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Steam to begin selling non-games software

Wednesday, 8 August 2012 19:06 GMT By Jeff Dunn

Valve has confirmed that its Steam service will begin making non-games software available on September 5.

Information is still vague at the moment, as Valve only refers to the new software titles as, well, “Software titles.” The company says this software will “range from creativity to productivity,” and will mostly incorporate pre-existing Steam features like “easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.”

Additional Software titles will be added beyond the September 5 launch, and Valve is encouraging developers submit their own versions of the software through its crowd-sourced Steam Greenlight system.

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41 Comments

  1. Se_7_eN

    I love Steam / Valve, but this… I am not too sure of.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. noherczeg

    Things getting out of hand.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    I think its great idea from both Valve’s and developers point of view and for customer.
    Summer ”optimization software ” on sale!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    I don’t think it’s too attractive to start building a platform within a platform.

    They obviously got the idea from Impulse, but with the difference that you could use Stardock software without Impulse as well.

    Fences <3

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    Videos & music? Could be the ultimate all-in-one service.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. noherczeg

    I can see a new OS coming out in a not so distant future called Steam. Since they’re going to be able to manage software too not just games, it’s just a medium leap ahead to do a free (‘nix based) OS. Heck, they’re developing for the linux platform already :)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    I dont know to much about steam or PC Gaming but it seems that they pulled off a microsoft move here, and i mean like the 360 which games are not longer the main an primary focus, maybe is what is going on here too.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Da Man

    Omg this is an App Store now! It’s not my hardcore PC toy shop anymore, it’s a casual marketplace.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    Don’t see a point to this. Why would I need to go through steam for any of this stuff. I guess people are just so lazy that they can’t update their stuff on their own and need something similar to apple and Windows. Ironic that they are the one claiming that windows 8 is a catastrophe and here they are doing the same thing. Jealous that Windows will do it first?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. fearmonkey

    Steam is going to become an App store, and eventually will have that rumored “Steam Box” to run it’s apps. Interesting…

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    I don’t see the problem.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    Yeah, this is a non-issue. This will amount to little more than an extra tab saying “Non-Games” or something like that.

    It is not going to destroy your precious gaming kingdom.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    The implementation is obviously key though. Steam’s offline mode is ass backwards at the moment, and that’s going to be pretty critical if you’re buying programs for any practical purpose.

    They’re going to have to make it a lot more independent than their games interface if they want to succeed.

    Impulse had this feature from day 1, and it worked because the apps worked outside the client.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. GrimRita

    I think with the threat of Microsoft shutting the door in the longer term(so Gabe says), it makes sense to keep options open.

    If Microsoft do follow the route of Apple and keep everything in house and have a tedious process to allow publishers to publish on the PC, the format will die.

    If gaming came to Linux, Microsoft would be in serious trouble and Valve/Steam have the capacity to take up that challenge

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    It’s hard to imagine Microsoft throwing away everything they built, but the fact that so many high level players are actually considering it is pretty unnerving.

    Chances are they’ll have better intel than any of us.

    The Google OS really can’t come soon enough.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    The assumptions being made against Microsoft are pretty hilarious. Windows 8 is just as open as Windows 7. There is absolutely nothing closed about it.

    It had a store front for Metro apps. That’s it.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Pytox

    Well maybe they don’t want any other stores applications on pc’s anymore and they want all that money go directly to them

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    @16 Quite obviously they aren’t worried about an appstore.

    The assumptions would be hilarious if they came from Random Forum Poster guy, rather than an industry that is apparently collectively fearful of where they might go with it.

    Paranoia on the internet is pretty common. In the boardroom, much less so.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    WHat MS had previewed of Windows 8 to software developers ealier this year was not enough info for them all they saw was an app store along with UEFI system. Microsoft will be doing another preview of WIndows 8 in September. I have seen more developers for WIndows 8 then I have seen against it. I just think Gabe is scared because Microsoft is doing something similiar to them which gives MS the edge.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    John Smedley, Dave Pardo, Notch, and Brad Wardell of Stardock, which is a Gold Certified Partner, and apparently the largest provider of desktop customization software for the system, are all concerned about Windows 8.

    Those aren’t small time developers. President of SOE, head of Valve, executive VP of Blizzard.

    Who’s actually excited about Windows 8 in the industry?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @20 They’re all “concerned”, but absolutely none of them are actually explaining what the problem is.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Phoenixblight

    @20

    As I said MS didn’t exactly go in depth about the in store for developers other than showing what it does and saw it was similiar to Apple so of course everyone says the world is ending. We will see what they will say in September when MS previews it again to developers.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DSB

    @21 Newell, Pardo and Smedley are being diplomatic about it, but it’s quite obviously not about the appstore, but an actual fear that the platform is going to be reigned in and monetized.

    If you can charge people licensing fees to be on consoles, why wouldn’t you be able to make money selling developer licenses for the world’s most prolific operating system?

    Obviously there’s no conclusion to be made yet, none of us have any idea what Microsoft are doing behind the scenes, but personally I’m surprised that these guys are openly voicing concerns, and apparently doing so in unison.

    That makes it a far cry from someone like Kotick going out on a limb and threatening to pull off the PS3, unless they accomodate his develoeprs better. He was alone in that, and obviously bluffing. Valve are actually going to spend money trying to hedge their bet with Linux.

    There are ultimately few things the industry can agree on as a whole (just look at SOPA) and like I said above, I’m pretty sure they have better leads on this than any of us.

    At the very least, that’s cause to pay attention, you know?

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    @23

    They are jumping to conclusions. Nothing of the sort was released for info those people are just like anyone else when they don’t have info. THey are scared of the unknown. September a new preview for them and we will see if they are saying PC is dying.

    Developers are much like we are there are people that are optimistic and others that are anti-MS.

    But I like how Chris Hecker said it “I don’t actually know much about Windows 8, to be honest. I tend to treat those kinds of things as ‘the weather’; as a developer I can’t control it. The variable I have direct control over is game quality, and so if I turn that up as high as I can, I have to assume there will be some place to sell my game when I’m done.”

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-08-06-pc-developers-on-microsofts-wrongheaded-strategy-for-windows-8

    Also there could be legal backlash if they go for a completely closed market. I just think people are getting scared with the lack of info. In september we will see what will happen.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DSB

    Again, there’s a big difference between a one-man indie developer, and people running some of the biggest businesses in the industry.

    If it was just guys like Chris Hecker or Notch that were concerned, then yeah, you might suspect some kind of panic based on woefully incomplete information.

    Guys like Pardo, Newell and Smedley are well connected enough to know a lot more about what Microsoft are actually planning. I think you’re completely underestimating the level of intel they’re privy to.

    Valve has no interest in spending millions of dollars on R&D just because they’re scared of the dark. At the very least it shows they want to be cautious.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Phoenixblight

    @25

    They all have vested interest especially Gabe when he is trying to do the same thing. Its all heresay. When I see Engine developers like Unity and Take two for Windows 8 than I see that there is nothing that is really saying that WIndows 8 is a ‘catastrophe’. There would be more people against it than it being split down the middle. I could care less about Blizz or Steam’s or Stardock they all have a reason to be anti WIndows having a store, it may affect them having as much of a market as they have now.

    ALso windows 8 is being released to developers starting the 15th so we may see sooner what they are saying.

    http://www.webpronews.com/windows-8-has-gone-gold-developers-get-it-on-august-15-2012-08

    #26 3 years ago
  27. DSB

    I fail to see how they’re split down the middle? Who is for it? Could you name any top level executives who are saying that Windows 8 is going to be great for their business?

    I still haven’t seen anyone talking about the appstore. That doesn’t make any sense. Apple has an appstore, and Valve obviously has no problem dealing with those guys. Microsoft already have a storefront on Windows, and they suck at selling their stuff on it, why on earth would they worry about something like that?

    If it was just Gabe Newell, then you might suspect that he’d gotten his panties in a twist and wanted to throw a bit of shit their way, like Kotick did with the PS3, but it’s obviously not.

    Fair enough if Chris Hecker, the developer of Spy Party hasn’t given it much thought, but obviously three top level executives, and countless developers see a reason to worry.

    Ultimately there’s no way of knowing. I just know that John Smedley, Rob Pardo and Gabe Newell know a lot more about what’s going on at Microsoft than any of us.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Phoenixblight

    @27

    Or they don’t because they saw the exact same preview as the other developers at February preview. I don’t listen to people that are invested in competitive software. Its biased and of course they will be anti WIndows. ANd what they are worried about is not the store but the fact that just like Apple OS that you have to go through the store in order to patch software at least thats what it was like on the preview that could easily have changed once it goes to release 8 months later.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. DSB

    Considering how many games have failed (and continue to fail) thanks to Games for Windows Live, I’m not surprised that people might feel a bit uncomfortable with the notion of paying Microsoft to delay their software updates for 30 days, just so they can rub their cocks all over it and call it a dayjob.

    That’s essentially the state of Microsofts certification today. Rumor has it that they don’t even have a dedicated GFWL team, they just move a bunch of guys in when there’s a patch to be done.

    Considering that Valve are already dealing with Apple, and obviously felt that that was a worthwhile thing to do, I don’t see how Microsoft doing the same thing would suddenly be bad business. It simply doesn’t make any sense.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Phoenixblight

    @29

    “Considering that Valve are already dealing with Apple, and obviously felt that that was a worthwhile thing to do, I don’t see how Microsoft doing the same thing would suddenly be bad business. It simply doesn’t make any sense.”

    10% of the market is a nonthreat. WHere WIndows is a vastly bigger portion of the PC space. Windows will be doing the same exact thing Steam is trying to do here. As I said its in the preview version of WIndows 8 that can easily have change once it is released to the public not to mention that if they go that route they will have loads of legal issues.

    http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/windows-8-continues-to-raise-game-developer-concerns-1091592

    #30 3 years ago
  31. DSB

    @30 This sheds a bit more light on it.

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/24/technology/windows-app-store/index.htm

    It seems Google and Mozilla are also firmly against it.

    I can’t really imagine a world where every program we use is determined by Microsoft. That’s ultimately what makes Apple so creepy. They get to force their own values and representations of right and wrong, bad or good, on anyone buying their product.

    In this case you’re talking about 98% of the world’s PC users.

    It seems your fears will become reality, at least unless people decide to finally object to that sort of thing.

    Like I said before, the Google OS can’t come soon enough.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Phoenixblight

    @33

    We’ll see in the next coming weeks what developers do but what WIndows does with their Tablets and smartphones is their buisness. ANd Google is far from actually putting OS out so it will be a while not only if and when its released but who actually gets on it. Their Chrome book is the most expensive bloatware that I have ever seen so if thats the example of google OS, I rather have MS.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. DSB

    Yeah. Microsoft never made a bad operating system.

    Apart from those 3 or 4 turkeys they’ve done over the last 19 years :P

    I don’t think Google are committed to it at all at the moment. That would be kinda hard to keep secret, but short of Linux putting on the big boy pants, they’re one of very few companies with 40 billion dollars laying around, and nothing to spend it on.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Phoenixblight

    @33

    Well WIth MS I have an array of OS to pick from and stick with where Google has a way to go to catch up where windows is and that goes for Linux too.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. battery

    Additional Software titles will be added beyond the September 5 launch, and Valve is encouraging developers submit their own versions of the software through its crowd-sourced Steam Greenlight system. http://www.google.com/

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Da Man

    Mac OS is just as open as Windows XP, there’re plenty of useless programs made by passionate enthusiasts you can freely download from the last resort which is internet.

    Everyone can have a toast now, noone is taking your toys from you.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Ireland Michael

    So basically, it still boils down to the fact that people with their own vested interests are pissed off because Microsoft is adding their own app store to the OS. Exactly what I said in the beginning.

    Again, what is the problem? The actual GUI itself has no been “walled off” in any fashion. You’re sending me a tonne of links, but it still boils down to “Microsoft has an app store.” You’re a smart guy DSB. Come on…

    #37 3 years ago
  38. DSB

    @37 Again, Michael. The appstore is not the problem as it appears in the conventional Windows 8. The appstore is the problem as it appears in RT, which analysts (and apparently everyone from Google to Valve) are seeing as Microsofts real focus.

    It’s not the appstore itself, it’s fact that it could be the only way of delivering software in the next windows.

    No one is scared by just-another-storefront, and in Windows 8, at least for now, it’s optional.

    Obviously though, a lot of professionals, even at the highest level, are concerned that that won’t be the case with the next OS, in which case I don’t see why people would keep making games for it.

    Microsoft charges something like 40.000 dollars for a patch, then proceeds to hold it back for 30 days doing nothing, and that’s time that people will spend writing about a broken game, and a passive developer, in the most profitable period of a games commercial lifespan – like they did with Gotham City Impostors, or like they’re doing with Fez right now.

    Today you can accomplish anything you want on the platform, and people will get to decide whether your stuff is good or not for themselves. If RT becomes the standard, Microsoft is going to be the one to decide whether something is good or not. Whether it’s a Google browser, an Apple client, or an indie game. It’s a huge leap backwards.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Ireland Michael

    @38 So basically you’re worried about a slippery slope that doesn’t even exist yet?

    #39 3 years ago
  40. DSB

    @39 Like I said, I personally have no idea what Microsoft are planning.

    The fact that everyone from Google to Valve are publicly expressing concern, is reason to listen.

    To me at least, that goes double when you consider Microsofts general way of doing things. They make Kinect, which is not a very good system for gaming unless you’re between the ages of 4 and 13, with a lot of dead space in your living room, and then they decide to change the entire layout of the dashboard to accomodate it, which makes it a pain in the ass for the majority who are still using a gamepad to navigate it.

    When Microsoft makes a mistake, they stick with it. They simply don’t care what anyone says, or wants. That makes me pretty wary of them in general.

    Ultimately we’ll all have to wait and see. I’m cautiously pessimistic in this case.

    #40 3 years ago
  41. GwynbleiddiuM

    Now all I need is a +75% off Adobe Creative suite, preferably CS6. Although I’m not overally happy with Steam shifting focus off the gaming industry and venture trough uncharted waters here.

    #41 3 years ago

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    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]