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Gamers “misunderstanding the term ‘beta test’”: DICE

Friday, 7 October 2011 09:59 GMT By Johnny Cullen

DICE’s Patrick Liu has come back at those criticising the open beta of Battlefield 3, saying it’s “misunderstanding” the meaning of the concept of a beta test.

EA opened up the Battlefield 3 beta last week to PS3, 360 and PC, but has been criticised from some corners because of it coming with some bugs.

“Yeah, I think there’s been a misunderstanding of the term ‘beta test’,” Liu told The Guardian.

“We ran the alpha tests with a rush map and we wanted to have some sort of reference so we could compare results – so we needed to have more-or-less the same map. But we do understand the concerns that we didn’t show a conquest map, but we have demoed Caspian Border, and we did run a conquest map as a limited PC-only test.”

The beta, according to the game’s producer, is more aimed at having the online backend ready and able for the end of the month, having seen heavy launches with the releases of Battlefield 1943 in 2009 and Bad Company 2 last year.

“Yeah, we just wanted to know it wouldn’t crash and burn at launch,” he said.

“It was horrible with Battlefield 1943 – it sold ten times the numbers we thought it would, and it was down for three or four days which is really bad. We don’t want to go through that again.”

As for the future of spin-off series Bad Company, Liu played coy.

“Well, we haven’t killed Bad Company! But we can only make so many games. Be patient – there might be something else coming up…”

Battlefield 3 launches on October 25 in the US and October 28 in the uK for PS3, 360 and PC.

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32 Comments

  1. horse

    EA – Eventually Acceptable

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Fin

    Obviously it’s a “true” beta, but DICE should’ve realised given the past few years of actually-final-but-we’ll-call-it-beta or non-buggy-beta releases, people wouldn’t be expecting it to be a buggy mess.

    Like I’ve said before though, a beta this buggy shouldn’t've been released to the public (or released as alpha stage two, rather than beta).

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Eregol

    The purpose of a beta is to get test results from a proper play environment.
    In essence you’re having the public do your playtesting for you.
    Don’t go into a beta expecting it to be perfect, that would never happen.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GrimRita

    My god what a prick. Gamers are not as stupid as you are DICE. But if you have an ‘open beta’, you have to accept it could be some peoples first experience of beta and you should have outlined your goals prior to beta going live.

    Battlelog is a mess – deal with it and you have created THE most user UNfriendly experience to come to a triple A FPS. Congrats.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. NiceFellow

    Not fully DICE’s fault but the console gamer has been conditioned at this point to expect something different from a Beta this close to launch.

    Releasing an “Open Beta” this close to launch I would advise is now a bad idea unless you feel your code is actually already in pretty good shape via a closed beta and other testing.

    The majority of gamers clearly feel an open beta is either a demo or simply a stress test for already stable and proven code.

    Going up against background this with the code DICE used was asking for trouble – and they got it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. viralshag

    I think the only thing they handled incorrectly was the timing of the Beta, where no doubt many people would be using the experience as a demo.

    I for one have found the beta to enjoyable and I think the game’s great. It’s buggy but I haven’t found it “unplayable” in anyway. That’s on the PC anyway, I tried the 360 beta and that was pretty bad in terms of comparison.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    Dice- “we misunderstood what gamers think a beta test a month from launch is” would be mor3 appropriate ;)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. noherczeg

    One simple question:

    Why don’t they patch the beta then to represent the current state of the game?

    This makes NO SENSE at at, to pull out a 2 month old (alpha) build to show it to the public. What about “new” bugs? They said they’ve fixed the majority of the issues of the current beta build but what about the other things wich we can’t even see?

    Also if they wanted to test the backend why not show Caspian Borders with let’s say 64 players huh? Don’t tell me, that a bullshitting map like Métro is the best way to test the backend….

    I was soooooo hyped about this game, but the mentality and Battlelog made me almost cancel my preorder…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    The fact that people think that these kind of games can just magically launch working perfectly is hilarious.

    Everyone was expecting a demo. What the got was an actual beta test. And yes, beta tests are regularly behind in-house builds. This always them to fix things they never could have caught without a live build.

    “The majority of gamers clearly feel an open beta is either a demo or simply a stress test for already stable and proven code.”

    Then “the majority of gamers” are idiots, frankly.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. noherczeg

    @9

    “Then “the majority of gamers” are idiots, frankly.”

    What beta test is a beta test, when people who participate in it receive no modification/fixing/tweaking while it lasts?

    People are not raging because it’s buggy. They are raging because 2 weeks have passed and nothing has changed, only DICE said that “bugs are fixed”. The bugs wich we know exist in a 2 month old build. That’s why pointed out that the “now” doesn’t matter since the beta test would have been more accurate/worthy if there would be even a minor progression in it and not just Stealth analysis.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Hunam

    To be honest, DICE/EA are just massively naive if they thought that people wouldn’t use this as a demo. Having it massively broken is just stupid because everything you do is part of the marketing machine, I’d expect EA to know better.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @10 “What beta test is a beta test, when people who participate in it receive no modification/fixing/tweaking while it lasts?”

    You mean other than the numerous beta fix posts that DICE have put up, right?

    @11 “To be honest, DICE/EA are just massively naive if they thought that people wouldn’t use this as a demo.”

    To be honest, people are incredibly stupid if they don’t understand the difference between the word “beta” and “demo”. It’s very rudimentary English. Last time I checked, the file on the store had the word beta in its, and not demo. That’s all they people should need to understand its purpose.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. noherczeg

    @12

    “You mean other than the numerous beta fix posts that DICE have put up, right?”

    Yes the ones wich I still can’t see in my current beta build.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. mojo

    Gamers: DICE misunderstanding the term “consumer friendly product”

    Get rid of origin, dont force user to login to some website before plaing, provide an ingame menü and server brwoser and everysthing is fine.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    @14 Now that I can agree with. Logging into a website to access a game is pretty damn retarded.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Colin Gallacher

    @14 I imagine that DICE has very little to to do with Origin implementation…

    #16 3 years ago
  17. freedoms_stain

    @8, it’s a 2 week beta, know how long it takes to push a patch through Microsoft and Sony’s BS?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. noherczeg

    #17

    It came out as a more than 1 month old build. They’ve had theyre time.

    Oh and you really don’t need to fight me on this because I personally won’t cancel my preorder, I just only wanted to share my thoughts that’s all :)

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @17 Don’t expect any major patching on the 360 side unless they release “Update Packs” on the Marketplace. The 360′s patching abilities are incredibly limited.

    These changes are obviously being saved for the final build.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    @18
    “They’ve had theyre time.”

    Yeah it’s not like they’ve had anything better to do is it? No big game releases to get out of the door or any shit like that?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Yoshi

    Then maybe next time don’t use an open beta for marketing, then people won’t misunderstand!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. jagger

    A lot of gamers are IT techies and know very well software development. A beta represents the quality of a software before launch, a beta is a preliminary release of the latest or final build.
    DICE is saying they are testing their backend stuff, soliciting feedback and getting gamer’s first impression using an outdated and buggy BF3 build? Only dodgy developers would think like this.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Ireland Michael

    “A beta represents the quality of a software before launch.”

    No, it doesn’t. Not by a long shot.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. mojo

    16:
    fair point. but u get the idea.
    at the end of the day its not the customer who has to figure this out. At the end of the day its battlefield requiring origin or u cant play it.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    @18, that’s right, it came out as a month old build, because that’s how long it takes to get code through console certification. Now, that should answer the question you ignored.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Fin

    Yis are all arguing about the definition of beta and such, it doesn’t matter.

    If the consumer expects an open beta to be a bug-free demo, and it’s not, well they’re going to be disappointed. If they’re wrong about the definition of a beta, or the build is old, that doesn’t matter.
    The damage is done from a PR perspective. Players have grown to expect demo quality from a beta, especially this close to release. Not delivering that means the players feel let down. At that point, it could be a six-month old alpha, nobody will care, because the beta will be “Oh, that beta was really buggy so I decided not to buy it day one”.

    Re: Beta quality
    Yeah a beta’s going to be buggy, but it should be fairly solid, mainly minor fixes, edge case and polish before RC. It shouldn’t be the buggy mess the BF3 beta is. [that's in relation to standard game dev - I'm not sure how the word applies to MMOs]

    #26 3 years ago
  27. NiceFellow

    @26 totally agree and that’s my point too. Whatever the audience expect is what they’re going to judge you on. You could call it an early Alpha test but if the audience is going to treat it like a demo and judge it as such then they will.

    The bottom line is developers need to be very mindful of the user’s mindset and only act accordingly. In this instance DICE either needed to use much more recent code as part of a stress test Beta or use this code earlier as part of a much more obvious Beta test or simply not have an open Beta test at all and do it all via invite with people who’ve signed up and in principle know what they’re participating in.

    Particularly on console vs PC I think this is crucial. I’m fairly sure (although I can’t be positive) that an average PC gamer is going to be much clearer about what a Beta test even is than your average console gamer.

    I really feel DICE simply don’t know their console audience nearly well enough and got it wrong.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. OrbitMonkey

    @27 Their really is no distinction between the pc/console crowd when It comes to the negative reception of this beta. I’d say its about 50/50, with maybe a few more on the pc side, cuz of Origin.

    Simple lesson here is don’t release a beta for marketing, If theirs real bugs to be ironed out. The Uncharted 3 online beta starts soon. Let’s see how buggy that is. I’m betting it’ll be as smooth as silk compated to BF3.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. ManuOtaku

    For me it doesnt matter if it is a beta close to the retail release of the tittle, or if there is a confusion between beta and demo, i think it is a beta, therefore can someone tell me which beta was bug free prior this one?, or which beta did had a quality close to a demo?,if people cannot think about anything on those lines then really is their fault for expecting things that are not common in this industry and this type of format IMHO.

    Therefore i believe this beta fulfill its primary objective, test things the dev did need to test, and give us a glimpse of a unfinished product like a normal beta does, it doenst matter if it is one week prior to release or a year before, that is why it is a beta and not a demo.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. mojo

    i could deal with everything else, but not with origin.
    1. the Terms of agreement are a beat in ur face.
    2. where do we end up if every other game and publisher has its own whatever-origin-is-other-than-spyware type of software?

    #30 3 years ago
  31. JGaLaXY815

    It’s a shame where this beta has taken some gamers, two of my close friends were so excited about this game, then they got the beta, thinking it was gonna be like a final product of the game or like an actual demo…and they’re mad about how it bad it looks for the 360, and they’re saying it’s not as smooth as cod, they’re gonna buy mw3 now, but i’m gonna still buy bf3, i judge this beta as what the game potentially can be, I think when its released and all those 90 scores on metacritic come out, people are gonna regret all the bashing they’ve done to it…

    #31 3 years ago
  32. OrbitMonkey

    Lol, like BF3 was ever gonna get less than 90… Theirs not any journo’s with the balls 5o downmark the big guns of Acti/EA.

    #32 3 years ago

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    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

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

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

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

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

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

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

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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

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

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

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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

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

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

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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