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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  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]