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Activision “exploring options” over Bizarre Creations’ future

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 19:27 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Activision has released a statement saying it is “exploring our options regarding the future” of UK developer Bizarre Creations.

Said the firm: “Over the past three years since our purchase of Bizarre Creations, the fundamentals of the racing genre have changed significantly. Although we made a substantial investment in creating a new IP, Blur, it did not find a commercial audience. Bizarre is a very talented team of developers, however, because of the broader economic factors impacting the market, we are exploring our options regarding the future of the studio, including a potential sale of the business.”

VG247 was told earlier by multiple sources that Bizarre Creations has shut with the loss of 200 staff.

UK development sources corroborated the news.

GiantBomb has gone live with a quote from a source saying, “Bizarre Creations will be going through a ’90-day consultation period, statutory redundancy.’”

Multiple tweets and forum threads added weight to the story before Activision made its official statement.

An editor at wethegamerz.com has supposedly spoken to Bizarre staff, just tweeting, “I have just gotten off the phone with a representative of Bizarre Creations. He noted there was some truth to the lay-offs. When i asked of the closing he stated there was some truth in it all but he wasn’t allowed to expand.”

Bizarre Creations, the developer of the highly acclaimed Project Gotham Racing series, was bought by Activision in 2007.

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67 Comments

  1. Razor

    As deeply unfortunate as it is, I…I can’t say I’m surprised.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Freek

    Come to Activission…makes us billions or you’ll be the next studio pumping out CoD:Map Packs.
    Oh, can’t do action game content? Well, fuck you then!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Pysk

    That’s our Activision.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    Of course… Creating shitty games like Blood Stone, The Club and Blur.

    I hope this gaming division will be closed for forever.

    Too much turd from them. Last solid game was Project Gotham Racing 4

    #4 4 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    WHAT THE FUCK?!

    Activision needs to cull the tens of thousands studios it has working on CoD maps rather than closing a studio that makes great games.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. M2Kx

    Oh what the hell? More details plz! I was actually counting on Blur 2 :(

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    Trying to get official line on it. I really hope it’s Chinese Whispers.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Tallon 4

    That’s very sad :(
    Was hoping that BLUR was doing well.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Freek

    The Club wasn’t made for Activision, Blur wasn’t terrible at all, just diden’t sell mega numbers.
    Blood Stone, yeah, that was a waste of money.
    But that’s one bad game made for Acti. ONE.
    Boom. You’re gone. Over one bad game?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    Fuck. As a player and fan of the majority of the studios games, I just find this news, sad, and gutting. To think that Bizarre are gone, just feels really bad.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. onlineatron

    @Pat

    Chinese Whispers: [2004] ‘Lionhead’s B.C. for XBOX has been cancelled’ [6 years later] ‘Original XBOX dev Bizarre Creations shut down’.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. AHA-Lambda

    it was only a matter of time =(

    its amazing to see how self destructive this industry has become this gen when the stakes are so high that so many studios just cant compete.

    This is the dark side of the blockbuster attitude of the industry and change is needed quickly.

    my condolences to those affected. And shame on activision, they sent that james bond game to die just like every game they’ve released this year except CoD. Heck did you even know tony hawk shred came out!?! Where are the reviews for it?!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. M2Kx

    “I really hope it’s Chinese Whispers.”

    m2 :/

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    “its amazing to see how self destructive this industry has become”

    It’s amazing to see people defending “turd makers”. Gaming industry was always like that and will be always like that.

    If you are creating good games you will survive, if not… Than thats it.

    Bizzare Creations since 2007 created only TURD and nothing more.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. M2Kx

    “Bizzare Creations since 2007 created only TURD and nothing more.”

    http://yeah-hi.com/files/cool-story-bro.jpg

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Zurtech

    Sad news, but can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Think Bungie will be next?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Johnny Cullen

    :( if true

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DJ Deathstar

    Woah didn’t expect this! Project Gotham and Geometry Wars are awesome series, i know a few people who have Blur and they say its really good, been thinking about picking it up since you can get it for £10 from a few places, also Geometry Wars 2 came out in 2008 and is regarded by many to be the best xbla so that comment about only making turd games since 07 is bullshit isn’t it

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Updated. Looks as though it’s true.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    what the hell…..

    #20 4 years ago
  21. David Sarkisjan

    If this is real I can forget about a placement there =(

    #21 4 years ago
  22. OrbitMonkey

    @14 Harsh dude, you need more cuddles in your life…

    #22 4 years ago
  23. BillyBatts

    No confirmation yet but there’s a hell of a lot of smoke on teh Twitters. Jeez, Acti really are a lovely company eh?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. AHA-Lambda

    “If you are creating good games you will survive, if not… Than thats it.”

    *points at vanquish sales*

    it died for your sins! Anyone who didnt buy it should be ashamed! >:(

    you know yourself that there are times where good games just dont sell

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Stephany Nunneley

    @14 Well, if “turd” games are released, it’s just as much the owner, a.k.a.’s Activision’s fault for allowing it to be released in “turd” form first and secondly – this is people’s livelihood you’re talking about here. Most just do what they are told in order to keep food on the family table just like the rest of the world.

    I feel horrible for anyone who loses their job unless they were stealing, slagging off, or doing something to massively deserve it.

    Working 10-12 hours a day on a game and then even more during crunch time and being exhausted, away from your LIFE only to be chucked out this close to “present buying season” is just plain awful. Nothing “pleasing” about it at all.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    That Project Gotham reboot isnt looking to likely then.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    Updated again.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. onlineatron

    @Geki

    Microsoft is in charge of that, not Activision.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. BrokenSymmetry

    @26: In fact, this news makes a new PGR game more likely, as Microsoft (the IP owner) can now hire Bizarre people to make a new game.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Old MacDonald

    Ok, this sucks. :-(

    I hope this is not the last we’ll see of the talented people who used to work there. Hopefully some of them will form indie studios.

    Still… I don’t get it. How much did Activision spend on them again?

    Edit: 4: Blur was not shitty at all. Quite good fun, actually. I liked it.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Erthazus

    @Stephany,
    “it’s just as much the owner, a.k.a.’s Activision’s fault for allowing it to be released in “turd” form first and secondly – this is people’s livelihood you’re talking about here.”

    There is no Activision fault. Activision is one of the MAJOR publishers out there with huge franchises like Call Of duty, Guitar heroes and Blizzard games.

    I don’t think so that Activision wanted from them a bad game and i think they spent enough budget for a good game.

    Blood Stone for example had Bruce Feirstein as a writer. Blood Stone features the voices and likenesses of Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and Joss Stone.

    You know how much budget they spent for this game? It’s HUGE. Activision did everything what it’s supposed to do. Give them enough resources to create GREAT Games.

    What Bizzare creations did? They created very bad games and what Activision need to do then? Give them another chance to spent millions on nothing? NO. Bizzare deserved it. their problems and you don’t need to defend people who DON’T want to WORK.

    “Working 10-12 hours a day on a game and then even more during crunch time and being exhausted, away from your LIFE only to be chucked out this close to “present buying season” is just plain awful. Nothing “pleasing” about it at all.”

    Judging by latest games i’m not sure that they worked at all. You don’t know how much they worked.
    Last games showed that they did a very poor job. Who don’t want to work will lose a job. This is our society. If you are lazy, you are going home. Thats it. End of story.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. DJ Deathstar

    Yeah i’m hoping that MS might try and hire some of the axed staff for the PGR reboot, as well as a new Geometry Wars

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Gekidami

    @28
    And? Bizarre Creations were the guys that made the PGR games. They’re closing down, it dosnt matter who the publisher was.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. SplatteredHouse

    Erthazus, you’re really ignorant if you believe what you just posted. The ones who aren’t at fault is Bizarre, the developer. You’re also incredibly tactless.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. onlineatron

    @Geki

    Microsoft own the IP.

    They wouldn’t have used Bizarre to reboot the franchise as Bizarre Creations were owned by Activision.

    Microsoft will reboot it regardless, if they want to.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. M2Kx

    @34: Maybe he has some insider infos :D

    “Microsoft will reboot it regardless, if they want to.”

    I thought MS is already searching for some devs to make a new PGR or a reboot.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Gekidami

    @35
    Actually, you’re right, i thought that MS were in talks with Bizarre, the reason them being in talks at all rather then just making the game being that Bizarre are owned by Acti, so they had to strike a deal.
    Looking back at the story though i see that they’re actually in talks with other “third party devs”.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Razor

    Maybe MS will swoop and pick them up for PGR5.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. M2Kx

    @38: I guess not. I wont do it, if they’d leave me and go to Acti :’(

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Gekidami

    @38
    If they were willing to start a new studio to make PGR5, wouldnt they have just done that rather then look for a third party dev to make the game for them?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. M2Kx

    Hm… actually I didn’t think about this. Could also be this way, who knows?

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Tricky

    Stop giving erthazus the oxygen for his bullshit to thrive. If you follow the comments on VG247 in any way then you should know he’s an ignorant troll who spouts shite all the time. Just ignore him.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Erthazus

    @34, SplatteredHouse, “The ones who aren’t at fault is Bizarre, the developer. You’re also incredibly tactless.”

    So the developers who made BAD games in the last three years… Deserve to make another one turd?

    Whats Activision fault?

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Patrick Garratt

    Updated again. Still waiting on official line.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. M2Kx

    Ok it’s getting even worse :(

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Suikoden Fan

    http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/66490

    budcat creations may be closing down too

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Old MacDonald

    “Judging by latest games i’m not sure that they worked at all. You don’t know how much they worked.”

    Dude, seriously… that’s so unfair. You don’t know the budget they had, you don’t know how many creative limitations they got due to the license, you don’t know how much time they got, you don’t know anything…

    Also, again, Blur was a very good game. So it’s simply not true that they only made shit the past three years.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. EscoBlades

    Blur might have been crap, but this is a major loss for the British Games Industry.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Patrick Garratt

    Updated. It’s true.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Freek

    If they are selling the studio rather then an all out closure the staff and franchises could potentially find a new home.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Stephany Nunneley

    Updated again.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. M2Kx

    There’s to much update in it!

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Stephany Nunneley

    Well, all I have to say on the matter is you would genuinely have to be a heartless person to find pleasure in someone’s misfortune. I will leave it at that.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. Freek

    Moral of the story: studio owners, look to THQ, Zenimax and EA instead, or face a risky couple of years at Acti.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Erthazus

    @47, “Dude, seriously… that’s so unfair. You don’t know the budget they had, you don’t know how many creative limitations they got due to the license, you don’t know how much time they got, you don’t know anything… ”

    budget? they had for the last game Bruce Feirstein as a writer. Blood Stone features the voices and likenesses of Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and Joss Stone. Bad budget?

    Creative limitations? Activision wanted to kill them from the start but others have a freedom?

    How much time they got? You think Activision that stupid?

    Gosh, how naive you are. You think that Activision don’t want to make a profit?

    #55 4 years ago
  56. Gadzooks!

    Blur is a superb game. It was just a victim of bad timing. BC shouldnt have to pay for the publishers mistakes.

    #56 4 years ago
  57. OwningXylophone

    @55

    “Blood Stone features the voices and likenesses of Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and Joss Stone. Bad budget?”

    Can you say contractual obligation? This will have had nothing to do with the games budget. They just spent all that time and effort rebooting the Bond franchise, it would seem stupid to let a video game developer come along and change fundamental characters wouldn’t it…

    #57 4 years ago
  58. manamana

    Erthazus, you really are a Twat.

    #58 4 years ago
  59. DSB

    Blur was an average racing game, but I think the room for those today is very limited, especially after the Need For Speed tidalwave. And who’s satisfied with an average racer from the studio that made Gotham?

    What puzzles me is why Bizarre is first in line to get the axe, when Activision has a number of far less convincing studios to choose from.

    #59 4 years ago
  60. Freek

    Indeed. We get another stupid skate board game with a silly plastic atachment that nobody wanted or even remotly worked but they kill of Blur.
    Makes perfect sense!

    #60 4 years ago
  61. EscoBlades

    Blur was average. Even Split Second was a superior game. That is all besides the point.

    It still sucks when anyone has to (potentially) lose their job. It ain’t like the British Games Industry has a glut of developers or studios like their American counterparts.

    #61 4 years ago
  62. DSB

    @61 EU businesses generally don’t stand a chance in multinational corporations today, since you save far more by shutting down an EU business, than you do shutting down a tax incentivized business anywhere else. The same thing recently happened to IO Interactive in Denmark.

    It seems that Activisions other mediocre studios are either in California or Canada. That pretty much clears it up.

    #62 4 years ago
  63. The_Red

    Their games came out at really REALLY bad times. Blur came out really close to Split Second and it hurt both of them. Blood Stone came out along with GoldenEye remake which while on a different platform than BS, had most of the hype and anticipation among fans.

    #63 4 years ago
  64. triggerhappy686

    Activision are shits. Erthazus is a loser who has no idea whats shes talking about.

    #64 4 years ago
  65. KingCancer

    there going to kill bungie next. finally!

    #65 4 years ago
  66. Old MacDonald

    “budget? they had for the last game Bruce Feirstein as a writer. Blood Stone features the voices and likenesses of Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and Joss Stone. Bad budget?”

    Yeah, if anything I’d expect all those expenses to have a negative impact on the game’s actual development budget. You think Bizarre were the ones who came up with the idea of spending money to get Bruce Feirstein as a writer? Not likely. You think Bruce Feirstein made the game better? Not likely.

    #66 4 years ago
  67. Blerk

    For shame. Perhaps if Activision had actually bothered to do some publicity for Blood Stone and not just quietly thrown it out to die alongside Call of Duty it might’ve even sold a few copies.

    I wonder if Microsoft will dig into their wallets, given the PGR-reboot rumours of late?

    #67 4 years ago

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    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

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

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

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

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

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

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

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

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

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

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

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

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

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

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

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

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

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

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

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

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

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

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

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

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

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

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

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

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

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

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

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

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

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

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

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

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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