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Microsoft’s “not keen,” on formerly exclusive-PSN titles hitting XBL

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

European Xbox boss Chris Lewis has said it is extremely important for Microsoft to nab exclusive Xbox 360 games and DLC, and because of its importance to the firm, this is one of the reasons why formerly PSN-exclusive titles rarely if ever land on Xbox Live.

Speaking with Eurogamer during gamescom, Lewis said DLC windows of exclusivity such as the Black Ops content, are not only critical for differentiation, but because the firm feels the “cross-platform experience is better on Xbox.”

“We enjoy great success with Call of Duty,” he explained. “Live is the oxygen that runs through our business. The experience users have through Xbox Live is a fundamental differentiator for us versus other platforms. Our ongoing commitment to experiencing better and playing better on Xbox is partly a function of what we do with Xbox Live. So, exclusive IP is critical, of course. You’ll see more of that over time. You’ll also see us, though, committed to working with people like EA and Activision on their cross-platform consoles to make sure they play better, and they integrate better across PC, phone and the console in a way other people’s just simply can’t.

“We’re a little biased, so obviously we’re going to look to protect our own space as best we can and get exclusivity. Whilst I can’t be specific about the terms and conditions, you can be very confident we seek to maximise our own advantage to ensure the playing field is even, and certainly plays to our advantage wherever possible.

“As you can also imagine, our partners have to be mindful of the relationship they have with all platform holders, and they need to be equitable. But there are contractual situations where we get agreement with different people to do different things, and through what we have available on Xbox Live, we are able to offer things other people can’t offer, that allows that exclusivity and unique elements to it that might not otherwise be available elsewhere.”

Lewis said this is one of the reasons why a downloadable usually doesn’t receive a launch on Xbox Live Arcade it happened to be released via PlayStation Network first.

“We’re not keen to do it, I wouldn’t say never,” he said. “We wouldn’t be specific about that. But I’d be surprised if we saw that as something we’d encourage. But, honestly, and this is going to sound a bit contrived, we just want what our consumers want from us.

“We want to be where they want us to be. We want the quality bar of what they experience from us to continue to go up. I think it has to happen. Everybody’s got to do that. If we want to continue to command healthy average selling prices, which we all do, that which we offer our consumers has got to keep getting better. Despite the fact it can be irksome to have such strong competition all the time, it actually does keep us on our toes. It’s great for everyone, and it makes for a very healthy race to higher and higher levels of quality of game experiences.”

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25 Comments

  1. hitnrun

    Hey, Microsoft, remember how you took advantage of Sony’s ridiculous pride in your winning of the Internet space?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Lord Gremlin

    So, in the end it boils down to Xbox 360 NOT getting content. All for some timed exclusives? Only retarded fanboys care about them. Way to shit on your customers, Microsoft.
    Unless they believe most 360 players are retarded fanboys, and that would be offensive to say the least.

    Real results? You can play Limbo and Castle Crashers on PS3, but you will never get Trine on 360. Nice job, MS.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. TerraZet

    Seriously? Grow the fuck up, Microsoft.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    This just sounds like the same *you only get this experience with us* mantra Apple keep peddling. Of course people buy into it & by the time they realise their are other equally pleasurable experiences to be had on other formats, their too invested to want to break free…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. joshua nash

    so this is what it mean to get fuck in ass by MS, i feel really dirty for giving them my money if they ain’t going to give me the games i want to see

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DaMan

    #4 I know right, why waste money on a Porshe when you can take the bus. You only have one life, why spend the hard earned money on making it easier.

    I think caring about others being or nor being able to play something on another box of wires is what disturbing folks do… I don’t get the whole game A vs game B thing. If I enjoy CoD should I also enjoy Fifa, I suppose for some people it’s all about some invisible war of exclusives, where the system chooses the titles they play. I mean, fair enough if you got an xbox for Gears but why on Earth should i automatically want to play Gears just because I have an xbox?

    If you read more than the article’s headline, then he’s saying they spend money on making the X360 versions of the best selling titles more appealing. Which is right on. The sole reason PS2 got the headstart was because people didn’t want to wait for games like GTA3 to arrive on the xbox.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. hitnrun

    @6: I can’t speak for OrbitMonkey, but as a 360 owner I care about what I can play on my box of wires. And if your suggestion is to buy a PS3, well, yeah, that’s kind of the point.

    “The sole reason PS2 got the headstart was because people didn’t want to wait for games like GTA3 to arrive on the xbox.”

    I think the sole reason the PS2 got the headstart was because it came out a year earlier under an established brand.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. doa766

    maybe they shouldn’t feature Amy then

    #8 3 years ago
  9. strikkebil

    if sony embraces the same policy too, timed exclusives would seize to exist. cos the whole reason that theyre timed is cos thats cheaper. ps3 and xbox install bases are too big for sony or ms to buy full exclusivity for all these small games. in the long run i think this can lead to fewer exclusives.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DaMan

    #7 I should’ve clarified better, my point is why would you mind if someone who owns a Ps3 will be able to play your xbla games. I was questioning whether people care about the amount of exclusives on their box.. because i for one don’t like to play every single genre in existence.

    That’s why it was successful obviously, among other factors. Not the reason for skyrocketing sales though, or those sales staying above the competition. But regardless, software decides hardware sales in the case of consoles. Best selling software that is.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    Now see, when you own both formats, none of this matters in the slightest…

    #11 3 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    Er I don’t care what you play on? I was making a statement on the fact that execs like this douche really try to draw lines and barriers around performance & experience that really don’t exist.

    It’s not so much about buying a Porsche when you could catch a bus, more like buying into the corporate bullshit that their Porsche is better than the next guys ferrari…

    Their scrambling for some unique selling point & coming up empty. Timed exclusive? Exclusive indie titles? Wow. The holy grail of LIVE? The best thing MS did was charge peopl3 for It. If LIVE was free it wouldn’t be so rated.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DaMan

    ‘ Wow. The holy grail of LIVE? The best thing MS did was charge peopl3 for It ‘

    If I recall correctly there’re a couple of dozen xbla games that never made it to psn, no? I do believe they’re arseholes for making you pay for it, but see I do like the fact that I can start a party chat by pressing a single button. I tend to use my Mac’s web browser though, since I’m at home anyway.

    You mean I didn’t have to wait a year to play Star Ocean 4, I payed for a fake? Apparently I wasn’t playing GTA SA for a year by the time the trilogy only came out on the xbox, it was all a dream. See, I think it’s a cool thing that I don’t have to wonder if the dlc will get released or not. Or don’t have to wait for unknown periods of time, wondering if the game I want to play will see a release on my box. Simly put, if I want a game and that game is guaranteed to be the earliest and most complete version, I’m going to get that one.

    I think you should try some of the idevices sometime, OM. The way people like you describe them makes me wonder if they used one at all. I’m probably imagining things, like the fact that I can pair my phone with a bluetooth keyboard out of the box, and how you can watch videos on it regardless of the viewing angle. Or perhaps it was all a dream how i din’t have to search for a third party tcpdump or unzip utility. I was probably tripping at all those times i’ve installed apps with a single drag and drop. Point being? Coca wine =/= beer, Mac =/= PC, independent mind =/= ignorance.

    You know what I wanted to break free from for a long time? The shitty sluggish user interfaces of Java phones, which Android greatly reminds me of.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    Your getting rather defensive. I’m not attacking your preciouse little toys, metely stating that all this marketing hyperbole about the huge differences in consoles/phones whatever is bullshit really.

    The differences are mainly looks & what lifestyle marketing you buy Into.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DaMan

    Er, I’m just saying you should give credit where credit is due. Since the differences i’ve experienced are practical, I fail to see how they ‘re connected to lifestyle marketing. While you just bring up unrelated examples of your perceived PR.

    I also found your analogy completely poor myself. I’m not sure you read the EG article though.

    ”Titles for Xbox 360 must ship at least simultaneously with other video game platform, and must have at least feature and content parity on-disc with the other video game platform versions in all regions where the title is available.”

    “If these conditions are not met, Microsoft reserves the right to not allow the content to be released on Xbox 360.”

    How that doesn’t enhance their customers’ experience is beyond me.. That’s like saying your 3 year warranty is marketing bs.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Telepathic.Geometry

    Seems like a fucking ridiculous thing to say: “We don’t want sloppy seconds!”

    The fans playing games on XBL shouldn’t give a shit where a good game came from, if it saves them requiring a PS3 to play it then isn’t that great?

    I am so thankful that a lot of the best titles from XBLA landed on PSN. I do NOT feel sullied by that.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Kuwabara

    If he feels that way, why did they try steal gta from playstation and make it their baby?? And with metal gear lol.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Henry

    I totally cannot get his logic…..

    He thinks exclusives are important.
    But he refuses to break his opponent’s exclusives lineup.

    And although he thinks exclusives are important, M$ usually just ask for timed-exclusive.

    #2 says it right. The result is: you get to play Limbo, Castle Crashers on PS3, but not Trine 1 on 360.

    If this ridiculous strategy is really what this Chris and M$ believes in, may be that’s why 360 is losing the console war.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. JimBrown

    Called Final Showdown, it’ll release as a standalone game that will feature a massive overhaul from when the fighter released at retail on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2007.
    It’ll have two new characters from the 19 that’ll be in the game, including one new character called Jean Kujo and VF3 fan-favorite Taka-Arashi, as well as revised mechanics and balance, simplified controls and more.
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  20. Christopher Jack

    @13, Bluetooth keyboard for a phone? Seems awfully redundant, I mean, the only time you’d want to use it is if you’re at home or an office but you’d normally have access to a real computer there.

    Doesn’t matter how many exclusive features Apple buys, I’ll always prefer Android, a system that doesn’t assume that you’re a dumbarse & gives you some freedom.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. eloix

    It’s pretty ironic hearing MS talking about “exclusive”. Indeed, such comment from MS would please fanboys, but gamers know that Sony got tons exclusives in different genres for them.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. OrbitMonkey

    @DaMan, *I also found your analogy completely poor myself* well yes, it was just a simple reworking of your rather lame Porsche or bus anology.

    Microsoft refusing to sell games that sold 1st on another system enhances customer experience? Well maybe from the viewpoint, that from taking this stance, they hope devs are to scared to sell to anyone else 1st… Not so good if your a 360 owner who fancied Trine

    And the 3 year warranty is bs only offered because of the whole red ring of death fiasco.

    Credit where its due though, you do defend your toys :D

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DaMan

    OM, my Porshe analogy is perfect, since they’re luxury products which ultimately aren’t exactly necessary, just make your life easier. You on the other hand were comparing conference presentations of the devices to this guy defending corporate release policies.

    Game gets released. You want to play it. If it gets released on another device first, surely you’re going to question whether you should’ve gotten that other device instead.

    Now what they’re saying is they don’t want to spend money on niche titles. Like Trine. No sane publisher of a high selling title would go against the policies and lose the customers. Besides, MS aren’t that stubborn as to miss on best selling games e.g. RdR or LA Noire, as this guy says it depends.

    I was talking about the warranty being a practical positive thing anyway.

    Mac and phone aren’t toys, buddy. they’re productive tools.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. OrbitMonkey

    Conference presentations? No, i’m saying the differences between a ps3/360, or a iPhone/Desire are minimal at best, hence the need for marketing aimed towards selling a experience or lifestyle.

    And as for not wanting to spend money on niche titles unless their on 360 first is beneficial to customers, well thats just corporate spin.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DaMan

    HTC Desire is a decent hardware running a crappy me too clone of iOS with jittering interfaces, it also doesn’t have the same display or not nearly as much in terms of memory. You get what you pay for.. If you just want a smartphone to call people then the differences are almost non existent.

    If I were MS I ‘d put the bluetooth into the thing back then, then again you could hook up it to a monitor with the Vga cable, hence the flexibilty is questionable.

    I don’t see this guy marketing their console here, I see him stating corporate policies.

    They hardly spin anything, they want to maximize their profits. No publisher is going to spend money on promoting something potentially low on sales when they can release CoD every year.

    #25 3 years ago

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    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]