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Civilization 5 gets enormous balancing patch

Saturday, 3 November 2012 17:48 GMT By Jeff Dunn

Civilization 5 has received an absolutely massive balancing and bug-fixing patch. Seriously, it’s huge. Get the full list of changes below.

As detailed on the 2K Forums (via PCGamesN), the “Fall patch” polishes up everything from the strategy game’s AI to its UI, and nearly everything in between. Writing it all down would probably cause me to pass out, so here’s the copied list for your perusal.

BUG FIXES
General

  • Mod Browser – The “Get Mods” button is now hidden if the user has disabled the steam overlay.

Civilizations and Traits

  • Ottoman naval upkeep is now fixed. Save games that were started before the fix will not be corrected.
  • German UA and Oligarchy social policy now work together correctly.

City States

  • Mercantile CS now only get a unique luxury for their first city (and not the cities they conquer). Unique luxury is removed upon capture (players can no longer get it by taking over a CS). Unique luxury is given back upon liberation.
  • Prevent double counting of resources when an improvement is gifted to a minor civ, then the minor civ techs up to activate the improvement.

Diplomacy

  • Research Agreement code was previously giving double-credit to research “overflows” (i.e. when you finished a tech and the extra research was being applied to the following tech). Now the credit toward a RA will be based on Science earned that turn.
  • Corrected an issue that caused the AI to attempt coups too often, when chances of success were too low. Also implemented a new factor: Attempting a coup in a location where there is no defending spy (the current ally does not have a spy there) is >=2x as likely to work as it would if there was a spy there.
  • Resurrecting a player will have both sides forget any denouncing that happened before resurrected.
  • Don’t treat player as a deal breaker just for going to war with a player again.

Exploits

  • Do not let a player earn the 2 free techs from the Rationalism Finisher twice. Also removed the +1 Science from Libraries from that finisher.
  • If you intentionally starve your city by reassigning all your citizens to be unemployed, you won’t end up with more citizens than you have population.

Religion

  • Fix Found Religion screen so you can’t find out about civs you haven’t met by mousing over the religion icons.
  • Correct “Peace Loving” belief so it doesn’t negate other happiness benefits from religion.
  • Rebuild religious pressure in case it was corrupted in older save games.
  • Clarify Interfaith Dialog so it mentions that Prophets earn you science too (not just missionaries).

Scenarios

  • Removed notifications that appear at the beginning of the Fall of Rome and Mongol scenarios about lacking the proper strategic resources.

AI

  • Dutch now will build farms before polders are available.
  • Do not allow Carthaginian units to spawn on mountains.
  • Do not allow Carthaginian Workers to end turns on mountains.
  • AI will now build more workboats and will improve oil plots in the water.
  • Automated workers that don’t have anything to do will not consume all their movement.
  • Allow rush built units to trigger the operation they were built for to proceed into Gather Units phase.
  • Fixed an issue where automated workers evaluated danger incorrectly and consequently behaved incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where citizen management focus on Production (and possibly others) could lead to starvation.
  • Clicking on an unemployed citizen to set them back to work does not “unlock” locked citizen assignment.
  • The logic to recommend Artist improvement placement now does not count plots where improvements can’t be placed, e.g. oases.
  • Add additional sanity checks for deceptive attacks. Previously, if an AI was choosing to deceptively attack, they would not check to determine if it was a good idea or not the moment before launching, which could result in “dumb” attacks.

Units

  • Fix unit de-selection so the mini-map indicator clears.
  • Better “Next Unit” selection. Previously, the camera would jump great distances to select the next unit that needs orders, when a closer unit was available.
  • Unit cycling improvement: when a unit is promoted, do NOT cycle immediately off that unit.
  • Change minimum area size for all naval units to 10 (from 20). That allows them to be built in the same cities as harbors, seaports (and great admirals) — i.e. on any body of water not considered to be a “lake”
  • Fix advanced promotions for melee naval ships.
  • Restore missing Cover 2 promotion entries so it is available to units again.
  • Fix a hang if a (melee) unit advanced across the world wrap seam after a combat.
  • Correct Great Admiral AI placement bug that prevented it from selecting a valid coastal city of yours.
  • Unit list now re-sorts itself correctly when a unit is promoted.
  • Subs are no longer visible (all the time) in Hot Seat mode.
  • Don’t give GG points from Barbarian ranged attacks.
  • Helicopters now take damage when ending their turn over mountains.
    Interception promotions now help the right unit (had previously been reversed).
  • Evasion promotion helps the right unit (had previously been reversed).
  • Two top-of-screen messages added to explain what is going on with intercepts (one for if the attacking air unit is eliminated, and another if he is just damaged).
  • Fixed a unit movement issue that broke melee attacking from more than one hex away.
  • Janissary heals 50 instead of 100 when killing enemy units.
  • Supply promotion now heals 15 HP outside friendly territory; matching text (was 25 HP).
  • Added a check to make sure that after a city is disbanded (ex. razed), the units remaining on the plot are allowed to be there. If not (ex. naval units), then they are moved to the nearest valid plot.
  • Fix for barbarians that would not move the turn after they spawned.
  • Have Great Engineer pick both the wonder and the city it needs to be built in (the bug was that the AI could repeatedly try to build a wonder in a city that it couldn’t).
  • Make sure Caravels and Destroyers always have the Withdraw before Melee promotion, even if you don’t own DLC02.
  • Barbarians should now spawn in their camp if it is empty of combat units instead of beside it.

Optimization

  • Many performance improvements, particularly in the renderer.
  • Pathfinder fixes and optimization.

Text Bugs

  • Fixed several text bugs.

Misc

  • Fixed rare crashes that could occur depending on hardware.
  • Only the “alive” civilization capitals are tested for majority religion in “We are family” achievement.
  • Added missing Polish Dawn of Man audio.
  • Advisors: Messages concerning your people being unhappy/livid now display correctly (a bug was causing this to fire at the wrong time).
  • Economic Overview: Don’t list diplomacy values as an expense and an income at the same time.
  • Fix auto-scrolling between turns. If a user was scrolling when a turn ended, or when combat ended, it would occasionally get “stuck” and continue scrolling.
  • Fix unit de-selection so the mini-map indicator clears.

BALANCE CHANGES
General

  • Reduced Happiness a bit from Mercantile City States. You no longer get +1 bonus happiness going from Friends to Allies (since you already get the luxuries then). And eliminated the +1 Happiness entering Industrial era.
  • Ballistics now requires Railroads. This will force the AI to get railroads before getting too deep in the tree.
  • Pillaging tiles now awards +25 hit points to the pillaging unit.
  • Tweaks to culture border growth: Should get coastal resource tiles a bit sooner; Should mildly steer towards tiles that are near unclaimed resources; Should get resource tiles in rings 4 and 5 a bit sooner.
  • Austrian UA balance changes: Increase the cost of a City-State by at least the amount of gold you will get from scrapping their units; Must be ally for 5 turns before you can undergo a diplomatic marriage with a City-State; “Yoink!” achievement is now: “As Austria, acquire a City-State with 15 or more units through Diplomatic Marriage.”

Religion

  • Pilgrimage belief now gives +2 Faith per foreign city following this religion.
  • Follower and Pantheon beliefs provide Local Happiness; Founder beliefs provide Global Happiness
  • Faith output per city is now listed in the economic overview – general information panel. Note: Faith output per city is hidden if religion is disabled.
  • AI: Buy Missionaries in city with Great Mosque as TOP priority (even over Holy City if different).
  • Tall/Wide Religion Balance Change: Add Grand Temple (National Wonder).

Diplomacy & Espionage

  • New peace deals. Now 9 AI levels instead of the previous 5 (so one new level added between each of the earlier ones). Peace levels are now:
    0: White Peace (give up nothing)
    1: Armistice (1/2 gold, 1/2 of max GPT)
    2: Settlement (all gold, max GPT)
    3: Back-down (all luxuries, all gold, max GPT, open borders)
    4: Submission (all resources, all gold, max GPT, open borders)
    5: Surrender (one city)
    6: Cession (1/4 city value, 1/2 gold)
    7: Capitulation (1/3 city value, all gold)
    8: Unconditional Surrender (all but capital, all gold)
  • Peace deal code now prioritizes both cities that are close to winner’s capital AND cities that were originally built by winning player (previously it was distance only).
  • Reduced espionage notification spam. Will only be notified of election and coup activities if you have met them and (have a spy in the city or are friends with them or have a relationship with them that is above the resting point.)
  • Added ability to liberate cities that are not owned by their founders or originally owned by the player. The player will receive a diplomacy bonus with the liberated player for liberating up to three cities. This liberation is not part of the “recalled to life” resurrection of a once annihilated civ. This functionality only runs if the city liberated is owned by a player that is alive. There are two ways to lose the diplomatic liberation bonus are:
    1. Declare war on someone you have liberated cities for. You have to be the first player declaring war. This does not count defensive pacts or someone you liberated declaring war on you.
    2. Capturing a city from someone you liberated. This case comes into play if A liberated a city of C’s, then A & B have a defensive pact, C declares war on A & B, then A captures a city of C’s. C will forget that A liberated any of their cities.
  • The AI will now liberate cities and resurrect players. There are notifications when the AI resurrects players and cities. An AI will resurrect another (non-human) player when they are trying to win a diplomatic victory. An AI will return a city if the original owner of the city has a defensive pact with the player and they are both at war with the previous owner of the city, or, the AI and the original owner have a declaration of friendship and the AI is going for a diplomatic victory.
  • Diplomacy: Peace treaty duration scales with game speed.
    Quick: 10 turns
    Normal: 10 turns
    Epic: 15 turns
    Marathon: 30 turns
  • Diplomacy: Declaration of Friendships/Denouncements now scale with game speed.
    Quick: 50
    Normal: 50
    Epic: 75
    Marathon: 150
  • Changed diplomatic globals: The opinion thresholds (unforgivable/enemy/competitor/favorable/friend/ally) have been pushed farther apart. They were initally 50/30/10, now 80/40/15; Diplomatic intrigue bonuses have been lowered by 1/2, from 20 to 10; “Asked Stop Spying” penalty dropped from 20 to 10; There are a number of changes to the duration of city-state interaction penalties, greatly reducing their duration.
  • Diplomacy overview improvements. Now displays “your open borders/embassy”, “their open borders/embassy”, “shared open borders/embassy”
  • With making deals, AIs will notify you when they’re not willing to give enough on their side to make the deal work. This addresses some issues where you ask an AI to propose a deal and they say “we can’t make a deal” and then you propose a lop-sided deal and they accept it. They will say “we aren’t willing to give you enough to make this a fair trade.”
  • Other civs won’t warn about expansion unless the player has founded a city in the last 10 turns.
  • “We attacked your protected City-State” statements are now triggered by damage done (ex. killing a unit) rather than simply being at war. As a result, the statement should no longer be triggered by a quick succession of DoWs (such as those done automatically by a CS changing allies).
  • The AI will no longer ask other players to join in a war when they are already involved in at least one.

Units

  • Unit Balance Changes: Drop Ironclad to 45 combat strength (from 50); Remove +33% vs. Cities from Battleships; Drop Gatling Guns to 30 Combat and Ranged Strength; Make sure Air Ambush 2 and Air Targeting 2 work for fighters and bombers; Carriers now get naval melee promotions instead of naval ranged; Prize Ships Balance Change: 50% chance of converting ships with equal intrinsic combat strengths. Scales up and down (between 28% and 80%) based on relative intrinsic combat strengths of the two ships. Conversion chance if you do sink the opponent is shown in blue text on combat preview window; AI attackers will now pillage.
  • Promotion balance change: make the +200% vs. Cities promotion go away on upgrade.
  • Promotions: Push back Air Logistics promotion for Fighters and Bombers so it requires Bombardment 3 (not 2) or Air Siege 3 (not 2).

AI

  • If the AI is able to build the UN, but would not win based on the current vote breakdown, have the AI refrain from constructing it unless conditions change.
  • AI adjustments to Wonder build priorities.
  • Tactical AI Improvement: Spend more gold on defense. AI will now spend gold at their cities where tactical dominance is EVEN (before it had to be enemy-dominated). AI will now also spend money on naval and air units for defense in such cites (before it was only land units and defensive buildings).
  • Changes to AI settling: Expand the ring search; Flatten the value of rings a bit so that tiles in the further rings are worth a bit more; Make the default preferred spacing further for players not going for extreme expansion; Lower the value of tiles a bit so that the AI is a bit pickier about settlements; AI will try to reclaim lost settlers and builders; AI will no longer wait forever for a settler escort; Minor tweak to settlement location; More aggressive offshore expansion
  • Do not give priority to bonus resources in rings 4 and 5 when deciding next tile to grow towards.
  • Tweak to AI settle to reduce bonus of tiles in rings 4 and 5 if already owned.
  • Small change to make Haile Selassie less keen to expand wide.
  • AI will now consider annexing cities it has conquered.
  • The AI will not consider annexing if it is trying to win a culture victory or their empire is currently unhappy.
  • Increased happiness flavor for circus to match Colosseum.
  • Tactical/Homeland AI Improvement: Do not heal if under enemy ranged fire (that is making you lose more HP per turn than you can heal).
  • Allow AI to capture civilians more than 4 hexes from their cities.
  • Have AI build its units for sneak attack at a slightly higher priority if at high difficulty levels.
  • Have AI weight Biology a bit stronger especially if liking tanks and airplanes (unlocks oil).
  • AI tweaks to help coastal based civs: Change to settlement (cities beyond the first also prefer coast); Buildings that help coastal Civs have flavors adjusted (they didn’t take some rules changes into account); Do not force high Naval civs to build a large navy (15+ ships) in the first 100 turns; Make Dido deceptive (as historical).
  • Tweaks to allow cities to make better use of extra tiles from previous change: On average on extra worker or two will be built; Slightly less prioritization of connecting up luxuries (still the highest priority); Allow one tile islands to be settled (if they have a resource on them); Slightly more prioritization of production tiles; Builders will emphasize the capital so that it will always be a nicely developed city.
  • City Governor AI: Prevent focused city AIs from starving as much; Make a wonder that has already been started in this city a higher priority; Lower the value of food for the governor when you have a large surplus.

POLISH
UI

  • Add in a UI overlay that shows which AI is processing its turn.
  • In the detailed view of a mod in the mods browser, additional required mods will display their title if it has been provided instead of the ID of the mod.
  • Add an “Exit to Main Menu” button to the player change screen in Hotseat.
  • Added “Restart Game” option to game menu. This option lets you restart the game and generate a new map using your current pregame settings. It’s only available at Turn 0.
  • Advanced settings are now persisted across multiple single player games (NOTE: This feature can be disabled by setting “PersistAdvancedSettings = 0″ in Config.ini).
  • The top panel now displays the month of the year if the game speed is so slow that it actually matters.
  • Messages about a player losing their capital and regaining it are now included in the replay log.
  • Messages about a player being resurrected are now included in the replay log.
  • Fixed an issue causing the replay graphs to be corrupted when a player was resurrected.
  • Display currently active mods in the single player screen.
  • Add a separate graphics option for enabling/disabling the GPU texture decode.
  • Fractal added to the map short list and random map types.
  • Garrison ring properly disappears when unit moves out of city.
  • Resource icon stacking. At lower resolutions, the resource icons clip into the date display along the top. We now hide the part of the list that clips if it’s too long, and instead, the player can mouse-over the list to see all the resources.
  • Better timing for pop-ups (finding ruins, etc.).
  • Auto unit selection improvements: On load, only cycle to the next unit if the currently selected unit is not ready for selection; Swap the direction that the CycleRight and CycleLeft buttons move the selection in the cycle list; When closing the city screen. Re-select the last unit that was selected; If the player has auto-unit-cycling off, don’t auto-select the unit that is blocking the end turn.
  • Further refinement to pop-up reordering. Pop-ups should now “feel” correct each turn (in the right order, at the right time).
  • Don’t prompt the player when removing fallout. Just do it. The prompt incorrectly referred to the action as removing an “improvement”.

General

  • Switch a number of Great Merchants to Great Admirals. Add Great General: Hannibal and Great Merchant: Jakob Fugger.
  • Optimized overlay system (culture borders, etc.). This system is now making half the draw calls that it did before.
  • Flavored all the civs for anti-air and air-carrier.
  • Add a combat weapon parameter that allows for a projectile that is not going to do any damage to have a “miss” radius. The helps spread out projectiles when there are a lot of attackers, but only one or two targets.
  • Modding: Fix the hard-coded length of the promotions boolean array.
  • Modding: Provide a way for Lua to query if the UI is in “Touch Screen” mode UI.IsTouchScreenEnabled().

WIN8 AND ULTRABOOK

  • Many performance optimizations specifically targeted to Ultrabooks with Intel Core processors with HD Graphics. NOTE: You will want to update your Intel video driver if you are running Intel HD Graphics.
  • New launcher button for Windows 8 Intel touch-enabled version.
  • Touch/Gesture Support: New “gesture” menu button on main menu, and when you bring up the main menu in-game; New sliders to control zoom and momentum speed in Options menu; Single finger tap for all UI buttons; Single finger drag for scroll bars or two fingers together swiping to scroll menus by gesture; Single-finger touch and drag to see tool-tips (terrain, UI, etc.); Pinch and expand finger for camera zoom; Two fingers dragging together moves map; Three finger tap is “escape” (from other menus, or to bring up Main Menu); Unit Control: Single-finger tap to select unit, and then drag to issue a movement order, or…Double-tap to enter “movement mode”; Once in movement mode, single-tap on destination to issue an order, or touch and drag to preview movement path.

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4 Comments

  1. OlderGamer

    About time, good stuff.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DarkElfa

    …and yest still nothing to fix the problem of the AI taking forever to think in between rounds later in the game.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. jacobvandy

    @2 Get a better CPU.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    Weird that they can bang out a mostly useless expansion before actually fixing the game.

    Still, I hope this keeps up.

    #4 2 years ago

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    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]