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Tyria in 2013: the year ahead for Guild Wars 2

Monday, 18 February 2013 13:34 GMT By Dave Cook

Guild Wars 2 game director Colin Johanson reflects on the game’s shaky launch, and tells Dave Cook about ArenaNet’s big plans for Tyria throughout the year ahead.

Guild Wars 2

Launched August 28th 2012, Guild Wars 2 has since sold 3 million copies worldwide. The games had been in development for many years, starting with the studio’s design manifesto, that laid down their core aims for the project.

The series is developed by Washington-based studio ArenaNet. The developer recently announced a series of new changes coming to the game in the near future.

Guild Wars 2 topped Time Magazine’s 2012 games list. We covered the list announcement here.

You can check out the official Guild Wars 2 website here.

At midnight on August 28th 2012, Washington-based game developer ArenaNet opened the floodgates after years of Guild Wars 2 development, excitement and hype, officially declaring Tyria 2.0 open for business. The influx was too great, the rush too hasty, and one by one the cracks started to appear.

“There are times where I’m envious of developers who get to make offline games that don’t have to deal with these kind of issues, it’s insane how complicated it is”, ArenaNet’s game director Colin Johanson told me.

He’s referring to a string of server overflow issues, Black Lion Trading post exploits and connection problems that plagued Guild Wars 2 at launch. It’s a shame that these stumbles became marquee headlines across the gaming press, because as anyone steeped in the industry knows, MMOs are colossal projects that are by their very nature prone to frayed ends. All things considered, the launch could have gone much, much worse.

We’re now just over five months on from Guild Wars 2′s launch and ArenaNet has its ship firmly back on course, after shifting over 3 million copies since release, and launching a few world events so far.

There’s also been a steady string of updates that keep Tyria in check, because being an MMO, there is never room for complacency. In many ways the job of Johanson’s team is only just beginning.

“I think the biggest area we’ll be looking at building on in 2013 is really solidifying the core game and living world we’ve created,” Johanson explained. “We’re going to add more variety and diversity to the existing world, so there is even more of a sense of discovery and mystery in every corner.

“We’re going to expand on the concept of living story lines in the game word, so there are events and narratives with a strong sense of finality and permanent world change.”

Such is real life: if you don’t keep up with the world, you fall behind. With MMOs, newcomers can feel intimidated when approaching a vast online space like Tyria later in its lifespan. Catering for players at both ends of the spectrum is something that ArenaNet sees as vital to its long-term appeal and survival.

This is something Johanson feels must run alongside the game’s world events, such as The Lost Shores, a popular weekend-long event that saw some areas of Tyria changed permanently.

ArenaNet isn’t done with these by a long shot, he teased, “You’ll see a lot more of these events in 2013. The concept in particular of building a living story that plays out across the game is something we’re really excited about.”

“We’ll of course have festivals and special events as well”, he added in reference to last year’s Halloween and Wintersday celebrations, “but we want to expand the concept of what events can be to tell stronger narrative stories that drive the overall story of Guild Wars 2, and change the world forever as a result.”

World events are one thing, but ArenaNet has made no secret that it’s planning a full Guild Wars 2 expansion, the nature of which is currently shrouded in secrecy. Regardless I asked Johanson for details, “I can say we absolutely will have expansions in the future, however right now our major focus is on building upon the core living world and major game systems of Guild Wars 2. Thematically, we’ll discuss expansion content a lot more once it’s closer to being realised.”

Defeated I asked Johanson about the increasing eSport nature of Guild Wars 2′s updates and ArenaNet’s own blog posts. It seems as if the studio has something brewing that may capitalise on the growing popularity of competitive titles such as Dota 2 and League of a Legends.

Surprisingly, Johanson didn’t hold back. In fact, he confirmed that eSports is indeed a strong desire of the studio going into 2013 and beyond. “I think there really are two steps we need to accomplish here before we truly realise the possibility of Guild Wars 2 from a PvP perspective,” he explained.

“The first one is ensuring the core PvP game and systems are strong enough to support a solid base of players who enjoy PvP from a more casual or progression standpoint. They’re looking to have fun, be matched against players of similar skill, for it to be easy to get in and out of PvP games, and most importantly, feel like there is a strong sense of reward and progression for their time.”

Once ArenaNet feels confident that it has this core nailed down, Johanson confirmed that the studio would then look at tackling the eSports world head-on, and that means catering to the needs of Tyria’s more hardened players. It’s going to be an open invitation brawl to all-comers, even if – as Johanson added – the smaller hardcore minority will be those that other players aspire to.

“We’re actively working on building the core features required to make the eSports community shine,” he confirmed, “while simultaneously building on everything required to expand our stale base community for PvP as well.

“Once all the major pieces are in place, you’ll see us ramp up strongly on the PvP side of the game and expand our influence in the eSports sphere. This is a community that has really grown in the last decade or so, from the early days of StarCraft, to the massive communities now playing games like League of Legends.

“We know we need to have all of the components in place and really polished before we make our major push into that scene, but once we do we expect to carve out a territory as the strongest PvP game in the MMO market, and then build beyond that market from there.”

I close in asking Johanson that ever-burning of MMO questions: “Will we ever see the game on console?” Oddly, he didn’t say no, but warned that it’s a task – for any developer – fraught with a sea of prevalent issues that need tackled first, and offered insight into ArenaNet’s own investigation into the concept of Guild Wars 2 on consoles.

“We’ve had a team do preliminary investigations into console development in the past,” he confirmed, “but at this time were 100% focused on developing and making Guild Wars 2 the best possible game we can do on PC. As for major MMOs on consoles, I think the challenges are enormous but the possibilities are really exciting.

“A few games have dabbled in this area, but I’m not sure anyone has been a smash success in bringing the console to the console space. These games are absolutely huge, so you’re looking at how to handle install size, texture and rendering issues, and performance issues based on the limitations of the specific console OS.

“On top of this you have to deal with monetization and bandwidth contracts, issues with the console developer, questions on how you handle and publish constant releases and updates to your game, in a game space that rarely has large patches, and so much more.

“All of that is just logistics, never mind all of the gameplay issues that come with converting games [that are] typically extremely deep and complicated with numerous menus, skills, skill bars, and figuring out how to simplify them down to operate on a controller.

“It’s a big challenge, and I wish anyone who takes it on the best of luck.”

So probably not then.

You can also check out my three-part blog – ‘Guild Wars 2: A Noob’s Journey’ – in which I break my MMO virginity and make a real effort to understand and enjoy what the game has to offer.

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17 Comments

  1. Klaxusprime

    Some fresh air in the middle of all this PS4 monomania and aliens: cm quarreling….

    A big thanks to you Dave :D

    P.S.: Who’s editing the headlines? Such a good story deserves more horniness dudes!!! :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 No problem, glad you liked it :) I’m always keen to hear from ArenaNet. I’m doing the headlines today :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Good reading. I really enjoy the game. I am not addicted to it like I have been to Rift/Wow in the past. But I really enjoy spending time on it. And I like their biz model, buy once, play when ya want. No subs.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 thanks OG :) Yeah I like their model too. It works.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Hybridpsycho

    “All things considered, the launch could have gone much, much worse.”

    Sure, it could’ve gone much worse. But it’s still one of the worst launches I’ve been through.

    The fact that the trading post was down for so long is just insane (took more than 2-3 weeks for them to fix it and on top of that they didn’t have a normal trade feature. This completely screwed over the economoy of the game and I’m not sure it’s still fully picked up.

    There’s also the fact that one of the biggest selling-points of the game was the world-bosses. Yet the servers couldn’t handle these properly either, after doing the end-game bosses 1-3 times a day always lagging (server-end, my PC is a small monster) for 1-2 weeks I tired.

    Also, if you want e-sport, either go all out PvE to make it completely PvE competetive or skip the PvE element completely and go make a PvP game with some small RPG elements.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    I havent been back to GW2 in ages. Shame because it looked to offer so much. I like the business model, spent around £100 on gems during my time but found that after initially getting moist with excitement about WvW it just became a zerg fest.

    I became SO bored that over night, the (insert name of time zone different server here) just destroyed everything you upgraded for you to capture it again and then see it all be destroyed.

    The launch was a mess simple as. If you produce X amount of copies of your game, you know that you will need capacity for X. However, because it was F2P, I did forgive it. It could have been as poor as SWTORs constant down time which was a PAID game at that time.

    But thats what made me leave GW2. Combat. Its shit. Utter shit. PvP is dull, your abilities are about as exciting as seeing a comedy moment in Eastenders and compared to SWTORs combat(albeit a stunfest) it cant match SWTORs attempt at offering a true unique feel to its classes and the ability to create your own hybrids with the skill trees.

    Sure, in GW2 you can stick 5 points here, 10 points there but all it doesnt is just increase your small set of core abilities, which is a shame and its almost like it feels as if its an after thought.

    If they revamp combat, I could return but until then, I wont be

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    “But thats what made me leave GW2. Combat. Its shit. Utter shit. PvP is dull, your abilities are about as exciting as seeing a comedy moment in Eastenders and compared to SWTORs combat(albeit a stunfest) it cant match SWTORs attempt at offering a true unique feel to its classes and the ability to create your own hybrids with the skill trees.”

    Indeed, i thought exactly the same thing. I abandoned GW2 because, as you said, the combat is lame and the skills feel unrewarding, just as unrewarding as the horrible side quest system. The plot sucks too and is overall sub-par, the voice acting being hilariously bad at times.

    GW2 is just a very average game, i wasnt interested enough to continue playing it and then some dumb email verification thing came along and stopped me from accessing it all together. The whole “free MMO” thing was an interesting pull, but now its common practice amongst MMO’s, i’m currently into SWTOR for free and its just an all-round more interesting game.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    And that’s why you never play a game when it launches. You wait a few days, or weeks. Anyway, I think Guild Wars 2 is awesome in very way possible. I have spent more than 600 hours in over 2 and a half months and I still have so many things that I want to do. Oh and I have only 1 character. There is just so much that you can do that I simply didn’t have the time to create more.

    So, thank you Dave for the interview. It didn’t offer anything new, just reassurances but these are better than nothing. And thank you Anet as well for being so awesome and caring about customers. Cheers!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. GrimRita

    @8 but thats just it. If you love PvE than GW2 offers that up. The underwater stuff is simply awesome. But I don’t like pve that much and no matter how much GW2 tried to make it feel less of a grind, it still was.

    PvP is more my thing and unfortunately for reasons stated, the game needs some new direction.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Guia889

    yah he is rioght…. If you think Hazel`s story is great,, one week ago my mum brought in $4486 sitting there eleven hours a week from home and the’re buddy’s mother-in-law`s neighbour was doing this for four months and made over $4486 in there spare time from their laptop. use the guidelines from this website….,, is.gd/e9mZen

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Butcher8

    I was very hyped for this game since they announced it and pre-purchased it (I even bought a Charr plushie), but I became bored within a week when I realised that removing the trinity and traditional questing sounded good on paper, but they didn’t replace it with anything worthy and so the game became just one long zerg fest in every game mode, I might add.

    I’m surprised that I have no urge to play it, as it’s now free for me to play and wow held my attention for several years, the fact that the world always feels empty and in the guilds I tried no one spoke, didn’t exactly help either.

    I really wanted to like this game but my attention has now turned to Wildstar, teso, Star Citizen and a few others to satiate my mmo hunger pangs.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. roadkill

    @9 Find the right group and the right commanders to play with and it changes.

    @11 Removing the trinity and the traditional questing was smart. Just because you are unable to adapt doesn’t mean it’s a bad game. Go back to WoW! I have no idea why you people get out of your shell and comment on other games. You are always clueless. I’m not surprised that you have no urge to play it but I’m very happy about it.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. JROCKET

    Thanks for the heads up. I myself just got my first legit gaming rig this last Cyber Monday on newegg. As an OG console RPGer I have been looking forward to joinging the MMO cult for awhile, and Guild Wars 2 has made me very happy. I started out on Star Wars since lightsabers are the baddest weapons imaginable, but quickly grew tired of the lack of exploration and payoff in SW. The way Guild Wars allows you to just randomly team up for activities is awesome, I haaaated sitting for long periods of time trying to LFG in SW.

    regarding this line:
    You can also check out my three-part blog – ‘Guild Wars 2: A Noob’s Journey’ – in which I break my MMO virginity and make a real effort to understand and enjoy what the game has to offer

    I will be checking to compare our journeys

    #13 2 years ago
  14. roadkill

    @13 Hey J what server are you on?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. JROCKET

    I’m on Jade Quarry – and am looking for PVE guild so…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. roadkill

    Ah you’re US. I’m EU. :) But if you’re looking for a PvE guild you are on the wrong server. Yours is strong in PvP so I think there are a lot of good PvPers there just like on mine. Anyway I can’t help you there. Good luck in finding a good PvE guild wherever you decide to go. :)

    #16 2 years ago
  17. JROCKET

    Thanks for the advice, I hope to try and search some sites and find an appropriate server/guild for my play style. Its really hard to tell what information is up to date when it comes to this stuff.

    #17 2 years ago

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    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]