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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  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


    #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

    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


    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..

    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

    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

    “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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  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]

  • Battlefield Hardline guide: the best guns for each class

    Put your money where you mouth is. These are the best guns for each of the four classes in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefield Hardline guide: the best guns for each class If we have to have a disclaimer it’s that you’ll want to get the best gun for your own style of play and we recommend […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 24: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Destiny servers have been reset for another week and the new strikes along with their modifiers have been revealed. This week’s strike is The Summoning Pits on the Moon. For The Nightfall, the strike has Arc Burn as well as Lightswitch. The same burn is active on the Heroic strike too. Arc Burn means that […]

  • Sarkeesian and PewDiePie make Time’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet list

    Time Magazine has published a list ranking 30 of the most influential people on the internet, and two well-known names in gaming culture have made it. Popular YouTuber PewDiePie and games critic Anita Sarkeesian have made Time Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet list. The list was published earlier this month and other […]

  • Bloodborne guide: conquer Yharnam with our detailed walkthrough

    Bloodborne is here. Let’s have at it with a full guide and walkthrough. Bloodborne guide and walkthrough Bloodborne follows in the footsteps of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, but for this new PS4-exclusive franchise, director Hidetaka Miyazaki has turned it up to 11. “Oh, so Dark Souls was too easy,” I imagine him chuckling into […]

  • Bloodborne reviews – all the scores in one place

    Bloodborne reviews are in. How does From Software’s latest stack up against its progenitors? Bloodborne is in an interesting position. Its lineage as a Hidetaka Miyazaki dungeon crawler means it has to live up to the expectations of fans of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. But as a brand new PS4 exclusive, it has to […]

  • Destiny: explore Traitor’s Ketch and uncover House of Wolves hints

    Destiny players have long enjoyed poking into hidden places, but Arrekz thinks we’ll be inside Traitor’s Ketch sooner rather than later. Upcoming Destiny expansion House of Wolves is expected to take us into a couple of the hidden areas Guardians have discovered. Traitor’s Ketch, on the Moon, is one highly likely candidate – maybe for […]

  • Games taking advantage of DirectX 12 to start coming out late 2015

    DirectX 12 is still fledgeling API, so it will be some time before we start seeing games built from the ground up using it. As you would probably expect, the DirectX 12 advantages will take some time before they start showing up in released games. But how long do we have to wait? Well, the […]