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Microsoft gave NSA access to users’ Skype calls & emails – report

Friday, 12 July 2013 10:22 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft is said to have given the US National Security Agency access to its users’ Skype calls, Outlook emails and SkyDrive contents for the past three years. A new report based on leaked documents suggests that the company offered the data as part of a US government surveillance initiative called Prism.

The Guardian’s report is said to be derived from ‘top-secret documents’ acquired by the paper, that suggest the private information and conversations of the public were shared between Microsoft, US intelligence firms and a number of Silicon Valley companies.

Documents provided by an informant show that Microsoft helped the NSA bypass certain encryption measures, allowing the firm to monitor Outlook.com web chats, and that the surveillance agency had pre-encryption access to Outlook and Hotmail messages.

In one document, the routine sharing of collected data through Prism with the CIA, FBI, NSA and other authorities was referred to as a “team sport”.

It is also claimed that Microsoft worked with the FBI and NSA to allow access to the company’s cloud-based SkyDrive service, and the contents of user accounts. The FBI also worked with Microsoft to better understand the creation ad use of Outlook email aliases.

In July, the NSA is said to have boasted that new capabilites had allowed it to triple the amount of Skype calls it was collecting as part of the Prism initiative.

The leaked documents come at a time where Silicon Valley companies are said to be at odds with the Obama administration, and are urging congress to allow them freedom to disclose the extent of their data capture and cooperation with the NSA, in order to ease privacy concerns. Executives in several tech companies have suggested that this collaboration with the NSA is driven through what the Guardian calls ‘legal compulsion’.

In a statement, Microsoft said, “When we upgrade or update products we aren’t absolved from the need to comply with existing or future lawful demands.” It stressed that it discloses customer data with agencies like the NSA, “only in response to government demands and we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers”.

If you want the full story – and there is a lot more to say – check out the Guardian’s report on the matter here.

Thanks CVG.

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51 Comments

  1. Max Payne

    *SHOCKER*

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    I wonder how much heat a company like MS will take for this?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Djoenz

    That last part and Microsoft’s statement was BS and to think its been going on for 3 years. I can understand focusing on terrorists and suspects but this is troublesome man.

    Dutch companies, internet providers etc. are participating as well, but most are not being forward. Also its not known which agencies in my country asked for the intel of assumingly normal civillians.

    Information is power and the elite can do what they want. Rights we dont have we just have to listen and obey.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Talkar

    I can understand where MS is coming from, if a government as big as the US one is forcing you to give them some data, i would do it too. I don’t think MS can afford to do otherwise.

    If anything i blame the US government for this shite.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Judicas

    So conspiracy theory stuff is video game news now? Weird direction to take this site…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 Skype and SkyDrive are features of Xbox 360, hence, it’s gaming news.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. For Blood

    @5

    It was feminist news the other day.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    How’s it a conspiracy theory when the documents have been obtained, studied and information presented? (short of the documents themselves not being pictured) If they’re doing that to SKYPE users. DESPITE assurances to the contrary, what belief should any X1 user have that they aren’t in the same boat?

    On a 51% assurety belief that you aren’t American or on US soil, warrant be damned, you’re just fair game? Sod that!

    @3 Microsoft aren’t being straight-up about this at all. They can be regularly seen to be trying to duck and run.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Beukwama

    http://imgur.com/JqcWd6i

    #9 2 years ago
  10. mreko3230

    @4 That’s the thing. I remember Google was holding out for a long time on handing over certain data and they were basically told to either do it or there would be charges brought against google for obstruction.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Djoenz

    @Dave Cook

    I have the utmost respect for you because you are involved with all members and bother to take the time to explain/reply to everyone including people that comment irrelevant stuff.

    Im ashamed on the other hand you even have to defend yourselves.
    You dont have to explain. You guys decide what to post and what not. He decided to post nonsense but just ignore those idiots!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mistermogul

    Prism was made public last month right?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Belazur

    Typical Microsft….. smh

    [MICROSOFT] Revealed: How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages. Kinect conspiracies maybe true.
    Link: http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data

    And another good article regarding the MS/NSA/Spy topic: Why “I Have Nothing to Hide” Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance.
    Link: http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/06/why-i-have-nothing-to-hide-is-the-wrong-way-to-think-about-surveillance/

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ps3fanboy

    the micro$hafts still keep digging and digging…

    *flushes micro$hafts down the galaxy’s most evil rancid smelling , darkest , bile , filthiest , stench ridden , turd filled toilets*

    #14 2 years ago
  15. redwood

    @14 you really flush that toilet a lot man

    #15 2 years ago
  16. The_Red

    I’m not too familiar with US or UN laws but couldn’t this become the base of some serious law suits?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. actuallyisnotafox

    am i the only one who thinks xbox one would of continued this? i dunno the whole always on, kinect is always listening, hey we have skype too you know, just seems to fishy :p

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @3 It’s been going on for at least six years.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ps3fanboy

    @15 redwood, i flush it hard everyday. as long there is a micro$hafts, flushing the toilets is needed… just saying.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Lengendaryboss

    @Redwood
    Well he has to because he uses it daily in that place he calls home. :)

    @5
    Please shut up, the forum post i made focused on this exact problem.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @19
    I think that excuse is covering you rather than MS.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah Dave, don’t bother justifying the existence of a post to some internet dood. You decide…

    It’s not like you’re not so busy to not have the time to post extra unnecessary shit.

    As far as I’m concerned, anything to do with games, and by extension media, consumer electronics, and the big technology should be represented here, and fuck anyone who doesn’t like it.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @11 & 22 thanks guys, I appreciate it. Sometimes I wish I had a little brick wall on my desk to headbutt in times of utter fuckwittery.

    My birthday’s next month, I could make it a treat to myself.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. MidlifeAxe

    @11 & @22

    Amen to that.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Fin

    Fuckin’ hell.

    Before this whole NSA/Prism thing, privacy concerns with X1/Kinect 2.0 didn’t really concern me.
    They certainly do now.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. kingy

    @17 I agree with you and thought the same thing if the US government said turn the kinect’s on they would say Ok ,it must be a shitty situation for Microsoft to be in unless they are benefiting some how from assisting them but that’s even more conspiracy theories

    #26 2 years ago
  27. sh4dow

    @4

    Exactly. All this MS bashing in this regard is so ridiculous.
    There are many awful things MS does but in this case, they are hardly in a place of power. After all, even most countries bow to the USA. So a company – never mind how huge it is – is supposed to take a stand? Yeah right…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. jeffb01

    @27

    I don’t think that people are bashing MS for complying as much as for forcing a camera and microphone into our living room (kinnect mandatory)…

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Tavarish

    @2 I would say non, outside of consumer base, if they can proof that “We just did what government told us to do and keep it secret!” -angle. They lose fuckton of goodwill because of this for sure.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. bradk825

    If you want to do business in the US you have to comply with US law. Pretty simple. ISPs, phone companies etc that have your information or access to it will do the same thing if it’s demanded of them. Nothing you do on the internet is truly private.

    Personally I think the only people who should be concerned about the government watching them are those on a watch list. Those on a watch list should be further concerned if they deserve to be on it.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. MCTJim

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/6/4403868/nsa-fbi-mine-data-apple-google-facebook-microsoft-others-prism

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Tavarish

    @30 I think it’s kinda sad when people start saying stuff like that. “It’s ok to get anal probed and give government blanket rights to do what ever they want because you don’t have anything hide!” thinking is just terrifying at its own level.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. MCTJim

    @32 no sir, I dont like it.

    its getting out of hand really…wont be long before a “King” is crowned here :(

    uh oh..may have the nsa watching me now for that comment..LOL

    #33 2 years ago
  34. bradk825

    Well 32, I don’t live in the US so I guess I have nothing to worry about either way. I just don’t think the average person is being spied on though. Everyone is in a panic that the NSA is going to listen to their calls. If you are not on a terrorist watch list, who the fuck do you think you are that the NSA gives a flaming shit what you’re talking to grandma about?

    Do you object to companies providing a client list when served with a warrant signed by a judge? Something that’s been in US law for a long, long time? It’s the same basic principle. Google, Apple, Facebook, MS, and I’m sure your beloved Sony too *gasp* when served with a perfectly legal demand for information will sing like a canary. Otherwise they would face hefty fines and somebody would probably be charged with obstruction.

    If you don’t like this stuff, you have to make it an election issue, not bitch about it on the internet and start quoting 1984. MS can’t stop giving information because you don’t like it any more than your landlord could decline to give police access to your apartment if they have a warrant to search it.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Tavarish

    @34 Even us Europeans have shit to fear for from US. If you haven’t noticed US has rather blanket rights all around the world and NSA’s Prism wasn’t “just about US”. It was, is, basically whole fucking world. I personally think that it’s naive thinking, to some extent, to think that US’s “War on Terror” and what comes with it doesn’t concern Europeans or rest of the world.

    Sure e.g. EU can say “Naughty US! Naughty to kidnap our citizens and/or listen to our calls!” etc., but I think we have seen enough that shit doesn’t matter in the end. US is police country of the world currently, even when theirs hold has been slipping for many reasons.

    Also maybe some company should “Fuck no..” no e.g. US government when they walk in with blanket warrant from judge or Patriot Act (basically you don’t need judge or even probable cause) and battle it out. Government shouldn’t have unlimited reach and blanket rights just because people are afraid of some Abdul in Afghanistan cave.

    What we fear more in the end? That random terrorist that may or may not exist OR governments that are getting more and more freedoms to do what ever they fuck please and can’t be hold responsible?

    This whole NSA + Prism debacle plays into this, in large way.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. stretch215

    @34 exactly +100000. You’re talking sense though, half of these zealots won’t understand.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. stretch215

    @35 no….just no. I’m laughing quite loudly reading your post, actually. No company (especially a US company) can “just say fuck no” to the US gov. It doesn’t work like that, and if your country is allied with the US, this probably applies to companies in your country too.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. bradk825

    Please tell me very specifically what impact PRISM might have on my life as a private Canadian citizen. No vague “scary thoughts” or “grave implications,” tell me something specific that can happen to me. Give it a try.

    While you’re at it you can maybe explain what might me a target in the first place. What causes a person with no connections to terrorism, crime, government or Justin Bieber to get the NSA interested in them?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Ireland Michael

    The problem with this whole PRISM thing is not so much that the program exists, but the sweeping freedom that the government has to use it. There are some very vague rules defining the circumstances under which the NSA can access people’s logs, and frankly put, I don’t trust the fuckers in control of the system.

    It has nothing to do with conspiracies.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. stretch215

    Of course this is no conspiracy. The patriot act has been around for awhile, so it’s not exactly “breaking news” either. I can’t believe people (especially americans) are surprised at this.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Phoenixblight

    @40

    You and me both. What were people expecting that Bush enacted the Patriot Act and the government wasn’t going to use it? Riiiiiight.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. SplatteredHouse

    http://hemlismessenger.wordpress.com/ Pirate Bay co-founder successfully crowdfunded in the last few days an iOS/Android secure messaging app, in a day and a half.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. koopa

    NSA= secret police. People: plz take my freedom, but keep us safe….Then Boston happen, wtf

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Cobra951

    @38: OK, here goes. If you communicate with someone in the US, because of business or friendship, who has communicated directly or indirectly with someone in Afghanistan, who in turn may have a rogue terrorist relative he’s called once, you could end up exposed to Big Brother. That’s my college try anyway.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. stretch215

    I guess at the end of the day the question is: “If all this *snooping* can prevent an attack, or even save one life, is it worth it?” This is the subject up for debate in more rational environments, not “MS/Sony sucks”. This is SO mich bigger than that.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. DSB

    The thing that makes Microsoft look bad isn’t that they complied with the NSA, because they really have no say in that.

    The problem is that they went above and beyond in helping the NSA, while people rely on them and other companies to protect their privacy.

    Arguably other companies look a lot better for having to be forced to give up that data.

    But it’s a lose/lose either way. PRISM is just the tip of the iceberg. Everything else is being intercepted too, PRISM was just a way to get a few big companies to make it easier for ‘em. Streamlining what was already going on.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Ireland Michael

    It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. jaysea

    The real issue here isn’t Microsoft– it’s the NSA and this administration. Not the first time we’ve heard of widespread data seizure.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. sh4dow

    @48

    “This administration”?
    As you yourself said – “not the first time”. And that includes many administrations before this one. It’s not like spying on citizens, data misuse and whatnot would be some new, innovative thing. A significant amount of people fighting that – now THERE would be something new.

    @ 28

    Yeah but there are plenty of articles to go around where that would be more appropriate to complain about than this one here ;)
    Besides… I’m not up to date because XB1 is out of the question for me but if they didn’t drop that shit by now they’re not going to be bothered by on-going complaining. People have voiced their opinion plenty of times, so now it’s time to act in accordance with those views and not buy.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. codesnake

    Well , No surprise at all!
    US gov have been doing this shit over decades ! Privacy means a nightmare in us . they track your movement by gps and cctv face and body identification , they archive your mails and have access to all your voice calls .They see you through your web cam and video call when ever they want .They want to know & control every thing about every body. & then they label this spying as ANTI TERRORISM ACTIVITIES !?!?!?! But US gov even is no match for countries like IRAN since they hacked & hijacked comodo secure certification & taken the control of US most advanced UAV in a second ! Don’t even think about Russia or China . Anti terrorism is a joke ! they even couldn’t stop a baby to kill his parents or friends in school . who did the sep 11th ! some stupid afqan terrorist ? which are now supported by US in syria ? who believes ben laden did sep 11th ! which country had started wars in iraq & afqanistan & syria and supports israel against palestain ?! Who did wipe hiroshima & nakazaki in just a second by atomic bombs ? who is the real terrorist ?
    US gov wants an eye over every one cause when people realise what did US gov have done to them , they wont remain silence , as they showed in wall st movement . Then US will want to have the hammer of silence to brute every one every where . to remain in power for ever!

    #50 2 years ago
  51. backup

    99.99 % of PC gamers are pirates ==== fact

    #51 2 years ago

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    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]