With or without Jobs, Apple is the next major games firm

Thursday, 25 August 2011 09:41 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Steve Jobs has finally resigned as Apple’s CEO, but the departure of the enigmatic visionary will not stop the rise of Apple as a major force in video games. Patrick Garratt reports.

Steve Jobs

Co-founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

Left in 1985 after an internal power struggle, but returned in 1996 after Apple bought Jobs’ NeXT Computer.

Was one of the first people in the computer trade to recognise the importance of the mouse-based UI.

Announced troubles with cancer in 1994.

While investors predictably panicked at news of Steve Jobs’ resignation as Apple’s CEO this morning, it’s an overdue move that clears the way for a well-earned retirement and the destruction of the myth that Jobs is some kind of Atlas, holding aloft the world’s most prestigious computing firm on his increasingly frail shoulders.

And let’s be clear: Apple is video gaming’s next major player, with or without Super Steve.

The transition away from Jobs as Apple’s figurehead was inevitable, and has been expertly managed. His standing aside is a necessity, and comes at a time of perfect corporate strength.

Apple is unbelievably solid. The company has sold more than 25 million iPads since it launched in 2010, with over 9 million moved in the June 30 quarter alone. That’s an awful lot of games-playing devices.

iPhone, too, is clearly now an unmovable part of the games landscape, with over 20 million sold last quarter, a three-month period in which Jobs was obviously planning his exit.

While the investor community argues over the significance of Jobs’ resignation, the implications for Apple as a gaming firm are minimal. Apple has made clear its intentions on the games space in the past year, with its iPad 2 announcement focusing on graphics at a San Francisco showcase immediately after Nintendo’s keynote at GDC, and its next major set of announcements being held during E3 week.

Apple UK has also become far more active on the games side, with the recent hires of Rob Saunders from Nintendo and Nick Grange from Activision, both PR veterans of gaming hardware launches – Grange was a British PR exec for the original Xbox release.

“The most popular portable game player in the world”

It’s not hard to see why. Cumulative iPhone, iPad and iPod touch sales now stand at 222 million units. In the past quarter, Apple sold virtually every iPad 2 it could make. Over 33 million iOS devices were sold in the three months ending June 30. Apple now openly claims iPod Touch is the “most popular portable game player in the world”.

And iOS isn’t the only popular Apple games platform any more: Valve has thrown itself on the Mac-wagon, with its Mac Steam release coming in April this year.

Steve Jobs’ resignation will not stop the rise of Apple as a major gaming company. Jobs confirmed his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2004. He received a liver transplant in 2009, at which time Apple endured heavy speculation that Jobs could die: COO Tim Cook, a strict “doer” type, replaced him as the day-to-day operator for the firm over the surgery period, and will now succeed Jobs as CEO. Jobs is to become chairman of the board, and will still be in a hands-on role involving product development, according to the WSJ’s Walt Mossberg.

Jobs and Cook have been working together with Cook as acting CEO over Jobs’ illness for the last two years: recent successes have fully involved Cook.

And Apple’s apparently unstoppable push into the gaming sector comes in stark contrast to the fortunes of the more traditional figures in the handheld sector. Nintendo, especially, is obviously struggling to remain relevant in the iPhone era. 3DS launched earlier this year to low sales that fell to crisis level in the machine’s second quarter, a set of terrible figures that prompted a serious price cut to both the console’s RRP and Satoru Iwata’s salary.

At GDC earlier this year, Iwata showed an offline portable console with expensive games on catridges, while the world was downloading dollar-apps for iPhone – the president even spoke directly about the erosion of premium handheld software by “big app stores” and how it could damage the games development topography irrecoverably.

Apple’s App Store now plays host to over 425,000 aps.

Sony has also been hit by the alterations in the handheld games market brought on by iPhone, and, of course, Android, but has managed the transition better than Nintendo. Vita clearly has a better understanding of what a mobile device needs to be in the iPhone world, with social connectivity being placed at the device’s core at gamescom last week. It has twin thumbsticks and an over-powered chipset to allow it to provide an experience unique to the iOS devices, and a 3G option. How could a modern mobile device not have a constant connection?

Ask Nintendo: 3DS doesn’t.

While Sony and Nintendo try to find their places in the modern handheld landscape, though, the fact we’re discussing their trouble in any respect says it all: Apple has changed mobile gaming forever, continues to sell millions upon millions of handheld gaming devices and is clearly set on focusing increasingly on games going forward.

Steve Jobs’ resignation will not alter that. The Apple will grow. And Steve Jobs, finally, will be able to step back from the demands of coal-face management of one of the world’s most successful companies, and see to his health. Given such a sparkling career, it’s about time.


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  1. frostquake

    He really has been nothing more then a Figure Head for a long time. Once the Markets Calm down, and they will, everything will be moving forward for Apple. I am not an Apple Fan, but they will be here till the Earth Freezes over or Burns up, which ever one you choose!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Everybody has been saying this for years, Apple has never really shown any initiative towards gaming since the Pippin. Just look at how bare the Mac is, Apple could have solved it by getting in contact with these publishers & developers but they never will, they just don’t care.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. rainer

    Jobs has always disliked gaming going way back so really any success Apple have had with games are inspite of Jobs not because of him.

    I seriously doubt Apple have any major desire to be in the AAA business, they will always be considered a casual games platform and nothing more.

    There is room in the market for both casual and hardcore.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. bpcgos

    Another nice article from you,Pat! Also quite fast to publish after jobs resignation! In fact, this is the first time I read about jobs resignation although my RSS feeds full with it since last night!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. rrw



    job is dislike gaming. that why he want to destroy the market. he probably try to flooded the market with casual stuff and make it crash!


    #5 4 years ago
  6. Anders

    I’d say that Apple’s chances to break into gaming on the Mac have increased with Steve Jobs departure. He has always wanted their computers to be geared more towards video and music than gaming.

    I could really use some real AAA titles on my Mac. Minecraft, Torchlight and Bejeweled doesn’t cut it in the long run.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. FeaturePreacher

    I’m willing to bet no one thought Atari could fail in the 70′s. All you have to do is look at Apple when Steve Jobs was removed before to see how bad it got. You must remember iphones are phones, not portable gaming systems. All that’s necessary for the iphone hype to end is for people to choose Android, a different phone, due to iphone falling too far behind in new features. With the influence of Jobs on the wane, it’s time to watch the delicious decline of the darling of too many in the enthusiast tech press.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Gurdil


    “Jobs is some kind of Atlus, holding aloft the world’s most prestigious computing firm on his increasingly frail shoulders.”

    Mmmm nice geek typo there! I think you meant Atlas, not Atlus ^^

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DaMan

    Nothing ‘s going to happen to them. Bill Gates leaving MS didn’t lead to cancellation of anything.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Gurdil

    @6 well all Blizzard games are playable on Mac, right? I wouldn’t describe Portal 1&2 as casual games either so there ARE some core games on Mac. Sure all are not compatible but it seems more and more games are made for both. Just look at your Steam library and you’ll see.

    #10 4 years ago

    I’d like to see an Apple home console…

    It’d probably be made out of brushed chrome and cost about £1000.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Lahanas

    Patrick should stop riding’s Apple and Jobs Dick all the time. No, Apple is not the next big games firm, and no the type of gaming the iDevices offer is not real gaming. Iwata was right about what he said at GDC. These $1 games are a plague. Mobile/social gaming is not serious gaming. If Apple and its stupid “hey look I’m the cool kid in town” attitude is the future of this industry, then we are all doomed.

    #12 4 years ago

    Ironically, many of these $1 games are many times more complex than the entire NES library.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DaMan

    Apple ‘re doing exactly the thing they should with handheld gaming, quick on the go entertainment. You can also get Machinarium from their store if you really want to play a desktop title on a tiny screen.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    Machinarium is only for iPad2 as 2D point and click adventures are too intensive and demanding apparently.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. daytripper

    four consoles is too much imo

    #16 4 years ago
  17. mojo

    on tablets or telefones they can do whatever they want, but realy, the day they infect the console space is the day i quit gaming.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. stretch215

    2 words : fuck apple

    #18 4 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    As far as an Apple console running around 1000usdplus….I would guess closer to 800usd, and would also guess the new MS/Sony systems will flirt with the same type of numbers.

    The next gen of consoles, in order to have enough power to actualy be a gen ahead of where we are right now, will be priced more like Gaming PCs then low end consoles.

    Otherwise we will get the Nintendo flavored console. Less power, proven tech, and affordable price points(manufacturingwise).

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Fin


    2 words: fuck you

    #20 4 years ago
  21. ultramega


    #21 4 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    I don’t see why. It needs to be a gen ahead of current consoles and that’s how it’s always been. The GPUs in the current systems were out of date at the time of release, but within the more known and set confines of a specific configuration they can produce more impressive results. If anything MS & Sony will have learned lessons from Sony’s problems with a $600 price point and ensure they are competitive.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. poopoofruits

    If apple enters the world of core gaming, they’re going to do it with excellence.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Maximum Payne

    His last words were: Iquit :P

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Telepathic.Geometry

    I’d go a little bit further Pat. I’d say that gradually iPhone and iPad gaming is replacing not only handheld gaming but PCs themselves. It’s only a matter of time.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. stretch215

    @20 oh, you’re a fan of overpriced, overhyped electronics ? Did I direct that statement at you, piece of shit? If you’re not an apple employee/shareholder you’re an idiot. Apple doesn’t care about you, why do you defend them (other than blind fanboyism)?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. triggerhappy

    Slightly off topic, but I hope he kicks that cancers ass.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DSB

    @26 Objection, your honor.

    We can all agree that Apple doesn’t care about us, which is something that’s common to any publicly traded company.

    However, while Android phones may be cheaper, the people I know who work with web statistics claim that people who use an Apple device spend a lot more time using it, and spend a lot more buying apps for it. It’s obviously not a direct conclusion – But it seems to me like those people just enjoy their devices a lot more. People who buy Android phones are far more likely to use them as just a phone, rather than a mobile digital platform.

    Which, supported by the overwhelming sales figures, would indeed seem to support the idea that those electronics aren’t overpriced at all. They could probably earn a considerable bit more by raising the price. 50% of consumers are willing to buy the next model of an iPhone without even knowing what’s in it, and the resale value of those devices remain consistently high.

    As such, it’s certainly not overpriced. I think it just hurts a lot of asses when someone has a certain degree of succes with something. I don’t think it’s hard to see why Apples products are so popular.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. RandomTiger

    @28 “People who buy Android phones are far more likely to use them as just a phone, rather than a mobile digital platform.”

    Android users use more data:

    #29 4 years ago
  30. RandomTiger

    @28 iPhone users are more likely to pay for apps whereas on Android users expect stuff to be free but developers usually monetise their products with adverts.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Phoenixblight

    People have been saying that Apple will get in the console market since NES. THe answer is No they won’t they didn’t when Jobs left the first time and they definitely won’t now. They have a lovely system going now where they can update their tablet and phones every 6 months and make booku off of that. There is no need to waste their money in the console market.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. DSB

    @29 Read that article again.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Fin


    lol u mad bro?

    I wasn’t defending them anyway, I just don’t like seeing anything (companies, people, games, whatever) being blindly disparaged.
    No call for that sort of language, was there?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. deathgaze

    Actually, now that Jobs is gone, we can probably expect an even more aggressive push by Apple into the game space.

    Apple hasn’t really done much of anything to help games on iOS. The games industry has been entirely on it’s own. Jobs is likely to blame for that. Jobs has a proven history of discounting the viability of games as a form of media, even though the game industry exploded in popularity. He adamantly insisted that computers shouldn’t be used for playing games back during the old Macintosh days. He missed the boat again the later Mac incarnations, as Apple certainly doesn’t do anything to help out game developers. They even lost Halo to Microsoft. Jobs could give a shit less about games.

    Now that he’s gone, it leaves Apple with a free hand to pursue the games business with renewed vigor. As you might be able to tell, I’m no big fan of Apple. However, their design and engineering prowess is second to none and they never fail to bring interesting, usable and attractive products to market. Therefore, I look forward to what Apple can bring to the game industry table.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. manamana

    I enjoy Apple Products pretty much for twenty years now. Without them, hard and software wouldn’t be as utterly beautiful designed. I don’t give a rats ass what anyone else thinks about it. Apple products fits just perfect into my world. No Linux Editions and no Windows serve my needs. Call me fanboy, troll and whatnot but I prefer Apple and it really makes my life easier. Hefty pricetag? Who cares! I have absolute freedom to buy whatever I want!

    Good article Pat. Keep them coming!

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Ireland Michael

    ITT: Basement dwellers scared of their hobby being “infested” by people who don’t feel the need to spend every single minute of their lovers in front of a computer screen or television.

    I play core games. I play games with complex mechanics and deep rooted gameplay going back 20 or 30 years of progression. I play them a lot, and I love them to pieces.

    But you know what? I also like to pull out my iPod Touch or my Android phone on a bus or train journey and play some Pocket God or Plants vs. Zombie or Fruit Ninja.

    There are plenty of fun games on these devices. Sure, they’re not Civilisation (though ironically, you can buy a mostly intact Civilisation on the Apple App Store), but that doesn’t stop them from being fun.

    Stop feeling so fucking threatened by something that isn’t even a threat. Get out of your basement, and have some fun that involves something other than pressing a bunch of controller buttons for a change.


    In regards to Apple and entering the games industry, here’s the funny thing about Apple – they have designed their products in such a way that they don’t actually need to do much work.

    Any “entrance” into the games industry (which I’m going to argue they’ve already done), is through the hard work and creativity of the people putting their products on the App Store. Not Apple.

    Apple just needs to update their products every year or two, overprice them by a few hundred dollars, and spin the hype to consumers who have way too much disposable income (recessionlol), and they’ll keep going for a very long time.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. FeaturePreacher

    No one here feels scared or threatened by Apple and its wasteland of softcore titles with horrid controls. They are just tired of cloistered press constantly telling them that something they all like is the next big thing in games. It’s like telling National Basketball Association fans that the WNBA is more exciting than the NBA even though women hardly ever seem to dunk.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Ireland Michael

    @37 Yeah, because there isn’t a wasteland of “softcore titles with horrid controls” on consoles at all, right?

    For every 100 pieces of shit, there’s at least 1 little gem that’s worth having. This is true no matter the format, whether console or portable device.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. FeaturePreacher

    The difference is that the horrid controls aren’t inherit to the console gamepad, whereas they are to smartphones when it comes to its games.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Ireland Michael

    @39 I don’t have any problems with the controls for most smartphone games.

    A good game adapts to its format and creates its own unique ways to be played and controlled. Just because *you* think touchscreen controls suck doesn’t actually *mean* that they suck.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. manamana

    Homo ludens you aint.

    Edit: @39

    #41 4 years ago
  42. HauntaVirus

    I hope he gets better, cancer is horrible.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Lightmanone

    You know what’s funny… There are more, WAY more, android devices activated every day then Apple. Numbers: apple: 450.000 every day. Android: 650.000 every day.
    The numbers are getting closer and closer together, and it’s expected before the end of this year, there will be more android devices then there are apple.

    Yes, I am a google fanboy. But let me explain. I like the apple design. I really do. I think they are doing a great job. EXCEPT the way they treat the software and customers. Computers suppose to be open. Apple does not. It can (and already has) delete software from you OWN device from a distance if THEY decide you can’t have that on YOUR OWN device. That attitude will get them killed eventually.
    That’s the reason I don’t support Apple in any way. And to the looks of it, now that Steve is bye bye, it’s the beginning of the end for Apple. That man was a visionary. Him leaving will make it very hard for Apple.

    But.. I do hope he gets better.. Cancers a bitch. I know, believe me.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. sg1974

    LOL. Media types and their Apple obsession. Take off your iGoggles.

    And anyway, they’ve run out of Braun/Rams designs to rip off. Where will they get their “new” ideas from?

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Apple4daWorld

    If Apple lost Halo to Microsoft,
    I have a suggestion for them:

    Kidnap Mario and leave Nintendo dying!!!

    and other products:



    #45 3 years ago

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  • Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition comes with a 120-page field manual

    Rainbow Six Siege will be getting a collector’s edition and it comes with a 120-page guide. The Rainbow Six Siege collector’s edition has been fully detailed. It’s called the “Art of Siege Edition” and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, priced £65. Here’s what you get: A copy of the game […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege trailer is all about the operators

    Rainbow Six Siege has a new trailer available explaining the operator system. Operators are what makes any Counter Terrorist Unit and you will get to choose each of them individually before assembling a team. Any operator you choose will not be available for others though, so planning ahead will be crucial. The new trailer shows […]

  • Spotify now available on PS3 and PS4, lets you play music in the background

    Spotify has arrived on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The Spotify app is now available in 42 countries on PSN. The app was part of last week’s firmware update and can be found under PlayStation Music. Anyone can download it, as it doesn’t require PlayStation Plus. You can use your PSN account to subscribe to […]

  • Let’s talk Battlefield Hardline weapon balance

    The weapon balance in Battlefield Hardline is causing a controversy among the players. Are some weapons too powerful, or are other not powerful enough? Westie has been playing Battlefield Hardline since it the day it came out and he has some opinions about the state of weapon balance as it stands right now. Westie also […]

  • UK Charts: Bloodborne enters at No. 2, Battlefield Hardline defends No. 1 spot

    Battlefield Hardline has defended the No. 1 spot in the UK Charts against Bloodborne’s impressive numbers. The UK Charts for the week ending March 28 show Battlefield Hardline continuing to hold the top spot despite dropping 43% in sales. Bloodborne achieved the No. 2 spot and came only 22,500 copies short of becoming number 1. […]

  • Halo 5: Guardians release date and new trailers released

    Halo 5 is coming in October. Are you ready? Halo 5: Guardians has been slapped with a release date of October 27. Microsoft and 343 Industries also released a new trailer to mark the news; check it out below. “The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?” Microsoft said […]

  • Denial wins Call of Duty Championship 2015

    In a weekend where favourites crashed out and non-US teams took a beating, Denial stepped up to take the title and $400,000 prize Denial have beaten Revenge to win the Call of Duty Championship 2015, claiming a $400,000 prize. Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, 32 of the best teams in the world battled it […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC- check out new maps and the grapple ability

    Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC is looking pretty sweet in these two new videos. The Call of Duty Championships this weekend have given our very own Arekkz a chance to check out the new Ascendance DLC coming this month. Take a look at all four new maps as well as the cool new grapple ability (which […]

  • Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies gets a “mini boss” with Ascendance DLC

    Zombies mode gets an exo-kick up the ass with Advanced Warfare’s second DLC drop, Ascendance. When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Ascendance DLC drops this week, players will be going up against some tougher challenges in Exo Zombies mode. “It’s all zombies, all of the time,” says High Moon Studios Matt Tieger, head of the […]

  • GTA Online user videos show out of character Lester, important Police Business

    You know, Lester isn’t as soft as he lets on, at least in these two GTA Online videos he’s not. The first one below is from YouTube user 10Phoenix01 Gamer, showing Lester kick a guy’s ass. It’s apparently punishment for running over the player – at least that’s the way it appears. A second video […]

  • Guild Wars 2 devs explain how the Map Bonus system, precursor crafting work in Heart of Thorns

    ArenaNet has posted information on the Guild Wars 2 website explaining how crafting mastery, and crafting a legendary weapon, will work in the Heart of Thorns expansion. There’s also information on the new Map Bonuses system, which will make acquiring crafting materials a more “directed activity” and streamlined experience. The new system will also add […]

  • Fly around your creations in Cities: Skylines with the Flight Cimulator mod

    Cities: Skylines players can now fly over their creations thanks to the Flight Cimulator mod. Created by Ulysius and available through the Steam Workshop, the mod allows the user to simulate flight through simple controls. According to the mod notes, it is still a work in progress as Ulysius plans to add building collisions , […]

  • The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul arrive on PlayStation Vue

    Sony has announced the addition of AMC to its PlayStation Vue service, which soft launched in Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia earlier this month. Those who use the service can now get their Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead fix, and also watch the Sundance channel, WEtv and IFC. AMC and WEtv are […]

  • Play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser

    Thanks to Roystan Ross and the Unity engine, you can play the first level of Super Mario 64 in your browser. This little nugget came to my attention yesterday, and unfortunately it became lost on my worksheet. Better late than never, I suppose. Anyway, the level is free-to-play and if you don’t wish to play […]

  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

    Valve has said its Discovery Queue has increased product page views across Steam by 30% since the company launched the Discovery Update. According to Valve, 75% of those views come from the Discovery Queue, and 16% of product views can be attributed to the Discovery Queue. Even Steam Tags clicks have increased. The system is […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

    The next content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will “address a variety of issues across the game,” according to 343 Industries, including specific improvements to ranking. New quit and betrayal penalties are also in the works as the development team prepares to roll out ranks to additional playlists. According to 343, the latest […]

  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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