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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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    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]

  • Closed beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts tomorrow

    The private beta period for Alone in the Dark: Illumination starts on January 29. Those who pre-order the game via Steam, will automatically be included in the beta, enabling them to provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. An additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch. The […]

  • Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL available once more on UK store

    UK residents who want to get their hands on the shiny Majora’s Mask Special Edition New 3DS XL can once again pre-purchase it through the Nintendo UK Store. If you want one, you better hurry because units will likely go rather fast. Only one per customer is allowed, and once you drop £209.99 on it, […]

  • Nintendo Q3: 1.9M New 3DS models sold, Wii U lifetime sales hit 9.2M

    New 3DS XL has sold 1.3 million units as of December 31, 2014, Nintendo announced in its Q3 financial results today. New 3DS moved 580,000 units by the end of the same period. Lifetime sales of both systems combined total a little under 1.9 million. Combined global sales for current 3DS models available in Europe […]