Xbox One DRM rumours re-surface after Call of Duty: Ghosts offline issues, Microsoft replies

Monday, 11 November 2013 10:29 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One DRM concerns appeared again over the weekend after one gamer got his paws on a console and copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts ahead of the machine’s November 22 launch. It was claimed that the shooter couldn’t be played offline, and Microsoft’s Albert Penello has now stepped in to address the matter.

Twitter user Moonlightswami was among a few gamers who received their Xbox One console early via US retail chain Target. He then took to his feed to discuss his experience with the device.

We reported on premature Xbox One sales through the link. Microsoft caught wind of the slip-up and then banned all consoles from Xbox Live temporarily as a precaution.

While the ban applied to Xbox Live online features, Moonlightswami found that he couldn’t play Call of Duty: Ghosts offline either:

Word of the issue spread to NeoGAF and Microsoft’s Albert Penello took to the boards to address concerns over offline play restrictions. “We still have two more weeks before launch – the console is in a pre-release state. We are doing regular updates – I personally took one a few minutes before he posted. His build is now old. This is why we were saying we didn’t want people on early – it’s not done yet.

“This behavior is only because we are in pre-release. When we launch, console will work exactly as you expect today on 360. For sure this has nothing to do with requiring a connection. There is no “DRM removal” in the Day One update because none of the consoles were ever built with that stuff in it. This also has nothing to do with COD. The Day One update just brings the SW up to date with the latest versions vs. what’s on the box. But there is no 24 check in, that’s for sure.”

It follows Penello’s admission that the Xbox One day one patch is not “really an optional thing.”

Time will tell if there are offline restrictions in place, but given Microsoft repeated affirmation that there aren’t, it seems like there should be no problem come launch.

What do you think?

Via OXM.


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  1. Xbone

    The full DRM thing will come back about 1 year after release. You heard this from me first.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Fin

    “This behavior is only because we are in pre-release. When we launch, console will work exactly as you expect today on 360. For sure this has nothing to do with requiring a connection. There is no “DRM removal” in the Day One update because none of the consoles were ever built with that stuff in it.”

    I don’t understand. If there’s no DRM in the system at the moment, why can’t he play offline?
    This was a telling thing on the back of the PS4 box for Ghosts:

    #2 2 years ago
  3. raftos

    “When we launch, console will work exactly as you expect today on 360.”

    Yep, 720p even.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hcw87

    Sony also did this:

    They’ve been riding the easy waves ever since E3 and MS’s fuckups.
    I bet there are some uninformed people who still thinks XB1 requires the 24hr online check, and Sony will ofcourse take advantage of that any way they can.

    What i think is happening here is either he’s running on old firmware, or they’ve locked the console so that it can’t be used until the launch date.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Fin


    Neither of those make sense – he was able to play Ghosts previously, with whatever firmware he had. If the console can’t get on to Live, neither the fw of Ghosts can be updated, so he can’t be on an old firmware.
    With the other point – are you saying you think MS can reach down into your system and disable it from playing games offline?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hcw87


    ”UPDATE: Microsoft clarifies that the planned day-one Xbox One update, which Whitten told me, will “complete some of the software that won’t be there,” is actually not a result of today’s DRM policy change. Rather, it was always planned and will simply be required for playing off-line, among other things. Not a patch, they say. But, yes, your new Xbox console would have to connect online once in order to do the things Microsoft described today. And then you can keep it offline and play games without re-connecting to the Internet forever.”

    So again, he’s playing on OLD firmware, and he won’t be able to properly use his console until the day one update (at launch). Also, isn’t his console banned? Ofcourse he can’t connect to XBLive.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Fin


    Ah, so you mean more “pre-release” than “old”. That makes more sense.

    Still makes me uneasy that MS have an effective kill switch over offline play though.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon

    Why cant people play retail games on X1 without downloading the day one patch?

    I expect some network issues at first since every X1 owner has to download the patch to play any games. Although it should not be a problem thereafter, as MS said so themselves.

    The fear of “return of DRM” are probably exaggerated since it would be the death knell for X1 if it returns, and MS guys are way more intelligent than that.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Fin


    Yup, MS’s CDN had better be good enough to support a few million people simultaneously trying to download the fw patch. Apple’s often falls over with new software releases, so I wouldn’t be confident.

    “MS guys are way more intelligent than that”

    Don’t think you’ve been around for the past few months!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dragon

    Add to that MS is doing a simultaneous “global launch”, unlike Sony which has a staggered launch, probably reducing server load one of the reasons for that.

    Still, I think we have to give them a bit of credit for 180ing so quickly on unpopular issues. Obviously, not having them in the first place would have been better, like what Sony did.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    Pretty much. They’re going to start saying games need the cloud to function more and more, and that means it needs to be connected to the internet. And so the cloud becomes the DRM excuse.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dragon

    Yeah, one of the reasons I am not a huge supporter of “cloud”. I am more of a SP guy.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Lloytron

    THis doesn’t bode well for people who want to play an Xbox One without connecting to the internet at all. SOunds like without the day one update some games may not even work.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Hcw87

    Everyone has internet these days.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Fin


    Yeah. And anyone who doesn’t can just buy a PS4 instead.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Hcw87

    Considering both need patches to function properly, not really.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Fin


    Nope. PS4 needs patches for DVD, Bluray, some online functionality, but you can play games on it without connecting to the internet. Can’t do that with X1.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Joe Musashi

    @13 “Well, for those without the internet, Microsoft have a product for you… ”
    Don Mattrick, 2013


    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    Mountain out of molehills as usual.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Kreion

    If you don’t have the internet – get the internet. It’s quite simple really. You wouldn’t buy a t.v without electricity and then bitch at the manufacturer would you?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @20 That’s ridiculous logic. You shouldn’t *need* it to make the machine run properly. You *need* electricity.

    The reason they (both Sony and Microsoft) are creating these hefty feature patches is to push people towards signing up for their online service as a practical requirement.

    What happened to putting firmware on the discs?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Hcw87

    Nothing is stopping you visiting a library and downloading the update onto a USB.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. monkeygourmet


    “What happened to putting firmware on the discs?”

    There’s no room left after they’ve hidden all the ‘on disc’ DLC… ;)

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Fin


    I assume future games will contain fw patches, but launch games were pressed before final firmware versions.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @22 Again, that’s not the point. You shouldn’t *have* to. The machine should work as advertised straight out of the box. I shouldn’t have to download a patch for countless basic functions to work.

    The PS3 patch is especially embarrassing in how much it limits without it, many of which make no logical sense to not be in there to begin with.

    @23 Hah! Funny. =P

    @24 The final firmware should be prepped and stable before the games hit the production line, or you have no idea what potential problems could arise.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Kaufer

    More “Deal with it” ‘s from Adam Orths

    #26 2 years ago
  27. viralshag

    Most of my tech these days relies heavily upon on the internet, I’m not sure why consoles would/should be any different.

    If I didn’t have access to the internet I wouldn’t have bought a tablet, PC, smartphone, smart TV and in truth none of the current gen consoles either.

    Sure some might work without it but probably not as well as they should.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. TheBlackHole

    I love how this has distracted from the more interesting DRM news today, regarding Sony’s new T&Cs.

    And NO, Microsoft have nothing in their T&Cs forbidding game resale without their (and the publisher’s) approval.

    Sly Dogs.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Kaufer

    Nice distraction.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    @28 There’s absolutely nothing in those shots that isn’t already true of current console hardware already, unless you can specifically point out what the problem there is. Just typical over reactionary stuff.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    @28 & @30
    The back of the original Motorstorm for example …

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Junior

    I remember that when Microsoft did their DRM 180, they said that it would require an update, at launch, for the system to work without the once-a-day check.

    Did people and microsoft forget that they said that?

    I am pretty sure that Sony, at their first show of the PS4, say that the camera would be included. But that is a story for another time.

    I just find it funny that these companies, and people, forget what is said just a few months before.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Ireland Michael

    @31 What about it?

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Dragon

    Even current gen retail games come with “don’t rent,resell without permission” stamp, which obviously no one cares about and they don’t matter one bit (#31 beat me to it).

    Oh, and did anyone read the new interviews with Adam Orth?

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DrDamn

    “Resale prohibited unless authorised by SCEE” – the point being this isn’t new, wasn’t and will not be enforced.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Kaufer

    @32 There was a 500MB update when Moonlight first used his X1. Now they are saying it will recieve either a second update or a different first update. I guess since there wasn’t a version number nobody can tell yet.

    And about the camera I remember that being a rumor if it was indeed confirmed from Feb, VG would have said otherwise.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. RussellGorall

    Seeing as both consoles had the same DRM on it this Summer, I am not going to get into a fanboy war.

    I just want Friday to come fast, I want my PS4.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Ireland Michael

    @33 Ah right.

    Yeah, pretty standard stuff. Those kind of “terms” were penned decades ago by media companies mainly to be used in courts for combating piracy groups. The average consumer is not even remotely affected by them.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. livewired500

    The more disturbing part of this is the “Ship it and fix it” attitude they are taking with a retail electronic device. This crap has already become a massive disease with games and now they are testing it out on the hardware side.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. DSB

    This is a non-story. I’m pretty sure you had to realize there were no meat on those bones Dave :p

    That being said, considering how hard it is for Activision to keep an authentication server running for Ghosts, I’m not really looking forward to the cloud.

    A lot of people are getting shut out of the game, and it seems like classic authentication lag. It’ll get stuck on connecting, and then fail you. But it may let you in like 10 seconds later.


    #40 2 years ago
  41. Ilovesony

    Interview With Penello III

    Me: So now we are hearing you need the “Day One” Patch in order for the system to work is that right?

    Penello: Yes everyone who buys a Xbox One will need to download the patch in order for the system to work properly

    Me: So what about those with no internet access at all?

    Penello: (Snickers) W..what?

    Me: Yes there are some people out there with no internet or a very weak internet connection

    Penello: (whispers under breath) Well they gonna be waiting a long time….

    Me: What was that sir?

    Penello: there arent that many people out there who dont have internet access silly willy!!

    Me: Uh Yes there is.. its not like every home in america has internet

    Penello: They Dont?

    Me: No.. and its not like wi fi hotspots are all over the place

    Penello: Its Not?

    Me: No!!

    Penello: but.. Cant they just steal a wifi signal from a neighbor or something?

    Me: No! what if that neighbor has a password on their Wifi?

    Penello: Then they can just ask the neighbor for it cant they?

    Me: I can tell sir you have put no thought into this interview and I think your company is gonna make a huge mistake…

    Penello: NOW wait a min!! Sony’s maching wont work completely on day one without a patch either!!! you need to download it to even watch blu ray movies and stuff!

    Me: That may be true but we can play games right out the box without an update but Your system is basically a brick until you update is that correct to say sir?

    Penello: NO.. No.. thats not what were are saying.. we… our system… it boots up…See… what had happened was…. Damn.. I thought everybody had WiFi…

    Me: Well now you know sir.. Maybe Getting a PS4 wasnt a bad idea..

    Penello: Yeah… its seems… Wait!! I didnt say that!!! dont quote me on that!!!

    Me: Have a good day sir

    Penello: Have you heard my “Future” Speech?!!!

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Hcw87

    You’re taking the fanboy act way too seriously.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. The_Red

    Penello seems like a cool guy but that was a fun read. While not Albert, I’m absolutely sure that thing kinda happened with some of MS higher ups that were behind initial DRM strategies for X1.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. bugmenot

    #44 2 years ago
  45. bugmenot

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Henry

    I don’t understand how this story is related to future online DRM.

    His console doesn’t have the latest patch, and it got banned by MS. Some functions might be locked up. It’s supposed to not work properly now. Any error can happen.

    Why predict how the console will normally work by its behavior under an unstable state?

    And even if MS does plan to implement online DRM later, they can add it to the console anytime. They don’t need to plant the feature in it before launch, then hide it by day1 patch, then reactivate it again in future. It’s stupid.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Fin


    The point is the banned console can’t play games offline, which is awful similar to MS’s original intention, whatever the cause.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Dave Cook

    @46 we didn’t say it was related to future DRM, but DRM rumours *have* literally started again on other sites and forums because of this.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. bugmenot

    #49 2 years ago
  50. bugmenot

    #50 2 years ago
  51. bugmenot

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Dave Cook

    @51 You’re going to get banned if you keep this up. Not kidding. Stop it now.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. KineticCalvaria

    @52, Calm down, Edward Snowden will save you.


    #53 2 years ago
  54. Cobra951

    So, I was right. Microsoft is preventing buyers so far from using their own property, even when they don’t try to go online. If it’s a retail box, it should not need to connect to anyone to work offline, ever.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. N2O1990


    You know what?they can do that for the 360 too

    #55 2 years ago
  56. noamlol2

    you put your trust in microscam and this is what you get

    #56 2 years ago
  57. Henry

    @47 Maybe because MS never promised you can play games offline with a banned, un-patched console before launch.

    We don’t even know if this “ban” that Moonlightswami got is the same as those normal “ban” that players will get in the future. This is a special case.

    #57 2 years ago

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  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

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

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

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

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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