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Decision to pull Crysis 2 from Steam was not made by EA

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 18:23 GMT By Staff

EA has responded to an earlier report stating it pulled Crysis 2 from Valve’s Steam service, and according to a company representative, the game was pulled as a result of Steam’s policies, not due to a decision made by EA.

“It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service,” the EA rep told GameFront. “This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA.

“Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service – many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam.

“Crysis 2 continues to be available on several other download services including GameStop, Amazon, Origin.com and more.”

Kotaku reported earlier today that Crysis 2 was sporting an “Only on Origin” label, suggesting EA was restricting the bestseller to its newly-announced Origin distribution service.

Like the EA representative’s statement confirmed, the game is currently still available digitally via Direct2Drive, Amazon, Gamersgate, and Impulse. It is not known at this time if the “agreement” with “another digital download service” was in fact EA’s new Origin platform or not.

Alice: Madness Returns is likewise available from multiple digital services – but not Steam. Battlefield 3, EA’s next major PC title, is also not available for pre-order through Steam.

A number of other EA titles are still up on Valve’s platform, including both Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Need for Speed and Bulletstorm.

[Story by Brenna Hillier, contributed by Stephany Nunneley]

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54 Comments

  1. CaptPierce

    EA, there’s bold, and then there’s blasting both your kneecaps off with a SPAS-12. I’d at least keep a few games on the service, considering how popular it’s turned out.

    Just wait and see I suppose.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    Well I know a lot of people that will be getting Battlefield for the PC and not getting off of steam won’t stop them. EA Origin is not horrible and its not intrusive. I am fine with this and by no means a Steam fanatic.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Grimrita

    I was wondering how long this would take EA. IF I purchase BF3, I dont expect to be using ‘Origin’ to play it on, if I have to, they can stick it up their arse.

    I simply do not want yet ANOTHER DD service clogging up my PC to play a limited number of games. I dont use Steam to play Bad Company 2( like and idiot, I bought it – a boxed copy).

    #3 4 years ago
  4. JRNO

    I made the mistake of using EA Downloader to purchase Battlefield 2: Special Forces back when it was released and I sure won’t make that mistake again.
    If they don’t plan on releasing Battlefield 3 on Steam, I probably won’t be picking the game up since my DVD drive doesn’t work.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. galaxy366

    Is still love Steam. Much better :D!!!

    btw, what happens if you own the C2 steam version? Does it simple disappear? Because it has been removed from the steam service…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Sorvin

    Awww crap… I want to have all my games on Steam (call me a Steam fanatic or something but I prefer having all my games in one place).

    This really sucks that EA is going in this direction, it’s strange though that if EA knew they were gonna start Origin, why did they just put up all those Sims games on Steam??

    Getting worried what this means for Battlefield 3 :/

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @5, They can’t remove it after you have already purchased it.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. endgame

    the current version of Origin is bad. why? because it crashes your games (battlefield bad company 2) and it doesn’t have an auto-update feature. the interface could use some improvement and they could allow u to use your own avatar.

    oh and one more thing, u can’t buy stuff unless u live in US or Canada. epic fail EA!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. kumaCannon

    I don’t know call me fanatical but my reason for not using Origin goes beyond I just don’t like the program. Why would I want EA to get a distribution foot hold into the game industry?

    Isn’t this the same company that turned Dragon age 2 into a long DLC ploy; didn’t EA just finish carving up BF3 with DLC and pre-orders giving special guns to people who pre purchase the game from various places? Why would I want a company that treats their customers and products in that manner being successful at online PC gaming retail.

    I mean I am not against them selling their products where they want; I just don’t see myself buying from Origin when I don’t trust their business tactics.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. El_MUERkO

    Crysis 2 sucked donkey balls and it’s multiplayer is rammed with cheaters so taking it off Steam is like a public service.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    good thing i already have my steam copy then =s

    This is unbelievably stupid on EA’s part, to cut your nose to spite your face really. If it is not on steam i aint buying EA so better take note -_-

    If they pull this shit with BF3 i’m just getting it on PS3

    #11 4 years ago
  12. deadstoned

    EA just totally crossed the line, FU EA! Lost my loyalty again!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Talkar

    Awesome EA!
    Valve has really been shitting on the customers lately, hope that this will give them a wakeup call, especially when BF3 is released.

    @9
    I just bought Alice: Madness Returns, and i live in Denmark.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. AHA-Lambda

    @14 – notsureifserious.jpg

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Talkar

    @15
    I am serious. Valve really doesn’t care about their costumers, atleast not those who bought Section 8 and/or Witcher 2.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. endgame

    @14 but how did u pay? if I want to use a credit card I can only choose US or Canada in the country field. and 2nd question: in what currency can u see prices?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DSB

    Seems like a pretty unneccesary provocation. Surely Crysis 2 has sold most of what it’s gonna sell. And if anything, it’s an example of what happens when you scoff at something like Steamworks in favour of a ridiculously poor service like Gamespy.

    Origin is alright, but it’s quite obviously still a young client. Some of the design elements are just plain stupid, like fold-out boxes that cover the page count.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Hunam

    Origin is just the old EADM stuff. It’s come a long way buy it’s still not steam.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Schindet Nemo

    Their € prices are fucking ridiculous. 35£ = 50€? Screw you EA.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. endgame

    how do I switch to euro prices?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Schindet Nemo

    @21
    Look at the bottom. There’s a little flag besides an EA logo.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Talkar

    @17
    I paid with my Visa. The currency is shown in DKr for my (the currency in my country, the danish crown). I didn’t need to choose it, it just worked.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Lounds

    EA = Corporate hogs

    Why do this, all there titles on PC will sell atlest 30% less now, they’re Idiots.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DuckOfDestiny

    Ah well, guess that just means EA won’t be getting my money. C’mon EA, I know you want it, and I really want to give it to you, do we really have to play these games?

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Artheval_Pe

    Damnit, EA. My friends are on Steam, not on Origin. I can’t chat with my friends, I can’t invite them to play on Origin.

    So either Origin becomes compatible with the Steam Community, or I won’t buy games on that platform.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    No Steam, no sale. Period.

    Buying it on xb360 doesn’t exactly send them the msg I want to send. So I guess I will have to think about what to do next.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    I could see it working out for EA if they didn’t exclude Steam.

    The titles they sell on Origin will cut out the middleman, allow them to do special deals to undercut the competition, and that’ll work. But completely eleminating the biggest, and arguably most competent online retailer on the planet really can’t be that great for business.

    I think it’s slightly arrogant to think that people want all these clients. I don’t buy anything on Impulse if I can get it on Steam, even if it comes with a difference in price of 5-10 dollars.

    I have no interest inconveniencing myself for that ammount.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Phoenixblight

    @28

    EA has been cutting them out of the loop for the longest time. All EA’s games, they wait until the last moment to put it on Steam. Then the Steam version doesn’t get the same amount of content as the EA store, D2D version. Not sure how anyone didn’t see this coming. I saw it coming eventually when Dragon Age was released.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    @29 You’re right, but most of their biggest launches in the digital delivery age were on there, with the exception of The Sims, which probably had a lot to do with the intended audience.

    I think it would be easier to sell a game, than a game that comes with a mandatory client, even if others have already done the same thing with Steam. A PC isn’t a console, we generally like having options. I don’t think Origin is doomed, but some for some people, the option not to use Origin will be the one they choose.

    I think they’re on the wrong path trying to become a “publisher island” in the industry that does everything in-house, and just expects everybody to support their monopoly.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Lounds

    This will cost EA more money, Activision don’t have a problem with steam, although COD:BO didn’t incorporate steam friends ¬¬. End of day they’re shooting themselfs in the foot, PC community loves steam, why take them away, Steam and activision will make more money.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Bloodyghost

    EA is dead stupid. They run EA Partners with Valve too!

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Phoenixblight

    @30

    Whether buyer wants the PC version from d2d or whomever it will still go through origin. You buy it from the shelf it will still go through Origin. SO if you want the PC version of EA games you will have to get origin if not than get the console version. Not a lot of options.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Xuchilbara

    What an idiot thing to do, why not do this AFTER BF3 is released, that way you dont lose sales on your biggest launch in history?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. DSB

    @33 I was implying that they’d pass on the game entirely. EA makes a lot of great games, but they’re not the only show in town.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. endgame

    @22 but I have no EA logo at the bottom! :(

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Phoenixblight

    @35
    Of course not but they are the only publisher that offers the most games I would say 80% of my game are through them not that I am a fan boy but it just so happens they offer games I like.

    There has to be a reason why they are denying steam and not other Digital retailers maybe they take too much of the cut of the profits I am not sure.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Lounds

    CUNTS!

    #37 4 years ago
  38. IL DUCE

    I’m not a PC gamer but what happens with games like Portal 2, made by Valve but published by EA? And will this signal an end to future endeavors with EA publishing Valve games? Unless I’m just thinking this would fracture the relationship a lot more than it truly will…

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Grimrita

    If you read the between the lines, EA’s decision to put Crysis on Origins IS the reason why it was pulled from Steam.

    ‘Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam.’

    Other download service – Origins.

    Everything was fine until Origins showed up, with Crysis sitting on other DD services as well. So something stinks from EA’s end.

    The waters are about to become very choppy over the next few months. Can EA afford to lose the worlds biggest PC DD platform? I doubt it…

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Hunam

    So are steam kicking out games that autoinstall another client?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. LOLshock94

    isnt this steams fault?

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Grimrita

    EA blame Steams terms and conditions but dont actually point to which part. Steam works well with other publishers who also have their products on other DD services – so what makes EA/Crysis 2 so special?

    Who knows but a PR bullshit press release from EA isnt going to help matters.

    But it throws up other questions. Do I have to install Origins to play Battlefield 3 online? Or will it play straight out the box?

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Dralen

    This is so funny. If anything this will just cause PC users to turn away from their service. If EA knows what’s good for them they will stop this madness now.

    I’m not all that bothered myself, I just prefer to stick to one download service, which is why I don’t use Origin. I’ve got too many games on Steam to change now.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Medevila

    TFA says “Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam.”

    Also BF3 is still going to be on Steam.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. DarkElfa

    As a steam user and Crysis 2 owner, I’m worried what this will mean for DLC and updates on Steam where the title is concerned.

    Also, I was planning on buying BF3 on Steam but now I’m really having to debate that strategy.
    the sad part is, EA figures that while we could vote with our wallets and force them back to Steam, most won’t because they need their drugs.

    Also @#44, what makes you think its still going to be on Steam?

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Old MacDonald

    Didn’t anyone read the article?

    The game was not pulled from Steam, it was kicked off by Valve.

    At least that’s what EA are claiming, and it’s not something they’d lie about considering how important Steam currently is for their business on the PC (regardless of their plans with Origin).

    #46 4 years ago
  47. DSB

    @46 Read between the lines, chief.

    There are plenty of games on Steam that also feature on Impulse, so what client-related infraction do you reckon could lead to a sudden breach of contract?

    Here’s a hint: Origin launched close to a week ago.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Joe_Gamer

    The whole article is about how Steam took Crysis 2 down, NOT EA, yet I see all these ignorant fucks blaming EA? Reading comprehension is like common sense I guess, so rare it’s a god damn super power.

    I’m as quick as anyone to jump on EA’s ass for being greedy fucks, but in this case it seems that Valve/Steam are the greedy bitches. I sure would like to read that “set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service” for myself.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. DSB

    @48 Actually EA are saying they weren’t the ones to directly pull the game from the store. They in no way claim that they aren’t ultimately responsible.

    Reading comprehension doesn’t do a lot, if you’re mindnumbingly naive while reading the words of a PR rep.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. ruckus

    Article has been updated from an earlier one today which did not state anything about Steam removing the game.
    Since the change the original comments look out of context (since the original article pointed to EA removing the game from Steam).

    #50 4 years ago
  51. xxJPRACERxx

    Lot of stupid haters here. Origin is 100 time better than Steam, want to know why? Because you only use it to purchase/download your game. After that you can close the client and play your game without having to start the client ever again.

    Steam is “ok” but I hate the fact that to play the game you must start the client app.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. darksied

    @51

    LoL, you’ll get a lot of bad replies for that :) But I’m with you. I won’t go so far as to say the steam client is THAT bad, because it has a LOT of upside. But like you, I like having the game activate ONCE, then being able to close the client and never having it open again unless I need it (offline or online, doesn’t matter; you don’t need to open the program again after you activate once). The EA download manager (Origin, whatever) has been my favorite so far.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. darksied

    @8 (replying a bit late, but whatever)

    I don’t know what you mean here. How can the client crash the game? They’re completely separate. If anyone else is having problems with Origin playing a game, then guess what …? Turn the program off. You don’t need it running in the background to play ANY game, even if it’s an online shooter. Start your task manager, close everything related to origin and EA, then play the game. If it still crashes, it’s the GAME, not the Origin client.

    @9
    “I mean I am not against them selling their products where they want; I just don’t see myself buying from Origin when I don’t trust their business tactics.”

    This is a false argument. You’re using a weak argument to justify your not liking them. You say you don’t like their business tactics because they put pre-order stuff in BF3? “Carving up BF3?” First, the stuff is free. Second, EVERY ONE ELSE DOES THIS. Even Valve, in some ways (ps3 version of portal 2 had a FREE PC copy; did xbox 360 people complain? not NEARLY as much as BF3 “fans”). Every big name title now is going to do this, to some extent. There’s no getting around it. It’s not ruining the game, so we shouldn’t really complain. Now, if it turns out that the stuff they release DOES really unbalance the game, then you can complain and they’ll get those balanced so they’re normal. But I don’t see this happening.

    P.S. I’m tired of people blaming EA for Dragon Age 2. While I would like to agree with everyone and say EA sucks because of that, at the end of the day you have to realize that EA is the publisher, Bioware is the developer. Bioware made the game, EA did not. If the game sucks, it’s because Bioware didn’t do a good job. All this “EA forced them to release it early,” “EA made them release a half-finished game,” and all of that is complete crap (and whoever says it knows it, but you like arguing). If EA forced them to release it early, then the game would be actually broken (there’s not many bugs in the game) and would be missing graphics, and be a 10 hour game. It’s in fact a 40 hour game, and there’s people out there who still think it’s awesome and better than the first, in fact (not me, but I can understand).

    #53 4 years ago
  54. Tenebrous

    #51, #52 – You can still run (most of) the games outside of steam. Just find the EXE in the steamapps folder (on a PC at least).

    #54 4 years ago

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    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

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  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

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  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

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  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

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  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

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  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

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  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

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  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]