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Far, far away: SWTOR is free-to-play this weekend

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:15 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Starting Thursday, March 15, players around the world will be able play Star Wars: The Old Republic in the first Weekend Pass Free Trial. For a limited time, individuals who don’t already have a previously-active SWTOR account can experience the MMO for up to four days for free, with no payment method required.

Individuals who take part in the Weekend Pass will be able to experience “the opening adventures of each of the eight character classes in the game,” exploring both the Origin World and their faction’s Capital World.

Additionally, Weekend Pass players will have access to PvP Warzones and early faction-specific Flashpoints The Esseles and The Black Talon.

The Weekend Pass Free Trial ends on Monday, March 19.

More information is available through here.

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23 Comments

  1. Se_7_eN

    This doesn’t look good…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    Well EA have to pull out all the stops prior to their investors call at the end of this month to attempt to hide the mass decline in the player base.

    It’s evident on every server(if you read the forums) and on my friends server, who is quitting next week.

    It’s a shame as this game could and should have given WoW a run for its money, but instead played it too safe, is VERY limited in what you can/cant do and has a pvp system that is broken – they are even ‘going back to the drawing board’ with their ‘open’ pvp planet as its so messed up.

    I dont know why EA released this before Xmas(probably for money) and yet again have blown their only chance of making this game a success. They did the same with WAR(although that lacked SO much polish).

    Update 1.2 is the big deal for Bioware and will probably end up making or breaking the game if it cant sustain and grow its user base.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @1 and 2

    Again all MMOs have done this type of marketing. Why is it that when it comes to EA that it is Doom and Gloom for the MMO.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Mineral4r7s

    If SWTOR dies I go to Tera.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    @3 Of course they have. But not when their game hasnt even been released for 3 full months.

    The big difference with EA and many other MMO publisher/developers, is that EA MUST publish the numbers and looking back at the history of cost for SWTOR(whoever is right, is anyones guest) but hiring all those voice actors couldnt have been cheap – EA need to ensure that the investment made by their share holders has/is paying off.

    But EA havent learnt from WAR. You never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression and unfortunately, for a lot of people, SWTOR just doesnt cut the mustard.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @5

    Rift, AOC, Warhammer, Champions, City of Heroes/villains have all done this in the first few months of release. SO point made invalid.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. GrimRita

    @6 – PB take your face for a shit – it needs to…..

    First ‘few’ months – sure……Rift waited 6, WAR waited 4(oh look EA), AoC(6) – SWTOR(3)

    And none of these cost the dizzy numbers of SWTOR.

    Point INVALID. You just cant admit the game is failing. I would say go and play it, but you cant – the servers are down LOL. Anyway, no point even trying to communicate with you, because you cant read

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    @7

    Nor can you? You are on this EA hate bandwagon that the meer mention of EA and you have to continue to do your hate mongering because apparently EA or SWTOR had came over your house and raped your Mom.

    I don’t need you for info I have Bioware employees as teachers and I actually do my own research. Why in the hell do you think I need to listen to a hater to give “facts” that is like listening to FOX news about the political climate.

    “I would say go and play it, but you cant – the servers are down LOL. ”

    Oh real slick, its maintenance which happens every Tuesday since release. Just proves you are grasping at straws.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Talkar

    @2
    Unless you can show specific numbers, backed up by sources, you are just talking out of your ass regarding server population.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    Leave Rift out of it boys – that game kicks ass. ;)

    Fact is that no game can match wow. Period. Not in terms of quality, Rift kills wow in quality. But in shear quanity and polish. It is a beast. Also it will run on almost any laptop off of the shelf of Walmart. Making it acesable.

    I play wow, I would rather play Rift. I have two maxed toons of Rift already. But my brother inlaw can’t run RIFT, he just started playing wow. So i joined him. We duel account wow, the game can play on all three of our PCs in the house. Rift can only run on one.

    That counts for alot.

    Also every one compares every MMO to wow. And they should Blizzard set the standard and rewrite the rules. But wow has 85 levels with 3 expansions. Add in refined PVP that can stand shoulder to shoulder with omp experiences like BF or CoD. No new game can match that.

    Thts just a lot of polish and game content. So new players like my brother inlaw are drawn to wow. And it is a good fit.

    All of that aside, anyone that thought Star Wars could attract enough steady fan base is delusional. Generic Fantasy settings > Generic Space settings. Simple as. Add in the SW liscence and your sunk. It is just too limiting.

    With wow or rift or guild wars or whatever the lore is what you want it. In SW your constantly paying homage to the SW books/movies/comics/past. You just don’t have the freedom. Fans come to the table with too many preconcieved expectations. Your sunk.

    Wanna know tha greatest SW game possibilty of all time? Battlefront. It lends itself to fans, to SW lore, to gameplay, and isn’t going to be expected to do too much. If EA publishes Star Wars Battlefront 3, they make millions. Trying to publish SW wow they will lose millions.

    I saw it coming all along. This game will be free 2 play in another 18months or less. Depends on how determined some of the people behind the game are to save face.

    You have to keep in mind that the sucsess of a MMO is not down to dedicated hardcore foaming at the mouth rabid fans….it comes down to how many average joes they can convince to spend money on the game(beit monthly subs, or f2p style market place iteams).

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    ” Trying to publish SW wow they will lose millions.”

    Thats funny because it has already made up for it development cost and as of last investor call had 1.7 million paid subscribers not even Rift has those numbers even now.

    “In SW your constantly paying homage to the SW books/movies/comics/past. ”

    Not really since it happens in a time way before all things have happened. The only homage bioware has to listen to is the force, conflict between Sith and Jedi, planets and the races which is what most SW fans really want.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Grims right, PB, your in denial.

    Rift has been out for a year. Of course a MMO will ballon and then reced numberswise. SW has been out 3 months.

    “Not really since it happens in a time way before all things have happened. The only homage bioware has to listen to is the force, conflict between Sith and Jedi, planets and the races which is what most SW fans really want.”

    But you really aren’t listening, or seeing, or maybe just don’t want to. I don’t know. SW fans will not sustain the game. Just like Warcraft fans don’t sustain WoW. My bro inlaw doesn’t know squat about Warcraft games or their lore. He plays because he enjoys the gameplay. He isn’t a fan of Warcraft.

    Your thinking is that SWTO is a game for SW fans. And that is one of the reasons to fail. And that is my point. A game like this has to go way way way behind SW fans. I don’t think it is going to. Casual and average MMO players will be drawn to wow over SWTO.

    Its also worth bringing up the question how much longer before the MMO bubble pops? Right now everyone wants what Blizzard has. But is it attanable? Realistic and sustainable? I honestly don’t think it is. SW or otherwise.

    I think the future of MMOs is f2p. I think wow can dowhat it does because it is wow. If Blizzard were launching wow for the first time right now, I doubt it would be a smash sub based hit.

    Things change, trends come and go.

    SWTO isn’t going to change that, or really, even have an impact, imo.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    “Grims right, PB, your in denial.”

    Oh right because I bring a thing called facts to the table I am in denial. Where you are just bringing your own opinions and claiming them as facts as is Grim. SWTOR has already made up its development cost so now its all profit so even if it were to go to F2P they would still be banging on a profit unlike DCUO, Champions, STO and AOC who had invested millions upon million and it didn’t deliver so they had to make it f2p to bring in some money because that is better than no money.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    If people don’t play your game as long as you intened = your losing millions in lost revenue.

    Facts have a funny way of being slanted. It certianly wasn’t EAs plan to simply break even. They want the cash cow that is wow. Kindy funny if ya think about it, EA is chasing two Acti Cash Cows. Moo Moo. Wow and Cod.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. GrimRita

    And PB – for the RECORD – the 1.7 million is NOT paid. Its ‘active’ – get your facts straight. And Talkar, the numbers will be out soon enough. But EA are trying their best to boost its flagging game.

    Ive said it before, and will say it again – this game will be on life support by Xmas and the fact they are already taking drastic measures so soon, only fans the flames of failure.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    “EA is chasing two Acti Cash Cows. Moo Moo. Wow and Cod.”

    So? Apple and Microsoft, Sony and Microsoft do exactly the same thing too. Grasping at straws? And Btw WOW has been hemorrhaging subscriptions every quarter and they aren’t small numbers so much so they had to fire 600 employees. I have 6 friends that have lost their jobs.

    “Its ‘active’ – get your facts straight.”

    Yeah and you can’t be active without a sub. Get your facts straight.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    What?

    Ok bud, I think you’v lost it. Ima go play some wow, I have druid that needs leveling.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. TheWulf

    Poor PhoenixBlight. The sole TOR supporter here. It just shows the waning favour. Forums have been losing a lot of TOR favour, lately, and mostly it’s just bitter people who’re just utterly fed up with it.

    I think that 2 has the right of it.

    If TOR was this huge, healthy thing, you’d still have fanboys around here supporting it vehemently like you did at launch. But in replicating WoW they made a terrible, horrible mistake.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DSB

    I think people are reading way too much into basic promotion for the game. These companies are fighting for subscriptions, just like newspapers are, and part of the way you do that is by approaching people. You don’t just sit back and expect to be handed succes on a platter.

    I think SWTOR has a decent shot at snapping up at least some of the forlorn WoW players, and as such it will probably do okay, but obviously it doesn’t help that it’s basically the same game with a bit of cookie cutter story and lightsabers thrown into it.

    The wise move would’ve been to pull out all the stops to push the gameplay forward, not just follow the leader. The fact that people are finally getting fed up with WoW doesn’t exactly bode well for SWTOR. I don’t think it was intended to scoop up WoW’s leftovers, and it’s obviously open to challenge by a game that actually dares to move things forward.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. GrimRita

    @16 – You are right. You cant be active without a sub. So I guess, unlike EA, youre not counting the FREE 30 days that comes with the game? Because they are.

    Those figures were publisher before the subs actually started unless they counted those that were FORCED to enter a payment method prior to starting.(althought it didnt take any money out).

    @19
    I think looking at WoW, free trials didnt work for them. I dont know why but there is some info that something like 13% actually take out a sub once the trial period is up.

    Maybe its because Blizzard did this a couple of years into the life of WoW – or, like me, people found it crap and generic and way too easy.

    But the only way you will attract any kind of numbers away from WoW is to offer something different – and hardly any of the ‘Big’ named MMOs do that.

    Why should someone who has invested the best part of 6-7 years in 1 MMO move to another that misses many key and importantly BASIC features.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    @20 I don’t know the economics behind the average mainstream MMO, but for websites, if 13% of your visitors buy something on the site, that’s a blockbuster succes. If 3% buy something, you’re doing quite well.

    Granted, in this case we’re talking about a client of some 20 gb’s worth, which is a lot, but some of that is likely using excess infrastructure.

    I don’t know how the numbers when it comes to games, but there’s no way they were expecting anything close to a 50% subscription rate. That’s wishful thinking for any promotional campaign.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DarkElfa

    PB isn’t the only TOR supporter here. He’s just not buying into all the apocalyptic bullshit you guys are laying out. If it comes to it, the game will go F2P and then they’ll rake in the money just like every other big name F2P MMO.

    You asshats need to stop drinking all that hater-aid on the web and shave your neckbeards.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Kabby

    SWTOR is more likely to grab people than Warcraft did with this type of trial. The Star Warsy vibe and easiness of soloing may tempt a lot of folks to keep going.

    However, when you reach 50 the game becomes a pointless mess.

    #23 3 years ago

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  • Nintendo outlines 3DS and Wii U release dates for the upcoming year

    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]