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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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    Farmville confirmed for ps4 launch.

    #5 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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

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

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

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

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

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

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

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

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kojima Station show suspended

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

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

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