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Prison Architect to tackle complex social issues

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 08:49 GMT By Stace Harman

Introversion’s Chris Delay, the man behind management sim Prison Architect, has told Eurogamer that the title will deal with “a lot of the issues that occur in prisons,” but that he’s currently undecided whether its themes will encompass sexual assault.

Chris Delay of UK indie Introversion has expressed the team’s intention to tackle complex social issues with its upcoming management sim, Prison Architect.

“We didn’t want to pick a tough topic like prisons and just make something completely cursory and surface level stupid,” Delay told Eurogamer.

“We wanted to do it properly. It is a game and there are concessions to it being a game. We’re not out to make an experience that’s utterly horrific to play. We’re not aiming to make the player deeply uncomfortable.”

This balancing act means that while topics such as violence, verbal bullying and trading in contraband will certainly feature in the game, the decision of whether to include any reference to sexual assault inside the prison is yet to be taken.

“I will tell you we don’t have that occurring anywhere in the game currently,” Delay stated, then added: “It might be a step too far. It might be too much. But that said, I don’t know. I haven’t made the final decision on that.”

Despite the recent furore caused by the perceived threat of sexual assault in Crystal Dynamics’ E3 Tomb Raider showing, Delay believes that games can tackle controversial real-world themes and so racism and racial tension will feature in Prison Architect.

“Race is in the game and will be [a part of] the game,” Delay confirmed. “Race is going to be a causal factor in a lot of other things. The most obvious one is gang alignment. A lot of gangs are founded on racial terms. It’s one particular race in one particular gang.

“It’ll be interesting to see what the response is to that. We’re treading so far into a zone that’s difficult to deal with without offending people.”

Delay went on to explain that sensitive issues shouldn’t be avoided by video games, but conceded that they must be dealt with in the right way.

“There’s no reason why games can’t deal with much more serious topics,” Delay said. “It’s much harder. I’m very conscious of the fact you can’t just trivially deal with issues like rape or race. You have to consider what it is you want to put in. It just makes it a lot harder.”

“They’re very difficult questions that will probably only be resolved by extremely talented writers getting involved and figuring out how to meld that craft with video games.”

Prison Architect is currently in development by Introversion, the developer responsible for Defcon, Uplink and Darwinia. The game is intended to launch later this year for PC.

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20 Comments

  1. roadkill

    Are you kidding me? If you’re going to do this go all the way man! Have some f**king b***z!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. sh4dow

    At first, I felt it sounded interesting but then… “We’re not aiming to make the player deeply uncomfortable.”

    A game tackling such an issue but then not daring to show the harsh reality… I think that’s worse than just some mindless FPS.
    But I sure hope that gamers will at least be confronted with “consequences” that will make it hard to laugh at e.g. some guy getting beaten up repeatedly.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    @1,2 What a load of nonsense. There are lots of games that feature prisons but don’t feature rape.

    I’m sure you can find that in other places.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. roadkill

    @3 But this game features a prison as it’s main character. It should have all the elements of a real prison. If I want my prisoners to rape each other, I should be able to make it happen. If I want them to kill each other, I should be able to make it happen. And so on.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    @4 So you don’t want an actual prison, you want a serbian rape prison with you as the director.

    I still don’t see why anyone would cater to that.

    Rape is always going to be a factor when you keep men close together with no female contact, but as anyone who’s actually been to prison will tell you, it’s vastly exagerated for shock effect in fiction.

    I had a friend who went to prison in Portugal (which felt like a banana republic when I visited it) and he told me he was basically trembling every time he had to take a shower. Until one of the other inmates walked up to him and told him it was mostly just a myth, and that he should watch less TV.

    Unless it’s an actual factor in the gameplay, I don’t see the point. Is the psyche of these inmates accurately simulated? In that case, rape would be a factor. Otherwise it’s just another form of assault, and you already have physical violence and death, so what’s the point, aside from perverse gratification?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Puggy

    Aw not again. didn’t we have that rape scene thing with Tomb Raider some weeks ago?

    You see, every time when I read “gay love” or “rape scene” in a news post about a game, I somehow have to think of cheap way to market your game.

    I have to agree with DSB though, as in where is the fascination of having your people rape each other? It does not add any kind of gameplay element in my eyes, and if it is just about seeing men being forced into sex, I am sure there are other sources to satisfy that need.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. The_Red

    Hopefully in the near future journalists stop being soccer-moms and hate groups and start supporting games that try to tackle such darker themes. Whether they are in blockbuster big budget titles like Tomb Raider or small indie gems like Prison Architect.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @7: Yep. I’m very disappointed to see that there doesn’t seem to be even one article written about Spec Ops: The Line. That’s probably the most important game of the year and no one is writing about it.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. The_Red

    @8
    I’ve heard really good things about it but hasn’t had the chance to try it. It’s indeed disappointing. When a super popular title like TR even attempts to suggest a disturbing but real thing, it’s attacked from all sides and then when a game fully touches on darker subjects with full care (LA Noire and hopefully Spec Ops The Line) nobody pays attention.

    They say gamers have to grow up and while that is definitely true, I also think that the journalists have to grow up to and stop doing things that belong to Fox News.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    Whether those games are truly profound or not is still highly disputed.

    It’s every bit as nonsensical to critisize a game for not including rape as the opposite. Obviously he isn’t afraid to be controversial, he just doesn’t see rape as an obvious improvement to the game.

    So what does railing against that make you, MSNBC?

    I can’t speak for Spec Ops, but what passes for profound in games is generally a hell of a lot less than in any other medium. Something like Lolita was written in 1958, and Eyes Without a Face is from 1960. Maybe it just takes a century.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    @9: Oh it’s good. Really good. I didn’t think it would be that good, but it is. It actually dares so many things. Features so many dark topics, no game would even dare to touch. And no fucking reaction from gaming journalists. That disappoints me.

    Recently i had a conversation with the father of my girlfriend about the game. He isn’t really a gaming person, but i really enjoy talking with him about it. He’s always interested in hearing new stuff. So I told him everything about it and that was the first time he would actually not question anything about a game, he immediately liked what he heard. Suddenly we had a conversation about the nature of a soldier and his role in our time for 4 hours straight.

    That’s what i wanted for the community, but it didn’t happen.

    And yes, it totally agree with you. I don’t understand where this urge from gaming journalists comes to simply protest everything new. Why write a huge-ass article about rape in a game, that’s not even done so we don’t even know if it actually features rape? Gaming Journalists should be the pioneers of the gaming world, pushing developers forward, asking tough questions. But instead we get complains about everything new, before its even out.

    I would’ve loved to see the following conversation:

    Developer: “Yeah, our game will probably feature an attempted rape scene.”

    Journalist: “How are you going to pull that off? That’s probably going to be really difficult.”

    But instead we had this:

    Developer: “Yeah, our game will probably feature an attempted rape scene.”

    Journalist: “Oh, you shouldn’t do that.”

    But if we’re being honest, the problem isn’t just limited to game journalists, but journalists in general. They stopped asking questions a long time ago.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @10: Give it a shot. I don’t think you’ll regret it. The gameplay doesn’t change, but the tone switches very quick. You gotta separate the game from the movie Apocalypse Now though. I know that bothers you a lot.

    But it would only be fair, because right around the end it makes a 180 and tackles a different subject. What i love about the game is the progression. Your characters change. Not just the look, but the voice and the behaviour. The tone of the game changes from the typical gung-ho macho-bullshit to something that feels very real and mature. No demo would be able to show that off. The little choices you can make, have no real impact on the story of the game, but they had an impact on me.

    At the end, it’s just exhaustion, yelling, hatred and swearing. I’ve never seen a game pull it off this well.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    @12 That’s just not how I look at games.

    Whether it’s a partial ripoff or a total ripoff, it’s still a ripoff. Unless you’re able to put that to use in outdoing the original, it’s going to be disappointing.

    I’m not there to accomodate the designer, he’s there to accomodate me. Saying that a game is alright “if I do X” to accomodate it isn’t a recommendation. If you choose to overlook shortcomings, I’m sure anything becomes significantly better. Normally I try not to do that.

    I think Bioshock is the only one that has really put a spell on me in spite of some pretty mediocre mechanics.

    I might try out Spec Ops down the road, but I’m still not hot on it.

    http://www.edge-online.com/reviews/spec-ops-line-review

    The points expressed in that review are pretty worrying to me.

    “By its final minutes, Walker himself has grown from chisel-jawed videogame lunk to something approaching a character, even if he’s not one you necessarily like. He becomes a traumatised, maniacal, murderous wreck, and in this transformation is a wry criticism: this is what any shooter protagonist should look like after the amount of death and destruction they routinely face.

    It would also be an overstatement to call it profound: in any other medium such themes would hardly be revelatory, and although The Line is a thoughtful and well-intentioned game, the level of its writing is carefully engineered to be accessible to those expecting a brainless bullet exchange. Even so, it is brazen in its critique, and a rarity besides. It may not be subtle, but it engages with problems that the bellicose ilk of Modern Warfare and Medal Of Honor have yet to acknowledge.”

    For this guy it’s obviously just another gimmick.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Puggy

    Hm, I still do not see how rape would push the developer further. I mean there are rape games out there, mostly in japan, and those games hardly helped in developing any kind of new Technology or gameplay element to my knowledge.

    The only thing the topic does is create buzz about the game and clicks for the Media sites that write about it. And don’t say it ain’t true, since you are reading this, meaning you now know about the game and clicked the link to read more.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    I think some people in this thread might have some deeply repressed sexual desires that they’re only now bringing to the fore.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    “Whether it’s a partial ripoff or a total ripoff, it’s still a ripoff. Unless you’re able to put that to use in outdoing the original, it’s going to be disappointing.”

    I don’t think that at all. After all Apocalypse Now is also based on the book Heart of Darkness. The game may tackle subjects the film or book might not have. It is inspired by the book/film, its not a copy of it. They can exist equally on the same level.

    “If you choose to overlook shortcomings, I’m sure anything becomes significantly better. Normally I try not to do that.”

    But we all do that, every day, even if we think we do not. We overlook shortcomings, because the shortcomings probably aren’t important to us. We might not even see the shortcomings. I gladly sacrifice gameplay in trade for a great narrative.

    I’ve yet to understand what people love about Bioshock. I mean if it weren’t for the “A slave obeys” scene that game wouldn’t be even on my radar. I couldn’t overlook the pretentious and boring dialog/monologue and the unsatisyfing gameplay. Wasn’t impressed by Rapture at all and the cheap jump scares certainly didn’t help.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    @16 “I don’t think that at all. After all Apocalypse Now is also based on the book Heart of Darkness. The game may tackle subjects the film or book might not have. It is inspired by the book/film, its not a copy of it. They can exist equally on the same level.”

    But that only serves to make The Line a copy of a copy. That just makes it harder to ignore. They’ve chosen to copy a great book that was made into a legendary movie, so they’ll have to make a truly mindblowing game to actually justify that.

    For that, it was just a bad idea from the beginning, in my opinion. It’s either arrogant or naive. Reviewers obviously weren’t that thrilled about it. Whether it was groundbreaking or not seems to depend on the reviewer.

    As for Apocalypse Now, I think it did exactly what I described. It took Heart of Darkness from Congo to Vietnam, and actually surpassed the original by relocating to a more modern setting, a modern war, and as such rewriting the analogy as a criticism of an entirely new empire, motivated by entirely new factors.

    It also had the truly groundbreaking writing of Francis Ford Coppola (and I’m thinking to a lesser extent, the Homefront guy) which truly set it apart from anything before or after.

    Can you honestly say the same thing for Spec Ops?

    “If you choose to overlook shortcomings, I’m sure anything becomes significantly better. Normally I try not to do that.”

    Which is why I said try :)

    Ultimately the game has to be good enough to justify that. In Bioshocks case, I thought it was interesting to be cast into a decaying underwater dictatorship where people had gone mad and started gruesomely experimenting on eachother, and even their children. That alone is a truly stimulating premise.

    The mechanics were pretty sucky, but they were often put to good use. Igniting liquids, electrifying water, melting ice, throwing back grenades. It wasn’t a success, but it was enough to keep me entertained.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @17: Yeah, i guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. But i can already see that no matter what i say, you already formed your opinion about the game, so i won’t bother any more. :/

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DSB

    You could say that. My opinion right now is that it isn’t worth the money to find out whether it’s actually good or not.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @19: You can still rent it, you know. But at least you’re being honest.

    #20 3 years ago

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    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]