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Call of Duty dev: “games are becoming harder to make and more expensive to make”

Saturday, 21 September 2013 20:28 GMT By Phil Owen

Infinity Ward’s Mark Rubin, currently working on the upcoming megablockbuster Call of Duty: Ghosts, is disturbed by what he perceives as the high cost of entry into the AAA gaming space.

“It’s a scary thing, and I’ll take my Call of Duty hat off for a second here, but games are becoming harder to make and more expensive to make,” Rubin told Game Informer. “And I feel like smaller studios are having trouble. I can’t speak for them, but I would think they are having trouble making big games that hit the big AAA market because they’re harder to do.

“People want better and better graphics, they want more realistic looking art assets, and that comes at a cost and that’s a hard thing to have to deal with.”

On the other hand, of course, you have Devolver Digital, which publishes what they describe as “aaa” games like Shadow Warrior and Serious Sam, which could easily be passed off as $60 major publisher products despite being PC games that don’t come at the standard full price (you can pre-order Shadow Warrior on PC for $34).

Where do you think the line is between AAA and not-AAA? Does it even matter?

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21 Comments

  1. II-WAR-STEINER-II

    Huh really? I mean a COD “games are becoming harder to make and more expensive to make”

    Uh? Alright… -__- Activsion is clever or gamers are dummies idk

    Activsion have the baddest devs ever cuz using the same engine since 2001 lol helloooo? Then, shit MP, with bad matchmaking, cheaters/hackers etc.

    Oh my goodness it’s a lie not a news, wake up kids…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. pcbros

    It’s sad to see how much focus is put on graphics. Back in the NES/SNES era, every developer had a solid chance of releasing a decent game. You didn’t need millions in production to release a game.

    I think indie developers are bringing videogames back to their roots.

    There should be no seperation in games. “AAA” classification should not even exist. Videogames should be measured by their originality, style, story, gameplay and music, not by their budget.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Sethos

    Those lazy fucks are the last to make these statements.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    @2 Dream on brother.

    It makes sense for any visual medium to push its technical limits, it’s no different with Hollywood movies, but the main difference is that Hollywood has been competent enough to grow its business along with its expenses.

    I really do think videogames consistently target the exact same group, and all that does is keep everybody else away.

    I think it’s absolutely true for any form of entertainment, that the moment you stop being creative, you also start hurting your business. Maybe not in the short term, but definitely in the long term.

    You gotta bring in more people, and an effective way of doing that would be to make a number of smaller games, for smaller budgets, with an entirely different focus from the mainstream.

    The indies are doing what they can, but while they have the brains for it, they don’t have the brawn, and Kickstarter isn’t enough.

    I think there’s a real risk of hitting a wall there. Tomb Raider is a sterling example of a game that was clearly a success by any measure, but took a hit because someone wasn’t very good with spreadsheets.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. FuntimeBen

    If it costing more to develop next-gen graphics, imagine how much they are saving by creating bull-shit story lines and NEVER updating their engine? I’m sure they will break even. If they eventually do decide to raise the price of their games, I’m sure their petulant 14 year-old fan-base will understand and not make death-threats to the developers.

    It is the CoD circle of life.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. II-WAR-STEINER-II

    DSB

    Do u know David Cage or other virtuoso? So i don’t be scare about Activsion. They are a bunch of creepy dickheads right, ruin everything, the whole industry with their crap games, EA too…

    It’s a never ending story cuz COD gamers are retarded and full of shit. I mean look at the COD community… -__-

    1 for example

    http://www.vg247.com/2013/07/24/black-ops-2-team-threatened-by-fans-over-latest-pc-gun-tweaks-acti-calls-for-end-of-violence/

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Pytox

    yea their dog is so realistic it even takes down a chopper and fish swim away from the player, so innovative, they should better spend less on marketing and more on the game instead and try something new

    #7 2 years ago
  8. pcbros

    @4 – “It makes sense for any visual medium to push its technical limits”

    But it doesn’t have to be “realistic” graphics in order to be good. You can achieve great visuals through art style.

    I just don’t think we should measure games based on their graphics, just like we don’t measure a movie by it’s special effects.

    And I agree creativity is probably the most important factor in developing games. Something that I feel has been lacking with recent “AAA” titles.

    I’m seeing more exciting things going on with indie developers than with “AAA” developers. I’d say 7 out of 10 times, I’m playing an indie game on Steam.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. II-WAR-STEINER-II

    Beyond: Two Souls is a AAAA++++ game by far…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. AngryConsumer

    looking at Infinity Ward patched to death 10 year old unreal 3 engine.. <- A A A HAHAHAHA!…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. TheWulf

    I’m not sure indie developers would agree.

    There’s a simple, two-step solution to this problem, and it would lead to better games for all of us.

    Step I: Stop with the hyper-realism fetish already.

    Rather than that, concentrate on fun and the fantastic. If people are actually having fun, they won’t bother to stop to examine things so closely.

    There’s a reason why the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks like shit, while something like Klonoa 2, Wind Waker, or even Ultimate Spider-Man looks miles better. This is because they concentrated on making the game a fun experience, rather than making sure every detail was just like reality.

    This is why GTA V will look like shit in a few years (as if it doesn’t already), but there won’t be any complaints about Saints Row IV because people will be too busy having fun with it.

    More fun, less of an obsession with reality.

    Step II: Give up the obsession with fidelity.

    This is tied into the obsession with presenting a perfect reality. If you look at something like Aer then it’s immediately apparent that you can make something lovely without all of those shaders, and ridiculously high resolution textures.

    Games age because it’s easy to tell which one looks more like reality, and which one doesn’t. It’s easy to see which game suffers with the uncanny valley the most. Something like Dust: An Elysian Tale, will be around for decades, just as the original Mega Man game has, whereas games which fetishise fidelity are left behind.

    Why? Because games about high fidelity are one the same as another, and people just go for the least one of those. GTA: San Andreas became shit the moment that GTA IV came out, GTA IV is now terrible because GTA V is out. Yet there are games of various series which are timeless.

    For example, people didn’t stop loving Final Fantasy VI when Final Fantasy VII came out. And people didn’t stop loving Final Fantasy VII when Final Fantasy IX came out.

    You can create a timeless game.

    Conclusion: Games are only expensive because of this obsession with creating the most believable, the most perfect representation of reality.

    But if I wanted reality I’d get off my arse and walk outside.

    Are the youth today so unfamiliar with reality that they only ever experience it in games?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    @2

    I couldn’t agree more. Sadly, it seems like the average person has had their imagination lobotomised, and they just want to watch reality television and play games centred around reality. So anything fantastic confuses and scares them, like a deer in headlights.

    I feel ashamed to call myself human, sometimes.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. XanderZane

    @11
    That’s not even the real Infinity Ward. Most of the original members of Infinity Ward left and is now working with Respawn. Activision’s Infinity Ward probably have about 15-20% of the original members still there. lol!! People wonder why there’s no innovation or major changes. The people they have don’t know how to take the series in a new direction or how to update the game engine to Unreal 4 Engine.

    Of course games are getting more expensive, but I also think developers and publishers aren’t allocating the funds properly and are overstaffed in some cases. They need to stop making CoD games every single year and they would have funds to make other games.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. pcbros

    I don’t think graphic fidelity is bad, but it shouldn’t be the focus.

    Games like Metal Gear do a good job of being somewhat realistic looking but still being creative (with one of the most engaging and wacky storylines ever).

    @13 – I think Nintendo games, indie games and games from the past definitely expanded people’s imaginations more than today’s modern offerings.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @8 I agree. An inspired artstyle goes a lot further. Look at something like Borderlands 2. I never get tired of looking at that game. Not because it’s crystal clear and there’s PhysX everywhere, but because of all the colors, and the environment and its inhabitants.

    I had the same relationship to WoW, at least when it came to some zones. The artstyle just nailed it even though the game was never technically impressive. It’s all a bunch of humongous polygons with a few choice textures on them, but most of us never really saw it.

    I think Rubin is dead wrong when he says “people want better graphics”. It’s one of these terrible delusions that happen in the corporate world when people start relying on focus groups instead of using common sense, or trusting their creatives.

    I’m sure we’d all “like” better graphics if we can get it, but I’m also pretty sure that it isn’t the main thing for the vast majority of gamers.

    @7 I fundamentally don’t get guys like you.

    “Wah wah wah, the dog took down the chopper, that’s so unrealistic, I’m insulted”.

    Fair enough dude, but would you mind explaining to me how that isn’t fucking awesome in every conceivable way?

    Maybe it’s because I grew up in the 90′s, but we used to live for stuff like that. Personally I think we have a dire shortage of helicopter-fighting dogs.

    Some people ask “Why”, others ask “Why not”. The Why Nots really tend to be the better entertainers.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. sebastien rivas

    No way Rubin… what a surprise duhhhh.
    I won’t express my thought on this one, I think I told this enough.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. pcbros

    @16 – “Maybe it’s because I grew up in the 90′s”

    Welcome to the club :)

    I’ll take my NES/SNES gaming days over any of this modern stuff. The PC had awesome graphic adventure games like Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle too.

    That’s why I love indie development. We have a lot of old school guys recreating classic games and we have new developers pushing the creative boundaries.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @18 It’s hard to find stuff like the Lucas Arts games, but if you don’t mind a serious plot, you should really check out Wadjet Eye Games.

    The Blackwell Saga and The Shivah are really quite something. Really really good stuff.

    Ben There, Dan That is one big hilarious tribute to the Lucas Arts games. And the sequel Time Gentlemen, Please was almost as funny.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. SpacemanSpliffz

    How can the publishers of the most bought game in the world, which has earned them billions, have the gall to whine and pule about production costs on a game that is based on a 10 year old, patched to shit engine?

    It’s like foreshadowing a price hike. This will come shortly after next gen. I bet games will be $70-$80 a pop because of all of this amazing input from “the experts of the industry”.

    I should just sell all my consoles and games, and get out while the getting out is still good

    #19 2 years ago
  20. ZappaBappa

    #11 & 14 I don’t believe CoD uses the Unreal Engine. Atleast all cods prior to ghosts haven’t. CoD started out with the ID Tech 3 engine which launched with Quake 3. they modified it so much that its become its own thing. But ID Tech 3 is already 14 years old, and they’re still using the same base for it. They could’ve gone with ID Tech 4, which would’ve been a huge jump graphic wise. Id Tech 4 has huge potential. All Id Engines do. Even Half life was nothing but a total conversion for on Id Tech 3.

    But as many said. They’re the last developers i wanna hear that from. They abused the system for 8 years long. And this whole stuff about Games getting more expensive is just because of consoles, because its expensive to spend dozens of days on just optimizing as much as possible to make it run on old hardware. Back when dev’s main focus was still on PC we didn’t have those issues, because they could just release graphic options alongside the game to improve your performance. They’d make games according to what was available on the market. They didn’t have to spend millions on optimization, and learning unfamiliar hardware.

    Star citizen will set a new standard for how games are made. Its going to be a crazy ambitious game that offers more features/immersion than most games out today on console. Its a game tailored to the gamers who invest in it. Making console games is nothing but a huge gamble. Its completely turned Game developing into a giant risk factor, what you get is what you’ll have to put up with, unless the developer is willing to spend another few grand applying a patch to the servers. The only thing that makes game developing so ridiculously expensive is Consoles.

    Wall of text. Disengage!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. stalepie

    “Are the youth today so unfamiliar with reality that they only ever experience it in games?”

    In regards to escaping from uzi-wielding astronauts on the International Space Station, yes, today’s youth are unfamiliar with that sort of situation.

    @1– I think their engine has been updated quite a lot because every game has looked better than the last, and certainly better than the COD from 2001.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWkNWsKzJME That looks the same? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SumIZb6qMJw as this?

    #21 2 years ago

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  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

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  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

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  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

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