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Holiday Retrospective: What happened in March 2011

Sunday, 25 December 2011 10:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Paw over your memories of a major hardware launch, GDC, a rapidly worsening legal tussle, and the world’s most expensive natural disaster in modern gaming’s homeland.

New in March 2011

PixelJunk Shooter 2

Pokemon Black White

MLB The Show

MLB 2K11

Dragon Age 2

Homefront

Yakuza 4

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

Dissidia 012: Duodecim

Crysis 2

Dynasty Warriors 7

The 3rd Birthday

NFS Shift 2 Unleashed

Before we dive into the gaming news of March 2011, we should pause for a moment to consider the ongoing impact of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Japan is one of gaming’s three major centres, and many gamers feel a strong connection with the nation which was only reinforced on Friday, March 11,when the country was struck by a record-breaking earthquake, the first symptom of a massive geological disaster. The world watched in horror and sympathy as tsunamis swept away whole towns, leaving thousands homeless; fires broke out; landslides swallowed buildings or threw them into the sea; and nuclear reactors went into meltdown. Over 15,000 people were killed. Nearly 6,000 where injured. Over 3,000 remain unaccounted for. To this day, thousands of Japanese citizens live in shelters as the country struggles to rebuild; cope with reduced agriculture, manufacturing, water and power production capacity; and deal with the aftermath of radiation leaks.

Although many local developers and publishers were hit hard, the Japanese games industry proved a staunch supported of charity efforts. The Tokyo Game Show, on of the year’s major events, came close to seriously downsizing. Overseas gamers were quick to jump on board, support or initiate fundraising and cost-saving efforts.

The games industry bounce back from the disaster has led some gamers to forget that the sorely-beset nation is still working to rebuild. Remember Japan – and other disaster-struck nations – in your gift-giving these holidays.

Busy, busy
Nevertheless, the world ticked onwards. GDC went massive this year; if you look at just one report, heck out Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski’s scorching keynote.

Back in the UK, the Baftas were headlined by a rather lovely speech from Peter Molyneux.

3DS launch
On to happier things, although the launch of the 3DS provided an excellent excuse to give currency to a Japanese company. The system released in Europe on Friday, March 25, and in the US on Sunday, March 27. Nintendo declined to set a UK price, resulting in a sub £200 price war, with US gamers forking out $250 and Australians a whopping $350.

Pre-orders were high – 71% higher than the PlayStation 3 and double that of the Wii on Amazon, for example – and analysts guessed the system might sell 200,000 on its first weekend in the UK alone.

It’s hard to market a 3D device
using 2D media. Ninty tried hard.

The launch itself was something of a gala affair, with huge queues at many major stores hosting midnight launched. UK retails reported delight at the console’s success.

The launch line up was considered a bit tired, but the reception was generally positive, although critics were disappointed that the 3DS came to market without its eShop; a firmware update would add the online portal months later. Reports of a “black screen of death” arose but quickly faded away, and Nintendo continues to weather a media-driven shit storm regarding the system’s alleged negative effect on children’s eyes and player health in general.

The system shifted under 400,000 units in its first week at US retail, well below the half million record set by the cheaper, holiday-friendly DS launch. In the UK, 113,000 sales were recorded, with a total of 303,000 across Europe. Nintendo had touted 140,000 UK pre-orders and was expecting to match the PSP’s launch record of 185,000.

It all looked a bit grim.

Ball’s in your court
Despite the fanfare over a rival hardware launch, Sony made headlines all through March, but probably not for the reasons it would have liked. The ongoing case against PlayStation 3 hackers – figureheaded by GeoHot – was turning nasty. A court gave Sony the chance to peek at the IP addresses of visitors to GeoHot’s website, and to subpeona records of donations to his legal fees.

Accusations flew back and forth. GeoHot’s defence claimed the company had misrepresented the facts; Sony accused GeoHot of absconding to South America with his hard drives – something which turned out to be untrue, but kept us entertained for a while. Sony accused GeoHot of lying about his PSN usage – and thus, his acceptance of the company’s terms of service, and GeoHot was on the backfoot to explain it.

Pokémon Black & White version.

Sony and LG’s bizarre legal wars continued, with the latter managing to secure the confiscation of thousands of consoles. It wasn’t all one sided; courts evntually lifted an injunction against Sony, allowing 30,000 warehoused PS3s to continue on to retailers.

Mortal Kombat lost its appeal, failing to secure an Australian release. Ubisoft’s adult party game We Dare raised a number of ripples around the world, most notably in the UK, where release was cancelled. Still with the French publisher, but at its Montreal arm, Ubisoft was granted an injunction against the alleged headhunting of former employee turned THQ studio lead Patrice Desilets. Also in Canada, Silicon knights was permitted to go ahead with its suit against Epic over the allegedly incomplete supply of Unreal Engine tech.

Releases
But back to games. THQ launched Homefront, its bid to carve off a slice of the shooter market with a new franchise. Both the publisher and developer Kaos threw themselves wholeheartedly into the game’s support, even going so far as to install local servers in Australia – an uncommon practice.

Haunting live action trailers and some well-publicised marketing stunts saw the game pull in more pre-orders than any game in THQ’s history. Demand for the game’s multiplayer outstripped initial sever capacity. The future looked rosy – THQ even assigned another studio to the fledgling franchise, much as Activision has multiple Call of Duty teams.

In launch week, THQ shipped 2.4 million units to retailers wordwide, and sold through 1 million. The game took third spot in the NPD Group’s March US sales report, but reviews were decidedly mixed. The company’s stock dropped 26%, which analysts linked to a less than stellar Metacritic average.

Homefront was so much in the headlines – kudos, THQ PR – that you’d almost be forgiven for thinking nothing else released. In fact, March produced a number of important titles. In its first week, Pokémon Black & White, mysteriously developed for DS rather than its newer cousin, the 3DS, shifted over 2 million copies in the US alone.

Homefront launch trailer.

Anticipated sequel Dragon Age II arrived to follow up BioWare’s RPG hit Dragon Age: Origins, released less than 18 months earlier. BioWare had made noises about moving to capitalise on the first game’s success, and when the new game failed to capture critical hearts, gamers theorised a short development cycle was to blame. The game generated an interesting discussion when one fan complained that it did not contain enough generic females for his avatar to give a virtual bonking, to which BioWare responded with scorn.

Crysis 2 arrived, sequel to one of the most graphically accomplished games of its time, and scored well across the board. It arrived too late in the month to make much of an impact on the March charts, but sold over 3 million copies. EA kept ‘em coming, unleashing uh, firing off NFS Shift 2 Unleashed.

Square Enix made two PSP releases which performed far better in Japan than abroad – The 3rd Birthday, a new entry in the Parasite Eve canon, and Dissidia Duodecim, the followup to the PSP fighter which pits Final Fantasy characters against each other.

On the DLC side, Mass Effect 2 gained its final piece of DLC, Arrival, which proved unpopular with fans despite its dramatic lead-in to Mass Effect 3′s plot.

A handful of other well-received but generally unacknowledged releases made for a busy month for reviewers; indie darling PixelJunk Shooter 2; sports sims MLB The Show and MLB 2K11; cult favourite Yakuza 4; Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars; and Dynasty Warriors 7.

Dragon Age II launch trailer.

In the March NPD report, Pokemon Black and White dominated software sales, with Homefront and Dragon Age II close behind. The Clone Wars made sixth, with Crysis 2 seventh and LMB the Show at ninth.

Despite the 3DS’s somewhat disappointing launch, hardware sales jumped 12% year on year in March. Sony and Microsoft both reported continued growth, but no new milestones, and software sales were down 16%.

The NPD Group also reaffirmed its dedication to tracking digital sales, announcing it would include non-traditional sales in its monthly reports.

Digital Frontier
The PC Gaming alliance had some good news, releasing a report showing the PC market growing every stronger despite years of marginalization. EA made the startling claim that 40% of all games sales are now digital.

Panasonic finally gave up on its dreams of entering the console space, hammering down the lid of the Jungle’s coffin. (In my notes, I’ve marked this “ANASFWGTD”.)

The IGF awards honoured the best in indie gaming, which in early 2011 meant Minecraft, Minecraft, Minecraft, more Minecraft, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

The Samaritan demo – direct feed.

Epic gave a presentation at GDC called the “Samaritan“, in which it showed off a new engine with unrivalled graphical capabilities. The Unreal Engine developer said it wanted to show the next batch of console manufacturers what the next generation should be capable of. Even compressed for web, it’s amazing.

Valve also unveiled a new technology – this time, a system called Steam Guard which asks for email verification whenever you log into your Steam account from a new location. So trustworthy is this system, Gabe Newell declared, that he gave away his username and password.

True or False?
After much anguish and petitioning, Atlus finally confirmed it would indeed bring Catherin to the west. In other “we knew that already” reveals, THQ officially unveiled Saints Row: The Third.

Sucker Punch took the covers off a promised big reveal, announcing the inclusion of UGC tools in InFamous 2, and its adoption into Sony’s Play.Create.Share banner.

In Indie-land, the amazing mech sim Hawken burst into gaming consciousness. Minecraft developer Mojang announced its second project, the card battle game Scrolls. Not to ruin the surprise, but this would later cause furious legal problems.

New indie effort, Hawken.

We had yet another report that Mirror’s Edge might resurface one day; maybe we should organise some sort of drinking game for this particular chestnut. We also got some clues as to Quantic Dream’s next project – not very good ones, mind. Better were rumours of Grand Theft Auto V linked to domain names and casting calls. We took a good long look at Syndicate rumours, too, and concluded that it was definitely real.

Bethesda had a concrete announce though, revealing Prey 2. the sequel looks set to go in quite a different direction to the original, but still looks more complex than a bog-standard shooter. And Nintendo won a number of hearts by finally making official a European release for Xenoblade Chronicles – although The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, the other two JRPGs in operation rainfall’s trinity, were nowhere to be seen.

Marketing and PR
DICE brought Battlefield 3 to GDC, knocking everyone’s socks off, and then-EA Games boss Frank Gibeau very gently launched the back-and-forth sniping which would characterise the shooter market over the rest of the year, by announcing EA’s intention to “compete” with the juggernaut, Call of Duty.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told a fairly massive fib in saying there would be no successor to the Wii any time soon. Bungie’s Aldridge also told a fib, but precisely when remains to be seen; the developer first said that the Halo developer’s next game was an MMO, and then said he’d been joking.

Microsoft was probably telling the truth about the 6.3 billion achievements unlocked since 2005, though.

Hatched, Matched and Dispatched
Microsoft’s recruiting page revealed it was in the market for hardware engineer, which, as usual, was hailed as the wake before the good ship Xbox 720.

Konami announced that HudsonSoft, the development arm of its acquired publisher Hudson Entertainment, was to serve as its social games studio. Titles which had been in the works were assumed to be cancelled, but Konami wasn’t quick to pull the trigger.

We saw a couple of major executive resignations this month, with Sony marketing leader Peter Dille and Cryptic CEO John Needham heading to presumably greener pastures. Looking back, Needham’s exit should perhaps have rung some warning bells.

With this next one, you get the set up, but not the punchline – Irrational games boss Ken Levine went public with a criticism of motion control. Perhaps he wasn’t aware of how perfectly he’d swum into Sony’s E3 nets.

After ragging on cheap mobile games last month, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime attempted to backtrack by saying the company has no problem with indie devs – but not hobbyists in their garages. Angry Birds developer Rovio dismissed the whole scandal by saying it’d probably be worried about cheap games if it was flogging expensive plastic.

Duke Nukem Forever, now in its eleventh year of on-again, off-again development, was delayed, which was pretty funny. Less funny? Capcom cancelled Mega Man Universe.

That’s it for March; tomorrow, we’ll revisit April, and if you’ve any kind of memory, you’re well aware of what’s about to explode headlines.

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3 Comments

  1. The_Red

    “Explode headlines” would be an understatement :)
    I spend whole March waiting for MK9 and then got it for PS3 only to find the PSN gone…
    Anyway, great retrospectives. Just a quick questions. What’s a ANASFWGTD!? I know TGWDT but that’s not it.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. 2EX08

    ANASFWGTD = And not a single fudge was given that day

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Red

    @2 Thanks. Damn, even google didn’t help with that one.

    #3 3 years ago

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    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    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

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • 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 […]