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Capcom no longer working with western devs on new IP

Monday, 17 May 2010 10:46 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimota has said the company will no longer be looking at western-based developers for new intellectual properties.

Speaking with the FT, Tsujimota-san said the company’s Japanese arm will now build any new creations, with western-based studios to make either sequels and ports only.

“As a group, the new titles where development was led from abroad didn’t do so well,” he said.

Tsujimota’s comments come on the back of the recent releases of Airtight’s Dark Void and GRIN’s Bionic Commando reboot, neither of which performed to expectations.

Despite that, western studios are still at work for massive sequels for the company, with Canada’s Blue Castle Games working on Dead Rising 2 alongside dev boss Keiji Inafune.

Tsujimota also said he has yet to see Nintendo’s 3DS up and running, but is “interested” in the handheld. He added that both Microsoft and Sony need to show its business models for how they intend to launch their motion controllers, Natal and Move, this fall.

“If there isn’t a strong business model message from the platform holders about how they will develop [motion controllers] with users, then I don’t think it will go well,” he said.

Thanks, 1UP.

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28 Comments

  1. Gheritt White

    Bionic Commando was an overlooked gem, IMHO. One of my fave games this gen and defo worthy of a sequel.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. polygem

    the xbl game yes. the full title was mediocore. also lost planet 2 fucked up. it´s not superbad but not as good as it could have been. lost planet as a franchise has an enormous potential and they pretty much failed to concentrate on that potential. they just made some weird design choices that ruined the experience as a whole for me. dark void was crap too. i think he´s right. the sooner they stop outsourcing the development the better…i want some capcom glory back…

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    TI was talking about the full title, the one in 3D. Bonkers plot but sublime gameplay, especially towards the end.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Capcom need to give themselves a good hard kick up their own arses. If that’s even physically possible. Maybe with portals.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @1 I think it was not good game at all. Repetitive and very short. Not to mention about stupid things like when you are going somewhere you need less then 6-7 seconds or you will die.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gheritt White

    You’re perfectly entitled to your opinion Erthazus (and I appreciate that BC was not a great game by many people’s standards), but I’m not sure why you directed your comment at me?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    I give Capcom credit. They recognize that western styled/flavoured development is important, that games considered too JP don’t sell well outside of JP regions. However they seem not to understand how to make a game western enough.

    Like one of you said wierd design choices. It will be that or strange artistic designs. Or chars that where school girl outfits. Chars that look like left over 80s Glam Metal rockers. Chars that are underaged. Or Monsters that look lame instead of western looking aliens/undead/or whatever they have mutant looking stuff that would be at home in a bad B-movie. On the whole none of that fits.

    Much of it falls into already over done cliche’s.

    And their storys(and to be honest, most Capcom games are better then much of their fellow JP games)…

    The thing is, with Capcom, and with many JP games. The gameplay is still rock solid and air tight. I can tell you that Phantasy Star Universe has all of those stupid things I described, but also has the best action RPG gameplay that I have ever played on a console. Its near perfect. (Yes I know it is a Sega game, but as an example). And many of Capcoms games do the same thing.

    Lost Planet plays wonderfully, but in playing it, there are a few things that just don’t feel right. That can be said for many of their games.

    I feel that much of what comes out of JP has this problem. Lest Capcom has been trying to do something about it. I think it is maybe less to do with western devs making games for them, and more to do with the new IP line they have. Surly if Epic did the next Lost Planet, for example, we would have a borderline classic.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Bulk Slash

    I think Capcom’s biggest problem is that they’re trying to please the Western market. Resident Evil 5 was seemingly dumbed down to a 3rd person action game to compete with the likes of Gears of War, totally abandoning what made the series so good.

    The Lost Planet games are obsessed with trying to be Halo and totally forget to include a compelling single player experience. Same goes for Dead Rising 1.

    Capcom are at their best when making games their way e.g. DMC4, Street Fighter IV, etc. Trying to emulate the style of Western games means so far we’ve got the worst of both worlds. Capcom should stop pandering to the market and follow their own instincts (if they have any left).

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Filofax

    @7
    You make it sound like anything that comes out of Japan is an instant failure in the western market, not everything needs that western touch. Look at Bayonetta this is a Japanese game through and through, and the western market loved it. If everything was a western game we would be stuck with endless first/third person shooters, and the new flavour of the month sandbox games. Hey lets not blame the devs lets blame the IP, fact is developers in the west can make mistakes just like their Japanese counterparts. You must have a very short memory if you think that everything Japanese game studios have brought to gaming over the years has been received poorly in the west.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    The gameplay and difficulty challenge in Bayonetta was awesome but I honestly cringed through every single cutscene.

    Turns out transposing the personality of Dante to a female didn’t work as well as the core gameplay mechanics.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. BillyBatts

    Genuine question; How does it work the other way around? Which western franchises work in Japan? For example, is Gears ‘big in Japan’?

    #11 5 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Bayonetta was too eastern. Its another example of what I was driving at. The gameplay is tight, but the presentation is all wrong. Dantes Inferno or Bayonetta? ‘Nuff said.

    Of course western devs make mistakes.

    But.

    How much influence do you think Capcom had over said western developed games? I bet a lot. If the people paying for your services are demanding this or that, your going to cave.

    “anything that comes out of Japan is an instant failure in the western market” – Didn’t say that.

    “if you think that everything Japanese game studios” – Didn’t say that either.

    “If everything was a western game we would be stuck with endless first/third person shooters, and the new flavour of the month sandbox games” – I dissagree. Although if the top mega selling games in a region are shooters, and you want to compete in that region, it stands to reason that you need to offer something in a shooter that can indeed compete.

    I don’t hate JP games. And trust me, I have played more games then most. And in the end have prolly played more eastern games then western over the years. However in recent trends, the games out of JP have been lacking. The top selling games this gen in the NA market have been western games. By a landslide.

    And really it has less to do with where the studio is located and more to do with the style the studio is making their games in. And I think that JP is begining to understand this. Look at Nier, in west, adult hero. In east, child hero. Our markets out size the JP one. If they want to capture sales here they need to make games that can compete here.

    Years ago, most western devs made PC games. PC and consoles where light years apart. And very few western devs could compete with JP ones. But times have drasticly changed.

    If I had to over generalize and break down games, I would say that in gameplay most JP games are still solid. But their artistic style is offputting. Their story telling is stale. Their presentation is underwhelming. Their lack of understanding in terms of MP is staggering.

    Some people like to say that all the west makes is FPS and sandbox. First off sandbox is brilliant. So much value and replay value there. Much rather have a Red Dead or a Fallout then a FF one and done take me by the hand journey.

    There really is no right right or wrong, it boils down to preferance and taste.

    But fact is JP is struggling on PS3/Xbox360 in terms of competing with the big name western games. JP owns the Wii and handheld markets, which is prolly better suited to their gaming/pop culture anyways.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    @Billy

    I agree with where your going.

    Eastern and western Markets mey well get to the point where they are no longer compatible with each other. Some games right now aren’t.

    But you need to understand that JP won’t buy western game systems. It isn’t really about quality or game styles. It is about where the things are made. They didn’t buy xbox one, they don’t buy xbox360, and they won’t buy xbox next.

    SQE didn’t even put their new FF on xbox360 in JP. Only on PS3. They are very closed off that way.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    @ OG: I believe that’s a false stereotype. After all, the Japanese are not averse to buying Californian computers and consumer electronics (Apple) or European cars.

    I think it all boils down to hardware form-factor and build quality. If something is built to last, runs quietly, isn’t too big and looks pretty, then there’s no reason Western hardware wouldn’t sell in the East.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. DaMan

    true, ie both the iPhone and Android are huge success in JP. and that’s despite all the other competing handhelds/smartphones they have there.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @OG, the problem is in the culture only.
    Bayonetta btw was too JP, it’s the style of JP games like Devil May Cry and e.t.c. It is the style of ANIME

    Japanese gamers like Anime stuff and i like it too, i know that Final Fantasy XIII flopped really hard (and in my opinion it is the worst Final FAntasy game ever) but you must understand that recession killed the most technologically advanced country. Now they are trying to survive and still making great tech products.

    but what about The Last guardian? What about Kingdom Hearts team game like Final Fantasy XIII Versus that could be a definition of FF games now?
    What about FF 14 MMO and e.t.c. Japanese gaming industry will survive and maybe not this generation where everybody slowly trying to develop for HD consoles, but next generation everything can dramatically change.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    During the 80s US cars would sit in the docks of JP unable to unload. Sometimes for months, sometimes for longer. I feel there is still a great deal of that still there. I had some family that was stationed in JP for a couple of years while in the Air Force. They would back me up on this.

    It is less that they hate the west, and more that they choose to suport their own products. Nothing overtly wrong with that really(not like a US Xbox is manufactured in the US anyways). But I think there feeling at the consumer and even at the development levels is that their products are better. Thats ok too.

    But while they are happy with their games, they can’t understand why the same said games don’t move in other markets. Games have evolved. JP games face stiff competition from outside game devs. And the JP games seem to remain very traditional.

    I think years ago western gamers played JP games because in all honestly there wasn’t much else to play. That has greatly changed.

    Some of JPs own game devs understand this. Unfortuanatly, some do not.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Gheritt White

    In truth, American-built cars don’t sell at all in Europe, either. They’re just too big for our roads and have comparatively poor mile/gallon ratios. To the best of my knowledge, BMW and Mercedez have never had trouble selling their cars in Japan.

    In this way, American cars are much like JP games – they’ve just not evolved over the last fifteen years and are unwilling to adapt to local tastes at the expense of the home nations’ expectations. Similarly, J-games are so stat/turn obsessed and uniform in art style that they really only appeal to their home market.

    So, it’s not so much jingoism as creating products that have a universal appeal. How else do you account for Apple’s international popularity?

    #18 5 years ago
  19. AHA-Lambda

    this mean the DMC 5/ninja theory rumour is bull then?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Johnny Cullen

    No.

    What Capcom mean is that any new IPs it intends to make will be done now by its Japanese arm, not those in the west.

    Studios in the west – like Blue Castle doing Dead Rising 2 – are allowed to sequels and stuff with any established Capcom IP.

    For the record, I asked Ninja Theory’s Tameem Antoniades about that in an interview in Barcelona last week, but I can’t really say anything yet as it’s still under embargo until next Monday.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Crimsoneer

    @18 Spot on. Jp games, like Corvettes and Chevies, just don’t work outside their home market. It’s got little to do with protectionism and everything to do with a failure to move on.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    I guess that might be right GW.

    Because as an American I don’t see US cars as having a stuck in the past problem. I imagine the same is true for JP gamers when thinking about their own games.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Gheritt White

    Have you ever visted Europe, OG? Narrow roads, cramped parking spaces, expensive fuel and lots of roundabouts. Not well suited for a Buick, as I’m sure you can imagine. Most European cars look like little eggs on wheels in comparison to the grander, wider American cars. They look impressive, but they’re not very practical and are expensive to maintain.

    That said, we’re only talking models here. Ford, Chrysler and GM all make Euro-only cars that dominate the market (in the UK, at least). Maybe JP game makers should look to American car manufacturers for inspiration.

    I suppose the ideal solution would be to have a Western designed, Japanese built game to get the best of both worlds.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. PS3_Rules

    Capcom needs to stick with it’s fighting games, Super Street Fighter 4 is great as I’m sure Marvel vs Capcom 3 will be brilliant, but games like Resident Evil 5, Lost Planet 2, Dark Void and Dead Rising 2 will always be garbage.

    I haven’t play a good Resident Evil since Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Resident Evil 4 & 5 were both huge disappointments in the series as I loved the first 3 games as well, although I’d kinda like to see them remake a Dino Crisis providing it’s not a disappointment like Resident Evil 4 & 5 were.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Gheritt White

    That reminds me – we need a Power Stone revival!

    #25 5 years ago
  26. PS3_Rules

    @25

    Indeed!

    #26 5 years ago
  27. MushroomStamp

    Capcom lost their mojo years ago and hasn’t made a great game in years. They are masters of the Niche’ market but can’t make great games for the masses anymore. They are stuck in the past.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. DaMan

    btw, Older funnily enough after all the western feedback Squenix got, they ‘ve released the original bishounen skin of Nier, heh.

    I wholeheartedly agree about Bayonetta’s narrative btw, I liked the female Dante, and I enjoyed it’s plot and everything actually, albeit I can see how ie NA audience could actually ‘cringe’ due to it’s hardcore oriental style. but no matter how you look at it, they should seriously consider doing some research on stotytelling. the plot was okay, but it was actually badly told . though, in all fairness western titles of the same genre ‘re lacking as much in combat mechanics. tap circle to win is no way of doing a slasher game, both Capcom and Tecmo got that right from the beginning.

    #28 5 years ago

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    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

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • 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

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  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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  • 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

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

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

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • 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, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

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

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

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

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

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

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]