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BioWare: The Old Republic is not premium MMORPG model swansong

Thursday, 29 September 2011 07:15 GMT By Brenna Hillier

While flattered by the suggestion, BioWare doesn’t believe Star Wars: The Old Republic will be the last major MMORPG to succeed with a subscription business model.

“Those are very kind words in a way,” BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk told IndustryGamers when asked about Sony Online Eentertainment president John Smedley’s claim that The Old Republic will be the last big subscription MMORPG.

“I think there will always be a place for premium content at a premium price and that’s one of the differences. Free to play is very much about trial, about ‘Hey, I don’t know what this is, I don’t have confidence that it’s any good, but I’m willing to take a look at it,’ versus ‘I know this is good, from a trusted source, and it’s the biggest license in the world.’ So it’s a different value proposition.”

Fellow brand lead Ray Muzyka voiced his agreement, adding that premium titles need to “merit” the price tag.

“They have to earn that from a consumer trust perspective and delivering and exceeding expectations,” he said.

“It’s too early to call any business model dead. It’s like the line, ‘Oh single-player games are dead.’ They’ve morphed and they’ve changed into something different, but they’re still there,” Zeschuk continued.

BioWare and EA obviously believe in the premium MMORPG space, or they wouldn’t be launching The Old Republic, but Zeshuk said the companies have research to back it up.

“We think the market is ready for it. There’s a lack of something new and fresh and really powerful; we have research that shows that a lot of people have been waiting for this game,” he said.

“We’re seeing huge demand for it, and we plan to support it long term.”

Star Wars: The Old republic launches for PC in December.

Thanks, CVG.

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22 Comments

  1. hives

    What about Guild Wars 2, dear BioWare? It’s not free 2 play, it won’t have subscription. And it is 100% proper MMO game with all it’s features. It’s even got MORE than TOR… (WorldvsWorldvsWorld PvP with FORTRESS SIEGES anyone?).

    #1 4 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    Proof will be in the eating when this goes F2P in under 12 months. Or offers free trials to try and lure players in. Free trials have their place and has nothing to do with ‘I dont have confidence that its any good’.

    Just because a studio has a big licence doesnt mean that its final product will be any good. Just look at the amount of shit movie driven games out there – most of them being Star Wars!

    If it wasnt for the free trial, I wouldnt have played Rift AND paid for 6 months to play it.

    I agree on price – which is probably why this is charging the same as WoW because clearly to use his words they cant ‘merit’ asking for more?

    Many MMOs that have gone F2P have seen a huge increase in their revenue because if players believe in the product – free or not, they will pay to play in it, be it a monthly sub or for additional goodies.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. hives

    @2 – It won’t go F2P. It already has broken EA pre-order record. And it is BioWare. And it is Star Wars. This will help it live long and prosper.

    It’s basically traditional MMO, it’s taking a lot of things from WoW… But well, seems to me that people prefer new games similar to other old games.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. GrimRita

    Breaking pre-order sales doesnt mean that folk will pay to play this once their first 30 days expires that comes with the game itself.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. viralshag

    Good lord you lot… it’s taken a lot of things from EVERY MMO OUT THERE. Just like any MMO, WoW wasn’t the first MMO in history. Please, once and for all, someone explain what it has “copied that isn’t an expected feature in an MMO.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    Generic combat, clown costumes, raids, auction houses(!), class system, rogues(Smugglers/Agents with stealth!)WoW graphics, Taxi system(like WoWs flying mounts), entire themepark approach – I could go on.. ;)

    WoW was the first MMO to really bring some order to the complex MMO space. Im not saying that MMOs need to be complex but since its arrival, almost every single MMO have tried to copy the WoW formula.

    Bioware has done the same thing. I mean come on, 6 years in development to bring out something that isnt ground breaking or a real game changer. I’ve said it before, if you want to draw WoW players away from WoW, you need to offer something more than just ‘story’!

    Just to add.
    By creating their own ‘content’, players will become bored very quickly. The same happens with WoW. They release ‘another dungeon but with a different colour, rehashing the same ol’ mob’ and players will quickly complete it.

    MMO’s should be about also allowing players to do what they want without adding restrictions. Personally in SWTWoW, its sad that if you are say an Imperial, you cant visit certain planets and vice versa.

    In Galaxies, players could do what they wanted to do, make their own content – raid bases on planets without the need to be instanced away to some shame hole to capture a fucking flag!

    For a company like Bioware who prides themselves on being creative, I am left wondering if they left the word ‘creative’ at the door when designing this. When you play it, you will see for yourself

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    someone breaked preorder sales?

    Oh my god. WARHAMMER breaked preorder record so what? A HUGE failure on the giant brand from electronic arts.

    someone believe in this shit? Give me a break son. SW:TOR looks like a World Of Warcraft with lightsabers and you can’t do something about it. It looks generic, even more generic than world Of warcraft which is polished to death.

    Besides, if i want my WOW fix i will get my WOW or… i will wait for This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt5e2OX9FUk

    which is going to be huge + it makes WOW mechanic much better (you can now shoot stuff using crosshair, dynamic combat system and huge Warhammer universe which people wanted for like 15 years already.)

    What is SW:TOR? Visuals that are worse than in 5-6 year old game… same mechanics and… Mass Effect dialogs. such a big deal for MMORPG.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. viralshag

    Yeah so you have pretty much described any MMO under the sun? Rift, WAR, Aion, AoC all had mounts, auction houses, clown costumes(?), classes, races, some form of taxi system… Next thing I guess will be to say an MMO that uses a LFG system is copying WoW.

    There is a difference between copying a game and simply using features that should be there anyway. If you don’t want any of what you listed above, then perhaps MMOs are not your thing.

    GW2 has pretty much all of the above too yet people don’t seem to get on about that.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. viralshag

    @7, Aren’t you the one that’s always banging on about graphics not being the most important thing in RPGs? And that it doesn’t need FPS quality graphics?

    Or are you leaving the RPG out of MMORPG for the sake of this argument?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. viralshag

    @6, Well you can talk about how great Galaxies was and that was a really great dfining game of the MMO genre but really, where is it now?

    Don’t you think that if that was really what everyone wanted it would have managed to be more than a niche MMO that never really got off the ground?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    “Yeah so you have pretty much described any MMO under the sun? ”

    Absolutely not. Not every MMO out there is going by that road.

    Guild Wars 2 the most anticipated MMORPG of this generation is it’s own thing.
    TERA
    Runescape
    The Secret World
    Firefall
    TRIBES:Acscend
    Planetside 2
    World of Tanks

    are all different from your World Of Warcraft not to mention about interesting korean experiments.

    If you really are interested in different mmos check out this site: http://www.mmorpg.com/

    you can find so much mmo’s that have an absolutely different mechanic than WOW or WOW Rip Offs and they are more popular than all mmos you described

    “Aren’t you the one that’s always banging on about graphics not being the most important thing in RPGs? And that it doesn’t need FPS quality graphics?”

    you are absolutely correct and thats how it should be. But come on. Next Generation MMO that looks worse than 5-6 year old game is just ugghh… Besides even if WOW is outdated it’s art style is still unique and beautiful.
    SW:TOR art style is a WOW copy paste in most cases.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. viralshag

    And what is so radically different about GW2? Because from what I have seen, it looks very MMOish to me?

    And how in one sentence can you deisregard one MMOs art style even though it is out-dated and then compalain about another art style for being out-dated?

    Edit: Further to the above, after seeing the game in action, this looks so much better than WoW it’s not even worth making such a comment. What is the other option, to go a route like Rift and look more realistic?

    And yeah, ok, I will accept that there are different MMOs on the market. That’s fine and I don’t have any issue with that fact. But I still don’t think that just because one MMO has similarities to another, but also has some of it’s own unique ideas included, that it can be called a copy.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. GrimRita

    Galaxies did well. 250k players at launch – a record back in 2003. Before the dark times, before Julio Torres and his pissing WoW addiction. Thats what destroyed the game.

    As you’ve pointed out Viral, this is Star Wars – unlike the other MMOs youve mentioned(outside of WAR/AoC) and as the Dr’s themselves have said – this is a universe briming with adventure, planets, characters etc so there really wasnt a need to copy another MMO.

    Sure, there’s no harm in taking some aspects from other games(like every games company does) and improving on it. But this just hasnt improved. I’ve said in several posts before, combat could have been the game changer here since Star Wars is unique with its lightsabers and the use of ‘the force’ but instead copied the WoW formula.

    Once you look through the PR bullshit, you will see for yourself. And, I just wonder how long it will be before we have a (insert name of class here) revamp?!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. viralshag

    @ Grim, The thing is I don’t need to look past the PR nonsense. I’m honestly pretty sure I know exactly what I’m going to get. And I don’t even think that Bioware and EA are making this out to be something it’s not.

    The difference, it seems, between me and everyone else that seems to have a problem with the game is that they are looking for something completely new and innovative where as I’m looking for a decent solid “classic-MMO” experience.

    And SWTOR seems to have that, and more (story, companions, interactive dialog), so I don’t know why people feel the need to bash it for what it is.

    As Erth pointed out, there are new (and old), innovative and different MMOs out there for people to play. And it comes down to the fact that if there is really nothing here that is floating your boat, then maybe just give it a miss completely and wait for something like GW2 or The Secret World.

    I just don’t think it’s fair for people to bash a game for choosing to use a tried and tested formula. Let’s say for instance they choose to do something completely different and it failed, people would probably be complaining about the fact they chose the wrong art style or wasted the IP. Which can happen, just look at DCUO for an example. That wasn’t a run of the mill MMO and that flopped terribly.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. GrimRita

    I love teasing you viral :-p haha

    Bioware might not want to make a big deal out of this, but EA will.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. viralshag

    Haha, I don’t mind it. I love talking games and I probably do it a little more than I should at this time of day. Considering I’m supposed to be at work… >.>

    You’re playing Empire anyway, right? We’ll settle everything in game, when I stab you in the face with my lightsaber…

    #16 4 years ago
  17. GrimRita

    Yeah Im Empire. And it might take you a few tries, you know, what with lightsabers being like WoW wands in the game :-p

    I like the name Darth Rita haha

    #17 4 years ago
  18. viralshag

    I’m just going to ignore you now… haha

    #18 4 years ago
  19. hives

    @viralshag – But you surely see, that TOR is more “WoWish” than Guild Wars 2. The same PvP system (with the same award system – Valor points or some crap, same PVP items system etc), the same raid concept, the same skill concept etc. I am not saying that is wrong, I’m gonna play it for story, because it will be very good for sure… Yea, yea – it has space ships. But I’m talking about basic mechanics. Basic things like PvP, fighting with mobs or economy system.

    But on the other hand we have Guild Wars 2 with so many elements that aren’t in WoW. Massive PvP battles with sieges, unique skill system, underwater combat system, world chain dynamic events that really affect the world around you, big boss fights right from the start at level 1, awesome races to choose from with cool racial abilities (and in TOR we have… wow, greenskin humans and humans with horns!)… And all this without subs.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. viralshag

    @ Hives, Yeah you’re probably right and TOR is more WoWish but as I said, that’s not really something that’s a bad thing. I think there will be enough for it to stand strongly apart from WoW but obviously I will need to play the final product to be sure of it. I just think speculating that this is WoW with lightsabers is silly at this point.

    I also have no problem with GW2, I’m also looking forward to it. The only thing about that is from what I played, it didn’t strike me as anything new either. I mean, underwater combat isn’t anything new, I mean if you’re talking about copying things, just look at Cata and the entire area that’s underwater.

    Another thing I like about the classic style IS classes. I like playing as a healer, that’s my thing. The fact there is no dedicated healer class in GW2 is a little sad for me. It’s cool that there is clearly a focus on combat but that’s not always the main thing I’m interested in.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Klaxusprime

    The real frontier is about putting more freedom back into those games, like the freedom you had in Ultima Online and that got lost since the first Everquest, which put the basis Wow and all the other mmorpgs are still being built on. Mechanics have become boring and developers have not enough time to bring new content, so the only solution might be to inject the most creative ingredient possibile, human freedom.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. viralshag

    @21, While there is some truth to that I would agree with, it would definitely come down to how it is handled. I am very much a gamer that’s happy with final retial products that’s given to me by the devs.

    I’m not a big MOD fan and I’m not really a huge player-created fan either. While I’m not denying that their are people out there with amazing skill, it’s just not really my thing. A lot of the time I like games as they are.

    As I said earlier, agreeing with Erth, there are games out there that offer a lot of the things people are looking for in an MMO. I’m just happy with to try it regardless of what’s new and what’s not. If the game is good, the game is good.

    #22 4 years ago

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    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    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 […]

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

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