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Iwata confirms non-DVD or Blu-ray playback for Wii U

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:22 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that Wii U won’t have support for Blu-ray or DVD playback.

Games will use high density optical discs for the system, but Iwata has said Wii U won’t support the main two formats, mentioning that “enough people” already have DVD or Blu-ray players in some form, and that it didn’t “warrant the cost.”

“Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities,” he said in an investor Q&A which has been released in English.

“The reason for that is that we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn’t warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies.”

Wii U launches next year.

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45 Comments

  1. Blerk

    No surprises here, then.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Dear me.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Freek

    Do we really need another device that does that?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Deacon

    Yup. Not surprising. Would it really cost that much more to throw in a DVD drive though? really?

    Are we likely to see another Bluray drive in the next Sony machine?

    What are MS going to do next gen ?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Freek

    If you multiply that small cost by the millions of machines you will be making for years to come, then yeah, that tends to add up. Probably even more so for Blu-Ray.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. trav

    Would imagine it’s not so much the drive that costs, it is the license to use the drives.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    I don’t think it’s that big of a problem in this day and age. I’ve never played a DVD in my 360, for instance. Mostly because it sounds like a jet engine when the drive’s working admittedly, but you see my point. :-D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Strandli

    I can see them using that point about the Wii.
    But now that the WiiU actually has a valid reason for playing media, they still use it?

    The whole “play games while other people use the TV” sales pitch could also be used for watching movies. I’m not surprised, and it doesn’t change my view about the console, just seems odd.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. djhsecondnature

    People say that it “doesn’t matter”, but imagine if the PS4 or the Xbox 720 didn’t have DVD or Blu-ray support, there would be outrage.

    I can understand not having Blu-ray support, but DVD, come on now, this is 2011.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Telepathic.Geometry

    It seems like Nintendo is very busy explaining what this new console CAN’T do. :^/

    #10 4 years ago
  11. NinjaMidget

    In mine eyes, they’ve just announced that it’s gotten more useless.

    The good thing about my PS3 being a DVD/Blu ray player as well is that I didn’t have to go out and get another bloody machine to take up space.

    Ah well, at least it’ll appease me with better graphics that either x-box or PS3…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Christopher Jack

    Disappointing but in no way is it surprising-definitely not the end of the world.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. G1GAHURTZ

    This console seems to be getting worse by the day.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    This is BAFFLING. Being a cheap DVD player is what helped the PS2 become so dominant right out the gate at launch, and for many people the “devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray” that “people already have” *are* their X360 or PS3. I mean, FFS – the PS3 was virtually 100% responsible for that format’s adoption over HD-DVD!

    I just don’t understand why Nintendo wouldn’t want the Wii U to be *the* convergent entertainment device that sits under your telly, when Apple, Sony and Microsoft are all positioning their products in that way.

    I’m sorry, but for me the lack of this feature means that the Wii U would only ever be a secondary console, not my main under-the-telly device.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Clupula

    So, once again, Sony and Microsoft do what Nintendon’t.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. The_Red

    Wow, just wow. I don’t want to be offensive but this is just retarded now. Seriously, no DVD playback in 2011!?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Razor

    They still make DVD’s?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DaveDogg

    @17 not only are DVDs still made they still out sell Blu-Ray by over 50%

    #18 4 years ago
  19. pukem0n

    the xbox 720 wont use bluray. they will propably use their own proprietary medium for games and support DVDs being watched.
    they would have to pay a lot of royalties for bluray support and microsoft is clever with money

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Zurtech

    Doesn’t surprise me and doesn’t bother me either.

    Personally I buy a games console to play games not play movies. I have a DVD player for that and another built into my TV and also my PC if I’m really that desperate to watch a movie.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Lounds

    it costs about £20 a DVD drive, maybe a £10, but 10-20 quid saved per machine is a huge amount of saving for nintendo which they can use that money else where, such as a network service, so I don’t see why everyone is complaining as, most people in EU,NA have DVD drives, if some one is still using VHS, please speak up?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. frostquake

    This may surprise Many of you but I get weekly sales figures on DVD and Blu-Ray Sales..and both are down, and have been consistently down.

    For Week Ending June 4th 2011

    DVD Sales: Down 32.8% at $96.17 Million
    Blu-Ray Sales: Down 39.1% at $21.99 Million

    Total Packaged Media Down 34.07% at 118.16 Million

    DVD’s and Blu-Ray has been consistently trending DOWN!

    Source Home Media Retailing Weekly:
    http://www.homemediamagazine.com/

    Digital Entertainment though is consistently up!

    For me the lack of a HDD is a Deal Breaker…in this age it should be standard!

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Lounds

    I will pay £5 max for a dvd
    and £8 max for Bluray
    call me tight but I hate physical media.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Freek

    It only matters to the machines that launch first and position themselfs as multimedia devices.
    Nintendo doesn’t do that. Everybody who wants it already has it by now.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. M. K.

    @22: Like many of you, you seem to forget: USA != world ;) Here in EU we don’t have even close as much posibilities as you to get digital stuff. DVD is king <3

    #25 4 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    Nothing shocking here. I almost never use a game system for watching movies. The reason is simple, your game system only has so many spins in its lifetime. Why use those spins watching movies?

    I buy a game system to play games. I install games where I can to save the optical drive. I know people that have lost optical drives in both PS3 and xb360. Things were out, everything wears out. I am going to wear my game systems out playing games.

    DVD players, even BR players are cheaper. Much cheaper then game systems.

    Plus, like Frosty said, phsyical media ain’t what it used to be. I Netflix almost everything. And that means intant view/streaming it, sometimes thro my TV directly, sometimes with PC or laptop to TV, and sometimes through a Wii/PS3/xb360.

    So long as WiiU does Netflix, I will be happy mediawise.

    But by all means if you want another big anti Nintendo/WiiU story keep building that molehill into a mountain. Keep in mind Wii didn’t play dvds or BR, and it has done pretty damn well in sales.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. BillyBatts

    You know what, he’s right. Do you really need another DVD player? Does seem a little odd though, as presumably the games are on DVDs so it should be able to read them, right?

    No surprises about Blu-ray.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Deacon

    25Gb cartridges and all will be forgiven!

    #28 4 years ago
  29. frostquake

    @28 It is 25GB Optical…so you get your wish!

    http://techland.time.com/2011/06/09/wii-u-specs-disclosed-including-25gb-optical-discs/

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Christopher Jack

    I think Blu Ray will be the last commercially available disk format, unless we get super-duper-HD displays & flash storage remains uneconomical for mass production of movies & what not.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. freedoms_stain

    The drive itself will be capable of reading DVDs, the Wii is capable of reading DVDs, Nintendo just don’t want to add to the cost of the machine by paying the license they will have to pay per machine sold to actually use the function. In their eyes they’re upping the base price of the console to replicate functionality the vast majority of people already have via another dedicated machine.

    I wonder what the possibilities are of letting people pay for DVD support after-market. little bit of DLC that adds the necessary software.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    @FS

    Thats what MS did with xboxone, thats what the cost of the dvd remote attachment they sold covered.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. polygem

    i play dvd´s on my mac mini. never used a ps3 or 360 for that…i need a gaming machine for gaming. that´s it. all this multimedia stuff never interested me in any way in a console. so obviously i´m glad not having to pay for stuff i rareley or never use. still not interested in wiiu anyway though.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Bloodyghost

    Wow. This is pathetic. Now I know why Nintendos Stocks fell when they announced this. The only reason why I would buy this right now would be just for me and those elegant first partys.

    Plus SUPER FUCKING SMASH BROS!

    #34 4 years ago
  35. bluffbluff03

    Even no BluRay? Oh Nintendo..if this is the right way…. :(

    #35 4 years ago
  36. gomersoul

    this seems like a bad move to me, the reason is simple. sony have already dabbled with this game in another place while people watch tv with remote play on the psp to ps3… now while games were limited and a select few worked well with it where it really shone was movie playback. i didn’t need a dvd or blu-ray player in my bedroom to watch one because i could remote play it with the ps3. it was it’s most useful feature. nintendo are kidding themselves if they think people will just want this thing for gaming. smartphones are a massive success because they have so many capabilities. they’re living in the good old days of gaming, wake up and smell your risky console nintendo!

    #36 4 years ago
  37. metamorphic

    @26: You really must be one old geezer. Limited spins? You’re probably still either gaming on a Dreamcast, or don’t bother to take care of your console. In the end, it’s all about value and usability. If I can use one device to play my games, my movies and anything else I need it for, why would I need to waste shelf-space on two or three other devices? It belies common sense, unless you’re some paranoid schizophreniac worried whenever you put a disc inside a console.

    Also, Netflix is a fucking joke. There are tons of movies you won’t get on it, and many, especially the newer ones, aren’t even available in HD. And even their so-called HD “streams” positively pale in comparison to the sheer quality on show with Blu-Ray. Obviously you don’t seem to be a person who values quality at all so I don’t suppose there’s any point in telling a person like you the difference between gold and copper.

    Thankfully however, there are tons of people who do value quality, so you’ll see Blu-Ray leap higher and higher in the months and years to come – we’re already seeing this with more Blu-Ray releases and sales than ever before. The naysayers might well as shiver, because it’s here and it’s staying, bruv.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. djhsecondnature

    It’s amazing how many people say that because ‘you’ Netflix everything that it doesn’t matter. It matters hugely. In the UK we have no service of that scale available, and even if we did, we do not have the infrastructure to support it currently. Physical media is certainly here for another console generation at the very, very least.

    Not implementing DVD or Blu-ray functionality will mean it will always be a secondary device to those that own a PS3/360 and never a core gaming platform. As for that fact that it’s a ‘gaming’ console, we’re long past the point of just gaming functionality, so much so we’re past a decade of it. If Nintendo think that people just want a gaming platform and not a multimedia hub then they are sorely mistaken. Yes, people have DVD players already, but it’s the all-in-one box that makes things like the 360 and PS3 even more appealing – something that the Wii U has already lost.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. ultramega

    Iwata is such a liar. The reason they aren’t using BluRay or DVD is because they would have to pay royalties. They don’t want that. It’s the same reason they’ve used proprietary technologies for the GameCube and Wii as well.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Telepathic.Geometry

    Download a code to unlock the DVD/Blu-ray functionality – bingo, problem solved. Why does a company with so much imagination have management with so little?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. DaMan

    What OlderGamer said.

    also, blu-ray is just a temporary format in between dvds and internet downloadable ones, which will be completely superseded in a few years. it’s imminent. If you have the money to buy a TV like that, you surely have a decent internet connection as well.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. gomersoul

    blu ray is definitely not a temporary platform. the world can only go all digital when blu ray becomes the sole format or dvd stops selling so well. HD streaming isn’t as good as a blu ray and until it is and everyone in the world has fibre optic internet then it definitely won’t happen.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. DaMan

    For developed countries it definetely is, the dvd is the dominant one for the time being, and that’s not changing for most.

    In a few years pretty much everyone will have the necessary interwebs.. compared to 2006 I don’t know a single guy who doesn’t have high speed internet atm.. and I’m not even from a country like Uk, let alone NA.

    only thing stopping that from happening might be issues with availabilty of content. but they’re temporary either.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. OlderGamer

    Ok a coupl eof things.

    Shelf space is not a major problem for anyone that I can think of. Its not a barrier for someone to consider before purchasing a games system. Its just a stretch and a reach for someone looking for a reason to not like something.

    I also understand that some people don’t have the best internet. But you don’t think it will stay that way forever do you? Certian nations/territories are going to be at the forefront of such tech, but as seen in the past the tech makes it way out to almost everywhere eventualy.

    Netflix is amazing. Pure and simple. Of course it doesn’t stream new releases day and date upon dvd/br release. But Netflix doesn’t just stream of course, they send you dvds/brs in the mail. My Netflix station takes a 2-3 day turn around from the moment I drop the outgoing movie into the mail/post to when I am able to put a new one in the DVD player. Netflix should be everywhere, maybe someday it will be – who knows. But trust me in NA dvds/br aint king. Walmart has 5usd movies now, racks and racks of them. They are trying to compete against Netflix.

    Oh and of course not everything that Netflix streams in in HD. A large chunk of it is 480P. Because thats what the shows were aired in. Not everything is done in BR either. If I go to the store to buy a few seasons of a TV show I will be watching it in 480P at home. Netflix does the samething. 480P is more then fine with me for watching TV. Btw, my cable TV doesn’t have everything in HD either.

    Ok lastly for the guy that thinks I am old because I worry about spins. I have a xb360 right now that I can only use for digital content. Because the optic drive won’t read discs. My sons friends just switched from PS3 to xb360 because his optic reader on the PS3 died. Its not an epedemic, but it happens. Everything wears out, now I could drop kick my SNES and it would keep working. But if you stare at a PS360 you can run into a problem. There are just so many working components, and things today aren’t exactly made with the highest standard of quality in mind, instead reducing absolute cost is more important.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. ultramega

    @44
    That’s great and all for you, but not every country has the infrastructure the USA does for internet. And even with Netflix, I believe the USA is the only country where they’ll actually mail out physical copies for rental.

    #45 4 years ago

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    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]