from existing shooters from the publisher.

Speaking with Kotaku following this afternoon’s announcement of the formation of the new studio, created by ex-Infinity Ward bosses Vince Zampella and Jason West, asked if would be going anywhere near Medal of Honor or Battlefield, Gibeau said:

“That’s not an option.

“These guys are about pursuing their own IP. Internal to EA, we’ve got some incredible development and franchise happening with Medal of Honor and Battlefield. This is an EA Partners deal .., these guys have no roles in those franchises.”

Zampella said the developer hasn’t “decided what the game’s going to be yet, what the IP’s going to be. But we think that’s a good thing for us and our creative process.”

Respawn will maintain full control over intellectual properties it will create under the partnership with EA Partners, which will have publishing and distribution rights to its games for the foreseeable future.

Zampella has already said that creating the new studio was “daunting and exciting”, adding today was “a total reset”.

Meanwhile, at the formal reveal for Crytek’s Crysis 2 last week in New York, EA Partners boss David DeMartini told VG247’s Patrick Garratt that Infinity Ward’s creative team had “blown up”, citing the developer of this year’s Call of Duty title Treyarch as the “b-team”.

Activision, on the other hand, is in “we told you so” mode: it says the move comes as “no surprise” to the firm “given the myriad of improper activities” detailed by the firm in its countersuit to Ward and Zampella, who are suing the firm for $36 million and control of the Modern Warfare IP, on Friday.

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17 Comments

  1. markclapham

    I await their bold new IP, Shooty War Soldier Man.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. AlmightyDogbert

    EA should get them together with DICE to make battlefront 3.
    Come on, it will sell more than COD.. it’s freaking star wars!

    DO IT NOW.

    I await their new IP

    #2 5 years ago
  3. fdelfino

    I only wish it’ll surpass the creative storytelling of MW2.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DeSpiritusBellum

    Man, at least the newsbloggers get something to post about. So far all I’m seeing is “talk, threat, boast, lawsuit, talk”.

    None of that produces games, however. Wake me up when we get there, eh?

    @2 Zampella and West annihilated DICE at their own game, why on earth would they want to work with the losing team?

    They’re gonna headhunt whoever they think is worth saving from Infinity Ward, and then they’re gonna put together whatever team they like. I think it’s safe to say that EA won’t be clamping down on their expenditures.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. AlmightyDogbert

    @4
    DICE and iw produce very different games and DICE are picking up the pieces and are starting to get back on track to being dominant or on-par, especially when battlefield 3 comes about.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Goliath

    If EA thinks these two can replicate the success they had with Call of Duty, they’re kidding themselves. This is poor forecasting again by EA. No wonder the board has to question the ability of the CEO to run the ship. I see another Pandemic on the horizon.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. DeSpiritusBellum

    @5 I’ll believe it when I see it. BC2 was fun, but it was so full of bad design decisions that should’ve been addressed. Aside from the Battlefield games, DICE have never really excelled, and I doubt they’re truly better than that.

    You’re right, they are different games, but they’re both aiming for the exact same audience. That’s why DICE started the Bad Company franchise and introduced campaigns in the first place.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    @7 oh, shut up troll. If they are bad, then they could change it since Battlefield 2, but it is now a standard for multiplayer videogames.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. AlmightyDogbert

    @7

    Call of duty franchise is far far more successful, but battlefield is pulling very good sales and more importantly growth. DICE is also hard at work on a very interesting frostbite engine and work to improve those gameplay mechanics it’s started, as well as the higher player counts like it did back in the day

    I feel modern warfare cannot replicate it’s success especially with recent events. It will still attain very good sales, most liekly more than battlefield and medal of honour but will not sastify gamers nearly as much as the preceeding titles. Meanwhile, DICE is constantly improving whilst bending to be more appealing to COD players.

    I am probably wrong in saying Battlefield will be dominant but I think EA is on course to be course to take the fps crowd from Acti with COD starting to fail and EA having battlefield, crysis and Medal of honour.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. AlmightyDogbert

    @7

    Care to explain in greater detail the “bad design decisions that should’ve been addressed” and why they have never excelled?

    Battlefield 2 and battlefield bad company 2 have amazing multiplayer especially when played tactically with friends which for many people is greater experience than playing COD, even if this doesn’t show in sales.

    DICE is constantly developing their games with destruction and large scale warfare and I can only see them improving this while the call of duty franchise stagnates.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. DeSpiritusBellum

    @8 Telling people to shut up in a comment section is really bright. As opposed to you, I argue my case. You’re free to counter, but at this point I don’t expect that much from you. Keep up the good work, you’re a real asset.

    @9,10 That’s an awful lot of questions. I respect what you’re saying though, and I’m gonna try to take it from the top:

    BC2 isn’t performing badly, and some people certainly do love it. I think that’s a credit to what works in the game, and it has certainly fully justified itself in that respect.

    I’m not argueing against peoples right to love BC2, I’m just saying that it’s a pretty flawed design for a AAA-production, all the same.

    I have no insight in DICE except for the games they make. I played BF2 a lot, I even paid the outrageous price for the Special Forces expansion, and that legacy is one of the things that makes me disappointed in BC2. It’s basically the same game, with a few adjustments. You talk of stagnation, while MW2 is only two renditions into the franchise. DICE have had the better part of a decade to perfect their formula, and they’ve done so awfully little with it.

    It has “destructible environments” which I find pretty annoying, although it might be down to poor balancing of the system. I don’t think it’s fun to have five guys firing explosives at you when you’re trying to take cover. To me that’s Team Fortress 2 antics, not a military style shooter. The whole problem is amplified by the fact that DICE have made their weapons completely unrealistic in terms of standard dispersion and response (recoil) on top of outrageous player health, so people are choosing the easy way, namely lots and lots of explosives, adding to my quarrel. If guns were that useless in real life, most engagements would be happening at 20 yards or less. It would be Napoleanic warfare.

    Add to that a lot of smaller problems like lousy graphics, invasive fog on every level (possibly to hide the graphics?) a completely horrendous interface, slow authentication, antiquated server browser and a lot of bugs that are so common, they really should have been picked up during testing.

    Things like that just doesn’t inspire a lot of faith in DICE for me. And the problem is, it’s like that every game with them. If you take Mirror’s Edge, it was a freakshow of unintuitive controls and a general lack of understanding of what gameplay should enable you to do.

    The tragic part is, most of their games could’ve been great. I played Rallisport Challenge (which is a DICE game according to Wikipedia?) and I still consider it the most fun rally game out there, but it still smacked you with annoying bugs and things that just should’ve worked better all the time.

    That’s why I say they’re an average game developer that does everything well enough, but not a lot very well.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. AlmightyDogbert

    Opinions, each to their own.

    I do agree with a few of your points such as those based around the general smog. I’ve never been bothered with any bugs or explosive over-use or guns being useless or the graphics. It’s certainly not fantastic, playing by myself I can find it boring even, but I throughly enjoy it with a couple of I met on the games forums.
    Battlefield 2 may well have been better, but their run on consoles have been a bit of a trial of new things that could develop into great features, like the destruction, thus the reason why Battlefield 3 [could] be brillant.
    Modern warfare, I feel will stagnate because of the constriction of the creative talent at infinity ward and that they are unlikely to make changes to the core fundamental gameplay so it will be more of the same, what changes they made with modern warfare 2 have been good and bad. Weapons were/are unbalanced and their still are some noticable expolits, but they did work on reducing grenade spam (as much as they could) and making far more varied maps. So more of that, might not work so well. – but it could easily be successful since a LOT of people don’t seem to care about what’s inside the box, just the title.

    Tbh, ^^ all of the above really doesn’t matter a great deal. People might not like Battlefield, because it has problems and fundamental differences. However, other games in the EA line-up especially MOH may cause more of ‘that’ fps crowd to fall to EA.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @11 i’m telling you to shut up because you basically trolling. We talked about this and you still trolling that they are not good.

    With the stuff like this:
    *invasive fog on every level (possibly to hide the graphics?)*

    I can’t respond to you, because it’s just plain stupid when this is a standard direct X9 effect and they are trying to hide the graphics. You want me to make a screenshot of Battlefield:Bad Company 2 on max graphics? It’s a Crysis on High settings, not ultra. But every detal and texture is in high quality.

    *their weapons completely unrealistic in terms of standard dispersion and response (recoil) on top of outrageous player health*

    Bullshit. you think that Modern Warfare is realistic? Owwwwwwwwwww…
    I will give you a little hint. Weapon mechanic is similar from ArmA 2 with few arcade stuff.
    Health? Play on hardcore servers. The reason is why it have big health, because it’s not an Urban Warfare mechanic where you have small maps and you need to find someone.
    If everybody could have little health, there would be a rifle fuckfest.
    you don’t even understand the balance.

    Then Mirrors Edge their probably first in many years singleplayer game and it is very innovative and still you have a hatred for DICE:

    *it was a freakshow of unintuitive controls and a general lack of understanding of what gameplay should enable you to do.* – and that is bullshit. Absolutely bullshit, i know that console suffered from this (maybe, i didn’t played it), but i played on PC and didn’t have any problems. No one have.

    Other stuff you are talking about is a lie or hatred. Thats it. Especially with servers, when there are no better system then Punkbuster and dedicated servers.

    @12 stop trying to talk with him. He just don’t like Battlefield series and like Modern Warfare. Thats it. He won’t admit that Battleifled:BC2 uses great formula since 2002 year. He is trying to troll every DICE news

    #13 5 years ago
  14. DeSpiritusBellum

    @12 I think you’re right about the next generation of CoD, but Infinity Ward is going to be Infinity Ward in name only. The competent guys from that company is going to get an invitation from West and Zampella.

    I don’t think the weapons in MW2 are unbalanced at all short of the ubiquitous noobtube, and I don’t see what the alternative is. BC2 has a far narrower choice of weapons, and those are so unbalanced that most people are only playing one of two classes (either nootuber AN94 or HK416, or M60 medic). I just don’t see the same thing when I play MW2, and I think that’s down to a more logical balance (Two basic levels of damage, low levels of dispersion).

    I think MW2 went with a platform that worked and just improved it with some more interesting killstreaks and perks, and some very competent map designs. The series hasn’t changed a lot, but it’s only gotten better, and personally I think it’s the most fun you can have with a multiplayer pvp shooter at the moment.

    I’m don’t really care about either publisher, they’re both just companies making money off other peoples creativity and trying to get as much out of you as possible. But I think the Medal of Honor franchise is as dead as it can get by now.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. DeSpiritusBellum

    @13 You’re the only one being an obnoxious fanboy in this comment section right now.

    I can respect a guy like Dogbert laying out his views as an adult, but I’m not going to justify your frothing posts by countering with actual arguments.

    Get a grip, man. You can read any professional review to have any of those critiques affirmed. DICE hasn’t gotten an aggregate rating from reviewers above 90% since Battlefield 2. Mirror’s Edge was barely rated 81%.

    Now do us all a favor and get a rabies shot, eh?

    (For the record I never called MW2 realistic. There are no realistic wargames or shooters on the market)

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @15 There is. ArmA is a realistic shooter (kind of realistic.)

    And Halo games have scores like 94-97 and what? You are another everyday consumer that bought Modern Warfare game.
    And every professional reviewer have critiques about a singleplayer in Battlefield:BC2 OR… maybe a prooflink?

    *most people are only playing one of two classes (either nootuber AN94 or HK416, or M60 medic). * – bullshit. Or you need to see my clan tag what they use most of all? I can give you a clear picture that this is not a fact.

    and Killstreaks are awesome, one soldire after killing few people have an access to nuke or AC-130 and then it’s an arcade time. Interesting idea, i see.

    You talk too much and i never saw a prooflink on the unbalanced shit and e.t.c. Everytime you whine about something that was perfected since Battlefield 2. Prooflinks please.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. DeSpiritusBellum

    @16 Look. I’ve studied warfare for the better part of five years, reading everything from Sun Tzu to Grant and von Moltke, and I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt, there is nothing realistic about Operation Flashpoint, ArmA or Arma 2 except for the fact that it’s really really really bad.

    It’s a half-finished game posing as a military simulator, in spite of the AI not even being able to execute the most basic maneuvers used by modern militaries. Not even the firing animations applied are realistic. It’s a sham, and while I like playing with soldiers as much as the next guy, I still have the cognizance to know that much.

    They might be able to still sell a few copies to some loyal suckers, but if you think that’s realistic, then you don’t know the first thing about warfare.

    It’s obvious to me that you don’t know the first thing about anything we’ve been discussing, whether it’s networking or recognizing a broken game when you see one, so I think it’s pretty pointless to keep going with this.

    And I’m sorry if you find MW2 too hard, but a lot of people appreciate the challenge. The good players know how to avoid those killstreaks, and the good players are usually also the ones controlling them. If you can’t handle people being better than you like that, then don’t play a competitive online shooter. Certainly not one that actually challenges you like that.

    Either way I’m not gonna waste my time argueing with you. Rage on as much as you want, I really couldn’t care less.

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/03/24/battefield-conquest-vs-rush-vs-issues/

    #17 5 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]