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“Proper cause to celebrate”: Sony rediscovers its disruptive roots with PS4

Thursday, 26 September 2013 16:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony is ushering in a new, disruptive strategy with PlayStation 4. VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with Sony UK’s Fergal Gara regarding how the firm is re-igniting its past to shake up the industry at large.

When PSone initially came out of the gate it did so in a hell-fire of dark, obscure marketing campaigns and purposely warped messages. To cite one example, the original Crash Bandicoot TV spots featured more live-action footage of a fat man in a tiki mask trashing a supermarket than actual gameplay. Sony was a risk taker back then, like a petulant upstart hawking flem into the eye of the established order and calling for anarchy in the ranks.

With PlayStation 4, that old feeling is back at Sony, and while the company’s image has become more palatable in recent years, it has taken a number of big bets that could create significant ripples in the industry at large. Combined with a strong family of triple-a studios, an aggressive investment in the indie market, the continual push of PS Vita, the incredible clout of PS4, the acquisition of Gaikai and more, and you have a company that wants you sit up and pay attention.

Today, in the deafening and shockingly under-soundproofed press rooms of Eurogamer Expo’s grand hall, I spoke with Sony’s UK VP and MD Fergal Gara to talk about the company’s strategy moving forward, and how it looks to rekindle its love of disruption.

VG247: Sony has delivered a clear, frank PS4 message from day one, while we’ve seen Microsoft twist in the wind a little. What’s your view on that?

Fergal Gara: It’s not my place to comment on what the competition are doing, but what I am delighted about is that we planned the message, we planned an approach and we stick to that approach. The reaction of gamers out there – which is most evident with their delight and pre-ordering of the machine – has shown that we’ve got a good relationship with customers.

VG247: PS4′s tech is impressive, and we’ve seen Microsoft announce the increase of Xbox One’s clock speed. What’s your view on this? How future-proofed is the PS4 for one?

Gara: Probably the biggest barometer I would pick out for where the tech is, is the feedback from publishers – both in-house and out-of-house – because they tell us it’s a dream to develop for. They tell us the way it’s configured, the architecture, it means they’re not hitting that glass ceiling hardly at all. Where as, if you look at the experiences coming out there on PlayStation 3 later this year – I can pick out Beyond or Gran Turismo 6 – they’re really pushing the envelope of what PS3 can do.

It is possible to create that level of experience on PS4 far more easily, so I guess the shackles are off for them. How far can they push it and when do they hit their glass ceiling? I’m not really the best person to ask, but they certainly feel hugely liberated and inspired right now.

“PlayStation 4 is a dedicated, specialist device that has become architecturally involved with the PC environment, but it’s configured in a way to deliver a rich experience above all others.”

That’s good to hear, as we heard a Nvidia exec yesterday stating that their PC tech – now – is more powerful than what PS4 or Xbox One can offer gamers. But, do you feel this new wave of PC tech will detract from next-gen consoles as the capabilities increase rapidly?

It doesn’t look like a concern at the moment. You always have to keep your eyes open to see where potential threats might come from. The only thing we know for sure is that the initial demand, and the initial weeks and months of PlayStation 4 is almost guaranteed to be exceptionally strong. That’s based on pre-order numbers that we’re delighted with. They’re the best we’ve ever seen, so that gives us huge confidence.

Let’s not forget that PlayStation 4 is a dedicated, specialist device that has become architecturally involved with the PC environment, but it’s configured in a way to deliver a rich experience above all others. It’s designed to deliver gameplay at the best possible level, which wasn’t compromised in terms of the decisions we’ve made.

The current cycle is still going, but given the speed at which PC tech is improving, do you see the next cycle being shorter?

People forget that the cycle before that is still going. We’re still selling PS2s now. We only stopped manufacturing them earlier this year, so Sony is adept at overlapping life-cycles. It shows a different regional profile, the fact that we’re a global brand means that the tail is longer in certain markets and the uptake is slower in certain markets. Then there are emergent markets. But that’s the great benefit of having a portfolio in places where – as one device gets cheaper and cheaper – it becomes more and more accessible to more different markets.

I think there’s a good question in there, which is, “How long is this next cycle?” But we go into it thinking it’s at least several years. What will the world look like in five to seven years time? It will undoubtedly have evolved even further. There’s innovations already in there like the double screen experience, and remote play on PS Vita, or whether it will be running apps and that is developing quite nicely.

But I’d also say that the Gaikai acquisition is taking cloud gaming to more devices over time. So how does that look in five to seven years? I think it will be really, really interesting. Playstation 4 has taken time to develop as it represents the top tier of the PlayStation experience, and it is liberating in many ways over a range of devices, so that’s really exciting.

The PlayStation brand does seem to be more accessible now, as you said, because of multiple platforms that support it. It’s also more accessible to indies now, and you have done a lot to ensure you snap up the talent.

And that will be developed right away. That is live from day one, and it’s not some time in the future. You’ll see several games available on day one, and many, many more in the months to follow. So that’s a sincere move that’s been made and planned over a considerable time, and we’re really delighted by it.

This is what I wanted to ask basically, because we saw Microsoft stating that its ID@Xbox program won’t see indie games launch until 2014 now. What’s your view on differentiating between triple-a and indie games in this manner? Is this positive discrimination needed at all?

“Some people have been critical of PS Vita. The potential killer app might well be the remote play with PS4. Watch Dogs is playable on PS Vita over wi-fi and that is exciting. To say we should write-off PS Vita … absolutely not. We’re hitting the numbers we want to hit today.”

Well yeah, and let’s not forget we’re incredibly proud of our network of studios like Naughty Dog and Polyphony, Guerrilla. It’s just three examples of amazing output this year. Sometimes the most creative and innovative experiences aren’t just about big budgets and triple-a developers.

They are about a great idea executed in a new and interesting way, and indies can be brilliant at that. I’d also say that another observation of how the market has evolved in recent years is, we’ve seen a trend towards bigger and bigger titles and a really open middle ground, with – unfortunately – a lot of middle ground publishers falling out of the market. But we see the indie market as the new middle ground.

They can develop quickly, easily and economically in a much more entrepreneurial style, and I think what we’ll see is a new middle ground again with great games and experiences. Some of them will be at low price-points, some of them at medium-to-high price-points, but all of them relatively easy to develop. I’ll give you a good example; the interaction of the DualShock 4 and the PlayStation camera. We’re bringing out a really interesting experience called Playroom.

That’s as much a tech demo as it is a great interactive experience. You can see that going on in different directions in regards to the gameplay. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was an indie developer that produced a killer application from that technology.

Would Sony, then, be prepared to use such tech or ideas across the Sony family of in-house studios, and of course enlist new indies into that group?

Yeah, we aim to be a broad church. We have been a broad church for all of our existence really, and we’re setting ourselves up to be that again.

Am I right in saying that these indie developers will help fill the gaps between the big ‘blockbuster’ games? Because it seems to me that these big titles are now so expensive that there’s simply can’t be as many of them in a year as we’ve seen in the past.

You don’t want it to be too heavy either. Every Christmas is just the next big franchise, the next big iteration of a big franchise. At some stage yeah, gamers are going to get very tired of that, and even if they become just more shiny, more sparkly because it’s a next-gen console, I don’t think that alone is enough. So it’s interesting to see the next set of triple-a franchises coming through and two of the rising ones are Watch Dogs and Destiny, and we’re working really closely with them. That’s good but it isn’t – on its own – enough.

You mentioned Gaikai earlier and I interviewed Dave Perry a few times before Sony bought the company, and even then it sounded like genuinely exciting, disruptive tech. Shuhei Yoshida said recently that the European launch is being held back by broadband concerns in the region. Can you share any more on that issue?

With anything new you have to pick a place to start, and the US was a more obvious place to start with using Gaikai technology, due to the more consistently high-performance broadband you see in the US. There are areas in broader Europe where broadband is excellent, and in the UK, but there are parts of Europe where it’s more patchy. So it’s simply a starting place. We see it as an exciting source of development that will grow and evolve over time, and we’re excited that this stuff is happening.

“The Gaikai acquisition is taking cloud gaming to more devices over time. I think it will be really, really interesting.”

What is the nature of Gaikai on PS4? Is it like Spotify where I can pay a monthly fee and access the classic PlayStation back catalogue?

We haven’t decided. It’s early days.

Not to worry. We saw this week that Valve announced SteamOS and a line of branded hardware. Sony has dealt with the company before, so I wondered if perhaps you had spoken with them about bringing the tech to PS4 at some point.

Not personally, I don’t know if there’s a conversation going on about it.

What do you think of it personally?

I haven’t studied it I’m afraid.

In some ways Sony and Valve share similar traits in your desire to roll out the brand over multiple devices that work together, like PS Vita cross-play, remote play and mobile. Some people still say Vita lacks a killer app, but it’s not exactly content-poor.

Some people have been critical of PS Vita, and if it wasn’t for the fact that lots of gamers really, really enjoy it, and the feedback has been very good on the device, maybe we’ve been a little less confident. But of course there have been concerns that we’ve progressed from. Chief concerns were the cost of the system and the cost of games. The cost of the machine; it’s now selling in the UK at £50-70 less than it was a year ago, and it’s growing year-on-year. We’re really pleased. It’s been hard work, but we’ve got there.

Secondly, the price of games; you know,first-party games are now coming out at a lower price than they were a year ago. But not only that, we’ve got the Mega Packs, which is up to ten of games and a memory card included in the price of the console for free. And then of course PlayStation Plus offers an instant game collection across three platforms now, well, as off November 29 when you will get games for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

The potential killer app might well be the remote play with PlayStation 4. For example, Watch Dogs is playable on PS Vita over wi-fi and that is very, very exciting. To say we should write-off PS Vita … absolutely not. We’re hitting the numbers we want to hit today. We’re pleased, it’s very ambitious going into the big season.

In general then, what’s your view on Sony’s readiness as you build towards the PS4′s UK launch?

The demand is absolutely there, and there’s lots of finishing touches to the launch plan, but right now, a lot of what we’re doing is a bit of returning to what made PlayStation great originally. It’s about revisiting those key moments in our history and trying to reignite some of those. You can expect to see a non-corporate strategy from us, for want of a better word. I don’t want to reveal everything now, but it’ll be proper cause to celebrate, and to celebrate our history. We’ve been going 20 years, six consoles, and we’re really pleased about it.

PlayStation 4 hits the US on November 15, and Europe November 29.

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15 Comments

  1. gomersoul

    Great read… PS4 can’t come soon enough!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. fearmonkey

    Great Interview Dave!

    I loved the fact you asked them about Steam. They should hook up with Valve and give the PS4 Steambox abilities if they can. That would amazing (probably wishful thinking) and really be good for PS4 sales.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. viralshag

    Did they really have a clear message from the start though? Because really they announced the console then went almost silent on everything other than the odd bit of news between the initial announcement and E3. Which is where they made any direct messages which just happened to almost be the opposite to MS.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. MFBB

    #2 Steambox abilities? What should that be…Valve develops a Linux based operating system and the steambox is a normal pc with that OS.

    Steam itself will be the same on PS4 just as it is now on PS3.

    Linux has been there the whole time.

    I have no interest in Linux at all, offers me nothing and would only make my PC life more complicated because everything is designed for Windows.

    There would be to much software/games etc I couldnt use anymore.

    The only thing that could improve gaming performance with a steambox would be if the hardware is set in stone (everyone has the same hardware, just like consoles) and game developers would optimize there games for the steambox.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. ysleiro

    Direct messaging is easy when you hardly take any risks.

    “We picked a message and stuck to it”. Just so happens this message is almost identical to the PS3 message.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. fearmonkey

    @4 – By Steambox, I meant being able to stream Steam games that use a controller from your PC to your PS4 and play them.

    (A dream..I know) But it would sell PS4′s to PC customers, but probably be a bad business model…

    #6 1 year ago
  7. livewired500

    @5 and I’m totally happy with that.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. ysleiro

    @7 Agreed but it’s not really a logical bragging point.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Lewis247

    I was right into the whole buzz of next gen being announced but right now I’m just not sold on the launch line up. Exclusive wise anyway.

    I’ll sink many hours into BF 4 and I’m hoping Killzone is up to scratch.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. sebastien rivas

    Thanks Dave,

    Great Interview!

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Kreion

    @6

    yeah, you are an idiot (no offence) if you think that would ever happen. Why the hell would Valve or Sony want their profits split?

    By the way what controller are you talking about? A Keyboard and mouse? Why don’t you just…I don’t know…use a PC? Controller will always be the dominant control method for consoles going into the near future.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. fearmonkey

    @11 – Stranger things have happened…..

    A PS or Xb controller on PC is what I meant, most games on Steam support controllers. I play most of my steam games with a controller, and big picture is meant to work with controllers.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. noamlol2

    after the steambox announcement all of this sounds weak to me

    praising the console market won’t save sony and M$ from less consoles sales

    in all honesty i haven’t touched my xbox nor my ps3 almost a month

    why? since the OS is slow as fuck and the games are just out right boring

    want to surf the web for a quick solution for a difficult puzzle? well you’re screwed since the console browser is garbage

    want to hear music on PS3? nope sorry can’t

    on 360 if you rip legit music it won’t play, so you have to use youtube2mp3 because xbox loves music piracy..

    also did i mention the fact it’s still a locked market? ownership is nothing with console digital but with steam… you can buy cheap and keep them forever or give the game to your friends if you applied to that beta

    there is nothing that consoles can keep me buying their junk,like seriously games like BF,GTA and many other shooters have because DLC/microtransactions money grabs with no actual value to them

    single player games revloves are shooting countless people with little story

    DRM on recording gameplay (they said they will allow recording through HDMI but they said it’s still in their control and you must wait for the patch…

    also.. patching still costs a fuckton of money, so indies are still screwed.

    the living room isn’t just console turf anymore

    #13 1 year ago
  14. chan

    This is a fantastic interview with some hard-hitting no-holds-barred questions. I feel like after this interview, vg247 will most certainly be amongst my daily rotation of gaming-related news sites!

    There an interesting thread going on over at neogaf titled “Sony on PS4: Not really concerned with more powerful PC tech”[http://m.neogaf.com/showthread.php?t=687617] and they bring up some interesting points about this topic.

    I believe that we are witnessing a convergence of the console side of gaming and the PC-side. Seeing as the console holders have opted for a more PC-like architecture this time round. I believe sony will contribute with this line of technological evolution for at least three generations, because x86 has proven itself to be a stable line if technological evolution for decades now. X86 has technology has shown consistent, linear gains in power for decades now, so in my book, it would be folly to bet against it.

    This will offer Sony the main (IMHO) tangible benefit to their platform as is available on the PC- infinite backwards compatibility. (Although Gaikai has the potential to make this point moot)

    The main point I wanted to make was that of another long-standing argument of the PC master race- “IQ IQ, FPS, FPSSSSS”.
    My thoughts on that is that we are almost reaching the point of diminishing returns when it comes IQ and FPS. I have seen some 4K footage and I think it’s not going to be as much of a leap as going from SD to HD. Which is to say that we’re already reaching the point with the new consoles whereby IQ and FPS are good enough, that the tangible benefit of investing hefty sums into a PC rig will reap insignificant benefits to the visual quality displayed before us.

    Once we reach a consistent 60FPS, 1080P, I think we won’t need much more in order for the benefits of the PC in this area to be null. I haven’t actually done the research into this myself, but I remember reading that if you take into account the distance vs. screensize ratio Apple uses to pronounce the display they use in their portable devices as “retina displays”, we have already reached “retina” display levels with 50″ 1080P displays when viewed from 8-10′ away. The benefits in 4k displays will come in improved contrast and more accurate saturation, (amongst other things) but the IQ already got good enough with 1080P.

    Consoles will of course need to be able to satisfy 120FPS for VR and 3D gaming, but I’m more than confident we will good development in these areas from the console camp.

    What I’m more excited about is the use of GPGPU to create millions of physical objects. You know, they only used 100s of physical object in uncharted 1, and then used 10s of thousands in uncharted 2… Now with PS4, they are able to have millions of physical objects, all with real-world physical attributes. I believe this consoles generation will cross the line into tricking our minds into believing that we are looking at a manifestation of reality- just like films.

    This, combined with VR, will blow our minds. Whether that is a good thing or not, I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

    I’ll finish by saying that the post is not a diss against PC at all. I’ve always wanted to build my own PC and keep it upgraded and experience all the amazing things that platform had to offer. But I didn’t have the time or the money to do it. I have a mac, but steam doesn’t work great on my one. I am 100% going to get myself a steam machine with the new controller. Can’t wait to try it out.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. farend

    @2 why would valve do that? they just killed off xbone and ps4 in one fell swoop.

    #15 1 year ago

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  • 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 […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]