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Fez 2 – Polytron has no plans to release it on Microsoft consoles

Thursday, 20 June 2013 21:22 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Phil Fish has said there are no plans to bring Fez 2 to Xbox One or Xbox 360.

Speaking with Polygon, when asked which platforms the indie sequel would be released on he replied: “not Xbox.”

Fish has spoken previously about the difficulties and expense in patching Fez on XBL Arcade, stating that had the game been released on PC, the game would have “been fixed two weeks after release, at no cost to us.”

The inability to self-publish on Microsoft consoles is also a problem for Polytron, he said.

“With Microsoft they’ve made it painfully clear they don’t want my ilk on their platform,” he said. “I can’t even self-publish there. Whereas on PS4, I can. It’s that simple. Microsoft won’t let me develop for their console. But Sony will.”

As far as creating a sequel as opposed to something new entire, this is what Fish had to say on going with Fez 2.

“It is an entirely new game. FEZ 2 is to FEZ 1 what Zelda 2 was to Zelda 1, but more different,” he said. “The biggest reason is that I just wanted to go back to that world. I want to expand on my little world and its mythology. It’s not a case of wanting to recycle ideas we didn’t get to put in FEZ 1.

“Since the games are going to be so different, there’s not a whole lot that could just carry over.”

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36 Comments

  1. SlayerGT

    I think Indies will enjoy being on PS4. New audience with little extra work involved to get to em? Why not?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Joe Musashi

    I guess the self-publish thing is something else Microsoft can review as things proceed. I think they’ve set a healthy precedent – showing that they will consider change if they’re convinced its needed.

    JM

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SlayerGT

    @2 Yeah but where the DRM business cut into the PUBLISHERS wallet, self publishing cuts into MS’s wallet. Apparently.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. aseddon130

    you guys (and gals) at vg247 are enjoying the Microsoft / Xbox ONE bashing aren’t you???

    #4 2 years ago
  5. SlayerGT

    “Like any publisher, Microsoft Studios takes more from you than a simple platform revshare. In addition to their publisher cut, Microsoft Studios also requires at minimum a timed exclusivity, so you won’t be able to release on other platforms day one.

    “They feel that if they’re publishing your game, they want to be the end-all-be-all publisher. They want to publish all platforms, even those which you could self-publish on. Long story short, this means that on all other platforms, you’re needlessly giving a chunk of your revshare to a publisher for nothing more than the ability to get your game onto Xbox and the freedom to release on the other platforms, which you can already self-publish on, at the same time.”

    http://www.vg247.com/2013/06/20/retro-city-rampage-dev-sheds-light-on-microsofts-restricted-approach-to-indies/

    #5 2 years ago
  6. SlayerGT

    @4 MS brings it on themselves with their business practices. I don’t enjoy anything other than value out of the money I spend on my hobby.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Joe Musashi

    @3 I don’t know the specifics of the business model. Whatever is more meaningful to the platform holder will win out in the end, I assume.

    If indie games become the big draw of next gen, in the way that banner FPS franchises were for this gen, then that could force a re-think. Ultimately, I think we all know what the best platform for fostering indie games is. Right? ;)

    JM

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Froseidon

    @4 – Its an news website, this is news, what do you want?

    On article, oh well, the guy who created Fez is a prick anyways.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    Polytron is doing the right thing when they leave the CRAPBOX!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. actuallyisnotafox

    lol :’)

    tbh id buy a ps4 just for this reason, i love most indie games more than 3rd party or first ones so im excited :)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    Yeah….

    I do hate a lot of Indie devs who choose consoles, then bitch about shit after…

    It just smacks of naivety and childish misunderstnding of what shitty hoops companies will want you to jump through…

    But, if your chasing cash dollar; then in all honesty, you deserve to be reemed by the big corporate rod…

    #11 2 years ago
  12. taternuggets

    “been fixed two weeks after release, at no cost to us.”

    Here’s an idea… don’t release a buggy piece of shit that requires fixing two weeks after release.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Froseidon

    @11 – Yep, I don’t know why people put so much in indie games. Too be honest, there are many out there and very few are good.

    @12 – Again, true, but then again, Phil Fish is a prick, so I’m not surprised. He thinks himself god, and when everything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Stephany Nunneley

    @4 I had a feeling someone would come out of the woodwork and say this at some point today. It’s not our fault a lot of this stuff is in the news lately. We can either report stuff or not. We choose to report it. So, yeah. And no I personally don’t “enjoy” bashing anything – as a matter of fact – I don’t bash anything on here and never have.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    @14

    What is your position on the ‘Archbishop of Canterbury’? If he made a statement on promoting draconian DRM and illegal used game policies…

    would you…

    ‘Bash the Bishop’?

    :D

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Froseidon

    @15 – Well that killed the seriousness :P

    @14/general – I’ve seen this website have to defend itself twice today =/ It’s a shame that the gaming community is so fickle, but there’s no pleasing everyone unfortunately.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. MCTJim

    wait the pc version would have been patched at no cost? I am not sure I understand the article. So the game was released broken? So you release a broken game and then complain about the cost to fix it…odd..someone familiar with the story wanna fill me in about this please.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Froseidon

    @17 – They released a patch which broke save games (a patch that breaks stuff, funny eh?). MS pulled the patch due to the issues with save corruption and Polytron was given the option to redo the patch fixed or re-apply the old broken patch. They chose to re-apply the broken patch complaining about the costs to fix it.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. manamana

    I don’t see any problems here. Microsoft is strict as f%ck and PC/PS4 welcomes indies. Where does Fish (the prick) go? Yes, my dear fanboys and girls, he choose *not* to go to Xbox. Oh wonder! Oh wonder!

    That is of course news. And while Microsoft are on a roll right now, the gaming news media is, oh wonder, printing news about Microsoft, which are the only one to blame for their PR- and Marketing clusterbomb they drop on a daily basis. And, oh wonder, indie developers feel absolutely screwed by the policies of Microsofts Xbox publishing model. Which in return made them make some newsworthy statements on Microsofts belongings.

    Is that simple? Yes. Is it a hard time beeing a Microsoft fanboy these days? Probably. Has it really got to do with Steph? No.

    Edit: who ever has created a piece of software/a program, knows exactly that it’s never ready for publishing but must get out of the door ASAP. That’s why bugs exist. Nobody has time and money and a team of testers to eleminate all bugs. They happen in wildlife. As gamers you should know and respect that. Nothing to bitch about, business as usual.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. SlayerGT

    @14 “I don’t bash anything on here and never have.”

    Just anti-vg247 commenters eh Steph? :P

    #20 2 years ago
  21. MCTJim

    well..its still makes no sense..release a patch that breaks the game..i get it sometimes crap happens.., then MS retracts the patch, gives the dev an option to fix it the right way and they still re-release the broken patch?

    something does not add up on this dev’s story….what am I missing?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. manamana

    Just read this and decide for yourself, if spending $40k would’ve been worth it…
    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/07/microsoft-comes-under-fire-for-five-figure-xbox-360-patch-fee/

    Here is an excerpt:
    “The issue started on June 22, when Fish released a patch intended to fix some outstanding gameplay and performance issues with Fez. That patch gave rise to new problems for some players, though, by causing their save files to appear as corrupted, in effect erasing their progress through the game.

    Microsoft pulled the initial patch for the game mere hours after it first went up, to prevent the bug it contained from spreading too far. But even though Fish initially described the issue as “fairly widespread,” he now says he estimates the progress-destroying problem only affects the less than one percent of players that have already completed the game (or come very close) before installing the patch.

    So rather than pay Microsoft “such a large sum of money” to approve a new patch that would fix the small issue (Double Fine’s Tim Schaefer pegged the cost of submitting an Xbox 360 patch at $40,000 in an interview with Hookshot Inc. earlier this year), Fish has decided to put the initial, slightly error-prone patch back up on Microsoft’s servers.

    This entire saga would be a non-issue if Fez wasn’t exclusive to Microsoft’s system, Fish said. “Had Fez been released on Steam instead of [Xbox Live Arcade], the game would have been fixed two weeks after release, at no cost to us,” Phil writes in a recent post on the Polytron blog. “And if there was an issue with that patch, we could have fixed that right away too!”

    Fish offered his sincere apologies to the small number of dedicated players he says are “screwed” by the first patch, saying it broke his heart to leave them with a broken game. But paying what Fish calls “a ton of money” to fix such a minor issue “just doesn’t make any sense, especially when Microsoft itself considers the current patch “good enough,” according to Fish.

    “We already owe Microsoft a LOT of money for the privilege of being on their platform,” he said. “People often mistakenly believe that we got paid by Microsoft for being exclusive to their platform. Nothing could be further from the truth. WE pay THEM.”

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Froseidon

    @19 – All thats being talked about recently is XBO/MS. They played the PR/media right. No one is talking about PS4. Its been XBO for ages. In a way, bad press is good press.

    @21 – You missed out the cost of fixing the patch, but they shouldn’t have released a broken patch anyways, should have tested it more.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. MCTJim

    ah..I get it now..release a patch that effectively broke the saves on a game..thanks

    they should have tested it before releasing it, but what is done is done. I see both sides…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Froseidon

    @24 – They did test it, just not efficiently enough (as shown by problems).

    #25 2 years ago
  26. manamana

    “they should have tested it before releasing it” they shure did, but as always, you can’t test everything on any given matter. At least, if you don’t have indinite amount of time, personnel and money. That’s why even a large corporation like Sony releases firmware updates that can even cause bricked units. They don’t do that on purpose. It has been tested. But as I mentioned before, some things happen first when they are out in the wild. For indies and for huge corporations alike. Thats why there are bugs and ever will be.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    Well on one hand you have people praising Microsoft for their amazing “thuper” certification, which is totally worth the time and money it costs.

    And then you have a broken game like Fez which Microsofts amazing engineers obviously didn’t poke and prod too carefully.

    I’m all for some level of certification, but I’m even more for letting people fix their mistakes in due time without having to drop 10 grand to do it.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. sg1974

    And literally dozens of upgrading XBoxers are disappoint.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Kanok

    Because Mattrick suck!!!

    #29 2 years ago
  30. pcbros

    Indie games are fun but I’m not buying a next-gen console to play last-gen style games. So while I would love to see MS help out the indie scene, it’s not a breaking point.

    I’m not paying $400-500 for Ouya 2.

    Plus, for indie games, Steam is the best for me. Great deals constantly.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Cobra951

    @17: The factor that you’re missing is that Microsoft demands a hefty fee for deploying console patches. PC patches don’t have this extra cost. Sure, developing a patch costs money, but that’s not what Phil was talking about. He meant the 4 figures he has to shell out just to deploy the patch on Xbox Live.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. TheWulf

    @31

    Yeah, but the reason for that is because the PC is an open platform. Even with the PS4 there will be some hoops to jump through and some costs involved, it just won’t be as many. With the PC, and Android alike, you can just land software on it and do as you like. And Valve/Steam have gone out of their way to make sure that this kind of flow continues with their storefronts on the PC.

    This is just a common thing with proprietary platforms, really. And it’s why I don’t like them. A proprietary platform puts way, way too much control in the hands of one person. Be that person Microsoft or Sony. Yet with a computer, you have options.

    If Microsoft screws Windows up, you have other options.

    If Valve screws Steam up, you have other options.

    What this means is that a company has to be competitive if they want to remain relevant. With a proprietary system, you have one company owning it in its entirety. It exists within a vacuum, and there can be no competition and no other options available, you take what they deem worthwhile to give you and that’s that. Whereas if you feel dissatisfied with a provider on an open platform, then you switch to another provider.

    The reason why things are so good on open platforms opposed to closed ones is because of that competition. On an open platform, a provider has to do better than their competitors. If Steam isn’t pushing patches through fast enough, or hosting cheaply enough, then the game developer has many, many other options for selling their game. So Steam has to stay on top of that.

    Look at Origin. EA has said that they hate sales, they despise them. Yet Origin on the PC gets sales. Why? It has to stay competitive if it wants to remain relevant, it has to offer what Valve does, otherwise it’ll be forgotten (aside from perhaps the odd exclusive release).

    These are all artifacts of a closed platform. This is why I’m not surprised that developers prefer open ones. Plus, another thing? Those fees? A proprietary platform holder can put ridiculous fees and levies on their system. They can have a fee on entry, and a fee on every sale. Yet with an open platform, if a storefront is doing that then you can seek out a better storefront for your game. There isn’t a monopoly.

    This is why I’m hoping eventually an open platform console will overtake the others, so that console users will be treated with the same dignity that PC owners are.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. TheWulf

    Also, I love it when you have someone who’s that ignorant that they believe that all bugs can be discovered before you land a product. You can spend years polishing a product, and then have someone break it minutes after release by doing a certain chain of things you couldn’t have predicted, and you won’t even understand why that breaks it.

    This leads to sleepless nights of debugging, and then figuring out how to work around the problem. That’s fun. What’s worse is when a proprietary system wants to charge unfeasible amounts of money to then land the fix you’ve finally found.

    Yes, it’s all well and good to say “They should have fixed it before release!” but you can only say that if you have absolutely no idea of how anything works.

    It is statistically impossible to find all the bugs in a piece of software before launching it.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. TheWulf

    @20

    I don’t actually see the need to be anti-VG24/7. There are some sites out there which are snide, cult of popularity shitfests where the article writer is always right. Where they will actively take the piss out of a person or groups of people and encourage their users to do the same. This is one of the things that gave rise to the current trend of PC elitism.

    The VG24/7 folks are really nice, though. They’re not even passive-aggressive and I value that. I don’t get angry at them because they don’t give me cause to, they’re just relaying the news or their own opinions without feeling the need to brown nose or engage in one-upmanship. I’m actually glad that they’re journalists for once.

    You can tell when a blogging site is all about cliques and blog author worship, or just giving us gaming news. VG24/7 does the latter. Frankly, I’d give them a medal if it was within my power to do so.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. TheWulf

    @19

    The only prick I see at this moment in time, at this particular moment, is you. Needed to be said. See, the thing is is that everything you’ve said about Fish counts for Double Fine. Tim Schafer has been pretty pissed off at Microsoft in the past for exactly the same things.

    In fact, it was Microsoft’s bullshit-laden policies that drove Double Fine back to the PC, where they were welcomed with open arms.

    Are you willing to say the same negative things about Double Fine’s games?

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Gigabomber

    When is the inevitable backlash against indie publishers coming? Soon, hopefully.

    @35 many of doublefines new batch are boring, although quite experimental.

    #36 2 years ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kojima Station show suspended

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

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

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

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

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

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

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

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

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

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]

  • Sony mistakenly abandons Bloodborne trademark in the US

    The administration side of Sony Computer Entertainment has not been in the best of shapes recently. Sony has abandoned four game trademarks yesterday, one of which is for Bloodborne. The trademarks were all registered with US Patent and Trademark Office. All of the games trademarks pertain to unreleased games and Sony would’ve had to either […]

  • Payday 2 will be supported until 2017

    Payday 2 developer has announced that it will continue to support the game for the next two years. Payday 2 developer Overkill has revealed today that it’s planning to support the game until 2017. What this means is that more free content as well as paid DLC are in the works for release later. Payday […]

  • These are the top Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare weapons, according to the developer

    Based on their overall kill-to-death ratio, what are the best guns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Developer Sledgehammer reveals the top 5. Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey has revealed on Twitter the top 5 weapons in Advanced Warfare based on their overall kill-to-death ratio. Here’s the list: ARX-160 – Hole Puncher Ameli – Heavy HBRa3 – […]

  • H1Z1 has sold more than 1 million copies

    H1Z1 has already sold over 1 million copies on Steam. H1Z1 may still be in Early Access on Steam, but it has already sold more than 1 million copies. Daybreak president John Smedley announced on Twitter earlier. H1Z1 launched in January and instantly became a hit. The game has consistently been on Steam’s top 10 […]