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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 A potentially outdated contract between Bungie and Activision said the first of four planned entires in the Destiny franchise would be exclusive “to Xbox consoles”, which likely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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    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

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  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

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  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

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  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

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  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

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  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]