Call of Duty: Elite officially revealed – all the details

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:00 GMT By Keza Macdonald

Everything you need to know about Call of Duty’s new online service, plus quotes from Activision’s Jamie Berger and Beachhead’s Chacko Sonny.

Call of Duty: Elite

Elite is a Call of Duty multiplayer service developed by Beachhead.

It features both free and subscription-based content.

Elite will provide one unified account accross all CoD games from Black Ops forward.

No detail on pricing as yet.

Goes into public beta in summer, launches later this year.

Accessible in-game, online and on mobile apps.

It’s no secret that Activision has been looking for a way to monetise its vast, vast multiplayer userbase for Call of Duty. And thanks to the nature of the Internet, Call of Duty Elite is no secret either, now. It’s a service for players of Black Ops and the forthcoming Modern Warfare 3 that offers social networking and a vast wealth of information and analysis of your play performance, as well as strategy tips, maps, weapon breakdowns and competitions. It’s available both as a free version, and a paid subscription service. It gives you one account that will evolve across current and future COD games.

Elite isn’t obligatory, and non-paying customers will still have access to a lot of the features (exactly what content will be premium-only hasn’t been made clear yet). Paid subscribers will automatically get DLC and map packs without having to pay extra for them, but non-paid users can still purchase it separately. They won’t be locked out. And nobody at all will be locked out of multiplayer. You will never have to pay to play Call of Duty online, Activision assures us. We can hear 30 million people exhaling in relief.

“The genesis of the idea was in the fragmentation of the consumer base,” said a spokesperson from Beachhead, Chacko Sonny. “There was a moment when people at Activision realised that there were these tremendous numbers of people who weren’t abandoning prior games when a new Call of Duty came out. Every time we released a new game we were leaving that consumer base behind, and we wanted to find a way to unify them across the whole franchise.”

Elite can be accessed both in-game and online on a separate site, as well as on mobile apps, and it’s best summarised as an enormous, nicely presented collection of data. Your own summary page has a wealth of information about your recent play – you total XP, recent matches with detailed breakdowns, a heat map of your latest match showing where your kills and deaths occurred, your overall kill to death ratio, even an XP calculator that figures out how long it will take you to get to the next rank based on your current play performance.

A video showing off Elite’s features.

It also offers social networking, letting you form groups with other players based on anything from a postcode to an interest to a food allergy. The idea is that it makes it easier to socialise, and easier to find others in CODBlops’ 30-million strong player base who share your interests and your attitudes. The Theatre gameplay video cinema is present and correct, too. You can also track other players, comparing every imaginable facet of your gameplay performance.

As for the competitions, there’ll be everything from straightforward “who can kill the most dudes this week” face-offs to screenshot competitions. A tab labelled Improve houses detailed maps of every arena, with weapon locations and choke points marked, and videos on how to best use each weapon, perk or killstreak bonus.

Social interaction

With all this social interaction, the obvious question is how on earth Infinity Ward expects to moderate it – as anyone who’s ever played online for more than about 30 seconds can tell you, Call of Duty players aren’t always the kind of polite, interesting people you’d like to form a social network around.

“From the service side, the good news is that we have these partners down the road called Blizzard, who have been tremendous in sharing thoughts on how they deal with this very issue.,” says Activision’s Jamie Berger. “You can’t just build a platform, turn it on and hope it goes well. There have to be real human beings managing it, and that has to scale with the community.

“The premium membership helps here. There’s no restriction on groups, everybody can join them, but at a premium level I think people expect a different level of behaviour. At a country club, you pay your money and you expect everyone to behave to a certain norm. We’re going to treat it that way. When you’re signing on, you’re signing on to expectations of behaviour that we’re going to take very seriously. We don’t want to be nannies, but if people are making the experience bad for others then they shouldn’t be part of it.”

At the moment COD Elite only applies to Black Ops, but neither Infinity Ward nor Activision has ruled out incorporating Modern Warfare 2 at a later date, assuming the can overcome the technical difficulties inherent in backwards-engineering a service onto a game that wasn’t build around it.

Sonny seems optimistic that Elite will change the way that people form player communities in COD, hoping for a 100% subscription rate to the free features. “The COD consumer is a tremendously diverse userbase,” he says. “Far and away the single biggest thing that makes people want to play this game is being able to play with their friends, and Elite enables people to find that group of people who are suitable for them to play with, whether that’s based on a zip code of an affinity or leaderboards or just who are interesting folk. It enables that connection in a way that we simply have not been able to do up until this point.”

COD Elite is going into public beta this summer, with a launch planned for later this year – just ahead of Modern Warfare 3, we’re guessing. Expect more details on what paid subscribers will get that everybody else won’t at E3.


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  1. Razor

    I don’t want to fuck your face thanks very much, Mr. Garratt :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    In short:

    1) Theater
    2) Maps with statistical data (will probably be posted online for free instantly)
    3) Clan Page (can be made on any website, but this is the official one)
    4) Unannounced DLC “prizes”

    7 bucks a month bitches.

    Well, i don’t know what to say, but this time i’m sure. I will just rent MW3 AT BEST.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    So this has nothing to do with ”Cod:Online” ?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @3, this is basically CoD:Online

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Space jockey pilot

    looks okay :) wouldnt get it though :)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    “There was a moment when people at Activision realised that there were these tremendous numbers of people who weren’t abandoning prior games when a new Call of Duty came out.”

    They weren’t leaving the older CoD’s you silly little man because A) The old CoD’s were generally better and B) The newer iterations in the franchise offer nothing new to warrant the purchase in the first place.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    Pics added.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. UuBuU

    “There was a moment when people at Activision realised that there were these tremendous numbers of people who weren’t abandoning prior games when a new Call of Duty came out.”

    How dare they cheat Activision out of money like that. The idea of an FPS game having a large, active community for more than a year is proposterous!

    Not getting MW3 out of principle now. I don’t care if the multiplayer experience isn’t much different without Elite – Activision have gone too far this time. They just have to squeeze every last penny out of this franchise, don’t they?

    Shame really, as I was hoping for a decent FPS this year. With MW3 ruled out, that pretty much leaves BF3 which could turn out to be a complete joke online like BC2 was.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    Tbh I like that their gonna be moderating their *diverse* community.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve added the trailer as well.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. wiozan

    Still no dedicated servers…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DSB

    The only thing that’s surprising is that they didn’t think of it sooner. With annualized releases and a huge community, this seems pretty obvious.

    @6 It’s really only true for the original IW games and their Treyarch counterparts. By all accounts MW2 is still the most played shooter that isn’t Counter-Strike on the PC.

    @8 Hey, at least they aren’t shutting down the old games every time they put out a new one, like EA :P

    I don’t hold out much hope for the post Zampella and West CoD to begin with, but this is hardly going to affect the game itself, if that’s all there is to it.

    People can choose to be indignant about an extra service that they obviously don’t want to buy themselves, but that’s about as childish as not buying a car because it offers extras to those who actually want to pay for them.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. StolenGlory


    Precisely. If you don’t want it, don’t pay for it.

    If you feel that strongly about it, speak with your wallet.

    As far as MW2 being the most played shooter of all time that isn’t Counter-Strike, i’m inclined to believe that; especially in the light of your rather informative earlier post detailing the big diffs between MW2 and BLOPS.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. ultramega

    Still a fucking joke. They keep recycling the same shit, and then add a new feature up and beyond the game, one which people have to pay for? No way. Ever.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DSB

    @13 Those are the stats as they’re presented. BFBC2 stats are reporting 15k players, Steam is reporting 35k players for MW2, and 28k for BLOPS.

    Which obviously isn’t good for Activision, since they’re currently only making DLC for BLOPS.

    In comparison, though, Counter-Strike is reporting 120k current players across the original and Source.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. StolenGlory


    120K players for CS? That’s actually fairly crazy.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Lloytron

    To quote Duncan Bannatyne – I’m OUT!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. TikiSadZombie

    COD ELITE leaked trailer:
    So is basically what Bungie is doing for free? Wasn’t going to buy MW3 and now I’m sure I won’t.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Razor

    Duncan Bannatyne is always out.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen him “in” :P

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Lounds

    FB meets COD = GREAT… nawt

    #20 4 years ago
  21. jeremycafe

    “So is basically what Bungie is doing for free? Wasn’t going to buy MW3 and now I’m sure I won’t.”

    More like exactly what Bungie is doing. Bungie provides pretty much all of the same features with a premium option in which you can pay to have more space, etc. I assume thats what they plan to do as well. If you pay you simply have more options, ease of use, etc.

    I find it hard to understand how anyone can be upset by this move. They are offering something that you don’t HAVE to pay for and adds features to their existing title + future. If you don’t want the extra features, don’t pay. You dont see bungie fans cursing bungie for offering an additional package do you?

    There is just far too much hate over the COD series. Sure, there isn’t significant changes over each game, but to me there is always enough to warrant a purchase. It is pretty clear I don’t stand alone on this one.

    Stay raging, Friends.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Naaame

    Shame, pretty sure this has sealed the deal for me. I’l wait till proper details hit tomorrow but I don’t think I shall be investing in COD. I just have a sinking feeling this subscription based service will provide the “elite” 10-16 year olds with exclusive items and perks, making it almost pointless for the free players to continue, forcing them to sign up too =[

    #22 4 years ago
  23. jeremycafe

    “I just have a sinking feeling this subscription based service will provide the “elite” 10-16 year olds with exclusive items and perks”

    I have a ‘sinking feeling’ you came to this conclusion before even reading what service plans to provide. Just go to and look at their service for halo reach and you can see what to expect.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. mathare92

    Not into COD whatsoever but I can see the use of such a service really. Don’t quite get all the complaints.

    As long as not too much is locked out for those who don’t have premium accounts.

    P.S. That trailer is cringe-worthy. “Double Rainbow” wtf?

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DSB

    @24 Really? I thought it was pretty funny. The CoD community has a lot of these ultra-serious “youtube pros” giving lectures online – It seems obvious to lampoon that.

    Are you not familiar with Double Rainbow? :p

    #25 4 years ago
  26. mathare92

    @26 As with most other schmyoho auto-tune remixes, I am. Just didn’t get how it fits in that trailer?

    Plus I thought some of the other jokes fell flat anyhow.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    @26 It’s random. That’s why it’s funny :P

    I agree, it’s pretty gratuitous meme-use (which meme-use pretty much always is) but I was pretty entertained by that video.

    Then again I’m a sucker for stuff like FilmCow.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. NightCrawler1970

    Wow, Acti copied MAG??? thanks god MAG is free online… i pass Elite :P

    #28 4 years ago
  29. JGaLaXY815

    In all seriousness, HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU NEED? lol these COD titles end up to break their own records every year as the highest selling game ever. I’m all for not paying for it, but once again, when you’re friends are playing the new maps and it calls you out for being too cheap and not forking over the extra 15$, what r u gna do?….Buy BaTTleF!ELD 3

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Freek

    Sounds like allot of things other games are already doing for free. The Halo stuff, Rockstar’s Social club, Battlenet.
    Seems like a verry cynical cash in move on Activissions part.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Mike

    So Halo Waypoint for CoD. Bungie sets the bar.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. jeremycafe

    @30 How is it “verry cynical cash in” for Activision but not for Bungie, Rockstar, Blizzard (still acti..) etc? I don’t know about Rockstar but all the other service provided additional features for a cost. hasnt fully gotten there yet, but it is their end goal to provide a premium service on top of the already free content.

    What is with this blind hate for Activision. So you guys don’t like one of their most successful titles and now the rest of your gaming career is devoted to talking garbage? And yes I say garbage not because its insulting trash talk but because you are all speaking utter trash that makes no sense at all.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. OrbitMonkey

    Well internet dweeb hysteria aside, i’m very interested in how this pans out. Surely this is the begining of the subscription only age for consoles?

    #33 4 years ago

    Cool stuff.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Espers

    another point and shoot sigh !! with dx11 gfx now .. give us your money

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Dralen

    @32 Want to know why?

    It’s because they already overcharge on their games and their DLC maps, but now they want to charge a subscription for premium content on top of that. And I bet most of the site will be premium content not like where only a few features are at a cost, not to mention that those extra features are really really cheap.

    You would think at the prices they charge, that they make a game once a millennium.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. oreogod

    I know Activision likes to run and gun to through the call of dutys like Casanova likes to go through women, but they really should continue to make DLC for all the games back to Modern Warfare. Im not sure how the economics would play out, but there has to be some bank there.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. CrAzYeYeDAVE

    you FUCKING BELLENDS!!! why do none of you realise that at the end of the day its still a business?!?!?!? and what does a business do??? MAKE MONEY£$£$£$£$$$£££ if you owned a restaurant or shop would you not expand because of the “old loyal customer’s” would you not charge any thing because you didnt want people to think you were trying “squeeze every last penny out of this franchise” fucking stupid CUNTS they are going to keep going untill there is no more money left to be made out of it, as would every one of you dickless pricks! get a fucking job!!

    #38 4 years ago

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  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]