PS Plus “contributing in a big way” to increased PSN sales

Friday, 26 October 2012 02:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Premium subscription offer PlayStation Plus is going from strength to strength, and driving up sales elsewhere on the PlayStation Network.

A SCE America representative told GamesIndustry that 97% of PlayStation Plus users report being happy with the service, the highest satisfaction in its history, while 93% intend to renew.

“The success of PS Plus is contributing in a big way to driving overall PSN sales, as our last quarter was the biggest in terms of transactional sales in PSN’s six-year history,” she added.

The announcement of PlayStation Plus’s Instant Collection scheme, which provides full games each month which the user can download and keep until their subscription expires, seems to have driven interest up.

“The immediate consumer reaction was completely off the charts, and membership sales more than doubled during the week of E3,” the representative said.

Executive John Koller said Plus would be a “significant” part of Sony’s marketing efforts over the next few years,

“Since E3, we’ve seen a significant rise in PlayStation Plus adoption and we’ll be utilising this,” he said.

“This is a nice weapon in our arsenal that we’ll be utilising.”

Koller said the package is particularly attractive to new users, who find instant Colelction particularly appealing as they don’t already own as many games as a veteran, and to those who aren’t yet comfortable with digital content in general.

“The new consumers who are coming in in particular, which is what I’m looking at here, if we can introduce them to PlayStation Plus and this instant game collection idea, you’re bringing them into a world that may be a bit foreign to them if they don’t own a system this current cycle,” he said.

“So that comfort level is important to us, it’s important to publishers, it’s important I think to most people in this industry that we get them comfortable with digital content.”


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  1. ps3fanboy

    psn plus can go to hell FOR ALL I CARE… FIX THE SINGSTAR SCANDAL ASAP!!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    this psn plus service is just a rental service you cant keep your stuff without keep paying(they dont tell you about that!)… on the official ps forums you get people daily complaining about their dlc and game disappear all the time because they don’t know… and don’t forget the psn plus is on auto charge.. so if you you forget, it will just grab your money without asking, it is to a scam!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    about the singstar scandal… they put that singstar in their ofw update and now it start up every time you gonna play a game on your ps3. without a choice of delete it or move it to a folder.. and when people started to complain about it on the official site, they throw in this Nina Scherer person to insult everyone.. just look it up, its over 800 people complaing and more on the ps forums..


    this is just the start…. sony just sit on their arses and do nothing.. it is gonna be the end of sony.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ejams

    …Says the PS3 “Fanboy”.

    I’m truly satisfied with Plus though. Even if it means I don’t get to keep the games forever, it doesn’t matter a whole lot because once you’re finished a game, there’s always something new on offer.

    Plus(no pun intended), I’ll continue renewing my subscription for as long as it remains as quality as it is right now.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    i see your a casual gamer then and like to throw your money in the toilet, for digital fun that last a couple of hours…. you know i can still play my atari2600 games i bought in the 1980. you dont see the big picture here at all…. lets take an example, lets say there is a game thats is called mario bros, lets give access to it for a limited time and not let people buy it. you know what happens?…. there would be no mario today. because the game was not bought by millions and then given to the next generation for free for generations as people got older. what you will end up with in todays gaming world in the 10-20 years of gaming you got no games as legendary as mario anymore(if you think mario was a bad example then put your favorite game in there instead of it). you only got crap, no identity games no one care about… the culture of games are at stake here and it is nothing to kid about. the history is disappearing into the nothing.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. SuperGuyverUSA


    … Dude, chill out. I’m a big Sony fan as well, but I’m not complaining about PS Plus. If you think about it, it’s actually a good deal. With PS Plus, you can get free games, free betas, discounts on games, and so on. Sounds great, so of course it’s going to have a price. You buy PS Plus, get tons of stuff that not everybody can get, and when you want to access them and more, you pay a fee. $60 was it? For a year? Sounds good to me, and I’m a hardcore gamer.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    “Koller said the package is particularly attractive to new users, who find instant Colelction particularly appealing as they don’t already own as many games as a veteran, and to those who aren’t yet comfortable with digital content in general.”
    Exactly. New users have instant access to some of the best games this gen for a fraction of cost.

    For whiners whining about rental, isnt it the same with amazon prime, hulu, espn, netflix and countless other services? This stupid argument is only given by those who dont have a plus sub.
    And tell me something, how many really visit a game to play it again 6months/1 year after they have played it?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy


    what it comes down to is… you want to rent or own.. you want to play it 10 years from now or not. if your hardcore you want to play the game 10 years from now, and pass on to grandchild so they enjoy the game too. but i fear games just gonna end up as a bad itunes song that ain’t worth the crap.. if so why are you paying the prices of the product of today. its all junk throw away…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ps3fanboy


    you heard about retro games, it have a big scene out there even 30 years later. its a reason why people remember mario,pac man, space invaders etc… its because people can still play these games today… in the future of yours, that is rental games you will have nothing of that.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. loveaya

    ps3fanboy is really sick. For example, Now Resident Evil 5 Golden Edition is free for EU PS+. But i really don’t care about it. Why? Because i’ve bought Resident Evil 5 on its launch day and all the dlcs so totally 90 euros.

    If u really like a game, u should grab it when it’s released or shortly after its release. Not until PS+ offers u a free game. Why PS+ offers us the free games? Maybe before we missed some games because of lack of money or time. Now it’s time to pick them up. U get a free game on its launch day? It’s obviously a PSN game not a 3A game.

    ps3fanboy is always talking some vintage games. Why? u are so proud of your vintage game collection or what?

    In the report it mentions that 97% of PS+ users are satisfied with the service. So i guess ps3fanboy is the other 3% of the never-satisfied core players. Maybe ps3fanboy is just a PSN user not a PS+ user.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246


    He named himself that just for fun. Quite ironic.

    Tell me about retro game sales figure.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    I’ve had a few free trials on it. If I bought less games, I’d think it was wonderful, but a lot of the stuff they offer is usually stuff I already have. I think it’s ridiculous, though, to whine about rentals and such. Digital download is the future and this also enables someone who just bought a PS3 to have a bunch of games right away.

    I think it’s a positive as long as online multiplayer remains free. As for whining about it being on auto-renew, well, that’s why you do what I do and make a note for yourself of what day to unsubscribe. It’s not Sony’s fault if people don’t get their shit together.

    Some of the discounts I’ve gotten on it, though, were just brilliant.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    And are people really being abusive towards a representative over an icon on your XMB? Really? I’m in the states, so I don’t have…or if we do, I’ve never noticed it, but either way, geez, people. I don’t play any of the Minis, but you don’t see me saying people should be fired because there’s an icon for it on my system. People are so spoiled.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dragon246

    They need something to rant about. Its internet.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. speedxl01

    The service is great, it’s 50 usd a year, I subscribed for 2 additional years this month, to take advantage of this promotion “Buy $100 on PSN in October, Get $20 PSN Credit”

    with PLUS you get this:
    Instant Game Collection Access (12 instant FULL GAMES with 2 or 3 rotating each month) you keep this games as long as you are subscribed.
    Discounts from 20 to 80% (if you want to own your games you can always buy them)
    Full Game Trials
    Automatic Downloads
    Access to select avatars, themes, and other items t
    Select Early Demos
    Priority Beta Invitations

    If you do not see value in paying $50 usd and getting those games and benefits then maybe the service is not for you.

    But then again, it’s optional and a plus, unlike MS with it’s live service that charges you for something that should be free like online play.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mojo

    You dont even need to remeber the date.
    Just go into settings and uncheck the auto renew box.

    what ps3fanboy sais is utter bullshit.

    “(they dont tell you about that!)… ”
    they do

    “and don’t forget the psn plus is on auto charge.. so if you you forget, it will just grab your money without asking, it is to a scam!”
    per default it is, and i agree that this is bullshit, but on the other hand its a subscription. All subscriptions work like that, hence wh they are called subscription.
    If you dont want it to renew automaticaly you are perfectly fine to go into settings and uncheck the autorenew box.

    and what are u complaining at all?
    Every single game on Plus can also be bought. So if u want to play it without haveing an active plus sub, buy it.
    With Plus u dont pay for the games, you pay for the service, which includes having access but not owning games in a traditional way. If u dont like it you can also buy these games.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    Love PS+.

    It’s a subscription service. This is really quite clear to all but people who don’t read. It’s also £2.50 a month if you got it on the recent £30 for a year deal (£3.33 regular price). What do you expect? You don’t keep them forever no, but you haven’t paid to keep them forever that’s kinda why.

    It may not be value for people who tend to buy a lot of games and like their games on release, but for the vast majority it represents great value.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    I don’t think any sort of subscription should automatically renew unless you choose to. I don’t like having to go back to say the gym & tell them not to renew then they say that it won’t only to be charged again & fight for your money back- same thing again with XBL Gold & PS+.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Da Man

    What’s that, grunt246 fighting the Phony fight everywhere while calling people’s posts he can’t argue with ‘rants’? Shocker.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. freedoms_stain

    PS+ is only on auto-renew if you give them card details, but why would you when you can buy PS credit for less than its value at retail or online and pay with that with no auto-renewal?

    Also I was well aware that you had to maintain your subscription to maintain access so I don’t know where this “you cant keep your stuff without keep paying(they dont tell you about that” bullshit comes in.

    PS+ has been worth what I’ve paid and when I’m done with the service I won’t be too bothered about losing the games since I’ve already played them and I tend not to go back to games when I’m done with them.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. livewired500

    Usually I don’t think subscriptions like this are a very good deal. PSN+ is. I got it when it first started and made my $50 back in discounts in no time.

    Yeah, the free games will go away if I don’t renew, but they were free. And who complains about free stuff? Not me.

    Yes it renews automatically and I quite enjoy that because I would probably forget otherwise. I just wish that PSN+ had a family option like my XBL Gold Family. I would be happy to pay an extra $50 or so to add 3 PSNs.

    All I know is XBL doesn’t give me cool free stuff every month.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Da Man

    Tbh PSN+ is a shitty attempt at making inferior service popular by giving out seemingly ‘free’ games.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. mojo

    seeing everyone i know having plus is happy about it it cant be that shitty i guess.
    Fact is it gives u ridiculous value for little money

    infact i havent bought a game since i got plus, simply because i cant even keep up the pace of the free games..
    i still have RDR, Just Cause, Deus Ex and Saints Row pretty much unplayed..

    #23 2 years ago
  24. CycloneFox

    Whenever you subscribe for something, it automatically extends after the minimum period expires. It is like this for magazine abos, contracts for internet/telephone, electricity, gas, just everything. Why should PS Plus handle it differently?

    And are people here seriously complaining about the instant game collection? Why would anyone do that? When I truly want to own a game because of the collector’s value, or because I’m a fan of the series or the genre, then I don’t wait for a year or so until I can download it for free via PS Plus instant game collection. I buy it, the day it releases. And then I can still put out my PS3, Xbox360, PSOne, SNES or whatever after decades and play them. (Even if my SNES save data will be lost then) While on the other side, you may not be able to play a PC game because the latest windows doesn’t support it anymore, or because steam or GFWL or whatever might be away. (Hopefully, if that ever happens, they patch out their online activation, like Ubisoft patched out DRM)
    But that is another topic here…

    There are alot of games, I wanted to play, but didn’t have the time or money for. Those are games, I don’t neccessarily need to own, but I don’t want to miss them, either. So I might pick them up later for 20€ or something like that, which is still too much for some games. And this is where PS Plus is quite handy. I’m not the fan of rockstar or the open-world genre, but I still wanted to play Red Dead Redemption because of the very positive reviews. And now I have the chance to play it for free. I also know, that I will never play it again and I don’t want to own the box, because I’m not a big fan of it anyway, but If I now fall in love with it and totally want to play it again in years, I could still pick it up later.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Da Man

    It’s just a desperate attempt, they know they’re inferior so they try with these rented games.

    The games are rented, the value is illusive.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. mojo

    oh illusive. So i dont actualy play those games? Im dreaming?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Da Man

    You don’t own them.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    Don’t bite – he had to try several times before someone bit. Just ignore.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Dragon246

    Yeah you are. According to some people who dont even have a ps3, let alone plus.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Da Man

    ^You mean like those people who never owned a 360 in 360 articles?

    It would be a crazy value if you actually owned those games, as it is they just give you a limited access to them.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. KrazyKraut

    I am okay with PSN+. When a new PSN exclusives comes out, I dont buy it, because I know then earlier or later you will get it on PSN+ for free/discounted.^^ At you 4.16 euros or dollar per month and get a shitload of games. Not even renting is that cheap.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Gadzooks!

    If I rent a movie and love it, chances are I’ll then go and buy it.

    Rental ‘problem’ solved. You now own it.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. varsas

    @ps3fanboy: “and don’t forget the psn plus is on auto charge”

    Only if you are fool enough to enter your credit card details into PSN and don’t do the sensible thing of buying DISCOUNTED PSN cards.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. OrbitMonkey

    ps+ great value as long as you pay. Xbox live grear service as long as you pay.

    Now see? No need for the fanboy bitch/bait.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. nikk900

    I don’t understand people complaining about the games going when the sub ends. First, you only loose free stuff, all the discounted stuff you have paid for you will keep. Secondly, it’s like saying why can’t I continue to play xbox live when my sub ends. The sub ends, you loose the stuff, same as if you subscribe to anything.

    I think it’s a great service and I will continue my sub as long as the great games keep coming.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Gadzooks!


    Does not compute: OrbitMonkey not stirring shit, but smoothing it over? ;)

    Oh you big shitsmoother, you!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. kayoss


    You’re an idiot… you pay $60 a year and you get free games to play that pretty much pays for itself after downloading 2-3 games and you complain? Yes most people who owns a ps3 may have the games that has been offered already but a lot of people who are new to the PS3 this is a great bargain for them. If you dont like it dont pay for it… its not a manditory option unlike Xbox live where you have to get gold in order to access your netflix account that you already paid subscription for. If you do own an xbox 360 good luck with your “reward” to get discounts on purchased games.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Clupula

    @36 – the term “shitsmoother” brings up images in my head that I very much want to leave it right now…

    #38 2 years ago
  39. TheOutcastWolf

    @ps3fanboy You don’t stand for your name at all…

    I am thinking of grabbin’ it once it has a better Vita support, until then, back to normal gaming…

    #39 2 years ago

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

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

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

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

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

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

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

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

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

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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

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

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

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

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

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

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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

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

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

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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

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

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

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

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

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

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

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

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

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

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

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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