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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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    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

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

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

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

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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

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

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

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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