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Retake Mass Effect petition backers raise $38,000 for charity

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Fans demanding BioWare change the ending of Mass Effect 3 have decided to prove their seriousness with a charity fundraiser.

Retake Mass Effect organisers launched a ChipIn page, with all donations going to Child’s Play, the gamer-centric charity which provides games and toys to hospitalised children.

The donation drive is described as “community driven effort to bring positive attention to our petition for an alternate ending to the fantastic Mass Effect series”.

“We would like to dispel the perception that we are angry or entitled. We simply wish to express our hope that there could be a different direction for a series we have all grown to love,” it reads.

The fundraiser has already garnered over $$37,533 in about 24 hours, and will run through April 11. The total has more than doubled in the last hour as word spreads.

Retake Mass Effect has requested BioWare alter Mass Effect 3′s ending through a patch or DLC. The movement has been widely debated with strong arguments on both sides raising issues of gamer entitlement, the cost of games, invested time and emotional commitment.

Thanks, Gamefront.

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45 Comments

  1. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve updated this article because in the last hour the total has more than doubled.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Zibanitum

    Please don’t forget there is also a matter of holding game developers and producers to their word. One cannot offer one product, deliver another and expect a paying customer to be happy. Consumers have rights.

    Some developer quotes from pre-release

    “There are many different endings. We wouldn’t do it any other way. How
    could you go through all three campaigns playing as your Shepard and
    then be forced into a bespoke ending that everyone gets? But I can’t say
    any more than that…”

    “Whether you’re happy or angry at the ending, know this: it is an
    ending. BioWare will not do a “Lost” and leave fans with more questions
    than answers after finishing the game.”

    “I honestly think the player base is going to be really happy with the
    way we’ve done it. You had a part in it. Every decision you’ve made will
    impact how things go. The player’s also the architect of what happens.”

    The product we payed for was not delivered, we DO have a right to ask (we demand nothing, we simply would like to be heard) they deliver it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Maugrimm

    Thanks for covering our little charity drive. When I was the 17th donor bringing up our grand total to $377 I never thought it would get this big. One of the things we want to make clear is that instead of going negative like Kotaku or IGN we wanted to go positive and do something good with all the energy building up. And you know how us gamers can be, we always want to get the highest score! Gamefront also had an excellent article summarizing the very real and legitimate issue the ME3 endings have as is http://www.gamefront.com/mass-effect-3-ending-hatred-5-reasons-the-fans-are-right/

    #3 3 years ago
  4. brian_guilbert

    I am just simply proud to be part of the Mass Effect gaming community. I had never expected people could be so vocal and not in my wildest dreams had I ever imagined that something like this…a collection of nearly 30 k bucks could be made for a game.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. endgame

    @3 Wait a second. What if I like my ending? What if I don’t want anything to be changed? At least wait until people finish the game! See what everyone has to say about it. Not all of us have enough time to finish it in 3 days like you guys did.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Gurdil

    @2 you DO have several endings… You can choose between three “main endings” that each have several versions, with smaller details being different. So that might be underwhelming but BioWare didn’t lie: you basically have several endings.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: But not really; It’s pretty much the same, only the color is different. None of the decisions matter. So it’s the same for everyone. The details are little to none.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. viralshag

    Agree with #7. There is little to no difference between the endings and my decisions throughout each game has had no effect on the final outcome. I know this because every one, no matter how they played, has been given the same endings.

    For a game which has the main selling point as choice and options, it seems sad that at the very final hurdle everything you have done prior to that point means very little.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Gurdil

    @7, 8 yes I have read the gamefront piece between the moment I replied and now, I thought the endings were different depending on your final choice so that’s really disappointing. But, as I state in the comments section of the article about Bioware’s director quotes, the fact that your choices don’t make a big difference on the ending is sensible even if frustrating. I mean, the whole universe is at stake and you chose the fate of all races, so whether or not you chose to save a civilization cannot have a direct impact on the ending sequence (not talking about the part where everyone comes to Earth but the very ending sequence where you’re basically alone with the AI). And once again, the ending seems to deal with determinism so…

    And last but not least, I’d like to remind you that bioware wants to exploit this universe further so some doors had to be left open, hence the many loose ends.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @9: Open doors? Mass Effect 1′s ending was leaving doors open, so was the ending of Mass Effect 2 and now this? I sure as hell expect a MMORPG next, but a little closure wouldn’t have hurt.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Gurdil

    @10 That’s what everyone seems to guess, yes. I hope you’re all wrong, I’ve grown sick of MMORPGs. But that sure would be a good universe to set a MMORPG in.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. brian_guilbert

    That they would make our beloved Mass Effect into a MMORPG has been one my worst fears ever since they said they had plans for the universe after ME3. I just hope that does not happen. MMORPGs are a bane, and have a knack for ruining stories and ‘retconning’ canon. SWTOR is a fine example.

    I wish they’ll churn out some nice post-ending DLC to give closure and tie up the loose ends, then stick with prequels, or at the most try their hand at RTS set in the ME universe.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    @12

    And how would a post-ending work?

    *SPOILERS**SPOILERS**SPOILERS**SPOILERS**SPOILERS**SPOILERS*

    Sheperd is Dead the only post ending they could do is that your character you would play as is just an observer to see the aftermath of Sheperds choice. I wouldn’t pay for that either. I want to play Shepherd not just some guy. I will only be buying the single player DLC that happens prior to ending not after.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Gurdil

    @12, 13 Shepard doesn’t die in all endings. I think THAT is the biggest barreer to a post-ending DLC

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    @14

    Actually, you know what? They can’t. When you beat the game it does not continue after the ending it goes right before all that stuff happens so your point is made invalid.

    Even if they did do it they would be limiting the player base further because it would be only for those that had choosen the one ending in order to play the post-ending DLC. Yeah people will enjoy that pour more salt and vineagar on the wound of already pissed fans.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. bo_7md

    @15 somehow I don’t see death as a problem seeing as i played ME2 and that’s what they did. It’s a SCI-FI that is what they do, use sketchy/Grey areas of science to do what they want with the story.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Gurdil

    @15 oh yes you’re right, didn’t even think about the coming back prior to the final battle! And I’m with you on the limiting of the player base, that’s why I said it seemed impossible to me to do a post-ending DLC.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. bo_7md

    @17 could be a save based DLC, e.g. DA:Origins Dlcs, or one that adds to the original game rather than post game.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    @16

    Again it would fall under pissing fans off because you can only use that plot device once. You do it more and you are just digging yourself in a bigger hole. As I said the game puts you back before the end game happens unlike ME2 which lets you continue after the collector ship. Bioware will only be doing MP and SIngle player DLC that happens before the endgame.

    “could be a save based DLC, e.g. DA:Origins Dlcs”

    All of Origins DLC were apart from post game. They just allowed you to play them within a module if you beat the game but none of the choices of the main game mattered at all just back story or flavor.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. bo_7md

    @19 I’m only guessing here but i think they weight the options and saw it is better to be illogical and send players before the end than go game over and screw players who didn’t know that this might happen.

    Imagine 30+ hours gone down the drain! and there is always a “Everyone dies” kind of ending in big games so should players who in their first play through screwed up get a game over? Personally ill go illogical.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    @20

    I am telling you this how how the game works and is constructed so if there is DLC it will be before the end game. You obviously have not beat the game or saw all the ending two of them there is no sheperd coming back he is gone literally.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. bo_7md

    @21 Yes I still have some of it left I’m Playing as little as i can. I have time off work soon and i want to leave the bulk of the game for that ^_^.

    As for the Ending itself i watched some of them on youtube , if that counts for anything, I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

    as for the comment about alienating the fans who didn’t get that ending, well to be honest if you only played it once and were content with that one ending, you are “most likely” not buying the DLC. Some people just like to play once and move onto other prospects.

    Apologies somehow the DLC response didn’t get posted in my previous comment.

    The DA:O DLC mechanics not the content, they can use the same method but post game meaningful content.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    @22

    Again you are limiting the player base. Look at all the DLC for all of Bioware games none of them limit the player choices for the end game they are all generalized and can just as easily happen before even the Arrival DLC. It doesn’t fit their design. They make their DLC has broad as possible so anyone can play them at any particular time within the game.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. bo_7md

    @23 Again its save based, lets look at DA:Awak if you had previous save you start with that, other wise its a new orlisian Warden for you.

    –>just to save some time: i know it is a standalone Expansion, I’m saying mechanics.

    Anyways we are both making assumptions, to me both seem valid and there is still some space open for other options.

    Personally I’m not saying yes or no to buying until i see what the DLC has to offer.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Phoenixblight

    “@23 Again its save based, lets look at DA:Awak if you had previous save you start with that, other wise its a new orlisian Warden for you.”

    Uh no You can import your sacrificed character in the game too. It just overwrites that ending which pissed off a lot of fans.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. brian_guilbert

    @Phoenixblight

    Some retconning would obviously be required if we just consider what we all know ATM. But if they pulled a deus ex machina (literally) and created the god kid once, I’m sure they can do something similar to bring Shepard back or say that he never actually died.

    I mean if they could do it to incense the fans, they can surely do it to placate them.

    Edit:
    Also I don’t think many players are bothered by Shepard’s death all that much. The greatest heroes always die. What most people want I think is some closure regarding the characters and races they invested so much time in. I personally would even like a DLC from the POV of Joker (the only character certain to survive everytime) where we learned something more about the aftermath of the battle and what the future holds.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. bo_7md

    @25 and where from “Previous Save” did you get he was alive/not sac ?
    “If you had a previous save you start with that” which is what you do in DA.

    Except this time the DLC checks which ending you get, which was my point when i said save based.

    and again I’m not specifically discussing DA I’m just using it as an example to show how a DLC could work.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Gurdil

    @26 Woh woh woh! The kid isn’t anything like a god!

    #28 3 years ago
  29. brian_guilbert

    Well a synthetic god maybe.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. brian_guilbert

    The BSN poll just reached 40 k for a new ending.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Gurdil

    @29 he’s an AI, he was created (or should I say it? whatever) to organize things so that the organics aren’t wiped out from the galaxy. It’s a logical explanation (not a very good one though, it would seem). A god-like intervention would not be a logical explanation. That’s why I felt it was important to stress the difference.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Phoenixblight

    @30

    40k is nothing to even mention it took them the entire weekend to get to that point. If EA wasn’t going to listen to a 500k petition what do you think will give Bioware the idea to listen to 40k out of the couple of million consumers.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. brian_guilbert

    @32

    3.5 mill to 4 mill I think. 40 k is no more than 1 % I agree. Nonetheless, considering how many number of Mass Effect players actually frequent the BSN and how many have already finished the game, that number holds weight.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Phoenixblight

    @33

    Not enough to warrant a change. Like Casey had stated he wanted an ending to be talked about and be polarized well he got that. Having Bioware make the “real” ending is telling consumers if I whine and complain long enough I get what I want and tell publishers that they can cut pieces of the original game and then sell it off as DLC. And what if this new ending isn’t up to snuff? People will continue to complain. The result people always complain. Bioware is the developer not the fans. If this ending has disappointed you that much go imagine a new one and don’t buy another Bioware game.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. brian_guilbert

    @34

    How about you stop with the personal advice about what people should or should not purchase?

    This time it isn’t a bunch of people sitting and complaining or whining. Look at the title of the article. Go check out the page. See how much they’ve donated.

    A $10 DLC about the size of LotSB. That’s 400 k bucks right there for BW. Add to that a very very conservative estimate of everyone else who’ll purchase it when they hear it offers post game content and you can easily treble the amount.

    A post ending DLC is coming all right. Wait and watch.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. OrbitMonkey

    Yep, Shepard the Clone Years dlc heading this way ;-)

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Phoenixblight

    @35

    Oh I will but after talking to my teacher (who worked on ME3 until he transferred to TOR team) today they currently do not have plans to change the ending. SO as of right now Bioware is not looking into it they have plans for more SP DLC and MP and as leaked the next DLC will be more maps, classes and races for the MP.

    Btw that money the charity has is not enough to warrant anything. 150 members * monthly wage * amount of time to create it but at least it goes to a charity so it goes to an actual good cause.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. YoungZer0

    @37: Today maybe not, but tomorrow? If Casey really wants us to believe that he cares for the fanbase then he has to do something about that embarrassing ending.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Phoenixblight

    @38

    THats subjective because if it was really that horrible funds like this one or the petition would have blown up like they had for Tim Schaeffer’s game. They already have two DLCs being developed on at the moment one being that MP and another SP content. Obviously this stuff has not made them stop and think or redirect their DLC development.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. DSB

    @38 I think he’s totally fine lying about how much he cares for the fanbase. He’s laughing all the way to the bank.

    #40 3 years ago
  41. brian_guilbert

    @37

    Maybe you can ask your teacher what the single player DLC is all about then? I’m sure the fanbase will have a cookie for you for the early info. :D

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Phoenixblight

    @41

    Might as well ask if I can have an A for doing nothing the result will be the same.

    #42 3 years ago
  43. YoungZer0

    @39: “Obviously this stuff has not made them stop and think or redirect their DLC development.”

    They have time.

    #43 3 years ago
  44. Stephany Nunneley

    Post updated with new monetary figure.

    #44 3 years ago
  45. sg1974

    Jesus fucking Christ people get girlfriends. Jobs. Buy a book. Anything. Just stop this ridiculous waste of human energy.

    #45 3 years ago

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    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    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 […]