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Sony’s FY12 starred by NGP, Team ICO and Naughty Dog

Tuesday, 5 April 2011 08:19 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony is on the march. With PS3 charting an insuppressible ascendancy and Uncharted 3, The Last Guardian and NGP all hitting this fiscal year, the next 12 months will show anything but decline for the manufacturer.

Sony’s Fiscal 2012

FY 2010: April 1 2011 to March 31 2012

Core offering expanded with Resistance 3 and SOCOM over FY2011′s Killzone 3.

Uncharted 3 is likely to follow in its precursors footsteps as a Q4 must-buy.

Team ICO’s The Last Guardian may squeeze in before the holidays.

Launch of the “next generation portable” expected before close of fiscal year.

Sony Computer Entertainment’s 2011 fiscal year, which closed last week, was one of its strongest since the PS2 era. The holiday quarter was kind to PS3, which draws ever closer to the 360′s raw install base, and is now believed to have a higher user-base per unit sold.

Sony has turned its attention to new hardware – the NGP, without question the biggest event on Sony’s calendar over FY 2012 – but with PS3 sales on the rise, its first-party line up shows diversity and strength in the coming year.

The line up

This month sees the first of Sony’s heavy first-party hitters with SOCOM 4: US Navy Seals. It’s been five years since the series saw a major release on the PS2, but Zipper Interactive has MAG under its belt since then, and will bring that experience to what Sony is clearly hoping will be a multiplayer stayer. The US sees the game on April 19, with Europe following on April 20 and the UK trailing to April 22.

Level-5′s multiplayer RPG, White Knight Chronicles 2, arrives in Europe in May, with an US release still undated. The sequel includes the entire first game as well as a whole new campaign and the chance to control one of the single-player only robots during multiplayer. A massive hit in Japan, the raid-based JRPG gameplay didn’t go down quite as well in the west. Not likely to prove a major event.

Happily, Sony has one stellar summer hit lined up with InFamous 2. Newly inducted into the Play.Create.Share family, the continued adventure of electric superhero Cole sports a mission editor, with community offerings integrated neatly into the main campaign. The US is expecting to get it in early June, with other territories to be announced.

Resistance is futile

After summer, Insomniac is set to deliver Ratchet & Clank: All4One. Family friendly four way drop-in, drop-out multiplayer will act as a gateway drug, luring Sony’s younger fanbase onto the PlayStation Network.

Before the holiday season kicks off, Resistance 3 gets a good run at sales thanks to a September release. Another Insomniac production, and yet another core action title for a year filled with all things shooty. Resistance 3 is certainly aimed at being one of Sony’s largest games of the year, but Insomniac has it all to prove after failing to garner unanimous positivity with the series’s first two installments.

Uncharted 3 gameplay footage

November delivers the follow up to two multiple award winners in the form of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Naughty Dog is one of the few developers, even among first-parties, to really knuckle down with the PS3 hardware, and with two iterations under its belt, expect this to be standard-setting. Again.

And there’s more for the core this Christmas. Somewhere in the holiday quarter, David Jaffe will return with his iconic racing combat series, Twisted Metal. Aside from a brief outing bundled with the PS2 network adapter, this will be the franchise’s first console multiplayer experience.

While you’re plotting what to request for the seasonal gift-fest of your choice, don’t forget to send a few fervent wishes towards SCE Japan, addressed to Team ICO. The Last Guardian is tentatively scheduled to turn up before the end of 2011, but if it needs more time Sony won’t hesitate to delay it – too much critical expectation rides on the studio’s third outing. Expect Ico & Shadow of the Colossus – The Collection a few months beforehand to get the franchise buzzing in the hive mind, probably bundled with a demo.

The other stuff

Easing into 2012, Sony will no doubt follow up its annual baseball series with MLB 12 The Show, which usually drops around March.

Over the course of the year, we can also expect to see Sorcery, The Workshop’s PS Move showcase, and thatgamecompany’s lonely multiplayer experience, Journey. Both have yet to be dated, although the latter should turn up by summer.

Sony plays reveals close to its chest, but if we’re sticking to tradition, we can expect one major announcement at E3. Further reveals will likely be kept for gamescom and the Tokyo Game Show, with E3 reserved for promoting upcoming releases, tech, and NGP.

Sony’s NGP concept trailer

NGP – a new era

Sony’s second portable console – code named NGP, or “Next Generation Portable” – has been rumoured for a November 2011 release, with multiple comments from Sony representatives suggesting a staggered global launch starting in Japan before the end of the year.

Recent disruptions to manufacturing and transport in Japan have apparently jeopardised the console’s launch in all but one region. If Sony can only muster enough stock to launch in one territory it will be Japan, the original PSP’s most constant supporter, with an international release to follow, possibly in FY Q4 (January to March, 2012).

Should the new handheld miss the holiday season sales are sure to take a hit, but most importantly, Sony has to find a workable price point to recover consumer confidence after PS3′s heart-stopping $599.

Excitement for the new hardware is high, and with the 3DS’s less then stellar “launch window” line up, all Sony has to do is follow through with the catalogue of first- and third-party titles teased at the NGP’s media debut.

A startling list of developers and publishers are already well invested in the platform: Activision is bringing a version of Call of Duty over, and tech demos of Metal Gear Solid, Dynasty Warriors, Lost Planet 2, and Yakuza have been shown.

NGP catalogue
Sony has been coy with its expected NGP release line up: probably wisely given the fiasco over the 3DS’s startlingly diminished list between debut and launch.

Multiple first-party properties have been confirmed as in development for the new console: Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, Resistance, Uncharted and WipEout.

New IPs are also on the way. Evolution child studio BigBig is working on the touch-pad utilising Little Deviants, while other internal teams are working on the mysterious Gravity Daze and Reality Fighters.

Sony is unlikely to ignore other properties, so expect Ratchet & Clank, SOCOM, Syphon Filter, God of War, MLB The Show, SingStar and Eyepet to turn up, possibly at the handheld’s E3 showing.

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29 Comments

  1. dtyk

    put monster hunter on NGP and I’ll blow someone for it… I will…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    The best year Sony has had in quite some time, a AAA title almost every month, I don’t think any publisher has been able to do this before.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    Out of the first-party lot, Sony easily has the best line-up for this year by far. Microsoft has Gears 3 and Forza 4 for the hardcore, not to mention anything Kinect as well, and I don’t even know what Nintendo has bar 3DS and Skyward Sword.

    It would take something colossal from Sony to fuck it up right now. By the looks of it, that’s not happening.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Razor

    Too bad none of them are real system sellers.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gadzooks!

    I’ll take the ICO/SOTC remake, the rest are totally ‘meh’.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    “It would take something colossal from Sony to fuck it up right now. By the looks of it, that’s not happening.”

    Never underestimate Sony’s ability to pull a fuck-up out of a hat at a moment’s notice. :-D

    Some excellent-looking titles in that line-up, for sure. I’m pretty interested in Infamous 2, Uncharted 3, Journey, and The Last Guardian.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    @Blerk – Good point. :D

    @Razor – Uncharted 3 maybe. Uncharted 2 did so well critically and sales wise that there may be more behind it now. That’s just my guess, though.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    I think a lot of the ‘system seller’ power of a title has gone once it’s reached it’s third iteration. People run out to buy systems for the first example of something, and although Uncharted 3 will most likely be an excellent game, I think it’s appeal will be mostly to people who already bought the first two games, in much the same way as I don’t expect Gears 3 to sell many more 360s.

    It’d be nice to think that The Last Guardian could be a system seller – it’s certainly the one I’m most interested in by quite some distance. Sadly I suspect it won’t have the wide-ranging appeal to actively drive sales of the machine.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Christopher Jack

    @4, Well they all are AAA games but I don’t expect any of them other than Uncharted will give a huge boost to console sales. I do think Resistance & inFamous will give it a bump but nothing major. Ratchet & Clank All 4 One & Sorcery may give a decent boost to Move sales.
    MS & Sony really don’t care much about console sales, they’re more interested in the install base, which is the opposite approach from Nintendo.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    I assume they’re banking on the full package to sell hardware, and I don’t doubt their console sales will keep accelerating. I guess the sell is, “If you want Uncharted 3, The Last Guardian, Killzone, more LBP, etc, etc, then you have to have a PS3.” I bet there are a lot of 360 owners in the market for “more” that’ll be pushed off the fence this year by some of that lot.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. polygem

    there´s a lot of good stuff coming these days. no question. but still i end up being slightly disappointed by many games i was very excited about. another problem that really bothers me personally is that i got less and less time to play games, while there are shitloads of games coming that i actually want to play. this summer / fall it´s brink, rage, deus ex and of course BF3 that i absolutely must play – these alone will be a tough task to handle timewise – battlefield 3 will kill hundreds of hours alone probably. i´m kind of glad that i don´t own a ps3 anymore because these sexy exclusives would just kill me – at the other hand it´s kind of sad at the same time that i miss out on great games. the ngp looks so promising. it could become a cool compromise to play some sony exclusives on the handheld. i really hope they won´t cut down the quality for these games though.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. AHA-Lambda

    “Both have yet to be dated, although the former should turn up by summer.”

    Assuming you’re talking about journey there dont you mean the latter?

    PS: do one for activision and MS next……..XD

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    @12 – Yep, my bad. I’ve changed it.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. StolenGlory

    @1

    Well, pucker up and get ready to work the shaft since I don’t can’t see a Sony handheld platform not ever having a Monster Hunter title.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Ge0force

    That’s an impressive list of exclusives, I’m looking forward to almost all of them! But I’m afraid the heavy marketing for Kinect is much more effective than loads of exclusive quality games. Only core gamers will shift to PS3 for this reason.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    Didn’t know White Knight Chronicles 2 included the first – have had the first on my rental list for some time, so may just dive in at the second.

    SOCOM 4 I have on pre-order based on the beta. ICO/SOTC + TLG are a given. Resistance 3 I’ll wait and see on. I thought Resistance 2 was ok but had some odd design decisions and quirks. Uncharted 3 yes please.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. AHA-Lambda

    For me:

    Rental:
    Infamous 2
    Resistance 3
    Ico/SOTC HD
    Last Guardian

    Day one must buy:
    Uncharted 3
    Journey

    If the price is right and uncharted is a launch title, i’ll get an NGP/PSP2

    #17 4 years ago
  18. 2plus2equals5

    All i want is the ngp ASAP!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    I’m dissapointed only with PSN. there is not much except for Journey.
    Yeap, Journey is going to be a fantastic game… But thats it.

    System sellers? Maybe Uncharted 3 but thats it.
    LBP 2 and Killzone 3 already bombed with 1 million+ sales and nothing more but as Patrick said, Sony’s message is to bring as much people as possible by exclusive lineup.
    If you want more? Get the PS3.

    remember gran turismo 5? It was not a system seller, but hot damn that thing sold for 6+ million units in about 4 months.

    Sony really need to create new IP’s and i mean really start to do something.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Lahanas

    Try doing this kind of article for Microsoft’s offerings this year and you will be amazed at how short it will be.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. TaTaTow

    I wonder what they have for 2012. I mean they’ll release a lot for the NGP but what about the PS3? There’s a sequel too nearly every Sony Franchise coming this year.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Mike

    Some good-sounding games listed there.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. OlderGamer

    I want an updated Champions of Norath.

    Honestly nothing listed uptop interests me. Over all its a nice line up, but individualy … nothing stands out. Just more sequals.

    I think we need new hardware. Not because the games look bad or anything, but to me the freshness faded a while ago.

    Nice to see Sony set for a good year. Its been a while. I do wonder, will NGP and the quake/tsunami slow potential PS3 growth?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    Uncharted 3, Team Ico Collection, and the Last Guardian.

    That’s enough to keep me happy.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. OrbitMonkey

    Uncharted 3
    Uncharted 3
    Uncharted 3 :-)

    #25 4 years ago
  26. osric90

    Dude… I need money so bad right now. Wish me luck in jobs.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. aprotosis

    How is this news? There is nothing we didn’t already know here. It reads like an advertisement. Is VG247 just shilling for Sony now?

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Ireland Michael

    @27 It’s not meant to be news. It’s an article.

    Jeez, don’t be paranoid.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. onlineatron

    @4

    It’s probably too late in it’s life cycle for one title to boost the PS3′s sales exponentially; but I’d like to think that the sheer strength of the line-up, and what’s already on the console, would sway quite a few new investors.

    #29 4 years ago

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    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]