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DICE defends Battlefield 3 beta from critics

Wednesday, 5 October 2011 01:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The beta build released as part of Battlefield 3′s open testing should not be taken as indicative of the finished game, DICE has said.

Writing on DICE’s Battlefield Blog, Karl Magnus Troedsson took the opportunity to defend the beta from recent criticism of its unpolished state.

“The Battlefield 3 Open Beta is based on software that is more than one month old,” he wrote.

“Just like normal procedure when releasing a game, the Open Beta has had long lead times due to testing, certification, and setting up. This means that the code you are now playing is actually quite early and not representative of the final game.”

Troedsson said DICE needs the beta to test its dedicated server structure – not the game code itself – and as such, could an older build of the game.

Despite the criticisms, the beta is proving hugely popular. According to post, the Battlefield 3 beta has drawn six times as many simultaneous players as Bad Company 2 managed during its own open testing phase in 2009. The popularity of Bad Company 2 no doubt contributed to pre-release interest in the game, but DICE must be pretty chuffed anyway.

Battlefield 3 releases later this month on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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34 Comments

  1. xino

    lol…why would you want to release a BETA that is months old?

    why were EA/Crytek disappointed when someone leaked the Crysis 2 old demo?

    also how can you release an old BETA build to the public and expect to work on changes for the feedback given?

    sounds like someone is pulling your leg.
    Face it guys, this is the up to date beta build, game is coming out 25 oct which is 2/3 weeks away. How can they work on new build with feedback given from old build? obviously the changes made to this recent build will be the update for retail version for day of release.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. daytripper

    what i am finding annoying is some of the people on 360/PS3 moaning on twitter/facebook/forums that the game doesnt look like some of single player footage when it was made clear its mostly PC footage.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Stardog

    Loading a browser + Origin isn’t going to cut it. If they don’t have an in-game server browser and remove the Origin requirement then I won’t be buying.

    I own BF1942/2/BC2;

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Uncontested

    yawn its awesome bugs and all so tired of the whiny babies.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    @2 people are complaining about that…what a bunch of retards
    the beta is almost as bad as rob schneider….almost

    #5 3 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    @2:

    Of course they’re complaining. The whole point of EA/DICE only releasing PC footage for so long was to try and let exactly these type of people think that they were going to be getting high end PC graphics on a console.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. albo88

    DICE your beta is an epic fail end of story
    now get back to work if u wont my 60$ if not then fuck off

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DarkElfa

    There are so many things wrong with this beta other than bugs it’s not funny. Bugs can be fixed, it’s the bad design choices from the GUI to the BS flashlights.

    …and thanks to them not having Punk Buster on, it’s become a hack infested nightmare and allowing one month of early access with no PB has even encouraged people to use hacks while they can to get the furthest possible before it comes to an end.

    It’s sick. I was going to buy this game site unseen and now I have no interest. It’s not even Battlefield, it’s Call of Duty.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Lounds

    how about they get rid and ban hackers for one, there was one guy on the other team I was against and he had KD:50-3
    he was a medic who was rushing, anyone he saw he hit, oh and he knew where you was before him… sort it out DICE!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    @2
    On the several forums i visit i havent seen anyone say such a thing. People are complaining about the graphics on consoles not because they were expecting it to look like the PC footage, but because DICE said the game looked stunning on consoles, so good they had to limit the number of players to 24. This obviously isnt the case, the beta looks just ‘over average’. Its EA & DICE spinning their usual BS.

    And i agree with xino; How are we meant to test such an old build? Were those fixes DICE announced a few days ago really made through feedback or were they already in place in a more modern build? Why would you even release such a crappy build if its only to test your servers?

    As usual with DICE & EA, this has the distinct odeur of bullshit about it.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Machinetti

    And i was Right! They are gonna delay it! HA! i Say!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    “Why old build, rabble rabble rabble derp!” People, read on to the point where he explains the beta it’s to test the back end, not the client and rabble and derp no more.

    I hope 90% of you whiners don’t buy the game, if you can’t read an article you probably can’t cope with reading the game type instructions either and I hate cunts who don’t play the objective.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. SwiftRanger

    Console certification explains the one-month old build. It has also been made very clear on several occasions that this beta is about stress-testing only, even the PC version doesn’t have all the bells and whistles in it yet.

    I gotta say that for an open beta and for a Battlefield-game I’ve never had such fast matchmaking before. Every prior BF-game fucked this up with their in-game “solutions”, I much prefer the out-of-game solution BF3 offers now on PC. It’s just a lot faster and easier and it doesn’t burden Dice to make in-game menus for the statistics. This was the biggest complaint of BF2, BF2142 and BC2 and it seems they finally fixed it.

    Also, for a completely new engine, I can forgive the bugs in a build that’s two months old when the game releases.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Fin

    To be honest, it doesn’t really matter the build is a month old. This close to release, people are going to decide whether or not they buy your game – despite DICE calling it a beta, it’s the first time I’ve seen a “proper” beta on consoles, and the vast majority of players won’t think “Oh, it’s ok, this is beta”, they’ll think “Wtf, this is a buggy POS, much worse than any other beta I’ve played”.

    Testing servers is all well and good, but you can’t forget that your average player, who’s only going to pick up MW3 or BF3 before Christmas, is playing it too. From that perspective (good PR translating to good sales), it’s been a failure.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. manamana

    I have to agree with Fin. Thing is, they can call it what they want – the majority wont listen. Most people dont see the good but the bad in it. I stick to my pre-order because I know DICE delivers. And I am somewhat relieved when CoD kiddies are canceling their pre-orders or not buying that game at all. ;-)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. SwiftRanger

    I’ve seen complaints here and there but most gamers and BF vets I know are all gonna get this game because of the beta. The internet focuses on the bad stuff but there’s a lot of good stuff to discover here, the game and even the map itself grow on you.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. StolenGlory

    I think that if console owners get visuals even remotely approaching those seen in the trailer below, then they should be happy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOHy3naveks&feature=player_detailpage

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Dimaco

    @15 good point there! We all know most of them will go back playing that other softair game that’s 3 years old, only filled with gimmicks to take this year’s 70 euros…

    #18 3 years ago
  19. viralshag

    I have past the point of no return in terms of how much time I have spent playing the beta, so I can’t say I don’t like it. I love it in fact.

    I’m not sure why people are complaining as much as they are, I really don’t think it’s THAT bad. Maybe I’m just lucky but I have had only a few games where I have gotten fed up.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Dimaco

    Plus, we’ve seen console footage already (both PS3 and 360) and there has been full coverage from major sites saying it looks stunning (of course it won’t match PC version, where are we, kindergarten??)… So what’s the fuss all about??

    #20 3 years ago
  21. OrbitMonkey

    @15/18 Yeah, god forbid Battlefield becomes as popular *shudder*

    #21 3 years ago
  22. silkvg247

    Anyone who works in IT knows this is genuine. Released builds are usually at least a month older than development builds, builds aren’t done willy nilly, and in games development I’d expend a huge barrage of fixes and tweaks to be put into each build especially whilst in beta.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. John117

    Why do I get the feeling that people are just stressing on the bad stuff when there are so much cool stuff to withhold :S You can make your own cover by blowing up the ground, the enemy can be blinded by flashlights and the animations that actually work are top notch. Tbh, every time I see someone writing about how bad the beta is I just assume they were gonna but CoD:MW3 anyways but wanted to take a cheap shot at an unfinished game..

    #23 3 years ago
  24. mojo

    23: because a beta is not for praising the cool stuff. if u want that go get some bought reviews. betas are for pointing out whats crap. at least thats what they originaly have been for.
    Nowadays they are just another part of promotion.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. aseddon130

    i thought the beta was cool, im looking forward to playing the full version of BF3.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. GrimRita

    The problem is simple. They should have used the Caspain Border map end of! Metro simply isnt what BF is about and is too close to BC2. If you are looking to win over new fans, then this was an epic fail from DICE.

    If Caspain Border had been the map, the internet would have been full of “OMG did you see how fucking great that was?!” And honestly, yes its beta but DICE maybe should have released a ‘what is wrong guide’ to soften the blow.

    Instead they have done more damage to the brand then good. Which is a shame.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. DSB

    Actually I’m impressed by how much DICE have learnt from Infinity Ward going into BF3. If the rest of the game follows that trend, I’m inclined to believe that CoD will be falling behind before long.

    It may still have the same artstyle (or lack of same) that BC2 had, but it’s a way more vibrant and visceral game to play. It’s as if they’ve actually tried to make the game fun this time around.

    There are a few details with the weapons not feeling very interesting, and I’m sure the levelling system is still a bitch, and while the browser integration is interesting, I don’t think it works as well as they’d like it to.

    Of course it’s just one map, and the vehicles may be just as boring as they were in the last game, but so far so good in my opinion.

    It actually makes me sad that I can’t buy it off a proper retailer.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. IL DUCE

    I played the beta for two days straight before all these whiny babies got on it when it went open on the 29th…there is nothing wrong with the beta itself, yes there are bugs etc. But what don’t you get about the word beta? Its not a fucking demo…so everyone needs to get real and understand betas have flaws which is why they exist…to correct those flaws…its not a fucking demo for you to jerk off to for a few weeks before the game comes out, its to make sure there launch is as smooth as possible and that any problems are fixed before it goes gold or with a day one patch…

    And it is an older build…probably since August in which case there was plenty of time to fix the older build since then, especially since DICE had said the beta had been ready it was just waiting on certification from MS and Sony for the console versions…

    Quit crying and don’t play the beta or don’t buy the game if u don’t like it…no one is forcing you to do so

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Fin

    I fucking guarantee if Infinity Ward released a MW3 beta as buggy as BF3 is, they would be derided and lambasted.

    DICE though? Oh the build’s a month old! Don’t worry about it’ll be fixed! The game is still good! It’s only a beta!
    Fuck off, hypocrites.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. DarkElfa

    Did we make your pussy hurt IL DUCE? Suck it up white knight, most aren’t complaining about the bugs, they’re complaining about the actual game. Dice ain’t gonna fix what’s really broke about this game by launch or most likely ever.

    You’re going to have to deal with the fact that people just don’t like the new game your gonna play.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. DSB

    @29 You know they won’t though.

    BF can do no wrong, and CoD can do no right, that’s just how popularity works.

    What I’m interested in is whether people will whine just as hard if/once BF becomes the big dog. I definitely think it’ll gain a few more critics.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Gekidami

    @29
    Indeed. If i recall correctly there were only ever two CoD betas, and they both ran better than this. In fact nearly all betas on consoles do. Yes, even ones released months before the final build.

    Seems shoddy betas are exclusive to EA, if i recall they also pulled the same stunt with Crysis 2, saying it was an old build. And when the game came out?; Barely any difference. Same with BC2.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. SwiftRanger

    Well, if you’re still running an engine based on Quake 3 after all those years then the technical issues will probably never be as prominent as in betas for games which do invest in proper new tech. CoD didn’t have betas on all platforms simultaneously either I think.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. manamana

    @Fin how your comments #14 and #29 correspond in your mind is beyond me. o.O

    #34 3 years ago

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

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

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

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

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

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

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

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

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

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

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

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

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

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

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

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

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

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

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

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

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

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

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

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

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

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

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

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

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

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

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

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

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

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

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

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