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Bowling: I-Ward will “not rely solely on platform security” after PS3 crack

Monday, 17 January 2011 09:56 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Infinity Ward community head Rob Bowling has said that it will no longer solely rely on the first-party security of consoles, following reports that Modern Warfare 2 online stats were affected on PS3.

PS3 Modern Warfare 2 players have reportedly had their stats hacked and, in some cases, fully deleted.

The news comes after PlayStation 3 was fully compromised by hackers this year.

One user on the IW forums described the situation as “horrible, just horrible”.

“Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they’re played on, therefore; updates to the game through patches will not resolve this problem, unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform,” said Bowling.

“Regretfully, Call of Duty games are receiving the bulk of the hackers’ attention, due to its high player counts and popularity. However, the number of legitimate players severely outweighs the bad apples.

“If you are concerned about playing with players who are hacking, I encourage you to play exclusively with friends by utilizing the party or private match options in Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty 4 to avoid such players as much as possible until this issue is resolved by Sony.

“Let me assure you, while we are very reliant on Sony updating their firmware and security to address the core problem of this issue. We are looking at EVERY option available to us to help any user affected.”

Bowling concluded: “This only applies to legacy games such as Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2.

“In the future we plan to adjust our approach to not rely solely on platform security and reduce the ability for this to happen in our games, as has already been displayed by the work Treyarch has done on Call of Duty: Black Ops to prevent similar measures.”

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34 Comments

  1. Joe Anderson

    Sony need to sort this out, otherwise the PS4 may be here sooner than they thought.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. The1stMJC

    Call of Duty was being hacked way before the security codes were broken who the fuck knows how bad it will be hacked now.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    That sounds really bad. Bit crap of Acti just to wash their hands of it, though – surely they could do something?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    It’s impossible to do something really. Console hacked in it’s full glory. You have access to everything.

    It’s a company’s fault if they had a security codes inside the machine. That security code must be in Kutaragi’s brain, safe, Sony’s headquarters.

    To close something like that you need a redesign of old SKU and have a completely new OS.

    Sony is screwed here completely. You can’t fix this. Just can’t.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Razor

    Sony have completely dropped the ball.

    But there’s no solution. There’s obviously going to be no PS4. They’ll just have to try to contain it.

    God knows how though. Would not want to be at Sony right now.

    @Erthazus, the codes weren’t in the PS3. Hackers worked it out because of the botched random number implementation.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. where

    Playing for fun and with friends? No problem than…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    They can even decript future games with binary security codes. But who cares if they will be hacked in about… 2 days?

    With this shit, if they will not win the Hotz and overfl0w shit, they can soon just sell their 1st party stuff to other companies. Sony is a primary target of all hackers right now.

    This is a really serious shit down here and Sony is making some seriously tough decisions.

    @Razor, thats exactly called a security codes inside the machine. They worked their assess off to have them.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    Maybe Sony have something up their sleeve, but they wait for that to happen when they can win Hotz and overfl0w stuff.

    It’s just they didn’t do much after 3.55

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Razor

    Erthazus, unless I’m misunderstanding what you’re saying, the PS3 absolutely did not have the private key in the machine or in the firmware. But because the random number was a constant, the hackers were able to do simple (apparently…) Maths to work out what the private key was.

    If the public-private key system had have worked properly i.e. having a random number instead of a constant, then the PS3 would not be in the position it is now, and the private keys would not be public.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    Ahh crap, just what you need, arseholes fucking up online play for shits & giggles :(

    #10 4 years ago
  11. anuekr

    Why the fuck Sony isn’t sewing GeoFuck and throw his douche ass to jail?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. KrazyKraut

    its idiotique…look what problems you had on pc or mw2 on 360. blaming ps3 for security is just what Activision do because they dont like the PS3 so much. (what they often said)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. NinjaMidget

    I’ve heard it’s more than just leaderboards and profiles being hacked on MW2. Teams are starting out with 1 bullet in a clip, people on the other team aren’t dying etc.

    Not that I care much for MW2, but some basterd on AC: Brotherhood was running about the map, invisible to other players. It completely ruined the game.

    Perhaps now I’d be justified it calling Geohot a wanker!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Razor

    Don’t blame Geohot, blame Sony.

    It’s simply their fault, no question about it. If they’d have implemented cryptography as it’s supposed to work, the PS3 would not be in this postion.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. get2sammyb

    Are we sure this is to do with the hack in the first place? I’m not really sure I understand how running custom code can affect OTHER PLAYERS in the same game. If the hackers were giving themselves unlimited ammo and stuff, I could understand it. But how are they able to TAKE AMMO AWAY from other players on legit systems?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. get2sammyb

    @14 – Thing is, mistakes happen. Yeah, it’s a big blunder, but Sony kept the PS3 secure for four years already which is some achievement in the scheme of things.

    The way I see it, it is GeoHot and the other team’s fault. If they wanted homebrew they could have got it and kept it to themselves. They would have got what they wanted. Releasing the keys has opened a can of worms, where there are far more negatives for the legitimate playerbase than there are positives for the small minority of people who want to run SNES emulators and grab XMB images.

    Unfortunately, the scale of their ego looks like it’s going to affect the rest of us for some time. That’s really disappointing.

    I’m still not convinced there’s nothing Sony can do though. Maybe they can’t stop the problem entirely, but I’m sure they can make it difficult and awkward for the hackers, which might be enough.

    I agree we’re getting new hardware this year though.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. NinjaMidget

    @15 Good point, I have no idea how hacking works in the slightest! I was just putting it down to the fact that this stuff didn’t start happening until after the hack.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Blerk

    Someone has to be the ‘host’ for the game, surely? So if the hacker’s hosting, he can do what he likes, yes? That’s a complete guess, btw. :-D

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DEADEYES

    Hahhahaha, finally games on consoles need protection not from the system, but from itselves -> that’s means we’ll see “crack” for console games not so far, PC gamers now can laugh! =))

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Blerk

    Video. Nasty!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Rhythm

    For stuff that I play online with friends this isn’t really a problem but it seems to have royally fucked up Demon’s Souls and promises to devastate TDU2 next month :-(

    #21 4 years ago
  22. EscoBlades

    Yes Blerk.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Psychotext

    Users running around with admin level rights in a multiplayer game… fun.

    /smh

    #23 4 years ago
  24. OlderGamer

    The solution is Onlive(or some other cloud based gaming).

    Physical hardware can be hacked.

    Basicly everything happens on your system and then gets reported/displayed at the server side of the service like xbl/psn/steam. But, if the whole game was hosted and played server side, and highly highly encrypted … might be a solution.

    I just beat Fear 2 on Onlive this weekend. The service plays flawlessly. Zero lag, maxed out graphics. I played on a laptop that can’t even run Titan Quest on low settings.

    Maybe what these hackers are really showing us is that the traditional model of gaming is obsolete? Maybe new thinking is in order. Making a new Playstation isn’t going to solve anything, it will just get hacked too.

    While I don’t feel that the PS3 hacking in this case will spell doom for PS3, it didn’t kill xb360, I think it could get out of hand. Esp if the hacking targets the actual services of PSN and XBL. I stoped playing WoW because both of my accounts have been repeatidly hacked.

    In the end it maybe something live Cloud. or it may be something that games become DD only and must be online verified before, during, and after playing so the proccess can be monitered closer. Hacking is far more sophisticated then it used to be. And we aren’t playing Offline SP SNES games anymore. It certianly a challange for the game industry.

    Maybe some good will come out of it, maybe some of the NA price fixing will lighten up. If it drives prices down, could be a silver lining.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. McLovin85

    Hopefully Sony can just ultimately ban these users and their PS3s from PSN so they can’t play online this would cut down the numbers of hackers/cheaters etc. straight away.

    It’s just that Sony haven’t been in this situation this generation so it will probably take a bit of time before they have set up a process for doing this.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Yoshi

    WTF??!!! The Wii and Xbox have been hacked too f**k since launch and now because the PS3 has finally been hacked everyone is only JUST realising its not a good thing?!!!

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Kuwabara

    This is great news.Hopefully all those idiots can move to a better game, KILLZONE3!

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Keivz

    Wait, Demon Soul’s has been affected? I was planning on getting that game, too. Is the online experience now ruined?

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Lord_Rahl

    This is old news. This same thing has been going on with the 360 for a long time now so why now have all the fuss?

    Sony started a war they thought they could win when they decided to cripple people’s consoles THEY own by removing other OS. That was Sony’s way of shooting a salvo over the hackers head saying “hey you can’t touch me”. All the hackers wanted were to have their Linux and homebrew and they could care less about piracy or game cheating. However the process it took to get the ability back on their console that they paid for resulted in what you see now with the cheaters and such.

    I 100% support people who want to do whatever the hell they want with the hardware they paid their hard earned money on. How many of you would like if their TV manufacture came into your house and removed your TV ability to play MTV because they don’t like rap? Or how about they remove Fox news because they don’t like conservatives?

    That is what Sony did to ALL OF YOU! It does not matter if you could care less about homebew or Linux the point is that they have decided that none of you own that nice expensive peace if hardware sitting in your living room that you enjoy playing your games on. I don’t know about you but I don’t like ANYONE telling me what I can or can’t do with something I bought and paid for and nether should you. For now it is inly game consoles and some electronics. Where will it end?

    There is a thing called consumer rights and that is being taken away from you one small piece at a time and you all should be pissed.

    Again this all started because Sony was afraid someone would load an nes emulator on Linux that someone legally installed onto their consoles hard drive. Now it has leaded into what we have now.

    Sony’s only recourse is to instant ban every PS3 that loads homebrew, pirated software, and game cheats. To this end I totally agree with Sony doing this and HOPE they start implementing it right away. THESE MODIFIED CONSOLES DO NOT BELONG OS PSN or Live for that matter on the 360 side of things.

    BUT DAMNIT DONT EVER TELL ME WHAT I CAN OR CAN’T DO WITH MY CONSOLE OFFLINE!

    #29 4 years ago
  30. LOLshock94

    wtf why is everyone crying like bitches about a fucking company that doesnt give a shit about you or the workers fucking idiots yous all are. and its not like everyone is going to use these mods and shit so grow some and suck is

    #30 4 years ago
  31. lexph3re

    Hehehe…. ^someone doesn’t understand the user agreement they agreed to when they took their console online do they? Its a difference between modding your console and never going online. But, the moment you go online your subjected to a completely new user agreement.

    Also, t.v takes away from us all the time. Lol. Rememeber the whole digital t.v conversion. You were told “hey, buy a converter or new t.v or you can’t watch these free public channels!” Anything you don’t make your subjected to the “creators” terms. Removing the os on ps3 was not a huge deal the only people it really effected was the air force and I think they let them keep that feature.

    But, since your so against people telling you you can’t play what you buy. How are your views on buying a 60 dollar game and the realise you can’t access the multiplayer unless you pay for the online service? Or how about when you buy internet from a cable provider they cut the basic cable you received because its in the internets cable cord?

    A business doesn’t ask for people to hack, or steal from them. They actually do ask that you don’t mistreat or use the product that they supply to you. All you can do is accept it or not.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Lord_Rahl

    lexph3re, Why do you assume just because someone buys a console that they want to take it online? How does one accept a user agreement if they dont want a PSN account?

    As I said people who use PSN should never change their consoles ability to do anything other than what Sony wants them to do because they did agree to such a contract. People who break their contract should be banned. But had Sony not taken that first step in this war those losers who think they must cheat to play on PSN would not have that ability now.

    And your analogy about an outside source of content changing their broadcast signals don’t apply. Now had you said that Universal Studios came into my house and told me that I can’t play a DVD that I bought because they are afraid I may play it for my neighbors when they visit then that would apply.

    If console manufacturers want to dictate what you can or can’t do with their hardware then they need to change their business from selling their consoles to renting them. If they want to dictate their terms of use to a consumer then make sure nobody can ever buy their console and only rent it for a monthly fee.

    Again this all comes down to Sony’s actions that resulted in this mess.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. XxT_I_K_IxX_PR

    Instant banning problem solved.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. mackb0lan

    LMAO. Bowling is a fag. I can’t believe anyone pays him.

    #34 4 years ago

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  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]