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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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56 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    @Pat,
    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.

    :P

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

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    @Pat,
    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

    And…

    http://e3.nintendo.com/

    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
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    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 Vg247.com 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
  48. xBASSxMONSTAx

    @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

    @49

    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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    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]