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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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    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

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  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

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  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

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  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]