Origin to be “re-established as a service,” says Wilson

Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

EA Sports EVP Andrew Wilson said the firm is looking to “re-establish Origin as a service,” instead of a means to “drive transactions” from its 40 million customers.

Speaking with GI International, Wilson said when Origin was first conceptualized, EA wanted it to be a service which made the firm’s games better and which “enhanced the experience of playing games,” for users across all platforms – not just PC. However, the service changed since launch, something Wilson acknowledges, but he said the team is working to bring the service back to its original intent.

“Over the years … there’ve been some permutations of that vision that have manifested as part of Origin,” he said. “It is by no means perfect, but we’ve done some pretty cool things. As you say, the plumbing is there. What can we do now to really think about Origin in the next generation?

“Part of the reason why I think it came back in to me was my history with Origin, and the ability to take a step back – really coming back to our roots as a service for gamers, versus anything else that it may have been perceived to have been over the last few years by virtue of its various permutations or changes in direction.

“The transaction component of that service has taken a disproportionate amount of the communication and mindshare of what we really try and provide.”

When EA reorganized a few months back, Wilson was put in charge of Origin in addition to his responsibilities as head of EA Sports.


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  1. DSB

    I hate it when EA make sense.

    Just be evil, goddamn it. You have one job.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    If EA gave two shits about the consumer, they’d let people pick which digital platform to use. Same applies to Ubi though they at least put their titles on steam.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GrimRita

    It only has 40 million users because it was forced upon them. Origin will NEVER be an alternative to Steam because EA simply do not understand community, gaming and how to treat them.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. nollie4545

    Origin is nothing like as good as steam, mostly for the reasons above, but also because people HATE EA. Electronic arts, fuck off trying to pwn us with your shit storefront and put all your stuff on STEAM.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ballz

    pls publish on steam again, otherwise ea games will be dead forever for me and millions others

    #5 2 years ago
  6. digitalFatteh

    I would agree with post @2. If anything I’ve avoided any EA game since it launched its Origin service mainly for the fact its there way or there’s the door.

    Ubisoft with the recent update (concession) on Uplay have at least managed to merge both my steam games and separate boxed titles into one manageable area on its service but that took some time coming at the same time allow me to purchase on various other distributors. One day maybe they’ll allow username changes.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. nollie4545

    Even Uplay is far from ideal though. It’s slow and server uptime is probably sporadic at best. I’ve tried to access the thing several times and the game virtually grinds to a halt whilst your PC tries to interrogate a server which is asleep.

    I see no need for EA or Ubisoft to bother investing in their own online entity or marketplace. Valve have got it down cleverly and best of all it is integrated into so many of the titles on offer. It is streamlined, simple and feels almost open source. Virtually anyone who is a PC gamer has steam. Having origin and Uplay etc is just divisive in the PC community because there is no way a gamer is going to have three seperate third party clients running in the background at once.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    It’s only a service, when I get to pick whether or not to use it. You know, there are times when I look at an EA game, and perhaps it’s in a sale, or maybe not, but it’s appealing anyway enough that I’ve looked into it, checked the requirements and so on…Origin’s usually a deal breaker, and I’m sadly, reluctant to go and even reinstall it to play the several games its affixed itself to – which I already own!
    I’d sooner just boot up something else, than actually begin Dragon Age II (the current casualty) which is otherwise installed and ready to go. :(

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Neroist

    I would rather buy off a DRM free retailer than Steam. Games bought from Steam are “services” and not your game.
    At least with Origin you can keep the install folder separate and can reinstall your game to any machine and it is yours FOREVER. Not so with Steam. Also you can give away your copy of your digital game to another account in Origin. Not so with Steam.
    Steam is a snake in the grass. You get banned from Steam and you lose the “right” to play all the games you bought on your account. With Origin if you have the install folder not so… Steam is a snake in the grass DRM pile of poo.
    Buy anywhere first other than Steam if available. Steam holds the right take away any and all it’s “services”( that means your games) without notice or warning or reason.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    Origin is little more than a trojan horse (in the historical sense), that came with Battlefield 3.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Samoan Spider

    @9 The answer to everything you’ve said there is really a simple one: DON’T GET BANNED! I have no idea what I’d have to do to get banned, but I’d probably have to be some kind of a fucknut. Until I lose my head, I’m extremely happy with the games I have in Steam and the ‘service’ Steam offers me.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    @9 Some of that is true although I don’t share the paranoia.

    I doubt that Origin doesn’t require authentication for their games. It’s pretty much a standard requirement by any publisher that games be run at least once for authentication, and that’s the exact reason why GOG usually can’t get a deal to sell day one titles.

    If Origin was somehow an engine that allowed people to copy and share games infinitely, then they wouldn’t be selling anyone elses games. At least not anywhere close to day one.

    I suspect the real difference is that you need Steam to play Steam games, whereas you only need Origin to authenticate the first time.

    I don’t see any option to share my games with anyone on Origin, where are you getting that from?

    If you really want to compare the rights you’re afforded. EA recently refused to refund people for Simcity 5, even though that’s a right afforded to anyone within the EU.

    Steam has problems with that too, most digital services are seriously lacking in that department, but at least they made a good show of it when they refunded people for The War Z, which unlike Simcity 5, wasn’t even their own game.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Kyle Jackson

    I hate Origin and with good reason, mine got hacked into about 3 times by some Russian (always the Russian’s)a little while ago. According to Jasmeet (probably his name) he said it wasn’t their fault, it was all mine, and I shouldn’t write my passwords down. I never write my passwords down, they’re in my head, just like Jasmeet’s accusations. If I didn’t like Battlefield so darn much, I would have it nowhere near my PC.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DarkElfa

    I’m completely done with EA. This tidbit is too little, too late.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ps3fanboy

    Origin is the worst shit that have happen to peecee, it made me quit peecee gaming for good…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SplatteredHouse

    “How do we make sure that if you never want to see that gracious host again, you don’t have to – you go straight to the game. But if you want to call them up and you want to find out where your friends are, where the latest cool party is or whatever that might be, you can do that.”
    Why did you leave us? WHY! :(

    “We think of Origin, in this new world, as the gracious host of the party. It’s not the center of attention; it’s not the DJ, it’s not the dance director, it’s just a gracious host. It’s someone who greets you at the door and ushers you in to where you want to go and points you in the direction of your friends so that you can go and party with them together. That’s really how we see it.”

    THAT does not sound bad, at all. If they can make that perception a reality, that would be a stark difference to now.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Ajsman

    You can install most of your Steam games on separate location for some time now. You can play your Steam games on any PC. I have some of them installed on my PC and two laptops.

    You do not own games you buy on Orign or anywhere else for that matter. When you buy a game, or any software, 99% of the time you actually buy a license to use it. You do not own the game. Even the ones you buy in retail.

    You can “share” games on Origin only because their costumer support is full of people who don’t give a sh*t about EA so if you get someone like that to “help” you, he will move your game on different account. I actually know bunch of people who managed to scam BFBC2: Vietnam of them like that.

    Name one case where someone got banned from Steam? Even after DiRT 3 keys leaked from AMD database and bunch of people used them I never heard someone got banned for that. Of for any region restricted game. E.G. cheap Russian CoD keys. And if you get banned by VAC for cheating you only get banned from multiplayer part of the game you cheated in.

    tl.dr. You are talking BS.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. zme-ul

    buying games of Origin .. no thank you
    I’d rather stick with the evil I already know

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Neroist

    @17 You can share games on Origin cause it’s in the ToS you sign when you register the game with Origin or did you not read it? You have to install Steam to play any and all games and they are all tided to an account. Not so with all games on Origin.
    Origin is not the shining example of digital distribution. Before someone makes a purchase they should always look at different disturbers and see if they are happy with the terms, availability, and service. Steam has to be the most DRM filled company out there. The games are cheap for a reason. They are not your games.
    I would buy off GoG whenever I can first. Then look at Gamestop Online, and go down the list from there.
    Steam has to much against the customer and down the road there is too much room for abuse. Steam will not always have the same people in charge.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DarkElfa

    There may be little difference between Steam and Origin, but I don’t want to give my money to EA for anything else till they start taking ethics classes.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    @19 Obviously you’ve read it, so would you please point out the part of the EULA that says you can share your games?

    I think it’s kinda funny that EA would be so hip on sharing, and then “forget” to make it a function of their client.

    Your games “aren’t your games” on Origin either champ. It’s all licensed.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. heroes159

    Haha too many Steam FANBOYS . This comment section makes me lol.. I don’t know what you were guys Smoking But Origin doing fine. It does what it was supposed to do without any problems. That EA on Steam Train is long gone & its not coming back. There’s nothing wrong with what EA doing. Its the same thing as Valve doing.

    And Another thing


    #22 2 years ago
  23. DSB

    @22 Monopowhat? The PC has the most fiercely contested market in gaming.

    I agree that the walled gardens are bad, but 50% of the market isn’t even close to a monopoly, and both the choice and the prices clearly reflect that.

    Personally I’ve used more than five different services on the PC. How many digital services does the 360, the iPhone/iPad and the PS3 have? One? Okay. That’s what is commonly referred to as a monopoly.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. UuBuU

    I dont hate EA and would happily buy their games ~ I just hate the idea of having my digital game collection split over two distribution softwares. Steam got there first so no Origin.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Neroist

    @24 Having all your eggs in the same basket can end up badly. That’s why I say shop around.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. UuBuU

    @25 why? Steam isnt going to *poof* into thin air all of a sudden and im not stupid enough to do anything which might get my account banned

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    @25 “can end up badly” isn’t really an argument for or against anything.

    Crossing the street can end up badly. Taking a shower can end up badly.

    It’s not that I don’t share the sentiment, but Steam doesn’t have a 50% marketshare due to dodgy practices. They were the first, and to many people, they are still the best at what they do.

    There’s nothing sinister about that, even though they really need to work on shit like refunds and exclusive deals.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Neroist

    @25 Someone can hack your account and get you banned. You can install mods like Helximods fro 3d and get banned and lose every last one of your games. You may get no reason either why you were banned.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DSB

    @28 You seem like a guy who has a healthy bit of skepticism, so why is that suspended when reading stuff like that?

    The fact that Rock, Paper, Shotgun are so poor at checking their sources and the facts of their stories was the worst bit about that story for me.

    The guy was systematically selling games on Steam for profit, directly contrary to the TOS.

    You don’t think the average user can take measures to prevent that happening to them? You think they’d ever be in any risk of having that happen to them?

    The guy even admitted to it, so I don’t see much room for a “hacker made me do it” defense.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Neroist

    @29 Maybe he didn’t know that was against the ToS but Steam told him that was not why they banned him and has yet to tell him why. So his $1,500 in games is totally in the hands of people without phone support. Who did not answer emials as to why. That is more than enough to not want your entire library on Steam.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DSB

    @30 Maybe he didn’t know, but then he should’ve checked before he opened for business. It’s not Valves fault that he didn’t read the terms.

    Again, you’re relying on one source (who was guilty as sin) as well as his pastebin, which may be complete or incomplete for all you know. As far as I can tell, Steam are saying they’re on to him as soon as they respond:

    “According to our records, you have made a large amount of gift purchases on the Russian Storefront. Additionally, these purchases of high value items were all gifted to many various users. Please confirm these purchases and explain this activity”

    … And from the end of that ticket he merely claims they locked the account without any notice, and didn’t get in touch for 30 days. He provides no evidence at all, but apparently simply telling RPS something on scout’s honor is enough for them to print it.

    That is more than enough to not want your entire library on Steam.

    I couldn’t agree less. The fact that people who systematically and deliberately abuse the system get punished isn’t a threat to me in any way.

    If that’s the best you got, it seems to be working as intended.

    I’ve used my wifes (American) account to gift myself eight games during one of the sales, and absolutely nothing happened, so what do I have to be afraid of again?

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Neroist

    @31 If you feel that your Steam purchases are to your liking and happy with the service then I’m glad your happy. I on the other hand like to keep my games for the future and not have them tided to one account that can be banned and render games installed useless.
    Informing people of pros and cons of something is not usually a bad thing. I believe that people should be aware of the possible pit falls of things. Steam rates pretty high on high risk to me is all.
    31 you like Steam and I’m not saying you are wrong. I am saying that there is a possibility of losing your investment and there are viable alternatives out there. Enjoy your gaming.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DSB

    @32 Well I don’t know how you use your accounts. If you use it like gimperial, you could get banned from a lot of places.

    Other than that, being a perfectly normal gamer, I don’t see any reason to worry. You’re claiming I might lose my games, and I’m really just asking you to explain why that would ever be a probability.

    I have most of my games with a market leader, so they’re not gonna go broke any time soon, and apparently the “worst case scenario”, is a guy who was banned after systematically violating the TOS.

    Everybody has to decide for themselves though. Personally I’ll choose convenience over paranoia any day.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. hitnrun

    At any rate, we can all agree that those people who *don’t* already have their stuff on Steam are not exactly candidates to a crappier version of Steam.

    As for me, I hated Steam and still refuse to buy full $30+ titles that use Steamworks DRM. However, Valve has bribed me into compromising my principles and I have a vast library of indie, smaller, and years-old games on a Steam account on which I’ve spent probably $70. Steam is so cheap that it actually outbids the Pirate Bay.

    Like I said about the Xbone DRM before the #Xbox180 last week: “If I buy it, and I don’t own it, it had better be cheap.” So far, MS, EA, and Ubisoft have signaled that they haven’t gotten that message.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. GwynbleiddiuM

    @Neroist Your entire argument is based on paranoia and very rare instances which is in my opinion is completely illogical. I’m using Steam for a decade now, and never had the kind of problems that you’re so paranoid about. I wonder if you treat everything in your life with the same level of paranoia or it’s just steam? Because a paranoid individual like you should have plethora of things to be horrified about.

    Only last week I had to re-install my Windows, a fresh install. You know how much trouble was involved for me to be able to play games on my steam again? Absolutely none. I launched steam, logged in and played. Zero difficulty or complications. Meanwhile, I did the same with Origin, which I have FIFA 13, BF3 and ME3 on it, I launched Origin, I had to re configure all my previous settings and when I finally got to my games library, everything needed to be downloaded again. I wanted to play a game of FIFA 13 and instead Origin wiped the installed directory and started re-downloading the whole thing over.

    You wanna talk monopoly and a snake in a grass? it’s Origin. They wanted to get big immediately, so they pulled out of Steam. people who wanted to play ME3, BF3 and FIFA 13 and loads of other EA popular games had no choice but to purchase it through Origin or get a physical copy. Other digital distributing services may have had them on sale but what was the point it needed Origin to authenticate and run their games.

    You say you don’t need Origin to play those games after authentication, when you try to launch FIFA 13, it opens up Origin to check for authentication. So it’s not something all games on Origin benefit from.

    I’m much happier using Steam and GoG over everything else out there, because they’re convenient. They have made PC gaming simple and with less problems and complication than before.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Joe_Gamer

    Go home origin…

    As long as you try to force it on people with exclusives they will instinctively rebel against it. Drop the exclusives, drop the prices, drop the bullshit, tell us why origin is a GOOD thing instead of being shady as fuck and trying to force it on us.

    It’s all moot anyway. The damage is already done, Origin, Uplay, and GFWL are damaged goods, dishonest, anti-consumer, crapware. Fucking plague rats gnawing at the door, trying to get in where they’re not wanted. If you want to overcome that kind of reputation you’re gonna have to feel some pain, you’ll have to back off on the DRM, you’ll have to drop prices through the god damn floor, You’re gonna have to actually CARE about what’s best for the customer and I honestly don’t think you have it in you.

    #36 2 years ago

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  • 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, 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 […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.