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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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  • 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 […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]