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Former RIEDC head accuses Rhode Island governor of blocking 38 Studios’ attempts to avoid bankruptcy

Saturday, 5 October 2013 22:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The former head of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has accused Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee of blocking attempts made by 38 Studios to handle debt and raise capital before it file for bankruptcy.

The studio’s co-founder, Curt Schilling, said when the company filed bankruptcy in May 2012, Chafee had made public remarks “that were devastating to the company’s attempts to stay solvent,” and according to a lawyer for former RIEDC head Keith Stokes, the did more than mouth off in public to hurt the game developer.

According to a report from the Boston Globe, Stokes’ lawyer said Chafee actively blocked 38 Studios’ attempts to restructure and refused to meet with executives in 2011 over the matter. The claim also states he forgoed attempts to even discuss the matter with the RIEDC’s board of directors.

Chafee, on the other hand, claims he “made every attempt to save the company.”

It has also been noted before by Chafee, that he was against the $75 million taxpayer-guaranteed loan brokered between former governor Donald Carcieri and 38 Studios.

The deal saw 38 Studios relocate from Massachusetts in 2010.

A lawsuit accusing the Kingdoms of Amalur developer of “fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, racketeering and conspiracy” as well as misleading Rhode Island’s economic development agency has been brought against the company by the state, with other defendants including four former 38 Studios executives and its insurer.

Thanks, GI International.

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21 Comments

  1. DSB

    RIEDC pooped on the carpet. It’s really little wonder that they don’t want to own it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Luciferous

    Not surprising at all. I’ve been thinking something like this was happening right from the get go.

    It always felt like they had given them the loan and then instantly demanded it back without giving 38 Studios a chance to recoup earnings from Amalur. I hope the dicks responsible are found guilty of ruining a promising company.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    @2 They did get the chance though. A 75 million dollar backing from the state.

    The game didn’t sell, and Chafee, who said the deal was bad even before it was signed, didn’t feel like floating them even more money, so they could make another (and vastly more expensive) game that likely wouldn’t break even either.

    So he pulled the plug. If you have good cards, you play. If you have bad cards, you fold. That has to be the rule when you’re playing with other peoples money, which is obviously what Rhode Island was doing.

    It’s really too easy to just blame “the man” here. Chafee may be a politician, and that’s obviously one point on his douchebag account, but if you look up his predecessor, who made this deal based on what was at best mindless optimism and a lust for prestige, you’re looking at an entirely different league of asshole.

    I think Curt Shilling meant well, but his game just wasn’t good enough. Carcieri on the other hand was just your typical grandstanding political swine.

    Can you imagine how many firefighters, cops and teachers you could pay for with 120 million dollars? It’s a lot. Instead it was wasted on an untested business, so Carcieri could wave his dick around and say “I bring high tech jobs to this state”.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. FrankWhite

    Yeah, this was always about politics. Most developers and publishers have financial troubles and find ways to work their way out of it. 38 Studios never had the chance though. If the people involved were smart they would have realized that getting the MMO to launch day was the top priority. They could have ended up making back a lot of money if the game ever launched, now they have 75+ million in debt and only the husk of a disgraced IP to try and auction off.

    Bad business, bad politics. Nothing was more important than making it to launch and recouping the investment money, but the governor wanted to say “I told you so” and now Rhode Island gets to hold a bunch of debt.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. sebastien rivas

    first question first,

    Given/Provided loans by public organization should not be allowed!
    Maybe a funding but certainly not a loan.
    They may have no choice but to keep 38 Studios Solvent or the money will just be gone in smoke, though it can only be solvent if something is done for more attractive games or perhaps at least better PR/marketing which I assume the game sorely suffered from. After all, I never heard of Amalur unless we speak perhaps of a game made on X386 like 32 years ago…

    @3 +1 for your last paragraph.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DSB

    @4 How didn’t they though? Until they declared bankruptcy, they had every opportunity to secure funding.

    Of course it’s easy to claim that Chafee was the reason why they were rejected by the people they spoke to, but come on. Have you played Amalur?

    The game is about three times bigger than it would ever have to be, it’s not up to snuff, and it didn’t sell well. I personally wouldn’t throw 5 bucks their way, let alone grant them another 75 million dollar guarantee in tax payer dollars.

    Chafee had no motive to see them go bankrupt, unless he thought it was inevitable anyway.

    It seems to me like people are just really reluctant to take responsibility for their actions. The only way your business is gonna survive long term is if it’s succesful, you can’t expect anybody else to just bail you out when it isn’t.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Iwasthere

    @DSB, First of all, Rhode Island agreed to $75 million, but they only released $49 million. Reckoning, on the other hand is still in Walmart and Gamestop for full price. Last accounting indicates Reckoning has sold somewhere between 3-5 million units worldwide including online. Check practically any game site and you’ll find overwhelming approval for the game. No one has said the game was a failure EXCEPT Lincoln Chafee. He gets to play the I told you so card, the only card being played.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    @7 It doesn’t matter if it sold 50 million. It obviously wasn’t enough to make 38 Studios a viable business.

    If a company defaults after receiving 49 million of a 75 million payout, you’re saying you want to give them the whole thing? This is also failing to include the money raised using the guarantee they were given, which with fees and interest adds up to 112 million dollars.

    What kind of madness is that?

    It seems to me like people just expect Rhode Island to keep throwing tax payer dollars (which the state badly needs) after a videogame company, simply because it’s a videogame company, and we like videogames.

    To hell with whether that videogame company is actually worth a damn, or anyone sees a return on that investment.

    It just strikes me as unbelievably naive.

    … And again, why on earth would Lincoln Chafee seek to undermine his own states investment? Is he 38 Studios evil stepmother? Are we in a Disney movie?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. PancreaticDefect

    Kingdoms of Amalur is a good game. It’s a shame that the company imploded. I dont know much of what went on behind the scenes, but if a studio could survive based on the quality of their product alone, this company would still be around today. I dont know where the money for Amalur goes anymore (probably EA), but everyone should buy a copy. This is one instance where a developer deserved better.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Sylrissa

    Yeah I remember EA being quite happy with the sales of Amalur, and saying that they easily got back the money they put into the project.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DSB

    Facts, facts, facts.

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/07/13/38-studios-executives-testify-in-bankruptcy-hearing

    http://www.shacknews.com/article/73968/kingdoms-of-amalur-needed-3-million-sales-to-break-even

    As I see it there were two problems. Curt Schilling got put to the wall by EA in the deal they made. That’s purely his own fault for failing to negotiate a proper deal.

    So Amalur needed to sell 3 million just to break even, and it didn’t even sell 2. This is primetime sales, not tail end. Bread and butter sales.

    But that, coupled with the fact that they were unable to pay their bills, should really tell you something about their viability.

    … And then you play something like Kingdoms of Amalur. The game is fucking huge! Content costs money, even if it’s mediocre. I would wager that they could’ve made half the game and survived.

    What were they thinking? You’re a new studio, you’re untested. You’re doing your first project, and you make a pseudo-MMO colossus, and expect it to sell around 5 million?

    Nuts!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. PancreaticDefect

    Thats true. The game was enormous. I love it and I’ve never even completed it and I’ve played 135 hours of the game across two characters. It’s a shame that ambition overwhelmed this studio. I sure wish I’d sprung for the collectors edition. It would be a gem in my collection.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Iwasthere

    As usual, there’s always someone ready to jump in and offer their WRONG opinions, and clamor for facts. Rhode Island promised $75 million because they were aware that was how much was needed. Curt Schilling had already put in $50 million of his own money and personally borrowed more. Then the state withheld one third to protect investors, many of whom remain anonymous even after Freedom of Information requests. The state placed impossible hiring practices on top of that. When the governor refused to talk except to publicly condemn the studio and Reckoning, investors quietly disappeared, because “why would the Governor not want to help”? If you knew Rhode Island, you’d understand the political climate that made Chafee look like he knew it was a mistake. The Providence Journal reporter was at the front door questioning employees about missing payroll the day BEFORE pay day. Where would she get that “tip”? There was never a “bad check” given to RI as reported. No grace period was extended to make the payment (it was paid but not reported) Rhode Island lost 300 well paid tax paying, home buying, economy boosting citizens so Chafee could crow “I told you so”

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @13 Tell us about the impossible hiring practices.

    Considering the testimony by Rich Wester, you’d need Copernicus to be a hit making 100 million a year if you were ever gonna pay it back.

    After making one failed game, why would the state of Rhode Island have any faith in that projection?

    No doubt that politics are dirty and that Chafee would’ve been orchestrating the press left and right, that even happens at the city council level, but that’s what you contend with when you get in bed with the government.

    It is sad for everyone involved though.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. FrankWhite

    @DSB you seem to genuinely believe that Rhode Island and investors cutting their losses was the best move. It was literally the worst business choice they could make. They never got their main product to the marketplace, that needed to be the priority. It would have been a better business choice to secure an additional 10-20million in investments to make sure the MMO actually launched. Not only would the launch day sales have recouped a lot of the investment money, but MMOs have multiple revenue streams, both subscriptions and microtransactions.

    No offense, but the state of RI cutting their losses out of fear at the time they did MAXIMIZED their loss. A better business choice would be to make sure the product reached the market place (I’m not saying it would be a great game, it would, like most MMOs, launch in an unfinished and unpolished state) but the fact is, spending all that money and getting nothing to the marketplace is literally the worst case scenario. They cut their losses too soon out of the kind of fear and skepticism that you are displaying. They needed to recognize that there is more money to be made and recouped from sticking with the investment than cutting it off too soon.

    It is sad, because I bet 38 Studios could have secured more investing if Governor Chafee had not been publicly condemning the project during the investment negotiations. We’ll never know if investors would have invested or not without Chafee’s remarks because he chose to run his mouth at the worst possible time.

    But really, even bad MMOs like Age of Conan, War Hammer, LOTRO, SWTOR, have all made back their investments and even made a profit after launch day sales, months/years of subscriptions, F2P/Freemium and microtransactions.

    An MMO has multiple revenue streams and the choices that were made means RI never got to see any of them. It was the wrong choice and they maximized their debt because of it.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @15 I could maybe see why you’d take that chance if you were a big corporation, but this is the state of Rhode Island. It’s not their money, it’s the money of every tax paying citizen, family and business who lives in the state. They worked hard for that, and the very least that they should be able to expect from their state, is that they don’t gamble with it.

    You’re making all these assumptions about profitability, for a studio with no track record, when they’ve already flunked one game. They were 50% away from even breaking even, and obviously even further from making a real profit. So how on earth do you get that confidence? I played Amalur, and I personally have no problem understanding why it failed.

    You’re assuming that they maximized their loss, but that’s only true if Copernicus would’ve been a success. Why would it be? Even EA can’t get away with making mediocre MMOs, even when they slap one of the worlds most popular brands on it.

    And if it was truly set to reap the world wind, then why would anyone care what Chafee said? Fund the damn thing and take the profit. I think the real truth is that things were a bit more complex than that. I’m guessing the companies looking at the investment didn’t see that much value either.

    Another question for the taxpayer is where they’d like their government’s focus to be. Should they really be spending their limited time co-running games developers? To me the whole project just seems completely reckless and unneccessary from the get go.

    I can maybe understand putting up a bank guarantee (although for an untested games developer? Not bright) but at the very least 38 Studios should be able to prove that they can get that funding on their own. Once the state had to subsidize them just to keep them going, alarm bells should’ve gone off in my opinion.

    It’s just too easy to say “Eh, Chafee was against it, let’s blame him” when you’re looking at an unprofitable studio with rookie management, begging for more money on the other end.

    Could Chafee have done more? Yes. Would it have been in the interest of tax payers? I don’t see how you can guarantee that.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Iwasthere

    @DSB, your entire premise is flawed from the beginning. The taxpayers of Rhode Island never put one penny into 38 Studios. The EDC sold bonds paying a guaranteed 6-7% interest. 38 Studios purchased a $500,000 bond guaranty program. The politicians in Rhode Island decided to not place a claim under the insurance. Why? The taxpayers were under NO OBLIGATION to pay a cent. Once the General Assembly voted to begin payments instead of using the paid for insurance, taxpayers assumed liability. Most of the bondholders were large corporations like USAA insurance, but even after securing a list of investors via Freedom of Information Act, 6-7 million dollars were invested and names of investors still will not be released. 7% guaranteed interest for 7 million dollars gives 7 million reasons why the names won’t be released. Do your own investigation like I did and you’ll see why the politics of Rhode Island killed 38 Studios.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @17 You’re missing a lot of context there. For the second time, feel free to clear things up. It’s an interesting story.

    Are you claiming that USAA and the others managed to convince the state of Rhode Island to put the entire loss on the public? That’s some claim. Might want to tip a journalist on that if you have anything concrete, or do the story yourself and sell it. That’s gold, if you can prove it.

    Every source I can see references it as a taxpayer backed loan. Which they may not be obligated to pay, but if they don’t, then their word no longer holds any value with anyone.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    Here’s some interesting reading if you want an overview:

    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/07/38-studios-end-game/

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/business/curt-schilling-rhode-island-and-the-fall-of-38-studios.html

    Until I read those I was really just guessing. Now I’m about 90% sure I’m right on the money here.

    If you have a smoking gun Iwasthere, produce it. Because what you’re suggesting really doesn’t jive with what’s out there.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Iwasthere

    USAA nor any other investor needing convincing, the state of Rhode Island, on their own, decided NOT to put in a claim for a paid up insurance policy that was required when the deal was made. There was a protracted argument in the legislature, but the decision to assume responsibility came from Speaker Fox who controls the 92% Democrat house.
    as to the bondholders released under the FOI : http://www.wpri.com/news/politics/state-politics/docs-reveal-who-bought-38-studios-bonds

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Iwasthere

    Everyone should then read this, about how the other investors names are still being hidden”http://www.politifact.com/rhode-island/statements/2013/apr/08/jim-taricani/jim-taricani-says-38-studios-bond-offer-promised-a/

    #21 2 years ago

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    EA is absolutely positive on the future of the current generation of consoles, as well as the the digital sphere. During a conference call following a financial release earlier today, EA executives made several interesting comments and predictions on the state of the industry. The publisher expects an install base of close to 50 million […]

  • EA making “incubation efforts” in virtual reality space

    EA isn’t ready to make a massive commitment to virtual reality, but when the time comes it intends to be a market leader. During a post-earnings release conference call today, one caller asked if EA had any plans for VR. CEO Andrew Wilson said EA intends to “lead from the front” when VR comes into […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront expected to shift 9-10 million units in FY 2016

    Star Wars: Battlefront will sell strongly, but not make a lot of money for EA this financial year, the publisher has warned. Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a license to print money, EA emphasised in a post-earnings release conference call this morning. Judging by the series’s historical sales, and by sales of Battlefield 4, EA […]

  • Don’t expect Titanfall 2 for at least nine months

    Titanfall 2 is still quite a long way out. Titanfall 2 wasn’t listed in EA’s upcoming release slate in its financials release this morning. Answering a query in a conference call following the release, EA said we can safely assume the Respawn sequel won’t release in fiscal 2016. “You assumption should be 17,” an executive […]

  • Mirror’s Edge 2 due early 2016, new Need for Speed in Q4 2015

    EA has indicated general release windows for a number of anticipated new titles. Mirror’s Edge 2 has an early 2016 release date. EA confirmed the release plan in today’s financials release, also noting that a new Need for Speed and a new Plants vs Zombies are coming in the same window. Mirror’s Edge 2 is […]

  • EA financials highlight millions of hours played in Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Electronic Arts reported its Q4 and year end FY15 financial results today, highlighting the amount of hours played in Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics: For fiscal year 2015 EA was the #1 publisher on PlayStation4 and Xbox One consoles in the world, driven by the success of Battlefield Hardline, […]

  • Black Mesa can now be acquired through Steam Early Access

    Black Mesa, the re-imagining of Half-Life 1 from Crowbar Collective, has entered Steam Early Access. At present, 85% of the campaign is complete with around 10 hours worth of gameplay. Early Access users will be helping test the multiplayer deatmatch and team deathmatch modes via six maps as well as the single-player portion. As will […]

  • Three Easter Eggs spotted in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – video

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has been released in North America, as you know, and it contains some fun Easter Eggs which you can take a look at in the video below. Don’t watch or read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton spotted three Easter Eggs so far, and there […]

  • Destiny: Prison of Elders – here’s what to expect from tomorrow’s livestream

    Bungie today released its Destiny teaser for tomorrow’s livestream, which focuses on Prison of Elders. Below is a breakdown of the teaser and what to expect tomorrow. Arekkz Gaming gives you the lowdown above. You can watch the full stream tomorrow here on the site. House of Wolves is out on May 19.

  • The 3D Realms Anthology is now available on Steam for PC and Mac

    The 3D Realms Anthology, announced back in October, is now available on Steam for PC and Mac for a limited-time price of $29.99. After the introductory period has ended, it will run you $39.99. The collection contains 32 games, which if purchased individually would you run more than $120. Here’s the list in case you […]

  • A Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball later this month

    Valve and Zen Studios have announced a Portal-themed pinball table is coming to Zen Pinball. The table will be made available on all pinball platforms, including Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2, from May 25. Called the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, it contains the characters Chell, Wheatley and of course GLaDOS. Portal Pinball […]

  • Star Wars characters coming with release of Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits

    Star Wars characters are coming to Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. Disney says it will contain “many favorite characters and include more gameplay content and variety than ever before.” There will be three Star Wars Play sets: Twilight of the Republic set in the Episodes 1-3 timeline, Rise Against the Empire set during the […]

  • Hearthstone has been played by 30 million people

    Blizzard’s strategy game Hearthstone has 30 million players, the developer announced on Twitter. The figure doesn’t breakdown players numbers by platform, but Activision will release its recent financial report tomorrow, so maybe more information will be forthcoming. Hearthstone was releases on PC March 14, 2014 followed by Mac, phones, and tablets. Blackrock Mountain, the latest […]

  • Tomorrow’s Destiny livestream focuses on Prison of Elders – here’s a teaser

    Another Destiny: House of Wolves livestream takes place tomorrow, and it will focus on Prison of the Elders. The Prison of Elders is a prison facility in The Reef which is watched over by Variks and is part of the new Arena game mode which is limited to three players. The livestream will be hosted […]

  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced for current and last-gen

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has been announced by Activision, which isn’t shocking in the slightest. Correction: My stupid brain has EA on it due to the financials release later today. The game is being published by Activision. Not EA and I previously stated. I apologize, and have reprimanded myself in a most sever manner. […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition is sold out in the UK

    Hopefully, you pre-ordered the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition in the UK already. If not, you are likely out of luck. According to GAME, the pack which contains the Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm has sold out in the UK. The retailer confirmed the news to Videogamer this morning. […]

  • Far Cry 4 Complete Edition coming June 19 for PC, PS4 to the UK

    A Far Cry 4 Complete Edition has been announced and it includes the full game as well as the Season Pass. This is the sku which popped up on Amazon Germany earlier in the week. The Season Pass provides access to five separate pieces of DLC. Here’s a refresher on the DLC content: The Syringe: […]

  • The Witcher 3: live Q&A stream with CDP, new monster dev diary inside

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]