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Rumour: Sony looking at multiple sub tiers for PlayStation Plus

Wednesday, 2 May 2012 11:52 GMT By Johnny Cullen

IGN‘s rumouring Sony is set to introduce a multiple sub-tier system for PlayStation Plus.

A Sony-led survey suggested the service could introduce three tiers to the premium service, introduced in 2010. A multiple array of options are on the survey depending on the tier picked by the person taking part.

Options include how often games are updated to the catalog, number of new games per year, quality of games and more.

The most interesting part is the option of free access to Call of Duty Elite in the survey, although all options shown in the survey point to a no answer anyways.

“We have nothing specific to announce at this time, but PlayStation Plus continues to delight gamers with free games, huge discounts and exclusive gaming features that can’t be found on other platforms,” said Sony in a statement.

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33 Comments

  1. WFMMK

    I read that earlier on IGN. I’d like one where you get all 3 tiers.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. AHA-Lambda

    i’d definitely be interested in this for the Elite subscription. A PS+ sub and an elite sub are already the same price so i’d like this to be true.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Only a matter of time really.

    As is PSN is great. And PSN+ is actual value you can see and play.

    But most likly, because MS does it, Sony feels they are missing out on “lost” revenue by not charging like MS does.

    If PSN/+ changes too much, I doubt I will be interested anymore.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Clupula

    As long as they never charge just to do multiplayer, I’m fine with them doing whatever they want for Playstation Plus. The day they start charging to play online is the last day I own a Sony console.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Deacon

    @3 – Fast forward 10 years and platform holders & publishers will all be adding their ‘cut’ for you to play online. Very sad indeed.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. WFMMK

    @Clupula Then you’ll buy an xbox to enjoy the free online oh wait.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. TheBlackHole

    @5

    Not really surprising though, given that they ARE paying for the bandwidth for you to do so.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Deacon

    @7 then they should roll this cost into that of the product (as they surely do with other overheads/operating costs).

    Not all games have dedicated servers. Not all games require bandwidth beyond that which you already pay for through your ISP.

    It doesn’t bode well is all I’m saying.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    I agree Deacon.

    I heard it said before that if the music industry could charge you everytime you listened to or heard a song, they would. Not once for “owning” the song, but everytime you played it.

    No doubt the game industry would feel the same way.

    Prolly why MS are exploring adverts/commercials the way they are. I can see it now, after every CoD round(maybe after each death before you spawn) your screen displays a McDonalds or MNT DEW advertisment.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. TheBlackHole

    @8

    Really? So how exactly does that work… Everyone pays the cost of the product + the lifetime average bandwidth cost per user from the previous generation? what about people who don’t play online very much?

    No, the only way to do it well is to have a pay-for service. While it remains very affordable I’m happy to do it. Xbox live is pretty robust and easy to use, and I’m not fussed about the odd dashboard ad. It’s not like I’m forced to look at them.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    If your screen shifts into a TV style comercial you will be forced to look at it. Plus how much are you willing to pay? What is affordable for you may not be for someone else. If your willing to pay 50usd for Live Gold/year, would you pay 60usd? MS felt so and raised the price from 50 to 60. But a lot of people are willing to pay that. So should they raise it to 70usd for next gen? How about 80usd?

    But MS don’t make CoD, so I guess we need to pay activision too? Wait gamers already do, hello CoD Elite and map packs. Infact DLC(often in the form of withheld contnet) has been funding online play for awhile now.

    And yes it is withheld content in many cases. Take EA sports NCAA Football. It used to be that your dynasty players could max out their states(like training for example). But in todays world those players are caped, and you can pay for DLC(a code) to unlock that “extra” feature. Look at the fighting games that add extra chars for DLC. MVC2 had 56 chars included in the retail box when it came out. MVC3 wants you to buy them as dlc. The list goes on and on.

    The bottum line is that game pubs look for every chance they can exploit to make more money. Games are already too expensive. And as long as gamers don’t stand up and tell them NO, they will keep doing it. And they will push it to the absolute most that can be made. Its what happens when an idustry is run by suits. All they care about is money.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. TheBlackHole

    Okay, here’s a reality check for you.

    1) MS will look at price vs conversion rate, and whatever works out best from a revenue perspective will be the chosen rate. It’s the same way MMOs work. Not everyone can afford it now, but that doesn’t stop it being charged for. And you’re right, what’s affordable for me might not be for somebody else, but it all depends on what the level is ‘most people’ can afford (or WILL pay regardless).

    Also, ElITE is a service, not part of the initially purchased product. It’s not forced on you, and it’s not essential to enjoy the game. Like any ongoing service, there is a cost attached. Again, DLC is NOT part fo the initial purchase (unless included in the box). It’s new content that has it’s own dev budget. Which brings me nicely onto:

    2) Withheld content…

    When a game is developed, a budget is assigned to development costs. A SEPARATE budget is also assigned to additional (DLC) content dev costs (man hours, resources etc). Each of these things have their own ROI and will often be developed alongside each other.

    Sometimes, this content is ready before launch, so, for the ease of distribution (and because it’s cheaper than getting the game certified and tested separately by 1st parties), the content can be put on the disc (remember it still has it’s own ROI), but is not ‘withheld’ in the sense that the developer simply stripped the content out.

    It’s less easy to argue the case when sequels charge for previously included content (e.g. MvC3), but they are the exception, rather than the rule.

    3) ‘Games are already too expensive’
    As an ‘older gamer’, I’m surprised you don’t remember the time when mega drive games had a UK RRP of £59.99, on the back of £10-100k dev costs (not £10-30m). Games are cheaper now (even EXCLUDING inflation) than they have ever been. In fact, they are one of the few things that in real-terms, decrease in value over time.

    Also, common sense alert – All EVERY company cares about is money. Just because gaming is entertainment, doesn’t mean its any different.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Deacon

    @10 No. Those games with dedicated servers, sure. Give people the option to pay to play on those, or a free option assuming you’re hosting your own game etc.

    I’m totally against this whole ‘pay extra simply to play online’ bullshit. Fair enough if you’re hardcore and play CoD 100 hours a week, knowing you’d want the fastest responses and better ping one would be unlikely to cry at a small fee. But in general, most console games don’t use dedicated servers (correct me if I’m wrong) and as such this ‘bandwidth’ you speak of has already been paid for to your ISP. I’ll be damned if they make me pay for something I’ve already paid for elsewhere!

    @OG – completely agree.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. TheBlackHole

    (correct me if I’m wrong)

    You are, so I will.

    PSN is free because Sony charge the publisher for bandwidth costs. MS don’t, but charge the consumer instead. ISP costs cover your bandwidth for downloading it, but doesn’t cover 1st party costs of distributing it. Both cost. Incidentally, this is also why digital sales cost as much (or more) than boxed – there is a significant bandwidth cost on the part of the distributor, that increases based on the size of the game.

    EA are the exception, as they insisted on having their own servers as a deal-breaker for bringing games out for the Xbox. Still, from a consumer perspective this deal isn’t very relevant.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Ge0force

    #14 You’re talking nonsense. Both MS and Sony ask money for game distribution in their stores. MS charges for each month the game is in the marketplace, while Sony calculates the cost on the used bandwidth, allowing smaller devs to release games on PSN for a limited audience.

    For online gaming 99% of the console games with multiplayer use p2p. Meaning one of the players is hosting the game, there is no dedicated server. Of course Sony won’t charge publishers for bandwidth between users. But Microsoft DOES charge x360 owners for hosting their own games.

    Also, both on x360 and PS3, most (if not all) publishers use their own servers for stats etc: Valve, Rockstar, Ubisoft etc… But as far as I know they don’t recieve a single cent from what you pay for your Gold subscription.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    What company do you work for again TheBlackHole?

    “Again, DLC is NOT part fo the initial purchase (unless included in the box).”

    The thing is if it is a on disc code, it is included in the box.

    “2) Withheld content…

    When a game is developed, a budget is assigned to development costs. A SEPARATE budget is also assigned to additional (DLC) content dev costs (man hours, resources etc). Each of these things have their own ROI and will often be developed alongside each other.”

    If I go to my fav place to eat dinner. And I get my usual meal that costs me 50usd. The meal normaly includes an apeatizer, entere, drink, and desert. But when I walk in I notice that the meal still costs 50usd, but no longer includes the apeatizer, drink, or desert. I ask the waiter why, and he explains that each of those iteams have their own costs and the diner now has a seperate budget for each of those iteams.

    What do you supose my reaction to that would be? I would see it for what it is. They are charging me more money for something that used to be included in my purchase price. That is EAXACTLY what you just tried to push.

    Now I can leave and find a new fav place to eat(would be my choice). Or I can pay more for the same services. I don’t need complex reasoning to explain to me that they raised their prices.

    Thats the way gamers feel.

    “but is not ‘withheld’ in the sense that the developer simply stripped the content out”

    In many cases that is exactly what it is. Withheld content, sold in addition to the price of the game. Alot like my meal example. Only instead of salads and drinks, we are talking about number of chars, number of playable maps, weapons, cars, etc.

    There are some great examples of dlc. Games like Rockband, for example. Games that put out expansions digitaly(could be considered dlc).

    “As an ‘older gamer’, I’m surprised you don’t remember the time when mega drive games had a UK RRP of £59.99″

    Right and if I remember correctly the production costs of carts in those days took were near 17usd of that cost. And I am an American. The most expensive carts were Neo Geo(their biggest carts had 1000ram compared to the bigger snes/gen ones containing 32/64). The most expensive MD cart I can recall was Phantasy Star 4, it went for 90usd. Ram was expensive.

    The industry greatly reduced manufacturing costs when they moved away from carts to CDs. A savings that was NOT passed on to the consumer. The samething will happen again when the industry moves from physical media to digital downloads.

    Your a scary dude TBH.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Deacon

    @14 appreciate the reply but I think you got me wrong.

    I’m not talking distribution or download, just to play p2p online for a game I have physically bought from a shop.

    I pay my ISP for the bandwidth. Where does anyone else take a ‘hit’ from this?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. xxJPRACERxx

    @14 BS. Do you pay when you do a Google search? Do you pay when you download a program from a web site. I can download gigs and gigs of data from Steam for free.

    Like #15 said most multiplayer games are p2p so it cost $0 to MS. MS is a greedy bastard.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. TheBlackHole

    “The thing is if it is a on disc code, it is included in the box. ” I was referring to free DLC, not locked content, but I think you know that.

    The ‘meal’ analogy actually works against your argument.

    Other than an ‘all you can eat buffet’, where do you pay a single price for an entire meal, including drinks and extra side dishes?

    The main meal is the core product, clearly. But if you want side dishes, drinks, or optional extras (which complement, but don’t remove anything from the main meal), you have to pay extra for them. That’s normal!?

    In any case, who decides what DLC is an ‘expansion’ and what is ‘removed’, when from a business perspective they were funded, planned, built and sold in the same way?

    I’m sorry, but £59 in 1990 (when the mega drive/genesis was around) would be £115 in today’s money. How can you argue that savings haven’t been passed along, regardless of production costs?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. TheBlackHole

    “I can download gigs and gigs of data from Steam for free.”

    That’s because Steam has agreements with some ISPs so users aren’t charged for data downloads from its service. Most digital distributors are charged per gb for selling a digital product.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. TheBlackHole

    Also. “Do you pay when you do a Google search? Do you pay when you download a program from a web site.”

    Yes, if it goes over my allocated data limit. so does everybody.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    @14
    $0.16 per Gb is what was charged in 2009. So for a full retail release of say 6Gb then the charge is $0.96. That is why digital is more expensive than retail? Really?

    http://uk.gamespot.com/news/report-psn-downloads-cost-publishers-16-gb-6206459

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Deacon

    @ TheBlackHole, you were wrong to correct me there. Dedicated servers are definitely the exception, and so what other bandwidth am I using other than that paid for already to my ISP?

    #23 3 years ago
  24. TheBlackHole

    @22 It’s all about scalability. Sony’s costs will be lower on PSN than an independent distributor because they sell more and get better rates.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    @24
    My point is RRP = £50 for an EA title. They sell in shops for £40 and online boxed for £37-£38. How does the extra $1 cost of PSN distribution justify the the £10+ price difference as you implied above?

    #25 3 years ago
  26. xxJPRACERxx

    @21 Google or other web sites don’t charge you for THEIR cost for bandwidth. That’s what MS is doing and their cost is even less, since multiplayer is p2p.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. deathgaze

    What what WHAT? They’re monetizing my platform? Say it ain’t so! (sarcasm!)

    Like it or not, services like PSN and XBL cost money to maintain and run. Whether or not something is actually worth it’s asking price is irrelevant. All that matters is that people are willing to pay for it. Personally, I don’t pay for PSN Plus and I have yet to see anything about the service that makes me think I need it enough to pay for it. Sooner or later, they may gimp PSN and force everyone on to a Plus subscription like XBL. I won’t be happy about it, but I’ll probably pay for it anyways since I value convenience.

    At the end of the day, it’s still their platform. They can do what they want with it. If you don’t like it, you can not pay for it or go somewhere else. Good luck with that, BTW.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    TBH, your not getting it. And I doubt you will. You sound like one of those suits so many of us complain about.

    In my analogy, you were breaking things down to twist them.

    In simple terms: you are used to recieving all of the content included in the game. Now you recieve less content for the same price. And the missing content is now an aditional free to be extrated on top of the purchase price.

    I would rather the price of the game increase by ten usd then have dlc. But dlc makes the big boys more money then that.

    My last purchase of NCAA Fotball(2012) was a 90usd purchase. I said last, because I will not buy another one.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. OlderGamer

    DG

    “At the end of the day, it’s still their platform. They can do what they want with it. If you don’t like it, you can not pay for it or go somewhere else. Good luck with that, BTW.”

    Spot on.

    Thats why for now I play on PS3, Wii and mostly PC.

    If Sony pull a MS I will drop them too.

    I actualy am a PSN+ member right now. I think it has real value. The games I get to download make up the cost of subing to it. What I am worried about it losing that value. But again, if it happens. I will just move on.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. speedxl01

    @16,18,26 I couldn’t agree more with you guys,

    MS is ripping off consumers (and affecting all gaming community) charging for online play, they could offer free online play it’s just that they do not want to, because it’s a lot of extra revenue for them. (screw gamers, they even like it, ha, so they say..)

    @21 The only company charging for online play is MS, and if no one stands against that, I could see others implementing that..

    Some gamers don’t care to pay for playing online, but it doesn’t mean it’s right, we need to be active against it.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. mojo

    “because they pay the bandwith for you to play”
    and that is entirely their problem.
    Do u see valve paying for the bandwith people use to play any of their games on PC?
    No?
    and why is that?
    Because they provide a server application anyone can install on their own machine.
    Shouldnt be too hard doing such things with a console as a client.
    In fact, it should be even easier.

    So its their will to do so, so its only fair they pay that bullshit.

    i will never pay a penny for just doing online gaming.
    therefore im playing games long enough to know how things haven been for the better part of my online gaming expierence.
    when they suddenly start to charge for it they can fuck off.
    they can do that, but then im out of the game.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. DSB

    It’s a cool story bros, but bandwidth has never been cheaper than it is today. So suddenly publishers and console manufacturers wake up and find that it’s been undermining their business for more than a decade?

    Very fucking likely! I’m sure they never saw the internet as a factor in their business models for their online multiplayer games. Cost/benefit is truly a lost art.

    And even if that wasn’t true, there are plenty of ways to alleviate the costs of maintaining an online service. Both P2P and private hosting options will bring the requirements way down, really depending on how paranoid you are when it comes to pirates.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. absolutezero

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5653-Better-Does-Not-Mean-Good

    Oh this again.

    #33 3 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]