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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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    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]