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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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  6. silkvg247

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

    #6 1 year 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 1 year ago
  8. Pentecost

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

    #8 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  12. TheWulf

    @3

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

    #12 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  18. DarkElfa

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

    I hope an ASSteroid lands on them.

    ^Not a typo…

    #18 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  21. drw85

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

    #21 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
  30. Ireland Michael

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

    #30 1 year 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 1 year ago

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    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]