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Silicon Knights boss expects used games to “cannibalize” industry

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 22:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dennis Dyack has said the used games market is eating away at the games industry by killing off sustained revenue from new sales.

Speaking to GamesIndustry, Dyack said games used to have a long “tail” of sales; he mentioned Warcraft as an example of a game which sold for steadily for a decade.

“Now there is no tail. Literally, you will get most of your sales within three months of launch,” he said, describing it as a “really unhealthy extreme” which relies on generating fast sales.

“And then you have to do anything else to get money,” he added.

Dyack concluded that an emphasis on short term sales had driven game prices up, which he believes will eventually prove problematic, as the big-or-bust approach is unsustainable.

“If used games continue the way that they are, it’s going to cannibalize, there’s not going to be an industry. People won’t make those kinds of games,” he said.

“On the top side of the triple-A, highly-funded titles, you have $100 million games, and looking towards next generation people once again are saying we’re going to have development costs that are two or three times of what they were last generation. I cannot see how that economy is going to continue,” he added, mentioning Call of Duty’s enormous budget as a “one-off” that other companies can’t compete with.

“It comes back to that tail I talked about, recurring revenue. We need a system with recurring revenue and that’s why I think digital distribution is going to play a big role in things to come. That’s why I am still very big on cloud computing.”

Dyack has been quite chatty of late; Silicon Knights is soon to revive its “most requested” property, and an ongoing legal battle with Epic is about to be blown wide open. Silicon Knights is best know for its work on the Legacy of Kain series, prominent flop Too Human, and cult favourite Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem.

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24 Comments

  1. absolutezero

    Dennislol

    Look no one listened to this man when his company was making good games, now that they produce utter tripe the people paying attention has just gone into minus figures.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Old MacDonald

    Yes, we heard it the first time he said it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. K-V-C

    i aint up to things well when it comes to games but if you buy a second hand game who takes your money the retailer like all of it or does the developer not get a lil bit aswell !!!! if the next gen consoles ban second hand games well there gonna make a big mistake most of sales are second hand arent they ???

    #3 3 years ago
  4. absolutezero

    No money at all goes to the developers or the publishers.

    No most sales are not second hand, a larger percentage is though.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. conk donk

    With new games it’s the other way round though. I don’t know how it is elsewhere in the world but with low Supermarket and online prices UK retailers are forced to sell new games at near cost or below to remain competitive. Where do you think the money to order new stock comes from?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. absolutezero

    None of them actually sell new games at competitive prices though.

    Especially not Game.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    “I don’t know how it is elsewhere in the world but with low Supermarket and online prices UK retailers are forced to sell new games at near cost or below to remain competitive.”

    In the states food is sold in supermarkets. Games are not. Most game sales come from Walmart, Gamestop, Target, Toy r Us, Best Buy and other such retailers. And the prices are manufacters recomended retail prices. Most new games sell for the same price(give or take a bit) where ever you go. Used prices very greatly.

    As for online, in the states: Ebay and Amazon type places are best bet, but most of those sales are used games. Of course your big box stores like walmart and gamestop also have online websites.

    Like it or not Mr. Dyack is right.

    When the SNES was out I could go to my local game store and buy a new copy of a game for 10 or 20usd. New releases where 40-50usd. But older games(still brand new in factory sealed shrink) could be found. That would mean revenue for the publishers. Now those games have been replaced with used copies. That means revenue for Gamestop. And just as bad is that often time(unless they have zillions of copies) the older used games are higher priced then those snes games used to be. the reason i sthat Gamestop can set the price. New games cost 60usd, therefore Gamestop wants to sell you used ones for 55usd. Old used ones vary based on supply but can easily run 35-45usd. Lots are less too, again depend on how many they have.

    There are no good guys in the games industry, no white knights in shinning armor. But I do believe that the people that develop and publish the games should be the ones making the most from their sale. Game store are a middle man bizz at most.

    Publishers will go all digital if that is what it takes to wrestle back profits from game sales. We gamers still lose. Because unlike those snes games, the price on older digital games isn’t as likly to come down. Yes, we know Steam knocks it out of the park. But I have a hard time believing EA, Acti, or MS will lossen up the price too awful much on aging digital games(mostly likly case will be when gamex 3 launches, they will reduce the price 20% on gamex 1 and gamex 2 leading up to that launch to try and lure new buyers for gamex 3 type of things).

    I spread the blame around a bit. But mostly it falls on game stores that peddle second hand games. Really good news that games will cost even more money to make next gen! How pretty do you want it? How much do you wanna pay? I like Nintendos strategy of keeping hardware and game cost affordable.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. JB

    He mention the primary problem himself, the costs of developing new games is somewhere between 40 – 100 million$

    lol, how many games do they need to sell – just to break even financially.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_video_games

    Perhaps the suits should look at this list and get a reality check or two, if he seriously expects most games to have a 10 year profit tail :P

    #8 3 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    what aload of fucking shit, devs like him that complain about this are greedy cunts used games have been going since pong.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    How can anyone argue in favor of used games?

    Talk about gredy. Are you so greedy that you have to have 5-15% off of the purchase of a game? I don’t understand. Look the base line fact here is that every penny spent on used games sale is money that the people who invested in making and publishing the game won’t get.

    It would be like you going to work, doing your job, and someone else gets paid for the work you have done. What part of that makes sense?

    I don’t blame the industry one bit for trying to keep second hand sales from killing companies. Look at the new Sege headlines. How many copies of Vanquish, Bayonata, or other Sega published games were sold second hand? Cause that is lost revenue. Now people at Sega are losing their jobs, and the company is canciling projects and scaling back. Are used games fully to blame for Segas woes? No, I doubt it. But they can’t be helping either.

    You can’t, with any sense of moral fiber, come out in favor of used games. They are a giant black hole sitting in the center of the video game sales universe. And for what? So you or I can spend 55usd for a used game instead of 60usd for a new one?

    Imo, cause I don’t like to bitch w/o offering an idea on how to fix the problem, laws should be in place governing the sale of used games. Where as the publisher retains a % of each sale. That % should be in line with the % from new game sales. So if you local GameShop( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onEfmC6HRF4 ) floods their shelfs with preowned, the folks that invested in the game to begin with still get paid. I doubt anything like that will ever happen, esp here in the States. But it would end this subject overnight.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. mongbatstar

    @10 Actually, it’s more like expecting to get paid twice for your work. I’ve been paid on the first sale – If after a play through the customer wishes to sell their title and use that profit to purchase another game of mine then that is their prerogative.

    The assumption here is the same one make about piracy – Used sale = lost sale. That’s an over simplification.

    Besides, why has this only recently become an issue? As mentioned above, used games have been around for as long as the games themselves.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. viralshag

    Half the time I don’t think most games will ever sell enough to break even anyway, considering how much it costs to make, sell and distribute.

    I honestly don’t believe the pre-owned sales market is as much of a company killer as we’re led to believe.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    “If after a play through the customer wishes to sell their title and use that profit to purchase another game of mine then that is their prerogative.”

    This would be ok if, once the game was played and then sold the copy was no longer in circulation. But, thats not the case. And each and every used game sold is a lost sale, for the publishers.

    Its not the same as piracy, because you can not assume the pirate would pay for the game he/she is downloading for free. But with second hand games, the consumer is indeed willing to pay for the game. We aren’t ussualy talking about a new price of say 60usd and a used price of say 20usd. If the new game price is 60usd, the used copy of the same game is likly going to retail for 55usd.

    I used to manage a game store, more years back then I would like to admit. I can tell you that we often sold and resold the same copy of a game several times. I have long moved from that state and having made friends with a local gamestop store manager, I can also tell you the samething happens today.

    Trust me, it is a major problem.

    Thats why the big pubs push preorders so hard. They know they have a two month window to make money. It is also why so many are talking about cloud/streaming and digital only. It is why we have online passes. facts are there. If second hand games didn’t have such an impact, why would there be such a stink over them?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Deacon

    I have bought many many games second hand for less than £10. I would definitely NOT have bought these games new or at full RRP. I just happen to be an opportunist.

    Therefore, IMO, it’s not fair to say that a used game sale is always a sale lost for the dev/pub.

    I also love to have a nice collection of games sitting on my shelves. As such I wouldn’t dream of ‘trading in’ any of my games (especially for the measly sums offered).

    This whole business of someone buying a £49.99 game day 1 and then trading it in a week later to the same retailer and receive 90% of that money back (or trading against another new release for £5 or something) seems to me to contribute a lot toward today’s whitewash of used games. Retail stores such as GAME were all over this kind of ‘incentive’, and that’s part of the reason I’m glad they’re gone.

    SOLUTION: Just give the god damn developers (and I suppose the publishers too) their cut – however small – and however many times is necessary.

    I can’t wait for things to go digital-only so fucktards like Dyack can stop using this shit as an excuse that their game didn’t sell enough.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. viralshag

    @13, The misconception I think people have is that EVERY pre-owned or traded game is then sold. Which is why I don’t think it’s as big a problem as they make out.

    A lot of the time I honestly feel like the pre-owned stink is created to push additional products such as online passes and such.

    If they start to regulate pre-owned sales then they will have to regulate private person to person sales as well as game lending to friends.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. absolutezero

    Game lending is the innocent bystander in all of this.

    Used games cause more damage than piracy.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. viralshag

    @16, It’s not exactly a bystander. It’s pretty much the same thing: a game changing hands without the publisher or developer getting any money from the new person playing it.

    The only difference is retailers make money from other people’s used games.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    @15

    Gamestop makes 1 BILLION dollars from the used game market and that is 1 billion that goes straight to their pocket and the publisher and dev doesn’t see a red cent. Thats why publishers and devs do not like it.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Huge difference viral.

    Borrowing doesn’t carry the intent to spend money.

    Clearly when a gamer buys a used game they intended to pay for the product. And instead of the devs/pubs getting paid for their product, in steps a game store to intercept that transaction and keep the money for themselves. I have seen stores refuse to buy new product, instead opting to fill the need for future sales with circulating used copies.

    Hell I have seen stores taking pre-orders on preowned copies(gamestop.com).

    Thats lost sales, no way to justify anything else.

    Renting is different because the store must buy special liscenced copies. Same is true with something like Netflix, when they stream. There are limited and timed liscencing involved.

    I believe the industry would be happy to pick its battles. Ie: no need to worry about borrowing between friends. It is a small slice next to giant international retailers making billions collectivly on used games sales. Trust me, letting my brother borrow a copy of my game is no biggie. Me buying 90% of my games used is a major problem.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. viralshag

    So if there wasn’t a used game market, do you honestly think the devs and pubs would be splitting that 1 billion between them? It’s an unrealistic expectation.

    If a game sold a million copies, I just find it hard to believe that there’s an additional half a million sales out there just waiting for a cheaper pre-owned price.

    If I’m wrong I’m wrong, and I will accept that but up to this point I have not seen any real hard evidence that it’s pre-owned sales and not just poor sales vs costs that are causing problems for developers and publishers.

    If someone can point me to the facts, I will happily hold up my hands and say I was wrong.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    @20

    Look at Deadspace it had sold 1.4 million units but there were 3 million+ people with achievements for the game that is a lot of used game, rent, borrowed. This is what the publishers are trying to mitigate.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/91487-EA-Happy-With-Dead-Space-Sales

    #21 3 years ago
  22. viralshag

    @21, Ok yeah, and then the flip side to that would be the fact that Dead Space 2 sales nearly doubled the first. And some of that could be contributed to people playing used copies of the first game, liking it, and then going out and buying the second game new.

    And I can’t really take an article titled “EA “Happy” With Dead Space Sales” as proof that it’s a problem…

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight

    @22

    Really? Well it doesn’t matter what you think the publishers are pushing Online pass, Day1 DLC and eventually will go full digital then places like Gamestop won’t matter.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. viralshag

    Well at least you found some good proof that online passes and day one DLC is necessary to curb the real “problem”…

    #24 3 years ago

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    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]