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Analysts say even if GTA V releases in 2012, it won’t curb industry decline

Saturday, 7 July 2012 19:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Industry analysts have said even if Grand Theft Auto V should miraculously release this year, it won’t curb sluggish industry sales.

Speaking with VentureBeat, Robert W. Baird & Co’s Colin Sebastian said while he isn’t confident the game will be out this year, if Take-Two should surprise us all and release it, console software sales would still be in a modest decline.

“Given the current momentum of the market, I doubt any major releases, even one of GTA V’s size, would push the physical markets back into the positives,” said EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich in agreement. “The traditional gaming sector is under an enormous amount of downward pressure at the moment, and it will require a strong catalyst to shift that momentum.”

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said while GTA V could accumulate $700 million in sales, it would still only amount to “less than 10% of the expected overall software sales this year,” industry sales are down more than that, year-to-date.

While it’s been suggested GTA V could release during T2′s financial year ending March 31, 2013, the firm has yet to confirm when it plans to release it. Going by past releases in the franchise and from Rockstar in general, it will release “when it’s ready.”

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24 Comments

  1. Talkar

    Release when ready? Ever heard of GTA IV? :P

    #1 3 years ago
  2. jdfoster00

    Why? Because games are expensive… £40 for mediocre games is too much to ask for…. Create some quality games and we will buy them for £40 but if they’re not release them at £20-£25!!! Then more people will buy video games like back in ps1 and ps2 days!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dark

    @ i agree .. this why i’m not excited for next gen
    most of the games just sucks and beautiful graphics won’t change that.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @2

    ANd who is to say what is a “quality” game and what isn’t. Games will always be 60$ at release or more if you don’t feel like its a quality game then when until its on for sale. Pretty simple.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Giskard

    @4 That’s what everyone is doing. Thus the industry is in decline because of the obvious lack of quality titles.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DarkElfa

    It’s in decline because EA and Activision are in a contest to see who can buy up the most talented studios, ruin their reputations, completely change what made them talented and then have them churn out crap for 60 a pop.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @6 Their strategies may not be the best, but their stuff is selling like hotcakes. They’re keeping the industry alive.

    And E.A. stopped being the evil “Dev Destroyer” years ago. Thats Activision’s And Microsoft’s gig right now.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    @5

    Its not in a decline and if you listen to NPD saying that it is than you have bigger issues. They can’t can’t track the digital sales so ofcourse looking at those physical numbers being sold would tell a different story.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Gigabomber

    @8 Agree. Most people around age 30 are now admitting they game, and the tide of anti-game sentiment is lightening up. Prepare for the future.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Giskard

    @8 There are virtually no digital sales of Xbox / PS3 games, and those are in major decline, according to NPD, which means it’s safe to assume that their numbers are reasonably correct.

    PC market is fine though, I’ll grant you that, but seeing as GTA is a console game first and foremost, the console numbers are more interesting.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    @10

    “There are virtually no digital sales of Xbox / PS3 games”

    May want to look again majority of the triple A games are on download for the 360 and PS3.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. drewbles82

    If you don’t like paying so much for a game, wait a few months. Don’t have to buy a game day one. Example my m8 bought Fallout3 day one and all the DLC day one, cost over £80 all together.
    I waited a year and got the GOTYE for £14.99
    Only just got Assassins Creed Rev for 12.99

    #12 3 years ago
  13. M. K.

    @7: That was a good one. You must have forgotten bioware, pandemic and co. :D

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    @13

    What of Bioware? Because of EA they have gained control of three studios not only that their games have sold more than any other game when they were independent. Also these companies weren’t forced into a deal They were looking to be sold and thats is when EA offered them a deal and they took it. Pandemic games were sub par at best and just couldn’t hack the pressure so what happens when you can’t make a profit for your boss? You get the axe. The studio may have been closed but the employees are still working for EA at least most of them.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    @13 I had a feeling people would mention BioWare.

    BioWare have made their own mistakes. Just like it is easy to blame Activision for Blizzard’s problems, it’s become convenient for people to blame Electronic Arts for BioWare’s. Without E.A., they would have gone under years ago. They *asked* to be bought.

    Not only are BioWare’s “failings” entitely open to interpretation, but they are also a part of E.A. that has had a lot of freedom and autonomy. This has been a popular focus of developer acquisition at E.A. for some time now, *because* of the number of development companies that felt apart in the past after joining E.A. – Origin, Bullfrog, etc.

    E.A. even has schemes set up to help fund smaller development companies projects.

    Trip Hawkings does not run E.A. anymore. Move on.

    Pandemic as a label was not delivering the goods. They simply dropped the name and reassigned people to other departments in the company. How is this “evil” in any way whatsoever?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    @4

    You answered that with your own rhetoric and you pointed out how pointless your comment was within its own post. So I’m not sure as to what the purpose of your post was.

    Who determines the quality of entertainment? The viewer, no one else, because quality is largely subjective in regards to entertainment, due to the ephemeral nature of entertainment. What some might love, others might hate. If he feels that most mainstream games don’t represent quality from his perspective, then from his perspective he’s correct, and it’s his prerogative to share his opinion.

    And for what it’s worth, his opinion is matched by mine. The vast majority of AAA stuff these days is boring shit, thus poor quality.

    Give me a good dieselpunk game in a fantastic world or something and I might be interested, but it’s the same old mindrot all the time, the same dull settings, with everyone ripping each other off. OH, MODERN IS THE CURRENT SETTING. LET’S DO A MILLION MODERN GAMES. OH, NEAR FUTURE IS THE CURRENT SETTING. LET’S DO A LOT OF THAT. OH, HISTORIC STUFF IS… et fucking cetera.

    There’s a lot of bandwagon jumping and not a whole bloody lot of creativity.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    @15

    Sorry. Part of that is intentionally misleading bullshit. If you’re not a person who prides themselves on intellectual dishonesty, you’ll be happy with me calling you on this.

    In the case of Origin Systems at least, they were partially ruined by Electronic Arts. They were bought out when they were healthy and… well, EA tried to make their games ‘broadly popular.’ This lead to Ultima taking a BOLD NEW DIRECTION with Ultima 8.

    See, EA had them redesign their franchise after buying them out in 1992. And this meant that Ultima now had to become an action RPG. Ultima 8 was an amazingly bad game and a financial failure.

    Then a number of other tragedies occurred…

    EA thought that MMORPGs were popular, so they set them to work on Ultima Online. They thought that the failure of Ultima 8 was 2D, so they set Origin Systems to work on another RPG, an action RPG. This lead to people leaving, including one of the lead writers on Ultima XI, which meant that the plot went to shit.

    Ultima XI was another terrible game, rushed, typical of EA.

    Some success was had by UO, but it wasn’t popular enough. EA believed that this was due to the lack of 3D. They wanted an Everquest killer. So they took people off Ultima Online to work on UO2, Privateer Online, and a bunch of other projects. Due to the poor sales of Ultima XI, and the ‘unexpectedly high’ development costs of MMORPGs, they found Origin Systems was too expensive to keep running, so they dissolved them.

    Origin Systems was fucked over by EA.

    Westwood, Origin Systems, Criterion… all were tainted by EA. I mean, you can’t say that there’s just some massive coincidence here.

    Now, that’s not to say that I disagree with all of your post. I know that EA now isn’t the same as EA then. But at one point it was a fairly terrible company that was responsible for the downfall of a number of developers. Since they switched management, they improved, yes.

    But to say that poor widdle EA were never guilty of anything is fucking ridiculous. The sordid history of Origin Systems is likely a template for every developer they bought out back then.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Fin

    Anyone who says the games industry is worse now that at any point previously is wrong. There’s never been so many games of such high quality.

    Everyone sees old games through rose tinted glasses. If you went back and played them now, shock, the majority aren’t very good.
    Mass Effect 3 was better than 1 and 2.
    Diablo 3 was better than 2.

    Even RAGE, which reviewed quite badly, was called out because it hadn’t moved on from old game conventions/had arcane design. Games are such a fickle bunch, if something innovates, they’re like “WE LIKE THE OLD ONE BETTER”, if something stays the same, they’re like “WE WANT INNOVATION”.

    Gamers are better now, get over it.

    Also, on topic, I think it’s getting too late for GTA V to launch Q4 this year, I’d be looking at an April slot next year instead.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @17 “Origin Systems was fucked over by EA.”

    Uuuh… that is exactly what I said.

    Seriously, did you even read my post?

    I specifically stated that EA changed internally because of the damage that kept happening whenever they were acquired. I even name dropped Origin. Ultima is probably my all time favourite franchise.

    BTW, it was Ultima IX, not XI. =P

    Not sure I agree on Criterion. Their games may not still be called Burnout anymore, but they’re still bloody amazing.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    I have been saying it for years. The console market is consuming itself.

    Fact is games are too expensive. And DLC makes it worse.

    Way too many simaler looking, feeling, and playing games on the market.

    Yearly sequels and franchises are not helping matters. Not just the actual product, but the mentality that pushes pubs to start thinking in terms like Franchises. If game one sells a certian number, then they up the ante on game two. And every game is expected to reach certian bench marks, or it fails and a studio closes.

    Speaking of bench marks, look at the break even point for many games. Games just cost too much to make. No way you should have to sell 2 million units to turn a profit.

    I think, tho, that the games industry is fine. However the dedicated so called “core” market is shrinking. And really, even the sheer numbers are still there. Just if the bulk of the gamers play one, two, or three franchise titles, there just isn’t room for five, six, or seven games offering the same experiences. And yes, mostly I am thinking of OMP Shooters. But I can think of lots of other generes that are drowning in sameness.

    And while there are more people playing games today then ever there was, those numbers are not all core gamers. …

    “It’s been a shock to the system of many gamers, and plenty of people within the industry, to discover that the universe doesn’t revolve around them” … http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-07-06-a-question-of-maturity The subject was on maturity of games, but it fits here too.

    Everyone with a pov, tends to believe that their pov is the right one. The world, acording to them. And that what they feel and think is truth and way things really work. Just perspective is all.

    A lot of people buy games. They buy Nintendo games(look at this gens total top ten sales chart, more Nintendo games then any other pub), they buy games from Yahoo, Zynga, and Steam. They play games on tablets and phones. iOS and Andriod. They play them on Gameboy. People play a lot of games that would make a dedicated core gamer cringe. And many sectors of gaming are growing.

    But high profile, high budget, trip A console games … only so much growth potential there. Only so much room. And it really does, imo, come down to price point. You can’t bring up that inflation crap where a game today costs less then a game ten years ago. Mostly because it is wrong. People today have less disposable income. And gamers today have a wider selection of cheaper choices.

    If all the market has was an Atari 2600 to game on, that is where all of the gamers would play. However because of the limited choice and platform, a lot less people would be interested in gaming. Think about that in terms of the current games market. Today there are a ton of choices, from different platforms to different games. That is good, unless your the Atari 2600(PS360), because you will lose people to other alternatives.

    The PS360 core markets push very defined sets of gaming experiences. And they are expensive. I can easily imagine, infact know people that scoff at the idea of spending 80usd on a game(w/dlc)for a 200, 300, or 400usd console, yet own 80usd of iOS games. Again it is that perception thing. The games industry no longer revolves around core demographics, dedicated consoles, and expensive games.

    Next gen(console speaking) is just going to be more of the same. But, with less room for smaller and medium game studios/dev/pubs. We will see the high profile franchise games/studios/pubs out in full force, but I am not too sure what beyond that. We will pay more money and have less games.

    I could be wrong. I am told I tend to think the sky is falling a lot. But I also tend to see things coming down the road. Things that aren’t here yet. Because sometimes you need to look for more then the hand in front of your face.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. absolutezero

    @18 Games are not better now. Get over it.

    See how fucking easy that was?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @20 Personally, I can’t wait wait until the “hardcore” gamer is an old and dying breed, and the gamers left are those who enjoy all sides of the spectrum, from casual games to core games to non-game games (check up stuff like Tiny Tower and Pocket Planes) to interactive media.

    Our hobby will be better for it.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. eletrobadboy

    GTA 5 needs to be released soon as possible and defernly not on 33st March 2013 we need it NOW!
    Also GTA 5 needs to be a 15 and a 18 for peoples parents who won’t let them have 18 and only let them have 15 becouse of bad language!
    P.S the 18 and the 15 are going to be the same but with different ages!
    WE NEED GTA 5 NOW!😡

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Moonwalker1982

    GTA V is not coming this year. But some folks on this forum say it will. They actually have a really good theory that makes alot sense and logic, i suggest reading it. But i still don’t see it coming in October.

    http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=516074

    #24 3 years ago

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    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]