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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    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration #SWCA — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    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 […]