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Bilson: “It would be horrible” if new hardware came out right now

Wednesday, 19 January 2011 12:03 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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THQ core boss Danny Bilson has told Eurogamer “it would be horrible” if new hardware appeared now.

“It would be horrible. But I think they all know our model’s broken anyway,” he said, speaking at the publisher’s New York event last week.

“It still costs us a fortune to make games on this platform. If they’re going to up the scale, up the art, up the content, I don’t know how to make that and sell it to anybody for under $100 a game. Who wants to do that? It’s bad for everybody.

“As long as we’re creatively satisfied as gamers by what we’re getting, I’m really satisfied. I still see cooler stuff, better stuff. So much is in the software engineering and working with the technology. I look at games and I go, wow, how did they get such great characters?”

Although a new set of home consoles isn’t on the horizon, a new batch of handheld wars will begin this year with the release of 3DS and PSP2. Bilson said THQ is fully supporting the former, but what about the latter?

“No comment. I really can’t comment on hardware that’s going to be announced soon.”

PSP2 is set to be announced at a business overview and strategy meeting by Sony next Thursday, as first reported by VG247 last week.

3DS launch details for Europe and the US will be confirmed later this afternoon. More details here.

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28 Comments

  1. AHA-Lambda

    He’s completely right, we need to:
    -lower dev budgets
    -get tiered pricing
    -and go digital

    Cos the $60 retail model is broken. Right now gaming is in the same position the music industry was in before iTunes really.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Mike W

    I agree with him when it comes to the PS3 and Xbox 360. However, I really think it’s time for Nintendo to release an HD console.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. xxJPRACERxx

    I don’t think this will cost a lot more. Game assets are already created in higher details than game engine can render. Having more polygons and higher detail maps on your models won’t cost more to make. Having better draw distance and better AA/AF won’t cost more to make. Same thing for physics. The only people that’ll have more work are programmers.

    And I even think maybe cost will go down. If we have hardware powerful enough to render high-detail models, artists won’t have to make low-poly version of their models and bake normal maps. But this will probably be for the next-next gen consoles.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. ybfelix

    @JPRACER: Apparently it’s like an arm race, at the beginning they were content to make graphics like last-gen, only with higher image quality, then someone ups the ante on gfx department, and everyone starts to raise, and so does the cost.

    And gamers would call out if they bought an expensive new console but not getting visibly better screenshots

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    How much better can games graphics really get?

    Glad I am leaning more and more towards being a Steam Gamer exclusivly. I am getting to the point where I use my xb360/psn more for other media(netflix/dvds/tv and movie downloads/BR) then I do for games. Most games I buy are bargin bin or DD.

    Overall I agree with Lamba.

    I am waiting for Console based Cloud gaming. Onlive has a mini console(micro small, works great), I figure the next gen of consoles should include a cloud/streaming games service. 20usd a month/unlimited play = the sweat spot.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Isuru86

    The same Bilson from Goliath National Bank ?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    I agree, OG.

    I think the next gen of consoles will probably be heavily cloud focused.

    But I think that after that, no consoles or phsyical mediaat all. Just cloud services and subscription models.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I can imagine saves and such going to the cloud next time out, but not streaming games. For large parts of the world the broadband infrastructure just isn’t capable of supporting that yet. Hell, wasn’t there a stat just a few months back that a very large percentage of people hadn’t even hooked their console up to the ‘net?

    I imagine we’ll get one more run with discs but with brand new games increasingly available at launch via download as well. After that, we’ll see.

    As for the expense, I (and many other) people have said numerous times that the Nintendo model is the way to keep costs down next time around – the new machines keeping the architecture and APIs of this generation but just dialling everything up to 11. More memory, more cores, more processing power, latest graphics revisions, etc. etc.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Crysis

    @7, Highly doubt it, although i do believe that both MS & Sony will heavily emphasize on Downloads, hopefully with same day releases as retail at competitive prices with frequent sales.

    Not everyone is connected to the internet, not everybody connected to the internet has strong, fast & reliable connections so I can’t imagine cloud gaming becoming a viable standard within the next 10-15 years, not to mention if retail is cut out of the picture, we’ll have MS, Sony & possibly Ninty dictating our prices & i quite frankly don’t like that idea, but i don’t believe Ninty has the revenue to put that much emphasis on such expensive services so they could very well be out of the hardware game by that time, no one here will agree with me but it’s not that far fetched.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    Part of the argument for better quality hardware, is that developers are having to create high quality artwork and assets for games, but the hardware is so memory constrained by todays standards, that it’s all having to be spat out as low quality textures.

    In terms of artwork, I think we’re at, – or more or less approaching – the “good enough” level for most people, even core gamers, so taking that artwork and presenting it all in crisp uncompressed form, along with a nice 1080p resolution and 60fps/3D with oodles of lighting/particle and mapping techniques means the visual quality of games could take a significant leap without game budgets spiralling out of control.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. lexph3re

    Lol. Cloud based services/onlive are very finicky. Remember the phantom? Yeah I know you don’t because barely anyone does because it never launched. The phantom is the exact same thing as onlive. But, the problem with that is exactly as the above mentioned. Not everyone around the world has dedicated internet streaming capabilities.

    A core console is essential at this point in time of technological advancement. Until gaming is achieved in more the 8% of a population. They can’t take a chance with high development and a locked fee. The business model would be more like 20/mnth for a set limit of gaming like 6-10 games a month. And. 40-60/mnth for unlimited gaming access. Onlive just seems great due to its new face in the community.

    But, if sony,ms,or nin all jump on that band wagon the competition would add to thee price, features, and “exclusives”.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Couple of things come to mind:

    The Nintendo way of doing things consolewise would mean that we won’t see new systems for about 5more years, at least. The Wii is essentialy the GC 1.5. Last gens tech, making this gens xb360/ps3 next gens 1.5 of sorts. If ya follow me.

    No doubt this gen should have an extended lifecycle. But who knows how long. I think if they wait too long the industry might fatigue a bit.

    I recall people saying the same thing about HD and online as they now say about broadband being viable.

    The key isn’t replacing Disc/DD games with streamed ones, but instead offering them as an extension of your service.

    Think Netflix.

    As far as Phantom goes, I do remember reading about that. But please keep in mind that before we have super sonic jets, we had prop biplanes, and before that a long line of failed attempts.

    I think streaming services are the destination. It just makes sense from so many povs(from hacking/price points/standarizations/and more), however how long it will take to get there I don’t know. I recon it will be sooner then some of you might think.

    I also bet Gamestop/Game/walmart/retail will fight it tooth and nail. Then again Netflix. Blockbuster had no vision, they have been replaced by Netflix. But in the end we still have a movie service. Just that it has evolved. Games will go through the same thing someday.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Blerk

    As an option, maybe – it’d be a neat addition. I wonder whether they’d have trouble getting third-party publishers to sign up to that, though?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Crysis

    @12, As an extension service, well we may see it happening soon, but it’ll take a long time before it becomes a more efficient choice than DD or physical media.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    “How much better can games graphics really get?”

    I remember saying this exact quote when I played the first
    NBA Shootout on the original Playstation.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    The interesting thing to me about this is that console owners want computers – and it seems as simple as that. What I see is that whenever PC-like functionality is added to a console, things that PC owners have taken for granted for years, the console crowd goes nuts.

    The exuberantly happy kind of nuts.

    The most recent example of this is the SteamPSN merger, so that the Playstation Network will be getting very Steam-like features. And from many PS3 boards I’ve read nothing but people saying exceedingly positive things, almost shoveling out the praise.

    I think the end point for hardware is that eventually we’ll have two sorts of systems…

    - A closed, proprietary PC which is cheap and connects to a telly.
    - An open, standards-based PC which is expensive and connects to a monitor.

    The more advanced consoles become, the more PC-like they become. That’s not to say that I don’t think Cloud isn’t the future. I actually think that OldGamer is onto something, but I think it’s a little further away than that. We’re all going to need very good connections before Cloud gaming really works out. Cloud gaming is very dependent on fast down and up streams.

    The UK has some pretty spiffy down streams at the moment, but across the country our upload speeds absolutely suck to unforgivable degrees. Not only that, but they’re going to need to spider out a network of servers in every single nation. The reason for this is that they’ll have to lower latency, and this is the only way to really do it.

    The infrastructure for Cloud gaming isn’t really here yet either, then. But it will be, eventually. And I think that Cloud gaming will be absolutely perfect for proprietary systems that can’t be modded. Just like you can’t run mods on a console version of New Vegas these days (except on a jailbroken PS3, and even then it’s difficult), you won’t be able to run mods on a proprietary system.

    Consoles will keep veering more and more toward proprietary systems. The humble home computer will continue to veer away from that until eventually there’s a massive rift between the two.

    The end result will be, as OldGamer thinks, tiny boxes in front of the telly with total access and a monthly subscription, but completely closed and proprietary. The PC will continue to have games which can be bought, but they’ll also operate on a far more open system. And the sorts of games developed for each will likely be very, very different as well.

    It’ll be interesting to watch.

    Eventually though, you’ll have people who want more control over their system and those for whom that control isn’t worth the benefits. Ease of use versus actually knowing what’s happening inside your system and being able to take control over any part of it.

    And proprietary things don’t really work on computers all that much, anyway. The most scary thing we have is World of Warcraft’s Warden. But if you run WoW in WINE under Linux, it essentially neuters Warden regardless.

    As Microsoft move more towards proprietary platform, I can see an increased degree of interest in Linux as well. In fact, I think this is why so many indie developers have been releasing Linux ports lately – it’s not hard to see which way the wind is blowing. And it’s not hard to guess how things will be in a few decades from now.

    [Rambly post ends.]

    #16 4 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    I really don’t think that the transition to cloud gaming will be all that difficult.

    In any case, new technologies usually need a driving force, so to speak, to make people want to get on board.

    Where are most of the games sales made worldwide?

    The US, east asia, and Europe (most of which is the UK).

    Where are the best online infrastructures in the world?

    East asia, Europe and the US. I believe that BT is currently planning on rolling out 1GB broadband by 2015, and you can almost guarantee that the rest of Europe probably won’t be far behind.

    East Asia already has lightening speeds, and although I don’t know any details, I can only assume that the US has more than enough money to invest in something along the same lines.

    Basically, the point is that you can’t really make the arguement that cloud gaming isn’t a viable option because some people in Latvia or Zimbabwe can’t get online.

    Cloud gaming is practically free money for the industry if it’s done correctly.

    Right now, I’m in Saudi Arabia, and I have an internet technology (HSPA+) that’s not even available in the UK yet (afaik). I basically have a mobile internet connection that actually gets speeds of up to 21.6mbps. I’ve been playing CoD:BO on XBL with it (with people in Europe and the US) and getting pretty good connections, without too much difficulty.

    This doesn’t need a land line or underground cable. Just a phone signal.

    I’m pretty sure that within the next few years, technology even better than this will be pretty standard in just about every low budget phone that you can think of, so people can download movies/games/apps by the bucket load at fast speeds.

    What’s to say that a future gen’s consoles won’t come with built in internet technology, just like an iPhone or an iPad? You could even just do it with a sim card in the controller that connects to the cloud, and have it connect to a TV via WiFi.

    The way things are going, it looks to me that within the next 5 or 6 years, we’ll be able to get online just about anywhere in the world at very good speeds.

    Step in Sony/MS/Nintendo/Apple/Sky/Virgin/Whoever else with subscription fee, cloud based gaming systems that work just like satellite TV does right now, and I’m pretty sure that no-one will look back.

    Publishers can have their own channels, people can subscribe to as many as they can afford like.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    ^^Thats pretty much the way I see things going too.

    But whatever will the dedicated fanbois do at that point?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    They’d probably be much the same…

    ‘Stick to NintendoCloud Channel! It teh l337z!!1 xbox and ps cloud hav to many adverts.’

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Overdos3

    I get mad when i read such crap. “NEW HARDWARE”, shut up bilson because there’s always new hardware and evolutions except on the consoles.
    I’m talking about the pc now we’re at the dx11 while the consoles are stuck to dx9 and he’s still crying about the new hardware.
    What peoples should do is to switch to pc and give consoles to their child. This done, devs will get interested in pc platform and we’ll get real new generation games.
    Devs imagination is also going to be tottally free because they’ll not get limited by memory or cpu capability.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. osric90

    I’m totally satisfied with my PlayStation 3 and I think both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have a lot to offer yet. Games are STILL expensive, so, yeah, it would be HELL ON EARTH for developers and gamers. Anyway, a new console with full backwards compatibility, huge and versatile network functions and similar is being waited for all of us… but around 2015 at the earliest…

    #21 4 years ago
  22. MushroomStamp

    Well I’m going to stand up and say, I would LOVE new console hardware. Bring it!!

    #22 4 years ago
  23. jacobvandy

    Development costs spiraling out of control is not the console-maker’s concern. Sorry THQ, you need to evaluate yourselves and figure out how to make good games for cheaper, or else go out of business. Period.

    How many times do one-man indie game makers have to make 6 and 7 figures in their spare time before the big guys realize THEY’RE the ones to blame?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Crysis

    @23, Costs a fuckload to make a fuckload, when you’re working with stronger equipment, you’re EXPECTED to make more powerful games, more powerful games take much more effort, time & resources.
    The only exception to this is Nintendo, people eat up Nintendo shit, no matter how insignificant the differences are & when there is a large difference, it’s normally just a gimmick that it could have done without.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. AHA-Lambda

    @23 – i agree but this is an industry wide thing really not just thq.

    There’s a reason why demon’s souls is a huge success at a couple hundred thousand but 7 million for BC2 isnt good enough cos its still not at CoD levels -_-

    #25 4 years ago
  26. jacobvandy

    @24 But that’s no way to run a business. If you spend $100 million on a game and only sell 200,000 copies, you’re obviously overestimating or otherwise misunderstanding your customers. You can’t let the vocal minority of gamers demanding better graphics and whatever else to dictate the way you make games if it’s going to lead to HUGE losses, which it usually does when the game itself sucks. Ignore the whining and make a product you can be proud of for a cost you can manage.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. xxJPRACERxx

    There’s no reason a game should cost 100+ millions. Look at Gears of War, Crysis, Half-Life. The developement cost is less than 10 millions. Still a lot, but 10 times less than the average game of today and the quality is still really good.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Overdos3

    @21 i dont understand how you can say that your totally satisfied with the ps3 and 360. I’m sure you’ve never tried pc gaming.
    How can you say that you’re satisfied playing at 1024×768 resolution omg this was the resolution of pc like at 5years from now…
    And for those who are saying that they want new hardware it means that they want a pc.

    #28 4 years ago

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    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • 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 […]