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Beyond: Two Souls – Cage unveils opus in Paris

Thursday, 21 March 2013 14:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Beyond: Two Souls will take David Cage’s narrative vision to the next level in October. Patrick Garratt visits Quantic Dream in Paris to go hands-on and see brand new gameplay sections demoed.

Beyond: Two Souls is a very impressive video game, and probably the most exciting current-gen prospect. The wait for October promises to be excruciating.

David Cage doesn’t want us to spoil Beyond: Two Souls. Speaking to journalists at Quantic Dream in Paris yesterday, the writer and director took the time to tell us so. We could “do what we want,” obviously, but a factual run-through of what we saw would be “boring” to you, the reader, according to the Frenchman. He wants us, as writers, to focus on the emotional impact of the presentation and our brief play session.

David knows best.

We saw a long series of demos yesterday, the star element of which was a sequence called Homeless. It appeared to be a full level and lasted about 45 minutes. It certainly was emotional (we heard that word a lot yesterday), but we’ll go into that later. We then got to play a small section set in a hospital. This wasn’t particularly tear-jerking, but the whole point was just to show how the controls work. We weren’t even allowed to wear headphones during the first part of the playable demo because some of the dialogue gave away spoilers.

Some quick background. Beyond: Two Souls is Quantic Dream’s latest PlayStation 3 game. It’s out this October. David Cage has written the script. The French studio is known most recently for creating Heavy Rain, an innovative serial killer thriller which successfully blurred the line between “game” and “movie”. Beyond follows Jodie from childhood to womanhood over a story spanning 15 years. Jodie, played by Ellen Page, is joined to a poltergeist-like “entity” called Aiden by an ethereal cord, and it’s this partnership which forms the basis of Beyond’s play mechanics. The player controls both Jodie and Aiden. Willem Dafoe plays Nathan Dawkins, a government scientist who becomes a father figure to Jodie after experimenting on the supernatural elements surrounding her.

All set? Sensational. Here’s some new and absolutely emotionless facts before we get into the playable sections.

Cage constantly called Aiden a “ghost” in his presentation, but when I spoke to him later he wouldn’t elaborate on the plot at all. He said Beyond is a story about “growing,” “how events in our life make us who we are,” about “life, death, what’s on the other side.” The plot is “told in chronological disorder,” with the player being fed information out of logical sequence. You have to “rebuild the story” to find out what happens, and you sometimes see effects before causes. You can’t “watch passively” as the story is told, Cage said.

There are 40 versions of Jodie, ranging from a small child to a grown woman. Cage showed a set of images of her growth in a slide, and her homeless guise was second-to-last, the final picture being Jodie with no hair. Dafoe, too, ages throughout.

Cage has done away with Quick Time Events, a mechanic which bore much of the weight in Heavy Rain. Beyond’s combat is based on a bullet time-type system controlled only with the right analogue stick. If someone’s swinging a baseball bat at you, you just move the stick in the appropriate direction to block it. Cage showed us a training sequence in which Jodie is sparring against a man in a gym. We didn’t get to test the combat in the play session, but, as with everything else in the game, it looks completely contextual.

You can hear Cage explaining the QTE stuff below.

Beyond’s engine is new. It isn’t based on Heavy Rain’s tech. Some elements are based on Quantic Dream’s PlayStation 4 work, so depth of field, for example, is improved over Heavy Rain.

Here’s Cage talking about Beyond’s engine, including details of the PS4 features.

Beyond will take place across multiple locations and will last some 12-15 hours, according to Caroline Marchal. We saw a video showing Jodie in what looked to be an American wild west setting, skiing through a blizzard, and so on. Vehicles are drivable in places, and you get to ride horses and m0t0rb1k3s.

What Beyond is like to play

As I said earlier, the section we got to play was just designed to show us the controls. It was set in a hospital. I won’t talk about the plot elements at all. On a purely mechanical level, this is what it’s like to play Beyond.

You move Jodie with the left stick. You push it forwards and she walks in third-person, looking around her as she goes. The general UI is different from Heavy Rain’s. If Jodie is able to interact with an object, a small white circle appears next to it. You then move the right stick in the direction of the circle to complete an action. This could be getting up, crouching down, searching or whatever else.

The one thing that stuck out from my short time playing is how much you use Aiden, the ghost, who is accessed by pressing the triangle button. When you switch over to Jodie’s spooky friend, the controls become first-person in a traditional twin-stick format. The R1 and R2 buttons are used to raise and lower the camera. Aiden can fly through walls, hit objects and show Jodie flashback sequences based on the aura of corpses. This forms the basis of a great deal of the progression we saw.

To give an example. At one point Jodie needs to use a lift, but it’s stuck a few floors below. You need to switch to Aiden, fly into the lift shaft and through the roof of the lift, then move a cabinet to unblock the door. You do this by positioning yourself in front of the cupboard, at which point a white circle appears to tell you Aiden can interact with it. You pull the analogue sticks down and apart from each other, then let them go in a sort of catapult motion. This smacks the cabinet out of the way and the lift rises.

In this section we saw two other ways Aiden can interact with the environment. He can turn things on and off by moving the sticks in towards the circle of light instead of away. He can also do this with corpses, catching some of their aura and then moving it to Jodie’s head to show her a sequence of a usually grisly death.

Here’s how it can all come together. Jodie uses Aiden to watch a flashback of a dead person in the hospital, and this sequence shows the location of a fire extinguisher. All the rooms around her are burning. Aiden then flies through the flames to the fire extinguisher, turns back towards Jodie and does the catapult move to knock it back through the fire to her feet. You then switch back into Jodie, move the right stick towards the white circle next to the extinguisher, pick it up and put out part of the fire to progress.

Quantic described the state of the code as “between alpha and beta,” but there’s no doubting it works. Switching between the two characters became natural quickly, but needed to be explained by the producers on hand at first. It’s impossible to draw any conclusions from what we saw, to be honest. As I said, it was just to give us a quick feel of how play pans out. You can watch some of these sequences below.

Hands-off demos

We saw three hands-off demos. The first was Jodie being tested in a lab, and the second showed combat. The third was a large section called Homeless, which featured Jodie as a young adult. Here comes the emotion. Tissues at the ready.

The test section is about Jodie being held at a facility and using Aiden to tell the scientists which card another woman is holding up in an adjoining room. Jodie’s very young – she’s eight years old, apparently – and comes across as surly. For the record, the acting animations on both the child and the adults are incredible. I have three children and Jodie is immediately obvious as an unhappy infant. The way she doesn’t respond easily, the way she moves her mouth: it’s quite freaky.

Aiden turned the entire sequence from something melancholic into straight horror. The woman in the other room started to panic when he knocked over some blocks and really started freaking out when Aiden knocked over a table and started hitting the windows. Her aura turned red in the version we saw, and Aiden started to choke her. He also possessed one of the lab assistants, which gave the player control of him. If we’re talking about emotions, it definitely was quite nerve-wracking to watch, and the strength of the characterisations and motion capture was amazing. It engaged me because the reactions of the people involved were believable. Making a ghost story actually frightening is incredibly difficult in any medium, but Cage appears to have managed it.

You can watch parts of this sequence below.

The second demo showed off Beyond’s combat. Quantic Dream has done away with QTEs in the fights, and has instead employed a system of stick movements and bullet-time. Jodie was sparring with a partner in the gym is the segment we saw, and every time he tried to hit her his strike slowed down, giving the player enough time to counter it by moving the right stick. Every action is controlled in this way. If you compare it to the combat in Heavy Rain, in which everything was controlled by a blatantly obvious QTE press, it’s easy to see how Quantic’s built on previous work by refining. It looks good, no doubt. We weren’t allowed to test the combat.

Take a look for yourself.

By far the most significant section we were shown was the Homeless level, a long sequence which contained a string of emotional sucker punches culminating in a death. It included homelessness (obviously), pregnancy, an interactive birth sequence, parental worry, desperation, hunger, fear, pain, violence, suicide, camaraderie, hope, elation, horror, cold, warmth and sadness. It was affecting. I prickled when Cage asked us to not describe this sequence in detail – it was, after all, yesterday’s main event – but he was absolutely right. You should play this for yourself. You can see some of it in the screens below.

Let me put it this way. At one point in this presentation I literally had tears in my eyes. When it finished, everyone clapped. The only people in the room were journalists. I’ve been to this type of event many, many times, and can’t remember another occasion when a game demo was actually applauded. It felt as though we’d seen something new.

Beyond may stretch “reality” somewhat (anyone who’s witnessed a birth may be wondering what happened to all the blood), but that isn’t the point. Cage and his team took the entire notion of narrative to a new level with Heavy Rain, and this latest project appears to have trumped Quantic’s previous work in every department. Beyond: Two Souls is a very impressive video game, and probably the most exciting current-gen prospect. The wait for October promises to be excruciating.

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17 Comments

  1. DGOJG

    Looks incredible, really looking forward to this game. ‘Heavy Rain’ was definitely one of my favourite games of this generation and I’m glad Sony have helped Quantic Dream to carry on creating more inventive experiences like this.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. gtvdave

    Thanks for the coverage guys, but what’s up with the frame rate of these videos? It’s way down, around 15fps.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    I think this looks fantastic.

    but videos in 15 or 20 frames per second (unless it’s a true PS3 quality LOL) Heeavy Rain had issues with frme rates too.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. gtvdave

    I don’t believe the framerate of these videos reflect the framerate of the game. The intro itself at the beginning of each video is 15fps as well. They must have been rendered with wrong output framerate during compression.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    of course these videos don’t reflect the game’s FPS. That was just my sarcasm, although Heavy Rain really had some issues with frame rate.

    P.S. the video where you can control things is actually innovative and it makes a lot of sense for this game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Sam Clay

    Hey chaps.

    The frame-rates have nothing to do with the quality of the PS3, it’s the outputs we’ve had for these edits – they went a bit weird it would seem =/

    I’ll upload some 30fps ones to keep everyone happy…

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    Man, this looks great!
    Hopefully this surpasses Heavy Rain in every department, including sales. Something truly new this late in gen is really refreshing.

    @Pat,
    Kudos man. Keep up the work of putting these preview things out of the gate ASAP. Most sites don’t have anything up.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. redwood

    they can get THIS sort of shit on an a PS3? it effin’ gamaing.. and say what you can about david cage but the dude loves games and loves to innovate.. and the part that i love the most about quantic dreams is they don’t whine about “loosing money” by making games that are too innovative, and lets be honest, quantic dreams games really arn’t everyone ‘s cup of tea. But they are still marching ahead, looking forward to this AND singualarity.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Sam Clay

    Lab Gameplay – http://youtu.be/3ac_zjAY0SY
    Combat Gameplay – http://youtu.be/B9r62oqGRXg
    Hospital Gameplay – http://youtu.be/4nbjm917B7o

    Enjoy!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. monkeygourmet

    first gen PS4 is going to be a baby step compared to last gen PS3 / 360 titles…

    You can see why devs wanted more time with the old hardware if they can still squeeze out games like Halo 4, GOW 3 etc…

    Even Killzone 4 looked pretty similar to 3 at a glance. Another reason I haven’t quite taken the plunge with PC stuff.

    People say you can make a PC that shits all over 360 / PS3 for £350, but it’s such a small jump that i’ve yet to see the point.

    I am most interested in how things like Metroid Wii U will stack up against something like Killzone 4 / Halo 5…

    The Wii U is struggling because there is soooo much good stuff coming out on PS3 / 360 still:

    Last of Us
    New God of War
    Beyond: Two Souls
    Puppeteer
    Destiny
    Bioshock Infinate
    Tomb Raider
    Gears of War 3.5

    There’s going to be alot of ports come PS4 / 720 launch I bet, I can’t wait to see Nintendo / Retro’s efforts on Wii U arriving at the same time to do battle! :)

    @Topic

    Game looks great! :)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. No_PUDding

    m0t0rb1k3s?

    In joke?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. manamana

    Gorgeous – pre-ordered already.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. harr0w

    what’s so innovative its one long QTE. dragons lair was doing this shit in 1983. Granted it pretty for consoles but that doesnt say much when you have 90% of the control removed, style over substance. I bet David Cage loves nothing better than arguing the tired debate of “are video games art” whilst chewing on his horse infused croissant and slurping down a glass of Château Liversan Haut-Medoc the big french tart. just my opinion

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ActionGameKing

    Been reading this article all day, I’m completely excited for this game now!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    While I don’t quite agree with #13, control seems wrestled away from the player a HELL of a lot. I’m with Ken Levine on this: every time you take away control, you’ve just lost the prize for good game design. I KNOW I’m not going to like this game. Cage’s cliche platitudes on the human condition make me ill, not sad. It’s like reading fan-fic; a pale imitation of quality storytelling.

    Further, there’s just no agency here. Show me one moment in any of these videos where the player has a choice. Any choice. Seems to me the game is just waiting around for you to do what it wants you to do. I play creatively, so I’ll stick with BioShock Infinite, thanks.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. mojo

    that looks fantastic.
    Realy realy looking forward for this!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Kuwabara

    @3 Wow, really Erth, it looks fantastic does it? Yet the prospect of next gen games on PS4 do not seem fantastic to you because it can’t measure up to a pc..

    #17 2 years ago

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    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 […]