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Microsoft exec cautions Sony over next week’s “important” PS4 reveal

Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:15 GMT By Dave Cook

PS4 is said to be revealed at Sony’s PlayStation Meeting event on February 20th, but Microsoft exec Jon Grimes has stated that the majority of consumers “won’t know” what the reveal is about, claiming that it won’t attract much appeal from the mass demographic.

Speaking with MCV, Grimes said, that the upcoming Sony event will be “important for the industry”, but added, “Whatever gets announced on February 20, the majority of UK consumers won’t know.”

He continued, “Our job is not to get lost in the industry chatter, but to ensure that the consumers going into stores, going online, still experience Xbox. The announcement is important for the industry, but it is also important to remember who is buying right now.”

Exerting caution over looking too far into the future – and forgetting about current consumers as a result – Grimes added, “What has got us to where we are today is not going to be what gets us through the next ten years. Now we’ve also got to start from scratch when thinking about the future. Driving creativity, whether around marketing, retail or new business models, is key for us.”

What do you think about the above? Should platform holders like Sony and Microsoft appeal to the mass market or should they focus on the core first?

Yesterday one of the Xbox co-founders Nat Brown slammed Microsoft for forgetting about the core, calling the last five years of the brand “painful” to watch. See his damning statement on the matter here.

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45 Comments

  1. daytripper

    Weak as piss response in my opinion

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    He is afraid. : D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Fin

    Microsoft are in full-on damage control at the moment.
    Anything to take the spotlight away.

    I think the majority of UK consumers will know – whatever is announced is bound to be covered by BBC.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. RandomTiger

    Until someone shows some actual next gen games its all white noise.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. karma

    Ignoring the hardcore audience has always been a huge mistake in the past. It happened to Sony already when MS came out with the xbox 360, same with Nintendo and Sega in the past, and also with older games machines like Spectrum and Commodore 64, I remember that the hardcore goes where the games are, period.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. manamana

    Eat your words Grimes, you totally lost it, old fart.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OmegaSlayer

    Partially right…but he’s expecting Sony to make only bad marketing moves.
    While it may indeed happen, I’m confident that Sony learnt a lesson or 2.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. pukem0n

    gonna laugh so hard if its not a PS4 ^^

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Bashtee

    “Exerting caution over looking too far into the future – and forgetting about current consumers as a result”

    Ni no Kuni, The Last of Us, God of War: A, Beyond: Two Souls. What’s MS got in the Pipe? Ah yeah, Gears of War something.

    The ones looking too far into the future is actually Microsoft, while the PS crowd gets served pretty well.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. loveaya

    Microsoft: The War is Finished…..in 2008?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Kaufer

    Ironic since Microsoft completely abandoned the original Xbox when they moved to the Xbox360 short of five years after it launched. I wonder what plans MS has for the 360 after E3?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. sh4dow

    I would say “core” but then again… I’m not a slave to the god “money”.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. datass

    Sooo, MS = mainstream, Sony = core…yeah right, i’m gonna go with…PC OF COURSE…YEAH BITCH

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    He’s bang on. Most people-who-play-videogames (as opposed to “gamers”) won’t know about the new consoles until they start seeing ads on TV, on the sides of buses or in the morning Metro.

    For most people, gaming means playing CoD/NFS/FIFA and very little else.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. manamana

    Someone on another site say, “If Sony doesn’t announce PS4, the internet will explode. If Sony does announce PS4, the internet will explode.”

    Thing is, #9 nailed it. Microsoft forgot about this gen with the launch of Halo4.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SplatteredHouse

    Translation: We’re not ready, yet. It sounds like someone is asking for a wake-up jolt next week.

    @9: Sony’s still got it when it comes to first-party, as you say. Microsoft have painted themselves into a bit of a corner in several respects, on the other hand.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ps3fanboy

    mickey$oft are trembling in their pants now. they have put in always online drm, have no support for second hand games in their new shit box… when sony announce the ps4, that have none of that they know its game over.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Gheritt White

    @17: What the FUCK is your contribution to this conversation? Shouldn’t you be masturbating for the umpteenth time today right now instead? If you’re even old enough to produce jism, that is. Seriously, FUCK OFF.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @18 don’t feed the troll scraps of meat mate. It can taste the reaction.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Simplicitly

    I’d firstly like to clarify that nothing is quite as tiresome as fanboy wars on the internet to me.

    However, I can’t help but feel that Jon Grimes is missing the point slightly here, and that his focus on the mass market is a reflection on the direction that Microsoft is taking at the moment. They have a weird arrogance about them, reminiscent of the way Sony seemed at the height of the PS2, when they’d sold twice as many consoles as MS have managed with the 360, and were in a frame of mind that apparently made them feel invulnerable at the launch of the PS3. There can be no denying the PS3 has sold a lot of units, but it doesn’t enjoy the unit sales of the PS2 yet, and with another generation imminent, it probably never will.

    I think Sony probably have it right, addressing the core audience first. It certainly worked for the 360, and it worked for Sony with the PS2, although clearly they had the bonus of including DVD playback at a time when DVD players were not everywhere. The thing about addressing the core first is that those customers are the informed, savvy people that give advice to their less informed friends and families. I sold somewhere around six PS2s to my various acquaintances, back when it was launched, just from showing them what it did and enthusing about it. A lot of the people I know who game, but aren’t serious gamers will indubitably turn to me for the PS4 vs 720 decision, too. This time around, I’ve probably created an additional four or five customers for the 360, but I’m completely open in the forthcoming generation to be sold on the one that plays the best versions of games and offers the simplest experience, and if that turns out to be the PS4, then the fact that Sony choose to share announcements like the one we’re all assuming will happen next week is important, in my opinion.

    I’m sure I’m not the only gamer who is relied on by their chums, even in this time of Google and ubiquitous internet to help them make a decision. The mass market, to some extent, makes their buying decisions on what we recommend. Maybe that won’t be as true, this time around, but I would imagine that Sony could look at their 140m PS2′s sold, and their 75m* PS3s sold, and wonder if managing to turn PS2 fanboys like me into Xbox 360 gamers was really a good idea?

    Consumers are fickle, of course, but educated consumers can be very influential in terms of sales, or at least they always used to be, so Microsoft ignores the importance of informing the ‘Core’ to its peril.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. daytripper

    If Sony do announce PS4 it will be featured on Sky News, BBC, Newspapers, trending on social networks. With his attitude you might aswell not announce anything ever, they knew PS4 was coming this year but I doubt they expected Sony to announce it so early in the year and he can’t admit it. He would of been better off saying nothing and let MS announce their own system not long after.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Beta

    Can’t stand fanboy wars which is why I try not to get involved and buy every console. (Apart from the Wii U as I see no reason to yet)

    This reeks of damage control though I’ll be honest.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. jimjim141

    “Whatever gets announced on February 20, the majority of UK consumers won’t know,”

    Wrong, the gamers and tech enthusiasts will know about and also people will know of it because it will be in all the newspapers and will be talked about a hell of a lot on the internet.

    “Ten years ago, to think we would be the leader in our second generation is a achievement,”

    Wrong, in what planet are you the leader. Wii sales wiped the floor with you and PS3 sales are neck and neck with Xbox 360 despite a one year head start and RROD.

    Really does show the lack of intelligence and bitterness of this man.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Gheritt White

    @23: I wish I lived in that reality, but he’s right – the key word here is “majority” and most people-who-play-games are meatheads, not geeks. The only way this would get on their radar is if it was mentioned on Match of The Day.

    @20: I agree – you always need to court the sources of trickle-down first and foremost. Word of mouth has to start somewhere, after all.

    @19: It’s okay, I was just looking for an excuse to use the word “jism”.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Beta

    “Whatever gets announced on February 20, the majority of UK consumers won’t know,”

    Weird logic.. Implies that there’s no point in any company making an announcement ever because the mainstream won’t know about it. :S I don’t think I like this man.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. hives

    You know what will be funny? If we’ll get new model of Vita and this will be the “future” and reveal :P

    #26 2 years ago
  27. manamana

    @Gheritt I understand what you mean and you are right to a certain point. But the majority isn’t buying day one, it’s the informed gamer. The majority picks up, when all the dust is set and the first price-cut comes in. So yes, he may have a point, that the majority of people who could be interested in a next gen console wont take hint from Sonys presentation. But I think in this point in time Sony is trying to cater to the gamers out there and is willing to send a strong signal to the industry. So his statement makes him look a bit foolish, imo, as he has nothing to show and nothing else to say as downplaying what is the most eagerly anticipated date this year. For the gaming community that is.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. _LarZen_

    And that ladies and gentlemen is why Microsoft with Xbox has failed as a gaming platform for years now.

    They aim to hard for the mainstream costumers, people who don’t care so much about games and is more after a multimedia hub to watch Netflix and other online services.

    If it was not for Sony and the Playstation, gamers that don’t want to play on a PC would have a miserable time.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. G1GAHURTZ

    Seriously though, if all the PS4 is, is a more powerful PS3 with a touchpad on the controller, Sony are finished in the games industry, IYAM.

    They need to pull something amazing on the 20th…

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Simplicitly

    #25 Jon Grimes doesn’t seem to be implying that there shouldn’t be publicity, he seems to be saying that appealing to core gamers isn’t important, and that it is more important to focus on the ‘mass market’.

    This wasn’t really the approach that MS took when they made a great success of the 360. I’m not discounting the possibility that he is correct, and I’m sure MS will have a $500m marketing campaign so that *everybody* knows about the next Xbox… but I can’t agree that courting the core gamers somehow equates to ignoring the mass market, and as I waffled on before, I think courting ‘us’ does have what Gheritt White so eloquently identifies as the trickle-down effect.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Joe Musashi

    “…claiming that it won’t attract much appeal from the mass demographic”

    The 45 second announce video on YouTube has had over 6 million views in 14 days.

    And the publicity that Jon Grimes has just given for free will probably add to that exposure.

    JM

    #31 2 years ago
  32. daytripper

    The interviewer should of challenged his comments, we need a Jeremy Paxman type

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Mike W

    @8

    It would be funny, then watch how many doom and gloom articles we see how Sony is finish.

    I don’t want to get my hopes up.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. SlayerGT

    *sniff-sniff* Smell that? Feeear ;)

    @4 I think this announcement is just as important to devs and pubs as it is to Sony. By confirming the console exsist it’ll enable third parties to talk about what they’re working on. Then you’ll see them lovely games you’re looking for ;) HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Dave Cook will be my valentine? :P

    Edit: Sounds to me like MS doesn’t want 3rd party devs saying, “Here’s our next game! For PS3, 360, and PS4.” Or even worse, “PS4 and PC.” Until MS officially announces their machine, folks won’t be able to confirm their games are on it yeah? Like next week’s Destiny reveal..I know the game is supposed to be this Gen, but wouldn’t they want to show their next Gen “version”?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. OlderGamer

    I think he is right to a degree as well. There is a big difference between masses and the dedicated gamer. Something alot of us here overlook, we don’t represent much of the demographic. And you can say what you want about platforms abondoning the “core” as being a part of their downfall.

    I don’t see it that way. I see different kinds of games and different people that want those different kinds of games. It is a pretty wide spectrum. A bunch of dedicated loyalist raging on the web doesn’t really do much.

    The market is much bigger then you folks like to think it is. And it is time you got used to sharing. “Casual” games are not going anywhere, and neither are the people that enjoy them. More Uncharted, Gow, GT, Resistance, Star/War-Hawk, Mag(and Sony exclusives in general) etc isn’t going to change the gaming world. If those franchises where as all powerful as that, Sony would have done better with their PS3 and Vita platforms.

    But there is truth to the notion that far more gamers are intered in CoD, NFS, FIFA, and more then anything mentioned above. There is a reality that some of us are constantly overlooking.

    Just another day.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    “Most of UK consumers won’t know”

    That’s okay… most of them aren’t gamers.

    ALL UK (or otherwise) gamers will know, so why should anyone give a toss what anyone else knows or doesn’t?

    #36 2 years ago
  37. HELLFIREV1

    If it is PS4 then Sony are playing a good game. Announce it now and get all the specs and statistics out the way.Then when E3 comes around they can show off it’s potential and of course the games.
    M$ with the way there going will have too do that all in 90 minutes leaving little room for the games.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. SlayerGT

    @36 idk about the UK but I agree with you that the 20th is aimed at gamers. Its too early to talk at “causals”.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. DrDamn

    @37
    MS will do a pre-E3 dedicated event too. Just closer to E3. Agree it makes sense to do it sooner rather than at or close to E3 though.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. salarta

    I still don’t quite understand why it was absolutely necessary for Grimes to do the whole trash-talking thing, but eh, whatever makes him happy.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Cobra951

    It’s too late to hold back now. (That makes me thing of a song . . .) The cat is well out of the bag. New console cycle around the corner. The best thing Sony and Microsoft can do now is own that. I don’t know what this MS exec is going on about. Yeah, maybe he’s scared of the fallout. Who knows.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. daytripper

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/11/microsoft-xbox-360-premium-content-plans-entertainment/

    It’s a “entertainment” console now

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Mr Sparkle

    Why do people come out with inane declarations like this still?

    #43 2 years ago
  44. nhowell14

    What Sony’s response should be: “your fear is a ripe stench sir, one that can be smelled across the pond”

    Seriously, how lame are they? Microsoft needs to focus on themselves before offering any form of advice to anyone. Look at their products, outside the US the 360 doesn’t sell for shit either. Lets not even get into how much of a joke Microsoft’s other products are, or how they very blatantly are copying Apple’s every move.

    Although in hindsight, everyone wants a new actual NEXT-gen capable game console right? But what if this exec got an early whiff of the price? or the lack of B/C or anti-used games? If any of those are the case, then it’ll be worse than the Vita or PS3 launch, and I sure as hell will not be purchasing another lack-luster and over-hyped product.

    Even if the best gaming experiences that I have had, have been on the two worst selling gaming consoles to ever come out of Sony’s camp…

    #44 2 years ago
  45. fearmonkey

    Omg….How can anyone at MS comment on how anyone should announce their console? Does anyone remember the 360 unveiling party hosted by Elijah wood that was Pre-e3. It was so stupid and lame, they focused moreon the Killers playing and the celebs than the console itself.

    MS has always had such lame hipster videos for their products, always a upper middle class family in a impossibly clean house, playing games, Kinect, etc.

    Ms must be worried and I hope they are. I Hope Sony announces the PS4 and makes MS squirm, but it would be kind of funny if this turns out to not be about the PS4 after all this hype.

    update: Oh man I just had the horrid thought of another MTV like introduction for the next xbox, I hope they dont do that, but I can see it happening, as that will get the word out to everyone, at least in their eyes.

    #45 2 years ago

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    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    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 […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]