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SOE: SWTOR the “last large scale MMO” to use subscription business model

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley believes subscription-only MMOs will soon be a thing of the past as more go free-to-play. Furthermore, he predicts Star Wars: The Old Republic will be the last one of its kind to adopt the business model at launch.

Speaking in an editorial piece for GI.biz, Smedley noted that 40 percent of players who canceled their sub for EverQuest II listed subscription fees as one of the primary reasons for quitting the game.

“Economic times are hard out there and a recurring subscription is something that glares at you from a credit card bill every month,” he wrote. “For some people, saving money starts with getting rid of subscriptions that hit the credit card every month. But it’s fair to say that subscriptions are likely going to be a strong component of revenue for the foreseeable future, although I don’t believe they will be remotely as dominant over time.

“There’s another large juggernaut coming out soon in Star Wars: The Old Republic from EA/Bioware. That’s a game that I think has a legitimate shot at a 2 million subscription user base and I believe they will stick with the subscription method. In my opinion, this is going to be the last large scale MMO to use the traditional subscription business model. Why do I think that? Simply put, the world is moving on from this model and over time people aren’t going to accept this method.

“I’m sure I’m going to hear a lot about this statement. But I am positive I’m right.”

Smedley also noted that one of the reason subscription gaming is “the dominant form of revenue generation in the West,” was because World of Warcraft’s subscriber base is so vastly large compared to other MMOs on in the same market. However, he feels strongly that the future of MMOs is in the free-to-play market.

“Free-to-play encompasses a lot of different business models,” he explained. “Some games like League of Legends are microtransaction only games where there is no subscription. Other games like LOTRO offer a subscription tier as well. The key idea of a free-to-play game is that the game itself doesn’t cost money to purchase and you get some amount of gameplay for free. Beyond that it’s different game by game.

“This is what we’re seeing today and I expect that in the future you’re going to continue to see a lot of different ideas in the free-to-play space.”

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22 Comments

  1. Droid

    Their seemingly mythical subscription model isn’t doing them any favours so far.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    I agree with them, as I mentioned in another article, the MMO subscription model is dying.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @2

    I agree with this article. I think the tiered subscription is the best option for MMO with a f2p game as well just like the endless trial its good thing to take advantage of it.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    bio-ware has yet to come and say the they doing subscription. Ea is is about making money they are smart. I was thinking that they would go free to play like guild wars and go micro to gain more money but who sknows either way I will be getting the game.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    @3, I prefer micro-transactions, personally. I’ve really enjoyed League of Legends lately & it’s got a good amount of unique champions, 83 as of right now I believe. Now they can all be bought with IP(Influence Points, earned by playing) or you can buy them with RP(Riot Points, purchased via real cash), there’s also skins that can make your characters look cool but can only be bought with RP, cosmetic differences like that can earn big bucks for a game & I’ve seen countless players with multiple skins.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Yoshi

    Micro-transactions are fine as long as they let the players who don’t want to use micro-transactions available to get everything without needing to pay, but it just takes longer. That’s the smartest business model as it works both ways plus they player then believes they are getting their moneys worth etc and might even use some micro-transactions.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    @5

    Micro-Transactions work too if you are buying vanity objects like pets, mounts, skins nothing that puts those who pay for such objects far and above other players. Just one of those things that annoy me about those type of games is when a player has an object that makes their experience far more better than mine. Its all in the context of what type of game it is but for MMOS I am all for tiered subs and micro-transactions with vanity items.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    “Speaking in an editorial piece for GI.biz, Smedley noted that 40 percent of players who canceled their sub for EverQuest II listed subscription fees as one of the primary reasons for quitting the game.”

    But your game was not very good to begin with after few patches and bad support.

    Subscription model is not dying and will not die. Look at the Blizzard for example.

    You really think that their next MMO will not use that model? haha. Alright.

    You really think that NC Soft’s Lineage 3 won’t use that model too?

    Give me a break. If the game is very good. People will pay. If your game is not very good you get what you get and eventually it’s going to be F2P
    F2P system is good for some games, but not for blockbuster MMORPG games that require solid loot system.

    If SOE will make EVERQUEST III F2P they are going to die with that franchise unless they will offer a fantastic experience with F2P model which is impossible to do anyway with scale that players expect from SOE.

    Games like World Of Tanks work absolutely great with F2P model for example. I love that model if it is working and not disbalanced.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. blackdreamhunk

    I also want to add that DC online was not even that much of a great mmo game. the game lacked immersion. It played out more like a console action game than living breathing world. You didn’t feel like a super hero. The game felt like gait sized diablo or marvel alliance not worth paying 15 month for.

    that is what happens when you try to force a mmo on console.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    It won’t be the last one. The reason why most others haven’t succeeded is because they haven’t been as good as WoW is, and possibly SWTOR will be.

    There’s no doubt that there’s a huge market for free to play though. Personally there’s no way I’m gonna play anything with micro-transactions, unless there’s also a subscription, or a system that lets me play in peace without constantly being sold shit.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    @DSB,

    World of Tanks is a good F2P game and i mean VERY good game with that model. With that model it’s working absolutely great if it was for example using P2P system… Than fuck that shit.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. hitnrun

    @10 and 11: I think “good” is the wrong word…personally I think WoW has blown pretty hard for half of its existence now. But DSB has a point nonetheless, because there hasn’t been an MMO as successful as WoW.

    The top one or two MMOs that can, will be subscription based, because there’s more money at the top for that model. It’s just a question of value for money for customers.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. GrimRita

    SWTWoW will probably have subs AND MT’s – just wait and see. And nothing like Smedley jumping on the band wagon of another MMO to promote his crap.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DSB

    @11 I don’t know. I do love World of Tanks, but when I played it during the closed beta, it was very unbalanced.

    Big tanks with little tanks. It’s pointless to be stuck in an underpowered tank destroyer when you have T-34s coming at you, and that just makes you a target, more than a player.

    How many free points do they give out these days? Unless you’re able to buy the golden ammunition, there’s not much of a point in competing, you’re gonna lose every head-to-head duel. If they balanced it properly, I would be addicted to that game.

    I’d pull out Team Fortress 2 as a brilliant model. I don’t feel pressured to buy anything, the game throws me a bone every now and then, buying games on Steam gives me items, and I don’t really feel cheated by going up against the people who do spend a lot of money on it. Plus, I get to keep (and trade) every item I get, unlike games like Battlefield Heroes.

    @12 Good is always subjective, but I think it’s pretty obvious why WoW has completely annihilated the competition. Especially considering the selection you had back in 2004.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Talkar

    @13
    MT’s wouldn’t benefit the game, and both Bioware and EA has said it won’t have any MT’s. But it’s good to know once again, you’ve done your research before uttering yourself about this game.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @14, TF2 is barely F2P. It’s more of a gift to the players because i can’t see how these guys make a lot of money out of TF2. it’s basically absolutely free.

    World Of Tanks, yes sometimes disbalanced but you can do with regular ammo just fine. If you played just the beta than you ruined your experience. That beta is the first Russian version of it and it’s a freakin mess. Once everyone in EU and US played the beta version or official game it was the first shitty version when there were a lot of basic stuff.
    I’m currently playing on the Russian server and it’s fixed. Yes, you still get the overpowered tanks feel.

    You should also read this: http://worldoftanksguide.com/combat-tank-destroyers-guide.shtml

    this helps a lot.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    Champions Online.

    All content is available to all players (paying or non-paying) except for a few adventure packs, which are fairly small in size and can be acquired for a nominal fee on the store. The only things offered on the C-Store are very desirable cosmetic upgrades, because the game is based around cosmetic freedom.

    If you ask me? That’s the way forward – Cosmetic freedom. It allows people to stand out by configuring their character to look the way they want, based on an intricate character creator, but it allows the game to still turn a profit whilst keeping the vast majority (99%) of the content completely free.

    I honestly have never seen a more balanced, more fair system than that used in CO. The friends I have playing CO actually decided to sub/buy a lifetime subscription out of appreciation more than anything. Cryptic are very generous with their model, and it pays off.

    And, for once, I’m going to disagree with Erth.

    Not everyone will pay for subscriptions because subscriptions are a giant con and the math doesn’t work out. What do we pay subscriptions for? Do you know? It’s not for server costs, that’s for sure, because ArenaNet proved with Guild Wars that box sales more than covered server costs. So there’s that. And that could be backed up by microtransactions. (Worth keeping in mind that WoW has a subscription and microtransactions, and TOR will have both, too. No doubt.)

    So let’s say it’s for content, yeah? Okay. Let’s say that you pay three months of a $15 subscription and after that you get a bit of content. Often that content will be almost inconsequential, but let’s be generous and say that it’s a raid, yeah? Okay. Right. So, Cryptic sells an equivalent on their C-Store for about $2.

    $45 vs $2.

    There’s the reason that many people are wising up to subscriptions right there. With a microtransaction model similar to what Cryptic is using; It has to be said that they don’t fool you, they don’t even try. They show you exactly what you’re getting, you can read what other people think of it, and then you can buy it if you want to. You can also choose not to buy it.

    That’s an important point.

    If I’m playing a game like CO, I can choose not to pay $2. If you’re playing a game like World of Boredom, then you cannot make that choice. In order to keep playing you must, most arbitrarily make that payment. It’s mandatory. So you may pay $45 and in that three months you may even get nothing, or at best you get a raid instance.

    I pay $2 and I get that same amount of content.

    It’s a fool’s game, and this money goes right toward lining the pockets of the fatcats that run the big companies that create games with subscriptions. And if you pay a subscription without realising that, then you’re a damn fool. That’s what matters. If you realise it then, fine, go on. Different strokes, I suppose. But for me it’s an unnecessary cost and needlessly greedy.

    It generates ill will between the developer and the players, too. Not everyone is going to be weak willed enough as to fall for this con forever. Even the most unobservant will wake up eventually.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Butcher8

    Not only is tor the last mmo to have a sub it will quickly move to a ftp model, Blizzard’s next mmo “project Titan” will also be ftp, mark my words. Once people get into a game they are willing to pay ridiculous sums of money on vanity items.

    So the trick is to lure people in with a free game/no sub and then once you catch them you eat them…um wait I’ve confused the analogy, anyway you get the idea!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    @17

    Not to be a downer but you do know that the lead team that had developed CO had left 3 months after launch the company that owns the rights to them is the oen that is using this model. SO eventually and I am sure you have noticed the amount of content has declined. I am glad you are enjoying it but I played it for a year and noticed that it had nothing to really offer as much as end game content so I left it.

    @18

    Blizzard has said multiple times that they will only do F2P if it becomes more profitable than their current model which at the moment it does not and the same goes for EA/Bioware.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Talkar

    @18
    Or they could just use the force :P It sems to work for SWToR since it broke all of EA’s preorder records, and it doesn’t even have a release date yet xD

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DSB

    @16 The same could be said for League of Legends, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’re making a hell of a lot more money than those with far more aggressive models.

    The more people you have playing, the more you sell, that’s the basis for every micro transaction model. Sure, you get free stuff, but if you want to put together a set, you have the option to wait several months and cross your fingers, or pay 5 euro and get it instantly.

    A lot of the hundreds of thousands of people playing it right now is gonna pay 5 euro.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. viralshag

    I would be hugely surprised if Blizzard’s next MMO isn’t subscription based consider how well that has and still does work for them when it comes to WoW.

    I think at the end of the day, if the game is worth the money, people will be happy to continue paying for it. Personally, I don’t mind subscription based models. I was more than heppy to pay for Rift and WoW. I think as long as they can maintain the numbers, then they should charge a monthly sub.

    #22 4 years ago

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    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]