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Life after THQ: Danny Bilson’s transmedia dream

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:39 GMT By Dave Cook

Former THQ exec Danny Bilson discusses his new project, and tells VG247′s Dave Cook why transmedia will raise standards in narrative and engagement going into the next generation.

Danny Bilson

Bilson has worked as a writer, director, and producer across games, movies, television and comics.

He has worked in exec roles at EA and THQ. While employed by the latter he served as executive vice president of core games.

Bilson recently gave a compelling talk at the GameHorizon conference in Newcastle about his work history and creating new IP in the digital world. You can watch it all here.

Currently working on several transmedia projects that span games, movies and more, Bilson has yet to announce the names of his new titles, but there could be as many as three.

Said projects should be entering production soon, and may span the sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres. We’ll know more in time.

If anyone knows just how hard the games industry is to predict it must surely be Danny Bilson.

He joined THQ back in 2008, to help the publisher make the transition to a core gaming company that focused purely on original IP. It was to be a strategy to help propel the brand to new heights amid an increasingly competitive market.

But he encountered a strange problem when he arrived, a problem he discussed at last week’s GameHorizon conference in Newcastle.

He explained, “There were 17 studios in 2008. A weird thing was going on though; six of them didn’t know what they were making”.

Direction-less, these unnamed studios worked with Bilson to find out what projects they’d like to make most. Unique ideas started to form, hope and prosperity became visible on the horizon.

But then, eight weeks later, Bilson said he received a phone call from one of his bosses telling him THQ was cutting 50% of its production budget, and that all of those new, exciting ideas were to be killed off before they had a change to blossom.

Seven studios were promptly shuttered, but Bilson was undeterred, and tried to find a solution to the problems at hand.

One major issue he unearthed was a disconnect between THQ’s marketing and development arms. They simply weren’t gelling. Messages were confused, concepts felt out of sync, and Bilson decided to try and get both sides of working together to create a better working environment.

It started to work, but as the company’s situation worsened, Bilson decided to leave THQ. As we now know, the publisher collapsed last year and while Bilson stressed has no idea what happened to the firm after he left, his time trying to bring together marketing and development planted the seeds of his new project.


Bilson recently stressed he has no idea how the THQ’s eventual end came about.

I managed to have a chat with Bilson after his GameHorizon session, and he explained that his new project will see him create several new IP spanning movies and games initially, with room to spill out into other media. The films will dictate the story of the games, and likewise events in the games will inform the next movie.

“Our initial venture is to develop original IP, and multiples of them,” Bilson told me. “We don’t intend to go out with just one game. We intend to go out with two or three, and hopefully one of them will catch fire. Hopefully they’ll all be respected for their quality and then if one works we intend to continue extending the stories into more media on that IP.

“That is the plan and that’s what I’m really excited about. Hopefully we’ll be in production really soon. I can tell you that the stories are all science-fiction, fantasy and horror. We’re not trying to do a love story or something ‘reality’, because it has to really work in the gaming space – not to say that we couldn’t with that kind of narrative development – but we’re not going to.”

I asked Bilson if he feared the disconnect in quality between movies and licensed games in the past, but just like his attempts to bring together marketing and development at THQ, his new studio will create the films, games under the same roof. The same goes for comics, websites, animation and whatever else spins out of each IP.

The reason? Not every development house has enough money to keep up with Call of Duty, GTA 5, Assassin’s Creed or Halo. The cash it takes to produce these games is nudging so high that Bilson believes that the next-generation will only see a dozen of these triple-a games become runaway hits each year. At best.


Few can match GTA 5′s budget, so they must look elsewhere for a hook.

So to produce something of value without spending the GDP of a small nation, Bilson believes that mid-tier studios need to shift focus on to telling a strong, immersing story that involves the player, and gives them a wealth of media-orientated outlets. They need the transmedia approach, and they need to be built by the same team.

“They’re built by the same talents,” Bilson said of his project’s separate parts. “Basically it’s all the same project, and your flowing story – from film through to game, and back to the film – is a progressive narrative. You’re not ever repeating anything because everything’s additive. If we were to add a digital comic in it would fit into the story and would never be something you’ve already seen.

“There’s always a barrier between the pieces – be it ego, ‘business’ or vision. That’s why I’m calling it something beyond transmedia. I’m calling it ‘connected transmedia’ because the parts really are connected. Now the fear is people will say, ‘What if you don’t play the games and you just want to watch the movie?’

“We will make that OK, because what we may do on the second movie is a recap shot on film of the key story elements of what the gamers would have played, so that everybody’s in sync. If you do this as a rule there’s a danger of making the game fiction irrelevant because people say, ‘Oh it’s OK to just watch the movie’. I think it needs to be at least semi-essential to play the game to do something new and really cool”.

I asked Bilson to highlight any current games out there that best match his vision, but although something like Defiance – with its game and live-action TV show running in tandem – seems to push boundaries, he felt it was still aiming smaller than what he’s looking for. He did have some negative things to say about Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn however.


Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was a confused project, Bilson argued.

“Forward Unto Dawn? Yeah, I don’t know what the benefit of that was to [343 Industries]. Because- and this is my opinion – is that it was for the Halo fans. It didn’t introduce Halo to a new fan through that and it didn’t bring more people in. If you spend $10 million on that, what’s your return on investment? Is it more fans, or is it just getting people excited as a marketing tool?

“Then there’s a section of people who would look at it and say, ‘I loved the game but I thought that was crap’. I’m not saying that. I’m saying there’s all these variables, and I think the idea is to engage new people, and do so more deeply. It all comes down to the quality of the narrative in those things”.

So the key to strong transmedia growth and long-tail success – for Bilson – lies in using other forms of media to capture a large audience, so that even if a particular person isn’t a gamer, they can still get involved with the brand regardless. Angry Birds is a good example of how toys, spin-offs, merchandise and the impending movie adaptation cover all bases.

I suggested to Bilson that making movies and other media on top of a game would be even more costly, and that covering all bases will increase spend, rather than curb it. However, he laid out his approach in a fashion that, weirdly, made perfect sense.

“The films will be made at a price-point where they’re really close to breaking even just for making them, because they’re so low budget. With the on-demand rights, foreign rights and a certain amount of investment, they’re very low-risk films. If they’re any good then they’ll make money.


Defiance? Not ambitious enough, suggested Bilson.

“The games have a little bit of risk there, but we’re talking about a really big game in the mobile space. What could that cost? Maybe a million and a half to launch, maybe less as we iterate and go on. So I’m coming from $80 million investments man, if I’m looking at $3-4 million to make a game and a movie, that’s low-risk to me”.

Forgetting about cost entirely for a second, we discussed why Bilson’s project should embrace transmedia so strongly to begin with – rather than launching a game first and then spilling out into movies. It’s all about establishing long-term impact from day one. This isn’t a project that will spawn yearly sequels. If it works it’s going to last many years.

“IP fatigue is really important,” Bilson said of yearly franchise updates. “There’s a real danger that studios ride something and then keep on riding it until they run into trouble. That speaks for innovation and often they keep on making sequels, but often people can become tired of the same old thing. I mean that’s just human nature.

“Now, with the stuff that we’re doing, everything is a piece of a whole. We can get to the end and close it off just like you can in a television series, but hopefully what’s keeps it fresh is what’s new in the story next, there’s no repeats of what you’ve seen before, and there’s new twists, stories and characters introduced. It’s leaning heavily on narrative.

“If you move the story, surprise the audience and innovate with new stories, as well as taking them to new places – you can actually see that happening now. Are people sick of Game of Thrones? No. Are they sick of Breaking Bad? No. In fact I’m bummed that there’s only eight more Breaking Bads left to watch”.


At least we’ll always have LEGO: Breaking Bad.

So am I Danny, so am I. But what he’s saying makes sense. Without the money to create something as big as Halo 4 for example – which is more of an ‘event’ than just a game – you need to be part of an elite tier of studios rolling in the big bucks. If you don’t have the money where else can you go?

As the gap between the rich, comfortable studios and the risk-taking mid-tier widens, Bilson hopes to carve out a new path in which money is spent wisely to create a media dragnet, capable of capturing consumers across a wide demographic without gambling millions in the process.

But most importantly, narrative is key. Bilson agreed that yes, we’ve mastered visuals and simply updating aesthetics won’t be enough to innovate going into next-gen, but that now is the time for the industry to double-back and raise its capacity for story-telling.

We’ll know just how far Bilson’s project will push narrative once he reveals it. VG247 will be on call to cover it when he does. Let us know what you think about his vision below.

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5 Comments

  1. silkvg247

    I think he’s quite freckly and should use just for men. He isn’t really my type but I’m sure others would find him sexy.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    He’s not your type in the sense he’s got a Y chromosome?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    Confident smile
    Refuses to buckle under social pressure and dye hair
    Caring eyes
    Sharply dressed
    Refuses to use sunbeds in attempt to hide freckles with damaging artificial UV rays; health conscious

    8/10 would bang

    #3 2 years ago
  4. No_PUDding

    I read comment #1 and scrolled up to see Lego Breaking Bad.

    Uhhh, freckley? His complexion is clear if rather jaune if you ask me.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    I dunno, it seems to me the wrong way for a money tight small or medium dev/pub to be moving. One misstep and you are bankrupt. And as for transmedia, would seem to be hard to predict a winner. While something like that might work great for Poke’mon, Halo, Spyro, and a few others, building something like that from the ground up would seem to me to carry great risk and be costly. Going with an already established brand makes more sense…but they are already established. Defeating their purpose really. Then it isn’t so much transmedia conection type thingie, and just good marketing.

    I think you build the IP, then expand. He is going about it backwards to me.

    I think the sustainability next gen comes in the form of smaller, more focused projects. Indie style games. People will only buy so many AAA games a year. Will only buy so much DLC. And the f2p model will set companies up for failure because it will spread the market too thin(instead of five top OMFPS games, the same number of players will be spread out amoung 50 f2p omfps games and none of them can create enough money off of microtransactions to sustain themselves)(for example).

    The way to sucseed is to spend less, take less time, and focus on actual gameplay. Samller games that cost dev/pubs less to make and cost gamers less to play.

    Good piece Dave, pitty more folks didn’t comment on it.

    #5 2 years ago

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    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. […]