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Acti: True Crime wouldn’t have hit “the top” of its genre

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 19:41 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has said one of the reasons True Crime: Hong Kong was canceled, was due to the firm’s belief that the actioner would not reach “the top” of its genre.

Speaking in an interview with Joystiq, Hirshberg said the game’s development budget and delays were, in a sense, also a contributing factor in its cancellation.

“The game had been delayed twice; the budget had been increased twice; and it had ballooned to a size where it was going to have to be a pretty incredible success in order to be worth the investment that it was taking to get it done,” Hirshberg said of the United Front Games title.

Hirshberg goes on to say that when the game was greenlit by Activision, there was room in the marketplace for games with such a large scope as True Crime: Hong Kong. However, in the end, according to the CEO, the decision not to release the game came down to quality.

“Just a few years back, there was room for a lot more titles to find an audience of scale.” he said. “The finished product was not going to be at the top of that genre.

“The only reason I’m hesitating [on offering an opinion] isn’t due to lack of transparency, it’s due to respect for the people who were making it who I think are incredibly talented and really brought their all and I don’t want to say anything to disparage their efforts.

“That’s a super-competitive genre with some of the world’s best games in it.”

True Crime: Hong Kong was announced during the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards, and was confirmed as canceled by Activision earlier this year during a financial call to investors.

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38 Comments

  1. DSB

    Related posts: Additional dev time for True Crime: Hong Kong has “paid off”, says Activision.

    L-o-l :P

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    that is the only title that i looked forward from Activision and i mean… REALLY looked forward.

    and sandbox is acompetitive genre, because not every year we see a new GTA or Saints Row.

    Horrible decision guys, just horrible. True Crime had gigantic potential with it’s city and combat system.

    If Ubisoft or EA owned True Crime rights we could see a game this generation 100%

    #2 4 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: Absolutely agree with you. A stupid decision, especially because you’d be playing a cop, not a gangster. This is a huge difference, i enjoy playing a cop way more than playing a gangster. And the City is something we have not seen in other games before.

    Activision takes no risks, no matter what they say. No Balls, just business.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DSB

    Neither of you have to sign off the money for it though. Two delays is always going to be two delays too many, and you’re talking about millions of dollars each time.

    Not that Activision doesn’t have them, but that doesn’t mean they want to throw them away.

    I personally didn’t see anything from the game that even came close to either GTA, Just Cause or Saints Row, so based on what’s actually out there, I definitely wouldn’t have kept throwing millions at the guys responsible.

    Look at Duke Nukem Forever. That’s what happens if you keep throwing money at a game :P

    #4 4 years ago
  5. NeoSquall

    I can hear mirror scratching from here.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. NightCrawler1970

    Activision are just a bunch of fuck-ups…., didn’t give that Game and the Devs a break and bring it on the market, who knows it should be a blockbuster game, but noooooo, just cancel it……

    #6 4 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @4: http://youtu.be/ZVfuLdHRYnI

    Looks way better than Saints Row if you ask me.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. NightCrawler1970

    Is there a way that True Crime can come on the market, like someone else buy it or sponsor it???

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DSB

    @7 I’ve seen that. It looks extremely similar to Saints Row, and the combat system doesn’t look good at all. The targeting looks awful and they’re all standing around waiting for the guy to compelete his animation.

    I really don’t see much to get excited about for a guy running through an asian street with a few cutscenes, jumping off a building and awkwardly fighting a few thugs. Beyond the asian street, we’ve done that already.

    @8 That’s another thing, if it had been close to finished, then Activision could either ship it themselves, or sell it off to recoup some of their losses. That, and the fact that the guy leading the studio seemed to understand why it got canned has me thinking that it wasn’t all that.

    EA managed to ship The Saboteur in a rough state when they were in a rush to close down Pandemic.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @DSB, “Not that Activision doesn’t have them, but that doesn’t mean they want to throw them away.”

    OHHHHH YEEAAAAAAAH…….. Tell me about throwing money…

    Activision in 2011:

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, DS)
    Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, PC)
    X-Men: Destiny (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS)
    Spider-Man: Edge of Time (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, 3DS, DS)
    Untitled James Bond Video Game (TBA)

    C R A P

    and the biggest blockbuster title and the safest one that will bring them money is Call Of duty:MW3

    Prototype 2 in 2012 which looks like Prototype 1…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @9: Never saw any freerunning elements in Saints Row, and the city looks vivid unlike anything we’ve seen in Saints Row.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. polygem

    not a huge fan of these games in general. even gta after vice city left me extremely unimpressed. too much tough guy shit and senseless violence – that must not be a bad thing but in gta i find it disturbing in a way, don´t know why. these games put me in a bad mood. i managed to play through IV. technically it was great but i got bored really fast. liberty city on psp was fun but vice city psp was one of my few unfinished games. it´s always weak if a publisher cans a game. it´s superbad for devs as well.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    @11 Really, you think so? I thought it looked pretty boring personally. It’s all black buildings with sporadic neon signs and people standing around doing nothing.

    Take the Witcher 2 as an example. I’m amazed at how many people are actually walking around doing specific things, like threatening vendors to join their guild. I realize you can’t expect that from a true open world game, but vivid? How?

    @10 All of which will probably be finished on time. People aren’t going to throw money at you if you don’t deliver, Erth.

    We can all agree that Activision has a wide range of studios that are pretty crap, and producing games that are pretty crap, but they probably meet their deadlines.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Maximum Payne

    @7 OH MY GOD THAT FOOTAGE ! Why they canned Assassin Creed:Hong Kong :((
    How stupid someone can be to make a sequel to x man or that child game spider man shattered dimensions and canned this is just beyond me…..
    @13 But sandbox game are selling like Saint Row,Assasin Creed because they are not many on market and they are rare.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 I don’t know about that. Just Cause 2 was lacking a narrative, but it was easily as much fun as any open world game on the market. And apparently it didn’t do well enough to warrant a third.

    The Saboteur was rushed out the door by EA so they could close down Pandemic, and that didn’t sell well either.

    I don’t see it as a sure thing.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @DSB, Delay and good game > turd

    True Crime was basically made by the studio who makes Modnation Racers and Modnation Racers is a solid title.
    These guys could create a game right on time. True Crime is a sandbox, so it’s probably a big game. Delays are inevitable.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. YoungZer0

    @13: Through the art-direction i suppose. Just look at the colours, the size of the crowds, the architecture, look at the walls, most of them have something on them or a different colour, with different patterns. A street market with people selling stuff, a butcher in some dirty alley chopping the meat on the table. It feels like a real city. But that’s something the developers from Saints Row never managed to do, especially in Red Faction.

    You should watch the video again and compare it to Saints Row. If you still don’t see the difference, then … well can’t help you with that.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Maximum Payne

    @15 Yea yea even Just Cause 2 sell well one more reason to release Hong Kong…But atention to detail in video that post YoungZero amazed me.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DSB

    @17 Well I was mostly looking at the way it played. I guess it just doesn’t speak to me, the lighting is completely wrong, even if the buildings under it are incredibly beautiful, I just can’t appreciate it.

    It doesn’t strike me as more authentic than the opening level in Kane and Lynch 2.

    Crowds on their own isn’t enough, they have to be doing something. A game like State of Emergency was all about being in a huge crowd.

    @16 The Saboteur was delayed, and that was in a horrible state. Prototype was delayed, and that was in a terrible state. Brütal Legend took five years, and that sucked. LA Noire took five years, and they couldn’t even make a proper female model, or a driving model for the cars.

    And that’s obviously the sort of thing that Hirshberg fears they were in for.

    The fact that a lead developer can’t finish his game on time is more often an indication that he isn’t the best at his job, rather than an indication that he’s awesome at it.

    Sometimes abortion is just the right way to go.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @19: Saboteur was also made by Pandemic and they are not known for finishing their products in a good way. Just look at Mercs 2 for example.

    What’s your point here? Every game that’s delayed sucks?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DSB

    @20 The point is at the bottom. If you can’t finish your game on time, then that doesn’t speak well for your competence. It doesn’t mean that all delayed games suck, it just means that most often, it’s because people aren’t good enough at managing their projects.

    I’m not saying that Pandemic shouldn’t have been shut down, but The Saboteur could’ve been an outstanding open world game if it had had more time and money.

    Sometimes, enough is enough.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. YoungZer0

    @21: Well, Mass Effect 3 should’ve been done in a few months. Not only does it depend on the Developer but more likely on the Publisher. If they give you 3 years for a game which should take 5, then they shouldn’t be surprised that it needs more time. I think the game industry works a little bit different than others.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DSB

    @22 Nu uh, it’s really not that simple.

    When you make a deal to develop a game, it includes two players. You and the publisher. The head of a studio has a direct responsibility to explain to the publisher how long a game should take, and why.

    If he can’t do that, then he shouldn’t be in that position. George Broussard of 3D Realms is perhaps the most gargantuan example of that in history.

    There are plenty of other developers who have no problem making amazing games in roughly 2 years – Why should the slow ones get special treatment?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. YoungZer0

    @23: Do you have some examples?

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DSB

    @24 Of amazing games? Well, amazing games is pretty subjective. Whatever your preference, the point is there’s no lack of people out there who can complete a game on time.

    Assasins Creed 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, CoD4, Company of Heroes, Freedom Fighters, GTA: Vice City etc. etc.

    It would take a while to dig out all the best ones.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. YoungZer0

    @25: No i mean amazing games that only took 2 years.

    Or in this case amazing open world sandbox games that took 2 years.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    @26 I wouldn’t know. If you make a deal for a game, that you aren’t able to keep, then you only have yourself to blame for it.

    You can’t expect people to throw millions at you if you don’t honor your agreements.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. YoungZer0

    @27: I’m just saying most of those amazing games that only take 2 years are being done on an engine that’s done. Probably a sequel with little changes to gameplay and graphics.

    Open World Sandbox Games take more time. Sure the guys from whatever-their-name-is-something-about-front should have picked a better release-date, but i don’t think Activision would have allowed that. They want the quick buck, always. They wouldn’t even have the deal if they haven’t signed on such a short releasedate. The result would be another rushed True Crime game. Something the series is known for: Bugs and broken gameplay.

    This one looked very promising.

    Activision just doesn’t seem to comprehend what it takes to make a good Sandbox Open World Game.

    My initial opinion stands: Activision has no balls.

    Look at L.A. Noire for example. How much time that shitty game took, but Rockstar still pulled it through.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    @28 The point isn’t how long it takes, or what technology you use, the point is that if you’re signing a contract to deliver a game within a certain timeframe, then you have to deliver within a certain timeframe, or face the consequences.

    If you know you can’t deliver, and the publisher still demands you to, then you have two choices: Being fired now, or being fired later. Being fired later, with a failed project, and millions of dollars wasted doesn’t look good on a resumé, and ultimately that doesn’t speak for the competence of a project lead.

    You’re entitled to your own theories on what Activision is and does, but ultimately, no matter which publisher you sign with, they expect results for their millions of dollars (most people who invest millions of dollars want something for them) and the fact that they scrap a project, and wave goodbye to all that money, probably means that it wasn’t worth it.

    Why would a greedy, evil corporation throw money away? Because they’re concerned about quality? Not bloody likely. This is the company that made Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions.

    I’m pretty sure even Take Two have cancelled projects that weren’t worth their money.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    “Why would a greedy, evil corporation throw money away? Because they’re concerned about quality? Not bloody likely. This is the company that made Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions.”

    So … erm what are you saying? If it’s not about quality, when what was the reason to cancel it? The game obviously looks good.

    I think the game was looking good but not finished, and Activision just pulled the plug. Like they did on many other projects around the same time btw.

    But anyway, this isn’t going anywhere.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. DSB

    @30 You think the game looks good in a blurry E3 demo video lasting 3:49 seconds.

    Don’t you think it’s slightly inadequate to base a multi-million dollar decision on so little? There was also some footage in an interview with the developers, but it really didn’t show very much.

    Obviously Activision didn’t believe they’d get their money back, and based on the performance of Prototype, The Saboteur (both equally mismanaged projects) and Just Cause 2, I don’t see how that’s completely outside the realm of possibility.

    Certainly not based on 3 minutes of game footage, that at least for me was pretty bland.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. YoungZer0

    Watching those 3 minutes of gameplay was more fun than playing Saints Row 2 or L.A. Noire, that much i can tell.

    It’s not the quality or the time, but the fact that Activision feared it would not make enough money. If it ever got released and actually wouldn’t make enough money i’d also blame Activision. Seeing how they work on games that are not Call of Duty. Great example for their work is the campaign on Singularity.

    And why are you bringing up Just Cause 2 and Saboteur?

    Just Cause 2: Eidos/Square Enix and sold 1.4 Mil. which seems to be enough for the developer to expend and open a new studio. The Saboteur was published by EA.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. OrbitMonkey

    Just out of curiosity, those games that Acti churn out, like Spiderman, James bond etc, how did they actually perform. I’m guessing they must make a good return for the money invested to get sequals right?

    And what was that open world game about the cop & his dog? Dead to Rights? That sank without a trace didn’t it? Maybe Activision judged this one right?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. DSB

    @32 That’s a lot of assumptions. You just know that 3 minutes and 49 seconds of that game was more fun than Saints Row 2 and LA Noire.

    Well, that’s impressive. I have no idea, I only saw 3 minutes and 49 seconds of an E3 demo that looked a lot like everything else.

    Just Cause 2 sales were hardly impressive considering the rest of the field, and that’s also a game that was delayed, which is more than likely why you aren’t seeing a third one right around the corner. I have no idea how Avalanche make their business decisions, or on what basis, though.

    The Saboteur is a case of exactly the same happening. Pandemic couldn’t meet their deadlines, their game was rushed out the door in a less than finished state, and EA killed the studio immediately after. It’s common practice. The only difference is that The Saboteur was deemed worthy to ship.

    Personally I get nervous as soon as I have 10 dollars riding on a game of poker. Betting your money generally shouldn’t be a casual activity, at least not for someone who cares to make some. I’d rather invest in a business that gets nervous when their money’s at risk, than a business that says “Fuck it, cover ‘em in gold” when someone fails to meet their contractual obligations.

    Balls generally don’t put food on the table. Unless you cut ‘em off and fry ‘em up.

    @33 Good question.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. neon6

    If the game has been cancelled, then why is the site for it still up?

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Moonwalker1982

    It sucks that they canned it, but let’s not act like we all have been waiting for it. The previous games weren’t that good at all. And i doubt this one would be amazing.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. BulletBoy504

    Thats bullshit,they cancelled True Crime because all that they care about is CALL OF DUTY!

    #37 4 years ago
  38. NightCrawler1970

    @37, you got that right, they’re a bunch of morons that focus only on 1 lousy best seller game, and the hell with other games….

    #38 4 years ago

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    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    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 […]