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Crytek CEO: “the notion of a single-player experience has to go away”

Friday, 1 March 2013 08:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has stressed that the idea of closed, single-player only games must be culled moving forward. That’s not to say he doesn’t want single-player games to vanish, they simply must evolve. See what he means by that below the cut.

It’s no secret that Crytek views the free-to-play, multiplayer market as valuable. In fact Yerli recently stated that he expects Crytek to go full free-to-play within five years.

Now, in an interview with IGN, Yeri said, “I think the notion of a single-player experience has to go away. However, I’m not saying that there will be no single-player experiences… It could be it’s called Connected Single-Player or Online Single-Player instead.”

Immediately I’m thinking of Guild Was 2 and Bungie’s Destiny. single-player games set in MMO worlds that allow for interaction with multiple players, should a person wish to engage them.

Yerli continued, “Online and social can reignite single-player in a new type of context and provide benefits that will make you want to be a part of a connected story-mode rather than a disconnected story-mode.

“Sure, if the technology forces you to play a traditional single-player game online, that doesn’t make sense but if it’s offering actual benefits to be online then you want to be part of it.”

Yerli also said that The Walking Dead would be more profitable on Crytek’s Gface free-to-play network than any other format. What do you make of that?

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51 Comments

  1. unacomn

    I think the notion of Cevat Yerli making statements has to go away. We’d all be better off.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Max Payne

    Oh How mighty have fallen.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dave Cook

    I think what he means is that single player games with no human interaction are going away. Like a game of Trials HD where you see other players’ ghosts, or Need for Speed where you see Autolog scores constantly, and have the option of diving into challenges to beat them whenever you wish.

    Still, he could have said it much better eh? :P

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xXNapsterManXx

    Go home Yerli you’re drunk

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OmegaSlayer

    @unacomm
    I agree 100%
    Cevat Yerli is the most annoying person in the business with these pointless statements.
    He acts like MrIKnowItAllBecauseI’mAlmightyWithMySuperChargedEngine but…now uses CryEngine LOL (in comparison to UnrealEngine)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mithrandir

    The only Online single player experience I liked was Demon’s/Dark Souls, without the invades. I don’t like MP, I don’t want MP. And I don’t want other gamers invading my SP either.
    They can leave messages, or sport leaderboards (like in NFS:MW), but that is as far as is acceptable.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Samoan Spider

    I get what he’s saying, but its not something I want in a single player. I was a huge multiplayer, but now I’m not. I like something like borderlands which fits what he says, because if I want coop its my choice and if I don’t, I’m on my own with no impact.
    But at the same time, I couldn’t think of anything worse than having what I’m doing rated and compared to someone else, or even seeing someone else’s interactions with my world if I’m in it for myself. I like solitary confinement when I’m in a single player world.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @6 they did that so well, it really was a revelation in its own right.

    @7 agreed. Things like constant ‘BEAT YOUR RIVALS SCORE’ tickers and all of that just annoys me. It’s horribly intrusive when I just want to relax on my own. Even Far Cry 3 – which is a game about isolation on some levels – has score tickers for challenges.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. CyberMarco

    How about no…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @9 Basically what you said yeah :P

    #10 2 years ago
  11. mkotechno

    Better STFU!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. manamana

    What is so wrong about playing a game alone? All by myself, with headphones on? No one to distract me, neither in real life nor on-line? It’s okay if everything is connected and always on and whatnot, as long as I sometimes get to play a single player (experience) game without others around me.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Edo

    Don’t worry guys..he’ll be saying “It’s all about single-player” next time.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Samoan Spider

    @8 Yeah, Far Cry 3 is a great example, where there is intentional immersion breaking to shoehorn in some online challenges. I don’t want to compete with my friends to see how many grunts I can run over in 1 minute. I want to sneakily (and on my own) do my thing with a bow!

    Edit: My reason for single player gaming is so that I can disconnect from the world. Not be continually linked in with it. I play these games to AVOID other people. I’m not alone in this and this guy has gone from having respect to being a bit of a pariah where the gaming community is concerned.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Malmer

    I want to play a game and completely immerse myself in it with full suspension of disbelief. Not get popups or ghosts of what my friends are doing.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Hunam

    This just reminds me of the statements that were constantly made back when Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 and Tribes 2 ruled PC gaming. All big MP only games that had people left and right claiming the age of single player games are dead.

    If Skyrim had some forced MP stuff in it people would probably hate it.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Gadzooks!

    If isolated single-player experiences leave gaming then so do I. Simples.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. SyNx153

    bullshit

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ali

    No traditional single player = I am out.,

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Tearsir

    No traditional single player = They will never have my money.

    Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls ftw!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    He seems to be coming purely from the angle of “How do I monetise that?”. I think he also knows where he can go with that.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Robo_1

    Yup, this relentless obsession with opening up the single player experience is getting tedious. It can work for some games, sure, and I guess Dark Souls would be a good example of passive online involvement, but not every gamer wants their gaming evenings to be a social experience.

    For example, Destiny’s MMO elements hold no interest for me, and if anything, will be a reason for me not to get the game.

    When I play – unless I specifically choose an online experience – I generally want to relax, safe in the knowledge that my actions have no relevance beyond my own personal gratification. I don’t want to be permanently held accountable for not helping fellow players out, or not scoring enough points to assist my team.

    The sharing stuff I can take or leave, but if the foundations of a single player game is altered in such a way, where I can’t just play for the sake of my own personal enjoyment, then I’ll take the hundreds I spend a year on gaming and channel it elsewhere.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. The_Red

    And the notion of idiots like this guy has to go away.

    Seriously, I know he’s not saying that single player itself should go away but what he says (“Connected Single-Player or Online Single-Player”) is even worse than that.
    I have both Dark and Demons Soul on PS3 (Connected type games). Have enjoyed them both on and offline but if you want to add the “Always Connected” to the singleplayer part, then there is no deal for me. I didn’t buy Dialbo 3 and won’t get Destiny if it tries to do the same thing.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. fihar

    He’s right actually.
    Asynchronous multiplayer will be a huge thing, especially in competitive games.
    It’s not like you need to be always connected to enjoy the game itself.
    I don’t know how it is in FarCry 3, but I actually like to be reminded when some dude in a bedroom in some other continent just happened to beat my time in Most Wanted.
    If Skyrim had UGCs like inFamous 2, I’m pretty sure it’ll be amazing. Every open world game should have UGC IMO.
    I’m actually baffled why no developers have followed in Sucker Punch’s footsteps.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. G1GAHURTZ

    Get with the times, dinosaurs!

    Stop being so socially reclusive, and try interacting with real people instead of staying in a world of horrifically dull, predictable, two dimensional AI.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Samoan Spider

    @25 What and stay in the world of horribly dull, predicatble and three dimensional ‘intelligence’ ? Nah you’re ok, I spend all day there.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. HauntaVirus

    This would be fine if the social connectivity was optional. I personally prefer some games as single player only. Other games can benefit from what he’s talking about.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    @26:

    You don’t have any gaming friends?

    A shared gaming thrill is much better than a solo one, trust me!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Samoan Spider

    @28 I do, and I play with them when I’m in the mood for that kind of experience. But the only issue I have with what is said here, is that if I’m playing a Solo game, I’m generally doing that to have ‘me’ time. I am aware I can go offline, but in a constantly connected household, its difficult to take my PC off a network for purely selfish reasons. I have my shared thrills just at the moment of my choosing and in a game that suits it. The implication here is that games that don’t need it, will get a feature for the sake of it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Dragon246

    Previous statements-
    “Everyone will use our fucking engine. Beats UE to the punch.”
    CryEngine cries in the side while everyone plays with UE4.

    This guy is a total nutcase. He doesn’t know a thing about anything.

    The notion of CryingTek needs to go away.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. G1GAHURTZ

    @29:

    But you can have ‘me time’ in the way that Yerli has suggested, too.

    For example, a single player experience where other online players are in your ‘world’, but you never have to interact with them if you don’t want to, like any ordinary NPC. Then, when you feel the need, you seamlessly jump into an online mode, and interact with them.

    (No more countless drones who all took an arrow to the knee.)

    For example, there are open world sections, but the missions can be SP only.

    It’s basically moulding SP and MP experiences into one entity, and doing away with unnecessary menus.

    Sure, this wouldn’t really work with narrative driven games and the like (like Heavy Rain), but he did say that he wasn’t talking about all SP games.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Samoan Spider

    @31 And that is a very fair point. That would work so long as they could be ignored. And provided xXXxxxHax0r133tknobxxxXXxx doesn’t float around the middle of the screen then I’m ok with it

    #32 2 years ago
  33. lama

    annoyance at its best, i blame generation facebook!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Mus42

    Always nice to to be told what you want even though you’ve never asked for it. What an arrogant prick.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. onefivefive

    I do not want to be part of that future.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. stevenhiggster

    Sweet jesus this guy needs to be removed!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. _LarZen_

    If it’s the right type of game…sure.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. harr0w

    How did he come to this conclusion who did he ask, what research did he do where the fuck is his consensus. I’m sure if you ask the likes of Bethesda, irrational, bioware, CDproject they would all disagree. His personal opinion has only been shaped by the fact crytek now have there own social game service gface which coincidentaly is fucking shit and will fail miserably. Thats the problem with the industry as it stands dev are beginning to listen more and more to there own flacid hype than what actual gamers want. The single player wont go away but it will more than likely become tainted from the tacked on crap of gun challenges and time trials. Let’s hope the few devs out there stick to there guns and carry on producing games gamers want.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Hellhound30x

    Yeah, when I hear stupid garbage like this, I can only hope the gaming industry comes crashing like it did in 84′. I’m tired of people like thinking its okay to force “single player online.” Diablo 3 perfect example of what happens when you pay for a game you can’t play unless you have internet. bleh! More, and more I feel the need to look for a new hobby.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Erthazus

    Just finished Crysis 3.

    fuck off Yerli. The only reason you talk like that is because your latest game aka Crysis 3 is SHIT and you don’t have decent writers and gameplay designers anymore.

    Crysis 1 is still one of my favourite games ever made, but these days are gone.

    his latest creation is POS and he has no right saying this bullshit.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Max Payne

    @40 Agree I even find Crysis 2 to be better then 3 :O

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Erthazus

    @41, they are both shit, but Crysis 2 is indeed better… but it’s like trying to say that this shit is better than this.

    What’s funny is that Crysis 3 is buggy as hell which sounds ridiculous for a studio that makes high-end looking games with proprietary technology.

    + it’s not Crysis 3. It’s just a simple addon to be honest. 5+ hours campaign of boring scripts with dumbed down suit and game in general. M E H

    #42 2 years ago
  43. ps3fanboy

    SO IT BEGINS… THE ALWAYS ONLINE!

    #43 2 years ago
  44. MadFingerz

    Lol yeah, this totally sounds like “We can’t make a meaningful, self-contained single player experience so we’ll stop bothering about it”. Good way to go Crytek..

    Meanwhile even little gems like Limbo will always be remembered by gamers as unique single player experiences while your games will only be remembered as “they looked pretty”.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Espers

    Espers: ” Crytek CEO … shut the fuck up !! ” if you can’t make games stick to game engines then !!

    #45 2 years ago
  46. WENDiGO

    Yerli should really learn to shut his trap sometimes.He always talks as if Crytek is the best, making it seem like they make all the right decisions -_- Always trying to tell others what they should be doing.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Hussar

    Translation of Yerli’s blahblahblah: “We failed to deliver a compelling Crysis 3 SP mode. That’s why we’ve got every reason to bash SP-rich games. Let’s do it. Fools will believe.”

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Gheritt White

    I agree with #1.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Old MacDonald

    Well, at least there’s GOG.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Bomba Luigi

    This Guy has some stupid Quote once in a Week or more. And I guess thats the Point, keep Crytek in the Headlines. And he does.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Cort

    Uncharted series says hi.

    Just because you can’t achieve great SP experiences, doesn’t mean no-one else should carry on doing it.

    @25 Yeah – and stop reading books too, right?

    #51 2 years ago

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    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.