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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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    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 […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]