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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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    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

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

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

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

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]