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Microsoft is passionate about indies, will reveal strategy “very soon”, says Lionhead

Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:24 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft has remained quiet on the issue of Indie developers on Xbox One since the console was unveiled back in May, but Lionhead Studios’ creative director Gary Carr has suggested that Phil Harrison – pictured – is gearing up to unveil his strategy on the matter “very soon”, and that indies still remain important to the company.

Speaking with OXM, Carr suggested that Sony’s former worldwide studios president Harrison – who is now heading up Microsoft’s European developer relations – has plans when it comes to indies.

“Oh, I think you’ll find he’s coming,” Carr said of Harrison’s grand strategy. “His platform is very soon, don’t you worry about that.”

Carr added, “I certainly know that Microsoft want to talk at future press events about their relationships with indies. I can’t really talk about that, but they’re very passionate about building a strong relationship with indie development – indie development is the future.

“I’ve been an indie developer for 23 of my 28 year career, so I completely – there is no future to the games business without independent developers, they always will shape the industry, and the big corporations will follow,” Carr went on. “So that relationship is important.

“I don’t mind having the big players like the Sonys, the Microsofts, the Amazons. I think you need these big giants out there, they kind of hold it all together in some way, but the real driving force of the industry has always been independent development. That’s what shapes and changes and creates innovation. I think they can coexist.”

We already know that Xbox One will support Unity, and it was rumoured that Microsoft was set to announce self-publishing on the console last month, but it never happened. Could this be par tof Harrison’s master plan? Let us know what you think below.

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33 Comments

  1. EZXPSnazzyPanic

    Little bit over the top here I don’t think indie games are as important as this guy is boasting.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 They absolutely are.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Lengendaryboss

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gP-pvBcTo10/UFHeml80ZGI/AAAAAAAAEZo/6p4dQFo8zUA/s1600/frankie+john.jpg

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 +1

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    @1
    Hey like Dave said they are.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. NiceFellow

    Translation “we can’t believe the positive buzz Sony is getting around Indie’s – we’d better try and match it soon”

    Hopefully signs of the positive influence of competition.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. onlineatron

    indies having to wait until 3-4 months before xbox one’s launch for microsoft to outline a strategy is kinda telling. maybe proof that they’re are not as passionate as they claim.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Belmont

    “I don’t mind having the big players like the Sonys, the Microsofts, the Amazons. I think you need these big giants out there, they kind of hold it all together in some way, but the real driving force of the industry has always been independent development. That’s what shapes and changes and creates innovation. I think they can coexist.”

    Logic,Reason !!!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Lengendaryboss

    @8
    Very strange he left out Nintendo in place of Amazons, which is puzzling.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Belmont

    @9

    It is strange, We are talking games and Amazon has never been about games.
    Perhaps he wanted to give that “very big corporation” impression. You know, active in a hundred things and markets.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Djoenz

    Suddenly they are passionate lmao. . I can hear the xbots already say who cares a f about indies anyway. .

    #11 2 years ago
  12. bradk825

    Microsoft tends to play their cards too close to their chest and we’ve seen it biting them in the ass several times since the XB1 reveal. They’ll say “we have great ideas and vision on how to use products x and y” but they give ZERO details, not even something vague, so nobody is bought in to the idea based on faceless promises of great things.

    For example, could DRM have involved features we will now never see? Sure.
    What are those features? Who the hell knows? They never told us.

    They keep not telling anyone what is coming and being surprised when everyone is pissed off. It’s like they look at Activision’s secretive marketing plan for CoD every year and assume it’s great because of their sales. Here’s a hint: CoD sells in spite of the secretive marketing, not because of it. Everybody hates it, just tell us what’s going to be in the game already!

    So for all we know this has been in the cards all along, but no one will believe that. They said absolutely nothing about it all this time, got criticized all along the way for it, and now when they announce they have an indie strategy the reaction is “yeah, sure, real passionate.”

    I really want them to just come out with what they are working on for XB1 and give us the full scoop. I also hope they do the indie thing right. I don’t want XBLA market flooded with shit games because they caved on allowing just anyone to publish on there. There still needs to be a vetting process and an ability to employ parental controls effectively.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. VibraniumSpork

    Just a prediction here, but something tells me their approach is going to be…identical to Sony’s? ^_^

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Darksider123

    Lionhead can suck my D. They quite literally ruined Fable-series.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Sini

    Harrison always seem to be on the losing team

    #15 2 years ago
  16. MCTJim

    i cannot stand all the whining about indies being able to self publish. I would never let a single developer self publish on my network a game that may or may not be flawed or worse be a security risk..No way no how never!!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lengendaryboss

    ^ So your saying something that Nintendo (who i don’t recall having a security risk) and Sony do without any problems is not worthy of the whining, the indie developers who spoke out on MS inability to offer self-publishing and fans who enjoy indie experiences won’t get to enjoy because MS won’t let indies self-publish. There you understand.

    “I would never let a single developer self publish on my network a game that may or may not be flawed or worse be a security risk.”
    Please link to me an example of an indie developer self-publsiing and causing an security risk, the whining is justified.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. MCTJim

    @17 I will have to disagree with you. All it takes is a SINGLE virus or malicious code and it can bring down your whole infrastructure. Google it..The US Gov’t had it happen with USB drives that were brand new and still in the packages. All it takes is one. And if indies wanna whine and cry you wont let me self publish on your network…well then whine away…I will keep my network safe and secure and they can go peddle their wares someplace else..like tablets and smartphones

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Belmont

    @16

    I think it will be like App store or something. they will check it for security and stuff.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. MCTJim

    @19 If there was an area where it got checked first before being given the go ahead, then i am fine with that..somewhere not connected to xbox live. Then, if compliant ,with all security measures it gets cleared to the store…that I am fine with..but just self publishing with no controls or checks in place…no, no thank you..peddle your wares to Tablets or smartphoness.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @18
    Again “Please link to me an example of an indie developer self-publsiing and causing an security risk, the whining is justified.” because what happened with USBs and the government is not directly related to what you said “that may or may not be flawed or worse be a security risk” nor is it related to gaming.

    Then i will start to agree with you because what you said at 16 doesn’t make sense.

    “like tablets and smartphones” Indies games are on PCs, handhelds PS Vita/3DS and Consoles Wii U PS3 PS4, If they can host it there is no reason MS can’t either. Indies games belong on any platform they chose it to be not what a stereotypical person thinks they should be.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. MCTJim

    @22 I am going to say look at the whole playstation network fiasco where they were the 4th largest security hack in WORLD history. Why should I let you take that risk with my network? No one ever hacked the Playstation network beforehand did they? No…but it happened did it not..yes..so no thanks, they can whine somewhere else.

    There has to be controls and if submitting it to a holding area for scrutiny and once cleared, then I am fine with that…but as it stands now there are no controls..just look at the apple store…they have a hard time locking down garbage and stuff that crashes its products…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Lengendaryboss

    @22
    Oh yes because indies were behind that and not a hacker group called called Anonymous (rumoured)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_(group)

    Again skipping what i actually said now three times prove to me indies can cause a security crash, INDIES not hackers who aren’t indies.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. MCTJim

    an example of a backdoor installed by malicious software on sonys network: http://ibelieveinsmooth.com/gaming/sonys-shut-down-of-psn-no-definite-date-to-come-back/

    it took down all the portable devices too…so again, we have to agree to disagree. From a Systems Engineer perspective they can whine all they want.

    I am saying that I am not letting people self publish because of this..just because it has not happend, does not mean it wont. That is my entie point. And if you wanna point fingers, it was NOT anymonous..proven fact…it dealt with their Quiocity part of their system. Which is where things get stored and downloaded from. So I still say whine away..Sony lied then finally admitted they were hacked and..still sorry to say ..Not a chance

    #24 2 years ago
  25. DrDamn

    @22
    I don’t think you know what self publishing means here. Publishers don’t check that a dev hasn’t put anything malicious in the code (that’s up to the platform holder). The publisher will promote the game to the platform holder and public, and take a nice cut of the pie for doing it. Self publishing is about devs going to the platform holders and convincing them directly to allow them to sell their game on the network. The code they put out still has to be checked by the platform holder. It just means more money goes straight to the dev. For a small title that can be huge.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Lengendaryboss

    @24
    Now you have done it four times. Ok it wasn’t anonymous but prove to me its indies.

    “I would never let a single developer self publish on my network a game that may or may not be flawed or worse be a security risk”

    Still waiting on an actual answer to “Please link to me an example of an indie developer self-publishing and causing an security risk” And i need to see if indies are the cause.

    If you fail to come up with one, i’m calling BS.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    Besides which why would an independent developer do something like that which is so easily traceable back to them?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    Innocent until proven guilty…?

    I like that concept!

    Doesn’t seem to work with some people’s opinion of Kinect, though… Shame.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Fin

    @28

    Er, I think at this point, it’s more like “given previous form of MS”.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ They haven’t been caught spying on anyone through Kinect so far, have they?

    Certainly nothing like this, anyway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal

    So if we stick to the innocent until proven guilty principle, no one should expect the X1 to be taking snaps of them in their undies at all…

    (Note: giving info under government orders is not the same as spying for your own, internal, money making purposes)

    #30 2 years ago
  31. MCTJim

    @26 and you have missed the point 4 times….my whole point of the was to point out that it CAN happen..Sony never thought they could get hacked and they did..lied by denying it and then admitted it…what is to say that it cant happen..I am not willing to take the chance and be responsible for the unhinging of a secure network. and instead of letting some guy in his basement take down the network or make the device useless..not gonna happen..period..so if you cant see the point..then its pointless to continue and I cant type anymore on my cell phone…I will be happy to take it up tomorrow while at work :D

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Lengendaryboss

    @31
    I missed nothing you said “would never let a single developer self publish on my network a game that may or may not be flawed or worse be a security risk” and then went onto recall the PSN Hack as if it were indies and then for the fifth time i said prove to me indies are the cause of it.

    PSN Hack happened because of Sony’s bad security and by a group of unidentified hackers, not indies. So that is still irrelevant to indie developers.

    Yep your definitely bullshitting.

    I can see your point but you can’t see mine: proof of indies being able to take down an network.

    I have said link me an example which you have failed to do correctly.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DrDamn

    @31
    No the point is this has nothing to do with self publishing. Self publishing is *not* allowing Indies to put stuff on the network unchecked. Its about eliminating the publisher. That is the crux of the point. Your fear has nothing to do with the concept of self publishing.

    #33 2 years ago

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    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 […]