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Xbox One FIFA 14 pack-in shows pre-orders below expectations, Sony exec suggests

Thursday, 29 August 2013 01:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Comments from SCE Europe CEO Jim Ryan suggest Sony doesn’t need to answer Microsoft’s FIFA 14 Xbox One pre-order pack-in, and that the bonus game suggests the rival console’s pre-order campaign isn’t doing as well as the PlayStation 4′s.

Speaking with Metro, Ryan said Sony’s not considering striking a similar deal.

“Why should we do that? Our problem is gonna be matching supply to demand,” Ryan said, noting that Sony is “perfectly happy” with how PS4 pre-orders are progressing.

Microsoft’s action, on the other hand, suggests it’s not.

“It’s perfectly rational when a platform holder, or indeed a publisher, runs a pre-order campaign to engage in promotional behaviour to dial it up if you feel it’s not where you need it to be. That’s a rational thing for any businessman to do,” Ryan said.

“So why would we go out and add something? Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd,” he added.

Sony has said it’s hoping to handle PS4 pre-orders responsibly to avoid any stock shortages, but Ryan said that if there is an issue, it will be “driven by demand being greater than we thought rather than inadequacy of supply”. Not that this will be a comfort if you can’t get your hands on one when the PS4 launches on November 15 in North America and November 29 elsewhere.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.

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39 Comments

  1. viralshag

    Sony gives something for free and their gods.

    Microsoft do it and it’s “odd”.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. tCruzin

    All Sony has been doing since E3 was throwing shots at MS, lame. This is no knock on the PS4 as a system but Sony really seems desperate this go around.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. wally10975

    @3 So one company builds up a reputation in one generation, rides that wave into the next-generation with an emphasis on owning the living room and not necessarily just gaming, and the other company made the same mistake the previous generation, and is looking to make up for it, and now they’re the bad guy? makes no sense. Microsoft has done a brilliant job turning around the image of the xbox one, but it’s because of Sony and their pro-gamer image this time around, not the fans.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. pcbros

    “So why would we go out and add something? Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd”

    Odd?… This doesn’t make sense. Consoles have had pack-in games for decades. I think all consoles should have a pack-in game.

    What I do find odd is the pack-in being a 3rd-party game. Microsoft should include one of their games, like Forza 5

    #4 2 years ago
  5. loci

    @1 Not odd. Jim is just being polite. He means desperate and panicky.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Kloudrunner

    Utter twoddle speak says I.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. TMRNetShark

    Wait wait, since when does Microsoft ever give anything away for free? Aren’t they to be blamed for this scourge called “DLC”? Don’t believe me? Look up the original DLC content… (cough Halo 2 cough)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. pcbros

    I think if Sony had the chance to strike a deal where a game would be included with their system… they would do it. It can’t possibly hurt to have a game bundled :P

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kreion

    @7
    You can’t blame DLC as a whole on MS – it was just the way the market moved. If people didn’t want it then it would’t have proliferated, learn2 capitalism.

    But this shows yet more childish antics from Sony which makes me wonder all the more why people trust them. Their entire advertising campaign was nothing but riding gamers (somewhat justified – not completely) aggresion against MS. Perhaps they could actually show us some interesting features about the PS4…It would be nice -.-

    #9 2 years ago
  10. wildBoar

    Surprised he didn’t point out how many F2P games there are on day one.. And then there’s PS+ games like Driveclub. Does MS still have F2P behind a paywall or have they removed that? Would’ve been a way stronger statement on the topic, then again noting that it’s “odd” is quite cocky.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Arcnail

    Disclaimer: I’m getting both.

    Hey Sony.. you won E3, we got it. But MS has changed up their policies and now you should focus back on the games and not what you are doing now.

    CLEARLY they added Fifa to pre orders in the UK cause they were lagging.. but to keep taking shots thinking it’ll have the same effect as E3 is stupid, and it’s actually starting to make you sound a bit petty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC-W8fDD2cI

    @38 seconds….

    Ugg..

    #11 2 years ago
  12. pcbros

    “Genesis does… you can’t do this on Nintendo… Genesis does, Genesis does, Genesis does… what NintenDON’T”.

    Sega really liked to stick it to Nintendo in the 90′s, while Nintendo played nice. Brings back memories.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Arcnail

    That’s deadly pcbros.. been a long long time since I’ve heard that!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Arcnail

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7nsBoqJ6s8

    #14 2 years ago
  15. pcbros

    @14 – LOL! I was pretty accurate in the phrasing…

    I miss that era :) Competition brings out the best in people. And no doubt Nintendo vs Sega was epic.

    What I don’t like about Sony vs Microsoft is that 75% of the games are out for both consoles. So you are really talking about just a handful of exclusives to consider when choosing a system.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Beersup

    @2 Agree.
    Makes you wonder why Sony and their fanboys are so obsessed with MS and the X1. If their console is so great and in such a great position, why even bring attention to your competitor? Why do they act like they still need to prove anything? Heros don’t brag.

    My opinion(which is all it is) is that the PS4 is not innovative, has nothing special to claim its own, still will have p2p hosting, and lacks on its exclusives. Yeah a lil more powerful but not enough to make it on another level than the X1.

    Truthfully, I don’t care who sells more consoles. The X1 ain’t going anywhere. I hope all the little kids parents buy them a PS4 since its cheaper. I see way more trolls and dicks for PS4. They can have it. They can have each other.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    If I was an Xbox fanboy I’d be excited to see Sony transition from charming rogues to arrogant pricks. That’s the same attitude that lost them the last generation.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. MCTJim

    I remember the Genesis had a pack in game at launch called Altered Beast. Nintendo had excitabike and I think coleco had Donkey Kong….Atari has that 100+ tank game with the Tetris shapes on the field as bunkers…I dont remember intellivision’s pack in..edit and Sega Saturn had virtua fighter

    I have said it before and i will say it again…I expect people in high ranking positions in a company to be mindful..be it Sony or MS. I dont like when they resort to sucker punching. MS deserved what they got at E3..not because it was not innovative but more so because their PR sucked..and sucked bad…and failed to explain properly….personally, I liked what they originally had in store minus the 24 hr check…..but when they announced they would be packing in FiFa for all EU customers…that was a nice addition to the system and people still complained..I mean really? Top notch free game and the whiners all came out of the woodwork..I just dont get it.

    What matters most in the end once the systems launch is going to be games games games..that is what I want to do is play games and if there are extras in for free..then I am good with that too.

    When Pax is finally upon us and MS announces..say..Madden 25 as a pack in..are certain people going to complain? Yup and the sucker punches will be flowing once again.

    Its called wheeling and dealing..its business and the idea is to get an advantage over your closest competitor.

    Again MS have not been angels either as they have done it too..I just dont like the sucker punches. It all just seems so damn childish to do it. M

    #18 2 years ago
  19. sebastien rivas

    @ 15
    +1

    @16
    Well believe it or not but it goes both ways. I read unfounded comments with no backbone (back up to apply a point) about sony in MS threads and same goes about MS in Sony threads.
    Where it gets complicated is that it is often a light point with no real substance that just envenimate perception then a plethora of the same sort ensue.

    If you are wondering, I really don’t care for a box and don’t understand how one can be a groupil of a piece of plastic for either and any name out there. Pepsi or Cola, I drink both… What is important is what each deliver, and that is that.

    Was not Nintendo SNES and Sega 8 bits shipping with a title for free back in the 80′s and actually all console manufacturers started to drop this ideal early in the 90′s? Am I wrong??

    #19 2 years ago
  20. pcbros

    EVERYONE loves a free game. Only ODD people prefer not to get a free game. Checkmate!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Francis O

    Its freaking $500, of course people aren’t going to run out and pre-order it. Nor are people going to run out and purchase a $500 system with a lot of games that can be played on the much cheaper Xbox 360 and PS3.

    I don’t know why people think the Xbox One is going to be this huge hit across the globe priced that high.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. sebastien rivas

    @21

    I feel the same way but only for myself.
    To be honest since they dropped DRM 24/check then I would like one but 500.00, I just can’t do it.
    400$ is already a big sum for me…

    #22 2 years ago
  23. pcbros

    I personally plan to buy a Wii U (Wind Waker bundle) and let the XB1/PS4 war settle a bit. I don’t think I can be a Day One buyer… too risky.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. MCTJim

    @21 when it comes to Holidays..100 bucks wont make a damn bit of difference really..People are going to buy what they want to buy and price really wont matter….for example the new iteration of the iPhone each year..people run out to spend 500 bucks on that without blinking an eye.

    i get the $500 price point and it didnt matter to me, i like what I saw at E3 in the games….I got a PS4 for 400 bucks..it didnt matter because I wanted it. That is how this season will dole out..

    #24 2 years ago
  25. fihar

    He was just answering a question, it’s not like he goes around claiming that the X1′s preorder number aren’t good enough.

    Try to read the original interview before claiming that the guy’s an arrogant prick.
    Blame the interviewer if you want for cleary fishing for a snarky response, if you had read the original interview he responded with a monosyllabic response initially before taking the bait.

    It’s a good interview though, read it.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. ddtd

    “Giving away stuff on day one of a new platform launch, in my mind it’s kind of odd.”

    If I were in charge of marketing for MS, I’d take that line and run rampant all over it.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Djoenz

    It is odd business wise. Too bad for ps4 preorders no free game for yall. .

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Joe Musashi

    Serious own-goal statement. Has the stench of Sony of 2006 all over it.

    JM

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Djoenz

    Microsoft delayed launch in 8 countries thus they give Fifa14 for free for all pre orders and thats cool but that doesnt mean Sony has to do the same. Thats all he is trying to say. Assumptions yeah maybe.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. TF_PtMaster

    I see lot of people talking without knowing. Read the damn interview. Talking out of context is so lame. He said nothing wrong.

    I understand is easy bashing around. This discussion is so stupid.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. pukem0n

    @30

    welcome to the world of console wars where kiddies in front of a computer troll around and propably jerk off at the same time ^^

    #31 2 years ago
  32. viralshag

    @30, How is it being taken out of context? What’s “odd” about offering a free game?

    Anyone who actually sells anything will always try to offer a better deal than the other person to make a sale. There’s really nothing odd or strange about it.

    They’re in direct competition with each other, regardless of pre-orders and who has more, if one company is willing to up the ante with a free game as well as the console, it’s probably easier to sell.

    “What do I get if I buy the PS4?”
    “Well for £350, you get the console.”

    “What do I get if I buy the XB1?”
    “Well for £430, you get the console, the Kinect and a copy of FIFA14.”

    The higher price really isn’t going to matter much anyway because I guarantee almost all retailers will create PS4 bundles to match the XB1 which includes FIFA and the PS4 camera/DS pad. And that’s what people will go for to get the “best deal”.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. CycloneFox

    @3: Microsoft did no brilliant job with this 180 at all. They tried out, how much they can force on the gamers and after getting such a broadside back from the gamers, they just paddeled back and at the same time dragged down their own marketing campaign, by claiming “this would have been the future for gaming…”. If they really believed in that vision, they should never have turned back, but should instead make a console that differs from the PS4.
    Anyway, yes of course they are the bad guys. And gamers should not, on top of that, support this kind of strategy where a company tries out how much of a burden they can be on their clients and paddle back to always be on the safe side.

    @topic: Sony, on the other side did alot of sidekicks, which is funny to watch and they always stay (in contrast to Sega back in the ’90s) accurate in what they are saying. Sometimes the reference to Microsoft is pretty damn clear, which they deserve (because, [see the upper paragraph]). The upper statements seem quite snobbish of course. But I think as Sony has a strong standing right now.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Francis O

    @24

    Most iPhones can be obtained for cheap with two year agreements.

    And no, price makes a big difference, it doesn’t matter if its the holidays or not. Right now, The PS4 and Wii U are considerably cheaper than the Xbox One.

    That’s going to hurt sales no matter which way you cut it.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. TF_PtMaster

    @32 I dont know if you work at retail. I do.

    And i share is opinion is odd, because you don’t buy a console with a “free” game especially a third party launch game. You can get a discount in the bundle. For example. PS4 + Shadow Fall for £390. Not the full price discount. This is how retail works. No one gives you anything for free.

    The thing you don’t want to know, is, PS4 is giving free games at launch not A free game. In all stores people are suppose to know all that.

    Yet i agree with you, people do choose the better deal, and where i work no ONE cares/asks about Xbox One. I think people aren’t aware of its launch. And i almost forgot… because is not the better deal. No one cares about Kinect. PS4 plus a game of choice, and a PS Plus Subscription is still the better deal, at least for the large majority of the people willing to buy. ( in my store case 100% of the clients, because we have no preorder for Xbox One vs a lot PS4) It matters to say my country is not in the very few in MS launching list. Still clients don’t show any interest in the Xbox One.

    This in retail environment, of course in forums and sites like VG247 are full of people talking and bashing without knowing. And i understand is easier be funny and trolling around.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. tezzer1985

    Read the interview before you comment, he was pressed question after question about MS, and their 180

    I think he answered the question honestly, and not to be rude

    #36 2 years ago
  37. TF_PtMaster

    @36 People here just read the headlines and the comments section

    #37 2 years ago
  38. viralshag

    @35, When I say match the bundles I don’t mean for a PS4 for £350 plus a free game, that’s just silly.

    What I mean is most retailers are going to offer a price equivalent bundle which will probably run in close to the same price as the XB1.

    PS4/pad/game = £430-440.

    If your store isn’t doing that I would be surprised. Every store is going to play on the XB1 price to upsell more games and accessories for the PS4, they would be stupid not too.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. bobnice

    Im no fanboy of any console, im getting both because im a fanboy of gaming. But these sarcastic comments by sony are getting old and tacky. I dont see MS saying shit about sony, but sony keeps trying to take cheap shot after cheap shot. No one likes a bully and no one likes a bragger. STFU, the fact that xbox one buyers in the UK get a free $60 game bundled with the system means they wont have to shell out $60 for their most loved game is a great thing for gamers…its not “odd.” Every xbox ive bought, and my friends bought have come with bundled games. Even my launch 360 came with perfect dark zero. A free game thats worth $60 is not odd.

    #39 2 years ago

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  • 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, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]