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EVE Retribution and beyond: CCP talks vengeance

Monday, 10 December 2012 08:36 GMT By Dave Cook

EVE Online: Retribution gives players the tools to exact sweet revenge. VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with CCP Games to discuss the expansion, and what the team has planned for 2013.

CCP Games

Founded in 1997, based in Reykjavík, Iceland.

EVE Online launched in May 2003, and is not approaching its tenth year.

EVE Online: Retribution is the game’s 18th free expansion pack, and it focuses on the theme of revenge.

Check out the studio’s website for more information.

Game critics often talk about evolution whenever genres advance or new technology gives studios greater ability to explore new mechanics or themes. We use it like it’s going out of style, but can simple paradigm shifts really be considered evolutionary? I’m not so sure any more.

After all, evolution is a natural process, not a carefully considered, pre-planned design spurted out by focus-test groups or engineered through costly R&D trials. No, it’s something that just happens and it never stops for a second. You can’t pause nature or tell the tide to stop rolling in and out. That’d be akin to playing god.

These things are inevitable, and as residents on this planet, we simply have to adapt to whatever the natural order throws at us. EVE Online is evolutionary. I say this because even as the MMO reaches its tenth year, the team at CCP Games are still taking a hands-off approach, letting the world of Tranquility evolve at a distance.

They’re not overlords who rigidly dictate the natural order of its play-space, instead, they merely give players the tools to advance the world’s evolution themselves. Empires rise, they burn to the ground, and thousands of personal – often incredible – tales seep through the server, all without any as much as a single push from the developer.

That is true evolution, and in EVE Online: Retribution – the game’s 18th free expansion pack – CCP Games isn’t just giving players tools to work with, it’s giving them sharp, blood-thirsty swords with which to wage war and shank each other in the back with. Revenge its the theme, and you can bet that the world is going to get particularly heated as a result.

I asked lead game designer Kristoffer Touborg why his team decided to prod the EVE universe so profoundly, and to get an idea of how the games populace might push back – be it through war on a mass scale, or the settling of small, personal vendettas. Either way it generates bespoke missions and potential for new stories to tell.

“I think there’s two things for me,” he explained, “One is that – at the moment – I’m really interested in finding ways to create content for other players. We have all these old systems that have been around for quite a long time, but I don’t think we’ve done anything lately that’s too sandbox, or lets people poke at each other with a stick. We’ve been looking at this for a while.

“Bounty hunting is one of these things, and we’re looking at more features for next summer and winter. In general I’m just trying to see if we can do some kind of test
case for a system where we basically have profitable content created by players.

“Should we hide small bounties? Should we up the limit on how much you have to put on? Should we just leave it? Right now, I just want to leave it. I kind of want to see what happens.”

“So I could go in and say, ‘Every time you kill someone, we’re going to generate a bounty of 1 million ISK on someone, but I really dislike that kind of stale system, Instead this is a test to ask, ‘Would players pay to create content for each other?’

“We’re looking at a ton of features that allows us to do this – bounties, structures and other things – but in general, it just follows our design principals of making tools for players to create content and stories, rather than us just writing the stories for them.”

When Touborg spoke about players paying for content, he isn’t talking about microtransactions, but the ISK bounties they can place on each other’s heads. If someone wrongs you, you can pay to open up the game’s PvP rule-set for 15 minutes, giving aspiring bounty hunters a window to make some fast cash and gain notoriety among the stars.

That is also evolution. These aren’t pre-planned bounty hunter quests you get in other sandbox games, but the result of real grievances, petty squabbles or carefully planned plots to overthrow an entire corporation. It’s content made by the player, not by the developer.

It’s a system that Touborg felt was in need of improvement, and so it’s the biggest change running throughout the Retribution expansion. He’s been monitoring it since it launched last week and it’s already throwing back some interesting results.

“There are also unexpected consequences. I’ve been monitoring the bounty system really heavily, just because I’m interesting in it, I want to see where it’s going and what people are doing with it. It’s kind of like a really awesome social experiment.

“We don’t just get happy people as a result of this. We had a guy who was just basically sitting in a help channel, just posting bounties on everyone asking questions. It was kind of a douche move, and so then we had an issue where people had small bounties on them, and they wanted to get rid of the ‘wanted’ sign.

“If you live in Empire Space that ‘wanted’ sign doesn’t really do anything, but the aesthetic existence of the ‘wanted’ sign on their portrait really offended players. There’s a group, and we’ve allowed them to not get touched by others.

“I try to kind of envision what players will do with our tools. I’ll sit down and think, ‘How are they going to use this?’ and I typically think of 10% of their usage and the other 90% is stuff players come up with that I learn of afterwards.”

“There are people who live these lonely, isolated existences where they’re interacting with parts of EVE that don’t contain other players, and suddenly some guy has rolled along and put a sticker on them. It’s not something that will impact their gameplay, but there are some people who are up in arms about this.

“We’ve been talking about it. Should we hide small bounties? Should we up the limit on how much you have to put on? Should we just leave it? Right now, I just want to leave it. I kind of want to see what happens.

“If anything, I’d put in a system where you could buy your bounty out for twice the amount. So if someone puts an 100k bounty on you, you could pay 200k to Concord or the system to make it go away.

“That’s how my mind works at least. I want to see how offended people will be by this ‘wanted’ tag. Are people so offended that they’d pay twice the amount to essentially have their character portrait cleaned up?”

There’s also a new ‘safety’ feature that forewarns players of actions that may get them hounded by concord forces, or penalised to the point that they can no longer dock until alarms cool off. It’s similar to the alarm countdown in Metal Gear Solid, showing you how long you have until the heat dies down.

It’s a simple icon system on the HUD that denotes certain actions and reactions, yet it distils down EVE’s sprawling aggression system – which was once collated as a 38-page document by one of CCP’s third-party QA teams – into three handy icons and some simple text feedback. It’s quite a feat.

So if your safety warning is set to green then the game prohibits you from doing silly things that will result in penalties, medium level lets you dabble in mayhem a little and red means it’s open season on you if you break one of the game’s many rules.

“We used to have a warning system so if you tried to do something bad it’d tell you, ‘You’re about to do something bad, do you want to go ahead?’ That never really worked out because people were never sure when they should be clicking ‘yes’, or when they should be clicking ‘no’, and they were mis-clicking.

“Now the system refuses to do the action but it tells you why. So it says, ‘You can’t do this action because your safety is at level one’, then you could go to the safety and correct it.

“That is better content than anything I could sit down and script. The fact that these people keep posting money into this, which will continually give them targets, is better than any dungeon or event that I could ever make.”

“But instead of a dialogue pop-up – which is an easy way to circumvent thinking – this basically says, ‘Your module is red because your safety level is on. If you want to change it, you must make the conscious choice of adjustin your safety level.’

“It’s very much like a gun safety. It’s either either on or off, and there’s also a medium setting. If you get pursued by Concord we have a UI that tells you all the timers. So the safety is to restrict your own actions, and the timers explain the stuff that you’ve done.”

“All your current states are shown. Your safety level will determine what stations you can get into. If your safety level is green, you won’t be able to get one of the flags that can’t make you jump. If safety is at medium you can get some of them, but if your safety is at red then of course you can get all of them.”

It’s a system that was engineered to spark conflict, rather than control players, as freedom is still at the forefront of CCP’s thinking. Touborg admits that creating tools in order to provoke a reaction within the community is a tricky process, and that he can only ever predict a small percentage of ways people will react once they’re introduced into the wild.

“I try to kind of envision what players will do with our tools. I’ll sit down and think, ‘How are they going to use this?’ and I typically think of 10% of their usage and the other 90% is stuff players come up with that I learn of afterwards.

“One of my hopes for this one was that personal bounties would kind of go into the background in favour of corporation or alliance bounties, because I’m not the biggest fan of ‘needle in a haystack’ play – finding one guy in the whole universe.

“If I had the choice between people putting bounties on individual players and desperately trying to hunt them down in space, or somebody putting gigantic piles of money on a corporation or alliance, and then someone saying to their own corporation ‘these guys have 10 million on them, let’s spend a month hunting them down in their space’, then that would be my ideal scenario.

“We’ve seen some superstar, individual bounties – one guy has 5 billion ISK on his head already – and we’ve seen a ton of corp and alliance bounties and that makes me super-happy. If you want to PvP for money you can look at the alliance board and go, ‘Alright, there’s 10 billion ISK at stake here, I can go here, hunt these guys and make money.’

“That is better content than anything I could sit down and script. The fact that these people keep posting money into this, which will continually give them targets, is better than any dungeon or event that I could ever make.”

”I think there are other products that have suffered greatly from not taking our approach. I think for example – my first love, and perhaps the game I looked to as my single most important source as a game designer – was Ultima Online.”

I ask if this new system of bounties and mass vendettas could spark wars once day, and the expectation is that yes, it will. The approach here is to really shake up the hornet’s nest in a significant way.

“I really hope it does,” he admitted, “and if it doesn’t then something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. This is a mechanic that should spark conflict. The intent of this is for people to get upset with each other.”

The reason Touborg and his team chose to focus on one area in Retribution – the concept of vengeance – is that the game’s thousands of mechanics are threaded together so tightly that altering one aspect will unquestionably have an effect on another.

“Yeah, but that’s good,” he explained “because that’s basically like patch notes. If I change something in this patch, I have to revisit something in the next patch, and well, that’s kind of good because the entire reason we’re doing this expansion was that our bounty system didn’t work well any more.

“Now we have a really exciting bounty system, so maybe next expansion we’ll touch on something else that didn’t work. We’ll fix something and introduce something at the same time, and that kind of excites me.”

Along the years the concept of EVE’s approach to freedom has been debated in the CCP boardroom as it’s the main reason that such knock-on effects occur, but while it’s challenging, Touborg stressed that he wouldn’t have it any other way, and that it’s not a system that other games can employ.

I asked Touborg about the complaints of griefers and scammers putting potential EVE Online players off the title, and we both agreed that keeping the freedom to be a nuisance or a saint must always remain at the forefront.

However, other titles like League of Legends have seen its developers Riot Games deploy a new task force to crack down on trolls and other toxic elements, so I asked him for his opinion.

“I’m happy we’re in the niche where we have this approach. I don’t think our approach would work in League of Legends and I don’t think their approach would work in EVE Online.

“I don’t think League of Legends should do it, because with EVE, letting people do what they want is the product, while in League of Legends the arena play is their product. Their approach to getting rid of toxicity is a great one, and I think they’re doing the exact right thing.

“But I think there are other products that have suffered greatly from not taking our approach. I think for example – my first love, and perhaps the game I looked to as my single most important source as a game designer – was Ultima Online.

“EVE is basically a universe that is connected by a thousand features. There’s not one core gameplay mechanic that we’re constantly working on, and the fact that you have to gather threads together, and prioritise in order to figure out where to go next is just crazy.”

“I think Ultima Online had the cross-rods that we’ve had a few times where the developers have gone, ‘OK, this is getting out of hand, should we stay the course in the hope that our approach is right, or should we fundamentally change the way the game works to make it safer.

“I think they went in the wrong way. I remember – through the years – many situations where we sat in the meeting room and said, ‘OK this is getting out of hand, and we should change how EVE Online works’, but luckily there have been enough people with cold water in their blood who said, ‘No, this is our product, this is how it is.’

“I’m happy about that because it’s certainly gone wrong for other games that haven’t stayed the course.”

I ask Touborg how CCP looks to change EVE Online beyond Retribution, in the run up to its tenth anniversary, and beyond. He revealed that the planning process – even after a decade – still isn’t set in stone, and that there is still work to be done in perfecting the universe as it exists now before significant expansion can be achieved.

“I don’t know exactly how to distil it,” he said, “but I guess it’s a mix of a Rubik’s cube, a bottle of vodka and something else. I don’t know, but we’re constantly trying to plan several years ahead, but it’s so difficult with such a big game.

“I think this is a blessing and a curse, but EVE is basically a universe that is connected by a thousand features. There’s not one core gameplay mechanic that we’re constantly working on, and the fact that you have to gather threads together, and prioritise in order to figure out where to go next is just crazy.

“We talk about adding more space to EVE every year, and I usually tell people no because that is such a big new can of worms when I think about getting our current universe under control – which is what we’ve been trying to do over the past year or two.

“I’ll be happy with where EVE is in another year or two, but right now there’s just so much that we’ve build up over the years that we’re working on now.”

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  1. roadkill

    :thumbs up:

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DarkElfa

    They need to refresh the old designs somewhat. The new designs are much more fresh and in tune with modern design thinking then say, the Nyx.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. CCPcantMakeGames

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    More Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details surfaced overnight thanks to a leaked pamphlet with information pertaining to Zombies XP progression, four-player co-op and more. Posted on NeoGAF, the pamphlet the shooter will contain a new movement system, a Specialist character system for multiplayer, tailored maps, “cinematic arena-style play,” and complete character customization. The […]

  • Gears of War Remaster in the works for Xbox One, according to testers – report

    Overnight, a rumor surfaced claiming a remastered version of the original Gears of War was coming to Xbox One. According to playtesters, it isn’t a rumor at all. Polygon first broke the story, citing a source who showed the site sreencaps of the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Screenshots of the multiplayer showing improved lighting […]

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. pic.twitter.com/rn6SVtVJbY — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]