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Killzone: Shadow Fall can handle 24 AI enemies on screen before frame-rate drops

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 13:10 GMT By Dave Cook

Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla Games has stated that the PS4 shooter can handle 24 AI troops on screen before the frame-rate drops. It’s currently pegged at 60FPS.

Speaking with OPM, lead designer Eric Boltjes said of the leap to PS4, “For me as a game designer what I was really interested in was getting more gameplay elements on screen. More enemy types at the same time, more weapon types. Bigger areas. For me that gives us a lot more ingredients to play around with. Previously we were limited. You could have six or seven guys on screen, only two types, and it had to be at a specific range”

When asked about the on-screen enemy limit, Boltjes replied, “Yes. It’s about 24,” and added, “but that’s just enemy AI. And there are other types of enemy AI, lots of destructibility, lots of dynamic objects. Those have much higher limits but the amount of AI is around 24″.

When asked what would happen if a 25th enemy were to come on screen, he replied, “framerate drops,” and continued, “They’re all autonomous, they create their own effects. They’re busy little bees.” He concluded, “as soon as you push it over [24] then we get performance issues”.

The game recently shown at an event in Russia, and some naughty bugger has leaked the footage. Check it out here.

What do you think of the tech-chatter above? Let us know below.

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51 Comments

  1. gomersoul

    Holy shit there’s that f word again, dare I say 1080p?! Round 1… Fight!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. CyberMarco

    In before Erth and his “PS2-era textures, no light/shadow, 900p…” bullshit!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. VibraniumSpork

    @2 LOL :D

    24 enemies on-screen at once sounds impressive but then again…I’ve never counted how many enemies were on-screen at once in any other FPS. Apart from DOOM II; I distinctly remember that final ‘Hell-Portal’ level being positively awash with those fire-breathing ballsack dudes…

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Pytox

    @1 lol !

    CyberMarco , did he say something about KH3? :p

    #4 1 year ago
  5. monkeygourmet

    24?

    That’s a lot. Also explains the reason they had to reduce the quality of the models they used. They only used about 1/4 of the amount of detail compared to the models in Ryse.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Hcw87

    This is impressive indeed, but lets hope they’ve done something with the terribad AI we’ve seen so far. If you can support 24 AI at once, they should atleast be pretty intelligent.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. KineticCalvaria

    Hold the phone, is it 60 fps for SP now as well? Or is he just referring to MP?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Keivz

    @7
    Ninja’d.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. CyberMarco

    @4 He better not, if he doesn’t want to feel my wrath! :P

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Fin

    lol shitty consoles 60fps 1080p lol i only play 120fps on 4k with super mega ultra textures that are 1gb each in size
    all this on a pc i bought in 2008 for $50

    [/erth mode off]

    KZ SP fps is 30, MP is 60

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Hcw87

    @7
    SP is still at 30FPS, they haven’t announced that it’s 60 in SP.

    Hoping this won’t feel like playing GTAV all over again though.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. DrDamn

    @MonkeyGourmet
    Ryse model is now 85k for Marius – was reduced from original 150k in favour of no LoD and better shaders. KZ:SF is 40k at max LoD. Key point though is Marius is the main character for a third person game, you want him to have lots because he’s right there all the time. Does the 85k figure for Ryse apply to all character models or just Marius?

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Rockin a Jack D

    It’s still Killzone and it’s still shit…

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Legendaryboss

    @7/8
    The guy is Multiplayer lead, so likely only Multiplayer. But still a mistake.

    @9/10
    LOL, correct.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. illuminatusv

    @12: 85k models apply to all characters on screen! That was the trade off they made by reducing Marcus one single LOD. I think this is impressive.

    @14: Why should he mention AI if it is multiplayer, or they have something like Titanfall has with AI Players but I doubt it.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    @12

    Sorry I was doing a troll! :)

    Just enjoying the next gen hypersensitivity going on at the mo, justify those pre-orders everyone! ;)

    It’s all futile, the Wii U still has the best line up…

    #16 1 year ago
  17. DrDamn

    @15
    I’ve only ever seen the 85k figure specifically attached to Marius. The tweet from Cevat Yerli gave the reasoning as … “Hero Marius 85k polys? It was choice: 150k polys w LODs vs 85K + better shading + no LODs (stable). The latter wo at better quality!”. Nothing about other characters.

    KZ:SF does online and offline bot matches.

    http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2013/09/11/more-killzone-shadow-fall-multiplayer-details-cover-the-progression-system-bots-leaderboards-jetpacks-more/

    “Online and Offline Bots

    You can add bots to online matches for any Warzone you create. Human players can replace bots during the match, to ensure that there’s always a consistent amount of players present in the Warzone. You can even add bots to only one faction, to allow for ‘Bots vs. Humans’ type Warzones. In offline mode you can still create your own Warzones and play against bots, but you don’t have the ability to complete Challenges.”

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Legendaryboss

    @15
    AI in co-op? or Botzone, offline multiplayer?

    Edit: Damn you DrDamn, beat me :)

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Erthazus

    24 AI enemies on Screen. Does this game have an AI at all?
    Yesterday they already showed us what AI they have.

    You die – Little thing ressurects you and AI runs away for no reason at all without shooting little flying thing + it is also very blind if you are standing not in fron of him. So in other words nothing to brag about for a game that is 30 fps in singleplayer.
    + how much bodies PS4 can remember when you kill them off until it will start cleaning them? That’s also a question.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Legendaryboss

    The moment you all have been waiting for…

    Erthazus arrives read his post for what he has to say.

    :D

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Erthazus

    @20, I don’t care about stupid trolling from stupid people that buy a system for Call of duty. So yeah, deal with it.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. illuminatusv

    @17: Did not know that Bot-matches are available in KZ. Thx!

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Ilovesony

    @10 can I have whatever it is your smoking?

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Belazur

    @Dumbass Erthazus making dumbass comment.
    News at 12

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Hcw87

    @19
    Actually you raise a good point, despawning bodies have been a HUGE letdown for me in the past.

    Skyrim was awesome at this, where stuff really never despawned unless you fast forwarded time.

    Obviously it’s a memory issue, so hopefully we’ll never see despawning bodies in any next gen game (especially when it’s just a normal FPS game). Pretty sure Dead Rising 3 with thousands of zombies on the screen will have some despawning though, and that will be a shame.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. DrDamn

    @25
    It depends on the game as to whether I find it an issue. Skyrim I always found impressive for stuff being where I left it. Pretty sure Knack de-spawns enemies after they die. Personally I wouldn’t really care in that sort of game though.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Hcw87

    @26
    Yes, that’s what really put me off Knack. Destroying stuff, killing enemies and they’re despawning almost before hitting the floor.

    Same thing with Metal Gear Rising, it destroys immersion.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. DrDamn

    I don’t really have that much of a problem with a game like Knack doing it as it’s not an immersion sort of game. If it means a steady frame rate regardless of what mad things you try and it’s a reasonable compromise. Other games like RPGs or anything with more realistic graphics I’d find it off putting but not a deal breaker.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. tenthousandgothsonacid

    The single player runs at 30fps, only the multi at 60fps Mr Cook.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Erthazus

    @25, Yeah. Skyrim really was good at that with memory. I think from a technical standpoint Skyrim was really great.

    “Same thing with Metal Gear Rising, it destroys immersion.”
    In Rising you had enemies that you can destroy in pieces. That is too much for a current gen.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. lookingglass

    Glorious PC Master Race.

    5 years. Mobile phone graphics will be on par with the PS4 in 5 years. In 5 years, consoles will be to PCs what muskets are to dark energy beam delocalizing pulse weapons

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Erthazus

    ^ Less than 5 years If we are going to believe Nvidia’s Next Roadmap for Nvidia Mobile graphics cards

    :D

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Panthro

    ^ And the newest architecture they are working on for the GTX 800 series, gunna blow everyone away apparently,. Cant wait!

    #33 1 year ago
  34. CyberMarco

    ^ “gunna blow everyone away apparently”

    especially consumer’s pocket!

    #34 1 year ago
  35. fearmonkey

    The game looks really good, and I’m eager to play it, thats all I can say.

    24 characters at one time is a ton on screen that all have separate AI, most games have leass than half that, so I see noting to complain about. I’m just glad it’s 1080p, doesn’t matter to me in SP if its less than 60fps.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Panthro

    @34 I’m not so sure, nvidia always give plenty of options for people with different budgets.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Erthazus

    @34, you know. You can always buy yourself a budget videocard and be done with it.
    Who want’s the best will buy the best.

    simple as that.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. deathm00n

    @36 And they work so well that you wonder if what you bought was in reality just a potato disguised as a videocard. Been there.

    #38 1 year ago
  39. pcbros

    I can spend $200 for a GTX660 with a free copy of Batman Origins ($50) that will keep me gaming for a long time.

    Not everyone needs a GTX780 or Titan…

    #39 1 year ago
  40. CyberMarco

    And yet a (2010) 600€+ GTX 480 struggles with “next-gen” games.

    @Panthro, I was referring to the 8xx price range, that it’ll not only blow everyone in terms of performance, but in terms of price too.

    @Erth, so money isn’t a factor now, is it?

    P.S. I got my GTX 480 for 180€ from EVGA, so you know before you say something funny.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Panthro

    @38 Well thats to bad that you skimped on value and got tricked into buying a tatie.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. Panthro

    @40 Yeah i know, Im just hopeful they dont get to expensive for the mid-high ones, I usually go for the 70s or 80s, Last year I got a EVGA 670 FTW which is on par with a factory clocked 680, for price to performance I think it was well worth the money.#

    EDIT – found this table of GFlops per watt in their GPU’s before now and what they are currently working on ‘Maxwell’

    http://semiaccurate.com/static/uploads/2010/09_september/NV_roadmap_small.png

    #42 1 year ago
  43. CyberMarco

    @42 Usually the x70 starts at ~400-450€ and the x80 at 600€+. So much for a high end graphics card that’ll be irrelevant 2-3 years after release. It’s simple their tactics to make their products less reliable and working.

    Pff… capitalism and stuff like that, go figure!

    #43 1 year ago
  44. Gekidami

    What graphics cards can do would be relevant if games were actually made to take advantage of them. They’re not of course, games on PC take lower end spec PC’s more into consideration than they do high end ones because more people have them. Thats why the number of PC games actually pushing impressive visuals can be counted on one hand. The rest are either on current console standard or have just a few extra options like high resolution and whatnot. That makes them look better, sure, but you’re kidding yourselves if you think PC gaming is this whole new generation of visuals. PC games only look as good as the devs make them based on the hardware the majority use, and that hardware majority is middling. Looking at the current trend of PC sales its not going to change any time soon either, it might even get worst, actually.

    #44 1 year ago
  45. wildBoar

    Tried buying a new dslr camera the other day.. Made me wanna kill myself. No matter what you buy, you’ll feel like you’re getting screwed over. And those fucking lenses!!! They’re priced as if they were made of diamonds.

    As long as next gen has 60fps, that’s all I care about. Between exclusives, ease of use and bang for your bucks, I’d say consoles still more than justify themselves.

    #45 1 year ago
  46. CyberMarco

    @44 And yet I couldn’t get a solid 40+ FPS in BF4 Beta with an i7-950, gtx 480 and 6gb Ram on LOW.

    Lazy fucks!

    #46 1 year ago
  47. Panthro

    @43 irrelevant? not likely… If you wanna keep the GPU up to par with what the consoles would be running you would simply set the games with no AA and sometimes at 720p.

    Dont forget, this generation coming is different… the consoles had the edge last time for the start but technology is growing faster these days and their are cards out on the market that surpass what the PS4 and X1 can do by 2x and that wasn’t the case when the 360 and PS3 came out.

    #47 1 year ago
  48. CPC_RedDawn

    @46

    Let me give you some insight into the PC hardware world.

    CPU manufacturers like Intel don’t really like to market their CPU’s are “gaming” CPU’s. Sure they use gaming from time to time but not only gaming. They also control the speeds at which their architectures run at so they can price them accordingly. So why don’t you try overclocking that i7-950 which should be pretty easy. I bet at stock speeds its bottlenecking that GTX480 also overclocking the 480 would also be a good start. Then throwing in another 4GB RAM at least would also help out with newer games such as BF4.

    Motherboard manufacturers are the ones that really push the gaming marketing as they build their boards with overclocking in mind as 9 times out of 10 you need to overclock your CPU in order to use even a mid-range GPU to its full potential. GPU architectures have come leaps and bounds in the past 10 years whilst CPU speeds and efficiency has dried up seen as AMD are giving Intel little to no competition meaning Intel can do what they like.

    Also, BF4 is an AMD Never Settle game and have had massive problems on the Nvidia side of the gate. Make sure you are using the latest drivers optimized for BF4.

    Remember with PC gaming comes the need to know how to look after your hardware making sure its software it either working or up to date. Consoles you just plug and play and if it looks terrible or has horrid frame rates your stuck with it.

    Remember also, your i7 950 CPU came out in 2009 you could easily get that to or past 4GHz with the right cooling and it will feed that 480 much nicer.

    One more thing, the GTX400 series of cards was a well known disaster for Nvidia. Based on the Fermi architecture it was troubled from the start they couldn’t get the yields up to exceptable levels and were behind AMD at the time so they turned off shader units to get the levels up to scratch. The GTX480 was meant to have 512 CUDA cores not 480, they had to drop the other cores in order to get them out to market but still the cards produced a ton of heat and needed a lot of power. Hence the funny advert from AMD that followed shortly after. They also hindered the performance of the card by only putting 1.5GB VRAM on the board to keep costs down when it should of been 2GB. Once they sorted out the issues with yields they released the GTX580 which had the full amount of CUDA cores and still to this day performs extremely well.

    I used to have a GTX480 which I overclocked, and an i7-920 which I also overclocked and 6GB RAM. I could easily play Skyrim @ 1080p maxed out with over 40 mods hald of them were texture or graphical mods. I still got a solid 60fps. If I put everything back to stock clocks I got around 45fps.

    Right now I have two rigs one of which cost me a ridiculous amount of money and the other is an i7-960 @ 4.2GHz, HD7970 @ 1150/1650, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD. And on that rig at 1080p Ultra settings I get 67fps avg in BF4 and lowest of 51fps.

    Overclocking the CPU is generally a must for high end PC’s as no CPU out there can really push high end GPU’s only if you get into the stupidly overpriced Xeons or X79 platform like the i74960X.

    #48 1 year ago
  49. CyberMarco

    @48 Thanks for the insight. I’m not that clueless regarding maintaining and taking care of my rig. When I built my PC in late 2010, it was built with a budget in mind, and knowing how this market works, by the time you assemble a rig, the next upgrade is released just a few weeks/months later! -.-

    I know I can push my hardware with OC, but I still need a decent after-market cooler, that would be ~40/50€ for air-cooling, or 80-90€ for all-in-one water cooling solution, like the Corsair Hydro series.

    Anyhow, my point is that the way the market is handled, Intel being the major producer of CPUs, almost monopolizing the market and with AMD trying to catch Nvidia in the GPU sector you have to ask yourself if there is any “lobby” regarding producing and pricing of the hardware.

    All in all, the PC isn’t an easy venture for average-Joe to start messing around. I’m a PC gamer and console gamer and can see that each platform has its advantages and disadvantages.

    @Panthro, irrelevant not compared to consoles, but to other PC hardware and how they are performing compared to the said x70s and x80s.

    #49 1 year ago
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    First time i trusted an online job add and managed to make 90$ in 5 hours… Bow6com

    #50 1 year ago
  51. ctankep

    @48

    Appreciate your post –
    Wasn’t sure about 7970s for a setup.
    Do they suffer from being noisy?

    #51 1 year ago

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    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

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  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

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  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

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  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

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  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

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

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

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

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

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

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

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

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kojima Station show suspended

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

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

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

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

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

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

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  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

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

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

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

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

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  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

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

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

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

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

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

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

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  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

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

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

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