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Activision financials: Revenue at $4.8 billion, major franchise cuts include Guitar Hero and True Crime

Wednesday, 9 February 2011 21:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Activision has posted its annual earnings and earnings forQ4 2010, while confirming earlier reports it has canceled the Guitar Hero series and True Crime: Hong Kong.

What happened?

The Guitar Hero business disbanded and 2011′s game canned.

True Crime canned.

Around 500 staff laid off.

First Strike Black Ops DLC hitting PS3 on March 3.

No Blizzard release this year, but two coming in 2012.

No Acti music or skateboarding games in 2011.

Beachhead studio formed to work on CoD digital content.

According to CEO Bobby Kotick: “Due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing’s Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011. The company also will stop development on True Crime: Hong Kong. These decisions are based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.”

Year end and Q4 financials

Activision Blizzard reported results well above Wall Street’s expectations. Net revenues came in at $4.80 billion, compared with $4.78 billion in 2009. Revenues from digital channels for the calendar year were more than $1.5 billion, an increase of more than 20 percent year-over-year.

For the fourth quarter ending December 31, net revenue came in at $2.55 billion, compared to the same period in 2009, when it reported revenues of $2.50 billion. Revenues from digital channels for the quarter were more than $470 million, an increase of 40 percent year-over-year.

Analysts expected revenue of $2.2 billion, and given Activision’s conservative nature, its 2011 guidance may be “slightly below” investors’ current expectations.

Such a boon in revenue and earnings can attributed to strong sales for Call of Duty: Black Ops, a game which sold over $1 billion in its first six weeks at retail. Analysts expected 20 million copies of Black Ops to be moved during the quarter, but it looks like that figure may be a lot higher.

“Because of focus and disciplined execution, 2010 was another extraordinary year for Activision Blizzard,” he said. “We made some of the best games we have ever made in over 30 years of being in the interactive entertainment business. We benefited from new content releases for two of the world’s most successful online entertainment franchises: Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty: Black Ops and Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, a new installment in the world’s largest subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

“During the year, we grew our net revenues, delivered record earnings, achieved record GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins of 11 percent and 29 percent, respectively, and generated $1.4 billion in operating cash flow.

“The amount of players online with Black Ops is equal to the number of Netflix subs.” – Kotick.

“Activision Blizzard’s key franchises have larger audience bases than ever before and we continue to see significantly enhanced user activity and engagement for our expanding online communities. Our revenues from digital channels, which now account for over 30 percent of our overall revenues, were driven by increased sales of Activision Publishing’s Call of Duty map packs and value-added services for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft.

“Notably, since Call of Duty: Black Ops was launched in November players have spent an average of 52 minutes per day playing online, roughly equivalent to the 55 minutes that the average user spends each day on Facebook. As of February 2, 2011, more than 27 million gamers have played Call of Duty games online, logging more than 2 billion hours, or the equivalent of more than 229,000 years of gameplay.”

The company plans to buy back stock as well, which will see it repurchase up to $1.5 billion in outstanding common stock.

No new releases for Blizzard in 2011

CFO Thomas Tippl said during the financial call to investors, that the company’s outlook of 2011 does not include a new Blizzard game, but instead expects the developer to release two titles in 2012 – possibly the new MMO and Diablo III – but no one would confirm which titles when asked by numerous analysts on the call. Blizzard is good for one major release a year, it was explained, and the firm wanted to wait on a Diablo III release this year, because quality matters to Blizzard above anything else. If the game happened to release this year, it would be because Blizzard believed it to be ready, but don’t expect it.

Development on Diablo III is going well, but until it goes into beta, a release date will not be locked in. No date is set, because there isn’t one.

Mike Morhaime, president and a co-founder of Blizzard, said net income was $850 million for the developer this year. While he would not go into detail on the difference between digital and retail sales of Cataclysm, retail carried “the lion’s share,” of sales.

“Our outlook for 2011 does not include a new Blizzard game, but two titles are expected in 2012.” – Tippl.

StarCraft II is approaching 4.5 million units sold worldwide, and over 150, 000 maps have been uploaded onto Battle.net. Information on Heart of the Swarm, the first of three planned expansions for the game, is coming in the next few months, and information on the beta will appear in the next financial call.

“Blizzard significantly evolved its direct digital distribution capabilities with the launch of its new Battle.net service and saw players embrace its service offerings in record numbers,” said CEO Bobby Kotick.

The cancellation of the Guitar Hero series and True Crime

CFO Thomas Tippl said the firm does not plan to release any new music or skateboarding games in 2011, and due to the cancellation of True Crime: Hong Kong, along with the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero series, it would result in the loss of about 500 out of 7000 positions at Activision Publishing which is roughly 4 percent of sector’s total workforce. However, Tippl said due to the firm heavily investing in Blizzard and Call of Duty, “net head count at end of year is probably not going to be materially different.”

Business Highlights

Blizzard just turned 20 years old. A lot of same employees still work there.

Cataclysm has sold through more than 4.7 million copies in its first month and has more than 12 millions subs.

Black Ops was the first game to surpass $650 million in sales during its first five days. To date, the game has achieved more than $1 billion in retail sales worldwide.

Total unique Black Ops players increased by more than 49 percent over the number of players of Modern Warfare for the first three months after each game’s release.

Black Ops: First Strike set XBL records with more than 1.4 million downloads in first 24 hours, an increase of more than 25% over Modern Warfare 2′s Stimulus Package.

First Strike will be released on PC “later in the quarter”, out March 3 on PS3.

Strong double digital growth worldwide in Black Ops popularity.

Eric Hirshberg, COO of Activision Publishing, said the firm did not feel True Crime: Hong Kong would compete in the open world genre, and it wasn’t going to be “good enough.” So, it was canceled for quality purposes and was “the right decision for the right reasons.”

Demand for the music game genre declined at a “considerable pace,” despite the favorable reception of Activision’s particular offerings and those of its competitors.

“We simply cannot make these games profitable based on current market and demands,” said Hirshberg.

The COO also said without saying which studio was developing the newest title in the series, that the Call of Duty franchise was at “the epicenter of online gaming,” and a new FPS was in the works.

Hirshberg also said the firm expects the installed base of online-enabled consoles to increase 24 percent to 92 million this year.

More DLC is planned for Black Ops, First Strike will land on PS3 March 3 with PC getting it later in the quarter.

Other titles in the works include Spider-Man, Transformers and X-Men, along with a “broad entertainment franchise which brings together toys, games and online in an unprecedented way,” which will be announced at the Toyfair next week on February 23.

Also, a new Family Guy game is in the works. Giggity.

Beachhead Studios to create online content for Call of Duty

It was announced during the financial call to investors, that Activision had formed a new studio called Beachhead, which will create new digital content for the Call of Duty series. The studio will lead the creation of an all-new digital platform for the CoD franchise, complete with a suite of online services to “super charge the online experience,” while “integrating online and console together for the first time.”

The Beachhead project has been in development for over a year, and more information on the studio along with content and services plans will be announced at a later date.

“Beachhead will create the best-in-class online community, exclusive content, and a suite of services to supercharge the online gaming experience like never before,” explained CFO Thomas Tippl. “The platform will support in-game integration and bring online experiences and console play together for the first time. The platform has been in development for over a year and we’re very excited about the increased value we can bring to the community.

“We look forward to sharing more specifics on this exciting new endeavor with you in the near future.”

Eric Hirshberg added during this segment of the call, that a new standalone Call of Duty title was in development for the Chinese market. It is to be a free-to-play, micro-transaction based game, and while he didn’t say if Beachhead had any input in it, Hirshberg did mention that it would not be released this year.

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32 Comments

  1. Razor

    27 million

    Holy Jesus Christ.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    Does BO have 27M or does he mean that 27M have played a cod online?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. LePlatypus

    @2 The latter.

    Could we see a CoD 2011 announcement soon?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    Tippl said in the last call we’d hear more on this year’s iteration of CoD in this call, if I remember correctly.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    ^^Oh goodie nothing like reinventing the wheel each and every year. Acti does that so well, I mean just look at GH and TH ….oh, wait.

    Personialy, I can not wait till the FPS bubble pops.

    Not sure it will, lest not soon, but I would get out of my chair and dance in the damn living room.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    I still think they should not cancel True Crime game.
    Activision had an opportunity to have it’s own GTA franchise. Whats the problem?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. LePlatypus

    The games market is over saturating too quickly now. FPS’ will soon be gone.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. LePlatypus

    @6 The fact that it doesn’t have the same marketing appeal as GTA?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    It’d be fucking AMAZING if the COD bubble suddenly burst. It won’t happen, of course, but just imagine! :-D

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    @7 That would make sense if FPSes suddenly became popular out of nowhere, instead of being an exponential progression over two decades.

    The actio FPS has been a staple since the mid 90′s, they’re not going away simply because less talented studios get to make some token shooters.

    The only thing that could do is eliminate those less talented studios at the expense of a temporary marginal loss for the more talented ones, which is hardly going to destroy any of them, any time soon.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. M2Kx

    Why not Blerk? To be honest, I don’t expect anything good from the “new” Call of Duty, and I think, that I’m not alone at the moment.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Hunam

    Seems more and more like Acti are just going to bottle down and focus on the games they can sell. Although it’s concerning if they are trying to get more hands on with Blizzard. Although I can see Blizzard doing a management buyout once the CoD goose stops laying golden eggs and seeing Acti crash and burn. I mean EA struggled but they always had their Sports division to keep them going.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. The_Red

    Let’s how they will milk Call of Duty franchise now that there is no more Guitar Hero games. How long before the COD is whored like GH (With 3-4 different games a year)?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. NeoSquall

    This bars Activision Blizzard from my white list of developers/publishers.

    I’d gladly scrape my balls with a rusty shaver rather than buying a game from them.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Callum

    Guys…the FIFA franchise has been milked for decades…trust me…COD is here to stay. It’s the same people buying both games, and it’s probably the only two games they buy per year.

    Thanks god for indie developers! All hail Team Meat!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    Fair point Callum, but I think it’s easier to buy the exclusive rights to the worlds biggest leagues and keep everybody else out of the race than it is to create the pan-ultimate shooter and keep it that way.

    CoD is facing some serious challenges to renew itself. It does have an old engine, it does have a new team leading the main contender, and it does have three developers grinding away at the current one on top of that. The odds are really stacked.

    That being said, I think EA have fucked over their buyers just as blatantly with their sportsgames from time to time. A Madden game only selling 5 million copies in six months is a disgrace, and should be a wake-up call, but I think the idea is that as long as you can sell 5 million copies on a mediocre effort, then good enough is good enough.

    They’re filling their games with commercials and completely disregarding the people who like myself were once very likely to pick up a new iteration on release day. NHL used to be one of my favourite sports games, now it’s just incredible to see the same flaws making it into every new version.

    They almost lost Fifa to PES a few years ago, in spite of sitting on all the valuable licences. Something is just very wrong, and people don’t seem to care very much.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. AHA-Lambda

    HOLY SHIT!!!!

    This is a freaking GIGATON!
    Guitar hero? DEAD
    DJ hero and tony hawk? might aswell be dead, they’ll be next
    true crime (and potentially the hope of new ip outside of the bungie deal?) DEAD
    A 5th CoD studio dedicated to digital services? I do NOT like the sound of that AAAAHH!!!

    So to sum up activision we have:
    CoD
    blizzard
    licenced crap
    and prototype 2?

    unbelieveable bloody unbelievable for a company this size to be so fucking closed minded. I hope CoD dies soon and it changes their fucking business model.

    A company is supposed to diversify their portfolio of products and make improvements to them when quality and/or sales fall. But no activision has always been the milk it till its dry and then cut their losses type. I cant believe they would cancel whole IPs and fire a significant percentage of their workforce after posting a record breaking revenue such as that.

    I fucking hate this company so damned much >:(

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Anders

    So Diablo 3 and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm in 2012, then. Sweet.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Hunam

    I hope they don’t cancel prototype 2. Really looking forward to that.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Crysis

    Aww, C’mon! I was really interested in True Crime, fuck you ActiVision, I hope CoD flops!

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    @AHA-Lambda, you forgot to mention new Bungie crappy game that is also included.

    I wish for one thing, i don’t care much, but Activision need a lesson. I hope that Respawn entertainment will create something that will finish Call Of duty.
    I probably will not care about that casual crap they always create (but damn, they made Medal Of Honor in the past that was freakin awesome.)

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    @18 Just want to go on record saying I called it on Diablo 3 :p 2011 would’ve been way too early for a Blizzard game.

    @AHA-Lambda Companies are supposed to make money. Nothing else.

    Cutting staff while posting profits is extremely attractive to investors, and certainly much more so than a bloated company full of excess paid for by the shareholders.

    And they aren’t supposed to do anything except to keep making money.

    This is universal to any business, and you probably wouldn’t like very many of them.

    Although I agree that their line-up is looking very conservative, it’s still highly profitable. With all the capital they have compared to everybody else, it’s a shame that Activision doesn’t try to expand more on talent than they do.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. drewbles82

    Glad i chose rock band over guitar hero since their library of tracks wont be getting any bigger.Yes rock band 3 cud have done better but they did the dumbest thing and released it a wk b4 blackops and same day as fable 3, plus they werent shipping with the keyboard or the pro guitars, dont understand why they thought it was a good time.
    anyway call of duty is getting boring, i prefer mw2 style to black ops but releasing one every yr is 2 much. I liked the first true crime so id have liked 2 see a new one.
    all we eva hear lately is ppl being laid off etc, not gonna be much left.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    TWENTY SEVEN MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILION!

    That’s some serious business.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. back_up

    they will earn more if they cancel games for PC

    #25 4 years ago
  26. orakaa

    DAMN !!! I was so expecting True Crime Hong Kong, and the game seemed on its way for its final polish (saw some previews which were quite good)…. but no “let’s stick to WOW and COD”.

    Great… -____-

    #26 4 years ago
  27. dtyk

    Ok, True crime Hong Kong is literally 2 months away from shipping and I know that for a fact. I can’t fathom why they would ever cut a game at that stage when its got the polish and the substance.

    Most likely just wanna not spend any advertising money and MILK THE SHIT out of WoW and CoD

    #27 4 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    After playing Rift, WoW can shows its self to door.

    I just got my preorder and 6 months of founders subscription(that 9.99/month). I am ready to roll w/last beta on the 15th, and with Headstart on the 24th.

    So I leave wow to chinnese gold farmers and account thieves. Good ridence.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. hitnrun

    Wow, unbelievable. Not this announcement, per se, but sort of the slow motion car wreck that is <a href="http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/12/05/"Activision's business plan.

    Guitar Hero could have been a franchise with near-eternal enthusiasm, like Mario party-games and Halo. Instead Kotick and friends moved the production schedule to annual, and then, incredibly, bi-annual, and then, farcically, bi-annual with a concurrent spin-off.

    Now the series is not even worth the trouble of a desultory release. Three years ago it was the most powerful name in the industry. That has to be some kind of record.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. hitnrun

    D’oh, linkfail.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. OlderGamer

    The power of Acti I guess.

    One of those things where they ride the horse as fast for as far as they can get. then the horse dies and they get on a new horse. They could careless about the games, the franchises, the gamers, or sadly, the people that work hard to make those games.

    But hey everybody, its ok, there is a new CoD being made right now! So buy those BO map packs now, and we can do it all over again in just a few months!

    #31 4 years ago
  32. shaneob

    Does anyone know how to get hold of the financials of just the Tony Hawks games (from the first to the latest)??

    Just doing some research on it, and can only find sales figures or financials on Activision.

    Thanks in advance

    #32 4 years ago

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    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]