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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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  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

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  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

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  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

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  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

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  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

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  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

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

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

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

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

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

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

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

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

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

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

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

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

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

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

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

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

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

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  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

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

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

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

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

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

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

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

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

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

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

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

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

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

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

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

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

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

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

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

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

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

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

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

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

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

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

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

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  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

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

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

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  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

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

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

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

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

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

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

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

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

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]