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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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    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    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 […]