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EA enters game-changing FY2012 – complete details

Monday, 4 April 2011 12:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA entered its fiscal year 2012 on Friday, and is now looking at a product slate likely to define not only the next 12 months in games, but third-party publishing in this generation full stop.

EA’s fiscal 2012

Runs April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.

Major calendar Q4 hitters Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 are likely to be two of the biggest games this year.

Star Wars: The Old Republic will be 2011′s most important MMO event by far.

EA has a strong line-up for the entire year, with quirky releases Alice: Madness Returns and Shadows of the Damned propping up summer.

Large new EA game announcements are expected at both E3 and gamescom.

A far cry from its all-things-evil days, EA’s star is on the ascendency. The mega-publisher is wooing disenchanted gamers with dedication to new IP, a public disdain for complacent sequel churning, and a progressive attitude to digital distribution and platforms.

After a depressing 2009, EA clawed back in 2010 and with a stellar line up, some goldmine properties, and the likelihood of a year chokers with new announces to keep us keen, 2011 may be its best year ever.

Up, up and away

In February, EA raised eyebrows in the financial world by announcing a $600 million share buyback, its first since 2004. While this move advertised the publisher’s confidence in new strategies, it did more than convince investors to keep share prices high – it also granted EA just a little more financial independence from the vagaries of shareholders.

This is important, because EA has twigged to something many gamers have been avowing for years: the investor-friendly approach to games publication stagnates and may ultimately harm the industry. The “milking” attitude of recent years -over-saturated sequels and rushed development, which analysts call the “Blitzkrieg” approach – leads to amazing profits, but has analogies with the steep decline which smashed the games industry in 1983.

EA has bought itself some more breathing room to focus on the slow build of carefully nurtured new franchises like Dead Space; low-earning forays into more explorative development; the resurrection of older properties; digital distribution; and social and mobile gaming – all concepts anathema to conservative investors.

EA’s 2011 Fiscal year ended on Friday, in all the fanfare of Crysis 2, reliable license Tiger Woods with PGA Tour 12, and, tellingly, the launch of freemium Facebook title World Series Superstars, developed by PlayFish using the EA Sports license. FY 2012, known to those of us at home as “April 2011 to March 2012,” kicks off this week – and you can expect it to kick hard.

Fiscal Year 2012

After a short pause to catch its breath, EA kicks of FY12 with Portal 2. EA’s distribution deal with Valve is something fans of the latter tend to overlook, but this apparently mutually satisfactory business arrangement is likely to be a major player in EA’s first quarter. Look for it on April 19 in the US, and April 21 everywhere else.

EA has bought itself some more breathing room to focus on concepts anathema to conservative investors.

Next up is Darkspore. Built by EA Maxis on the Spore engine, this PC exclusive was delayed from March for a last round of polishing and testing – a frustrating decision for eager fans, but one which may help woo back alienated PC gamers. The action RPG-strategy hybrid launches on April 26 in the US and April 28 in Europe.

Things go quiet for a few months in the build up to Northern summer, but June 7 brings Shadows of the Damned, a collaboration between the eccentric Goichi Suda and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, to PC, PS3 and 360. Western hype is low, but the Grasshopper Manufacture fanbase is gleefully anticipating an over the top descent into hell.

Just a week later, American McGee answers the decade old prayers of fan with Alice: Madness Returns. Sequel to a massive cult hit, the multi-platform release drops on June 14 and will take a hearty slice of the nostalgia dollar as well as the gloom-and-doom crowd.

Normally we’d see a new Madden in June or July, but with strikes putting this year’s NFL season in jeopardy, EA hasn’t put a date on it. Reports suggest a delay, but EA Sports is unlikely to skip a year altogether. To keep sports fans sweet, July 12 brings the NCAA Football 12 on major consoles.

After observing another traditional lull, EA Sports will strike back with NHL 12, FIFA 12, and FIFA Manager 12, all of which will likely appear between early September and the end of October on every possible platform. Perfect exceptions to the annual-sequel-of-death curse, these yearly titles are sure to perform as well or even better than their precursors.

The Big Guns

Mass Effect 3: dead cert smash.

As Christmas draws near, the big guns come out. Battlefield 3, the first core entry in the series for over six years, debuts on November 2 on the major platforms. The hype is already powerful, and has barely begun to ramp; this will be major, even if it turns out to be a platformer about a an adorable puppy and crashes every thirteen seconds. Which it won’t.

Mass Effect 3 is yet to be dated, but EA will get BioWare’s dead cert smash in before the Christmas shopping period ends. A major stocking filler, and the first to hit all three platforms simultaneously, the final entry in Commander Sheperd’s adventures will likely outsell both its forebears.

Sliding into 2012, EA has the next entry in the SSX series scheduled for the post-holiday period.

Other less certain releases in the closing quarters of FY12 include the long-rumoured Syndicate, and a Need for Speed title from Black Box, possibly a follow up to 2008′s Undercover.

Somewhere among all this, EA and BioWare will unleash the beast: Star Wars: The Old Republic. Investors are wary of the MMO gamble, but with two major draw cards – an incredible license, and one of the highest-ranked RPG developers – EA is backing it all the way, to the tune of an unconfirmed $100 million investment.

EA has already said that the game will release this calendar year.

2011 events, reveals and announces

Despite Dead Space 2′s strong performance, EA is unlikely to reveal Dead Space 3 at either E3 or gamescom. Riccitiello’s comments at the 2011 Goldman Sachs Technology Conference suggest the publisher is turning away from the industry’s reliance on rapidly-developed sequels, despite their attraction for shareholders. This is the franchise’s “off year”; 2010′s Dead Space 2 release almost exactly two years after the original, and made no showing in the first round of events between the two. However, EA may reveal a less resource-intensive spin-off or port, as it did with Wii prequel Dead Space: Extraction at E3 2009.

A surprise reveal may come out of EA Los Angeles at E3. The Danger Close team, responsible for Medal of Honor’s single player campaign, has been hiring, and the wider studio has been chasing a multiplayer network expert. Danger Close has already confirmed it’s working on the next Medal of Honor, and EA may want to release a major expansion soon.

Battlefield 3: DICE’s ultra-hot military FPS.

The next entry in the Need for Speed series, in development at Black Box for over almost two and a half years, is almost certain to appear at E3.

EA LA will also probably reveal one or more mobile titles at gamescom rather than E3, based on recent recruitment, the rapid turn around of smaller titles, and the German event’s friendlier attitude to non-core titles. If so, expect something based on Pandemic property Mercenaries, as well as tie-ins to current and upcoming properties as EA exploits the cross-platform potential revealed by apps like Autolog.

EA Canada, Salt Lake, and Montreal are also likely to unveil new mobile or digital-only titles this year, although EA Montreal’s suspicious silence may be leading up to a new Army of Two at E3.

EA’s newly-forged strategy studio, Victory Games, is unlikely to make an appearance with the new Command & Conquer so early in development, but it may turn up at gamescom. With so much other stuff going on, though, don’t bet the farm on it.

EAP’s question marks

EA Partners is a whole new world of doubt and speculation, but one thing seems certain: this will be the year we see Starbreeze’s rumoured Syndicate. The game’s long development period suggests it will probably be ready by E3, and would benefit from the hype ahead of a possible 2011 release, but EA may choose to take the game to gamescom to cater to its strong European fanbase.

Funcom’s The Secret World is expected to build on past appearances by showing up to both major western shows as well as the Tokyo Game Show, but Funcom is taking a “done when its done” approach and EA seems unconcerned with hurrying along a low-resource distribution arrangement.

Respawn Entertainment, the studio largely composed of ex-Infinity Ward staffers, is unlikely to make a showing this year, although an announcement and tease cinematic may come out of E3. If not, EA is likely to keep the reveal for E3 2012 rather than debut at gamescom.

Likewise Insomniac Games’ secret project, which was only announced in March, is unlikely to see an official reveal this year, as the studio continues Resistance 3 development.

Whichever way you look at it, though. the next 12 months for EA are certain to be banner. Expect a major update on the company’s titles from this week’s European spring showcase in London.

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17 Comments

  1. viralshag

    All the best to EA, I say. I have never not been a fan of EA and this year the line up looks fantastic.

    As for the year on year sports franchises, I love FIFA, NHL and Madden so they can just keep on coming. FIFA has been getting better every year. As for Madden, I would really like to see a much improved Superstar mode.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hunam

    I dunno, Mass Effect and Dragon Age are getting mego-rushed these days instead of taking their time with it. Dead Space 2 was good but the story was very poor, and the DVD tie in film was terrible compared to the one that went along side the original.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. jamjam

    Good article, but guessing:

    “FY 2012, known to those of us at home as “April 2011 to March 2010,”

    should read “April 2011 to March 2012″? :)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. UuBuU

    @1 – I don’t know how EA get away with FIFA every year. Yes, the gameplay gets a tiny bit better each time, but aside from that the changes they make would be considered patch-worthy in any other genre of game (not even expansion-pack worthy let alone new game-worthy).

    I mean, people complain constantly about Activision churning out shooters annually, but they’re noowhere near as bad as EA for selling the same damn game every single year.

    What bugs me most about FIFA is the little things they’re too damn lazy to update, like the commentary. The same old catchphrases every year is bad enough, but when the commentators talk about teams being in (insert league) when that team hasn’t been in (insert league) since 2007/08, it’s pretty unnacceptable.

    Despite all this very few people seem to complain and the game constantly gets great reviews. :/

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    @3 – I’ve changed that. Ta.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @ UuBuU, Yeah, I agree with you on the commentators for sure. They do suck pretty bad. I understand what you are saying and I guess I should probably have said I wouldn’t be against a FIFA release every two years or so.

    I would put the good reviews down to the fact that it normally is an improvement over the previous game and they are “good” and for the most part solid games. That said I have friends who preferred FIFA 10 over 11. Acti’s shooters are often the same game riddled with the same bugs and issues as the previous release.

    I might be totally wrong on this so please correct me if I am but one reason I imagine they do release every year is probably because of the costs for development, upkeep of personnel in charge of squad updates and the cost of the actual license.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Hunam

    The thing is, FIFA sells every year because people want to buy a new one every year with the new kits and roster updates. With sports games, if you don’t want to buy it every year, the game probably isn’t meant for you. Personally, I think they’re harmless, and EA are trying to improve them with each version now so it’s best to just leave them to it. Each sports series has it’s fans and broad appeal so whilst most of us might piss and moan about it, it’s not for us.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. UuBuU

    @7 – I love the gameplay, so the game definitely is for me. And I really wouldn’t have a problem buying it every year if they put that little bit more effort into making it feel like a new game. £30-£40 just feels like a lot of money for roster updates and a few gameplay adjustments, especially when some of the core features aren’t being updated at all.

    I’d be quite happy playing older versions of FIFA with outdated squads if EA wouldn’t keep shutting down online support for their “old” games.

    But you’re right, the game has a pretty big fanbase who just aren’t bothered by such complaints and are more than happy to rush out and buy a new FIFA every year. I suppose if they’re getting enough hours out of the game it doesn’t really matter.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. viralshag

    @8, That’s it for me, FIFA is normally the game I play for at least an hour in bed before I pass out and let my TV and PS3 auto-shutdown. Not to mention that it is the go-to game for when the lads come over.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    Whew….when i read that headline ‘game changing FY2012′ i was afraid to read that ME3 was delayed to 2012. That would really suck, even though we still have Skyrim around that time though, i want ME3 sooooo bad. But it’s still possible that they move it to 2012. I thought ME3 was confirmed for november this year but now i read it’s unknown when it comes out this year?

    @ Hunam

    Around the time ME3 comes out it will be almost two years since ME2, except for two months, that’s plenty.:)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    I can see ME3 being delayed given no estimated date from this FY report, ME2 releasing in january, BF3 being EA’s go to fall game, lack of info so far AND a PACKED fall season =/

    BTW has that Nov 2 date for BF3 been confirmed yet?
    I’d rather BF3 didn’t release the same week as UC3, i wont be able to pick between them =(

    #11 4 years ago
  12. UuBuU

    @11 – You’re right about a packed fall season. I can’t fucking wait. Must be a bit frustrating for people who typically only buy a couple of games per month though, with so much to choose from.

    Mass Effect is a big enough franchise for ME3 to sell well regardless, but any developers thinking of releasing lesser known / new titles in Fall 2011 would be wise to try and hit summer or look to 2012. Such games will be completely lost in the frenzy of big releases and overlooked otherwise.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. AHA-Lambda

    @12 – as big as ME is this novmeber is STILL an exception to the usual busy norm

    BF3 AND UC3 on the same week?
    The week after that has skyrim and the next call of duty aswell (WTF is bethesda thinking!!?) O_o

    and yet somehow the next assassin’s creed and ME3 has to fit in aswell? Of course that’s ignoring smaller hyped titles like saints row 3, darkness 2, dota 2 etc.

    there actually is too many games coming out, i can see some very disappointed publishers for the results of some of their games.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. UuBuU

    @13 – I wouldn’t be surprised if Activison pick the very same release date for MW3 as Skyrim. 11-11-11 is the kind of snappy thing Activision would go for.

    Slightly earlier you also have GoW3, Arkam City, Fifa 12 (i assume) and the new Deus Ex among others, along with some pretty big releases in December. All in all the end of 2011 is going to be complete chaos.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the sales pan out with so much being thrown onto the market in such a short space of time.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. AHA-Lambda

    ^^yep, something has got to give here. Half of these fall games quite frankly need to be delayed >_<

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    I think it’s a little awkward to assume that EA are somehow anti-annualization and then go on to mention the annualized sportsgames that has built the company up from the ground.

    The FIFA crowd are cheering because apparently that’s where the attention is following the latest world cup, the NFL crowd is slowly shrinking, while EA pumps it full of token ingame advertising, and lousy gimmicks that should be fairly offensive to football fans (The media-driven concussion hysteria).

    Having played NHL 9, 10 and 11 is a slightly bitter experience. I make the change from 10 to 11, and all I get is a slight change in the face-off system, slightly lower difficulty, and slightly less godlike goalies. This is content that should be patched in, not repackaged and resold. It’s the same game.

    Ultimately I have to buy two games to get the game I actually wanted – An allround good, polished hockey game. There’s no excuse for it, EA have shown that they’re perfectly capable of updating the game live with rosters and other various changes – It’s purely a money milking operation.

    EA is a multinational games publisher like any other. That’s the way of the world, and it won’t stop me buying their games as long as they kick the GFWL habit, but it’s slightly hard to stomache their holier-than-thou approach when they themselves invented the game they now claim to hate.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Dralen

    @13 That is gonna be a mad few weeks! I sure as hell can’t afford to buy that many games in that short space of time. If they don’t delay some of those games, they are just shooting themselves in the foot.In the end they are just forcing me (their customer) to pick the games that are a must-have for me which causes me to ignore the other games on release.

    #17 4 years ago

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    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 […]