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Jade Raymond interview, p1: early career, Assassin’s Creed

Wednesday, 8 May 2013 12:41 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Ubisoft Toronto boss and Assassin’s Creed dev legend Jade Raymond gives a huge on-camera interview to Sam Clay, discussing her early career in the first part of this three-section monster.

Watch the first part of Sam’s interview with Jade above. The footage was shot at GDC in March. You’ll see the developer talk about the beginnings of her career as a programmer and discuss the birth of the Assassin’s Creed project. Parts two and three will follow tomorrow and Friday.

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43 Comments

  1. Moonwalker1982

    Legend? Holy crap, isn’t that a bit too much?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OmegaSlayer

    She looks way better in photoshopped stills :p

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DeVitowned

    Hummana hummmana!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KrazyKraut

    In before “she should be in the PlayBoy magazine”

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Kabby

    Good work guys. Will be back to see the rest!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    @4

    Just fuck off already.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. fengato

    Enjoyed that. OmegaSlayer – was that comment really necessary?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OmegaSlayer

    @8 yes, I’m Italian :p
    Then congrats for your humour. :p

    I mean…I want you to counter proof what I’m going this sentence:
    “People usually don’t remember the names of all game directors, they remember Jade Raymond’s name because she’s an attractive woman”

    Also I invite you to think if you remember the names from the directors of Infinity Ward, Eidos Montreal, Sucker Punch, Bungie and Assassin’s Creed 3.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Fin

    @9

    What about Double Fine, (ex) Junction Point, Irrational, Polyphony, id Software, Epic?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SameeR_Fisher

    Patrick, Jade isn’t really a Legend, there is alot of confusion going on, let’s clear some stuff up, Jade was Producer on AC1 & Executive Producer on ACII.

    A Producer is more like the liaison between the publisher and the studio, he/she would do all they could to back the game in front of publisher, to get the financials needed, to defend the creative vision, but their contributions to the game development itself is minimum as far as I know.

    If anyone would be Assassin’s Creed Legend, then that would be Patrice Desilets, since he was the creative director behind these titles.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. hosseincode

    she’s sexy, i like her

    #11 2 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    ^ the number #1 female gamer in the world. This woman is a trophy.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. silkvg247

    Meh – compare this kind of feedback to the comments you’d get on some big dude’s career interview – like Notch.

    You’d probably mock his beard, say you loved or hated him, backed up with some form of reasoning, you wouldn’t question him having a title of legend, and might even idolise him.

    You wouldn’t talk about how sexy he is, discuss how he looks better in photoshop pics, call him a trophy or automatically think he got where he is from what’s between his legs.

    Tell me again sexism is a myth. Every time I see an article about women (not just on this site) it’s the same stench. Sickens me a bit tbh.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. CaptPierce

    ^This. 100%.

    I’m at least happy people are saying good things about her, rather than wanting to bone her silly 24/7 though. Looking good isn’t something people can help. :P

    But I do agree, it sucks sexism is still pretty open in the games industry like that.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Blue Oni

    is she the one that ordered Desilets to be escorted out of Ubisoft’s building by two guards as if he was a criminal?
    http://www.vg247.com/2013/05/07/patrice-desilets-has-left-ubisoft-once-again/

    What a sweet be..uh woman. :)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. CaptPierce

    AC1 was a good starting point for a series and I’m glad the game saw the light of day. Hopefully Blacklist can shine since she has her own team behind her now.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    I think it’s scary to hear the people behind Assassins Creed admit to actually taking it seriously.

    It just kinda blows your mind. (Presumably) intelligent people sat down and wrote that crap, and somehow agreed that it was good…

    It’s frightening. I respect Désilets for getting out when he did.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. fearmonkey

    Sam is a lucky guy :)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Mjorh

    @DSB , Man u r sayin that AC1 n ACII was crap ? !

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DSB

    @20 The original wasn’t exactly crap, it just felt like a tech demo that could become awesome some day.

    AC II was just very awkward for me. I enjoyed the first 10 hours or so, and then I spent another 10 hours just grinding through the same repetitive gameplay. Which really took away from the otherwise good beginning.

    Gameplay is gameplay, I’m sure some people will like to do it over and over again, but the story is just beyond stupid though. It’s irredeemably bad.

    I hate myself for buying ACIII. I figured the setting was truly interesting, and somehow I believed that Ubisoft were capable of doing something new. That’s entirely on me.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Sini

    I buy ubisoft games because she’s hot.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    AC1 is shit. AC2 was okay at best with Auto-platforming.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Shuklar

    @14 I don’t know. I’ve seen lots of comments on how Ted Price belongs in porn, and how many people want to eat his asshole.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. salarta

    She looks a lot skinnier than she used to, and I don’t think it’s for the better. I’m a little concerned about if her health is affected at all.

    I think the remarks concerning Jade Raymond have a lot to do with how in many respects during the original Assassin’s Creed release, it came off like she was being put up front and center to promote the game due to being an attractive woman. You don’t see such remarks about Kim Swift from making Portal, because while she was behind Portal and most people that care about video games know who she is, there was never this huge emphasis about her physical appearance or her gender. It was all about her actual credentials, and when it came time to advertise her next big game at Airtight Games, it was her credentials as the person behind Portal that got the most focus, not how attractive she is or is not. Whether this is the fault of Ubisoft themselves or the fault of game press going out of their way to emphasize her physical features, there was a definite perception at the time that her looks and gender were the focus.

    Personally, I think some of the backlash toward Jade was an instinctive but unspoken fear that video games could become something of a sideshow. I think some people deep down thought that if they didn’t bash her after seeing what they perceived to be a marketing campaign heavily focused on her being an attractive woman, the video game culture would change from being about the games to being about the zany or attractive celebrity figures that make them. We were in a time when a LOT of the culture was about fetishizing the concept of female gamers. To an extent, I believe we still are, because it seems like some projects that would have been demolished by public opinion if a man did them got a pass because a woman was the one behind it. But the fetishization of it is a bit different, not so severe and a lot more positive in nature. Before, it was “seeing women play games is hot because they’re hot and doing something I like,” while today it’s more “seeing women play games is great for the industry because there’s more equality and variety.”

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dirk

    @14
    Most commenters on here seem to be straight males, commenting on another guy being “sexy” is highly unlikely and quite a poor comparison.
    You’d really need a site where the majority of commenters were straight women and then have a physically appealing male thrown in their faces. There’s a reason the Twilight movies didn’t have Bobby Kotick and Gabe Newell in the male roles, acting ability has little to do with it.

    The only person talking about Jade using her body to get where she is would be yourself. It’s interesting that you assume guys think women are incapable of attaining a high position through competence and hard work. It’s you that’s thinking those things, not me.
    Well done for proving that you’re just as narrow minded as those you’re against. Stereotyping ftw, it would seem.

    Most articles I see about women, that have women commenting, are full of hatred and bile from women, go to nearly any site that talks about celebs, it’s disturbing. That’s just the way the internet is, lots of angry and bitter people.

    Quite how being sexually attracted to a member of the opposite sex is considered sexist is beyond me, the comments are immature but not sexist. Maybe some people need to go check a dictionary and read the definition.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. zinc

    Y’know i’m gonna start a forum thread to see just who is floating gamers boats…

    #26 2 years ago
  27. silkvg247

    @26 It’s more the fact that there are so many comments about her appearance rather than.. ya know.. anything relevant. That wouldn’t happen if it were a man.

    I guess if you’re blind to it, can’t be helped.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Stephany Nunneley

    @26 I beg to differ on your Kotick comment: Pat has said time and time again he is attracted to the man. I trust his tastes.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. salarta

    Stephany is begging, score!

    #29 2 years ago
  30. fearmonkey

    @29 – ummmmm…….. lol

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Beta

    @26 Just saying, I’m not a straight male and if I see an attractive male developer I’ll let y’all know.

    Proud to be in the minority ;)

    *Not that I believe in objectifying men or women. Just an attempt to be mildly humorous. :)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. DSB

    Pat fancies Bobby Kotick?

    Fuck me, I knew the guy was a little off, but that takes the cake.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. YoungZer0

    @28: This again, really? She looks great, people point that out. I don’t see the point of it either, so I simply ignore it. Why does it bother you that much? Because they don’t point out what she did? Maybe they don’t know? Maybe they don’t care?

    The same people would probably ignore the entire story if it was a man.

    @14: *sigh*

    “Meh – compare this kind of feedback to the comments you’d get on some big dude’s career interview – like Notch.”

    Oh, please do. Go back, read the interviews, I’m pretty sure you’ll find ONLY positive comments about Notch.

    “You’d probably mock his beard, say you loved or hated him, backed up with some form of reasoning, you wouldn’t question him having a title of legend, and might even idolise him.”

    How about we start with his weight? Lawl. That dude’s soooo fat. A legend, really? Give me a break. For all we know he’s could be a one-hit wonder. He only made Minecraft.

    He developed it because he’s a lonely loser. Probably had no friends when he was a child, which is why he played with LEGO all by himself. Which is essentially what Minecraft is. LEGO for poor people with too much time on their hand.

    This was a demonstration.

    I have absolutely nothing against Notch. I do not care about his game, nor about him as a person. All the troll-ish things I wrote, I saw on other boards. Don’t be ridiculous. Just because Trolls don’t attack him on his gender alone, doesn’t mean he is not being attacked. Why is this the only thing you care about?

    Besides, Jade is a producer, not a developer per se. Name me one famous male producer.

    “You wouldn’t talk about how sexy he is, discuss how he looks better in photoshop pics, call him a trophy or automatically think he got where he is from what’s between his legs.”

    … because he isn’t sexy. But I bet he’s a favorite inside the Bear-Community. Someone like Ken Levine though … yep, definitely a handsome man and yes, I saw comments – especially on Youtube – mention exactly that. Multiple times. Outrageous.

    “Tell me again sexism is a myth. Every time I see an article about women (not just on this site) it’s the same stench. Sickens me a bit tbh”

    I guess you only see what you want to see. Yeah, men never get attacked on the internet and if they are, it’s not because of their gender, so it’s not serious, it’s not important.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. salarta

    @33: Well, Pat IS thinking about advertising the site in a bikini.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. zinc

    @34, So you want to see men on the internet attacked because of their gender before you take sexism seriously ?

    LOL!

    Dude, your never gonna get it.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. YoungZer0

    @36: Stop talking to yourself.

    And way to miss my point, dude.

    Where exactly did I say that I don’t take sexism seriously? What I’m never gonna get is how a comment like “Jade Raymond is hot, I want to marry her!” can be seen as sexist.

    What I’m never gonna get is how people like you and silk seem to purposefully ignore negative comments that are being made towards male developers/producers (watch a video with Gabe in it, how many comments are about him being fat?), just so they keep believing in the ignorant idea that only female developers are being trolled.

    Just recently I re-watched the Silent Hill: Book of Memories trailer and it was insane how many people directly attacked the guy in the video, mostly made fun of him being bald.

    And let’s not forget Tameem Antoniades who had to endure an insane amount of trolling and even death threats.

    But hey, keep focusing on the smallest picture possible.

    Enjoy the GTFO documentary (If it ever comes out), that ignores the bigger problem, so long as it feeds your ideology.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Bill_E_Talent

    Jade Raymond did willingly pose for Maxim Magazine years ago. I think she chose to elevate her status using her sexuality, at least that’s the way I perceive a move like that.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. zinc

    @37, Thanks :)

    Anyway i do think you take sexism seriously, but only in how it affects men. Which is cute :)

    Oh & fat & bald jokes?

    I’m a solar powered sex machine with plenty for your momma to hang on to!

    Thats a mans response :;)

    #38 2 years ago
  39. YoungZer0

    @39: What makes you say that? And no. I’m just not one of the many people who quickly jump on the bandwagon to scream “sexism!” simply because someone got insulted.

    If someone writes “Jade fucking sucks!” that’s not sexist. If someone writes “Jade fucking sucks, like all women!” that is sexist.

    If someone writes “Tameem fucking sucks!” that’s not sexist. If someone writes “Tameem fucking sucks, like all men!” that is sexist.

    Why that is so hard for most people to distinguish, I don’t know.

    “I’m a solar powered sex machine with plenty for your momma to hang on to!

    Thats a mans response :;)”

    Sounds like a comment from someone who’s troubled by insecurity.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. salarta

    Jade fucking sucks, like all men!

    …. Wait.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. zinc

    @40, Lol, guy you crack me up :)

    #41 2 years ago
  42. OmegaSlayer

    The point is that sexysm is in the “eye of the beholder”.
    And I think that all the people seeing sexysm everywhere are hypocrites.
    I don’t see where’s the problem in saying that a woman is beautiful.
    If you guys are scared to say that a woman is beautiful, you’re 100% idiots.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. silkvg247

    @Young.. I don’t think you actually understand what sexism is, you seem to confuse it with sweeping generalizations or trolling.

    It’s also pertinently clear that you have no idea who I am, but from your ranting I can only assume you’ve portrayed me as of those batshit crazy feminists you see on youtube.

    I’m not. I’ve merely pointed out that (prior to this discussion) we were getting comments weighted towards her like she was eye candy and nothing more. I find it disrespectful and disappointing, but I’m not going to take up arms and march for femininity over it – nor go all ranty like you have.

    Your example of Gabe is interesting – yes he’ll get fat comments, yes he’ll get trolled – never said he wouldn’t. But people have respect for him all the same – and you’d get at least some comments that were relevant to the topic rather than his appearance.. here I see what.. a whole one, in the first thirteen.

    Now.. imagine if Jade here was a tubby one, or ugly. Christ, the comments would be nightmarish.. it’d be Gabe fat jokes times a billion. I can’t prove that, but the sad thing is I just know it to be true. It’s probably why you don’t see *any* fat / not so attractive women in the gaming public eye – they’re likely hiding away because they know they’d get limitless grief.

    #43 2 years ago

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    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]