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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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  • 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

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • 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 […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]