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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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    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]