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Interview – id Software’s Todd Hollenshead

Monday, 16 August 2010 14:29 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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Anyone who follows VG247 will know Quakecon took place last weekend, so we took the opportunity to catch up with id Software CEO, Todd Hollenshead, to talk Doom 4, Wolfenstein, new technology and more.

Catch the full interview after the break.

VG247: Last year, you said that Doom 4 would be here – at QuakeCon – this year. But it’s not. In the words of black-and-white television, “you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do.”

I thought it would [be here]. I thought it would.

Well, during his keynote, John Carmack said we were supposed to bug you about Doom 4 not being here, so I’m only following orders.

[Laughs]. Well, he said I went up and took the arrows for him, which I figure is fair enough since I did say at [last year's] keynote that there’d be no Doom that year, but Doom the next year at QuakeCon. And I think we all thought we’d be showing it this year at QuakeCon at that time. But, you know, things sort of change. And really, we do really want to wait until we have something awesome to show that’s gonna blow people away.

And the other thing is that, as amazing as the RAGE presentation was, we’re focused on talking about that as opposed to something that’s even further down the road. It’s hard to complain though, because – I don’t know of it being done, I haven’t heard of it being done – the demo on three platforms. Our guys did an amazing job, I can honestly say. I’ve actually seen the presentation, like, 30 times before, but towards the end of it, I even got, like, some goosebumps. I think part of it was the audience being really into it and stuff like that too. Plus, it really did look good and we showed stuff that we have not shown before.

So, can you say that Doom 4 will be at QuakeCon next year for sure?

Ok, I’ve learned my lesson. [Laughs].

I’m gonna let the Doom team speak about when they’re gonna show stuff. I’ll take my arrows for last year, but I’m not gonna set myself up for next year. When they’re ready, they’ll be ready. And I don’t want to speak for them.

id’s been with Bethesda/Zenimax for quite some time now. How is it? Do you ever miss the days when you were independent?

Honestly, I can say that – really – probably 95-99 percent of the way things work is exactly the same. Probably the biggest change we had is from the changes that are necessitated by growth of a company. So, prior to the merger we were at about 80 or 85 people, and now we’re at over 170. So that’s a big change. That’s had far more of an impact on how the company operates and stuff like that than anything related to the merger.

The way we develop games is virtually unchanged. There may be some more paperwork to fill out to get a person’s machine as opposed to just saying, “I need two more machines” or “Look, we need this hardware.” But I think that it’s good to have a responsible system, especially when you get to be the size [we are now]. We needed a process like that.

And so, it’s basically the same, only better.

We’ve see quite a few new technologies take the spotlight over the past year. Let’s run down the list: first up, 3D. What’s id’s stance on that? Do you think it’s a potential way forward for the industry? Do you think it’s just a gimmick? Do you think it could hurt the industry in the long run, seeing as it’s kind of a resource hog?

That’s a good question. Yeah, you know, I don’t know that there’s an “id position” on 3D. I mean, there’s some cool stuff about it. There’s no question about that. But, in my opinion, to game on your TV in your living room with a 3D TV set is expensive. They’re really costly. So I think there is a cost factor that’s going to impact whether it’s going to be widely adopted or not.

You know, there are also some technical issues as well. Like, if you’re playing a game, a lot of people move around and stuff. And I haven’t personally demoed any of the hardware, but what I understand is that you can get glasses out of sync and stuff like that, so you have to be careful. It’s one thing when you’re watching a movie like that; it’s another thing when you’re playing a game. As a game developer, you don’t want to be worried about engaging the player so much that they’re moving. That’s not the thing that you want to worry about. You don’t want to have to stop yourself at some point there. So I think there’s a bit of a trade-off that goes on there.

We’re not developing anything for it currently. I think the strategy for us from, you know, the geeky standpoint is that it’s cool to see that stuff. At the movie theater I saw Avatar at – with the [3D] glasses on –  they had the NASA demo out in space with IMAX stuff. And I was just like, “That is so badass.” There’s no question that there’s an appeal there. But I don’t know if it’s gonna get to a price point where it makes sense, or if there are going to be technical factors – like how still you have to sit and where you play – that actually take away from the immersion aspect of videogames.

So I think there are definitely some concerns. Not that those take away from the coolest aspect of it. That’s just sort of my  scattershot thoughts on it. Carmack may disagree with me. I don’t know what his opinion is on it because I haven’t talked to him.

The other big tech toy is, of course, motion control – which isn’t just impacting the current console cycle; it’s extending it. Where does id fit into that picture?

We aren’t using any of that stuff in our current development. With RAGE, I don’t expect for us to have Kinect controls or anything like that. So, on stuff in the future, it’s an interesting question. I know that John [Carmack] finds it appealing. He’s worked with some facial recognition software, and what he said in his keynote is that he plays more games on the Wii.

The question is, will it give something to our games that will differentiate them from other games? Is it gonna make them better experiences? Because that’s the key thing. It’s not, “Oh, are we gonna adopt this new thing that Microsoft and Sony are touting?” That’s not as important to us. We’re more focused on making our games as good as they can be – making the maximum enjoyable experience for the players to get out of them. And if that means bringing other aspects into them as we go down the road, then that’s certainly something we’re gonna take a look at. But if we feel like that’s not gonna add to the experience – or, on the other side, even take away from the experience – then obviously that would be a concern for us.

With Wolf 3D and Doom, the whole WASD keyboard configuration became the default for how you played shooters. And a lot of people for a long time thought you couldn’t effectively execute shooters on consoles because of UI limitations, and it wasn’t the same as a keyboard and a mouse. Most of the people at id are still PC players who play first-person games. And you can include me in that group. But, you know, with Goldeneye, Halo, Gears and all those games, the UI issue with shooters and consoles has been solved. Part of that is the reason why we’re multi-platform with RAGE. It’s not just that we like consoles. It’s that shooters now have a very strong market on consoles. A fanbase. So that’s where we want to be too.

But the issue with shooter games and [motion control] interfaces is still – in my opinion – that the implementation’s a little janky. It’s not like, “Oh wow, this is the way these games are meant to be played!” Not that we couldn’t put resources into potentially solving that, but if we did, we’d want to make sure that it was awesome and not “Yeah, this is sort of lame.”

Bullet point: our motion control is all right!

[Laughs]. Yeah. We were talking about it at the panels, and I absolutely agree with something that was said on stage, which is that you don’t want to sacrifice greatness to have more mediocrity. It’s better to have your control system be absolutely spot on – have that tactile feedback. And I think, as a company, we’re known for that. You know, John talks at the very weedy level of details about, like, milliseconds of delay with controls and stuff like that. And I think those things are really important in terms of the experience the player has and how much you can immerse them into the game – and how much they separate themselves from the experience you show them on the screen.

We would want to have that same type of interaction experience of the player with the game with the motion controller if we were to put that in a game. We wouldn’t lose something in the translation.

id Tech 5 is now Bethesda-exclusive. Why? What are the benefits of having your own exclusive engine? What were the thought processes that went into that decision?

It’s a couple things. It’s part strategic with respect to the way that we’re building up the company inside of id in terms of multiple teams. And partly, it’s a strategic decision on part of the overall corporate strategies of Zenimax, Bethesda, and now Arkane.

One of the reasons in the past that we licensed technology is that we only had one team working on games, so we couldn’t really leverage the tech to its fullest extent until we licensed it out to other teams to use it. Especially in a tech industry, engines have a fairly rapidly closing window of best use. To some extent, that’s not an issue as much anymore since we have multiple teams.

The other thing is that we really do think id Tech 5 offers us a competitive advantage with respect to what we can do within game development. And so we want to keep that within the id/Bethesda/Zenimax family.

I believe it was Carmack who said id probably won’t design a new IP for another decade. Does this mean sequels to all of id’s major franchises? For instance an id-developed sequel to, you know, the game this convention is named after?

[Laughs]. John is a little more bold in his predictions on things than I am. I mean, I’ve already sort of been burned by my “Doom 4 at QuakeCon 2010” prediction. I’m a little gun shy on it.

I think that the idea is – you know, whether or not it happens, a decade is a really long time. It’s just hard to see. I don’t think I would go that far. I think there are too many things we don’t know. You know, John kind of looks at the empirical and says, “as it has been, so shall it be ever forward” until something happens to change it. Anyway, the thought process is that we have Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake, and RAGE. As much as I have confidence that RAGE is going to be a huge hit, it doesn’t have… we hope it’s going to be popular. I expect it will.

But we don’t know. But we do know that Doom is a popular franchise, obviously that Quake resonates with people, and Wolfenstein is a game that has sentimental value to me purely for the fact that it got me involved in PC gaming. It was the first PC game I played. You know, I played Atari 2600 games. I played some games on my TI-99 480 POS machine, but I don’t know if you can honestly call that a computer. [Laughs].

I expect that we’re gonna be looking at going back to those franchises again. To say that’s the only thing we’re gonna do? I think it’s probably too early to tell.

By the same token, the Raven-developed Wolfenstein game launched last year to sort of middling reviews…

Yeah, I think it’s fair to say we would have liked for it to have had a better reception.

So is id still interested in licensing out its major franchises to other developers? Or are you once bitten, twice shy? Will we see a more internally focused id from now on?

Now with Wolfenstein, Quake, Doom, and now RAGE, we do have four IPs. Ultimately, we have three triple-A internal teams to take care of those properties.

I wouldn’t say that I would rule out that we will never work with another developer just because it’s difficult to predict. But the one thing about working with Zenimax is that it’s a little bit of a different equation in terms of working with someone within the family. Like I said, my crystal ball is very cloudy about things like that, so it’s hard for me to predict. But right now, there’s no active development on any id property outside of the company.

id’s been expanding its business quite a lot recently. You’ve moved into iPhone development, consoles, and free-to-play. Are you looking to expand further? Are you at all interested in – especially – the new horizons of PC gaming, like cloud gaming and Facebook?

It would be a hard stretch for me to see us going into social gaming. I mean, we are really more of a [hardcore studio]. The people who work at the company are gamers. You know, I know people who play Farmville and stuff like that, but I can’t say I like it that much. I’ve never even seen it.

I would totally play Quakeville.

[Laughs]. Now, see, that might be fun. But I don’t know how social of a game that would be. On the social gaming stuff, I would say that I highly doubt it.

On the cloud computing stuff, I know John has a certain affinity for technical, “Gee whiz-y” things. And that is sort of where cloud computing is right now. The issue to me with that sort of stuff currently is that you can build a fairly good example of how awesome it’s gonna be if you assume away problems like that not everyone has broadband. That’s a serious issue. You can process all this stuff on the backend, but there are people in rural US – which is where a lot of the market for that would be – that just are gonna be excluded from it.

Now I don’t know; maybe somebody has done the economic research. But I know that you can think about one  thing, but when you start trying to do it, there are unknown problems you run into. That’s been one of our experiences, like you brought up with Quake Live. You know, we know how to make games. And I think we did a great job with the game part of Quake Live. But what we had to learn a lot on were these things we weren’t thinking about when we were building Quake Live like “We want to build a subscription service,” and “All right, well, we’re gonna make it worldwide.”

We have huge numbers of fans in places you might not expect — like Poland. Seriously, it’s in the top-ten numerically as a playerbase for Quake Live. And we were like, “Wow, well that means we need to have a worldwide payment solution.” That’s something we knew nothing about, and we started into it, and we were like, “Woah, this is a pretty tricky problem!” It really doesn’t have anything to do with making a great game, but it has everything to do with delivering a great experience to as wide a customer base as possible.

As I mentioned earlier, the PC gaming market has been branching a lot recently. Free-to-play, social media, cloud gaming, MMOs, etc. Coming from a PC-centric background, how would you define PC game development at this point? And is a triple-A business focused mainly on the PC still feasible?

Well, I think it is. You know, where the huge opportunity there – just from a financial standpoint – is probably in the MMO market. Because, you know, you have a lot of cases – and one huge case, one WoW case – of where that can be a huge financial success, as well as a critical success and even getting out into the friends of the guys that maybe play one game a year or something like that.

I still think the PC is a good platform. I think the piracy problem is a significant concern, but we still see the PC as a viable platform. RAGE is gonna ship on the PC at the same time as it ships on Xbox 360 and PS3. It was kind of funny watching the RAGE presentation. When you put that sort of presentation together with stuff running side-by-side, and the PC boots up faster…

…and everyone in the audience goes completely nuts?

That’s right. These are PC fans here and they’re cheering for that, even though it’s probably at the level of barely discernible for most consumers. But, you know, you make it a competition and the PC wins, and the PC fans cheer.

One last question about the convention in general. QuakeCon had quite a bit of diversity in terms of panels this year. Will this be a continuing trend? Will we see more talent from beyond Bethesda/id’s hallowed halls?

We’re gonna do our best. I mean, that’s one of the advantages of the merger: we’re able to tap into the resources that Bethesda has for development talent. And not only development talent that’s internal to Bethesda, but development talent at studios they work with that they’re publishing.

As much as it’s still QuakeCon, I think broadening it to make it more of a Zenimax/Bethesda/id/Arkane family event is good for the event. Space pioneer and industry luminary Richard Garriott is here this year. That was one of those things where it was like, “Man, this would be cool.” And John was like, “I’ll talk to Richard!” And he was enthusiastic about coming up here. You know, he’s just down in Austin. And I knew Vince [Zampella] and Jason [West] all the way back from years and years ago in the mid-nineties, and just happened to randomly run into them during E3. It was just like, “Hey man, I know you guys have got your own thing going on, but I’d love for you to come back to QuakeCon,” and they were like, “That sounds really cool!”

Having that stuff is cool for the audience. I learn stuff from it as well. I think [the developers] have a good time. QuakeCon is a cool thing, and it’s a unique experience where people who might be making competitive games can come and be friends too.  

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5 Comments

  1. DrDamn

    #1 5 years ago
  2. mington

    Raven-developed Wolfenstein game launched last year to sort of middling reviews…

    Yeah, I think it’s fair to say we would have liked for it to have had a better reception.”

    We would have liked it to have been a better game

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mington

    Were they responsible for Quake 4 and Quake wars?

    (they were balls)

    #3 5 years ago
  4. LePlatypus

    @3 Quake 4 = Raven software and id
    Quake Wars = Splash damage and some other ones for consoles

    #4 5 years ago
  5. soulburner

    I just wanted to say I’m kind of offended with what Todd said about Poland. I mean, he’s genuinely shocked that we play QuakeLive, just as if Poland was a third world country somewhere on the north pole…

    #5 5 years ago

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  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    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 […]