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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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  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    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

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • 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

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

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

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • 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

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • 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

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • 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 […]