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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt announced, goes open world

Tuesday, 5 February 2013 04:36 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has made its debut in the latest issue of GameInformer US, and boasts a completely open world.

The issue’s cover has been scanned and uploaded to NeoGAF along with a few details harvested from within.

The open world is said to be 40 times as large as The Witcher 2′s, 20% bigger than that of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and will take up to 40 minutes to cross on horseback.

The story, like the world, is not divided into chapters or acts. The open world is enabled by a new streaming technology enabled by the new CDRED Engine 3, and includes no loading screens. There will be fast travel, though.

Protagonist Geralt has recovered all his memories, and probably as a result is not interested in fighting for a faction. Instead, he wanders the world slaying monsters and solving mysteries, as in the books. Despite the non-linear setting, CD Projekt is doubling down on cinematics and storytelling, with over 100 hundred hours of scripted quests.

The story is said to come in three flavours. The first is quests the player sets for themselves, such as slaying monsters or crafting to level up and earn better equipment. In the second level, major plot lines in key areas will resolve the Nilfgaardian invasion storyline. Players don’t need to complete every area’s major plotline, or may make a decision not to begin, but not completing a set of quests can have consequences for another, like an area being abandoned or an ally coming to your aid. However, the environment won’t undergo dramatic visual transformations as it did in The Witcher 2, and some plot lines conflict, forcing the player to choose.

The third narrative thread is Geralt’s search for his lost love and some sort of conflict with the Wild Hunt. The game can be completed by pursuing only this storyline and ignoring everything else. CD Projket wants to focus more on romance and less on sexual encounters this time; the trading cards are not making a return.

Although Geralt can go anywhere, monsters don’t scale to the players level, so presumably some areas are best elft for end-game. While wandering the world, Geralt will encounter monsters, animals and human characters, all of which may attack if they consider him a threat. Weather is dynamically generated, and what kinds of creatures are encountered and their behaviours are modified by time of day, among other factors.

The image on the cover shows Geralt riding with an adult companion whose face cannot be seen. Mounted combat is on the cards but CD Projekt hasn’t nailed it yet so isn’t making promises, but ships are available, and will float on water thanks to a new physics engine. Both horses and boats can be upgraded.

Mini-games will vary by location, with the example of knife-throwing in Skellige provided. These optional diversions offer rewards but aren’t needed to drive the story. While out and about, Geralt will also be offered monster-slaying commissions, but won’t receive contracts. Killing monsters often yields otherwise unobtainable alchemical ingredients and mutagens, which will unlock parts of his skill tree.

Sometimes these commissions wil require investigation, and Geralt will be able to spot slues in the environment using his Witcher senses, activated with the left trigger. It’s not just a matter of spotting gleaming items and hitting a button, though; Geralt will mutter to himself, or view memories, in order to communicate his problem solving skills to the player.

In combat, the more Geralt has learned about monster, the more likely he is to identify critical strike locations. CD Projekt RED is still balancing the combat and hasn’t decided between real-time special moves or quick time style events for certain abilities. CD Projekt hopes to address the difficulty problems of the previous games, and is reworking combat considerably.

Geralt now has 96 combat animations, as opposed to 20 in The Witcher 2, but to avoid the player being caught in long animations, three major changes have been made: every button is mapped to a single strike; every move takes about the same amount of time; and all moves can be interrupted to dodge or block.

Geralt no long runs in combat, but strikes even faster, and instead of rolling, he pivots. Enemy AI is all-new, and there will be no scripted boss encounters. Bosses do still feature, including an ice giant.

For those who’d rather avoid combat, Geralt can use the environment to distract and evade, as for example when he uses the sign of Aard to annoy wasps so they attack guards, and then use Igni to scare them off. There are around a dozen objects that can be used in this way.

Magic has been rejigged; each of the five signs has a basic effect which can be upgraded while still retaining the original use, too. In addition to magic, Geralt has a swordmanship and alchemy tree. The alchemy tree is all about potions, and CD projekt promises improved inventory and crafting systems, including customisable crafting items, and the ability to substitute similar items in recipes, modifying the final results.

On the gear side, finding unique ingredients and special recipes unlocks powerful artefacts, but even standard armour sets have a unique appearance. Plus, you can change Geralt’s hairstyle; a feature recently added to The Witcher 2.

CD Projekt RED has doubled its development team since The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. It did not give platform information beyond a mention of “all top-of-the-line” consoles, suggesting a potential next-generation release (hello, PlayStation 4). The GameInformer cover describes it as a “must see next generation RPG”.

A video has been made available; check it out below.

Thanks, Dan.

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45 Comments

  1. Dark

    I’m so hyped right now.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    This is me going to transport school just so I am better equipped to get on the hype train.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Sweet! Finally be able to get my hands on a Witcher game…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. JediLounger

    More Details.

    http://gamingeverything.com/39177/witcher-3-confirmed-is-next-gen-featured-in-game-informer/

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Wychodzew

    Geralt has a beard! A beard! GOTY!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Telepathic.Geometry

    ^^ This statement is logically sound. ^-^ ^^

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Brenna Hillier

    Updated with video, more details incoming.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    Just like Brenna, TG responded I am dazzled that someone is making a next-gen rpg so soon. Have you read this site…. thewitcher.com ?

    That aside, I am not a very big fan of WRPGs. I played Witcher and TES4 and 5 on pc and I just couldn’t bring myself to like them. Although I will be excited for a Fallout-esqe game.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Brenna Hillier

    Huge info dump added.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. mathare92

    @8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE :D

    #10 2 years ago
  11. freedoms_stain

    It sounds like a grand vision, I hope they can pull it off.

    If this works as described they basically shame Bethesda.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Edo

    Holly fuck yes!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. BULArmy

    Very good narrative and open world just don’t mix properly for me. Yes we have exceptions like Fallout 1,2 and Planescape Torment.

    The more linear story of the previous games is actually closer to the overall feel of the books. It is nice that they will try to incorporate more the lore of the books, but I am not so sure how they will do it to really feel epic. Geralt is all about saving the world, even if he doesn’t like it. The first game did that perfectly, the second fell short in doing that. It was a good story, but didn’t feel true to what was established. For the wole time I felt that Geralt is more of a henchman that is just cought in the events. And the whole quest for of clearing his name is not what an epic Withcer story must be.

    This franchise is currently on top of my favorite list, even if the games had a fair share of problems, just because it is something unique. But I really don’t want to see it turned it a generic fantasy RPG just for getting some of the TES fans.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. hives

    @13 – I don’t agree. Witcher can’t save the world, and he DO NOT WANT TO. Remember – his memory is 100% back. So he just don’t give a damn about politics, for sure less than in previous games.

    This game will fit witchers’ style of life. Freedom in big world. Slaying monstres. Ocassionally helping people for money. That’s what being a witcher is all about.

    Story will be about finding Yennefer and it’s ok. We don’t need another “Quickly, save the world from the bad guys!”. More personal for our hero = better.

    Besides – proper dialogues & cut-scenes are still in here. So you can just follow main plot and you won’t feel it being like Skyrim etc.

    But anyways, I’m hyped. Fixed fighting (I liked this in first game more, happy that pivots are coming back and it will be more “witchery”). Horses :P Better monster slaying element and improved crafting. Awesome.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Gadzooks!

    Everything mentioned sounds good, but most importantly: No level scaling.

    I want to wander into a new area and have my ass handed to me, go away and beefcake up, come back and lay down the hurt. That’s satisfying.

    Always being able to take on any monster in any area means there is little danger in exploring.

    W2 was semi-openworld so going full openworld is not that huge a change, but a welcome one, IMO.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. BULArmy

    @14The Witcher books are very complex in their storytelling and how things are connected. And yes, Geralt is all about saving the world. He is always caught in the greater events even if he hates it. :D
    Ciri, the Nilfgaard war and Lodge of Sorceresses. Geralt is always there and it is always part of the fucked up things. But the clever thing about them is that in the end it looks that he was not so important and the whole time he was minding his own business and only coincidence was at play.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. LuLshuck

    probs be shit like the 2nd game

    #17 2 years ago
  18. sh4dow

    While open world is nice, I sure hope it’ll still be faster to get around than in Skyrim or the newer Fallouts, despite them mentioning those 40 minutes by horse. Because I find it damn annoying to have to walk around for half an hour just to get somewhere for the first time.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Moonwalker1982

    Awesome awesome news. It doesn’t nessecarily have to rival Skyrim or any other game for that matter. Skyrim has its own things that i don’t see happening right away in Witcher 3, like the many different dungeons and that’s ok. It’s coming for the next-gen consoles and that’s just awesome news. Open-world gaming is new for them though, this is gonna be a challenge no doubt.

    Some screenshots:

    http://gamingeverything.com/39177/witcher-3-confirmed-is-next-gen-featured-in-game-informer/

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    My PC is ready.

    and no, open world won’t be a challenge for them. SKYRIM was shit with the same dungeons all over the place. First and second games in witcher series were brilliant.

    Want.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. GwynbleiddiuM

    @20 Damnit Erth, mine needs upgrading :(( 8GB RAM, R5850, Core i5 750… that’s not good, like at all.

    This and Cyberpunk would make my entire gaming calendar epic, next 2 MGS games as well.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    MEGATON!

    Day one bizzotch.

    Not sure I’m comfortable with it being bigger than Skyrim. Skyrims best and worst feature was always the scale. It gave you a ton of stuff to explore, but there was no real substance to most of it.

    The Witcher needs substance, mang.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. freedoms_stain

    They’re promising so, sooooooooooooooooooo much here. I just hope and pray they can deliver on it.

    If they can it has the potential to be the greatest open world RPG of all time.

    I think they’ve learned a lot as a studio over the last 2 games. Hopefully this is the one that prings it all together.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. nando

    @20

    i am pretty sure that your pc is not ready at all for this game for this engine

    #24 2 years ago
  25. hives

    Huh, yeah, I’m scared of PC system required specs. Witcher 2 runs on high for me, but this will be next-gen game so… Yea, I’m hoping for “low-medium” :D

    Or maybe I’ll buy one of next-gen consoles till then? We’ll see (depends what exclusives they will get on start).

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Bomba Luigi

    In my Opinion, if you have the Choice, buy the PC Version. I’m sure Wticher3 will get a ModKit too, and Mods just a great Thing. And all the DLC Stuff will be Free on the PC. Not sure if they can bring free DLCs to Consoles, guess it depens on the Politics of Sony and MS.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Moonwalker1982

    Screenshots here:

    http://www.gamepur.com/news/10325-exclusive-first-witcher-3-screenshots-game-informer-march-issue-out.html

    #27 2 years ago
  28. NeoSquall

    No sex card? No buying.

    j/k I’ll get the Collector’s Edition, of course.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Edo

    @27 Thanks for that!

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    Eh.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dark

    Teaser

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c2ou1rLU42c

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Night Hunter

    Will there be a press conference? Just the GI article and a teaser wouldn’t be CDPRs style.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Kabby

    Geralt ‘Big Boss’ of Rivia.

    More beard, more win.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. YoungZer0

    @33: Agreed.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. manamana

    And here is the teasertrailer! http://www.allgamesbeta.com/2013/02/the-witcher-3-wild-hunt-teaser.html

    Edit: efff, I’m late to the party. Again. ;-)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. viralshag

    I haven’t even finished the first or second game but hell, I’m excited!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. YoungZer0

    @36: You NEED to finish the second one. It’s one of the best games ever made.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. viralshag

    @37, I know, I know! I have it on the PC and they even have spot on pad support. I really have no excuse other than not having a week off to dedicate to it.

    That’s really the only reason I haven’t played through it completely. I think I will definitely try to get around to starting it properly this weekend if I get the time.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. YoungZer0

    @38: How far are you into the game?

    #39 2 years ago
  40. viralshag

    @39, Shamefully, I don’t think I’m even out of the first settlement, Flotsam is it?

    I don’t know what it is. I start it, enjoy it, stop to do something else and then don’t come back to it for a couple of months. Then I just start again because I can’t remember what I got up to.

    It’s not even like I dislike the game. It’s an odd one for me.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. YoungZer0

    @40: And you were playing the extended version?

    #41 2 years ago
  42. viralshag

    @41, No I don’t think it was. I think that was the reason I stopped, when that was announced I decided to just wait for it and then never got around to it.

    I’ve recently done a clean install of everything on my PC so I think I will get it all installed and ready to go as I have a quiet weekend planned (which normally never stays that way), so I will get started then.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. YoungZer0

    You do that, you’re missing out otherwise.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. viralshag

    Just booked a cheeky two days off next week, one that that I might dedicate to Geralt and the other to risk my life on an off-road Segway…

    Just how I roll.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. YoungZer0

    That is so cool. B|

    #45 2 years ago

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  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]