Some analysts “concerned” CoD has peaked at retail

Saturday, 4 August 2012 21:36 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Analysts have started chatting about Call of Duty, what with Black Ops 2 readying for a fall release, and while many seem to think the brand has peaked, Blops 2 will still sell millions upon release.

Speaking with GI International following Activision Blizzard’s Q2 call to investors, analyst Ben Schachter of Macquarie Securities, said the firm has “significant concerns that CoD may have peaked in 2011,” and for various reasons.

Schachter cited industry sales declines, currency fluctuations, Modern Warfare 3′s sales being slightly below Black Ops, and other reasons.

Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities agreed with Schachter, stating that since annual sales at a 25 million level “are unprecedented,” and that growth in online multiplayer is what initially fueled CoD sales.

“[CoD] was (and probably still is) the best multiplayer experience available, [but] Battlefield multiplayer probably cannibalized it a little bit, and this year, Halo and Medal of Honor could cannibalize CoD a bit more,” Pachter said. “Next year, another Battlefield plus the Respawn and Bungie games probably cannibalize it a bit more.

“There’s nothing wrong with 22 million units sold, or with 19 million or 16 million. CoD will remain the best selling game (at least until GTA) and Activision shouldn’t be concerned if it loses some players at the margin. They created a phenomenon, and others are emulating them.”

Colin Sebastian of RW Baird is of the same opinion as well, noting Activision’s lower financial guidance assumes “Call of Duty is lower this year than last year,” which might have something to do with the current console market.

“Also, if new consoles are coming next year, that is typically a disruptive period for game sales, and that could drive sales lower as well, at least temporarily,” Sebastian continued. “The bigger question I think is whether the franchise (or any franchise) is in a continuous period of decline. Personally, I don’t know which competing console title would take so much share from Call of Duty.”

However, other analysts believe retail and consoles figures can no longer be used as the sole source of sales, as digital and PC sales need to be taken into account as well as the declining retail market overall.

Plus, CoD Online launching in China will provide a new source of revenue for the firm.

You can read the entire thing through the link.


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  1. stretch215

    I think blops 2 looks great, but I agree that the sales will probably be a little lower than mw3. I also feel the new consoles will shake up the Fps genre (hopefully). It’ll be interesting to see how the cod vs. battlefield war plays out next gen.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Razor

    I don’t know.

    Every time they say CoD has peaked, it destroys more records. Sure it’ll peak eventually, but I suspect it’s more likely to be when we get to that transition of new consoles.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Moonwalker1982

    Black Ops 2 looks great? In what way exactly…? Cause it’s been the same goddamn game since…well….Xbox 360′s launch and COD 2 came out? Used to be great games, but after MW1 they started to ruin it. And for me it resulted in being beyond tired of everything CoD. I don’t think i’ll ever buy one again.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. monkeygourmet


    Don’t think? Dare we check your gamer tag after Black Ops 2 launch?! ;)

    I always dislike COD but am a sucker for there single player ‘quick fix’ action campaigns! ;)

    Must admit I preferred the cold war setting in the previous game though… I felt they could have got at least another story ark out of that, then moved future combat to next gen….

    Would have been a better selling point shirley…

    #4 3 years ago

    New Black Ops 2 multiplayer trailer due on Tuesday.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. stretch215

    @3 It’s called an opinion. Genius.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Mineral4r7s

    @6 and he obviously stated HIS opinion. Genius.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. viralshag

    They’ve changed the setting enough to warrant a purchase from me…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. mreko3230

    First of all- Black Ops 2 will beat MW3 in sales (Look, I’m an “expert!”)- Secondly, I think the future of the franchise will depend on how much real change they have made to BLOPS 2 multi-player.

    Treyarch has stated that they have re-imagined the game and have built the load-outs and perks from the ground up. I’m curious to see just how true that is.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Dimaco

    @6+7 Ok, you can be a fan of CoD and anything (personally I am not, they kept on milking the franchise at the point that I couldn’t stand it after MW2 – which was kinda good, tbh), and both are opinions.
    But sure as hell you can’t say that blops looks GREAT.
    As Moonwalker states, they’ve been using the same engine since freaking MW1, and it just doesn’t make the trick, anymore.
    Look at them explosions!

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Mineral4r7s

    @10 hey hey hey now you mix something up here.

    I am a CoD Hater, well I am not a CoD Hater but I am a hater of all bad games and CoD is such a game so I hate it.

    Read my comment again before you throw me into the same pit as those CoD Sheep.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    ^ I dislike Mini-Chedders (their a snack biscuit). I could try to find a comments thread about them and start bashing them and the peeps who eat them… But that would be stupid.

    #12 3 years ago

    You leave Mini-Cheddars out of this, you!

    Everyone knows that Mini-Ceddars are better than Hobnobs!

    Except all those Hobnob sheep, that is… but they have no taste, anyway.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    I’m pretty much convinced that if it ain’t Zampella and West, I’m not interested, and I always thought of MW3 as the peak.

    No matter what all the h8ers might tell themselves, there are a lot of reasons why people play CoD for a hundred plus hours every year, and I thought those reasons were lacking from MW3, and never there in Black Ops, so at least for me, that’s pretty much the end of the road.

    Considering that the competition are actually starting to catch up, I reckon it might just be time for a shift.

    @12 It would be insecure, which is usually how people end up using and reusing the word sheep as a cognitive bias. See mall goths for more examples.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Erthazus

    CoD has peaked at retail or not does not matter. Halo peaked with it’s 8 million userbase too so what?
    You can buy CoD as much as you want, it’s still is a mediocracy that never did something better than the first Call Of Duty in 2003. Pretty much if i will ask someone what CoD did better than a game in 2003 no one will answer.

    The only reason why it is popular on consoles because it was the first very well supported Running and gunning game with decent meta gaming on consoles with crazy overblown marketing campaign budget and it was the first modern military shooter after WWII shootfest that was on the PC/consoles. People never knew on consoles that Battlefield 1-2 or something else existed… for example Quake 3:Arena which is basically what Call Of Duty is just a bit faster and without Auto-precision.

    CoD series are a pile of shit in everything. There is absolutely nothing that i can call “Oh look, this one have a good gameplay mechanic” or “this one achieved some fantastic storytelling or technology”. Shooting mechanics is the only thing that feels right for a running and gunning game thanks to id Software’s engineering talent in 99 year and it looks ridiculously stupid for a military shooter at the same time, but people like that mechanic despite it’s setting.
    So far Call Of Duty tries to evolve it’s meta gaming system that was created by Vince and Jason and so far there is nothing that was successfull.

    also, to be honest there is no alternative to running and gunning genre to to be honest, although Tribes: Ascend did some good work on that. But i hope that one day iD will resurrect Quake 3:Arena in HD or guys from Epic will stop doing Gears Of War series and will return to Unreal. But whatever… Gaming has changed to mainstream.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Da Man

    running and gunning

    thanks to id Software’s engineering talent


    Sometimes I wonder how much of a hopeless idiot one must be to believe he can figure what’s demanding in a piece of software without knowing how to make Mario move on screen.

    But i hope that one day iD will resurrect Quake 3:Arena in HD
    Maybe I should try that piece of shit again, it’s available on Live Marketplace right now, in HD.. or perhaps try the 12 years old Dc version.

    But then it would really give me nothing but a headache.. a videogame from the ancient times when you could sell any tripe, and lifeless devotees would keep visiting your conferences to hear generic no shit Sherlock babbling for years after.. Same kind of nerdy zealots who kept telling themselves Epic’s Halo clone was good.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. stretch215

    @7&11 you are an idiot. @15 500 hours! Nuff said. Fucking hypocrite.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. stretch215

    Also@10 I’m not concerned with the engine’s age or how the explosions look. Go count pixels somewhere else (with erth-ass-us). Everybody is not a graphics whore. I wouldn’t give a shit if cod was in 16 bit, if the game play was the same, I’d play it.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Da Man

    Exactly, gaming became way too mainstream, it was all about gameplay back in the days. Now we have people who would be better off jerking to AMD tech demos while listening to anime soundtracks.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Moonwalker1982


    You can check my gamertag if you want, but you won’t see a COD game that came after the disastrous MW2 :). Oh i said MW1 was the last very good one, but i also enjoyed Black Ops, while it lasted though. I’m tired of the ridiculous fast gameplay which simply feels cheap to me now, especially compared to practically any shooter. And i’m so damn tired of the rehashing of pretty much everything.


    Treyarch indeed stated that, and then we saw the way too long gameplay video during MS’ E3 presser and we saw how everything was the same, i really didnt see anything special or new there.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. SplatteredHouse

    CoD’s like football: another one will come round next year, and if you already have one from the last couple you’ll still find it playable, so no point getting another one with a different coloured wrapper on it.

    #21 3 years ago

    I don’t know if #22 is trying to troll or not, but there’s truth in the comment.

    There are still tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people who still play older versions of CoD on a daily basis.

    I’ve been teaching teens over the summer break here, and I recently decided to ask one of my classes how many of them played CoD.

    Just about every single one of them raised their hand.

    Then they asked me which version. I was expecting them to all be playing MW3, but I was sort of surprised to see the huge variation between favourites in a single class.

    Some liked MW3, some Black Ops… One of them even said that he only liked MW2. In another class, I found a student who says that CoD4 is the best, and I believe he still plays it on a regular basis.

    The thing is that people are still playing these different versions in huge numbers.

    So forget sales. When the MAU begin to fall, then there’s something for Acti to be “concerned” about.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. drewbles82

    I won’t be picking up BO2 unless there are huge changes. The annoying thing is though, its always cheapest on day one of release, takes ages to come down in price.
    MW2 was my fav, had best single player esp since I hate infinite respawn, no skill in that at all. The MP maps were some of my favs like Terminal, scrapyard, Estate etc.
    If they had survival mode with all the maps from mw2, mw3 would be my fav.

    #23 3 years ago

    Well, you can play survival on Terminal right now…

    Surprised you say that you like Scrapyard and Estate, though, since they’re two of the most polar opposite maps you’re likely to find.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Dimaco

    @18 wait, I thought I was replying to that “looks great” comment…

    #25 3 years ago
  26. stretch215

    @26 leave it to a pixel counting nerd (you) to assume everyone is coming from their .perspective . Look at those explosions! Lol get a life, kid.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. polygem

    liked blops much more than mw3. i wanna play blops 2 on nintendo´s wiiu…that would feel fresh!

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Dimaco

    @27 ok then, go on telling that blops2 looks great. I ain’t making fun of you. I don’t need to, pal.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. OrbitMonkey

    @poly, lol, you frickin maniac!! Somebody please give this guy a new console, his pain is killing me (with laughter) :-P

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Erthazus

    @DaMan, ” it’s available on Live Marketplace right now, in HD.. ”

    in HD I want Quake 5.

    “Same kind of nerdy zealots who kept telling themselves Epic’s Halo clone was good.”

    Epic’s Halo clone existed before Halo even was in production. Nerdy Halo fanbots, Believe.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Da Man

    quote” i hope that one day iD will resurrect Quake 3:Arena in HD”

    quote“in HD I want Quake 5.”

    Me no understand.

    Ut 2k3 was influenced by Halo CE, with it’s vehicular combat, much like the original Ut was influenced by Halo’s predecessor, Marathon. Cold hard facts. I don’t need to believe here because it’s all right there, documented. Besides, Halo was indeed in production
    before 1999.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. polygem

    @30: i am playing through some gamecube games again atm…helps a lot.

    #32 3 years ago

    Metroid Prime on GC is one of the most amazing games I’ve ever played.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. DSB

    Is one of those games Sega Soccer Slam, poly? I saw it on the American version of Xbox Live Marketplace, but for some buttfucked reason you can’t buy it for a European account.

    I need to get me a yankee 360.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. Erthazus

    @32, “Me no understand.”

    you are an idiot than. I was not talking about the resolution. I said that i want a game in High Definition. A new one obv.

    “Ut 2k3 was influenced by Halo CE, with it’s vehicular combat, much like the original Ut was influenced by Halo’s predecessor, Marathon.”

    you are retarded. Unreal was influenced by Quake games since it’s first game and when the first game launched it was a direct competition to Quake 2.
    Unreal have nothing to do with Marathon except that they are both shooters. You can read it in Wiki about Unreal influence. There are hard facts without stupid fanboyish words that have nothing to do with U series or fanboyish facts at all.

    “Halo was indeed in production
    before 1999.”

    So? Unreal was released in 98.

    “Ut 2k3 was influenced by Halo CE, with it’s vehicular combat”

    Unreal tournament 2003 has no vehicles IDIOT! It had only one as a demo hidden in the files and it was a Bulldog.
    Unreal Tournament 2004 was the first game that had Onslaught mode that had enough vehicles to support the gameplay.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Da Man

    Of course I’m an idiot, Ertharage. I’m the one who spent almost three years in here and still couldn’t create a simple sentence.

    And similarly I’m ‘retarded’ for not being able to see that apparently a videogame called Unreal Tournament was influenced by one of the shooty shooty sci-fi multiplayer fps preceeding it (Quake) and wasn’t by another(Marathon), which came up with some of the multiplayer game types, like Crazy King (Domination).

    You should try and find some misplaced comma in my posts, that would allow you for more possibilities at being a dishonest nutcase. Even if you ignore the fact that I was clearly talking about Ut and not the pathetic single player Unreal, Halo started development at around 1998, obv before but anyway.

    2k3/2k4.. you massively, unbelievably idiotic person, I can’t be arsed which, because unlike you I don’t make my posts based on Wikipedia alone. And besides, that only further proves my point, and doesn’t change anything. 2k4 probably came out even after the second Halo.. You really are a moron.

    Try harder.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. JimFear-666

    i think they sayd the same thing for mw3, blackops1…

    #37 3 years ago
  38. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, the music for Metroid Prime instantly transports me back to the time I first played that masterpiece. I still think it stands up really well to modern games…

    #38 3 years ago
  39. drewbles82

    @24 To me these games are best played against your actual friends you know and have met. My m8 had a nice set up, 3 large screens, 3 xboxs and 3 copies of mw2. It made it so much fun as no one could screen cheat, there were just the 3 of us so not over crowded. You could actually sneak about esp Estate and felt so much more rewarding that you took down your m8 rather than some 12yr old. We would play all the maps though that big snow one was a bit too big for 3. Those were my fav COD days, boring playing against strangers, I know what my friends tactics are. He moved away though and the other friend doesnt have a console, net or even a tv so all 3 of us playing anytime soon, unlikely.

    #39 3 years ago

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    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

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  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

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

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

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

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

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

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

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

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

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

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

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

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

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

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

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

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

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

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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

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

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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

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

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  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

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

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

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

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

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