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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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    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]

  • Bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life

    In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt RED takes a whopping enormous map and fills it with stuff you actually want to see and do. Do you remember back before Oblivion came out there was a lot of chat about how much more lifelike and realistic the NPCs would be? Rather than just hanging […]

  • The big Witcher 3 questions answered: delays, playing as Ciri, and why enemies don’t scale

    Spending some time with The Witcher 3 level designer Miles Tost we were able to put some of our immediate questions to him after playing the game for over 4 hours. “That sense of improvement doesn’t happen if the monsters around you remain the same strength, there’s no sense of achievement.” Tost is a relaxed […]

  • The Witcher 3 sets a new generational standard for graphics

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the new standard in outrageously pretty. “The Witcher 3 is more than just eye-candy. Destiny, once the loveliest thing I had ever looked upon, has been outclassed.” The Witcher 3 is even better looking than the screenshots would have you believe, and until you see it in motion, running […]

  • The Witcher 3: hands-on with the RPG of the year

    Getting to know a bawdy hero; Geralt of Rivia’s third outing is accessible, untamed, and dripping with story. Warning: some spoilers are inevitable. “The Witcher 3 is horror and violence. It’s charming, witty and cheeky. Like Geralt, it knows what it wants and it’s going to grab it with both hands.” The Witcher 3: Wild […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel gets Lady Hammerlock DLC tomorrow

    The Lady Hammerlock DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow, January 27. The new playable character comes with three skill trees and the action skill Cold As Ice. If you haven’t bought the season pass for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel you can download the DLC for $9.99, you lucky […]

  • A limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 just sold for $128,000

    Sony has just auctioned one of its limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles for over $128,000. The model had the serial number 00001, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” said a rep for […]

  • Here’s Killer Instinct’s new Omen and Golem fighters in action

    Microsoft has revealed Killer Instinct Season 2′s fighter Omen in a new trailer. Stick around for the end of the video and you’ll also get a peek at another new fighter, Golem. Omen is a bonus character and as such isn’t available as part of the main season roster. He’s available for free to Ultra […]

  • Digital copies of Far Cry 4 are being deleted from Uplay

    Ubisoft appears to be deleting copies of Far Cry 4 bought through digital third-party retailers. According to the Ubisoft support forums, copies of the game acquired via G2Play and G2A are being removed from Uplay. Users had not been given any warning by publisher Ubisoft that the game will be removed, although it is now […]

  • Gearbox wants “badass” talent for the next Borderlands

    Borderlands 3 may not have been announced at PAX this weekend, but studio boss Randy Pitchford is currently recruiting for the next game in the series. We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one. Industry badass? E-mail me: heyrandy@gearboxsoftware.com pic.twitter.com/ZG9dLytX1B — Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) January 26, 2015 A recruitment push would suggest […]

  • Destiny: less grind, fairer economy in House of Wolves DLC

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it aims to lessen the grind in House of Wolves, and it won’t repeat mistakes it made with rewards in The Dark Below. Gear rewards will be fairer, according to lead designer Luke Smith in a Neogaf thread. For example, buying from a vendor should not invalidate gear rewarded for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Disaster

    Over two months since release and Xbox One’s big Christmas game is still a turkey, says Rich Stanton. “The game has now been available for two-and-a-half months, including the blockbuster Christmas season, and by any reasonable standard it doesn’t work.” Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched worldwide on November 11, 2014. Intended as something of […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection dated, first gameplay footage released

    Homeworld Remastered Collection has a release date, and as promised, the gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake has been released along with the news that Homeworld Shipbreaker development continues. The video was shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel earlier this morning at PAX South. Last year, Gearbox had said hoped to release the title […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry has landed on Kickstarter

    The Kickstarter for Clock Tower spiritual successor, Project Scissors, recently announced as Night Cry, has launched. A teaser directed by The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu was released for the game earlier this month, and the full short film can be viewed below. Shimizu is also creative director on the project and Silent Hill creative and environment […]

  • Toukiden Kiwami mission trailer released, pre-order bonuses detailed

    Pre-order bonuses for Toukiden Kiwami have been announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Here’s the pre-order bonus list for each participating retailer: North America GameStop – Armor inspired by new slayers Reki and Soma’s costumes and classic armor from Toukiden‘s six original NPC slayers. Amazon – 2 exclusive pieces of armor: a set of Tenko […]

  • More Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 15 info doled out by Tabata

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata took part in a Reddit AMA yesterday, and answered a variety of questions pertaining to the game and Final Fantasy 15. According to Tabata, the first playthrough of the game will last around 40 hours, but “the real fun” starts from the second playthrough which contains new events. […]

  • This video gives you an idea of what Borderlands Online is like

    A video for Borderlands Online, the China-exclusive title from 2K, Shanda Games and Gearbox, has been released. Posted on MMO Culture, the video was released to announce the “technical test” which started today. Borderlands Online is an instance-based online shooter, and will probably never reach western shores. Still, you can have a look anyway.

  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the MMO’s first expansion

    The first expansion for Guild Wars 2, Heart of Thorns, was announced today during PAX South, and ArenNet has posted a few content details for it on the official webiste. Heart of Thorns contains a reimagined progression with the new Mastery system, which provides new training opportunities for characters beyond level 80. Players will be […]

  • Turn-based action platformer Ronin has been polished up, nets a publisher

    Tomasz Waclawek has polished up his freeware title Ronin and will be releasing it through publisher Devolver Digital later this year. The turn-based action platformer stars a vengeful ninja who is determined to kill important memebers of a powerful corporation. Weapons at your disposal include razor wire and a katana, or you avoid combat by […]

  • Footage of cancelled Justice League brawler surfaces

    Footage of the cancelled Double Helix-developed Justice League brawler has surfaced online. The game was supposed to be a tie-in title for the also cancelled Justice League film directed by George Miller, according to leaked images and information from 2012. Jon Gwyn, the game’s artist and now Rockstar San Diego staffer, said at the time […]

  • Free Icona Vulcano DLC for DriveClub releases next week

    Sony has posted a video of the Icona Vulcano, which will be released as DLC next week for DriveClub. The video was posted on Facebook and we’ve embedded the video below courtesy of GamesHQMeida. It was announced earlier this week the Icona Vulcano would be released on the PS Store as a free download.

  • The Bard’s Tale 4 announced by inXile Entertainment at PAX South

    The Bard’s Tale 4 was announced today by inXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo during a panel at PAX South. inXile hinted around back in December that a sequel was in the works. Granted, The Bard’s Tale wasn’t mentioned. Still, everyone figured this was the game when Wasteland 2 project lead Chris Keenan stated the team […]