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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 Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]

  • Runescape developer has an “undisclosed MMO” in the works

    Runescape developer Jagex is working on something new. According to Jagex’s careers page, the developer has a new, unannounced game in the works. Its advertisement for a lead programmer makes explicit mention of an “undisclosed MMO”. The ad mentions the new title is in “the preliminary stages of redefining the cross platform MMORPG genre” and […]

  • Destiny PvP rewards system to be addressed

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it will change the way Crucible rewards work. Destiny players are always complaining about the perfidy of RNGesus, but there’s one area where it particularly hurts: the Crucible. PvP players often receive nothing at all for excellent performances, and sometimes Guardians receive the best drops merely for logging in as […]

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the works for 3DS

    Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a sequel. Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates has confirmed that the sidescroller has been popular enough to warrant a second instalment. The sequel will also be released on 3DS, the team said on Facebook. Very little information is available at present, unfortunately. “As time goes on we will have […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.