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PS4: Remain calm – Sony has more to reveal in due course

Friday, 22 February 2013 19:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

PS4 is the news du jour, and while Sony’s deliberately holding back on revealing some of its main features, PlayStation UK managing director Fergal Gara assured VG247′s Stephany Nunneley more will be revealed when the moment is right.

So how did it feel to finally announce PlayStation 4?

Great. It’s been years of preparation, but particularly in the last few weeks with the planning, and it stayed a good secret up until the invite stage, and there were only two weeks of frantic speculation. But it was great to get it out there, and to illustrate things many of us have known about, and do it clearly – the feature sets what it’s all going to do, what it does for the gamer, what experience you get, what’s cool about this game that makes it different.

I was curious over the online aspect. It’s been made clear that users don’t have to be online to play games, however, during the event it was made abundantly clear that in order to take advantage of the social aspects and the Gaikai factor, users will want to be online. How will this affect someone who wants a PS4, but doesn’t have the best download speeds, or has issues with latency?

“It has been a goal, and remains a goal, to make sure PS4 is a great experience whether you are connected or not.”

Our brands and our machines sell across the whole world and infrastructure differs greatly in every country across the world, so one of the things we emphasized form the start is that it must be a compelling, stand-alone experience and a lot more has been added in in terms of the online services and technology and we expect that will be less effective if you’ve got a less than powerful broadband.

As we flesh it out more over the coming months, I think we’ll start to see how experiences might differ, but it has been a goal and remains a goal to make sure PS4 is a great experience whether you are connected or not. And if you’re connected half well, there will be some compromise, but you’ll get most of the experience. That’s my expectation.

When PS3 came out, Sony told consumers that it “does everything.” Here was a console which not only played games, but DVDs, Blu-ray, music discs. Now, you are launching a machine which does all this, plus connects the user to all their friends across social networks. What was so compelling about social and sharing for Sony to require such a heavy emphasis on it with PS4?

Being able to push a button and share is just one of the compelling social aspects of PS4, but for me, first of all, it’s just recognizing the lifestyle people live today and that puts PS3 in a little bubble of its own. It’s got its own special community and infrastructure and what we did during the event was show commonly used tools which we’ve embraced; how we can connect people with that; and how it will just weave into the daily fabric of their life. That is one of the big things that have changed since the PS3. During the PS4 event, Facebook was the main one we focused on, but my understanding is that we’ll be able to adapt to what the right networks are at the right time and satisfy the needs of the user.

People will start to understand this more over the coming months, but I think it’s all about relevancy and I also think – well, we’re the marketing and commercial team in the UK and one of the things we think about a lot are how do we get more miles on our games; how do we get people talking about them. I saw loads of features last night that enable ease of access to games, peer to peer promotion of games. If you are sharing clips of your race or battle or whatever it is you’re playing – you are effectively showcasing games to your friends.

But it also provides an even greater value to the consumer by enabling others to join you in a race, or to help you out. This way, the user is making another aware of the game, and providing them with great value because at that stage you don’t have to buy anything as it will be something for them to pay down the line. It’s creating flexibility for the gamer and fantastic word of mouth and awareness which I think is a win-win.

“We have redefined the top tier gaming experience for gamers. We have unleashed the creativity of the development industry by creating a machine that is easy to develop for and that five years’ worth of developer feedback.”

“It does everything” was also how you sold PS3 to general consumers. How will you sell the new system to the core gamer who already owns a PS3?What is going to make them buy a PS4?

The it only does everything strap-line has become hygiene factors. We touched on video services etcetera during the event, but what we deliberately focused in on was the reason we started in this business. We’ve kind of gone back to the start, how we got started down this road. How do we make that the centerpiece and make that centerpiece as compelling as possible and as powerful as it possibly can be? So we want to talk less about the everything – even though, rest assured there will be plenty more and we will flesh that out as go down the road.

We have redefined the top tier gaming experience for gamers. We have unleashed the creativity of the development industry by creating a machine that is easy to develop for and that incorporates their feedback – five years’ worth of feedback. I am incredibly reassured these guys will bring real talent back into this industry. I have seen bits of everything going along, but what really knocked my socks of the other night was the graphical quality of every game, really. I was expecting really good things, but I came away thinking: “wow was that awesome.”

Every single game, third-party, first-party, really looked like it had stepped big time. It was neat to see.

The event also gave Sony a strategic edge over Microsoft, being the first out of the gate as it were. It’s rumored that it will be announcing its next Xbox console soon – but now the entire buzz is about PS4, and Sony. Will this help you build comparable awareness when Xbox 720 or whatever they plan to call it is announced?

Well, yes it’s great, but we also chose to reveal PS4 when we did because that’s what fits in with the timeline. That’s the right time in terms of enough games being ready to show, being able to pull it all together and say:: “look, here’s the vision, here’s some of the experiences you’re going to see.” If it was much earlier, it wouldn’t have been in a polished state and if you go later, well you just don’t gain the traction or awareness you would otherwise.

If PS4 was shown earlier, it wouldn’t have been in a polished state. If you go later, you don’t gain the traction or awareness you would otherwise.”

Is there going to be an increase in development costs with PS4? EA has said it doesn’t expect development costs to rise too much with next-gen systems – in this case PS4 -but Activision, on the other hand feels differently. During its last call to investors, CEO Bobby Kotick said costs would definitely go up because development costs always go up with new consoles. So, with PS4, are we looking at your standard $60 games or will we be seeing $70 games or more – to help developers recoup costs?

PS4 is developed for developers by developers, and while you would need someone on the hardware end to answer that question for you, developers will have this feature set to use in order to create amazing games for the consumer, yet, the system will also be easy for them to get their hands around to develop with. And those are our two major priorities.

So, I couldn’t tell you how those two balance each other out in terms of your question. But in the end it will be a high-end experience that will be easy for developers to create. Now, what that means in terms of the costs of a big, meaty project, you’d have to have one of our studio leaders to give you more detail around that. [Jack Tretton cleared this up earlier today - ed.]

Have you decided how or if you plan to monetize Gaikai with the system? I know Sony has mentioned in the past that in the future it may charge for PSN instead of keeping online free.

It’s still too early for us to talk about that, along with how much the machines will cost. Of course, there is an economic model, or idea we have in place, or at least something to work with but we still aren’t close to the final stage in that and not able to provide any details. But we will, all in good time.

I was particularly interested in the Game-Pad on the DualShock 4 and what can be accomplished with it, along with the new camera peripheral. I am assuming we can expect to see those bundled together in a package.

Again, the packaged part is something we can’t go into detail on yet, but I can expand on DualShock.

The pad will bring all sorts of possibilities to life with flicks, and pinching and zooming in and out- stuff everyone has gotten used to with numerous devices. There is a fair bit of functionality there, and how it works with the camera, is it will associate the player with a specific controller and takes a leap on from where we have been. For example, say we’ve been playing something and I accidentally pick up your controller I can really mess up our stats so, the new controller recognizes the user.

“I think there’s this perception that we’re deliberately holding back tons, but there are some final decisions that haven’t been made or are not appropriate to be made just yet.”

When will you start really pushing the system, will it be after E3, closer to launch? What I am asking, is when will general consumers become aware of the system. Not the core consumers who reads gaming magazines and sites.

We have kept the information pretty tight even internally so, some of my team only found out about certain aspects today. Soon, we will start discussing details and planning and a build before release, but it will be a while yet before we really start to advertise it. We want to decide what’s the best launch, what’s the best plan – there are so many strands to that.

Have you decided what exactly of the console you will show at E3 – or if you will show it at all?

What exactly gets revealed and when I don’t know, other than that there is plenty more to tell and we’ll be telling the full story between now and launch as there are still a few things not pinned down. I think there’s this perception that we’re deliberately holding back tons, but there are some final decisions that haven’t been made or are not appropriate to be made just yet. There are still variables there to be grappled with, pinned down as it were. All of that is still being worked through.

I was delighted we were able to show as much as we did the other night. And rightly people are asking were the other bits are and all I can say is that we will continue to add flesh to the bones. The other night was just the start.

PS4 is slated for release during holiday 2013. You can catch up on everything that happened during the reveal here.

Stephany’s trip to NYC was 100% paid for by VG247. All her food costs and travel were also paid for by VG247, including the hotel she stayed in with the toilet that would flush on its own every so often during the night. Stephany attributed it to a faulty flush valve flapper, not due to the room being haunted.

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28 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    ” CEO Bobby Kotick said costs would definitely go up because development costs always go up with new consoles.”

    Said a guy who makes horrible decisions where his games has an outdated engines, physics, graphics, gameplay, sound.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Great. It’s been years of preparation, but particularly in the last few weeks with the planning…

    We have kept the information pretty tight even internally so, some of my team only found out about certain aspects today.

    Yeah, ok!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Beta

    I’m perfectly calm, I’m already buying it ;)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. _LarZen_

    Are Sony going to take the spotlight this year at E3 also? Or will Microsoft after years of fiddling in the dark finally deliver something the core gamers want?

    Exciting times indeed!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I’m afraid that Sony will not push 1st party at this E3 or third party exclusives.
    Don’t know what can sell me this console, but hardware and other stuff so far are nice.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    @4

    That’s exactly what i’m wondering too man. PS4 looks exciting indeed. Everything the PS3 wasn’t, especially for developers. I want both parties to succeed really and i just hope MS can indeed bring something good to the table in terms of games and who knows what else.

    @5

    Why woudln’t they?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. theevilaires

    Well Duh…but I have to say I’m glad they are calling it the PS4 and not some dumb name like Nintendo and Microsoft have put themselves into.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. theevilaires

    Hey! hey! hey! Read staff! Is Toshiba still a partner with SONY on the PS4 like the other 3 PlayStations? I would imagine after the battle between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD they have gone separate ways. But can you please confirm this?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Razor

    I’m more interested in this self-flushing toilet. That would have made me jump in the middle of the night.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Clupula

    All I know is I don’t want a single already-announced title to be moved to PS4. If it was announced as a PS3 title, I want it to continue to come out for PS3. For PS4, however, I want new ips and sequels to established ips. I want God of War and Uncharted 4. I want Quantic Dream’s new game. I want Final Fantasy XV and Metal Gear V.

    I don’t want to see, however, Versus XIII, Last Guardian, Ground Zeroes, or Last of Us moved when they shouldn’t be. Continue to support the PS3 until I’m ready to move on and I’ll support the PS4 just as much.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Beta

    Nobody wants a faulty flapper.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. robmlufc

    Stephany just needed some more lube on her flap.

    I’m buying a PS4

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Stephany Nunneley

    @9 I lived with a plumber for 10 years. You would be amazed, and saddened, to know how knowledgeable I am on toilets and other water-related fixtures. :D

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    http://kotaku.com/5986025/the-lack-of-women-presenters-at-the-ps4-event-is-bigger-than-sony – funny thing.

    Kellee Santiago went apeshit.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DarkElfa

    Stephany, why didn’t you ask them why they screwed us on the Console reveal?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Stephany Nunneley

    @15 Well I asked why they didn’t show it fully – by asking when we will get to see it, but I didn’t put it in those terms. ;)

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    @15 – Nobody got screwed on that. I don’t even care what the thing looks like. As long as it’s not a big silly purple cube, whatever it’s shape is, is fine with me.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. MadFingerz

    “As long as it’s not a big silly purple cube”

    haha, that was one ugly console. And the gamepad of that thing? Oh my. Thinking about Sega makes me sad, the Saturn was my first home console and I loved it..

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Beta

    @17 I lol’d :’)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    @18 – The Gamecube controller always looked like someone had left a myriad of other controllers on a radiator with a bunch of crayons.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Joe Anderson

    Great interview Steph :)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Francis O

    I think Sony hit a homerun. They showed Nintendo how to properly drum up hype for system. Great job Sony.

    http://playeressence.com/after-watching-the-ps4-event-im-disappointed-with-nintendo/

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Digital Bamboo

    There wouldn’t have been any problems with the plumbing had it been a Nintendo event.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. xxJPRACERxx

    I wonder what Ken Kutaragi is thinking about the PS4…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. ps4fanboy

    @24 me too

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Erthazus

    @24, He is thiking that it is Supercharged PC.

    What else he can think of.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. xxJPRACERxx

    @26 You can play at 1000000 fps in 8D?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. drewbles82

    @10 I’d think any games announced for the ps3 will stay that way, this has been the longest console gen, therefore games will still be made. Think about it, are you gonna wanna make games for a console that has just come out or make games for a console that sits in over 70million homes. Me personally, would have a small team working on a next gen game and the rest on current gen til theres a big shift in people on next gen.
    MS have already stated they will still cont with the 360 for at least 2-3yrs when their next gen is out.

    #28 2 years ago

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    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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?

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