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GameStop and other retail outlets taking consumers for a ride, says Ready at Dawn boss

Monday, 22 July 2013 15:59 GMT By Dave Cook

Ready at Dawn boss Ru Weerasuriya has lamented the negative impact of the pre-owned market on game developer revenue in a new interview, suggesting that while he likes used games he’d like to see GameStop pass a percentage of the income along to developers.

Speaking with GI.biz, Weerasuriya – whose team is currently working on the PS4-exclusive action romp The Order: 1886 – argued that greedy pre-owned tactics harm developers and consumers alike.

“I think the problem is right now there are retail outlets that are really taking everybody for a ride,” he began. “You can’t make a living at the expense of everybody else.

“Unfortunately, they’re not just making a living at the expense of developers but also the consumers because the consumers will see less and less games come out if developers can’t get revenue to make more new titles and keep going as a business.

“I think this is something we need to curb on the retail side. We’re putting the consumers in an awkward spot and we shouldn’t have to.Why should they be the ones to deal with a flawed system? They are the guys we do this for. They are the ones who should be able to benefit the most from being able to buy it.”

He recalled an experience he had at a GameStop store, in which an employee tried to aggressively sell him a used version of a game, and added, “There are developers out there who are making games for [years] and some of them will go down purely because the revenue stream is basically flawed and creating this place where developers don’t see even a little part of it.

“I don’t think we should stop used games, but we should do something about getting part of the revenue back from GameStop and places like that. That’s not penalizing the consumers; they’ll still get what they want. But I don’t know who’s going to address it.”

Microsoft did try to address this issue with its unpopular Xbox One DRM policy, which would have seen retailers installing systems that tracked pre-owned sales, along with fees for consumers looking to activate second-hand code. The policy was quickly abandoned following E3 last month.

What do you make of the above? Can anything be done about this issue? Can a middle-ground be reached where retailer, developer and consumers get a solid deal? let us know below.

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23 Comments

  1. ArcticMonkey

    If Pubs and Devs feel this strongly about this issue they should get together, and yes collude, and support an upstart retail chain of videogame stores. Start in the bigger cities and see if it does well. This’ll never happen, gaming will go 90% digital first, but this could be a solution to a problem millions of gamers and devs always rail about.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Digital would’ve been an easy solution. Slash your infrastructure expenses and drastically lower prices to make everyone forget about the measly 10 bucks they might get at Gamestop.

    Microsoft and Sony only have themselves to blame for not pulling that off. They had close to a decade to smarten up and get people onboard, but they did next to nothing, opting instead to invent digital non-products that are free everywhere else.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ysleiro

    INB4 a bunch of ignorant dudes come in and call this guy a douche and clueless as to the industry he works in.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. revsouly2

    All, or close to all, digital won’t work until internet speeds go up and prices down. I pay $70 bucks for 20mb AND a 250gb cap. A family With multiple computers, smart phones, tablets & kindles, Netflix, Hulu…I can’t even download all the stuff on PS+ and xb live right now without going over my limit. Battlefield was 12gb and saints row 3 was 8gb…that’s almost 10% of my monthly cap on two games

    #4 2 years ago
  5. N7Caboose

    Why are they treating the games industry different from every other industry that has a form of “Pre-Owned” If i go into a car garage and buy a car 2nd hand does that hurt the sales of the new cars?? I haven’t read ANY articles from car companies saying “2nd hand cars are harming our industry as we see no return from these used sales”
    The movie market (Not downloads) i hear more about “Piracy” being a problem that the sales of 2nd hand DVD’s/Blu-rays but they are essentially the same situation!!
    Don’t get me wrong i can see where they are coming from but if they want people to keep their games and not trade them in then they need to do something to keep it in their hands! Not by adding multiplayer onto a clearly single player experience (Looking at Dead Space 2 here) I see pre-owned helping the market rather than hurting it as i see many people not being able to afford the next big game that they want to they have to use their old games to trade-in towards it. The only downside to the consumer is that they may not get much in return for their old games/new releases as these stores need to make money to survive and the money from the new games cant be that much if they have to push pre-owned games over new games.
    If the publishers stop selling games at the £40 mark they would get more sales at retail or if they keep the £40 retail and do digital for £25 then that would be fantastic to see.

    Sorry for the rant, first time having one on here :D

    #5 2 years ago
  6. 2021vince

    i agree that the fee should be on the retail side because retail is the ones getting the most out of it example game stop will let you trade in a game and get $10 from it but sell it for over $40 they can give some of that up so its not up to the consumer to pay extra to fill the gap while the retail stores keep their pockets fat

    #6 2 years ago
  7. MCTJim

    I cant speak for those not in the US, but to my knowledge the major ISP’s do not cap bandwidth here. I agree that GS rips off the consumer like no tomorrow. Two weeks after a game releases they offer 50% less trade in value for new games and then sell it 5 bucks less than new so 54.99 used. IF they went to digital download for used games at a significantly cheaper price, maybe that would kick GS in their balls to give consumers a better slice of the pie. The used game market in the US is such a freaking joke unless the game is not popular and 3 years old. BF and CoD still go for top $$ used at 54.99.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. 2021vince

    @7 right i agree that would definitely put ease on gs used game prices but then they’ll try to cut down what they’ll give you for a new game to next to nothing but i think if they do digital purchases like steam with the lower prices people wouldn’t have such a fit as they do with used games

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ysleiro

    @N7Caboose
    The reason the gaming industry is different is because all other media industries have other forms of income.

    Movies, Music, Books etc all have several revenue streams.

    For example: A movie makes money at the theaters, then PPV, then rentals, then sales, and finally when shown at a network.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Cobra951

    @1: That would be a good idea, since used games are so overpriced right now that there are gobs of margin left for something like this–except that it would provoke a price war, and there go the margins. Gamestop wouldn’t sit by to see someone else take away market share. The good news for consumers–who are the real party that needs relief here–is that such a price war would greatly benefit them. But in the end, the dev-startup chain (which must divert profits to the devs) would be at too great a disadvantage, and they’d probably end up folding. Then GS could rape the used-game buyer again.

    @5: I’ve advanced that argument myself. It couldn’t be more obvious to me, but the simple logic escapes way too many of us. Very sad.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. MCTJim

    @8 that is the reason I will not trade in my games at GS…The only game I EVER traded in was call of duty 3 many many moons ago.

    I dont see GS being around in 5 years because they are going the same way as video rental stores..pretty much that entire industry has gone away..other than the last grasp at RedBox…even the movie companies are allowing you to download digital copies now with a purchase of a DVD/B lu-Ray…its only a matter of time before there are no more hard copies.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ysleiro

    @10 Cobra951

    The comparison you both make is not 1 for 1.

    A game loses much more when it is sold used than say a Movie or even a music Album.

    Movies and Music have several revenue streams where as games have 1.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. 2021vince

    @11 i understand you if i could afford it i wouldnt either but i like new games plus i play my games multiple times over and wait till i get all dlc and finish those then trade but i only trade if i have a stack of games i dont play at all so there is actually a price difference where as if digital purchases was like steam with $35 games i wouldnt need to trade

    #13 2 years ago
  14. bradk825

    @5 if you buy a used game it plays the same as the new version. A used car has wear, it’s not really the same. There is a difference to the consumer between buying new and used so those who want new are more willing to pay for new.

    It’s been true for years that devs are spending more and more on upgrading the engines and features in games and so they are taking fewer and fewers risks, and making fewer games, because they need the ones the makes to sell and sell big. There are more pre-order bonuses than ever before because they only get paid on the first person to buy the game, they don’t make a dime if 6 other people play it. If we want to see them really innovate, it will only come after they solve the revenue problem.

    I enjoy buying used games and saving some money, but that doesn’t mean I am blind to basic high school math in the process. If 1 million people buy a game, but 500,000 bought it used, the studio gets paid on 500,000.

    I do think we are going to see a bigger push on digital very soon. I am betting day one dlc that is generally only available with pre-orders will also become available on day one downloads, and other bonuses like an extra gun or a special camo may be thrown in.

    They can also afford to cut prices sooner than they do, whcih might have to happen. If gamestop is selling it used for $10, they’ll have to sell it online for $10 to compete. Also take into account that Gamestop doesn’t exactly pay a lot for trading it in and they make some serious money on the second hand market. If the system were to stay the same but they paid a royalty, it wouldn’t break them at all.

    Bungie had 47 staff when they made Halo. They are making Destiny with 250 staff. Bottom line: better games will come if the publishers can afford to take some risks, and hire more staff and build better engines. They need to find a way to do it, but it’s a very tough atmosphere to introduce change into.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. tracyis300

    For the devs that are against pre own should just make it digital only or add extra content that makes the experience longer and better over the disc copy. I know that would suck for those with out a internet connection. But face it, the way we game is changing, and the internet is and always will be the cause of it.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. OlderGamer

    I agree with what he says. And I think the DRM policy(X1) for used games was a good idea…poorly implemented. You simply can not have a system that requires an internet connection. Period. No reason I can think of for you to have to “check” in. I mean I understand the PR behind it. But I believe Steam gives us a week, not 24hr. And in my mind, there doesn’t even need to be a week time limit either. If the player goes online, authenticate. If same user stays offline, all offline content should continue to work.

    Had (MS) solved that hurdle, they would have fared better, imo.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. garetjax

    @7 GS sure does rip consumers off with trade ins. The first and last time I traded in games was for StarCraft II WOL. It took 14 xbox 360 games in perfect condition to pay for it. On ebay, they would have easily gotten several times that amount. Never again for me.

    As far as capping bandwidth most of the major ISP’s actually do cap. It is usually in the fine print and about 5% of consumers hit the cap so most do not notice. The cap is typically around 250 GB per month, at least Comcast is. If you hit the cap with Comcast they give you a warning, if you hit it twice you are dropped from their service. You can verify this by looking it up online.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. bradk825

    @17 Yeah, most are not truly unlimited. With Rogers there is a 500GB cap, and they charge you a rate per GB for everything over and above, but they won’t drop you.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dendroball

    @16 But as soon as you implement a system like Steam but with the ability to resell your games, you absolutely need to proceed with online checks. Otherwise I get my new game linked to my account, play it, then go to a retail shop to sell it and I essentially keep my console offline so that my account never gets updated and my sold game stays in my library, in other words I’m still being able to play the game I sold while enjoying the money I got from the sale.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. ruckus

    Lower the prices otherwise the huge mark-up on used will exist. Which would be lovely as it provides (along with other faux excuses like piracy) on why digital prices can’t be discounted as much as they should (we just lose so much to used you know).

    Or just give developers a more fair split but shit – what do they do?_?

    Keeping a huge mark-up on used but allowing publishers/developers a share does not right the situation. Not for gamers anyway.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Rockin a Jack D

    Blame greedy publishers! Games should never be £30/40. They are too expensive, hence the huge secondhand market.

    Games should be priced £15/20 for AAA titles.

    Publishers are the problem. Not retail, consumers or devs.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. 2021vince

    @ 17 yea just looked it up comcast caps at 250 gb but i dont think that ill hit that. A dual layer bluray holds 50 gb and i dont think the ( opinion just to let u know ) games will hit that untill later in the consoles lifespans i think they’ll star out around 30 – 40 gb at most and comcast are making new plans to increase the cap and later on 3 -4 years from now when the game start to hit close to 40 – 50 gb i think they’ll increase the banwith cap again to meet the demand

    #22 2 years ago
  23. acap23

    if they feel that strongly about it then dont distribute their new copies to gamestop and make them change their minds, their not goin to mis out on any sales anyway with these new consoles now that you can download these new games straight from the consoles or get them off of amazon and so on

    #23 2 years ago

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    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]