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Battlefield 3 will not be sold on Steam due to Valve’s ToS

Saturday, 6 August 2011 19:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

As if there was any more doubt that Battlefield 3 wouldn’t be made available on Steam, EA has pretty much confirmed what we’ve all already figured all along – no dice (pun intended).

According to various tweets and forum posts by EA, pulled together by Joystiq, EA has said BF3, one of its biggest releases of the year, will skip out on a Steam release due to it restricting the firm’s “ability to directly support players.”

“Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content. No other download service has adopted these practices.”

Like with the recent pulling of Dragon Age 2 from Valve’s service, EA has taken umberage with a section of Steam’s ToS agreement, which states publishers can only deliver updates,patches, and DLC hrough Steam instead of a game-specific client.

EA feels this is restrictive, and has pulled certain titles and refused to offer others on the service.

“We hope to work out an agreement where Steam can carry Battlefield 3; meanwhile, gamers can pick from the more than 100 digital retailers,” according to a forum post from the firm.

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40 Comments

  1. DarkElfa

    Whatever EA.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Talkar

    I do think Valve is being kinda weird about kicking both Crysis 2 and Dragon Age 2 off of steam due to the DLC not being purchasable through Steam. There are other games on Steam that does this, and they aren’t getting kicked. Why are Valve so focused on pissing on EA? o.O

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    Shame, I was looking forward to seeing how BF3 would turn out. I hope MW3 doesn’t completely flop.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    So you’re only going to get it if it’s on Steam??

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    Erm, forgive this ignorant little console gamer, but does it matter where you download this? @ DSB, you think MW3 will/could flop?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Talkar

    @5
    I don’t mind using Origin to buy it. And for people saying “I have over 50-100 games on Steam, i want this game on Steam too”. I can just say that i have 224 games on Steam, and only 21 on Origin, still, i don’t mind using Origin. Competition is good for the consumers, why can’t people see this?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    I’d have thought that it wouldn’t really matter.

    Unless you’re just a big fan of Steam’s other functionality….

    …Whatever that is…

    *Only uses Stream to play StarCraft II*

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    thats very sad.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Talkar

    @7
    Pretty much same here, it’s nice to have all 3 versions of StarCraft 2 next to eachother :P (EU, US, KR)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. noherczeg

    Anyone knows something about retail releases? Will they be available to be downloaded + used through Origin?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Talkar

    @10
    Most likely. I’ve activated everything from BF2 and 2142 to Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm on there. All of the games i have on Origin (except for SWTOR and Alice: Madness Returns, are either bought retail or on Steam). So it would be weird imo to not make BF3 able to be activated on Origin.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. GwynbleiddiuM

    :| I FUCKING TOLD YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    #12 4 years ago
  13. deathgaze

    Battlefield 3 is already up on Origin, preorder bonuses and all. In fact, I prepurchased it today. I think people are overreacting to this whole Steam v Origin thing to a ridiculous degree. No, EA is not a competitor to Steam. EA only uses Origin for distribution of it’s own games (at least so far). What’s more, the platform is rather nice.

    I downloaded Origin a month ago to see what all the fuss was about and, wouldn’t you know, EA had already consolidated all my games using my email address. So, all the boxed EA games I had registered online already showed up on there, ready to download. How fantastic is that?

    Indeed, when I hopped on to get BF3 today, I found Battlefield Bad Company 2 and SimCity 4 Deluxe on there for five bucks apiece. I snapped them both up and BF:BC2 just finished installing.

    To put it succinctly: I like it.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Yoshi

    For a second there I thought this was going to be related to the competition, unfortunately not… just another QQ from EA blaming it all on Steam :P

    #14 4 years ago
  15. GrimRita

    EA forgot to mention in their PR bullshit that ‘no other publisher has an issue with Steam allowing them to interact with its customers, just us’….

    Its no big deal to Steam, lets face it. EA will be regretting this in a few years time

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DSB

    It’s obviously a matter of personal taste where you buy it. I’m not gonna jump clients simply because the one I use is left out, and especially not without any kind of incentive. I wouldn’t mind using Origin, it seems functional enough, but if EA are going to be making 30% extra, then I need at least 10% off for indulging them.

    @5 Definitely, I’d give it a 50/50 shot. I’m not too confident in Bowling seemingly listening to whiners on the internet instead of letting the studio make the game they think is the best one.

    They have two studios working on it, and the original designers left. That’s cause for skepticism on its own.

    I’m actually somewhat more interested in seeing how BF3 will turn out, for the simple reason that DICE can really only improve, while Infinity Ward can almost only disappoint based on their last games.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Yoshi

    @15, actually they’ll be regretting it in a few months when Battlefield 3 comes out, when they realise it didn’t sell as well as it could have if they opened it up to everywhere.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. hitnrun

    @16: It certainly won’t flop, but it could easily suck.

    The distinction being that the massive casual market now acts as some kind of dark matter of the gaming universe, exerting its own pull far beyond what people who actually like games can generate.

    Infinity Ward doesn’t really exist any more, so as far as I’m concerned CoD is over, but it will take a number of mediocre games (and a triumphant replacement franchise) before the larger market comes around to that point of view.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. LOLshock94

    Holy Fuckalukadingdong

    #19 4 years ago
  20. GrimRita

    After my experience with Alpha, they should just call it Bad Company 3 because thats exactly how it plays. I struggled to find any elements from previous BF outings that made it into BF3 (excluding prone!)

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DSB

    @18 I’m purely talking about whether the game is going to be good or not. Numbers are numbers.

    The same thing goes for peoples perception of a game. As long as it sells 5-7 million, then it’s great, because you feel cool in liking it. It’s big enough to make you seem qualified for buying the hype, but it’s not too big. Once it reels in 20 million, then suddenly people become skeptical, and they start noticing people they don’t like, liking the things they do, and as such, it becomes uncool.

    Time will tell whether 40 employees more or less will make the difference for Infinity Ward. I’m not optimistic, but it still has a shot.

    It would be a shame if Sledgehammer got put on Modern Warfare fulltime though, I was looking forward to seeing their own project.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Yoshi

    @20, yeh same. Not to say the Bad Company series is bad or anything but I was looking for Battlefield 3, a sequel to Battlefield 2 not a sequel to Bad Company 2 :(

    #22 4 years ago
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    @16:

    Bowling has nothing whatsoever to do with decision making in the development of the game, btw. He’s basically just the PR guy.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. GrimRita

    I’ve just cancelled my pre-order as I wasnt impressed. EA can stick it up their arse and if the new CoD isnt a shoddy port on the PC, I will take a look.

    Bad Company 2 is shit with its lame hitboxes and bugs and although Bf3 was alpha, I found evidence to suggest that the hitbox problem is still in the game – which clearly points to it being a Frostshite game engine issue.

    And judging by all these ‘contests’, I predict the review scores to land 10/10 across the board for yet another average FPS attempt by DICE

    #24 4 years ago
  25. MrBambinoDent

    Valve are the ones losing here.
    BF3 doesn’t need Steam to sell especially with the PC version being superior to other platforms.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. DSB

    @23 Fair enough, but he’s the guy conveying the messages. He’s seemingly jumping on every little complaint, and that doesn’t give me faith in a game. Either you know where you want to go or you don’t.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. OlderGamer

    “Valve are the ones losing here.
    BF3 doesn’t need Steam to sell especially with the PC version being superior to other platforms.”

    Somewhat disagree. EA will lose sales due to their arogance. Infact they have already lost one. Mine.

    But, no doubt the move hurts Valve too. And gamers too really. Its one of those things, a basic one infact. Give the consumers what they want. And a very large hunk of that consumer pie wants the game on Steam. Its just that simple.

    Its like Epic, remember when they bad mouthed the PS3, PSN, and Sony in general? I recall Cliffy stating he hated PS3 and that PSN was a mess. But they put games out for it anyways. Why? Because there are gamers that will only buy games if they are on PS3. Consumers drive this industry. Not greedy monopolistic suits that want more More MORE.

    I think EAs recent strong arming of Steam will bite them in the ass eventualy.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DSB

    They’re gonna lose a few sales, but how many really? For the people who genuinely want the game, I don’t think clients or principles are going to stop them. It would be very interesting if people passed based on something like that though.

    I kinda doubt that it’ll make much of a dent. I think there are more consumers willing to pledge certain ethics than actually live by ‘em.

    I don’t think they’ll lose enough for it not to be worth it. They’re going to be able to parasitically pass their storefront through Impulse, D2D and GamersGate, while arguably gaining quite a few 100% margins on sales given that they have a good client, and hurting Steams marketshare in the process.

    Whatever small loss they might get, I reckon they’ll consider it an investment.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. OlderGamer

    DSB, pretty much. I won’t be buying their PC game. And I am sure others will also take a stand too. But prolly not enough people to make a difference at the end of the day.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    @26:

    Sure, he’s the IW mouthpiece and he’s paid to be the super-diplomat who makes everyone feel like their views are being listened to by IW.

    I wouldn’t say that he’s jumping on every complaint, though…

    If he was, I’ve got a big list that he can tell the rest of the team to get started on right now, lol.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. DSB

    @30 It’s a hard call I guess. If Black Ops is pulling 30% more individual users than Modern Warfare 2 at the moment, then it must be incredibly popular on consoles. On PC it’s been getting beat pretty severely.

    That makes me nervous when they start talking about changing the game to the tastes of the internet, because at least on PC, they’re still doing quite well. Personally I think Black Ops fucked up as much as it fixed, so I’d much rather hear folks from Infinity Ward going “Our game, our rules”.

    I guess I’m just shit out of luck if it’s pulling more than 30% more on the consoles, but I personally love the fact that MW2 is over the top, that it rewards people who play well in pretty spectacular ways, and that the weapons aren’t completely overproduced, which seems to be the flavor of the week. I basically want something just as crazy as MW2, not something that’s simply trying to claim an air of “sophisticatication” based on internet chatter. That sort of public posturing does nothing for nobody, just ask DICE.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. G1GAHURTZ

    Well, I’m really interested to see what they’ve done with the MP. All this talk of a re-worked killstreak system and putting much less focus on vertical play sounds like some pretty big changes.

    The MP aspect of Special Ops sounds like it’s a whole lot of fun too, but I suppose we all need to see more to get a better idea of the direction they want to go in.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. MrBambinoDent

    @OlderGamer
    I agree with you about the fact that this industry should be consumer centric but unfortunately things don’t go that way all the time.
    I for one will buy this game on PS3 or 360 because their online capabilities suit me well.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. GrimRita

    CoD will always remain crap on the PC so long as it remains a shoddy port. Although BC2 was supposed to be ‘designed’ for the PC, it also felt like a console port.

    Right now the genre is full of the same ol’ crap but with two major titles battling for the #1 spot. Its just the shame that quality is being sacrificed over PR BS

    #34 4 years ago
  35. arabassassin94

    who gives a shit everyone who complains is too lazy to buy a physical copy

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Edix

    @6, Talkar

    Competition between retailers is healthy. Competition between retailer and publisher is unhealthy. Steams TOS describes that it should have fair access to the content the publisher wants to sale (namely DLC) but the publisher wants to deliver content via in game to bypass the store. Not only is this anti-competitive it’s just rude. The reason steam has other games on there store that sells content in game but not on steam is (probably) because steam and said publisher came to an agreement to exclusivity for a time. After the time is up steam gets to sell the content too. All EA would have to do is do the same.

    @Article/Thread

    My only conclusion is at some point when Steam was handing over wads of cash to EA, from all the games they sold for them, they revived a paper cut. So, now, they want to avoid paper cuts. Namely by selling less game on Origin. But that’s just the first step in there fight against paper cuts. Phase 2 is to announce that Origin must be installed and all games must be connected to the internet at all times through it in order to play EA games. And it will require a subscription. If you don’t believe that is coming you’re fooling yourself.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. DUFFKING

    lol at all the people saying the won’t buy it because it’s not on steam.

    Just like nobody bought the PC version of MW2 because of the lack of dedicated ser-

    Oh wait they all fucking bought it anyway.

    Given that this is even less of an issue than that was, I expect this to influence the final purchase decisions of around 12 people. Probably less.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. GrimRita

    @37 I havent bought a single version of CoD/MW not because of the server issue but because IW etc are just lazy developers – much like DICE are becoming

    @35 – Excluding the major publishers, you try and purchase a PC game at retail that isnt on the budget label.

    Even if you buy a copy through an online retailer, you still need to install EA’s naff download service to play.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. DarkElfa

    Bullshit.

    EA knows Steam’s TOS very well and they’re purposely violating it in order to force Valve to kick the games off and make Valve look like the bad guy while ensuring Origin is the only DD service to carry their flagship titles.

    This is all EA’s doing and very much part of their plan to ensure Origin get’s it’s foot into the DD market.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. rjwarda

    Steam will not be selling Battlefield 3 because Microsoft Windows Live was jealous about how much money they were making on Marketing games. So, all they did was just pay Valve Steampowered to not sell this game on Steam. It sounds like jealousy to me to let you know, it just doesn’t sound right on why they would do this to Steam gamers, I mean Microsoft already has an Xbox, but why would they have Live for PC and try to get people to abandon Steam? If this game is that good, who knows what people who game on Steam would do…All we could do is pray for this game to be on Steam.

    #40 4 years ago

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    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 […]