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Xbox One will be region-locked, Microsoft confirms

Monday, 27 May 2013 02:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In news that ought to surprise absolutely nobody, Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will be region-locked, meaning you can’t buy games internationally and expect them to work on a console purchased in your home territory.

Speaking with Digital Trends, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that Xbox One will continue the tradition of region locking laid down by the Xbox and Xbox 360.

“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” the representative said.

“We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”

Microsoft isn’t alone in this policy; all Nintendo consoles to date have also been region-locked. The PSOne and PS2 were region-locked, but the PS3 and Vita are not, although individual developers and publishers may choose to enforce a region lock if they wish; very few have taken advantage.

Sony has so far demurred on the question of whether the PlayStation 4 will follow suit, with SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida saying only that he has an answer, but is not ready to give it yet – which could mean anything.

Thanks, GameInformer.

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46 Comments

  1. RoyBrown

    That’s a huge negative for me.

    In Australia you can buy imported games for half the price of Australian retail.

    If PS4 is region free just for games, that’s the console I’m buying as it will save me a ton of money in the long run.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Night Hunter

    Doesn’t Australia have the same region code as NZ?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. actuallyisnotafox

    another reason xbox one is becoming my lest favorite next gen console :/

    #3 2 years ago
  4. salarta

    I can actually understand why companies would region lock consoles. If a company releases a product in a certain market, it entails certain costs; someone importing the same item from overseas would basically defeat the purpose.

    However, I think not having a region lock is ultimately much better. There are a lot of games and movies that will get released in one region but not another. Region locking for these items would prevent interested consumers from actually being able to experience the game or film unless they got a system from that region and adapters to make it all work.

    When Nintendo of America at first refused to bring the Project Rainfall games stateside, but Europe was getting them, the region lock was an obstacle to me being able to play the games I actually wanted to play. It made a system that increasingly came off as a worthless purchase, even more worthless. I was ready to break the region lock even if it risked bricking my Wii since I saw no point in keeping a functioning Wii anymore at the time if the process failed.

    Now, I currently wouldn’t hold it against Sony if the PS4 had region locking, though I’d certainly be disappointed. But I WOULD hold it against Microsoft with the XBox One, since the XBox One already has enough bullshit both proven and rumored without this adding to it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. redwood

    I don’t know… ps3 was not region locked, so i don’t want any more region locking :\ and now am thinking sony will follow ms’s footsteps in this too

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Puggy

    Hm, I always liked to buy games when I want to buy them, and not years later when they final get released in europe, if they get at all.

    And I guess you can not even… circumvent or jailbreak that thing due to the online requirement. Bugger.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mkotechno

    Another nail in the XBO coffin.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. CaptPierce

    Just keep on digging Microsoft.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. MFBB

    Oh thats the biggest no go for me so far from Microsoft.

    Since I dont buy any games here in Germany due to the high price.
    I always import from the UK, 15-29€ instead of 50-70€.

    Hope Sony stays on its current no region lock, or at least whole Europe is the same region and i can snitch some UK games :)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. salarta

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony reveals the PSN for the PS4 requiring a subscription in the same model as Microsoft. The people that willingly paid into XBox Live basically told the world that charging people a fee to be able to do basic online features is acceptable on consoles.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mjorh

    MS is screwing everything up !

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    @10 – I would. I’d be hugely surprised, considering that even more millions of people chose the system with free online play.

    Do I think they’ll charge for a lot of the cloud service? Of course, they will. But just basic online multiplayer, I believe will remain free.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Kieran

    PS4 looks better everyday that passes until E3

    #13 2 years ago
  14. polygem

    @10: i actually hope for a subscription model but i want one where i will get some content from, like renting games and stuff like that, kind of an improved ps+.
    i do not have a problem with a fee for great services. i play a lot of games, if a sub will make sense to me and improve my gaming time and/or save me some money in the long run, if i think it´s worth paying for it i am more than ready for it. i actually wasn´t bothered with xbl for years, sure, the basic online could have / should have been free but i played online a lot, used a lot of the gold features and really preferred it over psn. the moment they´ve putted ads on that service it instantly did not make any sense to me anymore.
    i really hope sony will introduce an optional sub model and i hope it will be a great deal for people who love to play games.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Clupula

    @14 – Well, then you and I are different. If Sony charge a fee to online, I won’t ever go online again. And neither will A LOT of Playstation owners.

    There’s no reason to pay a fee. Period. Point blank.

    And if you think I’m alone in that view, look at DC Universe Online for PS3. A flop when it had a subscription fee. When it went free to play, the amount of people playing it went up 400%. The average PS3 owner will not pay to go online. I will not. And neither will many others.

    The only thing I would possibly pay a little extra a month for would be backwards compatibility. Otherwise, nope. Will not do it. And Sony would be killing a huge portion of their business by doing it. Only fools pay to go online.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. dex3108

    I don’t see point of region locking today. If i am willing to wait 5-15 days to get my game from around the world that is annoying enough. Also it is better for publishers if they sell more games, and if they lock games to specific region their number of sold games can be lower. I really hope that Sony is watching all this and it will make right decisions.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Sylrissa

    @15 I agree, and for me if Sony keeps online free, and keeps the ps4 not region-locked, I’ll be picking one up day one this time.

    I didn’t get my ps3 until several years later, and I got when it came with buying a new TV

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Bomba Luigi

    Thats just normal, and really just sad for a small part of Customers like me. But all in all its just a minor thing.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. orakaa

    Region locking is a HUGE concern for me. I only modded my PS1 and PS2 in order to play imported games, mostly from US and Japan.
    At least a third of my games on PS3 come from Japan, and the ratio is even bigger on my Nintendo DS.

    I only import games that are not (and will never be) released in Europe. Taiko no tatsujin? Ouendan (the original with Japanese songs)? Gundam, Macross or other aninme-related games? You will never see them here. Why preventing more copies to be sold?
    I was ready to buy a 3DS but the region locking is what put me off (and to this day I haven’t bought one).

    No region lock on PS3 was a REALLY good thing, at least to me, and I hope Sony will keep the same functionality for PS4.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. pleasant_cabbage

    fffttt. More faux outrage over another feature 99% of the user base don’t give a rats ass about…

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Myth

    The VG247-angle seems inaccurate here, the region-locking on Xbox 360 is currently up to the publisher, isn’t it?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DrDamn

    @21
    Maybe it is a small percentage, but the people commenting here are those who *do* use it. Very few are saying it’s a big issue for the system, most are saying it’s a big issue for them. Nothing false about it. It’s also very important in some countries.

    I think the digital direction is hopefully making Western this less of an issue. A way for publishers to get games out in other regions without big risks is good and has been used on PSN (PS3 and Vita).

    One thing Sony need to do is get better global releases sorted. Titles releasing in the US first then weeks or months down the line in Europe because of SCEE submission issues needs to be sorted.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ps3fanboy

    region lock = another nail in the coffin…. the xbone is done!

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Lengendaryboss

    Has there ever been a worse PR disaster following a console reveal like this? Anyway this doesn’t bother me too much i always buy games locally although the Xbone in general well the only good thing i can think is this putting me in a good mood: Someone has even done a Hitler impressions video of it all, couldn’t stop laughing :D

    #24 2 years ago
  25. polygem

    @15: i wasn´t talking about a fee for online. not at all. i was talking about a sub/fee that gives me something back, like game rentals and stuff like that: content. i agree that the basic online should be kept free.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. monkeygourmet

    Sony may HAVE to launch a paid for online service.

    They can’t afford to miss out on some of the features MS are going to be raking it in for, even if they suck…

    The second hand game thing & paid for online may just have to happen to prop up the huge online requirement we will see next gen.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Christopher Jack

    Is there anything positive about this console?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    @28
    Does getting your laughing worth count? :D
    Well if you look into i suppose it will provide supreme entertainment options rather gaming, hold that can be seen as a negative.
    Nothing i suppose.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Christopher Jack

    @29, The reveal was a laugh, since then the joke has been dry & it’s only becoming sadder.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. pleasant_cabbage

    @23
    no doubt, it’s more comments like #24 I was aiming at :)

    #30 2 years ago
  31. polygem

    @28: yes, the controller and i kind of like that xboxgreen that the packaging will hopefully have…not sure if that´s enough though.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. ps3fanboy

    @27 monkeygourmet, have you been living under a rock for years???.. Sony HAVE a paid for online service, its called PLAYSTATION PLUS!… and it is doing perfectly fine.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. The_Red

    Region lock is a HUGE issue for people like me who live in unsupported Asian countries. Seriously, we could want a certain game but there are ONLY imports here and most of them come from Europe. Now if someone has console with a region region, they can either:

    - Forget about that game.
    - Pirate the game.

    No third option here.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. SplatteredHouse

    I play games. I like to play them. So, when a game releases in a country not my own. I value the opportunity to be able to make my own mind up about the worth of that game, by being able to get and play it if I like. I accept that I’d be acting on my own volition, that local support would not be able (nor would I ask them) to assist me with any issue I may encounter playing that game.

    But, I have long had my fill of “when’s that game coming out here?” “No plans, or just … Who’s publishing: no idea.” In which case, I lose, because I don’t get to play the game I chose – and the publisher/devs lose, because I’m not able to pay them for the game they made. How’s that any good.

    Another thing: Wait until the game is available in your region? You mean: Long after the initial announce, which generated the largest notice. Sometimes, a time after the “second wind” once it’s available in English, and then it’s greeted with a whimper comparatively, when it arrives as a footnote on a release schedule vying amongst so much else, making its first release – and then, you can get questions about why it isn’t chart-topping, maybe the sales just don’t happen, and that then harms the likelihood of the publisher making more effort to make a broader variety of software available – and I’m better off not supporting a machine, by not buying one, that is not interested in helping me to play games I like.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Sturmhardt

    So PS4 it is! (if they don’t try to bend us over like MS, let’s see…)

    #35 2 years ago
  36. sh4dow

    Well I’m sure we all know what the answer is… hack the damn thing!
    If companies don’t implement reasonable policies, consumers have to take matters into their own hands.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. TheKeyPit

    “Xbox One will continue the tradition of region locking laid down by the Xbox and Xbox 360.”

    So, where is the problem? Will it change from what we actually have with the 360 right now?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. reask

    @39
    I was thinking the same myself I mean isnt the whole of Europe pal? so it wouldn’t matter where you bought it.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. loki

    With consoles games price in Russia, all i can say: fuck you MS and your Xbox one

    #39 2 years ago
  40. et_phone_home

    Another “arrow in the knee” for MS.

    I hope that MS suffocate on their greed. I’m going to buy a PS4 for sure.

    With the quality problems on some titles on the PS3, i was thinking about to move to the future XBOX, but after all i read about this new piece of crap and the promissing PS4, the choice left is only one…

    #40 2 years ago
  41. ps3fanboy

    @43 i’m sure you love your job dick wad.. sitting home on your ass in front of your computer all day and spamming internet forums. it must be reeeeeally satisfying… TAKE YOUR $82 HOUR JOB AND GEY IMAC AND STUFF THEM UP YOUR ASS, NOW FUCK OFF!!!!!1

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Da Man

    No region lock profit = 100 demented nerds importing weirdo JP videogames.

    Region lock profit = healthy software sales everywhere.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. salarta

    @42: No region lock profit = EVERY person that wants to play video games or watch films or TV shows from more than one region.

    Contrary to what you may think, this is actually useful for more than “demented nerds importing weirdo JP video games.” There are high quality films released in other countries that do not get released in the United States, and to be able to watch them would require either a player for the region or a willingness to change a hard drive to suit that region.

    Of course, you already made up your mind that the only people that could ever possibly have any form of utility for a lack of region lock have to be creepy perverted otaku types. Because of course academia does not exist.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Richenbaum

    academias are my favorite nut! (no I’m not serious…)

    #44 2 years ago
  45. salarta

    Yeah Caroline, stop pretending to be a giant robot eagerly killing test subjects with nerve gas and start earning some damn money for a Land Rover Defender. Imagine what tests you can do with that thing.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. misterapathy

    I’ll paint you a real world scenario where this actually does get in the way… Europe.

    I moved from Australia to Germany, suddenly I cant purchase a lot of content from the Australian marketplace… so I do the right thing and migrate regions. Only to discover that German versions frequently do not have ANY other languages with them. You might argue that if I move to a country I should know the language, fair enough, but even if my German WAS that good… I would much prefer the English language versions anyway since the German voice actors are horrible.

    If I moved to the UK, same process, and in an I.T contracting job this is much more likely than you’d think. People country hop here regularly.

    Next you have countries like Belgium, where they speak French/German/Dutch… and their games are basically all the German versions.

    The only way region coding will ever work nicely for its intended purpose is to ensure that all regions have at least ACCESS to alternate languages and audio tracks.

    And sure, I can currently just import games from the UK, but I actually prefer to just download things from the store on occasion, and with the upcoming licensing model it certainly seems that’s the direction Microsoft would prefer we take anyway.

    #46 2 years ago

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 brings back 4-player co-op campaign

    This year’s Call of Duty campaign is designed specifically for four players to experience together. Let’s get boots on the ground, soldier. Don’t call it an Exo skeleton. Call it the Direct Neural Interface. Okay, it’s a little less catchy, but the DNI biotechnology in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feel familiar to […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – watch the first official trailer here

    Here’s the first full trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, due for release on November 6. Anyone who pre-orders the game will get access to the open beta. The game will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can read hands-on impressions of the multiplayer here, check out early info on […]

  • Dota 2 International Compendium out next week, three annual championships added

    Valve has announced its adding three, yearly Dota 2 championships to its eSports roster along with the new that a new International Compendium will launch next week alongside a balance update for MOBA. The firm said it was adding three extra championships to the schedule as it recognized there was “room for improvement” on a […]

  • Dungeons 2 is now available on PC, Mac, Linux – watch the launch trailer

    Dungeons 2, the dungeon-crawling strategy sequel to Realmforge Studios’ Dungeons, has been released on Steam by publisher Kalypso. It can be yours for $39.99 on Steam and is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and SteamOS. The first game was released in 2011 and heavily influenced by Dungeon Keeper. A boxed version will arrive in North […]

  • This Mortal Kombat X “hidden character intros” video is rather humorous

    YouTuber Maximilian Dood mad has created a Mortal Kombat X video featuring “hidden” character intros centering around Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Some of the dialogue is rather funny, and we particularly liked the affectionate line uttered by Sub-Zero at one point. Just something fun for your Saturday. Enjoy.

  • Art of the Catch creator sheds more light on why he pulled the Skyrim mod off Steam

    The creator of Skyrim mod Art of the Catch has taken to Reddit to explain why he pulled the paid mod off Steam Workshop. Yesterday, it was revealed Chesko had pulled the fishing mod off Steam Workshop, after mod creator Fore stated he didn’t endorse Chesko charging for the mod because it used his his […]

  • Tripwire adds clause to Killing Floor 2 EULA banning paid mods

    Tripwire Interactive has updated its EULA for Killing Floor 2 stating that any mods players create for the game must be distributed free-of-charge. The end user agreement update, via PCgamesN, went live a couple of days after Valve announced it would allow mod creators to start charging for their creations. Bethesda is the first company […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 recreated in LittleBigPlanet 3 is rather eerie

    LittleBigPlanet 3 players have created some really interesting content with the game’s level builder, but sometimes, the creations go beyond cute and bright and venture into the realm of creepy, as is the case with this Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 build. Created by TheLittleBigPlanetShow, the rather ominous level can be played with up to […]

  • Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward benchmark trailer shows off flying mounts, more

    Square Enix has released a rather nice benchmark video for Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward showing a battle, flying mounts and some of the new environments. Heavensward is the first expansion for Final Fantasy 14 and is slated for release on June 23 for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. The mac version is being handled by […]

  • Have a look at some Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay

    During yesterday’s Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct showcase, many details pertaining to the Monolith Soft title were announced, and quite a bit of gameplay was shown. The Wii U-exclusive contains real-time menu-based combat and four-player online questing along with diverse environments and the ability to use Skells, which are transforming mechs. These mechs are called […]

  • Here’s a look at The Elder Scrolls Online running on Xbox One

    The Elder Scrolls Online has a limited public beta test running this weekend on PS4 and Xbox One, and Eurogamer has been playing around in it. Have a look at the Khajiit sorcerer below in the Xbox One version. There isn’t an NDA in place for the beta, so expect to see more videos as […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaks reveal Zombie progression system, four-player co-op, more

    More Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details surfaced overnight thanks to a leaked pamphlet with information pertaining to Zombies XP progression, four-player co-op and more. Posted on NeoGAF, the pamphlet the shooter will contain a new movement system, a Specialist character system for multiplayer, tailored maps, “cinematic arena-style play,” and complete character customization. The […]

  • Gears of War Remaster in the works for Xbox One, according to testers – report

    Overnight, a rumor surfaced claiming a remastered version of the original Gears of War was coming to Xbox One. According to playtesters, it isn’t a rumor at all. Polygon first broke the story, citing a source who showed the site sreencaps of the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Screenshots of the multiplayer showing improved lighting […]

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. pic.twitter.com/rn6SVtVJbY — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]