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Valve won’t make SteamOS exclusive games, says Coomer

Monday, 4 November 2013 23:08 GMT By Ewan Miller

Valve’s Greg Coomer confirmed to IGN the studio will not making an “exclusive killer app for SteamOS”, going on to say it was against Valve’s philosophy to “artificially drive customers” onto a Steambox. However, he did acknowledge that smaller studios might end up making SteamOS exclusive titles if they don’t have the resources to port the game elsewhere.



Speaking to the company’s vision of where SteamOS will fit into the gaming landscape five years from now, Coomer said he’s hoping that Steam will ultimately be “platform agnostic” and a unifying force.

“We believe that, in maybe five years from now, folks will find it a quite antiquated notion that you should assume that when you change devices or platforms, that you lose all of your other games and friends. We’re hoping to unify, to get Steam to be as platform and context agnostic as possible. You shouldn’t have to shed that every generation, or even slightly shed it.”

“It would be pretty silly” for a third party “to limit their game to a certain platform”, he went on to say.

Anna Sweet, part of Valve’s business development expanded on the role of third parties on SteamOS.

“Whenever we talk to third-party partners, we encourage them to put their games in as many places as possible, including not on our platforms. Because we think that customers are everywhere, and they want to put their games wherever customers are. That would go against our whole philosophy, to launch something that’s exclusive to SteamOS or Steam machines.”

Thanks, IGN.

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33 Comments

  1. Xbone

    Good. Very very good. Thats why we love Valve :D

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    Another SteamOS article? This Gon B Gud gif.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Panthro

    I wish more companies were like Valve; open, honest and they know exactly how to not fuck us over, instead of trying to force people onto there console they are just gently asking us, gabe over there putting vaseline over his fingers… huh? yeah sorry I went off on one, my mind wandered away.

    I don’t really want a Steambox or SteamOS yet! so I would die if HL3, P3, L4D3 got announced as an exclusive game.

    Oh; and just in case you guys wondered, this is how a sewing machine works:
    http://i.imgur.com/NNniB.gif

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Super Girevik

    “We believe that, in maybe five years from now, folks will find it a quite antiquated notion that you should assume that when you change devices or platforms, that you lose all of your other games and friends.”

    +1

    I’m stuck using an iPhone because of this very reason.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Hcw87

    @4
    What, changing your phone means you lose your friends?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Super Girevik

    Now, again they specifically mentioned the SteamOS. So it doesn’t rule out the possibility of them developing games exclusive to Windows, Mac, Linux and SteamOS. I don’t see how making their games on other consoles will help unify anything or contribute to their overall vision.

    The underlying tone to their comments insinuates a rather dislike for closed platforms. So I find it hard to believe they would support them in any way.

    @5

    It means losing all my music, apps and games.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. DSB

    I do believe Valve are trolling the consoles and EA at the very same time :P

    … While conveniently neglecting to account for why their games aren’t on competing distribution services.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Panthro

    @8 They are on PS3 and 360?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. livewired500

    @3
    Oh, they are fucking you over, but Valve just uses a lot of lubricant. Can’t get too complacent when the majority of your product library is tied to a single company.

    Just imagine what happens if Gabe leaves the company. Who knows what direction it could take. Or if Valve simply goes out of business.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Sanwiches

    @9 What happens if Apple goes out of business? What happens if MS goes out of business? Lol.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Panthro

    How is the majority of the product library tied to one company exactly?

    Also, why would Gabe leave the company he co-founded and has massive roots in the PC gaming market?

    And even if he did leave I doubt a lot would change, Gabe isn’t the only person working at Valve who knows what they are doing.

    And if they are ‘fucking me over’ they at least do it gently in comparison to they who shall not be named.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. livewired500

    @10 If Apple goes out of business, your iphone doesn’t disappear. If MSFT goes out of business, Windows doesn’t become unusable. If Valve goes out of business, you don’t get to play the games you just purchased.

    @11 Seriously? People retire. He won’t live forever. Just saying that they have a lot of power over products that you have purchased and I assume you use a lot.

    I have over 200 games on Steam. Not saying I don’t like them as a company currently or anything like that.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. derpachu

    Lol, I love steam and valve, but some people get on their knees for them and treat them like gods.
    Keep it up.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Panthro

    Hahaha well you said ‘left’ usually that means prematurely as in not retire

    #14 1 year ago
  15. TheWulf

    That’s… honestly interesting.

    The problem with humans is that in the average person’s hierarchy of importance, lust and greed often weigh in over ethics. So you’ll have those who’ll defend platform exclusives just because they got it, without actually considering the ethics of platform exclusivity.

    What’s worse is that our ability to perceive manipulation is set aside because that’s also on a lower rung than greed and lust. In other words, the average person will defend their manipulators if there’s anything they want provided by them. Thus, they won’t consider the ramifications of buying another incredibly expensive console just because of its exclusive games, they’ll just shell out the money.

    All this means that people are easy to exploit. Get a few good games on a platform with an exclusivity license, and the draw of being a part of ‘something special’ (being with the haves rather than the have-nots) will have people spend money, and defend it. This is why exclusivity works.

    So, here’s the question: Why didn’t Valve bother?

    It’s entirely possible that #3 is right on the money with his opinion and that it could be that Valve, as a privately owned company, don’t have any shareholders to please. Thus it’s down to Gabe Newell to decide what’s right or not for Valve. And maybe Newell’s actually got a sense of personal ethics by which he runs the company. Wishful thinking, maybe? Possibly! Though the evidence does seem to suggest it.

    I’ve always felt that Valve viewed their customers as shrewd and intelligent, rather than walking wallets, and as such they’re not trying to manipulate us. Again, that could be wishful thinking, but the evidence continues to support it.

    So whilst Valve could have taken advantage of human nature by using exclusivity to sell Steam boxes, they didn’t.

    And my respect for them has gone up another notch, today.

    @4

    The interesting thing here is cross-play. Valve will likely have that going with Linux soon, too, because of SteamOS. So if you buy something for Windows, you also own it for Linux, and Mac. I can imagine them going a step further and extending out to another open platform — Android.

    That could potentially be amazing.

    The Valve mindset for this kind of thing is definitely the right way to go. No matter what your platform, you still have your games, and the only thing that should limit what games you can play (ever) is hardware. You should never be limited by exclusivity.

    @6

    Releasing for something isn’t exactly supporting it, is it? Supporting it would be exclusivity. No, I think that the way they’d win the masses is by showing that patches don’t need to take two months to land, or by opening up platforms to mods. If a person can mod on a Steambox but not on an XBox or a PlayStation, they might very well opt for the PlayStation.

    And here’s the funny thing: The limitation of no modding isn’t imposed by Valve, but rather it’s imposed by the gatekeepers of the platforms themselves. So, for example, the next Bethesda game could be modded on a Steambox, but not a PlayStation or XBox. What this might do is force Microsoft and Sony to re-evaluate their opinions.

    I can’t ever imagine Valve completely dropping support for other platforms because it’s still profitable, and you’ll get people who’re brand loyalists regardless. I’ve heard some console owners claim that all mods are shit (they’ve never played Falskaar or Inigo for Skyrim, clearly), just to satisfy their cognitive dissonance. So there will be customers there. It would be dumb for them to ignore those customers.

    Rather, I’d just see them doing the same thing as TT Games — releasing on all platforms that have the hardware to support them. And hey, if you’re locking out features that the Steambox has? That’s their problem, not Valve’s. Valve will show the shortfalls of closed platforms in the best way possible. They’ll do it by showing they don’t even need to compete.

    They’ve never done anything different.

    @7

    Their games are on competing devices. You can buy physical copies of Valve games from Origin, and you can buy physical (and probably digital) copies of Valve games for consoles.

    The reason that digital Valve games aren’t on Origin is for the same reason that EA’s games aren’t on Steam. EA had a hissyfit and withdrew most of their games from Steam, so that Valve couldn’t sell them. I wouldn’t be surprised if Valve’s games not showing up on Origin was more to do with EA than with Valve, because they seem more spiteful like that.

    And what was the reason why EA had a hissyfit? They wanted exclusivity rights over the DLC. They didn’t want anyone else selling it. So they basically used their games as an entry level drug — you can buy the games from anywhere, but you can only buy the DLC directly from EA, forcing you to install EA software. Valve’s reaction to this was, essentially, noap.

    Which is my reaction, too. I don’t want Origin.

    Valve seem to understand the people who use their software better.

    @9

    That applies to every form of DRM and every business ever. By that logic, breathing or being alive is fucking you over.

    Essentially, if the outcome you’ve mentioned comes to pass, you’d do the same as you’d do when DRM companies fold — you crack it. There are already some old games whose DRM suppliers have taken a dive, and thus the DRM doesn’t work properly any more.

    The problem with short-sightedness like yours is that you’d prefer everything to be on a disc. But if it was, it would come with myriad forms of DRM. And DRM companies aren’t big business like Valve are, they don’t have the long term sustainability. I’d bet you money that I’ll be playing my Steam games three decades from now, whereas none of my software sold on discs would continue to work.

    Frankly, if companies are going to force DRM on us in the first place, I’d rather it be DRM with long term sustainability.

    Here’s another interesting thing, though: Most indie developers don’t actually use Steam as DRM. A bunch of games can be launched from your Steam folder without even having Steam open. It’s the choice of the publisher to use Steam as a DRM system — and better Steam than SecuROM, Safe Disc, TAGES, or (I fear to say the devil’s name) StarForce.

    At least Valve’s approach isn’t a viral rootkit that could likely kill parts of your hardware and open you up to low level attacks.

    @12

    If Steam goes out of business, your games don’t disappear.

    Your logic is flawed. You’re putting forth the argument that Steam is this ethereal thing. Installing a game from Steam is no different than installing a game from a disc.

    You’re being ignorant of the facts, sorry.

    @13

    If that’s how your world works, sure… but don’t forget that you’re projecting.

    In my reality, it’s this thing called ‘the golden rule.’ If someone treats you with respect, you’ll return that respect in kind. It doesn’t surprise me that there are gamers who’re unfamiliar with that concept, though.

    Most large companies don’t see me as anything more than a walking wallet, and they don’t see their employees as anything more than slaves (human resources). I don’t respect companies like that. But if a company is at least somewhat the polar opposite of that? Then yeah, I can respect them.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. DUST3222

    Holy hell @Ewan Miller do you mind proof reading what you write before hitting publish so many typos.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. DSB

    @15 Except they also aren’t on Green Man Gaming, GamersGate, Impulse, Amazon (carries the boxed version) Good Old Games or any other digital distribution service.

    If Valve want to keep that halo glowing, they’re gonna have to walk the walk.

    I don’t see why Valve should be commended for cockblocking other digital distributors. Even EA allows others to sell codes for their first party games on Origin. It leaves Valve open to accusations that they’re using Steam to build a platform-within-a-platform.

    And that’s not the only place they’re falling behind.

    EA have made strides by offering refunds within 24 hours on digital purchases. Granted, it was after they ripped everybody off with Simcity 5, but at least it’s ready for whenever they decide to fuck up Simcity 6.

    With Valve you either have to beg and hope that the supporter answering your ticket will take pity on you, or hope that the game is so undeniably broken that Valve fears they would be publicly shamed if they didn’t offer refunds.

    People have a right to go backsies when they buy a physical game, and they should have that right for digital ones as well. Even if they can only stretch it to a 24 hour window for fear of exploitation.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. derpachu

    @15 Who said respect? Great, you respect them. Lol hilarious you fanboyed over that post on every reply. Go ahead “respect”
    Keep it up.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Darkfield

    @7 TBH it’s mostly because their own games are coming with Steamworks, and steam is more popular distributor than others. No point getting those from gamersgate for instance.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. livewired500

    @Wulf
    Wow, I think you missed my point completely with a lot of assumptions. Like, I’m actually trying to replace all my disc games on Steam so I have a unified single library that I can take anywhere. I actually prefer the digital platform though I admit I was leery at first. But I also realize there is a trade off. Just the benefits outweigh the negatives.

    Yeah, life will screw you over. Every last one of us will kick it eventually. I have sleep apnea, so breathing and sleeping try to fuck me over every night.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. lancevan

    @12 (I think, not numbered on mobile)

    Valve has stated that if it were to ever go out of business all DRM will be removed by games bought from steam. So if they go out of business your games would function perfectly.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. loki

    you don’t have money to make exclusive games

    #22 1 year ago
  23. DSB

    @19 That’s just even more reason to show that you don’t mind a bit of friendly competition though. I mean even EA are doing it. The “Worst Company in America”.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Super Girevik

    In case someone missed this:

    “Valve, along with its hardware and software partners, will reveal Steam Machines for end users at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January. The company expects those units to start shipping to consumers by the middle of the year.”

    http://www.polygon.com/2013/11/4/5064866/valve-steam-machine-prototype-looks-like-a-console

    So we should have lots of answers relatively soon.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. TheMedici

    Of course they wouldn’t. Their main plataform is PC. They can’t change it so fast.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Ax0Delta

    Good guy Valve :D + i’m new here

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Super Girevik

    Welcome aboard Ax0Delta! :D

    Just a amicable caveat, if you are not an aficionado of the Steam Machine and the SteamOS, you will be defenestraded by the peacemakers.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. DSB

    Girevik is new too, right?

    I like that guy.

    *STAMP* DSB APPROVED.

    Welcome to the VG247 cult, popularly known as Garrattology. Someone will be around with your complimentary laced koolaid in just a minute.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Sadismek

    @28 Let me guess, he gets a DSB stamp of approval because he used “defenestrated”, right? Tsk tsk tsk, you’ve lowered your standards…

    #29 1 year ago
  30. DSB

    I’m not willing to confirm or deny that, but I will say that he is obviously an incredibly well spoken man with a wonderful vocabulary.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Sadismek

    @30 Hehe, nice, nice.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. noamlol2

    valve may act like white knights

    but their steam sharing is a joke, if you share your library you share ALL of your library and there is a certin amount of time you can share your games

    lies and deceit my friends, it won’t get them move when the time has come

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Super Girevik

    @28

    Stamps! :D

    #33 1 year ago

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    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 […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]