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Thief: Garrett redesign more mainstream, less gothic, reflects action focus

Thursday, 14 March 2013 03:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Eidos Montreal’s new take on gaming’s undisputed mater thief, Garrett, is designed to be faithful to the original vision while making him more acceptable to a broader audience.

Game director Nicolas Cantin told GameInformer that Eidos Montreal was given free rein to remake Garrett however they wished.

“But we wanted to keep the main DNA of who Garrett was; we didn’t want to change that much because it was working already,” he said.

Duly noted, but Cantin also “wanted to bring in more of the audience of the modern console market”.

“He’s more, in the game, doing more action moves; we wanted the costume and the suit to reflect that.

“In the beginning he was more gothic; we toned down all the things that felt gothic, like black nails and things like that. We wanted to make him a little bit more mainstream. Yes, he’s a dark character, but we don’t want to say he’s a gothic one, even though the Victorian period feels really gothic.”

Cantin’s previous work includes art director on Assassin’s Creed, where he designed Altair.

“It was the same thing I did with Garrett. Both were characters that can feel mystical and we had to make them more action-oriented figures. He needs to stand in a crowd of your NPCs and he also has to stand with all the other heroes on the market.

“People will often say oh he’s too white, he’s too black, he stands out too much – but really that’s a good thing. He has to stand out in a crowd of heroes.”

Cantin said Eidos Montreal wanted to show that an anti-hero like Garrett can be popular in mainstream culture.

Thief was finally unveiled unveiled last week after years of being an open secret. It’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and probably Microsoft’s as yet unannounced console in 2014, and you a pile of gameplay details are available, including upgradable equipment and an opening mision sequence.

Thanks, Shack.

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32 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    Cool, so they robbed him of everything that made him unique, yet somehow talk about wanting to make him stand out.

    He doesn’t stand out, he looks like a some random enemy from any game that ever featured enemies with hood and mask. Garretts look was never a problem.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. UuBuU

    What the hell are they doing to this series ??

    First they try to shove in as much third person action as possible into a game that should be exclusively first person ~ then they spoil the gameplay with handholding and stupid features like slow motion ~ then they say they’re using skyrim as inspiration for stealth mechanics ~ and now they’re saying they want Garrett to be more accessible for the modern console market?

    This has all the potential to be the most disappointing game of the next generation

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    People were expecting too much if they thought Eidos was going to make a pure stealth game like the original. Just look at Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Hitman, they all were not remotely like the original games. They all beat to the drum of appealing to the mass market.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. GwynbleiddiuM

    If there’s a God up there now is your chance, put an end to this torment before it’s too late. :<

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ojinnvoltz

    They have to appeal to the mass market to make up the million dollars they’re spending to make Thief less like Thief. While they do that, let’s all install DromEd and make our own Thief games!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    Less gothic? Okay. Let’s heartily piss all over one of the things that really made Thief unique. I’ve now categorised the new Thief as rank detritus to avoid at all costs. Seriously, this mainstream bullshit has to stop. Who wants this any more? Do you want this? Do I want this? Who wants this?

    All they’re doing is stripping all of the flavour, character, and worth out of games to turn them into third person action games. I already have trouble telling the difference, mechanically, between most third person action games as there are very few that stand out. There’s only this one-dimensional paper-thin theme that separates them. And Thief’s going to be bundled into that, now? When does this nightmare end?

    In Doctorow lingo; I kind of want to dead-head for a few centuries to see if we ever get over this. Since it seems that right now filtering out anything that could make something unique is a fetish. Even flaws and writer eccentricities can make something unique, but we’re not even allowed those. And even gamers are buying into this bull, attacking anything that dares to be different (see ME3). So the customer is as much to blame as the provider.

    I want to go and bury my head under a pillow and forget that the world exists for a while.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. TheWulf

    New post for this, but…

    “[...] but we don’t want to say he’s a gothic one, even though the Victorian period feels really gothic.”

    How fucking stupid of a statement is that?

    “Oh, yeah. We realise that Victorian England was actually gothic, but we’re afraid that we’ll alienate the tiny, anti-intellectual, brutish minds of our audience. We’re worried that by trying something new we’ll make them so angry that they’ll get all pissed and start charities to get at us, like what happened to EA. We dare not even think of making Victorian England gothic, even though it is, because they’re not bright or well-read enough to realise that it is.”

    Thanks.

    Thanks, gamers.

    This is the kind of shit that we’re now having foist on us.

    Didn’t you think developers and publishers were watching during the ME3 furore? ME3 dared to do something intellectual, clever, and different… and the thuggish, brutish voices of gamerdom just had to shoot them down.

    So now all we’re going to get is this.

    Thanks guys.

    Really.

    Thanks.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Telepathic.Geometry

    Maybe I’m alone in this, but I have faith in the Montreal boys to do right by this franchise. Yes, Deus Ex was not the same as the original (which I loved), but if you ACCEPT the constraints of the modern market, I think that it was about as close as it could be.

    For me, as someone who played the original game several times constantly re-imagining my dude and slinking through the vents all the time, it was a really fucking good game. If I had a complaint it would be that you could basically upgrade everything worth a shit by the end of the game, which you couldn’t do in the original…

    So as long as they make a game where I can feel like a crafty thief, subverting the traps and defenses of my mark, then it’s all good. :) Same as Human Revolution made me feel like a kick-arse cyborg with all the tricks…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. apollyonbob

    If I were these devs, I would totally start trolling you guys.

    Devs:
    “Yeah, well, we know that it was important to the original character, but we just didn’t think the clown makeup worked. So we had to remove the clown makeup.”

    VG247 Reader Reaction:
    “GOD! THE CLOWN MAKE UP WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT HIM. GAME RUINED FOREVER.”

    I mean, come on guys give me a break here. You remember that Thief was an FPS right? And that the cutscenes took place entirely in shadow?

    Was the original Garrett even gothic? http://i.imgur.com/LJT2vm9.jpg <– Cuz that's not Gothic! http://i.imgur.com/eByUszZ.png <– Neither is that!

    http://i1.ytimg.com/i/X_YJheb4gj6gFCrSh98MRg/1.jpg Oh man that's so gothic, how he's just a silhouette? Is that what gothic means? Standing in front of a light?

    The closest thing I can even find to "gothic" is some kind of weird strap thing from, what I'm guessing is Deadly Shadows, but if Deadly Shadows is your idea of "Thief" then brother, I aint even listening haha.

    Really, look at the pictures I posted and the picture they posted. Since the ones I posted show almost no detail, the only real difference seems to be the mask. So I mean, yeah I guess now that he's wearing a mask, man, totally ruined.

    Seriously guys. I realize that this game was made around the same time as Half-Life but please, stop pretending that Garrett is Gordon Freeman. This is not a character defined by his look, box art, uniform, or facial hair, but by his anti-hero motivations and his voice. The irony being of course that so far as I can tell nobody is even asking if they’re going to bring back the original voice actor.

    Man.

    Am I just forgetting about the tons of Garrett hero pose shots or what?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. manamana

    Ah, the olde Hollywoodaction treating for the younger audience, I reckon. Thanks but no, I’m out.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Vice

    As long as they keep same voice actor, I’d be interested.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. The_Red

    Wow, just wow. I don’t hate the look but these words…

    “less gothic”, “more mainstream” “action focus”. I’m pretty sure a sarcastic Jim Sterling article / episode about ruining old games would have been more subtle.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. mreko3230

    Sorry, I can’t bring myself to have strong over-reaction to a game that has shown zero gameplay. Personally, I’ve always found the mechanics of the Theif series kind of clunky and the look kind of bland. Its not like anyone else was going to reboot the series. But, I get where some of you are coming from. I was saddened by the look of Lost Planet 3 as it seem to take everything that I found interesting about the series, but then I had remember no one played Lost Planet in the first place and the sales numbers were terrible. Basically, you have 2 choices: Make a rebooted series a handfull of original fans aren’t into or just forget about the whole thing and work on a mobile game or make another COD clone. If you don’t make games that sell (and sometimes even when you do) your game company gets shut down.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. viralshag

    @9, awesome. Nailed the community in one there. +1

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Samoan Spider

    Its a costume change. Its perfectly allowed. I remember the fans crying into their pillows at night when Master Chief got a redesign. Then when they gave Dante dark hair, wow there were more tears. The world changes and these companies need to grow their audience. I can’t wait to see what they’re doing with this so I’ll be waiting for the inevitable gameplay vids.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. GwynbleiddiuM

    @9 You missed the whole point therefore your argument is invalid.

    I’m not sure if everyone is stupid or what, less Gothic doesn’t mean a costume change, it means less dark, more bright with cool looking environment designs compared to a dark, gloomy medieval environment, castle buildings and interiors. Get you shit straight before ranting about other people’s complaints.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TheBlackHole

    @16

    You’re literally making shit up. How can you begin to criticise someone for analogising previous comments, when you then proceed to make an assumption as to what the developers ‘meant’ by ‘less Gothic’.

    The interview doesn’t say ANYTHING about making the environment less Gothic, they’re speaking exclusively about the character, so how about you get YOUR shit straight before ranting at somebody else.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. GwynbleiddiuM

    Well if you consider gothic to be a man in a black cloak and leather armor that wields daggers, you seriously need to look it up. I hear wikipedia is a good place to start.

    It’s part of the process of making it more appealing, accessible and mainstream. It can’t be about a guy’s appearance as the game has always played in FPS, who cares what garret looks like, he’s a thief, and a thief in medieval era doesn’t wear fancy gold plates that makes funny noises and some cool reflections in a dim-lighted environment. A thief wears a black cloak with a hood and some dark leather armor. Therefore the talk is not just on character level, it’s exactly about going from dark setting to a more appealing one, this has happened before when Blizzard tried to go into Diablo III with blue and green environments which caused quite a steer in the fanbase.

    BTW, it’s OK for everyone to make assumption and mock others based on those assumption but when you’re on the receiving end of that, it suddenly is less cool and even rude? amirite?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Takeshi

    Amusing to see the comments section going ape-shit over this kind of statement. I’m with #8, Eidos Montreal know what they are doing. I’m sure it’ll end up being a good game.

    I never did play a Thief game, but I am definitely interested in this new entry since I have issues playing older releases.

    @Phoenixblight: That argument is only really valid for Deus Ex. Hitman was developed IO Interactive and Tomb Raider by Crystal Dynamics.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @7: What the fuck are you on about? ME3 dared to do something intellectual, clever, and different? Do you mean Mass Effect 3? Are you seriously talking about the ending?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. TheBlackHole

    @18

    Eh? What are you going on about? Again, you’re making the assumption that the above, where they talk solely about the character, is going to extend to the environment.

    “In the beginning HE was more Gothic… We wanted to make HIM a little bit more mainstream. Yes, HE’s a dark character, but we don’t want to say HE’s a Gothic one”

    See, no mention of anything but the Thief.

    Also, I don’t give a crap if someone wants to rant at people, but I’d prefer if it a) made sense and b) wasn’t patently hypocritical.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Gheritt White

    @ 8, 9 & 15: Hear, hear. Thank heavens some sanity prevails in these comment sections.

    I, for one, am really excited about this direction and can’t wait to see where it goes.

    Let’s not forget that DX:HR – from the same studio – was very well-received and remains a highly regarded game (even against the pre-launch negativity from so-called “fans”), so there’s a precedent for success rather than failure here.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    “…Gamings undisputed *mater* thief”?

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/21/MaterCars.jpg/250px-MaterCars.jpg

    Spelling mistakes aside, surely Gamings master thief is Zynga? Right? Right? Oh fuck you guys :-/

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    @19

    “That argument is only really valid for Deus Ex. Hitman was developed IO Interactive and Tomb Raider by Crystal Dynamics.”

    And owned by Eidos when Square picked them up so it is valid for all of them.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Gnosis

    I kinda get the feeling that their word choice was just really bad. Descriptions like “less gothic” and “mainstream” leave a lot of space for overblown interpretations (and in the case of “mainstream” it leaves a very bad taste in the mouth). It’s pretty obvious that everybody’s got their own picture of what “gothic” and “mainstream” looks like. I’d rather wait for some more pictures.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. fearmonkey

    I have mixed feelings on this…..

    This is the same studio that made Deus Ex:HR and it blew me away, so I have to give them the benefit of any doubt I may have.

    As a huge fan of the Thief series, I am a bit concerned at his statements in the video.
    The whole thing for the thief series for me was the slow + take your time gameplay to achieve your goals. In the video they say its not 1998 anymore and that the game has more action, so what it sounds like is Dishonored with stealing, or Assassins creed with stealing and its going to be a mixture of the two most likely.

    From the video, I imagine that going into “stealth” mode entails going into third person, and by action it means that the idea of going through an entire level with human enemies and only blackjacking them is gone. The thief series was never about action, if you found yourself in a one on one battle you would lose, you had to sneak.

    So, does that mean that stealth items like moss arrows, noise arrows, and water arrows are in the game but not a required necessity and we can chop our way though? Does this mean that sitting in a dark corner waiting for the guy to come by at the right time is just as good as killing him right away like AC.

    I loved the dark brooding feel of the world in Thief, but it seems like it going to be a brighter world now.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. karma

    Everything I hear and see about this game just gets worse and worse. Eidos should take a leaf out of Ken Levine’s book, “If you aren’t going to do it properly, then don’t do it at all.”

    This is the only look I want to see for Garrett.
    http://gamefiles.alphacoders.com/boxart/original/front/thumb-10858-1.jpg

    As far as i’m concerned the redesign isn’t Garrett, and they aren’t making a true Thief game.

    As for the DE:HR Commentators, yeah HR was okay, but it wasn’t half as good as the original. This time, they’re really off base. You CAN mess with the Deus Ex universe, give it your own look and feel, its pretty open to reinterpretation, but not the Thief universe. Its very specific, and if you don’t get the specifics right then you may as well go home.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. OrbitMonkey

    @27, So if they like, completely copy the box-art you value so highly, it’ll be like a *true* thief game & you’ll be like, over the moon?

    Deep.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Gheritt White

    Great, looks like we have to put up with another 12 months of whiny, purist/elitist fanboys until an awesome, critically acclaimed game that successfully reboots an IP is released.

    See: Devil May Cry, Tomb Raider, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. viralshag

    @29, +1.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. hunchpunch

    Awesome! Assassin’s Creed Whatever: The Thiefening

    #31 2 years ago
  32. ManuOtaku

    I just hope is a mixture of deus ex and sleeping dogs then.

    #32 2 years ago

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    Sega won’t even have a booth at E3 2015. The end times approach, hey. Sega games will be on show at partner’s booths, but the publisher itself is missing from the attendees list. Ars Technica reports Sega hasn’t missed an E3 since the show launched in 1995, but will break tradition this year. Sega doesn’t […]

  • GTA 5 car gun mod is ridiculous, awesome

    Today, the Internet is in love with a particularly ridiculous GTA 5 mod. GTA 5 has a lot of cool weapons and mods have added even more. Topping yesterday’s excellent gravity gun is the vehicle cannon, which fires cars instead of bullets. Cars. Instead of bullets. Here’s a video of the mod in action courtesy […]

  • Mortal Kombat X PC patch pulled after erasing save files

    Mortal Kombat X was updated on PC overnight, but it wasn’t exactly what fans were hoping for. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under criticism for a number of reasons, but NetherRealm said recently that a major patch would make it just as good as the console version. It’s not clear whether […]

  • PS4 and Xbox One to hit 50 million sales within a year – EA

    EA is absolutely positive on the future of the current generation of consoles, as well as the the digital sphere. During a conference call following a financial release earlier today, EA executives made several interesting comments and predictions on the state of the industry. The publisher expects an install base of close to 50 million […]

  • EA making “incubation efforts” in virtual reality space

    EA isn’t ready to make a massive commitment to virtual reality, but when the time comes it intends to be a market leader. During a post-earnings release conference call today, one caller asked if EA had any plans for VR. CEO Andrew Wilson said EA intends to “lead from the front” when VR comes into […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront expected to shift 9-10 million units in FY 2016

    Star Wars: Battlefront will sell strongly, but not make a lot of money for EA this financial year, the publisher has warned. Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a license to print money, EA emphasised in a post-earnings release conference call this morning. Judging by the series’s historical sales, and by sales of Battlefield 4, EA […]

  • Don’t expect Titanfall 2 for at least nine months

    Titanfall 2 is still quite a long way out. Titanfall 2 wasn’t listed in EA’s upcoming release slate in its financials release this morning. Answering a query in a conference call following the release, EA said we can safely assume the Respawn sequel won’t release in fiscal 2016. “You assumption should be 17,” an executive […]

  • Mirror’s Edge 2 due early 2016, new Need for Speed in Q4 2015

    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]