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Death watch: GAME unlikely to survive current problems

Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:36 GMT By Patrick Garratt

With GAME’s business looking increasingly unsustainable, is the writing finally on the wall for brick and mortar retail in video games? Maybe not entirely, but GAME’s time is up, says Patrick Garratt.

GAME is in serious trouble, and it’s likely it will cease to exist in the near future. It may have negotiated stock for releases this week, but what about next week? And the week after that? It will be difficult for GAME to be able to navigate these problems quickly enough to survive.

Don’t pretend you’re shocked. In the past two days, a report of GAME’s difficulty in maintaining credit insurance has been backed up by a statement confirming the UK retailer is in talks to secure lending. The well-known high street chain has also said it may sell off overseas concerns.

Questions are now being raised as to whether GAME has a future at all. If a retailer’s credit insurance fails, it will ultimately mean it’s unable to stock new products. This would have a serious affect on GAME being able to operate in any way.

Speaking to MCV yesterday, GAME moved to assure that it’s working with separate publishers to ensure flow of stock. But while Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Soul Calibur V will be sold in GAME stores tomorrow – the games vanished from the firm’s website yesterday – there can be no doubting the company is facing a serious test of its ability to remain viable.

To illustrate the seriousness of the matter, EA said in its Q3 earnings call last night that it was concerned about the situation, as it’ll lead to decreased sales and increased debt if GAME’s trouble becomes terminal.

The larger question is whether or not time is finally up for specialist high street games retail. GAME is not the only one under potentially fatal pressure. HMV admitted in six-monthly results at the end of 2011 that general economic malaise “may cast significant doubt on the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern in the future,” reporting both wider losses and a double-digit revenue drop.

While it may be comforting for stores like HMV and GAME to blame international depression on what’s happening to their businesses, anyone with even a passing professional interest in media retail knows it’s not the whole story. And in the games space specifically, it may very well be that time for the specialist brick and mortar boys has finally run out.

Those with loaded guns, and those who dig

The problem is hardly revelatory: people are shopping in increasing numbers on the internet. We are in a transition period between a man walking into a shop and buying a video game, and a man buying a video game from a website. This has nothing to do with whether or not discs have a future in games going forward; it’s about where people are buying discs right now. There’s no question: the internet is winning.

Total retail sales in the UK were up 3.65% last year, while online sales grew 14%. While the trend is general, the situation in the games trade has clearly become untenable for GAME.

GAME is now apparently unable to offer publishers credit insurance. By way of explanation: when a store like GAME stocks a product, the publisher of that product is normally insured. Soul Calibur V is out tomorrow, for instance. If GAME cannot offer Namco credit incurance on the stock it intends to sell, that means Namco has no guarantee it will be paid for its games. If GAME goes bust next week, and the credit on Soul Calibur V’s GAME stock isn’t insured, Namco will lose a great deal of money.

The issue of credit insurance in games retail is of particular importance for two main reasons. Firstly, there are the license fees publishers have to pay platform holders, such as Sony and Microsoft. Secondly, developing a triple-A video game is extremely expensive. If, for example, HMV can’t supply credit insurance on stock of a music CD, the risk to the publisher is nowhere near as acute as it would be on a video game. As such, any sign that a retailer has failed to secure credit insurance will stop supply of games stock very quickly. Especially in the current climate, risk on a stock large enough to supply 600 UK stores could easily kill a mid-range publisher, and even the very biggest – EA, Activision, etc – will take a very dim view.

Show me the exit

No stock, no business. GAME does have some options, although they’re essentially futile. It could close stores and fire staff. This is only a short-term solution that could be made in an effort to balance books, and doesn’t fix the fact that it’s clearly failed to manage the transition from high street to internet. While the packaged goods business is declining and online sales are increasing, GAME.co.uk has failed to gain enough market share to prop up the business. GAME faces particular difficulty in this area as it doesn’t ship from Jersey, as do Play and Amazon, meaning its consumer-facing costs are generally higher.

Merging GAME and GameStation into one brand? This is basically the same as closing shops and firing staff.

In short, GAME is in serious trouble, and it’s likely it will cease to exist in the near future. It may have negotiated stock for releases this week, but what about next week? And the week after that? Publisher have known GAME’s been experiencing difficulties for months, but it’s only in recent days that the severity of the situation has hit the press wholesale. It will be difficult for GAME to be able to navigate these problems quickly enough to survive.

Is this is end for games on the high street? Of course not. Many people still want midnight launches, and they want to be certain of games on day one, but specialists like GAME are being bullied out of relevance in the “event” release space by massive general stores like Sainsbury’s and Tesco. GAME’s niche as a shop which stocks a wide variety of games has traditionally kept people walking through the door for all their gaming needs, but the whole concept is failing. If you want an historic game, do you go to your local store and find it’s almost certainly not in stock, or do you buy it online? You buy it online. GAME’s business of being a catalogue retailer is becoming void. Day-oners will almost certainly go to a supermarket for the next Call of Duty: it’s cheaper and there’ll be more stock. So you go to Sainsbury’s for your triple-As to ensure you get them on time, and you buy Assassin’s Creed II and Halo 3 from Play.com.

And where does that leave GAME?

Someone once told me that for an business to succeed it must be one of three things: faster, cheaper or better. GAME can’t be faster. Day one is day one. It can’t be cheaper on the high street because it’s competing against multi-national giants, and it doesn’t have the set-up to stay below competitors online. A games retailer that doesn’t insure stock will find it difficult to be “better,” to say the least.

Watch the clock. It’s starting to tick at double-time.

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27 Comments

  1. Razor

    Is there a reason why GAME can’t move their online service to Jersey?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. BillyBatts

    Perfect explanation, thanks for that!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. TheBlackHole

    Ouch… Nice piece Pat, but any reason why you felt like you had to kick someone when they’re down?

    You know as well as anyone that journalism like this is inflammatory and generally unhelpful in the wider scheme of things.

    Well written though, and I agree with pretty much everything you said.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Golden

    Thank you Patrick this is a great article that succinctly describes the situation. I have not been a positive supporter of GAME having received some terribly poor service and equally poor corporate responses, none the less there are many many people whose jobs are on the line right now and this can be deeply destabilising.

    We knew that digital purchases’ of games would be the future but the loss of a major high street retailer in the UK (and Europe?) could speed this along considerably. I can only imagine the impact this will have on publishers who will lose a valuable revenue source.

    Just a final point to clarify, I understand that as of April 2012 Jersey will have to pay VAT so the haven experienced by Play, Amazon etc is coming to an end. Will these companies then see further damage to their income? Could this be the start of a snowball effect for the games retail industry?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    @3 Uuuuh….

    Is journalism supposed to be helpful to companies, authorities or individuals?

    FoxNews247?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    @3 I just wanted to explain the situation. I’m pretty sure most people have no idea what credit insurance is, for instance. I know it’s harsh, but I take no pleasure in it, I assure you. I honestly hope I’m wrong, but it’s not looking good when you add everything up.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. daytripper

    i usually use shopto.net and gamestation for trade ins, just thinking of peoples jobs, its really sad.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. dreamcastnews

    This is why they should have really kept Gamestation as a separate brand, at least they could have sold them off like Blockbuster did.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. drewbles82

    The biggest problem for Game is not digital downloads. Its the Supermarkets and online retailers. 99% of the time any game can be found cheaper else where. Amazon, play being the main ones. Then when its a big game like COD, the supermarkets do better deals, last two years Tesco have done COD for £25 if you buy 2100ms points, still far better deal.
    The staff at my local game are useless, they had the best deal for a kinect bundle which is the first time I bought anything from Game in almost 10yrs.
    Whilst trying to decide what to get with the bundle, a few parents with no clue on gaming, I overheard and basically got them the right package, they even said if it hadn’t of been for me, they would have gone else where.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Patashnik

    Game haven’t helped themselves with their buying policy either. For publishers selling in to retail, Game are notorious for looking for any excuse not to support anything outside the top core titles.

    Publishers like Rising Star have been vary vocal in their criticism of this rather blinkered policy.

    They, themselves, have diminished choice at their own retailers – look at their piss-poor 3DS selection for example (top ten or nothing).

    Personally, I don’t buy games like FIFA, Call of Duty etc – they’re not to my taste. I have no objection to shopping at game – it’s just that they never stock games I want to buy.

    I have no choice but to shop online or buy from the indies.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Poorly run and quite amazingly competent at alienating their core customer base. I wont shed a tear when they’re gone.

    Others will take their place, be it online or on the high street. Maybe those on the high street will have a little more sense than to have four or five stores within 5 minutes of each other.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. TheBlackHole

    @6 Fair enough. I appreciate the response.

    Any way you look at it, GAME going down would be pretty disastrous for the UK industry. GAME account for around 35% of the UK boxed market – that’s a huge deficit for publisher and developer bottom lines. I do feel like they’ve done it to themselves though.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Chockster

    In answer to #1, the Jersey tax loophole is being closed, so even if they moved tomorrow, GAME couldn’t hope to make enough out of it to sustain themselves.

    edit – forgot to say great read Pat.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    @14 – Cheers. And thanks for the Steam thing! Will drop you a mail soon.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Froseidon

    Kinda hoping GAME get out of this. It is my favourite retailer after all.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    I just wish they can send my copy of the Syndicate Executive Package…

    #16 3 years ago
  17. tcm2007

    Wow, hope your libel lawyers are well funded. It’s one thing to say there are questions over a company’s future, quite another to say that it’s definitely going down.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    Good piece.

    Again.

    Makes me wish the food marts in the states would sell video games. Here GameStop and Walmart have the retail markets cornered. Online isn’t a hell of lot different, same players, same high prices. Very controled pricing.

    Buying online second hand games is a much cheaper venture.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. GrimRita

    GAME stuck two fingers up at PC gamers, then did the same thing to publishers. You simply can NOT shit on your door step and now they are paying the price.

    Good piece Pat as always. Its a shame those at the top dont think about those at the bottom who will be hit the hardest.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    #17: Opinions… have you heard of them.

    You know, like it’s your (clueless) opinion that this piece is libelous.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    @17 Usually judges don’t take kindly to hysterical lawsuits.

    You might want to read up on what libel actually is.

    There’s neither accusation nor defamation in that piece, just Pat Garrats own commentary on the facts as they appear.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. G1GAHURTZ

    I must have spent at least £4K in GAME during this last gen.

    The staff were annoying sometimes, though.

    Anyway, like I’ve said before. IMO, online is the future of gaming, and that includes game sales.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. drewbles82

    @22 online gaming maybe the future but we are nowhere near ready for it. Too many internet companies have daily download limits for a start so already thats a huge portion of people not able to download. Then you got internet speeds which are dreadful in a lot of areas esp in the Uk.

    Example, we have virgin media, 20mb theres a 4GB limit and most games would be almost twice that. If you go over your 4 limit, virgin half your internet speed or in some cases if cut you off for a day or two. Their speeds are crap as we pay for 20mb and I’ve never even seen more than 4mb speed. Prob take me over a week to get one game where as I can order online get delivered the day of release or go my local shop 20min walk and pick it up.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. DSB

    @23 Fair point, but it’s still cheaper for retailers to let you download your stuff.

    Why is it like that with your internet though? I’ve never heard of anything like that in Scandinavia.

    Unless it’s based on the infrastructure and slow government, it should be a no brainer to offer a subscription with no limit and own the competition.

    I can maybe understand it in really rural places, especially in the US where residential zoning was apparently left to (very drunk) european immigrants, but in the UK?

    That’s weird. I dropped my last ISP because the bandwidth was inconsistent.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    I don’t know what service drewbles is on (I’m guessing ADSL), but on cable Virgin Media don’t have any hard limits. They do throttle if you download too much, but that’s only within certain hours and it only lasts at most 12 hours (and that’s only on the 2mb package).

    http://www.virginmedia.com/images/tm-table-fu-large.jpg

    I don’t really know of any provider in the UK with hard limits, though I’m sure there must be some ultra cheap services that work that way.

    By comparison, I’m using a completely unlimited 100mbps connection… so drewbles’s hardships aren’t universal. ;)

    #25 3 years ago
  26. merson88

    Well let me start with the press are all the same give them a good kicking when there down, it’s journalists like you who think there know what there talking about and in fact are talking hot air, have some respect for the staff “fire staff” yeah that’s someone who has a heart, these are people who have family’s and bills you are talking about, how would you like it if you and your colligues where losing your jobs, and some smart arsed heartless journalists where writing it’s all over no way back etc, it’s the last thing you want to hear especially when it comes from someone who doesn’t know what ther are talking about, I don’t work for Game to set the record straight, but I know what those guys are going through it’s happend to me before and it’s been rough for the company I work for now which is Hmv and we had no support from the press, 90 year old British company and when it gets in a bit of trouble the press get together and kick it down to the ground, we are ok now as universal emi disney and a few other labels have come in to support us, so much for put the dog down and the other stupid headlines the press make, it’s like there enjoying people lose there jobs. Oh and yes I do know what credit insurance is thank you, stop trying to be a smart arse, and yeah the supper markets are cheaper but there only stock 35 copies of mw3 and there out of stock for a week, so people can’t go to super markets and get there game as there don’t stock anough copies, game need to close stores to close to each other and non profiting and try to relocate staff keeping redundancies to a minimum, have a top 10 to 20 chart, focus on pre-owned games, and get customers to pre order those niche games for day release, another good one for game is to have more concessions, cheaper rent and also premoting there products to another customer base, plus the tax loop hole finally been closed which should of been done years ago from our government will certainly help both sides of the business and make it a level plying field for everyone, game and Hmv pay there taxes, amazon, play etc don’t so that’s why the Internet is cheaper, it’s hard for a lot of business out there at the minute and there all need help and support, not kick downs and gloom and doom from journalists like this guy, yes I know some things are more expensive in store but there are lots of bargins to have as well, pop in your local game, Hmv, next, boots store and help support our highstreet and economy, and keep people in jobs and to help create more jobs for people, put it this way no high street thousands up on thousands of people out of work claiming benefits to live and support there family’s which means taxes goes up for those people who work and it would be a huge increase in your taxes more than the £2 to £5 saving from amazon every now and then who haven’t given anything to the British economy, I hope everythig works out for the staff at game and for the company to get back on it’s feet again it would be a sad day to see game gone from the high street.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. GrimRita

    You have valid points merson – but the fact remains that the likes of GAME/HMV/(insert name of out of date concept store here) havent moved with the times.

    For years, HMV blamed the pirates for poor music sales when infact, more and more were turning to digital. itunes lead the way in that field and the same is true of Steam with computer games.

    So instead of blaming something that is beyond your control, HMV/GAME etc should have embraced technology earlier and planned instead of bashing it and keeping their fingers crossed that their PR bull shit assault would work.

    Throw in HMVs shit pricing policy and their so called sales and you have an out of date store struggling. The same is true of GAME. They kicked out the PC Gamer, did the same with publishers titles by focusing too much on pre-owned – hell Gamestation even were about to run an advertising campaign a few years back slapping day 1 releases in the face against the price of pre-owned but thankfully the games industry were vocal and the adverts didnt make it to print.

    All GAME did was expand like Tesco but unlike Tesco, GAME only focus on one area of retail – games and that simply isnt the way to do business.

    GAME more or less have abused their position in the market by charging publishers for retail space, chart position etc etc which was fine before the advent of digital but things have changed and moved firmly back in the hands of the publisher.

    Yes, I feel extremely sorry for those who work on the front line because they will be the ones paying the price for a board room full of total pricks who are running the business in to the ground.

    Retail is on life support because people have changed how they shop. I more or less shop online and hardly ever visit a store because the lack of good service and crowded environment doesnt appeal to me.

    But thats life and businesses need to learn how to adapt, quickly if they are to survive

    #27 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 […]

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

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

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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

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

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

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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

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

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

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]