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Wii U day-one patch to be pre-installed on consoles from early 2013

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 11:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U’s day-one patch is rather hefty, coming in at at around the 1GB according to sources. However, Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that the update will ship with consoles at some point in early 2013.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Fils-Aime revealed that the patch was a last-minute decision geared towards making the console’s online functionality as smooth as possible.

He stated, “Nintendo developers want to make sure that the very best product is available to consumers. That creates a dynamic where our developers are working on elements until the very last point possible. That’s why the system update was required on Day One – and this is quite similar to what’s happened with other consumer electronic products.”

Fils-Aime added that the firmware update should be bundled with Wii U consoles from early 2013, doing away with the large hour-long download and reducing the space taken up on the console’s hard drive.

VG247 recently tested out its Wii U console, and weighed up the console’s hardware clout, software and online features. Check out our coverage here.

Thanks Eurogamer.

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40 Comments

  1. ManuOtaku

    I bought the premium one yesterday, i found it at a good price at 1800$, compare with the initial 2.200$, and i will wait to do the installation, due to fear of a power outage, i will wait for one, and then i do it, i dont want mine to be bricked, i will be very careful, i didnt bought any game, becuase there was no zombieU, scriblenauts or Mario at the store, i will wait for i price drop and buy them next year.

    But good to hear this will be done for future consoles.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. FabioPal

    So early adopters have been f***d.

    This is lame.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    @Dave
    The day one patch is only 1Gb – System takes up 5Gb but the patch is smaller (i.e. it’s not the whole thing).

    @2
    In what way? They have to download a 1Gb patch, that’s the difference. It’s annoying but why are they f****d?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 thanks for that man :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    @3
    Compressed file?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mistermogul

    Dave this article is full of fail…

    The update is 1Gb not 5Gb. Second, according to other sites Wii U will ship with updated firmware at the beginning of 2013, not sure where you magicked “spring” up from.

    It makes me laugh how Nintendo gets a bad rep for whatever it does. Do other consoles, OS’s, tablets, phones etc not have updates?

    I mean for fuck sake – I’ve waited a year and a half for the console to release, do you really think I haven’t got the patience to wait an hour for an update before I get online? These articles are ridiculous…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @7 “Dave this article is full of fail…”

    Why do you have to be so horrible about it though? Why can’t you just raise your issue with the piece and let me amend it if need be?

    I didn’t ‘magic’ up ‘Spring’, Gamasutra hinted at Spring in its report, I’m reporting on what they said.

    I don’t understand why readers of game sites have to be so nasty when pointing out things they disagree with. I’m writing these stories FOR you. Help me out a little by pointing out mistakes, things you disagree with in a nice manner please.

    Just wears me down every single day.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    @5
    Not sure, either very compressed or an actual patch, doesn’t really matter though it’s not a 5Gb download.

    @6
    See linked Gamasutra article …
    “Fils-Aime said that only after the patch has been on the market for a few months will Nintendo incorporate it into the firmware that ships with the system.”

    A couple of months = Dec and Jan minimum + some time to put it on newly manufactured machines and for those to get to stores = Feb as well. That puts it at some point in March which = Spring.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 cheers man. I’ve amended it anyway.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Len

    @1 Have you gone mad MO? $1800!!! Why buy a console without games at that price, I’m genuinely curious?

    And why not import one or get another member here to sort one out for you like I suggested elsewhere?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    #10 Len thanks for the concern, well for me is an investment, because i will save money in the mid-long term, the more i will wait the more it will cost, as for someone getting it overseas, i will need to do the customs clearance here with all the import papers, and here that is troublesome and expensive, this is a corrupt government and all the institutions, therefore it is a big risk, i know it seems crazy, but under the circumstances it is the right choice, besides if i will end up doing it i will need to buy dollars in the black market which are also expensier.

    Also here we have a ban from the government for selling videogames, therefore the 400$ i got per year, i expend it on those games and anime is not a solution, i think i made the right choice, considering all the factors involved, even if it doesnt seem that way, but i really appreciate the concern and all the suggestions given, by you and a lot of this site commenters <3, thanks from the bottom of my heart, really

    #11 2 years ago
  12. FabioPal

    @3 “@2
    In what way? They have to download a 1Gb patch, that’s the difference. It’s annoying but why are they f****d?”

    Because they don’t, and never will, have the full 8GB available.

    This is lame imho.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. polygem

    @Manu…that´s a hefty price tag, you are a VERY dedicated gamer! the patch doesn´t really take that long. it took maybe 40 minutes for me…i think you can risk to download it.
    you should by any means avoid multitasking while downloading yet. that seems to be the problem for some. the thing can multitask like crazy but seems to get sensitve when downloading. i guess they will patch that soon though.
    cool that you have one though! let me know your ninty id or add me: MiqMoq
    i think you will really love the wiiu, i sure do…cannot wait for future first and third party games. to play indy games on the tablet is also great fun. i will play cod mp on the touchpad in bed this weekend -fantastic. miiverse is great too…it really feels like something is missing now when i turn on ps360…i just want a second screen;)
    nsmb u is great coop. i don´t know how old your kids are but man – this is a fun couch coop game for sure.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. mistermogul

    @8 – I stand corrected.

    @7 – Sorry Dave I didn’t mean to wear you down. You do a grand job.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @12
    Nor will people with 8Gb machines in Spring. It will come pre-installed but will still use the same amount of space.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. ManuOtaku

    #13 Yes Poly Iam, for good and bad, i breathe gaming and anime as well :). I will add you but like i said i will plan my connection after a power outage, they are common here, i dont want to take any risks, after that price i need to take the neccesary precautions ;), i will add you as soon as i can, i hope no one took my internet name, or else (shakes fists).

    #16 2 years ago
  17. polygem

    i actually wanted to be “Miike”. plain and simple, but it didn´´t work because you need at least 6 letters…:(
    the good thing is: if your ID should have been taken you can still name your Mii ManuOtaku. all your Miiverse posting will have that name then. if you play cod online though, your ninty id will show up on the playlist.
    take your time. cool that you´re on board.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    …and don´t let your wife kill you now. be nice to her for at least a month or so ;)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ManuOtaku

    #18 Poly she doesnt know yet, i dont know how to tell her, i think i will say i won it as a price or something like that, i dont have the courage ;_; :), and if the id is taken i will change it to manuolderotaku or something like that, i dont want to lose my internet name, thats part of who iam, really.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    i understand and hear you. those internetnames/ gamertags can become really connected to you and feel important. i feel the same, though i still haven´t really found mine after all those online years. i changed mine A LOT, even on the 360 where you have to pay for it (still prefer that paymodel. better than just being stuck with it like on ps3 and now prolly on wiiu too)…i kinda like my new one (MiqMoq – Mike Mock or Mick Mock,)
    but for the wii u “Miike” just would´ve been perfect :( didn´t want to go with Miike666 or something like that. sucked because i wanted to take that Miike name since i first heard about the nintendo id, also liked “Wiiggler” a lot but wanted something slightly connected to my real name.
    oh i wish i had a standard name that i could take anywhere too…maybe i will just stick with the MiqMoq but i doubt that. lol.
    i hope ýours will be still available. i think you have a good 50/50 to 60/50 chance. good luck. seriously.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. CyberMarco

    Manu, wouldn’t be cheaper to travel to USA and buy it yourself, I’m sure it would cost much less, plus a trip for your enjoyment!

    #21 2 years ago
  22. polygem

    …regarding your wife: good luck to you! you´ll need it…maybe paint a brighter picture of the pricing, make it a bit cheaper…that´s not exactly lying is it…oh damn, it is. you´re trapped.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ManuOtaku

    Poly yes for me is part of me, is my name in short (manuel=manu) and that iam an otaku (anime, videogame and heavey metal fan), it really indicates how iam and my tastes. It will be sad if thats the case, i intend to use it the most i can, all my lifetime if i can, which i hope is long, and that i can keep gaming.

    regarding my wife LOL, iam very f***** as hell , T_T, she hates me when i game more than her :)

    By the way i got yesterday balck ops 2 on the 360, and let me tell you is the first one iam decent at, i think it will be my favorite, i love the maps and the wepons, the pace, really i played i couple of rounds and did good 10/10, 7/3, 7/8, 11/10, is the first time in COD, that playing smart pay off, instead of quick reactions, which are not my strong suit.

    I see you playing yesterday, maybe today we can play a couple matches ok.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jiFXAooGtgU Forget your toys, guys. Watch this and relax :D 3DMark just posted it.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    Manu my WiiU is oldergamer, just add me when you get yours up and running. Good luck, with wife and update. Don’t multi task while updating, I think Mike err Poly hit it right on the head. My update was painless other then being long.

    One thing to keep in mind is that if you fully transfer your Wii content to your WiiU, your Wii will basicly be a blank slate. And because WiiU plays Wii games, the value in a blank Wii is minimal. Just saying it migh tbe better to make a new Nintendo ID and not transfer, if you are looking to keep using your wii. Once you do transfer, all of the games are gone from your Wii. They will forever be on the WiiU.

    Other then that my only wife problem is that she wants to keep playing ZombiU. I am a lucky man!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. CyberMarco

    @OG, if you transfer all the content from Wii to Wii-U, can’t you re-download the games on the Wii?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. OlderGamer

    You know, CyberMacro, tbh I don’t know. I haven’t tried it.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. polygem

    “Mike err Poly” lol

    @Manu. i will trade my copy of 360 blops 2 because i just ordered the wiiu one and i am not a big enough cod fan to justify owning 2 copies…atm i just like playing games on that wiiu thing more ;) and cod in bed sounds cool to me as well.
    will try to be online tonight…if my girlfriend doesn´t force me to play some nsmbu coop.
    i like blops 2 a lot too though. dind´t like mw3 AT ALL but really enjoyed blops 1, cod 4 and that one are my fave cod´s. blops2 seems to be good as well, only touched the mp this far though. while my K/D in blops 1 was 1.5ish…right now in blops 2 it´s a devastating 0,97!!! will have to work on that tonight or it will stay with me forever when i trade it in ;) good thing: i really do not care about that stuff anymore. only thing that cares for me these days: is it fun or is it not.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DrDamn

    Good luck Manu – I am awaiting a post stating your NNID is DivorcedManu ;D. I’m Skylokki as DrDamn was deemed offensive. Quickest way to get the 247 crew is to add one like OG in the MiiVerse then look at their profile and their friends list then work your way through the recognisable friends :). It’s best to add people through MiiVerse rather than the friendslist as they get a notification.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    #21 Cyber i put it this way, the ticket to get there costs as much as the console, plus the ticket back, the hotel, food, i think i will end up spending more that way, now if i would bought a lot of units to sell them later, that will be worht it, but is just to much money, for the reasons i stated above in this thread.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Len

    @11 Wow that is real commitment MO, I doff my cap to you. :)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Cobra951

    @2:

    And that surprises you? Waiting for the dust to settle is always a good idea.

    I was wondering how long it would take before the big update was rolled into the system ahead of selling it. That was quick. Good news for when I give this system more serious consideration next year.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Dave Cook

    @14 no worries chief.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Gadzooks!

    Well I’m happy knowing that when I pick up a WiiU next year I won’t have to patch it. That did sound like a ball-ache.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. zinc

    @Gadzooks, If you don’t mind me asking, what swung your decision to buy the WiiU? You had posted some reservations previously.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. OlderGamer

    @zinc

    He prolly played one, that is what does it for most people. Or maybe just wants to wait till more games come out.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Gadzooks!

    @zinc

    I don’t mind you asking at all!

    I still have a lot of reservations. The online service and OS are currently still lacking in many ways, and launch software is hugely underwhelming (for me).

    However, the potential of the controller has been evident since it was revealed. It’s obvious that there will be games on the WiiU that aren’t possible on other systems, and I like variety and novelty in my gaming.

    I did spend an evening with friends on the WiiU. It works. The whole concept works brilliantly, but I do need some more appealing games to be released. I’m pretty confident those games will turn up soon.

    I did like ZombiU though.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. zinc

    @Gadzooks, Would you say the WiiU has the same “partytime gaming” attraction, that the Wii had?

    And by that, I mean, you & a group playing the console on the same tv. Something that the PS3 & 360 lack.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. polygem

    @zinc: totally. nsmb same room coop is a blast. nintendoland is as well. i am sure it will be even better for same room coop party stuff than wii. you can still use the wiimotes AND the touchpad…this gives developers a lot of stuff to play with. i really do think we will see some innovative stuff in the near future.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Gadzooks!

    @zinc

    I do almost as much couch-based party gaming as single player stuff. There’s no shortage of that kind of game on 360.

    Wii was great at party games though. Boom blox absolutely rocked, one of my favourite games this gen. I’m sure WiiU will be just as good, if not better.

    One thing I really liked was the ease with which players could take turns in Nintendoland. Just a tap of the gamepad to swap profiles.

    Slick!

    #40 2 years ago

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  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]