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Single-player games are becoming an “endangered species,” laments Blizzard’s Pardo

Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Blizzard’s Rob Pardo believes triple-A single-player games are becoming an “endangered species,” due to emerging business models, piracy, and the ability for players to rent games.

Speaking with GI International, Pardo, the executive vice president of game design and lead designer on World of Warcraft, doesn’t feel large single-player titles will be around for much longer – a fact he laments.

“I don’t see there being a great business model for it these days,” he said. “It’s really sad, there’s just a lot of elements out there that conspire to make those games difficult to make now.
“Between pirating or the ability for people to rent games, it’s hard for publishers to pour millions and millions of dollars into a game and not necessarily see the return they need to make those budgets realistic.

“A big trend is connecting everyone in their games, be it a full online experience like World of Warcraft, or just being able to have a social experience with other people playing single-player games. You’re seeing all these sorts of elements being explored.

“I think it’s really interesting because it’s not just about connecting someone so I can play with them. It’s about how I can have a social experience around the games that I play even if it’s inherently a single-player game.”

Pardo also believes future genres are going to change through “technological, business, and creativity,” which will create genres players can’t “imagine yet that are going to suddenly appear.”

Maybe these will replace single-player games, then.

Hit up the link for the full interview.

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41 Comments

  1. Zarckan

    fuck right off you dumb mother fucker!

    the day single player games don’t exist, is the day I stop playing games.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Talkar

    He is right though. The amount of purely single player games, with no form of online connectivity, such as leaderboards are dwindling. Off the top of my head i can only come up with The Witcher 2, and even that had leaderboards patched into it. There definitely still are SP games, but i can’t come up with them right now.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    “I don’t see there being a great business model for it these days,”

    Who gives a fuck? Gamers certainly do not.

    “A big trend is connecting everyone in their games”

    Nobody wants that.

    Simply said: Go fuck yourself.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Fin

    @1@3

    Guys ye obviously don’t live in the real world. SP only games have to face what he’s mentioned there, plus tradeins. If developers shoehorn in an MP mode, people are more likely to buy the game themselves and less likely to sell it on.
    Ye can bitch complain all ye want about him bring wrong, but the problem is piracy and used games.

    Answer me this:
    Why would he say SP games are becoming endangered if they weren’t?

    Remember this guy is a VP and obviously not an idiot.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. roadkill

    F**k off c**t! Just because you can’t get as rich as you want by making single player games doesn’t mean that they are an endangered species. A typical Blizzard employee.. I hope you all die in fire you rich a**holes.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    That is pretty depressing reading. I guess the fact that he brings up piracy goes a long way to explain what the real motivation behind always-online was.

    @4 So if you’re a VP you’re always right?

    Come on now.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. GanthKing

    Today 3th of Octobor 2012, Blizzard falls.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    Well, awesome epic SP games are certainly decreasing, barring open-world and rpg ones. I really hope sp games always exist. But moronic people should too that they arent helping this cause by renting/buying used/selling their games and then shedding crocodile tears over the net.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    > makes nothing but multiplayer titles
    > laments the death of single player games.

    Single player games are just fine. There are still tonnes of great single player games being released, and even the ones with multiplayer components are perfectly decent single player experiences of their own. He’s just being overly dramatic. Not everything has to make billions like World of Warcraft.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ududy

    He’s right and also completely wrong. As a senior Blizzard employee he’s looking at the game biosphere from the top of a mountain, doesn’t see a lot of Mammoths, so he laments the passing away of Mammals.

    Single player games are alive and well. What the market discovered is that there’s not really that much of a demand for 50-million dollar budget 5-hour games. So what? We are all better for their dwindling numbers.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    The AAA part doesn’t matter. As long as I can enjoy singleplayer games in any form and with any budget, I’ll be good. Heck, I’ve enjoyed a small game like Spelunky (FREE on PC and cheap on XBLA) more than ANY triple-A release in the last 2-3 years.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. CyberMarco

    Maybe I have a short memory, but I don’t remember there was a problem back in the PS1-2 era from piracy in video games. Yeah, today it’s a piece of cake to pirate games, mostly on PC, so was back in the day were you could mod your console by installing a custom chip. Just stick to the less greedy business model and we’ll live happily ever after!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    @12

    No matter how much they cut the price. People will always want to go for free if they can. People are only as faithful as their options.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @11 Likewise, Dust and Mark of the Ninja are two of my favourite games of the year, and they’re both single player.

    When you accept that good game don’t need to cost $60 or be AAA big budget titles, you start to appreciate just how many great games are out there.

    @12 It’s not a problem. They just have a vested interest in stopping it because they think it is

    It hasn’t stopped either the music industry film industry from making more money than ever, and it’s not stopping gaming either.

    The people who steal stuff weren’t planning to buy it in the first place anyway, but stealing it may eventually lead them to actually doing so somewhere down the line.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    Well, they will be if they are like diablo III, with an always connected singleplayer online, the funny thing, with a piece of irony throw in the mix, is that their approach(always connected online) is the real thing that would kill or endangered singleplayer games.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    It’s obviously about balance. Cutting prices won’t do anything unless the pricing is a barrier in itself. It’s not anymore, but if you look at Steam, it didn’t truly blow up until the prices started coming down.

    I wasn’t interested in paying 60 euro for a videogame in 2003, but as long as they’re reasonable, I’m there.

    Like Michael says, when executives start talking about piracy they’re talking about potential profits, not lost profits.

    Even with torrents widely availabe, the PC is still every bit as profitable as consoles, but it could have more “potential” profits, depending on how many people you imagine to be pirates.

    It’s like this holy grail for the industry. If only they can get the big chest full of pirate gold, they’ll be set for life. I think it hurts the big picture. I think the industry needs to worry a bit more about their products.

    A bad game isn’t worth 10 euro, fuck 50.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. CyberMarco

    @14 “The people who steal stuff were never going to buy it in the first place”

    I have thought a lot about this situation, but I can’t think it’s a one-way solution. If this is true, then why there are tons of torrents about movies-songs-games etc. if an individual wasn’t keen on the product, he wouldn’t care less for pirating it. I see it like Phoenixblight said, they’ll always try to go the free way.

    @16 Back in 2003 I was more than happy to spend 50-60€ on day one for a game, knowing that it contains the full experience, with most of the bugs/glitches fixed and some real value in the end. Now you buy a 60€+ half-ass broken game, split in god knows how many pieces so they can “extend” the game’s life with DLC, season passes and sequels that could have been DLC…

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Fin

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much ignorance in one page of comments.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @17 Then why are movie companies and record labels posting record breaking profits all the time, higher than anything they’ve ever made in the past?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. CyberMarco

    @19 Haven’t thought about that really! Well, I tend to download some TV-series, because here in Italy they always dub the original audio because Italians are lazy as **** ( I’m Italian too, half of it anyway :p) and wont learn a foreign language, and you lose most of the meaning of the movie in the translation. (I think other European countries do the same, like Spain)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. GwynbleiddiuM

    He was talking about Triple-A tittles though, for triple A’s and large budgets they have he’s not far off. It’s a sad thing really, but the sad thing goes to the fact that Triple-A tittles are targeting a massive demographic. It has to appeal to everyone and I think it’s a fatigued cycle, people are eventually getting tired with all the same games they’re playing.

    I’m with The_Red and Ireland Michael on this.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. The_Red

    @14
    Those 2 are awesome. Heck, Dust is almost like a triple-A game but without the grey / muted colors and polygon madness. Now… gimmie Super Time Force ASAP!

    @21
    Hopefully we can get even more awesome and unique titles like those 2 small but insanely fun titles.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    Guys keep in mind that dust was done by just one man, that in itself is unbeliveable and remarkable, and i agree mark of the ninja and dust are incredible games

    Right now iam having fun with Heall Yeah wrath of the Rabbit, great game too.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. ignoreLander

    “….single-player games are becoming an ‘endangered species’…. Says the guy whose company produced the most egregious example to ever happen, the ‘online requirement dungoen crawler. What a piece of sh*t.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Mineral4r7s

    Unplug your LAN Cable and everything except Diablo 3 becomes Single Player =P

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dragon246

    @Ireland
    “The people who steal stuff weren’t planning to buy it in the first place anyway, but stealing it may eventually lead them to actually doing so somewhere down the line.”
    Yep true. Funny I heard the same thing from a burglar who stole a ferrari and told the court that it would lead him to eventually buy it. But still court didnt understand such a fair argument and sent him to jail and even took the car away from him.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    Did he make an illegal copy of that Ferrari, or did he actually steal it though?

    Flawed comparison is flawed.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. CyberMarco

    @26 I don’t think these 2 things are the same, if you pirate a movie, you just take a copy and the previous owner still has the movie, in the case of the Ferrari you get the car but the previous owner doesn’t have it anymore.

    What I think Ireland wants to say is that buy pirating a movie that I’m not really interested maybe I’ll get to buy the next one (or even the same that I pirated) because I really enjoyed the content. That would work in an ideal world, but seeing how stuff works, I really doubt it!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Fin

    Piracy is wrong.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    @26 I agree with your analogy, but that’s a pretty bad comparison. Hahaha. A $15 movie is a bit different to an entire car.

    (I find it funny how everyone calls me Ireland instead of Michael. Heh. Just something I noticed.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DSB

    I think Chris England from Goldhawk Interactive wrote one of the most balanced articles on piracy.

    http://www.xenonauts.com/category/news/page/2/

    You can only go with “Piracy is wrong” for so long. It doesn’t change anything, it doesn’t make people like your company, and it doesn’t sell games.

    … Which is pretty much what the industry exists to do.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. TheWulf

    I’m just not seeing that at all, Pardo.

    I mean, sure, you have a few big businesses saying this (EA, Blizzard, et al) but do you really see many of them doing it? Mass Effect 3 was a largely single-player experience, we have had quite a few good single-player games lately, like Fall of Cybertron, Darksiders II, and even a good film tie-in which was better than the film it was based upon (yes, I’m talking about the Amazing Spider-Man).

    And you have tens more if you look outside of my particular tastes. Then you have the big ones on the horizon like Assassin’s Creed and so on. You know, if anything, I’d say that the presence of single-player games is growing.

    No, what this is about is being cynical, it’s about wanting to squeeze money out of people with auction houses, and rationalising DRM with shitty arguments. And who does that, Pardo? Who does that? I wonder. Besides, Newell has pointed out that piracy isn’t a big problem at all for reasons which are entirely too obvious. Piracy is just a scapegoat, an almost imaginary problem for people that want to drain more money from their games than is their right.

    This is just cynicism. Straight up cynicism, pure and simple. Torchlight II has been tremendously successful, with no evil DRM schemes, no online requirements, and no auction-houses. It’s also an offline single-player experience. And I bet that sticks in Pardo’s craw.

    In fact, this sounds desperate. Is Torchlight II doing better than Diablo III did? Does Torchlight II have more buzz surrounding it than Diablo III did? Is that what this about?

    Anyway. To put this succinctly: This man is full of shit. And likely has no dick.

    I mean, rather than own up to making mistakes with Diablo III, we get this sort of BS. It’s ridiculous. I wonder if there’s someone at the Blizzard offices right now asking ‘Why don’t people respect us any more?

    This is kind of why.

    Totally full of shit.

    Learn to respect your customers, Blizzard. Then they might respect you.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. TheWulf

    Also, kind of sad that people forget indies when they make their ridiculous “OMFG SINGLE-PLAYER IS DYING!” arguments. If it’s not triple-A, then likely it’s either single-player, or it’ll have a completely optional co-op mode with offline single-player.

    And look at all of those KickStarter projects which aren’t single-player.

    Oh wait.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. _LarZen_

    Well I think Rob Pardo is wrong and I think people are slowly starting to get a little tired of games pushing multiplayer in to every game.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Talkar

    Before people get way too worked up, i’ll recommend that you’ll read the full interview so you get the context and not just the sensationalist piece that is posted here ;)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. GwynbleiddiuM

    @TheWulf if you bothered to read it up, he said “TRIPLE-A Single-player”, he never said the single-player is dying, what he said was TRIPLE A Single-Player games are becoming an endangered species! It’s in the FIRST line, check it out before you start writing a book.

    And all of the games you mentioned had some sort of online function, it is also what he said “be it a full online experience like World of Warcraft, or just being able to have a social experience with other people playing single-player games.”

    You’re too quick to discredit what he said, at the same time don’t really bother yourself to read what he has to say, so typical of you.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Ireland Michael

    Batman: Arkham City
    Skyrim

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Fin

    @37

    Two in the past year?

    Kinda proving his point aintcha?

    Anyway, ya’ll can’t have it both ways. Either don’t pirate and don’t trade in games, then you can have big SP experiences with no online DRM. Pirate and trade in? Tacked-on MP and online DRM is what you get.
    Pick one.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. OrbitMonkey

    Its almost as if this guy doesn’t get that gamers like to play both?

    Lets take Halo for example. Its a big MP game, but would it be as big without the SP story of the Chief ?

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Ireland Michael

    @38 That was just off the top of my head. There are plenty of other examples. There are also a tonne of games with multiplayer components that still manage to have stellar single player in them – Portal 2, for example.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. YoungZer0

    @38: That’s so sad that you have to apologies for the shitty behavior of developers.

    DRM is useless. It always has been, it always will be. The only people it punishes are the real customer. The Always Online DRM of Ubisoft is the reason why they lost so many sales in the PC Market. Yet people who used the cracked version of their games never had to experience the insane problems their games brought with the DRM.

    Don’t trade in games? What are you, fucking retarded? Sorry, but you have to be insane, to think that you – as a customer – shouldn’t have the right to sell YOUR belongings.

    That’s completely nuts and the fact that you think it’s okay, just shows how heavily manipulated you are. The videogame industry is the only industry that thinks it’s highly destructive to trade in their games. You don’t see that kind of behavior anywhere else. James Cameron won’t think less of you if you sell Avatar. Ridley Scott won’t hunt you down if you sell your copy of Prometheus.

    And they shouldn’t, because it your RIGHT to SELL what you OWN.

    Yet corporate sell-outs will have you believe that you’re a big part of the problem by selling what belongs to you.

    If Blizzard wouldn’t have decided to fuck the asses of their paying customer, by installing the DRM they have, i might have bought the game too. Which would mean more sales. And i’m not the only person with principles. But hey, more power to Runicgames.

    See, it’s interesting, that a company like RunicGames can still exist. Look at Torchlight 1. That game had no multiplayer, and no real DRM to speak of, yet it sold, it granted us a sequel and the company thrived. And they sold the game for 20 Bucks! How is that possible? That must be magic, right? Nope, they are simply not greedy sons of bitches.

    Torchlight 2 is out, it has been cracked day-1. Yet, they don’t seem to care.

    Here’s the thing, really: It doesn’t matter how ‘good’ your DRM is. It’s more attractive for crackers if it more restrictive. It took them a few months, but they cracked Ubisofts highly destructive DRM.

    It doesn’t even matter if the game has a multiplayer. Ever heard of Tunngle? Or Hamachi? I can play multiplayer games without any problems, online, with other people.

    #41 2 years ago

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    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

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

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

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

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

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

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

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

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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

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

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

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

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

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

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

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

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

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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

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

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

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

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

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

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

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

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]