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Square Enix’s new president plans ‘fundamental review’ of publisher’s business

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 02:49 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Square Enix’s new president takes up his duties in June, and his first order of business will be to take a good, long look at the publisher to find out why it’s not making money – despite holding some of the most celebrated brands in the industry.

At a financial briefing, as translated by Siliconera, the newly-appointed Yosuke Matsuda told investors he’s keen to assess Square Enix in light of the changing face of the industry.

“After having succeeded the important role as the president, I plan on reviewing all Square Enix duties, business and assets on a zero-based budgeting standpoint. Due to the radical change of environment, I’d like to fundamentally review what works and what doesn’t work for our company, then cast all of our resources towards extending what makes us successful and thoroughly squeezing out what doesn’t,” he said.

“As far as a concrete plan on what to expect from us, I will further explain it on another briefing session in the near future, so I kindly ask for your patience. Thank you for your support.”

This is a little nerve-wracking for traditional triple-A game fans as it has become apparent that Square Enix’s big-budget western games – Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman: Absolution – have not met expectations, despite warm critical receptions and strong sales. What does make money, according to financial disclosures over the last few years, are domestic-only titles on smartphones and web, something most western fans have little access to or interest in.

Matsuda’s comments suggest square may double down on these new business and let its traditional development plans slide. It’s a very different message from that delivered by former president Yoichi Wada in a 2011 Tokyo Game Show keynote; at the time, the veteran executive said that new businesses were not squeezing out old ones, just expanding opportunities.

But capitalism is dominant and investors no doubt want a slice or six of the enormous new business pie, plus an actual return rather than “extraordinary losses”. Wada, who announced his resignation as president last month, said he’d stay on at Square Enix in an unspecified role, almost as a kind of penance.

“As an employee, I believe it is my duty to help the company and give proper results from it. I will be retiring from the line of management, but I plan to work on site as a way to pay my debt to the company,” he said.

Square Enix has said it doesn’t expect to make money on console games for at least two years, partially due to the generation shift and its heavy investment in next-gen tech such as the Luminous engine.

The publisher is believed to have a large number of unannounced console titles in the works, including a brand new Final Fantasy for PlayStation 4, which will be revealed at E3 2013.

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24 Comments

  1. salarta

    While I’m not trying to cast doubt (at least currently) on what Yoichi Wada gives as his reasons for continuing on at the company in a lesser role, I do feel I need to mention that I’m not sure if he would have many other options in the first place. He was president of the whole company, and after a decade working at Squeenix in that capacity, it’s clear his resignation comes at least in some part from his capabilities being called into question. With his reputation damaged by these recent events, other companies may shrink from hiring him if he wanted to pursue his career elsewhere.

    I wish I could say that these comments from Matsuda could give me hope that all the terrible developments I’ve seen happen at Squeenix would be undone, and the company would steer its way back on the right path. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough faith in the company anymore. They always learn the wrong lessons from mistakes they make, and they never try to do right by their existing IPs and fans when they make a severe misstep. Several of their employees, mostly Toriyama, have openly lied about and misrepresented their creations to try and make people buy them. It’s hard for me to see a future Squeenix where their employees love and respect their IPs and their fans, and where quality is more important than deceiving and manipulating people into buying what are essentially little more than officially sanctioned fangames based on the selfish wet dreams of the people behind them.

    The last time Squaresoft had a financial problem brought about by the same root causes as this time around, they responded by doubling down on the very same things that caused their ruin.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Zohar

    All SE has to do is stop taking nearly a decade to produce a single game while stringing fans along with empty promises and vaporware. All the while, tripling down on a single entry in the series that most western fans consider to be one of, if not the, worst of them.

    Stop squandering the FF franchise. Produce good games. Give passionate, visionary and creative people the lead on projects and stop relying on FF to be a golden goose that will haul in enough money to prop up an entire company. Fans WILL eventually catch on and stop buying something just because it says “Final Fantasy” on the box.

    #1 Agreed 100%

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ActionGameKing

    I have 3 steps to fix this company’s problems:-

    1.Square Enix, just release FF Versus XIII for PS3. If it isn’t finished, release it as Part 1. It will print paper.

    2.Announce FF7 Remake and actually release it within 2-3 years of announcing. It will print paper.

    3.Announce Kingdom Hearts 3 and actually release it within 2-3 years of announcing. All financial problems solved.

    I cannot believe they’ve fucked up their own brands so much for the entire generation. Is no-one keeping track of how over-budget their games have become? It’s not rocket science, just release the games you announced and stop wasting money. I’ve been waiting for FF:Versus since I was 15…I’m now in my 20′s.. WTF…like…wtf! Sigh….Rant over

    #3 2 years ago
  4. salarta

    @3: I think Versus is going to turn into the new Duke Nukem Forever.

    I used to think that Squeenix did have a plan for remaking FF7, that they would use it as a last resort to revive interest in the company and their products once their soulless whoring and ruination of once great IPs reached the inevitable end point of people no longer caring. But after several years thinking this, I realized it’s far more likely that Squeenix is purposely avoiding ever making a remake, yet continuing to taunt the idea of openness to making one under the right conditions, because there’s too much risk. FF7 is THE Squeenix game. It ascended status from video game to icon, something that people actually look up to, admire, hold sacred.

    The game was an inspiration for a lot of people… so to completely screw THAT up would be guaranteed death of the company. It would break the spell of blind fandom for a lot of people, get them to actually think for five seconds about what they’re buying and why for future purchases. I know from personal experience with FFX-2: once a game breaks you from the spell of blind faith, you become aware of terrible flaws and become less and less willing to accept it when bad things are done to good IPs and characters.

    I think this is also why Wada wanted to turn FF13 into a repeat of FF7′s success. If the company could get FF13 to be as popular and revered as FF7, they’d have two major memorable Final Fantasy IPs to work with, and so they would have the freedom to dick around with FF7 more than they already have.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. redwood

    they ought to make a final fantasy shooter or an FPS.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. dtyk

    1. Don’t spend a decade to make each game
    2. Don’t rush release a game and end up having to remake it after losing consumer confidence
    3. Release new main Kingdom Hearts
    4. ????
    =
    Profit?

    The “need to review” is blowing my common sense

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Clupula

    Seriously, though, remaking FFVII would be the absolute best thing they could possibly do. I know so many younger people who saw Advent Children and loved it, that want to play the original game but don’t want to deal with the graphics of the PS1 original. It’s a no brainer and anyone but Wada would have understood that.

    I miss when the company used to take chances and did awesome things like X-2. I remember all the little boys who never venture out of their mom’s basements getting their panties in a bunch over that one and it made the first Final Fantasy I bought, day one, just to spite them. And it ended up having the absolute best battle system in the entire series.

    Seriously, though, release Versus XIII on PS3 (not PS4), put out a Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Collection with Birth by Sleep, 2, and 3D, announced KH3, and remake FFVII. That is how you make money.

    And make sure that FFXV is exclusive to PS4. That sort of loyalty carries over to sales. I remember during the PS1 days, all a game needed was the Square logo and I’d buy it.

    Oh, and while you’re at it, make PS3 versions of The Third Birthday, Type-0, and Dissidia.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Clupula

    @5 – Already did. It was called Dirge of Cerberus. It sucked.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. salarta

    @5: That’s basically what The Spirits Within could be if continued as a video game. No need to try to completely reinterpret the series into something it’s not meant to be as the industry has been doing to every IP out there (and which already happened to an extent with FF13, and definitely happened with both FFX-2 and 3rd Birthday). Only downside is that since a The Spirits Within game would have to be a prequel, I can’t imagine Aki Ross managing to play much of a role.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. redwood

    @8 sorry .. let me rephrase “they ought to make a GOOD final fantasy shooter or an FPS with multiplayer” , maybe hire platinum games to make one for ‘em :D

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    I think the expected sales for western games like Tomb Raider are like red herring. The biggest failure and the real reason Square was crushed was the fall of FF as a brand.

    FF13 sold decently but it was not good enough for a multiplatform next-gen FF on both PS3 and 360. Fans didn’t really like it and things only got worse with 13-2. To top it off, they RUINED their next, numbered sequel (FF14). It failed as a MMO and it failed as a FF game. The cost of original plus the “Realm Reborn” or something as the relaunch didn’t help and in the end, became the worst FF game in commercial terms.

    That part is kinda like EA. While a lot of things attributed to JR’s departure, it was failure of a super expensive MMO (SW: The Old Republic).

    #11 2 years ago
  12. salarta

    FF13 sold about the same as the new Tomb Raider did, possibly more.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    Actually, FFXIII sold around 9 million something, last time I checked. With about 70% of that on the PS3.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ajsman

    Well I’m glad I have my share in their failure. I know at lest 15-20 ppl who didn’t buy Absolution even for 9$ just because I said the game sucks. Its not much, but every bit counts. And I’m proud of it.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Gheritt White

    ^What a shower of cunts.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    ^ Wow its so nice too see humanity in all of you, you know not cheapness or pettiness.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Da Man

    Stop making tasteless bullshit anime.

    Refrain from terrible voiceovers.

    Refrain from turn based combat.

    If only these guys would follow these simple rules, they have to understand that demented hardcore is in the minority.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Gnosis

    I don’t think that releasing FFVII remake, Versus etc will miraculously make all the problems go away. It’s not that easy. SE’s problem are not bad selling numbers, but bad management. They put way too much money into their games. Versus and the remake will fail in the same way the previous games did, if managed and developed in the same way. I kinda get the feeling that they are not able to find the optimal balance. How much money to put in a game to make it worth it even without astronomical expectations.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. zinc

    Well I don’t think spending 2 years remaking FF7 will help them out right now. What they need to do & will do, is…

    Find Philosophers Stone.

    Make gold & live forever.

    Failing that, I reckon they’ll dump some studios, sell an ip or two & focus on the mobile market :-(

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Deacon

    @18 +1

    SQenix hurrying and pushing out the specific titles that a score of eager ‘once’-fans crave isn’t going to do a god damn thing to turn it around. It would be detrimental if anything. I get so damn tired of all the ‘remake FFVII’ or ‘wheres Versus’ comments on ANY SQenix-related articles… without any of these fuckers really thinking about what that would even take or mean.

    I’m afraid even the wise (and well-versed in SQenix games) Da Man doesn’t really get it. Shocking.

    It’s not that their games are shit of late. Sure, they’re not what they once were. It’s more like #18 said, imo.

    Imagine if out of the blue one day, Sakaguchi came back :)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Da Man

    That’s right.

    I don’t get how someone as clever and educated as Dickon can enjoy what is essentially a tacky anime for insecure kids. With a pseudointelligent turn-based combat. And an equally tacky 3 second midi-loop by teh Uematsu.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Gnosis

    @20 Sakaguchi won’t change anything. It’s the same mistaken way of thinking that changing one single person will change the whole company. If anything, he actually has proven that one single name does not stand for a AAA game. Both Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon were imo rather mediocre. SE needs to change their development strategy to make money.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Deacon

    Can’t comment on Blue Dragon, but Lost Odyssey is far from mediocre! It’s got more heart and sense than XIII and XIII-2 put together (and I still rather enjoyed those).

    I was sort of joking about Sakaguchi anyway… it fucks me off when people rant about the auto-battles in XIII, but aren’t willing to try or don’t like the more traditional way that Lost Odyssey does it. Just what IS IT you want?!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. OlderGamer

    Imo, Blue Dragon was good too.

    I think what SQE should be doing is focusing on handhelds. Not iOS/Android, just 3DS/Vita. Sell off their western interests. And just supply asian games to an asian market. JPN loves handhelds. Dev costs are less, time to market is less, and I think the return on investment could easily prop them up.

    I know some folks love jRPGs. I used to. I still tinker with them here and there. But DQ can’t compete with the Elder Scrolls games. FF isn’t going to dethrone WoW. At some point, I think they would benift from understanding this. Older NES/SNES, even PSx/PS2 jRPGs didn’t have much in the way of console competition. But today they do. And while the western markets are huge, they are … well, rather western.

    Back in older days, when I was playing Dragon Warrior(DQ) on my NES, I couldn’t really tell that the char had blue hair, was a teenager, he didn’t have a grating voice over, and there was only so much drama that could be packed into a NES Cart. With todays vast tools for developing, the problem to some degree becomes one of culture clash. Alot of jRPGs are so Japaness they turn people off. They just don’t draw gamers the sameway they used to. Plus the gameplay hasn’t evolved much either.

    But SQE doesn’t seem to understand that.

    I think there is a market for these things. But a FF release, in the west, isn’t the big deal it used to be. Skyrim, even Boarderlands are much bigger launches.

    Ofc, SQE is more then just jRPGs these days. And it is hard to call a game that sells a few million a failure. The failure isn’t so much in th egame, I don’t think, but in the managment and biz model side of things that allow for a multi million seller to not make money. Like some of you folks have said.

    #24 2 years ago

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    Praise the Sunbro, Bungie is finally going to fix the heavy ammo bug in Destiny. If Destiny has one bug that has gone too long unresolved, it’s the heavy ammo issue. For quite a while now Guardians wearing armour that increased heavy ammo capacity have found their supply emptied whenever they respawn, return to orbit […]

  • MLB 15 The Show continues year-to-year saves, has real time sun and shadows

    MLB 15 The Show is going to be oodles better than last year’s effort, judging by a list of planned improvements. SCE San Diego has released a list of features and improvements coming to MLB 15 The Show. For those keen on the franchise the news that year-to-year saves are making a return is an […]

  • Nintendo outlines 3DS and Wii U release dates for the upcoming year

    Nintendo has published a list of release dates for upcoming 3DS and Wii U games. There aren’t a great many surprises on offer, unfortunately, but if you’rew wondering what’s next for your faithful 3DS and Wii U, you can now consider yourself fully informed. It’s worth noting that these dates are subject to change, and […]

  • Majora’s Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC is just too, too cute

    Majora’s Mask might be the creepiest Zelda but its Hyrule Warriors incarnation is so adorable I don’t know whether to eat it or tuck it up in a little blankey. The Majora’s Mask DLC hits Hyrule Warriors is due on February 5, and includes a version of young Link so sweet that I need a […]

  • Fahrenheit remaster doesn’t play nicely with unusual Steam names, apparently

    Fahrenheit will reportedly not work for you if you have special characters in your Steam name. Fahrenheit, or Indigo Prophecy as it is sometimes known, has been re-released on iOS, Linux, Mac and PC thanks to Aspyr Media. It’s not much of an upgrade, but it is pretty cheap and a great way to experience […]

  • Bloodborne PS4 bundle pops up on Amazon Spain

    Bloodborne should definitely get its own PS4 bundle. It just makes sense. A Bloodborne PS4 bundle has popped up online, although there’s been no official announcement form Sony. Amazon Spain listed the pack, which includes a 500GB console and goes for €440. In other words it’s very similar to existing game bundles and doesn’t include […]

  • Ermac joins Mortal Kombat X cast

    Mortal Kombat X will see the return of the red-clad ninja with origins in myth and glitches. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Twitch stream made good on NetherRealm’s promise of a new roster reveal. As a few of you guessed from the teasers, the latest character to be announced is Ermac, another of the ninjas. Like […]

  • Badland: Game of the Year Edition coming this spring to multiple platforms

    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]