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BioShock: Infinite altered after staffer nearly resigned

Friday, 1 March 2013 05:13 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Ken Levine has explained a recent comment in which he said he’d altered BioShock: Infinite’s plot slightly after receiving feedback from a religious colleague.

When Levine mentioned the altered content in January, commenters were quick to condemn him for bowing to censorship and conservative pressure, despite his staunch refusal to make changes just to earn approval from religious parties.

Digging deeper into the matter while speaking with Gamespot, Levine explained that a strong reaction from a colleague helped him release that his writing, and understanding of the issues, needed to be tighter to communicate what he wanted – not that his essential messaging was changed.

“There was a scene in the game at the end where one of our artists got to a point in the game, played it, turned off BioShock, opened up his computer, opened Microsoft Word, and wrote a resignation letter, it had offended him so much,” he explained.

The incident caused Levine to return to his treatment of the character Comstock.

“It occurred to me that I had to figure out why people follow him. That was the key to his character. Why do people follow him? What does he provide to them?” Levine said.

“And I struggled with that for a long time because obviously an ecstatic religious experience is something that a religious leader provides but I don’t have a connection to as a writer. And it’s always hard when you’re trying to write something that you have never felt. And that would feel dishonest to me.”

It’ll be interesting to see how the final treatment is received both by religious and non-religious gamers when BioShock infinite arrives on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 26.

Thanks, PC Gamer.

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43 Comments

  1. mreko3230

    “There was a scene in the game at the end where one of our artists got to a point in the game, played it, turned off BioShock, opened up his computer, opened Microsoft Word, and wrote a resignation letter, it had offended him so much,” he explained.

    So instead of first discussing his concerns, he leaped to writting a resignation letter? Sounds like a pouty, childish reaction to me and not one of a grown adult with real, well thought out concerns.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Rosseu

    @1 My thoughts exactly. Now I am curious as to how the game was supposed to end originally. They should release two versions of the game:
    Bioshock: Infinite
    Bioshock: Infinite – Non Butthurting Edition

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Nice MS Word advertorial, Levine, you old dog you. ;-)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Old MacDonald

    1: Well, that’s what being religious is all about.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. sh4dow

    Still sounds like a severe lack of integrity on Levine’s part to me. He should’ve just let that guy leave. (see also comments #1 and #4 here)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. LifeCarrier

    I hope he’s really serious about his writing and understanding of the issues needing to be tighter to communicate what he wanted, I’d hate to lose a scene or revelation that would’ve made BioShock Infinite more bold or poignant just because some religious nut job had an issue with it.

    I’d really like to know what it was…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Samoan Spider

    I’m the last person to jump to the aid of religion, but in the interests of furthering the discussion, we don’t know what was taken out and why. We don’t know why this person felt the way they did, and we don’t know if in retrospect, Levine thought that what was depicted was a step too far. Hence the change.
    However, I hate that there are so many people claiming the moral or religious grounds (not always the same) and that so many people have to shift or change to satisfy them. I agree with #2. Have a disclaimer/option (like CoD) warning that something may offend and then have it in there for those like me who are quite happy to hate everyone equally :)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. hyperbaric

    Just another example why videogames will never be considered art.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. HauntaVirus

    I agree that Ken should have let that artist walk. Interesting write up nonetheless.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dragon246

    “There was a scene in the game at the end where one of our artists got to a point in the game, played it, turned off BioShock, opened up his computer, opened Microsoft Word, and wrote a resignation letter, it had offended him so much,”
    Very Good. I would just have accepted that and let him leave.
    Religious fanatics should just stay in closets and never come out. Almost all of today’s conflicts are due to “OH MY RELIGION IS HURT” sentiments among morons.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    Wow, so instead of letting a religious fanatic who doesn’t even understand the concept of civil discussion rather that sudden thread / resignation, you caved in to his demands?

    Last time I checked, terrorism was about the same thing. A religious group, threatening to do something (Resignation here) and others having to censor / change things in their favor.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. roadkill

    Wait! So that guy wrote his resignation letter. Why is he still working there then? F**king losers..

    #12 2 years ago
  13. FrayJoker

    @1 That sounds more like hyperbole to me, but I don’t doubt that someone got offended enough to contemplate resigning.

    @11 Terrorism? Really? If you think this bears any similarity to terrorism, your world view is distorted.

    Anyway, I don’t doubt that the artist overreacted here (though certainly if they felt their values were under fire, that is kind of a hostile workplace issue), but it doesn’t sound like Levine overreacted himself. If he truly felt that altering this scene in any way would compromise the impact of the message, letting a staff member go at this end of development would hardly matter.

    What it sounds like is that he doesn’t want to cause undue offense, to convey the themes of the game without need of controversy. I think that sometimes it’s better to not upset people for the sake of upsetting people. I understand why some people my feel that compromises the art of the game, but it’s a fine line between controversy and exploitation. One that certain other series could stand to learn, Call of Duty.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. death_489

    You guys are racists here. You want religion people to respect your believes but you yourself doing what you don’t want others do it to you. You are the sensitive one by offending people and then say they are sensitive..

    please think about it a little bit..

    #14 2 years ago
  15. LuLshuck

    I BET THE JEWS DID THIS

    #15 2 years ago
  16. pukem0n

    nobody uses MS Word anymore!

    sounds made up :P

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ps3fanboy

    and what religion was it???… i bet it was a muslim, its typical them to go crybaby about things like this. like the mw2 pic with the frame writing that was in a toilet.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dave Cook

    @17 that’s straying too close to what we define as good taste on here mate. Tone it down.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. death_489

    #17
    Read my comment number 14 please and grow up. Anyone who respect his religion would defend it so it’s not wrong if muslims defend there religion

    #19 2 years ago
  20. TheWulf

    @14

    Racist doesn’t mean what you think it means. Not even remotely.

    Racist is to be against race. Now, I know organised religion has some glaring issues with delusions of grandeur — but the last time I checked, being part of an organised religion didn’t actually change your ethnicity. So there’s nothing to be ‘racist’ about by attacking organised religion.

    Or has organised religion taken to painting their servile sheep blue so that they can claim to be a new ethnicity and thus call faux racism whenever their religion is attacked? Did I miss a memo about that?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Samoan Spider

    @19 I did a quick check for the word Muslim in any website with this information. It only crops up in comments from people like you. So by that token, what have you got in terms of proof that there is any persecution of muslims? There are many religions mate, take a chill pill.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. death_489

    @ 20 TheWul

    Sorry, I used the wrong word. it’s Fanatic. People shouldn’t attack or fight each other for religion. No one should offend anyone. If they want to discusse the reality they should go together and seek for the truth together. religion should be ordering you to respect all kind of people with there thoughts. If you think someone wrong for choosing that religion or anything like that then show him the reason not fight him because you want him to see the truth ..

    That’s what i meant. The talk is a lot for this kind of topic but i think this is how we should treat each other. Just don’t offend another religion because you think he is wrong. He may be better then you in GOD eye so respect them all..

    #22 2 years ago
  23. death_489

    @21Samoan Spider
    My english is limited so i hope i understood you right. Islam never told muslims to attack anyone. Islam want us to be peaceful but in the same time defend our selfs and spread it by love and reason. Give the rights for everyone. No discrimination. All live equally. No one offend any religion. It makes the person understand the reason of living. It gives goals such as knowledge. Hard working. But in the same time worship GOD and thank him for everything from the bad to the good..etc

    So if you see a muslim do something bad it doesn’t represent islam. It’s his faults for not commiting to the religion and if there is a punishment to his acts it must be applied to him. No one is perfect. GOD created all of us so he loves us all. Muslims are in crisis right now because of the rulers that claim they are muslims . so of cours you would take the wrong message. I just wish you people don’t judge us because you see someone bad that claim he is a muslim. bin laden claim he is a muslim but he is not. He use weak people for his benifits in the name of islam ..etc

    Oh. I understand now. I never said the one that quit his job is a muslim. I just told ps3fanboy that muslims have the right to defend what they believe and that is not sensitive. Muslims don’t offend your religions so i think they have the right to do that..

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    Ha I would have let him go. Irrational studio wouldn’t be a studio to work for if you are a zealot or really into politics. YOu want a PC game go to Nintendo.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. vOL

    What amazed me more is that most of you guys already assume that the altered plot is somewhat terrible when the game is not even released yet. Have you even play it? Or perhaps know the whole story?

    I just don’t get why people jumped to that conclusion just because it had an altered plot.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Sadismek

    @25 I think it has something to do with people wanting to know what has been changed in the first place. It definitely made me curious what was the initial ending of the game now.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. vOL

    @26 Yeah it made me curious too but just curious. My point is we don’t even know what the original plot to compare it and likely will not ever know.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DSB

    Bow down to the flying spaghetti monster you heathen scum.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. fearmonkey

    Bioshock 1 was anti-god, at least from Ryan’s point of view. Ryan would have venom in his voice when he mentioned God or religion. So whatever this was about, it must have been something worse than that.

    Why would Levine even bring it up though? Seems like a mistake or a way to get people talking about the game.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Samoan Spider

    @23 I will never assume that a person doing something for religious motivation is doing so with the blessing of every person under that religion. But I do believe anyone is capable of anything. Religion is just the tool used my so many through the ages for some really nasty things.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Espers

    @ 11 I got enough of civil rights OK !!! civil rights are made by humans and therefore they are prone to ERROR and that’s why in each particular case, you notice amendments done to civil laws which they call it “upgrade” …. instead of calling it … ” we fucked up big time ” … while religion has always been there … when you are afraid and when you are in deep trouble … unconsciously first thing… you cry to GOD for help. ” Oh GOD ” <– isn't it

    @ 1 you are the child !! and you should have respect to others religion, you can discuss it, doubt it but you have to respect it !!

    @19 u are right, I am a Muslim and at the time when I see a game make mockery of Christianity .. I also get angry and upset .. both religions are that of GOD … I respect a person decision if he doesn't believe in GOD .. but trying to spread that thought is wrong and it is not a matter of censorship as much as it won't be appealing to the audience … thus the writer fears that game my not be a success !!

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Phoenixblight

    “you are the child !! and you should have respect to others religion, you can discuss it, doubt it but you have to respect it !!”

    No no no that is wrong. No game or piece of media needs to conform to anyone’s ideals because it will offend their religion. There are multiple religions and if you let that dictate your vision you will just come out with a bland game that no one will want to play. This guy should had gone to his higher ups about being offended instead of resigning. If I were Kevin Levine I wouldn’t have changed the ending just because people will get offended especially since his games have always been about pushing buttons.

    Edit: Ah well you are ones of those have to bash your religion into other people and then act like you are the martyr whats that about double standards?

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Gnosis

    @31: “you are the child !! and you should have respect to others religion, you can discuss it, doubt it but you have to respect it !!”
    Err… no. I have to respect your RIGHT to have a religion, to express it and to live by it, which I do. But I don’t have to respect the religion itself. There’s a difference.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. death_489

    @ 30 Samoan Spider
    I wish if you read this ( it’s about religion )
    Sometimes people see the good and bad without having religion. That’s why in my religion GOD mention that there are people outside the religion will go to heaven for there ethics and acts but they are not a lot and they are not evolving and understanding the real reason of life. They just live it. Religion bring something greater. But not everyone can achieve that level in knowledge. We are not perfect in our minds and we have choices that’s why i for one believe religion is important.

    //// This religion bring someone to be a leader or example of how we must live and how the religion works. So this the person we must follow and the people who he choose to be after him not anyone who come and say in the name of the religion should be followed. If you question the people that after him you will know the one who’s worthy of taking the leadership. That’s how i will know who is worthy to lead us in the future or the past. Question every religion and if you see a reasonable one then follow it. But question the real religion and will it work for all times whether for the past or the present or the future . don’t look at the people. Choose the right one. In the end of the world you will see the bad is good and the good will be bad that’s why i’m telling you look at the leaders of the religion or the religion it self. In my opinion we are living the start of this fall. signs proves that things only gonna be worst so choose wisely..

    In my country it’s clear to know the good people and the bad people but when i see my self in your position it’s hard to understand what is going on in middle east.

    This world is too complicated to come from no where or no reason so i hope you have something to believe. Religion makes me don’t regret anything i do unless i did something against it so when i face GOD or dark or what ever faces me after my death i will be ready for it..

    @Espers
    Yep, but you can say it this way to make it more clear. It’s alright to spread your believes but never offend. discusse with reason. That’s the key to solve all these problems. But it’s sad only few know this :(

    #34 2 years ago
  35. GwynbleiddiuM

    Religion, the source of everything that is wrong with this world.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. death_489

    @35
    I wouldn’t say that. Before religions things were worst . History proves it. We call it ignorants age. you guys may call it something else though.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Clupula

    @36 – What age would this be?

    You’re aware Conan is fiction, right?

    Please do provide me with actual years where there was no religion.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Clupula

    @35 – Reminds me of the Jello Biafra quote, “Heroin has killed people, but how often has heroin started a war? How often has religion started a war? Can you name a war that wasn’t started by religion?”

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Clupula

    @17 – Never met any of the Evangelicals from the States, have you?

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Rosseu

    @death_489
    “If they want to discusse the reality they should go together and seek for the truth together”

    Religions ARE “truth” and every religion claims their belief is the ultimate truth which is why what you are asking cannot happen. Morality is subjective and most if not all religions want to establish something called objective morals – basically each religion wanting to dictate what the basis of right and wrong is for everyone, and if you go against their teachings, you’re against their deity/god.

    As I said, moral grounds are never the same (subjective) and what offended the artist may not even offend 99% of the people in his religion. Heck, you even said your God recognizes people that do not have a religion but will go to heaven for having morals – which I don’t get why waste time believing in something when it came from your God that it’s ok not to believe in Him. (Not an insult. Just wish people would use their time doing something productive, like actually help out other people?)

    #40 2 years ago
  41. GwynbleiddiuM

    @36 There was always Religion, according to the continued lies that carried over by every religion. Read the Bible, Quran and Torah. And these are just well organized and well established religions. You realize that there are more than 4000 recorded religions, right? They didn’t happen yesterday. It is the nature of man when they rise to power they need to keep it, and what better way to rule over your subjects than somehow convince them that you are chosen by some God or a group of them, giving them promises of afterlife so they could gladly fight your wars and die for your cause, expand your dominion and fill your pockets. And of course the next group who would dare to disagree with you can’t be just your enemies, they have to be the enemy of the Gods. You motivate them to go to war because your God wills it, and blesses your people if you do as the God commands or burn an eternity in hell.

    Religion was not there to civilize men, it was there to enslave them and make them do things that they wouldn’t do otherwise. A wise man once said “Power resides when men believe it resides, it’s a trick.” And what better trick than to put this power upon the shoulders of an almighty invisible being capable of doing absolutely anything if you bend backwards and do what his representatives claim is his will. You cannot question the God because your intelligence is too narrow, too limited to grasp the grand scheme of his design.

    Need more elaborations?

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Clupula

    It all comes down to, to paraphrase Garth Ennis, the first two barely human half-apes, looking at the sun, worshipping it, when one turned to the other and said, “If you give me your half, I’ll make sure the sun gets it.”

    That was the birth of the first religion.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. IL DUCE

    Yeah what a bunch of BS…Levine’s a total vag…”I’m not changing it because it’s offensive but I’m changing it because it’s offensive”

    What a joke

    #43 2 years ago

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    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]