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Nintendo 3DS Conference 2011: Pink 3DS, MH4 outed

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo fired the starter’s gun on Tokyo Game Show season with the 3DS Conference 2011, announcing a pink 3DS, Monster Hunter 4, a new Fire Emblem, and more.

AT A GLANCE

Skyward Sword to last up to 100 hours.

Misty Pink 3DS announced.

Upgrades to 3DS system features due soon.

Fire Emblem, Bravely Default, and Monster Hunter 4 announced.

Kid Icarus: Uprising delayed into 2012.

Super Mario Land 3D, Paper Mario, Mario Tennis and Mario Kart 7 showcased.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The conference began with a live orchestral swell, which cut to a gorgeous cinematic apparently from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Link was seen in free fall before summoning a large bird with a whistle and soaring away.

Famed designer Shigeru Miyamoto took to the stage wielding a Zelda-branded sword and shield, which he slotted into a special stand in the middle of the stage.

Miyamoto discussed Zelda’s 25th anniversary, mentioning the ongoing concert series, and showed off a DSiWare remake of Four Swords, the GameBoy Advance game.

Retrieving his arms, Miyamoto demonstrated some classic combat moves, slicing, thrusting, blocking, and holding the sword aloft, making mention of how important timing and precision are.

Swapping the sword and shield for a WiiMote Plu and nunchuk, Miyamoto introduced a video reel of Skyward Sword, which he commented would take players between 50 and 100 hours to complete, and has been in development for five years with a team of 100.

We saw Link falling, swimming, visiting, towns, and fighting a variety of enemies. Link’s blocks, thrusts and slices were used in different ways to bypass each monster’s unique defences.

We then saw a collection of the series’ famous tools – a fire hose, the griphook, the bow and arrow, and a new one, the beetle.

A roller coaster minecart sequence preceded a discussion of items and character interaction as well as a look at the pointer, which reveals secret areas and items.

A more complete demonstration of the flying sequences was followed by a look at some of the bosses – a four legged spider-like creature made of lava and a two-legged, headless giant with a leaf-like texture were shown.

Iwata Speaks
After Miyamoto left the stage, a short 3DS show reel was played. Mario Kart, Kid Icarus, Tekken all made appearances.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata then appeared before the crowd and bowed deeply to an eerie silence. His professional and stern focus seemed a deep contrast to Miyamoto’s easy cheer.

Iwata began by discussing how the Wii still has plenty of life in it: highlighting upcoming release Dragon Quest X, Just Dance Wii, Go Vacation, a new Kirby, a Namco bandai Taiko drumming title, Skyward Sword, a Dragon Quest mini-game compilation, and a new PokéPark game called PokéPark 2: Beyond the World. That last one is due on Wii this quarter.

He made special note of the Skyward Sword special edition with gold WiiMote and concert series soundtrack CD.

The pink 3DS and gender breakdown chart; the latter with thanks to Engadget.

The 3DS
Moving on to the 3DS, Iwata showed a chart relating to gender adoption. The 3DS is lagging behind both the Wii and 3DS in terms of female consumers, and in response to this, Iwata cut to a reveal of a new colour for the system.

A part of a campaign to interest Japanese women in the system, Nintendo announced a new “Misty Pink” version for release on October 20, and later in the conference, showed off a couple of “girl’s” games. Ahem. Looks like the chart may have addressed the system’s gender balance.

Iwata revealed a number of software upgrades heading to the system soon – improved 3D video capture, an overhauled eShop, and changes to the Mii Plaza. No date or further details were given, but we may get them in press releases this week.

Iwata then showed a video of Super Mario 3D Land, the first core Mario release for the system, heretofore untitled. Played from a side-scrolling perspective, the game features 3D movement as players dodge in and out the screen

Mario Kart 7 was up next, complete with kart customisation and global online multiplayer, with racers represented by their Miis in lobbies.

Moving on, we got a look at Mario Tennis and Paper Mario, which looked fairly similar to their most recent incarnations. Both are due in 2012. followed by Luigi’s Mansion 2.

3DS line up
Having dealt with Mario, Iwata then shifted to 2012 releases. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games was the next title to be shown, followed by the Animal Crossing 3DS. Iwata made special note of the game’s WiFi-enabled features.

The president then asked us to watch a video. It was a very odd affair, with strongly-featured Miis in some kind of machinima love drama, and an eerie wedding photograph with Mii faces superimposed on real people. Brr. Apparently called Tomodachi (friend) Collection, it’s not entirely clear what the game in question was, but it seemed to be part of Nintendo’s lady-friendly line up, ahem, which also included Girl’s Mode, otherwise known as Style Savvy.

Here’s a photo taken from inside the press conference by Yoshinori Ono. He’s sitting next to Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada.

A cool soccer title was shown next, with neat, almost 8-bit graphics, network play and community features, and a similarly-featured strategy board game and card battle hybrid, also with network play.

Next up was a horror game using the 3D camera, and then a new Fire Emblem game was revealed. The turn-based strategy game looked gorgeous, with battles enacted in full 3D.

Iwata left the stage briefly as a video was shown of Omega Force’s next outing on the 3DS: Dynasty Warriors Versus. It wasn’t clear if the four-player competitive multiplayer is online or adhoc only.

A Square Enix logo preceded the next video, which showed Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, a gorgeously animated RPG which is exclusive to the 3DS and will utilise its AR capacities.

A pair of Gundam titles were next on screen: Gundam Age, and SD Gundam G Generation 3D .

A Hatsune Miku rhythm title, Project Mirai, turned up next. Players will be able to host AR concerts, which is kind of cool.

Of more interest to the core, Resident Evil Revelations appeared briefly, before the announce of Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble from Project Aces.

Sticking with Namco Bandai, Tekken 3D: Prime Edition showed up, before switching gears with Theatrhythm and a Dragon Quest: Slime Rocket title.

A new Level-5 game was revealed: Girl’s RPG. It had a very pink logo. After discussion of a new LovePlus game, Metal Gear Solid 3D: Snake Eater was mentioned, rounding off Konami’s offerings.

Iwata spent some time showing off Kid Icarus: Uprising, before revealing a delay into the first quarter of 2012. No reason was given for the delay, but Iwata said the team would use the time to improve its quality.

As part of the title’s promotions, three major animation studios – Production I.G., Studio 4C and Shaft – will create short Kid Icarus videos playable on the 3DS, which will be released worldwide.

Iwata closed his presentation by reiterating earlier comments on the system’s soon-to-be upgraded features and introducing a mysterious cinematic.

Monster Hunter
An underwater scene with some ugly fish was baffling at first, before the Capcom logo made everything clear: We were looking at Monster Hunter 3 G, the recently-revealed 3DS revamp of Monster Hunter Tri, which was the first to include underwater sequences.

Monster Hunter has been something of a killer app for the PSP in Japan, thanks to the popularity of the game’s multiplayer, so Ninhtendo gave it plenty of screen time. Several minutes of gameplay footage showed impressively detailed graphics and rapid combat.

The game’s producer arrived on stage to applause. The game’s release date was given as December 10, 2011, alongside the second circle pad peripheral, which was confirmed late last week.

Capcom then debuted its next project: Monster Hunter 4, apparently destined for the 3DS alone.

A video was shown of the new game, this time a sequence rather than a disconnected sizzle reel – although it clearly wasn’t a live demonstration, and had been heavily edited. A burly warrior stumbled across a large, wingless, dragon-like creature, and wisely fled. The dragon pursued the player, and he was seen climbing over cliffs and jumping over ravines to escape.

On the other side, a winged monster attacked, and the two monsters faced off before the dragon tumbled from a cliff, and the player began to flee his second opponent before we cut to the game’s logo.

Iwata bowed twice before leaving the stage to audience applause, and a second 3DS sizzle reel was shown, this time featuring footage from many of the newly revealed titles.

After the stream finished, Nintendo aired a series of new, extended commercials for Monster Hunter 3 G, presented by the Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) characters. They’re pretty odd.

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16 Comments

  1. Ireland Michael

    That conference was a train wreck.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    Did you see how stonily silent everyone was for Iwata? No clapping until he bowed a second time while leaving. Everyone else got clapped on and off spontaneously. It was eerie.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @2 I was too busy groaning at how over-used and tired the whole Miyamoto with Zelda sword and shield thing has become to notice.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. dtyk

    this is all you need to know from the conference

    http://blog.esuteru.com/archives/4820800.html

    Capcom stocks plummet the moment MH4 was announced on 3ds

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Goffee

    Glad I was asleep thru that. Sony will blow Ninty off stage merely by having it’s directors turn up and break wind in harmony. However, next year I’d guess will be N’s comeback kid moment (again).

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Monster Hunter 4 alone developed exclusively for the 3DS?

    Madness. What Sony is going to have for the killer app than? I’m not sure that it’s not going to be on the Vita.

    Because MH was probably everywhere already (even on the PS3)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. moargamezpleeze

    Let’s face it,that SE title and those MH games probably won’t be brought to the west,which is made more useless by the 3DS region lock and most of the other stuff is for 2012. The conference was pretty lacking if I’m honest.

    @Erthazus

    I don’t think the word exclusive was said at the conference,so it might be on Vita too or a timed 3DS exclusive.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    They’ll just get around it by giving it a different subtitle on the Vita. Monster Hunter Vitality or something.

    Anyway, the only thing I’m even half interested in there is Zelda. And to be honest, the more I hear about it the less interested I am. That control scheme increasingly looks like it’s going to be a complete non-starter for me.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Goffee

    Hmm, if Sony does miss out on MH4, I suppose it does have MH3 HD to run with (and probably a MH1-3 HD updated bundle) but what can it do to fill the gap? http://psp2roundup.blogspot.com/2011/09/3ds-gets-monster-hunter-4-what-can-sony.html

    #9 4 years ago
  10. typeface

    I don’t think it’s really ever mentioned MH4′s an exclusive. Besides it’s a Nintendo event even if it were exclusive or a timed one who would announce it there?

    But it fits in line with what Sony’s been saying about 3rd party exclusives.

    The event was a bit eerie watching it now. However there’s a game or two now added to my interest list (Though it’s Fire Emblem and it’s Nintendo who knows if the title will make it outside of Japan). Still one of the better titles for the 3DS which has been Paper Mario probably won’t see light till mid 2012.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    Exclusive or not, it was first announced for the 3DS. Nuff said.

    There are 6 million MH fanbase that wants a next game and it was Sony’s trump card. Now 3DS is going to get MH4 first (while they have pokemon’s and marios as a killer app)
    Tomorrow will be Sony’s presentation (if i’m not mistaken), so what they can have?

    I can’t think of something more than FF7 remake. Sony didn’t created killer app for PSP so thats the only option. God Eater 2 won’t save their asses.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Goffee

    Checking back, Capcom said all major titles will be multiplatform going forward, in its annual report. So, MH4 is likely to hit PSV too. Phew

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Lahanas

    Wait, there was no mention of the second slide pad?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Goffee

    #13 – Giant Bomb says it wasn’t shown at all – http://www.giantbomb.com/news/nintendo-holds-hour-long-press-conference-to-announce-monster-hunter-4/3657/

    #14 4 years ago
  15. 2plus2equals5

    I really don’t care about monster hunter, but nintendo made a great move.
    Tomorrow is sony’s turn, i can’t wait!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. xino

    no freaking Wii U?

    #16 4 years ago

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    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]