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Second-hand Wii U buyers can re-download past purchases, gamers claim

Friday, 4 January 2013 09:49 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U digital titles can be re-downloaded free of charge on second-hand consoles, some gamers are claiming. For example, if you buy a preowned Wii U that once had Trine 2 installed, you may be able to download it again at no extra cost.

That’s the claim of gamers over on NeoGAF this morning, as one gamer claimed to have bought a second-hand Wii U to find they could download Trine 2 and Nano Assault Neo for free.

This could be down to downloaded titles being tethered to the Wii U console itself, not the Nintendo Network ID used to buy it in the first instance. If true, the issue could see preowned Wii U buyers raking in free titles.

Also reporting on the issue, Eurogamer explained that the only way to transfer previously-purchased licenses from one Wii U console to another is to send the console to Nintendo itself.

The company has stated that it is prepared to help gamers facing the issue, but it seems a lot of hassle. Either way we’ve asked them for comment on the matter.

What do you think? Should this be fixed asap? Let us know below.

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32 Comments

  1. JimFear-666

    hahaha wow..

    #1 2 years ago
  2. polygem

    hahaha indeed. this stinks. nintendo needs to fix that. your purchaes should be linked to your nintendo id and not to the console…they should be working on that-right now- if they want to sell digital game versions…and that´s exactly whatthey should want.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Who designed this shit? Console is full of program bugs/holes

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    While I’m sure this is nice for anyone who buys a second-hand Wii U, this is not exactly music to the ears of third party publishers.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. FabioPal

    And this is a 2013 news, about a feature that looks like it was implemented in 1993…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Fin

    Nintendo really have no fucking idea what they’re doing with online/commerce.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Hcw87

    @5
    Nintendo has been stuck in 1993 for the past 20 years with their Mario and Zelda titles, what else is new.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. FabioPal

    @4 Actually, it’s not exactly music to the ears of the customers either.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. polygem

    …well…i wouldn´t say all that. wow. like always. hate. for nothing. people generalizing again like crazy. what´s in the article sucks. true…anything else: miiverse: is fantastic. compared to that xbl and especially psn look 90´s to me for sure. why all this hate for nintendo all the time? it´s ok to criticize but this is overdooming everything nintendo is just pisspoor really. i will never understand this attitude. don´t you guys love games? weren´t there tons and tons of awesome nintendo games in the last few decades? no? yes! you guys should support the shit out of nintendo if you want a strong, breathing gaming culture in general with a variety of top games. the wiiu is a great console. right now as the market is today, it is the most exciting and sexiest one.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Gadzooks!

    From what I’ve seen, and based on the few sessions I’ve had on a friends WiiU, the OS was simply not ready to be released at console launch, and even post-patch it’s still not up to scratch.

    I’ve gone from ‘pre-ordered’ to ‘getting it launch week’ to ‘needs more games’ to ‘needs a re-think’. The more I play it, the less I want one.

    I’ve no problem with the hardware, it’s brilliant. Software and OS have been a bitter disappointment for me though.

    If MS reveal a decent tablet-gamepad clone for Nextbox I’ll be skipping WiiU I think, unless it drops to £100 in the next 6 months!

    I hate to say it but I fear WiiU will be an exact repeat of the Wii: Massive potential unrealised due to the Japanese having a fundamental lack of understanding of operating systems and user interfaces, combined with a very small percentage of games being of acceptable quality.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. polygem

    @Gadzooks: “I’ve gone from ‘pre-ordered’ to ‘getting it launch week’ to ‘needs more games’ to ‘needs a re-think’” funny, because for me it was completeley the opposite;)
    i thought it will be like the wii (not that i didn´t like the wii though, but i was sceptical about the tablet, third party support etc). i wanted to skip the wiiu. well, i am glad that i didn´t. it´s a fantastic machine with some great games already. the OS is not an issue at all for me. seriously, sure it could be improved at some point but if not, no problem. works good enough. it´s not the fastest, but it´s not much slower than opening/navigating the blades menu when i press the home button on the 360.
    i think the UI is a massive improvement compared to the wii. it´s slick and clean and easily manageable. it lacks techy cool make up, sure. the eshop looks great too. i adore that the wiiu is just a games console and not trying to be a high end multimedia device. i like that. i really do. the wiiu is about pure gaming and miiverse nailed what online social on a games platform should be, at least for my taste. there are tons of quality games already available at launch. i have that thing a month now and i haven´t even finished half the games i bought for it and i play on the wiiu daily. it´s really hard for me to understand the negativity towards the system because i totally enjoy the shit out of it and ps360 feel like last gen to me. no funny screenshots or weird sonic drawings from some friends…where are we? 2002?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. viralshag

    I rarely comment on the Ninty articles because I don’t care much for their hardware, games or news but this is pretty stupid and deserving of some criticism.

    Every other company gets it, no reason Nintendo should be different.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. polygem

    sure. absoluteley agree with that…i criticised it myself. i just don´t think that this issue makes the whole console “shit” or “1993″…that´s all.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Fin

    @11

    Jesus you can really turn any comment section into a cheerleading for Nintendo can’t ya?

    @10

    Yeah, I think it’s an issue with Japanese developers and UIs – Nintendo essentially made all of the mistakes Sony made when they released the PS3. Microsoft are they only console manufacturer with a consistent reliable, fast, useful UI. Japanese devs also don’t seem to understand online.
    Fingers crossed nextgen will improve.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @14
    I’d say Microsoft are they only console manufacturer with a consistent reliable, fast, useful *OS*. Not UI. The 360 dashboard is a horrible UI with a fantastic underlying OS.

    I think Wii-U still needs titles which scream *this is what the controller adds*. At the moment some titles are saying it and some are barely whispering it, none are screaming it.

    OS wise I really like some parts, there are a lot of kinks to iron out though. The core interface – setting it up how you want – and social interaction/Miiverse in particular are great. Underlying OS, patching, speed etc is poor though.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mistermogul

    @9 – I agree mate…

    For some reason people just love to hate Nintendo for no apparent reason. They forget all the amazing games and contributions to the industry the company have made over the years (in the process moulding the PS and Xbox we have today) and just write negative comments for every post. It’s really starting to grate on me.

    Why these people can’t just support all developers/hardware manufacturers is beyond me. Like you say we all love games so why the hate?

    There especially seems to be many Nintendo “haters” here at vg247 which is a shame as the site is good.

    Peace :)

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dragon246

    Classic ninty with its classic fans who remain classy.
    Ninty should hire someone because certainly dont know what a UI or OS means. And of course, their OS software division needs the boot. Even OSes made by small college groups run better than wiiu lagfest and that too without 1 gb update packages.
    @DrDamn
    MS expertise is to be expected I guess. After all windows remains the most preferred pc os.
    Although XMB has a better UI imo.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Deacon

    My New Year’s resolution is to hate less and appreciate more. Not just here but everywhere.

    Like #16 & #9 said, just take a breath and stop WANTING and WAITING for everything that isn’t your own beloved console to fail miserably.

    Obviously this news is bad, but I suspect Nintendo will fix it ASAP as if left it could prove quite a ball-ache for them.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. polygem

    @16: 100% sign that. i personally praised the shit out of many sony ip´s here, countless times, i love ratchet and clank and insomniac made some of the most fun videogame weapons ever imho. i love sir dan fortesque, sly cooper and the gang and so on, i am a haloholic and the 360 pad is my fave pad this gen. yes, i like nintendo too, a lot and i post that here. everytime you are excited about nintendo you automatically become a ninty fanboy on this page. nothing else matters. it´s hunting season. there is nothing you can do about it. see this thread again. people post pisspoor bashing comments, i try to make some points. they start calling me a cheerleading fanboy already. it´s just insane. i even criticized nintendo in my first post here. there´s no way around this and now I AM to blame for this AGAIN…fantastic.
    people think they need to be “hardcore”. nintendo is “casual” in their eyes – that´s just an illusion though and couldn´t be less true.
    @fin: i am not “cheerleading”, i criticised nintendo but i also said that not everything is bad about the wii u. what´s wrong with that? isn´t that a good starting point for a discussion, i thought so.
    maybe you should really start to take a look into the mirror and ask yourself why you bash the shit out of them all the time for nothing. it´s ok to criticise if you have something to say. those 1993 references don´t help much in a HARDCORE discussion like this, that´s just “kids stuff”.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    sorry fin that 1993 stuff wasn´t even from you, i´m in a rush and at work atm (lol)…but we know each other…you get my point ;)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. polygem

    @Deacon: same here. also i really wanted to post less on vg247…now look at me…i will breath in slowly now aaaannnd…*click*

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Deacon

    @Polygem ; )

    It’s the ones that seem to harbour some sort of secret grudge against types of games or game companies that they simply do not like or have no interest in that get my back up. It’s hard not to get involved sometimes, especially when it’s the same people saying the same things every god damn day. If you have no interest in the subject, and no meaningful criticism, then please refrain from some hilarious internet-hero jibe.

    If only it were that simple!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. polygem

    that´s so true! but now. before it happens again. out. *click*

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Joe Musashi

    This news sounds like the polar opposite of that Sony patent news from yesterday.

    JM

    #24 2 years ago
  25. FabioPal

    @polygem: I’m not being negative toward the console, it just doesn’t make sense to me to be “negative toward a piece of hardware or a brand” (except Apple, but it’s another discussion :p)

    I’m just saying that reading something like “the thing you buy is bound to the console, not your account” sounds like something thought and implemented in the early nineties.

    You may or you may not agree with my opinion but it is, indeed, an opinion.

    The console, the OS, and the games may be awesome, I’ve not tried any by myself, but from what you and others say it probably is, but this “feature” is just ridiculous.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    “Massive potential unrealised due to the Japanese having a fundamental lack of understanding of operating systems and user interfaces, combined with a very small percentage of games being of acceptable quality.”

    I think that is what opened the door for MS to get in the game biz to begin with. Compare PS2 to Xboxone. The features on the MS side where robust compared to what Sony offered. And the JPNSE have been chasing MS ever scince.
    —————————————————————————–

    I am not making excuses for Nintendo, they have alot of work to do. Just that, it really doesn’t effect me. I bought my system, bought a few games for it, and have been enjoying it. I am getting value for what I bought.

    The whole thing is a learning curve. Look at Sony and the PS3/PSN this last gen. I hope they have learned alot over the course of the past few years. Nintendo are going to have their own growing pains.

    MS had relivly few issues, I think, because they are a company built on IT services. From OS to Internet, software and hardware, they have already had years of learning.

    Anyone that expects Nintendo not to stumble when it comes to WiiU is unrealistic, imo. As far as people that want to hate, enjoy. Your going to have a lot fuel. That is ok by me, because hate or not, I am having a lot of fun playing it instead. I never expected them to be like MS.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. polygem

    @Fabio: ok then. i get it now. that really makes much more sense. sometimes it just needs a few more words to explain things. now i even agree with you;)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. FabioPal

    @polygem: Awesome! :)

    #28 2 years ago
  29. livewired500

    @25 ‘I’m just saying that reading something like “the thing you buy is bound to the console, not your account” sounds like something thought and implemented in the early nineties.’

    No, you were right the first time. Games like Mario are just iterations of Mario World. Basically, they haven’t changed Games, Business model, thinking, or anything since N64. Just been one let down after another for decades.

    Stuff like this just confirms for people that they should not have bought a system. Or I guess in this case, go for a used one, you could get free games. Wonder if this was a planned feature?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. polygem

    …sigh…

    #30 2 years ago
  31. polygem

    @FabioPal: yep!

    #31 2 years ago
  32. FabioPal

    @29: Well, from a business point of view it worked A LOT.

    They’re still making money after “Mario and Zelda” and, as long as somebody buys their products I can’t see why they should change their model as long as the money keep on flowing.

    The hard truth is that, maybe, the wind is going to change and people are starting to be fed up by the same old stuff. The mobile world is offering stuff on their way to be on par with the average “Mario and Zelda” for a small fraction of the price.

    It’s in Nintendo’s hands and minds to understand that the world is changing and that (imho) they’ve been very lucky with the Wii and that they’re stretching the rope with the WiiU.

    The Wii was a clear innovation, it made the “motion control” mainstream and stuff so people were fond to accept the lower specs and picture quality. I just can’t see the same “wow” factor for the WiiU, a second screen, ok, but…

    That’s why I’m pretty skeptic about the success of the WiiU, it’s my opinion, as usual, but I hope I’m wrong as I cannot (and don’t even want to) imagine a videogame world without the big N in it.

    #32 2 years ago

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

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

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

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

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

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

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

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

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

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]