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Xbox One: expensive trailer kicks off Microsoft’s launch campaign, watch here

Friday, 25 October 2013 12:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One is out November 22 in several territories, and Microsoft has launched its marketing blitz with an expensive trailer starring Steven Gerrard, Zachary Quinto and such games as Titanfall, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5 and FIFA 14.

It follows a report by The Guardian that suggests Microsoft will spend around $100 million on marketing Xbox One. It’s a record for the Xbox brand.

What do you think of the clip above?

Meanwhile, the Xbox One manual’s quick-start guide has leaked. See it here.

Via Eurogamer.

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68 Comments

  1. Panthro

    Where does Trek fit into this?

    Just referring to movies I guess?

    I don’t want another movie based Trek game :’(

    EDIT – NVM watched the video end.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. fengato

    Really well done – slick, yet still gets the necessary game info into the ad.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    For f sake. You can clearly see who has more money.

    MS commercial was holy cow… ST stars, Titanfall robot CGI, oh yeah.

    “Where does Trek fit into this?”

    You can watch Star Trek on your Xbox One :D Lawl.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Panthro

    I know I noticed that once the girl was at her Xbox.

    Seemed like a massive waste of money really, everybody should already know you can watch movies on your Xbox.

    And when the soldiers where marching through the streets I thought he was going to cut that guys head off. THAT would be a good commercial.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. _LarZen_

    Now that is a system seller commercial.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    You just can’t hate on this. This was very well done and that Titanfall mech was awesome.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    Very slick, very well done. Good ad.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. VibraniumSpork

    “Titanfall not available until Spring 2014″ – blink and you’ll miss it :D

    Otherwise, looking good.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Darkfield

    @4 Well Microsoft does great marketing and great marketing comes at a huge price.

    PS: It’s GwynbleiddiuM, changed my display name.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Panthro

    @10 I just mean the whole Trek thing…

    Other than that, good ad.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. tenthousandgothsonacid

    (*) Most games run at 720p

    #11 2 years ago
  12. VibraniumSpork

    Kinda on-topic, but I’d love to see what happens to pre-orders/enquiries regarding both PS4 and XB1 once their respective Marketing machines get into full swing.

    I’d say that even up to now it’s been fanboys and frequent gamers who have been driving the pre-sales stats; be interesting to see how the landscape changes once Joe Public gets brought into the equation.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. laughing-gravy

    The gameplay footage of Titanfall was from the PC version, false advertising?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Xbone

    Looks good, tho its a shame they did not use xbox excl games.

    And you know… if you have a crap product, at least have an expensive marketing campaign.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Panthro

    They used Ryse ^

    And Titanfall is exclusive to the Xbox console too, Its on PC as well but that means nothing when it comes to console vs console exclusivity.

    And so is Forza…

    And Dead Rising 3…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. FuntimeBen

    Very cool ad and no more outrageous than the greatness awaits campaign. As much as I dislike Microsoft of late, this is a very compelling commercial.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Javinator

    Actually Xbox one OS footage shown as well as gameplay, something that Sony has not shown in their Commercials.
    I guess they’re scared how the public will react when the footage they show comes from Knack and 180 8-bit indie games

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Javinator

    By the way all those 180 indie games I could play on my PC on Steam. Oops, there goes 99% of Sony’s games…

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Panthro

    As usual, Javinator making a tit of himself ^

    _____________________

    I just don’t get the mentality of these people, how come they are so OK with making themselves look like pricks? because that’s all they really achieve.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Moonwalker1982

    @19

    In due time PS4 will get some very cool looking exclusives, but surprisingly enough their launch line up is very disappointing. The only real looker is Killzone and as much as i liked Killzone 3, this one isn’t doing it for me. But if we look at Xbox One, damn…some very interesting games at launch for damn sure.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. bradk825

    This trailer was actually pretty awesome. I liked it better than the “Soldier in all of us” one.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DarkElfa

    Quinto’s eyebrows looked awful.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. TrickyAudio

    It’s very Microsoft

    #23 2 years ago
  24. zoopdeloop

    @18 i totally understand.Forza and Halo franchises aside pretty much everything else “exclusive” on Xbox can be played on my PC

    back to the subject
    you have to give it to them.Microsoft sometimes know how to make really good commercials and although it screams American philistine as always (Where’s Bieber?),it’s a good commercial

    #24 2 years ago
  25. G1GAHURTZ

    That looks hype!

    #25 2 years ago
  26. schnide

    Javinator – those 8-bit indie games.. Aside from the fact you know they’re not 8-bit, so you’re trash talking instead of being remotely factual, could you tell us why Microsoft scrambled together an indie programme in the last few months if the indie scene won’t be bringing us interesting and original titles that the big publishers won’t?

    Or are you only capable of slanting everything you say in a pro-MS stance because you’ve put your stake in the Xbox brand and don’t want to be left out?

    You remind me of the religious fanatics who say we’re all going to hell if we don’t believe too.. when really they’re just afraid to admit that what they believe is complete and utter nonsense.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Cobra951

    It also shows me the size room I need to buy to make it all work. So, $500 for the system, $50,000 for room expansion. I’m there!

    #27 2 years ago
  28. laughing-gravy

    @27 Don’t feed the troll!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. laughing-gravy

    Is the Steven Gerrard bit supposed to emphasize their TV services or something? Because we don’t get them here in the UK at launch. So it’s not quite all in one.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Beta

    Microsoft always have expensive, aggressive marketing campaigns.

    Even so, I’m picking up a PS4 first. I’ll get the X-ONE eventually but I can’t justify nearly £800 on consoles right now.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. bradk825

    @25 ashamed as I am to admit it, Bieber is Canadian.

    We keep trying to kick him out to the US and he keeps coming back.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. bradk825

    @30 You will get that eventually though. Titanfall isn’t a launch title but it’s in the commercial. And the TV passthrough is available at launch.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DrDamn

    @30
    FIFA surely?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Panthro

    @34

    Well, the kid goes back home and watches a Football game so I think its talking about watching live Football

    #34 2 years ago
  35. tezzer1985

    You guys argue about crap sometimes in the comments, looool

    Any way, great ad

    #35 2 years ago
  36. mal617

    Sick ass Ad.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. ddtd

    Great ad, but I love that Lou Reed Perfect Day PS4 ad.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Major Mayhem 70

    Love the ad. Smart marketing that quickly shows some of what the console does. It also shows…. Wait for it, waaaait for it… It also shows that it still plays games. Who knewwww?!?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Joe Musashi

    Fighting over PR? Same old same old.

    JM

    #39 2 years ago
  40. VibraniumSpork

    @41 Agreed.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. laughing-gravy

    @33 Eventually! So basically UK gamers will be footing the bill for American TV viewing habits until they deem us worthy to have it as well.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. bradk825

    I wish shit like this happened at my office. Not once has a Titan jumped in and invited me to come blow shit up.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. bradk825

    @43 how exactly are you footing the bill? XBL membership fees are not increasing when they add extra features. You are not paying anything extra.

    Fucking humans. Clean drinking water falls out of the sky absolutely free and we complain about getting wet. Have to whine about something.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. laughing-gravy

    @45 Uk gamers are footing the bill every time they buy a game, that’s how! Plus the fact that extra functionality is behind a paywall.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. VibraniumSpork

    @45 “Clean drinking water falls out of the sky absolutely free and we complain about getting wet.” – http://img.pandawhale.com/55927-Damn-good-stuff-sir-gif-rXD4.gif ;)

    #45 2 years ago
  46. DreadSabot

    Not sure of the last time an ad made me smile – this was a good one.

    Something about the titan robot reminded me of the Original Xbox tech demo – does anyone remember this?

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Javinator

    Can’t wait to see the Xbox kiosk next to the PS4 kiosk. The Xbox kiosk will have Forza3, KI, Dead Rising, and the PS4 will have 8-bit, 1980′s styled indie games!
    Sony didn’t have the cash to get the big AAA games so they went to the free indie community begging for help. Of course they have no cash, as the Wall Street Journal pointed out, Sony is valued as “junk” in the market, just like their products.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/9695079/Sony-and-Panasonic-cut-to-junk-status-by-Fitch.html

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Javinator

    I meant “Forza 5″ up above, but then again Forza3 will look a gazillion times better than those eight bit indie games on the ps4 lol

    #48 2 years ago
  49. kingy

    I hate to say it but it makes me want a xbone now and not wait for a price cut :-(

    #49 2 years ago
  50. bradk825

    @46 lol I will think of you when I am watching TV then, since clearly your games are what paid for it.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. M@nM@n

    Everything shown in this trailer is EXCLUSIVE, NOOOOOOOO 3rd parties. Very nice trailer. X1 all the way, can’t wait.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Arcnail

    Beyond the quality (money) of this, there are 2 things I like about it over the Sony one this week.

    1) I didn’t have to turn it off because the music was annoying as hell.

    2) Not a single mention of indie games. I would never put down money to play crap I can on my phone. As a bonus it’s fine, but don’t try and sell your system to me cause you have Minecraft or whatever.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. zinc

    Racist & sexist. Only white men game, whilst the little women watch films.

    Poor show MS.

    ;)

    #53 2 years ago
  54. fearmonkey

    @53 – uh no….

    Titanfall also on PC, Fifa also on PS4, Star trek is a movie that plays on anything with blu-ray or downloadable movies…

    I loved the Titanfall part, and the zombie part was cute, the rest was meh. It’s one of the better commercials that MS has ever had though, so happy it’s not hipster kids and parents that wear gap clothes/old navy clothes again.

    I still think the last greatness awaits commercial was better overall, but this was good and shows MS is changing their marketing style.
    I wish they would have skipped Quinto though, seems a lame addition.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. Armitage Shanks

    very nice!

    #55 2 years ago
  56. bradk825

    @56 I dont think FIFA is actually the content here, I think it’s the sports integration, because it flips to a match and then the guys gets skyped by his friend.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. Hyperx64

    Sony Releases Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn’t F**kin Work :P https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyVh1_vWYQ

    #57 2 years ago
  58. TheBlackHole

    I didn’t like the Sony ad. Terrible music and uninspiring content.

    This, however, was kick-fucking-ass. Great trailer. Hats off to their marketing department for that. Cracking work.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. DSB

    Hah, the Titan really makes it.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Maabren

    Nice one, ad that is. Have to wait until testing and review give us more than a bone.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Lounds

    Sony needs to have a weird qwerky ad like the 2000 era.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. yeoung

    @63:

    If you ask me I’m pretty happy Sony has moved past the “baby crying in the dark” and “emo chick in black and white” motif. I think it might be nice to bring back whisper-lady if we’re gonna do throwbacks.

    Don’t underestimate the power of Playstation

    Loved that

    #62 2 years ago
  63. polygem

    i can deal with the standard team xbox machoman douchebags, i have a soft spot for nintendo, i owned several sony machines and still kind of plan buying a ps4 at launch but man…there’s nothing more annoying in videogaming than the sony fanboy.
    hands down. those guys win the cup.
    you can even see that by looking at the ign sony crew, it transcendents into journalism too..uhaaah….shivers.
    always leaves a bad taste, when i buy something sony gaming branded. i don’t want to be one of those creeps. always hope noone is seeing me when i buy a game for ps3.

    :)

    #63 2 years ago
  64. pcbros

    Best commercial for me so far. I really liked how they showed the Kinect UI experience.

    Saying, “Xbox, invite _______ to party (or game).” Is much better than, stopping your game, going through your friends list, selecting him/her and selecting “invite to party (or game)”.

    Every time a friend asked me to invite him to a game during the heat of battle I cringed. XB1 should solve that problem.

    The UI looked silky smooth and modern. If their Kiosk shows off the Kinect UI and other features, they will be in good shape.

    XB1 might not be the most powerful console but they get my vote for the most advanced console.

    @65 – I hear ya! ;)

    Every time I picture a PS fanboy, I picture the scene in Spider-Man 3 where Peter Parker (Toby McGuire) gets infected and tries to be cool. A nerd trying to be cool but coming off as a jerk.

    Although, when I picture a Xbox fanboy, I picture a 10-year old playing COD screaming how he’s the best.

    When I picture a Nintendo fanboy, I picture an adult who still believes in Santa.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. Professor Zoom

    Go Home Gaystation 4 you SUCK!!! :D

    #65 2 years ago
  66. polygem

    @66: what do you mean by saying…”believes” in santa? nothing to believe here. he exists and that’s a fact.

    :)

    #66 2 years ago
  67. zinc

    @67, The noble art of reinforcing sterotypes is alive & well I see.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. nollie4545

    As I said before, the console war will come down to marketing alone. Not what console has the better hardware.

    You have to admit, with the kinect sensor now watching you and listening to you, allowing you to talk to it and activate and move stuff with mere hard gestures, that is gonna have everyone from 6 year olds to 60 year olds intrigued. It is going to sell like hot cakes regardless of what games are on offer.

    Now all of MSs little moves have made total sense. Buy and integrate skype into the Xbox Live experience, add kinect, then they will make it so you can operate your console and XBL from your Windows phone etc, its all happening. They will have a complete offer in the mould of apple.

    #68 2 years ago

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  • 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 […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]