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Sony lay-offs explained by insider, Hennig left Naughty Dog due to Uncharted 4 creative differences – rumour

Friday, 28 March 2014 08:34 GMT By Dave Cook

Uncharted 4 creative differences led to the departure of series writer Amy Hennig, according to an alleged Sony insider. The tipster has also claimed that Sony Santa Monica’s canned sci-fi IP failed every QA test it had taken.

UPDATE: We have since been informed that some of the source’s claims are untrue by someone close to the matter. As such, the article below has been amended.

ORIGINAL STORY:

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It follows a round of lay-offs at Driveclub team Evolution Studios, Sony Santa Monica Studio and Guerrilla Games Cambridge. Seth Killian also left the God of War studio, and Naughty Dog’s Justin Richmond and Amy Hennig have both departed the Uncharted studio.

New claims regarding the lay-offs have come from industry insider Pete Dodd, who often posts Sony related leaks and rumours on NeoGAF. While the site’s moderators do need to see proof to back up rumours before posting, please do treat the following as rumour and nothing more.

On Sony Santa Monica, Dodd wrote, “Stig and his team spent almost 100 million dollars on a game that failed every QA test that took. The game sucked. They shitcanned the game and a lot of the people involved. They offered stig a spot on barlog’s project – he didn’t want to go from game director to something lesser so he quit.

“This makes sense, right? Shitty game, money wasted, people fired, head guy leaves out of ego? I mean that all makes sense.”

Turning to Naughty Dog, he went on, “Amy Hennig has creative differences about the direction that UC4 should go in. Egos swell, she leaves. She’s happy, she will make another studio much better when she gets there. Justin Richmond, an ally of Hennig’s, gets an offer he can’t refuse from Riot. He leaves.

“These things happen. Naughty Dog is going to be fine. UC4 will still be awesome. Riot will be better with the pickup of Richmond and whoever gets Hennig will be better off. The sky isn’t falling.”

Back to Sony Santa Monica, “Wouldn’t you shitcan stig’s project that cost them almost 100 mil and had nothing of value to show for it? In fact they should have done it two years ago. The fact they let it go this far is a testament to how much they believed in him after GoW 3.

“And all of this is happening before the fiscal year ends. Is sony trimming fat? Of course. Sony corporation is not in a great spot. So they are tightening up a bit. But a lot of people are connecting dots that don’t need to be connected. Hennig/Richmond is about creative differences and ego. Stig is about wasted money and time. Taken on their own they all make sense. Combine them together and you get glenn beck with a chalkboard.

“And Jack Tretton was about money and inability to move up. He will make more money and have more power somewhere else – something Sony simply could not offer him. Shit happens.

“It’s the same with the xbox department guys. People move around. People leave for other companies. Shit happens.”

Dodd then offered further clarity on what’s happening at Sony Santa Monica Studio, and Stig Asmussen’s project. “I heard various numbers between 75mil and 90 mil for Stig’s game. I said “almost 100″ because, well, both are almost 100 mil. They restarted the game, from scratch, THREE TIMES! And it sucked every time. The whole “it was too much like destiny” thing is bullshit. It was more horror-ish and like Dead Space than Destiny. That whole thing was sony jumping on the grenade to help Stig save face. And help themselves save face as they wasted a fucking TON of money.

“They started concept on it before GoW 3 shipped. Once GoW 3 shipped the moved to Darkside. They didn’t have online or DLC or shit like that to worry about. They jumped right into the next project.
The game initially was supposed to be out this year. It’s been clear for a couple years now that wasn’t gonna happen… but it does explain the giant hole in their fall lineup.”

On the whole situation at Sony right now, Dodd concluded, “There are reasons why Sony lost a lot of money during the PS3 years. They are trying not to repeat that. People losing jobs sucks. I feel for the SSM guys and everyone else. But Sony needs to run a tighter ship if they want to make money. They can’t allow teams to piss around for years with nothing to show. That’s why they completely restructured Japan Studio. Those guys had dozens of games that were going nowhere. It’s why they shuttered Zipper. MAG, while amazing – imo, was an expensive failure. Socom 4 was an expensive failure. They closed them down.

“Now they are tightening up on teams that aren’t delivering. It sucks – but it makes sense. The playstation division is in strong state right now. The PS3 is finally making money for them, the PS4 is off to best start in console history, and they are correcting the money-wasting mistakes of the prior generation. I’m not saying we should have a party now – there are clearly hurdles to overcome.

“Stig’s game being gone created a giant hole in their lineup. The timing of these things has tinfoil hats flying everywhere. Sony corporate has very big problems it needs to handle. Shit isn’t all rosy at sony – i’m not trying to say that. But it’s not doom and gloom either. These are all separate events that happened for very logical reasons when you look at them individually.”

Via DualShockers.

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23 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    I vote that the title for this article be renamed to: Sony lay-offs explained by insider: “Shit happens”

    #1 1 year ago
  2. DrDamn

    @Dave
    The QA failing comment was about Stig’s game at SSM not DriveClub.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Fin

    @DrDamn

    Yup was just about to point this out too.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    ^ Yep and me!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. brotherhoodofthewolf

    quoting neogaf posts as sources LOL

    #5 1 year ago
  6. jonnymelamet

    Hold on a second…

    Lay offs mean trouble. Trouble means desperation desperation means…terrorists. Sony are firing people for being terrorists!!! Glenn Beck would understand.

    Seriously though, it is good to see that Sony is doing what is required as a business to stay alive. It is a smart move for them to continually trim fat.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @DrDamn Yeah :) But he said a wee thing about Driveclub too.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @brotherhoodofthewolf Yeah, they have to back up their claims to the moderators, so yes there will be an element of truth to this. Did you not read my explanation.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. CycloneFox

    If you look at Sonys history and especially at the Playstation division with the PSX to be the first to blow away Nintendo, the PS2 as one of the most successful console ever, the PS3 that even with its big handicaps and a higher price overtook the XBox360 which launched a year earlier and last but not least, the PS4 which had the biggest console launch in history and is the fastest selling console of all time, you can only ask yourself, why Sony is still struggling so much.

    I can see why Bravia and Vaio were not as successful in the recent years. But in the smartphone division, for example, Xperia makes some of the best devices on the market and is mostly even cheaper than Samsung or (obviously) Apple, while also adding some nice advantages like PS Mobile.

    It just confuses me a lot. Maybe I’m just getting old, coming from the MTV generation, where wacky Playstation ads from Sony where the cool stuff…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. DoubleM

    Hennig and Uncharted 3 director leaving Naughty Dog just means one thing: They’re making Uncharted into another The Last of Us.

    A second team made the Last of Us while the Naughty Dog’s key people were working on Uncharted or something else, but from the looks of it, I can say that second team is now their main team.

    I still have hope. I have faith in Naughty Dog; but at the same time I’m really worried for Uncharted. I just hope that the new directors are not the Last of Us guys.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Gekidami

    @DoubleM
    The guys leading TLOU team were the guys that made the best UC game; UC2. Now they’re leading UC4. I really dont see why anyone would be worried.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. CycloneFox

    @DoubleM: While loving The Last of Us, I’m really worried for Uncharted. I love the believable characters and their conversations in The Last of Us and also like it if Uncharted gets a little more serious and shows more layers of it’s characters. But I don’t want Uncharted to become so super-serious and always depressing, as The Last of Us already is.
    It is nice to have both. Uncharted has to stay the super exaggerating, over-the-top action game, that it is, with funny dialogs, likable characters, a great feeling of adventure and great graphics that make it almost seem realistic. While games like The Last of Us have anti-heroes, feel realistic in content and are depressing.

    I don’t want Naughty Dog to say: “Well, Drake is killing a lot of Dudes, so we should change his image into an anti-hero, like Joel, to make it more believable”, but it somehow makes the impression, that it might go that way. But I have faith in Naughty Dog, that they know, they need the best of both instead of only going the same way with all their future games.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DoubleM

    Hennig was the creative director and writer of all three games and she had nothing to do with The Last of Us. Taking Henning away from Uncharted is like making an MGS game without Kojima.

    I’m worried they may prioritize story and make Uncharted into another interactive movie. While we have many games with great stories and great gameplay, The Last of Us wasn’t one of them.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Erthazus

    If developer joins Riot games then Sony does not pay enough for these AAA developers.

    League Of Legends is the most popular game in the world and there are 32 million players playing EACH DAY and how much people play Uncharted 3? 100K maybe? 200???

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Erthazus

    + the devs that made Uncharted 3 which in my opinion was worse then Uncharted 2 is making the game while TLOU team is trying to figure out their next iP or TLOU2.

    So, expected.

    Anyway, fact is. AAA dev joined Riot games and this is a place where developers being paid with a huge paycheck. Sony is poor and can’t afford top tier devs. Even execs running away from the company that is almost bankrupt.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. CycloneFox

    @Erthazus: What a sad view on the future of gaming…

    But “32 million players” is thanks to LoL being free to play and a game design, that stretches the gameplay over a lot of hours. More players only causes more costs for servers and support, while hoping to get a bigger margin out of it in the end. On the other hand a series like Uncharted sells millions of units for 30-60 $ each, where the biggest investment was the production of content beforehand.
    Also, I have a lot more fun playing Uncharted 3 s multiplayer, than I have with multiplayer exclusive games like LOL or Titanfall, for example. But that’s another topic. (Uncharted 2 was great and a forerunner in many ways and had the perfect pacing, but Uncharted 3 was better in every way, except for the main campaigns pacing perhaps)

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Gekidami

    @DoubleM
    The only Uncharted Amy Hennig wrote on her own was UC3, she was also director along with Justin Richmond. UC3 was far from a bad game, but the plot was full of holes and made little sense. It was annoyingly based on convenience, the writing was pretty lazy.

    For UC4, Bruce Straley & Neil Druckmann are back, they were both director and writer on UC2, like i said before, the best game in the series. I dont see how them making TLOU is a bad thing considering the praise it got.

    As for the fear of UC getting “darker”, the dark under-tone has always been there. UC2 opens with Nate bleeding out in a train wreck, lost in the mountains. The main villain was a cold-blooded murderer who shoots an injured, innocent man right in front of Nate and Elena, yet at the end he also brings up how similar he and Drake are by asking him how many men he’s killed to get that that point. In UC3 a big part of the plot is about Nate’s recklessness and how he puts people in danger (notably Sully) for unclear reasons. Sully and Elena both dont understand why Nate keeps pushing to solve Francis Drake’s mysteries, and Nate doesnt seem to be able to give them an answer either.

    Its also revealed in UC3 that Nate is lying about who he is, he’s been lying to everyone. In the teaser trailer for UC4 it sounds like this new villain is going to blow the whole thing open (“You cant out-run the past, and when it catches up, when all your lies collapse around you, i’ll be there”).

    So yeah, it might be the darkest UC game yet, but its not like there isnt precedence.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Francis O

    @CycloneFox

    “the PS4 which had the biggest console launch in history and is the fastest selling console of all time.”

    Gotta love today’s Media…..

    They have short memories in order to make a quick buck. PS4 BIGGEST CONSOLE LAUNCH IN HISTORY CLICK HERE!!!!! FASTEST SELLING CONSOLE OF ALL TIME CLICK HERE!!!

    It seems like the Media is hell bent on forgetting what the Wii did in 2006 and the following months.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY20NPp1yjQ

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Erthazus

    @CycloneFox League Of Legends make 200-300 million DOLLARS each year in PROFIT (more then Uncharted or any Sony game)
    and there are ton’s of Free to Play titles and there are non F2P titles that are close to League Of Legends popularity. It’s a fact.

    Server maintance does not cost a lot. See Diablo III – always DRM or Guild Wars 2 that you buy once and play for free forever with full content.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. CycloneFox

    @Francis O: The creator of your video is mixing up a lot of false facts. The Wii sold 3.19 million units in it’s first quater, while the PS4 did that in one single month. The Wii never had such a long term of stock problems, as the PS4 does. Sony can sell as many PS4s as they’re producing right now.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. CycloneFox

    @Erthazus: That’s all right. I know, that free-to-play games make more money, than pay-to-play games. I just wanted to say, that you can not bring those numbers into any linear relations with each other. And there is always another more successful person. But if you argument like this, every one who isn’t Palmer Luckey and doesn’t make 2 billion $ out of nothing in only 18 months is such a looser, that she or he might as well just give up.

    And I don’t want to live in a world, where is only free-to-play games. Just like I said, this would be a really sad future for gaming.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Dragon

    @CycloneFox,
    Ignore him. He is a hardcore nintendo fan. Runs his own propaganda site.
    PS4 is the fastest selling console ever as of now. There is no disputing that fact,

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Michael Ireland

    Instead of stressing about countless people’s ego clashing, I’ll just be happy to see where Hennig ends up. She is one of my favourite writers in the industry.

    Wherever she ends up, that will be a lucky studio, as long as they don’t squander her talent.

    #23 1 year ago

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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

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  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

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  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

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  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

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  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

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  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

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  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

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  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

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  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

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  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

    Project Cars will contain many, many cars and if we are counting correctly, there will be 74 total at launch. The standard edition contains 65 total, and when factoring the free car as well as the Modified and Limited Edition cars packs, you can add an additional nine cars to the mix. Comb through the […]

  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

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  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]