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Witcher 3 “quest per pixel” as “high as humanly possible”

Monday, 22 July 2013 06:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

CD Projekt RED is willing to bet it’s packed as much content into each inch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as it possible could.

“The quest per pixel (we should trademark this!) metric is as high as it’s humanly possible in The Witcher 3,” game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz told Stickskills.

“We’ve added quite a few people to the departments responsible for quest design and writing – we’re willing to go very far make side-quests seamless and coherent with the whole world you’ll get to explore.”

Tomaszkiewicz said CD Projekt has tried to avoid generic content and clichés as much as possible, and to build everything manually rather than auto-generate.

“We try to give every NPC a convincing backstory and every part of the land a bit of their own folklore. If you remember our E3 demo, where we showed the Leshen and the monster’s impact on the local folk who build something of a ritual around it, yeah, that’s what we mean. And it was ‘just’ a side-quest,” he added.

In a similar vein, the developer said that although The Witcher 3 has taken the series open world for the first time, that’s not really the point.

“What we excel at is reaching that centre of the brain that’s responsible for evoking emotions – we constantly put stuff in and observe a full palette of gamers’ reactions,” he said.

“Adding the open world to The Witcher is just another step to make it a more complete experience and not the main feature of the game. We’re still focusing on the narrative, the world just got a lot bigger and the borders within it disappeared.”

Although it might not be the team’s first priority, Catherine took a look at The Witcher 3 at E3 and was blown away by what she called an “open world done right”.

The RPG sequel is due on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014.

Thanks, OXM.

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19 Comments

  1. KAP

    Not having played any of The Elder Scrolls games apart from Skyrim, I loved the side quests. I put 272hrs in to the game. So if Witcher 3 is promising a more richer and polished world an quest structure then I’m super excited.

    My only gripe is I’ve not played the first two Witchers so I’m gonna feel a little disjointed stepping into this…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. dsr

    Personally, I’m sick of quests.
    Witcher 2 was just a fantasy movie with poor combat and lots and lots of dialogue. Just like Mass Effect and Dragon Age were.
    I think we need games like Dark Souls, less bullshit, more game. You had some set of goals there, but other than that, its free for all. You could finish the game talking only to one or two NPCs, jumping around and skipping half of the game, or you can search every nook and cranny, speak with every person you meet, read all lore you can find.
    Just my opinion.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, I’m hoping that when this is released on PS4, that they also release Witcher 1 and 2 on there too. Possibly in the lead up to its release…

    That would make good business sense and please dudes like me who really wanna play it, but don’t wanna shell out for a 360 just to play Witcher, Fez and Rez.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. NocturnalB

    Don’t feel too bad, I’ve never even seen the first Witcher, and only demo’d Witcher 2, and I have to admit it was one hard game for me to play mechanically and difficulty wise, and I love RPG’s. I’m definitely excited for this game and it does encourage me to want to at least play 2 through… but I’ll be damned I think it just may be too hardcore for me lol. Guess I need to give it a playthrough on noob mode? Is there anything below easy?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Digital Bamboo

    @3 I’m of the same mind too.

    I’d even be fine if they waited until after Witcher 3 dropped, and offered 1 & 2 as enhanced digital downloads, as Bioware did with ME1 on PS3 (though preferably not taking as long) since they likely don’t have the resources to port the two previous Witcher games before the release of the new one.

    However, unlike the Mass Effect trilogy, I suspect that each Witcher game is, (or will be) considerably better than the last. As happily as I would hand over $100 for a Witcher trilogy on PS4, perhaps CD Projekt RED only wants to look forward.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. silverstorm

    Really like the what they’re doing with this game but what i like even more is the studio. They just seem to give a shit about people who play their game, and that is something rare nowadays.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    I’ve heard that the very start of that game has a brutal difficulty spike, but that once you get past it, it very quickly becomes manageable. If that is the case, then I wanna give it a shot…

    If you’re like me and you love your RPGs and action/adventure style games, it’s extremely hard to miss out on one of the big ones. I’m sure that the next Zelda will break me for sure, and force my hand on gettin’ a Wii U.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. NocturnalB

    Yeah T.G I definitely hate missing out on the big ones even when it’s a franchise I normally never play. This game definitely gives me that vibe, I know for a fact all of my old PC buddies will be in the loop on this one and I don’t want to miss out, unless I just absolutely can’t find any interest of my own in the game I will definitely try to give it a push through the “brutal beginning”, that way I can at least say I gave it a shot.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Telepathic.Geometry

    @Digital Bamboo: Because they were PC games, I’m thinking that 1 and 2 could be more or less trivially converted over to the PS4 or xbone. Well, obviously it’s not trivial, but I guess it’d be way WAY more straight-forward than for the PS3 architecture…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. infernalism

    @3 & @5
    The Witcher 2 on PS4? Quite possible, the game is already designed to play well with a pad, and the console seems to be easier to code for than the 360, so it might happen down the road.
    Witcher 1 on PS4 and/or XBone?
    Not going to happen without a serious amount of development time (say, maybe something like with TW2 on the 360), since the game has an isometric view (they have a different, over-the-shoulder camera, but it also doesn’t really fit the pad that well, to be offered on the consoles “as is”), and that kind of a game can only be played with a mouse.

    TW1 also didn’t really age that well, and the english voice acting (I’m Polish, and I don’t even like polish voice acting either) is some of the worst in recent years (save Geralt himself), so I think that would also have to be re-recorded…I think for TW1 to appear on next gen consoles, we would need something akin to a remake, not just a few fixes, and fortunately (though, not in this case obviously), CDPR and CDP are not EA/Bioware, to do something like ME1 on PS3.

    I would advise you to play it on your laptop, TW1 doesn’t require the best specs by recent standards.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. FatalTee

    #9Telepathic.Geometry

    For Witcher trilogy complete I would recommend PC with Steam Big Picture and controllers of your choosing (I am using PS3s, cause I like dualshock design). But I know…. decisions, decisions.

    #10infernalism

    TW1. I very very recently got into that. I have to try Polish and Czech voice acting, thanks for tip! (I am from that not brightly known country on southwest border of Poland). But even though it is “a bit” quirky and stiff I see no problem with voice acting. (It is not a bug, I find it to be a feature.)

    But to point, I got into that just with recent massive Steam Summer Sale (3,74E for series, you kidding me?) and I am enjoing the first Witcher very very much. On PC it ages beautifully (with knowledge that this is 2007 game) and exactly as you said, I can play it on my laptop even in FHD.

    But I tried it on gamepad and while it is technically possible to map controls somehow, It misses to acheive playability . Whole interface for Journal/Inventory/Alchemy etc is not very gamepad friendly. And battling is in least tricky in full impossible.

    Article.
    I already like the way they interconnect central narrative to side narratives and how it very nicely paints a picture of the social world behind pixel and polygon characters. So yeah, I won’t preorder — never a good idea — but I certainly try and most likely buy afterwards.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Mjorh

    It sounds incredibly promising !
    Like FatalTee said,4 those who haven’t played Witcher1&2 i recommend PC version , don’t worry about specs or sth it’ll run smoothly n don’t 4get a controller cuz its almost impossible 2 play with keyboard!
    Witcher2 had a lot loose ends in story n so many things gonna be revealed n i’m super excited !

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Telepathic.Geometry

    Great to see we have a strong European representation here. ^-^

    I don’t mind losing Witcher 1 as long as the events of Geralt’s past are explained somewhere in Witcher 2. Like was done with the absolutely excellent PS3 version of Mass Effect 2.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Telepathic.Geometry

    @FatalTee: One day, I’ll get my paws on a Steambox, and on that day, Deus Ex, Witcher, Half-Life etc. will ALL be downloaded and played. ^-^

    #14 2 years ago
  15. infernalism

    FatalTee, Baldurs Gate also aged well, but it’s not coming out on consoles is what I’m saying :D.

    When I remarked about the game “not ageing very well”, I meant in terms of a possible console release. On PC it’s quite OK, especially after the Enhanced Edition release. I remember playing it in 2007 (i think it was 2007) on my old desktop and the loading times were killing me. Today, the game runs like a breeze on any modern PC.

    I bought those two games in retail about a year ago for 99 PLN (circa 25 Euro), and got a DRM free GOG digital copy of them as an added bonus. It wasn’t quite close to 3,75 Euro, but I thought it was quite a steal. :]

    On the topic of TW3…I can’t remember being as hyped for any title as I am for this one. Fallout 3 maybe? Starcraft II? But those came after a long hiatus in their respective franchises (I was disappointed in F3, but New Vegas made the wait worth it).

    They are really trying to make the game of my dreams in one of my most beloved universes. The action and challange of Demon’s/Dark Souls, the open world of Skyrim, and the choice/consequence heavy storytelling that they themselves are known for. Plus the dynamic weather and NPC behaviour that impact the world, plus the gorgeous next-gen graphics…If they can deliver, then for me it just might be the best RPG ever made.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. roadkill

    @2 You a fucking idiot!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TheWulf

    I can’t say I agree with #2 on the dialogue front, but this game is representing a lot of RPG fatigue for me as well. In some ways, the previews I’ve seen seem to represent what’s wrong with the genre at the moment. And I’m all too happy to explain.

    * The obsession with a terrain-generated open world, thus eschewing any kind of level design;

    * The obsession with padding and the quantity > quality design ethic, padding is rife in RPGs;

    * Becoming ever more obsessed with stale fantasy tropes over creative settings;

    * Rabid wolves, rabid wolves everywhere, because no one bothered to dream up better foes.

    At this point I’m ready for more RPGs with levels which can be completed in different ways. Not unlike Alpha Protocol, I suppose.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the Witcher’s setting, but in all honesty I think they left the actual setting behind with 2. 2 felt way more homogenised in regards to Western fantasy. It was a very different game from the first Witcher, which was by far a more enjoyable experience.

    Allow me to offer a counterpoint: New Vegas. A lot of people complained about that one because they used a lot of invisible walls. In the areas where things actually happened, Obsidian really gave their all in regards to level design. Yet people complained about having actually interesting areas just because they couldn’t climb over such and such a mountain.

    What this leads to is increasingly generic games. Skyrim was a fantastic example of such a game, as it was tiresomely generic. The best thing to happen to Skyrim was Moonpaths, but that had separate ‘levels,’ all of which were brilliantly designed.

    And yes, I’m tired of dynamically generated ‘kill X’ quests, I’m also fed up of settings being so creatively drained that they don’t have any imagination whatsoever.

    I’m in a brilliant fantasy world! Oh, the possibilities! The adventure! Oh my! Now to kill ten wolves.

    :I

    I really hope that at some point CDPR remembers what made the first Witcher so great, because I’m really not sold on this one.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. TheWulf

    @1

    I’d honestly start off with the first Witcher, as it was by far the better and more interesting game. Plus, on top of what I’ve already mentioned, in the Witcher 1 they didn’t boil down all moral choices into good/evil BioWare/Bethesda binary choices. In 2 they pretty much did.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. infernalism

    @17 & 18
    ” in the Witcher 1 they didn’t boil down all moral choices into good/evil BioWare/Bethesda binary choices. In 2 they pretty much did.”.
    I’m sorry, what? What was evil or good about Roche, or Iorveth for instance (and every choice that involve said characters? What was more evil, sending two people to be killed by a wraith, to atone for their horrible past crimes, or to save them…because they yet live, despite their cruelty? Or maybe killing the succubus instead of a murderous elf? It’s still living off of peoples blood, and that drove the elf insane, even if said succubus didn’t actually kill anyone. Do you help a Nilfgaardian sorceress, who had a hand in kidnaping your woman, or kill her outright? Just to name a few very “good and bad” choices indeed.

    “And yes, I’m tired of dynamically generated ‘kill X’ quests, I’m also fed up of settings being so creatively drained that they don’t have any imagination whatsoever.”
    I understand you’re talking about Skyrim here, but you also continue your previous point, about TW3 going in the wrong, mainstream RPG trend direction.

    * The obsession with a terrain-generated open world, thus eschewing any kind of level design;

    * The obsession with padding and the quantity > quality design ethic, padding is rife in RPGs;

    They are mentioning in almost every other interview, about how they’re not going to have fedex quests, and how every NPC and quest will have a story behind them. Every single one will be hand crafted, not randomly, or dinamically generated. About how they create the open world, basing it on medieval Amsterdam (Novigrad), slavic medieval (No Man’s Land), and nordic medieval (Skellige ISlands) themes. One whole f***king trailer is basically about them taking inspirations, while visiting Scottish moutains and cliffs. Come on man…

    * Becoming ever more obsessed with stale fantasy tropes over creative settings;

    * Rabid wolves, rabid wolves everywhere, because no one bothered to dream up better foes.

    If you are bored of this low fantasy world, than wait for Cyberpunk 2077. If you are also ALREADY bored with that setting, then go replay Alpha Protocol, or wait for The Stick of Truth, since you seem to enjoy Obsidian games so much.
    On the topic of rabid wolves…did you see the design of the Fiend, or Leshen? Two of the 80 types of monsters in this game? Did you hear about their special abilities, and how they, especially the latter, can use the environment against the witcher, hence the rabid wolves, and the forest itself attacking Geralt? I guess you did, and it didn’t impress you…

    New Vegas is the best open world RPG to date in my opinion, but TW3 is not succumbing to the mainstream tropes just because it’s set in a fantasy world.

    #19 2 years ago

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    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]