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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
  50. CathyKarr09

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

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

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

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

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

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

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

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  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

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

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

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

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

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

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

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

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

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

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

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

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

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

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

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

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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

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

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

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

    Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena has been announced as a twin stick shooter MOBA blend from Whitebox Interactive. Set for a 2016 release on PC, the game’s beta will be on show at PAX East next month. An Early Access release is slated for Q2 2015 and you can already purchase early access for a […]

  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

    Steam and GOG have announced Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 owners will be able play multiplayer with each other across both platforms. With the recent online multiplayer update for for AVP Classic 2000, Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley has made good on his promise from June to offer cross-platform play between the Steam and GOG platforms. […]

  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

    Roll7 has announced it will release OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood next week. The developer announced the dates on Twitter this morning alongside the launch trailer. You will be able to download the game for PlayStation 4 and Vita March 3 in North America and March 4 in Europe.

  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

    Heists got a date! Come play GTA Online with us to celebrate. We’re playing GTA Online on PS4 tonight with whoever else fancies it. That means you. This week’s playlist is Happy for Heists, because we kind of are. The six jobs involved will last about 45 minutes. Anyone can turn up. Here’s how. We’ll […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

    Batman: Arkham Knight has a new trailer available that gives us a peek into Scarecrow’s plan to unite all villains against Batman. The trailer below has a different tone to the ones showing Arkham Knight. Instead, we get a look at Scarecrow’s team of super-villains including new footage of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. There […]

  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]

  • Destiny: how to make sure Crota stays down for longer

    If you’re familiar with the final encounter of the Crota’s End raid, then you know every second Crota is immobilised counts. Arekkz Gaming has a handy tip for anyone who’s played Crota’s End or anyone attempting it. The trick is simple to execute and will ensure Crota stays on his knees for longer, making for […]

  • NBA Live 15 added to EA Access just four months after release

    EA has added NBA Live 15 to the list of games available instantly to anyone with an EA Access subscription. NBA Live 15 has been added to EA Access’ Vault, EA has announced. As of today, anyone with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One can play it alongside other available games. NBA Live 15 […]

  • Deal: get Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One bundle + extra game for £299

    UK retailer GAME is offering a good deal on the Advanced Warfare Limited Edition 1TB Xbox One bundle and is throwing in an extra game. The retailer has reduced the price of the bundle to £299, which is the usual price for the standalone console. The bundle is of course Advanced Warfare-themed. The console and […]

  • That Metal Gear Rising 2 logo was for the second anniversary of the original

    Metal Gear Rising developer Platinum Games has confirmed, once and for all, that the “2″ logo we saw during Sony’s presentation at Taipei Game Show was definitely not for a sequel. Platinum posted this on Twitter earlier. デザイナーの趙&ニシイから、『MGR』2周年記念イラスト! ディレクターの齋藤( @PG_saito )が、開発スタッフブログでご紹介しています↓↓ http://t.co/IW1aOxAZQR #mgr pic.twitter.com/ZbNF3Jk1tF — PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) February 25, 2015 The illustrations were made by artist Yong-Hee […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 is formulaic and I’m okay with that

    There’s something comforting about the lack of ambition and plain old gameplay in Resident Evil Revelations 2, says Matt Martin. “It’s locked from the other side.” Of course it is. What did I expect? I’ve been here before. So many times. Not just in Resident Evil but a million other games. It’s so familiar as […]

  • Battlefield 4: double XP event live now through Sunday

    EA is holding a double XP event in Battlefield 4 on all platforms. The publisher is celebrating Battlefield Hardline going gold by offering all Battlefield 4 players double XP in multiplayer matches. The double XP event is now live and through 23:59 UTC on Sunday, March 1.

  • BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Rayman Legends free with March Games with Gold

    The list of free games coming in March as part of Microsoft’s Games with Gold programme has leaked. The leaked list of games include Rayman Legends and #IDARB for Xbox One along with Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite for Xbox 360. In addition, Microsoft will be offering double the amount of games in April. The […]

  • Telltale’s new IP will be a “super show”, bridges the gap between TV and game

    Telltale’s upcoming mysterious new IP will be produced in collaboration with Lionsgate and will be a hybrid game and TV show. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner to understand what’s a super show. “A “Super Show” episode combines one part of interactive playable content with one part of scripted television style content,” said […]

  • Next Mortal Kombat X stream to show Brutalities, new character

    Brutalities will be making a return in Mortal Kombat X and we’re getting a look at them very soon. The next Mortal Kombat X live-stream has been dated and we know it will show Brutalities for the first time. Developer NetherRealm Studios posted this on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/ZJYN1FNRZ9 — NetherRealm Studios (@NetherRealm) February 23, 2015 Notice […]

  • PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 does not support offline co-op [Update]

    Players who bought the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 have realised that the game doesn’t support offline co-op. Unlike the console versions, the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 can only be played in single player, with no offline co-op option. Capcom has not revealed this prior to launch. Instead, users on […]