Rumor – Moore to replace Riccitiello as EA CEO

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 20:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Here’s a massive rumor for you: GameFront has been told by a source close to the matter EA CEO John Riccitiello will be replaced by EA Sports boss Peter Moore. The news is set to be announced after a July 30 earnings call.

Again, take this with a grain of salt for now, but if true, this is huge news.

The source stated that while Moore replacing Riccitiello was not set in stone, as the board has yet to vote on the matter, there’s a “general feeling of tension throughout EA’s studios,” due to the company’s falling stock prices. As of yesterday, stock in the company has hit a 52-week low yesterday.

Today, stock in the company is trading at $11.64 per share compared to $26.13 per share 52-weeks ago.

Riccitiello has been CEO of EA since 2007, after a a hiatus when he originally left his COO position at the firm in April 2004.

Since returning, Riccitiello has overseen the Origin platform and EA’s decision to focus on a digital direction, the later of which brought in over $1 billion in digital revenue during the firm’s 2011 calendar year.

Yesterday, there was a quote from analyst Michael Pachter floating around, in which he said during a lunch with Riccitiello, he expressed concerns over being “fired,” and was curious as to why the firm’s “stock had hit such a low point.”

Pachter clarified later that while this statement was true and he was “quoted accurately,” he was just “kiddng.”


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  1. TheBlackHole


    And a terrible decision on EA’s part.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight


    I agree.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. TD_Monstrous69

    @1 I agree if this turns to be true. A lot of corporate execs can seem kinda heartless, detached, and inauthentic, but Riccitiello just doesn’t come off as one of those guys. Also, he’s put EA in a position in which they’ll be almost nothing profitable in the long run. I wonder where ol Johnny will land if EA votes him out?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    Given that Peter Moore is either a warlock or a James Bond villain (depending on how you interpret his face) I think it’s almost assured that he’ll use EA to either build a moon laser, or to try and destroy all of Hobbit kind.

    Kiwis, be afraid. Be very afraid.

    Five years is a pretty average run for a CEO, but EA are doing terribly these days, so it’s probably not a coincidence that the board think it’s a good move at this point.

    @5 I can’t say I see where you get any of that from. EA are worth a fifth of what they were in 2007. They’re in a serious slump right now.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. KodyxDestroyer

    @3 No, Riccitiello comes off as someone who just wants to milk you dry of all of your money.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    If this end up being true, i think is for the better, moore is the lesser evil IMHO.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Razor

    Well Moore did a good job at overseeing FIFA’s turnaround as head of EA Sports.

    Maybe he could do the same for the whole of EA.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheBlackHole

    “but EA are doing terribly these days”

    You’re kidding, right?

    The guy cut the shit EA were releasing and released 22 games pcy rather than 66. He invested in new IP (Dead Space, Mirror’s Edge), published some incredible third party titles (Portal, L4D), made a billion dollars in digital revenue last year, marking EA out as a force in app/mobile, helped fund a genuine competitor to ‘the almighty’ CoD (BF3), and probably less noticable than all of that, significantly RAISED the average metascore for EA games across the board.

    His biggest missteps were probably the price of the Popcap deal (despite the company’s quality). Same goes for Playfish. Also, while SWTOR has clearly recouped its investment, it has also not been the WoW-killer shareholders hoped it would be. Hardly catastrophic.

    Moore on the other hand… was responsible for the discontinuation of the dreamcast and SEGA’s exit from hardware development.

    Thanks Peter.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. JimFear-666

    i hope he will never come back. What he does was horrible.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. daytripper

    Good riddance

    #10 3 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    Glad to hear that. Hope EA will find it’s way back to being less evil than Activision.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @8 Moore was not responsible for the discontinuation of the Dremcast. He was just the one who got burdened with the duty of telling people.

    Why would one American dude be responsible for a company’s decision to move out of the market that they had been a paet of over nearly two decades? It was a board decision across the whole company.

    Main Topic: I have to laugh at people who think Riccitiello is “evil”. Do you people even remember what the company’s games were like before he took over? Because they were fucking shit, and every developer they so much at touched fell apart within months.

    TBH summed up pretty concisely everything the company has done with him in charge.

    Internet attention spans. Gotta love ‘em.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheBlackHole

    @12 he was a key stakeholder in that process, and advised on that route.

    Read his own words.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    I’m just gonna leave this here:

    #14 3 years ago
  15. TheBlackHole

    @12 Also, there was a little intended humour in the jibe… hence the ‘thanks peter’. Sorry it wasn’t more clear.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    @13 I have. The whole company decided it was a move for the better. You’re making it sound like it was entitely his fault. He was just one of many voices who agreed that it was the right thing to do.

    And it was.

    If they hasn’t dropped out of the hardware race, the entire company would have ending up folding anyway. There was no way they were going to be able to compete with the PS2. They took the only option they had.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    @8 I think it’s pretty obvious that the market doesn’t share your optimism on those moves.

    As a gamer I’m fairly satisfied with the Ricitiello era, beyond the Origin-supremacism, but there’s no escaping that EA has always had a culture of playing fast and loose with everybody’s money.

    They buy anything on a whim whenever they have any kind of money, and then they burn down whatever turns out to be a liability in the aftermath. It already bit them in the ass with a vengeance once the markets crashed, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that has investors worried when they simply go back to the old model after the fact.

    Whether it’s SWTOR, Popcap or just a general mistrust in leadership, the people with the money obviously aren’t thrilled with EA at the moment.

    @14 Geeze, Jim Sterling is pretty sharp nowadays huh?

    Good post man. That’s how I’m going to remember Ricitiello. The guy who saw Bobby Kotick across the skyline, and decided to do absolutely everything he could to try and make his cock look bigger, no matter the cost.

    Not that Bobby Kotick shouldn’t be beaten, but preferably not at his own game.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @17 The entire “core” gaming market seems to be bottoming out. Most of the major console manufacturers and publishers seem to be haemorrhaging money all over the place. It’s a little scary to watch.

    I’m not usually one to be fatalistic about the industry, but those figures makes me nervous.

    Am I the only one?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. daytripper

    @18 no

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    @18 I think it is undervalued, which is also what some analysts are saying about EA.

    There are a lot of factors like that to consider. For one you’re making the shift from physical to digital media, and that probably makes it harder for people on the outside to gauge just what kind of business is being made.

    Then you have the fact that consoles are just so old. People are burnt out, and it’s no wonder. They’ve been playing games defined by the same tech for 10 years now. In a time when people are barely holding on to their smartphones for a year. It’s an anachronism.

    I’m not joining the Erthazus crusade, but you can only sell people the same stuff so many times.

    Then you also have the big drama with 38 Studios and THQ.

    Uncertainty means people keep holding on to their money.

    This is purely opinion, but I think there’s something wrong with an industry that just doesn’t give a fuck about what they’re producing, which is too often the case in the AAA-space. Seriously, where is the hands-on CEO? Which one actually knows what he’s talking about?

    I have that hope for Jason Rubin, but aside from him, I just can’t spot one running a public company.

    I don’t think people would be flocking to Kickstarter and indies and alpha-funds if the bigger studios had been allowed to innovate and use their imagination to make things a bit more interesting.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @20 Do you think a market crash is a possibility?

    I honestly don’t know what to say. I’m part of the problem.

    I’m typing this on my iPad while listening to the radio on my smartphone between sessions of Pocket Planes and Infinity Blade. I haven’t bought a console game in two months. I still love console gaming, but… Jesus, there’s just nothing there to entice me.

    Hey, it’s a shooter. Oh look, another shooter. Oh hey, it’s yet another shooter. And here’s another Call of Duty, just in case you weren’t bored of that shit yet!

    A bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.

    Any industry unwilling to innovate will stagnate. It happened to the music industry for years, until the artists realised they could just say fuck off to the publishers and go independent. Kickstarter could be the gaming equivalent of that, but we’re still waiting to see the final products.

    But my fucking god is it ever happening to console gaming. Half the problem is that the prices are two damn high. Most consoles in the last generation were in the mid 100 range at this point in their run. More than that, I would love to see what would happen to the sales of games if the price of games were suddenly slashed by two thirds.

    My god, people might actually be willing to try out new things if they did, as proven by… well… every Steam sale ever.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. absolutezero

    Gaming crash Gaming crash. Can’t wait.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    @21 I really have no idea. I just look at the most obvious sources and make my own assumptions based on that.

    But in my opinion there’s no reason to assume the sky is falling if it isn’t.

    THQ are the only ones who are really in trouble. Ubisoft have seemingly bottomed out and are stable, Activision are doing reasonably well. Take Two are dopping along with EA, but they still aren’t in a bad place compared to where they’ve been in the last 5 years. Sony are dropping, but I think the PS3 could well be one of their best businesses at the moment. I think it’s their other hardware causing those losses.

    That’s just the market. They go down for a while, and sometimes they go up for a while. I would expect it to bounce back within a year, and probably doing well by the time we see new consoles.

    But I also feel like the industry could use a reboot. It seems to me like most of the CEOs are taking their sales for granted. If you don’t care about your own products, then you can’t expect anyone else to do the same.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. BootLace

    Riccitiello has seen EA through some of it’s more gamer friendly times. Unfortunately, these haven’t been among it’s most profitable times (allegedly!).

    If I was to place a bet on random outcomings, I’d say $10 on MS buying out ActiBlizzard, and Riccitiello being taken on to head it.

    Please, feel free to ignore this comment if it never happens :)

    #24 3 years ago
  25. fearmonkey

    I miss peter Moore at MS, say what you want but the man had more personality than anyone at MS now. The guys that pop up on stage now are suits and not fun to watch at all. They just don’t have anyone like Jack Tretton who feels at ease on stage (except when he had to apologize and deal with bad press). Things might change with Phil Harrison, but that is going to be surreal………

    Peter moore as a CEO though, I have no idea how well he would do. I liked EA better under John for the most part, before John they were the most evil company but that mantle has been passed to Activision.

    I just thought of MS buying Activision, and Kotick becoming a high exec at MS, and maybe even rising through the ranks……shudder…….

    #25 3 years ago
  26. DSB

    I’d refer to that Jim Sterling video.

    If anything EA under Ricitiello have been playing Activisions game every step of the way.

    When Activision makes a blockbuster shooter, EA wants one too. When Activision has a blockbuster MMO, EA wants one too (or three!). When Activision monetizes those blockbusters, EA wants to monetize theirs.

    I haven’t seen Activision actively trying to get into the social space, or buying up Popcap-alikes to try and match EA every step of the way.

    It was just an extremely shortsighted strategy, and it obviously hasn’t done them very many favors.

    Their studios are great, but EA hasn’t gotten any kinder over the years. From franchise pounding to studio burning** to online passes, to Origin bullying, to stockmarket bullying with the failed hostile takeover of Take Two, I don’t see Ricitiello as nice in any sense of the word. Quite the opposite.

    **(even burning a studio that Ricitiello himself helped sell to EA before he was made CEO)

    His main ambition was always to beat Bobby Kotick at his very own game.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    @17: I’ve never been a fan of his reviews, but jimquisition is a solid show.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. VancouverBlade

    Somethings don’t sit well with JR’s time at EA. One of the first things he did was buy Pandemic and Bioware from an investment company… that he was a major partner in. While the purchase of Bioware was great the Pandemic addition must have been a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal as they were very quick to close the company after Saboteur and Merc didn’t do huge numbers.

    Playfish wasn’t a bad deal at $400m but Popcap at $750 is looking very questionable indeed. It seems to be a spoiler tactic against Zynga.

    SWTOR cost a staggering amount to make and I very much doubt it isn’t close to making it back yet. I can only imagine the cost of the marketing on top of that. How many top quality renders did we see? Each one will likely have cost $3-5m to develop.

    I really hope EA do well; I’ve got a lot of good friends who work there. Contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of good people there; most just don’t get the chance to make the decisions.

    JR likes to talk about a ‘Burning Platform’. He did in it in 2007 and they’re doing it all over again. The company needs a change to halt the malaise on the markets; maybe letting JR walkaway with a vast severance package is the best option right now?

    #28 3 years ago
  29. battery

    I think this is not a good choice for EA.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. GrimRita

    Considering that Riccitiello is 5 years into his 3 year plan kind of tells the story. After the failure that was SWTOR, BF3 not coming even close to COD in terms of sales, buying up so many studios, the one thing investors care about – share price, has dropped like a stone.

    Lets not forget how EA treat their staff in most cases. So many people have lost their jobs over the years under Riccitiello yet they havent made a profit in years.

    If they spent less cash brown nosing the ‘talent’ pool and channelled this into their games, maybe their fortunes will turn around.

    I think now, is a good time to buy me some EA stock when it hits the $10 mark.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Hunam

    Star Wars is a valid point, but BF3 exceeded all expectations. 12+ million is beyond what they wanted to do with BF3, as I imagine they want to make Battlefield the go-to shooter brand of the next generation.

    I just remember under Peter Moore the Xbox was at it’s utter best. Without him we’d have no Halo and hell, possibly no Mass Effect. EA Sports has flourished under him and I think he might bring something good to the table with EA because whilst EA was brilliant when riccetello first took over (Dead Space, Bad Company, Mirror’s Edge, Dragon Age) it’s just going back to milking and mostly, rushing games out the door.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. TheBlackHole


    There is so much bullshit in that post I don’t even know where to start.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. AHA-Lambda

    Hope this ends up being true, then again will Moore be any better? =/

    #33 3 years ago
  34. GrimRita

    @30 not really. Its all based on facts. I havent played BF3 (Origin reasons) but theres no doubt its better than COD. But lets face it, EA want to be top of their game and they arent.

    Will Peter Moore be better? Who knows, but he churns out alot of BS as well. So a match made in heaven

    #34 3 years ago
  35. DSB

    @33 That’s a million dollar question.

    He could stay the course, or he could make his own path. I’m guessing he’d do the latter.

    All I know is that he screwed the Crack Baby Athletics Association like he screwed the players of the NCAA.

    #35 3 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]