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Miyamoto: new characters don’t make new games

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 06:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo isn’t in a rush to establish new properties so much as to make entirely new games, according to legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto .

Speaking to GameInformer, Miyamoto discussed Nintendo’s relatively slow production of new gaming properties – worlds and characters, in other words.

“Certainly within Nintendo, we have people internally who are saying, ‘Well, we have our old characters from our old games, and that’s old IP, and we should think about creating new IP.’ But the question that we always ask is: ‘Does a new character really make it a new game?’” he said.

“And to me, the answer to that is no. What makes it a new game is new gameplay and new interactions. So when we’re creating a game, we’re always looking at it from, ‘What is the gameplay, and how are making that gameplay new?’ And then, ‘Who is the character that is best suited to that gameplay?’”

Miyamoto said that even when Nintendo makes a game within an existing franchise, because it has made a new kind of gameplay, it has crafted a new experience. Characters are secondary to that, but may be created if no existing faces fit the new style of play. Pikmin is one example of a franchise created in this way.

The full interview through the link above contains loads of Miyamoto quotes. The designer’s latest game is Pikmin 3, which arrives on Wii U in August.

Thanks, Destructoid.

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26 Comments

  1. Crussong

    Yeah, better milk what you got Miyamoto, huh?
    Nintendo just became lazy, greedy and boring. They arent anymore who they used to be. If they dont bring up any new and interesting, they are going down. We dont need the 100th mario game with minor additions, not another Super Smach Bros. with 2-3 more new characters (wii fit trainer, really?!) and they fucking should support those customers, that helped them grow and get more money. They lost eyesight with their fanbase since they released the Wii.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Clupula

    So, in other words, there are people in Nintendo who want to get away from the outdated bullshit Miyamoto keeps shitting out, but he won’t let them because he has too much attachment to his old characters.

    If Nintendo want to survive. they need to get rid of the dinosaurs, and I don’t mean Yoshi.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Metroid455

    Confirming what I already knew, Miyamoto-san I think it’s time to move on and let some younger blood take over.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    Seriously, though, everything that people bash Nintendo about are all easily fixable things. When people complain that they are constantly milking their franchises, it turns out that people in Nintendo have the same opinion, but Miyaomoto won’t let them grow up.

    It’s really time for his Peter Pan-syndrome to get out of the way of progress and let Nintendo come into the 21st Century.

    People think I like to bash Nintendo. I don’t. If they did the stuff I wanted, I’d buy their products. And now we see why they aren’t doing the stuff today’s audience wants. Because there’s sad old men at the helm who believe in crushing ideas and doing the same old, same old.

    What was that game that he made them turn into Starfox? Makes me wonder if Rare hadn’t been at Nintendo, would they have had ANY new franchises over the last three gens?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. polygem

    i cannot understand why it´s so hard for people to get his point. nintendo never rushed new characters and that´s what makes them great. that´s what makes them nintendo. that´s why formula nintendo works so damn well. they always evolve the ones they have instead – that´s just what they do. it´s clever if you ask me. i am tired of people screaming for new nintendo ip´s (we´ll see one or two soon though. i am sure about it but not many). it´s clear that you guys never really play nintendo games. “What makes it a new game is new gameplay and new interactions”. That´s what nintendo is about…why don´t you get it? it´s just a different approach. you cannot say they´re milking their franchises or aren´t creating new things. in fact they are industry leaders in creating new and unique gaming experiences while most of the other devs characters xyz look like character abc in other games. here you go again. here´s quick list again: mario kart is different to mario galaxy is different to nsmb is different to paper mario. zelda ss is different to spirit tracks. metroid prime is different to other m. kirby canvas course is different to epic yarn…and so fucking on…brandnew, fresh, unique, extremely creative games starring the good ol´characters….you know: nintendo.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Fin

    @5

    I’m pretty sure Mario Kart 8 is very similar to Mario Kart 1-8.
    Likewise, 3D World is pretty similar to 3D land, which is an evolution of Galaxy etc.
    Pikmin 3 looks like Pikmin 2.
    The new Smash Bros looks like Brawl HD.

    Nintendo aren’t innovating.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Clupula

    If anything what Nintendo do is stagnating. There’s room for Mario Kart and Smash Brothers, alongside new IP’s that will become new first party franchises. First party franchises that Miyamoto is not allowing them to make because he thinks everything has to have the same five characters stuck to it.

    If you were to make, say, Mario Galaxy with a whole different art style and a whole different character, would that make it any worse?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    Agree to an extent with Poly. Think some need to read the article fully. However this point here …

    “‘What is the gameplay, and how are making that gameplay new?’ And then, ‘Who is the character that is best suited to that gameplay?’”

    As soon as you fit an existing character into that new gameplay you are restricting it before you’ve properly started. If this is the approach then you will always have question 2 at the back of your mind and it will impact question 1. If you take the approach right from the start that what you are going to do is create a brand new game with brand new IP then you have a lot more freedom.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Clupula

    @8 – Well, that is what I am saying with my Mario Galaxy question.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Bomba Luigi

    I guess I understand what he means, like when Metroid Prime came out it was not a new Character or IP but in Terms of Gameplay it was something totaly diffrent then Previous Metroids. Or when Luigis Mansion came out on the GC, it was not a new Charakter but a new IP and new Gameplay.

    Something like that is great in my Opinion, but the Problem is they didn’t do something like that for a while now. They play it way to safe now, I would love some new and Fresh Ideas, and I don’t need a new Character for that.
    In the last Years other Studios had to that for Nintendo Console. Like Monolith Soft, or now Platinum with 101, but Nintendo struggles with new Fresh Ideas a bit. I’m sure 3D World will be fun, but I can’t see any mindblowing shit like Galaxy had when I first saw it.

    At least Mario Kart 8 has a nice new Twist for the Series with the Anti Gravity Stuff. Its not a lot Innovation, but Mario Kart isn’t really the Series where I want that. Its a Racer, I don’t expect great Innovations in a Racer.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. polygem

    well i think you must look at nintendo more in a kind of classic disney way. IF they create a new character/ip it must be a truly awesome one. they have a corporate id like no other in the industry. it´s much harder for them to create a new ip. it must become as big as mario or kirby or zelda or it would really hurt the legacy.
    to me that´s fine, that´s just what nintendo is about and i love them for it. i can see that some people don´t like that but you just cannot say they are lazy and not creating new experiences that´s just not fair and simply not true. when i played phantom hourglass on the ds i was so wowed. i thought it was an amazing new way to play a zelda game. i controlled link with a stylus, the whole game! and it was fun and still a rich and deep gaming experience. it was totally different to any zelda game i´ve played before yet it felt familiar. THAT´S NINTENDO and that´s all i am trying to say here. they develop new games. they do. they just use their old characters for it and that´s what´s building their legacy. i love that. it´s awesome. sure, nostalgia is involved too but why is that a problem? i can see youngsters falling in love with new games of the same ol´ip´s over and over again if the game is good.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Clupula

    I mean, I look at a developer like Suckerpunch. If they had Miyamoto’s attitude, instead of Infamous, they would have just created an open world Sly Cooper game with the same mechanics. Really, if you’ve played both, you know there are definite similarities between the two, but they are different enough that they can be two different franchises. And nobody thought, “Well, gee, which existing character should we use for this?”

    Instead, they decided to explore a different idea and created a whole new franchise that people care about. A franchise that is one of the big selling points for the PS4 currently.

    That’s what should be going on at Nintendo. That’s how you avoid atrophy.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. polygem

    @Clupula: sure, but that´s what i am basically saying. nintendo just has a different approach. you can like it or not. it´s just a different solution to how to develop a game. for them it works quite well. it´s a proven formula and it´s what makes nintendo nintendo.

    and now excuse me guys. nice discussion but i want to play a match of the last of us mp or two before i´m off to work…

    :) addicted

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @7
    “If you were to make, say, Mario Galaxy with a whole different art style and a whole different character, would that make it any worse?”

    No, and by freeing themselves from the restrictions of the IP it could have been better. Existing IP is a restriction, it’s a restriction in art style, a restriction in mechanics and a restriction in expectations.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ps3fanboy

    It’s time they get rid of the dinosaur, and I don’t mean Yoshi.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    @14 – Exactly.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    @15 – Yes, that’s a Charles Original! Copy that down and put it in a little red book of my sayings for future generations to learn from.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Lengendaryboss

    Ok making excuses for not making New IPs but i respect his opinion whether i agree with it is an completely different story.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. dizzygear

    Kinda funny Sega has a ton of old IP’s we like to see return but do nothing with and with Nintendo it seems to be the exact opposite.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    @19 – In the time it took you to write your comment, Sega reviewed, approved, and then canceled four pitches for a new Streets of Rage.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. dizzygear

    @20 And than they changed their mind and announced a SoR! Only it turns out to be a browser based card game exclusive to Japan forever dooming the franchise into obscurity.

    Yes i’m still bitter.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Max Pain

    This is the list of Nintendo games that I enjoyed since GameCube.

    TLOZ: Windwaker.
    Metroid: Prime 1
    Mario galaxy 1

    The rest is just soul less rehash of the same thing.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Professor Zoom

    Wii u is definitely a last generation system. Let’s hope Nintendo can become a third party publisher next generation, right now people only buy their consoles, due to the outdated first party franchises.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Lengendaryboss

    ^ Troll Nintendo another day.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Telepathic.Geometry

    The problem with this thinking is that the character limits you to a certain kind of game. If you show me a game like Kirby’s Epic Yarn or Metroid Prime, you can see how the new game is elegantly couched in that old game franchise with no damage.

    But I think that in Ninty’s case, they tend to create the new game around an existing franchise to shore up the sales, and as a result, they are limited by that franchise. For example, I think that the number of Mario games is testament to this problem.

    Mario Party, Mario Bros, Paper Mario and Mario RPG all make sense to me, but Miyamoto has used Mario as a generic character avatar in so many other games, it’s just crazy. Mario Golf, Mario Tennis and so on should all have had some new franchises built around them… Mariokart goes both ways.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Kidbuu42

    I think the request for new IP’s is shallow at best. I’ve understood how nintendo makes games for years and they are just now becoming public about it. The zelda series could easily have been 3 different series by now if nintendo hasn’t adopted this policy. But ask yourself, would wind waker really have been so much better if you played as (NEW PIRATE BOY CHARACTER) instead of link?

    #26 2 years ago

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    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 […]