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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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35 Comments

  1. TheBlackHole

    MEGATON!

    And a terrible decision on EA’s part.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    @1

    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:

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5946-Why-Do-People-Hate-EA

    #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.

    http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Pachter-EA-CEO-John-Riccitiello-Fears-His-Job-Due-Stock-Failure-44468.html

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-06-21-stock-ticker-why-eas-market-valuation-has-crashed

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/06/01/how-low-will-electronic-arts-go.aspx

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-07/electronic-arts-profit-more-than-doubles-on-digital-advance.html

    @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

    @30

    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.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/17/us-electronicarts-likeness-lawsuit-idUSBRE84G1HQ20120517

    #35 3 years ago

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

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

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  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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

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  • 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

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

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  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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

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

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  • 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…

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

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  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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  • 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

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  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

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  • 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 […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

    Steam and GOG have announced Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 owners will be able play multiplayer with each other across both platforms. With the recent online multiplayer update for for AVP Classic 2000, Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley has made good on his promise from June to offer cross-platform play between the Steam and GOG platforms. […]

  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

    Roll7 has announced it will release OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood next week. The developer announced the dates on Twitter this morning alongside the launch trailer. You will be able to download the game for PlayStation 4 and Vita March 3 in North America and March 4 in Europe.

  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

    Heists got a date! Come play GTA Online with us to celebrate. We’re playing GTA Online on PS4 tonight with whoever else fancies it. That means you. This week’s playlist is Happy for Heists, because we kind of are. The six jobs involved will last about 45 minutes. Anyone can turn up. Here’s how. We’ll […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

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  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]

  • Destiny: how to make sure Crota stays down for longer

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  • NBA Live 15 added to EA Access just four months after release

    EA has added NBA Live 15 to the list of games available instantly to anyone with an EA Access subscription. NBA Live 15 has been added to EA Access’ Vault, EA has announced. As of today, anyone with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One can play it alongside other available games. NBA Live 15 […]

  • Deal: get Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One bundle + extra game for £299

    UK retailer GAME is offering a good deal on the Advanced Warfare Limited Edition 1TB Xbox One bundle and is throwing in an extra game. The retailer has reduced the price of the bundle to £299, which is the usual price for the standalone console. The bundle is of course Advanced Warfare-themed. The console and […]