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Carmack: RAGE PC issues “have been a real cluster!@#$”

Friday, 7 October 2011 22:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

John Carmack has said the team at id has found the driver issues plaguing RAGE on PC frustrating.

Speaking with Kotaku, creative director Tim Willits agreed with Carmack, stating that when the game was submitted to the “build system,” for testing, the console versions were “solid and bug-free,” but  there were issues on the PC end.

“We have had video drives issues that have caused problems and frustrations with our PC fans,” he said. “Everyone at id Software is very upset by these issues which are mostly out of our control. We are working with both AMD/ATI and Nvidia to help them identify and fix the issues with their drivers.

“We’ve had assurances that these problems are being addressed and new drivers will be available soon.”

Carmack, although censoring himself, called the PC launch issues a “clusterfuck”, stating the team thought driver issues during development were mostly worked out.

“We were quite happy with the performance improvements that we had made on AMD hardware in the months before launch,: he said. We had made significant internal changes to cater to what AMD engineers said would allow the highest performance with their driver and hardware architectures, and we went back and forth with custom extensions and driver versions.

“We knew that all older AMD drivers, and some Nvidia drivers would have problems with the game, but we were running well in-house on all of our test systems. When launch day came around and the wrong driver got released, half of our PC customers got a product that basically didn’t work. The fact that the working driver has incompatibilities with other titles doesn’t help either.

“Issues with older/lower end/exotic setups are to be expected on a PC release, but we were not happy with the experience on what should be prime platforms.”

When asked if this could have been avoided if RAGE’s primary design platform were on PC instead of consoles, as the team at id has noted several times, Carmack reiterated id went the opposite route for a reason.

“You can choose to design a game around the specs of a high-end PC and make console versions that fail to hit the design point, or design around the specs of the consoles and have a high-end PC provide incremental quality improvements,” he said. “We chose the latter.

“We do not see the PC as the leading platform for games. That statement will enrage some people, but it is hard to characterize it otherwise; both console versions will have larger audiences than the PC version. A high end PC is nearly 10 times as powerful as a console, and we could unquestionably provide a better experience if we chose that as our design point and we were able to expend the same amount of resources on it.

“Nowadays most of the quality of a game comes from the development effort put into it, not the technology it runs on. A game built with a tenth the resources on a platform 10 times as powerful would be an inferior product in almost all cases.”

Yesterday, id updated the Bethblog with download links for AMD and Nvidia drivers, and today, it has updated the page once more with more RAGE-specific updates.

RAGE was released in the UK today.

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39 Comments

  1. DarkElfa

    Face it Carmack, you sold this game out to the console giants and failed your PC audience.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. deadstoned

    Well at least Mr Carmack gave an accurate description of whats being going on :-/ . I expect hes working diligently on fixing the PC version as he has a very strong legacy with the PC and if he didn’t fix it quick he’d get boo’ed at Quakecon next year lol. So I expect they’re very hard at work fixing it.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Mineral4r7s

    Carmack just turned to another Moneywhore. As so many people do in this business. The whole world is losing its senses.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @1

    Didn’t read the article eh? I know it’s just too long.

    @3

    THey are a BUSINESS. Apparently people don’t understand the point to a business. Well here is the Definition: a person, partnership, or corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service; profit-seeking enterprise or concern.

    They don’t do this as some type of hobby they do it because they enjoy it and they get paid for it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Edo

    #4 Seriously dude….WTF!?Do you work for id or something!?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @6

    Did I defend them? No I didn’t, I simply stated that they are a commercial business their entire point is to make a profit off their IP. Infact I was so disappointed by this game that I actually returned it. I am not going to get mad at them for putting their focus on the console, that’s where the money is. I am pissed at them for the launch of this game for the PC. They should have anticipated the worst case scenario(GPU Manufacturers not putting out the correct drivers) but they didn’t.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. HauntaVirus

    This shit should have been worked out before launch. Why is this so hard for devs to understand. I understand development is a long process but why release the game unfinished after all the hard work put into it? Delay the motherfucker to hell if you have to, but finish it BEFORE launch!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    @8

    I agree, the PC version should have been delayed until the patch that allows you to customize graphic settings and the correct drivers were out.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. LucYan03

    New driver(Updated on 10/7)

    http://www.bethblog.com/index.php/2011/10/07/playing-rage-on-pc/

    #9 4 years ago
  10. HauntaVirus

    @10
    Amen.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. blackdreamhunk

    @ Phoenixblight

    that is a good way to tank you your fanbase too there is a good reason no buys epic games anymore other than gear of war!

    Last time I checked there is a lot of bankuprt game devs and publishers on consoles. The gaming Industry has pretty much gone down hill with squeals and only fps to make money.

    Oh remember when I said that Id software are pretty much a has been game dev well those reviews relict that statement.

    oh one more thing enjoy your last generation of consoles if there is even going to be any!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. blackdreamhunk

    oh there is a good reason crysis 2 did not sell as good as crysis. There is very few games worth buying these days too as well.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DarkElfa

    @4, Yes, I read the entire article, did you? I didn’t misinterpret anything or make anything up. Hell, I all I did was put in a nutshell what Carmack said.

    He doesn’t believe the PC is a leading platform and so he developed the game primarily on consoles instead and that is why Rage is as screwed as it is right now on the PC.

    Id invented the FPS and they have ridiculous amounts of experience with the platform. There simply is no excuse for Rage being released as it is, none. It’s insulting to their PC fanbase which built their sorry asses.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    @15

    The engine works. This isn’t exactly all of ID’s fault, like this article states the GPU manufacturers simply put out the wrong drivers. Once you have the drivers most if not all of the issues are fixed. Thats how it has worked for majority. If ID had waited until the drivers were out they wouldn’t be in this position.

    Anyways not going to get in argument about PC vs console its silly when the evidence is there. Consoles are where the money is at and people were expecting ID to somehow make this game the reason to play on PC if you were actually following the articles about the development of the game, Carmack had stated multiple times throughout the development that they were making an engine that works on all platforms and it does once you get the fixes. Like I have said people are expecting the 2nd coming of christ out of this game and all they got is a solid Linear FPS with solid performance and nice looking canyons not so much story, texture inside buildings or caves, and the shoddy lighting.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DarkElfa

    I’m not saying the engine doesn’t work PB, I’m saying that they didn’t do the testing they needed. This response from Carmack reeks of excuse making.

    As for their cross platform development, it does nothing to excuse this game from the crashing and graphical glitches at work here and if people were expecting the second coming, it’s because ID hyped more than they delivered.

    Granted, the game is pretty and quite fun to play once you get past the glitches, but I beat the game today and I’m not sure I’m interested in going back to it once they fix things.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. GwynbleiddiuM

    Well, these issues can be contained and worked out, so be a bit more patient IMO.

    Note to VG247, I had this issue of ad bots in World of WarCraft and installed BadBoy addon and resolved it long ago, I’d like to think this can also be resolved in VG247 commenting section, there most be a BadBoy of some sort for webs, SAVE this place from them, their numbers are rapidly growing. They’re a BIG bother.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    Someone have a big boner over this?

    Just turn force VSync in Nvidia or AMD control panel for RAGE and thats it. You are done.

    but for me, i didn’t experienced these issues at all. No screen tearing, no nothing.

    Solid 60 fps. Game looks not bad on max, but it’s not top Notch. I’m a bt dissapointed by it to be honest.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Droid

    I didn’t have any issues with graphics either using the nvidia bf3 beta driver. I’m also disappointed with it though. It’s a real shame it wasn’t made as an open world game. How reviewers constantly give games like this top marks is beyond me. Too many deals behind the scenes it seems.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DaMan

    It must be the outdated 1999 year engine, which it’s based on, they won’t fool me.

    One of the mutants reminded me of a soviet zealot from Stalin era, I’m offended so any reviewer who gave this more than 5/10 was payed.

    Still, day one and probably 500 hours.

    And I’m done.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. blackdreamhunk

    @Phoenixblight

    people will stop buying games when games no longer becomes “fun”. where the money last time I checked gaming industry doing a nice noise dive.

    there is more room for bankrupt game dive and more for the gaming to a noise dive too.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. mehdidante

    unacceptable . there are lots of ported game out there witch they run smoothly and fine on pc . assassin’s creed for instance . i guess the company was on low budget after 7 years of production or john or his engine is getting old . (sorry for bad lang :D )

    #21 4 years ago
  22. blackdreamhunk

    I have personally pass on a lot of games I bought a lot console games on stream guess what I fond a lot of them boring.

    starwars republic CE $160 EA
    Guild wars 2 CE $80 Anet
    Mass effect 2 CE $80 EA

    games skipped out on, I am happy that skipped out on these games

    crysis 2
    dragon age 2
    rage
    duke nuken for ever
    desus 3
    etc…… gross console ports

    games on the fence or with thinking about getting

    battlefield 3
    batman arkham city
    Gotham City Impostors
    the secret world

    may pick up on steam cheap like $2 or $10 not going to pay full price it

    LA Noire

    I am more than happy to skip out on a lot of games made from the gaming Industry. frankly I am not missing out on much even fables game dev admits that the gaming Industry has gone down hill.

    “”"”"Peter Molyneux bored with modern games”"”" the must truthful statment ever made by this game devs

    http://www.gamesradar.com/awordfromoursponsors/?zone=pc_xbox360/news&sendMeBackTo=http%3A//www.gamesradar.com/peter-molyneux-bored-with-modern-games-ashamed-of-fable-iii-reviews/

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Sadismek

    @21 Assassin’s Creed, as a whole, is an example of bad port.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Maximum Payne

    @23 Why is bad port ? not to mention it has really good optimisation

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Edo

    First Assassin’s Creed was a good port the other two…not so much.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Sadismek

    Yeah, as Edo said, ACII and Brotherhood are bad ports. Try to play Brotherhood at max settings. I don’t know about you guys, but I have a painful headache from all the bloom effects, after 2-3 hours of playing it. Not to mention that I experience some small frame drops, strange lip-sync and other dubious glitches. Things that are not so frequent on the consoles version of the game.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Gama_888

    CAN I GET A HOO-RAH FOR CONSOLE PLAYERS!!!!! :D :D :D

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Maximum Payne

    @26 Give me a break frame drops on PC but not on consoles ? Lip syncs are bad in AC what ever platform you play.Bloom effect again its on every platform….

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Sadismek

    ^I didn’t have any bloom effect that gave me a headache on medium and low settings, only on high. Frame drops only on high setting, too. So, that means the optimisation and port are bad.

    Aren’t you the guy that said earlier that it has good optimisation and asked why is this a bad port? Now you step on your own saying?

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Maximum Payne

    @29 Yes I said its great port.maybe your PC is not strong enough for high ? When you compere other sandbox game on PC such ass Saint Row,GTA,Guerrilla…. Assassin Creed is brilliant.
    When I could play that game on my old dual core AMD @2.0 ghz and 8600GT on medium settings then I could say its amazing port.
    Only bad things is AC2 DRM which Brotherhood solved it.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Sadismek

    ^Nah, my PC is fine, I have an AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core @2.30 ghz and 4GB RAM and it’s working just fine on medium and low, but on high has that annoying bloom effect, that hurts my eyes ’till they’re bleeding. And that’s only on Brotherhood, ACII is okay.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. OwnedWhenStoned

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_culture

    That’s where we are with Gaming right now.

    It doesn’t matter whether it’s console or PC (I have both)

    You are being fucked over and you’re gladly paying for the privilege.

    Rubbish is being released for the attention of rubbish. The days when good games were in the majority are long gone.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. HauntaVirus

    @27

    Almost a nice try…but no.

    #33 4 years ago
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    #34 4 years ago
  35. blackdreamhunk

    by the way even Atari founder says this will be the last genertion on consoles

    GDC Online 2011: Games guru says there’s no need for another Xbox or PlayStation, Facebook games are “too stupid to live,” and recalls wanting to fire early Atari employee Steve Jobs

    Atari founder on the end of consoles
    http://www.gamespot.com/news/6338994/atari-founder-on-the-end-of-consoles

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Phoenixblight

    Yes because a person from ATARI is a good source of information for video games look at how well they are doing, right? Making that money hand over fist

    http://www.answers.com/topic/atari-inc

    #36 4 years ago
  37. blackdreamhunk

    @36

    there is a lot of bankuprt game devs because of consoles oh and lets not forget Sony and Microsoft was in the ed how long?

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Phoenixblight

    Yes we know the end of the console is coming yada yada yada. Keep that cardboard sign up and speak your craziness.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. blackdreamhunk

    @39

    oh one more thing crysis 1 out sold crysis 2 and how many pc gamers went out of their way to buy crysis ? I was going going to buy the CE but was sold out I am glade I did not buy it after I heard about all the bad reviews and how bad the game was from other pc gamers who had played the lead version.

    #39 4 years ago

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  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]