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Guild Wars 2 beta event detailed – no NDA, Lion’s Arch open

Friday, 20 April 2012 04:19 GMT By Brenna Hillier

ArenaNet won’t muffle the cries of “pure awesomesauce” expected to arise from next weekend’s Guild Wars 2 beta event.

Being a public beta, you’re free to share your experiences by whatever means you wish; there’s no NDA on anything.

Testers can create charr, humans, or norn, will have access to all eight professions, and can roll multiple characters.

World vs World multiplayer will be available on four maps, in addition to several small group PvP areas, and the city of Lion’s Arch will be playable for the first time.

The developer notes that entry to the beta is guaranteed for those who have pre-purchased – but not the million or so registered testers waiting in line.

The Guild Wars 2 beta event kicks off on April 27. Full launch is expected later this year.

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24 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    Looking forward to this so much… I’ve been doing so for half a decade.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. endgame

    Me too. Too bad it’s a whooping $67.45 even on gmg.com. :(

    #2 3 years ago
  3. viralshag

    @2, Agreed. If they had a release date and a little lower price tag, I would have probably pre-ordered the standard edition already. Already got burnt by those tactics on TOR at the end of last year with a high pre-order price and no release date.

    This will probably be the first time I buy a standard edition of an MMO but their in-game bonuses are really quite shitty and certainly not worth an additional £15 on top of the already high £50.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GrimRita

    What is going on with these stupid prices lately? GW2, I can kind of understand as its free to play. But customers are being asked to use their bandwith(digital versions) so surely the cost should be lower?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. NeoSquall

    “but not the million or so registered testers waiting in line”
    lol, that’s just a scam…

    @3 at least you didn’t have to pre-purchase the game at FULL PRICE to gain a spot in the beta.

    Really, even the lifetime subscriptions of certain MMOs like Champions Online, Lord of the Rings Online and Star Trek Online where more ethical than GW2 pre-purchase program.

    “Why?” you may ask, and I’d simply answer “because 1. you didn’t have to pay before the game release and 2. at least you KNEW the release date when they opened the pre-ORDER program”.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @5, What I find funny is that only the other day people were on here, I think it was OG, talking about the drug-selling mentality of pay2play mobile games and I think the golden-carrot dangling in terms of a guaranteed beta entry is just as bad tbh because there are plenty of people out there that will pre-order at whatever price they shove it out at just to play some of the game early.

    I signed up for the beta ages ago, the pre-orders are already sold, if I was given a beta key to try out the game I would probably decide right away if I would get it or not.

    And before anyone says anything about it being a beta test and not a demo… I think that ship sailed long ago. Beta’s these days are more a marketing tool than anything.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. NeoSquall

    @6 A beta with no NDA is not a beta, it’s just a bad masked demo.

    I am one of the million people that registered for the beta and I concur that giving us a spot inside would be a better publicity than a thousand of nerdgasming previews; I know it because I only got SWTOR (aside from the game value) after getting in the beta with a preorder box purchased in a whim, for 5 euros.

    FIVE EUROS Arena Net, not 60-150 Euros, FIVE.

    And you know what, Arena Net, I even purchased the Collector’s Edition, for 150 Euros ON RELEASE DAY, and I assure you the Darth Malgus statuette is 1000x better than your Charr.

    If a company asks its customers to pay full price in advance for a product, giving only the golden-carrot of the guaranteed spot in the beta and some ingame swag as a reward, I read it as a “WE ARE OUT OF MONEY. PAY US NOW IF YOU WANT THE GAME THEN.”

    You don’t look good when you ask people to pay in advance for something you don’t know when it’s out, unless it’s a Kickstarter fundraising.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. viralshag

    @7, I agree, I’m also signed up and honestly if I could play in a non-NDE beta, or a demo if you will, at this stage it would very much determine whether or not they got my money now.

    I really don’t like the pre-order beta guarantees, I generally think you should keep it open to any and all that have signed up and give pre-orders a decent early entry.

    Right now, you get a few guaranteed betas, which could be one or ten, and three day early access which is the same no matter what edition you buy, which I would feel is lame if I’m a CE purchaser.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DSB

    I can’t remember the last time I bought a CE. I contemplated getting the MW2 one, but I couldn’t justify it in the end.

    The pricing is pretty silly, and I don’t think it has anything to do with ArenaNet panicking, I’m pretty sure they have loads of backing.

    It’s simply because they don’t have a subscription, same as the micro-transactions. They need every buck they can get to keep it running.

    80 dollars for a Digital Deluxe edition is just a ridiculous barrier to entry though. And that’s for content that obviously couldn’t ever justify a pricetag like that.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    @8 The edition of the game you purchase shouldn’t determine what advanteges you gain prior to game release, only what you get after it’s open to the public.

    About the need to preorder to get in some Closed Betas-Open Betas/Demos, I think it’s more of a way for the publisher to have some kind of purchase predictions and user volumes prior to the game release and set up a proper server infrastructure.

    When a game goes into “true” open beta, when really everyone can enter, it basically means they’re making stress tests on the infrastructure, hoping to obtain some bug feedbacks from clever users.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. NeoSquall

    @9 ArenaNet will charge you when you’ll want more character slots, they will charge you for expansion packs and they will eventually charge you for some kind of boosts.

    Given this, charging you even before the games is released (or actually HAS a release date, for crying out loud) is not a good sign.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    Anyone talking as though you need to be in the beta to enjoy the game is an idiot.

    FACT.

    You don’t have to be in the beta at all. In fact, if you preorder (not pre-purchase) the normal edition of the game, you still get in the headstart. The only thing you miss out on is the beta weekends.

    And less ethical than other systems? Oh for fuck’s sake, stop talking out of your rosy red arseholes, please. For the sake of my sanity, do.

    Star Wars: The Old Republic, charged you a price for preorder, and sold preorders on a prepurchase limited edition basis. (They used “Hey guys! Buy now because we only have a limited amount of these beta keys in stock!!1″ to actually make people pay for a preorder alone.)

    This system of pre-purchasing is just there for the fans who absolutely want to experience the beta weekends. And note – this isn’t an extended beta event, this is just the odd weekend here and there, at the end of which all characters will be wiped. The original Guild Wars did a similar thing.

    Do you know what misinformation does?

    It makes you look like the town idiot, the kind of drunken moron you find on a street corner spewing out endless conspiracy theories.

    Seriously.

    Try some dignity for once. I find that having enough dignity to actually bother to do some research before you post information is actually not that common amongst gamers. Many gamers frequently have THEIR ARSE as their only source of information.

    And then you people go and attack VG24/7 for their articles?

    What a fucking joke.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    Now to highlight more idiocy, because idiocy is fun!

    “ArenaNet will charge you when you’ll want more character slots,”

    Did your research, did you? Guild Wars 2 already comes with a generous amount of character slots available, only those who’re going to create every race with every profession are going to need to buy more character slots. It’s going to be for the obsessive altaholics.

    “[...] they will charge you for expansion packs and they will eventually charge you for some kind of boosts.”

    You mean like WoW does? Like Lord of the Rings does? Like Everquest II does? Like Star Wars: The Old Republic will? Like every subscription-based MMORPG ever has?

    Are you stupid? Is that your problem?

    The idea here is that you pay NO subscription. Not a subscription AND for expansion packs.

    “Given this, charging you even before the games is released (or actually HAS a release date, for crying out loud) is not a good sign.”

    They’re not. Again, is being stupid your issue?

    They’re offering pre-purchase as an option to fans. You can also preorder from a number of retailers. Whether you preorder or pre-purchase is your choice. You’re talking as though you don’t have a choice because you didn’t bloody RESEARCH THE MATTER before you posted.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. TheWulf

    And now more stupidity!

    “The edition of the game you purchase shouldn’t determine what advanteges you gain prior to game release, only what you get after it’s open to the public.”

    Pfff. Let me know when you get back to earth, eh? Where the rest of us live. Have you been paying attention to every triple-A preorder and special edition EVER? Really. Look at Saints Row: The Third, look at Mass Effect 2 and 3. Look at Dragon Age. Look at whatever the hell you want.

    This is commonplace these days. And yet you pick out one company doing it because you’re butthurt and bittter.

    You honestly didn’t think we’d know better?

    “When a game goes into “true” open beta, when really everyone can enter, it basically means they’re making stress tests on the infrastructure, hoping to obtain some bug feedbacks from clever users.”

    Bullshit. Anyone with a sensible head on their shoulders knows that open betas have existed as a trial for subscription based games for a while now. They give you the trial as a taste so that they can tempt you into playing for the subscription.

    These ‘open betas’ you talk of have been polished and feature complete. It’s just a way to try and bring in more people, it’s marketing. But you may not have noticed (and knowing you you probably didn’t) but Guild Wars 2 doesn’t have a subscription, therefore it doesn’t need to do this.

    Thus, the beta weekends are actually betas, they are NOT feature complete. They’re using the feedback from people to fix things. Want an example? They had shit on the in-game store that people didn’t think would do well. Their response? They pulled it.

    Try RESEARCH first.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. TheWulf

    One of the biggest problems here is due to the incredibly clueless nature of people. I mean, really… these idiots attack VG24/7 whenever their article writers make a typo or a small error, and then they go and do the same thing by never bothering to read anything. Anything at all, ever.

    It’s just the sheer fucking hypocrisy of this that bothers me, and I will continue to pick them up on this because it makes them not only clueless, but complete arseholes to boot.

    The problem with them being clueleess here is that they don’t understand the difference between a pay-to-play beta and an actual beta.

    As I pointed out, a pay-to-play beta is just an event that they do in order to get people in and looking at the game to tempt them to pay the subscription. It’s not an actual beta because this ‘open beta’ is feature complete and polished, just how every open beta has ever been. I’ve been playing MMORPGs long enough to not be talking out of my arse about this.

    I actually have a clue. Seriously guys, having a clue is so important.

    No, this is actually a BETA. They’ve still got stuff in there that doesn’t quite work yet, things that are broken, and stuff they need to polish. There’s still stuff they’re deciding on (like the cash shop), and things that they want feedback on to finalise. This is how an ACTUAL BETA works. This isn’t the fantastic open beta which is already polished and perfect by the time it opens, which expects and listens to no player feedback.

    How can you tell the difference?

    Simple! Are they listening to player feedback?

    No open beta ever has taken player feedback into consideration. And if you look at some open betas, then this has clearly been a stunt to get people subscribing. I mean, Champions Online, back before Cryptic got their shit together, pulled this.

    How?

    They had their ‘advertising beta,’ then they landed a day one patch which made everything for the subscription-based players 100x more grindy, and it really nerfed the shit out of players in every regard. The information is out there if you want to read it. You know… RESEARCH.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    So once again, here I am… cutting through the shit and proving that there are just commenters here who don’t have a fucking clue. Guys, save me having an aneurysm and at least bother to read once in a while so that I don’t have to clean up your rabidly rampant misinformation.

    I don’t do you the same disservice. Whenever I say something, I always have research to back it up. I’m always reading.

    At least do me and everyone else the same favour.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. viralshag

    ^ Someone needs to go wank off some stress over their pre-purchased copy of GW2 me thinks.

    And really, the biggest arsehole here is the one with overly long pointless fanboyish based blog posts. Honestly, if you want to write a whole fucking article, go start your own website.

    I don’t even understand how you’re not banned. All you do is troll and flame other people and talk down to most with such an air of condescension it’s ridiculous considering half the time you are talking out of your arse.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. absolutezero

    “At least do me and everyone else the same favour.”

    I think its just you.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Da Man

    I… I…

    ….
    ..
    .

    I.. never played Guild Wars. Does that.. make me a casual softcore !?!

    But then, I never played any mmo. Well, I once did some Shin Megami Tensei Something for a few days.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Talkar

    It seems people have forgot that a CE is meant for Collectors, and not for the average person. Well some may be, but there still are some that really are for collectors, and thus a highly priced. Nothing new here.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. viralshag

    It just makes you one of the smarts ones, clearly. Unlike the rest of us sub/no-sub grindtards.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Talkar

    lol xD

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    Speaking of oblivious people who may need to check themselves before they wreck themselves in a comment section, I think this is worth a look:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

    http://people.psych.cornell.edu/~dunning/publications/pdf/unskilledandunaware.pdf

    It’s interesting reading. I can’t say I’m an expert, but I’ve found that usually the drunken morons are the ones who go on the longest rants.

    No offence, OG. You’re good.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. wormsby

    Poor Wulf.

    He’s not a bad guy really. He’s just a bit unhinged. Particularly about GW2. Mention an MMO, he brings up GW2. Challenge anything about GW2, he loses it. Bans eventually follow.

    Miss you on RPS.

    #24 3 years ago

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    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]