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“I want to see Half-Life 3″: Pitchford wants Valve’s resources to be spent on games, not hardware

Monday, 30 September 2013 16:39 GMT By Dave Cook

Half-Life 3 wasn’t announced last week, and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford isn’t too pleased. He’s shared his thoughts on Valve’s new SteamOS and Steam Box announcements in a new interview.

Speaking with GI.biz, Pitchford reflected on Valve’s announcements, and lamented the company’s focus on hardware and services, instead of games like Half-Life 3.

“There has been some understanding for some time that Valve was looking at some angles in this direction,” he began, “so I imagine there was some curiosity and, with just a few folks, perhaps some concern about what they might show up with. I imagine that if I was in a key seat at one of the first parties, after hearing this news, I would probably exhale a bit and imagine that I don’t really have anything I have to worry myself about too much coming from this direction for a while.

“If I had a seat at either Sony or Microsoft, depending on which seat I was sitting in, of course, I would probably also be feeling a tiny bit better about my own decisions when I think about how I’m feeling about what I perceive Valve’s reasons and decisions to be here.”

Valve’s controller has certainly piqued Pitchford’s interest however. He continued, “I want to fiddle around with their controller. I’m curious what spectrum of propositions will be made with the specific machine offerings, but am sceptical that something will appear that leads me to think it’s a good decision to replace my PC.

“Maybe that’s not their aim – we’ll all learn more soon. But the burden to add an additional thing beyond the PC I am likely to keep is pretty high, so we’ll see if any of their machines can get me there if their intent is that these are dedicated Steam OS machines.”

Like many of you out there, Pitchford wanted Half-Life 3, not hardware. He concluded, “I want to see Half-Life 3 or other exciting and big and original offerings from these guys who are amongst the best in the world at crafting interactive entertainment and are resourced better than anyone. As long as Steam and Valve are one entity, I am always going to feel uneasy that attention and resources towards the platform is distracting attention and resources away from the entertainment they could (should?) be creating.

“I guess I am just a greedy gamer who wants to be blown away playing more of the best, new video games in the world, so I selfishly want to know that the incredible talent at Valve is spending 100 percent of their mindshare building new video games!”

What did you make of Valve’s big announcements? Did you want to see a game reveal rather than SteamOS, the Steam Box line and the Valve’ controller? Let us know below.

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28 Comments

  1. Lengendaryboss

    3 questions below = Half Life 3 confirmed.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. VibraniumSpork

    http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/311/924/234.jpg

    #2 1 year ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    They should just outsource it to another dev team…

    Meow!

    #3 1 year ago
  4. _LarZen_

    Personally I am more excited for Steam OS and the Steam Machines then I would be for Half Life 3.

    I think this is a important step for PC gaming to reach more people that love games but have felt the change from console to a PC environment have been to high.

    Now (hopefully) with a Steam Machine (of your choice) one can play games at a higher fidelity but still have that console experience so many enjoy.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DSB

    I’d be pretty surprised if Sony or Microsoft were that worried to begin with.

    At best they were looking at a shot across the bow.

    But yeah, I’m more excited about the Steam Machine too. HL3 has been hyped so much it’ll have to be a disappointment.

    I had kinda the same feeling about Portal 2 and that obviously blew me away, but…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. fearmonkey

    I want to see a new Source engine demo at least. Half-life 2 took a long time to develop and come out and it was a showstopper when released. I hope that Half-life 3 is the same. I am surprised no left for dead 3, new counterstrike, teamfortress, etc.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. LOLshock94

    X1> SPEEM OS

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Pitts

    Sure, I’d like to play it. But their current focus seems a heck of a lot more big picture than making some new game. I don’t blame them for putting it on the back burner for so long.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. _LarZen_

    Am I the only one who have played with the thought that Valve could bundle HL3 with a Steam Machine. And have it timed exclusive for Steam OS.

    That would be a act of genius…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. UuBuU

    Sure ~ why bother releasing innovative and exciting hardware when you can just release a sequel to one of the most overrated games of all time

    #10 1 year ago
  11. broketm

    I don’t think SteamOS is aimed to compete with the Xbox One or PS4. I believe Valve wants to show that not only can you do “PC gaming” from your sofa, you don’t need a expensive OS license and hardware to do so.

    Browsers have shown that if people get a choice, they will try and stay with a arguably better alternative. So far a PC Gamer has no such choice, it’s Windows with all it’s flaws or a console. If SteamOS has a successful launch, it’s better for PC gaming in general as Microsoft will have to try harder aswel to keep gamers buying a (OEM) version of Windows.

    I for one welcome the option of a dedicated PC gaming device without Windows on it.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. DSB

    @11 Absolutely, but then Microsofts stroke of genius is also that they’ve been a mostly benevolent dictator. They’ve kept most of their dirty dealings out of the news.

    The devil’s greatest trick was convincing people he didn’t exist and all that :)

    SteamOS won’t be a viable alternative to Windows though, and it’s gonna be handcuffed to Windows for the forseeable future.

    I think it’s very interesting that Nvidia apparently thought it was important enough to act on, so I’m not pessimistic going forward. It’ll just obviously be a while before we arrive at a true independent gaming OS.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. spazman

    half life is the greatest FPS franchise ever made so far. Steam is a library – a tool, along with that fucked up controller, just a distraction to the main business at hand.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. rusty_shackleford

    And Borderlands fans wanted Borderlands 2 to not have $130+ dollars of DLC.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Kreion

    @10

    Because you stopped your series half-way through for no good reason? And only the controller is innovative – Steamboxes are not in and of themselves. I mean they are literally just PC’s…innovation right? -.-

    #15 1 year ago
  16. UuBuU

    @15 The absence of another Half-Life game is no great loss to gaming. Mediocre series at best.

    And yes ~ I would consider bringing the PC gaming experience to the living room quite innovative. It’s sure as hell a lot more exciting than the so called next gen consoles with their crappy gimmicks

    #16 1 year ago
  17. DSB

    @15 I guess they should’ve annualized it huh? :P

    Personally I respect the fact that Valve doesn’t release sequels until they’re good and ready. The only fly in the ointment so far is L4D2 which was and is terrible.

    The way they’re set up, they’ll discard any halfmade game they’re working on if it turns out to be less than good. I think it took them something like two or three tries to arrive at Team Fortress 2, and it seems to me like they made the right decision.

    I was thrilled when I saw previews of the initial military-style build, and I was pretty disappointed when it disappeared with not as much as a “Fuck you” – but arguably what they ended up with is so much better.

    All good things come to those who wait. In the meantime why not enjoy some AssCreed and EA Sports and CoD.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. vampyren

    Totally agree, this project wont make the cut anyway specially with PS4 + XB1 on the corner. As all other so called consoles that are going to be the next big thing this is nothing more than a PC with a new controller but sorry not interested. Give me HL3 and i will buy it. Stick to what you are good at!

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Lounds

    Heizenburg is that you?

    #19 1 year ago
  20. YoungZer0

    It’s Heisenberg.

    http://youtu.be/dy_DASt7hDs

    #20 1 year ago
  21. TheWulf

    I couldn’t disagree more. Valve hasn’t ever done a bad thing, regardless of their focus. I remember when people were freaking out about Steam, and that turned out to be one of the best things to happen to the PC (indie support and the Workshop et al).

    Then they focused on getting support to other platforms, like Linux and OS X, and that worked out well too. You could buy a game and own it across all platforms. And then there was the Big Picture mode, which is really great if you’ve got a computer hooked up to a TV.

    And yeah, Valve has some pretty great games, too. A lot of that though is that they’re one of those ‘mainstream mutants’ I talk about. They’re a privately owned developer and they tend to do their own thing, regardless of whether it would actually be popular or not. They take risks. See: Portal and Team Fortress 2.

    That’s what makes Valve… well, Valve!

    I wouldn’t have them any other way. I want them to be this crazy hackerspace, rife with creativity and new ideas, ready to shift all of the paradigms. They remind me of Google in that respect. …a lot of Google in that respect.

    See, Google is a hackerspace, too. So you have crazy ideas coming out of it like Google Glass and self-driving cars (which are consumer-ready today). Whilst people wouldn’t buy those things today, they might be ready by around 2020, when the rest of the world has caught up with Google. So Google is always working on these ‘future projects.’

    Valve is a very Google-like company.

    So Valve can continue to be crazy and do whatever they like, and I’ll watch with interest. This is how they need to be, like I said, they’re a creative hackerspace. We wouldn’t have any of the interesting things they’ve created, otherwise.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. TheWulf

    @12

    I think you’re wrong, there. After Windows 8, I believe both PC users and PC builders are looking for an alternative. Here’s the funny thing, though: If Valve helps out with open source projects to create a DX 11 compatibility layer for Linux via Wine, one with around 90 per cent accuracy for around the time of launch of SteamOS…

    Well, let’s just say that this provides PC builders with a Windows 8 alternative which is likely completely free to them and more attractive to their customers, because they know all their customers hate Windows 8.

    I could actually see this as the future. You just have to be more forward-looking and aware of what’s going on.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Lounds

    L4D2 was graphically an improvement but the VS mode lost its competitiveness L4D was so much fun “NO DON’T USE YOUR MED KIT” (only can see B&W) lol

    #23 1 year ago
  24. TheWulf

    @10

    Pretty much. The only reason for Half-Life was to tide them over until Steam was bringing in enough money for them to do what they wanted to. I’ve mentioned this before, but Valve is a rather special company, because as a privately owned company by Gabe Newell, their agenda isn’t always ‘the most profit in the most efficient way.’

    Gabe clearly has his own ideas about what he wants to do with Valve and he doesn’t have to answer to anyone in that environment, there aren’t any shareholders to dictate terms to him, thus Valve isn’t forced into developing Half-Life 3. When they start running low on money they may actually put their foot down and get it out the door, but considering that they’re currently very stable I can’t see it happening soon.

    See, the mainstream looks at Valve and expects another Half-Life game. As consumers, they believe that they’re entitled to it, and that it’s Valve’s job to provide. Sure, that’s true with publically traded companies, because they just want to get stuff out there for the mainstream to consume in order to appease their shareholders.

    Valve can do whatever the heck they like.

    And more power to them!!

    I’m actually glad that Half-Life 3 isn’t an immediate concern for them, because it means they haven’t changed. They’re developing HL3 in an almost hobbyist way, with no need to get it out the door because profits. So they’re taking their time, and focusing more on projects which may yield nothing, or may change the nature of gaming forever.

    For that, they’re definitely one of the most interesting companies out there. I continue to be intrigued by them and I love hearing about what crazy thing they’re going to do next — because they can.

    I hope Valve never stops being Valve.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. DSB

    @22 Hence why I’m not pessimistic. But if it was easy to do, they would’ve done it already.

    It was my hope that they wouldn’t launch until they had.

    But if Nvidia are serious about getting involved, then things will really start to move.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Lounds

    @24 very true. Look how long we waited for the HL mod remake and it was amazing.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. RageOfThorn

    Heres the big question, who gives a rats pink ass what Randy and company think anyway. He can talk games and judge other companies when he actually makes a decient game.

    My advice, stop worrying about HL3, and concentrate a bit more on your own assets. How’d it go with aliens?

    Devs seem to fear innovation and change, and aside from boarderlands this guys projects didnt bode well this gen. I would wait 15 years longer for HL3 if it ment it wouldn’t EVER turn out like Duke Nukem Forever did.

    Sorry Pitchford, your opinion means nothing to me at this point.

    I actually am impressed with Valve at this point, taking their time, daring to innovate in a market that could go stale if changes don’t occur.

    Im excited for Steam machines, and lovd the concept of the Steam controller as well. If HL3 turns out better for the wait, so be it.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Telepathic.Geometry

    Ha ha, fuck Randy Pitchford. I guess he’s a nice guy one-to-one, but everything he says is 100% PR. If he’s saying this, it’s because somehow it’s good for his company, and that’s it.

    I think affable guys like Randy who appear to be into gaming and are good speakers make the perfect corporate spokespeople, because people don’t remember that they are selling something.

    After all of his bullshit about Duke Nukem and Aliens, I don’t know how anyone would trust this lying corporate mouth-piece. I’d love to know his real opinion, but that will never happen.

    #28 1 year ago

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    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 […]