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PS4 and Xbox 720: next-gen is all about the games

Friday, 15 February 2013 14:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Starting February 20, all bets suggest we’re finally going to get a look at some next-generation games. But why wait? Let’s ruin the surprise by outlining what we know of the 2013-2014 line-up.

Current industry rumour has it that most games over the next few years will release on both current- and next-generation systems, so don’t let the fact that a game has been announced for PS3 or Xbox 360 convince you it won’t also turn up on PS4 and whatever Microsoft eventually decides to call Durango.

Just a few months ago we knew almost nothing about the release slate ahead of the first quarter; the industry has been in lockdown over new hardware.

Now suddenly dates and names are rushing in. If everybody’s right and both the PlayStation 4 (Orbis) and “Xbox 720″ (Durango) make out before the end of the year, new games have a short PR cycle to work with. Now that Sony seems likely to kick things off at the PlayStation Meeting on February 20, it’s safe for companies to start talking again.

Current industry rumour has it that most games over the next few years will release on both current- and next-generation systems, so don’t let the fact that a game has been announced for PS3 or Xbox 360 convince you it won’t also turn up on PS4 and whatever Microsoft eventually decides to call Durango.

During a recent financial report, EA openly admitted that it is working with next-gen hardware, and said that Battlefield and FIFA, two of its strongest franchises, are definitely on the way to new platforms. EA also said it’s giving Medal of Honor a break from its biennial release dance with Battlefield; Respawn‘s new shooter seems an ideal place filler. Dragon Age 3 seems a good bet for new hardware, too.

Rival Activision Blizzard is much more close-mouthed, but hat said, if Call of Duty isn’t onboard next-gen at or near launch I’ll eat a whole houseful of hats. Bungie’s Destiny has suddenly broken cover, with a full reveal expected as early as Sunday. A potentially outdated contract between Bungie and Activision said the first of four planned entires in the Destiny franchise would be exclusive “to Xbox consoles”, which likely means it will launch on the Xbox 360 and its successor. That Bungie is ready to reveal adds weight to theories that Durango will be upon us before year’s end.

Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been quiet for years – suspiciously so. The Swedish company opened a second office in New York, of all places, but hasn’t made a release or an announcement since 2011′s downloadable Renegade Ops. So what is it actually working on? Either Just Cause 3 or a Mad Max game – probably bothwith a reveal expected very soon. The Mad Max game is or was apparently funded by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and the Australian production company is also behind Brendan McNamara’s Whore of the Orient, which is definitely on the way to next-gen.

PS4 – “Orbis”

The next PlayStation will almost certainly be called PlayStation 4, and has been codenamed Orbis.

Sony was expected to follow Microsoft in announcing new hardware, but surprised everyone by calling a PlayStation Meeting for February 20, where the new console is expected to make its debut.

According to VG247′s sources and multiple other leaks, the console boasts an eight-core architecture. It seems very likely to have a new control pad with touch interface.

Warner Bros. recently confirmed a new Batman: Arkham game is in the works, likely for 2013 release. We’ve been told that Rocksteady isn’t behind this one; rumours suggest Warner Montreal is behind the next-gen effort, which makes sense given how recently Arkham City wrapped.

We may already have started to see next-gen games, but developers such as CD Projekt are sensible being coy in saying games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are headed to PC and all high-end consoles, refusing to be drawn further on the matter. Cyberpunk is still so far out that it’s practically guaranteed for new hardware.

On the tentative side, the old Beyond Good & Evil 2 chestnut has rolled over and split again, and there’s a tasty rumour that Final Fantasy Versus 13 may be going next-gen after years of hanging around as vapourware. Indie superhero sandbox Awakened is ambitious enough to require next-gen hardware, and so many years in, is likely going to go head whether a Kickstarter campaign succeeds or not. Word is Sega has a new Sonic on the go, too.

Grand Theft Auto 5 has been thrown around for a next-gen and curent-gen simship thanks to a recent deal and some recruiting notices, but Take Two’s not having any of it at this stage. It’s also refusing to comment on persistant, repeat rumours that Mafia 3 is in the works at 2K Czech – which hired next-gen staff. I’ll tell you what Take Two does have, though – Turtle Rock’s Evolve. Thanks, THQ.

It’s possible that whatever THQ Montreal was working on is next-gen, too; Ubisoft is never shy about console launches so we can expect a batch of release window titles from the French publisher, which is likely to include a new Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry. You can probably expect the prolific Ubisoft to publish on both generations for at least two years, and Watch Dogs seems a prime candidate for this treatment, especially given how console cycles flatter new IP. A leap to next-gen helps explain why Rainbow Six: Patriots vanished from the radar, too. Ubisoft Montreal seems to have some sort of next-gen RPG on the go, too.

Rumours suggest we may see Star Wars 1313 on current-gen tech, but even if that were confirmed, that doesn’t rule out a next-generation sim-ship – especially as LucasArts very carefully avoided mentioning any platform besides PC. Word is nothing has changed since Disney took over, so.

Xbox 720 – Durango

We don’t know what Microsoft’s going to call its new console, so we use the slightly silly nickname Xbox 720. It’s codename is Durango.

Leaks suggest the hardware will be slightly less powerful than the next PlayStation, but thanks to dedicated units for specific tasks, may have more raw CPU and GPU power at its disposal.

It’s believed to come bundled with an improved Kinect, and rumours suggest the camer attachment – and an Internet connection – will be required at all times.

Thief 4 has never been confirmed as a next-gen title but the rumour mill is sure it will be, especially as the project went completely dark, despite the fact that everyone knows that’s what Eidos Montreal moved onto after Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Elsewhere in the Square Enix stables, is Crystal Dynamics isn’t working on a Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver reboot it’s doing an excellent job of laying a false trail; and Square Enix Montreal’s new Hitman game has been in the works for so little time that if it isn’t next-gen by the time it turns up, Yoichi Wada will have a lot of explaining to do. Square Enix is investing heavily in next-gen tech, especially the Luminous engine, and is prepared to take a financial hit for the next few years.

Harmonix is believed to be working on its most ambitious project to date – some sort of rhythm-action game with combat and story. It’s a next-gen project, and may be called Chroma.

In Japan, Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has said more games in the gangster series are on the way, but not for PlayStation 3. The platform-exclusive is very unlikely to have parted ways with Sony, so there’s short odds on a PS4 release for Yakuza 6. Quantic Dream already has a new game in the works ahead of Beyond: Two Souls’ launch on PlayStation 3; we may not see it for a while yet but it’s almost certainly a PS4 exclusive.

At the PlayStation Meeting, we can probably expect to see Killzone 4, too; Sony’s flagship shooter seems a shoe-in for a system launch, and what else has Guerrilla been up to since the last one came out?

Motorstorm developer Evolution Studios seems almost certain to make a reveal at the PlayStation Meeting; racers traditionally perform most strongly at console launches, and the team has been dropping hints. Gran Turismo 6 has been in the works for ages, and Sony has promised a reveal soon; the platform and arguably industry’s premier racer seems like an excellent choice for a launch title.

Project Gotham 5 seems a likely bet for Microsoft’s hardware launch, for the same reasons. Also on Microsoft’s side is Crytek’s Ryse. Unlike many core-focused Kinect projects, this one hasn’t died a natural death, but Crytek admits it’s not going to make 2013. Could the camera-controlled adventure be headed to the new, improved version of Kinect which Durango is rumoured to require?

Rare and Lionhead are almost certainly working on Kinect and Fable titles respectively, and we know Halo 5 will eventually make an appearance – it’s just a matter of when, and Gears of War seems a better bet for Microsoft’s big launch shooter.

There hasn’t been a lot of chatter about GDC this year, even though it’s normally one of the most interesting events in the run up to E3. That’s because until Sony or Microsoft officially admit they have new boxes in the works, studios sitting on exciting new developments can’t say anything

On that note, Epic Games is almost certain to make an appearance at GDC, where it has often shown off new Unreal Engine tech both in public and behind closed doors. Debuting Unreal Engine 4 with the amazing Samaritan demo, Epic said it was looking to set a benchmark for next-gen hardware, and seems quite well-informed about it – maybe its time to see what the team can actually do with it. Epic handed off Gears of War to People Can Fly for this year’s under-marketed offering, Judgment, so don’t be too surprised if we have to wait for Microsoft’s official announcement to see what is almost bound to be a next-gen Gears of War for Durango.

There hasn’t been a lot of chatter about GDC this year, even though it’s normally one of the most interesting events in the run up to E3. That’s because until Sony or Microsoft officially admit they have new boxes in the works, studios sitting on exciting new developments can’t say anything. One of Activision’s senior developers is giving a lecture on next-generation rendering techniques, while of course carefully not mentioning hardware or games at all.

But now that the cat’s halfway out the bag and virtually guaranteed to turn up before GDC in March, the locks are starting to be slipped one by one. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is set for reveal at GDC. The new Kojipro title is expected to release on PS3 and Xbox 360, but Hideo Kojima has confirmed he’s working with next-gen hardware. What we’ve seen of Ground Zeroes so far has all been running on high-end PCs.

You’re tired of reading by now, and yet this really is just the suspiciously still pool of water marking in iceberg of ship-sinking proportions. Although it will probably be another year before these projects bear reveal fruit, in the last two years multiple developers have been openly recruiting for or teasing next-generation development: Arkane Studios, Bethesda, Gearbox Software, iD Software,Remedy, Sledgehammer, Spark Unlimited, United Front Games.

The industry may be coalescing around smaller numbers of bigger hits, but the injection of fresh hardware will bring with it an explosion of new takes on old formulas, new IP, and new ideas. Don’t blink: 2013 is going to be one of the biggest years in gaming since Nolan Bushnell wondered if tennis could be less sweaty.

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23 Comments

  1. Karooo

    I see only links.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    The leaked 720 document spoke about providing an experience that wasn’t possible on any other format. In this gen, the 360 and PS3 were practically the same console, with practically the same games, other than exclusives.

    I think a console gen, where the 720/PS4 are unable to provide the same experience would be very interesting, indeed.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Great rundown, Brenna! Thanks. Can’t wait for 1313 and Watchdogs.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. datass

    Oh Valve, wherefore art thou?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. manamana

    I wonder if The Last Guardian will be on PS4…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. LuLshuck

    I bet watchdogs will be shite

    #6 2 years ago
  7. fearmonkey

    I’m thinking Gears of War will not be a launch title, as they have Gears of war:judgement being made by Epic and people can fly. That would be a first to have two Gears titles around the same time, but it would be possible to make a judgement version that was taking advantage of the next gen and have it available on both systems.

    Thief 4 as a next gen title would be a dream come true for me as its one of my favorite series and I miss Garrett, or another Deus Ex title since HR did so well.

    I think there is a good chance that Fallout 4 will be around launch or early next year.

    I never cared for the Project Gotham series as I never liked the Kudos system. They were good games just not my favs.

    I doub’t we will see a fable title at launch, but that would get me excited. Since the Journey was released last year its doubtful anytime soon.

    A next gen mafia 2 would be amazing, I loved Mafia 2, which still looks incredible on a high pc, so a next gen Mafia 3 would be sure to impress.

    So far the only known next gen title that has me excited is Watch Dogs, If the game is just like that video, i would have to have it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. salarta

    Glad to know (if it’s true) that there are plans for games to release on both current gen and next gen consoles. That means if Sony does go through with the extreme stupidity of locking games down with one-time activation codes as an attempt to prevent used game sales, then I’ll still be able to buy the games for my PS3.

    If the Arkham game has the real Harley Quinn in it wearing her proper costume then I’ll buy it, which would be my first and only DC-related purchase since they changed Harley Quinn’s costume (and last I saw, much of her personality) in the New 52 reboot.

    Looking forward to seeing what gets revealed, but also cautiously withholding excitement since unless some potentially worse factor gets announced, the whole activation code concept will decide whether or not I purchase Sony’s next console.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Sillywabbit

    @salarta it’s actually Microsoft that’s apparently planning on locking down games to a single use via activation codes. As far as anyone knows Sony has no plans to do this.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight

    @9

    Sony has a patent that does essentially the same thing.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Kristian

    “Debuting Unreal Engine 4 with the amazing Samaritan demo”

    This is wrong. The Samaritan demo is actually Unreal Engine 3 tech. All of the tech in the Samaritan demo is available in the UDK.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Yeah the Samaritan demo was Unreal 3.5 and wasn’t optimized so it had to use multiple GPU and processors where Unreal 4 is vastly more superior than that tech demo and optimized to work on more realistic hardware set up.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. noamlol2

    rumor rumor rumors

    just wait for E3 or offical annoncement

    the next gen might sound suckass if it won’t support used games
    but i’ll wait and see

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Diingo

    Valve is leading the industry in the right direction. For now the traditional consoles will do well, but in the long run having a business model of walls separating the developers from gamers will hinder the traditional console experience. Gabe Newell sees a future where the PC-Console hybrid that allows modding communities to thrive is where things shall be going next.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    @14

    Valve hasn’t done anything for the industry all they have done is created their own walled garden and they feel now with other companies that they will be losing their market in the future especially with how strong digital is becoming. Their Steambox won’t be anything innovative and Gabe Newell is a business guy whose only focus is one thing like the rest of business people making sure their income is constant.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. GwynbleiddiuM

    @15 Wrong, Valve revived PC market activity through the expansion of the Steam. They created competition where it was non-existent. Yes, everyone in any industry are looking to fill their pockets, after all this is their business and they are working their ass off to achieve it. It’s incredibly shortsighted to ignore that fact. But did Valve had a similar business model like every other mega publishers out there? Absolutely not.

    They created a platform of opportunity in a segment that was presumed dying a few years ago. So they did good by the industry.

    And Steambox isn’t supposed to be a revolutionary tech. All Steambox is is an interface between PC and living room, sending streaming data from a PC to your TV via a small box. Like NVIDIA’s SHIELD. Like a PS Vita with a few homebrew apps, like iPad with a remote app (Splashtop if you will). It’s not a huge risk that Valve is taking.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    @16

    Thats hardly anything worth “worshiping” Gabe over. THat was then this is now. They have done nothing for the industry other than show developers that PC is still viable. Hardly worth saying they are leading the industry because they aren’t especially with how the market is currently with Gamestop, Gamefly, EA,Ubisoft and WIndows having their own storefront online. Valve is feeling the pinch and that is why they are attempting to hedge their bets with Linux.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. GwynbleiddiuM

    What Valve sees is not just a pinch, technology is transforming the traditional way of business in the industry. What they see is exactly that. Means of delivery is also changing, valve is seeing an opportunity and they are planning to expand upon it. Even Gabe admitted in his “A view of next step” speech at DICE even though this is the path they’re taking there’s a great chance that they wont succeed.

    And having a huge amount of respect is often different than worshiping the ground someone might walk, you as someone who is passionate about the industry and BioWare in particularly should acknowledge that. :P

    #18 2 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    Valve?

    Aptly enough, they’re nothing but hot air…

    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/186592/Several_out_of_work_as_Valve_makes_large_decisions_about_its_future.php#.UR8rRBEaySN

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    @18

    How did Bioware get in this convo? I didn’t mention them and I don’t see a reason to even bring them up unless you are trying to make a jab at my views because I enjoy their games. Its irrelevant. My original comment was aimed at Diingo which I would consider how he was talking about Valve is a form of fanboyism because Valve has done nothing to lead the industry anywhere. They have created a market which now everyone is involved in. Now they are just looking for other avenues to find where money will be which with how the market is now is anyone’s guess.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. GwynbleiddiuM

    @20 You misunderstood me man, I was merely saying don’t mistake admiration and respect for blind fanboyism. And I did so because you mentioned gabe worshiping in a reply to my post, I thought it was also aimed at me.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. sonny

    It’s all about DA GAIMZ!

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

    #22 2 years ago
  23. k1llabeast

    …NOT

    #23 2 years ago

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    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]