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Indies mixed on Xbox One self-publishing

Thursday, 25 July 2013 03:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

In a surprise turn around from its historical policies, Microsoft has announced it will allow self-publishing on the Xbox One. Unsurprisingly, the news has raised both excitement and skepticism among indie developers.

Shack News collated a couple of responses to today’s news.

Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine creator Andy Schatz of Pocketwatch Games said that an open platform is much better, because it gets rid of arbiters of taste, reduces energy expended on pitching games, and negates the need for publishers.

“While I enjoyed working with [publisher Majesco], had self-publishing been an option on the Xbox 360 it would have saved me a lot of trouble in the long run, since my destination platform was in limbo until a year before launch,” Schatz noted.

“If Microsoft doesn’t promote your game, it will still be a gigantic uphill battle to see any sort of meaningful sales,” he added.

TowerFall creator Matt Thorson said self-publishing would make “a huge difference” to him.

“For me, lack of self-publishing makes it very difficult to consider launching on a platform. I’ve never worked with Microsoft, but I’ve heard horror stories from other indies,” he said.

“Fingers crossed they’re aware of the problems and are ready to put in the work to catch up to Sony. They seem to be on the right track with this and the recent removal of the XBLA patch fee.”

But Jennifer Schneidereit of Tengami developer Nyamyam Games was not so ethusiastic.

“Up until now Microsoft have displayed a mentality that excludes independent developers,” she said.

“This makes it difficult for me to trust their motives for reversing their stance now. From my time at Microsoft, I know that company goals and direction change frequently. These new plans might just be a last minute band-aid and we’ll end up with a similar situation to Xbox Live Indie Games, where Microsoft provides a system, but doesn’t give it the support it needs to be successful.”

“Microsoft will have to do a lot more to gain my trust than just changing their self-publishing policy.”

Polygon also spoke to a couple of developers, including Jamie Cheng of Klei Entertainment.

“I think the real test will be the discoverability of the games on the dashboard,” Cheng said.

“The gauge of a healthy channel is the success of the middle – it’s not enough that a few games are hits, there also needs to be a wide base of developers that are making a decent income. This lowers the threshold and allows more developers to jump in and take risks.”

Retro City Rampage creator Brian Provinciano said Microsoft has a way to go to catch up with Sony, saying he has heard that the tools on ffer through self-publishing are quite limited.

“After my experience working with them to release on Xbox 360, I have no interest in even buying an Xbox One, let alone developing for it,” he added.

“The policy changes are great, but they don’t undo the experience I had. I’m not ready to forget what I went through. Working with Microsoft was the unhappiest point of my career. Policies are one thing, but developer relations are another.”

Peter Bartholow of Skullgirls developer Lab Zero Games is also wary.

“I’d need to see the fine print before making any kind of final judgment. After all, these new policies were crafted by the same people that made the last set of awful policies,” he said.

Visit the Shack and Poly links above for more comments from indie developers.

Although The company’s major rival is Sony, one of the more interesting comparisons to make after Microsoft’s announcement today is with Nintendo, which has apparently been doing quite a good job of fostering indies behind the scenes.

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21 Comments

  1. actuallyisnotafox

    allowing self publishing does means more games get to xbox one but the whole dashboard thing, well im sure ad’s of food and cars will take over people seeing indie games anyday.. :/

    #1 2 years ago
  2. dkpunk

    Sounds like these indie devs will only be happy when someone will also sell their games for them. Oh well, can’t make everyone happy. I can’t wait to see how all of these indie games do on the ps4. If something spectacular doesn’t get released I will be very disappointed.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. machy

    xboxOne should go by the name xbox180

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xBASSxMONSTAx

    ^Or better yet. “Xbox -180″ as they have reversed just about everything they mentioned at E3 thanks to the genius Playstation 4. :)

    Now all they need to do is get rid of kinect and they will be in with a fighting chance but until that happens PS4 FTW!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. redwood

    @4 at the end you will still have the 100 $ canyon.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Genesis1295

    @4 I’d prefer they keep the kinect as it is with the console bundle, the kinect is what differs it too the low standards of the ps4 also a great piece of technology for indie developers to master resulting in what could be a experience that the kinect has yet to achieve X1 ftw.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. MrWaffles

    Being discoverability the second biggest issue to tackle, Microsoft could go the “honest” way and offer in-dash marketing packs for indies at launch.

    “We’ll give you this many banners, you’ll appear on X part of the indie showcase weekly…” whatever. Something guaranteed for every indie.

    OR

    There’s also the possibility to implement some kind of “big brother” ad-hoc publisher support. In this case, Publishers (the guys with the cash) can buy these in-dash marketing packs FOR the indie games they believe will sell, then get a cut from sales”.

    Some sort of reverse affiliate marketing where the big guy is actually the one working for the little one (and making money on it of course).

    Indie devs will have to opt-in for this kind of scheme, but it seems lilke a viable alternative if you ask me.

    Do you think Microsoft will be up for something like this? Probably not, but they seem to be changing their monolithic stance on gaming lately.

    Give me a call, Ballmer.

    -Waffles

    #7 2 years ago
  8. gomersoul

    Playstation plus is a great way for indie games to get noticed, just look at thomas was alone. MS will never want to offer their customers that kind of value and that is why no matter how many shitty policies they reverse they will always be second best

    #8 2 years ago
  9. viralshag

    I think #2 has it spot on and that’s my problem with some indie devs and self-publishing. They want complete independence but then it’s almost as if they want someone else to help them sell their game?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Froseidon

    I’m probably gonna get a bit of hate for this comment, but this just makes me think that indies are more picky than they can afford to be. I mean, they disliked the fact that there was no self-publishing in the first place, and now there is, they’re still skeptical.

    I dunno, its probably just me thinking some indies seem to want everything handed to them (emphasis on the *some*) and I know there would have been past bad experiences with Xbox, but surely they could look at this more as an olive branch than a slap.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. viralshag

    @10, Well I definitely agree with you. There must be so many real indies that just get on with making their game and suck it up.

    I sometimes think a lot of people must go in thinking they’re going to have the next big hit and somewhat deserve all the help/promotion they need when in truth, they might just have a mediocre game that simply won’t sell no matter how much you promote it.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Froseidon

    @11 – Yeah, although it can never hurt to help the indie devs. One of the quotes in the article mentions discoverability, which the 360 had, to an extent, with the indie tab on the marketplace.

    I think having an indie section on the dashboard of the X1 may please more indies, however, I just don’t think that its indies that will win the next-gen, as some of them believe.

    I might be missing something a bit more about this self-publishing stuff. In fact, there is no might about it, as I will not have as much insight as the actual indies will, but still, I just don’t feel indies are as important as they’re currently made out to be.

    That said, some indies can really take off, and then a fantastic game that inspires many other carbon copies or “twists” follow, and it can be good for the market (I.e – Minecraft).

    #12 2 years ago
  13. viralshag

    @12, No, I would agree with you on that too. I don’t really “get” the big thing with indies. While some of the games can be fun, a lot of them are throw-away experiences for me – and I’m not trying to say that in a negative way. Like mobile games they’re something I might do for a bit when I’m bored and then I’ll leave them be.

    I believe that all a strong emphasis on indie games on console will do, is create a much more similar situation to mobile gaming and an app store. Loads of games? Yes. Loads of crap? Yes. Lots of innovation? Probably not. Lots of copying? Probably so.

    Maybe because I’m not a big fan that is the reason I don’t see indies as the future of gaming. It’s all just my opinion, if I’m wrong so be it.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Froseidon

    @13 – There is one point I have to disagree on, kind of. And that is your innovation point. I feel that indies definitely innovate (I can use Minecraft as my example again :P), as we have never seen a game like Minecraft before. That was my part of disagreement. Now I can also agree with the point that some companies will then copy Minecraft’s idea (as they have done) and then the innovation starts to become stale.

    I can see indies as important, like they’re a cog in the machine that is the gaming industry, however, I feel that said machine can run without that cog, albeit, a little cranky and noisily.

    Maybe, like you, I don’t give them enough credit as I’m not big user of indie games myself.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. viralshag

    @14, Oh I definitely didn’t mean it in a way that there won’t be any innovation at all. I know there is and I’m sure there will be more. I just mean in the grand scheme of things, some people act like every indie dev and game is going to revitalise the industry with whatever new idea they have.

    While in some cases that definitely holds true, I see a lot of indie devs going backwards and making “classic” games with maybe a modern twist but often seem to rely on nostalgia to sell the game.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. VibraniumSpork

    @14 I think a good frame of context for Indies is what happens in cinema. The blockbuster directors pretty much all show their skills first with smaller independent films made to a tight budget with limited means and minimal distribution. But the important thing is that the bigger studios keep an eye out and ear out for these guys, and there’s a thriving independent cinema scene (festivals, art house cinemas etc.) that gives these films a decent platform to get themselves seen.

    Just like you might not like hanging around with neckbeard hipsters in a trashed-out 1-screen cinema to find the next up-and-coming Director, you might not want to play some old-school 8-bit looking game found nearer the bottom of a PSN/XBL bestsellers list. But give it a year or two and the guys who made that could well be presiding over your next AAA title. That’s why it pays to look after Indies, especially if you’re Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. MCTJim

    Once again, they are whiners and complainers. Here, we removed the patch fee…whine….ok we will let you self publish….whine some more. THey are not entitled to anything and anything Sony/Nintendo or MS gives you is a gift free and clear..whats next…we want the spotlight on our game and for you to sell it for us…my goodness the entitlement attitudes of some of these devs.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. viralshag

    @16, While I’m not saying you’re wrong (because I have no idea what the truth is) but I don’t get that impression from the games industry.

    I think while some talented people might get picked up I get the impression that if you are a successful indie dev, you’re going to stay that way because at that point you’re pretty much a successful and self-employed dev. Why would you work for someone else?

    If there’s examples of indie devs jumping from indie to AAA, I’m simply not aware of it. It seems like they complete one project and start on the next.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. bradk825

    @17 indeed, I read this guy’s comments about wanting his game promoted, which to me sounds a lot like something a publisher is supposed to do. In other words they DO want a publisher, they just don’t want to pay them.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Drewidian

    What I’m hoping to see now is some of those indies develop for unique experiences for not just the XBox One, but to see some of those weird and unique Kinect tools and games we saw in beta for the last version. Since every XBox One will have a Kinect and indies have the ability to self publish and eventually test with their own XBoxes, it will be interesting to see what students and games ideas will come from the dev community. I could easily see universities building labs and even classes around the XBox One to pilot new experiences in ways that will never happen for the PS4. Either way it should be interesting to see how this pans out.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. revolting

    The Nyamyam lady had it right. Trust really is the main issue here, for me at least. Is there anything short of the ridiculous name that they haven’t done a complete 180 on at this point?

    I don’t like bashing microsoft for the sake of bashing it, nor sony; I have always been in equal favour of both, and played and played an equal number of games on 360, ps3 and pc too this generation. I have no interest in favouritism; I just go where the games are and choose each game’s platform depending on which one I personally feel is more appropriate. Prior to E3, I was torn as to which new console to get first; inevitably I was going to end up with both, it was just a matter of which I get first. But following the shambles that was the MS revelation presentation and largely uninteresting E3 presser, then the endless stream of half truths and complete policy reversals, significant figures abandonning ship, and the completely unfocused, schizophrenic nature of the machine itself, I have the bitterest taste in my mouth when it comes to the xbone, having never had an issue with the brand before, and infact leaning towards that one as my first next gen console before this nonsense all started happening. They really have dropped the ball big time, for me.

    It’s all a matter of trust. I just don’t trust them at all, now. After all these mixed messages and constant changes, who knows what the fuck you’re actually buying, at this point? It could change at any time, as they’ve demonstrated time and time again, completely on a whim and/or as the competition dictates. How can anyone trust that? In the space of a couple of months, I’ve gone from decades of being a completely unbiased gamer to a completely pc/ps4 man. And this annoys me, because there’s absolutely no need for it.

    At this point, I don’t actually want an xbone any more. They’ve actively driven me away. Of course, if a must have exclusive comes along, then I will potentially change my mind, but at this point, there really aren’t any. It’s going to take a hell of a lot more than a handful of indie games that I can play for less grief elsewhere to get me back on board. Goodbye Microsoft. I was happy to give you money, once, but now I’m not.

    #21 2 years ago

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    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    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 […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]