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Lanning: Xbox One team should be fired over indie stance

Friday, 19 July 2013 11:45 GMT By Patrick Garratt

According to Oddworld Inhabitant’s boss, Microsoft should cull its Xbox One team and start again. Lorne Lanning speaks out on Redmond’s great next-gen indie disaster.

“Out of Washington, we see a pretty good understanding of who makes really expensive great games, but beyond that there’s not really any insight into how people get there from nothing… I’m not sure who they’re listening to. Whoever their PR people are, whoever their marketing agents are, they should fire them all. That’s where they should start.”

E3 left “Microsoft” and “indie” as immiscible as oil and vinegar. Phil Harrison did his best to make Minecraft look like the future of smalltime console games, but Sony presented something infinitely more sensible with its swathe of independent variety. Xbox One won’t allow self-published games and PlayStation 4 will. Microsoft’s backpedalling so fast it’s had to turn its handlebars ass-ways, but without another major policy u-turn it seems next-gen Xbox, baffingly, is refusing to acknowledge the importance of indie development to the future of video games consoles.

“I’ve watched them make this mistake before,” Oddworld boss Lorne Lanning told VG247 in LA last month. “I’ll give you a true story. When they were launching the first Xbox – and we were a launch title on that – it was an exciting time as well. We did a European tour before Xbox released, and I was with Peter Molyneux and other designers of note, and we met with the press in Germany and France. We could not talk about the games. The press were so irate about the price point, about the way they were handling the euro in different territories, and we couldn’t talk about the games. We couldn’t get in that discussion, and they wanted to hammer on Microsoft.

“We get back to the States and we were like, ‘You’ve got a big problem. You’re sinking, tanking in Europe.’ ‘No, no, no, no. You don’t understand. We’ve got our numbers covered.’ We could not get them to avoid the train wreck that was right in front of them. You know what this feels like? Déjà vu.”

Lanning was one of eight indie developers on stage at Sony’s E3 press conference with Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, and was “floored at how open Sony’s been, and, in my opinion, really smart and prophetic they’ve been. The indie aspect is going to be a big thing. But just being there was winning enough.”

A new generation of problems

While Lanning’s relationship with Sony means PlayStation owners will have easy access to Oddworld’s games in the future, Microsoft has proved to be a puzzle the creative, and his UK partner Just Add Water, couldn’t crack.

“At the business level, Microsoft isn’t acknowledging people like us,” said Lanning. “It’s as if we don’t matter.”

Microsoft’s stance towards indies with Xbox One is a continuation of problems encountered in the current generation: Lanning and JAW boss Stewart Gilray tried for over a year to get Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD released on Xbox Live before ultimately failing.

“The target kept on moving, and eventually we couldn’t get clear answers for 15 months. We don’t have five biz dev guys and two attorneys and some PR people to send up there to roll out whatever carpets you have to roll out to get attention.

“We were like, ‘Look. We’re on seven other networks. It’s been no-brainers on all of them. We’re not asking you for money. We’re not asking you for advertising.”

Lanning added: “We’re little guys, we have to release. We can’t get a straight answer. Then we release on PSN, and we get a mail the next day that says, ‘Oh, you released on PSN at a lower price point, you didn’t meet our margins, sorry you can’t be on the system.’ Boom. And that was it.

“We’re not on the radar. We’re little guys. It doesn’t seem like any of the little guys are on the radar. When we listen to them talk, we have to laugh. It’s pure rhetoric.”

Refusal to change

The problem Microsoft is presenting is this. For an indie to get published on XBLA, it needs a publishing partner as self-releasing on Live is prohibited. This partner may be Microsoft itself, the most prominent example of this type of deal being Minecraft. This means the indie has to give up a revenue share to get onto XBLA, whether it’s to Microsoft or a third-party like Warner, the publisher of Supergiant’s Bastion.

“We’re not on the radar. We’re little guys. It doesn’t seem like any of the little guys are on the radar. When we listen to them talk, we have to laugh. It’s pure rhetoric.”

In the last generation Microsoft held plenty of cards, but Xbox 360 released in 2005 and the world has changed. The truth Microsoft must now confront is that it is wrong to force publishing deals on independent developers when faced with enormously popular self-publishing platforms such as Steam and the App Store. Sony clearly understands it can never be prudish on the subject of self-publication again. This isn’t even an ethical issue: financially, larger indies like JAW and Supergiant simply don’t need Xbox any more. Millions of sales are possible through other platforms, and as a result Microsoft appears to be both draconian and out of touch. For a tech company, especially one in a market as fast-moving as video games, that’s unacceptable.

“In order for us to give up the revenues we depend on as a share, they have to be bringing something of value to our sales,” said Lanning. “We haven’t been doing badly ourselves. Maybe we’ll be able to say, ‘Hey, we’ll be on Xbox too,’ but right now people like us are clearly not in Xbox One’s business model. And there’s nothing we can do about that.”

It isn’t just the here-and-now in which Microsoft is making life difficult for itself. Lanning warned that by stifling indies and their innate creativity, Xbox’s policies show a gross lack of understanding about the formation of future hits.

“Ten years from now, the biggest banners out there, the hundred million dollar games, are going to be what happened in the indie community. That’s the only place we’re seeing real innovation because that’s the only place people can really afford to. You can’t do it on a hundred million dollar title because you have to be dialled into what that audience really knows and wants.

“Someone’s going to be burning the next hundred million dollar properties here, and it might be the least likely guy that was on that stage at the Sony conference. But that’s where it’s going to come from, and the smart people know that. I don’t see any indication of that foresight up in Redmond. They do not seem to be listening to their audience.”

Lanning was blunt about solutions.

“Quite frankly, out of Washington, we see a pretty good understanding of who makes really expensive great games, but beyond that there’s not really any insight into how people get there from nothing.

“It’s a bit puzzling. It’s clear they’re not listening. I’m not sure who they’re listening to. Whoever their PR people are, whoever their marketing agents are, they should fire them all. That’s where they should start. There should be a big, mass firing and they should publicise that. Then they’d get people saying, ‘Hey, maybe there’s going to be a good change.’ But if they keep the rhetoric flowing, obviously everyone’s looking at it saying, ‘This isn’t real.’ How are they going to keep what they’ve got today? That’s a big question.”

Microsoft is in the middle of one of the most difficult periods ever experienced on the Xbox project, and while Xbox One pre-orders are outpacing those seen for Xbox 360, there are great risks involved with shunning such a powerful market sector as that of the indie. Redmond needs to start making the right noises, and soon. Either way, it’s doubtful the likes of Lanning will hang around to listen.

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26 Comments

  1. Ge0force

    I’ll repeat my message for all Indies: just ignore the Xbox and focus on other platforms where your amazing games ARE welcome. It may take a while, but of indie-games will follow.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ali

    I firmy believe the indies are going to be an important factor for consoles fierce war against the emerging mobiles. With technology providing enough power to be handled by the indies, I think more devs will be forming small studios and produce small budget hitters.

    It all follows the simple logic of ” more options, more interest”, I certainly loved some indie developed games more than triple A hitters that simply werent well thought off. Besides, some of the younger generations will have more opportunities getting into the business.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Legion

    I find this very valid for point on Indie development for XBLA titles. But just the opposite for the smaller actual Indie titles that can be released on XBL Indie titling.

    As Sony does not have a true avenue for such launching on it’s platform. I can’t develop for Sony without having money. I can develop for MS from my garage though.

    Though MS has recently stated they will announce their Indie support outlook in the near future.

    we will have to see hat they have to say. Because nothing official has been mentioned for XO yet.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. machy

    ^the system is lunching after 3 months their plan for the division isn’t clear they keep making u-turns and as far as I know a division such as Xbox plan must been in work for at less 2 years to 5

    M$ is in bad shap .. bad news since the beginning of this year bad PR, and those whom perordering x1 now r the halo and froza hardcore fan others r jumping ships, and with mainstreamers I think 500$ won’t help

    my opinion nothing more

    #4 2 years ago
  5. MCTJim

    Yes their PR team stinks..That I can agree on..time to re-organize that part of their team. Other than that, I am happy with what they are offering.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Erthabutt

    Yeah Ive never been strong on indie games on consoles, only on PC. So it totally doesnt matter to me when I’ll get an Xbox.

    HOWEVER, of course, Microsoft should get their head out of their asses. They have so many great offerings & smart peeps, but jesuschrist some of their execs are just so out of touch with everyting other than their office desk. I believe they live in somekind of Executive Wild Dream. I hope the restructuring helps over time, and that their indie strategy will be something solid. We can only hope.

    >:(

    #6 2 years ago
  7. VibraniumSpork

    “Whoever their PR people are, whoever their marketing agents are, they should fire them all. That’s where they should start. There should be a big, mass firing and they should publicise that.”

    Right on the money. With all the mixed messages and back-pedaling and ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’, it’s felt like Microsoft have been experiencing a Marketing ‘Amateur Hour’ for the best part of 2013. The XB1 and the PS4 are, in large part, so similar that you could barely fit a Rizla between them – it’s the promo and marketing messages that have turned so many people off. They can backtrack all they want, but there’s only so many bridges that they’ll be able to unburn.

    That said, it’s only a matter of days/weeks before Microsoft announce that indies can also self-publish on their system. It’ll be interesting to see what the indies do then; to see if this really is about business ethics as much as it is about profit margins.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DarkElfa

    I’m sorry but “You should fire them all” is something I expect from an angry fan-boy, not some developer.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. noamlol2

    who cares really? cause they’ll make more sales on PS4 and steam

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    I would think that indies (for the most part) will do better on PC/Mobile then they can on any console. Esp traditional consoles. There are exceptions, there are hits, like Minecraft for XBLA, but that game didn’t start on XBLA as an unknown indie game. It already paved its way to success on PC. It was already a name brand. And it had MS promoting it. And it Still sold more on PC then on XBLA.

    And that is the biggest indie I can think of on a console as a poster child for success. But w/o PC, if the game had released straight to XBLA(or the true indie channel) I doubt it would have succeeded.

    I believe Indies are the spark and the nudge the dev sides needs. The games are fresh. They are affordable to make and purchase. I love indies. I don’t know yet what MS will do. Or how indies will do on either platform. If I had to guess, I would say that MS(prolly Sony too) will keep an eye out for indies on PC and then promote the ones that look like they could market and take off…ala Minecraft.

    But that isn’t the same thing as promoting indie selfpublishing, or reducing the dev costs, liscencing fees, etc. In short, time will tell.

    As for X1, I think it has been on the wrong path for awhile…in a lot of areas. Very misguided.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. bradk825

    This is costing them beyond just missing out on indie development. They have a lot of great things being offered that no one is paying attention to, they are focusing on one marketing gaff, and then the next, and then you get a little 2 or 3 small paragraph story about something cool, then onto the next marketing gaff.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dirkster_Dude

    Microsoft’s attitude about Independent developers is similar to what happened when LINUX was becoming popular and Microsoft tried to make FREE and INDEPENDENT seem less appealing than PAY and CONTROLLED. While most of the old guard are computer users they are rarely going to be gamers and they are the ones that will be the hardest minds to change. The problem is they can’t quite let go and let a new generation run the company.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Matthew Doucette

    Sort of a sensationalized title, as it’s only the PR and marketing teams, basically the communications of Microsoft, he wants re-worked: “Whoever their PR people are, whoever their marketing agents are, they should fire them all. That’s where they should start.” I agree this is Microsoft’s weak point. Indies, like ourselves, need communication that Microsoft does not offer. The more rules and blockades you construct for the indies, the more you need to communicate with them.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. KAP

    Don’t you just love when people make excuses for Microsoft downfall..

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    Though I usually admire Lanning’s willingness to stick to his morals, wishing for the systematic firing of people with jobs and families is way beyond excessive, and reeks of self entitled ego. Reel it in a bit, mate.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Cobra951

    Microsoft’s in it for the money. They’ll do whatever they think will bring the most in for the least cost, and hang the rest. If they see Sony getting the upper hand–and the better money–they’ll do another 180, like the One’s DRM policies, and the game-patching fees. They don’t care about indies per se, or big publishers for that matter. They never will. It’s all about the bottom line. If Sony and others prove how much money Microsoft is leaving on the table, the changes will happen overnight. For now, my attitude remains wait and see. No way am I diving into those murky waters in November.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. zmotorola360

    “While Lanning’s relationship with Sony means PlayStation owners will have easy access to Oddworld’s games in the future,”

    >>> COULD SOMEONE inform M. Lanning that in Europe (excepted the UK) we have been waiting FOR A FUCKING YEAR a release of Munch oddyssee and that there is still no release date on euro PSN. We cant even get on US psn because of bank card security system (checking the address and comparing the one given at US psn account subscribtion) Thank you Lanning…

    #17 2 years ago
  18. lookingglass

    And I can’t believe we now have gaming hipsters who promote garbage indies in order to seem intellectual and cool. “So I played this awesome retro 2D game by this developer you’ve probably never heard of and you probably wouldn’t “get it” ya know, but its like my favorite game ever.”

    Not to mention these developers jumping on the PS4 freedom-penis bandwagon so that they look cool to these hipsters on the forums.

    “Yea man, like stuff should be free and open and like, totally about the consumer. I’ve got this cool side scroller game that’s like, WHOA man, and the corporations wouldn’t let me make it so I did it anyways! *sips a PBR dressed like an idiot while listening to a record no one cares about*”

    They aren’t changing the world. They’re making games that play like Super Nintendo games and getting excited about it. /facepalm

    P.S. of course there are some diamonds in the indie mountain of turds, but it’s still just a pile of shit with a couple rocks in it.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Nikaas

    @18 So you try to say that AAA titles are not few exceptions in a huge pile of shit?

    You must be clueless if you think that multi-million title can risk to experiment with unproven design choices.

    P.S Honestly i don’t want to insult you, but you still sound like angry fan-boy kid :P

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Lord Gremlin

    Microsoft really needs to die. As a company. They are cancer of PC market, tablet market, phone market and they harm game industry.
    They need to die. And they eventually will. Only they have so much money now that it will be slow, agonizing process.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @20
    No-one needs to go anywhere the big three are here to stay until they go irrelevant.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. bamn66

    Indie games are horrible . Stop making shitty articles just to get a hit . Indie devs need to stop crying and focus on what the can do , develop bad games for the ps3.5

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DSB

    I know some of the guys from JAW read VG247, so when are we getting the HD upgrade of Munch’s Oddysee on Steam?

    Lanning has every reason to hate Microsoft though. First there was the whole Stranger’s Wrath fiasco, and then when he actually brings it back, Microsoft cockblocks the rerelease with their utterly moronic publishing system.

    Beyond the incompetence, I just don’t think they really give a shit about gaming. They approach it in the same way they’d approach any other software production.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. ps3fanboy

    here’s a tip for the indie guys that are xbots… ignore the micro$hafts and go to sonys playstation where your amazing games ARE welcome… just saying.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. macdaddy42

    I’m so sick of Lorne Lanning trashing Ms for Indie games, 95% of them not worth spending any money on,..If he did not think Xbox1 would sell a lot of systems, He wouldn’t be trashing MS so much over this, He just wants his game on Xbox1 is all…Funny thing is he all bout the PS4 but he sure is doing a lot of PR work for MS for Free, cause that’s all he talks bout is Xbox1, So Lorne Lanning???? keep up the good work my Friend, We xbox1 gamers like to thank you

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Kreion

    @16
    Just to point out (as I always have to ) that every company ever made is in it for the money. That includes, but is not limited to: Sony, Valve, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Samsung…the list goes on. Even small ‘indie’ companies are only generally artistic because they aren’t large enough yet. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing – but making a profit is always going to be the end goal.

    In terms of the indie argument: Microsoft do need to have a look at the gaming scene and see that some indie games are worth having. That’s not to say that all of them are, because many are pretty generic and rubbish (anyone want another pixel platformer?) but there are some genuinely good games among that. Honestly, I’d say they need some sort of vetting process ala Greenlight – but not even Valve likes greenlight.

    #26 2 years ago

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  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

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  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

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  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

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  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

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  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

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  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

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  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

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  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

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  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

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  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

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  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

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  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

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  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

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  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

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  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

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  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

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  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

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  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

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  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

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  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

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  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

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  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

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  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

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  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

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  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

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