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Killzone: Mercenary dev talks PS Vita optimisation, AI tech

Monday, 4 February 2013 16:42 GMT By Dave Cook

Killzone: Mercenary isn’t developed by Guerilla Games – it’s Guerilla Cambridge to be precise – but that hasn’t stopped it from being a technical powerhouse on Sony’s PS Vita hardware. It’s no secret that the game closely apes the visuals of Killzone 3, but the developer has now confirmed that it uses the same AI tech, as well as divulging fresh campaign information in a new interview.

Speaking with PS Blog EU, development lead Piers Jackson commented on Killzone: Mercenary’s technical similarities to Killzone 3.

“In some regards we’ve tried not to shrink it at all”, he explained, “we’ve tried to get a full Killzone experience running on PS Vita. The system is incredibly powerful – we’ve got graphics that are comparable to Killzone 3 running on a handheld.

“It’s optimised in a lot of locations but the core AI system is based precisely on Killzone 3. We’ve had to replace a few of the audio and rendering systems but the back-end leading into them is pure Killzone engine architecture. We’ve also got certain things in the renderer that are unique to our system – we’ve added reflection mapping on the floor and particle systems can actually be lit as well.

“There may be a few areas we’ve had to tone back a bit, but we’re pretty convinced that we’ve come up with something that touches most of the technical features from the main Killzone engine.”

How similar are Killzone: Mercenary and Killzone 3? Well VG247′s own Pat Garrat had a chance to play the game last month. Here’s everything he had to say about it, as well as the debut trailer.

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41 Comments

  1. nhowell14

    I still think Killzone 2 has yet to be surpassed by any other FPS in terms of realism. Halo 4 looks like an over-detailed cartoon by comparison. Call of duty looks closer, but the lighting and motion blur is never realistic.

    The fact that this is running on a handheld, just stuns me. I have now seen better graphics on a portable device than I have on the Xbox 360….

    #1 2 years ago
  2. polygem

    sigh…

    sony….please talk to your “fans”. i want to enjoy your platforms…but this…is just killing me!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. lexph3re

    Really don’t see how someone opinion can deter you from enjoying Sony’s console. That’s like me being turned off of MS because of the fabled superior online play. Or nintendo because others say they are the definitive gaming experience.

    Just take it in strides and enjoy the things you like

    #3 2 years ago
  4. polygem

    i do man…but this stuff spoils the fun in EVERY comment section. i just prefer to talk with people who enjoy games in general not fandrones.

    look at this guy. we do not need more sonybots here:

    “You do understand the PSP has sold more hardware units than either Microsoft based consoles, right? That’s just one console. The PSone/2 have both sold over a 100 Million, something that no Microsoft product has actually accomplished. “But gee guys, they spin themselves so well here and their hardware is amazing, software is so polished and bug-free that there’s no way that Microsoft may be sinking!!!”
    Wake up hahaha seriously, whatever Microsoft defending idiot that is out there.”

    if you call that stuff opinion. fine. i call it a pile of shit. why? THE PRESENTATION.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. nhowell14

    well dear polygem, you know what they say about opinions…..

    Until then, kiss my asshole, because that’s where that pile of shit came from.

    You see, it has been a thing for some time now to see mobile tech rival what home consoles have done. I’m merely voicing my observation. Get off the fact that I have my own opinion, you could’ve just kept your overweight trap shut…again, my opinion….

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    polygem who with defend Nintendo magic to the bitter end is being a hypocrite again, i see.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. lexph3re

    Well considering that all platforms have people who spin things to their liking it is just what it is. I don’t care about sales figures overall, I’ll reference them to a point for debate. But, all in all I don’t care at all.

    When it comes to the MS hate you can find people spreading the same hate on the opposing console just as a measure of retaliation. It doesn’t stop me from buying the things I like and ignoring the things I don’t. Just let them say what they say and contribute in a solid fashion.

    Comments like that cause others to get disoriented. Then the readers of that comment carry it without realizing the original poster is long gone and no where to be found.

    How do you feel this game looks for the Vita? Do you think this opens a spectrum of potential games in the future? Perhaps it will help to increase or define the KZ franchise better? What do you think?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. nhowell14

    Obviously I hit a nerve somewhere or else polygem wouldn’t have taken the time to highlight a recent quote

    bahahaha, “call and the xbots will answer!!!”

    #8 2 years ago
  9. polygem

    see, the presentation…
    Geki…
    i just praised the god of war saga in this forum today and ni no kuni….hypocrite nhowell´s ass. cuz i wont do that.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. nhowell14

    “When it comes to the MS hate you can find people spreading the same hate on the opposing console just as a measure of retaliation. It doesn’t stop me from buying the things I like and ignoring the things I don’t. Just let them say what they say and contribute in a solid fashion.”

    @ lexph3re; Thank you, I obviously haven’t had a good experience with Microsoft, hence my distaste, but this is America and everyone is entitled to their own experiences. I just voice mine often, which upsets those who have whatever minted, wrinkle-free image of whatever stuck in their head, don’t really care to hear such things. Or cry loudly and obnoxiously when they do.

    Again, opinions and assholes…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. polygem

    @lex: i posted that aleady. i loved liberation and i enjoyed the killzone games but i definitley prefer the resistance games. i just love the feel of the weapons. insomniac nail the weapons in their games. resistance bs was just that though: bs and i hope sony wont continue to trash their great ip´s. sly cooper looks rock solid. i don´t think the vita needs a console style shooter. 3ds line up is great for this year. vita needs to counter with unique games. i don´t think killzone is the way to go. it looks good….but nowhere near halo 4. that´s just trolling. no need to argue about that.

    EDIT:
    @nhowell14: “Again, opinions and assholes…” +1

    #11 2 years ago
  12. nhowell14

    Well you see, if one of Microsoft’s consoles would’ve worked long enough for me to enjoy any of the “exclusive” xbox games, then maybe, just maybe, I would’ve been able to form a solid opinion of the game, but alas until I can inject the media within my brain and play it remotely from my mobile phone, I’m stuck with the stick up my arse that was once my $300 console.

    Excuse me for my bitterness. In all fairness, I love Nintendo and Sony equally. I own the Wii U/3DS and PS3/Vita which for whatever reason, still are running and playing my games over 20 hrs a week, whereas there is only one current gen console that just didn’t hold up on it’s promise. Oh did I mention that I had to pay $60/year just to watch my Netflix and Hulu subscriptions that I already pay for…..they just unlocked Netflix for Silver membership but common, HOW DOES THAT NOT BOTHER YOU.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gadzooks!

    So, comparing two platforms games when you admit to not having played games on one system.

    TROLL. I’m guessing an alt-account.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Pretty obvious whos alt that is Gad.

    Going to be a very long year.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. nhowell14

    @Gadzooks!; No I got to play Halo 4 long enough to figure out that dual wielding is completely absent, even though it was in 2 AND 3.

    But no man, I totally didn’t play it. I play = I finish the game, so no I haven’t playED the game.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. lexph3re

    Why does everyone want to scream Alt-accounts everytime something like this happens. I do think it’s possible for multiple people in the world to share common thoughts.

    Heck, out of 6 billion people you think every new user is an alt account?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. nhowell14

    yes and thank you again for some very grounded reasoning lexph3re, I havn’t started an account so I couldn’t voice my opinion, I know my opinions are opinions, just like everyone else’s.

    Problem is, I have this insane notion that mine are valid, and more often than not, they are.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    whatever guys i´m off playing god of war 2 now, on my xbox, with the touchpad…

    #18 2 years ago
  19. lexph3re

    Well they are indeed factual. Because you do say what you have gained from the experiences from what I read. You also don’t force what you say to be a global opinion. It is a massive group of mutual feelings on the topic. However, it is a little out of place for a general topic on this Vita game.

    How about we all refresh this topic?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    You would be amazed Lex, prolly down right shocked tbh.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. nhowell14

    @polygem

    Sigh. Kids.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. nhowell14

    How bout this; its about damn time I was given some reason to dust off the old Vita? Now, does that make everyone happy??

    In all fairness, the Uncharted game for Vita and Resident Evil Revelations for 3DS have only been surpassed by the enjoyment I’ve gotten out of having Minecraft on my Galaxy S3! HAS ANYONE ELSE JUST BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY THAT!?!?!?!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. fps_d0minat0r

    @ nhowell14
    ‘Blown away’ that must have been the battery in your S3 after playing minecraft for 30 minutes.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. CPC_RedDawn

    @1

    You sir, have no seen Crysis 1 on PC running @ true 1080p with 8xAA, 16xAF, everything maxed out with mods have you?

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

    That youtube clip does not do it justice as even at 1080p the video is locked to 30fps and its actually a slightly lower res than 1080p but it was recorded at full 1080p.

    Welcome to graphics from 2007!!!

    Now look at Battlefield 3 running maxed out on PC, in 64 man servers, and the game still running @ 60fps!

    Killzone whilst, I do agree is without a doubt the best looking FPS game on consoles BY FAR!!! and it was pretty close to its target render from “that e3″ showing its still pretty bland, low AF, no AA, draw distance is abysmal the only impressive thing in the game is the gun model textures which is probably why it takes up 45% of the screen view LOL.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. CPC_RedDawn

    #23 fps_d0minat0r

    I have played Minecraft on my S3 for well over 3 hours straight with all features up to max and my £6.99 4300mAh extra long life battery does not even go below 85% after being on a full charge. The stock 2300mAh battery on the other hand would be something like 55-60% left over still its not bad.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. nhowell14

    @fps_d0minat0r

    Oh? is that what is supposed to happen? Cause it runs in the background. Constantly.

    I get through 9+ hours a day with my GS3 surprisingly, all while enjoying TRUE 4G LTE speeds. Win

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gadzooks!

    @OG

    Yes, we know who it is. Pretty pathetic really.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. monkeygourmet

    Alt accounts detected… AGAIN…

    Strange it always seems to be the Sony Wank Stains again and again….

    In actual fact it’s good, it highlights exactly the kind of assholes I’ve been talking about all along. Holy shit, if Sony over eggs the pudding again with PS4, it’s going to be a complete cluster fuck here….

    #28 2 years ago
  29. daytripper

    There is no moderation to the comment sections so what do you expect? I would do it for a couple of hours a day but I suspect Pat and the guys are not really arsed much

    @28 I don’t know, bit harsh saying its just Sony people mate

    #29 2 years ago
  30. monkeygourmet

    @29

    Well, I don’t know what to think. I’ll happily lay my cards on the table.

    I created one alt account once when things got really shitty here. It was going to be used to try and defuse certain situations in a jokey way, never to try and twist things. In the end, I couldn’t be fucked.

    Never once have posted under anything other than monkeygourmet tag.

    I’m completely happy for that to be checked and verified if ever it was in question. Honestly, it feels like part of the ‘Thing’ movie in here some times, only way to know is to tie everyone down and get a blood sample… I’ll heat up the copper wire! :)

    It’s not always Sony fanboys, but I’d really like too know how many people we are dealing with.

    We all know Polygem is Dragon246 and TEA is O’ Conner, but who else is hiding behind alt accounts and to what ends?! :D

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Gekidami

    The funny thing is that if comment moderation was stepped up, Monkey would be one of the first to go. His posts here are pretty representative of the general flame bait and trolling he always posts. It would seem his only goals on this site are to insult people and wage a war on Sony. Thats trash we really dont need on here, so more moderation? Bring it, please.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. polygem

    @30:

    :)

    it´s only 5 people around here anyway…

    #32 2 years ago
  33. polygem

    @31: you are kidding now aren´t you?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. monkeygourmet

    @31

    Yep, completely ignore any of the forum threads I’ve created over the last year or so (a lot completely nothing to do with gaming and generally trying to be fun).

    Ignore the fact I enjoy a lot of Sony games, just the company pisses me off.

    Ignore the fact that only Sony fanboys get upset when being confronted by the truth of some of the cold hard facts regarding Sony’s dubious business practice.

    Ignore the fact that I also direct these comments at MS and Nintendo where appropriate.

    What’s your alt Geki? Do you have something to hide? :)

    #34 2 years ago
  35. polygem

    read it kinda backwards mg: “i am Ge kid” so who could the “Ge kid” be? what stands “G E” for? Geometry.Evilaires? Nahhhhh…. :)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Gekidami

    Acting like a dick is acting like a dick, and its something you do perfectly. I dont see why whatever forum threads you made would redeem that.

    As for alt accounts, considering the amount of trolling you do, theres more chance you’re an alt account then the opposite. Of course i dont actually believe that, i’ll leave the paranoia to the Nintendo magic squad, what other line of defence would they have otherwise? Actual factual information? Ha, as if.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. monkeygourmet

    @36

    Forum threads are helpful so shortsighted asshats like yourself see a less one dimensional view.

    Of course my comments are not always Sony hate, but certain people will read them as they will.

    If they are negative towards Sony, I have the good grace of fleshing out my opinions rather than just slagging them off then pissing off.

    My forum threads tend to try and encompass all the community and gamers on different topics. That’s a good way to gain perspective.

    Or revolve around a particular game I’m enjoying (again platform generally irrelevant).

    Have happily laid my cards on the table revolving alt accounts, you happy to do the same?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Gekidami

    lol And who exactly is meant to be my alt account in your nut case, paranoid head?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Dragon246

    @Gek,lex
    Some people are not worth talking to.
    Why bother talking to them?
    These are the people who think others have alt account just because they have a minority opinion. Sucks to be like that. Maybe they think just because they used an alt account sometime, all others are like that.

    Amazing how this thread got derailed after #2 wanted to take potshots.

    On topic, looks like an amazing game. Hoping we can do a vg247 community match for this.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. polygem

    just open your minds a little kiddos

    #40 2 years ago
  41. polygem

    i never used an alt account here btw. just for the record. i believe i wont be using any account here anymore soon though. far too many sony bot kids around here. it became painful, worse than ign.

    #41 2 years ago

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    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]