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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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    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]