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Study – games revenue to hit $70 billion by 2017, PC largest contributor

Saturday, 9 June 2012 22:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A new study from market research firm DFC Intelligence predicts industry revenue across consoles, mobile, PC and the web will grow from $52 billion in 2011 to $70 billion in 2017.

The report, posted over on Gamasutra, noted casual and other new consumers are expanding the market, but it’s the core gamer – males between the ages of 12 to 30 years old – which will drive the growth in revenue.

“Digital distribution, already widely accepted among core gamers globally, is clearly broadening access to products and driving much of the industry growth,” said DFC Intelligence CEO David Cole, who expects digital to make up 66% ($46.2 billion) of revenues by 2017.

Cole feels more firms focusing on browser and social titles need to gain core support in order to grow revenue

“The bottom line, is core gamers spend money on products they like and right now the game offerings on sites like Facebook are simply not appealing to that demographics,” he said.

In order to compile its figures for the study DFC pulled numbers from Xfire, Live Gamer, and GamerDNA over the last five years for its study.

DFC found during its study titles played on PC will make up the largest percentage of the revenue with 39% ($27.3 billion), due to the metrics pulled from the aforementioned gaming networks. The firm found titles such as Diablo III, Minecraft, and League of Legends easily pulled in 1 million DAU despite little or zero retail presence.

As far as other formats were concerned regarding revenue growth, DFC expects consoles to contribute 36% ($25.2 billion) and mobiles titles to contribute 25% ($17.5 billion) to revenue.

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26 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    Yup. PC gaming is dying. Oh those pirates.

    Where’s loki and the likes when you need them?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Kalain

    But, haven’t we known this for quite a while? I’m sure I’ve read the same thing last year and the year before..

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mad1723

    The problem with most of the stats of PC sales is that they don’t have the Steam stats, which tend to count for quite a lot of sales. Honestly, if stats included digital distribution, figures would look a lot less bleak for most games.

    PC gaming has never been dead, will never be and the same can be said about consoles. There is a market for both, and they have their ups and downs, as with every business in the world.

    I’m happy to know that most of E3 demos were done on PC builds though, shows the way the industry sees the actual consoles. I think everyone realizes that the actual consoles have to be replaced for the good of the industry.

    When I say that the actual consoles are starting to show their age, it’s not just in graphics department. Gameplay wise, some games are limited by the limited power of the consoles. Just look at BF3. It’s impossible to do more than 24 players due to the tiny amount of memory the actual consoles have. It’s not just about graphical fidelity, but about gameplay scale. Skyrim had a similar problem with RAM on the PS3. It’s time for those consoles to wave goodbye and be replaced by the next great thing :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    It’s not just the Steam stats that are classified, but yeah.

    What you want to look at is the publisher earnings. A few years ago EA would list both revenue and number of titles per platform, and the PC was outperforming all the others, even though it had the fewest number of titles.

    I don’t think publishers have been very vocal about it, but obviously there’s a reason why someone like EA starts churning out PC games and investing in clients.

    I think the ghost of piracy is too convenient to really get rid of. If a multiplatform or console title fails, a studio gets punished. Or the used game market. If a PC title fails, then obviously it’s down to piracy. I think it’s just taking advantage of peoples general ignorance.

    Executives love a good excuse.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    I love my PC wouldn’t trade it for any console. I do need to get a new one tho, mine is about 5 years old now.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    @5

    Yup, you should. The graphics of newer hardware are a bit ridiculous. And GW2 looks oh so, so beautiful maxed out.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. roadkill

    “games revenue to hit $70 billion by 2017, PC largest contributor” Well that was expected. Blizzard proved with Diablo 3 that PC gamers are incredibly rich people who throw their money at you for pretty much anything you’d want to sell them.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    @7

    Call of Duty. Back at you, console owner.

    I remember watching a video of a soldier humping a lamp post repeatedly on Youtube. And where the player was told to open a door because the AI couldn’t figure it out.

    I thought to myself, at the time: “There are people who actually bought this?

    I didn’t buy either Call of Duty or Diablo III. Some of us are smarter than others. Italicised implications entirely necessary and warranted.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Maximum Payne

    Maybe lot of people bought Diablo 3 because there isn’t similar game on market for years ?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    I wonder why the study hasn’t included Raptr statistics.
    I’ve used both Xfire and GamerDNA in the years, but now it’s a solid 1,5 years I’m only using Raptr as my stats/achievements tracking system for both PC and console games.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Pytox

    #9 Torchlight, Titan quest are few …

    #11 3 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    @Max, I was gonna say the same thing about Titan Quest:Imortal Throne. It is still the king of the genere imo.

    And while Torchlight is a budget game compared to Diablo III, Torchlight was made by three guys that made Diablo and Diablo II. I have played the Torchlight II beta(long before the public open stuff) and have to say it eclipes Diablo III. All my two cents tho, your milage may vary.

    Iron Lore guys(TQ:IT) are also doing Grim Dawn. And that looks fantastic.

    As far as Blizzard goes they get the lion share of game media attention. And their games sell big numbers. But there is a lot more going on with PC gaming then just them.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    People buy Diablo III for the same reason that people buy Call of Duty. Which is the same reason that people buy “fashionable” brand name clothes or food. They want to be on the “inside.”

    Blizzard is a pop-culture sensation. Now, this makes my skin crawl and it’s why I won’t touch anything by them, but for those who want to be on the “inside” of that, that’s where they go in the gaming world. There are some big names that some gaming cliques just won’t talk to you if you haven’t played. They’re the “in thing,” so everyone knows.

    Pick any big name like that. Halo, Grand Theft Auto, and so on.

    Marketing means a lot more than making a good game. If you make a DECENT game and you have amazing marketing, it’ll sell more than other examples, just because people want to be as hip and cool as their friends in their clique. “Hey! I bought Diablo III/WoW/Call of Duty/Halo/Gears of War! We can be friends now, right???!”

    So even if better examples of these things exist, they still sell.

    I remember when Coca-Cola was thinking about marketing a thin can of coke that held about 50% of what a regular coke can does, and costs eight times as much. “People will buy it because they want to be cool, they want to be cooler than other people. And we tell them how to be cool like that.”

    Diablo III is admittedly an entirely average, mediocre game. But Blizzard’s marketing empire has people convinced it’s the “in thing,” so better games like Torchlight II won’t sell as much. Many people are easily manipulated like that and have a hard time thinking for themselves. It’s a really sad situation.

    But we all know it’s true. See coke example.

    As for myself? Fuck the trends. I’ll buy and hype games if I like them. Even if it’s unpopular to like them. People believe what marketing companies tell them to think, most of the time. So… this is why I have a hard time taking most consumers seriously.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Maximum Payne

    Titan Quest released in 2006
    And Torchlight was budget game in 2009.
    Now is 2012 people. We had what ? 2-3 dissent games after Diablo 2 ?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Da Man

    Some people are yet to discover the meaning of a word ‘marketing’, they’re too busy convincing themselves that all toys are made equally good and if anything their fav one is way better..

    Them internet warriors, biggest victims of advertising, ironically..

    But then you really wonder sometimes why Wii sold so well, huh. Oh well, I’ll be playing my superior, hardcore, obscure Joy Ride Turbo instead of the pesky, trendy, disgusting Mario Kart.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    Diablo has a pretty fond place in a lot of gamers memories. For some people playing games may be all about politics, and either fighting evil conspiracies, or supporting valiant freedom fighters, who certainly aren’t out to make money on anything, and undoubtedly will spend any kind of profit on improving life for the world’s children.

    But I think most people are fine not buying into that, and I think a lot of people just wanted to see the next installment in the series.

    There are plenty of ARPGs out there, and there’s no rule saying that you should only like one, or never like another. There are lots of narrowminded people who may think that way, but then there are also people who consider corporations like Microsoft or Sony an actual reflection of their personal values.

    In short: People are fucked up. Play what thou willt.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Christopher Jack

    People buy games because they like them, I don’t like Diablo, CoD or the Wii but that means absolutely nothing. But I truly dislike being attached to a service for an offline game. I’ve grown accustomed to Steam as its reliability has sky rocketed over the years & I’ve yet to have a single problem with it itself in 2012. BUT, I could imagine how those who’d rather not use Steam will get annoyed when forced to for a certain game they want. MOST will reluctantly give in, others will boycott & some will pirate. How ever, unrefined services like Origin piss me off, shit like that should remain optional until its out of the beta stage. I find Ubisoft’s client annoying too but thankfully it hasn’t caused any problems. L.A. Noire’s poorly implemented social club has prevented me from playing it altogether. So the only service I willingly accept for any game is Steam, but again, I don’t think requiring it is the perfect solution to piracy, I’ve seen games like DoWII bypass it, but I do think it’s one of the most solid solutions compared to always on DRM, etc.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. lkm

    #14 your fucking stupid i swear. this is the most fucked up comment in the world.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Kalain

    @14

    So by your comments, I bought D3 because I wanted to be fashionable? Or, maybe, I actually bought it because I enjoyed playing the beta and wanted to buy it. Did that occur to you?

    A lot of people buy games because they want to play them or play them, online, with their friends. That has nothing to do with being ‘inside’ or fashionable. You are painting people who like a particular game with the same brush without actually meeting those people and understanding why they like the game? Yes, marketing will help, but when you get to my age it all comes down to what you like to play.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    Whole lotta trollin’ going on.

    @20 I’m pretty sure it did not occur to him.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Erthazus

    @14, DUDE. Diablo III is not Call Of Duty.

    Diablo III was developed for 12 fucking years. They changed the game 3 times. They changed the engine 3 times. Game was ready 2 years ago and after that they polished it for two more years.

    What are you talking about? I waited for this game for 12 years. I wanted to play it because Diblo I-II were masterpieces.

    Dude, i agree with you about marketing campaign and etc. but stuff about Diablo III what you said is pure horse shit.

    Diablo III in my opinion is not the most perfect thing, but it’s a solid game and i enjoy it a lot.
    I will give you a small example, i finished INFERNO and played 200 hours with my Wizard and now i’m trying to finish Inferno with Monk and i’m currently 35 level Demon hunter. I enjoy it. For me this game is not just fun, for me this game is about “Mechanics” and “Team Play”. Killing elites in inferno with shields and mortars with sexy minions is so awesome.

    Today i showed Patrick Garratt and another guy Secret Pony level with rainbows and teddy bears and holy shit what was their reaction. I was stupid that i forgot about Prnt Screen because their reaction was funny as hell.
    WE.LOVE.DIABLO III.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DSB

    I got the cow level yesterday.

    Priceless stuff :P

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    Pfff… Cow level – old news

    Yesterday I and my friend discovered a cave full of Blizzard employees and the main objective was to kill Game Director (Boss) (and if you kill him you get Legendary achievement) :D

    There is also a well with Blizzard testers. We found it too, but you don’t get anything. :(

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Da Man

    Diablo isn’t Call of Duty.

    I like Diablo and think CoD is bad because I feel like it.

    Therefore, Diablo is one thing, CoD is another.

    If I say butthurted is a legit engrish word then it is so. If can’t tell marketing from advertising then it must be so as well.

    Simple really.

    Why? Because I have nothing better to do than to argue in the comment sections at 3 a.m. and play Diablo afterwards.

    Good f grief, haloperidol probably isn’t enough here.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. viralshag

    @14, so people buy D3 to be fashionable and you buy Torchlight 2 to be the renegade cool hip kid, right? Sticking it to the man and all that? Right you are…

    :/

    @23, He’s just a troll and a fanboy about certain games (look at anything GW2 / D3) but he tries to hide it in overly-long bullshit filled blog posts that hold absolutely no value other than to inflate his own ego when he reads it back to himself.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. sh4dow

    @23

    And for the reasons you mentioned in the first couple of paragraphs of your comment, Diablo III is all the more of a disappointment.

    @TheWulf

    Well, here’s at least somebody who mostly agrees with you.

    #26 3 years ago

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    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    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 […]