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Batman: Arkham Origins peels back the cowl and gets personal – gameplay & interview

Friday, 6 September 2013 08:29 GMT By Dave Cook

Batman: Arkham Origins developer Warner Montreal explains to VG247′s Dave Cook why it’s the darkest, most personal entry yet. He also goes hands-on with Deathstroke and makes a tit of himself.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Developed by Warner Montreal, Batman: Arkham Origins will launch Worldwide on October 25 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

The campaign section I saw featured crazy pyromaniac Firefly. You can see footage of him in action here.

We’ve got a new batch of screens here, showing the Batcave, Mad Hatter and more.

As with previous Arkham titles, Origins will come with a batch of alternative costume DLC. Check out what’s on offer here.

Throughout Christopher Nolan’s trilogy-closing flick The Dark Knight Rises, we hear Bruce Wayne stressing that the point of his crusade against Gotham’s criminal underbelly was to establish a symbol people could aspire to, and to show that anyone can be Batman, just as Warner Montreal has proven that any studio can make a solid Batman game.

It’s only natural that gamers out there feared for the health of the Arkham series once Rocksteady Studios announced it was taking a step back from the DC Comics brand. After all, the London outfit had released not one, but two critically-acclaimed licensed titles amid a quagmire of lazy tie-ins that do little but piss on the legacy of their source material. The team had defied convention and showed the industry how it was done.

After playing Batman: Arkham Origins at gamescom last month I sat down for a chat with Warner Montreal creative director Eric Holmes to discuss the enormity of shouldering Rocksteady’s vision, and to get a feel for how the transition has produced a game that looks to be every bit as polished as its predecessors.

It began in July 2011, after Rocksteady handed over the Arkham code-base to Warner Montreal. “I started in October,” Holmes recalled, “and by that point we were messing around with what we could do, and our team had already coded stuff in Unreal before, so we worked out how the mechanics worked and how that particular code-base was set up. But really it was up to us to decide what we wanted to do, and take the solid foundation that was there and figure out what we were looking for in this game.”

The base concept is that Batman: Arkham Origins takes place during ‘year two’ of Bruce Wayne’s campaign of justice. GCPD Captain James Gordon hasn’t earned his ‘Commissioner’ title yet, the Dark Knight’s still a wanted vigilante pursued by the cops, and he hasn’t crossed paths with The Joker yet. This is a very different, darker take on the comic book lore, and it all takes place on one cold, fateful Christmas Eve night.

I asked Holmes if there was ever any doubt that Warner Montreal would make a prequel to Batman: Arkham City, and he confirmed that the idea had been there since he joined the team. As a comic fan himself, he was always drawn to the ‘Year One’ arc, in which Bruce Wayne figured out his modus operandi, and encountered several iconic villains again for the first time. This is where the Arkham Origins’ personal plot comes into play.

“Batman in the other games is very full,” Holmes explained. “He’s very completely formed. He is exactly as he is in the standard continuity, but going back to that earlier space he’s a bit more vulnerable, a bit less complete, and so the things that happen in our story could really change who he is. So that’s why I really got attracted to the prequel space and what I wanted to

He added, “We say it’s roughly ‘year two’. If you’re a Batman fan the timeline doesn’t add up a whole lot as it’s been around for so long and there’s been so many stories that to add them all end to end, he’d be very old. In Year One he’s establishing himself. In ‘year two’ he’s part of the Gotham landscape but he’s not really understood yet. The mobsters think he’s a myth – some of them do – but there are ones who know he’s for real, who have met him and don’t like him.

“These two guys stand for different things: Batman stands for justice. Gordon stands for law. They’re very similar but they’re not the same, so those two guys are in conflict for a lot of a story.”

“The cops still consider him an outlaw. He’s not a friend of the cops or a member of the institutions of Gotham, and one of the things I think this emotionally lends us is, Batman becomes scary when he’s not understood. In the other games we’ve seen him referred to as ‘Batman’ by people. The guards in the asylum called him ‘Batman’ with a capital B as if that’s his name, rather than the idea of someone who’s ‘the winged vigilante’ or something that sounds more mysterious or scary.”

Holmes added that the name ‘Batman’ is generally not used in the game, and that you’ll get a real feel for how Bruce’s actions and his urban legend status strike fear into the populace. This notoriety has caught the eye of ruthless mobster Black Mask, who has placed a $50 million bounty on Batman’s head, drawing eight of the world’s deadliest assassins to Gotham in a bid to claim the spoils.

Beneath the action and chaos lies a personal story that tracks the strained relationship of Bruce and his loyal aide Alfred Pennyworth. There is parental struggle at play here that paints the billionaire as a petulant child obsessed with his work, while his increasingly exasperated father figure tries to steer his master away from harm.

Indeed, the section I saw in Cologne opened with jet-pack toting maniac Firefly bombing the Gotham Bridge in an attempt to lure Batman out of the shadows. The scene opened with Alfred talking to Bruce over his radio, warning him that the attack was clearly a ruse and that he should refrain from getting involved. Stubborn as always, Batman ignores his friend’s wishes and stealths his way around the bridge’s struts and maintenance rooms in a similar fashion to the previous games.

Using vents and vantage points, Batman dispatches some Falcone goons using the series’ combat mechanic which – while familiar to fans by now – looked no less impressive with age. One new addition to the player’s arsenal is a pair of electrified gauntlets that can be activated for a quick power increase, letting Bats punch through enemy shields, charge up switches to access locked rooms and more. You can charge it up mid-battle by battering any thug holding a shock stick, which adds some combo strategy to the mechanic.

Players can also use the Bat-Claw to tether two enemies and pull them together, which results in a painful knocking of heads. After deactivating a series of bombs strewn across the bridge – and ignoring Gordon’s warnings to stand down or be arrested – Batman encounters Firefly torching the surface with his flamethrower. After latching on to him with the Bat-Claw and flying off through the air, the demo comes to a close. It looked like a neat-set up to an insane boss battle. I wanted to see more.

Speaking of Gordon; Holmes explained that Origins will also delve deep into the would-be-commissioner’s relationship with the Dark Knight, and his own fight against a police force that is as rotten at the core as Gotham’s many mobs. “Without spoiling it too much, this is a big part of our story,” Holmes revealed and added, “The Gotham landscape before he became commissioner was a very different place. it was corrupt, full of very bad cops who didn’t like him and didn’t trust him because he didn’t take bribes, he wasn’t one of the boys and he stood for things they didn’t.

“The Black Mask is definitely the antagonist, as he’s the guy who put the hit out and the guy Batman is pursuing. But I’m not going to tell you what The Joker is. I’ll let you play the game and figure that out.”

“The Gotham PD that we have is that dirty, dark and corrupt one that is really another one of the gangs in the city almost. They’re answerable to the authorities but the authorities are corrupt in Gotham too. One of the things you’ll start to see happening throughout game is that people start to believe in Gordon, they start to believe in Batman.

“These two guys stand for different things: Batman stands for justice. Gordon stands for law. They’re very similar but they’re not the same, so those two guys are in conflict for a lot of a story. We know where they end up but we don’t know how they got there, so that’s part of the theme of Arkham Origins.”

With my campaign preview out of the way, I got a chance to play the game for myself, and I dived into a new mode called 1 vs 100. It’s a survival mode that offers Batman and Deathstroke as playable characters. The aim is to simply defeat 100 thugs of increasing difficulty while trapped in a tiny arena. It’s brutal and demands mastery of all facets of the game’s combat mechanic. From removing enemy shields to deftly dodging knife swipes, you’ll need to have razor sharp reflexes and discipline to survive long.

I’m being a hypocrite of course, because I only managed to defeat 22 enemies before Deathstroke fell to his knees. He’s more weighted than Bruce, but what he lacks in speed he more than makes up for in range. You can alternate staff swipes that cut through enemies with a wide arc along with ranged pistol attacks to help manage crowd control. When swarmed you can also leap into the air and toss a cluster of proximity bombs to the floor, catching hapless goons off guard.

Even with Deathstroke’s military-grade load-out to hand I still found this mode to be incredibly brutal. This is something for the Arkham aficionado for sure, and a way to test those who have grown accustomed to the series’ brand of combat. Make no mistake; if you think you’re shit-hot at the fighting mechanic already then I guarantee that you’ll be humbled by this mode. It’s a neat spin on the horde format that doesn’t let up for a moment.

With palms suitable coated in stress-induced sweat and feeling a little shit at video games, my time with Batman: Arkham Origins came to a close. But I noticed a distinct lack of The Joker throughout the session. I asked Holmes to shed some light on just how significant his role will be.

“The Black Mask is definitely the antagonist,” he replied, “as he’s the guy who put the hit out, and the guy Batman is pursuing. But I’m not going to tell you what The Joker is. I’ll let you play the game and figure that out.”

Bugger.

Batman: Arkham Origins launches on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U worldwide on October 25.

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13 Comments

  1. mistermogul

    Hope this is as good as Asylum.

    Thought City wasn’t quite as good…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. KAP

    City was a great title just different tone to asylum.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Edo

    What’s interesting is that the PC version wasn’t delayed…..yet.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Ohmighty

    Why does everyone have a soft spot for the Joker? I would love to see more on Oswald and don’t forget the family feud with the cobblepot’s and the Wanes. So if that’s not a major story line then I don’t know what is?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @4 Maybe it’ll delve into that? I know Pengiun is a key character as well. I heard the Falcone guards muttering about this ‘newcomer in Gotham called the Penguin’ and how he’s trying to seize control away from the Falcones.

    Could be some neat story in there ^

    #5 1 year ago
  6. CoryBittickThePornoCritic

    @4 The Joker is the most popular and arguably the most memorable of the Batman villains. It makes good marketing sense for Rocksteady to place the Joker as the main villain or at least a larger presence.

    I agree with you though. Heck, in my ideal world, Louie the Lilac would be the main villain.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. YoungZer0

    “it was corrupt, full of very bad cops who didn’t like him and didn’t trust him because he didn’t take bribes, he wasn’t one of the boys and he stood for things they didn’t.”

    Aha, so that’s why they had no problems to shoot at Gordon and Batman at the same time.

    I can’t wait for this game to come out. Although the environmental design seems to be lacking, the character design looks to be much more grounded in reality.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. viralshag

    Bat’s new suit looks boss.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Djoenz

    This new Batman game and the recent MGS5 Quiet’s clothing fiasco reminded me of Val Kilmer:

    http://behindthepanels.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/batmanandrobin.jpeg

    #9 1 year ago
  10. viralshag

    So bad… you should be ashamed.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. YoungZer0

    I definitely prefer this Bane and Black Mask to Rocksteady’s vision. Joker doesn’t look bad either.

    http://www.destructoid.com//ul/258843-bane.jpg
    http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/7/78508/2086833-BaneModel1.jpg

    http://www.cinemablend.com/images/gallery/s54499/Batman__Arkham_Origins_13656012392305.jpg
    http://media.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/44646/BatmanArkhamCity-BlackMask.jpg

    http://www.cinemablend.com/images/gallery/s55881/Batman__Arkham_Origins_13690745712783.jpg
    http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/joker-arkham-city.png

    Though Rocksteady’s Joker has a better smile.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Djoenz

    Hhaha seriously it popped in my mind!

    #12 1 year ago
  13. YoungZer0

    I think I already know what the Joker wants. He has probably the same motivation he had in The Dark Knight. He’s definitely not in it for the money. Will probably backstab Black Mask and try to take over the underworld.

    #13 1 year ago

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    Frogmind Games has announced it will be bringing its action-adventure game Badland to multiple platforms this spring with Badland: Game of the Year Edition. Initially released in 2013 on tablets, the game is a mix of physics-based gameplay with varying level designs and power-up featuring cloning, growing and slowing down time. Badland is set in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront concept art shows Endor, map details teased

    With Star Wars Battlefront set for holiday 2015, it’s high time we were told something about the FPS. Today, a slight bit of information was released on the game, along with a piece of concept art. Finally. While we wait until spring for the first look at the game, we’ll have to be sated with […]

  • You can now catch Emboar and Serperior in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

    Two new Pokemon are now available for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire through the official Pokemon website’s special event. You can pick up the fire, fighting type Pokemon Emboar from January 28 – November 30, per IGN, using the special code POKEMON500. Enter it into the Mystery Gift section from the main game menu to […]

  • Fight demons, save the world in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum this March

    A new set of videos for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum have been released by NIS America, showing off the roguelike RPG coming to PlayStation 3. In the game, player will guide a high school student named Shin Kamikaze as he comes to term with being a god. After having a dream featuring a girl talking […]

  • You can now pick up Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition on PC, tablets

    Heroes of Might & Magic 3 HD Edition is now available on PC as well as Android and iOS tablets. The fifteen year-old title has been revamped in full HD and includes the seven original campaign scenarios and 48 skirmish maps. Local multiplayer mode, a map editor and a Steam lobby are also included.

  • 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s Make Arma Not War contest announced

    The 50 finalists for Bohemia Interactive’s €500,000 Make Arma Not War contest have been announced, after the firm combed through over 250 entries. Finalists chosen in the single-player category were chosen by Arma 3 players, and the add-on and multipkayer entries were selected by Bohemia Interactive. Winners for the next round will be evaluated by […]

  • Here’s a new batch of gruesome Killing Floor 2 screenshots

    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]