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Sonic Boom: Sega’s Hayes on the future and more

Monday, 15 August 2011 11:45 GMT By Johnny Cullen

As gamescom week kicks off, Johnny Cullen speaks to Sega West CEO Mike Hayes on Wii U, Vita, the UK games industry, Sonic’s 20th anniversary, its Japanese efforts and more.

Sega

Announced earlier this year that it was expanding Creative Assembly with second studio for Aliens IP.

Celebrating Sonic’s 20th anniversary with new title, Sonic Generations. More on S4: Ep 2 coming “soon,” though.

Has two titles planned for Vita launch: Virtua Tennis 4 and an unnamed title.

Two relatively big titles planned for early 2012: Anarchy Reigns in January from Platinum and Binary Domain from Yakuza team in February.

If my conversation with Mike Hayes, Sega West’s CEO, is anything to go by, the main pilars for the company’s road ahead – at least in the foreseeable future – will be about three things: digital, new platforms with the release of Wii U and Vita and learning from past mistakes with release schedules. But it’s here, in Cologne, that we begin with. It’s been a year since Sega pulled out of last year’s show due to commercial reasons.

But the company now returns to the show with a strong line-up – such as Sonic Generations, Binary Domain, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Anarchy Reigns – but it’s one that its western-based president may not get to see, at least at first.

“No, it’s unfortunate. I was invited to give the inaugural address, actually,” Hayes told VG247 in a phone interview last Thursday. But that isn’t going to happen due to a big personal event “that was just not moveable.” He admits he’s going to try and get out here for Thursday and Friday, though.

One of the main talking points since E3 has been the introduction of new platforms: PlayStation Vita and Wii U. While the next-gen Nintendo successor will keep away from Germany this week, Sony will go all out on the handheld at its press conference tomorrow and at the show, giving the consumer its first hands-on with the tech.

Sega has a lot of big things planned with Vita, as noted last week: it has two titles being prepped for launch – one being Virtua Tennis 4, the other an unknown title.

And this isn’t counting anything the publisher may have planned with digital or the new game being worked on in Soulihull in the West Midlands of England.

We’ve already touched upon the Vita/Sega launch deeds last week. But could the recent 3DS price-cut cause problems for the Sony handheld, which has now become the most expensive against Nintendo when there was only a reverse back at E3? Not at all, according to Hayes.

“We see the platforms as very different. 3DS, lets be honest, the hardware didn’t sell as well as expected, so the price moved,” he said. “It’s just a very sensible market reaction I think for Nintendo to do and, obviously, we’re very pleased with that. I think Vita and 3DS are two completely different beasts in terms of what I think Vita is going to be able to do from a more core gaming point of view.

“3DS, lets be honest, the hardware didn’t sell as well as expected, so the price moved.”

“So certainly in the early days of the Vita launch, I think that price differential is not going to be something that will, we believe, over-inhibit its performance. How it pans long term when both are trying to hit that true mass market, I don’t know, I’m sure there’ll be adjustments. But the two are pitched as pretty different machines and I think that will be fine for Vita at launch.”

What about that 3DS price-cut itself? Sega’s very honest here: it knows Nintendo didn’t shift enough hardware, which Hayes admits it was “disappointed” in. But the fact that Nintendo has done something now rather than later has given Sega a new-found belief with the platform, which it will continue to support.

“We have several titles, we have some huge ones hovering into view with both Mario & Sonic and Sonic on 3DS. We’re obviously nothing other than absolutely delighted that they’ve dropped the price because clearly that’s going to give it a great big kick and get that install base driving,” he said.

“I think it would be an act of desperation if Nintendo actually did nothing. But the fact they’ve responded to the market, I think, is first class. So if anything, that just gives us a renewed confidence in the platform. I think also with those cracking titles Nintendo has coming out for between now and Christmas, plus I’d like to think a couple of Sonic titles we’ve got, which always are hardware pushers for Nintendo, we’re pretty optimistic.

“But of course, we were disappointed with early sales. So I think this is the right thing to do, and timing wise, it’s probably perfect I would think.”

But it’s not only handhelds getting price-cuts. The big boys too get chopped prices. Case in point: Sony’s rumoured to announce a PS3 price-cut tomorrow night at its gamescom presser. Hayes decided to stay mum on it, saying he makes it “a rule to never comment on first-parties.”

That said, if Sony does announce a cut, you can bet Sega will be the first third-party popping the champagne corks, with Hayes saying that it will be “be delighted because third party’s always pleased when first-party does something to sell more hardware.”

Cuts galore

Sadly, cuts of another matter seem to be a big talking point this year: job cuts. This year has seen two of the UK’s biggest racing studios say goodbye in the form of Bizarre and Black Rock Studios, as well as THQ Warrington. To add to it, there’s also been the cuts announced last week at THQ in its Australian arm and elsewhere.

It’s not been a rosy time for the games development industry as of late, needless to say.

“One of the only silver linings on that dark cloud is that we have the availability of very good people we can hire. Whenever we hear of an announcement, lets be honest, we have nothing but sympathy because these things are cyclical,” says Hayes.

“As you know, we had to do this with our racing studio in the Midlands a few years back, so I’m kind of aware at this. But what we do is there’s great talent, so for example, I know already we’re looking to recruiting several people in Australia for our Sega Studios Australia business down there. We do as much as we can to help because there’s a lot of talent that we want to try and get onboard as much as possible.”

CA’s Shogun II. Hayes says the game’s release
was a “success.”

He continued: “But at the end of the day, we have limitations on the number of people we need in that business. But it’s a shame when brilliant studios like that do break up, but I think it’s a sign of the times of how traditionally-packaged gaming is becoming so more big-IP driven and how development is definitely having to look at the kind of more nimble digital business.

“It’s very difficult to create brand new IP on 360 or PS3 these days because you literally haven’t literally spent tens of millions of dollars, and the risk is very, very big.

“So I think of what we’re seeing is the result of this huge transformation in our business. The question is what’s it going to be like in three-to-five years time? Is it still going to be a disc-based business? Is it going to move more digital? Will new IP break through? It’s quite an interesting time for publishers and developers.”

However, like you take dark clouds, you get the nice clouds too: Sega’s in a big hiring mood. Earlier this year, it announced that it was expanding Creative Assembly, building a new studio based on the Aliens IP. As a whole, CA now has 170 staff on its book, with more hires coming in to the Shogun II studio.

Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson is also hiring on for “big projects that are going to be announced soon from them,” according to Hayes, with even more being hired for the newly-formed Solihull team. No name for it yet, though.

“We’re kicking a few around,” Hayes responds. “I’ll almost guarantee we’ll probably have the product out before they agree a name for the studio. I did see one the other day, but I don’t know if we formally agreed it, but I’m hoping very soon we’ll be able to announce that, plus details on what they’re actually doing in the studio.”

Hitting the Platinum standard

But while Sega’s main line of defence is almost certainly its UK studios, at the end of the day, it’s still a Japanese-born company. It still relies on those back home too. One of those is an independent studio that has had all of its games published by Sega since its formation: Platinum Games.

Born out of the remnants of the defunct, Capcom-owned Clover Studios, Hideki Kamiya, Atsushi Inaba and Shinji Mikami – now having set up Tango Gameworks, since bought by ZeniMax – the company’s released four titles to date, a majority of which have been on PS3 and 360: Bayonetta, Vanquish, Infinite Space and Madworld.

And while its already been made clear in the past that Madworld failed to live up to expectations, Bayonetta was a big ticket for developer and publisher, having become a million-seller. Vanquish? Not so much: Hayes told us that it had sold as much as three quarters of a million worldwide since its release last October.

This, he says, is due to struggling whilst going against big shooter IPs last year like Call of Duty and Medal of Honor.

Binary Domain from the Yakuza team.

And Anarchy Reigns from Platinum Games.

“We released it at a time when a lot of the existing core shooter IP came out on the marketplace,” he said. “I think that was a big learning for us with hindsight, no big surprise. And also, it didn’t have as much point of difference as, say, Bayonetta. So that’s a big learning of how we deal with Binary Domain.

“We’re trying to release that in a window where as a new iP, it’s got a chance to be able to be seen and to be shouted above all a lot of the noise of what the other shooters are doing.

“So even though Vanquish was highly-regarded, I think for a market conditions point of view, it really struggled going up against Call of Duty, Battlefield and everything else that was out there.”

And Bayonetta’s future? Seems to be very rosy, anyways.

“Bayonetta was a hugely successful title in Japan and it was a successful title in Europe and America, so overall, that’s performed extremely well. And we’d like to think that’s now an IP that is relevant for the market. How we take that forward in the future, that’s all to be looked at, to be announced, no decisions are made on that, but that did well.”

Which brings us to Anarchy Reigns, the next tile from Platinum. While its previous games was under a previous publishing deal under Sega, Anarchy Reigns, says Hayes, is a “standalone deal.” Its releasing the game in January next year, which is normally a relatively quiet period, which may have been part of the reason why Bayonetta did well when it released 18 months ago.

“I think we’ve got reasonable hopes on Anarchy Reigns. We’re going for this point of difference of a multiplayer brawler with the Platinum Games seal of quality. I think Anarchy Reigns is going to be a solid game that works very well. We’re not expecting Anarchy Reigns to break out and sell 2 million units, that’s not our expectations at all.

“But I’d like to think Anarchy Reigns is going to sort of notch up the numbers sort of in between Vanquish and Bayonetta. And if that’s the case, that will be the success we want it to be.”

Right domain, right time

But one other title Sega has planned for the relatively quiet Q1 period is Binary Domain from Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi. Sega’s aiming big for this one, with it being aimed to be in “the Bayonetta A++ position in terms of potential” breakout chances

When Sega announced BD last December, Sega marketing VP Gary Knight mentioned in the press release that it was a title “being developed in Japan yet it is designed for a global audience.” The message is on key anyways, and something you might see in future titles.

“The principle of it is absolutely right. I think it’s a big challenge for Japanese companies to always understand western markets, and I think that annoys Nagoshi-san when we say that.

“But I think he’s reasonably and quite unique in that he’s taken a very close look at what works in the west. He spent all his time and all his effort and we’re putting so much kind of western scripting and western input into it that I do believe it’s possible because Nagoshi in particular has got a first-class studio making first-class games.

“I think [Binary Domain] is going to be probably in the Bayonetta A++ position in terms of potential.”

Hayes continues: “And when you look at a lot of the basics in terms of animation, AI or graphic capability, they’re on a par with what’s done in the west. What we have to do in Japan is understand story arcs, scripting, we have to make sure we don’t have huge cutscenes, all of those kind of things that are more relevant for the west. And I think Nagoshi absolutely gets it.

“So I think from his side, I think there’s a good chance we could do more so called games from Japan for a global audience. That’s our hope and that’s our expectation anyways.”

Sonic Boom

But while Binary and Anarchy are the big ones early next year, the main vocal point from Sega this year has been Sonic’s 20th anniversary. Later this year, to help celebrate the birthday, Sonic Generations will release on PS3, 360 and 3DS. Here, recent Sonic meets up with past Sonic in a game that offers players both the 2D perspective, as well as that from recent Sonic games.

Hayes has very fond memories of Sonic, even as someone who worked at Nintendo when Sonic had launched. And while he’s full of love for the BioWare-made Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood on DS, one key sticking point in his time at Sega is on a collaboration with what was Sonic’s biggest rival in the day: Mario.

“In my time at Sega, I’d come back to Chronicles, but I have to say Mario and Sonic simply because of many things,” said Hayes when asked for a standout moment.

Sonic Generations. Going by the demo, this is
going to be very, very awesome.

“For me personally, doing that deal with Nintendo when we were such adversaries and bringing the two greatest icons together, for me, is a real sense of pride. Then the fact that its sold 20 million units so far on the two that we’ve released mean people like it, which is great.

“But in terms of imagination, I actually thought what we did with Chronicles was pretty good, which was actually trying to do something with Sonic that wasn’t just about speed and getting from A to B as effectively as possible. And that, I thought, was a pretty good game. Sold reasonably well, didn’t break any record, but I enjoyed that because it was different.

“And that gives us kind of a clue about mainly the future of Sonic. There are chances for him to sort of arc out to do different things, maybe.”

But Hayes also looked back at another title with fondness, something a lot more recent.

I like [2010 Wii and DS title] Colours a lot because I think that’s the best main platform standalone Sonic that we’ve done in many years. And it was hugely popular and it did extremely well based in America and Europe. I just think that was an excellent game, I think [Team Sonic producer Takashi] Iizuka did a good job on that and it rated pretty well. But for me, from my time at Sega, I’d probably say M&S and Chronicles.”

Mike Hayes is president and CEO of Sega West.

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  1. The_Red

    Wait a goddamn minute. Sure, Binary Domain looks decent but it’s nowhere near Bayonetta. That was a crazy and innovative Platinum title and while I’m sure a lot of passionate people are working on BD, it is still a rather mainstream third person shooter without too much potential IMO. Still, I’d love to be proven wrong because more good games are always a good thing.

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  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

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  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

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  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

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  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

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  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

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  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

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  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

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  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

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  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

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  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

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  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

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  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

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  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

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  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

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  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]