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The Elder Scrolls Online: is it just Skyrim with co-op, or much more?

Friday, 30 August 2013 08:55 GMT By Dave Cook

The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO extension of Skyrim’s first-person template. VG247′s Dave Cook goes hands-on and speaks with Zenimax Online Studios general manger Matt Firor to find out more.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Developed by Zenimax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online is an MMO heading to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2014.

The game is monetised by monthly subscriptions currently priced at $14.99/€12.99/£8.99.

It will also feature microtransactions for in-game items and discounts for those buying game time in batches.

Bethesda is currently pushing Microsoft to allow Xbox One owners to play The Elder Scrolls Online without an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

There seems to be a bubbling concern that The Elder Scrolls Online knifes its parent series in the back and abandons the key elements that made it such a runaway success. I’ve seen a wide range of complaints from gamers so far that cover everything from ‘the palette is too bright’ to ‘I just want Skyrim with co-op’.

It’ll never please everyone, but after spending an hour with the MMO at gamescom last week I came away feeling that The Elder Scrolls Online is a true extension of Skyrim’s template, and in turn it feels more like a core entry to the series with embedded multiplayer, rather than a complete rework from the ground up.

So if you feared that this game might have become World of Warcraft in Nord’s clothing then worry not, it’s very much an Elder Scrolls experience and a vast one at that. My concern then, is that the game isn’t different enough to warrant the recently-confirmed monthly subscription fee, but that’s for the paying individual to decide. I’ll return to that issue later on in this piece.

Regardless, this is a big undertaking for both all concerned, as Zenimax Online Studios general manager Matt Firor explained, “Zenimax Media hired me to start Zenimax Online, make the studio, work with Bethesda Game Studios and it was all centred around the idea of making an Elder Scrolls MMO.

“The early days were all about setting, how the PVP system’s going to be integrated into it, how do the factions work and a lot of technology stuff too. In terms of the idea a lot of the early days were figuring out how the game worked in the timeline of the world.”

It’s set around 1,000 years before the events of Skyrim so given the density of The Elder Scrolls lore out there right now, Firor and his team had to regularly consult Bethesda to make sure all the strands fit. He added, “We had to go through all the books from the other games and take out all the new ones, the ones that were less than a thousand years old because they were obviously anachronistic.

“Then we had a lot of fun writing a lot of new books, a lot of them pre-staging things that the players already know happened because they’ve played the other games, and we got to talk about things that will happen later and things like that. It was a lot of fun.”

It’s important to stress that the team doesn’t view this game as a mere cash-grab, MMO hatchet job, but that it’s a large project designed by and for fans with the series legacy and lore firmly in mind. If the studio can’t keep in-line with the expectations of veteran players, then the whole thing breaks apart. It’s lucky, then, that my hands-on session confirmed the game’s quality.

The section I played was set on Bleakrock Isle, which is part of Skyrim itself. Aesthetically, it’s similar to Bethesda’s last outing with snow-capped mountains, ancient ruins, meandering wildlife and delicate orchestral strings fluttering on the icy breeze. The HUD and controls are also near-identical to the core series, which basically allowed me to start hoovering up quests without first needing a tutorial. It’s familiar, yet the sheer scale of the world is inviting at the same time.

While I was assigned to a party of four, there was no obligation in this early area to group-up and tackle chores as a unit. I ignored them and went on my merry way to Skyshroud Barrow in search of the undead lurking there, and to rescue a scout named Darj. Battling skeletons came naturally, with left mouse for attack, right for block and everything else just where it was when I last played Skyrim.

“It’s mostly, you realise that the multiplayer thing is kind of intertwined into the Elder Scrolls game, not in your face. So you could play the first many, many hours and never access any multiplayer feature at all if you wanted. That was one of our goals; that you should be able to play solo.”

The key difference, however, is in the way enemy attacks are sign-posted. It’s a simple touch, but some enemy attacks are flagged up by a visual effect that signifies a stun chance. Block the incoming blow and your attacker is frozen to the spot in a daze, allowing for brutal follow-up strikes. Enemy attacks with any sort of area-of-effect are also painted in red on the environment, so it’ll always be clear how to dodge incoming arrows and other moves.

Defeating enemies rewards players with experience, and the old ‘learn by doing’ format of attribute levelling has returned – your one-handed proficiency will raise as you dish out more one-handed damage, absorbing attacks will progress your armour stat and so on. The same goes for new abilities mapped to your skill-bar, which improve as they are used.

It’s a tried and tested mechanic, so I’m glad Zenimax Online hasn’t mucked about with it too much. That said, I did feel that trudging across snowy fields in search of runes and captive NPCs felt a tad over-familiar, because in all honesty I’d done most of these things in the past year and half while playing Skyrim. That’s brilliant if you want more of the same experience, but I felt a little bored during some of the more basic side-quests.

When it came to online features I found myself being hammered by some tougher, named creatures but luckily other players came to my aid and helped me take them down. The neat thing here is that you all get the same loot and spoils for your trouble, so it definitely pays to be nice. Once that was done however, I went back to solo play for the rest of my session.

After my hands-on, I asked Firor if he and his team were aware of the the danger that The Elder Scrolls Online could end up being a subscription-based Skyrim with optional co-op. He replied, “I get that question asked a lot and the simple answer is, ‘hey it’s an Elder Scrolls MMO’. The more deep answer is, you can’t just say ‘Elder Scrolls MMO’, you actually have to do it, put in the features that make it, and I think that’s really what we’re bringing to the table.

“You sit down and play it for two hours or an hour and it’s like, ‘hey this is an Elder Scrolls game’. But then you start to realise, ‘hey there’s other people here’, and then you see a friend system, and then you see a group system, you see a guild system, but it’s not like right in your face. The UI is not screaming at you, there’s not 40 toolbars and things flashing.

“It’s mostly, you realise that the multiplayer thing is kind of intertwined into the Elder Scrolls game, not in your face. So you could play the first many, many hours and never access any multiplayer feature at all if you wanted. That was one of our goals; that you should be able to play solo.”

Firor confirmed that players would be able to experience what he called “The Elder Scrolls parts of the game” completely solo, and that includes levelling, exploring, going through your alliance’s main story and more. He added, “There are parts in the upper-reaches of the game like the PvP system where yes, technically you can solo but you’re going to want to. We’re going to have some higher-level PvE stuff we’re working on now that is much more group orientated. No one’s going to force you to group when you’re just doing normal Elder Scrolls things like playing the core quest-line and exploring the world.”

On top of this, there are public dungeons that can be tackled solo – although chances are you’ll be ganked on sight – and high-level areas that really do demand a group effort if you want to survive. Like Bungie’s approach with Destiny, it’s somewhat refreshing to see multiplayer and online participation offered as an option, rather than a mandatory style of play. However, this is a paid-MMO we’re talking about here, so it seems a little off that players will be expected to pay monthly for what is essentially a solo campaign with optional co-op.

Either way, Firor confirmed that his team is playing a long-term strategy with The Elder Scrolls Online, and that there is a five-year roadmap currently in the works that will see new content added to the mix regularly.

It’s impossible to ascertain an MMO’s true value based on a single half-hour play session so please do bear that in mind, but if both Bethesda and Zenimax Online Studios want this game to survive for years in the heated MMO space, they need to deliver a solid prospect worthy of monthly fees, as well as a compelling online content stream to keep people coming back.

It’s a tall order, and right now the MMO-noob in me is pleased that there are options for solo players. I’m simultaneously concerned that people won’t want to pay regularly for something that doesn’t go ‘all-in’ on the true MMO front. This all depends on what you want from the experience; Do you want the biggest Elder Scrolls solo campaign in existence with co-op, or would you prefer a fleshed out MMO experience through-and-through?

Let us know what you think below.

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8 Comments

  1. viralshag

    I am very interested to see how this turns out. I’m not a die-hard ES fan but I like the series enough to drop significant hours into it.

    However, some of my friends are and they’re looking forward to it but with the sub they’re not sure if it’s worth it for more than a month or two. Whereas in comparison they’re still playing Skyrim daily.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. silkvg247

    If they want to charge for the game AND a sub I probably won’t even look at it, tired of that old double whammy.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. TheWulf

    @2

    It’s not that it’s that they’re charging for the game and the sub, it’s that it has levels and a vertical progression surface to clamber up. We should all know what that leads to by now, as it always has.

    What I want to hear from MMOs these days is: The game costs money buy and has cosmetic microtransactions, but has no subscription. There are no levels in the game, and the progression is mostly horizontal in nature.

    This is exactly what Everquest Next is telling me. Which is why every MMO other than Everquest Next has fallen off my radar of late.

    The only other MMO I’m even considering at the moment is LEGO Minifigures Online, and that’s only because it could play like a Traveller’s Tales game, and those games are very, very good (and also purely horizontal in nature).

    #3 2 years ago
  4. fearmonkey

    “Do you want the biggest Elder Scrolls solo campaign in existence with co-op” – yes please!!!

    Seriously, I want to play this game Solo as much as I can, and play multiplayer when i want. The reason I want to play this game is to see all the stuff I havent seen before in Elder scrolls games, all the new locations that future games might take place in. As a long time Elder Scrolls fan, all that history and being around in that time is awesome, and I hope they pull it off.

    Skyrim is just a part of the world, I am eager to see what they other locations are like and revisit places I have seen before.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TheWulf

    @4

    The only problem with that is that, like WoW, you’ll be grinding levels in order to see the other areas of the game. You’ll likely have paid for anywhere between four to six months worth of subscriptions before you’ve seen most of it.

    I’d rather this in an actual Elder Scrolls model, where I could explore the entire world at my leisure, without being punished for something as completely ridiculous as level. Because you can bet they won’t have scaling in Elder Scrolls Online.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hcw87

    And thank god for that (no scaling). Worst part in any game, hated Oblivion because of that.

    ”Hey i’m finally level 50, lets go back to an area i had problems with before and finish up that quest”

    Proceeds and gets killed by the same crab you got killed by at level 2.

    Yeah, that’s a big sense of empowerment allright. You NEED levels and no scaling, or you won’t feel like you’re building a character at all. It’s an MMO for gods sakes, people are expected to play for months.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Bowser

    #6 COMPLETELY disagree. To each their own, but scaling is a big part of why I prefer Oblivion to Skyrim. With Oblivion, the open world truly felt OPEN. I felt like I could go anywhere and adventure and do things and have the right amount of challenge. With Skyrim, there was too much “oh, can’t play this part yet, enemies will rape you” followed by the even worse “oh, you’re killing everything in one hit, guess you shoulda came here sooner lol” all the time. Also, unless I recall really incorrectly, crabs did not just kill you at high levels at all. Scaling didn’t make old enemies stronger, it meant there were different stronger enemies in areas when you were stronger. It made it so it felt like the world was evolving with you, and on a different playthrough the experiences could end up very different.

    To each their own, but Oblivion is easily my favorite Elder Scrolls (though I admittedly haven’t played 1 or 2) and scaling was a big part of that.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. edzew

    I got to play this game in the open beta a little while ago and i must say i am very disappointed in it. At first I was excited because the customization of your toon was really detailed, but then i got into the game. It was just like Star Wars Galaxies…NGE. View was way to the right, over the shoulder, and if you zoomed in to first person it was just odd. Left click main weapon swing right click block. Granted its still in beta but if you cant move around and or click on things because a stupid NPC is following you around and getting in your way so instead of clicking on the item you click on her and start a conversation, that is just bad and super annoying. I played the game for about an hour until i just couldn’t take it any more and logged out. this game isn’t worth a sub and i wouldn’t pay more than $10 for the actual game. It is very sad because i was so looking forward to this game but it fell flat on its face.

    #8 2 years ago

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    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

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

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

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

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

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

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

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