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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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    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]