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Crytek boss predicts death of consoles; wary of Vita, Wii U and streaming tech

Monday, 4 June 2012 05:13 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Cevat Yerli doesn’t see Crytek expanding onto new hardware frontiers any time soon.

“The console will displace the PC, you hear it again and again. On the contrary: I suspect that the next-generation of home consoles will be the last one,” the CEO told Golem.

The CEO said that the market is changing, making gamers more eager for easy-access, short experiences, and predicted that tablets, smartphones and browser-based games will put “massive pressure” on the next-generation of consoles.

“Of course there are still hardcore gamers who sit for an hour to install and then play for eight hours. But these consumers are becoming the minority,” he said.

“Today’s gamers buy a game for 99 cents, download it and play it for 15 to 20 minutes per day over a period of two months – and then they move on.”

As such, Crytek is pretty leery about consoles in general, with Yerli noting that Crytek has no pland for either the Vita or Wii U.

“For the Wii U, there will be games that run on the CryEngine, but from licensees,” he said.

“The Playstation Vita is currently too uncertain for us as a platform. Technically, I find the Vita very appealing, and have fun with it – no question. From a business perspective it is a bit too late.”

As for streaming games services, Yerli doesn’t believe they’re ready to meet the demands of hardcore PC gamers. Although he applauded those companies who have amde the leap, Yerli said he doesn’t think streaming is viable on current Internet technology.

“Hardcore gamers don’t want [streamed games], but rather the hardware that they like – namely hardcore PC and consoles,” he said.

“They want no compression artefacts, latency and the like. If one is streaming a game like Crysis, it does not look good. It’s like watching Avatar in low-res on YouTube.”

Crytek has a full development slate over the next few years; Crysis 3, free-to-play shooter Warface, Homefront 2 and Kinect-exclusive Ryse.

Thanks, GoNintendo.

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23 Comments

  1. ejams

    He has a few solid points, but that “small” minority of gamers will never go away. Just because it’s the minority doesn’t mean there is becoming less and less of them; it just means that other more open platforms are becoming available, and more and more people are considering themselves “gamers”. It’s sad that he doesn’t have plans for the vita, that would be really awesome.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ali Hayas

    OK nice to know ya. Never loved Crysis anyway. Besides who plays CoD online for more than 30 minutes ?

    @1 I don’t think minority is the best word. Hardcore gamers’ scene is pretty intact. Triple A games still sell millions and grant money. Huge gaming sites are one of the largest on the net. The smartphones have never had their appealing to me. They are like, on the way gaming and I prefer them over the Vita but that’s it. I mean who would replace BioShock with Angry Bird ? Besides trollers of course.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Kabby

    He made some excellent points. He’s usually full of shit. Must have had three Shredded Wheat for breakfast.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @2

    ” I mean who would replace BioShock with Angry Bird ?”

    Any guy with business sense would want that because it provides so much in return for very little investment cost. Its why Popcap was bought for the amount that they were because those simple games sell more and return more than games like Bioshock.

    Eventually the industry will go with episodic content because the cost to develop and the demand will conflict and the only way publishers and developers will provide is by making games shorter and self contained.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. zeus019

    is he a mad man? COD,GTA,GOW (god n gears),AC,diablo and many more. these games indicate that the industry is growing day by day, as the next part (sequel) gets released they break previous records..so the future is brighter then ever ….. crysis series doesn’t sell because the main reason is game-play, i am not saying it’s bad but it’s not good either.. and story hmmmm :( ….
    sony/MS/nintendo/pc they are the future of real gaming and game from real developers will always sell.. so yes the future of crysis, i’m not so sure unless you improve the game (graphics is awesome no doubt) ….. :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @5

    Read the article is not saying that gaming will die but consoles will which he is right. MS and SOny were in the red for half a decade after release of their consoles and they can’t continue that model. That is why they will going on another decade of another console and Yerli is right consoles will be gone after that point because by then we will have more services like Onlive and Gaikai. MS and SOny know this and that is why they have been investing into cloud. Consoles will eventually become more about what they offer as a service and not so much about what is running under the hood.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Ali Hayas

    @4 I meant from a gamer’s point of view not a business’.

    I think CoD generates more than Angry Bird. Don’t get me wrong, I am a student, I don’t have a lot of money and I don’t have as much free time as I used to, but I can easily find me some time throught the week to play a huge blockbuster.

    The gaming industry has always been linked to the movie industry. Huge blockbuster are still there and there is always a chance to see them fail or succeed. The smartphones model is successful, no doubt about that, but it ain’t moving and it rarely generates more money than a console game. As long as the consoles model generates money, it won’t be abandoned and as far as I can tell, true quality games still make money. Hell even small budgets games still do.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. zeus019

    @6

    if consoles are dead then the a big part of the game industry will die too. don’t get me wrong but pc games has always been there but never on the top spot and pc games (not every game) has been always considered as the last option.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @7 He is not saying gaming will die but consoles will and he is right. Eventually CLoud gaming will take over because it is what the industry wants. It removes retail, renting, used and piracy along with no spending billions of dollars on research for hardware all in one sweep all that it needs is a server farm and the bandwidth to support it but before we go there it will have to go strictly download.

    @8
    Consoles are not why the industry is here. THey are just a service box that we use to play our games. We would play them on a browser if we could get the same quality as the console or PC. THats where MS and SOny and Nintendo will eventually go they won’t be hardware but services like Netflix.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. chipvideo

    Of course that is what he is going to predict. Its in his best interest to have everyone play on pc’s.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. HauntaVirus

    Consoles will die, just a matter of time. I hope it’s sooner than later, it would give devs the benefit of focusing all their time and effort on perfecting one version of the game. This would greatly reduce costs and shorten dev cycles. Seems like the only logical thing to do really. What dev wants to port a game to 4-6 different platforms…

    #11 3 years ago
  12. zeus019

    @9

    what u say is true… but after 20-30 years.. because u will be needing a fast internet connection, and not every country has a fast net connection …and game developers care about money it doesn’t matter where it’s from (hit games are always good)… so yes Consoles will be there along with pc and social games will also be there for casual gamers..

    oh…. And Cevat Yerli just wants to be in the news by making an absurd statement…

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    @12

    Thats why there is one more generation which will go for another 10 years which will allow bandwidth to be increased for everyone.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. loki

    I predict death of Crytek with such boring games

    #14 3 years ago
  15. manamana

    I dunno but gamers who play 99c games can also play core games and vice versa. If anything I would say that gaming as a whole has expanded and some people are satisfied with short games on the go.

    If nintendo wont license their IPs for others, they need to build consoles/hardware for their IPs. Not so shure about MS and Sony though, but I can not see a download/streaming only hardware in just ten years, as a fast broadband connection is limited to a couple of countries but by far not in a high standard across the globe.

    I think first of all Crytek need to adapt to the changes. That also includes iOS: Fibble? Really?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Gekidami

    If he’s so sure the future is in mini phone games, why isnt his company putting all of their focus into them? Does he think that there’ll be much use for his companies super heavy weight engine in ‘his’ future?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Telepathic.Geometry

    I don’t think that console gaming will die per se, rather that it will change into something unrecognisable when it evolves. Probably a tablet, which is incidentally the same fate I predict for the mighty PC, in about the same time-frame.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Da Man

    5 k per week in the bishounen homeland.

    Yeah..

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Gheritt White

    Just because the next console gen is the last, doesn’t mean gaming will return to PC as its mass base. It’ll all be piped through your TV by the 2020s, possibly with Xbox/PlayStation as the service providers.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    @19

    THats exactly what I have been trying to say.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. TheWulf

    @8

    You really ought to think things through before you speak. I say this to so many people, and often it’s because they don’t think things through. A person proud of their mind should be analytical enough to do this.

    Let me fill you in on what you’re missing.

    The PC is always going to be a major platform because of a lack of barriers. There’s no store you need to go through, and that sole fact alone is very attractive to developers, but not only that, there’s been proof time and again that Steam is better at marketing games than all of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo put together.

    Many indie developers who are in a place where they can boast about successes have noted that via Steam they’ve seen their sales increase a thousandfold versus what they sold on the consoles. Why? Two reasons:

    1.) The consoles have a barrier of entry, so do mobile devices. You have to go through a process of validation which is an incredibly slow and punishing experience. So much so that Bethesda have complained about this, even, and said that their reason for releasing patches for the PC so long before the consoles is because of this long, belaboured process of verification that exists on other platforms. And even the Steam process for patch verification takes about 10% of the time it takes for console/mobile stores. Believe it or not, this shit matters to developers.

    2.) On the consoles, a lot of indie and small house developers will be shunned and designated to a virtual ghetto and not ever advertised alongside the oh so precious triple-A titles that MS and Sony look out for. (Examples: PSminis and XBLIG are both indie ghettos.) Not only this, but to exist in these ghettos, they have to lose a cut of their profits to MS and Sony. By comparison, Valve takes a cut too, but they also market the hell out of indies (hence things selling better on Steam). And the devs have the option to self-promote and advertise, selling their software from their own site.

    And now I’m going to give you the obvious example of what was born of the PC and could never have happened first on the consoles.

    Are you ready?

    Minecraft.

    Minecraft was self-promoted and sold from a developer’s website, it was spread by word of mouth via the Internet. There was no middle-man, and the success of Mojang had a lot to do with that. It allowed Notch to vary the price as he saw fit, increasing it over time so there actually wasn’t a tax on early adoption. Many Internet communities talked up Minecraft, and people tried the freely available demos and found that they liked it.

    This couldn’t have happened on mobiles or consoles because of their closed architecture. It’s the open architecture of the PC, by comparison, that allows for this. And this is why the PC is still valuable to developers big and small. To be honest, with some of the noises Bethesda have made in recent months, I’d almost half-espect them to ragequit the consoles if they didn’t enjoy the extra money it brought in.

    And look at the Steam Workshop and the mods system for Skyrim. Another form of promotion for the game that couldn’t have happened on consoles or mobiles because–all together now–closed architecture.

    In fact, Bethesda has gone out of their way to pretty much say that the PC is their favourite platform. Why do you think they put so much effort into stuff for the PC? The modding toolset? Free. The mod database? Free. Updates to how their engine handles mods? Free. High-resolution texture packs? Free. Do you see their favouritism yet? I do! And it’s because they love the shit out of the PC’s open architecture which actually allows them to do stuff like this. Extras like these are more a labour of love than they are a commercial effort.

    But I’m not done yet.

    Humble Bundle. A fantastic thing that’s helped so many developer get on their feet. Without the PC, this couldn’t have been born. The PC is an absolutely necessary part of the humble bundle process, and aside from the odd Android inclusion (since the Android platform is becoming quite open, but not so much as the PC yet), it’s been quite exclusively PC.

    Developers have ported their shit from the consoles and mobiles to be in bundles because they know how successful they are, they know how much they sell. See: Sword and Sworcery. And they’ve never been disappointed to my knowledge, because these bundles bring in a lot of money.

    This is the boon, the blessing, the brilliance of open architecture.

    There’s a simple fact to an analytical mind like mine: PCs won’t go away until something does open architecture as well as them.

    I had this argument with PhoenixBlight, too, and he said some very silly things. Like “OH, BUT YOU ARE SO WRONNNNG BECAUSE MS IS NOW MAKING A MOBILE OS!” whilst ignoring the truth. Microsoft are trying to broaden their horizons to see if they can make an open architecture mobile platform work for them. But they know it’s an experiment as much as I do, and this is why they concentrated on optimising the PC end of the OS as much as they did. (It is very optimised. Aside from the new, silly start menu thing, which can be turned off, it’s actually looking even better than Windows 7.)

    Now, I don’t have anything against consoles or mobiles. I own consoles, I play on consoles. I own an iPad, I love the hell out of my iPad. But I love my PC too, and as an analytical person who’s familiar with all of these platforms, I have insights that others won’t.

    Plus, I pay attention to what developers are saying. (This is important!)

    So, there you go. Consoles and mobiles are great, but the PC is going to be a more attractive market for as long as it remains to be the best example of open architecture.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DSB

    @4 You’re leaving out a major part of that story. Rovio developed 51 games before Angry Birds, and the company was close to bankruptcy when they did.

    There’s nothing like a sure thing.

    @21 tl;dr PC is never gonna go away, because it’s the only open platform, EVER.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    I only will say that as soon as a big flare from the sun collapse the internet and other forms of technological comunications, something that is not of a “if it will happen” situation, rather than a “when” one, and see the way they are so fragile to extern factors, they will look for the “close” consoles once again, and at the rate we are expanding the size of games from Megabytes to Gygas, and the not so distant Tera, it will always reach the cealing of the internet download capacity, therefore it will be like a dog chasing its tail situation here, it will never be able to reach it IMHO.

    Also Keep in mind the evolution of consoles like real 3D (holographics), or other technologies that we dont even begin to imagine at this moment,that will keep the consoles as a close box thing relevant for the not so distant future.

    #23 3 years ago

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  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

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  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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  • 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

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  • 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 GOG.com 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

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  • 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 […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

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  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

    Steam and GOG have announced Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 owners will be able play multiplayer with each other across both platforms. With the recent online multiplayer update for for AVP Classic 2000, Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley has made good on his promise from June to offer cross-platform play between the Steam and GOG platforms. […]

  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

    Roll7 has announced it will release OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood next week. The developer announced the dates on Twitter this morning alongside the launch trailer. You will be able to download the game for PlayStation 4 and Vita March 3 in North America and March 4 in Europe.

  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

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  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]

  • Destiny: how to make sure Crota stays down for longer

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  • NBA Live 15 added to EA Access just four months after release

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  • Deal: get Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One bundle + extra game for £299

    UK retailer GAME is offering a good deal on the Advanced Warfare Limited Edition 1TB Xbox One bundle and is throwing in an extra game. The retailer has reduced the price of the bundle to £299, which is the usual price for the standalone console. The bundle is of course Advanced Warfare-themed. The console and […]