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EA shuts down servers, Online Pass games included

Monday, 19 March 2012 10:20 GMT By Alex Donaldson

The moment was inevitable: EA have quietly announced a new batch of online server shut-downs – and this time around they include games which had a paid Online Pass.

The new server closures mean that online play will be impossible in this handful of titles after 13th April. The games effected include Burnout Revenge, FIFA 10, The Godfather II, MMA, Need for Speed ProStreet and The Saboteur.

Even more casual titles like EA Sports Active and EA Create are to be hit with server closures.

The most recently released game on the list is XBLA and PSN title Spare Parts. It’ll have been out for just over 15 months when its online gets the chop.

BeefJack reports that some gamers are getting irate with EA closing servers for online pass titles such as EA MMA – a game that asked users who purchased the game second hand to pony up cash in order to pay online.

The game has been out for a mere 18 months, so some may have purchased the online pass to fight online recently – but closures like this are covered in the license agreement we all ignore and agree to when redeeming online passes.

More details, an official statement and a full list of titles that have had their online spiked can be found on the EA website.

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18 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Another reason why Online Passes aren’t the answer. Just force retailers to give you a cut of second hand sales and everyone can have what they want.

    Gamers don’t have to suffer inferior version when getting second hand games, publishers don’t have to envy the uber lucrative second hand money that retailers get and retailers won’t have to deal with online pass crap that might hurt their second hand sales market.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. EvilGost

    “EA announce server shut-downs including Online Pass games”

    only 18 months after game launch… ridiculous…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mickey2002

    15months for spare parts… Why don’t EA create something that just works p2p into the games they make if they really did care about the fans (LOL)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    @1 That’s just a bad excuse for online passes. You can’t lose a sale you never had in the first place. Obviously people are only buying secondhand because they aren’t interested at the price EA is offering.

    That’s the free market.

    Telling them to subvert that further certainly doesn’t serve the consumer.

    And bandwidth has never been cheaper than it is today. Online passes are just another scam meant to generate revenue without the inconvenience of making an actual product.

    Brick and mortar is a lousy way to sell your games in the digital age, but that’s between EA and their partners. Punishing the consumer for it and trying to encroach on the market is not the way to go.

    The people talking about gamers whining and feeling entitled should probably remember practices like that, lest they fail to be included. Nobody is entitled to a sale they don’t earn themselves.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. aseddon130

    I honestly don’t see the fuss regarding Online Passes, i don’t blame Developers implementing the system at all. At least this way Developers still get a few quid from piraters who wanna play online.

    Games drop in price so quickly nowadays if you wasn’t gonna buy the game at launch and maybe a few weeks later then there’s no loss at all as the game will probably be £10 cheaper brand new a few weeks later.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Garo

    with each move that EA makes I find myself disliking them more and more, I think I’m not alone with this feeling. Is this really the way to go with your world famous brand “making people and fans feel like they’re getting ripped off”?.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    EA are such a bunch of rip-off merchants.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. LOLshock94

    @7 You dont say

    #8 3 years ago
  9. The_Red

    @4
    Look, I believe that a second hand sale is a lost sale for game makers but that’s a topic for another time. What I’m trying to say is that as long as publishers see retailers making lots of money from second hand sales, they’ll want a taste of that cash.

    It may be greedy (in your opinion) or deserved (in my opinion) but as long as publishers and retailers don’t reach some kind of agreement to split that money in some way, we’re gonna end up with STUPID and disgusting online passes like Arkham City’s Catwoman and stuff like that as well as even more insulting day one DLCs.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    @9 I respect your opinion, but it’s wishful thinking.

    If you ask EA, brick and mortar are getting rich off of used game sales. I don’t know what kind of world they’re living in, but if we’ve seen a trend over the last 10 years it’s the slow but certain death of that business.

    I’m sure that one or two chains are going to survive, but it’s still going to be on the back of a strong digital component.

    Brick and mortar takes 70% from a new sale, compared to something like 30% on Steam, but they’re still unable to make it work. First they have to rent buildings, and then they have to pay people to stand in them all day, in the hopes that someone comes by, as opposed to simply handling it from the comfort of their consoles or PCs.

    Depending on the country and its general wages, you’re looking at a business model that can’t sustain itself. In the US you can’t keep a lot of Gamestops open 24/7, like you can Steam or a Walmart, which also sells games.

    Ultimately, if used game sales generate any kind of considerable profit, then it’s obviously much needed. These businesses are dying, they aren’t about to give EA any kickbacks when they can barely make ends meet as it is.

    Nor should they. It’s not EAs sale, EA just feels entitled to it anyway. IKEA doesn’t get to charge you for buying one of their coffee tables at a flea market either.

    None of the major publishers are suffering from market conditions today, they took a hit from the crisis, but that was almost 4 years ago. None of them have been hurt by used game sales. It’s a spook, meant to mask unchecked greed and stock market prestige, just like piracy is.

    No matter how much they might want to, it’s not a company’s place to tell consumers what to do, or to manipulate the market. Sometimes they just have to cope with the real world, instead of trying to control people.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. The_Red

    @10
    And I respect yours. Also thanks for the reply and explanation :)

    I see what you mean but again, most of your reasoning is for the argument of publishers having or not having that right. Many retailers probably need the money and I’m not arguing about that fact.
    My point (here) is that regardless of what is happening to brick & mortar, regardless of how much money each side makes, regardless of how justified publishers are to want money from sales of second hand games and regardless of other businesses, ALL major publishers from EA to THQ will want a piece of second hand market. Right or wrong, that leads them to Online Passes and all kinds of day one DLC.

    Maybe asking for a future free of Online pass and similar crap is wishful thinking but from my perspective of as a consumer, the whole thing is unacceptable. Retailers giving some cut to publisher is the only solution to end the current Online Passes and day-one DLC. It’s not about having the right or not, it’s me and many other gamers wanting to put an end to the whole Online Pass / D1 DLC trend.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @11 I guess we disagree on what constitutes the symptom and what constitutes the disease.

    To me the disease is the seemingly endless greed of publishers, and online passes is just one of a number of symptoms.

    Having businesses that are already in decline (in contrast to the publishers themselves) pay them off so they’ll leave us alone, isn’t a solution. How is that going to change anything?

    You’re just moving an unfair burden somewhere else.

    Even if that could be achieved, it would only inspire them to make even more non-existent products to sell, so they could blackmail people further.

    DLC, subscription models and online passes are just symptoms of the same disease. DLC could be a great thing if publishers were dedicated to the medium and running an ethical business, instead of consistently overreaching to boost the bottom line. People would probably like buying smaller pieces for less individual costs, than bigger pieces for bigger individual costs. But in reality they’re just being milked.

    Instead of selling actual content, you’re often being sold ripped scraps or new content that’s made on so small a budget that it’s never going to live up to the quality of the base game.

    The result would be the same if you tried to sell a movie scene by scene. It’s poison for gaming as a serious medium.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Joe Musashi

    It’s not EAs sale, EA just feels entitled to it anyway.

    Then EA aren’t responsible for maintaining servers to support the sale of a product that isn’t theirs – the new seller can take care of all that.

    It cuts both ways.

    ..so they could blackmail people further.

    Oh please. Blackmail? What dramatic twaddle. Optional DLC for a luxury product is not blackmail. If your mindset is that you feel you’re being blackmailed then you’ve really lost perspective of the situation.

    JM

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 What dramatic twaddle.

    I doubt you bothered to gather any sort of context on that, but we were discussing the notion of consumers pressing retailers to pay, because EA were putting unfair burdens on them.

    That would obviously be blackmail. If it somehow became practice that as soon as you incurred a loss of value or direct expense to your costumers, others would have to step in to pay, then quite arguably that would be an extraordinary cashcow for publishers, and they would be making money by pressing consumers to pressure others.

    So, blackmail.

    Trading games doesn’t present any expense to EA. If they’re selling games with online components, then that’s already part of their business model, and a part of the product that’s fully accounted for. The fact that the product changes hands doesn’t constitute any sort of loss to their business.

    It’s all their own perception based on a false sense of entitlement, and one that isn’t present in any other industry.

    The fact that they’re a bunch of snotty nosed corporate crybabies throwing toys at the free market from the comfort of their strollers isn’t a very good reason to charge consumers, simply because EA desires to interfere with their choice after they make the sale.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. The_Red

    @12
    I completely agree with the publisher being too greedy (Regardless of their rights and the 2nd hand market). Heck, it’s impossible to deny that the greed is part of the problem even if I believe they have some right here. The problem is that right now, no other solution is available. I know it may not seem like a real “solution” since it puts pressure on retailers but at least it “might” change things a little for us.

    It could be considered unfair (or not) but there is a small chance that sharing of the second hand money might at least help the Online Pass problem among other things. The crazy subscriptions and many types of DLC may very well be impossible to fix due to the said greed. (I may have made mistake by combining them all into one category but Online pass, Day one DLC and such all annoy the hell out of me) Based on my personal belief about the situations, the agreement between pubs and retailers seems acceptable.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Joe Musashi

    It’s not blackmail, DSB.

    But please, continue with this whole “Woe is me, for I am a gamer, victimised and oppressed by the evil tyranny of capitalist organisations, woe woe woe!” melodrama.

    Here’s where the whole notion of ‘entitlement’ comes from: It’s because all these so-called victims NEVER ever consider the option of doing without. No. It’s not about take it or leave it. It’s about give it to me for free. Give it to me sooner. Give it to me cheaper. At no point do these arguments consider that if you’re not prepared to pay the asking price for something then you’re not entitled to it. No. The entitlement is assumed in all cases and if anything gets in the way of that entitlement then that entity is wrong and evil.

    And that’s why “entitled gamers” is such a common phrase: because it’s a perfectly apt label.

    “Blackmail” is a ridiculous enforcement of the ‘gamer is a victim’ complex. It deserves absolutely no sympathy because gamers are not victims. They just cry like victims.

    You talk about perception but the view you present is determinedly narrow and self-serving. You have decided one entity is bad, another is a victim and you mould your rhetoric and assumptions (I very much doubt you are privvy to the actual inner workings of EA’s servers or distribution agreements between publishers and retail chains) to meet your predetermined conclusion. You’ve made your own mind up on how things work (which, surprise surprise, is only ever ‘bad’ when it’s not directly benefiting the entitled whims of the consumer.)

    JM

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    @16 Okay, so I guess you’re still not willing to get any context on that. Nevertheless, in most countries, pressuring people to make money is known by the word blackmail. Or extortion. Which is precisely the scenario that The_Red and I were discussing.

    Actually the dictionary describes it as:

    “the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority.”

    I suppose you could quite easily apply that to an online pass as well. Even though that wasn’t what the word was originally being applied to.

    I’m not defending anyone’s percieved right to tell developers when to release games or how the story should go, I’m simply commenting on the conduct of publishers, and the validity (or lack of same) of the costs they incur on gamers, who merely want to do what they’ve always done.

    Publishers are suggesting that we “Pay more – for less”, or in the case of online passes, “Pay more – for nothing”. Obviously that sort of behaviour is going to provoke a response and quite a bit of loathing from gamers, who used to enjoy interacting with the industry.

    Deflecting it as “gamer entitlement” is a profoundly simplistic attempt to divert attention from the actual problem and the people who created it, while slandering the people who are rightly offended by it.

    “these so-called victims NEVER ever consider the option of doing without.”

    An astute observation of the games industry.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. NightCrawler1970

    EA was a great company in the past, but now just like Activision, just a bunch of greedy bastard and have 1 thing on there mind “MONEY, MONEY, MONEY”, just setup a server online and within a year shut down, with an excuse “oh well”…. buy a new game than you can game on….

    #18 3 years ago

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    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

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • 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 […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]