BioWare restructures SWTOR team, announces lay-offs

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 17:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

BioWare heads Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have confirmed a round of layoffs for Star Wars: The Old Republic. A post on the official website confirms the layoffs but is scant on details, and only states the following alongside praise for the team: “We still have a very substantial development team working on supporting and growing the game, and we feel we are in a strong position, with your continued involvement and feedback, to continue to build Star Wars: The Old Republic as one of the most compelling and successful online experiences in the world today.” The statement goes on to say the team remains “dedicated to delivering a high quality service in SWTOR” over “the weeks, months and years to come.”


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  1. Maximum Payne

    INB4GrimRita :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Holy crap. Are we watching a rerun of the Mythic/WAR saga?

    That’s almost the same exact headline.

    I figured SWTOR wasn’t doing stellar, but I didn’t think it was that bad.

    GrimRita 1 – Bioware 0 I guess :P

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    This is what happens after a game has met its release which it has they haven’t laid off anyone since release so it was going to happen. It happens all the time you hire as much people to meet a goal and once that goal is done time to cut some costs.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    @3 To a certain extent. That would certainly go for a normal release, but this game is in continual development, and I’m pretty sure that Blizzard had more people working on WoW within the first two years, than what they started out with.

    You have to consider the similarities here. WAR was named a winner by EA right up until the point where they could no longer refute it, and keep a straight face. What’s to say that things are different this time? SWTOR has more players, but it also has a much bigger pricetag.

    This doesn’t strike me as the kind of move you would put on a promising growth business.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    It could also be temps, contract employees etc. The post didn’t detail it, but that’s a normal occurrence.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 Definitely, but those wouldn’t be described as layoffs, unless those contracts were forcibly ended by EA.

    At least to my mind, not renewing contracts would fall under something like “restructuring”. A layoff to me means someone who is part of the company, is let go.

    I’m sure that there are idle hands once the game is done, but I don’t think it’ll be anything like a regular game, where you might use a release to trim the herd.

    Getting rid of the experienced guys, in favor of new blood once it becomes time to crunch an expansion, or content patch, seems pretty risky to me.

    I guess we’ll hear more on that soon.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Hunam


    I’ve been part of a 40+ QA team and everyone got let go at the end of the game, it’s just normal and needed no announcements.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight


    This is happening in the first quarter of the fiscal year this is the best time to trim the fat which this game development has had with 7 years of development with constant hiring and very little laying off. The game has released, its time to trim the fat which will be laying off all the project managers and leads. Start merging teams together like the level designers with the environmental artists under a single management team when they have had multiple manager between those teams.

    THis is what happened when I worked at CIsco when we were working on a project and we had a goal we would hire in bulk and then when that goal was met 80% were either laid off or put into other departments. If it was close to end of the fiscal year and they had goal OMG they would hire 500% of the team we had which was normally 12 people.

    THis is the same thing happening here. I have two professors that work on TOR, one is a lead animator and another a lead artist and they talk about this type of stuff without going into detail.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. TheWulf

    I feel bad for the people being laid off, they likely figured that they had fairly steady jobs at a company like Bioware. Well, I hope they’ll all find replacement jobs soon enough. Or even better, that some of them will take their earnings and form successful indie studios (since that would be even better for them).

    Either way, whenever this happens, I just feel for the people who’ve been given the pink slip. I’m not a fan of TOR (it’s way too much like WoW for my tastes), but… yeah, I still empathise.

    Good luck, ladies and gents!

    #9 3 years ago
  10. GrimRita

    I will ask a few of my friends who work for Bioware. But once any MMO has been released, teams are normally scaled down.

    However, Bioware do have a huge useless Community team who appear to be doing fuck all and a QA team who are blind and clueless. Throw in a couple of clueless Producers and bingo, you have your cull.

    It wont be long before more heads roll as the numbers fall under 1 million by next EA investors call and the game struggles to roll out regular content.

    @2 – dont like keeping score when people are losing their jobs. I wish them all well and hopefully get to work in a better studio with some creative flair.

    And this ‘high quality service’ they speak of. Did anyone actually see this? Because I never did when I needed help after losing 150k in their bugged in game mail service.

    The response was a classic. ‘After careful investigation, we cant help you’. that was it.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    The people that were laid off at Mythic went to TES: Online. Not sure if thats good or bad but they have a job until the game is released.

    Never lost money but when I needed to call the CSR to fix an account issue in January and I got a person within 10 mins on a Friday. Try doing that with Blizzard and you will be waiting for hours. I know I had to when my account was hacked was on hold for 4 hours before I could talk to someone.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. GrimRita

    @11 – Theres a big difference. Blizzard handles millions whilst Bioware probably handle a 100.

    My problem wasnt an account issue as such but something to do with the in game mail problems at launch and a few bugs.

    Another thing about this announcement, is that it probably couldnt have come at a worse time for this flagging game. With low populated servers, players screaming for server mergers(early summer..another carrot dangled) probably more will think ‘fuck it, im off’

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight


    Doubt it especially since 1.3 will be allowing free transfers and a transfer service and the fact the majority of gamers could care less about lay offs, profits, and how the company does their business unless its related to the game which it really isn’t. As I said they will be removing project managers and unneccessary leads not so much the actual development of the game.

    Also CSR for TOR do not handle 100 people they take in a lot of calls more than Xbox live does in December. I have a few friends who do CSR for TOR who have a far more streamlined system than at Blizzard at least that’s what my friend said who also worked at Blizzard.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. GrimRita

    I dont think there will be anyone left by the time 1.3 arrives. Players and probably staff.

    And theres no point even debating the facts with a fanboi now is there? This game isnt the success they wanted and once an MMO starts to see a decline in numbers, 95% of the time, they will never claw them back unless major changes happen – and 1.3 isnt that game changer.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. endgame

    Ownd EA/Bioware! Well, maybe next time you’ll learn how to properly price a WoW clone.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    @10 Oh, I certainly wasn’t pointing and laughing at the news. If it really is like it was with Mythic, that’s very sad indeed.

    That’s a pretty good article on it. Sad story.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight


    Well seeing how the people that are being laid off already knew about it last month and the fact that the game still is making a profit from the investors call they won’t be losing half or more of their subs within 3 months. You are just as illogical as a fanboy and base everything on your opinion. Where I have professors who work at Bioware and quite open about what goes on at work when it comes to this type of stuff and they even hint at stuff that most people don’t know about. I am done arguing with you because I actually have the facts where you do not.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. GrimRita

    @17 – see fanboi response.

    I wont go over too much history but you are yet to prove me wrong on anything to do with this turd of a game. You questioned my stance about falling numbers – I was right – TWICE.

    If they can return a profit on a player base of 100k since that’s who will be left playing it by this time next year, then good luck to them. SWG managed to last 8 years at £15 a month, despite all the crap thrown at it by a dumb development team and Producer with NGE, CU etc – it managed to yield a profit with a small player base.

    But EA are cut throat. The second this game doesnt make any money, they will switch it off with probably 7 days notice.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. daytripper

    Sorry for those losing jobs, always felt a Knights of the Old Republic 3 would of been a better strategy.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight


    You do realize there is quite a few employees from SWG that are working in TOR? One of them being the professor that is the lead artist. He had worked at SWG as the lead artist there too and most of the lead development team from SWG went to TOR. SO maybe when you are praising SWG you should think that some of those people that worked on that game are also working on TOR right now.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. GrimRita

    There is an interesting post on the SWTOR forums about the recent history of claims and counter claims

    The denial by EA about job losses, the denial about dropping server numbers etc and now both have been proven true.

    Essentially, if this game doesnt succeed, it could break EA. Their investors will be very angry, and some of them already off loaded their stock once the SWTOR decline in subs was announced.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. GrimRita

    @20 – Like an artist has a hand in design mechanics.

    And I am fully aware of who came from SWG. Before EA took over everything and fucked the game up, the Producer – Jake Nerri worked on the final stages of SWG and brought back many features removed by fuck face Juilo Torres with NGE.

    Jake then moved on to this – he worked for LucasArts. Under their direction, the game looked promising but after the shuffle, its almost like EA cut out lots of stuff because it wasnt ready and just pushed this out before xmas.

    Now, you drone on about 1.3 – but whats so great about something introducing mostly key features to a game some SEVEN MONTHS after launch, that should have been there from day one, and probably could have helped combat the decline in numbers.

    Why? Cross server looking for groups, would have at least eased the pain for those on low populated servers until they merged but right now, they have fuck all.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Phoenixblight


    I don’t read forums they provide nothing but bickering much like you and I are. The people that were going to be fired got a few months telling them when they will be let go so that those that knew can update their resumes and prepare for it most studios don’t do that stuff look at article DSB posted. We will see but if Warhammer is still going with P2P and having less than 100k subs than there is no reason why TOR can if what you were saying was true which it isn’t.

    Investors know shit about anything but money and the game is making a profit the issue is the investors are not seeing a WOW killer which this game was never going to be. Bioware had this stated multiple times. There will be no more WOW’s. WoW will be the last game that will yield the amount of subscribers or players that it has had. Thats one thing I can promise.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. TheWulf

    I’m actually feeling bad for Bioware at the moment.

    You know, GrimRita makes a lot of good points. Please, I’d prefer to deal with reality than the unreality borne of cognitive dissonance, so let’s not go there. Anyway, I wonder how much of what was wrong with TOR and thus the reasons for its continuing failure were down to corporate bods sticking their fingers in too many pies?

    I mean, I remember the Bioware guys feeding us some fairly desperate lines. My favourite one was “If you disobey any of the rules of WoW, then you’re an idiot. The way to be successful is to clone WoW.” and I got a good laugh. I mean, I’m sure anyone who wasn’t a fan did. It was a very silly statement to make. But here’s where hindsight comes in.

    Back then, I had the idea that TOR would be success because of its name, based upon the ‘people will buy any old thing if it happens to be marketed well enough’ idea. (See: Diablo III.) Therefore I didn’t see the harm in having a go at them for not breaking out of the norm, because I figured that if anything could be a mediocre game and yet still a grand success, it would be TOR.

    Now look at where things are.

    TOR is failing, Bioware are suffering layoffs, and things aren’t looking good. I look back at what the Bioware head honchos said and… it looks like a lot of bluster and panic, now. They were terrified, they didn’t want to lose their jobs, they were basically talking head robots bent to the will of the more corporate EA. They were speaking the line EA fed them, because they didn’t want Bioware to fail.

    It was a case of “We’re all in this shitty ship together, sink or sail.”

    On that note, I wonder if videogame developers can suffer with Stockholm syndrome? Because at this point, I feel that Bioware are just going along with whatever EA wants in order to secure a future for both of them. Yet the poor management and terrible PR of EA is just driving them both into the ground. But they can’t detach from EA, of course.

    I actually feel really sorry for them. I really do. The kind of pressure that’s on them right now is enough to drive anyone to drink, and I really can imagine that a lot of this is EA’s fault. I’m betting that before EA’s tampering, TOR was a hell of a lot different. But there was always that corporate suit, watching their progress, and then saying ‘my kid loves WoW and he says this isn’t enough like it, make it more like WoW.’

    And they did. Their pay-cheques depended on it.

    Thus my hatred of EA increases tenfold.

    Still, whatever happens in regards to Bioware/EA in the future is going to be interesting. Very interesting. I mean, I liked ME3, but even I could see the EA-ification of Mass Effect 3. In 2 you were given lots of free DLC and post game patches, 3 is monetised out the wazoo. And I can’t imagine that Bioware made that choice consciously. Again it’s going to be Mr. Suit, offering his sage advice.

    “You could charge a microtransaction for those unlocks, couldn’t you? Do it.”


    This is actually depressing.

    Going to stop thinking about this, now.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. GrimRita

    @21 Warhammer isnt SWTOR. EA have thrown alot of money behind this and, its a much bigger licence. Investors put up their cash because they were led to believe they were on to a winner (Star Wars licence combined with Biowares track record)and one that could or come close to, beating WoW.

    Fast forward and Investors are worried because the game is failing. Yes, investors know fuck all about gaming but this is a price you pay when you use someone elses money.

    EA just do not know or understand the MMORPG market – other wise they wouldnt have tried and failed twice to topple WoW. WAR was released way too early and that killed it before it even got started and the same thing has happened with SWTOR.

    I was right again to say that things werent looking good once Bioware/EA decided to launch free trials so soon – their ‘metrics’, the only thing they seem too look at, clearly showed heavy declines in players, despite their PR bull shit machine saying otherwise.

    Going forward, EA are going to find it very difficult to obtain investments if SWTOR falls flat on its face which could stop future development.

    This all kind of reminds me when Govnr Tarkin was on the Death Star in the original Star Wars and about to wipe out the Rebels – so it appeared, when he was asked if he should have his shuttle prepared incase the Rebels managed to strike a killing blow.

    His arrogance is the same kind shown by EA/Bioware here. Why? Because they believed no matter how poor the game was, it would sell and people would stick around with carrots dangled to keep them. Well, they were wrong and clearly havent a plan B in place for a ‘what if we are wrong’ scenario and will end up paying the price.

    Based on EAs stats – 2.4 million copies sold. 2 million joined up. 1.7 left by Feb (down 300k). 1.3 left by end of April.(down 400k) – Thats a 700k drop in players in just 4 months. Thats ALOT of cash kissed goodbye.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. GrimRita

    And just to update. Some of these lay offs are NOT contracted staff. Some from their Community Team(Including their Senior Online Community Manager, amongst others, has been let go)

    #26 3 years ago

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    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    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 […]