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The War Z interview: a familiar zombie outbreak

Monday, 22 October 2012 08:25 GMT By Dave Cook

The War Z’s critics have accused it of copying DayZ’s open world survival template. VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with Hammerpoint to find out where the similarities end.

The War Z

Developed by Hammerpoint Interactive, The War Z focuses on a zombie outbreak in Colorado.

The game is set five years after an outbreak killed most of humanity. However, new mutated strains of the zombie virus could hold the key to a cure.

It’s a survival game with areas ranging from 200 – 400km square. Players must scavenge for supplies, drink and eat regularly, fight other survivors and of course, avoid zombie attacks.

The War Z is in pre-alpha, but you can check out more details over at the official site.

As I said recently, I’m bored to tears of zombies. I’m bored whenever they’re included as nothing more than a lazy piece of pandering DLC, bonus mode, or are simply there to ride the great undead money train all the way to profit-ville.

Zombie fiction – when handled well – focuses on the basics of human survival, such as food, hydration, disease and well, just staying alive in a hopeless world. Some games have nailed this format, and few moreso than Dean Hall’s DayZ.

In DayZ players are let loose into the open world sandbox of Chernaus. There is no plot, just survival against other desperate humans, the undead and the elements themselves. It’s brutal, unforgiving, but it accurately portrays zombie fiction to a tee.

Then came The War Z, Hammerpoint Interactive’s take on the survival sandbox genre, in which players are let loose into the open world sandbox of Colorado. There is no plot, just survival against other desperate humans, the undead and the elements themselves.

OK, so I copied and pasted that descriptor, but to make a point, because The War Z has been accused of following DayZ’s template so closely that it has earned itself some controversy since it first broke cover.

Accusations of copycat development and cash-cow mentality at the studio are regularly thrown at The War Z by gamers. So in an attempt to better understand Hammerpoint’s motivation, and to see how deep the similarities lie, VG247 spoke with executive producer Sergey Titov.

VG247: Many gamers and critics are comparing The War Z to Dean Hall’s DayZ. Is that criticism justified or is this truly a different experience?

Sergey Titov: We don’t mind being compared to DayZ at all – in fact we are fans of the mod. Ultimately, we hope that gamers will end up playing both The War Z and the DayZ standalone.

It’s difficult to compare at the moment, but, though there are similarities, we tried to create a game that was a little bit easier to access and play, and that would allow players to be creative and create their own scenarios.

We aren’t looking to be better than or displace DayZ at all – there is definitely room for two great games in the same genre and we think that the gaming audience will agree.

Both are open world games, and that regularly poses challenges to developers, particularly as there are no set missions or goals, other than to survive. Would you say it was a challenge?

This really isn’t a challenge as it was our intent from the start. We wanted to create a game where we provided the theme – a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic environment- and the tools, but where the players could really create their own experience.

I think we achieved that and now it will ultimately be up to the community to make The War Z what they want it to be.

”We aren’t looking to be better than or displace DayZ at all – there is definitely room for two great games in the same genre and we think that the gaming audience will agree.”

So you’re giving people the tools to make up their own stories and to make the play-space interesting. How did you go about populating that world with enough distractions to sustain attention?

Well, this part was a bit of a challenge in that we needed to make certain that we provided enough intrigue for players that were just starting in the game and would primarily be exploring, scavenging and dispatching zombies.

We had to do this while still creating a challenging environment for veteran players that had logged some hours, had accumulated some gear and were now on to engaging and, possibly, attacking other players.

We will still be tweaking and sorting this out over the next couple weeks of Alpha and into Beta, so all is not set in stone. Feedback from the community will be crucial as we decide which features to build upon and which ones should be deleted.

That said, there actually a threadbare backstory that players can uncover as they play. How deep will this go?

There is definitely a back-story that players will uncover as they explore. This will be in the form of notes that players will happen upon that were left behind by survivors or deceased members of society. That said, players’ personal experiences will play a major role in how the story evolves.

How closely will you monitor and champion stories that evolve in the play-space over time? For example, EVE Online’s tales of betrayal are all player-created things that actually happened, and have now become things of legend.

We will be monitoring player experience and especially some of the instance creation on the stronghold server maps – these are smaller maps that players can “rent” and build off of. When we see something unique and cool, we’ll definitely promote it through our social channels and to the press.

Personal stories like these can be powerful, but freedom in online worlds can never be 100% absolute. Can you give as an example of when you would step in and take action against players, or to keep people in check?

Really the only things we’re concerned about are players that ruin the experience for others with cheats, hacks and so on. We will actively be monitoring and pursuing these players and will ban accounts if we find out these activities are taking place.

Can you talk us through the survival aspects of The War Z?

Players will need to stay aware of their hunger and thirst levels. These are crucial in terms of day-to-day survival, regardless of whether or not they encounter zombies or other players.

There is a standard health gauge, so players will not need to worry about extremity damage – such as broken limbs, but they will take damage from falls or blunt trauma. As for disease, players can be infected via a scratch or bite from a zombie.

The result will be blood toxicity, which will rise and eventually begin depleting health and eventually lead to death unless a vaccine is administered.

“For me, the zombie genre could never be saturated – as long as it is continually presented in different ways. When you look at the different types of zombie games you find an evolution of gameplay style and pace that keeps it very interesting.”

You are also employing a microtransaction model in The War Z. I’m presuming that this will not be a ‘pay to win’ model, given the tough survival aspect of the game.

Our plan was to make the spending of money be a true choice. All items can be found in-game and all currency can be found or earned in-game. So the choice of whether or not to spend money really comes down to convenience and whether or not the player wants to put in the work to find items in the game world.

It’s clear that if you’re wanting to make a zombie game that now is probably the time, given the popularity of the genre. However, what would you say to that opinion that the zombie genre is saturated?

For me, the zombie genre could never be saturated – as long as it is continually presented in different ways. When you look at the different types of zombie games you find an evolution of gameplay style and pace that keeps it very interesting.

Finally, are you still on track for a fall release?

We will be going to Beta at the end of the month and continually tweaking/adding content from that point forward. We view digital games as constantly evolving products that really don’t have a definitive “launch.”

Our goal is to work with the community and continue to evolve The War Z to make it the best it can possibly be while we maintain and grow our community.

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10 Comments

  1. BULArmy

    I am in the Alpha and for now I am on love-hate relationship with that game. It is Alpha so hundreds of annoying problems are to be expected. But still some make me rage quit on regular basis. Also for now this game is mostly free for all deathmatch that happens to have zombies in it. They need to implement their factions/morality system, because now it is just shoot everything that move. I played with two guys for some time, but after some nice loot pick ups we started shooting at each other, because of greed and there need to be some unforeseen consequences for doing such things. I helped a person just to get shot by him seconds later, the nice thing was that he was terrible at aiming.

    I haven’t played a lot of DayZ, because Arma 2 almost kill my PC and the mod is not helping. But I think the two games are different in a lot of ways. It is kind of the comparison between Fallout 3 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I think both games have place under the sun, but 2 are the limit.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    Mr Cook, it would have been prudent, as a journalist with integrity, to mention that this game was in development long before DayZ ever launched to the public, making the whole ‘Is this a copy of DayZ’ angle a moot one.

    Moreover, nobody has a monopoly over Zombie survival games. If that were the case, you may as well go and brand every military-themed FPS a copy of Wolfenstein (with or without the supernatural element.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    @2 where did you get that information from? The War Z hasn’t been in development as long as DayZ. Dean Hall has also repeatedly joked that he could sue the creators of The War Z if he wanted to.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. TheBlackHole

    Hammerpoint’s own website says that the design for WarZ has been in place for a couple of years, so unless Dean Hall made DayZ immediately after ArmA2 was released, that puts WarZ first, or at the very least around the same time. Not that it really matters either way – it’s not the first time different companies have had similar ideas.

    “Dean Hall has also repeatedly joked that he could sue the creators of The War Z if he wanted to.”

    Please, that’s just posturing. An empty threat. What’s he going to base the lawsuit on, Zombie survival game? MMO? Perma-death? The name?

    Nothing about DayZ is unique or new, and there’s an argument that actually DayZ borrows plenty of its USPs from other games.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @4 “Not that it really matters either way – it’s not the first time different companies have had similar ideas.”

    Yes, agreed, and I think you’ve taken my editorial at the start of this piece too heavily. I’m making a point about them being similar, and I’ve attempted to see if it really is in my interview.

    I’ve never once said that one copied the other in this piece, just stated that Hammerpoint has been accused of copying. I’ve not said that myself anywhere in this piece.

    Look a little closer. My real point is saturation of the zombie genre, not that War Z has copied DayZ. I’ve left that up to the readers to decide.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. TheBlackHole

    @5 fair point. My apologies, then.

    My issue is that the whole ‘who copied who’ thing is barely even worth the discussion IMO. I’d much rather read about what the game is like, is it any good – does it have any new mechanics or game types that add to the genre or make the survival experience better? (which to be fair is covered in part during this interview)

    I just really don’t see the value in finger pointing for suspected plagiarism. We as gamers have ZERO insight into the development schedule or timelines for either of these games, so any argument would be based purely on speculation, which offers nothing new or beneficial. Moreover, because DayZ was out first, it automatically gets a free pass even if it turns out WarZ was already being scoped out.

    It’s like the Ipad and the Galaxy tab. Yes they’re similar, yes one probably copied aspects of the other, but shouldn’t we let the courts decide who did what and just get on with the business of deciding what’s awesome/terrible about them both?

    /mondaymorningrant

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 not a problem, no need to apologise ever. We’re here to court debate and discussion among our readers and I’m always happy to do that, especially when it’s presented as calmly as you did.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TheBlackHole

    @7 +1

    #8 3 years ago
  9. UuBuU

    @4 I think you’re being very naive.

    They could say they first thought about doing an open world zombie game 10 years ago. ~ It doesn’t change the fact that this game has been rushed through development in light of DayZ’s success, or that everything from the overall look and the gameplay, to the name, has been lifted from DayZ.

    They’ve looked at the mod, seen $$$’s ~ and are now trying to copy. Anyone who believes differently is ignorant.

    You’re right though that there’s nothing Dean Hall can do. He can’t claim legal ownership of the open world zombie survival concept. ~ But that doesn’t make War Z’s blatant imitation any less shameful.

    On the one hand ~ I really hope this game fails. That’s what it deserves. But on the other hand, from a more selfish point of view, I actually hope it does well and lures a huge chunk of of DayZ’s audience away with its more accessible approach. DayZ was a lot more enjoyable when it only had a small community made up of ArmA fans.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. TheBlackHole

    I’m not saying the development hasn’t been fast-tracked because of another game’s success, but that doesn’t automatically make it plagiarism. Often things get made on the back of other successes.

    “They’ve looked at the mod, seen $$$’s ~ and are now trying to copy. Anyone who believes differently is ignorant.”

    Your equally uninformed ignorance makes comments like that devalue your overall contribution.

    Also, look up “World War Z”, the 2006 novel, if you want to know where the name came from. Both their names.

    If you count ‘realism’ as a ‘look’, then yes it’s a copy, along with a hundred other games, and it’s in the same genre (zombie survival MMO), so you can probably expect/excuse some obvious similarities.

    #10 3 years ago

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  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

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

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

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

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]