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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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    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]