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DayZ Standalone: Hall discusses ‘depressing’ development pressure

Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:30 GMT By Dave Cook

DayZ creator Dean Hall has responded to a Reddit thread dedicated to giving Hall’s team some breathing space as it crunches on the game’s development. Hall has also added that he was – at one point – considered calling time on his involvement with the project.

Over on the DayZ Reddit, Hall responded to pressures of fans and press badgering him about the game. “I know I have been very quiet lately. So this will be really all I’ll say for the moment. I’ve been pretty depressed about the whole situation. From a personal standpoint, this whole “saga” of the development made me seriously question if I wanted to be involved in the industry and I gave serious thought to cutting my losses and not being involved in the project.

“At my Army Discharge medical this week, they noted I now have high blood pressure. Some things in life just aren’t worth worrying about. I’ve been getting hammered by a massive amount with requests for information about DayZ release, interviews and my reactions to this and stuff and such – but for my own sanity I retreated and have kept to myself.

“Right now I’m just at home doing bits and pieces on the DayZ development. The rest of the DayZ team is doing the same. I realize that I went back on my word about releasing an update, but went back into my shell for a bit last week, and I’ll come out when the dust is all settled.”

What’s your take on DayZ Standalone’s development. Let us know below.

Thanks PCGamesN.

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32 Comments

  1. Strange Sultan

    C’mon people ! There will be no respawns in a real zombie apocalypse. Nor will there be scattered M4s or skill trees and shit.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Stardog

    I’m tired of this Day Z guy and his “woe is me” attitude. His game is not an original concept and rides off of an entire other game.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    Sounds to me like he’s trying to deal with depression while working on the game.

    Not going to criticize someone for that.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hunam

    It’s tough being in the spot light when you aren’t prepared for it and making games is tough. I think he just does need to take a few weeks off and regain his focus.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Maximum Payne

    I thought you would be happy considering your competition is dead on arrival ?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    Coupled with the drama surrounding the security breach, they don’t look like the most stable group of guys.

    Probably a good idea to have someone run interference for him since he is the head of development though.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    @5 Not everyone is a selfish dick who wishes misfortune on others.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    “I’ve been getting hammered by a massive amount with requests for information about DayZ release, interviews and my reactions to this and stuff and such… ”

    That first part could be due to leaving people with too little information that they ask, to feed their enthusiasm. Instead of responding once, the creator retreats. Why didn’t he take control of the situation? He could have let people know the official page, and assure them that they can find major updates/news on there. For smaller points and that, he’ll use twitter or forum. How is that not a better situation to have than just leaving people expectant, in the dark while the sales come and go?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Uncontested

    Guy is such a whiney bitch, seriously. First his little woe is me story about how he was ‘tortured’ in the military (Which sounds like a load of shit but whatever gets the sheep drooling), now he crys about his mod being massively successful and having people setting expectations after he swore up and down that he wasn’t going to sell out and make it a paid game.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. necachi

    No one has to buy this game. If you have a problem with any of the developers or the game then the solution is simple: don’t buy the game. Complaining about the developers or the game doesn’t make it come out any faster nor does it make you look cooler.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    Guy is depressed & people laugh it off & say he’s whining- & you people wonder what drives people to these massacres…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Marine

    Sounds to me like some of these kids are whiney bitches. Doesnt matter if the idea is originally is his or not. He is making the game you are crying on threads about. Crying because he hasnt updated the game or released much info about his game. Id like to see any one of you please thousands of gamers who have all these WANTS. Needy bitches, the man will finish when he feels like it. HE DOESNT OWE ANY OF YOU SHIT not even an apology.

    I highly doubt you have served so what would a puss like you know about stress let alone judging someones military service? I have been down that road when it comes to your health, a man will question his priorities, even if that means dropping shit thats important to others. Leave him alone, let him finish on his own.

    WarZ is a prime example of a shitty rushed game. Who wants a repeat of that garbage?
    So shut the hell up, its almost Christmas for christ sake.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dorian Herndon

    I really hope this guy works his way through his depression, I won’t try to rush nor question his problems because he knows what his going through, and I don’t. I really wanted the game for Christmas, but I guess I’ll just have to way a little longer, which is no problem at all; rather play a long waited, well done game, than a rushed and terrible game. My hope and prayers go to him.

    PS: Those questioning his statements about the Military, and his problems involving the game and its expectations, should really watch what they say. Ask yourself some questions, “Have I been in the Military?” “Have I ever made a video game?” “How much problems or things do I have to worry about?” Hope those people start thinking before typing BS.

    I totally agree with #11 Christopher Jack

    #13 2 years ago
  14. HauntaVirus

    Agree with #11, give him some room to breath FFS.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Maximum Payne

    @7 War Z was 100% rip off of their game so…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. seanman3001

    Firstly, I see where he is coming from. Huge success and hes excited. Hence him telling us he will keep us posted. If any of you actually do programming then you would know it takes time to do shit, especially when he started doing this all for fun, with no help. Secondly, Dayz IS pretty original, considering I’m not playing any other zombie games right now. Sure the stealth aspect has been done 1000 times before and isn’t new, the inventory is fine if you aren’t stupid, and if you don’t like hackers don’t join servers off the hive. But he doesn’t owe us anything, as a person who plays the mod, just wait for the game to release, expect nothing, and have you’re expectations broken when it launches. Chances are you will hate it anyway.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. pattyopotatopants

    Okay ladies and germs here’s the thing. We are all a bit dissapointed about the possible delay of our favorite zombie mod. But you have to consider that the guy started this thing off in his spare time, for fun. He never expected for it to get this big. Then it got that big. Have you ever had a deadline? Have you ever made something from scratch? Have you ever had to hold on to two jobs while still doing the thing you love? Some of you haven’t because you’re too young to have to. Still in high school. A lot of the older folk on here understand. And you younger fellas will soon enough. That kind of pressure would make anyone question if that is something that they really want to do. I am speaking from experience here. I’m a black smith. I love what I do, but sometimes the pressure of deadlines and work and no sleep just get to you. Also keep in mind that it normally takes years for a game to be completed from beginning to end. Show a little sympathy. I mean come on, the guy is depressed because he thinks that he is letting YOU down. That speaks bundles about his character. He cares about what he is doing, and your opinion. Maybe a little too much. In closing. Don’t be a twat. Be patient.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Gekidami

    I really wish a real dev studio, one with some weight to their name were behind a game like this. I mean props to the guy, he’s achieved something awesome, but it being a mod means he’s working on a wonky base. DayZ is sort of iffy with its teleporting zombies and dodgy animations, and even if the standalone has that stuff sorted, its still being made by a few guys doing it in their spare time, so it could take ages and i bet updates will be sparse. The alternative of course is WarZ, and even though its lazy with its reused assets and ripped off stuff, failing to deliver on whats been promised and being plagued with crappy business decisions, i have more hope for it being the overall better game in the long run simply because its being made by a dedicated dev. Of course they have shit to sort out, it might take a year or two to get things right but i’m pretty sure it’ll have more legs than DayZ.

    But really i want a more reputable dev on the case. Say Techland, Dead Island is a great game, why not make an MMO version? That would be awesome.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    Dead Islanbd is a great game lol.

    DayZ is in development at Bohemia Interactive. That is enough for the “Real Dev Studio”

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Uncontested

    I love when couch commandos make statements about how I never served, lol. My two combat deployments as a Marine Corps Infantryman to Iraq state otherwise but thanks there “Marine.” Only a tampon or POG would defend this guys whining, which I’m sure you are if you even made it past boot camp.

    Ohhh making games is soo hard. Really dude? Shut up and work on the game. If shits that bad go cry to some doctor someplace instead of coming up with these idiotic stories of being tortured during training, or crying that making video games are sooo hard. Especially now that you’ve sold out. Dude didn’t even deploy anywhere, never was in combat, and was a washout to boot.

    Nobody is forcing him to do this shit, if its that bad stop bitching and quit, do something else if you can’t handle the fame or the “depressing pressure.” Instead he just bitches and moans -every time- someone from the media talks to him. Hand the game over to someone else and go get a different job if you hate it so much.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. lolzomgz1337

    @#20: You lack compassion and empathy.
    While I would agree that him moaning does accomplish nothing in regards to the topic at hand, neither does yours. Depression is a genuine illness, and not an easy one to cope with: Take your arrogance else where.
    Furthermore you have no idea what’s actually happened with him, it is NOT within your right to claim it’s BS; your opinion on that matter means precisely nothing.

    Pressure is hard to deal with for anybody, especially if they are not used to it. While I do understand this I would say it’s better to look on the brighter side of things, this guy simply needs to take some time out and relax, absorb so of life’s more gentile motions.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Uncontested

    I have compassion and empathy, plenty of it, when it is deserved for real problems; for example the Sandy Hook Massacre which nearly brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. This is not a real problem. This is him caving under pressure.

    This just shows how sad our society has become today. The guy makes a massively successful mod, and instead of quietly turning it into a mega profit turner like was done with things like Counter Strike, DOTA, and plenty of others, all he does -every time- he is interviewed is bitch and whine ‘woe is me, feel pity on me, making this game is so hard and i can’t meet deadlines’

    If life is so bad turn the project over to someone who isn’t a weak minded tool. Put the sheep back in the pen somewhere in the corner with an easy job and let someone who has a pair take over. Not everyone is born to lead or be in charge. It is abundantly clear here that Mr. Hall is not cut out for it. If they’re not going to do that then at least, for gods sake, someone hire this guy a fucking PR team, some handlers, -anything- so he stops bitching and moaning talking about how they cant do it every time hes in the media.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Ireland Michael

    @22 You clearly don’t understand what empathy is then.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. yuvein

    Just give us summit to play to keep us all quiet even if its not finished :)

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Christopher Jack

    This misunderstanding of mental illnesses, especially in America, is a hugely underrated problem. Particularly people with autisms such as Aspergers- they are often forced to grow up the same as everyone else but they simply can’t handle it, they eventually snap. I wonder how many suicides & homicides could be prevented if people were capable of displaying a little empathy. I’m certainly not saying that this guy will go on a massacre but it still doesn’t hurt to be a little understanding.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Booze

    What I have to read here… unbelievable…
    “My two combat deployments as a Marine Corps Infantryman to Iraq state otherwise”
    You self-important, priggish, little wannabe hero… and you call HIM a “weak minded tool”… ooooh, the irony…
    if soldiers like you were deployed to Iran, it’s no wonder, why that operation was such a humanitarian failure. You have no clue, what’s behind his depression. Noone would ever tells his personal problems to an interviewer. Yet you speak of empathy… ridiculous…
    The work and passion he put in the project deserve credit and nothing else, but all he gets back is a bitching community.
    It’s disgusting to watch…

    #26 2 years ago
  27. crazyapeman

    After reading this a see alot of greedy whiney bitches who got everything they wanted as children and probably still are children, the sort of children who cry if they don’t get to suck on there mums titty. No half decent civilized man with half a brain tells a depressed person that they are a useless twat its just counterproductive it puts the person in a worse state, will probably drive him into suicide and you will never have the game. So how about all you useless wanna be man instead of bitching and telling Hall to grow a pair you do so instead and please ffs get a life, a job and buy a deck of cards and deal with it.

    PS: Show a little compassion you useless twats also stop doll bludging. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=doll%20bludger) for those of you who dont no the term.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. YoungZer0

    @20: Nobody gives a fuck about you and your Iraq deployment, so stop crying, you egocentric cunt.

    @23, 25, 26, 27: *claps*

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Hunam

    I think you all need to stop acting like children at this point. Getting angry on the internet? Really?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Amonbg

    Personally i don’t care when this game comes out.Just to come out properly.
    Don’t rush the good things take time.Give the guy space to work this out.
    BioWare rush things with Mass Effect 3 what happened.A big disappointment for the same people who wanted it “NOW”.
    I hope that he has a great year 2013 and leave all the bad staff in 2012.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. HauntaVirus

    @20
    Umm, good job on your rant??? Now stfu and gtfo.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. aaronjones

    “Sounds to me like some of these kids are whiney bitches. Doesnt matter if the idea is originally is his or not. He is making the game you are crying on threads about. Crying because he hasnt updated the game or released much info about his game. Id like to see any one of you please thousands of gamers who have all these WANTS. Needy bitches, the man will finish when he feels like it. HE DOESNT OWE ANY OF YOU SHIT not even an apology.

    I highly doubt you have served so what would a puss like you know about stress let alone judging someones military service? I have been down that road when it comes to your health, a man will question his priorities, even if that means dropping shit thats important to others. Leave him alone, let him finish on his own. ”

    WELL SAID

    I AM SO SICK OF THE f888 HACKERS AND TRY HARDS THAT RUIN GREAT GAMES.

    IF this guy comes up with a stand alone Day-Z he is an absolute legend – all these low lifes that try and prevent progress are also the twats holding up signs saying “GOD HATES GAYS”

    Absolute low lifes and a waste of good air.

    Stop bagging this game you are probably another hacking POS anyway.

    #32 2 years ago

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    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 […]