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Origin executive aiming to “differentiate”, be “better” than Steam

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 00:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA’s digital distribution service has to offer something different than Steam, according to Origin senior vice president David DeMartini.

“There’s one Steam. I think what people want to see is, they want to have another viable option. They want us to differentiate in a way that sets us apart,” DeMartini told Gamasutra.

The executive compared the digital distribution services’ rivalry with that of big-ticket games – not necessarily aiming to deliver the same experiences.

“Battlefield 3 isn’t Call of Duty. Battlefield 3 is great, it’s a shooter, but it’s a great shooter in its own right. I want Origin to be the exact same thing,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean Call of Duty is bad. I don’t want to see Steam become bad. They’re a partner. They do a lot of good things. What I want is Origin to be differentiable and better as a service, which is similar to what Steam does.”

As for how EA intends to achieve this, DeMartini said the publisher hopes to leverage EA’s multiplatform capabilities.

“We need to be able to visualize that in the service in a way that allows you amongst your circle of gaming friends to differentiate yourself or demonstrate your skills multiplatform versus other people you game with or who you are interested in their opinion,” he said.

If Origin is to be a major alternative to Steam, then it has to live up to Valve’s more established service, and DeMartini echoed colleague Peter Moore in asking gamers to be patient.

“Give us a few more years, and maybe we’ll be better than Steam,” he said.

“Steam took eight years to get where it is. We’re not going to take eight years, but we’re going to get there and go beyond.”

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16 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    They should have left it in the oven until it was a genuine competitor.

    Really, you can’t take any feature of Origin, hold it up to Steam and give the win to Origin.

    Steam has this “News” window that opens up when you 1st start Steam – if there’s any NEWS, if you click through a particular item you’ll never see it again. Origin has a similar “Featured Today” window that opens up when you start Origin, but unlike Steam Origin is pretty happy to have the same 1 or 2 ads on there for weeks at a time. Chances are if I didn’t want BF Premium or MoH Warfighter Digital Deluxe preorder yesterday or any of the preceding 6 days, probably don’t want them today either. Oh yeah, Origin also has no (obvious that I can find) way of turning the useless shit off, unlike Steam.

    On Steam, when a game or piece of content is available for pre-order there’s a handy-dandy green bar that gives you minimum of an approximate release date (i.e. summer 2012), and if the release date is know it gives you the unlock time in months, weeks, days and hours. Origin, jack-fucking-shit. The Battlelog forums have been swamped with “When does Close Quarters release?” threads since Premium went live because EA decided that publishing release dates in obvious places (like their store pages) is too much effort for them.

    Origin forgets my login password probably every other login, 1 in 3 at absolute best. Steam? never.

    Little annoyances that stack up to the point where you’re like “ok, fuck this shit”. I haven’t mentioned that the design is absolute turd yet have I? The design is absolute turd. Why is the friends list permanently there? It’s not even properly supported by BF3 – the game they used to unload Origin on the PC gaming world.

    The lack of actual content on Origin is painfully obvious from their storefront page. There are 3 banner ads on there, 2 of them are for BF3 Premium, BF3 Premium is also on their rotating ad space, it’s also at the head of their new releases block and it’s the only thing that is “Featured Today!”. There are 2 incredibly pointless lists towards the bottom of the page, one titled “The Sims” full of Sims shit, and another titled “Best Shooters” all of which are at least a year old and all of which are insanely overpriced given their age and their current physical retail prices.

    Individual store pages for titles are just barren. You’ve got the option to really sell the game here and really there’s little more than what you’d typically find on the back of a dvd box in-store.

    Ok, they don’t have to copy Steam nod for nod, but they could at least have taken a look to see what they were competing with.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    Good luck with that, EA. But unfortunately you lack the everything that makes Valve great.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    I think the fact that so many people despise Origin speaks volumes about EAs strategy in general.

    They’re trying to apply a console strategy to an open platform, making it a unilateral thing, completely focused on forcing the 100% margins, when that’s really not the best way to get results.

    The best way to get results would be to focus on the service, focus on the design, and focus on the user.

    Until that happens, people have a lot of better options.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. HauntaVirus

    @2
    Couldn’t agree more.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheBlackHole

    “Good luck with that, EA. But unfortunately you lack the everything that makes Valve great.”

    God I hate this attitude.

    *I love VALVE, therefore Steam gets a free pass*

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Valve as a developer – their games are some of the best in the industry.

    Steam is a great service for the most part, but is becoming a dangerously powerful monopoly that now holds way too much control over the PC retail sector.

    Problem is, most gamers (as evidenced by 2 of the 4 previous posts) would rather feed the beast and quash potential competitors, while simultaneously shouting ‘down with the man!’.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. back_up

    hahahahah
    PC gamers are biggest jokers
    wanna play BF3 run origin
    wanna play L4D run steam
    wanna play Diablo run B.net
    net down can’t play game LMAO
    hahahahah can’t stop laughing at PC losers

    #6 3 years ago
  7. GrimRita

    @5 Until Valve/Steam abuse their position, they will always remain the number 1 DD service for PC gaming. Lets not forget EA and the whole Spygate saga with their shitty Origin service.

    How they pulled their titles from Steam and then decided to attempt(and failed) to blame Valve for it, only cemented my hatred for their offering and as such, didnt buy BF3 and any future games released only on Origin.

    The truth is, Origin HAS and continues to abuse its position by selling DD games at stupid prices – BF3 was £40, Digital Deluxe versions – £70+. So if you want to blame someone for shafting the competition – look at EAs doorstep first.

    Calling Origin a competitor to Steam must be the joke of 2012. It cant compete with any features offered by Steam. If Origin had some neat design features or community tools, then fine but it doesnt. You cant even call it a service – it does fuck all apart from sell over priced games.

    That day will never come because Steam is always evolving and if it wasnt for Valve/Steam believing in the PC as a format, the PC gamer would be fucked.

    Every day on VG247 you see stories of how Steam helped Indie titles sell thousands of copies, returning a decent profit. So if Indies like it, main stream like it, and importantly, the players like it, it must be doing something right.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheBlackHole

    “How they pulled their titles from Steam and then decided to attempt(and failed) to blame Valve for it”

    Valve want 30% of every game sale, plus 30% of any associated DLC or microtransactions related to those accounts, whether sold on Steam or not. This is partly why Minecraft is not on Steam, btw. THAT is why EA pulled out. Also, Valve spent 10 years not allowing their titles to be sold via other digital retailers, and only now have it in limited places, so that’s really not a point you can push as a negative against EA.

    “Origin HAS and continues to abuse its position by selling DD games at stupid prices – BF3 was £40, Digital Deluxe versions – £70+.

    All EA games are available via other digital distributors at much cheaper prices – GamersGate, Green Man, D2D, Metaboli… there’s no reason to ever pay EA direct. That’s like buying full price titles from GAME rather than looking online for a cheaper alternatives.

    “It cant compete with any features offered by Steam.”

    Of course not, but then if you remember when Steam was a year old, it was also pretty fucking awful. Ten years of development and R&D is a pretty big head start.

    “Every day on VG247 you see stories of how Steam helped Indie titles sell thousands of copies, returning a decent profit.”

    And every day you DON’T hear about the discussions publishers have about whether or not to put their games on Steam. It’s not always that they want to, they HAVE to, otherwise they simply won’t sell enough copies. They don’t want to give away their users to Steam – giving up customers to a competitor service is suicide, but Steam’s sheer size makes it a necessity.

    I’m not stupid enough to suggest Steam isn’t a brilliant, innovative, groundbreaking service. Much like Google though, it’s the biggest because it’s the best, but it has such a grip on its relative market that no competitor can even begin to compete.

    It IS a monopoly. Epitomised by the fact that almost all other third party digital retailers sell STEAM KEYS, meaning even when Steam isn’t the retailer of choice, they still end up with a new user and % of revenue.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. GrimRita

    @8 Publishers dont have to. If they dont like the terms on Steam, as you claim are 30%, they could go elsewhere.

    The probable reason why they dont is because Steam is more than just a store, its a community and a fantastic one at that. Sure, sometimes I see games that cost more then they do on Amazon but again, I dont mind paying a bit more for a decent service and thus far, Steam delivers on all counts.

    Personally, it all reminds me of the music industry blaming the pirates for downloading music, killing the industry off – then along came itunes and showed that people WILL pay for the music THEY want, not the shit shoved down their throats by out of touch marketing departments.

    The same is true of the PC games industry and Steam. Retailers and publishers were all quick to kick the PC in the bollocks when the truth of the matter was, Steam was growing proving all the idiots out there wrong.

    Now, that Steam have built a solid business, others are quick to slate it. Like I said earlier, until they abuse their position in the market, Steam will ALWAYS be the only DD service I use and if publishers arent on it, thats their problem.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Panda

    @6#

    hahahahah Console gamers are biggest jokers
    wanna play Diablo 3 on console? can’t
    wanna play any mods on console? can’t
    wanna play any strategy game on console? can’t
    wanna play next gen games on full resolution? can’t
    net down? can’t play game
    Server hacked, credit card details gone –>priceless

    hahahahah can’t stop laughing at Console losers

    -_-

    #10 3 years ago
  11. back_up

    @10
    MR POO

    diablo 3 game requires online connection to play even SP LMAO

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @11, True and your PS3 does not require anything because it can’t play Diablo III at all.

    SCHWING!

    #12 3 years ago
  13. back_up

    @12
    false diablo 3 might come to PS3 as blizzard said might be not but whatever

    i can say same for Uncharted series PC version

    point is why the hell people need internet connection to play SP ?

    schwing!

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Panda

    @13 Hey smart arse

    Blizzard is one of the few publishers who are exclusively releasing on PC platform.
    They probably develop good add ons like LOD first. No one will hassle about PS3 release!!!!

    Swing

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Talkar

    @14
    Blizzard once developed for consoles, it is only the most recent titles that didn’t release on any consoles, which may or may not be the case with a PS3 version of D3 ;)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    @8 1) Minecraft isn’t on Steam because it’s one of very few games that doesn’t need retail support. As far as I know, the only third parties used to distribute Minecraft is Google, Apple and Microsoft on Android, I/OS and 360.

    And that’s because those platforms aren’t open.

    There are very few games you can say that about.

    2) Steam hasn’t been ethical in the way they sell their products either, but two wrongs do not make a right, and since Steam is peoples preferred client, you’re not going to make people happy by excluding it from your chain of supply.

    30% is nothing compared to brick and mortar, and I’m guessing that if anyone is offering a better deal, it’s because they have to, to compete.

    3) How hard is it to implement those features? We’re not talking about rocket science. It may have taken Steam half a decade to really bring the service into it’s own, but that can’t possibly be a reason why Origin apparently needs the same amount of time to rip off those ideas.

    -

    I don’t disagree with the last part. A market where corporations focus on their needs before the consumers certainly won’t do any of us any favors, but sadly that’s how a lot of executives minds work these days.

    A corporation is a fortress within society, not an active part of it.

    But that’s also handing another advantage over to Steam. As a private company, they can do everything those executives think they can’t. Gabe Newell is easily worth more than Bobby Kotick and John Ricitiello.

    Maybe it wouldn’t be a terrible idea for them to learn a thing or two.

    #16 3 years ago

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    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]