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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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3 Comments

  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

    CCP delete the new AI or at least get off your sheep humping asses fix the fucking AI! You guys are horrible at developing your own game! Fix this shit assholes!

    #3 2 years ago

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    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]