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Hollywood actor to have a role in MGS 5 – rumour

Monday, 22 April 2013 03:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

An actor is going to appear in Metal Gear Solid 5 as “the one you thought I would be from the start”, apparently. If this were any other game, I’d probably bury this story in so much salt just looking at it would close your arteries.

The rumour comes via one of the dodgiest sources possible – a YouTube video called The Chosen One uploaded by a brand new account. In the video, which appears to be mimed to a speech generator, a masked claims to be a Hollywood actor who does voice-overs, including for several popular animated movies. The figure said they will be voicing a new character soon, and added that they will be “the one you thought I would be from the start”.

“Look closer, detectives. The hint is right in front of you,” the figure added, before promising to return on June 11 to reveal their true identity.

Naturally, speculation is rife that it might be David Hayter – but in a Twitter comment, the former voice of Solid Snake and Big Boss seemed to suggest he thinks the figure is a woman (although that doesn’t mean he’s not laying a false trail).

The account holder calls him or herself OnigawaraV, and if it is the same person who appears in the video, is referred to as “Mr Oni”. Oni is a Japanese word for a type of creature commonly translated into English as “ogre’, and Kojima referred to Metal Gear Solid 5 as “Project Ogre” for many months before reveal. An Onigawara is a decorative roof tile depicting an oni’s face.

Which brings us to the face in the video, which sports a bandage get-up very similar to that worn by a character in the trailers for The Phantom Pain, as well as by “Joakim Mogrem”, head of the fictional Moby Dick Studios said to be responsible for the title, which was later revealed as a Kojima Productions game and part of Metal Gear Solid 5. The actor who portrayed Mogrem has not been identified. The close similarity of the facial bandaging to real assets and promotional materials – like this image of Hideo Kojima wearing the Ismael face – is compelling.

On top of that, the figure in the video is wearing a shirt displaying the logos for The Phantom Pain and Moby Dick Studios. These haven’t been offered for sale and were last seen on Konami staff – but it’s not that difficult to recreate shirts.

So in conclusion: there are lots of reasons to think this video is not real, but given the bizarre way in which Konami has promoted Metal Gear Solid 5 to date – to the point that we don’t even know if Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are the same game – it could very well be. Sorry.

We’re expecting Metal Gear Solid 5 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but we have no idea when.

Thanks, Lengendaryboss.

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39 Comments

  1. theevilaires

    hope its Hayter.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    Me too. Mainly I really, really hope it’s not a troll, ha ha.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. salarta

    Obviously, this man will turn out to be Jennifer Hale returning to voice Naomi Hunter. It’s the very definition of obvious!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. POOP CRUSTY

    Lol I hope Kojima is behind this.
    All signs do point to David. We’ll see.
    Hopefully when he takes off his bandages he doesn’t turn out to be Robert Patterson or someone of the sort.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    It’s just stupid enough to seem real.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. POOP CRUSTY

    Also june 11 is the first day of E3.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. tmac2011

    im just waiting , not like im going to figure it al out just let someone else do it lol

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Rosseu

    “the one you thought I would be from the start”
    Must be David who’s going to voice a young Solid Snake. Because we all thought he would be voicing Big Boss. Or am I missing some other awesome VA

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DeVitowned

    I thought it was Keifer Sutherland, from the trailer?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. actuallyisnotafox

    this is really interesting the way their going about this, and tbh i hope its some elaborate scheme involving david hayter, i really do, its just i expect his voice and to say a new mgs requires a new voice actor is wrong, look at mgs acid or mgr revengence :p

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Clupula

    Reading that hurt my head.

    And I’m a huge fan, but sometimes, the machinations of Kojima make me tired.

    Still, it’d be pretty awesome if it’s David Hayter. But that would make things even more complicated…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Johnny Cullen

    Assuming that video is real, it won’t be Hayter. Seriously.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    I think I’m going to go make some tea.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    EASY!
    Kiefer Sutherland

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2801934/?ref_=sr_1

    #14 2 years ago
  15. V

    His Surprises are not exciting Again , when does he presents New IP ?
    Even though i am fan of his Metal Gear , but i tired it

    #15 2 years ago
  16. The_Red

    @15
    We already knew about him. Didn’t we?

    Plus after all the drama caused by Hayter’s (forced) departure, I don’t they would go this far to reveal the non-Hayter, only to make more people angry.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Espers

    it’s all about the voice acting, David Hater or no one else !!!!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. viralshag

    It’s going to be Kurt Russell doing his Plissken voice in place of Hayter doing his Snake voice based on Kurt Russell’s Plissken voice.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Hellhound30x

    FUCK KOJIMA! So tired of this bullshit!

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Lengendaryboss

    @21
    Keep your negativity stored, developers do not have to put up with this incessant whining.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DuckOfDestiny

    It’s Nolan North as the new voice of Snake.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. salarta

    @22: We are unfortunately in a sad state of affairs with the industry when it comes to respect for creators and their IPs. Consumers try to tell creators they can’t do what they want with their own IPs, things THEY created and would not exist if they had not made it. Yet at the same time, consumers will buy and praise disrespectful and insulting reboots of franchises even if the people that actually created the franchise loathe the new direction.

    Respect for the past and for the people that made these things means absolutely nothing to the current generation; the current generation cares solely about having their personal whims satisfied, and naturally by extension the companies aren’t going to give a modicum of respect for the past since that’s clearly not what consumers value these days. Turn characters and franchises into the exact opposite of what they were meant to be, even at the protestations of the people that poured their hearts and souls into creating them in the first place, it’s what brings in the money.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Lengendaryboss

    @23 Ha, kitty got wet :D
    @24 What you say is true and sad but all part of reality.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Clupula

    @21 – I absolutely hate the phrase, but there’s nothing else I can say to you except, “Take a chill pill.”

    #24 2 years ago
  25. YoungZer0

    @24: So what’s your problem with the new DmC again? Because the original creator was okay with it. Yeah, you’re one of those people you complain about.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. salarta

    @27: http://gematsu.com/2010/09/devil-may-cry-creator-not-too-fond-of-new-dante

    Of course, there’s also this: http://kotaku.com/5976048/original-devil-may-cry-creator-sticks-up-for-the-new-dmc

    At this point, Kamiya’s actual feelings and the driving forces behind statements he made are up to speculation. With that done, I’m not going to argue with you on this matter, given your obvious vendetta toward me full of attempts to make everything I say look illegitimate since it clashes with how you want things to be.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Lengendaryboss

    @28
    You do know there is a difference between hating New Dante and the game itself right?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. salarta

    @29: Yep, I don’t think I suggested there wasn’t a difference. I was merely dealing with the blatant attack by someone that clearly has it out for me on a more personal level. Realistically, I expect DmC would’ve been fine and received better if it was treated like a completely brand new IP, if the main character wasn’t put out there as being Dante, or if DmC was just a wild spinoff title and we knew the main series would continue. I’m sure the situation is much like how I am with Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within; I loved it and thought it was a great film in its own right, but I’m well aware that it doesn’t really count as Final Fantasy.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. viralshag

    @24, you seriously need to let the Lara thing go… I don’t even know what you’re basing it on and I’m starting to think you haven’t even played the new game…

    #29 2 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    @28: “Whatever” “I miss him too …”

    Devastating quotes right there, mate.

    I think this quote here:

    “That being said, DMC has been on its own path for a long time now and asking my opinion of things is pointless.”

    Is much more interesting. Tell me, salarta, when they turned Dante into a stupid WOHOO adrenaline junkie in DMC3, did you care about Kamiyas comments? I somehow doubt it. You’re the definition of a weeaboo.

    “given your obvious vendetta toward me full of attempts to make everything I say look illegitimate”

    I think you do most of the work on your own.

    @31: That’s because he hasn’t. He said so multiple times. He also sees no problem with making multiple comments about the content of a game he has never seen.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. salarta

    @31: First off, I never directly mentioned EITHER game mentioned thus far. I made broader statements. Let’s make this very, very clear right now before people start trying to blame me for this: I was not the one that brought up Tomb Raider or DmC, you guys did. I was content to leave it at the broader issues.

    With that said, no, I haven’t played the new game, and I’m not going to. I don’t need to for the issues I’ve raised. The only thing I wouldn’t be able to reliably take a stance about based on watching videos, looking at pictures and reading wikis and interviews is gameplay. Invoking the “you have to play it first” gambit is a natural lose-lose situation. Playing it requires me to either buy it, rent it, or illegally download it; two cases result in me giving money to something I don’t want to give my money, and one merely involves me forcing myself to play a game I already don’t want to play… just so that I can be more “legitimate” in argument with some people on the internet? Furthermore, that “legitimacy” actually amounts to a whole lot of nothing. In the rare cases where I DID give in to such demands, all it earned was “Well, you hated the game before you played it anyway, so anything you say still doesn’t count.”

    So, I waste my money or perform an illegal activity, gnash my teeth through something I don’t want to experience, and in the end all I get for it is a different excuse for why my perspective is supposedly invalid. For an argument on the internet. All the while, the person that demanded I play it can laugh it up that they got me to play something I didn’t want to play, especially if doing so resulted in me giving financial support to that thing. If what I’m saying is going to be dismissed anyway, I may as well keep the money for games I actually WANT to play, and reserve my game time for experiences that give me enjoyment and some sliver of hope for the future of the medium.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Clupula

    My god, the first comment Salarta makes where he isn’t being creepy about some imaginary female character and even THAT, somehow, ends up in a pointless argument.

    I had actually been wondering what his comment had to do with anything in the first place, but now suddenly it’s become a DmC/Tomb Raider argument for no real reason.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. salarta

    @34: Because other people decided it should be a DmC/Tomb Raider argument for no real reason.

    My comment to Legendaryboss was about the overall disconcerting issues that affect all sorts of IPs, from Silent Hill to Resident Evil to Metal Gear and beyond. Metal Gear is a franchise where a lot of people complain about what Kojima wants to do with it even though it’s HIS intellectual property and he was the person that created it. Kojima wants to follow a new character, he isn’t allowed because consumers demand Solid Snake, even though he created the franchise. Yet at the same time, consumers prop up people that don’t even like or appreciate what was established in the past by a franchise’s actual creators; all that matters is if it fits their personal whims.

    If you want to blame someone, blame the people that actually started it. Don’t blame the person that is forced to defend themselves because other people can’t let go for five seconds.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. YoungZer0

    “I don’t need to for the issues I’ve raised.”

    Erm, yes you do. As me and others have pointed out, you have usually always been wrong about your assumptions. Most of the things you complained about simply were not in the game, until you changed your points.

    “all it earned was “Well, you hated the game before you played it anyway, so anything you say still doesn’t count.””

    Well, that’s your mindset, but I’d definitely think differently about your points if you actually played the games you often complain so much about. At least there would be an actual ground for a debate.

    “All the while, the person that demanded I play it can laugh it up that they got me to play something I didn’t want to play, especially if doing so resulted in me giving financial support to that thing.”

    Yep, that’s our masterplan. HAR HAR HAR HAR, he actually listened to us, what a fool. Paranoia much? -_-

    “If what I’m saying is going to be dismissed anyway”

    Again, most of the stuff you say is being dismissed because you’re flat-out wrong. It’s being dismissed because you DIDN’T PLAY it or DIDN’T SEE it.

    “I may as well keep the money for games I actually WANT to play, and reserve my game time for experiences that give me enjoyment and some sliver of hope for the future of the medium.”

    Cool, but then be so nice and shut up about games you never played. Again, you’re the guy who didn’t even care one bit about Lara Croft until they rebooted this tired Franchise. You only played one Tomb Raider game. Yet somehow think you’re the expert on the subject.

    If it was just a comment you made once or twice, but you go on and on and on and on. It’s like all you care about is Lara Croft, Jill Valentine and why reboots suck. There has to be more to you than that.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. salarta

    @36: I won’t deny that I can and have been wrong about things. I am also fully aware that seeing the wider context can make an impact on interpreting specific moments. For instance, I was wrong about the choice of voice actor for Rosa in FF4DS; hearing it separately from the scene made it sound wrong, but once it was paired with the scene, it turned out to be perfectly fine. But being wrong about certain specific points does not change the overall picture. Knowing what happens with “Aya” at the end of 3rd Birthday does not change that Squeenix advertised and promoted the game as starring Aya, and set about framing Aya for all the rest of the game as this fragile sex object. I don’t need to watch every single scene in Terminator 2 to know that the film has a sub-element of John Connor bonding with the Terminator like it’s a father figure. If absolutely nothing else, even if the game itself is somehow perfection incarnate, the way marketing and advertising framed it is more than enough of an issue.

    Under normal circumstances, I would say certain expectations were paranoid. I wouldn’t call “I made a comment on very broad issues in an article and someone went out of their way to attack me personally on a subject I never raised” to be normal circumstances. People with vendettas tend to find joy in such things.

    Lastly, it is correct that I have only played a couple Tomb Raider games from earlier in the franchise (I played both TRII and TRIII), back when they were released. I don’t pretend to be an expert fan on everything Tomb Raider. I’m simply a person that had a couple experiences with the character in my youth, highly values the kind of woman the character used to be, and would have picked up the franchise again if they had done a reboot focused on THAT Lara rather than trying to reinvent her into a different character. I didn’t touch Angel of Darkness for the same reason I won’t touch the latest game: they’re not the Lara I knew, and they never will be. I’ll get back in with Tomb Raider once cues are taken from Mortal Kombat 9 in the “how to reboot a franchise” department.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. viralshag

    I made the connection because its almost word for word what Salarta says on most TR articles. And knowing its based on nothing more than second hand info I respect that opinion even less. But whatever, your entitled to the opinion and all that jazz.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Clupula

    @35 – You know, I wasn’t going to give you shit, because as I said, it was the first post I had seen you make in a while that wasn’t you being creepy, so I had no problem with it. I actually agree that there was no reason for DmC nonsense to be talked about here.

    However, in #37, you’re just being a big asshole with that spoiler for the 3rd Birthday. Some of us haven’t played it, you know, and were hoping maybe one day there’d be an HD version. Thanks for ruining the storyline. You’re on your own against these two.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. salarta

    @39: In this case, I’m genuinely sorry (which being honest with you, is a change from how I would have reacted a couple years ago). It’s been two years since the game came out, I figured anyone that had any interest in the game would have played it by now.

    It’s too late for your case, but I’ll edit the comment for other people that might look later.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. YoungZer0

    @37: But I think 1 or 2 or even 3 scenes of a game that has CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, is not enough to form an opinion about how this character is going to be.

    Also you do not seem to consider your nostalgia effect here. Have you replayed TR2/3 recently? Maybe your memories are deceiving you? Maybe Lara wasn’t as strong as you remember her?

    And Mortal Kombat was as much a reboot as God of War Ascension.

    Not. At. All.

    It doesn’t do anything different than the previous Mortal Kombat and it actually is still a sequel. A reboot would REBOOT the franchise. Start from Scratch. Have you seen the Mortal Kombat Short Film? Now that’s the definition of a reboot.

    But Mortal Kombat acknowledges the past history, right at the intro. Raiden sees the destruction and sends a signal to his former self. So it’s not actually a reboot. It’s still a sequel.

    You might think that the name is a hint, but nope. It just sounds better than Mortal Kombat 9. Or Mortal Kombat: Choose your subtitle.

    #39 2 years ago

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    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]