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gamescom interview: Ray BioWare confirms intro content for ME2 PS3, included DLC, more

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 12:40 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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BioWare boss Ray Muzyka, speaking in Cologne today, has told VG247 that the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 is to include introductory content to provide a “seamless introduction” to the IP’s universe, as well as confirming the inclusion of DLC and access to the Cerburus Network.

Following confirmation of a January 2011 release for a PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 in EA’s gamescom press conference yesterday, Muzyka said it was important to the studio to “bring some new things to bear” for the PS3 version.

“One of the things we’re doing is that we’re bringing a lot of the post-release downloadable content and will integrate it into the experience, so that PS3 fans can check that out and play it,” he said.

While confirming the inclusion of an introductory segment for the PS3 SKU, Muzyka was cagey on specifics, refusing to confirm whether or not new gameplay is to be included over the 360 and PC version.

“We’re making sure there’s a really seamless introduction to the world of Mass Effect, for players that haven’t experienced it before,” he said.

“So even though it’s Mass Effect 2 specifically, we’re making sure there’s a nice introduction experience, that provides the back-story and the things that have happened up to that point in the universe, and makes it a really seamless introduction.”

He added: “We haven’t revealed what that is yet. It’ll be something that provides a good introduction and provides a lot of the back-story and introduces you well to the story-arc, and kind of makes you feel like you’re part of it all. And then you can jump right into the action in Mass Effect 2.”

Muzyka said that, while Cerberus Network features are unnannounced for the PS3 version, it will be available in a “full way”.

“I guess in terms of what the Cerberus Network represents, it really represents a lot of content, it represents a lot of post-release support, and we… do want make sure the PS3 fans get that experience in as full away as possible,” he said.

“But we’ll reveal more of that over time.”

Multi-format future is “good guess”

When asked the obvious question of whether or not this announcement of a PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 means we’re going to see future games appear across the console formats, Muzyka would only hint at what’s to come.

“That’d be a good guess, but we haven’t announced any details on any future formats or anything, or even formally announced Mass Effect 3 yet, although there’s a natural assumption that there will be a Mass Effect 3 as it’s a trilogy. We’ve said that and more or less confirmed it, but we haven’t announced any details on the product yet, or the platforms.

“EA is a company that wants to support different platforms, reach different audiences; we’re part of EA and we want to make sure we can embrace that as well. I think we’re trying to do that with all of our products, whether it’s Dragon Age or Mass Effect.”

Whatever the future holds for Mass Effect, though, Muzyka laughed when we told him the announcement of the second game on PS3 flattened VG247, saying it was “fun” to see reaction from gamers.

“We’re really excited about the idea of bringing Mass Effect to PS3,” he said.

“I said it on stage; we’ve been asked again and again by journalists, fans, the community, ‘When’s it going to happen?’ We wanted to make sure we could do it right. We’ve been working on it for a while. We’re pretty excited by it. We’re excited to bring Mass Effect to a new audience.”

Mass Effect 2 releases on PS3 next January.

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52 Comments

  1. Robo_1

    The PS3 specific introductory experience sounds promising. Providing it’s fleshed out enough, they could avoid criticisms that PS3 users are only getting half the story.

    It needs to be something playable though, a big intro movie with decision making moments can lol right off. The bigger it is, the better.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Nozz

    And there we have it. Who thinks it’ll be a Mass Effect 1 montage?
    I’m hoping for something a little more interactive! only time will tell :)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. ExclusivesMostly

    Well that’s good that there’s an intro…

    #3 5 years ago
  4. daytripper

    people on the bioware forums are saying they feel ripped off if a lot of the dlc like kasumi etc is free, i can understand that.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    I’m thinking it’ll be a sort of interactive cutscene, showing the main story bits from the original and asking you to make a few decisions along the way. And it’ll be optional for the people who don’t give a crap and just want the defaults.

    I’m also thinking that they’re likely to launch a ‘game of the year’ version on 360 at the same time with all the extra content bundled in so as to avoid those ‘this is full price on PS3 but only a tenner on 360!’ issues.

    And ME3 will be multi-platform from the off.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. cookiejar

    I thought there would be some sort of recap of the previous events, without actually having to play the game and still get into the experience.

    Looking forward to this a lot.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. James Mac

    Is he kind of suggesting that DLC Xbox users paid extra for is going to included as part of the game on Ps3, and not DLC?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. daytripper

    @7 i think so, thats a bit shitty on those pc/xbox players who supported the game and all the dlc imo.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Lord Gremlin

    Solid piece of PS3 exclusive content please or it’s a no-buy.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. cookiejar

    I see where your coming from on the DLC front, but by the time it comes out on PS3, it’ll be a year old game at probably full price. So surely the DLC balances it out? I have no idea how much the DLC costs btw, is it about a tenner?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    @7/8, yes – and another reason for launching a 360 GOTY version at the same time. “PS3 users aren’t getting it for free, they’re buying the GOTY version”.

    Worked for other games in the past – see Assassin’s Creed 2, for example.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    @11, my thoughts exactly, GOTY or otherwise special editions containing all dlc to date are commonplace now.

    I’m not saying that I particularly agree with the practice (It still stings that you can buy GOTY FO3 now for like half what I paid in dlc alone) but I think complaints about this case are misplaced unless you attack all GOTY/special editions equally.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. daytripper

    @10 £6 for Kasumi – full mission and new character

    £8 for Overlord – full mission about 90 minutes

    loads of armour/weapon packs that cost about £2-3 each

    Lair of the shadow broker – coming soon and meant to be a real in depth DLC mission, so probably between £8-12, if that comes to PS3 for free I can see some really kicking off

    i’m not pissed off you understand, the more people buy mass effect the better imo, i can see where the normal not over the top complaints are coming from but it will all even itself out in the end.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Blerk

    Quite. Early adopters always pay more – higher prices for the game at release, full whack for DLC, etc. The longer you’re prepared to wait the better the price, that’s just how it is. PS3 owners will have waited over a year for ME2 by the time it comes out, I think that’s a reasonable enough timeframe to launch a ‘game plus extras’ rejig without raising too many eyebrows.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. distraet

    I don’t see a problem with the PS3 version including DLC. The version is long overdue, it kinda evens the score. Either way I’m going to pick this up, even though I have it for 360. Just be happy that BioWare is spreading the love.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. DJ Deathstar

    @9 Don’t see that happening to be honest, but seriously are they gonna try and condense a 30/40 hour game into a 5/10 min cutscene, cos that will be ridiculous if they try that

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    The European version of Xenosaga 2 for PS2 came with a two-hour DVD of the story from the first (unreleased in Europe) game. I couldn’t be bothered watching it. And then because of that I couldn’t be bothered playing the game either.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. zoopdeloop

    @5 Same guess here Blerk

    @10 Exactly…the game would be already one year old.So paying it full price for the ps3 with all DLC included will even that out with those who bought it on PC/360

    #18 5 years ago
  19. daytripper

    Just been looking at MS’ exclusives and its shockingly weak (well to my tastes anyway), they really need to get away from the Halo at the forefront of their line up and produce more hardcore variety.

    There is Gears, Fable, Forza, the crytek game and a few less budget Xbla games, what else?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Hunam

    @17

    The US version came with a 6 hour video of the cutscenes from the first game (well, most of them) which I did watch :P

    Then again, I did buy and complete all 3 games, like a winner.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Blerk

    Fable?

    I’d agree that they’re slacking of late. But they shitcanned most of their internal teams so there’s little surprise that their output has dropped. They were previously balancing things out by funding external exclusives, but even that appears to have fallen off of late.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. cookiejar

    Like ive said for ages, the only true exclusives are ones the platform holder owns or develops in house.

    Anything else is fair game, and the highest bidder wins. Or, even more so nowadays, its full on multi-platform.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Blerk

    @20 was it 6 hours? Maybe the Euro version was the same. I forget, because I thought “pft, can’t be arsed watching that” and just put the game in the cupboard and forgot all about it. :-D

    #23 5 years ago
  24. daytripper

    @22 yep. something i’ll always give sony credit for, they give genuine support for 1st party, plus they were very smart securing naughty dog and media molecule

    #24 5 years ago
  25. The Hindle

    The first 2 Me games are pretty much stand alone anyway, you dont need to play the first to play the second. The choices you make in the first are hardly in the second, but….. the first Me game is worth playing definatly.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. zoopdeloop

    @16
    I think Sony has some terms in their contracts when it comes to ex-exclusives from others platforms making the “jump” to their consoles at a later date which indicate that there will be additional and exclusive content.
    Tales of Vesperia,Star Ocean,Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 to name a few examples.So there may be exclusive content in the ps3 version.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. cookiejar

    @24 Yeah same. I truly believe Sony have the best 1st party games and dev teams, they just have a hard time working with others, or atleast they used to.

    Microsoft always used their wallet to buy rather than develop, and it used to work for them. Now, not so much.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Aimless

    Microsoft has a lot of exclusives people aren’t mentioning, trouble is they’re for Kinect.

    Anyway, I hope they give PS3 owners some means to impact the opening of ME2. Lumbering them with the default choices with no means to change them would be a cruel, cruel fate.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. The Hindle

    I said that ages ago if Microsoft rely on 3rd party it could turn to be a bad choice, and i got burned for it :D you see im way ahead of my time :D But again they will have a lot of games unanounced so we dont know yet.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. zoopdeloop

    @29
    the same goes for Sony too.Relying too much on 1st and 2nd party isn’t a good choice either.They must “chip in” on 3rd party devs and support them too…to some extend.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. The Hindle

    The Ps3 is proof of what happens if you rely on 3rd party imo, it was thier first party that contributed to keeping them in the race.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. cookiejar

    @30 its if the 3rd parties even want to know.

    It was easier back early on this gen, because the 360 was well ahead and had a better install base. Now its more or less even, the 3rd party publishers are saying screw that, let us put it on out on everything we can!

    Having said that, PSN is a good place for small 3rd party teams to put stuff out on.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. zoopdeloop

    @31 yes it was…but if they were also supporting 3rd party as Microsoft does they wouldn’t have a really bad headstart.
    I think now Sony is starting to get the gist of it…approaching 3rd party and not relying too much on their own.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. daytripper

    @33 they can do both, support and build relationships with 3rd party devs while continuing to support their own studios. its good business and strategy.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. DJ Deathstar

    @25 Yeah but its supposed to be that your choices from the first and secocnd will have a big effect in the third, i’m expecting quite a different story depending on what choices you made

    Spoilers!!!
    If anyones played the first game they know theres a choice whether to kill the Queen Rachni, i think that if you saved them they’ll appear in the last game to help you in some huge battle
    End Spoilers!!!

    #35 5 years ago
  36. ExclusivesMostly

    @34: Agreed :)

    #36 5 years ago
  37. James Mac

    @19 Unless you include Kinect, there’s AoE: Online and Flight… but I think that’s it.

    Meanwhile Sony has been making hay whilst the sun shined.
    MS has done this to themselves by selling or closing all their in house studios.

    To paraphrase a very wise man:
    “No mean feat, fucking yourself in the ass, but how often we manage to pull it off”.
    Al Swearengen.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. daytripper

    @37 kinects not something i look forward to

    #38 5 years ago
  39. James Mac

    @38. I don’t mind Kinect, but I think they really fell down when this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw wasn’t made a launch feature, after all Microsoft hired the guy, and Kinect should be able to do it.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Darkling

    Exclusive Content for the PS3 other than a introduction = boycott EA/Bioware

    #40 5 years ago
  41. cookiejar

    @40 Overreacting much? I didn’t see any PS guys boycotting Rockstar Games when GTA IV went 360, or when FFXIII did. Well if they did, they were quickly captured and put back in their padded cell.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. daytripper

    @41 they are being used for the cuckoos nest sequel

    #42 5 years ago
  43. WetSnake

    @ 40
    Oh nay, one fan less for BioWare, Millions of more thanks to the PS3?

    #43 5 years ago
  44. The Hindle

    Microsoft have issued a statement regarding this

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=260669

    they seem pissed.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Blerk

    If they’re so pissed they should’ve stumped up the cash and bought Bioware themselves instead of letting EA take them. :-D

    All that said, that looks to put paid to any faint ‘first game on PS3′ hopes. I seem to recall Microsoft funded development of the original or something? Might be that they own a bit of it contractually or something. If that’s the case, I wonder if they could put the spoilers on any of the original game’s content being used in any form for the ‘bring you up to speed’ bit of the PS3 sequel?

    #45 5 years ago
  46. theevilaires

    F***** awesome man. I remember Shenmue for XBOX1(?) had a prologue disc where they showed the events of the first like a movie. I have no issue with this since standing in long loading elevators was the majority (51%) of ME1 :D

    I got to read these comments above BRB….

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Hunam

    ME1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ME2

    #47 5 years ago
  48. LOLshock94

    OMFG what a good way of bioware showing there love to everyone who brought the DLC nice one bioware you fucking tossas

    #48 5 years ago
  49. HighWindXIX

    Know what would be awesome? If the “introduction experience” was just straight up Mass Effect 1. Both on one blu-ray. I wonder if they could do that since even though MS owns the publishing rights for ME1, they’re only selling ME2. I’m sure its impossible but would be awesome. I actually just bought ME1&2 so I’ll still play the first one and then figure out what to do about the 2nd. I do like my PS3 better though . . .

    #49 5 years ago
  50. theevilaires

    If the 1st doesn’t come to PS3 in some form or faction so what I’ll still get it on 360 I don’t care. The fact is the series is now multiplat and that has hurt a lot of egos….ones that make me very happy to see hurt.

    ….still waiting for the apologies gentlemen.
    You know what come to think of it isn’t there a PC version of ME1?! Hell I might as well use this beast of a PC I just built playing that. And for that matter Crysis 1 also. I got a lot of back tracking to do before 2011 :(

    #50 5 years ago
  51. Dibol1987

    @first poster:

    I’m very doubtful. Willing to bet that the “intro cutscene” is the carbon copy of Martin Sheen narrating the first game from the recent XBox 360 demo. We’re looking at Shenmue 2.0 again.

    #51 5 years ago
  52. blackdreamhunk

    i have the perfect link for this story

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOrnUquxtwA

    #52 5 years ago

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  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • 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 […]