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Rubin: IW more concerned with Modern Warfare 3 gameplay than tech

Tuesday, 6 September 2011 14:36 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Modern Warfare 3 producer Mark Rubin has said that Infinity Ward is more concerned with gameplay than trying to “push technology.”

Speaking in a round table discussion during Call of Duty XP last weekend, Rubin said IW’s philosophy for game development “isn’t about how fancy your engine is,” but more about pushing “gameplay more than anything else” and letting tech follow.

“For instance, when it came time to design the single-player campaign for Modern Warfare 3, one of the things we wanted to do was have the game exist in cities that people were familiar with,” he explained.

“So the previous CoDs were all over the world and they were real exotic, but they weren’t places that anyone that played the game would be at or go to.

“In MW3, its big cities – New York, London, Germany, Paris; it’s places that people have been or live in currently. When you see the game and its story unfold in your city, that’s a big deal. And just because it’s in a big city doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal. Cities, from a technology stand-point, posed a different problem from your standard small villages in the middle of Middle-east or Russia. The landscapes have to be built out further, geometry and buildings that we never had to worry about are all of a sudden a problem, so there is a lot of tech that goes into being able to do these big cities.

“We couldn’t just take MW2, and put a bunch of big buildings in it – there was a lot of tech that went into it – so that just shows you one example of how the design drove a tech feature that we didn’t have in the past. Not necessarily what’s the newest, hottest, cool shader, pixilation or sunlight; that kind of thing.

“We didn’t really go that path. Gameplay is the most important thing we care about and tech will support that.”

Other than a few updates made over the course of the last few years, Modern Warfare 3 runs on the Infinity Ward engine, the same engine used for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The game engine has also been used in other Activision games, specifically an enhanced version for World at War. Quantum of Solace also used an altered version.

Modern Warfare 3 is out on November 8 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

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34 Comments

  1. Doomsayer

    In other words: Yeah we know we suck in comparison to BF3 :D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. endgame

    what tech? :)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Spaff

    Oh, the city of Germany, cool. A classic city that i have visited.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    Actually, he has a point. I am looking forward to playing the MP on the London map.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. G1GAHURTZ

    @3: LOL! Come on, give him a break.

    He’s American.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. noherczeg

    @2 :DDDDD

    #6 4 years ago
  7. minxamo

    My god, it’s like watching an argument between Einstein and a cockroach.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. HeavyD-Love

    Riiiight…..because the game plays exactly like the previous 4 installments….? I can tell they’re very concerned.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. NeoSquall

    @2 What gameplay?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @3: I lol’ed. Far as i know there are two german cities where the actions is supposed to take place; Hamburg and Berlin.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. strikkebil

    idk. seems like they care about tech to me, they always talking about 60fps . i think they had great tech. and still do, but its lacking in the visual department. it just looks a bit bleak and low res.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gama_888

    The cod bashing is getting pathetic now guys, and this is coming from a guy that hates cod.

    Hell i completely agree with this guys statement, focusing more on the gameplay rather than making your game look pretty is the way they should be going.
    But when your gameplay looks exactly the same as the last 2 iterations, this statement is invalid dude

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Strife91

    Of course they’re worried about gameplay. They SHOULD be.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    @11:

    The game does look amazing running at 60fps.

    I watched a whole load of videos from CoDXP, and there was something about them that just didn’t seem to look like I was expecting. I thought it was the resolution of the videos, but then I saw one which was running at more than the 25fps of the other ones, and I remembered what a huge efect it had.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Moonwalker1982

    Amazing? I wonder which videos you watched cause i’ve seen several too, and it’s exactly like any goddamn COD game released after MW1.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah, and the 60fps smoothness looked amazing then, too.

    That’s why it won all those awards.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. IL DUCE

    @3 Lol I was going to comment on that as well…

    @5 Keep in mind him being American doesn’t represent the rest of us being as stupid as him…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. IL DUCE

    We couldn’t just take MW2, and put a bunch of big buildings in it

    Really? B/c that’s what it looks like you did…

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DSB

    Whenever I’m in the US, I’m from “Northern Europe” when meeting people. I don’t see any reason to jump into a lecture every time I have to explain where I’m from.

    Seems to me like the guy just misspoke though, I’m pretty sure Americans know where Berlin is. Even if they didn’t, I probably couldn’t pick out Idaho or Delaware on a map of the US, so I reckon it’s equal.

    @18 As much as I fear that MW3 is going the wrong way, you could say the exact same thing for Battlefield 3 once you take away all the nerdporn.

    I love the animations and the lighting, but they aren’t exactly going to do anything for the game itself.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. SangheiliSpecOp

    IW’s logic is flawed. You NEED “a fancy engine” if you want to push gameplay; MW3 is using an engine from 1999, and BF3 is using one from 2011 with superior lighting, animation, sound (that doesn’t sound like a kids toy when a gun fires), graphics, destruction and more. BF3 will have more dialogue than any FPS shooter ever made, and will have vehicles such as tanks, jets, and helos to boot. I’m not saying that I hate MW3, I’m (as well as millions of others) are getting that too because of the smoothness and simplicity of the game, but Activision and IW really doesn’t have shit on other games, and should just accept the fame that they already have instead of trying to say that their game that has hackers, no servers, and is built on a engine from 1999 is superior to other games. In fact, other CoD fans themselves are starting to see this…

    #20 4 years ago
  21. sg1974

    Generic gameplay with a mechanic that belongs on the PSOne. No thanks.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    @20 I don’t think anyone has ever tried to make the argument that the tech of CoD is somehow more advanced than anything on the market today. The same thing goes for Counter-Strike, running on an engine from 1998, which is the most played game on Steam at the moment, and Counter-Strike: Source, running on an engine from 2004, which is right now among the most sold on the same platform.

    Say what you will about DICE and their games, but they couldn’t even make proper hitboxes, or leaves that didn’t interrupt bullets with their last game.

    The point is, as impressed as you might be with what’s under the hood, if the car is no fun to drive, it matters fuck all. Which I think is the point he’s trying to make, and the point that most people who enjoy CoD try to make when faced with something as silly as “My game has more things to put on the back of the box than yours”.

    Not that graphics aren’t great. They’re great when they support a superior design, and I’m sure they do sway a lot of peoples decisions on what to take a fancy to, but they quite obviously aren’t the reason why people keep buying and playing games like CoD and Counter-Strike.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. SangheiliSpecOp

    @22, Yeah, I guess you’re right. You don’t see games boasting about their engines, but still, battlefield 3 is looking surreal, and the frostbite engine looks like it seriously kicks ass. You are eventually going to hit your limit if you use the same engine over and over again, and I think MW2 was that limit. Now IW is making a modded version of MW2 with new weapons and perks and such. Its cool, but is it truly a new game? I guess as long as its fun…..

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DSB

    Basically I don’t disagree with any of that. CoD hasn’t really changed since the first game, it’s just iterated on what it does – perhaps with the slight exception of morphing into Modern Warfare.

    You can always argue who achieves the most, but at the end of the day, I’d say the designer outdoes the engineer, when it comes to forming a game. The engineer achieves incredible things, but ultimately he does it to enable the designer.

    I love physics, I love animations, I love pretty textures and flashy stuff being super flashy, but ultimately I need to enjoy what I’m doing within that golden cage.

    Obviously Battlefield 3 is winning people over, and deservedly so for all the things they’re showing. That alone is testament to what tech can do for a game – but will most of those people be playing it ten years from now? We’ll see. It won’t be for the graphics.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DaMan

    If MW3 is running on an engine from ’99 then L4D is running on one from ’96.

    And Gran Turismo is on the one from ’98.

    I wonder who was the first internet dumbass to say that.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. SangheiliSpecOp

    @25 http://planetbattlefield.gamespy.com/fms/Image.php?image=http://pnmedia.gamespy.com/planetbattlefield.gamespy.com/images/news3/oxm_p4.jpg

    Bottom left corner

    #26 4 years ago
  27. JeRicHoOL

    #1
    They suck because they are caring for gameplay more than technology? If your first priority is technolgy then fine but theres a “small” amount of people who put fun/gameplay over technology.
    If a game is making fun it doesn’t need “BF-graphics”.

    #8
    People love the way it plays so why should IW change it? Because a minority disagrees? That’s now how you do business.
    CoD is a series and most games in a series are similar to eachother (FIFA, PES, Battlefield, etc.).

    #20
    If CoD is still going that successfull with such an old engine then EA should better start to wonder why. It’s not about fancy effects, photo-realistic buildings, destructable environments, etc. And it should never ever be the first priority in a game.

    #22
    Well said!

    Overall: Why should they change their gameplay?! CoD is a fast-paced arcade shooter and that’s what it should stay. That’s why it’s so successful. Jesus, if you prefer other gameplay then buy another game that suits your likes.
    It seems like Battlefield fans want to turn a second Battlefield out of CoD but that just wrong.
    People can go around all they want praising Battlefields technolgy but the majority is enjoying the CoD franchise. Why? Because they like the way it plays and not the way it looks.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DaMan

    #26, I really don’t need you linking me to that. It started as a modified Q3 engine, however Q3 didn’t have neither the same shadows, lighting nor animations. Nor practically anything since CoD4.

    L4D (and HL2) is running on Source, which is a modified GoldSrc, which is a modified Q1 one.

    Here, I have a link for you:
    http://www.cgsociety.org/index.php/CGSFeatures/CGSFeatureSpecial/call_of_duty_4_modern_warfare
    Bottom left.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. SangheiliSpecOp

    @28 ok. My point is that MW3 will be great, but eventually it will be left in the dust. Activision has the money and power to probably make some fantastic tech, and with their talent, I’m sure that they could easily make something crazy. But for now, BF3 looks like it will kick ass in a way that no FPS has done before. You guys are saying that tech doesn’t make a game, But have you even seen BF3 gameplay? Either way, the open beta is coming out this month, so DL it for whatever platform you play on and see what I’m talking about for yourself. DICE has been making battlefield multiplayer-only games sense CoD started, so I’m sure that the developers behind the tech will deliver.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. DaMan

    #29, I completely agree with that post.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. SangheiliSpecOp

    @30 <3 I'm gonna go to bed now. Night night <3

    #31 4 years ago
  32. JeRicHoOL

    #29
    I will download the BF beta but I know already that I’m not gonna buy the game because BF3 will still be the slow-paced war simulator like its predecessors. Games in a series play similar to eachother that’s why people keep buying games like Metal Gear Solid, FIFA, CoD, Battlefield, etc.
    But there’s people like me that prefer fast action like CoD is offering. I just don’t have fun with BF gameplay you know. The great technology they are using won’t help me. :/

    Also, even if the technology gets better it can also bring a series downhill in terms of quality. Best example here is the “SmackDown! vs Raw”. 2006-2007 were fantastic games (kinda “arcady”) but after that everything needed more fancy anymations, cooler graphics, basically more realism which changed the gameplay experience way too much. The gap between old title and new title became too huge.

    A lot of gamers still mourn after the first few titles of a famous series because they were the best. It’s basically same in the movie industry.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. SangheiliSpecOp

    @33, I literally strongly disagree that you’ll be able to play the BF3 beta and not buy the full game, let alone like MW3 anymore, but if you do end up picking MW3, then you are a true hardcore fan.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Demon2323

    @33, Shut up.No ones asking you to repeatedly advertise BF3.The gameplay of BF3 is sluggish, its like Medal of Honor.Yes its graphics is high, but the multiplayer is so slow, the weapons take so much time to aim down, you can camp in the environment.COD offers a more fast paced multiplayer and even though its graphics are crap compared to BF3, after playing the game most people will turn back to MW3.You like BF3 and We like Call of Duty. Thats it.

    #34 4 years ago

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    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]