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Blizzard confirms, details plans for World of Warcraft in-game store

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 14:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Blizzard has confirmed it is looking to introduce an in-game store in World of Warcraft, and will be testing some of the items it will include in the Asian region at the outset.

Speaking on the Battle.net forums, community manager Bashiok said Blizzard is still “pretty early in the exploration process,” stating that due to the in-game items currently on offer the “benefits of an in-game store are pretty clear.”

“We think everyone would appreciate the convenience of being able to make such purchases without having to leave the game, and ultimately that’s our long-term goal for the system, though there’s quite a bit of work involved in retrofitting those existing items into the new system,” he wrote.

“First, we’ll be testing the in-game store with some new kinds of items we’re looking into introducing (in Asian regions, at the outset) based on player feedback: specifically, an experience buff to assist with the leveling process, as well as an alternate way to acquire Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.

“We’ve had a lot of requests from players in different regions for convenience-oriented items such as these, and as with other new ideas we’ve introduced as WoW has evolved—including Pet Store pets, mounts, and more—your feedback plays a hugely important part in determining what we add to the game.”

Bashiok went on to state that it is still “too early in the process” to make any final determinations regarding the firm’s plans, but until things are finalized, the in-game store can be checked out by players once it is implemented on the PTR.

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32 Comments

  1. Tavarish

    Double tipping, fuck yeah!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. CyberMarco

    Yey, World of Warcraft!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNsMgl9KKIA

    #2 2 years ago
  3. KineticCalvaria

    We all knew this was coming, they are part of Activision after all :).

    Still, can’t believe the cheek, surely they should drop the sub if it’s having an in-game store too.

    So glad I’m sticking with GW2.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Tavarish

    @3 Blizz wont drop monthly fee, they make way too much profit with them to drop it. They just try make double tipping work and bait in even more profits.

    Yes, they are to make profit. It’s business and all, who knew? Still I personally find such double tipping to be shameful move from any company that runs MMO.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Tr0n

    Triple dipping (game, sub, in-game).

    #5 2 years ago
  6. dizzygear

    @4 I can see them going for a Freemium model like Aion with monthly benefits like reduced instance CD’s, shorter queue’s, “free” mounts when your subscribed for an x amount of months, etc.

    The reduced instance CD’s alone would make it so you practically need a premium sub if you want to do serious end game stuff.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. hitnrun

    Corporate idiocy at its finest.

    Their shareholders and management can’t accept the decline in revenue from a 9 year old title, so they have to implement a model that will, of course, send remaining players heading for the exits.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Tavarish

    @5 There is no such thing as “triple dipping” when it comes to MMO’s.

    You pay 40€ for MMO and get 14€ worth of gametime with purchase so it’s very legitimate cost for initial buy in.

    @7 Remaining players wont head for exit, they will head to in-game store and purchase latest mounts. There is nothing wrong with that if they are ok with double tipping model and love shit out of WoW.

    Sure they lose some subs because of double tip model, but I would argue that revenues will go up a lot more than what they will lose in subs.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Tr0n

    #8 Then it would be 14 € for the game client + 1 month, not 40 €. :) Pretty much every other MMO has a free client.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. TheWulf

    Well, hopefully this will help many WoW fans snap out of their conditioned stupor.

    I think eventually games which are operant conditioning chambers like these will either be illegal or they’ll carry a warning. When people can die playing a game because it’s that addictive by design, then this is something that the law needs to look into.

    This is the problem, it seems that most humans are far too open to operant conditioning, allowing themselves to be drawn into a fabricated addiction. The end result of this is giving a lot of money (one person admitted to five year’s worth in one recent comments section) to one company to feed their addiction. How is that any different than drugs, or having an alcohol or gambling problem? It isn’t.

    I don’t know if this will drive away people, to be honest. But it may cause some who’ve sunken so far down into the swamp of the operant conditioning chamber that they won’t be able to stop spending money on it. They’ll either go broke, or they’ll seek out help to stop spending money. Both of which are going to make fantastic media stories. So… you go, Blizz! I think that Blizzard’s greediness is going to very much be their undoing, which is poetic and just.

    I’m upset that more people aren’t taking a stance against this, though. Operant conditioning chambers leading to very real health concerns. I find it simply disgusting.

    Oh well, like I said, maybe this will lead to a few more people snapping out of it. I really want that. I don’t hate WoW due to it being a bad game (which it is, but that’s not why I feel that way), but I hate WoW after almost having seen a person die from it myself. In my own home. It terrifies me to the core to think that a person can become so long gone after playing a game for just a few months.

    It’s just not on, really.

    Fans can apologise for a lot of things, but knowing that their game had a mother so addicted that she let her children die? Well, if they’d be apologists for that and try to brush it under the mat, they’d be nothing more than subhuman monsters.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    You can tell who the people here are who don’t actually play the game.

    This is simple an in-game store for stuff that is already available outside of the game in the Blizzard store, such as mounts and pets, which you are under no obligation to buy, and add no gameplay benefit to your character whatsoever.

    Something like double experience points is just a quicker way to level. The levelling in WoW is already designed in a way level you past the zones you are long before you finish the quests anyway. 90% of WoW’s development is spent on the endgame content. So again, there is little reason to actually buy it. It’s entirely optional.

    @11 People are responsible for themselves. If a person dies playing a video game, the problem isn’t with the video game. It’s with the person. If a mother was so obsessed with a game as to allow her child to die, then she was a terrible mother.

    I don’t need to “snap” out of anything. I’ve never had any problem taking weeks or months away from the game entirely at my own whim. The game is designed in such a way now that its extremely easy to catch up to the end game if you stop playing for a while.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    I don’t really care. I just want this game to go away for the loss of human life it’s caused and nearly caused.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    @11 Sure, but why should quicker leveling cost money?

    People already pay for the code on a monthly basis, so why should they pay extra just to have an automated system switch a few numbers?

    It’s just another case of money for nothing. It’s a product they’re selling because they can get away with it, not because it has actual value.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @13 Which is exactly why you don’t *have* to buy it.

    The levelling as it is speeds you through the zones, giving you just enough time to experience the quests before letting you either head to another zone, or finish up the quests there. It doesn’t *need* to be any faster.

    If other people want to get to get to end game faster, let them. I for one enjoy the journey getting there.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 Choice isn’t really an argument for or against something, and it really does nothing to explain why it wouldn’t be implemented by default.

    The reality is this:

    - You pay 60-80 dollars for the game+expansions
    - You pay 12 dollars a month for sub (may have been lowered, it was 12 when I was playing)

    So after people have committed maybe hundreds of dollars to your franchise, you really want to charge them for switching a few numbers and making their game a bit easier?

    Like you said, leveling is the bane of any Warcraft player. You want to max out your character and get to the real meat. I think it would be a nice gesture, and a decent way of honoring the people who spend possibly hundreds of dollars just to play a game.

    To me it just reeks of a corporation starting to pillage a flagging series, and get as many bucks as they can before it’s over. Either that or they’re going F2P, in which case it would be a lot less abrasive, since you wouldn’t be paying them 60+ dollars just so they can sell you even more non-products.

    It’s a classic EA maneuver in my opinion.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Hybridpsycho

    So many stupid comments in these posts.

    They’ve had this kinda mini-transactions for a LONG while. There are just a few and you DO NOT have to in any way buy these things. The only difference now is that they’ll be IN-GAME and not on the website.

    There’s a reason Guild Wars 2 failed, it sucked and it’s F2P model is horrible (so stop praising it).

    Also, I don’t currently play WoW and I don’t plan on doing so, so don’t pull a crappy “fanboy” card on me.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. GwynbleiddiuM

    @TheWulf, Oh, you again! ranting strong about WoW. Have you been treated badly in the game by players that it made you into this vindictive little angry boy who can’t stand the fact that WoW is alive and well? Or is it because your favorite of all times, GW2 failed so miserably that people rarely even mention it thesedays when they talk about MMORPG?

    Either way, you are biased, and because of that what you say carries no weight. You just a spiteful wow hater and we all know haters gonna hate. You take rare instances of bad conduct by others as if it is a wide spread disaster. Idiots are everywhere, just because there are examples in a gaming community you shouldn’t act like they’re all to be blamed.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Tr0n

    #16 Lol, you serious? GW2 is very successful. ArenaNet puts out free (yes, free) updates every 2 weeks and the player base is steadily increasing.

    WoW players can only dream about support like this. :)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @18 WoW has been getting new, very meaty sized content updates every 2 / 3 months without fail since the new expansion’s launch. New content is being released faster now than it ever has in the game’s history, to the point where, personally, I can barely keep up.

    I have no problem with people playing other MMOs, and I play others myself, but the grass is most certainly not greener on the other, whatever you want to believe. All these games have their good points and bad.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Tr0n

    Yeah, well updates every 3 months for a game you have to pay for monthly vs. free updates every two weeks for a game you only buy once = there’s no comparison really.

    Also, WoW has been out since 2005 and GW2 will only be one year old in August.

    Just shows you how better ArenaNet has setup their development and update/patch pipeline compared to pretty much any other MMO out there.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @20 I disagree.

    I enjoy Guild Wars 2, but there really isn’t half as much to do once you reach max level. WoW’s updates are much larger in scope, and add far more things for me to do over the same span of time.

    I feel like I’m getting continued value for my money.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. GwynbleiddiuM

    @20 Because you have nothing to do in GW2 if they stop updating it. The game doesn’t even have an end game, you do exactly what you were doing while leveling, doing event’s or doing PVP.WoW has a formula that works for its audience. And even though there’s a wider gap between content patch a lot of people won’t/can’t go through all of it.

    The content argument is hilarious tbh, the content Blizzard adds with every update is much bigger than anything NCSoft does in the same time frame.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Tr0n

    @22 This only shows you haven’t been in the game lately. Guild Wars 2 updates are pretty large if you consider how fast they are putting them out.

    Since release they have added new PvE and PvP maps, new events, new dungeons (Fractals), new rewards systems, new mini games like Super Adventure Box, new jumping puzzles, a ton of new items and armor, new features like custom arenas, spectator mode, guild missions, revamp of achievements and network code,.. the list goes on.

    Saying that GW2 doesn’t have end game pretty much tells me you don’t understand the game or the developer. There is no end game, because the game never ends. It’s always evolving, hence the name “living world”.

    You load up the game and there’s always something new to do, not just old content that you run over and over for a chance to get a good item drop.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB

    @20 Guild Wars 2 does have a nice pipeline, but it’s still losing players a lot faster than WoW.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/122516-Guild-Wars-2-May-Be-The-End-Of-The-Franchise

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    “@23 Since release they have added new PvE and PvP maps, new events, new dungeons (Fractals), new rewards systems, new mini games like Super Adventure Box, new jumping puzzles, a ton of new items and armor, new features like custom arenas, spectator mode, guild missions, revamp of achievements and network code,.. the list goes on.”

    So… exactly like WoW then, just in smaller chunks?

    “Saying that GW2 doesn’t have end game pretty much tells me you don’t understand the game or the developer. There is no end game, because the game never ends. It’s always evolving, hence the name “living world”.”

    Okay, let me rephrase it. They’re next to no character progression.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Tr0n

    @24 Actually, they are doing pretty good.

    http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/473/view/news/page/2/read/27658/Guild-Wars-2-Consistent-Steady-Growth.html

    GW2 doesn’t have a sub, so if the player population drops at times, that’s not a big deal. They can, and it seems they do, come back when new content is available.

    So ArenaNet needs to build good content for the players to enjoy it and play it and not just get their money based on faith that new content will come.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    @26 Dropping the price isn’t something you do because you’re selling gangbusters.

    They don’t just need people to come back, they need people to buy in.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Tr0n

    I’m not saying they’re selling like crazy, but they have a steady growth of new players. ArenaNet’s main income are in-game store sales (cosmetic items, account upgrades and such) which in turn allows them to crank out new updates. A game sale is a relatively small % of that income.

    And seeing that they have multiple teams working on these updates, both small and large, and the fact they’re able to put them out every 2 weeks, is a pretty good indicator that they’re doing just fine. :)

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Tr0n

    @25 “So… exactly like WoW then, just in smaller chunks?”

    Yeah, but free. :)

    “Okay, let me rephrase it. They’re next to no character progression.”

    Lol, what?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    @29 They’re barely any character progression at end game, no sense of team work to overcome challenging content, no real gear or character advancement – what little there in the game is extremely minimal.

    I can’t believe you’re actually trying to pretend this isn’t an issue… the lack of end game content is widely considered the game’s biggest flaw, even amongst its own fanbase.

    “Yeah, but free.”

    It can be as free as it wants, but it doesn’t matter if I’m bored a month in and feel I have nothing to do beyond a few small events (PvP doesn’t interest me) once my character reaches the level cap.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DSB

    @28 That’s obviously speculation, but I don’t think they’ll be getting 60 dollars out of every user from micro-transactions.

    Personally I felt pretty discouraged from crafting because it was obviously just meant to fill your bags with junk so you’d buy even more space.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Ireland Michael

    All of this is meaningless anyway, since neither game can do… this!

    http://youtu.be/w9sJ_PWceNs

    #32 2 years ago

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  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    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 […]