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EA slips from NASDAQ-100 list following share drop

Monday, 17 December 2012 10:33 GMT By Dave Cook

EA has tumbled from the top 100 NASDAQ-listed companies following a 40% share drop in the summer, and the perceived failings of BioWare’s MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. See the fallout below.

MCV reports that the annual NASDAQ-100 report saw EA, Netflix and Blackberry manufacturer RIM tumbling off the list, while Facebook was promoted into the fold, suggesting that claims surrounding its slouching fortunes are perhaps misplaced.

The site suggests that EA’s poor fortune comes from a 40% share drop in June this year, and that traders among Wall Street are mindful of Star Wars: The Old Republic’s “failure” to capture audiences and to generate significant returns. The MMO launched to a mixed reaction and has recently offered up a portion of its content for free following dwindling subscription numbers.

Also under scrutiny was Medal of Honor: Warfighter, a title that has seen no end of controversy over misplaced weapon promotions, ties with real-world events – such as the siege on Osama Bin Laden’s compound – and disciplinary action taken against Navy SEALs leaking information.

The game’s poor critical reaction didn’t help either, and prompted industry analyst Michael Pachter to predict that mediocre sales could kill the franchise dead.

NASDAQ OMX executive VP John Jacobs said of this year’s list, “Since its inception, the NASDAQ-100 Index has evolved into a world-renowned brand that includes the 100 largest non-financial stocks listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market.

“The securities being added to the NASDAQ-100 Index will join Facebook, Costco, Apple, Google and other household names that are leading the new economy forward. Our objective re-ranking process ensures the NASDAQ-100 remains a relevant investable index that is the underlying benchmark for about 7,100 products in 22 countries with a notional value of about $1 trillion.”

What’s your take on EA’s placement today? Let us know below.

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30 Comments

  1. SameeR_Fisher

    Truth be told ?!, I want to say serve you suckers for all what you did to gamers ((wasn’t EA the one who started the whole Online Pass thing ?!)), but when I think about it for a second, I feel it will just get worse.

    More gritty-brown-terrorists FPS, more casual-ization, more main streaming, more focus on FPS, …………….etc

    MoH:WF was a disaster, I enjoyed the first one, and I was sad to see what they did with the 2nd one, it turned from a special ops kinda of thing, to every day shoot all out war, hated that.

    DS3 is on the scale of balance, it looks promising, but I fear no matter what they promise, the horror factor will be diluted, ALOT, after all they want to get to the gamers who can’t stand horror WTF !!

    Crysis 3, well some fans are calling it Crysis 2.5, but I don’t play Crysis, so I don’t know.

    FUSE & AoT are already looking bad, one is 2 player co-op, the 2nd is 4 player co-op, with Fuse having a slightly cool thing going on with the fuse weapons, but I fear it may end being like every other game.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SameeR_Fisher

    I have said this many times, but anyway I am still waiting for Dante’s Purgatory ((the sequel to Dante’s Inferno)), I know the first game wasn’t the best, but it had tons of potential, and I enjoyed it alot, if they can go away from God of War cloning, and focus on a different style of combat ((Close Quarters Combat)) they would make one hell of a game, I really hope they don’t throw it away, there were rumors all over the place about it, so I am keeping my hopes high.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    It serves you right for publishing games like SWTOR and day 1 DLC.

    edit: And you know why this is happening? Because you’re trying to be another Actvision. And what you’re not taking into account is that your clients are slightly smarter than CoD/WoW/Diablo players. Actually, they are much smarter. :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. wickedcricket

    die EA, die, die, DIE!!!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    Funny how this news has got a lot of people calling for EA’s death (not speaking about anyone on here sincerely).

    Because hundreds of people losing their jobs is quite funny, of course.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    Im trying to think when the last time was that EA actually made a full year profit.

    @Dave – EA fire people regardless in an ‘effort’ to cut costs. If they spent less money licking the arses of Talent and football players, maybe they could invest it in some ACTUAL studio talent.

    I personally think it needs a change at the top and I don’t mean that other arse – Peter Moore.

    Regarding SWTOR – ‘Life Day’ and Xmas was a chance to actually celebrate a year of the game(or a year of survival- just!) but instead you can celebrate Xmas and the games first birthday if you [insert method of payment here] ! Is any wonder a section of players hate how EA work?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SameeR_Fisher

    @Dave: IMO no one really wants EA to die, not literally, but what we want to see is the death of greedy EA, and the rise of an EA that cares about it’s fans and those who buy its games.

    For example like Dead Space 3, I hoped that EA would focus on giving more survival horror experience, rather than try to seek out those who are too afraid to play it.

    or with Medal of Honor and how they turned it to the ground, heck did you see how Mother resembled Captain Price ?!, it’s like they are copying CoD or something.

    They should focus on giving the players what they really deserve, treat them with respect, and stop being greedy, I know it is all about business, but they took it way too far with things like Day-1 DLC and Online Passes.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    Don’t like online passes? Don’t buy pre-owned.
    Don’t like day one DLC? Don’t buy it.
    Don’t like EA? Don’t buy their games.

    It really is quite easy to make a stand against the things you dislike when it comes to gaming. Gamers made the industry what it is by making those decisions with their wallets.

    No one to blame but ourselves. Get over it.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @7 I think some people with half a brain actually do want to see EA dead. That’s the scary thing. Moronic if you ask me.

    On Dead Space 3, I played it a while back. It just feels like the other to be honest, except there’s now another guy running around with you. Felt fine to me :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. theevilaires

    I never did like EA after they started the online pass thing. I don’t buy used games but still it sucks, don’t take it out on the consumer take it out on Gamestop some how. Anyway EA is a company I now enjoy watching their games launching at $60 and priced at $30 or $20 in a few months time. Until they get rid of that awful game pass I’ll never buy another game full priced again (from any company).

    ….Oh and EA if you’re reading this I bought BF3 for $10 at SEARS this past August. So fuck your online passes and I hope you go down the toilet even more.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. roadkill

    For the record I do not want EA out of the picture.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    The share drop is really old news by now, and currently the stock is bouncing back.

    That being said, I think it’s poetic justice that they failed on so many counts.

    You can’t just throw a ton of money at an MMO and expect a hit. You can’t just lock a game into Origin and be succesful. You can’t just slap an old IP on a new game and expect it to be popular. You can’t just inject needless controversy into a shooter, and expect higher sales for it.

    I think those are positive lessons, and I think they serve to highlight the fact that EA has become so cynical that they’re undermining their own business.

    At some point, you’re going to have to start caring about what you put out, beyond numbers and metrics, or fade away with the rest of the empty suits.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SameeR_Fisher

    @Dave: well there are bad people everywhere I think.

    As for DS3 I really hope it is still the same :D

    #13 2 years ago
  14. theevilaires

    Roadkill: “For the record I do not want EA out of the picture”.

    I agree with you but I’m still glad to see them knock off their high horse even more after they thought foolish things like online passes were going to get consumers to buy new releases at $60. It just made them seem bitter and angry that places like Gamestop are getting the best of them. Thats not our (the gamers) fault so don’t take it out on us. As much as I love Criterion I’m not buying the new NFS: Most Wanted until I see it at a much lower price brand new. FUCK YOU EA!

    DSB: “That being said, I think it’s poetic justice that they failed on so many counts”.

    Amen to that I’ll second it!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    I hate EA. I buy, own, and enjoy many of their games. But I dispise the way the company works. I dispise the obvious money grabs. I dispise so many of their tactics.

    And Viral I don’t think you can blame the individual for the collectives actions. This isn’t grade school. Lets say you are a NFL fan…don’t buy Madden? I love football, EA makes the only NFL football game(buying the liscence exclusively) is one ofbthe thigs I dispise them doing. So if I want to play NFL, I have to deal with EA.

    I don’t like Walmart, but when they have what you need, and arevthe only store in my town…I shop at Walmart.

    I just get tired of rightious gamers thinkingbthat the industry is all about consumer choice. It just isn’t that simple. If we as gamers boycot the megapubs for stupid stuff like online passes, day one dlc, cross promting(forcing) other platforms(origin account tie ins wth every EA purchase), ect, ect then our systems will spin a lot less discs. No Acti, EA, Thq, 2k, ect.

    I think gamers have every right to bitch about being hosed. Sure some folks stoping spending cash. Hence the stock troubles for…well alot of companies.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @8 But then you’re also talking about an industry that is collectively underperforming, well below the rest of the technology sector.

    So at which point does it become acceptable to ask that the industry stops eating its own tail with these empty charges, attached to mediocre products, which people arguably aren’t buying?

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-06-21-stock-ticker-why-eas-market-valuation-has-crashed

    I don’t think that article can be shared enough.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TheDarkWeapon

    I want to hate and dislike EA… but I have to pay for the dislike DLC.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. viralshag

    @OG, Games are a luxury, you don’t NEED to buy the latest version of Madden and unfortunately not buying their products really is the only way you can make them listen.

    Personally, I don’t see how people can complain about something – lets use the NFL exclusivity deal as an example – and then buy the very product which helps them to continue keeping that license.

    @DSB, I don’t know how well gaming as an industry is performing in comparison so I can’t really comment.

    To me as a gamer, EA has probably been my favourite publisher this gen by clear margins.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    @18 That’s the point of the article though, the only company that is keeping up with the tech industry average (represented by the Nasdaq index in those graphs) is Activision, and even they are showing signs of weakness at this point.

    There’s no games publisher that is actually above the average, while most are rattling about well below.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. GrimRita

    @8 and I did. I refused to purchase BF3 because it was only on Origin(PC) and I point blank refuse to install their turd of an attempt of going digital, and of course, those ‘spying’ methods they were accused of post launch.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. theevilaires

    viralshag: “@OG, Games are a luxury, you don’t NEED to buy the latest version of Madden and unfortunately not buying their products really is the only way you can make them listen”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxAKFlpdcfc

    #21 2 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    Ofc they are a luxury, but what does that prove? Just about anything beyond basic food, water, shelter, and biological functions are just gravey. Saying that does place you on a pedestal. And understanding it, does not nullify the rights of consumers to voice their fellings.

    As Dsb pointed out, most companies are indeed hurting. EA included. I personally purchase as little from them as I feel nesecary to get what I am looking for out ofthe game.

    Do you really think that if I don’t purchase Madden for a few years EA would change or tat the NFL would care and allow their license to be used by another company? Year after year Madden is one of the industries top sellers in NA. EA also bought the NCAA license, for collage sports. And untill recently held the Nascar license. The industry is much bigger then anyone person.

    So while I don’t like EA, my only choice is if I want to play Madden, Ncaa or Nascar. It doesn’t boil down to some crusade against video game tyrants. No soap box needed.

    I want to play NCAA, keep up with conferance shifts, the new bowl system, rule changes, etc. Then I buy EAs NCAA 13. But that doesn’t mean I can’t complain to NCAA comissions, to EA, or let some steam off on a game forum. And I don’t even need a white horse to champion.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. viralshag

    All of the above is your choice but what I’m saying is buying their product really just nullifies any complaint you may have about them. Or at the very least makes it a difficult position to argue from.

    Like Grim pointed out, it’s not difficult to make a stand against a company that you have an issue with. It really boils down to how strongly you actually disagree with their methods.

    I just find it strange that people are happy to complain about a company while at the same time throwing their money at them and playing their games.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Se_7_eN

    This is sad news to me, as I really appreciate ALL game companies for making games for me… While I am disappointed with what it looks like EA has done to Dead Space 3, I will be buying it, and if I don’t like it. I won’t buy the 4th.

    I think the real key to EA losing so much lies in not releasing their games on Steam, and sticking to Origin.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. GrimRita

    @25 Yup and will EA eat some humble pie and go back to Steam? They need to.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Se_7_eN

    @GrimRita – I would really like to see this happen, but let’s be honest. It most likely won’t, sadly.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. The_Red

    I’m not a huge EA fun but I do NOT want to see them die and let Activision become the sole mega publisher in AAA territory.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    I see it different Viral.

    These video games, and it isn’t as if we are talking about gross civil abuses, the games don’t cause cancer, they don’t really do much for or against anyone. There isn’ta need for a social crusade or anything.

    However that doesn’t mean that users can’t voice concern or dissatisfaction with a company or the way that company runs. And buying games doesn’t null and void that persons voice.

    Ultimatly, you said what we all know. We vote with our spending. If gamers go elsewhere for their entertainment, then said company will get a clue. And I also agree that Origin vs Steam is one of the many missteps EA has taken recently. So are online passes. And day one DLC. And trying so hard to be the next CoD, and so on.

    I own a WiiU, I bought Madden 13 for it. For the first time in years, all of the dlc is included on the disc. My players are not caped in order to make me buy dlc for them to reach their full potiontial. It was really nice to have a complete game, all for 50usd. My point? You think Madden fans will jump fron ps360s to WiiU to take advantage of dlc free football? Prolly not. And me doing so will not impact EA or keep them from doing DLC in their next versions on ps360. A statement is made by the masses not one or two handfulls. All you are going to do by not buying something you would like or enjoy is hurt yourself.

    If something is of worth and value to you, you decide. Making a statement doesn’t factor in. There are no public protests, no marches. Just games.

    Still, if you don’t like something, in my mind, you still have the right to voice it.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. viralshag

    I’m not making it out to be a social crusade, I’m simply stating the obvious. Like I said, it depends on how strongly you disagree with something.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. blackdreamhunk

    wow I miss a lot in the last few days, I think that the gaming industry has gone down hill as whole not just EA. Who wants to support greedy companies.innovation has pretty much gone done down the tubes.

    I think Ea will be OK. But my honest opinion you will see a lot bankrupt game devs because of consoles and big publishers.

    bioware had the wrong people working on republic needed game devs like Anet

    #30 2 years ago

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  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

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

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

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

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

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

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

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

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

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

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

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

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

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

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

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

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

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

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

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

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

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

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

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

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

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

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

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

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

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

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

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

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

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

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

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

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

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

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

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

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

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