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PSN breach spawns 55 class-action suits, Sony insurer to not pay legal fees

Saturday, 23 July 2011 22:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony’s insurance company, Zurich American, has filed a claim in New York asking to be except from paying to defend the firm over 55 class-action suits filed against in over the PSN data breach earlier this year.

According to Reuters, the insurer said it received claims for coverage from Sony, but under the policy written for the firm, it does noth ave any “obligation to defend any other Sony unit under that primary policy, ” since the policy does not apply to the PSN side of the business.

Zurich American said the policy only covers Sony for “bodily injury, property damage or personal and advertising injury,” and since the class-action lawsuits were not filed under these stipulations, it should not have to cover the firm’s legal expenses.

Furthermore, the insurer claimed the general liability policy it wrote for Sony was “never intended to cover digital attacks.”

Sony said in its last financial report, it expects profit to drop by 14 billion yen ($178 million) due to the cost of revamping its security measures after the breach.

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27 Comments

  1. darksied

    And I hope Sony counter uses and wins every one of those class action suits. Unless they can prove they either lost money or had their identity stolen (which as far as I read from all the reports, were all bs), then Sony doesn’t deserve the blame for this and they should lose.

    But that’s in an ideal world. Here, who knows what will happen.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. pukem0n

    big companys winning every lawsuit is the ideal world for you? interesting.
    i hope they get fucked, just for the lulz. pun intended i guess

    #2 4 years ago
  3. darksied

    So just because they’re a big company you want them to get screwed?

    I’m all for big companies to pay up if they deserve it. From what information is there (which could be very little, granted), it looks like nothing has happened from all the info that was supposedly stolen. So I think this is a cash in by greedy people trying to make some free money. So they deserve to win because Sony is a big company?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    No one will be getting paid except the lawyers so it proves nothing other than companies need better lawyers.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. get2sammyb

    At the end of the day, those 55 cases need to actually PROVE that they were a victim of financial/identity theft and, based on what we know, that seems like it’s going to be close to impossible.

    I suspect more than half of these cases are opportunists looking to make a quick buck, which is why Darksied is right in what he says.

    If these people were actually entitled to something, then go for it. Sue Sony rotten. But those people are going to have a hard time proving it.

    Further, insurance companies ALWAYS say they’re not going to pay. It’s unsurprising to see them take this route on such a big claim.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Dannybuoy

    2nd line. Except? Or exempt?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @5 Based on…. What? You think the media is going to start running stories every time someone gets their credit card abused? That didn’t happen with Gawker, and plenty of people had their cards abused on that occasion.

    Of course they’re gonna sue, it’s pretty much the only tool the Americans have to interact with those corporations.

    They do need to go further than simply proving that their information was used. That’s not criminal in itself, as long as Sony isn’t culpable in losing it in the first place, which is where it gets interesting. If they can prove negligence, then Sony has a serious problem.

    The fact that there are 55 suits will probably serve to Sonys advantage, since they’re unlikely to get a lot of coverage as a whole. As soon one hits the news, it’s time to consider settlements.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. IL DUCE

    #8 4 years ago
  9. TheWulf

    The fun thing is is that proving negligence won’t be at all hard if they have even a half decent IT geek among their ranks. Your average Joe isn’t going to understand how a network works, or network security, but if you’re clued in then… well…

    Let’s just say that Sony’s “WE DO NOT NEED SECURITY, WE ARE SONY!” attitude has become a joke in certain circles, because they brazenly displayed their delusional omnipotence. One example of this is placing all security on the client-side, in the PS3, without any real server security. They honestly believed that the PS3 would never be hacked. Ever.

    That’s not true, and without any server security they were left wide open when the attacks came, and it was incredibly easy for the attackers to seize whatever they desired. Sony’s negligence was in not having server-side security, and that won’t be hard to prove.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    55 people obviously not happy with their 5 free game choices o_O

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    @9

    It took one guy in 5 years to pull it off they had a pretty good system in place until that point. There was no point in Sony changing it or updating it until it happened. If the government and their IT team didn’t find anything worth of hammering Sony for their negligence. Then these people will not either. They are just looking for a cash grab.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DSB

    @11 There hasn’t been any kind of government funded investigation into Sony’s security. Obviously Sony didn’t hack themselves, and bad security isn’t against the law, unless you’re basically giving stuff away. Even if your house is missing a door, it’s still stealing if people take stuff from it. As such, negligence is most often going to be a case for a civil suit.

    The only that’s occurred is a congressional hearing, which is 99% political posturing. Basically as long as you don’t jump onto a table and cry “I’M GUILTY OF THESE OFFENCES, PROSECUTE ME IN A COURT OF LAW”, then absolutely nothing will happen, and you aren’t required to answer a single question.

    You can also commit perjury I suppose, but that would be pretty stupid, given that you aren’t required to answer anything.

    *EDIT*

    Sony actually declined to appear before Congress. The worst they can do in that case is subpeona you, in which case they just force you to waste your time in a big fancy room while the politicians perform their show.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    Uh huh Just ignore this: http://www.psu.com/Sonys-PSN-attack-under-investigation-by-US-Attorney-General–a011545-p0.php than.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DSB

    It says the theft is under investigation, which isn’t very odd given that that’s an actual crime. I don’t see any mention of Sony’s security or any suspected culpability in losing peoples information.

    The fact that Holder informing the Senate Judiciary Committee on what’s already painfully obvious to most of the world, happens to trigger a post on a Playstation related website really doesn’t say anything. Except that people will write posts on just about anything to get a little content for their sites.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    Again those 55 cases won’t get anywhere unless they can prove they were damaged by this which they weren’t. They are looking for a cash grab and they think they will get a big fat paycheck but what they don’t realize that the lawyer’s will be taking 60% and than all the fees and then whoever instigated the investigation get the next portion and whatever is left is thrown to those that signed on to it. I don’t see anyone suing the government when ANonymous hacked them. Thats a far more dangerous thing than people losing CC info which you can change within a phone call.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    I haven’t seen any information on how many credit cards or identities have been abused as a result of the breach, but I’d imagine that that’s the sort of the thing the lawyers are looking into.

    I don’t know what they have, so I don’t know how succesful they might be. It seems to me like Sonys security was almost certainly worse than average, but that will have to be proven beyond a doubt.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    @16

    Took one guy 5 years to crack it. The same system for 5 years. Microsoft has had multiple attacks all the time and they change their software frequently. The only reason why people are on this because its publicized and people have some innate disgust for corporation’s and want to get paid for it. Like I said the same thing happened to the government and did anyone get up in arms about that? No. But a big multibillion corp, Hell yeah I want a piece of that action. They are parasites.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    It’s really not that black and white. I don’t know how long he spent to crack it, but it’s not exactly clever to leave an exposed service running if you’re aware of the risk, and if that really is your first and last line of defence.

    Sony’s hopes and dreams won’t protect their networks. Even if you’re somehow convinced you have a great system, that’s still not an excuse not to do everything you can, to protect the information on your servers. The whole idea of preventing a breach is redundancies and constant dilligence, since there’s no limit to how resourceful hackers could be. You’ll never know if they’re ahead or behind the game, so you have to make sure you’re on the cutting edge.

    By Sony’s own account, the hackers had their way with their network for at least 24 hours, almost certainly more, and anyone I know who’s ever worked at an internet business are simply shaking their heads at that.

    It took Notch from Minecraft less than an hour to pull the plug, but a company holding 77 million records takes more than a day? That’s either serious greed or serious negligence. Whether it’s cause for damages remains to be seen.

    As for parasites. Well, you could say the same for a medical manufacturer who accidentally kills people with their drugs. I don’t mind it when companies pay for their mistakes, even if lawyers are greedy, and people love the money.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    @18

    It hasn’t there has been no reports of anyone had their identity stolen or any damage whatsoever. They would have gone to the public about or to a media source for it but there hasn’t been. SO 1 + 1 = 2?

    “As for parasites. Well, you could say the same for a medical manufacturer who accidentally kills people with their drugs.”

    Thats not a parasite. Thats just an accident that happened. DO you even know the defintion of a parasite. Yeesh.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. DSB

    @19 Nor has there been in connection to any other major breach. After the Mastercard breach, there were no stories. After the Gawker breach, there were no stories. And yet I’m related to a guy who had his credit card abused after the Gawker incident.

    So because that was never on the news, it never happened?

    First of all it’s not a very interesting story, when you can simply rely on numbers and hyperbole. Secondly it definitely isn’t worth the effort involved. What journalist is going to call 77 million, or even 5 million, or five thousand people to ask them if they’ve been having any problems with their cards?

    *EDIT*

    It’s the same thing. Company screws up. Company pays. Even if they didn’t mean to kill people, and even if they didn’t mean to give all their personal information away.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    @20

    Yes because News corps pay for people like this just like the guy who went on the news because he had gotten a 600$ bill from ATT for their IPhone and not reading the the contractual agreement.

    “It’s the same thing. Company screws up. Company pays. Even if they didn’t mean to kill people, and even if they didn’t mean to give all their personal information away.”

    No its not the same thing. THese people are looking for a quick buck for not receiving any damages whatsoever. 33 million people in america PSN and 55 cases pops up.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    @21 I don’t see my brother getting his credit card used to buy Urdu bibles or Fifa games for some guy in Pakistan as being nearly as good a headline as “77 million accounts compromised” including keywords like “congress”, “homeland security”, “hackers” and “massive security breach”. Maybe my priorities are all screwy on that one.

    Somehow I doubt that a lot of lawyers would waste their time compiling a class action suit (which does include a hell of a lot of filing) without even the slightest example of someones info being abused.

    It stands to reason that if you give the internet 77 million peoples personal details, somewhere, someone is going to abuse that. Once that happens in a scale where you can justify filing class action, then all you need is a verifiable screw up on Sonys part.

    For the record it’s 55 class action lawsuits. Which means that the lawyer will have to justify his suit as a class action, in having too many plaintiffs to file the suits individually. Usually being accepted into a class action suit, at least with regards to serious ones, involves living up to very specific criteria.

    Like in the case of medication, having suffered actual harm as a result.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DSB

    Here’s something:

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/04/ars-readers-report-credit-card-fraud-blame-sony.ars

    Again, this is a horrible job for any journalist, because there’s little chance of linking the abuse of those peoples credit cards to an actual breach. Maybe they just like Dutch animal porn? If I was a news editor, that would be a serious waste of resources, for a story that’s nearly impossible to verify.

    And it seems like most editors agree, since searching on something like “credit card abuse sony breach” mostly brings up said hyperbolic posts, containing said keywords.

    Either way, there’s a claim of a lot of people having their details abused.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    @22

    “Zurich American, in its court papers, said 55 purported class-action complaints have been filed in the United States against Sony.” Thats all it says .

    You just need 1 person to file a class action lawsuit. so it can be 55 people or it could be 55 million though I am sure that number would have been in there. But Class action makes it sound like its a huge amount of people.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DSB

    @24 Ah, that’s true. Although the lawyer will have to define that class in a hearing for the courts approval, and obviously anyone who fits the description will then be able to join the class action.

    Also, the general fee is 25-35%, and subject to court review. In other words, the judge is your guarantee against the worst vultures.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Phoenixblight

    Thats just a general fee I was in a Class Action suit against a country club company and the lawyers took 60% which was 2-3 million the person who instigated 50k and people like me who worked 2 years a suffered the damage 200$.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DSB

    The general benchmark is around 25%. Ultimately it has to be approved by a judge, so the responsibility rests with him or her.

    The lawyers in turn run the risks of doing a lot of work for 100% the total ammount of 0. So filing frivolous lawsuits generally isn’t the best business strategy.

    If my lawyer ran away with 60%, I’d sue :P

    #27 4 years ago

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    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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

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

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

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

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

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

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

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

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

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

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

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

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

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

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

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

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

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

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

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

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

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

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

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

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

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

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