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Former BioWare San Francisco producer believes new IP “just isn’t a priority” for EA anymore

Thursday, 8 November 2012 21:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ethan Levy, a former BioWare San Francisco producer of Dragon Age Legends, has said new IP isn’t “a priority” for EA anymore.

Speaking on his Quarter Spiral blog, Levy believes EA’s new mantra of fewer, bigger brands has partially stemmed from the company’s success with iOS titles. The format tends to provide a less risky investment with the potential for larger dividends.

“EA’s stated strategy is fewer, bigger brands. Of the many new IPs developed for this generation, only Army of Two, Dead Space and Dragon Age continue to see new versions. As far as I can tell from publicly facing information, creating innovative, new IPs just isn’t a priority for the organization,” Levy wrote.

“Big brands + big marketing budget + high production values = $$$. This is the EA formula. They may have been late to the mobile & tablet freemium party, but now that they are here they will out-compete the Dragon Vales and Tiny Monsters of the world.

“This formula may have finally run its course in the core space, where 80+ rated Lord of the Rings, James Bond and Godfather games have all fallen out of favor with gamers’ wallets.”

Levy said The Simpsons: Tapped Out proves to EA that players who “enjoy the games produced by this formula” just moved to another platform. This provides EA with a digital future having “less to do with big, risky new IPs like Mirror’s Edge or Brutal Legend,” and more on huge returns such as the $29.6 million in sales earned by Tapped Out – a figured estimated by Levy and not “official”.

Tapped Out’s budget was likely just a “mere sliver compared to the cost of the critical and probable commercial failure, Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” noted Levy.

Thanks, GI International.

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16 Comments

  1. OlderGamer

    Welcome to the future.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. KAP

    No, no, course not, money is.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. viralshag

    It’s hardly the ‘future’. People act like EA are the only company that focus on their “big brands”.

    Yes, what I really want is companies to produce lots of one off new IPs… Please don’t continue decent (and expensive) franchises like Dead Space and Mass Effect…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    Viral, this is by far the most sequel laden generations ever. The peak of hardware sales was 2008(4 years ago). Software has been declining by an average of 25-30% on year to year sales.

    I have made the arguement before that oversaturation hurts the industry. Most people here can’t relate to that. They are hardcore dedicated gamers that would buy Dead Space 7 and Mass Effect 12 or Halo 4 or CoD 6,7,8, or 9. You get my point. But the core market doesn’t drive the industry like it used to. It has become wider then that. As evidence by the article to begin with.

    There are a LOT of articles to read where you hear long time industry vets breaking away for new platforms. Articles where once strong studios have been shuttered. And articles wondering if next gen will even be worth making games for.

    What we have a situation where trip A console market is dominated by just a few power players. And those folks are indeed going to do fewer games. As we go forward, and even right now, we see less risk and more rehash(on new or old IPs). It can be broken down to a handful of set formulas to a marketable franchise. Look at the article right here. A number of EA ips have fallen to way side. So instead of putting out a wide variety of games, they will put out just a few. Sure you like Mass Effect, you want to play a new one every single year? Not worried that will get old after awhile?

    I say it already has. While core gamers keep plodding on, many of the none core guys have gone to other platforms. Be it XBL, PSN, Steam, or Mobile. The Trip A market has been shrinking. It can no longer support as many top budget games. So instead while say Acti does good, THQ fails. And not just THQ obviously.

    Read this:

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-11-08-activision-big-fish-in-a-shrinking-pond

    I think the way you reach out the those gamers(and studios) that have left for other platforms is to create a more diverse portfolio, not narrow their choices.

    Look if your fav game of all time is cod, and all you like to play is cod, you might not see that there is even a problem in the industry. New IPs could stop coming, it wouldn’t bother you. Studios could close, it wouldn’t bother you. But at some point it would catch up to you. Because those new IPs draw in more gamers and that means more money and that means a healther industry. And that in turn means more CoD for you.

    When these anyalst say that the industry is canibilizing itself, this is an example of they are talking about. As a few select franchises grow and push other IPs(and the studios/pubs that make them) out of the industry, the gamers that would enjoy those games go somewhere else or they feel like they have less choices…and go somewhere else. What your left with is a few big brand franchises from a couple of megapublishers. And less over all gamers. Hence month to month year on year declines.

    How to fix it? I have no idea. I honestly don’t think you can. I think, like a stock market, the games bubble has burst and the market needs to right itself. There were too many games being made, games cost too much money to make, sell and buy. DLC adds to the problem. Second hand sales hurt. And the near global wide rescesion hurts too.

    So yeah Vial, I think fewer IPs, more “brand” names, more OMP focus, monitization(thru DLC and “freemium” content), are in store. Eventualy I think the market crashes a bit(maybe that is what it is doing now). And then I think we see a movement towards more services. Like cable TV style. Subscribe to Acti, and you get “free” or discounted content for Skylanders, CoD, and other Acti franchises(think of a newly stylized season/online pass or elite, call it what ya like). I think that is where all of the mega pubs are heading to.

    I could go on and on, but good lord I have read thewulf a few times and am as mindful as I can not to ramble just for the sake of it. There are a lot of interesting articles out there to read. I am not as crazy as I might sometimes sound. Feel free to disagree tho ;)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Digital Bamboo

    @4 I won’t try to comment on everything you said, but I would like to argue one point: there’s nothing wrong with producing 3-4+ games based on a winning formula.

    If it’s every year, yeah, it may be spread too thin, but series like Mass Effect & Dead Space don’t come out every year. They’re great games, that also happen to make a lot of money. I don’t think there’s any danger of oversaturation of games such as those. Plus, IMO, there are (at least currently) more than enough great IPs to keep gamers busy. Maybe that’s just me, I’m behind. But when I look at all the great games that are coming out in the next 6 months I’m not thinking, “Same shit.” I’m thinking, “How the hell am I going to play all those?”

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    The past always seems brighter than the future.

    If you think the PS1 and PS2 eras weren’t just as sequel laden, you’re kidding yourself. They also had a tonne more licensed crap, and enough shovelware to make even the Wii jealous.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @4
    “Viral, this is by far the most sequel laden generations ever. The peak of hardware sales was 2008(4 years ago). Software has been declining by an average of 25-30% on year to year sales.”

    Do you have any links to back these statements up? For the Wii and DS yes 2008 was a bit of a turning point, but for PS3 and 360 the dip in hardware sales if a lot more recent.

    Software declining 25-30% year on year for how long?

    This is a reworking of the games model. It needed to happen and once out the other end it will be seen as a very good thing.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 not sure I’d call it the most sequel laden generation dude. 16-bit era surely, considering how much quicker studios could peddle games out.

    Capcom were one of the worst perpetrators at the time. about six versions of Street Fighter 2, three Mortal Kombat, four core Sonic games and countless spin-offs, tons of Zelda games on NES, Snes and Game Boy, same for Mario and Metroid.

    Definitely 16-bit was worse man.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    @8
    Ahem @4 please, don’t blame me for the “sequel laden generation” stuff. We’ve never had it so good in my opinion. :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @9 Yeah I agree :)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. deathm00n

    I must say, I also don’t think this is the sequel generation, but I agree that it’s bad to have yearly releases like CoD and NFS does. One great example of pace is GTA or Final Fantasy, it’s all of the same things you already had, but released after 3 or so years, so you don’t mind paying for it again. But CoD for instance I can’t see me getting all of them. Me and my friends are still having fun with MW1, only now we want to get a new one.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Ok guys don’t get your panties in a bunch.

    Doc:

    As a recent example – http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-11-08-us-game-sales-drop-25-percent-in-october

    Another – http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-11-08-ea-no-longer-sees-new-ip-as-priority-says-former-bioware-producer

    “Steve Peterson

    All you need to know about the current console generation is contained in one number: 30 percent. That’s the approximate drop in retail sales for consoles and console software this year over last year, the fourth straight year of declines. Publishers are releasing fewer titles, and average sales and prices are dropping. It’s past time for new consoles to revive sales, if indeed sales can be brought back to the glory days of 2008. The console makers hate having to lose money for years selling new consoles at a loss, so they’ve held off. This has allowed mobile, social, and downloadable games, particularly free-to-play ones, to build an impressive audience”

    And:

    “David Radd

    This generation has gone on too long. I distinctly remember having a phone conversation right after Microsoft’s 2012 E3 press conference saying “This generation of consoles is done.” We’re seeing series now get into their fourth major incarnation this year and next, like God of War, Halo and Gears of War. Sequels abounded at the show, reflecting the stagnation pervading the AAA industry right now.”

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-07-19-roundtable-is-the-console-cycle-really-too-long

    I spent way too much time digging for that stuff, and I know I have read better stuff. I just can’t remember where to find it. Besides not my job to educate you guys. And this “get me a link or it didn’t happen” stuff is pretty weak and a tad lazy. The info is out there. Or just pay attention to it when it comes out in their first place. easier then trying to track it down weeks and months or years later.

    Ok as far as the sequels being more abundant in the 16bit days? Um, no. The key word here is franchise. Today everything is a franchise. We get games that have planed sequels before they even launch the first game. We have a ton of “trilogies”, hell Halo just started their sequel trilogy of their first trilogy. Wanna talk about CoD? I pick on Acti a lot, lets do BF instead. Battlefield: Modern Combat, Battlefield: Bad Company, Battlefield: Bad Company two, Battlefield 1942, and Battlefield 3. Now the burning question for me is if Battlefield 4 is going to make it out for this gen as well?

    There have always been sequels. Ms. Pacman from Pacman. But, I believe that this gen is a glowing example of how to over saturate the market and kill games. We can’t just have a new and unique game any more. We can’t have a studio/pub put out one game and then move on to another, different ip. We have the if they bought this one, then naturaly they will buy three more just like it.

    It is a bad biz practice. Darksiders was great Darksiders 2 helped kill THQ. Hint: we didn’t need a second Darksiders. Samething for Mass Effect and Dead Space, sticking with our examples. Sure they are neat now, will they still be neat when they are on their 6th release? Surly one of the draws of the games was that they were new and different when they came out? And yearly releases are the worse. There should be significant time in between releases. IMO, anyways.

    Say what you want, think what you want, call me a fool if it makes you smile. But look around. Read a bit. The industry is in the most trouble is has been in scince the video game crash in the 80s. And that isn’t because sequels are a good thing or we never had it so good.

    There is alot more to it then a train of franchising sequels, ofc. The economy is bad, the gen cycle is too long, games cost too much to dev, the yen is too strong, second hand games sales, dlc, and so on and so on.

    But to sit around and not see a problem? Or to not see that the whole industry is at a turning point? Seems silly to me.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    @OG
    Haven’t got much time as I have to dash. Couple of points though …

    “The peak of hardware sales was 2008(4 years ago). Software has been declining by an average of 25-30% on year to year sales.”

    Is still not held up by your links. Your statement implies 4 years of 25-30% drop in games sales, all hardware peaked in 2008. Not true.

    “Steve Peterson …
    That’s the approximate drop in retail sales for consoles and console software this year over last year, the fourth straight year of declines.”

    *Retail* – ignoring the rise of digital. Consoles – lumping all together and ignoring Tablets, Phones etc. As mentioned above the Wii accounts for most of this decline in hardware terms.

    Finally you talk about the decline of this sort of sales as a bad thing, it’s not! Why does everything need to keep going up? It’s needed. You agree that they were doing it wrong but don’t see a decline of that bad thing as a good thing?

    Edit: The point about gaming as good as it’s ever been? That’s a personal experience thing obviously, but I’m looking as Consoles, digital and retail, full priced, XBLA/PSN and bargain. Phone and tablet. The variety, choice, quality and innovation is huge.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. viralshag

    @12, But then what makes you think people actually want a ton of new IPs? It’s funny because people always say that franchises and sequels are killing the industry and that no new IPs are a problem.

    Then a new IP comes along and sells a fraction of any franchise release. And there could be many reasons for this. But blaming it on games/franchises that actually sell well seems a bit misguided and an easy finger pointing exercise.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    Because Viral most new IPs come from pubs that can’t market the stuffing out of it like Acti does for a CoD. And if you look at marketing Acti put muscle behind new ip of Skylanders and it sold extremly well, as an example.

    Here is the part that puzzles me, as for your thinking:

    “It’s funny because people always say that franchises and sequels are killing the industry and that no new IPs are a problem”

    If you constantly read the same stuff from different sources, at what point do you not get a clue? It isn’t as if sales are steller right now. Maybe there is something to it?

    As for Doc, I was speaking directly about Trip A console games. The fact that other platforms have emerged(or re emerged like PC) imo is crediance to what I am saying.

    My statement doesn’t imply 4 solid years of 25-30% decline. But if you research console hardware sales, they peaked in 2008/9(holiday of). Software sales have had 20 straight months of decline. That is almost 2 years. The only thing about sales numbers for software is we don’t know where digital sales are at. But again, I was talking directly about traditional trip retail markets. Buy full console games, day and date on didgital is something pretty new and even avalible for all titles.

    I love XBLA, PSN, Steam, etc. One of the reasons is price. Inovation is another. Two things often neglected in tradational boxed titles. Again, in my mind, backing up my statements. If everything was hunky dorie why would people be flocking to alternative platforms?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Gadzooks!

    O.G

    You have spotted the trends, but are somehow not connecting the dots.

    Yes, AAA is becoming harder to penetrate, but for every game that fails at retail a handful of new, innovative indie/XBLA/PSN titles get released and shock the industry with their success.

    When I started gaming the industry was pretty much all 1-5 man teams. What we now call AAA didn’t exist. Such extravagance was unheard of.

    A partial return to that model, with the odd blockbuster here and there, seems ideal to me.

    But the point is that it’s a transition. Not a crisis, not a shrinkage, not a dilution, it’s a young industry still and one that has no choice but to change with whatever pace hardware technology moves at.

    Right now digital distribution is hot, so naturally games follow and retail takes a hit.

    As others have said, there is more variety and quality in gaming than ever before. How you are missing it I cannot understand.

    #16 2 years ago

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  • 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 GOG.com 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 […]