Microsoft confirms self-publishing on Xbox One

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 19:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has confirmed that it will allow self-publishing on Xbox One as well as confirming earlier reports the console will double as a dev kit.

Microsoft had previously stated games could not be self-published on its new Xbox One console, and that even independent developers would need the backing of a publisher. But like with its DRM policies, the firm has once again done a 180-degree turn on the matter.

“Our vision is that every person can be a creator,” said Microsoft’s Marc Whitten to Engadet. “That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox Live.

“This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox Live. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at gamescom in August.”

Earlier today, a Game Informer report stated that Microsoft was posed to announce a new policy which will allow independent developers to self-publish. The changes would allow developers to set release dates, pricing, and the certification process is said to be similar to iTunes in that certification will last around 14-days.

This wasn’t the first report we’d seen on the matter, nor the second and earlier this month, Lionhead Studios’ creative director Gary Carr, said Microsoft was “passionate” about indies and that corporate VP Phil Harrison would be unveiling the firm’s strategy “very soon”.

Today’s report also stated that standard Xbox One units at retail would allow users to covert it over to a debug console to play pre-release code. This would be implemented via Microsoft authorizing specific consoles to play said pre-release codes and for large-scale beta testing. However this option will not be available at launch.

Looks like gamescom will be the place to be when it comes to more Xbox One information.


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  1. MCTJim

    More good news for indie devs and those that enjoy their games.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    How many times has it been rumoured: Three? Feels like i have seen this three times.

    Anyway that last paragraph sounds intriguing but MS why u no announce this at E3? Instead of four months from launch?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Joe Musashi

    “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

    GM ;)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Viremi

    So now we are down to 4 “major” distinctions between the two upcoming consoles :

    User Interface / marketplace
    Power / Memory allocation

    I still will be getting a PS4 at launch, but I am glad Xbox made this change, I think it is the only change they really needed to address.

    Inb4 Sony Fanboy… Nah, I just have 0 desire for Kinect

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Rikki

    Good, I still won’t be getting one, but this is great news.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    @2 Yes. Three. Links to the other two are in the post.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    If that’s true about the dev kit transformation, two questions; firstly, what would be the point of these:
    Then, what’s to stop the less scrupulous forcing the console into becoming a dev kit, without Microsoft’s involvement?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. KAP

    Yea great news. Just makes you wonder, MS only took this stance because of Sonys own policies.. which is why, ultimately healthy competition/rivalry is always a good thing in the long term no matter what Sony and MS has or hasn’t done in the past, present or future.

    The only true winners is the gamer.
    But with that said though I’m still avoiding the Xbone and getting a PS4, my opinion at this point is it just seems more appealing.

    Xbox One is just carrying way too much baggage for me to even care anymore for their system.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. salarta

    I like how Microsoft is doing what Sony does but some people act as if Microsoft doing it makes them somehow better than when Sony does it.

    I’m not saying Microsoft doing this is “bad.” This is smart. They’re taking what people want and adopting it into their plan, with the aim of selling more of their consoles and getting more consumers on board. That’s what businesses are supposed to do. It’s just that Microsoft doing it doesn’t suddenly make it better just because it’s Microsoft.

    Of course, most people that think these things through know that Microsoft wouldn’t be doing any of this if they weren’t competing with Sony. Without Sony keeping them in check this time around, they’d be price-gouging and cutting consumer rights like crazy. We saw that vividly with their original DRM plans.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. loci

    “Greatness imitated” ~_~

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Fethennour

    Looks like Microsoft once again used their Sharingan to imitate Sony’s moves.
    We already knew “copy ninja Kakashi”, now, please welcome “copy company Microsoft”.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. bradk825

    I’ll wait until MS makes the annoucement before believing it. How many “according to”s have happened and MS has had to come out and say “we never said that” so far?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. MrWaffles

    PR catch-up with cheese coming up!

    “What’s that? Sony Is bundlin a butt scratcher with at launch? Goddamn, let’s get working on the Buttscratcher ONE asap people!”

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Kreion

    I agree in…some ways that you have a point. But this is how business works as you pointed out – there’s not much to be said about it.

    This isn’t about Sony ‘keeping them in check’, that makes THEM sound better just because it’s Sony doing it. All Sony are doing right now is waiting for Microsoft to do something and then watch the reception and make their move – I don’t blame them for that but that also doesn’t make them a good company. There are no good companies. For all we know Sony had their own DRM plans and just had a change of plans when they saw the backlash…we’ll never know. Even now Sony could very easily make a bad decision, which is why they’re waiting for Microsoft to test the waters xD

    Either way it’s the nature of capitalism and competition – if you think that’s somehow lamentable then you better get ready to throw away a LOT of your stuff. It’s pretty much all copied off someone.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. loci

    @14 “Sony had their own DRM plans and just had a change of plans when they saw the backlash”

    Sony told us their support for used game and no online checks in February:

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    Well colour me surprised:

    “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at gamescom in August.”

    #16 2 years ago
  17. dex3108

    Xbox One reaction to new MS decision XD

    #17 2 years ago
  18. bradk825


    #18 2 years ago
  19. hud4995

    The Xbox One is slowly becoming a PS4

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox Live.”

    Then why, prey tell, have you been screwing those people over on the Xbox 360 since the console’s inception? Why is that *now* only your vision when you have had the last 8 years to go give those people a leg up?

    This is a good step, and I’m glad they took it, but stop treating me like a fucking idiot, Microsoft. Your hyperbolic PR bullshit is more patronising than a UK politician.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    Does it in this case?
    “That every Xbox One can be used for development.” “Our vision is that every person can be a creator.”

    #21 2 years ago
  22. fearmonkey

    Xbox fans should thank Sony and the PS4 for making the Xbox One a better console. First MS backtracked on all the DRM and region locking, and now they are allowing publishing on their console by indies. If MS didn’t have to worry about competition, i highly doubt’t they would be so generous.

    Now if MS would dump the required Kinect and lower the price to $399, they would have a much more appealing console.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Lengendaryboss

    By everyone although not at launch.

    “i highly doubt’t they would be so generous.” And i think thats part of the reason gamers don’t trust MS and Xbox One.

    “Now if MS would dump the required Kinect and lower the price to $399, they would have a much more appealing console.” This we were so close and now its been denied.

    My point:

    #23 2 years ago
  24. wildBoar

    So this is confirmation that every single one of us could’ve done the job better than the idiots at Microsoft did. They’re soo completely out of touch that something so obvious needed to be spelled out for them.

    Believe in your dreams kids, even abnormally stupid people can be successful.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. ysleiro

    To everyone talking shit.

    #1 the Xbox One hasn’t launched nor had any plans been announced for XBLIG.

    #2 you are forgetting MS allowed self publishing through XBLIG on 360 (XBLA titles had to be published but XBLIG allowed self publishing).

    #25 2 years ago
  26. DrDamn

    Hold on a sec …

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

    So Sony allowing self publishing is a security risk, but MS doing it is good news?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Fin

    This won’t be as good as it sounds.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Lengendaryboss

    I wanted to quote that but i have an infamous reputation as “Quotemaster” so i decided to skip.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. MCTJim

    @26 As a decent person, I can admit when I was wrong about the indies..I thought they were just allowed to publish without going through some sort of quality control and being tested. Which after doing a lot of reading on how the process works, I am fine with it. I seriously thought that these developers could just publish a title that could potentially cause a security risk or brick a system.

    and yes its Good news for Indie developers….not for MS so to say, but for indie developers that were whining about their strict policies.

    You have to understand that as a Engineer and Server platform developer, I see security issues on a daily basis and I see programs that people develop that have security flaws..I honestly had no idea of all the controls that are in place that MS has on their platform.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. xxJPRACERxx

    Another good reason to have Kinect with all machines. Now those indies will surely find new and exciting ways to use it!

    #30 2 years ago
  31. pandulce1

    #26 DrDamn

    Well done.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Major Mayhem 70

    And even when you were trying so hard not to quote….. You quoted. Lmao 😜

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Lengendaryboss

    What @26 said not quotemaster: stop jumping the gun and read carefully.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. freedoms_stain

    “Our vision… changes every other week, who knows what shit we’ll pull out of our asses next!”

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Major Mayhem 70

    1) I’m the one that called you a “quotemaster” in a prior comment.
    2) To put a word or words in between quotation marks just might have a liiiitlte hint that your quoting something…. I don’t know, I might be wrong. Good day 😜 (and by now you should know that that means I’m done with you. Of course till the next article that I feel I must interject my common sense. I mean “conspiracy theories”. Darn, there goes those pesky quotation marks again 😜

    #35 2 years ago
  36. ChunkyLover112

    It’s official: ps4′s finished.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Joe Musashi

    @29 “...I honestly had no idea of all the controls that are in place that MS has on their platform.

    Really? You ONLY became aware of practices that have been in place for console software publishing for over two decades within a few moments of Microsoft’s “me too” announcement. Really? Really?

    As a so-called Engineer and so-called Server platform developer you are remarkably out of touch with standard practices common to platform development.

    Personally I’m loving the Microsoft policy changes. All the commenters that supported one policy or feature and criticised another who then magically u-turn their principles perfectly in sync with Microsoft’s flip-flopping make it extremely easy to see who is just a company follower/astroturfer and who is genuine. No, don’t bother protesting your innocence, it’s a bit late for that.


    #37 2 years ago
  38. pcbros

    This is big for Microsoft! So a developer can spend $500 on an Xbox One and start developing. Developing for Sony will cost $2500 for a dev kit.

    What a rollercoaster…

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Phoenixblight


    Wrong. You still have to apply and pay to access that debug mode.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. redwood

    It’s the app discovery that matters.. allowing people to self publish is good but it doesn’t appeal to small and new devs to port over to a new console knowing that the audience will probably never get to see or know about their game when they are in the shop.
    Also dev relations is also a big thing. but not as big as app discovery. A small tour of PSN store is all you need to know how balanced sony’s stance is when it comes to focusing both on AAA’s and Indies.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. redwood

    and i wonder what the next U-turn will be about :)

    #41 2 years ago
  42. zoopdeloop

    comming up next.
    Free BJ’s for everyone who preorders :P
    the way i’m seeing it Sony wants to sell big time while Microsoft wants to dominate the market out of their own gloating

    #42 2 years ago
  43. cRAZYcROgUY

    Good job,Sony,well done,thanks.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. DrDamn

    Good for you. Not enough people admit their mistakes :)

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Ge0force

    Xbox fans should thank Sony for causing all this good news from Microsoft the past few weeks. They should buy a ps4 instead for this :D

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Fin

    Best guess:

    This will run on retail kits, but will require a fee to enable.
    Won’t be Day 1.
    Limited, sandboxed mode of operation (3GB, runs inside OS partition).
    Self publishing, like XBLIG, not XBLA.
    Sim-ship on W8 store (that’s more speculative).

    Yeah the running on retail consoles is fucking cool, but I have a hard time believing this is a serious reversal of MS’s policies.



    Doesn’t matter how good indie games are if they’re buried under a mountain of AAA DLC in the store.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. mistermogul

    It really should have been called the Xbox 180!

    #47 2 years ago
  48. broomburgo

    I don’t care about the fact that Microsoft is turning its back and embracing the good way: it’s clear that everything they say is potentially bullshit, it’s clear that they cannot be trusted and that they’re completely unreliable. Seriously, Sony makes all the right choices while Microsoft tries to kill console gaming, then Microsoft says “yeah, you know, we were joking” and everything is suddenly ok? How much Microsoft fanboy can an individual be to think something like that? Right now a good message to Microsoft should be: “you disappointed us, we don’t trust you anymore, you should work to gain our trust again”.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. broomburgo

    Also, self publishing is pointless if the store is not curated.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Lv01

    the funniest part of the entire of the interview, is that “Our vision” is in the same breath as “This means self-publishing”.

    since when was your “vision” about self-publishing? because it certainly wasn’t back at E3 time when you confirmed that indies would still need publishers…

    and, yeah, agreeing with a lot of people about the store. my understanding of the MS XBLA set up is that the reason you needed a publisher was so that you had a ‘space’, a ‘slot’ if you will within the store to place your game. the bigger publishers (dependant on how many AAA games you have in your portfolio) are awarded more slots in the store. higher visibility. so indies needed publishers not just to get a deal to publish, but also to get a slot. so they can now self publish? but will anybody be able to find the game in the store to buy it?

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Lengendaryboss

    Thats what i find the most ironic: but he said he was wrong which just happened to link up with the time MS announced this.

    Although other commenters like him are nowhere to be seen.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. MCTJim

    No sir, I am around…and I posted my comment last night before I went to bed. Geezz give a guy a break

    #52 2 years ago
  53. MCTJim

    @37 Really?…my company has been around for over 24 years. We develop and engineer platforms for Windows Server Family. So I wouldnt know MS’s protocol and policy specifically for XBox or XBox live.

    You can insult me all you want, but, its not gonna change the fact that I still know little or nothing about the xbox self publish…just like you know little about Server Platform development and the Engineering aspects that revolved around it.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. deathm00n

    @53 And this is why where I come from we don’t talk about things we don’t know. You contradict yourself once more, who was the one to trhow an uninformed comment about security breaches and other things that were guesses, not facts?

    #54 2 years ago
  55. MCTJim

    @54 again, I admitted I was wrong AFTER doing a lot of reading..and I get crucified for it still…I still know little or nothing about their policy on how to self publishing on the X1 and I wont be publishing anything on it..I do not deal with consoles nor will we ever. I was more concerned again about security of how it was done..that is what i read on….and i am satisfied.

    and in my own defense..uninformed comment? where on this entire site was there anything detailing on how the process works…not vague or guesses or half assed quotes. I couldnt find I went into my developers portal and posed the question where I was given links to see how the process works in summary. Nothing in great detail, but I now understand…if anything rather vaguely on how the certification process works..again it was not in great detail.

    You are also not understanding, that, from an engineering standpoint its rather scary.. look at the android and apple market places…how many apps made by developers have bricked phone? Literally hundreds…that is why I said no freaking way in the first place..their process is just to join, and then certs in place at all…

    again, i was wrong on what I thought..I now know vaguely on how it works and it satisfies me

    #55 2 years ago

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    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]