PS4 had Sony’s best launch game line-up to date says Koller

Monday, 18 November 2013 10:48 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 launched in the North America last week, along with a first-party titles Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and Resogun. Sony’s vice president of marketing Jon Koller reckons it was the company’s best console launch line-up to date.

It follows fairly solid scores for Killzone, a negative reaction to Knack, leaving Housemarque’s Resogun as the best-rated PS4 game so far.

Speaking with GamesBeat, Koller was asked to discuss how he felt about the North American launch. He replied, “Really positive. It’s always great to get out of the office and interact with the fans and see how much love they have for the brand. It makes everyone feel good. I try to bring my team. You have to feel this, feel how great it is.

“The launch overall, just in business terms, we feel great about it. The pre-orders are through the roof. The demand is huge. Of the five platform launches we’ve had, this is the best game lineup. It reminds me a lot of the PS2 launch, when we had such pent-up demand – “When is the PS2 coming?” The same thing is happening here.”

When asked what the PS4 offers beyond its predecessor, Koller continued, “Well, you start with the graphics. We talk a lot about it being the price of entry, but it’s really not. It’s theatrical. It’s become much more of that dream I think a lot of people have had in this industry for years, to become in line with what you see in a Michael Bay movie, an Avatar, where it’s so immersive and engaging. It makes you want to be part of that environment.

“What’s behind the hood is an unbelievable social component. Some of the engineers in Japan like to talk about “playing with like-minded souls.” It’s about playing with people who are similar gamers, who have similar passions, similar loves for the types of experience that you want. You’re able to share your experiences with them, whether it’s through live streaming or shared content. It’s about being able to live in different environments and different worlds, like a Destiny, that evolve as you play them, where the developers give the tools to the community and it ends up being something much different than what had originally been envisioned.”

What’s your reaction to the PS4 launch so far? Let us know below.



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  1. Tearsir

    Well, i will buy a Ps4 when it launches in Europe but the launch line-up is the worst ever in the gaming history.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. KAP


    Are you high? Worst?!

    Before you reel silly chatter like that do your research bro.




    COD Ghost


    Madden 25

    FIFA 14

    N4S Rivals



    LEGO Marval

    Trine 2




    DC Universe

    Warframe… and loads more. Yep. worst launch in gaming history indeed.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Pytox

    If only infamous and driveclub were at release too :p

    #3 1 year ago
  4. KineticCalvaria

    I don’t think there’s a real system seller in there… definitely would’ve benefitted from another big exclusive such as Infamous.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. KAP


    We’d complain if they released a game to early (unfinished) we’d complain if a games delayed. lol

    We all should be glad that Sony doesn’t rush out these titles like many other companies do.


    I’m sure the average consumer won’t go into a shop and complain that the games on offer isn’t published by Sony there for fork out $100 for xbone. Come on buddie.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    While it’s certainly not terrible, there is certainly a noticeable lack of stand out titles, but I’ve found this true of most hardware launches, and the Xbox One’s launch lineup is equally as lacklustre.

    But then, it would be silly to judge any hardware based on its launch line up – what matters is a year or two down the line, where the new hardwares are in their stride, and what is being released then.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. KAP


    We all just need to remember that a “console launch” doesn’t define it’s legacy.

    Oh by the way theN64 & 3DS says hello!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. KineticCalvaria

    @5, I’m just pointing out that if Sony wanted to claim they have a strong line up they’d need a decent exclusive in there, I mean knack has certainly been a disappointment. To the average consumer there’s very little reason to choose one over the other based on launch games, a purchase definitely needs to be based off future exclusives.

    Not saying it’s bad at all, cos it’s not and I agree with Mike that the X1 lineup isn’t any better, Titanfall is the only appealing game on there for me and I can play it on pc anyway.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. CycloneFox

    In my opinion, the only console, where the launch-lineup was woth mentioning is the SNES with Super Mario World and F-Zero. But that was the whole launch lineup already. In the west there one or three titles more, as the console launched in the US about half a year and in europe about a year later. But that was all. Compared to PS4s launch line up, everything in PS3s launch line up was pretty crappy.

    A console which launches with 18 titles already, of which s many are AAA major titles and even more in the following three months, is really rare. You’ve never had a console with so much stuff to play at day one already. The Xbox Ones launch lineup will of course be similarly as good.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @7 Yeah, hard not to forget the whole drama surrounding the 3DS, because it took time to take off and earn an established playerbase, just like… every piece of gaming hardware ever.

    The fact that the PS4 sold so much in just a day tells me there’s going to be no lack of demand for the console, so hopefully the software starts coming quick and strong in the new year. Holiday 2014 is going to be the real proving ground for these formats though.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Fin

    It’s funny how people now say “there’s nothing that excites me!”, previous launches (excluding Mario 64 and Halo) you’d be lucky to get a game that was above mediocre.

    Yeah you might be tired of the genres, but fuckin’ hell the launch lineup for both consoles is the best I’ve ever seen. No standout title, but 5+ AAA games on both consoles.

    If you don’t think this is the best we’ve ever had it, you should really reevaluate.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. KAP


    You really gonna take what a Sony employee says for face value?

    #12 1 year ago
  13. KineticCalvaria

    @12, no but if they really want to convince us then that extra exclusive would’ve made a difference.

    It’s obvious PR talk and complete bull.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. KAP


    Exactly. Gamers today are simply spoilt for choice yet complain because of “who” makes these titles?! Insane LOL

    People seen to forget N64 had TWO….yep! TWO Launch games; Mario 64 and Pilot Wings. Yet in 2013 people look back at the console fondly. come on people. Give it a rest.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. KineticCalvaria

    @14, times have changed, people like variety and these are big investments for a lot of people, we need to know we’ve purchased the right console for us.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    @11 You basically just admit that nothing stands out.

    Half of them are available on existing hardware with little noticeable difference, and some of them them are just remakes of indie titles. I already own a quarter of that list on my existing hardware.

    That’s not exactly Mario 64.

    I’m not personally saying great hardware launch titles don’t exist, I’m just saying that software lineups are usually fairly mediocre. That’s because nobody has really gotten to grips with the hardware yet. The truly great stuff will start hitting within the year. I honestly can’t wait to see what amazing games come our way in 2014.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. KAP

    @13 like I said before, give Sony credit for giving them time the devs asked for.

    You’d be the first one to complain if said title was rushed out the door. Dude, you can’t have it both ways man.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. KineticCalvaria

    @17, lol dude I’m not complaining at all, nothing I’ve said has been negative towards Sony or MS.

    But the launch line up for me doesn’t offer enough variety when I’m spending £429 on a bundle and can’t even decide what game I want to play lol. Been considering cancelling and waiting a while, definitely appreciate Sony taking their time but they could have started another dev team on a ps4 launch title.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. KAP


    Ok. well in that case I’m sorry. I just find kinda sad when many complain for complainig sake over a situation that isn’t that bad, u know.

    Sony is the king of exclusives, we all know that from last gen, so there is no need to worry about that with the PS4. All of Sony’s first party studios is working on titles for PS4 as we speak so its all good for everyone I think.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. KineticCalvaria

    @19, absolutely, the thought of Uncharted on ps4 is enough for me to get a ps4, definitely played more exclusives on ps3 than 360.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Fin


    Nothing stands out as an OMG MUST BUY SYSTEM FOR THAT, but how many times has that happened with a console. Twice? Three times?

    To have such a number of high-quality (if existing IP) games is unheard of for a system launch.

    You can’t have a Mario 64 moment for every time.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. KAP



    Every launch is the same with very rare exceptions. No console hits it’s stride right out the gate, yet we all seem to think it should when ever a new generation happens. Its hilarious.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. viralshag

    Let’s be honest though, it’s not the best “PS4 launch line up” it’s just the best “console launch line up”. Most of the must have games are found on all or most of the other systems.

    Almost by default this is the best “Xbox One launch line up” too.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. polygem

    i so wasn´t feeling the nextgen launch in the past few months. ms totally ruined it for me and crushed my nextgen plans for quite a while because i really planned to buy the nextbox – before they revealed it. never was a huge playstation guy and i didn´t really feel the ps4´s first party lineup. i was hoping for something like a new medievil, a daxter game, something like second son at launch…

    well – it has changed :)

    i´m on fire and cannot wait to get the ps4 with nfs, bf4 and killzone.
    i think i prepared (for me personally) the next gen launch very well: i mainly played on wiiu and 3ds in the last 6 months or so. the fading gen bored me to death and nintendo really delivered some awesome and different game-experiences that helped me through this.

    i haven´t touched a shooter for months and i am now really looking forward to play a polished pc-esque battlefield with a brandnew dualshock design.

    seriously guys, i´m just a gamer, it´s a new console gen. i am excited. i can´t help it :)

    #24 1 year ago
  25. monkeygourmet

    Zombi U was a standout launch game for me.

    Im just on a second playthrough and the game feels just as fresh as it did last year. Really unique and uses the hardware well. One of the most memorable launch titles I think I have ever played, I would love to see a sequel on Wii U. It was def a system seller for me.

    In fact, I think the Wii U had a pretty solid launch, only being let down by third party titles which everybody had already played months before. Nintendoland and NSMBU alongside were great, pity you had to wait another 3 months before anything else came out!

    So far with PS4, I can happily wait for the next wave. I’ve seen nothing that strikes me as a killer must have launch exclusive.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. polygem

    @25: ok – but you will do it – right?


    #26 1 year ago
  27. monkeygourmet


    Of course! I have no willpower when it comes to new tech!

    I think my girlfriend is still after an X1, I will maybe pick up a PS4 in the new year?

    Hardly waiting is it?! ;)

    #27 1 year ago
  28. monkeygourmet


    Also, you made a good choice with NFS, looks to be the pick of the third party launch titles, read this, should make your excite level go into overdrive! :

    Will look very nice on your new TV! :)

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Dyno

    LOL, yeah ok…

    #29 1 year ago
  30. polygem

    “I think my girlfriend is still after an X1″
    i hope you know that you are a very lucky man :)

    nice one! looking forward to play some games online next gen. it looks like this will be good fun with much more freedom about how you actually play your online games. destiny looks extremely promising in that regard.
    i am personally not so sure if i will get into xbox again any time soon. i probably will but i don´t think that will be happening in the next few years. it needs a drastic pricecut first, no kinect, slim, white, halo…then i´ll probably bite.

    and yeah, i am very happy with my launch game picks now: bf4 60fps/64 players will be fun, nfs looks really good too – will be a fun racer and killzone is the reference title that will hopefully deliver some wow moments and beautiful grafx.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. TrickyAudio

    Sony nailed the launch in NA.

    Even PSN was back up much quicker than I would of thought. Games are pretty good, but not amazing. Then again the Xbox lineup isn’t stellar either.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Djoenz

    Well Ryse seems ok. Dead Rising 3 seems cheap to me as I hated dear rising 2 I might be a little biased. Never a fan of racing after Need for Speed in the past.

    Titanfall will definitely be a system seller though.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. xxJPRACERxx

    Mario64 was worth the price of of N64 alone. I remember how much fun I had with this title. I don’t think I had this much fun with a game since then. Halo on Xbox was good, but now I just can’t stand any Halo games.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. Legion

    “It follows fairly solid scores for Killzone, a negative reaction to Knack, leaving Housemarque’s Resogun as the best-rated PS4 game so far.” So two REAL games get “solid reviews” and “negative reaction” and then an Indie title has the best rate so far… and that then dictates a “PS4 had Sony’s best launch game line-up to date” remark from Koller?

    Guy really has low expectations.

    #34 1 year ago
  35. lexph3re

    Pretty interesting that Knack is so poorly reviewed but everyone I know that has it loves it. The only re-curring thing I hear from everyone is that it looks like it’s possible on PS3. Otherwise it’s been a solid launch for me

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Ireland Michael

    @35 Already figured this one out myself.

    - Reviewers probably only had a very limited amount of time to play through the game. (solely speculation)
    - Too many people (reviewers included) have become adjusted to games being a cakewalk, with challenge now being an “optional” concept even on normal difficulty levels. Hard has become Normal, Normal has become Easy, and Easy has become Casual, or “I want to finish this game without having even the faintest concern for actual gameplay.”
    - Knack actually punishes you if you don’t use it’s gameplay mechanics concisely.
    - People who bought the game wanted the game, so the punishment for playing poorly is an acceptable part of the experience for them.

    I have to disagree that the game looks like something that could have been done on current hardware as well. There are a tonne of great, elaborate details in the graphics, especially Knack himself, and it has a very strong aesthetic, on an almost Pixar level. The lighting in the game is sublime.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. OlderGamer

    After having a chance for some one on one with PS4 yesterday, I have to say that I have mixed feelings.

    The controller is fantastic, best ever PS pad I have ever held.

    The UI is fine, nothing amazing, nothing horrible.

    I was very excited till I started playing a couple of games. I experienced glitches, slow down, poor graphics and was left feeling underwhelmed. Not going into too many details, not looking to invoke fanboy rage. But the limited games that I played screamed launch titles. Nothing to get excited about.

    I hope to get my PS4 by the end of this week. And I believe the system has a bright future. However, if you are on the fence, I would wait awhile. Wait for stronger software. Wait for bugs/glitches and the like to be sorted out.

    And while it is a PR spin for sure, I wouldn’t agree that the line up of games is all that fantastic.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. monkeygourmet


    So, why are you getting one?! :)

    #38 1 year ago
  39. DrDamn

    NeoGAFs famousmortimer posted a good blog about Knack.

    “Reviewers probably only had a very limited amount of time to play through the game.”

    This. Of Sony’s own making of course but for example how many reviewers who complained about KZ AI tried a play through on a difficulty other than default? Longer play time can reduce review scores, but with some games they are better paced or savoured than devoured in a single sitting.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. monkeygourmet


    No offence (I haven’t read the article), but you could say that about almost any game ever.

    It’s all subjective, and many people may enjoy Knack, but it seems obvious even at a glance that it doesn’t shape up well against other titles in similar genres.

    Remember, this was a launch exclusive in a pretty ‘safe’ genre created by one of the systems lead architects.

    It should have been pretty damn good.


    I thought Famous Mortimer was a massive Sony fanboy? :)

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Ireland Michael

    @40 Then why are user opinions of the game so far apart from review opinions? There has to be some reason.

    For me, it *is* the highlight game of the launch. Killzone is exceptionally pretty but still just your average shooter. Resogun is a great indie game… but it’s still essentially just Defender with better graphics. Would anyone seriously buy a €400 piece of hardware just for a single indie title?

    Anyway, this is all ultimately meaningless. It’s the future of the console that matters, not just the launch. Launch lineups have never defined a console, and it’s naive for anyone to think that it will.

    I’ll be upgrading my PC first before I even consider the new console hardware. It’s an update that’s about eight years overdue.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. OlderGamer

    Resogun :)

    And for the same reason I own a WiiU. PS4, I think is going have some amazing games. I want it for that. Plus I have a bit of MS fatigue, so I am buying a PS4 before X1.

    #42 1 year ago
  43. DrDamn

    “No offence (I haven’t read the article), but you could say that about almost any game ever.”

    Oh absolutely, it’s another opinion. What that opinion does, and many reviews don’t do, is make it clear what it is that the opinion is based on. Reviews have become simple opinions, incorporating whatever bias and preference the reviewer has, when in my view a professional review should be a lot more than an opinion. It should attempt to evaluate a game based on what others might like and not just what the reviewer prefers.

    The score a game gets in a review is irrelevant, how the reviewer *really* came to that score is the point and that’s the detail which is often missing in amongst trying to write something entertaining and witty or clever.

    #43 1 year ago

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    Stardock has revealed Ashes of the Singularity, a new take on sci-fi RTS. Ashes of the Singularity is described as “not an RTS battle, an RTS war” which sounds pretty exciting. Built on Oxide Games’ Nitrous Engine, Ashes of the Singularity boasts of thousands of units on screen at a time, each with multiple targeted […]

  • Disgaea 5: meet Zeroken and Christo

    Disgaea 5 developer Nippon Ichi has dropped a ton of new information regarding its next RPG. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is coming to PS4 in Japan this month ahead of its western launch in northern autumn. Gematsu has gathered all the latest intel on the RPG from a recent Nippon Ichi press release. Head […]

  • Skyworld VR strategy game looks kind of like playing with toys

    Skyworld is a new turn based strategy designed for use with VR headsets. Skyworld comes to us from Vertigo Games, and will be compatible with Valve’s Vive headset. IGN reports Vertigo has worked in close collaboration with the SteamVR project, so Skyworld will support both seated VR and full-room features. Think about that while you […]

  • Link and Ganon battle in new Legend of Zelda fan film

    The Legend of Zelda fans are clearly a very clever bunch. The production values on this Legend of Zelda fan film are through the roof. This is only the teaser, with the full movie from PlayerPiano to follow, and we’re pretty excited. By the way, Netflix is said to be working up a Live action […]

  • Underworld Ascendent backers unlock Lizardmen, more stretch goals available in final hours

    Underworld Ascendent’s Kickstarter has just 15 hours left on the clock, but backers have already unlocked some great stretch goals. One of the latest Underworld Ascendent stretch goal milestones was $750,000. By passing this post, backers have ensured the inclusion of Lizardmen in the final game. Developer Otherside will now add the Dire Grove environment […]

  • Early Access version of MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore lands on Steam

    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]