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Social games responsible for drop in console sales

Friday, 23 September 2011 03:34 GMT By Jessica Citizen

The numbers don’t lie. There’s been a noticeable decline in console sales – both hardware and software – in recent years. Where are they all going? Simple: More and more are getting their gaming fix from Facebook.

Until recently, it was believed that gamers who had access to core platforms such as the PS3 or Xbox 360 weren’t the same people as played casual games on social networks. A new survey of 1,400 qualified respondents has shown that nearly 70% of social, casual gamers also have access to consoles – and a third of those are playing less on the PS3 or Xbox 360 because games are so readily available online.

Develop has the full story, but these findings are sending shockwaves around the industry.

Spending habits have also decreased. 22% of the surveyed, self-identified “social gamers” had paid more than $100 on core games over the past year, with twice that paying $50. Despite these numbers, a quarter of the gamers said they were investing less money on core titles.

Ladies and gentlemen, the world is changing. May I introduce to you the Hardcore Social gamer, a force to be reckoned with.

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16 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    Its a correlation not a cause. Apparently most people like playing Skinner box games. This study is not something to take seriously because they don’t show the demographics of people. It just says “qualified” people, that can mean anything. They could be people that explicitly play FB games. 1.4k is not a lot of people to be extrapolating info from and then basing your decisions upon.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. AJacks92

    @1 Stat class has also changed my view on Gallup polls and such…forever. There are too many factors for these “statistics”. Also -disregarding this statistic not being a large enough sample size- they never said how they got this sample of 1400. Was it simply middle-aged people? Were they all 18 and below? Did they split the sample to male and female? Too many factors to consider, therefore, this is not a viable statistic.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Aging hardware. Expensive software. Content held back for DLC. And a game shelf over run with Online MP Shooters. Toss in yearly and reocuring sequels. And so on and so forth.

    Online PC games are often free, easy to get into and can be found everywhere. Take my case, I play Phantasy Star Blue Burst. Its a core game, but it is a dead game(sega no longer hosts servers for it). It costs me nothing to download and nothing to play. My wife and two kids each play it too. Not exactly farmvile, but the comparison works.

    In that is doesn’t cost me anything to get and play, yet it has thousands of hours of gameplay avilble.

    I mean come on. I am bearly making it month to month. How much cash does the games industry think people have, and how important are new games to people that don’t have jobs or people eating ramon noodles and PBJs?

    I have to be extremly selective in my games these days. I am letting my preorder of BF3 go, for example. I just can’t swing it or its expected dlc. Screw 60usd games and 20usdplus day one DLC. For me its mostly arcade/indie/steam sales/ and free online PC games .

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @3

    Seriously OG just because you have issues with getting games doesn’t prove or disprove anything studies have shown on average how much “gamers” put in to their hobby. Just in this little survey it had shown people were putting 100$! into a Skinner BOx game on FB so they can buy more fruit or crap for their farm.

    So this group is not proving anything you are talking about.

    Just for reference:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQtDTdDr8vs

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    Farmville confirmed for ps4 launch.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Many of the yoy numbers I have been reading have been down PB. That ties very much into what I was talking about. This “survey” if you can even call it that proves nothing. We all know that.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    The numbers for the YoY are not directly linked to what games are coming out or have been released you would surely see when a big Triple AAA game from known publishers like Rockstar will see that year it has gone up. WHen they have done them for the summer and its dipping its because its the summer hole not a lot of Triple games release in that time period, they usually push until December. Again its a correlation not a causation of what is going in in the industry if you look at the actual numbers the industry is going up in profits even through a recessation.

    http://www.esrb.org/about/video-game-industry-statistics.jsp

    http://vgsales.wikia.com/wiki/Video_game_industry

    http://www.gamespy.com/articles/118/1181592p1.html

    http://gamepolitics.com/2011/09/07/dfc-predicts-worldwide-game-industry-sales-2016-reach-81-billion

    #7 3 years ago
  8. GrimRita

    I think the problem is right at the door of the games industry. The new platforms(Smart phones) have created small, free/cheap and different games to play, whilst the console market is stale – full of the same generic piles of shit that will end up seeing it be its downfall.

    It’s about time that creativity came back to the industry instead of releasing half baked (insert name of generic triple A game here) games at prices they simply cannot justify any more.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Blerk

    I can’t quite believe this, to be honest. Difficult to imagine someone who was actually into ‘proper’ games deciding that a throw-away Facebook click-a-thon is a decent enough replacement for proper games.

    I’d have found it more believable if they’d said that it was free and Indie titles that were drawing people away, but not Facebook.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Lahanas

    Facebook etc is not real gaming. If this is really happening, if this is the future of gaming, it’s disgusting.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. nofear360

    #8: Bullshit! As Keiji Inafune recently pointed out nicely, social games and console games cater to different audiences (I didn’t say there’s no overlap!). It’s like professional high-end cameras and cameras on mobile phones. Do you think that just because cameras are so widespread on phones today, it means someone who wants to take mega high-res, BEAUTIFUL photos will go for a crappy 5MP phone camera as opposed to what he/she used to buy before, that is high-end cameras? I think you know the answer to this question (or at least I hope, so more people won’t be subjected to your BS – some might even believe it!).

    #11 3 years ago
  12. GrimRita

    @11 you must be a generic FPS lover then? Of course the industry is to blame. Clearly there is a HUGE market for ‘social’ games – an area that Microsoft are desperate to get a slice of that pie – hell even EA joined the pack with Sims Social because they know its another revenue stream and importantly, a growing one.

    The decline in sales of games of these past couple of years also demonstrates that the industry needs to do something instead of releasing FPS TITLE 5, FIFA 8 billion etc etc etc because its clearly boring the wider market

    #12 3 years ago
  13. nofear360

    @12: I back console games, therefore I MUST be a FPS fan! TOTALLY makes sense, yeah. No seriously, while I like shooters, I am in no way a fan of them. I’m more of the adventure type of guy, you know. Uncharted, Enslaved, BioShock, Mass Effect, Infamous and such like. Strictly a single-player gamer at that. So, yeah, sorry to disappoint you ;).

    Just because there’s a huge market for social games, which I didn’t say there wasn’t, mind you, it doesn’t mean that console games and social games can’t coexist without eating into each other’s pie. Just because EA and Microsoft start releasing casual, social games it in no way means anything bad for the console market. They are just expanding their product portfolio to cater to new market segments, that’s it! It’s not a sign of “Oh console games, you’re DOOMED!!”

    Given the rise in sales of such annual titles as Call of Duty (wow look at that, me giving CoD as a good example – ironic when my soon-to-be-done thesis criticizes Activision for their poor strategy – just thought you should know), FIFA, NHL, and Madden, I’d say it’s not boring the wider market at all. Do you think that the increase is because hardcore gamers said “Oh look, a new NHL title, let’s buy that over Rage, Battlefield 3, etc.” No, it’s the mainstream who is most responsible for the rise and it’s understandable. They only buy a few titles a year – Need for Speeds, FIFAs, and CODs – so of course they’ll come back for more year after year. I used to be the same back when I was new to the console space in the early 2000s (boy, was I still misinformed back then :)). Of course, along the way they tell their friends to get these as well and then there’s the growing user base of consoles each year – not a radical increase, but enough to account for some of the increase in the user base of such franchises.

    Also, while on the subject of sequels, I also think many of them are not evolved properly, Call of Duty being the main offender imo. But that’s my opinion, the opinion of a relatively very well informed hardcore gamer. Many CoD players, especially of the mainstream nature, don’t give a rat’s ass about whether or not there is proper incremental innovation in a new release. They are just back for more CoD goodness, that’s it. And then there also hardcore gamers who just happen to like CoD for its fast-paced gameplay (however, I also think the network effect of CoD is a huge factor here, as it is for the mainstream audience).

    Whether we like it or not, sequels will continue to be the main revenue generators in this industry (when it comes to console software sales). I, for one, am not complaining, as I’m happy to play more of Batman, Mass Effect, Dead Space, Elder Scrolls, BioShock. These, I think, are innovating enough (incrementally, again – innovating too much will change the core product and will upset fans – Dragon Age 2 says hi).

    I went a bit off on a tangent there, but still, I seriously doubt social games are to blame for the decline. To me and to many others, it’s mostly due to the rise in digital (not social games, just games bought online), huge decline in Wii software sales, and the demise of music rhythm games, which, please don’t forget, accounted for much of the sales growth when they were in their prime.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. GrimRita

    I dont disagree with your valid points but my points are that the industry have shot themselves in the foot by not being more creative, or taking risks like they used to. They are simply all relying on sequels and, what doesnt help is over crowding Q4 with all their key releases.

    With money being tight for everyone, can gamers really afford to spend £40×3/4 in a single month for their favourite games? Being a PC gamer myself, its shaming that the social space has seen a huge increase in gaming(my god, farmville, sims social, all make my balls tight) but at least on the PC right now, most of the triple A titles are released through out the year and this is something that might/probably will benefit the console market in terms of increasing revenue, in addition to the points I made :-p

    #14 3 years ago
  15. silkvg247

    Meh, as an actual gamer as opposed to a “researcher” looking at “statistics” I can tell you why I personally invest less in hardware and software now.

    Simply put, there’s too much of it.

    I currently have a backlog of steam games that I’ve picked up in the sales for ridiculously cheap prices that I am slowwwwly wading through one game at a time.

    I also have a collection of Xbox and PS3 games that I need to get around to playing.

    I have about 5 year’s (in gaming time) worth of games to get through in total. Yes, I worked it out by average hours each game should take to complete.

    So do I go out there and randomly buy games like I used to? Hell no. I’ll buy a triple A title if I’m really excited about it, like Diablo 3, Battlefield 3. The real biggies. And I’ll buy the good games that I had “some” interest in, once they go budget. And by budget I mean either <£4 on steam or under £10 on console.

    I'm reaching the point where I am turning my nose up at those offerings as well, because I know I just have too much to be playing, and so I now ask myself.. what's the point? I didn't buy two worlds 2 in the steam sale recently for example. Very interested in it, was a very good deal, but I simply don't have the time.

    A movie will last usually between 90-180 minutes. A game on the otherhand? 5 hours is considered "small". I've been playing HOMM5 lately, already taken me 40 hours. FORTY! That's like watching 15 films. Just Cause 2 I'm not even 40% completed and have 36 hours clocked. Then you have your never ending online offerings.. WoW I have.. erm.. like 150 real days in total. Scary, glad I cancelled. BFBC2, 200 hours, TF2, 120 hours.

    Games take time to finish. Multiplayer games are neverending. It's actually at the point now where more games that "I like the look of" come out in a year, that I'd actually have time to play/complete in a year. Do games take too long to complete? Do developers spend too long making a game because it is deemed games "have" to take a long time to complete to be worth their price tag?

    Would it not be an idea to release smaller games, or games in chapters, at smaller prices?

    As for why social gaming is in the meantime taking an upturn. Completely irrelevant. The people playing those games are NOT the people like "me". The real gamers. I don't fvck about with fartville or whatever it's called. But your facebook masses will, it's called word of mouth. More people sign up to facebook, more people play flangeville, social gaming goes up. Shocker.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. nofear360

    @ 14: Hmm, true that most gamers can’t afford multiple console games upon release, but that’s been the case for the last decade, I’d say. If we look back at the previous holiday seasons, we can see they were also crowded and dominated by sequels. This is nothing new. And simply spreading out titles over the span of a whole year wouldn’t make poorly evolved franchises any better, now would it? :)

    I’m not sure I agree with you on the subject of sequels not being OK. I think that as long as they evolve in-between releases, so they don’t seem exactly like their predecessors (case in-point: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, CoD: Modern Warfare 3; sports games are a different breed, I’d say), they are good. It’s like TV series. I love it when new seasons of my favourite TV series are announced and I love watching new episodes of these (Dexter, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, etc.). Are they also wrong? Of course not. I don’t see people complaining “A new season of Community is coming, fuck man, not another season!!111″. I don’t see how this is any different from sequels in the game business. They are some which fail to be fresh and start to stagnate, but not all of them are like that.

    @ 15: Very good point. I also find myself with less and less time to play games as I get more and more busy in real life – studies, work, “social” life, etc. A true episodic model for high-budget console games (I know PC has a lot titles like these but consoles don’t) that are new (not like Fable 3 did it) to at least be an option alongside the traditional buy-it-all-in-one-package model would be most welcome.

    #16 3 years ago

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    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]