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

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

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]