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Saints Row 4 dated, debut teaser released

Friday, 15 March 2013 13:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Saints Row 4 has been given a release date by its new publisher Deep Silver, and the firm has also released a teaser for the crazy sandbox actioner.

SR4 continues the story of the Third Street Saints, where they have become the “leaders of the free world,” due to the group’s boss being elected as US president.

However, things take an out of this world turn when a “catastrophic alien invasion occurs,” and the Saints are transported into an odd, Steelport simulation.

While in this alternate version of the city, the Saints wield “gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien boss Zinyak’s mental grasp”.

These “gargantuan superpowers” include: Telekinesis, Really High Jump, Really Fast Sprint, Shiny Blue Force Shield, and Sparkly Purple Fireball Projectile-of-Doom. Awesome.

Players will also be able to drive around American made tanks, use jets and attack helicopters, mechs, jet bikes and the alien armada’s interstellar ships.

Also included is Initiation Station 2.0, where you can become anything and everything – even a hulking, brutish,ninja cheerleader.

You can also customize your weapons, and have a pal join in your mayhem with imporved drop-in, drop-out co-op.

Earlier this month, Deep Silver teased something “huge” planned for PAX East, which of course had everyone on the Internet screaming Saints Row 4.

Looks like it, as the public will be given some hands-on time with the game during the event next week.

Koch, Deep Silver’s parent company, picked the Volition franchise up during January’s THQ auction, and while SR4 was originally slated to be DLC, THQ higher-ups had decided the content warranted a separate release with a four attached to it.

Today, Deep Silver also announced an August release date for the title, confirming Twitter rumors from earlier in the month when Chris Stockman, a design director on Saints Row 1 and current lead designer at Human Head, tweeted he’d heard “around the campfire” that the game was slated for current-gen consoles in August.

His sources were right: Saints Row 4 releases PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on August 20 in the US and August 23 in the UK – and it will not be coming to Wii U, according to Deep Silver.

We will continue to update this post as more information becomes available. Enjoy the screens and teaser trailer below.

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42 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    Nothing fancy…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Yeah, way too soon. That’s pretty much Saints Row 3.5.

    I just hope they don’t adopt THQs retarded DLC policy. No game needs 150 pieces of 1 dollar crap.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Edo

    @2 Yep,kind of disappointed,it looks exactly like the last one,which by itself wouldn’t be a bad thing,but you can’t expand a DLC,put some new characters and weapons in it and call it a sequel.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    What the fuck did I just watch. I have to agree with the first two guys. They’re going to strange places with this one and its not 4 it looks like 3.5. This should have been an expansion pack or something and they should have jumped right into next gen with 4 because that would have gave them a better chance against GTAV.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    @All above,
    Not surprising considering it was earlier planned as “Enter The Dormatrix” DLC for SR3.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    That’s because at one time, Enter the Dominatrix was DLC until Jason Rubin decided it should be a full release and expanded upon. Here’s what it entailed at the time back in May 2012, so surely there is more to it since he gave them more resources to do it at the time. Remember also, it’s just a teaser trailer:

    http://www.vg247.com/2012/05/03/enter-the-dominatrix-announced-as-standalone-expansion-for-saints-row-the-third/

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    That is one minute of my time i am clearly not getting back. Also it is bad enough they couldn’t spell Saint Row towards the end

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    Saint’s Row is the new Crackdown by the looks of things.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Tronros

    I would probably picked this up Day 1 if it were a Expansion/GoTY style edition. Kind of like Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen or Fable: The Lost Chapters type of release.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. NeoSquall

    Ok, it’s funny and all, but it’s not a breaktrough like SR: The Third was.

    I hope they won’t charge 64,99/69,99 Euros for the console versions of the game, or else I don’t think they’d find much market for it.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    Pretty much Saints Row 3.1 or big DLC for 60$

    #11 2 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    I loved Saints Row 3. So this makes me very happy. Don’t care if it looks too similar.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Yoshi

    They should have changed the name and made a new franchise..sure SR is crazy n all but aliens and superpowers is kinda crossing the SR reality line. Or if you want to take advantage if the SR name to sell units you make it a prequel.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Lengendaryboss

    @10 That would be highway robbery.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. The_Red

    To be fair, this kinda was THQ / Rubin’s idea. According to him, the team was working on another crazy DLC for SR3. Then he told them to stop and change that into a full fledged game. Maybe that wasn’t named SR4 but what’s the difference?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    Are you all sure it’s really aliens?

    Have you played the Gangstas in Space DLC?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. silkvg247

    Meh I love SR enough to buy it, but yeah it pretty much looks like an expansion.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. GameStunts

    I’m pissed off to be honest. I bought the DLC Season pass for SR3, and the DLCs looked more like unfinished missions from the main game, they were incredibly short, like 20 minutes short.

    Then to hear that the DLC I would have been entitled to would now cost me the same as another game because they were taking it and making SR4, I just feel ripped off. It’s like the baited and switched.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. karma

    Hope there will be lots of customization again like SR2. Liked SR3, but too many daft costumes and weapons for my taste. Also SR3′s DLC was atrocious. Also as many have been saying, lots of reused content from SR3 in the trailer. Makes this look more like the expansion pack it was supposed to be. I don’t mind that as long as they don’t expect me to pay $60 for it.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dave Cook

    Interesting reaction.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. The Last Nomad

    Looks very like Saints row 3, which doesn’t really bother me, since i never bought the game. Looks like they have went even further into the idea that they are the craziest game in the world. A far cry from SR2, which was certainly wacky but always grounded in reality somewhat. This looks to be very sci-fi/fantasy and if they embrace that fully this could be a great game. I’ll reserve my judgement for its release though.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Lloytron

    The video itself wasn’t great, in fact it was quite annoying, but Saints Row 3 was such good fun that this is probably a day 1 purchase for me.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. harr0w

    looks beyond terrible

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    SR2 was one of my all fav games. Sure it was crazy but 3 just felt retarded- no pacing.
    La-de-da-de-da, oh, awesome ally is dead, oh, the main enemy is dead…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Stephany Nunneley

    Shots are in there now.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. SameeR_Fisher

    This looks CRAZY, but crazy good you know, it looks super fun, it is a bit early to pass judgment, I mean I know where fans are coming from by saying it looks like an expansion, but let’s wait and see, how long the game is, how big it is, maybe there is MP, maybe it is cheaper han 60$, maybe there is more to it, who knows.

    Also I loved the bit about missing a letter LOL

    #26 2 years ago
  27. SlayerGT

    @20 I was thinking the same.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. YoungZer0

    Is the hero wearing Weskers clothes?

    #28 2 years ago
  29. SplatteredHouse

    “That expansion was canceled and elements of it were rolled into Saints Row 4,” a spokesperson for publisher Deep Silver tells Joystiq. “There will be a director’s cut of Enter the Dominatrix released as DLC when SR4 comes out.”

    Where did they just magic up a complete, new game from in this time? Especially to where we now discover that the originally planned SR3 DLC, is actually going to see a redux as DLC for SR4!

    Trivia: Volition are now known as “Deep Silver Volition”. (the future name of the studio was a matter in question shortly following their acquisition.)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Phoenixblight

    Deep Silver is the most scumbag publisher. You think Activision is bad think of Activision when they have no money because that is the tactics they use in order to sell their games. They are known for bold face lying.

    I was pretty disappointed that Deep Silver picked up Volition but this is how it goes. This studio will fall apart and they will go create a new studio.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. AmiralPatate

    The fact it’s a DLC turned into a full game, it means there are surely some new stuff, but the core of the game is still SR3, isn’t it?
    I don’t think they should market it as “Saints Row 4″, because it feels like a lie to me.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. aseddon130

    I for one am ready for a new Saints Row game, i loved SR3.

    for all those moaning about it (by the looks of things) revisiting the same city as SR3 … did you complain about that with Saints Row 2???

    They never said they turned DLC into a full game, everybody just presumed they did. They abandoned the DLC to make a fully fledged game to try and save THQ but probably couldn’t get it done in time.

    @29 taking near 2 years to fathom up a new full game is nothing new, there are new CoD games churned out by a team on a 24 month basis, it’s not difficult for them to do that. Especially at the time of SR3 being made they were also doing Red Faction Armageddon (say what you will about the quality of that game) … with no Red Faction to work on that would mean all the workforce could concentrate on a new Saints Row.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Phoenixblight

    “They never said they turned DLC into a full game, everybody just presumed they did.”

    No one presumed anything Jason himself said that the planned DLC was moved to become a new game.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2012/06/20/saints-row-enter-the-dominatrix-canceled/

    This is while they were in THQ. Deep Silver is just selling crap for a quick cash grab.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. BrahManDude

    wow they really should of waited and done next gen looks funny but that’s it

    #34 2 years ago
  35. SplatteredHouse

    Reading Phoenixblight’s link from last year, puts a new light on things. I think it’s reasonable for what they’re saying to have happened, once it’s remembered that, from the outset, Enter the Dominatrix was to be a standalone expansion. It was to be set in virtual reality, iirc, and well, we know that SR4 takes place in a simulation of Steelport. Not that it speaks to the quality of the finished experience, but it certainly sounds as if what started off being alike to Third, wouldn’t be out-of-place in what we know about 4.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Uncontested

    Yup def won’t be buying this. I even liked 3 too.. this just looks retarded.. and the DLC into a “Full game” bit annoys me even more.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. mathare92

    Pant-eating duly scheduled. :P

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Eddie Rodrigues

    I can’t add much else than what everyone just stated correctly, but hey, the idea (aliens and Presidency) is good, though it does really feel like SR3.5

    #38 2 years ago
  39. YoungZer0

    Why are some of you blaming Deep Silver? Did you skip thinking and went directly into rage-mode?

    Most of you only spill out half of the story here.

    THQ ran out of money, in a desperate attempt they decided to cancel the DLC’s and instead create a whole new game. This is THAT game! That’s why it looks so similar to SR3.

    It would be stupid to expect of them to start from scratch. There seems to be enough content to keep us all interested for a long, long time.

    If you want to blame ANYONE, blame THQ, but you’d be insane to expect Deep Silver to clean up after them. That’s not their responsibility.

    It is comparable to the L4D 2 debacle to a point.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Phoenixblight

    @40

    I am not blaming Deep SIlver for anything but Deep Silver is the one claiming its a new game not the expansion that THQ had Volition done a year ago. SO who is telling the truth Deep Silver, who are known for bold face lying about their games, or THQ?

    #40 2 years ago
  41. mreko3230

    Fans of Saints Row will buy this. I’ll buy this. I can’t bring myself to get upset and be like,”Oh my GOD, they rolled ideas from canceled DLC into a full game- what a bunch of money grubbing assholes!”

    I see a lot of people on here saying they should have waited and released it no next gen and this should have been DLC. From everything I’ve read and seen, it looks to me it was either roll the expansion into a full fledged game and make the company more appealing to investors or have nothing but a DLC asset to its name and have the company possibly collapse. The writing was on the wall for THQ, this was a company saving decision for Volition. If they wouldn’t have done this, SR may have been gone forever.

    And you can shit on Deep Silver all you want, but if they wouldn’t have bought it, Volition may have been in Vigil’s boat (Darksiders) and a lot of people would have lost their jobs.

    If you like Saints Row, then you will probably like this. If you’ve never been a fan or don’t like the departure from 1 and 2, then it won’t change your mind.

    On a side note- Can someone tell me the last time there was a debut trailer for a game where it wasn’t immediately shit on? This is a honest question. I appreciate not wanting to get burned by a bad game (we’ve all been there), but for people who like video games so much we are sure quick to hit the “dislike button”. I mean, is it not “cool” to be excited or look forward to a new game? It’s like everyone is trying to play it cool with the hottest chick in the bar…you know, just in case she has herpes.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Eddie Rodrigues

    @42 As a SR fan of course I will buy it, but see the logic: The jump from 1 and 2 was big, the jump from 2 and 3 was huge, and SR4 feels like a big fucking expansion from SR3, although this might have been necessary, as you said.

    The thing I want back is a full Multiplayer mode, where I can play with more than just one guy doing the same missions I could do alone with the exception I can trigger an unfair boring mini-game just for the “lulz”.

    Also does the choices on SR3 affect this game somehow? AND IS JONNY GAT REALLY DEAD? The DLC haven’t explained if they really found his body or not… he could be Gat Vader for what I understand.

    #42 2 years ago

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    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]