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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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26 Comments

  1. Maximum Payne

    INB4GrimRita :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

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

    http://www.destructoid.com/restructuring-layoffs-forthcoming-at-ea-mythic-studios-50896.phtml

    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

    @2

    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

    +1

    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

    @4

    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.

    @10
    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

    @12

    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.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_213/6341-Casualty-of-Warhammer

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

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    @14

    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

    @18

    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 http://www.swtor.com/community/showpost.php?p=4436883&postcount=214

    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

    @21

    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.”

    Bioware…

    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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    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

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

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

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

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

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

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

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

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

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

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

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