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LucasArts closed, Star Wars 1313 and First Assault in limbo

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 18:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Disney is closing LucasArts development studio, laying off a reported 150 staffers and according to a representative for the firm, development on Star Wars 1313 along with Star Wars: First Assault is in limbo.

A representative confirmed the news to Game Informer with the following statement:

“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games.

“As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”

While the Game Informer article doesn’t list the number of people affected by the closure, Kotaku is reporting that 150 people have been laid off and Star Wars 1313 along with Star Wars: First Assault have been cancelled.

If the statement given to Game Informer is any indication, it looks as though other development studios will now be able to license the Star Wars IP helping to achieve the “broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games.”

This could pave the way for licenses for studios such as Obsidian, which earlier this year said it had pitched an idea to Disney on the matter.

This also means, that both First Assault and Star Wars 1313 could potentially be picked up by other studios, although nothing official has been said on the matter.

Regarding this subject, a LucasArts representative told Game Informer that “1313 was looking fantastic, the reception has been great,” as were the other unannounced titles the fiorm was working on.

“It just got to a point where from a business standpoint we couldn’t continue developing those internally and keep up with the direction that the company was going,” said the rep.

The representative also indicated that Disney is considering its options regarding currently in development projects. As we surmised above, these could be licensed out to external studios.

“It is worth noting that we are looking for proven external partners who can help us provide video games to our fans,” the reps continued. “We still believe in the video game industry, we still will provide Star Wars games, we’re just looking at different models rather than internal production.

“They’re evaluating everything. There’s always a possibility that it [Star Wars 1313] can still come out via licensing.”

Back in October 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm – and Lucaarts – for the reported sum of  $4.05 billion, according to multiple sources.

A representative for Disney, which had been moving away from games development, said that “for the time being,” the deal wouldn’t affect Star Wars: 1313 development, and that development on all projects was “business as usual.”

The first LucasArts game to be released was Ballblazer in in 1984 for Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Commodore 64, MSX, NES, ZX Spectrum.

Other great titles from the firm included: Armed and Dangerous, Escape from Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Lego Star Wars, Maniac Mansion, Star Wars: Battlefront, Knights of the Old Republic, and many more.

The last game released by the studio was Kinect Star Wars for Xbox 360.

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62 Comments

  1. dex3108

    We are so proud that we will layoff 150 people

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    I bet Activison picks up the license.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. EdNorton

    Star Wars 1313 and First Assault cancelled – http://kotaku.com/disney-shuts-down-lucasarts-468473749

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    Story is still developing folks. This happened over my lunch so give me a few.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Edo

    Called it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Talkar

    So it has come to this…
    Next this will become Vaders job… http://youtu.be/opplsYSrIHc

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    “150 laid off, 1313 and First Assault canceled”

    This is fucking sad. Way to go Disney. First ruin BlackRock and Junction Point studios. Then clone Skylanders and finally kill LucasArts.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Talkar

    First Atari was the evil of the Gaming world, then Activision, then EA and now Disney has outdone them all.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    I still say Acti and EA are the worst. Maybe MS.

    Not because of their products quality or liklyness, but their mad biz skilz. They can sniff an untapped wallet or create a new revenue stream anywhere.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Sylrissa

    Can’t say I’m surprised to see this happen, but I was really holding out hope things would be different this time around with Disney. sigh.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. YoungZer0

    Fucking Insanity.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. redwood

    the mouse ate it!! the fucking mouse ATE it!!!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Belmont

    1313 looked really cool and promising. You idiots !

    #13 2 years ago
  14. zinc

    So although Disney owns the Star Wars franchise, all the games will be developed externally?

    Might this be a good thing? Obviously not for the staff affected at LucasArts, but in the sense of more Star Wars games being made…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Froseidon

    I never really liked Disney in the gaming sector due to hating Kingdom Hearts (I mean, Disney characters do no belong in a game). This just reinforces that hate.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. GrimRita

    This is bad for gaming really. I feel really sorry for those losing their jobs and as for Disney – they never have and never will understand game development.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dark

    Fuck Disney!!!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    But who cares? their last games were trash.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. aleschusta

    It won’t be good for the staff, but for us, it will be great. The games will be done external and they will launch more games, including Republic Commando 2, Battlefront 3 and many others.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Hellhound30x

    Its kinda funny… first they say, that they’ll license out Star wars for better quality, and not just a couple sentences later, they say they are proud of the talent they had at Lucas arts? WTF?

    Hate to say it, but it was inevitable!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Phoenixblight

    LucasArts made a really stupid decision by saying only they will make games internally when there is more money(and better games) to be out by licensing. THis decision is what caused them to lose 150 people. Disney is right in this case but 150 jobs is quite a loss.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. grizzlycake

    A giant has fallen. I still long for a new batch of quality adventures they put out during the 90s.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Stephany Nunneley

    post updated

    #23 2 years ago
  24. YoungZer0

    @14: Well, if you look at it from this perspective then yes, it could mean more Star Wars games and especially good Star Wars games.

    Still a lot of people lost their jobs here.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. NeoSquall

    Holy shit!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OnionPowder

    Please sell the LucasArts IPs to the developers that created them Disney! DoubleFine should be the rightful owners of Full Throttle and Grim Fandango

    #26 2 years ago
  27. mistermogul

    Sad times, LucasArts made some amazing games…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. MadFlavour

    Obama and Cartman are to blame.

    Should have let the Chinese have the license.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. makan.net

    disney just don’t cancel obsidian’s WIP project.maybe kotor 3

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Chockster

    Because licensing out Disney IPs has resulted in some excellent games, hasn’t it?

    Wait, what?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Lewis247

    OH MY FUCK WHY DON’T THEY REALISE IF THEY ACTUALLY RELEASE GOOD GAMES PEOPLE WILL PLAY AND BUY THEM AND ACTUALLY PRAISE THEM FOR IT.

    LucasArts for a long, long time have been so fucking incompetent when it comes to releasing games. The license has literally been dragged through the mud.

    We NEED games like 1313 and Jedi Knight and Battlefront. Not Star Wars Kinect or *barfs* the clone wars republic heroes.

    Seriously why did they release shit like that?

    GOOD GAMES FOR FUCK SAKE, MAKE THEM.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Beta

    Holy crap!

    And 1313 was looking quite promising based on the limited footage released. Especially compared to TFU2. Damn it Disney!

    Hope everyone finds re-employment soon.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. CaptPierce

    So glad they’ll outsource First Assault and 1313 are still intact largely. Those are some great looking games I’m looking forward to. Only think said about this affair is those who lost their jobs really. I hope those 150 or so find new ones soon. :(

    Other than that, I’m glad the studio itself went the way of the dodo. They haven’t released a quality game in years.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. CaptPierce

    @32 It’s still coming out, just been put on hold because of this. :) They’ll probably license it to another developer or what have you business wise.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Beta

    I hope it does see release :)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. salarta

    WHAT?!

    No, I’m serious. What the actual fuck. Disney seals the deal to the rights of everything tied to Lucasfilm on December 21, 2012. In THREE MONTHS, Disney thinks they know enough about how Lucasarts and the video game industry operate to SHUT DOWN LUCASARTS COMPLETELY?! They think after a measly three months, of which I can absolutely guarantee they did NOT pour all their attention on the video game industry aspect, that they know with absolute certainty that closing a whole studio and laying off 150 people is the way to go?

    What kind of pompous, arrogant assholes does Disney have working for them?! I don’t care what kind of bottom line they think they’re saving, what kind of analysis they’ve done, this decision is asinine.

    I am very, very seriously considering swearing off future Disney games on the merits of this development alone. If they think that making a buck is so damned important that they think they need to put 150 people out of work without giving them a chance to prove their worth and abilities under new management, then Disney doesn’t deserve the money.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. misieque

    We’ll probably get more iOS/Android shit like Star Wars Pinball or Star Wars Chess instead.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. zinc

    @36, I think that considering Disney has no success in videogames & LucasArts success’s are way behind them, closing a studio that would have sucked money into a game that might not sell, made perfect sense.

    Can you really blame the House of the Mouse for cutting its losses & moving forward with what they do best?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Gnosis

    Seems to me that they weren’t really interested in making games right from the beginning. If I recall correctly their announcement came before the purchase. Well, I hope those 150 ppl will be able to find new jobs quickly or get collected by other studios.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. salarta

    @38: Yes I can, because they didn’t provide the studio a fighting chance to save itself, nor did they consider that perhaps changing the way they do things or having new management could turn things around. Things can change very quickly and meaningfully if people are given a meaningful advance warning of what the consequences might be, AND it gives them a chance to better prepare for if things still turn out for the worse.

    No matter what kind of severance package the employees get, it’s absolutely no substitute for if they had the opportunity to prove their worth or some warning of what may come. No matter what kind of business logic Disney followed as reasons for shutting the studio down, the people that made this decision are assholes. I hope the person or people that decided to put 150 people out of work today get the exact same treatment they just dished out: laid off with no warning and no chance to turn it around.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. zinc

    ^ No. Disney have the good sense to admit their ignorance when it comes to videogames. They’ve tried & failed befor, so why risk millions again on a struggling studio?

    And those “assholes” you mention, are looking out for the interests of a few thousand Disney employees , so that risk was simply to high.

    Its not nice, but it is what it is.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. salarta

    @41: That’s kind of the point. Disney is ignorant about video games. Lucasarts is not. Disney is dictating that because they as a parent company don’t know how to work the video game market, they need to immediately shut down a studio among the companies they own that has at least some knowledge of the video game market. This is what makes them pompous and arrogant. They have decided that since THEY don’t understand something, they need to completely avoid it, and take apart anything they own involved in it.

    This is like a boss that doesn’t understand how to use a computer deciding that since he doesn’t know how to use a computer, computers are worthless to their work and shouldn’t be used. It’s self-absorbed, arrogant and completely inconsiderate to the employees that might actually know a thing or two about how to use computers to improve the company if given a chance to try things untried before.

    I sincerely have trouble believing that Disney is in such a position that letting Lucasarts continue to exist for one more year would have led to thousands of employees losing their jobs. If they were in a situation that dire, they wouldn’t have bought Lucasfilm in the first place; it would have been too much of a financial risk.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. zinc

    ^Disney has spent millions in the past trying & failing at making succesful videogames. They are not going down that path again.

    It would be ignorant of them to do so.

    LucasArts are far from succesful. It would be arrogant to assume their game would break even, let alone be a huge hit.

    Like it or not, Disney made the right call.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. zinc

    Can’t believe i’m defending Disney… That spoonful of sugar must of been spiked! o_O

    #44 2 years ago
  45. matirishhh

    I’d say someone must have cursed Lucasfilm and Lucasarts…that is why we haven’t seen anything decent in Star Wars universe since Battlefront II…and that also must be the reason why George sold it… This is madness! 1313 looked so awesome! I love Disney BUT!! WHAT DA FUCK?

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Dark

    Avalanche Studios founder claims that Star Wars 1313 needed another two years to be completed

    http://www.dsogaming.com/news/avalanche-studios-founder-claims-that-star-wars-1313-needed-another-two-years-to-be-completed/

    #46 2 years ago
  47. MadFingerz

    “…we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles”

    *Scratches head* If that’s being appreciative…Note to self: Never ever ever provoke Disney’s wrath. Ever.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. ActionGameKing

    Disney is about profits, nothing else.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. xino

    it makes no sense to me!
    they bought the Lucasart and now getting rid of them.
    wtf!?

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Gnosis

    @49: They bought the entire studio. Lucas Arts is only one part of it. The one that is responsible for game development. Otherwise it would be just plain stupid of Disney to invest that much money into something they were going to close anyway. They’d rather try to resell it, to get at least some of their expenses back.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. DevilsAdvocate

    So what’s the point? Truly, what do they have to gain from this?

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Lengendaryboss

    @51 No money having to be wasted on them, most likely the reason. Don’t know why Disney bought them, never even published a single game under the Disney banner and to me it didn’t seem like the match made in heaven.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. TD_Monstrous69

    Kinda sad that LucasArts last developed game released was Kinect Star Wars, but even sadder they’ve closed. My heart goes out to the 150 this move impacts, hope they land on their feet. Also, hope a right partner is found to continue Star Wars 1313, it looked like it had potential to be something really good.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Phoenixblight

    @53

    Uh Lucas Arts didn’t develop that game, they co-published it.

    http://www.lucasarts.com/games/kinectstarwars/

    LucasArts last developed game was Force Unleashed 2.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. silkvg247

    After Epic Mickey 2 and now the trashing of one of the industries best loved developers.. I think Disney are losing the bloody plot.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Phoenixblight

    @55

    Not really LucasArts hasn’t developed a good game since pre-2000. Disney is completely right in making money off the license.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. Lengendaryboss

    @55 Well Disney aren’t really experienced in the games section and with the amount of money its takes to fund the games projects they had in development, not guaranteed to be successful/profitable games and sadly in the end it was most likely more cost effective to close them.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. silkvg247

    @56 I didn’t say they were the best, heck I didn’t even say they were good, I said they were loved. It’s a known and established brand which gave us some of the finest games seen by man back in the day. It could have been saved. It could have had TLC. But instead they’ll probably outsource games over to india or something. Hooray for corporations and their shitty greed system.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Phoenixblight

    @58

    THe brand was already dead and those that made LucasArts have left and made their own studios. Hell I know a few of them and communicate with them daily. Hey if you want something kept for nostalgia thats your business but its not helpful to Disney to keep a studio that hasn’t produced anything good in a decade. Surprised they were kept alive this long.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Digital Bamboo

    If this results in 1313 not being finished I will be CRUSHED…but not as crushed as the 150 people Disney laid off. I hope they are snatched up by other studios, are able to launch their own indie studios, or otherwise get back to work making games ASAP.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Phoenixblight

    @60

    Disney has already looked into selling the assets and concept to the game and no one is biting and sources from LucasArts are saying the chances of it getting picked up are slim to none so best bet is to think that its shelved.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. manamana

    Mad World.

    #62 2 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

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

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

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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

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

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

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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

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

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

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

    Steam and GOG have announced Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 owners will be able play multiplayer with each other across both platforms. With the recent online multiplayer update for for AVP Classic 2000, Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley has made good on his promise from June to offer cross-platform play between the Steam and GOG platforms. […]

  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

    Roll7 has announced it will release OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood next week. The developer announced the dates on Twitter this morning alongside the launch trailer. You will be able to download the game for PlayStation 4 and Vita March 3 in North America and March 4 in Europe.

  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

    Heists got a date! Come play GTA Online with us to celebrate. We’re playing GTA Online on PS4 tonight with whoever else fancies it. That means you. This week’s playlist is Happy for Heists, because we kind of are. The six jobs involved will last about 45 minutes. Anyone can turn up. Here’s how. We’ll […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

    Batman: Arkham Knight has a new trailer available that gives us a peek into Scarecrow’s plan to unite all villains against Batman. The trailer below has a different tone to the ones showing Arkham Knight. Instead, we get a look at Scarecrow’s team of super-villains including new footage of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. There […]

  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]

  • Destiny: how to make sure Crota stays down for longer

    If you’re familiar with the final encounter of the Crota’s End raid, then you know every second Crota is immobilised counts. Arekkz Gaming has a handy tip for anyone who’s played Crota’s End or anyone attempting it. The trick is simple to execute and will ensure Crota stays on his knees for longer, making for […]

  • NBA Live 15 added to EA Access just four months after release

    EA has added NBA Live 15 to the list of games available instantly to anyone with an EA Access subscription. NBA Live 15 has been added to EA Access’ Vault, EA has announced. As of today, anyone with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One can play it alongside other available games. NBA Live 15 […]

  • Deal: get Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One bundle + extra game for £299

    UK retailer GAME is offering a good deal on the Advanced Warfare Limited Edition 1TB Xbox One bundle and is throwing in an extra game. The retailer has reduced the price of the bundle to £299, which is the usual price for the standalone console. The bundle is of course Advanced Warfare-themed. The console and […]

  • That Metal Gear Rising 2 logo was for the second anniversary of the original

    Metal Gear Rising developer Platinum Games has confirmed, once and for all, that the “2″ logo we saw during Sony’s presentation at Taipei Game Show was definitely not for a sequel. Platinum posted this on Twitter earlier. デザイナーの趙&ニシイから、『MGR』2周年記念イラスト! ディレクターの齋藤( @PG_saito )が、開発スタッフブログでご紹介しています↓↓ http://t.co/IW1aOxAZQR #mgr pic.twitter.com/ZbNF3Jk1tF — PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) February 25, 2015 The illustrations were made by artist Yong-Hee […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 is formulaic and I’m okay with that

    There’s something comforting about the lack of ambition and plain old gameplay in Resident Evil Revelations 2, says Matt Martin. “It’s locked from the other side.” Of course it is. What did I expect? I’ve been here before. So many times. Not just in Resident Evil but a million other games. It’s so familiar as […]

  • Battlefield 4: double XP event live now through Sunday

    EA is holding a double XP event in Battlefield 4 on all platforms. The publisher is celebrating Battlefield Hardline going gold by offering all Battlefield 4 players double XP in multiplayer matches. The double XP event is now live and through 23:59 UTC on Sunday, March 1.

  • BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Rayman Legends free with March Games with Gold

    The list of free games coming in March as part of Microsoft’s Games with Gold programme has leaked. The leaked list of games include Rayman Legends and #IDARB for Xbox One along with Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite for Xbox 360. In addition, Microsoft will be offering double the amount of games in April. The […]

  • Telltale’s new IP will be a “super show”, bridges the gap between TV and game

    Telltale’s upcoming mysterious new IP will be produced in collaboration with Lionsgate and will be a hybrid game and TV show. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner to understand what’s a super show. “A “Super Show” episode combines one part of interactive playable content with one part of scripted television style content,” said […]

  • Next Mortal Kombat X stream to show Brutalities, new character

    Brutalities will be making a return in Mortal Kombat X and we’re getting a look at them very soon. The next Mortal Kombat X live-stream has been dated and we know it will show Brutalities for the first time. Developer NetherRealm Studios posted this on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/ZJYN1FNRZ9 — NetherRealm Studios (@NetherRealm) February 23, 2015 Notice […]

  • PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 does not support offline co-op [Update]

    Players who bought the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 have realised that the game doesn’t support offline co-op. Unlike the console versions, the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 can only be played in single player, with no offline co-op option. Capcom has not revealed this prior to launch. Instead, users on […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed, Sleeping Dogs, Thief, and more

    This week’s Deals with Gold is offering hefty discounts on some good titles. The list of discounted games for this week’s Deals with Gold promotion includes Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, Thief and others. The deals cover Xbox 360 and Xbox One and are only available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. […]

  • Snake looks very bloody in new MGS 5: The Phantom Pain shots

    Hideo Kojima has released a few screenshots from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain that show a very bloody Snake. Legendary Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima has been posting a few cryptic images on Twitter for a while now and it seems things are not looking great for Snake and co. He posted the […]

  • Lethal Weapons: Battlefield Hardline and the buddy cop movie

    Battlefield Hardline brings Visceral’s flair for narrative to a franchise notorious for its lack of storytelling. Battlefield Hardline Written by Rob Auten and Tom Bissell. In addition to their individual credits, the pair have penned a number of games together, including Gears of War: Judgment and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Auten has also worked […]

  • Mother 4 gets first gameplay trailer

    Mother 4 is probably never going to happen, but this unofficial fan version looks pretty special. The Mother series is probably best known to western gamers as Earthbound, which is called Mother 2 in Japan. Neither of the other two games have been officially localised, and thanks to its (numerically!) limited impact in the west, […]