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Pachter predicts 34% YOY decline in NPD’s June sales report

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 03:19 GMT By Brenna Hillier

When the NPD Group releases its June sales report later this week, Michael Pachter isn’t banking on good news.

The Wedbush Morgan analyst expects sales to reach just $305 million, down 34 % on June 2011, according to a note sent to investors, as reported by Gamespot.

Pachter blamed a “lackluster release lineup”, with Pokemon Conquest and Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes like to top the charts, ahead of the slow burning Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. June releases Spec Ops: The Line and Lollipop Chainsaw are expected to post modest performances, and Pachter doesn’t believe Max Payne 3 has picked up, either.

“In this unprecedented eighth year of the console cycle, we believe there are few new intellectual properties to reinvigorate interest in the games sector/ Consumers have been offered a never-ending series of sequels, and have been offered fewer choices each year for the last several years, with the result being waning interest in new software purchases and an unprecedented three years of software sales declines,” Pachter said.

“The poster children for limiting consumer choice are Activision, Electronic Arts and THQ, with each company offering 50 percent as many titles as they offered several years ago, with only one new intellectual property launched among the three companies over the last year.”

NPD sales figures have dropped year-on-year each month since November.

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23 Comments

  1. OlderGamer

    Patcher needs to get out of my head, almost like he was stealing my very own words.

    Never the less, he is right.

    Perhaps 10 year life cycles aren’t such a great idea after all?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    @1 Has everyone just completely forgotten that we are currently in the deepest troughs of a worldwide economic depression?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Thing is, there is no denying he is right. I have been saying the same darn things for a couple of years now.

    I think there is a lot of money to be made in the industry still. Look at the 3DS sales. Heck compare 3ds vs vita sales. One sells very well setting records along the way, and the other one trickles off of shelves.

    No doubt that the economic climate matters, but understanding what people want and more importantly what people will buy matters too, more now then ever. Platform holders better be damn careful when they put out thier next gen systems. Price means everything. Combine that with lack of anything fresh and new, they could split the audiance and find that games move very slowly.

    I called it a few years back, I said the industry could well be heading for a 1980s style crash. I don’t that it has to end up there, certianly nothing is ever written in stone, but many key ingrediants are in the mix at this point.

    Peoples disposable income ratios are droping, hardware and software are expensive(DLC) makes it more so, the market is over saturated with sameness, and so on.

    I think gaming will be fine, but the dedicated living room set top box playing 60usd+ AAA big budget games, loaded with “extra” DLC, on premium online subscription, could be numbered. At the very lest it needs a rethink, I don’t believe it is sustainable anymore. And I think we continue to see that with the ongoing decline in sales.

    But, some will say that DudeBro 7 game still sold awesome! Of course. But before the Halos, CoDs, or other high profile, highly marketed franchise games hit the skids…other smaller and medium games fall off. And we are seing that now too(those are where the decline is). More and more core gaming means omp shooter. All part of the process, imo. I think that is why MS pushes Kinect so damn hard. As well as other services and apps. I don’t think they believe that core demographics can carry a console the way it once did.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    Its YoY if you haven’t noticed there haven’t been any games released other than Diablo 3 which is not going to show up on NPD and Max Payne 3. NPD is also a very rough estimate since it doesn’t track digital sales.

    Also MS and Sony still plan on doing 10 year term for next Gen they have proved to be very profitable for them both unlike the previous generations.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    On a console, digital game sales are a much smaller % then some people give them credit for. DLC, on the other hand…if it for the right franchise…

    On PC digital game sales are huge.

    But this conversation is mostly a console one.

    “In this unprecedented eighth year of the console cycle, we believe there are few new intellectual properties to reinvigorate interest in the games sector/ Consumers have been offered a never-ending series of sequels, and have been offered fewer choices each year for the last several years, with the result being waning interest in new software purchases and an unprecedented three years of software sales declines,” Pachter said.”

    As far as your less games being released theroy, PB. Exactly. There are going to be less game choices if things don’t change, lest on consoles. That is part of the problem. Things have gotten so out of hand that a big pub doesn’t want 25 games in their stable each year, instead they want 5 games a year. And they want those franchises to sell 5Xs as much. (just using abstract numbers for ilistrative purposes). Thats part of the too much cost to make a game side of things. Dev costs are too high. So they stick with, and push the same franchises, year after year.

    I think, in truth, right now a lot of pubs are building their games for new systems. It makes sense that this whole year could be a wash out. But I think there a lot of warning signs on the wall too.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. fearmonkey

    As someone that lived through the video game crash, i dom’t want to go through it again. However it’s a very different market than it was then.

    It’s been a mistake for Sony and MS to wait so long on releasing new hardware. Publishers got too comfortable releasing sequels instead of taking chances on new IP, and so we have indies filling the void with PC games and games for the mobile devices we have now.

    The global economy meltdown hasnt hurt the sales of tablet devices like the IPad and the constant influx of new powerful smartphones. The problem we have now is games are priced very high and people dont chances as much on them, to take chances we need exciting new hardware and IP, and publishers hardly ever release a ton of new IP except at the begining of a cycle.

    Digital sales do well but most wait for cost cutting sales except for the big titles like Diablo 3. Most PC gamers dont buy a ton of new titles at full release price, console gamers do, but have been doing it less as this generation goes on.

    There is nothing wrong with the generations lasting 10 years, but more like the PS1 and PS2 situation, where both were an option at the same time for awhile.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @3
    “Look at 3DS Sales”

    Which are suffering too.

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/07/04/3ds-sales-currently-weak-in-europe-and-na-nintendo-president/

    “hardware and software are expensive”

    Disagree – at least in that software is cheaper than ever console wise, and that’s part of the problem for devs/publishers. The old model was all games cost $60/£40. They get sold at retail. Now the methods of selling, the cost of games, the expectations of the consumers – all changing and the industry is readjusting. Plus as pointed out @2 we are in a bit of a recession.

    AAA titles will still be pushed out at the $60/£40 price point, use a lot of retail. With DLC and whatever else they can use to get the costs back. The vast majority of everything else *needs* to move to other models. The B and C titles, niche releases etc. Too many are trying to stay in the same space as AAAs and they are getting done over by the value offered elsewhere. Rethink, rework your business models. XBLA, PSN etc.

    The problem then is this is becoming a saturated market where getting your product seen is difficult and requires a change marketing. The flip side for the consumer is that this market is also hugely diverse and innovative.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. AHA-Lambda

    ““The poster children for limiting consumer choice are Activision, Electronic Arts and THQ, with each company offering 50 percent as many titles as they offered several years ago, with only one new intellectual property launched among the three companies over the last year.””

    Wow… just wow… can I ask what the new IP was? Was it Kingdoms of Amalur (although that is EA partners)?

    @2 – as much as that is true the gaming consumer has proven that they will put their money where their mouth is on certain big products; especially when you consider $100-150 limited editions and $50 season passes. The AAA market can be very successful on a title to title basis looking at games like CoD, Battlefield, Skyrim, Gears, Uncharted etc. but it has become too top heavy and I’d say comparisons can be made between AAA as a whole and the MMO market.

    The problem is that for $60 many people seem to only be willing to bank on a few select things. I would say a $40 pricing tier would help but the B-tier budget game has been marginalised and eroded this gen leaving just the indie or the blockbuster. I hope with an increasing focus on DD and F2P next gen maybe we can see a return on the B-tier. And maybe then we can see more games like vanquish and they might actually make money this time =/

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    @8
    “Just the indie” – the problem for the B tier being that just the indie are looking comparable and having just as much content/fun for a much cheaper price. The B tier need to accept they aren’t AAA and budget that from the start. Focus on what makes a digital game release successful.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. AHA-Lambda

    I would say that’s unfair, I believe that there is a place for the B-tier game. As such, if viable, it would give some of the more niche AAA games we have seen this gen a more realistic shot at success. Vanquish in particular is one I want to mention because it flopped badly and lost money but was a really great game, that kind of game couldn’t be done on an indie scale. B-tier however with some concessions? Vanquish could have been better for it.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. GrimRita

    Some of you are missing another component – the actual industry. Maybe gamers are becoming disillusioned with some of the latest releases? Shorter games, costing more money maybe gamers are becoming more selective with what they purchase.

    As touched on earlier, the gaming market has changed. With the arrival of smart phones and social media(facebook games), its another gateway for income and offering a different kind of experience.

    With budgets for making games growing for some reason(PR/Marketing over spend probably), its about time the industry looked at the costs involved instead of bitching for next gen consoles. They cant even afford to create on the current gen.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @10
    I think we may have different ideas of what indie entails. You talked about just the Indie and the blockbuster. For me the Indie therefore would have to include a lot of the more “premium” PSN/XBLA titles. There is where I think something like Vanquish could sit. Prices in the range £10-£20-ish.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. AHA-Lambda

    I’ve got more of the idea of something like a £20-30 range rather than £10-20. The £10-20 is already basically here, even if we tend to sit at the bottom end of that scale. The £20-30 range is something that only steam has bothered to do and I’d like to see XBLA and PSN experiment with.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. lama

    i havent bought a single game this year so far. none of the released games held much interest for me. im tired of the same boring stuff every month.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @13
    Vita PSN is certainly already in that space too. One of the things Sony said about the Vita was we want lots of different price points. Not just budget and full, and this is how it has panned out so far too. Hopefully they take that in to the PS4 too.

    If it goes £20-£30 then it has to be just digital. In the retail space perception will be of an inferior product at that price – silly but true. In digital it will be perceived as premium and that is correct for this sort of title.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    @14
    What about XBLA or PSN – plenty of variety and new stuff there.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. AHA-Lambda

    @15 – oh yeah I’m forgetting vita, well that’s a good indicator hopefully of things to come like you say :)

    #17 3 years ago
  18. GrimRita

    @15 not so true. Look how many people on here wait for the Steam sales(for example) before buying a game? Doesnt mean that the game is inferior.

    Price is paying a big part in how we all probably purchase our games. I’ve only purchased a few games at max price this year. If theres a game I am not sure about, I will probably wait for it to drop in price first.

    Last major purchase was Guild Wars 2(DE) @ £65 – lot of money and now I am having second thoughts as I was so pumped for this but after the recent betas, have come away flat! The industry needs a shake up and stop blaming external sources for the lack of sales. Gamers are bored of the same ol’ shit.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. AHA-Lambda

    @18 – no i do agree with DrDamn on this one, not necessarily because of price but advertising, mindshare and hype play a very important part with a game’s release and a lower priced game wouldn’t have the same marketing push/budget as a AAA one would. This is partly why the B-tier has eroded, lower priced games can not sit comfortably on the same shelves as a skyrim or CoD can.

    Having cheaper prices for AAA games through sales is one thing, this is another.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. SplatteredHouse

    @3: The middle-ground, arguably gaming’s heartland, continues to either erode in effectiveness, or migrate away from the eyes of these analysts reports in to digital where the coverage isn’t as widely, authoritatively tracked.

    ““The poster children for limiting consumer choice are Activision, Electronic Arts and THQ, with each company offering 50 percent as many titles as they offered several years ago, with only one new intellectual property launched among the three companies over the last year.”

    The birds are coming home to roost, now that the people who advise investors are pointing out observations to their clients that were previously made in cautionary tone by forum posters at least a year before.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @18
    I’m talking about something different, not the price you want to pay for a game but perception of a release. Launch price, day one. If you do a retail release and day one you sell your product next to other new products at half the price then the perception is that what you are selling is somehow inferior. We are talking about people who haven’t been following the game, don’t know how well it may have been reviewed etc.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    Ok a couple of things:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_game_consoles#Handheld_game_consoles

    3DS has sold over 17 million units.

    Vita has sold 1.8 million units.

    I know one has been out longer then the other and all of that stuff. But look at rate of current sales. 3DS sells very well. What Iwata was basicly doing in that shareholder meeting(in your link) was apologizing to investers because the handheld hasn’t sold as much in the west as they projected(what VG247 was doing in that link was trying to sensationalize and twist it). But in the west handhelds have to compete against iOS and Driod and so on. Vita sales stink in the west too.

    The 3DS system launched with too high price tag(and that fits right into our discusion here in this thread) and it wouldn’t sell. They lowered the price point and it moved. A loud example and warning for MS and Sony toward the next gen.

    Price matters a lot.

    I think economy is huge, but I think gamers have proven that they spend money on games even in tough times.

    Digital sales, consoles:

    Sales are hard to track, but numbers are out there. Castle Crashers is long regaurded as one of the top selling xbla/psn titles. As of end 2011 it sold combined across both platform 2.7 million units. And 2.5 million of them being on xbla.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Crashers

    While not terrible by any stretch, but even you added on another 500k units to bring it up to date(and that might be generious) it has still sold a life time of 3.3 million. And that is one of, if not the, top selling digital games on a console. those types of numbers clearly can’t be blamed for a decline in console retail sales. So it isn’t a case of number shifting away from boxed products to digital ones. Not on a console. Not like on a PC.

    There are other reasons and other catilysts.

    Now for the arguement that games somehow costs less today then they did 15 years ago…throw it out the window, too many veriables. 15 years ago, the world looked very different, I was playing on a PSx and Sega Saturn. The games were priced between 30usd and 50usd. I remember buying Gaurdian Hereos brand new for 29.99, and Dragon Force for 39.99. And those games came complete in the box, no content held back for DLC. No Elite/Premium pass crap. No online subscription fees required either.

    Todays AAA, boxed games average 60usd, and most have a % of the games content locked away for further pricing in the form of DLC. For example if I wanted to own the complete Madden NFL game for PSx it costs me 40usd or 50usd. Today the complete Madden NFL costs me 90usd for my PS360.

    Is it a better game? Sure, the same way that Gaurdian Hereos was a better game then Kings Dragon on SNES. Or Dragon Force bested Conflict on NES.

    Heck compare MVC2, that I bought for my Dreamcast. It had 56 fighters included right out of the box, no dlc. And then look at MVC3, it is a turn off. Game companies come across as greddy bastards that are more interested in stealing our money with DLC then earning it with value and quality. I know there is more to the equation of course.

    I think mostly, people are just bored. Only so many times gamers will buy the same game. And I think the industry needs to find better ways of keeping costs down, esp on entery level experiences(like f2p games). Somehow second hand sales need to be stoped(Game, Gamestop, etc have been leeching profits from the people that actualy make the products) for a long time. Lots of pieces make the whole puzzle.

    I think a quick fix and shot in the arm will be a new generation of hardware, if the prices are kept low eneough. But really without a rethink, next gen will just end up like this one fours years from now.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    @22
    First off the Vita is irrelevant to my point, I was simply putting forward that economy is a factor. The 3DS numbers in the US/Europe support this. The units sold are split more or less equally between the three regions and the US and Europe are much bigger markets so should be much higher than the Japanese numbers – unless you can give another reason for the difference?

    Not even sure what your point is with Castle Crashers? What does the isolated sales figures of one title tell you about the big picture?

    “Now for the arguement that games somehow costs less today then they did 15 years ago…throw it out the window, too many veriables.”

    But apparently you can argue the other way round with a few examples? PSOne on release had RRP of games at £50 here. *As* the generation went on retail prices dropped, but even budget/classics releases were £20. It’s been the same with the PS3/360. On release RRP £50. As the generation has gone on retail and online prices have dropped. Ignore DLC, compare what you get out of the box now with what you got out of the box then and games are in *general* bigger, more fully featured, better value. That’s before you even consider the value offered by XBLA, PSN, PS+ which weren’t available then and a small matter of inflation.

    #23 3 years ago

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    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 […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]