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Molyneux: Xbox 360 “won” current-gen, cautions Microsoft over future

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:33 GMT By Dave Cook

22 Cans head Peter Molyneux has today discussed why he feels Microsoft won the current-generation console race, but has expressed caution over the next-generation and the increasing competition of PC, mobile, tablets and other platforms moving forward.

Speaking with the BBC, Microsoft’s former creative director of Microsoft Game Studios said, “2013 is proving to be the year of the console hardware refresh. Although it’s exciting, it’s not nearly as exciting as when the Xbox 360 exploded onto the gaming scene just over seven years ago.

“Back then, the 360 represented a huge leap forward in gaming, with a tangible increase in performance and fantastic multiplayer support. Gamers and game-makers were justifiably super-excited. Now it is that time again, but the world has changed.

“Tablet, mobile PC and smartphone makers are refreshing their hardware on what feels like almost a weekly basis. And on the horizon looms Valve with its PC-based Steam Box. Thereby hangs the problem for Microsoft: how to justify its new console, how to get us all excited.

“Its competition is no longer Sony and Nintendo, but rather Apple, Google and Samsung. Rightfully, Microsoft can claim it won the last console generation. However, it has always targeted the living room as the big prize.

“That’s why it packed the 360 with an array of “living room” features to try to persuade us that the machine could be a mix of set-top box, internet music streamer and Facebook browser.”

If rumours are to be believed then Xbox 720 will be stashed full of multimedia apps and entertainment functions, fuelled by Microsoft’s decision to pour resources and attention onto its Xbox TV division.

What do you make of Molyneux’s proclamation that Xbox 360 ‘won’ the current gen? What of Microsoft’s increasing focus on the living room? Let us know below.

You can watch Microsoft’s Xbox 720 reveal live, right here on VG247 tonight. Bookmark this page and get ready to watch it all unfold from 6pm GMT / 7pm CET / 10am local US.

Thanks OXM.

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53 Comments

  1. unacomn

    Tied for second place, duh, winning. TIGER BLOOD!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. CyberMarco

    In before angry fanboy mobs…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Never one to let facts like actual sales figures get in the way of his bullshit is he ?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Joe Anderson

    Why do people actually take this guy seriously? He’s a bit like Sonic, a hasbeen. When was the last time he actually done anything worthwhile in gaming? Answers on a postcard.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Clupula

    Its competition is no longer Sony and Nintendo, but rather Apple, Google and Samsung.

    Jesus Christ, Molyneux. You don’t even work for them anymore. You can stop the bullshit.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Joe Anderson

    Can I just add, he’s a really inspirational speaker, but he just doesn’t back it up with action, ever. I hope one day he proves me wrong.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Blue Oni

    He never said “the 360 won the current generation”.Please stop with these flame bait titles.

    Edit:Never mind.He actually said it. :p

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    Nintendo only really “won” in terms of units moved, that’s for the Wii. Other than that would you say it really did much for the gaming scene? Will it be remembered as anything more than just the console that sold the most?

    And while Sony has overtaken the 360 in units again, you could argue that Live has given MS a big boost as well as Kinect vs Move sales.

    There are so many factors it could be argued in any direction at this stage. As usual it will depend on what you’re exactly looking for.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    Molyneux YOU FUCKING IDIOT YOUR FULL OF BS!!!!!1

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Gheritt White

    X360 “won” in terms of making its competition react and come up with proprietary alternatives to its ideas.

    Achivements? Trophies!

    Xbox Live? PSN!

    Xbox Live Gold? PlayStation Plus!

    Comfy pad? Look at the PS4 pad and WiiU classic controller!

    Easy development environment? X86 arhcitecture all-round!

    XBLA, Parties, cross-game chat etc have all forced the competition to react. The only noteable ideas Microsoft stole were Miis for Avatars and motion-control for Kinect. Sadly, nobody has copied Beacons yet, which IMHO is a really great idea.

    That said, isn’t the PS3 selling faster overall now?

    At any rate, I think Molyneaux was talking about the war of ideas and mindshare than units sold. I think he has a solid case here. Correct me if I’m wrong, but has MS actually stolen any tech ideas from Sony this gen? I don’t have a PS3, so it’s a genuine gap in my knowledge.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    Actually, the ‘idiots’ to quote another poster, are the ones in this thread who think the Wii won the current gen because it sold the most consoles, rather than the most games.

    Microsoft sold in the region of 8-9 times as much software as Nintendo this gen. (If indeed you conside the Wii current gen, which I don’t).

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Gheritt White

    ^Oh that’s def true. Microsoft can successfully claim to have produced the console with the highest attach rate this gen by a wide margin.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Deacon

    Clearly in a year or so’s time we’ll all be playing our Google-box consoles or doing all our gaming on our phones.

    Take heed guys. I don’t know about you but I play Curiosity every day – such a great game! And I can’t wait for Godus. I’ve never played a god-sim where you can manipulate terrain… and doing this on my smartphone is something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Gheritt White

    ^LOL

    #14 2 years ago
  15. LordSkyline

    I had this idea that CliifyB and Cryteks Yerli whats his face met every 3 days to see who can make the most ridiculous headline/statement in gaming news for the week. I think Molyneux has gotten in on those meetings, they now sip Beer and try to +1 one another.

    That is the only “sane” explanation I can give to what those guys spew from their mouth, simply cause I don’t think anyone can have his head THAT far up his ass.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    @11
    “Microsoft sold in the region of 8-9 times as much software as Nintendo this gen. (If indeed you conside the Wii current gen, which I don’t).”

    Link? The ever flaky vgcharts has 360 software sales at 750m and Wii at 850m. Even taking into account rubbishness of their figures and digital sales you’d be very hard pressed to argue 2 times as much let alone 8-9 times.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    I am currently supposing that Illumiroom is their “killer app” for getting an always-on Kinect 2 into the living room. Microsoft already bought the tech and company, but do they really need to SELL Illumiroom? Could it be built-in?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Logion

    I would not make such a statement without anything to back it up. There are so many factors involved that I would not consider any console manufacturer to have “won” really since neither we, nor Peter Molyneux know about the details. Units sold? The cost for each unit? Games sold? What about the fact that many people buy the ps3 for the Blue Ray player? or the problem with Microsoft’s RROD consoles? How much did that factor into his statement that Microsoft “won” ?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DrDamn

    @12
    Attach rates of the Wii, PS3 and 360 are all around the same ballpark. 360 has the higher rate, but wide margin? There isn’t much more than a game between the three.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    The Wii won this gen if you want to consider simply units sold. The 360 had the better attach rate and a far superior online service to bolster itself with. The poor PS3 hobbled around in last place, the little blighted, despite great exclusive.

    Compared to the PS2 though, they’re all complete failures.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. livewired500

    I’m curious as to how: “‘Rightfully, Microsoft can claim it won the last console generation.’” turned into “Molyneux’s proclamation that Xbox 360 ‘won’ the current gen?”

    #21 2 years ago
  22. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @20 Give it up lolconnor, the 360 came last in sales terms.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Stardog

    I think it won regardless of hardware sales. The problem for MS is that the PS3 still did well even with the worst start imaginable.

    The PS4 with a good price will start a lot better and launch at a similar time. It could easily smoke the 720.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Beta

    I always find it difficult to proclaim a “winner” unless it’s an outright victory like the PS2.

    Also, yes 360 had the higher attach rate but Wii sold the most units and PS3 isn’t very far behind considering the 360 had a big head start.

    I’m just saying, it’s too close matched to declare an outright winner.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @22 Insightful as always.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Gheritt White

    @23: Correct.

    AFAICT, X360 has a higher attach rate than PS3 (although I can’t find any publicly available figures to back this up, sorry), but PS3 ended up selling more hardware units worldwide (although this only happened in the last year).

    What’d be more interesting to learn is which one was more profitable, given that MS spent a fortune recovering from the RRoD fiasco and Sony was crippled by the cost of the PS3′s internal architecture.

    Revenue is vanity, profit is sanity. Same goes with unit sales *and* attach rates. That said, I’d be surprised if we ever conclusively found out which company (between Sony and Microsoft) made the most money.

    I still do think that Sony stole more ideas from Microsoft this gen than the other way around (see comment #10), but I’d really like to hear a counter argument to this.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. mistermogul

    @8 – Nicely put

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    @26
    “I still do think that Sony stole more ideas from Microsoft this gen than the other way around”

    I’d agree to an extent, MS set the standard for a lot of stuff – particularly online. Ideas do get borrowed all the time in the games industry though. A couple from your list I’d disagree with …

    “Xbox Live Gold? PlayStation Plus!”

    Completely different services, comparable price and extras but with Gold you are essentially paying for MP and related services, PS+ is about access to games primarily. This is one I’d like to see other platform holders pick up on and copy.

    “Comfy pad? Look at the PS4 pad and WiiU classic controller!”

    Not sure any one set out to create an un-comfy pad. :). PS4 pad is a direct evolution of the PS3 one, much more so than the 360 one. WiiU pro controller is obviously heavily inspired by the 360 one, but Nintendo is the *only* one who innovates – they never copy, oh no ;).

    “Easy development environment? X86 arhcitecture all-round!”

    Not sure “not being shit” counts as copying someone else just because they were “not being shit” first. It’s just a good idea.

    One for the other way round, Kinect is an evolution of the PS Eyetoy. :)

    #28 2 years ago
  29. hosseincode

    i haven’t forgotten his lies about Project Milo (it was as bad as Killzone 2 E3 2005 scandal IMO)

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Gheritt White

    @28: That’s right! MS stole that idea from Sony, good point well made!

    Well, when say “stole” in all the above context what I mean is “reacted to”.

    As for XBL Gold vs PS+ – Sony, IMHO, created PS+ as a countermeasure to provide them with revenue similar to XBL Gold. I totally agree that they’re very different services, but the former was undoubtedly a reaction to the latter.

    As for the comfy pad thing… I’d say that the PS4 pad, with it’s extended handles and converse thumbsticks, has *definitely* been taking a few cues from the Xbox controller! Sony appreciates they need a more ergonomic pad to attract and convert Xbox users – if they only cared about existing PS players they’d have left the old form-factor more or less untouched. As it is, I can’t wait to get my hands on the PS4 pad at the earliest available opportunity – the pad (for me, at least) is always the deciding factor in which console I buy. That’s why I went for a PS2 over a Dreamcast, an Xbox over a PS2 and stayed with MS this gen.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dragon246

    Does it matter if good things are adopted everywhere?

    I for one think Western Patent laws are the most stupid ones on the Earth, period.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Gheritt White

    @31: No, not at all… but it doesn’t matter who “won” the current console gen, either.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DrDamn

    @30
    Ok reacted to is different. PS+ still isn’t a countermeasure, though I’d agree it’s a reaction. It’s more of a we also want some regular and predictable income from gamers. It’s not a counter, it’s exploiting a similar model though.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Gheritt White

    @33: No, u r rong. Ur rong and u smell of wee :-P PLAYSTAT10N 4 LYFE!

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Rockin a Jack D

    Nintendo won. Every unit sold at a profit, plus Nintendo sold more units than MS/Sony ever did. Plus major profit from their software both at retail and digitally.

    MS/Sony on the other hand lost a few billion producing their consoles, sold every unit at a loss, cost them billions in revenue due to their fuck ups i.e. RROD, PSN hack/blackout.

    MS/Sony’s business models this gen were fucking atrocious. They’ve lost more money than they’ve made.

    MS won fuck all.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Lord Gremlin

    Nintendo won. That’s just fact. As for Microsoft – look, at this point there are more PS3′s sold worldwide by quite a margin.
    So, it’s second place for a while, then ending up at third place. That’s not a “win”. It’s called good start, bad ending.
    Next gen is curious because nintendo won’t win again.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Kieran

    hmmm i wonder if fable won anything worth mentioning lol !!!!

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Gheritt White

    @#35: …except nobody gives a flying fuck about Nintendo next gen and it looks like the success of the Wii was short-lived. Meanwhile, both MS and Sony successfully carved out mindshare in terms of an average Western family’s living room expectations and it’s now assumed that many will buy a box-under-the-telly-wot-plays-games-and-also-does-media-stuff this Xmas and beyond.

    Whether that box is MS, Sony or somebody else’s is TBC, but it sure as shit won’t be a Nintendo.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Rockin a Jack D

    @38

    We’re talking about this gen dumb-dumb…

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Gheritt White

    @39: Oh, I’m sorry cuntflaps, I was just trying to move the conversation forwards. You know, conversations? Those things you have when you have more than half a brain cell to rub together?

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Rockin a Jack D

    @40

    You’re like the mental patient that doesn’t know they are mental!

    Here, have a donut…

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Gheritt White

    @41: Mental? Maybe. Badass? Definitely.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. monkeygourmet

    Sir….! Gherrit called me cuntflaps…

    Uuuummmmmmmmm!

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Rockin a Jack D

    @42

    Nah, you’re more inbred than badass.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Gheritt White

    @44: You know, if you’re going to come here to insult people, at least put some effort into it you pathetic underachieving friendless shut-in virgin.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Bomba Luigi

    Ah…. MS and Sony made good Business with PS360, thats what matters. All that who Wins, who looses BS, I really don’t understand that. There isn’t a big Diffrence between the 2 Consoles, over 90% of the Games are the Same on Xbox and PS. I just can’t see where People see all that Hugh Diffrences between these two almost-the-Same Consoles.

    I really don’t understand Console Wars. Everyone should just be Happy about Competition. Monopoly is bad.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. ysleiro

    It’s obvious this man is not talking about sales. He is talking about the WHOLE picture.

    -Sales
    -Ease of Development
    -Innovation
    -How Xbox competed with PS3 (main competitor).
    -Software sales
    -MOMENTUM

    (I’ve capitalized Momentum because it’s EXTREMELY important and impossible to quantify).

    When you consider all those things MS CLEARLY comes out on top. Xbox didn’t have to sell more than the PS3. Just keep up. Keeping up is the win in that regard.

    Look at it this way each 360 sold was a potential PS3 sale Sony lost out on.

    TL;DR Microsoft’s Xbox grew this generation where as Sony’s underperformed.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. DrDamn

    @47
    So when you take into account the really important thing which is impossible to quantify then Xbox won? Very cunning. :)

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Lengendaryboss

    Well compared to its predecessor, the Xbox360 was incredible success and winning current gen was because of a variety of factors which we all know.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. ysleiro

    Just because it’s not easy to quantify doesn’t mean we need to disregard it.

    I’m being honest in mentioning that. Momentum is important and MS is coming off several highs.

    Every inch MS moved forward was an inch Sony moved back. The industry belonged to Sony 8 years ago.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. DrDamn

    @50
    I agree from a relative perspective Sony did badly and MS did very well. But if something is *impossible* to quantify then you can’t use it in a comparison. You have to quantify it somehow even if it’s very loose.

    On a momentum note I’d say it was back with Sony currently, that could all change in an hour though.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. salarta

    At first I agreed on the basic premise that the XBox 360 managed to get the largest popular support and therefore “won,” but then Molyneux started claiming the 360 was somehow a “revolution” when the things he cites are things Sony did just as well or better, and I had to roll my eyes. He may as well have said that 360s breaking down easy so people have to buy 2-3 more just to play what they bought is an exceptional business strategy that every company should aspire to implement.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. sg1974

    Of COURSE he’s not talking about sales. They’re in last place on that metric.

    #53 2 years ago

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    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]