Call of Duty Ghosts: not a new engine, but is upgraded says dev

Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:03 GMT By Dave Cook

Call of Duty: Ghosts was shown at Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal on Tuesday, and with it, speculation of a new game engine followed. It’s not an entirely new engine, Infinity Ward’s animation lead Zach Volker has confirmed, but it has seen significant upgrades.

If you haven’t seen the game running yet, you can check out our trailer coverage here first.

Speaking with OPM, Volker said of the Ghosts engine, “When we’re talking about a new engine we’re talking about upgrading significant systems within in that engine. We’re not talking about throwing it all away and saying we’re starting from the ground up”.

Volker added that it would be “impossible to develop a new engine from the ground up in a two year cycle,” and added, “What we do is we say, ‘okay what are the things that are significant and that we would say that are encompassing of the engine or its visual quality? Are those being upgraded in a significant way? Alright, then I think that warrants that we’ve got a new engine on our hands”.

So it’s not new-new but new-enhanced. Do you see?

What do you make of the above? Did the Ghosts footage on Xbox One look good regardless of a totally new engine? Let us know below.


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  1. ballz

    #1 2 years ago
  2. wamp

    quake III 4 Life

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The Auracle

    You know what else isn’t new? Using the concept of the bond between man and dog in the midst of an intense and brutal firefight.

    See Dead To Rights and Dead To Rights: Retribution for more details.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. YoungZer0


    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    As I said since they showed the game.
    It’s a QUAKE 3 ID Tech 3 engine upgraded or it’s more like a PC version of Modern Warfare 2 with high end textures…

    But who cares? They did this all the time since the first CoD. Move on.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. CyberMarco


    #6 2 years ago
  7. monkeygourmet


    hahahaha! :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Beta

    There’s a shock.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Belmont

    I am sure that Crytek or Epic offer some attractive options for licensing their engines. It is nothing you can’t afford Activision !!!!!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Logion

    The aftermaths of the Xbox One reveal have been so hilarious on some parts.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. mkotechno

    Would be great to know if there is still some lines of original Doom inside this mess of code.

    #11 2 years ago

    Should have been obvious to anyone seeing it, within the first few seconds.

    Kind of reminds me of how they barely changed Halo 3, to keep the same formula.

    I think that like most people, I’m ready for something new and improved now. I wonder who will step up to the plate…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. GwynbleiddiuM

    As if there were any doubts!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Wezzulus

    CoD without an outdated engine won’t be CoD. That must be Activision’s policy for the game.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Silent Killer01

    So it will use the same crappy network code.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. KineticCalvaria

    Could kinda tell from the trailer…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ps3fanboy


    #17 2 years ago
  18. stretch215

    Yeah, that trailer looked like a prettier mw3. It’s a shame, too, as I had hoped they would shake things up a bit. I’m with ghz on this one. I used to love you CoD, but people change. And you just…haven’t. ;)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. BrahManDude

    c’mon! really?? take a year off or something to build a new engine, no wonder the gameplay is exactly the same ya’ll got the money to do it so wtf

    #19 2 years ago
  20. KineticCalvaria

    They’ve got a ton of studios working on CoD yet somehow can’t find the time to make a new engine… not too bright are they?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Tavarish

    And it shows that they didn’t bother with full rewrite.

    Two year cycle isn’t enough to make new engine? Ok. Why not then take separate R&D Team and task them to make new engine and set of tools over e.g. 3-4 years? That is what DICE did with Frostbite 2.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. minxamo

    For fuck’s sake you idiots, there are plenty of things that Call of Duty does wrong, BUT THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. Building a new engine from the ground up to replace a perfectly well-optimised, relatively advanced, easy to use engine which the entire development team is used to would be fucking retarded. This is NOT the Quake 3 engine, it has been massively altered over time, you have to be braindead to suggest that it would be possible to make a game in the original quake 3 engine which even comes close to competing with recent Call of Duty games for visuals.
    Virtually all game engines are built upon previous engines, people just pinpoint IW engine to attack because Call of Duty is made on it.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Gekidami

    To be fair this is still a PS3 & 360 game, the next gen versions are just souped-up. You’ll have to wait for the one after to see them taking full advantage of the new systems.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Tavarish

    @22 “Well optimized” is very arguable part of the argument. Every PC release of CoD since MW 1 has been problematic, everything from bad Options to very frustrating matchmaking problems that have taken even long time to get resolved. Black Ops 1 had even rather bad performance issues on PC for many and took long time to get fixed.

    Maybe they would be better off if they just pushed “Delete!” on folder that contains this “Well optimized and evolved” -engine and remade own engine from scratch.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    @22, Core of it’s engine and “based on the engine” are two different things.
    Id Tech 5 or currently in development id tech 6 from Id Software is based on the old engine principals but they don’t upgrade it with belts and whistles. there is a complete different design philosophy and completely new technologies that can’t be supported with the old engine code.

    Infinity Ward engine is based on id Tech 3 core. It’s a basic knowledge. Basic upgrades in Infinity Ward are the most obvious ones. Better shaders, better textures, better lightning and so on but core of it is the same old thing and it looks like that.

    Until Black Ops 2 for example there was no HAVOC physics because id tech 3 never supported physics from the beggining for example.

    “a perfectly well-optimised, relatively advanced, easy to use engine”

    the most retarded sentence on earth. That’s why they could not implement decent physics engine for so long and that’s why network code is glitchy as hell.

    @21, because infinity Ward has no talent and most of the EXPERIENCED guys went to Respawn entertainment. When they left, Raven and Sladgehammer helped infinity ward to complete MW3.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    No reason Ghost couldn’t be on WiiU either. Just saying.

    Also I have been trying to tell you folks to temper your graphical expectations for next gen systems. Small step forward. Nothing revolutionary.

    And in that context, I don’t believe the WiiU is as far behind as some might want to think.

    With all of that, I can’t fully say for sure. We have seen very little in terms of actual gameplay for PS4 or One. However we haven’t seen a fully optimized WiiU game yet either. Pretty much got quick ports. Even SMB is just an upgraded Wii SMB.

    I think the truth is that PS360 games are nice and fit that sweet spot between price and performance. From both a hardware perspective and software one. I don’t think Next gen systems will move too far beyond where we are now. Just smoother, crisper, faster, shinier. No where near high end PC levels(unless the game is sandbaged due to console version – and that happens a bit more then some of us would like).

    Next gen is about “services” and reconfiguring the way we are sold content.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Tavarish

    @26 Next-gen is already failed in performance if they can’t push clear difference between current and next gen graphics, AI and physics wise. There is a lot more calculation power, A LOT, and it should create clear cap between generations.

    For next year or two will consoles lead in game design, PC as follower instead of leader. It’s just pure fact because console, with this much power, gets lead for architectural reasons. Console is pinpointed to do very limited scale of things extremely well so they get more out of hardware.

    This upcoming generation of consoles is really good age for PC gaming also in the end because now consoles actually pack a punch while being basically custom designed PC’s. This makes porting games between platforms a lot easier and faster and even performance issues should be minimal right from the bat. 2-3+ years in PC will again dominate and graphical cap will again grow most likely, but it’s yet to see on PS 4′s case as 8 GB of GDDR5 gives good edge.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    Want to laugh your ass off? I never saw in the game something like this:


    #28 2 years ago
  29. The_Red

    While there won’t be a PS1 to PS2 level of leap, I do think that the graphical jump is gonna be much higher than what we’ve seen in this COD game.

    Here’s the thing: Killzone PS4 wasn’t super stunning but it was ages beyond anything shown in this conference. Based on all current reports after the reveal, Xbone is a weaker system compared to PS4 hardware / raw power wise. Also, unlike PS3, the Sony advantage doesn’t come from super crazy archit/CPU but from basic elements and technologies.

    I kinda believe that we could end up with 4 tiers of next-gen games: Wii U ones. Xbone ones. PS4 ones and finally, PC ones. Sadly, the multiplats are gonna be limited to the lowest common denominators so I fully expect that most of them won’t be able to use 8Gb GDDR5 or even better stuff on PC to create bigger and more interactive worlds.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Cobra951

    @23: One light shines in the darkness. Thank you. Software tech takes a while to ramp up. The games late in any gen look far better than the early ones. I don’t understand why anyone is surprised by the use of existing tech with some enhancements the extra system power makes possible. The tailor-made rendering software for the new hardware will be years in the making, just like it was for the current gen.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. marioporfirio

    @22 This engine outdated and is crap. Surely they will not fix things like head glitch and lag in game camera. Fuck activision!!!! If this problems remains, i will not play cod for the rest of my life.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. exynos

    The water animation kind of gave it away for me. Still has some of the worst water of any modern AAA title.
    I will not buy a new COD until they make a real new engine. So never. This engine is so old, why do they still use it.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. KineticCalvaria

    @28 Wow, I’ll give you that one, seriously stupid.

    Have to say I’m being put off CoD:G again after they claimed to have a new engine and its just a blatant lie, new is new, not reworked.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. nollie4545

    Lol to the max. Fanbois upset at their favourite franchise not getting a new engine, get real; at least half the player base for COD have no idea what the cronk a game engine is nor do they care, just so long as they can get a pink jungle camo AK.

    As for consoles leading PCs in game tech, what are you smoking? The CPU and GPU in both next gen consoles are already past it in the PC world. If they had shoved a 6 core Ivybridge intel processor in it and an Nvidia Titan to go with it, the PC world might have taken notice.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Gekidami

    Like i said, this is still pretty much a current gen game, on the next gen platforms its just a port with added bells & whistles. So taking this as a benchmark for what the nextgen games will look like is just stupid.

    Of course that isnt going to stop Nintendo crusaders trying to say the Wii-U can totally do next gen visuals.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. NightCrawler1970

    Sooo. as always.. cut & Paste Game.. with extra glitter…. i pass Activision…. ya’ll a bunch of greedy lazy ass Game-devs….

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Da Man

    Have to wonder how many people you talk to daily to keep having fun posting the same made up things for years.. Good grief.

    Either way, it’s a decent 2007 Modern Warfare engine, so there’s plenty left to make the game look plausible.

    Companies like Valve or Konami on the other hand.. Yep, CSS with zombies and same recycled PSX games with no proper levels.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. RocknRolla

    They can shove this game deep up their asses, I am fed up with this shitty game.. Battlefield 4 without a doubt, this? screw this!

    #38 2 years ago
  39. OlderGamer

    For the record I fully agree that this game is both an old engine and a revamped current gen game. Just Like almost everything that hit the WiiU. Just give it some thought. From Madden to AssCred to Batman to Funkey Barn(a DS game before WiiU). Nothing we have seen from WiiU, from Xone, or from PS4 has been optimized. None of the games take advantage of the systems in question.

    But that is normal for a new generation.

    But for me the first time I played Halo or SSX on Xbox/PS2 I was simply blown away. Hell Mario 64 was a near relgious experience the first time I fired up the N64. And PS one was filled with amazing games that simply couldn’t have been done on the previous gen. Those type of leap and reactions to the games just won’t happen this gen. That is more or less what I have been saying.

    I don’t believe it can. The hardware would simply cost too much. We are at apoint of diminishing graphical returns. Clearly graphics aren’t as big of a thing as they once were. So how do you move a generation forward?

    You broaden and expand the entertainment scope. You make it more social. You add eye toy/kinicet/wiiu gamepad. The danger is in deemphisizing the game experience.

    I am not telling anyone the WiiU is going to win this gen or is the best this gen has to offer. However, I do believe that the system has a lasser focus on games. It still has hulu, amazon, netflix, internet browsing, MiiVerse, WiiUTV, and video chat. But its driving purpose is gaming. Is it a graphics powerhouse? Nope. But Rayman Legends and SMB look stunning. The use of colors, the crisp looks are not current gen. Like you folks pointed out these systems are new and nothing has been released that even remotly pushes their graphics capibilities.

    Will WiiU hold it owns against PS4 or Xone? I don’t know. WiiU won’t be doing as many background things as either PS4 or Xone, so it needs less of many things(like Ram/CPU). All I can tell you is that the system is good. It is a solid, games focused system. It doesn’t require a cam/mic that will be used for marketing. It doesn’t require a service plan. It isn’t trying to be a TV/DVR replacment. It offers both digital(almost all games can be downloaded) and retail disc games. No used game fees. No paywalls. It offers you expandable memory storage, my brother in law has a 2 TB external HDD hooked up to his WiiU. The HDD costs him 60usd.

    It isn’t a bad system at all.

    I think the clear cut choice at this point for one system owners for next gen(other then PC, just speaking of consoles) is PS4. But I can easily see how folks could also enjoy a WiiU. And I think the difference between WiiU and the other two systems won’t be as much as some folks are thinking it will be. Maybe the same difference between WiiU and PS3. You ever compare a TG16 to a Master system or NES? Cause that is the kind of jump we are talking about here. Everything on the TG16 was bigger, smoother and crisper. One of my fav systems of all time(esp when you add the Super CD). It was better then other 8Bit systems(the TG16 was two 8bits to make 16bit), and it held its own against the SNES and Mega Drive. There is a very good parrelel here.

    TG16 is a WiiU. NES/Master system is ps3/xbox. PS4/Xone is SNES/MD. TG16 was better then the older stuff and held its own against the newer stuff.

    Ofc with the reveal of the (esp PS4) new systems, some folks feel like WiiU is just an old and outdated system. But I think three years from now the differences won’t be as significant as lots of folks think it will be. However, if the games don’t come, if gamers won’t buy it…game over. But that goes for all of the systems. How do you envision Xone selling with a 600usd price tag? Sure the game pubs are lined up now, but what if consumers won’t buy Xone? Could it be a bit like WiiU? WiiU sold well at launch (3.7 million units) then once the dedicated fanbase had one, it stoped moving. Before the Xone reveal I would have said I expect both PS4 and Xone to sell briskly during launches. Now I think Xone will struggle from the start. I really think PS4 has the advantage going into launch. The real winner hardware/software will likly be PS3/XB360 this year, maybe even next year.

    I am prolly crazy tho, ‘eh?

    Anyways I had a little time this am, it is the weekend, and this gives you guys something to read/chat about if you feel so inclinded.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Bomba Luigi

    Nice Read OG, even got some Nostalgic Feeling ^^

    #40 2 years ago

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  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]