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Confirmed – Activision chops Guitar Hero and True Crime, no music or Hawk games in ’11

Wednesday, 9 February 2011 21:30 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Activision’s just announced it has canned development on True Crime: Hong Kong as well as “disband” the Guitar Hero business unit.

It said in the financial release for its full-year fiscal 2011 financial report that “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.”

On True Crime, it added that it would “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.”

In a statement on its website, developer United Front Games said it was “sorry” it did not finish the project.

“We are sorry we did not get a chance to complete this project with Acitivision, but we understand why,” the statement reads.

“We are both committed to doing quality games and nothing less. Maybe we will have a chance to work together in the future, but in the meantime we are setting our creative sites on a different horizon.”

Furthermore, Activision COO Thomas Tippl has just confirmed in the company’s financial call that no Tony Hawk games will be released in 2011 as well as other music titles from the company, meaning no DJ Hero sequel this year.

It follows according reports from GI and Eurogamer that GH and TC would be canned outright with layoffs at DJ Hero developer Freestyle Games.

GI also claims that the publisher will now focus on three of its key brands: Call of Duty, StarCraft and World of Warcraft.

BioWare developer Manveer Heir, who used to work at Activision-owned Raven Software, also claims that Vicarious Visions has suffered layoffs.

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53 Comments

  1. artursz1993

    no no no, it can’t be true

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB

    Sorry to see Guitar Hero go, but it’s probably for the best.

    No one’s going to miss the rest of that crap at least.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    Regardless of what you think of Activision or its IPs, this is big. Gigaton big.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Suikoden Fan

    wow thats fucking big, i mean hong kong was next to finished right?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Razor

    Call of Duty next :)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. M2Kx

    What the hell is wrong with them? Come clear Acti…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. spiderLAW

    Whoah, this is huge. Guitar Hero finished? Thats crazy!

    True Crime Hong Kong was looking good! Y cancel?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Aimless

    In Guitar Hero‘s case it’s more like the game’s finally stopped struggling.

    Surprised they aren’t pushing True Crime out given that it must be close to finished. I guess they’ve so little faith in it they aren’t even going to bother attempting to recoup their investment.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Crab of Thunder

    Holy Crap, sad news indeed, especially on the guys who worked on True Crime… :(

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Michael O’Connor

    Seriously? Three whole franchise, two of which aren’t even technically Activision’s?

    I’m finding this entire story a real stretch. Why the hell would they cancel True Crime: Hong Kong anyway? The game was looking amazing.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Suikoden Fan

    wonder who gets the spiderman name then as acti wont want that anymore will they?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Shaz37k

    wow that’s shocking

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    Speechless…

    What are they doing? So basically Activision will only make Call Of duty.

    But True Crime looked really nice to be honest…

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Michael O’Connor

    If this is true… Jesus Christ Activision.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. spiderLAW

    Well maybe they are cancelling to put focus on a new IP they might have been working on.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    What the flying fuck is wrong with Bobby Kotick?

    Did he sleep on the wrong side last night?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. CaptPierce

    While no one will miss the GH series much nowadays, why cancel a good looking game like True Crime? They say the fans wanted it, they give it to us and now only months before the game’s released they cancel it?

    Yeah, fuck Activision. The last of my cash to them went with Black Ops and I sold that piece of shit. And I call that a 100% positive win. :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    I don’t see the big deal about True Crime. It looked like a generic TPS game to me, just like the original.

    Maybe I’ve missed some crucial videos or some such, but the stuff I saw looked pretty awkward and boring.

    The fact that they moved it into 11 pretty much means that it was a long way from done, which is sadly a theme with Activision. Prototype had the same problem.

    They could be trying to send a message to shareholders that they aren’t going to release a game that’ll only make half its money back, when they can simply cut it off, reduce their expenses, and go for bigger franchises.

    But that’s all speculation really. Regardless I don’t think it’s a very good idea to bet on a handful of franchises, even if they’re golden for a good while yet.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    @18 I was lucky enough to get a preview of True Crime behind closed doors at E3 last year. It looked really impressive. It was super slick for a sandbox game, atmosphere was incredible.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Suikoden Fan

    http://twitter.com/#!/geoffkeighley

    #20 4 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    Wonder how long before they start making console spin offs with the words “….Craft” in it?

    I see a NEW action adventure(rpg light) based tps of War/star Craft heading out in a year or two.

    And yes a new CoD every 8months.

    If they were smart they would have doing a Diablo III day and date for PC/PS3/xb360. But this is acti, they are too smart. Obviously.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. JimFear-666

    YEAH!!! FINALLY NO MORE GUITAR HERO!!! :D

    but i dont understand why they still make some crap shity tony hawk pro faggot…

    #22 4 years ago
  23. dandan123

    WTF why? why? why? no more true crime man i loved the gameplay in that game

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Blerk

    True Crime had been delayed for ages and looked kind of crappy anyway, I’m not really surprised about that. Guitar Hero is more surprising, I guess last year’s model just wasn’t worth the effort. The arse has sort of fallen out of the music game business.

    So basically we’re just going to get Call of Duty games from now on, then? Awesome. Well done, Acti – you have messed up good.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    You know, not for nothing, but if they are focusing so much on CoD, the little voice in the back of my mind says “here come to CoD subscription plans”.

    Or World of CoD. Samething really.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. mafuyu

    What about Star Wars Games?

    http://translate.google.de/translate?u=http://www.unleashed2.de/news.php&sl=de&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Johnny Cullen

    More added in. No Hawk or further music titles this year, meaning no DJ Hero sequel this year.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. JimFear-666

    Im still surprised that activision cancelled gh since they are probably the worst publisher ever and kotick is probably the biggest douche bag on earth

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Blerk

    So… what the fuck are they releasing? :-D

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    “..no Tony Hawk games won’t be released in 2011″.

    Loop hole, or bad grammer…you decide.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Robbins

    At least United front games who did true crime are safe, because of the successful Modnation Racers released last year, maybe they can change things and transfer True Crime to EA…………….. and fuc* guitar hero

    #31 4 years ago
  32. The_Red

    @29
    More, more and MOAAARE Call of Duty Of course!

    #32 4 years ago
  33. SplatteredHouse

    @29: eh…Prototype 2? Perhaps. Which is with some other character in the lead, and has no more, and probably less interest in it, than True Crime HK had. If they said P2 had been ditched, then that’s not such a bitter pill, because they just showed a trailer, release date…But, TC: HK was on it’s way, I expected it would be shown big at E3, and launched shortly after. But that ain’t happening now. Sad day.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. daytripper

    they only had true crime previews/hands on updates last week, saying how polished it was and the weapon variety was good, one preview said it was close to completion. seriously, these guys are taking the piss, they should of had a fair idea how the game was going ages ago, twats.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. SplatteredHouse

    VG, what’s going on with Beenox, and Spidey? Acti recently affirmed that they were the Spider-Man franchise team, but if they’re cutting back!

    #35 4 years ago
  36. SplatteredHouse

    @21
    (oh, no edit)
    Ghost? Why wouldn’t that reappear, if they do as you suggest. I can see it becoming a console download game, honestly. There must have been a lot of hammering and moulding and work done to that project between the years and teams, only ever officially shelved, that they could probably use, or adapt.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. xino

    wtf man!?

    is the gaming industry in danger with the damn recession???

    more people out of jobs now! this will put more pressure on new comers in the gaming industry harder to find jobs:/

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Dark

    @29 They will keep releasing COD every FUCKING MONTH!
    and guess what? pepole will still buy there crap.

    @33 Prototype 2 was announced for 2012.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Suikoden Fan

    so no music games this year so not an outright discontinue

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Callum

    Wow, bit of a megaton much?!

    I hope to god this move won’t effect the quality of future Starcraft and Warcraft titles because Activision are now ‘Focusing’ on them…it sounds a bit odd to me.

    What is going on in the world?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. AsILayDying

    totally gutted to see True Crime Hong Kong go, hopefully someone will pick it up somehow, as for Guitar Hero all i can say it
    “You will Be missed”

    #41 4 years ago
  42. daytripper

    never going to happen but i would the next call of duty to perform poorly at retail and from a cricital aspect

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Frank17

    guitar metallica is the only one i liked. it was time for guitar hero 2 move on, those music games got lame. and tony hawk was sweet on the n64 and playstation 1 i didnt know they made that many games.and true crime LOLOLOL thats all

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Soong

    “no Tony Hawk games won’t be released in 2011 as well as other music titles from the company”

    Oh dear.

    “no Tony Hawk games will be released in 2011 and neither will other music titles from the company”

    There you go :)

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Crysis

    I just don’t get it, not even a week ago CVG was previewing True Crime believing that it could be 2011′s most polished open-world game.
    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/286085/previews/true-crime-hong-kong-2011s-most-polished-open-world/

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Mourinho

    If they think “CoD era” will last forever they are fucking wrong. I give it two more years.
    They still have that Bungie game and I hope it will be amazing (as Halo is :) ).

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Johnny Cullen

    @44 Jesus. I didn’t even see that until now. Fixed. Thanks for the spot.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Crysis

    @46, I agree, ActiVision has the bad habit of putting all their eggs in the one basket. Acti tends to milk their franchises til they’re completely dry & then they continue milking til they rip the nipple off before Acti works out that they have gone wrong, yet they continue to make the same mistakes with other franchises.
    I personally think the industry needs a drastic change, there’s no longer any room for ‘just good’ games but we also miss out on some classic gems.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. G1GAHURTZ

    The games industry’s been as brutal as this for years.

    I don’t know why people are so surprised.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Crysis

    @49, Because it seems to be getting worst.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Blerk

    So, according to Eurogamer’s report Activision they only things left after the axe fell aside from COD, Starcraft and Warcraft are that crappy looking X-Men game, new Spider-Man, Family Guy, Total Wipeout and Transformers tie-ins, and a new Cabela’s Hunting game.

    Whoo. Go Activision.

    No, really. GO Activision.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. G1GAHURTZ

    Don’t forget Prototype 2.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Blerk

    It’s really easy to forget Prototype 2.

    #53 4 years ago

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    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • 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, […]