Japanese developers take less risks than western studios, says Mikami

Monday, 1 July 2013 15:59 GMT By Dave Cook

The Evil Within creator Shinji Mikami has suggesting that Japanese studios take less risks than those in the West, and that you won’t find many publishers in Japan investing over $30 million into one title.

Speaking with about the different strategies employees in the East and Western markets, Mikami said, “Games have become big projects, requiring a lot of resources both to create and market. Games have become more risky.

“Japanese companies don’t take those kinds of risks like Western developers do. In the past, what the Capcom president [Kenzo Tsuijimoto] told me was that game development is becoming more and more expensive and many Japanese publishers won’t be investing $30 million or more in a game.”

He believes that Western studios are, “working harder,” and added that “if we can invest $30 million into a game, we can win,” suggesting that the Japanese market could overtake the West if it too pumped more money into projects.

Part of the problem, he added, is that Japanese studios seem reluctant to employ Western tech into their projects. “As for the organizational structure of companies,” he continued. “I think it would be good if companies would be more flexible about incorporating foreign technologies.”

What do you make of the differences between development in the East and West? Is the divide purely about money and tech, or are there bigger issues at play? Let us know below.


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  1. manamana

    But is it really the goal to invest $30mio plus?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Francis O

    Western Studios take “more risks”? I didn’t know making shooters over and over and over was taking a “risk”

    Western Studios also close down more than Japanese studios as well.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DreamCleaver

    Probably meant that the western publishers take more financial risks.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    It must be generalization day oh wait no its hate shooter day: Not every western studio makes shooters so your point is moot, what you mean to say is the majority. You wouldn’t know what a risk is. Western Studios shut down because more money is invested than japanese studios, amongst other factors.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Blue Oni

    He probably hasn’t played Demon’s Souls.Or Dark Souls.Or Valkyria Chronicles.Or Dragon’s Dogma.Or…well you get the idea.

    Western devs may be investing in bigger budget games but they play it as safe as possible in order to get their money back.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Francis O

    @4 Legendarychump

    I never said every Western studio only makes shooters.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Clupula

    Nintendo certainly aren’t taking any risks, I’ll tell you that. Their games are very comfort food.

    I can say that continuing work on the Last Guardian, over at Sony, certainly is a risk. If that were Microsoft, they would have abandoned the game long ago, simply because it’s not exactly going to be doing Halo numbers and you can’t sum it up in a Mountain Dew commercial.

    Besides that, though, Sony of America take way more risks than Sony of Japan. Stuff like Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain were certainly risks, as is their constant stream of new first party ips.

    Capcom…probably the safest company ever when it comes to what games to make. Ono has said for a while that he would like to do Darkstalkers, but how long have they held him back on that? Not to mention, making, GASP, a new fighting game ip.

    Konami…Kojima is allowed to take risks with what he does WITHIN Metal Gear, but it appears to only be him, and he’s still allowed to leave that particular box.

    Sega of Japan, though, definitely seem to be unafraid of risks. Sega of America, though…total opposite.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Lengendaryboss

    And neither did this article or person mention shooters, you just thought of shooters out of thin air. In addition you said “Western Studios” theres was no “all” “every” “some” attached anywhere.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dark

    Well said mikami.

    Capcom , From Software , PG , atlus , Level5 , Kojipro and maybe SE
    the rest are mediacore developers at best.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Lengendaryboss

    Don’t bring Ninty into this, you will start a full scale argument :)

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Clupula

    Oh dear, that would be off-putting.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Gnosis

    SE pumps tons of money in their games and then declares them a failure, because they sell “only” 3,5 mil. More money =/= automatic success AND first and foremost =/= good game. I’d rather prefer a creative, small budget indie game over a mediocre million dollar project.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. manamana

    #5 +1

    @7 you forgot Grasshopper Manufacture and Rain or Soul Sacrifice from SCE Japan …
    #9 you can hardly be serious, are you?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @2 No more of a risk than creating yet *another* anime styled RPG for the Japanese market, full of every tired cliched in the genre, run into the ground… again, and again, and again.

    @5 Those are the exceptions, not the rules. There is a craptonne of stuff that never even reaches these shores, mainly because there’s not much market here for creepy, oversexualised high school magic girl drama.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Clupula

    @13 – I did forget Grasshopper. As for the Sony of Japan stuff, though, I’m not really sure a PSN title and a Vita-exclusive “darker” version of Monster Hunter are really that much of a bunch of risks, though.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    @12 – Ah, but those games you are talking about are from their Western division.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    @14 – Okay, we get that you don’t like Japanese games. Move on. Jesus, you’re as bad as Francis is when it comes to first person shooters.

    I hate the Halo games, but can you show me the last Halo article I posted in? I’ve made no secret on E3 threads that I found Titanfall boring as all hell, but do you see me going on Titanfall articles to shit on people’s enthusiasm about it?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Gnosis

    @16: Their loss started with the FF series. They put an insane amount of money in Fabula Nova Crystallis and XIV, which was a complete failure.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Francis O


    A lot of western companies make boring bland shooters…they take no risks. Sorry, that’s just my opinion.

    @Clupula, you should spend more time getting subs on your YouTube, instead of making yourself sound stupid on VG247 message boards.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Lengendaryboss

    Again no-one but yourself brought shooters into the equation, but thank you for stating its your opinion rather than continually (and annoyingly) asserting as if it were fact.

    Oh and change “chump” if your going to make personal digs, at least keep it fresh.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Francis O

    I’ll stick with Lengendarychump.

    Western studios make shooters…..they take no “risks” nor do they “work harder” than Japanese studios.

    When you think of Western games, what genre does everybody think of? Shooters, so that’s why I brought it up.

    Now stop comment stocking me chump.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. YoungZer0

    @14: To be fair Valkyria Chronicles and Persona 4 also falls under the anime style RPG’s.

    Both great games, but it’s telling; even though they stand out they are still the same.

    With the exception of Persona, I avoid all other Anime inspired RPG’s. This leaves only a handful of JRPG’s and right now I do not care about Final Fantasy.

    The truth is: Japanese developers simply aren’t that good anymore. They have their niche genres but they still don’t manage to break out of their monotony. It’s mostly the art-direction, other times the gameplay. It just doesn’t feel as redefined and fluid as their western counterparts.

    Remember when we thought that MGS1 and Tenchu were actually good STEALTH games?

    Here are a few links with pictures of upcoming Japanese games:

    Can you tell them apart? They all look the same to me. Nothing really stands out.

    Here are some characters from sci-fi game:

    Don’t they just scream space exploration? That’s what you get when you never follow a red line in your art-direction. Every character could exist in every game, no matter the time and genre and that is a bad thing. They should try to limit themselves and make the best of it.

    Example: Look any mainstream japanese game that’s supposed to take place in history, like the Edo period, look at what the characters are wearing. Doesn’t fit.

    Compare those games, games like Samurai Warrior and Sengoku BASARA to Assassin’s Creed. Sure the protagonist looks different, but every guard, every citizen, every historical figure looks the part.

    Remember when Soul Sacrifice was announced? Just a few artworks and it was enough to get most of us hyped. Why? The art-direction.

    @17: You do continue to cry everytime DmC is mentioned.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Lengendaryboss

    Second sentence: No proof: even Shinji Mikami disagrees with you even if he is referring to some studios it still stands. Again you don’t work in the industry (do you?) both of us know exactly what “risks” means (whether its finically viable, whether it has long term support etc. etc. ) Third sentence: No proof: no-one but yourself brought it up so that means you thought of it, also western games don’t equal shooters thats just an opinion and the majority think of shooters not everybody.

    All your doing is generalising: Give this a read and get back to me: Even this i can partly disagree with.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Francis O


    Actually, I do work in the industry of video games, just not on the development side, I’m a journalist. And lots of people would disagree with what Mikami says.

    Western developers take no risks and they mostly make boring shooters.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Clupula

    @19 – Seriously, Francis, while you’re out caring about how many subs you have on your Youtube channel, I’m getting laid. I don’t care about things like subscribers on my channel. It makes you ridiculous that you actually think that somehow makes you important.

    It makes you about as important as the kid with the best Magic: The Gathering card at a local comic book store. Trying putting all those virtual subscribers into one hand while shitting into the other. Can you guess which hand will fill up quicker?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Lengendaryboss

    The developmental side was what i was referring to not your Playeressence job. You didn’t look at the links did you. Seriously go back and look at the links. Because they prove my point rather than me repeating myself.

    Ok how about this you alternate between “clown” and “clump” and think of a third name?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Clupula

    @25 – Ooooh…Legendaryloss! That would work! It’s a lot better than “chump.” Nobody says “chump” except henchmen in 1960′s comic books.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    How do you define a shooter? FPS? TPS? Action game which has guns in it? Any game with something you shoot in it? On what basis are you saying “Western developers … mostly make boring shooters”.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Francis O

    @Clupula … that the best you got? You’re getting laid so that’s why you got no subs, or you don’t care about subs?

    How about doing both? That’s just an excuse for being horrible at discussing video games. You should take all your stupid opinions you lay out here and put that on YouTube. You’ll get a lot of jackasses to sub your channel.

    @Legendarychump – I like the name. It fits you. So I’m sticking with it chump.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Gnosis

    @27: Well, he referred to Infamous: Second Son as a shooter, so… yeah…

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Lengendaryboss

    Any game with guns in it, i think. It mainly what i said at 22 with the links.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Lengendaryboss

    Typed in Chump in google images and this is the first thing i saw.

    We had this conversation before: virtual strangers has no impact on you life it shouldn’t be used for virtual popularly when that has absolutely no meaning, its sad.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DrDamn

    OK so that would include stuff like, Metroid then. Which apparently sucks like all shooters.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Clupula

    @32 – That picture brings up more questions than it answers.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. stealth

    Hes backwards. Money doesnt mean risk. Japan still makes the best games

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Clupula

    @29 – Really?!?

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Clupula

    @28 – No, what I’m saying is that it’s a lot more important to me to pursue real world things than care about virtual followers on any forum.

    In fact, I regularly purge my personal Facebook whenever I feel there’s too many people I don’t know in real life on there. Have no need of faceless strangers.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Gnosis

    @35: Yup:
    I guess, it was because he can shoot fireballs out of his hand.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Lengendaryboss

    So now he’s extending it into a game where you can shoot fireballs, but isn’t a shooter.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Francis O

    Infamous controls just like a third person shooter does it not? And there is a reticule…. just replace the guns with fireballs from your hands. And regular grendades with shock grenades.

    It’s a third person shooter.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Fin

    Japanese game design definitely has not evolved and improved at the rate of western dev – look at Nintendo’s games, Zelda games, Final Fantasy games – they’re essentially the same format as 20 years ago.
    Compare that to Rockstar, Valve, Bethesda, Ubisoft.

    Mario has lives for god’s sake.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Lengendaryboss

    Oh you need help my friend: its open world action-adventure video game not a shooter it has a third person camera.

    You really need help with your terminology.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. DrDamn

    So Metroid sucks?

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Lengendaryboss

    Only when it suits him :D

    #44 2 years ago
  45. deathm00n

    Just come here to say that I can’t believe anyone believe you win a argument by how much virtual people supports you. It’s like saying I’m the most beautiful man in the world because my girlfriend said so.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Ireland Michael

    @17 “Okay, we get that you don’t like Japanese games. Move on. Jesus, you’re as bad as Francis is when it comes to first person shooters.”

    Japanese games easily make up half or more my games collection.

    My favourite developer is Platinum Games.

    My favourite game ever is a Japanese title.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Lengendaryboss

    Exactly the point i made, when this came up before.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. YoungZer0

    @40: Guess the Ocarina of Time is also a Third Person shooter then, right?

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Clupula

    @44 – But, you guys don’t get it, My Mom says I’m special, alright?!?

    #49 2 years ago
  50. JGMR

    Western games and risks? You gotta be joking! If there are lazy and uncreative developers out there, then they’re of Western origins. Not all, but 9.9/10 are.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Metroid455

    God dammit im sick of hearing Makami-San wine about Japanese games, just shutup already. Outside of Square/Capcom etc the Japanese gaming scene doesn’t need to invest in stupid amounts of money to make a profit AND satisfy the fanbases especially with the Otaku crowd.

    I’d be lucky if I buy one big budget game a year because I don’t need nor want everyone making all these stupidly expensive Graphic-whore type AAA games, Im perfectly happy with my favourite devs and the niche lower budget games they put out.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. JGMR

    Nothing more to add, Metroid455. *thumbs up*

    #52 2 years ago
  53. YoungZer0

    @51: His name is Mikami and there’s no need to use ‘san’ at the end of his name. You’re not in Japan. You don’t use Herr or Señor either, do you? So what’s the point here?

    Anyway, I wish Japanese developers would invest in indie as much as the western developers do. But I guess they don’t want to see anything new and interesting on the market.

    They play it as safe as possible.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Ireland Michael

    @50 Thats great. Doesn’t change the fact that the Japanese gaming market has shrunk significantly in the last few years, and in a firstly poor state both financially and creatively.

    The current Japanese gaming market right now is as safe, uninspired and creatively barren as they come. There are exceptions… there always are. But they are not the majority of Japanese titles. Those are only the ones we get in the west.

    Saying that western development is nothing but AAA first person shooters is pretty hilarious, and is an incredibly narrow view of the industry.

    @Clupula, nice avoidance on your invalid accusation.

    #54 2 years ago

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    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    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 […]