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Broom slick – Witcher 2′s Tomasz Gop gears for launch

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:48 GMT By Patrick Garratt

With The Witcher 2′s May release fast approaching, producer Tomasz Gop speaks to VG247 on BioWare, a commitment to discs, recommended specs and not making a “crap” console version.

What is The Witcher 2?

Super-core dark fantasy RPG sequel.

Out May 17 for PC.

Developed by Polish firm CD Projekt RED.

Original released in 2007.

Official site.

The world of triple-A fantasy RPG development is a dangerous place. Gaining a foothold in a space so completely dominated by BioWare is as difficult aesthetically as it is financially; despite the popularity of the genre, startlingly few companies are prepared to even try.

Luckily for fans, Polish developer CD Projekt Red has balls as big as its ambitions. The Witcher, originally released in 2007, is universally applauded by the RPG core for its dark take on straight genre fantasy and epic plotline, which follows the silver-haired Geralt of Rivia.

An “Enhanced Edition” released a year later. A full sequel was announced last April, to run on new tech.

The original was built on a modified version of BioWare’s Aurora Engine, ironically so, as the big budget RPG genre is often seen as a straight-up shoot-out between CDPR and the EA super-studio. It’s an uncomfortable comparison for Witcher 2 producer Tomasz Gop.

“All be honest with you; it is a difficult question,” he says when asked how he feels the Witcher stands up against Dragon Age.

The dev diaries

Namco’s released four video diaries for The Witcher 2 so far. The first focuses on plot; the second on tech; and third sticks to the game’s characters; and the fourth details locations.

“I don’t even know what the answer is. We don’t compare ourselves. If anyone ever says that we’re better than Dragon Age in any aspect, then we’re happy. It’s impressive.”

Impressive it certainly is, and despite the fact many of the genre’s staunchest fans openly prefer the Witcher to Dragon Age, Gop is modest about the company’s achievements.

“I think Dragon Age is a really good game,” he adds, saying there are probably as many people that prefer Dragon Age over the Witcher.

“Comparing these two things is one of the most difficult parts of my job.”

Growing apart

While the first Dragon Age and Witcher games were closely aligned in terms of content, it seems the sequels will be more identifiable.

BioWare has unveiled a new, apparently less gritty look for Dragon Age II – which releases on March 8 in the US and March 11 in the EU – while the second Witcher title remained as hard as it is heavy.

Gop acknowledges there may be more distance between the newborns than with their parents, but is reserving final judgement for now.

“Before I play Dragon Age II for myself, I won’t be able to say for sure that they actually did it,” he says on the subject of Dragon Age II’s “cartoonification.”

“But for the Witcher, the story has always been the top feature, and the most distinctive feature about this feature is actually being dark and morally ambiguous. It wasn’t possible at all to change that aspect of the game: that’s what makes the Witcher the Witcher.

“That’s why I’m curious as to why BioWare changed that, if they did. Maybe it wasn’t the main feature of the game. In this case the games might get more disctinct than they were previously.”

Comparisons with DAII aside, The Witcher 2 will be considerably bigger than the original, thanks to a giant amount of fan feedback and new technical capabilities.

The Witcher 2′s new engine is a hodgepodge of bespoke code and middleware, which Gop says is necessary to fulfill the game’s meaty requirements. An off-the-shelf package, such as Unreal Engine, couldn’t do the job.

“Unreal engine is probably one of the safest engines on earth at this time, but it doesn’t have enough RPG features for us,” the developer says.

“I mean, we would have to write quite a lot of code ourselves anyway. That’s why it would be a tricky idea. On the other hand, we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel; we wanted a good start with physics and animations, interface and everything. We have a lot of features to write RPG-wise.

Witcher 2 3D will be “fully capable and working on day one”.

“I’m not saying anything wrong about Unreal, because it is a great engine, seriously, but it wouldn’t be enough for us.”

“Less linearity”

With bespoke tech and four years over the original Witcher release, Gop and his team are able to go bigger both in terms of footprint and narrative. Little is known of the plot as yet – although it does start directly after the first game and the strapline “Assassins of Kings” is a bit of a giveaway to anyone familiar with the story – but you can rest assured there’s going to be more grit.

Gop says the game will “definitely” be darker, and will benefit from “less linearity.”

He adds: “There are more aspects of how the game branches, and, actually, the decisions get more difficult, because the burden is on you this time, and it makes you think, ‘Oh gosh, if I make this choice many more things might change than in the Witcher 1.’”

While the Witcher 2 will pack a more involved plot, PC gaming is never just about the game itself. CD Projekt is beloved by the PC faithful for its commitment to the format. Bonus round: you’re getting 3D support out of the box.

“We’re implementing some features that make it sure that it’s going to be fully capable and working on day one,” says Gop.

With smart features come smarting price tags, though, and the developer is yet to go public with a recommended spec.

The minimum requirements were outed in a dev diary last December and have now been published on Steam: you’ll need at least a dual core 2.2 GHz CPU, 1Gb of RAM for Windows XP and 2Gb of RAM for Vista and Windows 7, and a GeForce 8800 512 MB or similar.

“These are not too high,” says Gop. “They’re OK. I think most people have at least computers like this.”

The video CDPR used to shop The Witcher 2 to
publishers was leaked in September 2009.

The producer wouldn’t confirm a recommended spec, however.

“With high-end machines? I don’t want to name detailed specs, but if you consider a high-end machine with at least one of the best, if not the best, graphics card or processor on the market, you will be able to play the game with full detail and full HD and is going to be smooth. At least, like, I don’t know that, 30fps.”

The console question

The conversation naturally leads onto unified tech and the ever-present question of a Witcher 2 console version.

CDPR said publicly in March 2010 that the game would release on consoles, before downgrading certainty to “potential” in October.

The subject never leaves the game’s side. The company added in the back half of last year that a console version is “doable” and that the entire project is being developed with “console in mind”.

A console version of the first game, White Wolf, was previously planned, with Widescreen doing the conversion work. The arrangement unraveled bitterly and publicly, with accusations of missed payments. Gop, understandably, is wary this time out.

“I definitely want to make sure that is doable and that it’s bound to happen, and then I will say that you can expect the game,” he says.

“Until we have anything solid to show or to say, I’d rather keep my mouth shut. But we’re doing everything we can, I can promise that.”

A console version will probably happen. Namco’s handling the PC version and is currently resurgent. The fact 360 and PS3 gamers are likely to be able to test-drive one of the most involved RPGs in existence is good news enough: better is the fact that, according to Gop, the game won’t take any kind of graphics hit.

Any Witcher 2 console version will contain no “visually noticeable” difference over the PC SKU.

“I wouldn’t say is going to be visually noticeable,” he says. “Of course, what I say can’t be too official, but from the tests that we’ve done so far it’s possible to do a game that looks as good as what you’ve seen on trailers, and it works on consoles smoothly.

“It’s doable to make a game that won’t be crap.”

Legal letter

While Gop and his team stick their toes into the world of console developer, however, the Witcher 2′s PC release is nearly upon us, as is the inevitable Torrent leak. In a November 2010 interview, CDPR said it was prepared to take pirates to court over illegal downloads, and there’s been no change in position.

“We’re working with legal companies that have capability, that have the legal means, to check if somebody downloads a game illegally from the internet, that he is doing it himself that is not as neighbour or anyone else,” says Gop.

The question over the validity of being able to specifically pinpoint a user for downloading a title has previously been raised, and Gop sounded unsure as to whether or not it’s going to be possible: note the “if”.

The three editions

The Witcher 2 will have three editions, none of which its developer describes as “standard”. The Premium Edition will cost £34.99, while the Collector’s Edition will set you back £79.99. The Digital Premium Edition costs £29.99.

“If it’s possible to prove that somebody did something that might be offensive – especially as by releasing the game without DRM, at least on GoG – it’s fair play for us. In that case, I think a lot of people could be aware of the possibility of a legal letter is quite real.”

You shouldn’t steal this game. Treat yourself and buy one of the pretty editions; there are three of them. In fact, there isn’t a standard edition. CD Projekt Red is a huge believer in discs.

“We come from a part of the world that is always believed in physical content,” says Gop. “Part of CD Project group is the CD project publishing company. We’ve been publishing games in Eastern Europe for 15 years now, and we have done a lot of editions of games. We know what makes players excited.

“These days, a lot of people prefer to have games not only on the shelves but on hard disks, so we wanted to allow them to choose a digital version of the game. We have that as well, but even more important is that there are still at least as many people that believe in buying the game in a box, and having a lot of cool, exclusive digital content. And that’s why we don’t have anything that you could call a standard edition.”

And for this company, at least, physical media isn’t something that’s going away any time soon.

“Almost all of us prefer buying games in a box.”

“As long as people like me and 90 percent of the people the work of CD Project Red believe in physical content, it’s going to happen. Almost all of us prefer buying games in a box.”

While Gop prefers his games on DVDs, though, he can’t ignore DLC. DLC comes down a pipe. People buy DLC. There’s an obvious question.

“I can’t say anything specific, I can’t promise anything for sure, but what I can say is that if at any point in the future we will be announcing and then releasing DLC for the Witcher 2, it’s definitely not going to be a sword pack or anything,” says Gop.

“If we’re ever going to do this it’s going to be something bigger, and if we want people to pay for this is going to be definitely worth the money. So, if it does happen in the future, it’s going to be more of a campaign.”

And when the extra content’s done, there’ll be the third game. Right? Gop laughs here.

“The outro from the Witcher 1 already showed you that there would be a Witcher 2,” he says. “Anybody that played the Witcher already knew what we had in mind from the very beginning. Wait and see the Witcher 2 at the very end. You will know whether or not the Witcher 3 might or might not happen, but I promise you that obviously we know that already.

“And if we’re going to do it, were already gathering ideas.”

The Witcher 2 releases for PC on May 17.

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16 Comments

  1. thesamy

    im a pc gamer and i think is take a huge balls to bring a game like that to the pc only market.

    i hope it will sell a lot and thay will be rich but i still think what can happend… and i hope it wont.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Kalain

    I am looking forward to this game. The first one was epic in every aspect. I hope this does really well for them.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Zurtech

    “Impressive it certainly is, and despite the fact many of the genre’s staunchest fans openly prefer the Witcher to Dragon Age”

    I must be one of the odd ones out then, would go as far to say RPGs are easily my fave genre, but wasn’t keen on Witcher. CDP did a great job, but felt VERY much like it was aimed solely at a male target audience, hate the whole female conquest thing, didn’t like the lead character and felt far too restrictive to be classed as an RPG for me.

    Like I said tho won’t take away from their accomplishments it was a very good game for a smaller dev studio. Just felt more like an adventure game than an RPG for me.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Shubb9

    Very excited for this, The larger and more varied environments they promise will remedy my main complaint about the first game. Just hope they ditch the card conquest thing. Don’t have have to leave out sexual content, just don’t handle it like someone who reads the Daily Star.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. bobiroka

    I bought the first game day of release and loved every minute of it – even the questionable voice-acting didn’t bother me too much, I thought it gave the game an immense amount of character.

    I’m wary about getting the 2nd game on day 1 though. Not only is it just a week behind Rockstar’s LA Noire (which is sure to suck all the air out of the room around that time of year like Red Dead Redemption did last year), but I’m quite reluctant to upgrade my PC to play it.

    I think I meet the recommended spec cited above and my GFX card isn’t too old, but I like to play games like this in all their grandeur and it really kills me when I have to turn detail settings down.

    So please please please make a 360/PS3 version, because as soon as I hear it’s confirmed I’ll be pre-ordering it for sure!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    Is that Geralt banging Triss in those shots? Ever the Cocksman that Geralt :p

    #6 4 years ago
  7. freedoms_stain

    @5, waitwaitwaitwaitwait

    “I think I meet the recommended spec cited above and my GFX card isn’t too old, but I like to play games like this in all their grandeur and it really kills me when I have to turn detail settings down.”

    How the hell does that gel with

    “So please please please make a 360/PS3 version, because as soon as I hear it’s confirmed I’ll be pre-ordering it for sure!”

    Even medium detail PC version would probably own the shit out of a console version. Not to mention be 25% cheaper.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. UuBuU

    Not bad, but this is still very much a story driven action game, and even if they don’t release it on console straight away it still strikes me as being more in the style of a console action game than a PC RPG. And I very much doubt it’ll come close to TES:V as far as RPGs are concerned this year.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Overdos3

    @1 i dont worry about what you’re talking about. Pc gamers support good developpers and it’s been proven that piracy doesnt really affect tje industry.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    ^ So i guess the first game wasnt great then? Because according to a hidden message in the first trailer for this. The devs say that they sold only 1.5 million copies of the first one. That trailer came out in 2010 and the first Witcher end 2007 so it sold that much in just over 2 years… Unimpressive to say the least, so where was the “support”?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    What are you talking about? 1.5 million is an impressive # for a completely new game that was released on one platform. Not a sequel. No hype. Totally new and different.

    The game received a shitload of new maps and quests from the community. Because the developers released some fantastic tools, which – as it seems – is getting pretty rare now.

    You should see them talk in the forums, millions of threads with no end in sight.

    The developer loved the support so much that they decided to give their fans something back. They released a gigantic patch, which killed nearly every bug, added new quests, reduced the loading times to nothing, hired new voiceactors, rewrote dialogs, rebuild the dialogsystem. And so on. That is a developer you can count on. Not like the guys from Bioware that weren’t even able to fix the ugly small-res face from Garrus in Mass Effect 1 on PC.

    And just look at the amazing jump they made from Witcher 1 to Witcher 2. They re-did everything. The absolutely started from Scratch. You could see how Bioware reused some of the animation from ME in ME2. You can see how some of the models from DA:O are being reused in DA2. You won’t see that in Witcher 2.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Dralen

    He considers 30 FPS as smooth!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. KrazyKraut

    Witcher 1 was for me like MGS on the PSX: a known genre, but totally different from the other games that you had to invent a new genre to even describe this game.
    MGS 1 was not a action-adventure, and Witcher 1 not only a simple RPG. Just awesome.
    I am a console gamer but already pre-ordered TW2 CE. And Homefront VoF Ed. This year is crazy. and it has just begun.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. KrazyKraut

    btw…nice article. Hope to see more pre-launch stuff on any other titles.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. ThulsaDoom

    1.5+ million copies, which probably doesn’t include the Steam version sales figures, is a success for a small Eastern European studio making their first game. Not every game needs to sell 10 million to be considered a success.

    Looking at all the previews, this looks to be the fantasy rpg of the year. DA2 has gone the Mass Effect route of streamlining for casual players, Skyrim will be great but I’ve read restaurant reviews more compelling than any Bethesda plot. Despite my criticisms of those games, I’ll still play them. It’s a great year for rpgs.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. bpcgos

    Nice to read your features, Pat! Salute to CD projekt for their PC support! Keep it On both of you!

    #16 4 years ago

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    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]