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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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  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

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  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

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  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

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  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

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  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

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  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

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  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

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  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

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  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

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  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

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  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

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  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

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  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

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  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

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  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

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  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

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  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

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  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

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  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

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  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

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  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

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  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

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  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

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  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

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  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

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  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

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  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

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  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

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  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch a Trials of Osiris match from start to finish

    With the release of Destiny: House of Wolves looming, players will soon be able to participate in the new 3v3 Team Deathmatch event in The Crucible, Trials of Osiris. Below is a video featuring an uncut, complete match from start to finish. In the video, Arekkz Gaming gives you a breakdown of the mode and […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – here’s what your PC needs in order to run it

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is out next week, and Bethesda has today released the PC specs for the standalone title. MachineGames has made some tweaks to the system requirements and have included both minimum and recommended specifications. Minimum OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8 Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5 […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – watch the livestream reveal right here

    Bungie will be showing off Destiny’s new 3v3 Team Deatmatch Trials of Osiris today, and you can watch the Twitch stream right here if you like. It kicks off at 11am PDT/2pm EDT and will feature community manager Deej and design leads Lars Bakken and Derek Carroll. More will be revealed on House of Wolves […]

  • May Xbox Games with Gold: Mafia 2, CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, F1 2013

    Microsoft has announced the free games Gold members will be able to pick up through Xbox Live. On Xbox One, Gold users can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition for the month,and Pool Nation FX is being offered for an additional month. Starting May 1, Xbox 360 Gold members can download Mafia 2 through May 15, and […]