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United Front Games releases statement on True Crime: Hong Kong cancellation

Friday, 11 February 2011 18:47 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

United Front Games has released a brief statement regarding the cancellation of True Crime: Hong Kong over on it’s official website.

Here’s the statement:

TRUE CRIME: We are sorry we did not get a chance to complete this project with Activision, but we understand why. 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 sights on a different horizon. You can keep up with the latest developments at UFG here on our site.

It was announced earlier in the week during a call to investors that the open world shooter being worked on by the ModNation Racers developer was canceled by Activision.

Thanks, GamePolitics.

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34 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    Pathetic to be honest.

    So some studio making shitty Spyro game is creative for ACTI?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. xino

    @1
    True Crime did not meet expectations!

    to me it’s just another open world sandbox game:/

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Michael O’Connor

    @2 Unlike you, I actually got to look at this in action behind closed doors. It was looking incredibly slick for an open world game. It was honestly one of the most engaging discussions with developers I’ve ever had in my career. You could tell everyone was excited about in the room, the journalists and developers alike.

    There was a lot of impressive design at work under the hood in this game. It’s downright sad that something like this got cancelled, while that Spyro crap is still being worked on.

    Same old Activision bullshit as always.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Nozz

    This is a true crime!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    Wait, was this game being made by the same people who did the other True Crime games?

    I have to ask because they say they’re committed to doing quality games. That wasnt the case with the other True Crime games…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Michael O’Connor

    @5 No. Their only other game so far was ModNation Racers, which is for all accounts a brilliant game.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Doz12

    @5 got to agree completely! dont think its going to be a massive loss!

    no matter how much people slate activision they still make some massive money so they must be doing something right!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. sickgamer

    this is bullshit ! :(

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Michael O’Connor

    @7 *points to his post*

    #9 4 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    @4 I lol’d.

    Back on topic, does anyone know if the studio could release the game under another publisher (like Double Fine did with Brutal Legend) or is UFG a subsidiary of Acti, meaning they can’t breathe without Kotick allowing them?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Doz12

    @9 yeh i read your post but no offence it may of looked good etc. but if acti think it isnt going to sell then it isnt going to sell. Perhaps there were some major bugs in the full game or something that were proper game breaking who knows?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Michael O’Connor

    @10 The license for the game belongs to Activision. They could feasibly change the art assets and release it as a completely new game, unless there’s some legal wranglings in the way that would stop them.

    It’s a messy situation no matter how you look at it.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    And the worst thing of it is the folks that worked so hard on the game/lost jobs because of it.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    @8: total and utter. It’s disappointing that there’s no statement addressing the game’s future – this article headline’s a tad misleading (to explain, the topic covered is more related to the developer’s involvement, than the project itself… I am not complaining here, not suggesting it be altered, or criticising, just noting. ;))
    Are we supposed to just figure from that, that all the work that went in to the game’s going to get binned?

    I can think of no other time when a divorce could be seen as cause for celebration moreso, than the dissolution of this odd couple’s union.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    Activision, you uselss piece of shit company.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. xino

    @3
    typical words of sales men!
    they talk sweet talks like that to get you excited.

    and wtf was that supposed to mean “unlike you”?
    trying to act mr superior over the internet? how’d you know if I wasn’t behind the closed door event as well?:/

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    @16 They played the game live. There was nothing “salemen” about it. I know it’s their job to make the game appealing to consumers, but look at it like this… almost every journalist walked out of the Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock presentation I was at about half ways through it. Nothing about it was appealing.

    During the True Crimes presentation though, many of us were sitting around getting into very passionate discussion about the game with the developers. The game *lookced* incredibly slick and polished, and there was lots of genuine passion from everyone in the room for the game.

    You can only “sell” a game so much. The rest was up to us to judge for ourselves. Good gameplay is good gameplay, no matter how you look at it. There were lots of tricky questions being thrown around by the other journalists in the room, but the devs took it in their stride and showed the goods.

    “how’d you know if I wasn’t behind the closed door event as well?:/”

    Considering you can’t even bother to use the shift key, I find it hard to believe that you might be a journalist. This was a little closed doors presentation of the game I went to at a little known industry event last year. It’s called E3. You may have heard of it.

    You haven’t seen the game being played. I have. So I can say without any shadow of a doubt that it puts me in a far better position to judge the game than you.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. xino

    “Considering you can’t even bother to use the shift key, I find it hard to believe that you might be a journalist. ”

    your ego over the internet makes it your downfall and that is why you will never be better than anyone else!

    And there are lots of fake wanna-be journalist over the internet, some of their grammar are not even that good.

    Hip Hop Gamer proves much and debunks your trash statement, people like you who act ALL TOUGH online, are nothing but single minded people.

    wow…is VG 24/7 really filled up with assholes?
    we have people who constantly attack you, people playing keyboard hero, spam bots and constant trolls!

    Instead of improving the design, we need better security

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DSB

    Plenty of people have seen footage from the game, and plenty of people have been underwhelmed by what they’ve seen.

    Maybe they whipped out some majorly advanced build for you guys that was somehow leagues better than what they were showing the rest of the world, but I think a lot of people agree that it was looking pretty irrelevant from the other side of those closed doors.

    I’ve only seen what was released to the public, so I can’t judge that by any means, but passionate developers and intelligent conversation doesn’t neccesarily make a good game.

    Of course the industry is fickle, but I’m quite sure that Activision aren’t in the business of throwing away sure things two months before release. Clearly there was a reason for that decision.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Callum

    ^^ +1. If the game look so amazing O’Connor, there had to be a large reason for the game to be scraped. Games don’t get to look like that without significant investment and man hours, I doubt even a cunt-ish corporation like activision would be silly enough to throw it all away without rhyme or reason.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Michael O’Connor

    @18 Nobody in the real world gives a damn about “internet ego”.

    The only thing I’m attacking your ignorance. You’re judging the quality of a game you had absolutely no hands on experience with and I have.

    It’s fucking *depressing* that Activision would cancel a game of this calibre simply because shittier franchises *cough*CallofDuty*cough* can be sold to every idiot on the planet.

    I’ve seen H.H.G. in real life. He was in the presentation right before the one I was in. He’s an ignoramus. He doesn’t know a damn thing about anything. It’s impossible to have a discussion of any real intelligence witch the guy.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Callum

    And yes OG, the biggest shame in all of this is of course the job losses. By the sounds of it, they were a passionate group of people to boot.

    I hope they all find work in Canada.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Michael O’Connor

    @19 and @20 You two are some of the smartest people on this site, so I’m amazed you two have come to similar conclusions considering the company in question that we’re talking about here.

    Surely I don’t need to remind of Activision’s culling of significantly far along in development titles a few years ago? Do Ghostbusters and Brutal Legend ring any bells for you?

    This is not the first time Activision has done this.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DSB

    Brütal Legend was a terrible mess, though. I’ve been a metalhead for more than a decade, a gamer for longer, I live and breathe that whole scene, but the game was still really terrible, no matter how much good will I threw at it.

    I’m a huge fan of Schafers work leading up to that title, but it was simply an pitiful effort. Which obviously just makes Activisions lawsuit even more absurd.

    Ghostbusters was dropped after the merger as far as I know, and I think the performance of that game vindicated that decision, with 7′s and 8′s in the meta ratings. Of course those kinds of decisions just makes it even stranger that they’re holding on to studios like High Moon and Beenox.

    Mind you that I’m not saying you’re wrong in drawing the conclusion you are, I’m just highly skeptical that that’s really the case.

    We can all agree that Activision aren’t scared of making tough calls and that they don’t do a lot to sugarcoat the fundamental cynicism of big business, but ultimately I don’t think they’re out to fund and then destroy really good things that could earn them money, simply to harvest the tears of passionate developers.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Michael O’Connor

    @28 The point I’m making is that Activision doesn’t care about quality. At all. They will gladly forego the quality of their games if they think it’s concept has enough appeal to drown customers in it year on year.

    This is just the same crap they pulled during the merger, and based on that interview from earlier, I’m betting it has everything to do with their stocks plummeting. Kotick wants to keep the shareholders happy and line his pocket with even more money. He doesn’t give a flying fuck if people lose their jobs.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Michael O’Connor

    *24

    #26 4 years ago
  27. OlderGamer

    “….. wants to keep the shareholders happy and line his pocket with even more money. He doesn’t give a flying fuck if people lose their jobs.”

    Sad fact of todays world.

    Noone cares what happens later down the road, only how much money can be had right here in the now.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DSB

    @25 No argument there, but I think any publisher accepts and perhaps encourages varying levels of development, with eyes on the profit.

    You have people making mediocre games that might be expected to make a bit of money, and then you have your big franchises. Honestly I don’t see that as being very different from most other publishers, but perhaps there’s a greater contrast within Activision than at the competitors. Meaning that their high end is seriously high and their low end is seriously low.

    Blizzard and Zampella/West era Infinity Ward were both some of the best in the biz in my opinion, and then you have an array of developers that really just strive for a consolation prize.

    Really though, a succes in the form of True Crime: Hong Kong would only improve their overall performance on the market. Of course investors do love shrinking your business and keeping things manageable like that, but they’re also easily scared by change. Letting go of a game like Guitar Hero leads to an immediate 10% drop, even though it’s been selling next to nothing.

    Fundamentally you aren’t being “succesful” (in the eyes of investors) by cutting studios. The message you’re sending is one of taking “responsibility” by recognizing your own failure and getting rid of it.

    Take a look at other publishers. The various EA Games studios aren’t exactly all golden, but most of them sell well enough, and so they get to keep making mediocre iterations (with FIFA as the exception at the moment). THQ are betting on Kaos Studios even though Fuel of War was pretty bad, and Ubisoft have a studio like Ubisoft Romania making the worlds most broken submarine simulators, but they’re still kept around as well.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. xino

    @21

    you are a complete fool!

    “The only thing I’m attacking your ignorance. You’re judging the quality of a game you had absolutely no hands on experience with and I have.”

    So because I saw a piece of shit and didn’t like it…means I am ignorant because I didn’t get to play it!? Grow the fuck up, Sales men AKA Publishers wouldn’t even listen to your overall pitch of your idea game, they just want to listen to the sweet part that would give them a reason WHY they should fund your game and publish it. Which is EXACTLY the thing devs do, like when they showed you the True Crime behind closed doors, they told you things you wanted to hear and to make you defend the game for the last of your life (like you are doing so now!). My ignorance? says much about your nativity if you don’t know wtf is going on.

    Acitivition closed down the game because “it didn’t meet expectations” like I fucking said earlier. Just because you are your naive journalist who saw the game backdoor and were brainwashed by the sales man pitch of the game, you thought the game was amazing and would be amazing!?

    Oh yea..didn’t sales men like Silicon Knights talk sweet talk about Two Humans during EEE3? and everybody started hyping up the game…including yourself? And what happened to the game? it fucking failed!

    “It’s fucking *depressing* that Activision would cancel a game of this calibre simply because shittier franchises *cough*CallofDuty*cough* can be sold to every idiot on the planet.”

    This just proves how much naive you truly are, I really don’t know why you’re even a freaking journalist!
    COD is a popular FPS, wtf does it have to do with True Crime? it’s a COD is a FPS. Look at other games dominating 3rd Person Shooter: Gears, Uncharted, VanQuisH, GTA 4. Obviously Activition had to pull the plug because the game offers nothing new in terms of Features. True Crime is just another regular sandbox title with Asian story strapped on to it.

    “I’ve seen H.H.G. in real life. He was in the presentation right before the one I was in. He’s an ignoramus. He doesn’t know a damn thing about anything. It’s impossible to have a discussion of any real intelligence witch the guy.”

    Yea..I really do think assholes do pollute this website. You judged me about not typing well, look at your spelling mistakes. You’ve met HHG in real life and now you are trying to act bigger than him over the internet. If he really is what you say then I guess he wouldn’t have his own show, tv show or millions of people following him every sunday.

    Face it man…you are a loser. The only way for you to win is to boast online, play the keyboading hero and act superior.
    This was your ultimate downfall and self ownage. Because I don’t know WTF @2 my comment has to do with you seeing the fucking game behind closed door?
    So what if you saw the game before me? doesn’t prove the fact that many dislike the game.

    Same way I can say I’ve played several games in 3D on PS3 and I wasn’t impressed by PS3′s 3D, however I was impressed by 3DS’s glassless 3D.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Dralen

    @29 That was an impressive speech. Kudos.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Old MacDonald

    I wish them good luck.

    Xino, stop being such a fucking idiot.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. bigjohn2011

    You people need to stop fighting. I purchase the APB game that they came out for the pc. It was the gayiest and dumbass I have ever played, so if the True Crime game does not get published I’m guessing they had a very good reason for it. I’d rather them cancel it then it come out and me waste $60 on a crapy game.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. dtyk

    I live just 30 min away from the company. I’ve seen the game inhouse once and I really must say that cancelling a game like that really makes me mad.

    120 jobs are lost because of this stupid call.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. back_up

    just find a new publisher and get the job done if IP is not owned by acti

    #34 4 years ago

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    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]