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Star Citizen crowdfunding hits $25 million after most lucrative month to date

Monday, 28 October 2013 00:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Star Citizen’s crowdfunding campaign shows no signs of slowing down, and in fact accelerated this last month to shoot past its $25 million goal.

Just last weekend, Star Citizen hit $23 million and announced its latest stretch goal, so it made $2 million in just about one week. In a new Letter from the Chairman, creator Chris Roberts said October is the space sim’s “single biggest month for crowd funding yet”.

By hitting $25 million, fans have ensured that Cloud Imperium Games can run a much larger alpha test than initially projected, which should result in a stronger finished game; 50,000 extra tester slots will be added to the alpha.

The next stretch goal is $27 million, which will unlock a Banu Merchantman; like the $23 million Xi’An stretch goal, this will result in a more unique experience for players who choose this role.

When Star Citizen’s initial crowdfunding campaign ended, it netted a record-breaking $6.2 million. Roberts Space Industries’ decision to keep its coffers open has clearly paid off.

Thanks, Ausgamers.

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31 Comments

  1. pcbros

    This game has the potential to be epic! We need a shift in Space Flight sims :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TMRNetShark

    @1

    What happens when it’s just nice to look at and doesn’t play well or isn’t fun?

    I will be cautious about this game. I will only buy it when I see some actual lengthy gameplay… not staged scenes.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. pcbros

    @2 – What happens? The same thing that happens to all games that fail to deliver, they fail.

    The game has potential though.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. m2stech

    DELETE

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TMRNetShark

    @3

    I’m just uneasy about this. It just seems like utter moneygrubbing on RSI’s part. Even if you don’t think that’s the case, that’s alright.

    They are focusing on making these ultra high poly ships that look amazing. They keep showing us these spectacles but we have not seen one ounce of real space combat. Sure, the game is more than a year away and there is plenty of time to showcase it.

    Like I said, I will be cautious.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    @5

    That’s exactly how I feel. Every time they go up by a million USD after only having shown the equivalent of sexy car commercials, alarm bells go off in my brain, accompanied by neon signs that read ‘con of the decade.’

    I guess it’s just my fields of interest (anthropology and psychology), but I look at this and I’m amazed how easy it is to take a person in with marketing and advertisements alone. We’ve not seen anything to even prove that the game even exists beyond a few toys which a decent development house could put together in a couple of days.

    And then I look at some of the stretch goals. One million USD for a fast travel system. No one questions or thinks about how silly it is to say that a fast travel system costs a million USD to implement.

    That’s why it’s so impressive.

    It’s one of the greatest feats of social engineering I’ve ever seen. It’s on par with WoW (which is just a series of repetitive tasks and reward schedules masquerading as a game). I don’t know. I worry about humanity sometimes, I guess?

    Sometimes… we just don’t look all that bright. I’m genuinely surprised by the lack of caution surrounding this.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. TMRNetShark

    @6

    I remember, on another one of these posts about Star Citizen… I had claimed that having fast travel as a stretch goal was stupid. Some user pointed out “Oh, they are going to improve EVERYTHING about the game with that extra million dollars.”

    Yeah? We don’t even have a baseline yet. No evidence of game play that suggests that there will be improvement. Just “Hey, look at all these shiny things!” and BAM… you donated $40.

    At least the beautiful thing about these crowd funded games is that you don’t have to ever risk your money. The game is funded… if it flops, I still have my $40 to spend on a real game.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    Since there’s very little to be cautious of or optimistic about, the rational thing would be to wait and see until there’s anything truly representative on display.

    It’s pathetic to say that simply because a game is pretty to look at, it must be a con. Some people get insecure when other people are succesful, and shame on Roberts Space Industries for being popular, succesful and compelling enough to get people onboard, but I really don’t see how funding an (in mainstream terms) overlooked genre is somehow bad for gamers.

    It’s the biggest, most glaring middlefinger that has been presented to the publisher system yet. At the very least, that deserves a pat on the back.

    Every game is a risk, and this is no different. It’s a bigger risk than most, by force of sheer scale. We’ve already seen companies like Double Fine fuck it up, so there’s every reason to be aware of that risk.

    But whining about the graphics being too pretty or the fundraising being too succesful is just pathetic. Some people are so miserable and petty that everybody else has to struggle too. Oh hai, TheWulf!

    Fuck that noise. Tentative congrats to RSI. Don’t fuck up.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. aussigamer

    wow so much hate,
    just want to point out that this game is ‘being’ made, it is not alpha or pre alpha it is still just lines of code.

    There is no game yet to see because it is still being made. the reason people are donating is because they want this game made. Having no publishers or investors means there are no rush jobs or cost cutting for the sake of profits. If you did it the other way you would get EVE online.

    Your are right it doesnt take 1 million to create a fast transport system. but it does take 25 million to produce the game though so that 1 million is spread out to all aspects of the game.

    the stretch goals are just perks or milestones they are arbitrary.

    the big picture is Chris Roberts (a proven game designer) is creating a game which has an untapped target audience, and because it doesnt have investors or publishers it requires crowdfunding/donations

    #9 2 years ago
  10. yeoung

    Every time I think they’ve hit the roof on this thing it just keeps blasting through stretch goals. While I agree with the sentiment of a cool mil for a fast travel system is a tad odd, calling it a feat of social engineering seems a bit aggrandizing. Surely the scope of the project has soared quite a bit beyond its original intent. Consequently, it’s understandable that the stretch goals will become increasingly trivial.

    That said, I do believe a point has been reached wherein additional funding would offer little to no significant improvements in terms of gameplay or general experience. Though I guess in a way it is quite fitting for a space sim to be recieving astronomical amounts of (crowd)funding.

    No doubt it’ll be interesting too see the final product and its commercial/critical reception.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. pcbros

    I wonder how people would be reacting if this was a console game…

    Usually we don’t get many videos and screens a year before a game’s release. COD for example wasn’t shown until May of this year.

    Atleast we are getting videos and screens this early into development. I will wait and see myself but I am very hopeful.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. fearmonkey

    You all that are negative about the game just don’t get it….

    if EA and others would have had great space sims out over the last 5 to 10 years, they probably wouldn’t have had near the amount raised.

    The reason is you have Chris Roberts, who has quite the gaming background with some of the most beloved space games ever making this game. Fans of the genre are desperate for a great killer space sim, and the current publishers have let their IP languish while releasing cod 1, cod 2, cod copy 1, cod copy 2, shooter #4324234, etc.

    If this was anyone other than Chris Roberts, they would have never raised this kind of money. To some this is a chance to get the genre going again. IF this game continues to be successful, EA and others will take notice and we might start seeing AAA games in the genre again.

    The people supporting this aren’t the gullible types The Wulf thinks they are, these are the diehard space fans that have been neglected by the top publishers, and look at this as a way to have their favorite type of game come back.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Nakoichi

    If it was a million dollars to add fast travel akin to guild wars or skyrim I would agree it sounds unreasonable. However; the stretch goal does not outline a simple fast travel system but a fully featured mass transit system in both space and on planet surfaces to move between cities, these new modes of transportation are not just click a waypoint and teleport, they are monorails shuttles and carriers to transport your smaller craft between planets.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. TheBlackHole

    @3 it can’t fail, they’ve already got your money. That’s the point.

    Also, I’m not buying it at all – $85 average submission? No, I don’t think 300,000 people would pay that as an average donation to get an unproven space mmo made.

    Something is not right.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Christopher Jack

    @14, That’s the median- you’re forgetting a lot of people donated in excess of $100. They’re the outliers.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Uncontested

    @15 You’re both forgetting there are a LOT of people who donated in excess of $1,000 is more like it. Just look at peoples titles on the forums, which usually gives you a vague idea. Myself I’ve pumped $800.00 even into Chris Roberts’ pockets and I don’t worry or question it one bit. I’ve spent far more on worse than funding what will hopefully be the game of my dreams, lol, and I’ve played many of CR’s games before that I’ve got enough faith in it to keep pledging my money.

    Hell if they end up selling capital ships again before the crowd funding ends i’ll probably be a few thousand deep into it.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Christopher Jack

    @16, Your money, enjoy :) (sincerely, not sarcastically)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. MFBB

    #11 its going to be a console game aswell.

    They said they would like to port it to the PS4 after the PC version is done.

    So if it dosnt fail, most likely we will get a PS4 version aswell.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. TheBlackHole

    @15 no, it’s the average, not the median. That figure is derived from the total revenue generated divided by the number of contributions.

    The median is when you take each individual unit contribution and pick the middle one, or two if the total is an even number (by order, not by unit value).

    Maths.

    So, yes, $85 average across over a quarter of a million people is preposterously high for a crowd funded project.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. TheBlackHole

    And as for @16, I’m not forgetting that some people have put lots of money into this project, but if you look at even the strongest crowd funded projects, the top contributors are the exception, not the rule.

    Something just doesn’t fit. I’m not being negative for the sake of it, but logic and common sense tells me there’s more to this than meets the eye.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    I really don’t think that’s much of a smoking gun TheBlackHole

    I don’t remember the tiers exactly, but I was considering pledging for a while, and I believe the “cool” ships started at around 40 bucks, and there was no way I was going to pledge and not get a cool ship in the process.

    I imagine that a considerable number of pledges would be thinking the same, which is hardly unthinkable (just look at all the people who want beta/alpha access on an average Kickstarter) and then the 40 dollar tier sets a pretty high bar.

    And it is a AAA-indie. It’s going to be huge, and (as a backer, at least) you have to assume that they will pull out all the stops in terms of the value provided, so paying 60 dollars for an unusual AAA-game by a legendary designer, for a lavish game in a lavish genre is less of a biggy.

    Paying 60 dollars for an adventure game, even by a legendary designer would be considerably more extreme.

    And thus it would be a lot easier for people to go from 60 to 80, especially if they’re geeks. And I think that if there’s one genre that attracts geeks practically like no other, it’s space sims. I remember the Wing Commander nerds back in the 90′s. Those guys were straight up weird.

    It could really also be as simple as Star Citizen attracting some of the outside backing they were looking for to begin with (meaning investors) in which case the average goes way down.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    I don’t have anything against this game… but I do not for the life of me understand why it is getting so much backing. What the heck is pushing the crowd funding so much? Its astronomical compared to… well… pretty much everything else out there.

    What am I missing?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. TheBlackHole

    @22

    They’re charging for everything.

    The game
    Ships
    Currency
    Subscriptions

    Hell, even if you buy the game, you have to buy a separate compatible ship to access the game’s ‘ hanger’.

    It’s pay to play, pay to win, subs, microtransactions (I hesitate to call them that given some are up to our over $100) and there’s even insurance because you can lose your expensive ship through destruction or theft.

    In many ways it’s everything gamers hate about gaming nowadays, and yet somehow no-one cares.

    It’s a strange phenomenon, that’s for sure.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB

    @23 I don’t really understand why insurance is a thing, but according to RSI, the insurance costs are minimal, so having the lifetime insurance just saves you a little bit of the ingame money. If you have a unique ship, you’ll definitely want to check the box though.

    http://starcitizen.wikia.com/wiki/Subscriptions

    I don’t like micro-transactions for anything, including currency. Spacebux are exploitative by nature, but I think it’s less egregious that they’re offering what is essentially DLC.

    We won’t really know whether those unbalance the game or not until we see a lot more of it. But if so, count me out.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. TheBlackHole

    @24

    Apparently lifetime insurance was only available to people who bought ships before the end of 2012. Now you have to choose anywhere between 2 months and 12 months insurance, depending on price.

    Seriously, the amount of stuff they’re selling, and the prices they’re selling for ($20-$40 for a premium looking hanger!?) is seriously insane.

    I don’t know how the stars have aligned around this game, but good luck to them, because this is the only time a game of theirs will ever make this money. There is absolutely NO way they can live up to the hype. The promise and the expectation is going to be so massive they can only fail.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. TheBlackHole

    @24

    Also, a $240 annual subscription basically gets you some emails, access to artwork and live streams, a couple of ship decals and your name ‘somewhere in the world’.

    Daylight. Fucking. Robbery.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    @25,26 I don’t really disagree. It’s expensive, and it’s gonna be interesting to see the sales numbers.

    If it was a publisher putting the money down, I believe they’d break even around 2 million, but maybe that’s why they’re putting in the “macro-transactions”, so they get a stronger tail.

    In terms of the sub, it quite clearly says “superfan” though. It’s for the morbidly obsessed backer, for seriously.

    It says something about the space sim crowd though. They were always complete nutjobs. I remember literally being scared by the Wing Commander fans back in the 90′s. They were these COMPLETE nerds who would just start acting out a cutscene from Wing Commander, completely in character. Out of nowhere.

    Really, seriously creepy.

    I was thinking about backing it too, but I’m not gonna put down 40 bucks on something that I’m half-interested in.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. aussigamer

    TheBlackhole as a troll your doing a great job, everything you have said is either misleading or wrong though.

    @23 to play this game you only need to buy it, pay to play,
    NO SUBSCRIPTION
    from that point your wallet is safe everything is available in game you dont need to pay a cent more.

    @26 when you donate money your not being stolen from (how dont you get this concept)

    what your looking at is the backers (donation) page, your unfamiliar with the term it basically means giving someone something for nothing. so when i put $80 in and got a ship, that doesnt mean i got an $80 ship it means i gave $80 to StarCitizen and they said thanks with a token of appreciation.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. spoffle

    @28, You’ve just spelt “you’re” wrong 4 times. *facepalm*

    Only one “your” was correct, can you guess which one?

    #29 2 years ago
  30. aussigamer

    Thanks Spoffle ill do better next time xo

    #30 2 years ago
  31. bensonthetiger

    @26
    Star Citizen has a very good pay model that has the golden rule to avoid pay for play: Nothing is sold that can’t also be earned through playing the game. Now the balance of this principle will certainly be important as you can’t have a $10 item equal 100 hours of in-game effort because that ruins player equity.

    Although an average person donates $85 (as of now it’s $97 with $30.2 mil and 310k backers), that has nothing to do with what you have to pay to get the game. It’s actually only $30, which is half the price of a new game. Even if you take the assumption that people are paying $85; they are participating in the development process. Find another game with as much interaction between developers and fans. They have weekly videos, updates nearly every couple of days, and this is not to mention all the things they send to paying subscribers. The development of the game is also an experience, which people are willing to pay for/contribute to. It’s quite genius really.

    Say what you want about whether the game appeals to you, but the space sim is a market that is both niche and deep. The game is a lot more than lines of code at this point, but developers can’t share everything otherwise there wouldn’t be any surprises. They also don’t want to release anything before it reaches a certain level of functionality.

    I highly recommend checking out some videos, the forums or the chat roll to learn more about the game. Maybe it’s not for you, but a $30 game that has as large and as committed a community as this is bound to be a fun experience.

    #31 1 year ago

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    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 […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]