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Black Ops 2 multiplayer innovates, yet remains ‘true to the core’, says Treyarch

Saturday, 22 September 2012 21:17 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Black Ops 2 multiplayer will be innovative without venturing too far from what makes it the “lifeblood” of the Call of Duty franchise, Treyarch boss Mark Lamia has said.

Speaking with CVG, Lamia said in order to stay relevant a series has to change, but at the same time keep from alienating its core fan base.

“Multiplayer is the lifeblood of the franchise,” said Lamia. “Call of Duty multiplayer is played 365 days a year, twenty-four seven, all over the world. But we can do better

“Black Ops did everything we wanted it to do. We had the customisation, the theatre, the emblem editor, great maps, great options – but one of the things that it didn’t do is look at the gameplay and say: ‘hey, let’s significantly innovate upon some of these core systems.’”

With Black Ops 2, Treyarch stuck with the core systems and added something new, said Lamia, in order to maintain accessibility while still adding depth.

“I think that if you want to maintain a franchise, that you’re going to have to innovate and keep it fresh, but also remain true to your core,” he said. “It’s absolutely the needle we try and thread in every game.

“I think you have to keep the game accessible but have that depth. I think it will take players awhile to peel back the layers on this one because there’s a lot of stuff going on underneath, there’s all kinds of different ways to play now. If you want to survive you’re going to have to play the objectives and play with your team.

“I think that’s a fundamental change to the way people play Call of Duty. Black Ops 2 isn’t just the next CoD game; it really is a major step in how Call of Duty’s gameplay is going to be perceived.”

You can read the entire multiplayer preview through the link.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is out November 13 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

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27 Comments

  1. Omelette

    “If you want to survive you’re going to have toplay the objectives and play with your team.” Yeah, we will see about that. I want it to be true, Treyarch. I. want. it.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    Well, just so long as theirs still Team Deathmatch & free for all. Objective gameplay is nice and all, but sometimes I like a little casual violence.

    Though Treyarch are defo talking the talk this time round.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. MadFlavour

    They talk a good game, but alas, this is the same nonsense they were spouting before the first blops game came out. Well fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice… you can’t get fooled a second time, is the point.

    Texas wisdom!

    If you want strategery and team work play Battlefield if you want a mindless monkey shit fight, play cod.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    Just because it doesn’t involve having a long chat while you wait another 10 seconds to respawn a 2 minute sprint (30 second drive) away from the action, it doesn’t mean that there’s no strategy involved in CoD.

    Surely the only people who say that are either n00bs, or have never played the game.

    Try beating a player with Sitrep Pro and a Portable Radar in a game of FFA with no strategy and see how far you get…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. ASBI

    double post

    #5 3 years ago
  6. ASBI

    @4 totally agree

    you must be agile to play properly.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. M. K.

    `If you want strategery and team work play Battlefield`

    Since when is jet and helicopter spawn trapping strategy? This post is so foolish, I would laugh if it wouldn’t be so sad ;)

    /e: ohyeah I forgot, Mark STFU and take my money :D

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Maximum Payne

    @7 That’s the beauty you never know what people could think of.
    Bigger maps,lot of vehicles, more people,destruction = more strategy.
    In MP games there is always a strategy and skill ,its just cod don’t compare to BF.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ That’s such a naive thing to say.

    If anything, BF is much easier, and you need less strategy, because of the size of the maps and the long times that you have to think and come up with a plan.

    In CoD, you have to think on the fly. You have to have a class that’s equipped to deal with every possible situation. You have to quickly know what classes your enemies are using, where they are on the map, what tactics they’re going for, what point (in time) in the game you’re at, what killstreaks they’re using, who’s the top player and where is he spawning, etc, etc, etc.

    You have to constantly reassess all of this information from minute to minute.

    Then, it depends on what game mode you’re playing.

    People incorrectly try and push this idea that CoD is purely TDM, but you’ve got SnD, FFA, Dom, CTF, Demolition, HTDM, etc, etc, etc. All of those modes need completely different tactics/strategies.

    You can’t just run and gun in hardcore Search and Destroy. You will lose every single time.

    Being able to fly a plane a long way doesn’t mean that there’s more strategy involved. Big deal. I can use a killstreak in CoD where I pilot a gunship… The difference is that in CoD, I need the skill to execute a strategy where I can get that killstreak reward.

    Any clown can fly a plane in BF.

    BF has strategy, sure. I’ve played it myself. But you can relax, take your time and think 10/20/30 seconds ahead of time what you’re going to do when you finally get to the top of that hill.

    Being a top quality CoD player needs a quicker mind, because all the action happens so much more quickly.

    And I can almost guarantee you that anyone who disagrees has a very, very low k/d in CoD, and/or has barely played it.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    ^^ Problem with most mode on CoD is even if you die , you can quickly come to same spot where you die and try again while on BF you need to be carefull when you are behind enemy line on rush mode for example.
    Cod has more strategy then MoH,CS.. but I still think BF is some kind of king :D

    #10 3 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    Well that’s fair enough. Nothing wrong with having an opinion, I suppose…

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    Just been observing this thread. I played Black Ops 2 for 3 hours at gamescom and I have to say, it is the most team-focused entry yet because everything bleeds into your score streak system. Call up a UAV, and ever kill your team scores while its up nets you score streak for example.

    It’s never going to be Battlefield levels of teamwork because that’s not the game’s nature, but I firmly believe this is the most innovate entry yet. I like to see that Treyarch is at least trying to expand the source material it’s been given.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. DSB

    @10 That’s obviously because you haven’t played Planetside.

    Playing 32 v 32 is child’s play compared to 1000 v 1000.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. reask

    Funny thing is I went out and bought bf3 premium Thursday and am just playing tdm atm to get a proper feel for it.

    For the most part I am finding the matches pretty fast moving and I am able to deploy back in pretty much within a few seconds.

    I have gotten to about lvl 30 first prestige on mw3 and my honest opinion is if you are not good at run and gun you haven’t really got a good chance of survival.

    I aint knocking it as I know your awareness and accuracy need to be top notch to do well I suppose I just found it to be a little to fast paced for my skills.

    In fact I found myself doing better on the smaller maps with either a ump45 or p90 running and gunning whilst hip firing.

    I discovered I never was going to have much chance when I started watching my 14 year old daughter playing.

    Her level of awareness compared to me was in a different league.
    I know were talking blops here but they are pretty similar.

    I still find it a pity that iw do not match people with similar skills rather than rank as it might leave it a little bit less frustrating for people with less awareness than some of the really quick players.

    I do like cod but realise I cannot match the skills of 2 or 3 players in each lobby I go in to.

    Take for example ffa.
    iw have your k/d stats plus accuracy.
    Why not match players within a certain range say.

    As your stats then improve you get matched with better players or visa versa.

    I know they don’t need to do it that way as the game is popular enough as it is but it is just an honest opinion from a gamer who is not knocking the game or the folks that play it.

    I mean fair enough it is probably just me never been able to get to grips with the skill needed to compete in any form or fashion yet I still keep saying to myself would any other sport or hobby do that to a person who likes something a lot but will just never be the next Pele or Beethoven?

    Strange analysis I know but then again its the internet after all. :)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    @reask:

    Treyarch have said that they’re putting a ladder system into BO2s matchmaking, so that people can play against people of equal skill. Pretty much exactly as you explained actually… The better players move higher up the ladder, so they they should all pretty much disappear from games with newbies and the likes.

    Theoretically…

    The only problem here is, and you can see a perfect example of this from my discussion in the SC2 (which uses a ladder system) thread, some good players get fed up with playing other good players.

    So they make new accounts every time they move up a division, just to stay where they can be the best player game after game.

    This can actually be even more annoying, because when you expect to be practicing against someone that you can compete with, but some guy who shouldn’t even be at that level is pwning you repeatedly, it feels like blatant cheating from them.

    Anyway, I’d like to see what they manage to come up with.

    And as for needing to be good at run and gun to play CoD, well not only does it depend on what mode you’re playing, but like I indicated above, there are load outs that can destroy run and gun every single time, if used effectively.

    Go Sitrep Pro and Portable Radar against people who are going run and gun, and you can pick them off like flies, for example.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Dave Cook

    @15 yeah it’s called ‘League Play’, works the same as Halo’s leagues.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Yeah, it looks like another huge addition to the MP.

    Moving up and down the ladder in SC2 keeps me coming back for more again and again (especially when I move down…), so League Play alone could add a whole new dimension.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Maximum Payne

    @13 And your point ?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. DSB

    @18 That it isn’t a king.

    People have been doing coordinated airdrops of troops in Planetside since 2003. It’s hard just to get a lift in BF3, people are doing their own thing.

    There’s no real understanding of strength in numbers.

    Unlike a game where you may face 100 guys protecting a station, so you’re really better off bringing a friend.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Dave Cook

    @19 but strength in numbers is’t why some people play shooters. Others like scaled-down focus, over widespread warfare. It’s all just a matter of taste really.

    Personally I much prefer the original Black Ops over any Battlefield game, and that’s not because I think BF is any worse. In fact, Bad Company 2 is my all-time favourite BF game and it’s on par with Black Ops I’d say.

    But they’re very, very different games. I’m not a fan of the eliteist snobbery that comes from fans of both sides saying that either one is better because of reason x, y or z. It confuses me why some people cant accept that both series are good.

    Not saying that you were doing that of course, just speaking generally :)

    #20 3 years ago
  21. OrbitMonkey

    @19, Battlefield in a nutshell (on PS3 anyways)

    http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/07/17

    I’m sure it’s a co-ordinated ballet of destruction on other platforms ;-)

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Dave Cook

    @21 haha amazing :D

    #22 3 years ago
  23. reask

    I didn’t know that Gigs.
    Sounds like it might be OK.

    On your other point whilst not disagreeing with you I know my personal problem is accuracy.
    To use my 14 year old for example, 4 bullets on a sub machine gun and there down.
    Me 2/3,s of a clip and there’s a good chance I will not have won that encounter.

    Your point about better players using alt accounts wouldn’t really bother me that much as you would imagine they would be the exception rather than the rule.

    I mean don,t get me wrong here as I do OK in it whilst not great.
    I am just using my own experience as an example and it would seem accuracy is a big factor in how you do.

    You see take most lobbies on ffa for instance.
    Next few times you play check the k/d ratio after each match and I can nearly guarantee you will find after the top 3 the other 5 will for the most part have either a negative k/d or in and around even.

    I actually see campers all the time and I honestly reckon they are doing it out of frustration most of the time.
    There scores at the end usually reflect that.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. reask

    Just 1 other point on better players using alts.
    They would still move up the league pretty quick anyway so it would be pretty futile for them anyway.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. DSB

    @20 I’ve played all three, and I love them, so I’m not trying to disqualify one or the other.

    It’s just the notion that the battlefield series is somehow a game angled towards cooperation and coordination, tied into some sort of military realism. It’s been ridiculous since the first time it was put forward by some fanboy, somewhere.

    It has objectives – Which is great, but does very little to promote actual cooperation, and simply places people around the same spots, around the same time, so they can imagine that they’re cooperating. Objectives are arbitrary, real coop shouldn’t be.

    Numbers are arbitrary as well, but there’s a big difference between storming an objective in Battlefield, and having to face maybe 10 guys tops, and literally fighting your way from rock to rock, up a hillside in Planetside, and having maybe 40 guys on your side fire at 60-100 guys on their side, with explosives and tracers going all around your head. 100-140 guns shooting in a general direction, sometimes at night where no one can see anything but the muzzle flashes.

    Maybe someone brings down a transport aircraft and lets the doorgunner join them, maybe you have tanks rolling up the road that need supporting in the middle of that chaos.

    The numbers create the chaos, just like a real combat situation, and that makes a lot of difference.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Omelette

    About GlenMata and the likes.
    Wouldn’t it be possible to write a script that removes every comment that contains “goo.gl” ?

    And basing an opinion of Battlefield on Team Deadmatch results in having a biased opinion, but I guess the same thing can be said about CoD

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Brenna Hillier

    @27 nah, people do use that shortening service legitimately. The spam gets a bit out of hand on the weekend because we’re not watching it, but I’ve just smacked a bunch of them.

    #27 3 years ago

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    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    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 […]