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Treyarch defends Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 engine

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:40 GMT By Stace Harman

Treyarch has defended its use of the seven-year-old engine being used to power CoD: Black Ops 2, saying “It runs at 60 and it’s gorgeous. What exactly is there to be upset about with the engine?”

Speaking to OXM, Treyarch game design director David Vondehaar said he’s happy both with the modifications made to Infinity Ward’s original IW engine and the performance that the team has eked from it for Call of Duty Black Ops 2:

“Anybody who comes at the engine needs to remember it’s the 60 frames they love in the first place,” Vondehaar said.

“And we can make it beautiful – that’s through years and years of working with the engine, improving upon it and improving the pipeline and improving our approach, our lighting rendering.”

“People like to talk about the engine, but the truth of the matter is that this isn’t like something that was invented six years ago,” he went on. “At this point that engine doesn’t resemble anything like any engine – we’ve ripped out the UI system, the rendering and the lighting are all new, the core gameplay systems are all new.”

“To me, it’s like I never really understood,” said Vondehaar. “It runs at 60 and it’s gorgeous. What exactly is there to be upset about with the engine?”

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 runs on the IW 3 engine and launches on PS3, 360 and PC on November 13. It launches on Wii U at the console’s launch.

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41 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    What exactly is gorgeous…?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Hcw87

    What’s there to be upset about? Is he serious?

    It looks, sounds and plays exactly like the previous 5 games, that’s what’s wrong with it. they don’t even bother making new sounds for the guns, just tweaking the sounds they currently have. It’s lazy.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. deadstoned

    Same, brown, grey game we’ve been playing for 7 years now.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dimaco

    Hahahaha! Love it!! That guy is so funny!!!

    … ’cause he was joking, right?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. twisted89

    who cares if it renders 60 fps, running a game at 800 x 480 is still going to look like crap.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ali

    I am all for defending your work, but to act as if only a few people are criticizing it is just not the way to go.

    That said, I really love their characters’ models and how good their awesome facial animation is in cutscenes.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. zinc

    Reminds me of Triggers broom :-)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPJO99bFGQ8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Fin

    I enjoy CoD, everyone else can go fuck themselves.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    I wonder what people are going to say if the next-gen CoD engine puts everything else to shame…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    @9

    THats unlikely since COD is using a 10 year old engine that is heavily modified. I doubt Activision would put money into making a new engine to make a COD it goes against their philosophy. Rockstar put in 100 million into their RAGE engine along with Konami and EA putting money into Frostbyte 2 and Fox engine. Activision wants quick and cheap.

    ““And we can make it beautiful – that’s through years and years of working with the engine, improving upon it and improving the pipeline and improving our approach, our lighting rendering.””

    I laughed at this. I went to visit my brother in the summer and him and his friends were playing MW3 and had to do a double take because I swore I thought he was playing on a Xbox because it looked absolutely horrible. People don’t play COD for the graphics they go for the gameplay.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. zinc

    I’d assume next gen CoD would use a modified Unreal 4 engine…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @11

    “I’d assume next gen CoD would use a modified Unreal 3 engine…”

    Fixed.

    The original engine of COD was open source. THere is no reason to think they will spend money on using a completely new engine even if it is 3rd party where Unreal 3 has a lot of resources and everyone knows what they can do with it and is easy to modify and change.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. CPC_RedDawn

    I used to have respect for Treyarch being the underdog always in the shadow of IW, but after they come out like this and defend something that simply can not be defended. The engine is complete and utter shite!! No arguments, it is. It DOES NOT look beautiful, the textures are a mess low res crap, the frame rate IS NOT 60FPS all the time, this is only achievable on PC on consoles BO1, MW1,2, and 3 and all the rest clearly dropped below 60fps on many many occasions. This engine NEEDS to die, along with Unreal 3 as its used FAAAAAR too much (but at least they are showing off UE4 now). I bet they will still be using the same engine for MW4 and the rest until the next consoles come along and even then they will just modify this engine to accommodation some new features and power the new consoles will have.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. CPC_RedDawn

    @11 and 12

    Why Unreal? The current COD engine is a modified Quake 3 engine ID Tech 3 with elements from ID Tech 4. When we are now onto ID Tech 5 in RAGE. That’s how old this engine really is. It has no connection with Unreal engine, if anything it would use ID Tech 5 but that is if ID software and Bethesda want to license it out.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    If Rage did look gorgeous with ID tech 5, i cannot wait for seeing COD on it, i hope they go that route, which seems the most logical one to me too.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    @14

    They go where its the cheapest as I said the engine is based off the open source that ID released.

    ID Tech 5 won’t happen since ID is now out of the engine business.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. roadkill

    Guys whoever is so dumb that they actually enjoy the game then let them enjoy the game. There are plenty of other games that look, sound and play better.

    Also @9 There is no one left at Activision that knows how to code a new engine. :)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. ManuOtaku

    You know i will always prefer loving the unpopular than hating the popular, it is more cool and rewarding, but i grant is just my preference.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    Loving how negative some people are without actually having played it. It looks brilliant when playing, it handled superbly and it’s got an incredible multiplayer.

    This game could look like an 8-bit shooter and I wouldn’t care. Gameplay > visuals in my book. It is always more important.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. G1GAHURTZ

    @19:

    +1

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    @19

    I have played the games at parties and get togethers. THe gameplay is really good but I am not going to be delusional and say that its beautiful because its not and Vondehaar should be talking about the gameplay instead of defending the visuals.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Dave Cook

    @21 agreed completely. Gameplay is king, but to call it ugly or shit like some people have is just mental.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    I think is a darn good compliment to make the game just as good looking as it is with such an old tech, from a development point of view, so we should also give them some props for that, while at the same time criticizing the uninvensment in a new tech with such strong profits this series had this generation, but this hasnt anything to do with calling it bad looking, though, it looks good for such an old tech, and i think in the next gen they will get a new engine for sure.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    @22

    I was being a bit extreme but I agree gameplay should always be top priority.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. G1GAHURTZ

    @22:

    Sure, that’s obvious. The game pales in comparison to some other, newer games on completely different formats, but that doesn’t mean that it looks bad.

    And tbh, even though people try to dismiss it, 60fps is very important here.

    I’m certain that any impartial reviewer would give this game at least an 8 for visuals.

    It’s never a 10, but I’m pretty sure that the other 20m regular players don’t care either.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Phoenixblight

    @25

    You are right and with Activision there should be no real reason to change the engine unless the sales dip so much that they have to do something to get the fanbase back.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Omelette

    Those who love graphics need to remember that the current consoles ARE LIMITED IN COMPUTING POWER. That means they will stick with the current engine because it fits the consoles perfectly. Did you see what happened with Battlefield 3? They had to dumb it down a lot to make it work with the consoles, and the graphics of that game ended up looking at least as bad as CoD’s look, and they don’t even look that bad. They look great imo, FOR A CONSOLE GAME. Now, I wouldn’t want them to keep the same quality of graphics in the next-gen consoles.

    Edit: Fixed nonsense

    #27 2 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    @26, 27:

    Agreed.

    If each new version keeps selling more and breaking new records, then from a business perspective, why would you change anything at all?

    However, I’m sure that they’re aware that they’re in huge danger of getting left behind in the next gen unless they make big changes.

    Next gen, the current IW engine simply isn’t going to be enough.

    I’m sure that they’re aware of that.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. absolutezero

    Who are Treyarch defending this game against? The people that are’nt going to play it anyway, the people that are going to buy it and play it regardless or the dedicated fanbase that love it anyway?

    Either one makes not very much sense because all groups don’t really give a shit about what CoD looks like.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    The people that aren’t going to play it anyway

    To anyone involved in selling games, this category cannot exist.

    They have to try and convince everyone, no matter how much they hate the franchise.

    They have to see everyone as a potential customer.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. ManuOtaku

    ^the ones in between, perhaps

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Dimaco

    Hello?

    “It runs at 60 and it’s gorgeous. What exactly is there to be upset about with the engine?”

    Doesn’t seem to me he’s talking about the gameplay here.

    And, NO, it IS NOT gorgeous. You can love its gameplay (which I did, but it’s been too long since it became more of the same for me), still you cannot tell that it freaking “looks gorgeous”.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. zinc

    I still believe MW4 will use Unreal 4. But time will tell.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Phoenixblight

    “I still believe MW4 will use Unreal 4. But time will tell.”

    That won’t be happening. The game is already in development. No one has access to Unreal 4 except EPic.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. zinc

    ^ huh, your *facts* won’t sway my belief ;-)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m not sure if any engine developer in their right mind would turn down CoD…

    Whether their engine is finished or not.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. dagla

    The most you can expect from next-gen CoDs is same engine at 1080p.. Tech 3 will live forever.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. viralshag

    I love gamers, gameplay is the most important thing… Unless its CoD.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Dimaco

    Ehm, I don’t exactly think graphics are the only thing being criticized about cod.
    Basically they’re selling the same game every year, with some minor changes.
    I used to be a COD enthusiast, too, but it all started to stink after MW2.
    That said, since none of us has played it, I don’t think we can criticize blops2 for that matter (yet), but please don’t come around blabbering that it looks great because, quite simply, it doesn’t.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. TheWulf

    It’s a terrible game, that’s a given. It relies on familiarity and it’s just a spectacular yawnfest. There’s never been a good Call of Duty game, really, just a familiar one. And people frequently mix up familiarity with good.

    With that out of the way, Half-Life was actually good. The original one, that is. And as I recall, that used a heavily modified Quake 2 engine. So it’s not the engine that matters so much, but it’s whether the game sucks. And what people are finally beginning to realise after seven years of familiarity is that the games of the Call of Duty franchise are really, truly bad. Just bad. They’re bad like bad film tie-in games.

    And that has nothing to do with the engine, people. They’re just bad games.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Dimaco

    @40 I actually loved COD4, you really cannot say it was a bad game.
    It was a milestone as for online gaming (on consoles at least).
    Problem is, once they relialised they had a goldmine in their hands, they ended up milking it with annual releases, basically watering it down to the extent that it really became just a bad old game.
    And of course, then that “familiarity mechanism” you described kept it alive.

    #41 2 years ago

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    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]