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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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  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

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

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

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

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

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

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

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

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

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

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

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

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

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

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

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

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

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

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

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

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

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

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

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

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

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

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

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

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

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

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

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

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

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

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

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

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

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

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

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

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

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

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

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

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

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

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

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

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

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

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

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

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

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

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

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

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

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

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

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

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

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

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

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

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

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

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

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

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

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

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

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

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

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

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

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

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

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