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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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  7. GanthKing

    Today 3th of Octobor 2012, Blizzard falls.

    #7 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  18. Fin

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

    #18 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  25. Mineral4r7s

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

    #25 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  29. Fin

    Piracy is wrong.

    #29 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago
  37. Ireland Michael

    Batman: Arkham City
    Skyrim

    #37 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

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

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

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

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

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

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

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

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

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

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

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]