The E3 2013 press conferences: when and what

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 11:36 GMT By Patrick Garratt

VG247 will bring you total coverage of E3 and its press conferences beginning next Monday with Microsoft and Xbox One. Head inside for stage-show timings and hints at content.

Every year I start this piece by saying we’ve arrived at this time of year again, so I won’t do that. E3 2013. The Whopper; the Big Mac; the Zinger Tower of all video games expos. If E3 2013 were a Starbucks beverage, it would be venti peppermint white hot chocolate with whole milk and whipped cream. Back to LA. Thank you. Uh-huh. You’re welcome.

This year’s E3 is, of course, different. I’m going, for one, a subject around which I harbour mixed emotions as it’s the other side of the fucking planet and the main news elements have been internetalised for years. My perpetually angry self and its dazzling display of shortsightedness has been forced to shut up on this occasion, as press conference streams are hardly the point. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One necessitated the trip. However much you hate E3 (and I very much do), it’s the best place to understand Microsoft and Sony’s place in games and their intentions therein. E3 allows one to see the console machine firsthand, to embed oneself base-deep in the clenching, blue-green corporate message. It’s more revealing than any other games event. A box on a monitor can’t replicate looking into the off-the-record eye.

Sony and Microsoft are to attack E3′s press conference culture with such ferocity this year that Nintendo has taken the unprecedented step of removing itself from the main stage. No matter how often gaming’s internet and development communities claim we’re seeing the declination of console fortunes, Xbox and PlayStation are still the totality of the video gaming experience for tens of millions of people. The reasoning behind the next generation of TV boxes may no longer be gaming’s single future, but it is certainly a huge part of it. What we will see in Los Angeles next week will impact all of us for decades.

Here’s a breakdown of the press conference timings and an idea of what to expect. Some stuff we can’t talk about, and some people are being suspiciously quiet, but you’d be crazy to miss these. So don’t. We’ll have embedded video and live coverage of everything.

Microsoft (Monday, June 10, 9.30am PST – hit this for local times)

Microsoft has a lot to do. Xbox One’s reveal came under extended fire for veering towards television features instead of games, and subsequent revelations about snooping Kinects and secondhand licenses have had the internet all of a tizz. Xbox execs have repeatedly assured that 2013′s media briefing will be wall-to-wall software, and there’s every reason to believe them. Microsoft may fall short of announcing firm prices and dates for Xbox One, but this has to be hard-hitting. Don’t miss it.

EA (Monday, June 10, 1.00pm PST – hit this for local times)

Expect EA’s focus to be on Battlefield 4. Need For Speed, “a full range of EA Sports games,” and a first look at the publisher’s Star Wars partnership with Disney are also confirmed. EA’s place on next-gen consoles will obviously form part of this presentation, but you may be left wondering what happened to the megaton. Unless you’re hard for Mirror’s Edge 2, that is.

Ubisoft (Monday, June 10, 3.00pm PST – hit this for local times)

Ubisoft traditionally does well at E3, and this year’s unlikely to be any different. Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be the main hits, and Rainbow Six: Patriots is a dead cert. There could be some good surprises here: a next-gen Beyond Good & Evil 2 reveal would cap things off nicely.

Sony (Monday, June 10, 6.00pm PST – hit this for local times)

Sony will write the final chapter to Microsoft’s prologue before the E3 expo itself has even begun. The necessity of Sony fronting multiple formats in these conferences occasionally leads to unbalance, but PS4 will undoubtedly be the focus. The PlayStation project has been making all the right noises to core gamers since PS4′s New York reveal in February, and you can expect the fan-friendly anti-DRM and pro-indie messages to continue at E3. There will be big guns. Uncharted 4? Probably. Again, solid release dates and prices may come later in the summer, but this has to be worth staying up for.

Nintendo (Tuesday, June 11, 7.00am PST – hit this for local times)

Nintendo won’t be holding a main press conference this year, but there will be a Nintendo Direct stream on the Tuesday morning. Watch it here.

VG247 will bring you blanket coverage of E3 beginning Monday next week.


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  1. Dragon246

    Please leak everything, seriously. I am going out to a crappy internet zone on 10th, just before Sony and MS conferences.
    Please Pat, I am patting on ya :D

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Seriously, certain people are being extremely cagey. I know a few things, but I reckon there’ll be some proper earth-wobblers I have no knowledge of. Just watch the site – Steph, Dave and Brenna will have all the news, no no streaming necessary :-D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    Haha, yeah, you’re gonna be a big shot novelist anyway, you can afford to get blacklisted. Go out with a bang dragging some embargoes and NDAs down with you.


    Try have a good time mate, even if it’s hassle.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    Dont worry, you have my readership :)
    I will really miss the streaming, so I hope I can get the details early.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Moonwalker1982

    Next week is going to be extremely exciting but also extremely busy and tiring, haha. I write for a gamesite as well and we’ll be covering everything and god knows how much news there’ll really be. Good thing MS starts at a very nice time, EA and Ubi too, but Sony is like 3 in the morning here, but ah well. No biggie once every year.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mistermogul


    7a.m. PT on June 11

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    @3 – :-D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. TheKeyPit

    Thanks for adding “hit this for local times”. Laziness FTW xD

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Samoan Spider

    Well I’m not working Monday and it’s a good job too. The missus wants a ‘family’ day so I think I’ll have to work hard to get back in time for the MS show. Bit of a shame that Sony is on so bloody late so maybe I’ll go full media black out and catch it up on Tuesday :D

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Edo

    @8 I second that :) .

    #10 2 years ago
  11. XDamage

    This is going to be epic! :D If I didn’t have a university mathematics exam on the 11th, I would stay up watching the Ubisoft and Sony ones.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    @6 – I’ve added in that link. Thanks. We will have coverage of the Nintendo announcements, obviously.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Panipal2005

    Only an hour for the Sony one? It’s 2 hours, surely?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Pytox

    the wait between ubi conf & sony will be enormous

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Patrick Garratt

    Sony will be about two hours, probably, yeah. I just put one hour on that planner as a placeholder.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Pytox

    @15 do you know if mark cerny will present some more at the sony conference? :D

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    @16 I’ve no idea :D

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    :D means he will be there guys, understand the cues!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. kadu

    EA will obviously show Dragon Age 3, won’t they?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. SplatteredHouse

    Cerny is probably a better call for Sony presenter than (other than giving an introduction) Jack Tretton, but Mark Cerny is also hardware. A designer. I’d not be surprised to find more time given to guest presenters, eager to tell us more about new games. The kind of games, the first look at which way the creative part of the games industry is headed, is but less than a week away!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. CyberMarco

    I’m curious what Ubisoft has up its sleeve. For me, they had the best presentation the past 2 years, with Rayman and Far Cry 3. Let’s see if they are to the task again.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. tezzer1985

    I’m pumped for E3, VG247 have not let me down so far, in terms of E3 coverage, looking forward to next week.

    #22 2 years ago

    I’m not hyped for this E3 anymore.

    I was, but after the reveals, I’m convinced that MS could well go out with a whimper, and Sony might just show a bunch of slightly higher res PS3 games…

    #23 2 years ago
  24. backup

    zero gamers attending MS conference

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Digital Bamboo

    @8 Yes, those auto-local time links were an excellent call.

    Unfortunately, I won’t be able to watch any of these live, except for Nintendo. Ah well, I’ll still be able to see everything once it’s all nice and sorted into bite-size highlight bits.

    Pret-ty psyched for this, I must say.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. viralshag

    Considering Europe is one of Sony’s biggest hotspots, their conference is probably the worst timed of the lot.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Hunam

    I only want Mirror’s Edge 2. Everything else is a bonus.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    I’m interested in third party and Sony only. Microsoft just likes to go with a BANG and then it’s just disappoints.

    but i’m actually looking forward for Quantum Break (that will be on the PC anyway.) and RYSE from Crytek. RYSE can show us what next gen is all about.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. JimFear-666

    the sony conference is only 1h long?

    edit : nvm, i just saw what pat said at #15

    #29 2 years ago
  30. powerbuoy

    Anyone know if YouTube will be streaming the event? Imo it’s the only streaming site that actually works well.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. salarta

    Sony seems to be doing everything right since their initial reveal. For all the cries for seeing the physical system, Sony focused on what mattered most for their initial reveal, the games and game-related functionality. What the console looks like is largely a moot point, since anyone deciding not to buy a console solely because it looks silly (assuming it does) has no idea what they’re doing when it comes to video games.

    And here, too, Sony is doing right. Microsoft is kicking off the events, but a lot of their buzz will get washed away by subsequent announcements by EA and Ubisoft. By contrast, Sony will be the last conference of the day, meaning what they say and do on the stage will be the last word and the one thing most heavily talked about for the rest of that evening into the next morning. By timing of announcements, Sony got the first word AND the last word in on the matter.

    There’s risk to that, sure, but that’s only a problem if Sony REALLY screws something up. Although, Microsoft going first could still be beneficial for Microsoft, because if Microsoft says or does something undeniably idiotic and anti-consumer in nature, the following presentations will distract people from discussing them.

    Also, I wish we had another Konami conference like the last one they did. Minus the eventual turn toward depressing at seeing good franchises ignored or ruined, most of the last Konami conference was hilariously bad.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. viralshag

    @31, It will be the last conference of the day… in the US, which isn’t exactly their strongest territory compared to MS. By the morning it will be equal footing depending on how the conferences go.

    If MS put on a good game filled show, followed by anything EA and Ubi might be working on specifically with MS, they could essentially be mentioned throughout the whole day.

    Sony would potentially have to end on a very high note.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. junguler

    looking forward to sony’s conference
    and hopefully we can get to see the console itself

    #33 2 years ago
  34. viralshag

    Personally, I can’t wait to see what the PS4 looks like.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. powerbuoy

    I hope switches to something like Disqus (not FB-comments, please! (not everyone uses FB)) with the redesign. So many times I’ve wanted to upvote or downvote comments, reply properly (the number system doesn’t work at all on mobile) etc.

    Thought of that now cus I wanted to +1 salarta’s comment.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. salarta

    @32: The risk of this is probably the reason behind Sony saving an unveiling of the physical system until E3.

    Frankly, I think the only risk Microsoft presents for Sony at E3 is of Microsoft botching things just as bad as how they did with their recent announcement or worse that people care more about discussing XBox One’s failures and shortcomings than anything Sony.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. redwood

    as a sony fan I find Don metrick’s Pic on an E3 news appalling, and unfair… I demand that you also have Kaz up their too.. but not Reggie.. he is too chubby.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. ArcticMonkey

    @38 LOL

    #38 2 years ago
  39. noamlol2

    just 5 more days…

    #39 2 years ago
  40. AsianGameing

    i am ready for E3

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Takeshi

    So fucking psyched for E3. The surprise reveals we’ll end up with, more great console news and more gameplay stuff for things we’re already exited for.

    Will watch Microsoft and EA. Sony and Ubisoft will have to wait until the next morning.

    And yeah, thanks for the local times bit. You know people will be asking for it. ;)

    #41 2 years ago
  42. DevilsAdvocate

    So guys, is there a stream of this somewhere or…?

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Gheritt White

    M-M-M-M-MEGATON! This is gonna be HUGE!

    I’ve been looking forward to this E3 since 2009. Finally time to see what next gen looks like.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. zinc

    @45, No. This is the E3 where we see how many of our toys are taken away.

    Apparently we’ve been naughty .

    #44 2 years ago
  45. NeutralBlade

    @46 I agree. I can’t get excited about E3, when next-gen restrictions are a serious issue. I just want the news, so I’ll know what I have to look forward to, over the next 6 – 8 years.

    Hopefully Sony will announce far less restrictions than Microsoft, and Nintendo will state they have no plans to introduce such restrictions in their products. If consumers can get that much, then yeah, there will be something to smile about.

    People can make all the excuses and comparisons they want, but many of the popular digital services offer products at considerably cheaper rates; versus the console market’s lackluster discounts, which will only become even less once more sales competition is eliminated via restrictions.

    In my opinion, there is no reason to get or be excited over a $60 rental. Accepting restrictions will only lead to more restrictions. If the consumer doesn’t fight corporate greed, they will just continue to take more, while giving less away. So let’s hope E3 has good news for us, as next-gen is going to be long, and what happens will depend on how much the consumer cares about ownership versus full-price rentals.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. fearmonkey

    @46 and 47 – I’m with you guys, Im excited to see the games, but that excitement is offset by the dread that Sony will go DRm as well. I am hoping Sony gives me a reason to be excited about their console tommorrow since MS has made me decide not to go Xbone.

    I hope gamers don’t just swallow what MS does (and maybe sony), I would like to see gamers actually stand up to these corporate favored restrictions.

    I rent alot of games from Gamefly, and I hate to see that end.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. MadFingerz

    *Checks the events on his local time*

    Sony’s conf at 2am…fuck

    #47 2 years ago

    @49 – They save the best for last. ;)

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Telepathic.Geometry

    @Pat: I know you have NDAs to honour, but when you said: “…and you can expect the fan-friendly anti-DRM and pro-indie messages to continue at E3.”, can we really? I desperately want to believe it, but…

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Monk


    4am here, but thank god that I’m off this week, because I dedicated myself to watch all the conferences whatever it’s
    Crappy or not.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. redwood

    *checks his local time* guess i will be going late to work tomorrow :D

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Pytox

    why don mattrick on the pic again

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Sadismek

    @52 Oh, it’ll be at 4 am here as well, where are you from?

    #53 2 years ago
  54. ps3fanboy

    get ready to be skrewed outta the game biz mickey$oft!!

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Kabby

    You get Mattrick pics because he looks like a gormless fool.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. redwood

    Don Mattrick! we meet again!.

    #56 2 years ago

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  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets. The Nintendo Creators Program will launch on May 27, but is currently in beta and taking registrations. This is Nintendo’s answer to the knotty question of YouTubers making money on videos featuring its assets […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s exo zombies reanimate a familiar format

    Advanced Warfare’s exo suits manage to bring an undead format back to life. Dave Cook welcomes zombies back to Call of Duty. “The challenges start to spike early so seasoned zombie slayers needn’t worry about being coddled.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC went live this week, dropping four very solid maps for multiplayer […]

  • YouTube app and Maps will be removed from PS Vita

    Sony said that it will end support for the YouTube and Maps apps, as well as remove the “near” feature in an upcoming firmware update. Sony has revealed that a system update releasing in March will remove the Maps app and prevent the “near” feature from obtaining location address or display maps, making it redundant. […]

  • There is a Destiny loot cave Easter egg in Dying Light

    Dying Light is the latest game to take a jab at Destiny by having its own loot cave. Destiny’s infamous loot cave has been recreated in Dying Light, sort of. Of course the loot cave in Dying Light is only an Easter egg and doesn’t actually net you any loot. Instead, upon entering it, you […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 supports co-op in story mode, but only offline

    You can play the campaign of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in co-op, but not online. 4gamer spoke to producers of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and made out with a few details concerning story, setting and more. The site confirmed that while you will be able to switch between characters in the single player, and have […]

  • The Witcher 3 may have a permadeath “Insanity” mode

    Although not yet confirmed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED is working on a difficulty mode dubbed “Insanity” that will delete your save if you die. During Monday’s Twitch stream, the developer took a few questions from the chat and we’ve got a bunch of answers. There are many interesting little bits […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most successful launch for BioWare, based on sales

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is responsible for the most successful launch in developer BioWare’s history, according to EA. During last night’s EA Q3 2015 earnings call, the publisher said that Dragon Age: Inquisition was the most successful launch for developer BioWare. Today, we get a bit more detail. “In particular, Dragon Age: Inquisition had by far […]

  • Here’s a walkthrough of one mission from Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack, Hurk Deluxe, seems like good fun, judging from this video. The Hurk Deluxe Pack was released today on all platforms. It comes with five new missions. The video below takes a look at the “Call of the Wild” mission. In the walkthrough you’ll get to see some of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date confirmed on Xbox Store

    The beta date for Battlefield Hardline has popped up on the Xbox Store, confirming the rumoured date. The listing for the Battlefield Hardline beta is available for anyone to see right now on the Xbox Store. Granted, it’s for Xbox 360, but unless EA is starting this beta early on Xbox 360, this will pretty […]

  • GTA player flies jets backwards in impressive stunts

    Doing stunts with jets in GTA 5 can be impressive, but it’s nothing like flying them backwards. Making videos of your jet stunts has become too mainstream. Which is why the latest video from YouTube channel GTA5Videos is all about defying that. The video below features some insane stunts mostly done by flying jets backwards, […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare balance patch out, System Hack nerfed, HBRa3 buffed

    The latest patch to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is here with some major changes to game balance. Making good on the promise to nerf System Hack, developer Sledgehammer Games has released the latest patch to Advanced Warfare to do just that, and much more. The patch is out now on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation […]

  • Grinding three purples in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel may crash your game [UPDATE]

    Update: Gearbox Software has announced there’s currently a hot-fix in place for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel as a temporary solution to crashes caused with the DLC update. Until a permanent fix can be made, the hotfix should correct crashing issues. All will be fixed in the next major game update. Original Story A bug that snuck […]

  • Havoc maps up the tempo for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Dave Cook dons his Exo suit to find the new Havok DLC maps a great change of pace for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Given that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare places great emphasis on verticality, it’s little wonder that Sledgehammer Games has designed the first of its four DLC map packs with elevation and […]

  • G2A responds to deactivated Far Cry 4 keys debacle

    G2A, one of the third-party sellers that were named in the ongoing episode of deactivated Far Cry 4 keys has decided to release a statement. G2A is a well known third-party key sellers online. Most users know it through its sponsorship deals with many YouTube and Twitch channels. The service sells keys both through its […]

  • Petroglyph’s Victory resurfaces with Korean co-developer

    End of Nations, Mytheon and Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games seems to have salvaged a stalled project. Victory popped up back in early 2013 after Trion Worlds took End of Nations in-house. Petroglyph’s attempt to crowdfund the unusual strategy title ended in iniquity, but it vowed to do whatever it could to bring the game […]

  • Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe DLC now available

    Far Cry 4′s latest DLC pack adds new story missions and a pile of new weapons. Far Cry 4: Hurk Deluxe is now available on PC and Xbox platforms, and is rolling out to the PSN in line with local network updates. The pack bundles five story missions, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s […]

  • Yes, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has microtransactions, but thankfully they’re not as outrageous as initial reports suggested. The subject of Resident Evil: Revelations 2′s microtransactions arose earlier today with reports filtering out of a European press event that you’ll be able to pay to keep playing after your character dies. The ramifications of this are pretty […]

  • Play mini-games to unlock Magicka 2 content

    Magicka 2 publisher Paradox Interactive has invited fans to earn in-game rewards by playing other games. The Magicka website will host various mini-games in the build up to Magicka 2′s launch later this year on PC and PS4. Playing these games controbutes to a community score total which will eventually unlock in-game content as well […]

  • Deactivated Far Cry 4 keys were purchased through Origin

    Far Cry 4 owners who found their games deactivated without warning may be surprised to learn where they came from. Many copies of Far Cry 4 purchased through third-party re-sellers have been deactivated without notice. Although resellers affected by the deactivations argued that they had made authorised purchases, Ubisoft has denied this. The publisher told […]

  • Will Assassin’s Creed visit Japan in 2016?

    The next Assassin’s Creed game after Victory may finally bring ninja and assassins together. An Assassin’s Creed fan has spotted what certainly looks like a heavy hint that the next game after Victory will be set in Japan. Ubisoft forums member Cornik22 was looking through the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag official art book when […]

  • Resident Evil HD modder aims to restore original, terrible voice acting

    Resident Evil and its early sequels are justifiably famous for their simply dire voice acting. Some Resident Evil fans feel they just can’t enjoy the experience of exploring Umbrella facilities if someone isn’t talking at them with absolutely no regard for pacing, content or tone. As a result, modder Bunny has stepped up to the […]

  • Record iPhone sales drive Apple to revenue spike

    The iPhone is still going strong – in fact, it’s selling better than ever. Apple has announced its financial results for the quarter ending December 27 2014, exceeding expectations with a 29.5% increase in revenues to $74.6 billion. This was a new record for the company. One of the key factors in this spike is […]

  • HoloLens has “mind-blowing” potential for games, says Microsoft CEO

    Microsoft’s VR wearable HoloLens is going to be great for games, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking to investors, Nadella made Microsoft’s entertainment plans for the device explicit. “It’s also getting clearer how the games people love today will evolve to mind-blowing experiences in the future when designed for the mixed reality that Windows 10 […]