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Ubisoft: PC piracy rate around 95%, F2P is the way forward

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 09:54 GMT By Dave Cook

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has stated that the amount of players paying for F2P microstransaction content is the same as those paying for full PC titles. Guillemot also stresses that free-to-play titles are an ideal anti-piracy solution for the publisher, stating that 95% of people playing its titles aren’t playing them legally.

In an interview with GI.biz, Guillemot explained, “We want to develop the PC market quite a lot and F2P is really the way to do it. The advantage of F2P is that we can get revenue from countries where we couldn’t previously – places where our products were played but not bought. Now with F2P we gain revenue, which helps brands last longer.”

“On PC it’s only around five to seven per cent of the players who pay for F2P,” Guillemot continued, “but normally on PC it’s only about five to seven per cent who pay anyway, the rest is pirated”

“It’s around a 93-95 per cent piracy rate, so it ends up at about the same percentage. The revenue we get from the people who play is more long term, so we can continue to bring content.”

Although Guillemot was quick to sing the praises of F2P, he warned that it is not precisely the future, not with new consoles on the horizon. He stressed that Ubisoft and others need to remain cautious with this ever-evolving market.

You can read the full interview here.

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39 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    WOW! I have never read such bollocks in my life. Give it up Ubi. Just admit you are too stupid to develop a decent PC game without making a shoddy port. Give it up, you wont be missed on the format.

    If you claim piracy is 95%, check out Steam as those stats will claim otherwise.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Gurdil

    Where do those numbers come from?!? Does anybody actually believe this stupid statement? There are lots of reasons that can validate a F2P model. Hell, even piracy could be one of them (a stupid one, but still). But 95% piracy? There’s just no way, cut the BS Guillemot!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Kalain

    If it was 95% piracy rate, then most of the worlds developers would be out of business along with most of the publishers as well. What a load of utter bullshit he’s spouting. But, then again, we all should be use to the Piracy whine from publishers/developers when a game they’ve baldy ported a game to the pc and it doesn’t sell well…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Fin

    Fucking hell you people are cynics.

    Not matter what certain people say (EA, Bioware, Activision, Blizzard, Ubisoft, Codemasters recently), you’ll turn right around and call them liars, despite you not having a fucking clue where they get their information. How the fuck is anyone meant to actually run a business with people like you as consumers.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. roadkill

    Ubisoft! Each day more clueless than the one before..

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Strawb

    @4
    Regardless of where the information comes from, 95% is just a stupidly high number. The number of people who play Ubisoft titles through Steam alone would account for much more than 5-7%.

    Maybe they have some kind of information that tells them that for 1 or two games, the majority of people play it illegally. But that doesn’t give him the freedom to say that that’s the case for all their titles.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. GrimRita

    @4 I dont think they know where their ‘information’ comes from. Until they have hard facts, its just more pointless hot air.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Kalain

    @4

    Where do these numbers come from? I can guarantee that they looked at one small corner of the world and decided to tar everyone with the same brush.

    Also, it has been proved that Piracy really isn’t hurting the PC games market that much. If it was, then why are we seeing a Year on Year increase in revenues for PC gaming? Why is PC gaming worth more than ALL the console put together?

    Companies will make more money if they stop spouting rubbish like this and tar’ing everyone as a pirate.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Yoshi

    Funny thing is you’re saying we don’t know where they got their info from well I don’t think Ubi did either with them spouting that utter rubbish XD

    #9 3 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    Meanwhile in southern Italy, one of the most infamous western piracy hubs, a man stares at his little stack of recently purchased PC games (SW KotOR 2, unbelievably found in a GameStop out of the blue, GW: Eye of the North and Sleeping Dogs, both from Amazon UK) and then looks up at the shelf where his Master Assassin Ezio from AC2 and the Assassins Chest from AC: Brotherhood sit among other limited editions’ “swag” and thinks to himself “What a huge load of bulls-”

    #10 3 years ago
  11. smoke.tetsu

    Right, 95% piracy on the PC. That’s why more and more studios are bringing their games to the PC all the time. Maybe everyone is just becoming philanthropists donating their games to the PC charity crowd. Excuse me while I go laugh.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. KrazyKraut

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6f80ejjys1r2mzih.gif

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Wertisdk

    That’s an insult to all of us who are spending a small fortune on PC games. Actually it’s an insult to everyone who are playing games or are in the games industry.
    I wonder if they actually believe all the stuff they are saying about piracy?

    Go die somewhere in silence Ubisoft :(

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Sadismek

    I know that in my country the piracy rate is about that level. I think I can count on my fingers my friends who’ve probably bought a game in their life.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. silkvg247

    I wouldn’t be surprised if 95% people did pirate Ubisoft games given their shit DRM.

    Other games though they’d be happy to buy, e.g. majority of steam stuff.

    I own two recent (legit) ubi titles, and the DRM is just ridiculous. It logs me out of settlers if I lose conn? WTF. Also their download speeds for patches are terrible.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Sadismek

    @silk I can’t actually say if they’ve implemented this for every other game in their catalogue, but once you register Assassin’s Creed: Revelation in uPlay or what the hell it’s called, you can play it afterwards even without an internet connection. I think they call it “one-time registration”? It’s pretty ok.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. viralshag

    I can’t say I’ve ever had a problem with Ubisoft games on the PC. Certainly not with the DRM anyway and no more than other PC games in general.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    I know people who wouldn’t even still a piece of candy from a grocery store but have no issues pirating movies, music & video games. I don’t think fighting piracy is going help much either. Some brick headed people see it as a war or challenge & are all too eager to counter them.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. mad1723

    The problem with Guillemot’s logic is that he is assuming that 95% piracy is 95% of lost sales, which it isn’t. Most of these players wouldn’t have bought it in the first place. And he’s also assuming that of the, let’s say 50M PC gamers, all of them will technically buy the game. And most PC gamers don’t like Ubisoft and their way of treating PC, hence the piracy for most of their titles using their aggressive DRM.

    So, yes, piracy is a problem and is something that should stop, but for it to stop, they should take Steam’s approach instead of limiting legitimate players’ access to their games if they have a hiccup in their connection and instead use SteamWorks for example, which gives you a lot of value for your money. That way, I don’t mind Steam is a big DRM, because at least it gives me a lot of advantages!

    #19 3 years ago
  20. voxelman

    So are they admitting their always on DRM did nothing to prevent piracy now? What happened to it working great Ubisoft?

    It’s clear he pulled the number out of his arse. If we use Crysis for example which sold 3.5m on PC according to Crytek, with 95% piracy that would mean that 70+ million people pirated the game… That is just crazy talk. Or to use a Ubisoft example the Anno series has sold well over 5 million copies (that number is 4 years old and there have been 2 games since) that would mean that over 95 million people have pirated an Anno game… Think about that for a second, the Wii for context has sold ~95 million units.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @20
    If you have an average piracy rate then you can’t then apply that to individual titles and draw conclusions like that. That’s not how it works.

    General point. I don’t think a lot of you really grasp the global nature of this either. See @14 for example.

    I agree with @19 that a 95% piracy is not 95% lost sales – I’m not sure where Guillemot making this jump in the article though. The stat is interesting when linked in to the F2P model.

    The stat he is using is obviously going to be one calculated using the most beneficial one to support his position, but no one is actually coming back here with any other statistics are they? Anyone actually have access to real cold hard data and not anecdotal, I reckon-like stats here?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. mad1723

    @21 He’s not making the statement that these are lost sales, but if we treat ourselves a bit to the way this guy thinks by reading previous statements (which I unfortunately don’t have handy), it’s most probably the way he sees things.

    The problem you are creating here is that you say we have to agree with data that seems most likely made up or greatly exaggerated because we don’t have data on our end to counter him. The thing is, pure logic tells us 95% is most likely a made-up number or an edge case in a specific region where the games are not available or too expensive for people who play the game to afford.

    People tend to be allergic to bullshit and this news has created an enormous allergic reaction across the internet.

    Oh, and I don’t claim that piracy is not a problem, but I’m not part of the problem. All my games in the last 6 years have been legitimately bought, ever since I got Steam… Because Steam gives me a DRM that is disguised in a beautiful babydoll and syrup and wants to treat me well… Meanwhile Ubisoft has a ball-gag and spikey bats and I don’t want that in any way, shape or form.

    That’s the problem I have with Ubisoft and the way they are treating PC customers, by having bad ports (Ghost Recon Future Soldier), bad DRM (Anno, Driver, Heroes, HAWX all were unaccesible during the server switch) and just stupid business decisions (AC3 once again is delayed to another 2 weeks after consoles because reasons). That is why I hate Ubisoft, but I still buy certain of their games, when they go on sale… ON STEAM!

    #22 3 years ago
  23. freedoms_stain

    If this number is true I’ll eat a pie made from my own public hairs and nuggets of dog poop.

    If that figure is anything like true then it’s a fluff figure that includes piracy from countries where the games are not actually released and markets who don’t see localised releases for months/years after Western and Japanese releases.

    On top of that I’ve never seen piracy estimate figures from anti-piracy lobbyists that didn’t rely on incredibly flawed data gathering techniques or fanciful maths to ridiculously over-inflate the problem.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @23, Where did you obtain these ‘public’ hairs? :P

    #24 3 years ago
  25. jacobvandy

    Well then, perhaps they should have more $1 sales. Because that’s about as much as their PC games are worth to a lot of people.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. crossmr

    You know VG247 at some point you become responsible for the crap you print. If you’re going to let these individuals spout off at the mouth and obviously lie to you with no accountability to your readers it will make you just as culpable as them.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    @22
    “The thing is, pure logic tells us 95% is most likely a made-up number”

    Yet no one has actually said what this logic is. Obviously a bit more detail on how the figure is calculated would be helpful, but there are ways to look at it which might make the number valid in some contexts. E.g. China must be a huge market, 20% of the world’s population live there. It only needs the piracy rate there to be exceptionally high for the overall numbers to be skewed.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    @26
    You actually have difficulty distinguishing reporting of news and the views of the site itself?

    #28 3 years ago
  29. traumafox

    This is what French people actually believe.

    It sounds like he initially made up that number for how many people pay for content in F2P games, then realized how abysmal it sounded and quickly tried to justify it by saying piracy made up the rest of the percentage.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    @29
    Errr, if y’all are pirating f2p games then there really is no hope. The point was that he claims percentages paying for games are similar to percentages paying for content in f2p. Hence a shift to f2p – and away from DRM. Which you’d think most of you would welcome regardless of the way he’s defining his numbers.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. absolutezero

    I would welcome a move from DRM to F2P if I actually thought they would drop the DRM aswell. Sadly I think UPlay is going to be hanging around for awhile and all the Ubi F2P games will require it. So yeah pirating F2P games then.

    Is there actually a F2P single player title?

    #31 3 years ago
  32. DSB

    Hahahaha.

    Man, Ubisoft must be having a hard time explaining to investors how they’ve lost half their business on the PC, while everybody else has doubled theirs.

    Cause and effect, Ubisoft. If it were actually true that 95% of people were playing your games illegally (which it isn’t) you’ve earned every single one of them.

    Judging from other publishers, the PC has now become the most profitable platform in the business. The fact that Ubisoft have lost more than 60% of their business on the PC makes them look like amateurs, who don’t know what they’re doing.

    And that’s kinda hard to find an excuse for, since they quite obviously are amateurs, who don’t know what they’re doing.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. RyuRanX

    1. PC version delays
    2. Effortless ports
    3. Streamlined titles (latest Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell)
    4. Intrusive DRM

    And it’s PC gamers’ fault…

    Why doesn’t Ubisoft realize it’s their fault their games are not selling on the platform? It’s wrong saying PC gamers are thieves while they are willing to donate/help a lot of independent developers through crowd-sourced projects.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Toopsie

    I have never ONCE seen Ubisoft explain how they get these retarded piracy statistics besides “oh we have special software that tracks how many times all the torrents etc. on the Internet are downloaded” No, get lost. Anybody with even a moderate understanding of computers knows that is complete rubbish and not possible.

    I’m sure the FBI would also be knocking on your door asking for that kind of software as well since it would really help them fight piracy. But of course we all know that kind of software doesn’t exist.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. OlderGamer

    On PC you have piracy. On consoles you have second hand sales.

    Both are symptons of the same problem: High prices for new games.

    And, I think in both cases pubs want to retain control over their ips(including pricing). And in both cases that control is threatened. I think second hand sales are an actual threat. because they are tangible, can be measured, and are purchased inplace of a new copy. I don’t believe that Piracy is the problem that pubs make it out to be. They over exagerate its impact in order to funnel players into store fronts(see DiabloIII) with DRM.

    Also when you look at piracy, you have to wonder if the player pirating would have bought the game to begin with or were they just grabing a copy because it was “free”?

    In the end I think it 100% has to do with control and the threat of lost sales.

    But 95%? I really doubt it. Really really really doubt it. Steam wouldn’t be in bizz if it was that high. Hell no one would be. And PC gaming is one of the only game markets that have been experiencing steady growth.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Cobra951

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if 95% people did pirate Ubisoft games given their shit DRM.”

    This. The only way I would ever play games with that scheme is piracy, and I don’t pirate. Hence, I don’t play their PC games, period.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. DSB

    The thing is, piracy data is often circumstancial and incomplete. Publisher earnings aren’t.

    Ubisoft is the only publisher on the market who has managed to lose money on the PC, and the major drop coincided precisely with the launch of Ubisoft Online Services Platform (now uPlay).

    So given that the market is obviously hugely profitable, and certainly a succes for every other publisher, it begs the question why pirates apparently only pirate 95% of Ubisofts games (if we play along with that fairytale) and why it would even matter, when the market is not only healthy in spite of that, but actually thriving, and earning huge profits for everyone else.

    Even Ubisofts own actions serve to undermine their fable. Why spend money on a client? None of those stop pirates, all uPlay did was scare the customers away. The purpose of a proprietary client for a publisher is the 100% margin.

    So obviously Ubisoft wants that money, but they’re too arrogant to admit when they’re wrong, and they’re apparently hellbent on supporting a bad strategy, so this is the kind of misdirect they throw out.

    Instead of aknowledging their own incompetence, they start telling fairytales. Why anyone would invest in a company like that is beyond me.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. DuckOfDestiny

    95%?

    There must be a lot of fucking PC gamers then.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. FrankieDF

    This is not indicative of the pc game market as a whole.

    Ubisoft is a special case because their DRM is EXTREME. When they started using their extreme drm they instantly saw the piracy for their games spike and NEVER made the connection.

    Hell, the only ubisoft game I bought recently repeatedly disabled itself as part of its drm so the only way I could play it was constant reinstallation or to download a crack.

    #39 3 years ago

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    Codemasters Dirt series has moved to Steam’s Early Access and is available to buy today for £24.99. The last entries in the series were released on consoles but Dirt Rally is exclusive to PC at this stage. The game launches with 17 cars and 36 stages with more free content promised. Here’s some of the […]

  • Dying Light dev tools to add custom models, multiplayer support

    Techland will continue to add more support to Dying Light’s developer tools. A brief video highlights incoming updates including terrain creation and editing, importing custom models and multiplayer support. Dying Light developer tools were released at the start of the month and allow players to create their own maps and stories before sharing them via […]

  • How to improve Battlefield 4′s community jungle map

    There’s a lot of chatter about how to make BF4′s community jungle map better. Once suggestion is to make more of a feature out of the waterfall, according to Reddit user xpc_absol. Our man Westie considers that and runs with it, looking at how it would change objectives and interaction with the map itself – […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight lets you play as Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman – trailer

    Not long until now until the third part of the Arkham trilogy is released – here’s a new trailer showing some interesting team-ups. Update: According to publisher Warner, the game will feature a “dual-play” mechanic that allows players to switch between Batman and his allies – Catwoman, Robin, Nightwing – during combat. It’s not quite […]

  • GTA 5 PC mods: falling whales, North Yankton unlocked and a cat rampage

    So how are those GTA 5 PC mods coming along? Quite nicely if we take a look at a batch of new mods for the game. It seems the community is having a fair bit of fun accessing restricted content and messing around with the local wildlife. Let’s start with a look at what happens […]

  • Manhunt is the best GTA 5 movie you’ll see today

    Created using the Rockstar Editor from GTA 5 on PC, this movie by AbsolutePab is pretty effin’ delicious. The three minute Manhunt action movie was created by the same guy behind this short inspired by The Purge and The Graffiti of Los Santos documentary. You should subscribe to AbsolutePab on YouTube. You really should.

  • Halo 5 Guardians getting limited edition Xbox One console

    Thinking of buying a new Xbox One? You might want to wait until October 27. Because Microsoft is planning to release a limited edition console alongside the game, as confirmed by 343 Industries studio head Josh Holmes. @juliocurt There is a limited edition console coming, yes. It hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s pretty sweet. […]

  • Silent Hills is officially dead

    Konami’s collaboration with Del Toro is over, playable demo to disappear on Wednesday. Update 2: Konami has published a statement earlier confirming that it’s no longer working on Silent Hills. “Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies will be “totally unique, mind-blowing”

    Welcome back Treyarch’s “own unique brand of mind-fuckery” to Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 developer Treyarch has said Zombies mode in this year’s game will be completely different to the campaign and multiplayer games. Speaking at a briefing last week, studio head Mark Lamia said players should expect something entirely different. […]

  • Meet the specialist classes of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer

    Hands-on impressions of four new classes and their special abilities shaking up Call of Duty multiplayer. What’s exciting about this year’s Call of Duty is that we were able to get hands on with three different multiplayer maps and four of the new classes this early in development. Although the number of maps is still […]

  • Here’s the PC specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

    The PC specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 have been confirmed well ahead of the game’s November 6 release. Releasing the specs over six months before the game is due highlights how far along the game is in development. The specs are designed with low end and high end builds in mind. Get […]

  • Open beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ahead of Nov 6 release date

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will offer an open beta to every player who pre-orders the game. The open beta is for the three supported formats – PC, Xbox One and PS4 – there is no version of Black Ops 3 for PS3 or Xbox 360. Solid details for the beta are yet to […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 brings back 4-player co-op campaign

    This year’s Call of Duty campaign is designed specifically for four players to experience together. Let’s get boots on the ground, soldier. Don’t call it an Exo skeleton. Call it the Direct Neural Interface. Okay, it’s a little less catchy, but the DNI biotechnology in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feel familiar to […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – watch the first official trailer here

    Here’s the first full trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, due for release on November 6. Anyone who pre-orders the game will get access to the open beta. The game will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can read hands-on impressions of the multiplayer here, check out early info on […]

  • Dota 2 International Compendium out next week, three annual championships added

    Valve has announced its adding three, yearly Dota 2 championships to its eSports roster along with the new that a new International Compendium will launch next week alongside a balance update for MOBA. The firm said it was adding three extra championships to the schedule as it recognized there was “room for improvement” on a […]

  • Dungeons 2 is now available on PC, Mac, Linux – watch the launch trailer

    Dungeons 2, the dungeon-crawling strategy sequel to Realmforge Studios’ Dungeons, has been released on Steam by publisher Kalypso. It can be yours for $39.99 on Steam and is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and SteamOS. The first game was released in 2011 and heavily influenced by Dungeon Keeper. A boxed version will arrive in North […]

  • This Mortal Kombat X “hidden character intros” video is rather humorous

    YouTuber Maximilian Dood mad has created a Mortal Kombat X video featuring “hidden” character intros centering around Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Some of the dialogue is rather funny, and we particularly liked the affectionate line uttered by Sub-Zero at one point. Just something fun for your Saturday. Enjoy.

  • Art of the Catch creator sheds more light on why he pulled the Skyrim mod off Steam

    The creator of Skyrim mod Art of the Catch has taken to Reddit to explain why he pulled the paid mod off Steam Workshop. Yesterday, it was revealed Chesko had pulled the fishing mod off Steam Workshop, after mod creator Fore stated he didn’t endorse Chesko charging for the mod because it used his his […]

  • Tripwire adds clause to Killing Floor 2 EULA banning paid mods

    Tripwire Interactive has updated its EULA for Killing Floor 2 stating that any mods players create for the game must be distributed free-of-charge. The end user agreement update, via PCgamesN, went live a couple of days after Valve announced it would allow mod creators to start charging for their creations. Bethesda is the first company […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 recreated in LittleBigPlanet 3 is rather eerie

    LittleBigPlanet 3 players have created some really interesting content with the game’s level builder, but sometimes, the creations go beyond cute and bright and venture into the realm of creepy, as is the case with this Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 build. Created by TheLittleBigPlanetShow, the rather ominous level can be played with up to […]

  • Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward benchmark trailer shows off flying mounts, more

    Square Enix has released a rather nice benchmark video for Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward showing a battle, flying mounts and some of the new environments. Heavensward is the first expansion for Final Fantasy 14 and is slated for release on June 23 for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. The mac version is being handled by […]

  • Have a look at some Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay

    During yesterday’s Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct showcase, many details pertaining to the Monolith Soft title were announced, and quite a bit of gameplay was shown. The Wii U-exclusive contains real-time menu-based combat and four-player online questing along with diverse environments and the ability to use Skells, which are transforming mechs. These mechs are called […]

  • Here’s a look at The Elder Scrolls Online running on Xbox One

    The Elder Scrolls Online has a limited public beta test running this weekend on PS4 and Xbox One, and Eurogamer has been playing around in it. Have a look at the Khajiit sorcerer below in the Xbox One version. There isn’t an NDA in place for the beta, so expect to see more videos as […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaks reveal Zombie progression system, four-player co-op, more

    More Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details surfaced overnight thanks to a leaked pamphlet with information pertaining to Zombies XP progression, four-player co-op and more. Posted on NeoGAF, the pamphlet the shooter will contain a new movement system, a Specialist character system for multiplayer, tailored maps, “cinematic arena-style play,” and complete character customization. The […]

  • Gears of War Remaster in the works for Xbox One, according to testers – report

    Overnight, a rumor surfaced claiming a remastered version of the original Gears of War was coming to Xbox One. According to playtesters, it isn’t a rumor at all. Polygon first broke the story, citing a source who showed the site sreencaps of the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Screenshots of the multiplayer showing improved lighting […]

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. pic.twitter.com/rn6SVtVJbY — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]