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THQ’s new boss doesn’t sound keen on making Darksiders III

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 15:46 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Newly appointed president of THQ Jason Rubin isn’t too keen on making Darksiders III, from the sound of it.

Speaking to The Verge, Rubin said Vigil may have a future in store for it other than telling the stories of the other two horsemen.

“Darksiders II is very interesting but I think I can get that team to make other very interesting games,” he said.

Darksiders II, which is in development for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, releases on August 14 this year. A Wii U version is also in development.

Thanks, GoNintendo.

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38 Comments

  1. The_Red

    I really hope Rubin doesn’t turn Vigil and other THQ studios into DLC / download only game factories.

    On the other hand, if this means that they will still work on big AAA games but not from that franchise, that would actually be truly welcome. It always feels a bit annoying when a studio spends decades making sequels to the same game. Even creators of my fave series (MK) have suffered from this.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TMRNetShark

    Fans of Darksiders wanted all 4 horsemen as playable main characters (which means 4 games). On the other hand, Rubin needs to do what his company must do to survive.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Beta

    But I just got Darksiders 1 off PS Plus :’( I think it’s one of their better franchises.

    Don’t you dare take this series off me so early Rubin! :P

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Night Hunter

    Shouldn’t he wait for it to release and see how it sells first? The first Darksiders came out amidst some competition, the release for Darksiders 2 leaves it almost unopposed. I really hope it sells well.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    I’m really starting to like this guy.

    Darksiders isn’t a bad game and it isn’t bad business, but it’s also common as dirt. I’m not sure that’s the way to carve out your spot in the market.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    THQ doesn’t have much franchises to survive on and if you are to cut Darksiders you are surely shooting yourself in the foot. They have Saints Row, Warhammer RTS, and Darksiders. Those games are their life blood right now.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Edo

    @6 “…but it’s also common as dirt” something that can be said about 90% of the gaming franchises these days.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    Darksiders is a poor franchise.

    first game was a mediocre pile of copy paste. Jason Rubin made a good move.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. StolenGlory

    @7

    Also, shouldn’t this guy really be quite bullish on a sequel? (even if he has no intention to see it made) Since it will surely hurt their chances at retail if people get the assumption (however wrong that may be) that the franchise has no future.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    @10

    Yeah again shooting himself in the foot. This dude from reading the interviews and such is like a younger version of Kotick. Even Darksiders being a mediocre game had pretty solid gameplay and a unique theme. If Vigil does it right they can have a great series. From what I have read,seen and heard from my friends at Vigil. I suspect it will do far better than the original. This kind of talk from Rubin should wait until after the sequel to see if its viable. This new president is probably going to make Vigil develop a FPS in hopes of copying COD. He is just the type to do it too.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. zeus019

    Good marketing Rubin …… if he says stuff like this people will be more interested in this game and da game will sell more….. no matter what, they won’t stop making a profitable Franchise….

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @8 And that’s exactly why it’s pointless to try. The bigger publishers are always going to be better at producing and marketing clones.

    It’s going to come down to Darksiders II. If it does roughly the same, then I think they’re better off going for something original.

    @11 Really? Bobby Kotick challenges his studios to make new IPs, instead of mass producing the ones they’ve got? Did I miss something?

    Although I agree, he should probably wait for the release.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Ali Hayas

    Rubin keeps bragging these days.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. ManuOtaku

    I think this guy wants that Naugthy Dog will end up buying THQ, nice move man nice move, working as an infiltrator.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. TheWulf

    The problem with THQ is that they’re really too nice, they’re not cut-throat enough. They tried being cut-throat with their Saints Row: The Third and Warhammer 40k DLC, but it didn’t really work out for them. I don’t think they know how to do it in the same way that biggies like Activision and EA do.

    But, funnily enough, this is why they’re also one of the few publishers I stand by and buy frequently from. I hope that they can figure out a way to survive without losing what makes me respect them. Because of my distaste for EA, Activision, and Ubisoft, I tend to roll in my experiences of them with the games they offer, so therefore they have to try all that much harder if they want me to buy a game.

    But THQ doesn’t have to try that hard at all.

    I guess it’s true what I’ve said that people like being told what to buy by Daddy Fashion and Mummy Marketing, because otherwise publishers like EA, Activision, and Ubisoft would be doing poorly, and THQ would be doing great.

    It really is a shame.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Yeah because Activision a year ago said they will be only focusing on the bigger franchises like COD and have 7 studios for one franchise. Thats totally innovative, oh wait, no it isn’t. Outside of Blizzard, Activision has COD, Skylanders, Transformers, Prototype, Spiderman than the movie game contracts. Yep, ripe with new IPs.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    Weren’t Transformers and Skylanders (Skylanders especially, being by Toys for Bob) brought to Activision from outside developers?

    The point I think is being made here is that Activision’s in-house development wouldn’t know a thing about creativity if they were murdered and then resurrected by it, and given a sermon on imagination, and then lectured for a hundred years on the tenets of good design.

    Skylanders was good, yes. But that’s because it was (to say it again) Toys for Bob. And Activision don’t own Toys for Bob. In fact, they don’t own any of the games they’ve published that have any worth.

    I make this distinction because games that are brought to a publisher are games that just need a publisher. And those games can be quite good, on occasion. But games that are developed in house by a publisher are usually incredibly shit.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    @17 But…. Rubin is saying the exact opposite of that. He’s not happy churning out relatively succesful generic clones. He wants the quality to be a factor too.

    So, by doing the exact opposite of Kotick, he becomes Kotick?

    How does that make sense?

    THQ has tried to be EA and Activision for the better part of a decade. It hasn’t served them well. Rubin is trying to style the company after the likes of Take-Two. I think that’s pretty obvious.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. The_Red

    @19
    I wouldn’t call DS1 a clone. If that’s the case, then we should return to calling every FPS a Wolf 3D / Doom clone, every modern RTS a StarCraft clone and so forth.

    Titles like Doom, Diablo, StarCraft and yes, Zelda are sto influential and important that many other games WILL try to take inspiration from. Plus with DarkSiders 2, they’re actually doing something rather unique. They’ve taken the INSANE loot formula from Diablo and mixed it with action / adventure nature of Zelda. Borderlands did the same with crazy loot and FPS which resulted in one of the most successful and beloved new IPs of this gen.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    @19 Read his articles he may said that in this article but in other articles he is saying another. Take Two is only on the map because of Rockstar, THQ sadly does not have that type of talent.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. viralshag

    @16, what are you basing your thoughts on other than your own imagination? If I remember correctly, THQ had a better last qtr report thanks to its digital sales, including higher than expected sales of its pass and DLC. So how exactly did it not work out for them?

    And on topic, I would like to see another Darksiders game if II turns out to be good. But I don’t think famine and pestilence/conquest could have as much of a cool imagining to them.

    I would love to see a possible 4-player co-op with all of them in the fourth game though.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Edo

    @13 I don’t think that THQ can afford themselves to be “original” at this point without selling well…a lot of people seem to be forgetting that and I don’t think that even this guy is well aware of that.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    @20 You can argue semantics for a long time like that.

    There were plenty of FPS’s that were Wolfenstein clones, like Blake Stone, or Doom clones like Rise of the Triad.

    To me that’s the category that Darksiders falls into. Generic, utterly familiar gameplay in a different artstyle.

    You’re allowed to like it obviously, but I can’t see how it would ever be called original.

    @21 Whether you agree with it or not is up to you, but I don’t see how THQ can survive trying to compete with EA and Activision on generic titles. Big publishing will always have them beat on production values and marketing budgets, which is all that matters when you don’t put the focus on design.

    Darksiders is one of their rare successes of that strategy, it’s not even close to being the rule.

    @23 What choice do they have? They tried releasing generic action crap for the better part of a decade, and it nearly sunk the company. Quite arguably the best period in the company’s history was when they were doing original stuff that was actually worth noticing.

    Are the guys playing Gears of War suddenly going to jump to Space Marine? Is the MOBA crowd going to jump on Dawn of War II? Are the CoD and BF players going to jump on Homefront? Was the MMO crowd going to rally around Dark Millenium?

    It simply wasn’t going to happen in this universe.

    If you can’t beat them on size and exposure, then you have to beat them on smarts and quality.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Gigabomber

    Darksiders is one of their better franchises and one of the best open world adventure/metroidvania 3rd person titles. This guy is a tool.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Hellhound30x

    HEY JASON! GUESS WHAT? THE ONLY GAME I WANT TO PURCHASE FROM THQ IS THE DARKSIDERS GAMES… NO DARKSIDERS? No CUSTOMER! (=

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Khan979

    This Rubin guy is an idiot. Dark siders was a really good game…..sure it could have used a bit more polish before it was released, but overall it was very fun.

    DarkSiders 2 looks like it is going to be even better and hopefully will sell more. I really hope he doesn’t cut off this IP too soon.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Ireland Michael

    Wait… people are complaining about *not* getting tonnes of rehashed sequels?

    Good god, make up your minds.

    Personally, I thought Darksiders was as dull and unoriginal a game as they come, with weak combat, generic art design and an utterly dull story, but even if I didn’t feel that way about it, I still don’t understand why people would rather see sequel after sequel after sequel over ew franchises and ideas to invest themselves in.

    Blows the mind.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. freedoms_stain

    @28, Darksiders has an overarching story that likely won’t be finished with Darksiders 2.

    That’s not rehashed sequelisation imo.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Ireland Michael

    @29 “Darksiders deliberately has an “overarching” storyline in the hope that it will convince people to buy the sequels.”

    Fixxed.

    Modern Warfare had an “overarching” storyline as well. Just saying.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    Well i think this is somewhat a new ip and for that is a little bit to soon to say this kind of things, really is very very alarming, if number 2 is like the first one, and i mean doesnt improve or stablish new gameplay mechanics, then i think he is right, but if the game is keep evolving with each iteration, and for that making the game better and shine, then why not, why is that bad, all of our beloved series that form part of each console manufacturer are done this way, why cannot darksiders too.

    And is really very resonant words, prior the launch of said tittle, i wonder what is the main reason for this, it has to have a purpose good or bad, but i think it has one, maybe he is testing the popularity of this franchise perhaps, in order to see our reaction, or is something more darker, i dont know, but it is pretty strange.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. OrbitMonkey

    Darksiders was ok, lets not get all passionate about that eh? Rubin wants something more than ok and that’s not a bad thing.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. DSB

    I don’t think there’s any doubt that Rubin wants to play the badass. And if he fails, then everybody gets to laugh at him.

    But I do respect the fact that he goes into a company that is practically worthless, and starts talking about developing Skyrims and Red Dead Redemptions, for less money.

    I think the negativity towards that statement is more of a kneejerk reaction than anything else. I didn’t like the sound of it at first, but the more he maps it out, the more I see the idea.

    Change sucks, but if anyone needs it, it’s THQ.

    If he can match his attitude with smarts and hard work, I think Rubin could be the man for the job.

    @29 You can say that about a lot of games though. Modern Warfare has been busy fighting World War 3, it doesn’t make it less of a mass production.

    @31 Good point.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. NeoSquall

    @30 WAIT A MINUTE.
    Call of Duty has an overarching storyline?
    More like Call of Duty has ANY storyline?

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    @33 Well yeah, of course. Doesn’t really stop it from being true in this case one way or the other.

    @34 Believe it or not, yes it does.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Edo

    @24 The only choice for them is to improve the present franchises such as Saints Row,Darksiders,Warhammer and others.Saints 3 sold 4 million copies and was also critically acclaimed(at least by THQ standards)I honestly don’t know how many sold copies from other franchises will satisfy them or should I say how many will be enough to keep them solvent…

    #35 3 years ago
  36. DSB

    @36 Darksiders may be popular, but I think you’re overestimating how well it actually did. If these franchises were so good, then THQ wouldn’t be in this situation.

    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/27060/Analyst_Darksiders_A_Disappointment_For_THQ.php

    I think it’s pretty obvious that if Saints Row The Third hadn’t hit paydirt, then THQ would be gone right now.

    Franchises haven’t done that much for the company. Saints Row is the only one at the moment. DoW II did well at first, but the expansions didn’t. UFC did well at first, but the sequels didn’t.

    Their biggest hits have been with the games that people couldn’t get anywhere else. That’s why I think Rubin is onto something here.

    There’s not much left to lose, risking a little or risking a lot is virtually the same thing for THQ at this point.

    @35 I inadvertently made the same point you did earlier, aimed at the same guy. Didn’t see it :P

    #36 3 years ago
  37. SplatteredHouse

    It was interesting in light of this statement, to find a new advertising campaign kicked off on TV for Darksiders II. They’re not keen on making more DS apparently, yet they ARE keen to tie up multiple segments per break of commercial ad time (expensive?) to publicise the coming one…

    But again, the sequel comes after a multi-year gap since the release of Darksiders. If that cycle had to be repeated again, if they had to wait that time to capitalise, maybe that’s part of what would hold a DS3 back from being made.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. back_up

    Darksider 3 ? lol
    secong one is yet to release

    #38 3 years ago

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  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]

  • EA Q3: Battlefield 5 still on for holiday 2016, PGA Tour 15 spring release confirmed

    EA announced its financial results for its Q3 fiscal year 2015 quarter, ended December 31, 2014, noting total net revenue $1.13 billion in total net revenue compared to $808 million year-over-year. For the nine months ending December 31, total net revenue came in at $3.3 billion. Net revenues were up 39% and net income came […]

  • Players logged 113M single-player hours in Dragon Age: Inquisition, other EA games stats

    Ahead of its Q3 2015 earnings release, Electronic Arts has released a game infographic showing some interesting stats compiled through gameplay from October – December 2014. For FIFA 15, over 3.3 billion goals were made; 73 million knockouts occurred in EA SPORTS UFC; over 10 million families were created in The Sims 4; 113 million […]

  • Hyrule Warriors has shipped 1 million units worldwide

    Koei Tecmo has announced shipments of its Wii U hack and slash action title, Hyrule Warriors, has shipped one million units worldwide. The Omega Force-developed title was released in Japan on August 14 and in the west on September 26. Two packs of DLC for the game are slated for February alongside the version 1.5.0 […]

  • Xbox Games Store discounts Never Alone, Dragon Age: Inquisition, more

    This week’s deals available through the Xbox Games Store will be valid until February 2 with titles such as Battlefield 4, Dragon Age Inquisition, Never Alone, and Titanfall discounted. Discounted titles with an asterisk are for Xbox Live Gold members only. Xbox One Just Dance 2015* – 40% Another World* – 50% Never Alone* – […]

  • Say hello to Mortal Kombat X’s latest character: Reptile

    As promised, one of two character reveals this week for Mortal Kombat X has occurred: it’s the acid-spitting Reptile. Nice! Watch the video above. Mortal Kombat X is slated for release on April 14 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4,Bxo 360 and Xbox One. Thanks, MrTGJelly (Trent).

  • Twisted fairy tale Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries hits Steam Early Access

    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, the successful Kickstarter from GRIN Studios, has launched on Steam Early Access. The PC title is described as a “cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood,” who armed with an axe sets out on a quest to avenge the murder of her parents. Gameplay features action-platforming, combo-based hack ‘n […]

  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round delayed to late March on Steam

    Koei Tecmo has announced it is delaying the PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to March. According to an updated listing on Steam (thanks, AGB), the fighter was delayed “in order to provide you with the best experience possible.” To apologize for the delay, Team Ninja will offer the Halloween 2013 Set, […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online will be F2P “no plans” for western release

    Dragon’s Dogma Online will be a free-to-play title for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Set for release this year, Dragon’s Dogma Online has a lobby which will support up to 100 players, is open-world, and the executive producer is Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Players can form groups with up to four players or pawns while raids […]

  • Watch this release video for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel DLC Lady Hammerlock

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases today on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and coinciding with the release is the launch trailer. In the Lady Hammerlock DLC, players are introduced and will be able to step into the shoes of Sir Hammerlock’s sister, Lady Aurelia the Baroness. The DLC will run […]

  • Free DLC for Tales of Zestiria takes place after main storyline

    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]