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World of Warcraft revenue drops 54% in seven month stretch – report

Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:15 GMT By Dave Cook

World of Warcraft’s revenue dropped 54% over a seven month period ended April 2013, according to an analyst group. The report suggests that Blizzard needs to now consider new micro-payment strategies.

In a report by Super Data Research entitled, “World of Warcraft is thinking of microtransactions, and that’s a good thing”, the firm stated that the MMO’s revenue was $93 million in April, a decrease from the $204 million figure recorded seventh months earlier.

The report muses the possibility of WoW going fully free-to-play and introducing microtransactions beyond pets, cosmetic items and other content. It explains, “What we generally see after a switch to free-to-play is an influx of new players and a spike in revenues, which, if the cards are played right, can be sustained. But to switch entirely to F2P is currently too much of a jolt for WoW, and doesn’t make sense with the current metrics.

“For example, in order to have sustained the US revenues the game saw in 2011, it would have had to convert 53% of the total free-to-play audience in the US at the time. However, there are now more F2P gamers in the country—and worldwide—so it’s becoming easier to capture this audience. But there’s also more competition.”

The firm has checked the numbers, and apparently the game’s store data shows that active players are willing to shell out on microtransactions, but to reel back core elements and retro-fit them into a micro-payment model, Blizzard would need to converge several mechanics and ideals into a new format. It could prove both disruptive and may serve to alienate the fan base.

What do you think needs to be done for WoW to sustain? Let us know below.

Via MCV.

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31 Comments

  1. noamlol2

    and no one cares…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    “What do you think needs to be done for WoW to sustain?”

    New Expansion pack that will be good for the WoW lore. In my opinion WoW subs suffered because Mists Of Pandaria was not a really good add-on. Sure, it was beautiful but it was not really in “That setting”.

    + EVERQUEST NEXT IS COMING. NOTHING CAN STOP THAT! :D Until Blizzard shows it’s next MMO (that they killed )

    #2 2 years ago
  3. AngryConsumer

    its about time, and hopeful it will lead to wow ending up on the digital graveyard. where it should have been 5 years ago.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. _LarZen_

    “What do you think needs to be done for WoW to sustain?”

    I don’t think even going F2P will save WoW now. People are feed up with the universe and Blizzard need to revamp the entire game.

    I think Blizzard need to do move along to World of Warcraft 2. New game engine and a new world to explore. And the time where one have 25 abilities on the screen is over. Make smarter enemies that requires more from the players and their abilities.

    Better quests that have full voice overs, let us start caring about what is happening instead of just getting a wall of text that 99% skip.

    And WOW2 should come to next gen consoles and it should be cross play between all platforms.

    I cant see WOW as it is today viable for much longer. Even the hardcore players are losing interest.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. dizzygear

    They can start by making the expansion packs free. If i were to jump back into the game i would have to shell out money for cataclysm (which is obsolete now), the panda expansion (which is close to being obsolete) AND the subscription fee.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    I think they need to put up vanilla servers for pvp to ever get me back.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. lookingglass

    It doesn’t matter. Blizzard knows subs are the best option and they are banking on it hard by increasing the dev team by 40% now and another full 40% soon.

    They’ll push out monthly patches and yearly expansions. To top it off, Tom Chilton wants the expansions to be like Call of Duty. So if you haven’t played any WoW before, you can buy an expansion and get right into the action.

    WoW will be fine. 100 million per month?! That’s kills anything else on the market and is in another universe entirely than all F2P releases combined.

    This always happens too. Expansion releases double sub numbers and they slowly dwindle to half. The next xpac will pump it to double. Maybe more since WoW now has something to prove.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Pentecost

    Oh no, the cash cow is dying. Boo-fucking-hoo.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. TMRNetShark

    I think a lot of people stopped playing after WotLK. The system works, just make a new MMO already.

    Specifically one based on Starcraft lore.. pretty please?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. TheWulf

    And so the beast slowly dies. I can’t help but wonder if the popularity of subscriptionless games like Guild Wars 2, Marvel Heroes, and so on have had anything to do with it? And perhaps some of the once-subscription MMOs that have gone down a similar buy-to-play route without having predatory microtransactions, like The Secret World. There are certainly a lot more options out there, now, and more reasonably priced ones to boot. Games with lots of nifty content without the monthly charge.

    Well, after having watched a second friend lose his job to WoW (yes, really), I’m more glad than ever to see it go. I knew he’d been playing for quite some time, he’s been playing it for well over a year. I just didn’t think he’d fallen that far, but with WoW I guess it’s inevitable.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TheWulf

    @7

    Guild Wars 2 is pushing out fortnightly content without the subscription. So, I’m not sure what good monthly content is going to do versus that.

    And to be honest, with the amount of money that Activision-Blizzard has, and the amount of money the players are putting into it, they’ve deserved weekly updates for the longest time, now. The only reason that Blizzard is bothering to get their butt in gear is because they now have very valid competition, hence their more expedient fall from fame.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    @3

    Hello backup. :P Took me a little bit to be sure, but hi.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    @3

    Hello [old anti-PC troll whom we all knew and hated, whose name is now forsaken to say]. :P Took me a little bit to be sure, but hi.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Vice

    Music to my ears. Hope this shit game goes to f2p hell and loses 95% of it’s former playerbase very very soon.

    What needs to be done to WoW? HAH!
    Remove pandas as playable race to begin with. Bring old world back. Stop developer’s open horde fanboyism. Redo wotlk from scratch, forget cata/mop even happened, as a nightmare. Don’t kill Arthas this time. Updgarde graphics significantly. Start focusing on classic Alliance lore once more. That’d do for starters…

    #14 2 years ago
  15. deansmooth1

    I’m a previous wow addict for 7 years, constantly playing 10 to 12 Hours a day lost my friends, lost my Job, I don’t think people understand, but now it’s gotten old very old for The MMORPG world.

    I loved the old WoW vanilla Days and Burning crusade was fantastic but after that it become a Jobless players paradise many people got glued to wow and treated it like a crack addiction but now it’s dying because people want something new

    people want something new WoW has become very repetitive and Generic over the years, you’ll be sucked in doing the same things that you did before Nothing else just expansions and Huge updates.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    So every chain gets judged by it’s weakest link now? That’s reasonable.

    I played for something like 3-4 years, and a little over two of those were spent building a top tier raiding guild with a close knit group, and I didn’t see anyone with problems who weren’t already off balance. It was mostly alcoholism or drug abuse.

    I did see a lot of people who supported eachother, had fun with eachother, and forged long standing friendships, even travelling across Europe to visit eachother. That’s obviously terrible, and no one should ever do it.

    I’ve never seen anything like that bond in any other game, but I’m pretty sure you can find people with serious problems playing absolutely any game you can think of.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @15 That’s an interesting observation, considering that Vanilla and TBC required far bigger time investment in order to progress than Wrath or any other expansion after did.

    People are leaving because they can clear the content almost as soon as its released, and higher difficulties level and ilevels aren’t enough incentive to bother. They’re bored.

    The only thing they need to do to build up subscriptions again is to return the challenge to the game. None of this easy-mode crap. One difficulty, one tier set. If you’re good enough, you get the gear. If you’re not, you don’t.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DarkElfa

    They’re making 93 million and they’re fucking complaining?!

    I hope an ASSteroid lands on them.

    ^Not a typo…

    #18 2 years ago
  19. drw85

    @17 I personally stopped because everything is just about points and currencies and unnecessary lore and atmosphere breaking bullshit like that. Collect this and collect that weird currency, but don’t collect more than this arbitrary number per week… Makes the world and everything very organic and believable.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @19 When they made the end game content so much easier to clear, they had to put some sort of bottleneck in place to stop people from completely steamrolling it too quickly. Hence, loads of tedious gating.

    The removal of vertical progression from WoW ruined the design of the game for the most part.

    The game as it stands right now has about a half dozen different variations on difficulty and gear, and it keeps getting worse – 10 mans, 25 mans, normal mode, heroic mode, flex raiding, LFR, gear upgrades, thunderforged items. It’s a bloody mess. The answer to the problem is practically slapping them in the face, but instead of fixing it they just keep adding more layers of gear divergence to mask the problem.

    LFR ruined a lot of guilds. People don’t care about the higher ilevels since they can just steamroll the raids with strangers now. It reduces guild involvement, guild support, and the necessity of communication. Without communication and friendship building gameplay, people have no desire to stick around. Hence, everyone is leaving.

    Bring back the challenge, and stop spoon feeding players, and people will come back in droves.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. drw85

    @20 That might fix a majority of issues, but not the complete and utter destruction of immersion and storyline.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @21 The vast majority of the playerbase doesn’t give a flying monkey’s about the storyline and “immersion”.

    Personally speaking, I’ve found Pandaria to be some of the best and most consistent storytelling they’ve done since the franchise’s inception. It’s fresh, with tonnes of new lore and characters, and they’ve been moving the story and characters along as a great pace.

    I skipped out on most of Cataclysm because it was so utterly lazy. I can’t fault this expansion for that. Pandaria is an insanely rich location immersion wise.

    I was lucky enough to find a wonderfully friendly group of down to earth and decent people in a solid, dramaless guild, but even that couldn’t keep me playing. They’ve made the entire game so easy and trivial that almost nobody bothers to interact with anyone anymore.

    Because they no longer have to.

    You might as well be playing a single player RPG.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DSB

    @20 Damn, that paints a really grim picture.

    Sounds like they’ve kept going in the direction they started with Lich King. That’s when I left. It’s as if WoW went from showing everybody the way, to desperately scrambling for the casuals like everybody else.

    I really, really hope that Wildstar will have a more uncompromising vision. It would be nice with just one MMO that didn’t strive to be a jack of all trades and a master of none. The mediocrity is deafening out there.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @23 The sad thing is that the quality of the actual content itself is the best it’s ever been.

    Just check this out, for instance: http://youtu.be/slzQOyS5TqQ (major spoilers)

    But the design of the game is shooting itself in the foot.

    I know I would rather challenge a boss 10 times with friends than waltz through a nerfed raid once. It’s become difficult just to find guilds that can even be bothered with progression anymore, thanks to the ease of LFR. Its hard to feel invested when everyone is a stranger.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. antraxsuicide

    @22 Your last sentence still highlights a problem with WoW for me. If you have to have people to make the game interesting, then it’s not interesting. I get that it’s an MMO, but if the game can’t give you something to bond over, then it’s failing.

    I feel like WoW just needs to die. No expansion can change that it’s a game from 2004. Band-aids just won’t help anymore.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    @25 The whole purpose of an MMO is in the grouped gameplay. Creating challenges that can *only* be overcome with the help of other people. It’s not that having people is what makes the game fun. It’s that feeling of completing a fantastic adventure together, epic fantasy stories and challenges that you get to conquer as a team. The solo content is filler at best.

    That’s what WoW did so well, that captured the interest of so many people in the first place

    If you don’t like that sort of gameplay, MMOs will never be the thing for you.

    That’s why games like Monster Hunter have such a strong cult following. They took that game design from MMOs, and applied it at a smaller more Intimate scale. I’m not a fan of MH myself, but I can completely understand what the appeal for a lot of people is.

    I completely agree with the band-aid comment though. That’s all these recent changes are. They’re protecting the wound, but they’re not solving the problem.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    @24 Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. There’s nothing that can really replace the rush of a first kill. That’s what you play for.

    That’s why I was so disillusioned when they started doing vanilla/heroic difficulty, and achievement whoring. First you have to steamroll a bunch of dummy bosses, and then it starts for real – Except the bosses don’t really feel new, they’re just tweaked.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. GwynbleiddiuM

    Can’t argue with anything said here. That’s why I decided not to comment. I do love WoW, but it’s hard to see that the game would change course and go back to its roots, I really can’t see that.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. antraxsuicide

    @Michael
    I agree. But to me, WoW has lost that group dynamic because you no longer ever need other people. There’s nothing to bond over as a group, so it’s a single player game without a compelling reason to play. I’m not saying that it should find a compelling SP motivation; I’m saying it should go back to forcing group work.

    My bad for saying it poorly :P

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    @29 Well then, we pretty much agree. Hahaha.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. noaxispoint

    I am not too concerned with this. Seven months prior to April would of been September which was the Mists of Pandaria release. This article doesn’t show the spike that naturally happened that month. I just don’t buy that the game needs to go all micro-transaction based on this article given. People come and go, especially at the beginning of an expansion. It is a very cyclical business model now and the ones with the newest content usually wins in growth percentage.

    #31 2 years ago

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    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 […]

  • 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 […]