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SimCity marketing campaigns suspended temporarily – report

Friday, 8 March 2013 19:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

And in more SimCity news, EA has suspended its marketing campaign for the game in light of all the issues its launch has faced this week.

This is according an email handed over to Polygon which was apparently sent out to EA’s marketing affiliates.

The email states that affiliates “please remove any copy promoting SimCity from your website for the time-being.”

“To be clear we are continuing to payout commissions on all SimCity sales that are referred, however we are requesting that you please stop actively promoting the game,” the email reads.

“We will notify you as soon as the SimCity marketing campaigns have been resumed and our promotional links are once again live in the Linkshare interface. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, and we thank you for your cooperation.”

Hopefully that will help alleviate extra potential stress on the servers until EA can finally get things sorted out.

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32 Comments

  1. Diingo

    Why is EA still alive? They don’t belong in the video game industry. All they do is plague whatever they touch.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. salarta

    @1: I think they’ve been trying to improve themselves, or at the very least their public image, over the past several years. I certainly don’t think they’re the worst company in America as that one poll suggested; there’s no way EA’s business practices are worse than Bank of America and the other big banks that are doing things that actively ruin lives, and even if you limit it just to video game companies, I think Activision, Capcom and Squeenix are worse. Unless EA has been doing things I’m not aware of, of course, and I don’t think we can still hold ea_spouses against them given how long ago that was and how their administration and management has changed since then.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    Go die in a fire EA.

    That happens to a lot of sims, because for some reason fire engines can’t pass eachother. So unless you have a road to accomodate each and every engine leading into a fire, then quite a few places are gonna burn down while they sit happily in the traffic jam created by the first engine. Probably pondering things like life and death, but never that maybe they should go around.

    Emergent gameplay!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    They must be seeing a shit-ton of refund demands and/or charge-backs if they’re taking this step.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. NightCrawler1970

    I dont blame Maxis, it’s EA that messed up big time…

    I hope Maxis leave from EA and be ya own company like when Maxis released the first SimCity, Sim Tower and other classic games.. and why in gods name have Internet intergraded in the game, Sim City 2000 and Sim City 3000 where fine games, no need internet(beside downloading extra landmarks)..

    And what is wrong to produce DVD with serial codes? those are much stable than…

    * sign in EA server
    * sign in at Origin
    * Sign in at Steam
    * login on SimCity server…. error 404… server doesn’t exist…

    For all those Sim City fans, they paid $60.-(pre-sale) and cant even enjoy every minutes of it because “INTERNET” = REQUIRED!!!! and the server is basicly shut down..

    Stick with Blue-ray Disk!!!! problem solves…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ps3fanboy

    DIE EA YOU GREEDY FUCS!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. NightCrawler1970

    @6 LOL, you cracked me up!!!!

    I guess EA can join Activision they both greedy money grabbers bitches

    Im glad i still have the old SimCity 4 and deluxe edition…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. rusty_shackleford

    This is about shutting down all the criticism of the game

    its not ‘ho ho ho our game is so popular we need you to stop getting us more customers right now until we can meet demand’

    #8 2 years ago
  9. NightCrawler1970

    I was wondering how many servers EA used to launch the game on that night?

    I hopen’t 3 for world wide… *FACE-PALM*

    #9 2 years ago
  10. NightCrawler1970

    Here a copy from a page..
    Source:
    http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/105/9342980.page

    EA made so many blatant mistakes it is hard to decide which one was a bigger failure. Here is my list of all the failures that should never have happened and options that should have been put in the game.

    1.They started with 4 US servers. It is asinine to think 4 servers would handle the stress that 500,000 preorders would put on them. I wouldn’t think that you should have more than 10,000 people on each server considering the huge amount of data that has to constantly be saved since time spent playing this type of game is so important.
    2. They seemed to have forgotten that most people buy games the day they come out. 4 servers?…Really?
    3. EA did not allow downloading and prestaging of game before the release. The stress added by people trying to download the game was bound to cause issues.
    4. The game was not created with offline mode.
    5. The game does not have the ability to save game yourself. You must rely on servers to save your information. Does anyone even know how often the servers save your city?
    6. You can’t remove abandoned cities from your region. In private regions the creator should have the option to remove someone in case they are no longer playing. In public regions everyone in the region should be able to vote for a kick in case someone has cities all over and stops playing that city. This would open the city up for someone else.
    7. Why put a 20 minute timer on before trying to reconnect? Why would you think it is acceptable to wait 20 minutes for a reconnect try? A queue would be acceptable but not this.
    8. Moderators talk to us like we are imbeciles. Don’t address us as fans and say we didn’t expect this. Talk to us like gamers. Tell us how moronic and idiotic the company was for not having nearly enough servers. Tell us you are about to add 20 servers right now to see if they can handle the load instead of 1 or 2 at a time. Don’t tell us we had no idea people really wanted to play this game and would want to download and play right away. Don’t tell us that you didn’t expect people to want to play for many hours. Never condescend us gamers and say that people loved playing so much that they didnt want to get offline so others could play.

    EA = after so many years in gaming still a bunch of NOOBS???
    it seems like it

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Talkar

    @9
    It’s impossible to tell. They most likely have a SimCity server farm and what we ingame see as 1 server might be a collection of 5 or more servers.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. xxJPRACERxx

    What #11 said.

    It’s funny to see people who have no idea what they’re talking about acting like they’re expert.

    It’s like for them you just add servers, press a couple of buttons and it’s done, simple as that….

    #12 2 years ago
  13. xxJPRACERxx

    I know EA is not popular, especially now. But for me Activision and Ubisoft is much worse, especially on PC.

    Those are BIG BUSINESSES, they don’t own you anything and they’re not your friend. If you want that then just buy indie games.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 They do owe people the 60 dollars worth of game that they paid for.

    But you’re right, more people should take that hint and not buy those games in the first place. EA hardly even care about their own products these days.

    They’re monetization platforms first, and entertainment second

    And fuck you, the customer, if the servers don’t work. That’s hardly EAs problem, they just need your 60 bucks, and after that they obviously won’t accept being held accountable by offering refunds or other such devilry.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. NightCrawler1970

    I have to admits i was a HUGE EA gamer from Soccer to The Sims,Sims 2, SimCity 3000, Sim City 4, NFS ,Porche, Most Wanted, Underground 2.

    Those are the time that EA was normal company(not greedy and specialy not messing up with servers like the launch of Sim City 5)

    EA bought up several companies such as:

    * Maxis
    * WestWood(early ages of Command & Conquer
    ===========================================
    * feel free to add more companies that EA bought over…

    They had servers that when i was playing NFS never or hardly no lags.. but now EA become a bunch of cheapo’s that just want to save money to run less than 5 servers…with Asuming it’s enough and hope that the server hold it…

    Assumption is for mother of all fucked ups…

    You lost me as valuable customer

    you also be shitlisted by “never buy a game” together with
    Activision…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @15 I think what takes the cake is that John Ricitiello oversaw the sale of Pandemic and Bioware to EA, possibly winning himself a CEO title in the process.. And then he shutters Pandemic just two years later.

    That is just straight up Bobby Kotick shit.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. NightCrawler1970

    Thats another thing that bother me the most, on consoles such as PS3 and Xbox, example, Tigerwood Golf 2010, and EA shut down the server after 2 years to save money… but totaly forgot that there are some people that want to buy that game(when price dropped), and play online agains friends but EA shut the server down

    #17 2 years ago
  18. xxJPRACERxx

    @14 If at the end of next week the game is still unplayable then I’ll stop defending EA because then that would be an unacceptable delay.

    I know people want everything to work the 1st time but that’s not how the world works and it’s impossible to do, shit happens. Some people can understand and accept that, some don’t.

    And about the $60 EA “stole” from customers. Do you really think EA will leave the game in this broken state forever? They will fix it and then people will have no reason to complain, except the category that expect everything to work the 1st time and people that like to complain since it’s EA…

    @17 100% agree with you on this one. That’s bad practice/business!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    It’s impossible to take that defence seriously. Not even EA themselves are willing to try and cover their asses to that extent, because they know it’s completely hopeless at this point.

    Surely, you don’t expect consumers to be stupid enough to accept companies selling them products that are merely designed “to work eventually”. And if EA truly know that that’s impossible, then they have no right to be selling it in the first place. At best, that’s fraud.

    They aren’t using any of those arguments though, because they’re quite aware that they’re responsible for the most embarrassing launch since Diablo III.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. xxJPRACERxx

    “Surely, you don’t expect consumers to be stupid enough to accept companies selling them products that are merely designed “to work eventually”.”

    EA publish a lot of games. When was the last time they had such a bad launch? I don’t remember. So it’s not like it’s happening every time. If their next game have this much problems at launch then I’ll probably stop supporting them. But 1 bad launch of many, I can live with that. Of course I expect them to fix the game soon or they’ll lose my trust too.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ifrit82

    #xxjpracerxx

    Come on, all people know that first day shit happen with on line game. But this isnt this kind of situation. This is worse than what happen with diablo 3.

    They know how much pre order they sell and how much games they shipped. Then they cant say “we cant imagine how much people will play sim city” . This is a lie.
    Then why they didnt do a big beta months ago with all preorder players to test their server ?
    If i can think this thing, someone that is paying thousand of dollars for year and work in video games marketing, could think too.

    Someone need be fired for this situation.

    I will buy the game only i can play the true game. I dont want await hours to play, because server are full or dont working and i can lose progress of my city.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. manamana

    @EARACER the thing with EA is, if it would be a small publisher that wouldn’t force people their own digital plattform down their throats, wouldn’t push microtransactions and hadn’t yearly iterations of the same old sports games to generate a steady income – it wouldn’t be as hard to digest. But EA is one of the biggest publishers on this planet. They generate tremendous amounts of money with games.

    And they aren’t capable to have an uprunning serverfarm 24/7?

    I know the matter, I worked seven years in a company in which their income was bound to a working serverfarm 24/7. It’s no small feat to realise that but it’s managable. And it’s costly.

    And that’s where those greedy EA bastards entr the stage. They have enough money, enough knowledge (one could hope so) and enough people (one could hope so) to keep a serverfarm running 24/7 and forealmost can take huge hits on new game releases.

    If not, they can be hacked like a sardine tin. Which is basically nothing else than what you do with a DDoS attack.

    This is serious shit and you, EARACER, shouldn’t defend a company that makes a lot of money but don’t seem to invest into it’s own ifrastructure, to give it back to the gamers. Which wouldn’t make them look like complete numb nuts. Man I can remember how the servers where down when BF3 launched, that is intolerable!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. manamana

    Btw. They are giving out a free PC game, for those who bought SimCity: http://kotaku.com/5989630/ea-will-give-a-free-pc-game-to-anyone-who-bought-simcity

    #23 2 years ago
  24. ps3fanboy

    @23

    And now people will roll over and forget it ever happened, because hey! Free game! And then they’ll go and get screwed YET again the next time, but hey! IT’S FREEEEEEE GAAAAAAAAME… ONLY IDIOTS BITE ON THIS!.

    How about people get a spine and actually stand up against these greedy bastards!. I see a lot of people here say i only will by this game and that game from EA. YOU will be a part of THIS problem if you do, SAY NO and vote with your wallet. Or else you are just going to get more of this bullshit in the future.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. DSB

    I think Grayson did the ultimate piece on this.

    If you add something to a game, which doesn’t add any kind of value for the customer, and may even take value away, then there’s no possible justification for its inclusion.

    It’s the same with boneheaded DRM. If you include a service that works for people and adds value, then people are fine with it. If you add a “service” that breaks games, or just adds another login screen, then you’re fucking Satan, and rightly so.

    @20 So which is it, first you’ve called it impossible, and now it’s an isolated incident?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. xxJPRACERxx

    What I’ve called impossible is for things to always work the 1st time. In anything, not just games, some things just don’t work the 1st time. It can be a new car, a problem with a brand new house, a new law, etc…

    Just to be clear, I’m not pro-EA. It could be any other company and I would do the same.

    When Sony servers were hacked and down I defended Sony while people were saying they would never buy a Sony product again and “Sony sucks”…

    Same thing with Activision and Diablo 3.

    I’m not defending EA just because it’s EA, I’m defending them because I hate when I read all these stupid comments by people that think they’re experts in technology, better than everyone and think they’re kings and everything should work how they decided it should. And if not they cry like little babies. Spoiled child!

    You can hate EA for many reasons but this launch is an isolated incident. I like EA games, they’re doing fine PC games and good ports and all my EA games work correctly, except SimCity. But considering all the other games I have from them that work correctly I know they’ll fix SimCity too. And it’s a good game.

    I’m sure EA learned their lesson with this. If something like this would happen again in a close time frame I won’t take their defense anymore. But like I’ve written plenty of time, shit happens and I can accept that!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. NightCrawler1970

    @26, with all due respect…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EA
    Founded May 28, 1982 <—— and still launch less that 5 server to release Sim City 5??? being 31 years in gaming and make a fuckup like that???

    that should never happens at the first place….
    Im pretty sure EA pointed the fingers first to Origin…

    Giving people free games is conciderate "bribing" to "shut the fuck up"… and stop trashing the EA forum…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DSB

    @26 The fact that you’re fine with a product that “works eventually” doesn’t have any bearing on anyone else.

    Most people will quite arguably want a product that works when they buy it. And there’s absolutely nothing spoiled about that. The least you can ask for when you buy a product is that it isn’t broken.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. YoungZer0

    So how many of you people bought Diablo III? =)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DSB

    Zing and ouch :(

    I was just too fascinated by Diablo III to be honest. Back then it looked like a first step that could’ve been good, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. You can’t use novelty as an excuse for your shit not working.

    As a game Diablo III did look pretty good at first glance. The combat was fun, but close to everything else was resoundingly mediocre.

    Mea culpa.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. OrbitMonkey

    At the end of the day gamers will always buckle. The pubs have what you crave, you really gonna say no?

    #31 2 years ago
  32. NightCrawler1970

    @29, not me, cant run that game :(

    #32 2 years ago

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    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

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

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

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

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

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

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

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

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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

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

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

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

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

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

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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

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

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

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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

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

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

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]