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Holiday Retrospective: What happened in July 2011

Thursday, 29 December 2011 08:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A Persona spin-off baffled our US brethren; San Diego Comic Con went nuclear; Australia prepared to grow up; and EA coughed up a lung to buy one of the best-rated developers in the world.

New in July 2011

Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon

Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Bastion

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Catherine

From Dust

Civilization World

July should have been a quiet month; we were all looking forward to it. With E3 over and done and a nice summer release drought, Pat lost his head and went on an actual holiday, his first in years. We expected a few weeks of Googling Minecraft videos and Kinect hacks in a desperate search for a headline, any headline.

How wrong we were.

For one thing, we forgot about the San Diego Comic Con, which despite not even having “game” in the title, is becoming more and more important to gaming and geek culture in general. We got an avalanche of new information and media on games which released over the next six months, and those still to come.

Hatched, Matched, Dispatched
But by far the biggest story of the month was one of EA’s numerous 2011 acquisitions: PopCap, for a whopping $750 million. Quite a few hats were eaten around the office that day, but PopCap continued with business as usual, we adapted. Zynga reportedly offered $1 billion for the casual games company, and EA had to borrow the $550 million for its own bid.

In other EA news, the publisher picked up Ohai, and Sega took over EA distribution in Japan.

Elsewhere things were a little grim. Disney confirmed the closure of Black Rock Studios and Red Fly, the studio behind the Wii version of the Thor tie-in game, suffered layoffs, which may have been related to a canceled Star Wars title.

Three new teams were born in this despressing climate: Ten of the Eden Games team – the developer behind Test Drive Unlimited 2 – struck out for independence with new studio, Blossom Minds. After Fat Princess developer Titan Games shuttered, a number of its staffers founded Carbon Games. Ex-2K Czech and Bohemia Interactive employees banded together to launch Warhorse.

In other job news, NBA Jam creator Mark Turmell left EA Sports for Zynga, and Dead Rising 2 developer Capcom Vancouver got a make over and began hiring.

Street Fighter x Tekken got a
proper media blowout at SDCC.

Less salubriously, Ubisoft’s mobile arm, Gameloft, was accused of illegal working conditions; not much came of this kerfuffle in the end, which is slightly worrying.

Disgruntled Team Bondi staff stopped sending hints and lifted the lid on alleged “sweatshop” conditions among other scandalous treatment. The realities of the industry unfortunately suggest it’s probably true. One Team Bondi employee responded by politely describing the complaints as shit-stirring. Michael Pachter added his two cents, arguing that developers complaining about crunch time should take a shot of cement and harden up in lieu of the benefits of working in a creative industry. Later, he publicly backtracked – a little.

Releases
Namco Bandai’s budget sequel Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon released to reasonable reviews and at such a low price that it won quite a few hearts.

Nathan had a chat with the indies at Supergiant, coming away from his demo madly in love with Bastion. The Warner Bros.-published dungeon crawler hit Xbox Live on July 20, and turned up on PC, as well, to general critical acclaim – especially its narration system. Had a lovely launch trailer, too.

Call of Juarez: The Cartel arrived with very poor reviews, but in month otherwise dominated by arguably experimental releases, it charted strongly.

Catherine, which had attracted an unusual amount of Western media attention throughout its development, finally arrived in English – although we’re still waiting for it in other territories, Deep Silver confirmed it’d be bringing Atlus’s horror puzzler to Europe.

Ignition’s labour of love, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, was barely a blip in its US release month despite its massive Japanese launch. The first new game in years from Another World designer Eric Chahi, From Dust, went similarly under the radar with mixed reviews during its Xbox Live exclusivity period – the game’s delayed PC version would later be the centre of a PR shit storm. Ubisoft delighted the PC contingent by announcing the game wouldn’t feature its hated always-on DRM. We’d have to wait to see the end of this story, but here’s a spoiler: It was a lie.

Firaxis’ first foray into social gaming, Civilization World, arrived on Facebook this month, where it has performed consistently if not stunningly, failing really to pull the hardcore strategist or the casual crowd.

Just months ago, SWTOR was an
unknown quantity.

This relatively small batch of releases probably partially accounts for the NPD’s depressing report on the month as a whole, which saw retail sales fall 26% year-on-year to $707 million. The NPD admitted July 2011 was the US industry’s worst month since October 2009 – although only in the retail channel, as the company was yet to implement digital sales tracking. NCAA 2012 was the month’s best seller, with tie-in Cars 2 in second place and November 2010 releaswe Call of Duty: Black Ops in third. It wasn’t pretty.

On the hardware side, July marked a 29% decrease over 2010′s figures, and even the Xbox 360, while still leading the pack, saw its first sales slump since 2009. The gloomy feeling wasn’t dispelled during financials season, either: Nintendo’s financials revealed global 3DS sales had only just topped 700,000, and the company moved to counter this underwhelming and error-dogged launch by announcing a significant price cut. Early adopters were infuriated – as were shareholders, resulting in president Satoru Iwata taking a pay cut – but Ninty promised a number of rewards through its 3DS Ambassador scheme. On the bright side, the system scored its first million seller with Ocarina of Time.

Sony’s report also noted a hardware slump, but saw software sales on the rise, and THQ sadly copped to a $38.4 million loss, canning the Red Faction franchise in the process.

Announces
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as July also brought optimism for the future in the form of several new announces. One of the most intriguing titles to debut this month was Arkane’s Dishonored, the Bethesda-published bane of non-US spellchecks everywhere. The first-person title was revealed as a free-form action adventure game, with an almost sandbox approach.

Square Enix, apparently deciding its famous series of JRPGs isn’t mad enough, announced the rhythm action game Theatrhythm, a thing we’re still learning to spell.

Burnout Crash, a top-down, casual-friendly downloadable spin-off, was shown off alongside a new piece of Dragon Age II DLC at EA’s digital showcase.

New Polish studio Flying Wild Hog announced its debut title Hard Reset, giving the two finger salute to soft modern gaming conventions, consoles, and long PR cycles.

Planetside 2, originally planned as a free-to-play update to the original MMO, was announced as a full release, and Team 17 belatedly admitted that Worms: Ultimate Mayhem is a thing.

Ball’s in your court
Legal eagles had a comparatively quiet July, but Firefall developer Red 5 brought a case against publisher Webzen for breach of contract, a dispute which took months to resolve.

Fans got on board the ongoing Battlefield 3 versus Modern Warfare 3 catfight by using ModernWarfare3.com as a redirect to Battlefield 3′s site. Activision took it straight to court.

Serials
Several dramas continued unfurling throughout July. See the June instalment – and beyond – for earlier episodes.

In the wake of the Sony hacking saga, the Welcome Back package was extended for US users after a vocal minority forgot to take advantage of it. The PlayStation Store finally came back online in Japan after a downtime of over two months, and EEDAR gave its opinion that the Welcome Back package actually triggered an increase in PS3 sales; Media Molecule noted an extra 1.5 million players in LittleBigPlanet.

Goodness, Starhawk actually
exists! Thanks, SDCC.

CCP met with a delegation of players to seek a resolution to the Incarna-centred scandal costing the company millions of dollars. Nevertheless, the developer insisted it would continue development on the unpopular expansion. It even went so far as to announce more amazingly prices vanity items.

Perhaps caught off-guard by the strong negative reaction, Capcom said it might not reuse the save system featured in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Nevertheless, apparently due to hardware limitations, it did.

Still reeling from the Wii U’s announce, the industry was gratified to hear Nintendo plans to be more flexible with the system’s online features.

EA reiterated its ongoing commitment to Valve’s Steam, although the two companies were yet to find a solution, and Dragon Age 2 joined the ranks of missing games. EA announced that it might open Origin to other publishers. We argued that the growing PR disaster was largely fuelled by the companies’ unfortunate silence.

Australia’s attorney-generals prepared to meet and vote on the introduction of an R18+ ratings category for video games, getting us quite excited about the chances of that finally happening. An election in NSW threatened the movement, despite increasing support, but a decision was made to go ahead with a national R18+ ratings category. Not in South Australia, of course, where the government launched a plan just to re-label MA15+ games as R18+ regardless.

Smedley explained the closure of Star Wars Galaxies with the expiration of SoE’s contract

In the first shot of what would become something of a back-and-forth sniping match between the two companies over third part relations, Dennis Durkin said Microsoft has better exclusives.

The hacking epidemic was still generating pockets of ill will, this time with an attack on old Quakecon forums. The forums weren’t active, but enough people reutilise the same password and user name combinations for everything to make it a worrying affair.

Final Fantasy developer Tetsuya Nomura confirmed our fears by admitting that Versus XIII wasn’t progressing quite as well as expected. Like, at all. On that note, the fan-driven development of Mega Man Legends 3 fell through thanks to purported lack of interest, eliciting crushing disappointment and an apology from ex-Capcom series creator, Keiji Inafune.

Call of Duty Elite’s beta went live. It’s strange to think we were all still trying to figure out exactly what it is.

On the Operation Rainfall front, The Last Story was trademarked in the US, although this slight beacon of hope was soon dimmed by Nintendo’s ongoing refusal to commit.

Much to fans’ relief, the NFL lockout came to an end, ensuring madden NFL 12 could release with an up-to-date roster.

El Shaddai wasn’t exactly
a cracking success in the US.

Headlines
Xbox folded Games for Windows Live into Xbox.com, continuing a slow process to push LIVE as a platform rather than a console-specific service – much to the horror of anti-GFWL PC fans. The company’s financials release showed strong performance in the gaming division, with 30% growth in its fourth quarter and 48% over the year.

Speaking of Microsoft, an incomplete build of Gears of War 3 escaped into the wild, at least two months ahead of release, thoroughly disappointing Epic who were still beavering away at it.

Ahead of August’s biggest gaming event, Valve began gently unveiling DOTA 2′s gamescom presence; we all saw the signs and still weren’t prepared for the storm. MOBA’s weight in the industry is well illustrated by the defection of Mass Effect 2′s lead gameplay designer to League of Legends developer Riot Games.

Whispers had Sony down for a PSN revamp, a persistent rumour which still turns up about once a month despite failing to actually materialise. It did open the doors to Online Pass systems, though, and drop a cool $20 million in its indie publishing fund.

Crytek and Valve both released new SDKs, with the CryEngine SDK drawing massive attention in particular.

Microtransaction support was added to DC Universe Online as part of its conversion to free-to-play, just months after launch. Speaking of, Ubisoft made two acquisitions to expand its freemium portfolio.

Metacritic co-founder Marc Doyle gave voice to something the industry’s been complaining about for years – that the site’s handling of game review scores is a little askew. The site also stamped down on “corrupt” practices, axing at least one review outlet from its repertoire.

EA closed down 17 multiplayer servers including Need for Speed and Battlefield titles, much to the dismay of diehard fans. This move would prove something of an industry trend later in the year. GameRanger resurrected a couple, and revealed the games were still drawing significant attention.

Apple made some small adjustments to its international pricing schemes in line with shifting world currency valuations, reducing but not eliminating some glaring discrepancies. Meanwhile, EA sneeringly described the App Store as being in “freefall“, a sentiment echoed throughout the year as developers and publishers worried about the sustainability of the mobile model.

And on the homefront, VG247 launched its Team Fortress 2 server, where Pat was repeatedly slaughtered until he gave up in disgust. In a grudge match against Eurogamer readers, we … won? Lost? Nobody really knows.

Continuing our love affair with the cloud, we caught up with Gaikai’s Robert Stevenson, and tracked down BioWare to talk about its FemShep marketing for Mass Effect 3. It didn’t work out so well.

Stace waxed nostalgic with Just Add Water as the developed prepped a number of Oddworld HD re-releases. He also went hands-on with Inversion, Namco Bandai’s oft-delayed, gravity-manipulating shooter, and got a good look at Darksiders 2.

Come back tomorrow as we continue our exhaustive regurgitation of the year, to save you the effort if remembering with your actual brain. We’re all about the service.

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  1. NiceFellow

    You know I’d rather know what Sony updated on PSN this week, or see news about them selling their LCD stake to Samsung than read about a month I can remember perfectly well. A retrospective of the year I can understand, but month by month is simply too much detail for recent events IMHO. Also – I prefer new news :)

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    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]