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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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    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt owes more than a nod to Bethesda’s Skyrim. I went to see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and had a great time. I went in a fan of the books but not very experienced with the first two games. I came out with The Witcher 3 top of my gaming […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]

  • An average Evolve match takes less than ten minutes

    Evolve players are pretty quick at hunting each other down. Evolve developer Turtle Rock has released an infographic brimming with statistics garnered from its recent beta test. One of the key takeaways is that all three monsters, and all four classes, are working as intended – their performance in game matches Turtle Rock’s designs. If […]

  • Super Mario Amiibo can be pre-ordered on Nintendo UK, Mario and Peach sold out

    The latest set of Amiibo in the Super Mario series is now available for pre-purchase through the Nintendo UK Store. Each of the following sports a red base and will run you £10.99: Bowser, Luigi, Mario, Peach, Toad and Yoshi. It looks like Peach and Mario are both sold out, though. All six can be […]

  • The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 free to download now

    League of Legends has excellent music, and now you can have it too. The Music of League of Legends Vol. 1 collects 15 tracks from the MOBA’s history, and is available for free. You can grab the music from iTunes, Google Play or via direct download. Tere’s an example track below to get you in […]

  • Super Bowl 49 update arrives on Madden NFL Mobile

    With Super Bowl 49 occurring this coming Sunday, February 1, EA Sports has updated Madden NFL Mobile with new feature enhancements and Super Bowl-themed Live Events. Updates include: League vs League Tournaments Obstacle Course Super Bowl Bonus Players Tom Brady and Richard Sherman Super Bowl Legends Super Bowl Moments Upgraded Auction House The Super Bowl […]

  • See Super Smash Bros.’ unused custom moves

    Super Smash Bros. was originally intended to have 16 custom moves per character. The final version of Super Smash Bros. only features 12 custom moves per fighter, but Nintendo left animations for some of the cut moves in place. A Youtuber called RED has dug these cut mvoes out of the brawler’s code, and displayed […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains 16 hours of sex scene mo-cap data

    Sex is nothing new to the The Witcher games, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is no exception. In fact, it contains 16 hours of sex scene motion capture data. Giggity. There’s a reason for the bedroom dalliances though, as Geralt is a flesh and blood human, or a modified human at any rate, with […]

  • Here’s the launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

    A launch trailer for Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered has been released after an Amazon listing was revealed for it over the weekend. Key upgrades include: High-definition Graphics — All of the in-game textures have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop. Widescreen Support – A true widescreen (not cropped) view strengthens the game’s […]

  • The open beta for Battlefield Hardline will be dated tomorrow

    The exact dates as well as more information on the Battlefield Hardline open beta will be shared tomorrow. This is according to the latest blog post from developer Visceral Games. “We’ll share the exact dates and info on the Battlefield Hardline open beta tomorrow,” wrote Visceral boss Steve Papoutsis. “Stay tuned, thanks again, and keep […]

  • Upcoming Hearthstone patch to apply balance change to Undertaker

    An upcoming Hearthstone patch will apply a balance change to the Undertaker card, Blizzard has announced. After the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, Blizzard said it kept an “eye on the state of game balance” as more matches were played using the additional cards. Released with The Curse of Naxxramas, Undertaker is considered an overly […]

  • February Games with Gold offers up Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

    The free games on offer in February via Xbox Live Games with Gold have been announced. Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can download #IDARB during February. Xbox 360 users can grab Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from February 1-15, when it will be replaced by Sniper Elite V2 from February 16 -28. […]

  • Kinguin blames unidentified Russian for deactivated Far Cry 4 keys

    Third-party game key seller Kinguin is issuing refunds to those who found their games deactivated through Ubisoft’s Uplay service. Customers which purchased keys for Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, The Crew and Watch Dogs are affected. Kinguin said 4,600 customer tickets were submitted over the last 72 hours and 35 out of 3,400 of […]

  • Video Unlimited to be re-branded as PlayStation Video starting in February

    Like Music Unlimited, Sony’s Video Unlimited service is being replaced and re-branded PlayStation Video. PlayStation Video will become part of PlayStation Network to streamline digital services for the over 64 million PSN users. PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music will be added to PSN which is already a destination point for the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, […]

  • Spotify arrives on PlayStation Music this spring, Music Unlimited closing

    Spotify will launch on PlayStation Network this spring as part of a new music destination called PlayStation Music. PlayStation Music is a replacement for Music Unlimited, and those with a PSN account can link to Spotify which can be used just for music, or when playing games on PlayStation 4. Existing playlists from current Spotify […]