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Zeschuk: “I don’t see how” new consoles can rescue “kind of sick” market

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 01:25 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony and Microsoft have to do something dramatic or the traditional console market is in trouble, according to former BioWare leader Greg Zeschuk.

Speaking to GamesIndustry, Zeschuk said the games industry is in a lot of trouble.

“The console core sales are slowing significantly – you can’t get around that fact. We are in a kind of sick market for old-school gaming – the traditional retail-based gaming – and as much as EA has moved into digital, the boxed stuff is not as robust,” he said. “While digital is coming up fast it’s not filling in the gaps.

“Right now, there is this sort of classic innovator’s dilemma where we see a new market emerging, but it’s not really that great – with the mobile business, certain people make a lot of money but on the whole it’s not generating as much revenue as the console business. Everyone’s kind of holding out hope for the new consoles, but I honestly don’t think they’re going to be that big a deal.

“I worry a lot that unless Microsoft or Sony pull something magically out of a hat, it’s pretty much the same old, same old repackaged and I don’t think they’re going to change the dynamic of the retail market. I don’t see how they can – the market is what it is.”

The BioWare co-founder’s comments came up in the context of the recent ousting of former EA CEO John Riccitiello, and the question of whether Star Wars: The Old Republic under-performed, contributing to the publisher’s woes.

“The interesting thing with SWTOR, almost the only way we could have moved the needle at EA is if we were just ginormous,” he said.

“It’s kind of funny because it is such a giant company. I can’t really speak to why John’s not there anymore, but it was one of many games released, and we’re in a context where just a few days later it was Yoichi Wada who was booted out from Square Enix.”

The PlayStation 4 is expected to launch in the 2013 holiday period; Microsoft is believed to have a new console reveal scheduled for late May.

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25 Comments

  1. NightCrawler1970

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNMw7yTirb4

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    I agree, unless Microsoft will bring something completely new with Next Xbox.

    PS4 so far is PS 3.5 or it’s a PC with underwhelming hardware from AMD and a bit better OS and controller. Core console gamers will buy it but beyond that…

    Just look at the Vita. Dead as Fuck. 3DS is not that big compared to DS and WiiU sales are horrible at best too.

    @, “NightCrawler1970″

    It’s the guy who has important games under his shoulder and the guy who is in games industry almost since the beggining. Go figure, bro.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SlayerGT

    Erth what do you play out of curiosity? Like some of your favorite games right now.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. NightCrawler1970

    Im pretty sure that PS3 will be the next PS2 for another 5 years on the market, wich that Xbox never did… to kept First Xbox on the market…MS just drop the first BOX off the market, “buy the next Console”.
    There are always people that dont have the money to buy a PS4, they can buy the PS3, just like the PS2

    @2, are you sure about that, Atari was the first Console ever produced
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATARI

    Im pretty sure that Oldgamer is 100% agree with me about that one

    back to the story…

    Agreed, it’s just an upgrade, we already red that PS4 have more TerraFlop than Xbox, but thats all rumors… we need to wait when they both comes with the final Console…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ps3fanboy

    the next step… the ESport Athlete.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcpFG5D8LIA

    #5 2 years ago
  6. theevilaires

    Yea make games $40 brand new again

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Rikki

    Sick market huh? That’s why need a doctor(s) to cure this sick marker!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    If it really is a crash, I think it could’ve been avoided.

    Publishers main focus right now is coming up with new nickle and dime schemes, when it should be to make properly great games.

    They have the choice between fleecing the customers they have now, or treading new ground and showing people why videogames are worth their time. I don’t think it’s feasible to try and do both.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. SlayerGT

    @DSB the nickel and dime is a direct cause of used games. If folks just bought their games new I believe the industry would still be prospering.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. zinc

    Well you could blame used games & piracy, which have been with videogaming since forever…

    Or you could point the finger at the suits desperately trying to turn the industry into a sausage making machine.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DSB

    @9 Yeah, used games is a plague. I just don’t think those measures help anyone to get excited about videogames. Rampant monetization largely isn’t something that people have to worry about if they want to enjoy music or movies.

    I think publishers should be concerned about adding value to their games as entertainment, instead of taking it away in favor of another grab at peoples wallet.

    To borrow from a piece on the Penny Arcade report:

    “X has become a company that releases mediocre products created by faceless teams. There is no real vision at work, no grand design.”

    It’s just not a healthy creative industry right now, and I think it absolutely has to start striving to be if it wants to profit, and make even more people consider games a worthwhile form of entertainment.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SlayerGT

    @DSB I completely agree. Maybe it’ll start all over with Indies. Being older, I have a hard time believing it. But if the industry can cut out the middle man (the pub) and live and die at their own hands..the strong survive? The next ten years are going to be interesting. Hell the next YEAR will be interesting. The next step in the industry, if it makes it there, that i want to witness is all digital. Or mostly digital. When like 75% of games are being purchased digitally..thats when I want to see where and how “healthy” the biz is.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Mineral4r7s

    How can you guys say used games is a plague? Without used games I would never had started gaming at all. You guys seem insane and rather intoxicated by publisher propaganda =/ imho.

    Games became to expensive. When I read the numbers on games like SWTOR or any other major release it’s just mind boggling to me.

    They need better game design technology to reduce production costs or reduce production value if above is not possible (I do not know).

    #13 2 years ago
  14. AnimJack

    @13/Mineral: Used games are a plague. Not only have they done damage to the way that game sales work – back on that in a second – but the result of that has also impacted design decisions, production practices, and has largely been the reason for monetization methods that players hate.

    The effect of used game sales is that the first week a game comes out is absolutely critical. It’s when the VAST majority of sales happen. Prior to a huge used games market, people’s purchases weeks after would still be going to the developers. Because developers effectively only have the first week to make their money back, they have to prevent people from playing the game in one day then selling it back the next day. Do you play single player focused games at all? A lot of people hate how multiplayer modes are “forced” and “crammed” in along with games that should be just single player. Well, that multiplayer is there to keep the disc in the console for another couple of extra days – precious days for sales to actually get some revenue. Since there’s only that first week to make money at actual purchase, there are methods to nickle and dime players IN the game after purchase in order to recoup money lost by used sales.

    So multiplayer is much more rampant which takes away from time on the singleplayer side of things. And because multiplayer is becoming so common to counter-act used sales and is there just to bolster the short time people keep the game, studios will often just go with what’s popular. So we start to get a lot of creative stagnation and more watered-down mainstream experiences.

    I completely agree with you about the importance of games at a reduced cost for those that would otherwise not play many titles. Rather than used games, one solution is for developers/publishers to hold steam style sales that would dramatically spike sales long after that first week of release. I’m hoping that the move to digital will help facilitate more of that kind of thing.

    It’s one of many issues right now, but it’s definitely one worth noting. Used sales allow people to try more games they otherwise wouldn’t, but there has to be a better means to accommodate those players without the developers losing out.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    The majority of his view is from a commercial perspective. In that respect I don’t have a problem. Publishers are spending too much and expecting too much, they need to reign it back and look at their own business models. There will continue to be a good market for good games on a home console, they need to sort out their business models to fulfil that. A rethink in that area is a good thing.

    One point he made related more to gaming is the “same old, same old” argument. I think even looking at what Sony and MS are likely to be providing there is a lot of scope for innovation and new experiences in game design. They shouldn’t always look to hardware to change things, much more significant is the software, services and OS features provided. In that respect I thing we’ll see a lot more innovation in the area of online interaction. Some titles have hinted and exposed a lot of interesting ideas in this area recently, and now we are heading into a new generation where the consoles are better designed to suit these ideas. Always On doesn’t have to mean DRM and has some really interesting connotations for game design.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. AnimJack

    @15 Completely agree. I’d actually like to see a return to more stylized games. Less focus on the ultra real. They don’t have to be cartoony like Crash/Jak/Ratchet/Spyro etc. They can still be dark and have grit, but focus more on aesthetics rather than pushing ultimate polies and texture res. That would reduce costs dramatically on the art side, I think. More focus on good choices rather than impossible detail.

    And everything you said about connectivity opening up new design possibilities I completely agree with. I really hope that stuff is given serious consideration.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Digital Bamboo

    Am I the only one slightly jealous of Zeschuk’s Shakespearean actor-like facial hair?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. zinc

    Yeah, used games are a plague. If their trade stopped tmro, we’d all be in nirvana, as pubs would defo stop timed dlc, micro-transactions, online passes & reign in the sometimes ridiculous digital prices.

    Suuuurrrreeee.

    Gaming is in trouble due to a lot of bad management. Period. We the gamers are not to blame. People who eat at McDonald’s, don’t have much say how the burger is made.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. MidlifeAxe

    Woah, from reading articles in the past on this website, everybody was up in arms about Microsoft or Sony blocking used games and now everyone is calling them a plague.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. roadkill

    Hmm, Zechuk is correct. Best games that you can play right now are the Mass Effect games, Battlefield 3, Witcher 2, Guild Wars 2 and maybe a few indies but they can’t get any better than that. Not without new control systems. I mean, you’ve seen BF4, same s**t better graphics/sound and maybe better story telling but gameplay innovations? Not many and anyway not any substantial ones. Not that it’s going to be a bad game, it might be awesome but still. Guild Wars 2? Reinvented the MMO PvE. It can’t get any better than that. The Mass Effect series? Incredible story telling. Again it can’t get any better than that. I’m telling you without Virtual Reality or something like that.. we’re going to play these same games. Not that I’m complaining or anything. Though I might at some point in the future.

    And yes I do agree about the used game sales. It’s bad for business. But it’s not the only problem and certainly not that biggest.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Gheritt White

    @14: Hear, hear.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. AnimJack

    @18 A nice, solid argument

    …..

    I appreciate the civility, but your “bad management” hypothesis is a wonderfully oversimplified idea of a complex situation. And the McDonald’s concept is a fantastic false analogy w/ little to no relevance to the actual situation.

    I’m sorry but “bad management” is comical. So you’re saying that universally, management across the entire video game industry has somehow plummeted and is causing the situation it’s in. Hardly. Microtransactions, timed DLC, online passes, they’re all reactions to the current market.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DSB

    Technically, the market has never been healthier. Yet the business hasn’t been this sick since the 80′s. I’d say that’s pretty indicative of bad leadership across the board.

    @19 It’s not exactly black and white.

    For every 4 dollars Gamestop makes on new games, they make 2,6 on used games. Quite arguably that money could be better spent making new games instead of just paying for Gamestop to have three stores on every city block in the western world.

    It doesn’t mean that it’s inherently “right” to stop the used games trade, but it should make you think about where your money goes. The people making the games never see a cent of it.

    So arguably, that’s not good for the industry as a whole. It’s really only good for Gamestop.

    Personally I think the problem with always-on is worse for denying people the ability to play the games they paid for.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Shuklar

    Of course console sales are slowing down – a console generation has never been this long, and the majority have already had their fun with the current gen.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    Reading this thread was like looking back at some of my own posts over the past couple of years. I remember even saying that the games industry could have another crash. Kind of warms my heart lol.

    I agree with Zeschuk btw.

    #25 2 years ago

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    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]