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Pachter: Online multiplayer is going subscription

Sunday, 25 July 2010 12:20 GMT By Joe Anderson

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Michael Pachter has said online multiplayer will become subscription based as publishers looks for ways to make more money out of the consumer.

Speaking on the latest episode of his GameTrailers show Pach Attacks, the Wedbush Morgan analyst said companies such as EA will begin to charge players a monthly fee to play online.

“I think EA will migrate to an online subscription model, so instead of paying $10 for an online pass, I think EA will charge $5 or $10 a month which will give the player the ability to play any of the companies sports games online.”

Pachter then went on to say even if a subscription model does come into play, it won’t affect the profits of EA Sports games.

“You know I think they will be fine if 1-2 million do that [pay for subscription] and they will be fine if other 10-20 million people who play EA Sports games keep buying new games,” said Pachter.

“The moral of the story is game and used game purchasers just have to accept online multiplayer is going subscription. Publishers just can’t afford to give this stuff away for free, its cannibalising new game sales and used game sales.”

Activision is already planning to charge for Modern Warfare 2 according to the analyst, something that was thought to be coming via a leaked video during the week.

Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward and Treyarch debunked the rumour, though

“The idea you can buy Call of Duty and play online forever for free is crazy.. Activision is going to charge for it,” Pachter said firmly.

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32 Comments

  1. Superet

    A monthly feel? Sounds sexy.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Thalius

    Monthly fee is the end of the gaming economy.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. PenguinZoot

    Can’t imagine that’ll make Microsoft too happy. I could see that having a huge impact on the “attractiveness” from a consumer perspective of the Xbox Live Gold cash cow.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. SunKing

    In my mind, the idea of an XBL Gold membership is barely worth it. Paying a monthly fee for standard multiplayer on top of XBL Gold? Go fish.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Superet

    It’ll never happen. It can’t happen. It’ll ruin gaming.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    The fact that Pachter has said this makes it highly unlikely it’ll actually happen.

    Anyhoo, he says pubs ‘can’t afford to give away stuff for free’, well, they don’t, certainly not in terms of modern day console multiplayer. I paid for the game, the multiplayer is p2p, there’s nothing there that compels a subscription charge.

    Is stat tracking alone worth a sub charge? Fuck no ladies and gents.

    The entire way console multiplayer works has to change for a sub model to work. I don’t think many people will be that keen on MW2 subs if it remains p2p.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    On PC this shit will never work.

    Look at the Modern Warfare 2. There are MW2 fanboys absolutely. Activision said: No dedicated Servers Fuck you.

    After 3 months we have less than 100000 people playing. Make monthly fee and no one will buy CoD on PC except of kids.

    I don’t know about consoles because there are a lot of stupid FUCKS who pay 15$ for 5 maps. Even PS3 maps were sold like for one million after Xbox 360 version was before Ps3 versions.

    One million maps. So this thing will work for some idiots.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. LOLshock94

    if they make its so u have to pay but ur allowed to play all of them games thats actually not bad

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Badger

    I wish he’d keep quiet. It feels like he’s giving them ideas. Seriously I don’t think it’s a good business idea. It’s going to stop a lot of people playing their games and create anger within the community.

    The one globally pleasing way of making money in the video games industry is simply to MAKE GOOD GAMES.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Crysis

    Microsoft would not allow this, pay 2 play games will fail miserably on the 360 since an sub is already required, tho i can imagine some publishers using the ps3 that way, DC universe online will likely require a monthly fee, in the near future i could imagine some MMOs going to PSN exclusively, MAG has, but has remained free, but it shows that it’s capable of having that many players on a console game

    #10 5 years ago
  11. DeSpiritusBellum

    @6 Exactly right. You can’t just start charging for nothing. It’s hard enough to compel people to subscribe to a regular MMO, and DLC is earning a lot of people a lot of money. Ain’t broke, don’t fix.

    @9 Noone in any serious position listens to some douche with a webcast. He’s just trolling so he can get his name mentioned on sites like this, and sadly it works every time.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. NiceFellow

    It’ll happen for sure. Consider:

    People have proven willing to pay to play online games as a fee over and above their ISP, etc. with Live and now with PSN Plus.

    More recently, MS has you paying to access Facebook, etc. despite them being free via a PC, etc. and many have proven to be happy to do so.

    Activision has shown if the title is popular enough people will pay stupid money to play it (thank you MW2 map packs in particular).

    WoW has shown how much people will happily pay monthly (over and above their ISP, etc) to play a game. Don’t bother with it’s MMO vs FPS or whatever – it’s an online game experience and people pay for it every month.

    We’ve seen only a few mega titles really dominate online playing – Halo 3, MW2, etc. That means instead of buying other games millions of players are sticking to one game for a very long time, reducing the perceived return on the initial cost for the developer (Activision have made this very clear in their comments) and arguably cannibilize a fair bit of potential spending on other titles.

    DLC in general has also shown how much people will pay for content, not to mention people paying just to get virtual bits and bobs in Home, etc. which is pretty crazy when you think about it.

    We have a generation comfortable with buying virtual content and digital content in general.

    Conclusion – millions would pay to play MW2 and the like via a subscription. The internet would see a lot of moaning and bitching, like with the cost of the Map Packs, but it won’t matter because millions will pay and that will seal the deal.

    So, it’s coming for sure, unless the industry switches somehow before it can – but I doubt it. It won’t be for every title, but for something like MW2 to be honest Activision would be mad not to charge a subscription because people would pay and they’d make more revenue and profits of the same development cost.

    And it’s all our own fault – not the developers. We’ve set the trends with our purchasing habits and shown that there are more than enough people willing to pay way more over the lifetime of a game they really like online than the initial cost.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Helliii505

    Game industry is dead, this guy gives these ideas to companies. looks like he has something to gain from it, been pushing this idea for a while now.

    Im a gamer at heart but I will never ever support this type of business model which takes gamers for granted. I wont even bother to buy or play games any more if this happens.

    Cost of one game to the consumer ends upto £100, which is pure shame.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. RETARDED VIKING

    it’s final all us fellow gamers must join together unite and destroy activision!!! before this online subscription fee becomes a trend in all online games….im being serious.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. RETARDED VIKING

    really really really really really REALLY f-ing serious 2012 is not the end of mankind IT’S THE END OF THE GAMING INDUSTRY!!!

    #15 5 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    Something is being overlooked.

    What happens if MS and Sony drop their premium sub fees in favor of getting in on a cut and % of said pruposed online game fees?

    Lets say someone can standardize this type of thing. Each game launches with a 3/5usd dlc code that enables online play. Then MS and Sony get a buck or so from each code sold.

    Might work out that the xbl fees get shifted from the yearly fee to being based on each online code sold.

    Makes sense. But we all know that companies don’t often work together. We also know that no one will want to lose revenue they already have(for example MS and Sony would agree to the axtra fees but wouldn’t exchange the current online subs for a new system. they would just do it in addition to it.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    As far as actualy being worth it, I don’t think that any of teh current console games in their current form are worth the fees.

    World of Warcraft is a MMORPG, and thus is in a different situation. It runs on servers. Has new tweaks and content being added in nearly around the clock. Not to mention glitches/bugs being fixed to counter hacker/cheaters/griefers being taken care of. Also the content is massive. If you never played before you couldn’t max out your toon(just one) in less then 6months time.

    Wow is an game in a open world enviroment w/12 million people playing. Because if that it becomes a target and needs constant maintenace and monitering.

    Anyone, and I mean no disrespect to anyone, that groups wow and console gamers together doesn’t understand what a MMORPG is.

    And it is not just wow, its EQII(imo the best building/char developing MMORPG out there – but I play wow w/my friends and family), Aion, hell even EQone is still going strong after 17 expansions, and many more.

    A side not if console games do all go oMP fees, i will only play on a PC, and if I have to pay to play at all, I will only be playing something like a MMORPG. At least you get a lot of game for the price.

    That is not to say hardcore FPS fans won’t get their value out of their fees/game time spent. But I think that as it stands right now MW2/BFBC2/MoH/Halo/Resistance/Mag/you name it is lacking in content and would need to step up their offerings to entice enough gamers to pay for them. A steady flow of free new maps, new classes, new weapons, outfits etc. But the trouble is that said companies behind said games all see that stuff as DLC revenue.

    In the end we already pay 60+/usd a game. Toss in DLC and the price gets higher. We pay for broadband ISPs. Many of us pay for XBL/PSN+. There is a limit to how much a gamer can pay and is willing to pay.

    One last thought.

    Wow again.

    Only one game can do what it does. One game has the bulk of the MMORPG audiance. While EQII is still going it feels empty and void of players. Dungeons and Dragons Online has gone Free 2 Play. Lord of the rings is going F2P. A whole host of MMORPGs are either F2P or looking at it.

    Why?

    Because ina system of pay per play very few games will be able to rise to the top. Maybe you own a xb360 and love BFBC2, but all of your friends pay to play Halo. Or you own a PS3 and like Mag but your friends play MW3. Your going to gravitate to the game you can play with your friends on. And your not likly going to pay to play two FPS games. I only play one MMORPG at a time.

    What i am saying is that alot of games would crumble if it went online fees. Because they couldn’t compete. However if some games didn’t charge a fee … those games might sell better.

    In the end the games industry and patcher needs to keep in mind that we are in a massive global rescesion. Second only to the great depresion. Playing video games is a hobby, a luxury and an extra. Bleed your consumer base dry and your going to end up shooting yourself in the foot. Want more profit, stop making games that cost so damn much to develop.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    OG speaks the absolute truth. Well done sir.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. AbracadaverAK

    Gah! I really wish people would stop writing up Pachter’s bullshit.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Pelt Hunter

    Talk about bleeding consumers dry. As if $63.50 a pop isnt enough. If they seriously enact any of Pachters subscription assumption, I will game PC only. Then again if Pach is right about something the sky might fall. Someone get me his job, make a far fetched guess, be wrong 95% of the time and still get your own show and get paid.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. freedoms_stain

    @12, you’re right, a lot of people are willing to pay for the things you mentioned, however it’s a far cry from a mandatory regular subscription fee.

    I also think you can’t discount the significant population of gamers who don’t play the same games online continuously, a game that you have to pay extra to play online is not going to be an attractive purchase.

    This could actually end up backfiring on the pubs quite badly. People paying a sub fee for anything tend to develop a “getting my monies worth” mentality, so if you ARE paying a sub fee to play a particular game I reckon you’re less likely to buy as many other games as they’re eating into the time you could be playing your subbed game. So someone who buys like a game a month might drop down to one every other, thus Acti might actually end up losing cash if they then fail to sell other new titles at the same rate they used to because half their consumer base are “getting their monies worth” out of Modern Warfare 7 (due out in 2012 no doubt).

    #21 5 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    Good call Freedoms_stain.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. TerryWogan

    This is the same news from the same complete waste of space cunt as last week. Why are we getting it again?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. NoxNoctisUmbra

    with WOW game, I am gladly to pay monthly fee because its just so much features for it. for xbox live i wont pay because PS3 can do the same for free with all the same specs and i can play with friends for free as well. also ps3 xobx games should be always free since the games they offer are not as complex as MMOs. call of duty is not that complex, so why whould i pay 5 or 10 dollars a month to play it? or any other games from diffrent companies.. i buy a game every month, i have tons of them, and everyday i play something diffrent, and i am not willing to pay 5 bucks per game company to play thir simple online game, in the end it will cost players 50 bucks a month to play many games online.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Hunam

    Microsoft wouldn’t allow it at all anyway. Same reason why no MMO’s turn up on the box anymore.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. NiceFellow

    @21 – that’s what’s driving the thinking though. They’re not expecting people who play lots of games and flit around to pony up for a sub, they’re intending it for the people who are already playing one or two games almost exclusively.

    I agree with your point but clearly Activision in particular in thinking that they already have the equivilent of gamers not buying many games and playing one game almost all the time and they’re not getting a sub on that level of devotion.

    Now the sub may well not look like the usual WoW sub. For something like MW2 is might just get you additional features, first access to DLC, extra weapons, more maps only available to subscribers, etc.

    It’s very, very easy, with online games like MW2 moving far beyond everyone is the same to having leveling systems, perks, etc. to monitize it and give the sub payer the sense they’re getting their money’s worth.

    I’m not advocating it – I don’t like the idea at all as a consumer.

    But when people pay $60 for a game then around $15 for a few more maps you know they’d pay a sub if they felt they were getting some advantage in game or other value.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. rainer

    Groan… I wish VG247 would stop stalking his every word, see how he changed his mind from first Activision to now EA, what next Ubisoft or THQ until one publisher does it then Patcher will crow that he got it right.

    Please, please, please stop reporting this clown’s guesses.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    If a OMP sub for CoD was 10usd/month. And that sub landed the payer 2 new maps each month. There is little difference, in the end, then a 60usd game that does charge 45usd for 15 maps. Toss in a “leveling up”/”Unlocking” system and we might have something. Call it a VIP players pass…

    Of course it wouldn’t be smart to exclude buyers from your game, so they could FreePlay it online, but their level cap/unlocks should be greatly restricted. Also they should only be able to use new maps after a set amount of time goes by, if ever.

    I hate to say it, but I see this happening. That or a smallish DLC “Code” that unlocks oMP. A one time purchase, ties to a piece of hardware or account.

    Whatever happens rest assurd that Pachter isn’t the only person to think of this type of thing – he didn’t plant the idea in anyones head. And, when something is put into practice, its only function is to part you and your money.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. DeSpiritusBellum

    @21 Not to mention the fact that the competition could significantly boost their profile, by offering the same sort of products without a subscription.

    I’m seeing a lot of devious conspiracy theories here, but very little in terms of promising business models. When you’re already charging between 5 and 15 euro for small ammounts of content, and selling it to a very large part of your install base, why would you ruin that?

    The whole subscription scare sounds a lot like chicken little to me, I think subscription based models like cloud gaming is more likely to be something that a lot of people would try to develop further.

    It’s worth noting in the case of MW2, that no one has made a profitable subscription FPS yet. Planetside was a grand tactical game in a persistent world, which would most likely ruin a lot of the great things about MW2.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. easyian

    Well if they industry tries to move to subscription fee for each separate title i think Microsoft will lose millions because then its negates the point of paying for an Xbox Live Gold account. So i am sure Microsoft will do everything it can to prevent such stupidity from happening.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. IL DUCE

    This retard has been wrong before and is wrong now…the only thing he says that ends up true is probably shit that is leaked to him under the table so he can look like he actually knows something…and yeah I agree with 30, we pay $50 a year unlike the bums on PSN that pay completely for free even though there is playstation plus which basically offers no benefits and is a useless service…

    #31 5 years ago
  32. mojo

    I fail to see for what i shall pay..
    for a rubbsih p2p multiplayer?
    its going to snow in hell before u see me paying for no value.

    #32 5 years ago

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    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]