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Xbox One policies presently set in stone, but the brand is always adapting to trends

Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft Studios’ corporate vice president Phil Spencer has said the firm’ 24-hour online authentication and game trading policies on Xbox One are for the moment “definitive” and fixed, but it will remain open-minded regarding future policies.

Speaking in an interview with CVG, Spencer said the firm wanted to make sure its policy isn’t confusing anyone, so it set things in “black and white terms” last week.

“We will be as attentive to that feedback on Xbox One as we were through 360,” he said. “So these systems evolve. We’re a software company. If you think about the amount of times we changed the operating system on 360 – it was a number of times.

“But we wanted to set our policy as it is for Xbox One in clear terms so that there wasn’t ambiguity in what our stance was. That was our intent.”

Spencer went on to say Microsoft was “always listening to its fans,” and even when they get angry and lash out at the firm, he doesn’t take it personally.

“I say this, and I’m not trying to be pithy about it: I’ll never get frustrated with fans of what we do, because they’re very passionate about the games they play and the systems they purchase,” he said.

“We’re obviously trying to build games and a platform that people will love and invest their time and money in.”

Xbox One is due in November.

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48 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    DAMAGE CONTROL!!!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dunno

    “We’re obviously trying to build games and a platform that people will love and invest their time and money in.”

    Try harder bitch!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. viralshag

    @1, You’re getting as bad as Ps3fanboy. Which is a real shame.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Malmer

    Well I for one think the sharing of your complete game library with a closed group of 10 people (where you and one more can play your game simultaneously) is quite awesome.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. CyberMarco

    @3 Excellent!

    @4 That can already be done with digital copies of games on the PS3. IIRC until 2011(?) you could share you’re account on 5 consoles, now on 2.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Sylrissa

    Sounds to me like it’s set in stone for the X1, but they’ll think about changing it later on for the X1 slim or whatever they call it

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    I just did some reading on that family sharing thing, if it truly works like that, a lot of the negativity about these weird DRM rules should go away. It sounds fantastic.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Malmer

    @5 You can use it on 5 consoles if you log in with your account on that console. Not the same thing. Xbox One gives you sharing of your library with other people, wherever they are, no matter what console they manage to dig up.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. MCTJim

    @7 i agree about the sharing..it sounds cool. and to be honest..the DRM and online feature never really bothered me..but I guess it will bother a lot of people. I see the trends and no matter how much people yell and complain, everything is going digital..its evolving..do I like it..no of course not.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. CyberMarco

    @8

    So apart from the number of possible consoles/users what’s the difference?

    Also it would be too good to be true, because then 10 friends could gather up and buy the game once and share it with each other. It’s really promising though…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Malmer

    @7 My view precisely. It’s is fantastic. And when I asked XboxSupport on twitter they confirmed this was the case. You and one more person can play from your complete library, wherever you are. And I mean you CAN sell your games used. You just can’t do it on ebay. So you loose some, but gain a lot too.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Malmer

    @10 For one it is automatic. And you don’t need to log in to all these consoles with the same account. And the 10 ppl sharing can’t play at the same time. Only the orginial owner and one person more. So it is basically disk swapping between friends but via the cloud and you can still play the game you lent to a a friend and the friends can instantly share the disk between them. Basically like you bought two copies of a game and gave one to your close group of friends/family to share between them.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Sylrissa

    I live in a very rural area with pretty shoddy internet, so I would rather have a console I can play offline, but if X1 ever removes this check in once every 24 hours thing, I’ll pick one up.

    I like to use my consoles to play single-player or co-op games, and what little multiplayer games I play, I use my PC for.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. CyberMarco

    @12 Yeah, but we still have to hear from Microsoft how we’ll have to verify our family members.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. JB

    @9 yeah exactly, people are afraid of the Xbox One and it`s advanced digital technology, which is why they`re choosing the PS4 which is made purely of wood, doesn`t have internet access and only works with analog devices….

    #15 2 years ago
  16. MARIODELRJ

    I already have an xbox 360 … for next gen? … The best console is PS4! … Stick the xbox one in her ass micro$oft and keep it online.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Moonwalker1982

    Guys it does all say what we think it is. It sounds a bit too good to be true, of course, and it remains to be seen if anything is hidden and they are not saying anything about that yet.

    http://tinyurl.com/luqobgx

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ge0force

    And I was thinking that things get better when they ‘evolve’, instead of getting more restricting. I must have been wrong…

    #18 2 years ago
  19. orakaa

    So… basically he says that they’re listening to what the fans say and they take it into consideration… then on the next sentence he recognizes that there’s an uproar as he “doesn’t take it personally”… but still he says that the system’s policies are set in stone???

    What a friggin’ moron! His attitude is insulting.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Malmer

    Here is source on You+One more can play from your shared library:
    https://twitter.com/xboxsupport2/status/345199493903421440

    And here is source on that anyone can be a family member:
    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/microsoft-defends-the-xbox-ones-licensing-used-game-policies/

    “For one, a family member doesn’t have to be a “blood relative,” he said, eliminating the extremely unlikely possibility that the Xbox One would include a built-in blood testing kit. For another, they don’t have to live in the primary owner’s house—I could name a friend that lives 3,000 miles away as one of my “family members” Mehdi said.”

    #20 2 years ago
  21. noamlol2

    “set in stone”

    OK Msoft you’re dead

    R.I.P xbox brand, it had a great run until micro$haft ate the apple (if you know what i mean)

    #21 2 years ago
  22. MCTJim

    well then that settles it, Gonna buy the X1 first and then around Christmas I will get the PS4. I now see that most of the fears (other than 24 hr check) are not as bad as they are being made out to be.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Fin

    @20

    I think the Twitter is wrong on the simultaneous play:
    http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/license
    “You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.”
    (emphasis mine)

    There is going to be a restriction on who you can add as a family account. It might be sub accounts only (ie age-restricted), they might have to all share the same billing information.
    You will not be able to buy one copy of a game and have nine of your friends play it simultaneously. I guarantee this will not happen.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. MCTJim

    @23 of course not, only one at a time..but the nice thing is as I read it, YOUR console need not be on for them to use your library. If this is indeed the case..cool :D

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Malmer

    @23 But that was what I asked. You + One other. And they confirmed it. Not you + 10 others at the same time. You + one. And they confirmed it twice. Different people. I’d say that settles it.

    Cloud stored licenses isn’t all bad. Here is the plus side. And it applies to digital downloads as well.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    @20 There is a restriction. Only one “family” member can play the games at any given time. You could add 9 different people, but good luck trying to organise who can play what when. There’s an opportunity for family drama if ever I saw it. Hahahaha.

    The PS3 allows my digital content to be downloaded onto two separate machines, with no online / offline restrictions applied, which is essentially the same thing.

    It used to be up to five machines, but they sadly reduced that a while back. =(

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Moonwalker1982

    No way that will happen, and i don’t think i will be able to play my bro’s Forza 5 if he wants to play it as well. But even though, it is a really cool feature. I mean after a few years my collection of games will be like 50+ and he can just pick one from it and start playing it. If i have finished it too, he can just play it whenever he wants. This way plenty of peolpe won’t even buy the game. And that’s why it has me kinda doubting how this is going to work.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. MCTJim

    I just think its a cool alternative to lending games to my friends is all. I kinda of think of it the same way as lending it to my friend. I wouldn’t have the game to begin with if I lent him a physical copy anyway.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Malmer

    @27 MS support says you should be able to play your brother’s Forza 5 at the same time.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Moonwalker1982

    Isn’t that a fake Twitter? It says support2. Why support2?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. heroes159

    I think MS should show us what or How we can Trade games in console, How its works , so people can see what the hell is MS talking about.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Fin

    @25

    Hmm, there might be a difference between the user who has the disc and the shared library – like the user with the disc can always play, and one other player could also play.

    Yeah that makes sense actually.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Malmer

    @30 They have five official support accounts that will answer questions sent to the original @XboxSupport.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Mad-elph

    The gripe I have is beyond the fact that I simply don’t want it, nor that I can’t use it if my internet fails. But rather, the average gamer is young, and young people tend to move a lot, say annually if you are in college etc. Now I can only speak from experience but every time I move it takes 3 weeks to a month to have the internet set up at the new place. This is just the way of the world in Canada I guess. Canada the most internet connected country in the world, (not the faster, just the most connected, based on a fact I read three years ago).

    So say I move… I have a shiny new game machine, I have no internet so I can’t surf to kill time, I can’t watch porn, etc. I accept that I can’t play online, but the fact that I CANT PLAY OFFLINE AT ALL, is the real deal breaker. No I have grown up a bit and will be a bit more stable in life, not moving all the time, but I am still sensitive to the issue for others.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Malmer

    @34 Just share the connection on your phone. It’s just a few KB of auth info anyways.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Fin

    @35

    If your phone and plan allow tethering.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Ireland Michael

    @35 You shouldn’t *have* to.

    There are at least 2 to 3 months in my life where I am somewhere that leaves me without any Internet whatsoever, both landline and mobile. I know that might be difficult to comprehend, but its true.

    What then? I’m simply not “allowed” to play my game?

    Fuck that.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Moonwalker1982

    @33

    Wtf. But on their official Xbox site it says only one person can play it at a time. COnfused now, lol.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. MCTJim

    @38 yes its still confusing..but if you let your buddy play, is that not like lending it to him as if you had given him the physical disc?

    #39 2 years ago
  40. jkcm725

    they just have to remember that most citys and people dont have the great internet like most. i still running dail up at 56kbps. so for digital age my town running behind. been promissed broadband and dsl for 2 years now.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Malmer

    @38 Only one person can play it at a time in addition to you.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Moonwalker1982

    Yeah you are right man. I was wrong about the policies site from Xbox. It doesn’t say that at all, so my bad. Sounds like a goddamn awesome future. I’m just shocked why MS hasn”t marketed this more. It probably would have avoided the whole negativity on DRM.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Khan979

    @35 I shouldn’t have to check in with big brother and authenticate crap for my legally purchased games or console to work. If MS doesn’t want to trust me and let me play my games that I purchased when ever and where ever I want without authenticating, then I won’t trust them and I won’t give them anymore of my money.

    Again if people tell MS this is an ok process by purchasing their crap, then what is next? When you rent a movie, the Kinect sensor verifies the number of people in the room watching it does not exceed the number of people that you’re allowed when renting? Think about it….

    #43 2 years ago
  44. ps3fanboy

    CyberMarco, go go you tell them xbots :D

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Malmer

    More support to the simultaneous game sharing policy: https://twitter.com/xboxsupport2/status/345222136937472000

    The question:
    “sorry but that doesn’t cover it, I just dont believe that up to ten ppl can play on the same license together on seperate sys.”

    The answer:
    “As specified there, up to 10 family members can share your library. One other family member can play at the same time as you.”

    Doesn’t get much clearer than that. You + One. And as per the interview with Yusuf a “family member” can also be a friend. I am very much surprised that this hasn’t been reported by any sites. Did everyone just grab their pitchforks without actually reading the actual policy? Seems like it…

    #45 2 years ago
  46. MCTJim

    @45 seems that way at times. That in itself was the deal breaker for me. The sharing feature…way cool for me.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Djoenz

    @45
    I agree tbh. Them tweets clarify way more things than their actual site.
    Kudos so you can log in with your account on at least more than one console without being logged out. Thats pretty cool.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. WENDiGO

    Let me ask you guys this. If they change the console and fix all this crap, would you trust them again? Would you go back with the company that acts like they don’t really care (at all) about the consumers and only looks at things from a business stand pont. They literally said f*** you a few times, starting with #DealWithIt. All businesses look at the money but this company seems to revolve around that.

    #48 2 years ago

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

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

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

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

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

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

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

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

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

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

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

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

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]