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E3 2012: Why TESO isn’t “just another fantasy MMO”

Thursday, 7 June 2012 19:07 GMT By Dave Oshry

Dave Oshry didn’t want to like The Elder Scrolls Online. He really didn’t, but once he got his eyes on the MMO at E3, he quickly changed his mind.

TESO – A History

First project from ZeniMax Online Studios.

Development started in 2007, same year rumors of its existence first surfaced.

First concrete details leaked in March 2012.

Announced May 2012 via Game Informer Magazine.

First press showing at E3 2012.

First public showing rumored to be at QuakeCon 2012.

Slated for release in 2013.

I used to hate the Elder Scrolls Online like you. But then I saw the game and realized just what it was. Fan service. Pure and simple. Even if the fans don’t know it yet.

While TESO has been scoffed at for being “just another fantasy MMO” it’s still an Elder Scrolls MMO, and the only one you’re going to get.  Want to go back to Morrowind, Cyrodiil or even Hammerfell?  Well now you can.  Ever want to work for the Aldmeri Dominion?  Now you can.  It’s an ambitious game in some ways, even if it’s not in others.  You’ll see the same tried and true MMO combat that involves pressing a series buttons and waiting for cooldowns and there will be plenty of quest givers telling you to go kill 10 trash mobs at location A for the sake of saving town B.  They’re seemingly playing it very safe in terms of gameplay, but in terms of lore, they’re quite ambitious.

The entire continent of Tamriel is part of the game, every race is present, every Aedra and Daedra accounted for.  There is more lore in this game than in every other Elder Scrolls game combined, and that’s no easy feat.  It’s as if someone sewed together all the previous Elder Scrolls games into a quilt then added in all the bits that we’ve never seen before as patches.

“Will TESO re-invent the wheel?  No. Will it have 10 million persistent subscribers? No. Will this Elder Scrolls fan be logging in on day one?  It’s very likely.”

The first time a clannfear or a daedroth pops up on screen or you see a shrine of Julianos, you’ll become fully aware that this is indeed the biggest and most complete Elder Scrolls universe ever.

There’s some other cool bits too.  Much like RIFT there’s a non traditional grouping structure. Meaning you don’t need certain classes present in your group to clear a dungeon.  There’s also the minimalistic and disappearing UI, the fact that you’ll do quests in the past that affect the present (don’t step on anything!) and the fact that they’re tuning the end game content for 25 player raids.  As someone who cut his teeth in the likes of World of Warcraft’s Sunwell encounters, I’m very open to more 25 man end game content that revolves around The Elder Scrolls.  Yeah, I want to fight Molag Bal.  Way more than I ever wanted to fight the Lich King or Deathwing.

You see, there are some of us out there who actually dig the lore and the story told in MMOs.  Crazy I know, but ask anyone who played as WoW Horde or Alliance for a number of years and they’ll likely tell you they’d willingly fall on their sword for Varian Stormwind or Thrall in a heartbeat.  Hell, if King Varian walked into my office right now I’d likely kneel at his feet.  I’d also likely have to stop drinking because I’d have been seeing things.  But that’s besides the point.

TESO E3 2012 teaser

The point is – the Elder Scrolls Online is a game for Elder Scrolls fans in the same way that The Old Republic is a game for Star Wars fans and Lord of the Rings Online is a game for fans of Tolkien.

As much as I went into my demo of TESO expecting to come out with a sense of pure disdain, I left intrigued.  Perhaps I realized just how much of an Elder Scrolls fan I truly was, or perhaps it was just that damned theme.

Will TESO re-invent the wheel?  No. Will it have 10 million persistent subscribers? No. Will this Elder Scrolls fan be logging in on day one?  It’s very likely.

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23 Comments

  1. Kabby

    Encounters or Emocunters? Either is appropriate. :)

    “The point is – the Elder Scrolls Online is a game for Elder Scrolls fans in the same way that The Old Republic is a game for Star Wars fans and Lord of the Rings Online is a game for fans of Tolkien.”

    That’s a pretty damning appraisal considering all the other games there are garbage.

    Until they start showing videos of actual game play the public at large isn’t going to give a shit anyway. Hypetrain 101.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    They seem to fail to understand that visual identity *is” a big part of lore.

    Tamriel is a nasty place. There are no real good or bad guys, much of the world is a mystery, and a lot of it is barren. Its not bright, elaborate or colourful. Comfortable lives don’t come easily. It’s aesthetic has at consistently represented this.

    Now it just looks like World of Warcraft with different names.

    I think the visual design of The Elder Scrolls Online is a *serious* misstep, and doesn’t ring true to the identity of the franchise in the slightest. And this is coming from someone who been immersed in the lore of the series since the original Arena.

    WoW destroyed any consistency the Warcraft lore had. It’ll be cool to see Tamriel in a fully realized setting, but I really hope to god the same thing doesn’t happen to the lore in this.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dave Oshry

    @1 lol, fixed. Bloody typos. I’m not saying those games are good, I’m saying that they have their dedicated fans and dedicated subscribers and that this will be no different.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Sini

    An mmo, that you pay to experience boring combat, yawn inducing dialog, world slapped with most generic fantasy settings out there, and years behind the borefest commonly known as WoW when it comes to little things that most people do in mmos.

    Who the fuck pays these people. Oh, right the rest of you with low standards. Democracy and capitalism simply doesn’t work.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dave Oshry

    @2 It doesn’t look like WoW. I saw parts of Morrowind and Cyrodiil that looked like Morrowind and Cyrodiil. It looked like the Elder Scrolls universe. It was much darker than WoW in every sense. You’ll have to wait and see for yourself.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Dave Oshry

    @4 ZeniMax pays them actually :-p

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Stardog

    All they had to do was just take the gameplay from Oblivion/Skyrim and translate it into an MMO. Not difficult for a designer with more than 2 brain cells.

    Instead they’re making another generic boring MMO with ugly graphics. Star Wars made the exact same mistake. Without the name, you wouldn’t know this was TES.

    With the unlimited budget ZeniMax have, they should be doing 100x better than this shit. Just cancel it.

    If Bethesda had the choice, I bet they wouldn’t want it made, or would want to make it themselves. Now they’re slaves to a money-hungry ZeniMax.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @5 I will have to take your word for it. What they’ve shown so far is way too corlourful and cartoony, and doesn’t have that harsh world look to it at all.

    If they can get the lore right, that’s one step in the right direction.

    @7 No.

    Transferring the gameplay from the single player games directly into a massively multiplayer experience would not have worked at all. It would have been incredibly dull.

    And where the hell did you get the idea that they have an “unlimited budget”? MMO are notoriously expensive to create, and their makes them even more so. You sound like the kind of gamer who has no appreciation for the amount of hard work that goes into these sort of things, and simply condemns anything that doesn’t match their personal expectations as the work of “idiots with two brain cells”.

    “If Bethesda had the choice, I bet they wouldn’t want it made, or would want to make it themselves. Now they’re slaves to a money-hungry ZeniMax”.

    What the hell are you on about? Zenimax *is* Bethesda for all intents and purposes. Zenimax is a “shell” company that was created by Bethesda themselves. There is no giant fist beating down on them.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DSB

    “Will TESO re-invent the wheel? No. Will it have 10 million persistent subscribers? No. Will this Elder Scrolls fan be logging in on day one? It’s very likely.”

    I wish more people would adopt that attitude when it comes to new MMOs. Every single time it’s like “FORGET WHAT YOU KNOW, THIS ONE ONLY DOES EVERYTHING” and then as soon as it launches everybody’s like “Meh” and starts looking for another in-development MMO to say the exact same crap about :P

    #9 3 years ago
  10. HauntaVirus

    I have a feeling this game is all hype…time will tell.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Stardog

    @8 “You sound like the kind of gamer who has no appreciation for the amount of hard work that goes into these sort of things”

    Video game development pays my bills.

    “Transferring the gameplay from the single player games directly into a massively multiplayer experience would not have worked at all. It would have been incredibly dull.”

    Nonsense. They’ve achieved incredibly dull already.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    @1

    Ouch.

    There go my hopes for this game.

    I thought that they were still trying to tweak things to go more down the Guild Wars 2 approach of actually doing things so different from the standard MMORPG that you can’t really compare it to anything. But I guess they’ve just settled into the TOR/LOTRO/WoW style of game.

    That’s … tremendously disappointing. I guess I might have had suspicions that that was the case, but yeah. I mean, I kind of wanted it not to be. I was still hoping it wasn’t.

    Why?

    I really, really fucking like the lore of The Elder Scrolls. It’s a fantastic world. The only problem I’ve had with it is that since Morrowind, they’ve been telling some really boring stories in it. Pastoral lands have troubles with demons? Yawn. The frozen north has troubles with dragons and xenophobia? Yawn. They could do so much better.

    I was hoping that with this we might actually see some enjoyable gameplay and maybe, maybe some decent storytelling. But that’s what I get for having mildly high hopes. I guess it really is just another WoW clone. I know GI strongly hinted at this, but…

    I didn’t want to believe it because Elder Scrolls.

    See, this is why I’ve been saying that I wanted ZeniMax Online to SHOW us the game in the same way that ArenaNet did (ArenaNet got Guild Wars 2 out there in cons early on so people could know that everything they’d said about their game is true, and they even changed the game based upon feedback). But after saying that, and the lack of coverage of their ACTUAL game…

    Meh.

    Okay, I was stupid to hope for anything decent to come from this.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    @5

    I’m with you. People are amazingly stupid about this. If anything, it looks like Rift. And the problem with Rift wasn’t the graphics (it REALLY wasn’t), it was the cookie cutter WoW-like gameplay.

    I mean, let me just grab a screenshot for comparison. Here we go. Anyone who thinks that TESO looks like WoW has no eyes. I admit that there ARE hints there (big chins, shoulderpads, and so on), but it’s not an outright WoW aesthetics copy like TOR was.

    In fact, I find this far, far, FAR more preferable visually than both TOR and WoW.

    EDIT: Also, it’s worth pointing out that parts of Morrowind and Oblivion looked VERY much like Rift and not that grimdark or EPIK REALITAY at all. In fact, Skyrim was really the first game to go for those aesthetics.

    (Yes, I imagine people saying ‘epic reality’ in Cartman’s voice, because I feel that as an aesthetic, it’s worthless, and a fucking cancer.)

    #13 3 years ago
  14. wormsby

    I’ve given up expecting anything worthwhile from AAA MMOs. I go in expecting them to be crap. Because they all are, at core. There’s literally nothing interesting going on in the AAA massively multiplayer space.

    Too bad really, I think the Elder Scrolls isn’t a half-bad IP, which would otherwise put them head and shoulders above the wretched IPs littering the MMO space.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Cormac

    i swore that said the ‘tesco’ mmo, till i reread it. Now thats something i would like to see bethesda working on Haha!

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Stephany Nunneley

    Well, I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt until I can get my hands on it. I have yet to be disappointed in an ES game yet, so I am hoping my love for the series transfers over. The lore will draw me in – it always does, and then if the gameplay is good, and the community strong – I will stick around.

    Do you all know why I still play LOTRO? Not just because it’s Tolkien. Not just because it’s utterly gorgeous, but the community. Yeah, sure it gets old sometimes – everything does – and yeah, you will find a few assholes in the bunch (one entire Kinship comes to mind) – but all in all you couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people to play with. Ready to help out, ready to offer advise, and in a very mature and respectful manner.

    How many other MMOs can you say that about?

    Granted, many are probably older players, who learned manners had real world applications long before the internet became popular, but still, a great community does a lot for your MMO. I think – personally – that if the game gains the following of TES community – those of us who have been there since inception – it will help bolster it. If they will come that is – I hope people at least give it a go before writing it off.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Kabby

    Skyrim was too popular and brought the Elder Scrolls to the masses. TESO will have a community full of morons after release.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. fearmonkey

    Darn you Dave, now I have hope for this game and I wanted to hate it so id be pleasantly suprised if i liked it.

    As Wulf noted, the games screens looked like Rift to me, and not a TES game. I played Rift for several months and enjoyed it but I got bored as it was fun but sill just another MMO.

    I have always wanted to go to those diffent places, I hope it feels like them, but I just cannot see myself walking through Balmora or Seyda Neen in third person with graphics that remind me of Rift.

    I want to love it, but time will tell.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Dave Oshry

    @18 You can play in first person. It looks a bit like RIFT sure, but much more like Morroblivion HD.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. tesozone

    I think its very upsetting when people expect TESO to be just another MMORPG. The game will be awesome with such an experienced roster working on the development. If you guys are interested in checking out the latest information and details about the game check out TESO Zone.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. enderssasin

    it seems like nobody on this blog seems like their talking about. have you played TESO? no you havent. Do you know for definate whats in it? no. and besides, it will probaly be BETTER than WoW. so all of you shut up unless you have anything important to say. go to TESO Zone if you want information before you post retarded comments.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. teso

    I really like it, like I feel like its going to be an amazing game. I even dedicated a new community to it. Check it out @ http://www.tesoguru.com

    The Elder Scrolls Online is going to be amazing <3

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Kabby

    “Hell, if King Varian walked into my office right now I’d likely kneel at his feet.”

    Said like a true Alliance pansy. :D

    There’s very little hype or expectation surrounding this TES MMO.

    #23 2 years ago

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    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    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

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • 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

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • 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

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • 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, […]