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BioWare: Development on PC “less restrictive” than consoles

Thursday, 24 June 2010 19:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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BioWare believes developing games on PC is “less restrictive” than consoles, and according to Daniel Erickson, it will remain the firm’s “lead” development platform.

Speaking with CVG during E3, SWTOR’s writing director said PC was “made for gaming” due to a less restrictive interface.

“Every two or three years we hear the announcement of fantasy being dead, PC gaming being dead and RPGs being dead,” he said. “And yet, all of the biggest games that ever come out – that set the records – are nearly always PC games, and a lot of them are fantasy games.

“The biggest game in the world is a fantasy, PC, RPG MMO. We all know the drawbacks of PC. We all scream at our boxes and try to make stuff work. But at the same time, the interface is made for games. The mouse/keyboard interface allows so much less restriction [than console].

“There was not a question when we started Old Republic – or any of our games, for that matter – [what the lead format would be]. There’s a reason the lead SKU for Dragon age was [PC] as well.

“When we’re developing an RPG, it’s a natural place to be.”

BioWare’s latest venture, Star Wars: The Old Republic, is slated for a PC-only release next spring, and you can find out more on it through our two-part E3 interview with Erickson here and here.

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30 Comments

  1. Hunam

    Lead platform? For Dragon Age and SWTOR maybe, but KOTOR/JE/ME are all dyed in the wool console games. I kinda worry Dragon Age 2 will be a console led game too.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    “When we’re developing an RPG, it’s a natural place to be.”

    Maybe i don’t like Mass Effect because it was a casual RPG game for consoles, but i’m sure that i love Bioware for their past games and Dragon Age.

    Keep up the good work guys.

    “I kinda worry Dragon Age 2 will be a console led game too.”

    It’s not going to happen never. It sold very well on PC + Steam and have AMAZING and the biggest fanbase on PC then on two consoles combined.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @1

    And what if it is so what? Bioware has made the interfaces to fit each console and PC.

    @2

    Umm the console sold 3 million of DAO can’t exactly get the numbers for the PC. Which is fantistical for a NEW IP.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @3 I saw Ps3 version that people said that is better. Interface compared to PC is bad. It’s not comfortable interface.
    You can’t manage interface in your screen or make it better for you.
    While on PC version it’s standard Bioware oldschool RPG interface that i can manage for myself, make how i want it. Bigger, smaller and e.t.c. with options and other stuff.

    “Umm the console sold 3 million of DAO can’t exactly get the numbers for the PC. Which is fantistical for a NEW IP.”

    3 million? Really? Xbox 360 version sold for 1.6 million copies. Ps3 version sold for 860000 copies. 2 Consoles combined not even close to 3 million.

    PC version sold more then 1 million copies (Only retail) not to mention about STEAM sales (Probably 2 million easy), the most important part of sales. + there was also a lot of Bioware games with prizes for PC version. There is the biggest Bioware fanbase…

    Oh and i won’t even mention on how much people downloaded the game and played on PC. Yeah, it sad… But fanbase speaks for itself.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. DeSpiritusBellum

    Hunam speaks the truth.

    However, if SWTOR becomes even half of a success (by WoW standards) Bioware should be sitting pretty enough to do some serious PC development. The Blizzard model, if you will.

    I think they have a real shot at that.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    “I think they have a real shot at that.”

    With Old Republic? Not in a bit. As the hardcore MMORPG player i’m not excited about it at all and almost no one that i know. My guild is only looking forward for the Guild Wars 2, Warhammer 40K Online and next Blizzard announcement.

    Bioware completely don’t understand the MMORPG formula and what makes Blizzard MMORPG games so special and at the same time they are trying to rip off everything from it.

    It’s not even in the TOP 10 most anticipated MMORPG games this gen on PC according to MMORPG.com
    Not to mention that it has only 4th place in the upcoming MMORPG’s of next year.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. ybfelix

    So, half of the sales is on console despite fundamentally unfit for it, that’s pretty impossible to ignore now..

    (I tried console version of DAO at friend’s, indeed it’s simply cumbersome,dare I say awful to control)

    #7 5 years ago
  8. DeSpiritusBellum

    @6 Sorry, I forgot about your crystal ball there for a second.

    If you and your friends aren’t buying it, it’s clearly doomed.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @4

    “Dragon Age has shipped 2.8 million units worldwide across the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC through the end of the quarter. [UPDATE] In a subsequent announcement, EA said Dragon Age: Origins shipments have now topped 3.2 million.”

    http://www.gamespot.com/news/6249940.html

    Not sure where you are pulling your numbers from because there is no way to check PC sells especially through things like Steam or D2D. But if you numbers are true do the math:

    1600000 + 860000 = 2.46 mil that leaves 800k for the PC. Your math fails.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. loki

    Facepalm

    Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla
    And why you don’t make Dragon Age or MS only for PC? Oh no because, PC only it is fail only (except MMO and Sims). Say thanks to Xbox and PS3 users who bring you money and food on your tables. And don’t kiss PC gamers asses, who download games from torrent. Ungrateful bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    @8
    It’s doomed? Of course not. But it’s going to be the same thing like with Warhammer Online.
    Everybody thought that it will be a World Of Warcraft killer. Now, the situation is even worse.

    Same will be with the Old Republic. It’s not a surprise. I saw 30-40 MMORPG games that wanted to be like WOW or just killers, but they all ended in the end for Free, closed, item shop stuff :D

    @9 “1600000 + 860000 = 2.46 mil that leaves 800k for the PC. Your math fails.”

    It’s your math fails because it has nothing to do with the PC. 1.6 and 860K are only consoles. ONLY. Where did you find 800K? Numbers that i said are from VGchartz. Yes, they are not absolutely official but based by NPD numbers and e.t.c.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Read my source from Gamespot which pulled from EA’s quarterly.

    1.6+860k = 2.46M then you subtract 2.46 from 3.2mil (What EA said has sold of DAO across all platforms) what do you get? Around 800k which you would assume is PC because we already used your PS3 and 360 numbers.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    “Read my source from Gamespot which pulled from EA’s quarterly”

    Can you read it for yourself?

    EA SHIPS, don’t SELL 3.2 million copies on FEBRUARY! ON F E B R U A R Y.
    you know mate, it’s June now and on Steam it’s still on Top Sellers.
    VGChartz numbers show only console sales and have nothing to do with the PC sales.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    Thats what I have been saying and you are pulling the PC numbers out of your ass.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. DeSpiritusBellum

    @11 I don’t remember anyone referring to Warhammer as superior, in any way. Mythic barely seemed to know what they wanted with the game themselves.

    Basically every subscriber you get is gonna come from an already popular MMO, so if you’re gonna stand a chance, you’re gonna need a better offering.

    So far, the buzz is looking promising.

    You’d be a fool to expect to challenge a 7 year old gaming institution like WoW in your first year of release, though. What they want is a respectable piece of the pie.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    “I don’t remember anyone referring to Warhammer as superior, in any way. Mythic barely seemed to know what they wanted with the game themselves.”

    Because you are not a MMORPG gamer. Who are in MMORPG and played at that time WOW or is registered in MMORPG.com. Everybody said that it will be a World Of warcraft killer.
    I remember it had 3rd place on most anticipated MMORPG games of the year, but after the release date and since it’s on 14th place and Star Wars now is only on 11th place. People not even hyped for it.

    “You’d be a fool to expect to challenge a 7 year old gaming institution like WoW in your first year of release, though. What they want is a respectable piece of the pie.”

    and they won’t even have 3/11 piece of WOW’s pie. No guts.
    Because game for a MMORPG in my perspective and many serious MMORPG gamers looks like any other MMORPG game with exception that it is Star Wars.

    For me, it looks like a Star Wars fan service then a MMORPG game. IMHO.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. DeSpiritusBellum

    @16 Nice try, but actually I played WoW since the late beta and helped build the top raiding guild on my server, playing until Sunwell.

    Like I said, I don’t recall anyone being up in arms about it. People were mostly just confused about whether it would be a PVP oriented game, which is no surprise, since Mythic barely seemed to know what their own focus was.

    You quote a lot of pseudo-facts pulled off the internet, but it doesn’t reflect the tentative previews, reviews or general mood at the time. I followed it through early development, and I would’ve bought a Warhammer MMO that seemed halfway decent, but I chose not to based on what I saw and read.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    @16

    “Star Wars now is only on 11th place. People not even hyped for it.”

    Thats probably because no one cares for that site and its not planed on release til Spring 2011, there are other games on their mind right now.

    Again just making wild claims based on your small group of friends is a bit moronic because on that token, I can say the people that I know that play WoW and have played various other MMOs are very much looking forward to ToR.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    “Thats probably because no one cares for that site ”

    Because your head is full of shit. http://www.mmorpg.com have the biggest MMORPG fanbase. There is no site that have the community of that level. You need other sites? It’s the same.

    “its not planed on release til Spring 2011, there are other games on their mind right now.”

    and because you are an idiot. Guild Wars 2 and Secret World don’t even have a PLANED release date and they are on the first and third places for example.

    Guild Wars 2
    FF 14
    Secret World

    Are 3 most anticipated MMORPG games for now. Soon Warhammer 40K will take Secret World crown.

    I’m looking forward for Guild Wars 2. It’s going to be amazing.

    “Again just making wild claims based on your small group of friends is a bit moronic because on that token, I can say the people that I know that play WoW and have played various other MMOs are very much looking forward to ToR.

    It’s not based on small group of people. It’s based on guild that have more then 100 people.
    But it’s not important. The most important part that MMORPG community don’t even care. Go look at other sites, you need another links of less popular MMORPG sites? MMORPG players really don’t care.

    you are not MMORPG player, if you think it is awesome, you never played MMORPG games before. Old Republic is just old formula to be excited.

    Over all Old Republic takes 4th place on Top games in development and 11 place overall from all games.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    Oh God You are just as bad as TEA. I am not a MMORPG player because I look forward to this game. Arguing with you just as bad as any fanboy, you pull numbers out of your ass and deny any real facts.

    When WoW first started the fanbase of Evercrack said the exact same thing you are saying about ToR. Look at whats happened. You just constantly go to every topic about ToR and say this will fail, maybe, maybe not we won’t know til a year after release. Stop Trolling!

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    “you pull numbers out of your ass and deny any real facts. ”

    Go to mmorpg.com. Not enough numbers and facts? If not enough then it’s your problems.
    Facts are here at http://www.MMORPG.com the biggest MMO base site.

    “When WoW first started the fanbase of Evercrack said the exact same thing you are saying about ToR”

    Absolutely NOT. I was one of the first one who preordered it first day available and there was already one million preorders. Game looked incredible.
    It was innovative, it sounded incredible and most of all it was made on the Warcraft universe. Warcraft universe was designed to be MMO and fans wanted it from the start.

    “You just constantly go to every topic about ToR and say this will fail”

    Not true. I’m not saying that it will FAIL, it simply won’t do good for EA and Bioware they want. Do you think i don’t want great MMORPG game? Republic? Well… It looks OK.

    “maybe not we won’t know til a year after release”

    Maybe. But it’s EA, it’s always with their MMORPG games, i don’t expect something incredible from a World Of warcraft clone with lightsabers.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. DeSpiritusBellum

    Facepalm.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    @21

    I have looked at those numbers and it based on a rating from 1-10 which compared to the top three its only .10 -.15 off Whoop!

    Which is pretty good considering it has a year to go before release and EA hasn’t been marketing for it yet.

    EA has only put out one MMO and that was Warhammer, it didn’t fail because it was EA it failed because the dev team didn’t have a direction and weren’t sure what to do with the game other than “it will be a WoW killer”.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. ekfight

    I really dont see why you cant just use a mouse and keyboard with your xbox. its got usb inputs. there should be a game designed for the console that make syou use it – so people will buy them for your consoles.

    it WOULD work.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Phoenixblight

    @24

    Because Devs can’t base assumption that some if not all players will have a keyboard and mouse plus they have to make the UI work with the controls being used. Bioware has the best solution make the games UI around the controls being used.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Blerk

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want to use mouse and keyboard for my console games.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. IL DUCE

    Yeah no one said fantasy and RPGs were dead fucktards…but PC gaming is dead besides the nerds that can afford $3000 computers to actually run the games at full fidelity and then buy $500 graphics cards every year instead of getting them provided to us like those in the game industry have the luxury of getting…

    #27 5 years ago
  28. ivycrew707

    Lol Last of a dying breed…….but is Aion any good on pc?

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Phoenixblight

    @28

    No its not so much so they decided to shrink their servers because its not popular.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Springchicken

    Hey guys, I wouldn’t want to bother with this normally, but considering anecdotal situations are being used to back up arguments of SWTOR’s inevitable failure, I want to mention that all the interest I hear towards the game is from people who aren’t die hard WoW players, or even the sort of gamers who need to have a subscription to one MMO or another active at any one point.

    A large amount of interest, and a great deal of focus for BioWare, seems to be centred around people who wouldn’t normally pay much heed to the ‘next big’ MMO. I’m not sure if it’s because of BioWare’s emphasis on the plot progression and individual experiences possible in the game or some other factor, but it’s working to differentiate SWTOR from the next best WoW beater.

    #30 5 years ago

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    EA is absolutely positive on the future of the current generation of consoles, as well as the the digital sphere. During a conference call following a financial release earlier today, EA executives made several interesting comments and predictions on the state of the industry. The publisher expects an install base of close to 50 million […]

  • EA making “incubation efforts” in virtual reality space

    EA isn’t ready to make a massive commitment to virtual reality, but when the time comes it intends to be a market leader. During a post-earnings release conference call today, one caller asked if EA had any plans for VR. CEO Andrew Wilson said EA intends to “lead from the front” when VR comes into […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront expected to shift 9-10 million units in FY 2016

    Star Wars: Battlefront will sell strongly, but not make a lot of money for EA this financial year, the publisher has warned. Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a license to print money, EA emphasised in a post-earnings release conference call this morning. Judging by the series’s historical sales, and by sales of Battlefield 4, EA […]

  • Don’t expect Titanfall 2 for at least nine months

    Titanfall 2 is still quite a long way out. Titanfall 2 wasn’t listed in EA’s upcoming release slate in its financials release this morning. Answering a query in a conference call following the release, EA said we can safely assume the Respawn sequel won’t release in fiscal 2016. “You assumption should be 17,” an executive […]

  • Mirror’s Edge 2 due early 2016, new Need for Speed in Q4 2015

    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]