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EA: Freemium is the future, ‘humans like free stuff’

Monday, 30 July 2012 11:59 GMT By Dave Cook

EA believes that freemium games are the future. But don’t expect all of the company’s output to suddenly become free overnight. Full quotes after the jump.

Speaking with MCV, EA interactive senior VP Nick Earl explained, “The future is not about one-time payments, the future is about freemium. A decent number of people convert to paying and they may not pay a lot but most of them actually pay more than you’d think.”

Earl’s statement comes as streaming services such as Gaikai and OnLive are becoming a very real prospect for triple-a content delivery on consoles and PC. Sony’s acquisition of Gaikai suggests that EA isn’t alone in its digital ambitions.

But Earl suggests that while the freemium model might not be a good fit for consoles yet, it could work eventually, “I don’t know if freemium gets to console but I do know that humans like free stuff. I also know humans who will pay for something if they’ve tried it out and they like it.”

“I’ve wondered if freemium expands beyond the tablet, Facebook and smartphones, and out into consoles?” Earl concluded, “I don’t think it’s impossible for that to happen.”

What do you make of the freemium model? Let us know below.

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14 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    Interesting just before EA investor call on July 31. TORtantic heading this way then?

    I find the whole ‘freemium’ model an interesting one.

    As a gamer, I dont mind paying for servers(for our clan/guild etc), buying Riot Points in League of Legends and probably GEMS in Guild Wars 2.
    If its something I spend alot of time playing/enjoying, I get value for money and as such will support that developer/publisher.

    The interesting part for me, is if you look at some of the game apps – so many people hate this model. Maybe its due to some of the costs, or because the time it takes to achieve anything is SO long and spending even more money is the only way.

    Overall, providing it doesnt have a direct impact on game play by creating a world of ‘the haves’ and the ‘have nots’ I am fine with it because I dread the day that some people cant afford to purchase (insert name of super dooper weapon here) to remain competitive since that isnt what gaming should be about.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 well said. I’m the same. I don’t mind paying for content as long as the price matches the actual value of that content. I’m keen to see how EA would approach that balance however.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    @2 Remember EA tried and failed big time with the original Bad Company, when in yet another moment of stupidity, wanted to charge for weapons. Needless to say, after plenty of protest, they ditched that idea.

    Knowing EA it will all end in tears first, before they strike the right balance.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    Sadly I think it’s a common rule that once you start dividing content into smaller and smaller packages, you usually end up paying more for less.

    Very few games are really providing a rewarding F2P experience for all comers. Even if a lot of people are neurotic enough to buy in based on that deprivation.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    I think thats one of the reasons why League of Legends is just SO popular. Almost everything in game can be earned by building up your XP. Then you exchange this for champions,runes, spells etc etc.

    I think its only skins that cost actual money(riot points) and they arent too expensive and of course, have zero impact on game play. If developers looked closely at how Riot have struck the correct balance, they could learn alot.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    Yeah, absolutely. The same thing goes for Team Fortress 2, even if you get random items instead of currency.

    I don’t mind F2P as long as I’m not just a gimp for the wallet warriors to slaughter, but that’s really the case in 90% of these games.

    World of Tanks could be pretty amazing if they were giving out a small amount of premium ammo or gold like they did back in the beta.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    The problem with freemium is that it necessarily affects the gameplay by turning it into such a grind-fest that you feel that spending money will actually save you time.

    I’d rather save money and time by avoiding freemium products like the plague.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    This is exploitative, of course. I’ve seen EA’s freemium efforts on the iPad and they’re an absolute joke. What he really means is that due to human nature and greed, ‘free’ is the worst price of all.

    The best thing is to have a price, a straight transaction from money to product. You pay a price up front and then you can enjoy the game, if you have to pay further to enjoy the game, then it’s not a game but rather a virtual shopping mall. It’s worse than Second Life in many, many ways. The freemium model either guilts you or pressures you into paying more for the game than you would have if it had had a price.

    It’s social engineering bullshit at its finest. I’ve called social engineering before, like Blizzard using peer pressure in raiding to keep people paying for subscriptions. I don’t like it. I just don’t like it. It’s bullshit and we should call it as bullshit. This is exactly the same reason why I dislike subscriptions, they are out to exploit you, and if you buy into it and you become a whore for their money-farming schemes, then you’re a disappointment to us all. And if you later discover what a fool you’ve been, you only have yourself to blame.

    Freemium models, subscription games, and anything of the sort are all designed to exploit the naive and gullible. And since consumers are so easily taken in, we really need laws to deal with this. It’s like a capitalistic Wild West at the moment, with nothing to regulate nonsense designed to exploit those who don’t know better.

    We have laws to stop this sort of thing being exploitative in regards to normal, physical products, but because the Internet is so new, capitalism does reign supreme and completely unchecked.

    I worry to think where this’ll go from here.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. TheWulf

    The only way you’ll actually stop this sort of thing from happening until there are regulations in place is voting with your wallet and making a stand, or making a noise at least. ArenaNet showed us what they planned to do with the cash shop in the beta, and some things were so disliked that they removed them. This is because Guild Wars 2 fans are a vocal lot. That’s good, because that means a better game for all of us.

    The difference between an ArenaNet fan and a Blizzard fan is that Blizzard doesn’t even really want you to think for yourself, and people just go with that. But the atmosphere of Guild Wars 2 is different. I’m fine with cosmetic items, and the ‘convenience’ items in Guild Wars 2 are so low end that you just don’t need them, and the benefit for having them is trivial.

    That’s how things should be. Sometimes you just have to make a stand against what you dislike. The cash shop of GW2 has become a much nicer place because of it. What that means is that what’s there isn’t needed to enjoy or play the game, and if someone wants to blow their money on it, then that’s their choice.

    Now compare this with Blizzard: A subscription AND a cash shop with non-cosmetic game upgrades (mounts).

    Yeeeah.

    People really need to make a stand for what’s fair. Otherwise… well, if they’re raped for their money like the hopeless whores they are, then it’s their own fault.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. GrimRita

    @7 It doesnt feel like a grind, if you are enjoying doing it. LoL is a good pointer. Playing the actual game and winning yields XP, which you trade in for champions.

    Yes you need a lot but if you’re playing alot, its not a grind :)

    I am still not sure on how MTs work on app games. These are small quick fixes and people simply move on to the next big thing to play. Unless you take advantage of software faults (Like Capcom did with Smurf Village) and make a small fortune in doing so, I cant see it working.

    It will be interesting to see how this translates on to the console. ‘FREE’ Fifa 2013 but you have to pay 400 MS to get a ball

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    Seriously, the range of TheWulf is just amazing.

    Here I was thinking he was going to talk about something that wasn’t a repeat of the last multi-post tirade about Blizzard and ArenaNet, and then he just pulls a 180 and does it anyway.

    That guy has all the angles!

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Giskard

    @Wulf Since you’re on repeat about 99% of the time you write, I skimmed through your post, and was surprised that I was completely right!

    Anyway, Blizzard run a fair business model. There is no pay to win, and the “social peer pressure” you’re talking about is people who like to be social, and have friends. It’s not a concept Blizzard invented, it’s called being a human being, and enjoying spending time with others, sometimes at the cost of 15$ a month.

    Personally, I hung in there for a while, just for the guys I played with. Now we’ve all quit, but continue to hang out and play other games. Without Blizzard, that wouldn’t happen. So get off your high horse. If you don’t like Blizzard, don’t buy their games, but Guild Wars 2 does not do anything to warrant your “second coming”. Yes, there is no monthly fee, but you will purchase character slots. I see no fault in either company’s business strategy. With WoW, I get the entire game right off the bat, with Guild Wars 2, I’ll pay some extra money if I want to make another character, but won’t have to pay a monthly fee.

    In the end, to each his own. I however, like both.

    And now more OT:

    If EA get F2P right, I can see them succeeding. They should however never have Pay-To-Win options. An FPS should be a battle of skill, not of wallets.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Gadzooks!

    In cash-per-hour terms I have never has as good value from a game as I did when I played WoW.

    Oh, and citing a mount as an evil pay-to-win item? What a tool! Its a cosmetic item and equivalents can be bought with ingame cash.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. vaalix

    Games that use the free to play model just mean they can’t succeed with a traditional 15/month sub cost. So they can’t be very good products to begin with. Just because they make those games free to play doesn’t mean they will make better profits.. In fact, these companies are going to be in a world of financial hurt when they shift to free to play models. And not only that, but the end users (us gamers) are going to be in a world of hurt as well when the games ship with stripped down versions of content and features, and these companies decide to put a $$ amount on quests, content, things that would normally be in a launched product or game.. not just cosmetic items fluff items.. Think of xbox live and those games that sell map packs and content packs… Yes, you will be nickel and dimed to death with these games. wake up..

    Guild wars 2 won’t be as successful as some think. It will be like every other new mmo that is launched with huge amounts of hype and interest, then interest fades once people figure out how shallow the game actually is, and how badly they will get nickle and dime-bagged through a cash shop.

    If we, as gamers, support this freemium model, we might as well shoot ourselves in the foot. 15/month is roughly .50 cents a day… If you think you will be playing these new pay to buy, free to play with cash shop models, without spending any money, you are sorely mistaken… Sorely mistaken.

    So you like to raid and pvp you say? Well wait till they offer you 1 raid zone, and 1 pvp arena free and then sell 5 raid zones and 5 pvp zones in the cash shop.. each at a premium price of 5 bucks a pop. So one or 2 rich kids in the guild buy them with mommies credit card, and essentially force their friends into buying them, then the whole guild needs to buy it or you can’t do the content.. so you need to purchase 10 items at 5 dollars a pop = 50 bucks.. and thats being generous they may charge $10 a pop per zone/content.. You guys wait, this is where the supposed free to play is heading.. Ya free to install and log in, but you won’t be playing these games for free.. think again..

    You think Arena net is doing you a favour with the free to play garbage model they are offering? You think they won’t be gouging you like all those big bad mmo developers did in the past with their .50 cents a day cost? Think again.. And think long and hard about what it takes to maintain these games back end servers, bandwidth, content production, and expansion, not to mention peoples salaries.. They will all come with a price tag. .50 cents a day will seem like a dream compared to this new model they want to shift us into too…

    I will bet my bottom dollar, Arena Net has 2 years of content packs all lined up and ready to sell every 3 months for 40 bucks a pop… It won’t be till around the 3rd or 4th one people realize, hey we’re spending more on these free to play games than we ever did on the old .50 cents a day model…. Then the F2P model will crash and burn. I think these companies think most of us are stupid, and in fact, if you support this type of freemium pay model, you are in fact very ignorant.

    The only companies who can get away with a free to play cash shop model, are the companies with little over head and interm type talent fresh out of game dev school. Triple A companies, with huge amounts of over head and big salaries will go belly up or churn out garbage products which we as end users have to deal with.

    The point is, its not the 15/month sub model that is a failed model.. Its the quality of the shit you developers are putting out every year or two. Fix your quality and make your games fresh, exciting, addicting and fun like old school mmo’s were, or go bankrupt. Thats the future of mmos.. and that is the bitter truth you all will experience over the next 5 years.

    Anyways, I won’t be supporting Gw2.. and I told my GF if I see a single charge on my credit cards for that game, I will stop payment and proxy block the login servers… so you better hope it really is free to play and not what I think it will be..

    #14 3 years ago

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    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]