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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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    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 http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — 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 […]