Guild Wars 2′s microtransaction system won’t “upset or alienate” the player base

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:36 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

ArenaNet president Mike O’Brien has said Guild Wars 2 wasn’t offered as a straight free-to-play title due to being a high quality MMO, not “the lowest cost MMO.”

Speaking with VentureBeat, O’Brien said Guild Wars 2′s quality is what will set the game apart from other subscription-free MMOs, and microtransactions won’t “upset or alienate,” the player base.

“We’re really focused on creating the highest-quality MMO, not the lowest-cost MMO,” he said. “I think Guild Wars 2 is one of the best values in gaming, period. Where else can you get this many hours of enjoyment, of content, of polish, of replayability, for $60?

“Creating a microtransaction system that doesn’t upset or alienate your player base is straightforward, once you clearly define what’s in-bounds and what’s out-of-bounds.”

O’Brien said the team wanted to be transparent with players regarding all microtransactions, reiterating that items in the store will be only “non-essential additions to the game and convenience services.”

The MMO will also offer its own RMT system in order to let players trade with one another, which takes the “power away” from those who would “lie, cheat, and steal to make that profit.”

You can read the entire interview through the link.

GW2 is out sometime this year.


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  1. DSB

    Sounds pretty familiar. In fact I could swear that I’ve heard it a million times before.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    I actually checked out the MTs during the beta. Couldnt purchase of course but its almost like League of Legends – paying for small various boots, outfits that wont have an impact on stats etc.

    So imo, this is a good move. League of Legends simply has it nailed when it comes to MTs – hence why it is so popular and if Arena copy that formula, there is no reason why this shouldnt work.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. TheWulf


    Such criticism sounds hollow when it’s coming from you, considering.

    And it sounds even more so because in the beta they removed a bunch of items from the microtransaction store. Why? People didn’t like them and they responded accordingly. Imagine that! They’ve also been talking on the forums about what their boundaries should be. They’re serious about it, but as a rabid Blizzard fan, I wouldn’t expect you to believe it.

    But for anyone who’s been in the betas, they know this is true. One example was there was this item that allowed you to do a server-wide advertisement. People pretty much said “No!” outright to that, so in the next patch it was gone, they talked about that and said that it wouldn’t be in live. They have no desire to incite or annoy their player-base. They want people to spend money because they like the game, not because they feel pressured into doing so.

    And thus far they’ve upheld that, strike for strike.

    What I will say is that their microtransaction store (which I saw in the beta weekend) is less offensive than Blizzard’s, where you can even buy high speed mounts for actual money. Mounts that other people have to pay in-game money for. And we’re talking about World of Warcraft – a game that has a box price, a subscription, AND a microtransaction store.

    So yeah, I’m behind ArenaNet all the way after seeing what they did with thee store in the beta.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TheWulf


    Don’t bother. DSB is pretty much a frothing Blizzard fan and he tends to do this whenever a Guild Wars 2 thread turns up. But he doesn’t share his opinion and flesh out his notions, no, he just leaves this little kneejerk comment. I’ve gone toe to toe with him before and found him wanting when it comes to being able to debate.

    I think he just doesn’t like Guild Wars 2 because of what it promises: A subscription-level game without a subscription, and the same kind of quality you’d find in any AAA game. And without the grind that a subscription-based game creates.

    I’m not surprised that WoW fans are terrified by this, frankly.

    The reason why I say this is because Guild Wars 2 is the absolute proof that a lot of people have been looking for to point at and say ‘well, subscriptions were a con, and you were a fool for buying into them.’ It’s already looking like that’s the case, and it certainly felt that way in the beta weekend.

    This is going to create a lot of cognitive dissonance. Just think – all those people who’ve been paying subscriptions for years will finally, finally have to come to terms with the fact that the subscription does nothing for the game, and that ultimately it is a massive con. That they’ve just been paying for some suit-encrusted type’s next yacht.

    I’ve always hated subscriptions, and GW2 is the ultimate proof of why they shouldn’t exist. WoW fans are going to get more and more defensive over this. Yay cognitive dissonance.

    Bliizzard games have been creating a lot of cognitive dissonance of late.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    @4 – Well I have beta(but not full access, just open ones atm) and did enough checking around to see what was good/bad. Since this will be free to play, I was interested to see where their money would come from.

    From previous posts, I dont mind parting with cash to enhance my playing experience but not where it creates a case of the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ because that would simply be wrong.

    I spent a fortune on League of Legends and I can see Arena following the same trend, which as I stated earlier – is a win/win for everyone involved.

    I just want this bastard to be released lol

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    “I just want this bastard to be released lol”

    I hear that.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    @4 I don’t know about that. I barely wrote two lines. Which was apparently enough for you to write five fairly excited paragraphs on the games behalf.

    Is there really any question as to who the fanboy is here?

    For what it’s worth, I actually do like Guild Wars 2, I just don’t buy the hype, like the more “unbiased observers of the game” (like you clearly are). As I’ve stated countless times, it’s going to be the first MMO I really want to play since WoW.

    It doesn’t change the fact that it’s has a pretty outrageous pricetag, for a game that’s looking to slap you with an ingame storefront. Same as Diablo 3, same as WoW, same as any other obvious cash cow out there.

    I’m sure that a fanboy would find it neccesary to somehow deny that, or make himself believe that Guild Wars 2 is truly different, and doing it in a totally different way. But I don’t think that fanboy would convince anyone but himself. And neither should O’Brien.

    He’s giving the same stump speech on micro-transactions as the last five PR stooges. He’s even borrowing their arguments.

    What was Blizzards justification for the real money auction house again? Oh look, there it is:

    “[it] takes the “power away” from those who would “lie, cheat, and steal to make that profit.””

    It’s no less of a shit sandwich whether it’s made by Blizzard or ArenaNet.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Sadismek

    @4 “I’m not surprised that WoW fans are terrified by this, frankly.” Wow… so people are now terrified by a game? You like GW2, you’ll play it, you like WoW you’ll play that, it’s as simple as that. It’s not like someone is paid to love a game and hate the other. Again, you’re having some serious problems, you keep on writing paragraphs and miss points, you keep on deviating. I don’t know who the hell sent you in a crusade to “enlighten” people and act like a “know-it-all” but they’re sure having a laugh at you now.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Mdmazing

    @7 Can you not read? In beta you can see what is in the store and tbh there’s nothing in there that I would buy if it was free. All that’s really in it are cosmetic items that don’t really look that nice anyway, And your point about it being expensive is just retarded its £50 for enough content to keep you entertained for easily over a year.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    @9 The pricing argument would make sense if you were paying for games by the minute. You aren’t. You’re paying for a product, and one that is far from unique. This product is in a category which has a general price point. 60 dollars is 120% above that price point, and used to be the hallmark of publishers like EA or Activision.

    And they can’t even price it at a competitive level? That’s just not trying hard enough. The fact that you don’t want anything from the store, doesn’t make it less of a store. You pay overprice, so they get to sell you even more stuff.

    You might not want to demand anything in return, but personally I like quid pro quo.

    You’re welcome to buy any misdirect you want to, and I gather that you do, but it doesn’t mean that others can call them on this kind of PR bullshit.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Mdmazing

    @10 You clearly know nothing of mmo’s if you think this is an expensive game. For example if you buy this and play it for 2 years it will cost you £50 or if you bought WOW it would cost you $20 then an extra $240 for the subscription cost as well as the in game store. How is guild wars 2 an expensive mmo???

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @11 It’s a fair point.

    In other MMOs, you do pay a subscription fee, but in return, the developers don’t hide their content behind a paywall. WoW has sadly started stepping over that boundary, which is really the latest in a number of missteps, the response to which is that they’re steadily losing business.

    Again, I don’t buy the time argument. You’re not paying for two years of game time, you’re paying for a game. You might play it two years, you might play it two hours. The mileage will always vary. Do you suppose that ArenaNet will refund me if I only want to play it for 2 hours? I doubt it.

    The fact that many people spend 100s of hours on Call of Duty and it’s map packs doesn’t make it any less overpriced, compared to other products in the same category. Although Activision are certainly having an easy time popularizing their business models, and price points.

    They’re free to charge what they want, but if I pay 60 dollars for a game, I want the full game. Not 95% of it, not 99% of it. I want 100%. Maybe you see a value in being rid of a subscription, but personally I see a value in being rid of peddling, and constant approaches to my wallet. I’d much rather have an MMO where the expense is always clear to you, and where it leaves no distinction between the guy with an open wallet, and the guy with a closed wallet.

    It also stands to reason that the real money auction house in GW2 has plenty of potential to unbalance the game. It will quite obviously only appeal to the people who have the money to pay for gear. The rest can go fuck themselves.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Mdmazing

    I give up on you your clearly against this game with all your heart for no apparent reason. I guess you wont believe anyone until the game comes out and you realise it is the game its hyped up to be.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 Not really, I’m very much going to play it.

    Fanboys just apparently think everybody else is just like them, or the polar opposite.

    And they’re almost always wrong.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. _ZeDB


    I don’t know about that. WoW hid behind a paywall when they brought out The Burning Crusade, since you still had to buy it, despite the subscription. Sure, GW had campaigns, but they were stand-alone, and weren’t required to advance. You could get to level 20 and have best gear in the Core campaign. You had a choice to buy them.

    Second, I think you’re mixing GW2 up with Diablo III. GW2 doesn’t have a real money auction house (unless you’re counting buying gems). But even then, you can’t trade them gems for real money.

    Also, considering there’s no gear with stats in the cash shop, and that cash shop items can be bought with in game gold anyway by trading for gems (meaning everything in the cash shop is available to everyone), it’s hardly game breaking.

    And as for ‘approaches to your wallet’ as you put it. You don’t HAVE to buy the stuff. The game is perfectly playable without cash shop items, and, if they go down the same route as GW, additional content that isn’t required to advance.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    @15 Gems are real money, ergo it has RMT, just as Diablo III does. The reason why games like GW2 and services like Xbox Live convert real money into virtual money, is so that you’re psychologically more inclined to spend it.

    It’s not dollars, it’s Gems. Or Microsoft Points. Airlines, phone companies and credit card companies have been doing it for years.

    I agree though, it is kinda odd to see guys who despised it in Diablo III laud it in GW2.

    The fact that people have a choice doesn’t really mean a lot. That goes for every product in an open market. Granted, Guild Wars 2 softens the blow, by apparently only making it aestethic items, but that’s the exact same principle as WoWs nickel and dime offering.

    I think it’s a slippery slope to charge those kinds of prices, so you can subject people to a storefront. F2P works because it’s quid pro quo. You get to play for free, and they get to try and sell you their stuff. In this case it may be less intrusive, but the principle is the same. You will be excluded from certain auctions and offers, and items unless you pay real money, and they’ll make you pay for that, even though the privilege is entirely theirs, and it doesn’t add any value to your game.

    Generally I don’t really see the benefit of the current MMO model though. These games live and die by the number of users, so charging those users a hefty sum for entry seems pretty counter-productive to me.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. _ZeDB

    “I agree though, it is kinda odd to see guys who despised it in Diablo III laud it in GW2.”

    I don’t think it’s the actual micro-transactions people disagree with. It’s game-changing items. I don’t know how Diablo III works, but if you got a shiny axe that adds +20 STR and a proc, and it costs wayyyy more gold than real money, then it’s more tempting than just a shiny axe skin.

    “The fact that people have a choice doesn’t really mean a lot. That goes for every product in an open market.”

    Exactly. It’s like going out shopping and you see a game. No-one can lay blame on a company who is trying to make money if they can’t control your spending.

    “You will be excluded from certain auctions and offers, and items unless you pay real money, and they’ll make you pay for that, even though the privilege is entirely theirs, and it doesn’t add any value to your game.”

    But you won’t. You don’t even have to put your hand in your wallet to get items from the cash shop. You can purchase the gems with in-game gold.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    I tend to agree with a lot of your arguments on this site, DSB, but I think in this case you’re waaaaay off the bat.

    There is no “slippery slope” here in all fairness, because NCSoft has taken this cosmetic micro-transaction approach for years with its games. Even it’s free-to-play games are fully playable, with mostly aesthetic and convenience being the only purchasable stuff.

    The pricing argument also makes no sense. A slightly higher pricetag means little when you consider that it has no subscription free, and has been generally commended with its quality, depth and balance, much like the original. If nothing else, the game is clearly one of quality.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. blackdreamhunk

    I really hope they cheap the game for free-to-play microtransactions style.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. GrimRita

    On the point of pricing. Guild Wars 2 is costing the same as some of the last few major releases.

    GW2 is free to play – others you pay £9 approx a month. You simply cant expect a developer/publisher to launch an MMO with either a P2P or F2P model with MTs included.

    If you havent played League of Legends DSB, go have a look. MTs work and GW2 will probably adobt the same model used here.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. blackdreamhunk

    This makes character progression less about skill and more about how much money you’re willing to fork out.As far as keeping subscribers to pay for those servers, you’ll find if you try to make the best game possible, as opposed to the most profitable game possible, positive buzz will keep people playing for years.

    #21 3 years ago

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    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

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  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]