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Next Xbox: report notes DRM, sharing, Achievements revamp

Friday, 26 April 2013 18:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Another day, another batch of Xbox rumors have landed on the Internet.

According to a Polygon source, Achievements are being revamped so that developers and publishers can add more to a game post launch – without DLC if need be.

This will allow developers to “tweak player behavior,” like for example: having them spend more time in certain areas of the game or to help them “get past a difficult spot.” The report also states that the new Xbox could also contain “cross-platform” and “cross-title” Achievements.

There also won’t be a cap on the number of Xbox Live friends a person can have, and supposedly, folks will be able to follow one another – sort of like on Twitter.

Other nuggets gleaned from the report include a video sharing system which will act similar to a DVR and record user gameplay to share on YouTube. Those who feel like sharing their session can go into the video and select highlights to edit. This function can be turned on and off or set up automatically.

The console will also have “some form” of always-on requirement to support apps, streaming video services, and act as a possible anti-piracy tool.

It will also support digital rights management and anti-piracy checks through an Internet connection. This could come in the form of a one-time authentication or a constant connection – depending on the publisher.

Take all this as rumor, as usual, until Microsoft finally announces the console on May 21.

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41 Comments

  1. woe

    Why did you leave this out?

    Under Microsoft’s current guidelines, which may still be changed, the decision of whether a game will require an internet connection to work and if that is a one-time authentication or a constant connection, will be left up to individual publishers.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Belmont

    I mean no fanboyism. Social features appear very similar to that of PS4(judging by these reports). Trophy ideas are interesting. Yet again nothing hard to implement on every single device out there.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. CyberMarco

    @1 – “It will also support digital rights management and anti-piracy checks through an Internet connection. This could come in the form of a one-time authentication or a constant connection – depending on the publisher.”

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    Woe works hard for his money.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    MS giving publishers the OPTION of always-online. Now, when they use it, MS will say publishers chose it, not us. Still, those always-online will have titles will have horrible launch weeks. Imagine if the next COD and BF had the same first week as SimCity and Diablo 3 or most MMOs (Where publisher usually doesn’t have enough servers).

    #5 2 years ago
  6. woe

    @4 Ask your sister

    #6 2 years ago
  7. woe

    @2 The leaked documents from 3 years ago had already mentioned this stuff

    #7 2 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    Don’t care about the DRM stuff anymore…

    It’s all pointless rumour and speculation.

    People should just learn to wait until the official unveiling.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    Interesting point on the video capture is being able to turn it on/off and also only enabled for trigger events (headshots for example). Quite nice.

    Publisher decided internet connection requirement is an interesting one. If MS support it I wonder if Sony might also be forced down that route. Though Sony managed to be region free for PS3 (bar one title) and MS went the publisher option route this time around.

    These funky features like video capture, games installing as you play etc I would expect MS to do them better (at least at first). The 360 OS was just so impressively forward thinking. I think Sony have caught up a lot too though. The Vita OS is very nice for a lot of stuff like task switching etc. Be interesting to see how it plays out.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ninjanutta

    always on internet is total crap..if true,many millions of people without internet would be unable to have the console meaning multi millions of lost revenue for M.S….Never going to happen

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    @10
    The problem with always-online is not about people without internet. It’s about all the people WITH internet trying to connect to MS servers to validate their singleplayer games and having to wait in bullshit queues because servers are full.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    Always Online DRM for a console is just stupid.

    PC is the most connected device on earth and we all know how gamers love DRM.
    windows tried DRM with Windows 7 and 8 activation and how well it was recieved MS? No one gives a F.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    @6 – My sister is not Major Nelson.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. fearmonkey

    I suspect that we will see this kind of thing on the PS4, as I would bet money that EA and Acitivision are involved with this decision.

    Remember a few years ago when the rumor was that Call of Duty would require a subscription, and Pachter even came out saying its going to happen. Well, this is essentially forced subscriptions.
    A call of duty game could only be online, no used sales, so to play its about the new purchase. I am betting Sony will have something like this as well. This would also help with bringing MMO’s to the consoles.

    For EA, Fifa, Madden, and all those Sports titles will probably be like this as well.

    Ubisoft might try doing it on Assassins creed as well.

    New IP will probably not have this happen though.

    This is very anti-consumer, driven by the large publishers, and I hope that there is a backlash on those games that try and incorporate it.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. KAP

    @14

    Essentially what your stating is this DRM news is getting so on your tits that you’d wish it on PS4 gamers too lol
    Hey bud, just grin and bare it, you’ll be buying into this dreadful idea. While PS4 owners won’t.

    It’s funny how these comments via this news is hardly negative.. So funny.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. CyberMarco

    “This could come in the form of a one-time authentication or a constant connection – depending on the publisher.”

    If this is true, I can’t see, let’s say EA implementing always-on connection for FIFA on the XBOX and not on the PS4, it would be an instant fail for Microsoft, unless EA implements those features on the PS4. We’ll have to wait and see, less than 4 weeks…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ps3fanboy

    yet again more proof that xbox are getting always on drm…. enjoy taking it up the bum again xbox suckers, hahahaha!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Bruno

    you think that’s bad? what about how the ps4 has a usb anal probe that needs to be inserted at all times to keep the unit powered up? I just said it on the internet and you can’t disprove it, therefore it’s true.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Templar_Dante

    Do we edge closer into a new generation of DLC? namely, Burger King/Pizza Hut/Mountain Dew/ Doritos Achievements? I hope not. Given the fact with Dashboard ads MSFT found a way to nickel and dime the weary gamer, surely the worst is yet to come whenever any new avenue is ventured into when the bottom line and financial possibilities rules the roost.

    Sad day for gamers,
    I picture, Horse Armour 2.0 at the start of next gen.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. miaouss

    I hate achievements, that kind of stuff is good for 12 years old.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Djoenz

    Ads might be acceptable if they were solely about games etc. not useless shit that has nothing to do with gaming.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Telepathic.Geometry

    Not sure I like this achievements/trophies changing business. Make your mind up and fuck off I say. It would be nice to let the gamers delete achievements/trophies though, or maybe let them choose to display certain achievements/trophies…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. polygem

    @19,20,21,22: i couldn´t agree more!

    trophies and achievments are here to stay. many gamers seem to like them – i don´t – that´s ok, but i would prefer to play my games without them. seriously. if i can´t do that, i would at least like to get a little control over this system, i would like to decide if i want to make them visible to everoyne, or just friends, or only myself or noone at all. i hope we will get these options on the ps4 and/or nextbox. i really do. it´s not the end of the world -the trophies and all- but i just like my games pure. just like fries. no ketchup or mayonnaise for me…salt and vinegar is a different story though ;)

    ads are only tolerable if DIRECTLY related to gaming. that does not include headphones, coke, pizza and so on. if ms will keep going that route they can truly fuck themselves and i really really hope gamers will show them that they went too far…

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Telepathic.Geometry

    @polygem: I strongly suspect that there will be options this time around to a) choose who can see your trophies; b) choose when your trophies pop (i.e. immediately, after you quit your gaming session, etc.) c) delete certain trophies so you can go and collect them again if you’re replaying a title; d) disable them completely.

    I’d be all for these options because they would make everybody happy.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. polygem

    @TG: i really hope so…

    #25 2 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    What sort of person gets upset about getting an achievement?

    Small FL having, competition hating sorts, I suppose…

    ‘Oh look, an achievement, because I did something in a game. It makes me sad. I don’t want anyone to see it…’

    You lot make zero sense.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. stretch215

    @26 I was thinking the same thing. I also don’t understand why people are mad about the ads on the dashboard. You know, the ones in a 2″x 2″ square? Hardly a reason to skip a platform, imo. Ads will only bother me if they start putting them in my games.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. CPC_RedDawn

    Can’t wait to watch the live stream (or TV program as its going out live on TV in the USA). I want to watch it because I want to see what they do, and if they do announce an “Always on” DRM for games to work (if its just apps that’s not so bad) but if they do announce it I want to watch the viewers turn off and watch the viewing counter shoot down and watch twitter,facebook, reddit, and forums around the world go completely ape shit and get DDoS’d everywhere with angry fans.

    Or they could not announce it, and focus on Kinect, sharing features, social aspects of the machine, and still watch the viewing figures shoot down with people bored out of their minds!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Telepathic.Geometry

    @26: Don’t be ignorant man. People not liking cheevos appearing are well within their rights. Me, I like ‘em, but maybe you don’t want the mood breaking distraction in the middle of a game like Journey or Ico, maybe you don’t want your friends to know how far into your game you are, or when you completed whatever portion. Again, me, I don’t care but privacy issues are important if people wanna keep that shit to themselves.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Not a single one of those examples are valid.

    1. On 360, all notifications can be turned off.

    2. If you don’t want your friends to know about your gaming, you can simply unfriend them, or play on an offline account.

    They are nonsensical, as is the dislike of something so easily ignored into insignificance.

    It’s not about being ignorant, it’s about being sensible and rational.

    People who complain about this sort of stuff are lacking in basic logic skills.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Telepathic.Geometry

    You are lacking in basic logic skills. The two points you have mentioned do NOT address my issues. If you can’t see that then either you’re being deliberately obtuse or you are close-minded.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. polygem

    i don´t hate achievements i just don´t need them. if they stay that´s fine, i don´t mind, i am not complaining. if i could turn them off i will do that and i would love to get that option, that´s all. i want to enjoy the game, i do not need an achievement system for the extra carrot in front of my face or to show off things to my “friends”. i am not upset. just my opinion and yeah i am not into competitive sports, never was, even though i am a sporty guy. i did run some marathons, i swim but i just do that for myself, never run against a timer – i think it is plain stupid. competiton for the fun of it is cool and all but if people are getting too serious it just makes me laugh. the human ego. lol.
    the ads though, they are shit. if people will really tolerate the logical next step of all this (even more ads on a paid service and ingame ads) i am speechless really.
    it will show what type of consumers gamers really are. then they deserve fifa, cod, assassins creed for the rest of their lifes.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. G1GAHURTZ

    @31:

    It’s obvious that you’re not being sincere in stating your non-existent point, so I’m not going to waste my time with your childish behaviour.

    Achievements can easily be completely ignored.

    There’s nothing that you can say that can change that simple fact.

    @32:

    You can turn off all achievement notifications, so that you never have to know that they even exist.

    There’s also absolutely nothing forcing you to look at your achievement record, or anyone else’s.

    If all you want to do is play games, you can turn off all notifications, and set your 360 to boot to game, instead of the dashboard.

    Problemo solved.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. polygem

    sure i can do that already but i would like to see it going a bit further. not using the dash at all really isn´t a good solution btw. not acceptable…but like i said, if those systems stay the way they are now that´s ok, i will do what i am doing now: just not caring much about it. i wont tolerate more (non gaming related) ads though, that´s for sure. i really enjoy playing games on the 3ds and i enjoyed playing on the wiiu while i had it because it lacked achievements. miiverse as an online social system is much better than psn or live. it´s more about sharing things and having fun, less about competition, i personally prefer that style, i understand that some people don´t and that´s ok.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Telepathic.Geometry

    @33: Dude, why does it have to be all or nothing? Why can’t you see that even if you don’t care, other people do. You are suggesting that we either have them switched on alway, you can’t control when they pop or who can see them OR we switch them off completely.

    That opinion is too extreme. Like them or not, achievements and trophies are popular with a lot of gamers. There are sites dedicated to tracking the stats and displaying your hardest earned victories. So naturally people would like options.

    YOU don’t care, YOU are happy with the way they are now, but other people would like them to evolve a bit. Where’s the harm? It’s not like those people are marching the streets or threatening to throw their NextBox out the window if it isn’t updated. What exactly is your objection to updating cheevos? Why must it stay just the way it is now, can you tell me that? Why resist change?

    Don’t say because it’s unnecessary though. Gaming is unnecessary according to non-gamers, and they don’t understand why we game at all. Of course it’s unnecessary but it might be more fun if we could control those things more.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Where exactly did I say that they shouldn’t be updated?

    Which comment?

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Telepathic.Geometry

    Well, you seemed to be saying that people who complain about the way the system is right now are bonkers, but if you’re telling me now that you have no problem with the system being updated then I obviously misunderstood you. Apologies.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. G1GAHURTZ

    No worries. I don’t have any problem with everything being updated, and more choice and options being available.

    Actually, I fully expect that to be the case, and would probably be somewhat disappointed if it’s not.

    If MS just rolled out the same old XBL, with the same old features, I’d probably seriously consider ditching the 720, and going purely PS4.

    All I was saying was that the functionality to make achievements ‘disappear’, for want of a better word, already exists. So, for me, it doesn’t make any sense for someone to say that they have a negative effect on their gaming experience.

    It’s like an instruction booklet in the DVD case of any game. It’s there, and almost every game comes with one, but apart from an old version of FIFA, I don’t think I’ve ever even opened one before. With most games that I’ve bought, I didn’t even take it out of the case.

    So if someone came along now, and complained about instruction booklets, and how they wished that they could buy games without them, because they make games worse, I’d probably say the same thing.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Telepathic.Geometry

    Cool, we’re on the same page now so. However, the point is to have ‘selective’ deletes. Say I’m playing through a game again and I want to challenge myself to do a stealth run, or a non-lethal run, or whatever, it might be nice to have the trophies pop to let you know you pulled it off.

    Or in my case, there are shit games I started playing and instantly want to sell on, but that trophy list has already popped. Sounds crazy, but I have a long list of games on my trophy list, so anything I could do to unclutter that list by deleting the undesirables would be welcome.

    The instruction booklet analogy works if you have a European one where the booklet comes in several languages, and someone said “I like having the manual, but this thing is a beast, please only include the English manual in the UK and Irish markets please!”. Which I would say is a reasonable request.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. G1GAHURTZ

    I’m not sure about being able to make achievements pop up as many times as you like, although theoretically, the information that you gave in your examples could simply be given in-game. However, I do agree about removing unwanted games from your list.

    You can do that on 360 with games with 0 gamerpoints earned, but any more than that, and you’re stuck with them.

    Having said that, the amount of internet rage potentially being spewed, because ‘MS won’t give me my achievements back after my little brother deleted them’ isn’t a pretty thought.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. polygem

    achievement unlocked: successfully turned off achievement system

    #41 2 years ago

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    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    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 […]