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Crytek confirms lack of Online Pass in Crysis 2

Monday, 7 March 2011 18:06 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Crytek confirmed in a statement today that, as previously rumoured, Crysis 2 won’t include EA’s Online Pass system.

“All we can say/confirm is that we aren’t using Online Pass for Crysis 2,” a rep told CVG.

The news was initially reported by Gamertag Radio, who said that Crytek chose instead not to be a “testbed”: the system was offered to the developer early on in its development.

The site said last week that the German developer wasn’t looking “to put a wall up to keep people away from the multiplayer.”

Online Pass is a system EA uses to make buyers of secondhand games pay an extra fee for online services.

Crysis 2 releases on March 22 in the US and March 25 in the UK for PS3, 360 and PC. Multiplayer demos for PC and 360 launched today, with a PS3 version coming soon.

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19 Comments

  1. DSB

    Crytek 1 – EA 0

    #1 4 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    If they are really going to use this Online Pass system i’m not even going to buy it second hand. It’s a double lose.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    i was going to get this on pc and not deal with that shite anyway =/

    #3 4 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    @3: I thought they meant the PC Version?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    EA PC games dont have to deal with online pass, only consoles

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Shonak

    So I guess this means no free Map DLC as in BF:BC2? Smart greedy move, Crytek.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @6 I don’t think your logic could possibly be anymore broken than that.

    Allowing millions of people to purchase and play this game used, without charging them an extra 10 dollars a pop (of which Crytek would certainly get a share) is greedy?

    And BC2 actually had free original maps? Geeze, I own the game, and I never saw any, except recycled landscapes with the borders redrawn that were unlocked a good time after the game released.

    Thanks for those recycled maps months after release, EA, you’re the Mother Theresa of gaming.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @5: Ah, okay, thanks for the heads-up. Is EA the only one using it?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Shonak

    THe Online Pass is quite easy explainable and I don’t consider my logic broken at all – EA loses through the second-hand market since it doesn’t get any profit from the player to player deal. While a used copy gamer can enjoy the SP he can easily unlock the MP for 10 bucks so that EA has a little bit of this share. I might be a corporation-whore, but I think its a smart move from EA. Since I mostly buy first-hand copies of a game, be it on release or months/years after, I obviously prefer the Online Pass instead of Map Packs. Logic fixed?
    BC2 Maps were free to me – so it’s fair to me. Although I must say that the Onslaught mode was money not worths spending. Crytek will surely release Map Packs for 800 or maybe even 1200 MS Points if the game sells well. This gives me extra cost then, and everybody else too who bought an original copy.
    And…
    @BC2: No, they were not original since each map was included in the game already or in the previous title, but still a constant supply of maps came which allowed me to have always enough time to adapt to a map while not losing the “gaming info” about the old maps or sometimes the interest. Still I ended BFBC2 cuz the leveling got too annoying after Lvl 30-35 (dunno my exact level anymore) and too many SP titles were released (AW, RDR…)
    Also, I never said something about free original maps.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    EA doesn’t lose anything, since they never had those sales before. They’re just greedy and they want people who never wanted to pay full price to begin with, to give them a cut for it.

    To me that’s fairly extortionist. That’s a real ethical problem. If you charge people 10 bucks extra for a new copy, that’s a fair deal. If you surcharge people 10 bucks for a resold game they’ve already paid for, that’s an issue to me.

    Logic fixed? I don’t know, explain to me why Crytek saying “No thank you” to surcharging people an unnecessary 10 bucks for a resold game, is actually greedy?

    I’m not impressed by a company throwing me content that’s simply stripped from a finished version. If they were to give something away that would actually take some effort, then I’d be impressed.

    I’d rather pay for original content than be stuck playing the same stuff from a different angle. At least they’ve made the effort to earn that sale. Different tastes, I guess.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Shonak

    No, EA as well as other publishers lose something indeed. A couple of months after a game releases most of the games get cheaper, of course not Call of Duty but that’s a different story. While the games first-hand get cheaper the second-hand market is still flourishing, simply because its cheaper to buy a used copy then a new one. EAs and THQ stratgies with an Online Pass is just a way to secure that they get at least a little bit of profit out of this. Sure, the fans of a game keep playing it and the collectors keep a copy, but there are many people who buy a game just for the SP or (short-term) MP and then sell it. I don’t really say that its right, its just that for me the strategy is just absolutely understandable – and for me as a person who buys mostly original copies also favourable. If you are someone who prefers to buy games a couple of weeks or months later much cheaper than of course this is something that seems more greedy to you, but overall I think that the strategy of EA, THQ etc. is quite a fair one – they made the product and they should get at least a little bit of profit from it.

    Also, EA doesn’t charge 10 bucks extra from original customers. It’s just a nice extra for the original buyers. But yes, second-hand buyers have to pay 10 bucks to EA if they want to play MP or want to have other additional content; the price they payed for it is not important. If its 10 or 40 bucks for the game – 10 bucks go to EA if you want to. And I think thats important. You don’t have to pay EA if you only want to use the SP or like in ME2 play it with only 9 (or ten?) squad members. So it’s up to the gamer if he wants to pay those bucks or not.

    And also I’d like to mention: If a gamer wants to sell his game and doesn’t want to fear that his game in terms of price will have any disadvanteges he just shouldn’t use the code. It’s pretty simple. Then he can charge 10 (or 5) additional bucks since its what people would save since they have the online pass included.

    @Crytek being greedy: I personally think that they will surely make Map Packs for 800 MS Points or maybe even COD-style 1200. In this case I imagine they would get much more revenue instead of just allowing an Online Pass. Of course I don’t have figures but since original buyers wouldn’t have to pay for it (in theory) they would lose money. And just to say it again, I’m pretty sure there will be a map pack. That’s how the system works.

    “I’m not impressed by a company throwing me content that’s simply stripped from a finished version. If they were to give something away that would actually take some effort, then I’d be impressed.

    I’d rather pay for original content than be stuck playing the same stuff from a different angle. At least they’ve made the effort to earn that sale. Different tastes, I guess.”

    I agree, I’d prefer to see new SP missions, completely new maps etc. more like just remapped stuff. I don’t know how EA handles it with Dead Space 2 or Medal of Honor but I was also a little bit disappointed that they e.g. charged for the Onslaught mode money. In theory, as I’d like say, the strategy of EA is really pretty good and understandable, but they don’t really offer enough bang for the bucket. And DLCs like Overlord or Shadowbroker – well, you have to pay for them. EAs strategy should definitely be improved (or fixed, however you see it) if they really want to be so customer-friendly. And yes, I say this by absolutely knowing that it might be completely contradictional to my previous statement. After all, I was disappointed too that BC2 didn’t offer any original, new maps too, when DICE promised constant free map-support – well, I imagined something different.

    Just wondering: Would the Online Pass be ok for you if it included for a game in the future new original maps or chars or anything?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    @6
    It really doesnt matter, Dead Space 2 has an EA online pass and has given no extra content as of yet. And none seems to be planned.
    So if EA want their online pass in a game but wont promise any extra content from it, they’ll do it anyway. They’ll have their cake, and eat it too.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    Good question. I don’t dabble in used games myself, but I just don’t buy the notion that it’s absolutely neccesary for a publisher to charge people for buying a used game. It’s not their transaction. If people are buying used, then the publisher has already lost that sale, and I don’t think they deserve to intrude.

    If they want peoples business, they can make games that are good enough to be bought at the original price.

    I don’t dislike online passes because they help the publishers, I dislike them because they represent a powergrab that encroaches on consumer rights. The gaming industry has always been one of the worst offenders when it comes to attempting to dominate their end users, and this to me is just yet another stretch, which ultimately hurts gamers, and neccesarily sets a new precedent for what publishers can get away with.

    I’d rather pay 2 euros extra or 5, or 10, than have my rights restricted. At least that leaves the power squarely with me. So the answer is that even though I always buy first hand copies, I’ll never agree with the underlying philosophy of an online pass, no matter what they might tempt me with.

    About Crytek: If they put in the effort to actually make original DLC, how is charging for it greedy? If they put something into it, shouldn’t they be allowed to profit?

    They’d arguably make a lot more by stripping finished content, reselling that (or giving it away) and then scalping the used games market with an online pass.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DSB

    Could you imagine buying a used toaster or leafblower, and having the manufacturer (or a power company, or any other third party) charge you 10 dollars just to use it?

    It’s insanity. We already have internal revenue services trying to do that, and now corporations want to tax us too? Fuck that.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Shonak

    @12: As I said I don’t know about Dead Space 2 too much. I saw it Justin.tv and decided not to buy it because as I saw it, it was more of the same. Maybe I get a little bit too much like yahtzee in terms of horror games, but yeah… They will probably add multiplayer maps. Or isn’t a Story DLC annoucned already? If they charge for it – then yes, that’s greedy.

    @DSB – Crytek: Yeah, I see and I guess I understand your point. Of course they deserve profit for their work, even for their additional content. After all every developer does it nowadays. It’s just that I personally kinda prefer the step EA is taking with the Online Pass – and so it was for sure quite a over-the-top statement by me. You win. ;)

    @DSB – Online Pass: People don’t really know how good a game is or not. When they know it, it’s already too late. Honestly, if I buy a game and I like it, I sure as hell won’t buy it again for the sake of the publisher. Mass Effect 2 won several goty awards and still they said after the first month that the sold copies was around 1-2 millions. Compared to other blockbuster titles that’s not very much, and it’s like the GOTY 2010 next to RDR, which sold much, much more. Alan Wake, my personal favourite game of last year, got more pirated than sold; although MS offered the first DLC for free for original buyers. Publishers need a certain strategy to make their games valuable; despite making them awesome and pushing a lot of marketing budget in it. And games have a much higher living cycle than any movie or maybe even book (and god knows, I read way more than playing games). You grab them over and over again maybe for months or years, especially in Multiplayer. Surely, it’s not right from a personal, maybe even moral point of view, but EA isn’t saying something like “Buy the copy and everything is there”, but instead every buyer should know that they don’t have the additional content such as MP or Map Packs. And yes, I demand from buyers that they inform themselves over a product – after all, you don’t go into a store to buy a toaster or leafblower without informing yourself. And your example with a toaster or leafblower by the way is not really fitting, because it is to hypothetic and has nothing do to with it all. There’s a difference between such companies and a gaming company – they make the most revenue in the first month instead a toaster company will have its product on the market for several years and only has decreasing sales over time until the next one comes out. Also gaming companies have server costs afaik and teams working to patch it etc.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    People make their own decisions based on the information they’re presented with. 9 times out of 10, that information will be strongly indicative of the quality of the game.

    If EA can’t handle the fact that people don’t think their games are worth 50 euro at release, then they should either make some games that are, or lower their prices. Measures like online passes and DRM just reek of desperation to me.

    Really, there’s no difference between a games publisher charging people to use their products or a leafblower company charging people to use their products. Both constitute a tax for use of a resold product.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Shonak

    9 out of 10 is fairly exaggerated, or do you have any statistics by hand of the behaviour of game buyers?

    I hate DRM, I think it’s useless. And yes, they should keep always try to sell games by qualitatiy rather than business decisions. But still I don’t see Online Pass as nearly as bad as DRM.

    And yes, there is a difference between a leafblower company and a games publisher. I really don’t like to make the comparison again since it is way too hypothetic as I’ve already said, but a leaflower company has after the release of its newest leafblower only the production costs and maybe some little marketing costs now and then. A game publisher has to provide for a game in its cycle for support, server, content or other things such as the game developer or even future titles. I still don’t see anything wrong in charging for a Multiplayer from a used copy as long as original prices don’t go up anymore. If they do, I’ll sure as hell be pissed.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    I’ve been buying games for at least 15 years now? Does that count? I can remember exactly one game off the top of my head that was utterly crap but wasn’t publicly labelled as such – Mass Effect 2.

    A games publisher has other expenses, but it isn’t the paying customers fault if it hasn’t planned for those in advance. It’s just a pathetic excuse, since we’ve been online for more than a decade, but suddenly now it’s a huge problem? Right, right.

    If they can’t make a living on the games they sell, they should make a subscription.

    They won’t do that, though, because it’s an obvious lame excuse, and it certainly doesn’t cost them more, that the same copies get circulated around. It actually costs them less since you have two unique users using the same “slot” of bandwidth, as opposed to a new buyer who would actually need his own slot.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Shonak

    Companies have to adept to the internet, it’s fair. Shitty music industry had to do it, shitty movie industry had to do it, now it’s the games industry – and they found their way, maybe. Online Pass won’t even succeed probably because the subscription model will be introduced someday and it will gain profit much more. Then I actually have to reconsider my hobby.
    Also, I don’t understand the last part of your post, but it doesn’t sound really right to me, because a gamer who sells his game won’t be able to use the server anymore, or?

    I guess we’re just two different types, so let’s agree on that we disagree? In terms of business model and probably in taste of games too? I’d like to thank you though for quite a new point of view in that matter. :)

    #19 4 years ago

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    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]