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EA warns, ‘releasing new IP this late in console cycle is a mistake’

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 12:15 GMT By Dave Cook

President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau has warned that launching new IP so late in the current console cycle is a mistake, and that developers should be using this time to hone their existing products.

Just don’t tell that to Dishonored studio Arkane Frank.

In a GI.biz interview, Gibeau stated, “The time to launch an IP is at the front-end of the hardware cycle, and if you look historically the majority of new IPs are introduced within the first 24 months of each cycle of hardware platforms.”

“Right now, we’re working on three to five new IPs for the next gen, and in this cycle we’ve been directing our innovation into existing franchises,” he added.

Gibeau was careful to avoid ruling out late new IP altogether, as there is quite a bit out there at the moment. He stated that performance will suffer, more than anthing, “as much as there’s a desire for new IP, the market doesn’t reward new IP this late in the cycle. They end up doing okay, but not really breaking through.”

On the subject of next-gen, Gibeau stated that the rise in the number of gamers had created chaos, and a floundering approach to driving the industry forward. But that madness has almost subsided.

“From this chaos, you’re going to get a new order,” Gibeau explained, “a new approach, that’s going to be a very vibrant time for games.. Yes, there’s chaos right now, but a golden age is coming.”

Cheers OXM.

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42 Comments

  1. DarkElfa

    Oh EA, if only you cared more about your games, game studios and customers than your profit margin, perhaps your bottom line would have been larger this past quarter.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    He’s absolutely right. Historically the best time to release new IP is at the start of a console lifecycle.

    Thought that was common knowledge though – it’s hardly a surprise to hear someone say it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    Thing is, he’s right. I think the only reason we are seeing some more creep out of the woodworks now (The Last of Us, Dishonored etc) is because of just how long this gen has been, and these IP are trying to position themselves for the next gen.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. ManuOtaku

    Well this generation we have examples that dont follow this notion, like dragon dogma and Amalur, both did good with decent numbers sold, and i think games like the last story and dishonored will do quite well too, maybe is a fair asumption, but like everything it has its exceptions, therefore making new ips on the last part of the generation lifecycle could be done, theres is not guarantee that it will do bad, just for that fact alone, it is a combination of multiple factors that incide in it.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    Dragon’s Dogma probably didn’t even break even and Amalur shuttered a studio, how are those good examples?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. The_Red

    This is why I’m really rooting for Dishonored, Soul Sacrifice, Last of Us and Beyond because if it wasn’t for them, there would probably be zero new mainstream / big budget games on the way.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    #5 well yes but i meant in the sold numbers, that were decent for new ips, especially this late on the generation, the developer of amalur and its situation had nothing to do with the performance of the game, the game could sold 10 millions and it would colpase like it did,the game has not the fault, well at least not completly, it was a part, but not the biggest or the important, it was a combination of things.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Da Man

    I remember EA releasing new IPs this late, one being the original Medal of Honor..

    #8 3 years ago
  9. xino

    EA is right.

    but if it’s the 6th gen or previous, it would be stupid.

    because to create a sequel that would sale would mean many people needs to know more about the prequel.
    That’s the reason why they started making HD remakes.

    so now we have no excuse.
    i am sure many people have ps3 or xbox 360 to buy a new game IP at a console’s life cycle.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. hitnrun

    EA: No new games this year, but we’ll reassure you with a passive voice explanation like some kind of Ayn Rand villain.

    #5: The fact that Amalur was conceived by naifs and run by frauds hardly diminishes its quality as a game. According to reports, it would have had to move 5 million copies to keep the studio open (and according to the math presented by the authorities, probably significantly more than that), which is insane. A new franchise couldn’t expect that kind of business if it was literally the best game of all time.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    So, did he have anything to say about the danger in releasing quality new IP (such as Dishonored), late in the generation. Or, was that a subject out of his ball park? :p

    #11 3 years ago
  12. GwynbleiddiuM

    Someone give Franky here a candy. You can always profit from the current gen, PS2 had a lot of sales while XBOX 360 was out. Wii is profiting well enough even though tech-wise it’s well behind PS3 and Xbox 360 and Wii U will be on par with Xbox and PS3 at best. And btw there are in fact great new IPs coming to this gen including The Last of Us, Beyond, DUST 514, Dishonored and maybe Watch Dogs.

    To everyone who think highly of Kingdom of Amalur: It was utter bullshit, shallow and uber-hyped. It had nothing to do with it being a new IP, it was merely the fact that it was overhyped and they’ve been boasting at how it had R. A. Slavatore, what a great visionary Ken Rolston is, how awesome Curt Schiling is, and in the end their game was mediocre, the story boring, the lore and character design disappointingly uninspiring. They boasted and boasted and boasted, even after the release and after people found out what a waste of 60$ KoA was, they were still boasting, even after the company fell to ruin, they were still boasting.

    So, don’t bring that crap up please as an excuse to validate Franky’s point, you are insulting my intelligence.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    He’s not entirely wrong though. Remember Stranger’s Wrath? Nah, me neither.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. TheBlackHole

    “And btw there are in fact great new IPs coming to this gen including The Last of Us, Beyond, DUST 514, Dishonored and maybe Watch Dogs.”

    and let’s see how they perform…

    #14 3 years ago
  15. viralshag

    Exactly, Dishonored isn’t even here yet. It might by hyped on the net but sales could be another story. Probably better to wait and see how it actually does first.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    A good game is a good game, and will surely sell at any time.

    Maybe he means, if you’ve got a weak game, it’s better to release it when there isn’t much else around in terms of competition…

    #16 3 years ago
  17. HauntaVirus

    I hope dishonored does well but I have a feeling it’s overhyped. Bethesda is good at marketing but they’ve had a rough patch with Brink and Rage. Not to say those are bad games… Just WAY overhyped.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. OlderGamer

    I think he assumes that people will enmass flock to the next gen and abandon this gen as soon as new hardware comes out. I doubt that will happen. Unless new hardware is dirt cheap I expect a slow uptake. meaning that there will be a ton of gamers holding onto old hardware, looking for new games.

    But if you only go by history, he is mostly right. As a general rule. But I can’t remember at time in gaming history when so many people were out of work or simply underemployed. Very few people will jump on to the new gen if those systems wiegh in at 400usd or more.

    I think there is a lot of miles left in current hardware. The graphics are fine, the online is fine, there is nothing outright wrong with them. I really am not sold on the push for a next gen by average joe gamers. I think average joe sticks with a system he already owns and looks to save money. I think the adaption rate will be slower this gen then in the past.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. SplatteredHouse

    @17: I’m not convinced that it is over-hyped, because they’ve been showing gameplay, they’ve been demonstrating the way the game is, and people after seeing these showings believe in what they saw. That’s not over-hype, but a thing for which people are hopeful of it delivering.

    If you want to point to a current example of over-hype: Borderlands 2. (I hope it delivers, and I’m not knocking them) they’ve shown little of anything of the game.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. TD_Monstrous69

    I was angry when I first read the headline, but after reading the article, all I can really say is what do you expect from a guy at the business end of games. If he’s speaking from a numbers standpoint, he might have a point. But it’s just philosophy like this that has stagnated things creatively. I mean, all you need to do is look at the reaction people had at E3 when gameplay for Watchdogs and The Last of Us were unveiled. There’s just too much of the same out there, and both of those games are long needed breaths of fresh air (outside of type and genre). Here’s a hunch for anyone out there, why is do you think sales in games are in decline? Because people are waiting for new hardware? Because the economy’s a little shaky, and people can’t afford the $60 price of a new game? Because games for iOS and Android are dirt cheap compared to AAA console titles? Sure, all are factors as to why this is the case. But allow me to throw a nugget into this argument, what the industry calls “new content”. A lot of times, what’s mentioned as “new content” isn’t very new, but a continuation of something that’s already been an established franchise. Maybe not since 2007 has there been any substancial new IP released, mainly just sequels to IP’s released that year (examples: Bioshock, Assassin’s Creed, Uncharted). Now I’m not bashing sequels to games. Because games and gamers will always need a sense of familiarity. But what I’m saying is after the familiar comes, something new can follow. For there will always be gamers looking for something new, and who the hell is Frank Gibeau to say wait till this new system comes out?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Da Man

    Last of Us looks stellar. We do need a new, apparently highly scripted zombie game.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. TD_Monstrous69

    @21 Naughty Dog did say the approach to how it is people can play through sections is open-ended (though not quite sure to the level that Dishonored takes it), so not all that sure what you mean by scripted.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Da Man

    Based on the level of visuals and three Uncharted videogames.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. OrbitMonkey

    @22, Tut, tut, you fell into Da Mans trap! It’s a Sony exclusive! It baaaad!! Arguing will only have him wheel out his “corridor shooter, with QTE herp derp” spiel.

    Oh and for the love of all that’s holy, do NOT imply that Halo is rubbish, he will spit his dummy to the moon!!

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Da Man

    Yes, which is why I keep going about Gears being an utterly lame corridor shooter with an unnecessary cover system and a handicapped script.

    You really are an idiot after all, not even a try hard apparently, huh.

    It’s not a zombie game, it’s a fungus game, BIG difference.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. OrbitMonkey

    Wow, you don’t like Gears? Big fucking deal. You might as well say the fact you like tofu doesn’t make you the tired little troll :-P

    Please get some new material, your so frightfully dull.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Da Man

    First they say I don’t like Sony, now it’s no big deal if I don’t like MS. But it can’t be that i don’t like MS if I can’t stand most of their software, from Gears to Fable and it’s obv I can’t stand Sony due to despising corridor shooters with overly scripted sequences.

    I don’t have to get any new material for something which looks so uninspiring and dull. lol.

    Have a beer now and refrain from insulting others’ intelligence with your attempts at an argument every time someone points out the obvious.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. OrbitMonkey

    No you say you don’t like Sony… Often… Monotenously… And that’s the point I made you dull little man.

    Oh theirs other things you don’t like? So what? I really am not surprised you have so much bile to spare :-)

    Please continue arguing with kids on the internet, to prove how smart you are ;-)

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Da Man

    You call me dull lil man, a guy in his 30s spending most of his free and working time with videogames, comment sections and beer? Allright.

    I have a distaste for corridor shooters and it’s yet another zombie game at that. Hard to figure out, I know.

    It’s not the first time you rage about people pointing the obvious, so why even try to come across as anything different.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. OrbitMonkey

    Rage? Why waste that on a dullard such as yourself? Bemused would fit more.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Da Man

    No you are, stupid little ignorant thing.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. OrbitMonkey

    “No, you are….” Lol, nice to see all those books gave you such a literary gift!! :-P

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Da Man

    Erm, they did give me the meaning of sarcasm at least :(

    #33 3 years ago
  34. G1GAHURTZ

    For someone who spends so much time dropping pointless little one liners in the middle of ‘heated discussions’ between other people, on subjects that have absolutely nothing to do with him, you are coming across as a complete hypocrite, OrbitMonkey.

    To say the least…

    #34 3 years ago
  35. OrbitMonkey

    Don’t you start picking on me GIGA!! And besides my point was Da Man is a boring little troll. I’m a funny little troll. Where’s the hypocrisy?

    Though it doesn’t surprise me Da Man needed to read books for a understanding of the lowest form of wit.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. Da Man

    You don’t come across as neither funny nor do you grasp ‘wit’ in any way, shape or form.

    You are a top notch troll though, no argument there.

    You come across as a sad little fart too, but I digress :/

    #36 3 years ago
  37. pianomanjack

    Does this mean that Fuse, the Insomniac game that once was Overstrike, is now going to be next-gen? The website is teasing a re-reveal soon from a countdown, and Geoff Keighley has tweeted that he’s filming at Insomniac this week for a new episode of GTTV……?

    #37 3 years ago
  38. OrbitMonkey

    @37, oh sweetums you say the nicest things! Though you desperately need an irony alert, but I digress :-)

    #38 3 years ago
  39. Da Man

    If you say so :(.

    #39 3 years ago
  40. Gheritt White

    Er… wasn’t Sleeping Dogs top of the charts for two weeks in a row just now. or did I dream that?

    #40 3 years ago
  41. Phoenixblight

    @40

    Its the summer hole its easy to get to the top of the charts.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. DSB

    And those are UK charts. Sniper Elite V2 was on top for two weeks as well.

    It doesn’t mean a lot without context.

    #42 3 years ago

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  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]