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Killer Instinct’s Kinect player-scanning built with tournament play in mind

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:31 GMT By Dave Cook

Killer Instinct publisher Microsoft has explained how the brawler works with Xbox One’s new Kinect sensor. The studio believes it will make for slicker tournament play.

Speaking with IGN at the Evo 2013 fighting tournament last weekend, Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Isgreen explained that whenever a player sits down in front of their Kinect while playing Killer Instinct, the device will recognise that person’s face and scan in all of their user settings in a flash.

He said, “We want to have features to set up tournaments with your friends. Say there are eight of you and you just start sitting down. I know a lot of people are like, ah, the Kinect camera in the room, I’m scared!

“But the coolness of being able to sit down, the controller pairs itself to you when you pick it up. It knows your buttons. It knows how you like to play. It knows what characters you want to play. You can just say Start, and go. It knows who you are in the tournament bracket, so it will just automatically do the matches correctly.”

Isgreen added, “If you have a character you love, it might primary select that character already. Your buttons are already configured based on you picking up that controller. It knows it’s you, so it can do the leaderboards correctly. All that’s possible on Xbox One – mid-fight, too. So, here, you play, you give me your controller, it reconfigures it to me.

What do you think of Kinect’s player-scanning tech? Will it make game tournaments slicker to set up, or does the idea still creep you out?

Either way, Isgreen believes the features will help push Killer Instinct’s position as a tournament fighter. “There are a lot of neat features we can start to do that you can’t do right now,” he concluded.

“We can’t do that without having those kind of things built into the box. That’s one of the reasons we’ve kept them in. There is a lot of really cool stuff coming for it. Those are the kind of features we want to uphold for tournaments, online or offline. It’s going to be a big push for us.”

Thanks Eurogamer.

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26 Comments

  1. Pytox

    The the nsa knows who plays tournaments :p

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Djoenz

    Cool? Neat? Its lame thats what it is. #justhatin
    However this would be perfect for Fifa!
    I dont see this working for fighting games. Seems annoying, Fifa however and individual setups just by picking up the controller sounds epic.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. orakaa

    After the massive backlash they received at EVO they still think Killer Instinct will be played in tournaments?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Tech-N9ne

    @3
    What backlash?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. MFBB

    EVO was great last weekend on Twitch, lots of interesting fights in different games.

    #4 Microsoft with the XboxOne and Killer Instinct both got choruses of boos instead of getting the crowd hyped up for the game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Tech-N9ne

    So, some PS fanboys booed because they are not getting the game = “massive backlash”, according to lots of people at EVO this game was the hottest thing on the floor. Anything else is just a bunch of disgruntled fanboys. Come next year the game will be part of EVO, with lots of players participating like it or not. Same thing happen with Marvel:GAU.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Fin

    @6

    “according to lots of people at EVO this game was the hottest thing on the floor”

    Not what I read at all. You have a source on that?
    The one I read (a Reddit post, admittedly), said there was issues with the amount of damage being done (low, so games go on too long), that combos have to have a finisher else they don’t do much damage, breaking a combo makes the announcer say “COMBO BREAKER”, which apparently gets old fast.
    All of that matched up with some gameplay videos I watched too.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. MFBB

    #6 dont talk such crap just because you like the Xbox, typical fanboy…

    People didnt like the game because of the pay2play stuff.

    The hottest thing of the show was also not Killer Instinct, it was Ultra Street Fighter IV.

    Just because you like the Xbox system dosnt mean you have to flame/insult every other system :)

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    one fighter free and 20 dollars for each of the other fighters… you gotta love that idiocy of micro$hafts…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. orakaa

    @6: “some Sony fanboys”? have you even WATCHED EVO ??? You obviously haven’t, otherwise you might have been found yourself alone in cheering for KI.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKifOwcjgYg

    It was massively “booed” both on stage AND on the stream. It ended up with people calling “Marvel, Marvel, Marvel” as they wanted to see the next matches. EVO is where the core of the competition for fighting games goes, which is why Microsoft came to showcase KI in the first place, but THIS public is not interested by/liking what has been displayed so far.

    The game looks like a re-skinned Street Fighter 4, is being developed by Double Helix (who hasn’t done a single acceptable game since their creation, not even one) and will be available as “Free to play” with the first character (Jago) being free.
    Do you know what that means for online and competition? It means that 10 years old kids will be spamming this character all over the place (because, hey, it’s free), leaving a smaller place for competition and dedicated gamers.

    Killer Instinct may perform well, commercially speaking, but its place is definitely not at EVO

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    They really had the balls to talk about freaking KINECT during the EVO and say it’s GOOD for tournaments!? Seriously?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DarkElfa

    ” It knows your buttons. It knows how you like to play. It knows what characters you want to play…”

    It knows if you’re on the terrorist watch list.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. deathm00n

    Am I the only that is getting sad in seeing the backlash microsoft is receiving? At first it was funny, but it’s getting sad.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Hcw87

    @13
    It’s just a small vocal minority of retarded shortsighted fanboys, nothing else.

    Even if MS went out and said it would release a kinect-free Xbone for 200 dollars, people would still behave like that. Childish as hell. Real gamers will get both systems if they have games they enjoy on both, instead of getting just one and flaming people who choose a different console than themselves.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    They act like your X1 system will be played in a massive room of large amounts of people waiting to sit down and play. I rarely have crowds that play video games with me in my home, and when I do – we play Nintendo systems/games or lan something on PC.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. orakaa

    @13: honestly, if they did things properly, they could have been well received and created a lot of hype.

    For instance they could have gotten a team of developers who know what they were doing, are experienced and competent (which is absolutely not the case). They could also have dropped the free-to-play feature (absolutely disastrous for competition gaming).

    But the way they came at EVO was a bit similar to the first Xbox launch in Japan, when Bill Gates himself came and said “well we know Japanese gamers have small hands so we created those smaller controllers for you”. It was pedant, arrogant and insulting. They arrived at EVO thinking the “knew better” what gamers would want, when it was absolutely not the case. It’s like your father coming to your room to tell you “what to wear to be cool”.

    If they had not done that, they could have created massive hype around this game. It was a lost franchise than fans wanted to see coming back, but not like that.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. deathm00n

    @16 Good point.

    @14 Not all “real gamers”, I play a lot, if that’s your definition of what makes someone a gamer. But I don’t have money to get 2 consoles, I need to chose 1 every generation. But I agree, bashing it for no reason is childish.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Major Mayhem 70

    It’s pretty easy to weed out the fanboys in this comment section. Those that cheer the fact that killer Instinct received boos at Evo, those that believe Kinect has a direct link to NSA and those that knock the capabilities of the Kinect in general. There are a lot of gamers in my home and when we have tournaments this feature is going to be huge. Does everyone have big tournaments like me? Probably not. But there are those that do. Point being, at least that option is available for those that do. In a fps some of us play inverted some of us don’t. Imagine not having to pause the game to go to the controller configuration screen every time you get handed the controller all because your the lone person in the room that plays inverted. Kinect recognizes you and puts the controller settings to the way it knows how you like it. Bash all you want, but that’s called innovation in my book. PS4 looks to be off to an early lead but Xbox One keeps revealing little innovative things about it’s system that intrigues me more and more. I believe when people see what it can do in the stores the tides will change. And for the record, I’m no Xbox fanboy. I own An Xbox 360 and a PS3. Love both systems. I preordered an Xbox One and a PS4. I’m just more excited about the Xbox One cause they seem to be pushing for innovation and not rehashing what we now have in the current generation. I wish PS 4 packed in the Move camera so that game makers would create new ways of utilizing the camera. But they decided to pull that idea so as to undercut Xboxes price. Because they did that, the Move camera is already dead on arrival. Just judging by the fanboys here that don’t want anything to do with a camera and gaming is proof that they won’t go back out and buy a Move camera separately. I don’t blame you either cause I won’t be buying one either. Besides Sony, it won’t get the support it needs to warrant a purchase. But Sony will have great exclusives so I look forward to that.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. monkeygourmet

    What they have come up with is a solution to a problem that wasn’t really there to start with.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. orakaa

    @18: if you’re criticizing fanboys then stop acting like one FFS!
    No one is bitching about the Kinect functionality. Could be used properly, IF it really works (remember the whole first Kinect introduction video with skateboards that could be scanned… but never happened?). Show it for real, otherwise it’s just another fake promise.

    You don’t understand nor acknowledge the points raised here, but also amongst the pro gamer community (we’re talking about EVO here) about the things that are BAD about Killer Instinct.
    As I said above Killer Instinct had and still has a lot of fans. It would have been easy to gain hype and momentum if things had been done correctly. But it wasn’t and you don’t seem to face that and be objective about that

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Major Mayhem 70

    Obviously u have no clue what a fanboy is and I’m not about to explain it to you. As for the Kinect, as I was trying to make my point above, did it ever occur to u that since there weren’t enough kinects in homes that game developers didn’t support the Kinect as much as if everyone had a Kinect. That won’t be the case this time. True the new Kinect hasn’t been proven so should I not hope that it works as they say it will. What if it does work as they say it will? Then what? Sony is going to be in trouble and fanboys like yourself know this. As for me that will be the idea situation cause it will force Sony to push for more innovation to compete. Remember, I’m the one who is buying both systems on launch day. So if I’m a fanboy then I’m a fanboy of gaming itself. I know not everyone can afford 2 systems do a decision has to be made. I enjoy the competition that these 2 gaming consoles have been going through through the years. It’s a win win for me. Playstation plus has forced Xbox to offer free games now. Now I get free games from both systems( so called free cause I pay a yearly subscription for both).
    @19 its called innovation. Example: we have mp3 not because there was something wrong with CDs. Tube TVs worked fine in my house but now all I have are thin screens. You don’t have to have a problem to innovate, you only need to have the desire to move things forward…

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Major Mayhem 70

    And one more thing I’d like to add Orakaa concerning Killer Instinct at EVO. The booes were for Microsoft and not Killer Instinct. Every article I’ve read about the matter talked about the fact that the mentioning of Microsoft or Xbox One caused jeering towards the system. As far as free to play and having to purchase additional charecters ( and whoever said $20 per each additional charecter is a dumb a s s ) this is nothing new. I purchased the game Pain on PS3 and and they kept trickling new charecters out and I had to pay for those charecters if I wanted to be able to play them in Pain also, So lets not act like buying additional charecters is something new. Talk to someone who doesn’t own both systems cause that won’t work with me.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. xxJPRACERxx

    Perfect! This should be in every games, part of the OS. The time I wasted re-configuring the controller each time it was passed…

    This is the kind of things I like about Kinect, not some BS dance and wave like an idiot in front of the TV.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Major Mayhem 70

    Nice to see someone else seeing the light as I do. Sometimes I forget to reconfigure my settings when it’s my turn and then I either get a thrashing (if I’m playing online) or I have to pause the game to reconfigure every time I get the controller when I’m playing locally.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. machy

    KI isnt that bad

    #25 2 years ago
  26. orakaa

    @ Mayor Mayem: Wow… comparing “Pain” to COMPETITIVE fighters regarding DLC characters (Killer Instinct being not “a full game with DLC characters” but a F2P game)… haha, oh boy, you really are hilarious and have shown you have NO idea what you are talking about.

    As said above, if the game had been treated properly, it wouldn’t have mattered if the game was Xbox One exclusive or not, people would have gotten interested.

    Fans were expecting/hoping a new Killer Instinct since Microsoft acquired RARE. You’re really stupid enough to think that they were only “booing” ‘because it was Microsoft’?
    I’ll let you go back to your “real competitions” (let me guess, you and your 2 other brothers). Have fun.

    #26 2 years ago

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]