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Boss fight: Blizzard mega-head Frank Pearce on StarCraft II, WoW, Diablo, more

Monday, 24 May 2010 21:07 GMT By Adam Hartley

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Starcraft II releases on July 27. To say it’s had “a lengthy period in development” is putting it mildly: Blizzard’s been working on the RTS since 2003. VG247 met Frank Pearce, Blizzard EVP of product development and the man in charge of the project, in London today to quiz him on the project’s background and the highs and lows of the development of what is clearly one of the biggest PC game releases of 2010.

Pearce plays a critical role in the creation of all Blizzard’s games, so we also took the liberty of asking him a few questions about the future of World of Warcraft, Blizzard’s release plans for Diablo III and his thoughts on the future of MMOs, strategy gaming and more.

VG247: The release date for Starcraft II is now confirmed at July 27. You must have been happy to finally set that, given the game has been in development since back in 2003.

Frank Pearce: Well, yeah, it has been in some way, shape or form. And probably in earnest since 2005. So it is nice to have that release date set in stone at this early stage – and this really is pretty early for us to announce a street date like that. Almost two months in advance of the street date.

VG247: Which, presumably, suggests that the beta has gone well.

Frank Pearce: Beta’s gone well. We feel that we are comfortable with the content. And that we will be able to deliver an update. It’s nice to give the development team a clear goal – and they feel very confident that they will be able to achieve it. There’s not any ambiguity about what we are trying to do right now.

VG247: Going back to the origins of the game in 2003 and then moving on to the dedicated team working on the project from 2005; what, for you, have been the biggest highs and lows of the Starcraft II development process?

Frank Pearce: Well, when we announced the game in Korea in ’07 that was a big deal. We announced it to 50,000 people in an arena at a worldwide invitational event that Blizzard hosted. I think some of the lower points were when we trying to figure out what aspects of the Battle.net experience we could deliver under the timeline that we wanted to deliver it in.

A high point at this point is definitely the single-player story mode campaign, because I think that really turned out great. But it was a long, hard road getting to that point, trying to figure out the tools we needed to put those sets in place and the tools we needed for the animation, the technology we needed for the voice, the ‘face effects’ technology used for web-syncing the facial animations to the actual sound-bites in the game. It’s been a lot of work, for sure.

VG247: Could you tell us about any particular events that you have planned for that July 27 release date?

Frank Pearce: You know, we don’t have any specific plans set in stone yet. It depends on who you ask. If you ask the MDs for all our specific regions around the world, then they are going to want to host midnight opening events on that date. In similar ways to what we’ve done historically, because it’s always really exciting to properly interact with the fans when we’re launching a game. So, no specific plans, but it is definitely something that we are talking about right now.

VG247: Members of your development team have been quoted as saying recently that they think Starcraft II should spark a revival of PC real-time strategy gaming.

Frank Pearce: I’m not sure if anyone at Blizzard said that. But it will be awesome if it does. [laughs]

VG247: It seems like World of Warcraft has, in very many ways, almost defined PC gaming in the last decade. It must have taken up most of your time and most of Blizzard’s time throughout the last ten years, which is why it is such a big deal that we now have this major new title coming along from Blizzard. But do you perhaps have any concerns that the success of Starcraft II might in some way cannibalise WoW?

Frank Pearce: We’ve made a really great game and if people want to play it, then that’s great. If a great game is going to come along and cannibalise players from World of Warcraft then I’d rather they were playing a Blizzard game than someone else’s game. They are still our customers, ultimately, and they are still our players.

In a lot of ways the Real ID cross-game chat functionality contemplates that, because we know that there are going to be WoW players who will start playing Starcraft II, but who also want to still stay closely connected to their community within WoW. And potentially have a strong enough connection so that they may get a message from someone in WoW saying, “Hey, come on over, we need a last person to fill our raid.” They have that flexibility and that connection.

VG247: There has been a few interesting predictions from various analysts regarding sales forecasts for Starcraft II, with Michael Pachter suggesting recently that he predicted 5 million sales this year and a total of around 10 million over time. Is that achievable?

Frank Pearce: Those are good numbers. Anything is possible. Ultimately it is going to be a factor of whether or not we have done our jobs well and whether or not we have created an exciting experience. It’s impossible to say, really. We just never know.

I mean, our estimates internally in 2004 were just grossly off when it came to World of Warcraft. We estimated that we would sell around 400,000 in North America in that first year. And we did that in the first month.

I think that we have definitely got the infrastructure in place to handle whatever capacity we need to. But, we’ll take the conservative approach in terms of the amount of units that we are shipping out to retailers.

VG247: WoW seems to have levelled off a little recently, with the number of players hovering around the 11.5 million mark for the last year or two. Do you think this is it now? Has WoW hit its peak in terms of player numbers?

Frank Pearce: No, I don’t think that at all. I mean, you can look at that number and if you look at some of the details around it… In China, for example, we haven’t even launched Wrath of the Lich King yet, and that expansion is already 18-plus months old. They’re still playing The Burning Crusade there, because we’re waiting for approval for Wrath from the appropriate agencies. And once we get that approval and launch Wrath in China then I think we will see growth.

VG247: And what about Cataclysm [the next new WoW expansion]? How’s that shaping up?

Frank Pearce: Yeah, Cataclysm is going really well. It looks awesome. And when we launch that… Whenever we launch an expansion we usually see some win-back from players who have set WoW aside temporarily. Hopefully we will get some people back from Cataclysm as well. I don’t think 11.5 million is a peak, necessarily, but there are certain things that we need to do and need to do well in order to see it go further.

VG247: One interesting news announcement you made recently was about Facebook integration with Battle.net – what is the thinking behind that?

Frank Pearce: Well, it’s less of an integration and more of a convenience feature, wherein if you want to import your Facebook friends list to create your Battle.net friends list then you have that option. It’s really just a convenience feature.

VG247: Are those types of features going to encourage more casual players into your games?

Frank Pearce: Hopefully.

VG247: I mean, Starcraft II is obviously going to appeal to the huge community of Starcraft and Blizzard fans that are already out there. But how do you start to appeal to those casual gamers that might have never even played a strategy game?

Frank Pearce: Yeah, and they are also potentially very intimidated by the concept of a real-time strategy game. Well, hopefully, the story that we are trying to tell in the campaign is something that will draw new players in to the experience. We’ve also got tutorials, missions, challenge-mode missions to teach people some of the basic concepts behind an RTS, AI skirmish maps in the missions… And basically, it is always a connected experience. The landing page almost looks like a browser and we point you to the different stages along the way before we throw you onto Battle.net for head-to-head play.

VG247: Looking ahead over the next three, five, ten years or more, do you see Starcraft II moving across on to console and on to mobile devices? There was a story recently that Dave Perry had WoW running on an iPad, for example. Is console and mobile gaming part of the longer-term strategy at Blizzard?

Frank Pearce: It all depends on the device, it depends on the game, on the platform. Starcraft II has been designed with the PC and with PC peripherals in mind, from the very beginning. We don’t have any plans for console versions of Starcraft II right now.

And then as it relates to mobile devices and things like that, it just depends. We are looking for ways that we can use those devices and platforms to enhance the gaming experience we’re delivering to our customers. So, if you take WoW as a specific example, we are currently in beta for the Remote Auction House, offering players remote access to auctions in WoW via browsers and mobile phones. And, you know, we want to add more functionality to that as well. Where it makes sense.

VG247: Project Natal is also the big news in the console industry in 2010. Could you envision using that kind of technology in Starcraft?

Frank Pearce: Potentially. We can do anything we want. It’s just a factor of time and resources and whatnot – and making sure that the experience is going to meet everyone’s expectations.

VG247: Back to Starcraft II. Post-launch, what is the longer term plan? When do you plan to release the first Heart of the Swarm expansion for the game?

Frank Pearce: We’ll get started on that soon, in fact, we’ve already got started on it, and that will become the team’s main focus after launch in addition to working on any new patches we need to release via Battle.net.

VG247: There is talk of the new Diablo being released in 2011. Can you say more on that?

Frank Pearce: We have Diablo III currently in development, but we have made no announcements about a release window yet. That was announced in France back in June 2008. We’ll ship it when it is ready, but we are not going to rush it out. We take the time to get things right.

VG247: Blizzcon is a major event for you guys. As such, you tend to have much less of a focus on E3 than the rest of the games industry. What might we expect from Blizzcon 2010 in October?

Frank Pearce: Well you will definitely see Diablo III there. And, as far as Starcraft II goes, following the launch in July there will be a big focus on competitive play and e-sports. And we’re not quite clear just yet what we will be doing from a WoW perspective.

VG247: But Cataclysm [new WoW expansion] is set for release in 2010, so that should be out by the end of the year, yes?

Frank Pearce: Hopefully. If it’s ready. If not, then we’ll hold onto it. [Grins].

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9 Comments

  1. Maximum Unreal

    For Diablo 3 :”We’ll ship it when it is ready, but we are not going to rush it out. We take the time to get things right.” So 2012 to 2013 :D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    Did they happen to comment of the rash of battlenet/wow account hacks of late?

    I know I got hacked and haven’t been in game in four months. Got my account closed for gold farm spamming email. Lost two lvl 80s and lots of gear/bank iteams. I haven’t been in game yet and am in talks with Blizz cust support. What a mess.

    Sorry taints my enthusiasim for new Blizz games right now.

    But Diablo III – yum yum.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    @1 I think it’s probably 2014 if you ask me.

    We still need to get Starcraft 2 + 2 expansion packs. There are a lot of stuff we need before Diablo 3.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @2

    Thats your fault its right there in the agreement that its not their responsibility for your account being hacked. You must of went through a phishing site or you installed a bad addon.

    If you actually wanted to protect your account you would have bought an authenticator or if you have a iphone or itouch you can get the authenticator for free.

    They even sent an email stating that they will be updating items for Cataclysm they will be unable to recover accounts that have been compromised.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    lol what an ass you can be Phoenix.

    Not my fault at all. Look at the forums, lots of folks having the same problem.

    I got an email a few days ago stating I was closed. When I loged onto my battlenet account it already had an authenticator on it. I didn’t buy it, but it was there. Some people are thinking that someone is hacking the authenicators somehow to be able to generate them. I don’t know. I don’t have an iTouch or an iPhone.

    Also I shouldn’t have to buy an aditional pruduct to help protect my account. That should be Blizzs job to keep my account safe.

    Don’t be so blatenly ignorant as to suggest that because I got hacked it MUST have been my fault. As if I had asked for it.

    I haven’t used hacked servers, addons, I don’t even use wowheros. I don’t share my log in. I have my PC kept uptodate with antiV, maleware, spyware, rootkits, keyloger security etc. Hell I even replaced and updated my PC(never been logged on wow with this one), yet my toons logged themself online.

    Do you forget that gold farming is a huge bizz? There is a lot of cash to be made selling gold/items. Gee, no incentive there is there? read the forums, I am not the only one.

    Oh, and don’t open your mouth, you obviously have nothing intelligent to offer.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    There are trojans made to take the authenticator passcode and the hacker has only a few minutes to enter the account.
    There are also spyware on sites like wowinterface, curse, etc that are made to keylog.
    Same thing happened to my friend the Customer support sent them the agreement and highlighted where it states its not their responsibility to recover his account or items. He had clicked on an email supposedly from Blizzard, low and behold it was not from Blizzard but a phishing site.

    There are no other way for the account to be compromised unless Blizzard is selling account info.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    I already stated I didn’t buy a Authenticator, there fore don’t use one, and a hacker couldn’t got my account through one.

    I don’t use addons, already said that. That means no Curse client etc.

    I didn’t click on any emails from 3rd parties.

    No company has air tight security. Not Blizz not anyone. Go read the forums. Look at tech support, cust support. They are filled with people that are reporting being hacked, and unfortunatly also have a few trolls like you stating out their asses that being hacked is their own fault.

    No doubt that a player can get hacked if he/she does any of those things that you suggested I did. However unless your head is made out of rocks, you must also see that there could at least be the slightest possiblity that there is another way in. Cloud be the Autheticator, could be the moble armoury, could be something that either one of us knows nothing about.

    Hackers pride themself on being one step ahead.

    I don’t have the answer.

    I can tell you that my e-mail from blizz admitted that an unautherized authenticator was placed on my account. Now ask yourself why that would be the case? Why would anyone want to do that? Hmm, prolly to level up my toons, and earn me lots of goodies in the game…just because they are so nice and thoughtful.

    Hmm.

    How they got my keys? I don’t know. I have two accounts btw, one is hacked the other is still clean. Is it a matter of time before my second one is also hacked? Is it also a matter of time before yours gets hacked? I don’t know.

    Would be ironic to see you have to deal with it. But I hope you don’t.

    EDIT:

    I didn’t intend to dereail this topic, so I won’t continue. If you wanna keep going Phoenix go for it, but you will be talking to yourself.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    That account can’t be hacked via an authenticator. It just creates random a six digit number. Only known way for a hacker to get through the authenticator is the player having a specific trojan installed that creates a WoW log in window and when the user enters the code in the trojan will send a wrong one to Blizzard and that leaves the hacker a passcode to get into an account.

    If an account doesn’t have a authenticator and hacker gets control of it they instantly put an authenticator on the account so they owner can’t get back in the account.

    And this has happened to me via a lovely malware through Facebook. The hacker put an authenticator on my account because I felt the same way as you. That day I found out called Blizzard waited for 4 hours to talk to a person and they removed the authenticator and did a password reset on my account. All my toons were completely naked except one which they were using to gather plants. I then had to ticket a gm and wait 2 weeks for all my gold and gear to get back.

    After I had ticketed the GM they sent me an email stating that they will try to recover all my gold and gear and that it was out of kindness not because its their responsibility. That was 5 months ago after that incident I bought a 6$ authenticator and never had an issue since.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. bugmenot

    Give us back LAN support, you bastards!

    #9 5 years ago

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    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    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 […]