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EA Q2: Titanfall not coming to PS4, EA expects 10 million PS4 and Xbox One sales this FY

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 20:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA exceeded financial expectations during the quarter ending September 30, largely thanks to ongoing success in non-traditional digital realms.

EA Q2 FY2014

Revenue of $695 million, down year-on-year.

Digital revenue of $450 million, up year-on-year.

Ultimate Team games, Plants vs Zombies 2 and Real Racing 3 cited as strong digital performers.

Year-on-year, console revenue dropped, and PC revenue increased. Mobile remained steady while handhelds nosedived.

Battlefield 4 has hit sell-in targets.

EA expects up to 10 million PS4 and Xbox One hardware sales this financial year.

Titanfall exclusive to PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for the life of the product – no PS4 port inbound.

Titanfall and The Sims 4 due in the last two weeks of March 2014.

The publisher reported GAAP revenue of $695 million, a drop from Q2 2012′s $711 million – probably to be expected given the console transition, which would have resulted in lower sales of cross-gen titles like Madden 25.

Backing up this speculation, its traditional revenue for the quarter was $223 million – down from $365 million one year before – while its digital revenue was $450 million, well up from 2012′s $324 million.

Distribution revenue remained static.

Chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen noted that EA is raising its non-GAAP forecasts, having had a strong quarter.

“We exceeded our revenue and EPS guidance in the second quarter through a combination of delivering on revenue, and managing our costs,” he said.

It was newly incumbent CEO Andrew Wilson’s first time in the financial chair, but he had littler to say in the financials press release beyond a comment that the publisher must remain focused.

“EA’s strong second quarter was driven by great title launches, continued digital growth, and financial discipline. While we have made good progress in the first half of the year, we remain focused on executing our FY14 plan and delivering a full slate of amazing games and services to players on current and next-generation consoles, mobile, and PC,” he said.

On a game-by-game basis, EA noted strong performance from digital titles. EA Sports’ Ultimate Team products have grown year-on-year, driving digital revenue growth.

Plants vs Zombies 2 has now been installed over 25 million times since its August launch, more than the lifetime total of the original Plants vs. Zombies.

Real Racing has been downloaded over 70 million times since releasing in February, and is averaging 18 million monthly active users.

Litigation costs
EA has had a busy year in court so far, with two suits related to football titles – the Madden creator suit and another over NCAA player likenesses.

The publisher acknowledged “a $27 million expense related to a settlement of a litigation matter” which was not detailed, as well as $40 million “for expected litigation settlement and license expenses related to our college football business”.

Platform breakdown
EA provided a breakdown of its revenue by platform during the quarter. Consoles remain its strongest area with $309 million, but that’s down 18% year-on-year; it has trended downwards steadily for a full year now. The Xbox 360 remains its most lucrative platform.

PC remains its second most-profitable platform with $274 million, and is growing steadily – that’s a 28% increase on Q2 2012, although a drop from the immediately previous quarter.

Mobile revenue remained static year-on-year but dropped quarter-on-quarter. Handheld revenue dropped sharply.

Battlefield 4
Wilson opened his address to investors in a post-release conference call by congratulating DICE on the launch of Battlefield 4 today, describing it as “another hit title” alongside Madden, FIFA and the like.

Speaking to investors in a Q&A session, Patrick Söderlund said it’s too early to judge Battlefield 4′s success, but that early indicators – notably review scores – look good, and “from a product perspective”, EA is very happy about it. Additionally, the game has already hit its US sell-in targets. “Current-gen seems to be holding up,” Jorgenson said, and noted that pre-orders for next-gen look promising.

Asked whether Battlefield will be annualised, EA played coy, not denying it might ever happen but reaffirming its commitment to give the franchise the time it needs; Söderlund said DICE needs to ‘lick its wounds’; that’s Swedish for “enjoy the launch”, Wilson clarified. Jorgenson said EA will reveal its revenue plans for Battlefield 4 in the future, and that EA has plenty of annual titles to fill the gap left by not having a major shooter for the holiday season, including UFC and NBA Live.

Console Transition
In his overview of the quarter Wilson acknowledged that EA has “much of the work” for the year ahead of it thanks to the console transition, but pointed to its weighty launch line up and ongoing digital growth as indicators of future success.

“The latest indicators from Microsoft And Sony, as well as pre-order data, indicate strong demand for the new consoles,” he added, saying both platform holders had committed to ongoing support for the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.

EA said that its forecasts for next-gen sales are quite conservative, but multiple executives reiterated that the publisher has a stronger partnerships with platform holders than ever before. EA is feeling “very bullish” and is “well ahead” on the transition; it’s “going to nail it”, and if it “squints” it can see “ten million unit sales combined” from the two new consoles. EA’s “five truly next-gen titles” will capitalise on that.

One caller questioned the likelihood of next-gen uptake. Citing his third console transition with EA, Wilson said he expects PS4 and Xbox One pricing to “come down aggressively” a few years out of launch, leading to large install bases; he also cited PS4′s much lower launch price than the PS3 as a good sign for the future.

EA noted that this is the first time two consoles have launched within weeks of each other, and that retailers are going to experience “unprecedented spend”; as a result, they’ll have plenty of cash to buy-in software stock.

The Future
Wilson acknowledged the promotions of Patrick Soderlund and Lucy Bradshaw, which incurred some restructuring costs, as well as ongoing leadership from Frank Gibeau and Peter Moore.

Moving forward, Wilson nominated three major characteristics for EA’s future under his leadership. The first is that “delivering amazing games and services must be at the core” of everything EA does; he said the publisher is “committed to strengthening the bond” with players. Secondly, Wilson said EA’s people are its greatest asset, and it must continue to nurture its talent as it brings its properties to as many platforms as possible. Finally, “making games profitably is vital to EA’s future”.

Jorgenson said add-on digital revenue had grown thanks to FIFA Ultimate Team, FIFA Online 3, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. The sunsetting of social games and the decline of Japanese mobile sales contributed to the less stellar performance in the mobile sector.

Titanfall was repeatedly mentioned as one of the highlights of the upcoming year, with EA commenting that Respawn has done an excellent job by staying on target and even “ahead of target, in some ways”.

One investor asked if Titanfall had been rushed to capitalise on the next-gen launch window, but EA said it had always been scheduled for northern spring (March, April and May), and that it saw an opportunity to move its release into FY 2014 (the first two months of calendar 2014) because other next-gen titles moved out of a busy release period. Disappointingly, Titanfall was confirmed as exclusive to PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for “the life of the product”.

In addition to Titanfall, EA’s next major release after the next-gen splurge is The Sims 4, which it acknowledges can “release any time”. Both titles are due in “the last part of” Q3FY14 – the final two weeks of March 2014.

The publisher is predicting GAAP net revenue of approximately $775 million for the third quarter and $3.55 billion for the financial year.

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34 Comments

  1. Legendaryboss

    More word on this Titanfall exclusivity is, “for the life of the title/product” is exclusive to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. So the game is not a timed exclusive.

    I don’t even know why it was phrased like that and i still don’t buy it.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Xbone

    @1 I think that means until they support it, servers… I mean the cloud is up. 2-3 years.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Tech-N9ne

    Jeez, these guys at Microsoft are like Rocky, just when you think their down and out they come back with a KO.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    @2
    Now it makes sense after thinking it through, phrased in a way that initially confused me. Still phrased in a odd way i think.

    Now that i think about it that sounds like a long timed exclusivity.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. noamlol2

    EA can suck my nuts

    never buying next gen or buying games on origin

    EA go away.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. DrDamn

    Interesting. This certainly wasn’t tied down until now. Smart move by MS. PS4 only owners going to have to wait for a sequel?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. zinc

    @5, You need to click the heels of your ruby slippers together, if you want your wishes to come true Dorothy.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Erthazus

    Yeah. Titanfall is Exclusive to PC, 360 or XO

    Until

    Titanfall: SPECIAL EDITION

    We had this shit before with Mass Effect and other exclusives.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Legendaryboss

    @Zinc
    HA! LOL :P
    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y191/DarthCrimmy/WellPlayed.gif

    #9 1 year ago
  10. jaysea

    Shouldn’t we want systems with exclusives? I mean this would spur more competition and creativity rather than every console has the same games.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Erthazus

    This won’t make a difference in any creativity. It’s a marketing tool to sell more boxes to some kids.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. fearmonkey

    Seems like a really stupid thing to do, MS must have pad a ton for it.
    It’s a new franchise and they are gimping it by not having it on everything. It’s not going to be as big as COD if it’s not on everything COD is on. I guess they don’t care about that. it seems smart for MS, but not that smart for EA and Respawn,

    To me this kind of game works best on PC anyways, as it’s multiplayer and no single player. I feel the same about all the PC FTP play games coming to PS4/Xbone, not sure why i would play them when they are PC games really. Warframe, World of Tanks, Planetside 2, etc etc.
    I guess it’s just me but I could never pay full price for a game without a real single player campaign, I might pick it up on sale or something.

    The bad thing about the PC versionis that it will be tied to Origin and I hated Battlefield 3′s setup on origin, hopefully they make it better.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Dark

    http://i.imgur.com/IJkje0R.png

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Major Mayhem 70

    I don’t know why they keep saying its exclusive. It’s coming out on the 360 and PC as well… Yeah, I’m being an ass. Lol

    #14 1 year ago
  15. AmiralPatate

    @14
    “Exclusive” makes it sound so much cooler though. It’s the “x” sound, it really makes everything better.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. dkpunk

    Apparently TF2 will be making it’s way to ps4.

    http://abload.de/img/tfxk6dwr.jpg

    #16 1 year ago
  17. pcbros

    “Titanfall was confirmed as exclusive to PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One for ‘the life of the product’.”

    Titanfall being labeled an exclusive? This should be good…

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Major Mayhem 70

    To be honest, it was worded kind of funny. “Titanfall 2″ is a whole new title and could pop up on the PS4. If MS was smart and this game becomes the hit that most of us believe it will be, I’d keep throwing more money at Respawn to keep it exclusive. Or should say “under the Microsoft umbrella”.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. zinc

    Killzone, Uncharted, Infamous, Little Big Planet & Forza are all direct responses to exclusive’s offered on competing console’s.

    Without that rivalry fuelling our console fanboy love of gaming, we may as well just buy pc’s & jerk off over graphics cards :(

    #19 1 year ago
  20. pcbros

    ^^^ Why the PC hate? PC is your friend :)

    #20 1 year ago
  21. DSB

    The PC is your console. Satanface.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Dragon

    “UPDATE: Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has suggested that Titanfall – or at least a Titanfall sequel – could come to PS4 after all.

    When asked on Twitter if Respawn would make PS4 games in the future, Zampella replied, “Of course we will, just not the first Titanfall.

    Furthermore, when asked, “does the new announcement regarding Titanfall exclusivity to Xbox mean the Titanfall series or this release?” Zampella replied, “Just this release.

    Perhaps this means we’ll get a series collection that includes the first Titanfall, the way the first Mass Effect eventually came to PS3 as part of the Mass Effect Trilogy years down the line. This could take awhile though. We’re following up with EA to try to sort out exactly what this exclusivity agreement entails.”
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-10-29-titanfall-will-remain-exclusive-to-xbox-one-360-and-pc-forever

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zXDo4dL7SU

    Mass Effect all over again.
    Oh the use the words :D

    #22 1 year ago
  23. absolutezero

    “No! I must kill the PCs” he shouted
    The radio said “No, John. You are the PCS”
    And then John was a Alienware.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. pcbros

    @22 – Aren’t exclusives usually handled release by release and not by an entire series?

    #24 1 year ago
  25. ddtd

    @24 – Depends. If it’s a first party studio (i.e. Naughty Dog and Lionhead) then no. But third parties do what they want. If the money is good and/or the console manufacturer own the intellectual property (i.e. Ratchet and Clank and Halo) then the series will usually stay exclusive, but in instances like Titanfall Dead Rising, the series can go multiplat.

    Also, it’s not so much that MS threw tons of money at Activision for exclusivity, but more that Respawn is a small studio with a small budget (not indie small, but small) with an untested brand new ip, and MS is currently the only one to offer free dedicated servers (including PC and maybe 360) so it was a no brainer.

    If the IP sells well and gets great reviews, then they’ll likely be able to expand their budget and team on the next one and release it on PS4 as well.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Hcw87

    @22
    ”UPDATE: Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has suggested that Titanfall – or at least a Titanfall sequel – could come to PS4 after all.”

    ”When asked on Twitter if Respawn would make PS4 games in the future, Zampella replied, “Of course we will, just not the first Titanfall. ””

    ”Furthermore, when asked, “does the new announcement regarding Titanfall exclusivity to Xbox mean the Titanfall series or this release?” Zampella replied, “Just this release.””

    Uhm, what? That’s just contradicting yourself.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. ysleiro

    @Legendaryboss This is what I call a blow to the face.

    Don’t sweat it. You win some, you lose some.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. The_Red

    Of course, if Titanfall comes out for PS2 (I mean 4), Shinji Mikami will commit suicide. This is set in stone and has nothing to do with MS really needing some good news on the even of this launch.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Legendaryboss

    @27
    I have no incentive to believe what has been stated, when history on similar situations contradicts itself.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Arnvidr

    @26 Uhm, what? Where’s the contradiction? They WILL make PS4 games in the future. The series is NOT exclusive to Microsoft’s platforms. THIS game is exclusive to Microsoft’s platforms. Future games are NOT exclusive to any platform.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. ysleiro

    @Legendaryboss

    So you are saying that when all else fails or we don’t like what we are hearing the idea is to “deny deny deny”? That’s denial man.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Legendaryboss

    @32
    No never said that, i’m only speaking on my behalf: this has been my stance on third party exclusives all along which Titanfall isn’t. Not denial, it is not falling prey to PR speak.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. zinc

    Oh well… its not like its a cure for cancer or anything *shrugs*

    #33 1 year ago
  34. sbrandon

    Oh well,the PS4 has Killzone. I love Killzone 3 multiplayer so im looking forward to Shadow Fall. Titanfall would’ve been nice but meh.

    #34 1 year ago

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  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

    Microsoft has confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison, its corporate VP of Xbox in Europe. According to a statement, Harrison left to pursue interests outside of the company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GI.biz. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

    Goat Simulator continues its plan to dominate all platforms under the sun by releasing on Xbox consoles. Goat Simulator has been released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The store page for the Xbox One version is now live, but the 360 one is lagging behind. Don’t know what this game is or what it’s […]

  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]

  • Fix for GTA 5 PC Windows install bug releasing today

    Rockstar is set to release a patch today that will fix a bug preventing players from installing the game. The bug is tied to Windows usernames that use certain characters not supported by Rockstar. There’s already a workaround available on the Rockstar Support site, but those waiting for an official update will be able to […]

  • Prey 2 dev’s new mobile horror Lost Within out now on iOS and Fire

    Remember Lost Within, that mobile survival horror erstwhile Prey 2 developer Human Head Studios was making with Amazon Game Studios? It’s now available on iOS and for Amazon’s Fire devices, through the appropriate App Stores. There’s a little bit of extra info on it on the AGS blog, if you’re keen; unfortunately the blog doesn’t […]

  • Let’s take a look at Blood Bowl 2′s Chaos faction

    Blood Bowl 2: The Chaos Theory is only the latest in a much loved series of games based on a game based on two other games. Blood Bowl is a popular Games Workshop tabletop game which blends the fantasy universe of Warhammer with a fantasy sport drawing inspiration from American football and related games. It’s […]

  • “Second-person” shooter Screencheat coming to PS4 and Xbox One

    Goldeneye players should be familiar with the concept of screencheating, which is what this new indie is all about. Screencheat has been on our radars for a while but has now been confirmed for PS4, sparking a new wave of interest with a trailer and PS Blog post. However, it was one of a number […]

  • World of Warcraft Timewalking will make old dungeons fun again

    World of Warcraft will soon introduce a feature called Timewalking, designed to make you feel young again. When WoW players participate in a Timewalking event, they’ll be transported to a randomly selected classic dungeon. Upon entering, their level and gear will be scaled way, way down to the Dungeon’s Heroic level – so they won’t […]

  • Bloodborne and Dark Souls messaging – in real life

    Soapstone is a cool little app that mimics the messaging system found in Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Bloodborne and Dark Souls fans will surely agree that the asynchronous multiplayer side of things, with players leaving anonymous tips, encouragement and jokes for each other, is one of the cooler aspects of the From Software […]

  • Mass Effect fans, get a load of this My Talking Elcor plushie

    I have been waiting to write about this all day because oh my god. Mass Effect attracted a devoted fanbase and Bioware has found tons of clever ways to satisfy that fanbase’s desire for clothes, collectibles, books, comics and toys related to the future world of Commander Shepard and company. The company has been so […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection headed to retail

    Homeworld fans can purchase a neat little package of gloriously remastered nostalgia soon. The Homeworld Remastered Collection has been available online since the end of February, but is now on its way to retail thanks to a deal between new rights holder Gearbox and Ubisoft. The PC exclusive will launch in physical form from May […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt download size lower than predicted

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a hefty install footprint, but it’s not as bad as we expected. The Witcher 3 was expected to be a 50GB download after a note to this effect was added to the PlayStation Store. It looks like that might have been a placeholder figure, as DualShockers noted today that […]

  • Bloodborne, beaten with a Guitar Hero controller

    Come on now, you didn’t expect anything less from the Souls community, did you? Bloodborne has been vanquished with a Guitar Hero controller, just a few weeks after its release. Kotaku reports Bearzly took nine hours to finish the game, which is probably less than many players using a Dual Shock. You can watch a […]

  • Vendors? New social space? Your House of Wolves questions will be answered

    Destiny players learned more about House of Wolves in this week’s Bungie update than you might realise at first glance. Resident Destiny expert Arekkz cast his eagle eye over this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, which announced next week’s Reef tour livestream. I personally am most excited to learn about gear upgrade paths, but Arekkz points […]

  • GTA 5 playable with Virtuix Omni VR treadmill

    You’ve seen GTA 5 with Oculus Rift, Now see GTA 5 with the Virtuix Omni. GTA 5 PC has unlocked a number of exciting possibilities. Modders and hackers are still working on making the game’s files accessible to third-party creation tools, but several cool things have been produced even with this barrier still in place. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: play as Rain and other locked characters on PC

    Mortal Kombat X players comfortable with tinkering with the game’s files can unlock unplayable characters. Mortal Kombat X includes a number of familiar fighters available only as opponents, not playable characters. if you’re super keen to try out Rain, Baraka and co, you can – with a bit of fiddling. Redditor XVermillion figured out that […]

  • Madden 16 release date set for August, of course

    Madden NFL 16 has a deeply unsurprising release date. Madden’s release date always falls at the end of US summer, and Madden 16 is no exception. EA Sports has announced that the NFL sim will release on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 26. We have absolutely no further information at […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront won’t have Battlelog support

    Star Wars Battlefront is not just Battlefield in a Hallowe’en costume, so don’t expect the same suite of features. Star Wars Battlefront is the subject of intense anticipation and curiosity, so it’s not surprising a bunch of rumours have turned up. One of these rumours suggests that Battlefront will have its own version of Battlelog, […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beats Bloodborne to top March NPD chart

    PS4 had a good month but it was EA’s multi-platform Battlefield Hardline that was the best-selling game. March 2015 NPD at a glance Total spend down 6% YoY. Hardware and software both down. Console hardware blamed for significant hardware dip. Accessories up. Battlefield Hardline tops software chart. PS4 outsells other consoles. Wii U, 3DS and […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves gear upgrade paths will be revealed next week

    Destiny developer Bungie will reveal new equipment upgrade paths during a livestream next week. Destiny: House of Wolves will release on May 19, the developer announced last week, promising a full schedule of reveals over the next few weeks. It also gave a broad outline of some of the things it will be discussing in […]

  • Don’t forget: the Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow

    Just a quick heads up to remind you that The Elder Scrolls Online Welcome Back Weekend kicks off tomorrow, April 17 at 10am EDT. The free weekend is an incentive to bring back beta players which tried the game, but decided not to pursue a purchase. You can play the MMO until 10am EDT on […]

  • Tale of Tales announces May release for Kickstarter success Sunset

    Those attending Kill Screen’s Two5six Festival next month will be able to play Tale of Tales upcoming title Sunset before it’s released. Along with the news provided to us by BeefJack, Tale of Tales have also released new set of lovely screenshots which we have posted below. Sunset will be released on Linux, Mac and […]

  • Take 50% off select racing titles through the Codemasters online store

    Codemasters has launched an online store and is celebrating by giving you 50% off the titles listed. Here’s what’s on sale: F1 2013 Classic Edition F1 2014 – F1 RACE STARS BUNDLE F1 2013 GRID 2 GRID 2 Reloaded GRID Autosport DIRT 3 Complete Edition DIRT Showdown Toybox Turbos F1 RACE STARS Hit up the […]

  • Spy_Watch coming to Apple Watch from Surgeon Simulator devs

    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]