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Confirmed: Xbox boss Mattrick quits Microsoft for Zynga

Monday, 1 July 2013 17:56 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Following a stormy E3 and some serious policy backtracking, it’s been confirmed that Xbox frontman Don Mattrick has left Microsoft to head up Zynga.

Facebook game firm Zynga has confirmed that Xbox boss Don Mattrick is to be its new CEO.

AllThingsD broke the news as rumour before the announcement.

“In its short history, Zynga has redefined entertainment and brought social gaming to the mainstream,” said Mattrick in a statement.

“More than 1 billion people across web and mobile have installed Zynga games, and franchises like FarmVille and Words With Friends have become a part of people’s daily lives.

“I joined Zynga because I believe that Mark [Pincus's] pioneering vision and mission to connect the world through games is just getting started. Zynga is a great business that has yet to realize its full potential. I’m proud to partner with Mark to deliver high-quality, fun, social games wherever people want to play.”

The move is being described as a coup for Zynga, a company which has experienced significant difficulties in recent years.

Mattrick is best known as the public face of the Xbox business. He was a regular in Microsoft press conferences and the announcer of Xbox One.

The exec has recently suffered considerable pressure at Microsoft over the handling Xbox One’s DRM policies, and oversaw the dropping of the console’s always-on functionality in the wake of a disastrous PR effort at E3.

That said, the ATD report claimed discussions have been ongoing between Mattrick and Zynga for “some time.”

The 49 year-old Mattrick joined Microsoft in 2007.

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70 Comments

  1. Max Payne

    That was same case after Win 8 was launched, guy who was in charge was also fired.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. macronia

    wait what ? ZYNGA , seriously :D !! good luck with that

    #2 2 years ago
  3. CyberMarco

    Not surprised at all.

    Also,

    “These sources added that the high-profile executive is also close to taking a top job at Zynga, the troubled online social gaming company, possibly as its CEO [...] If it happens, the hire would be a massive one for Zynga, which has been hit by a series of problems since its IPO.”

    So, the next ONE will be Zynga. Good luck, I guess…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. spartan1192

    His comment before about people without an internet connection having an alternative and that alternative being a Xbox 360, is probably the nail that sealed his coffin with MS. Sorry to say but the guy hasn’t exactly been great for the PR of MS.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Hunam

    Now all we need is Ballmer to fuck off and everythings set.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    Megaton, assuming it’s true.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. heyvc

    Sad for Zynga. Maybe they Will bring TV voice control for phones or whatever.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. manamana

    @Hunam +1 megaton
    @Johnny +1 megaton

    Zynga, that’s were he belongs.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Lengendaryboss

    Quit? I think theres more to that story…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Debabrata Nath

    With comments such as ‘we’ve a console for people who can’t be online, it’s called Xbox 360″ I wouldn’t be surprised a bit if this is true. That guy had no clue what he was dealing with when it came to selling the Xbox One.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. redwood

    saving all the puns for when/if this gets confirmed

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    @Debabrata
    This.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. heyvc

    Xbox ONE down. Some more to go.

    http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/screencrush.com/files/2013/05/Xbox-One-Don-Mattrick.jpg

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DGOJG

    He looked like a broken man after all the Xbone backlash. Good luck to him.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    No surprises…

    Solid product. Abysmal strategy.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SlayerGT

    What does this mean for the XBOne?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Robbins

    He’ll probably be at home on Facebook given how used they are to people leaving them for a more open service.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Lengendaryboss

    @16
    Better publicity, better PR and less damage control. :D

    #18 2 years ago
  19. OwningXylophone

    The original story says that the negotiations have been going on for a while, which makes it sound like this predates most of the abysmal PR he has brought MS. That said, I doubt MS will try and stop him going.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dark

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18sjdzpphbscmgif/original.gif

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Fin

    Wow!

    Though zynga’s not exactly a steady ship at the moment.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. The_Red

    Future of the Holy Shit revealed. Seriously, holy shit!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Gheritt White

    Okay, all of a sudden I am *much* more inclined to buy an Xbox One now. MUCH more.

    Good move, Microsoft – well played.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. f1r3storm

    News in 6 months:

    Mattrick finishes off Zynga for good, reclaims gamers’ faith.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    the guy created a box… that is basically a last gen PC box with kinect 2.0. On top of it he wanted “Always Online” on it for 499$ to play Halo? Call of duty? watch Netflix, pay for online and watch sports and TV.

    LOL. Only stupid console fanboys will buy it.

    Anyway, he did the right thing. Made a lot of money from kids and just ran of from a sinking ship to another ship to milk Zynga as much as possible.

    Playstation benefits from this every day.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Kanok

    The next Xbox boss that posibly to be Phil Morrison.(my guess)
    But i want J Allard back to Microsoft again.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Lengendaryboss

    This is pretty funny: https://twitter.com/KazHiraiCEO/status/351749968224206849

    #27 2 years ago
  28. redwood

    http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/screencrush.com/files/2013/05/Xbox-One-Don-Mattrick.jpg

    this looks like a rather sad memoir pic now :(

    #28 2 years ago
  29. redwood

    what if … Phil harrison is made the head of xbox O_O scary thought right?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. manamana

    @20 :-D

    #30 2 years ago
  31. MegaGeek1

    @27 – lmao. Whoever is running that Twitter account is hilarious.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. fearmonkey

    Mattrick was an EA goon during the years that I hated EA the most. He is responsible for taking the momentum of the Xbox as a gaming machine, and tuning it into a Wii wannabe who was courting casual gamers and all about the media abilities. If this is true, I am certainly not sorry to see the guy go buh bye.

    Now we need to get rid of the other guys that were responsible in any way for this travesty called the Xbox One, and bring back the guys who made the Xbox what it was, or find someone who understands what an Xbox fan wanted.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Johnny Cullen

    @29 – It’ll be Phil Spencer. Just you wait. There was a reason why he spent a majority of time on stage at Microsoft’s E3 presser (plus announced Xbox One’s release month + price) – more than Mattrick, Harrison, Yusef Mehdi or Marc Whitten.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Lengendaryboss

    @MegaGeek1
    He/She is very funny: gets a laugh or two out of me, very entertaining tweets to look at his/her spoof account.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. manamana

    Johnny is bang on, it must be Phil Spencer. He’s the biggest bragger around at Microsoft. Spencer it will be.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. redwood

    @33 true true.. he is my bet too really. The E3 was mostly just him running around talking about everything, while constantly changing tee-shirts :D

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DSB

    Called it!

    Don Mattrick is now officially Phil Harrison MK II

    #37 2 years ago
  38. dravenkaze

    Loser anyway

    #38 2 years ago
  39. abdooltk

    HE DOESN’T HAVE QUALITY IN SPEECH AT PRESS CONFERENCE WHEN DOING THE PRESENTATION,HE CAN’T GIVE THE RIGHT INFORMATION.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Neuromancer

    Bye bye!!

    #40 2 years ago
  41. MCTJim

    all these high powered asshats go to where the money is..bigger paychecks and perks are all selling points for people to jump ship.

    Aside from a “few” there is no brand loyalty for these guys.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. ps3fanboy

    this guy was the father of draconian drm.. now he got the boot, HAHAHAHA!

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Lengendaryboss

    ^ I was wondering when you would show up.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. salarta

    I really doubt that Mattrick is being pressured out of Microsoft in any fashion. When you get high enough on the totem pole like he has, it’s virtually impossible to be ousted against your will, while lower level employees like Orth get canned for the slightest upset.

    However, I really can’t imagine Mattrick being good for Zynga based on what little I know of him from the XBox One stuff. He was all for the DRM activity to the point of insulting people for caring about the things he didn’t care about.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. DSB

    @44 You’re never too high on the totem pole to face the consequences of a massive fuck-up though.

    It’s only speculation as to what kind of perssure Mattrick would’ve faced, and guys in his position usually have a slew of standing job offers from headhunters, but going from Microsoft to Zynga is the difference between playing American basketball and European basketball.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Fethennour

    Better leave the boat before it sinks, huh ? Not bad.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Lengendaryboss

    ^ http://antinuclearinfo.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/nuke-ship-sinking.gif

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Patrick Garratt

    Confirmed.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Eregol

    @Johnny Phil Spencer it may be, but he made his share of gaffes during all this as well.
    I think Yusuf was he only one who emerged with any integrity at all.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. No_PUDding

    What the fuck does this even mean? Excuse my French.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. manamana

    I believe in the third console curse.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Dark

    @50 it mean this
    http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/4499/p365.jpg

    #52 2 years ago
  53. MCTJim

    Meh..like I said..no brand loyalty for these guys..its all about the perks and benefits they can get.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. TheBlackHole

    Well thank FUCK for that.

    Can’t stand this guy’s dead eyes and fake grin every time he presents.

    His absence makes MS stronger, until Balmer shows up again.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Lengendaryboss

    @52
    HA :)

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Eregol

    @50 You lie!!!!! There was no French in that post!

    #56 2 years ago
  57. manamana

    @54 then wait till Spencers ugly mug will show his big grin. Stagehog alarm.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. Ireland Michael

    Zynga? Ahahahahaha.

    Good riddance. The man is toxic.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Lewis247

    Hahahaha awww man, priceless. Of all places it had to be Zynga.

    Guy was not down to earth in the slightest, seemed like a real slimy corporate douche.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. absolutezero

    http://youtu.be/ytf1jYUO4qs

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Ireland Michael

    @59 So pretty much perfect for Znyga then.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. DSB

    @60 This is pretty good comedy as well

    http://youtu.be/DxkEe_l7S3g?t=24s

    Needs a bit of canned laughter around the punchlines though.

    #62 2 years ago
  63. manamana

    @62 no, thats tragic drama. From a PR standpoint, though. Tragicomic maybe.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. Rosseu

    If this guy saves Zynga, I’ll like him even if he’s a douche

    #64 2 years ago
  65. WENDiGO

    Get rid of Ballmer and Spencer and things will go a lot smoother…

    #65 2 years ago
  66. redwood

    balmer isn’t going anywhere guys.. Unless he decides to quit himself.
    anyway, for the sake of xbox fans, I just hope this does not translate into a zynga+xbox relationship. nobody wants to have zynga games on their console, no body serious about their games atleast.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. redwood

    also

    https://twitter.com/KazHiraiCEO/status/351803882017533954

    #67 2 years ago
  68. Digital Bamboo

    Why not just retire?

    He’s 49, got millions of dollars & he wants to keep going?

    I’ll never understand these corporate types. Life is short, once you’ve got the means to enjoy it without hindrance (& especially if you’ve got enough for the rest of your family & generations to come like Mattrick does) I say get the fuck out of the rat race, see the world, better yourself, spend more time with family & friends, become a philanthropist…anything but work until the day you die.
    (Unless you’re helping people, animals, the environment, or creating art & you love it, but expanding Zynga? Why?).

    #68 2 years ago
  69. TheBlackHole

    @66

    That kind of narrow mindedness would be the death of gaming.

    I don’t want to play Zynga-style games on my console – that’s not what I bought it for, but I am happy for people that want to, to be able to.

    I’m serious about my games, but I’m also serious about wanting this medium to remain strong, which unfortunately for some means embracing things they might not like.

    The great thing about choice though, is that everybody wins.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. redwood

    @69 everybody rarely ever wins

    #70 2 years ago

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    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]