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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 10 months ago
  2. DrDamn

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

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Fin

    @DrDamn

    Yup was just about to point this out too.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. mistermogul

    ^ Yep and me!

    #4 10 months ago
  5. brotherhoodofthewolf

    quoting neogaf posts as sources LOL

    #5 10 months 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 10 months ago
  7. Dave Cook

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

    #7 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

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

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

  • Here’s another Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video

    Last week, YouTube user Master0fHyrule uploaded a Majora’s Mask 3DS vs N64 comparison video, and we’ve embedded it for you below. The video shows 4.5 minutes of footage which appears before hitting the start button and the first meeting between Link and the Skull Kid. Another comparison video was released by another user back in […]

  • The Game Awards 2015 already in the planning stages

    The Game Awards 2015 are already in the planning stages, according to Geoff Keighley. The inaugural show took place on December 6, 2014. Keighley announced the 2015 show during his Storytime with Geoff Keighley panel at PAX South this weekend and through Twitter. He said more details will be announced in the spring. You can […]

  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered listed for January release

    It looks like Quantic Dream’s Indigo Prophecy is returning in remastered form next week, if an Amazon listing is any indication. According to the listing posted on NeoGAF, the uncut version of the game contains Steam DRM and will release January 29 at 12pm PST/3pm EST for a Linux, Mac and PC download. Titled Fahrenheit: […]

  • Indie Flash Sale kicks off on North American PS Store

    The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale a beefy list of indie games and some films. The sales includes titles such as Resogun, Shadow Warrior, The Unfinished Swan, FEZ, Costume Quest 2, Joe Danger, Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons, and more for up to 80% off. The full […]

  • The Witcher 3 Twitch stream to show 15 minutes of new gameplay footage

    New The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage will be shown Monday, January 26 on GOG.com’s Twitch channel. Along with the footage, the developers will be answering questions from the community as well as providing commentary on the gameplay being shown. Live questions posted via Twitter chat will be answered by senior gameplay designer Damien […]

  • Borderlands 3 information teased for tomorrow’s Gearbox PAX South panel

    During PAX South this weekend, Gearbox Software is hosting a panel titled Inside Gearbox Software which will provide “the latest news and updates on Borderlands and upcoming Gearbox titles.” Yesterday during Gearbox’s panel called Question and Answer Time, CEO Rady Pitchford was asked “when or if” fans can expect Borderlands 3. “I’ll tell you what,” […]

  • Best Buy cancels multiple pre-order units of Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL

    Multiple sources reported overnight Best Buy has cancelled some pre-orders for the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL. As of press time, it appears to only affect those who pre-ordered more than one system. Only one system was allotted per order, so the cancellation notices were sent out to comply with the restriction. Those […]

  • Rob Huebel is your KillCameraman in this CoD: Advanced Warfare video

    A live-action video for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc has been released by Activision. Subtitled: Randall Higgins: KillCameraman gives you a look at the action from a different perspective. In the video, Higgins is played by comedic actor and writer Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Parks and Rec, The Mindy Project). The first DLC […]

  • Xbox App features included with Windows 10 January build outlined

    The January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a basic version of the Xbox App announced earlier this week. With the initial preview release, the team at Microsoft wanted to only include the basics such as high resolution monitor support along with keyboard and mouse input. Additional functionality will be released with each […]

  • Standalone version of DayZ has sold 3 million units

    The standalone version of DayZ sold 3 million units, Bohemia Interactive has announced. Release Just over a year ago on Steam Early Access, the milestone was hit yesterday. The standalone version was created by Dean Hall as a Arma 2 modification which has been updated 24 times since its initial release. In 2014, the development […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video shows gameplay clips, global hands-on events

    CD Projekt has released a video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, giving a glimpse of gameplay and noting that hands-on impressions of the game will be bombarding the Internet next week. We’ll have extensive coverage of The Witcher 3 on Monday Jan 26 at 3pm GMT. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to […]

  • Microsoft looking into possible HoloLens support for PC, Xbox One

    Microsoft’s HoloLens may be a dedicated device, but the company is obviously looking into how it could be used with PC and Xbox One. Speaking with Polygon, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said should the stand-alone product become a success, “specific scenarios” on how it could be used with Xbox One are already being brainstormed. “We […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video compares PSP graphics to PS4, Xbox One

    A video for Final Fantasy Type-0 comparing the upcoming console version of the game to the original PSP version has been released by Square Enix. While comparing PSP graphics to those of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seems rather unfair, it’s worth a watch anyway. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD releases March 17 in North America […]

  • Payday 2′s The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character Pack released

    In case you forgot, The Bomb Heists and Dragan Character content packs for Payday 2 were released yesterday. The new heist pack is available for $6.99/€6.99/£4.99 and the Dragan character will run you $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 through Steam and other digital distribution sites. Here’s the details: The Bomb Heists A new contact, called the Butcher, brought to […]

  • Rockstar offers tips on scaling GTA Online creations to support 30 players

    Rockstar has posted a tutorial of sorts on how to edit your GTA Online’s creations to support up to 30 players. According to the developer, when selecting Load Creation, users will be able to access any previously published Jobs and edit them in any way they wish. Users can also increase the Maximum Players races […]

  • Video for Life is Strange shows you how to rewind time

    If you could rewind time, would you change the events of your day or leave things be? In Life is Strange, you will make this choice. In the developer diary below, Dontnot Entertainment touches upon the main character’s ability to rewind time. How Max’s ability works and originated is also discussed. The first episode of […]

  • Take a look at one of the historical battles in Total War: Attila

    The Creative Assembly has revealed historical battles for Total War: Attila and shown off one of them. In the latest episode of Rally Point, developer Creative Assembly takes a look at one of the nine historical battles that will be included in Total War: Attila when it launches next month. But before you see the […]

  • ARMA 3 video lists 33 of its features, teases upcoming expansion

    ARMA 3 is an impressive military simulator, but that’s not the only thing impressive about it. In fact, this video lists 33 of the game’s most notable features. ARMA 3′s latest video gives you a tour of many of its strengths. It goes over the number of vehicles, weapons and playable area. But that’s not […]

  • No Man’s Sky dev explains what you actually do in the game

    No Man’s Sky is simultaneously the most intriguing mystery and the most scary. Developer Hello Games is asked some questions and gives some solid answers. Eurogamer asked Hello Games’ Sean Murray a number of questions that are on everyone’s mind when they think about No Man’s Sky. The biggest one being, what do you actually […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 27, Be The Zombie mode goes free

    The release date for the physical version of Dying Light has been confirmed for Europe, along with the release dates for all regions. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the PC version of the game will release digitally, worldwide, on January 27. The physical version and the digital PS4 and Xbox One versions will […]

  • Guild Wars 2 is $10 this weekend

    ArenaNet is offering Guild Wars 2 for $10 this weekend only, and hosting a double XP event during the same period. The regular and Digital Deluxe editions of Guild Wars 2 are both offered at 75% off this weekend. The regular edition can be yours for just $10 while the Deluxe is $15. The offer […]

  • Cyberpunk 2077 development still going, but the focus is on The Witcher 3, says dev

    If you’re dying to hear anything about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be waiting a while still. The focus is on The Witcher 3 right now. Ever since Cyberpunk 2077′s announcement all the way back in 2012 developer CD Projekt Red has been really quiet about the sci-fi RPG. We’ve not seen any gameplay […]

  • Digital pet Animin gamecards get May release

    With AR being all the go, it might be worth checking out virtual pet Animin for iOS and Android. Game-cards for Animin, the virtual pet for iOS and Android, are set to appear at UK retail this May, the developers have announced. Animin sits on your touch device and does cute stuff. The little dude […]

  • You won’t need a new GPU for DirectX 12, except for some features

    Microsoft has clarified that while you’ll need a new GPU to get the full potential of DirectX 12, existing hardware will support it just fine. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra said in a press meeting following the Windows 10 event that you will need a new graphics card to get “the full benefits” of DirectX 12. “There […]

  • Assassin’s Creed Victory: fans speculate over characters and locations

    Ubisoft has not yet started talking about Assassin’s Creed: Victory, so some eager fans are speculating about everything they can just from those leaked screens. A very popular thread right now on the Ubisoft forums attempts to gather fans’ specualtion about characters, events and story of Assassin’s Creed: Victory. What followed was quite a lot […]

  • This is what co-op looks like in Dying Light

    Dying Light’s cop-op mode has been given a short demo by developer Techland. Dying Light supports drop-in/ drop-out co-op for up to four players. The entire campaign is playable in co-op, and there are special co-op challenges. Watch as four members of developer Techland take on the game’s zombie apocalypse. Dying Light is out January […]

  • Get Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and all DLC for $5

    Bundle Stars’ latest bundle packs Saints Row 2 and the complete Saints Row: The Third for $5. The Saints Row bundle is priced $5. It is live now and for another 14 days. It comes with Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package, which is basically the game plus all the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for January 23, 24

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has made the trek to Destiny’s Tower for another week of business. Destiny’s Exotics vendor, Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at the Tower as per the weekly schedule. Xur will sell you Exotic weapons and armour pieces if you have the Strange Coins to afford it. He also […]

  • Bloodborne is getting two special edition PS4s in Japan

    Sony will launch two limited-edition, Bloodborne-themed PlayStation 4 bundles in Japan. Two bundles are available, one in black and another in white, complete with a controller and a headset. The hard disk cover is engraved with the title and the cover shot. Both bundles come with the collector’s edition release of the game, which was […]

  • Best Destiny videos of the week – Xur vs Cryptarch rap battle

    Destiny has once more produced a slew of entertaining, educational and occasionally baffling videos. Destiny players have repeatedly sparked crazes by exploiting the game’s little foibles – Sparrow surfing is one example. This latest one is kind of mysterious; I don’t know how it’s done, or why you would want to, but Hidden Reach has […]

  • The Sims 4 free for 48 hours with Origin Game Time

    The Sims 4 is the latest game to be offered free through Origin’s Game Time promotion. The Sims 4 is now free to download from Origin, granting you a 48 hour window to try it out and see if you want to pay for the full game. The free time starts counting as soon as […]

  • Check out Destiny’s new PvP mode, Doubles

    Destiny Crucible players can enjoy a new kind of PvP action with Doubles. Destiny may not be as PvP focused as some Halo fans were hoping, but Bungie is slowly ramping up Crucible support, starting with better Iron Banner events. Some time ago the developer promised to introduce experimental game modes, and the latest Bungie […]

  • Halo: New Blood novel launching digitally in March

    A new Halo novel will explore the backstory of Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck. Halo: New Blood is a digital-first short novel launching on March 2. The 60,000 word novel was penned by Matt Forbeck, an award-winning author of many licensed fantasy and sci-fi publications. It’s an all-new story, but fans of Halo 3: ODST will […]

  • Destiny players purchased 1.1 million Ice Breakers last week

    Destiny players know what’s hot, and Exotic sniper rifle Ice Breaker is definitely warm. Destiny vendor Xur offered Ice Breaker for sale last weekend, much to the delight of everyone yet to find this terrific bit of gear. According to the latest Bungle Weekly Update, Xur sold 1,143,320 Ice Breakers. He left the tower with […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition nets GLAAD special recognition award

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been honoured for its diverse representation by LGBT advocacy body GLAAD. Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a special recognition award for “the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game”. GLAAD doesn’t normally honour video games (maybe one day, if we ever have enough that deserve it), but […]

  • The Order: 1886 AR game is full of puzzles

    The Order: 1886 has spawned a new promotional website with lots of info to ferret out. Called The Order Exposed, the new site pertains to be the blog of a missing researcher, who had been hoping to uncover the secrets of the alternate history. This on its own is quite interesting but it’s also full […]

  • Grow Home is the next game to follow Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

    Ubisoft has announced another small passion project in the wake of the success of recent releases. Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are all the products of a new initiative at Ubisoft where the publisher lets key developers rest after big triple-A projects by working on something […]

  • What mysterious reveal is Xbox teasing for May 4?

    Xbox is teasing something we’ll be waiting quite a while to learn more about. Xbox community manager Raj Patel tweeted the following earlier today: Hmm… pic.twitter.com/4wBGu6xsDc — Raj Patel (@Rajio) January 22, 2015 NeoGAF users spotted the morse code in the background of the image, which translates as follows: “Presented by Xbox, 10am PDT, 1pm […]

  • 2011 PSN hack class action settlement claim forms available

    PlayStation Network members affected by the 2011 hack and downtime can now claim part of a $15 million settlement. The PSN was down for months on end in 2011 following a major hack, which resulted in user details being compromised. Sony apologised and provided free games as compensation, but unhappy gamers banded together in a […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has a true open world

    Final Fantasy 15 doesn’t just have “open world gameplay”, it has a true open world – one continuous stretch of environment. “The world is connected by continuous land,” director Hajime Tabata told Gamespot. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or […]

  • Suikoden, Suikoden 2 EU PSN release date locked down

    Suikoden and its first sequel will be available via the European PlayStation Network soon. Suikoden publisher Konami has confirmed a February 4 release date for the two RPG classics. CONFIRMED! #Suikoden I & II EU #PSN release date is FEB 4TH! http://t.co/ObOIvZDJAK pic.twitter.com/aM760R2Gez — Konami UK (@KonamiUK) January 22, 2015 It’s been a long wait […]

  • Dying Light physical release set for February 20, says Gamestop Italy

    Dying Light’s physical release has been delayed, but at least one European retailer thinks it knows what’s going on. Dying Light’s physical release date is February 20, according to Gamestop Italy. According to Tmag (Italian, via Google Translate), there’s been no response from local representatives of publisher Warner Bros. Although the digital release will take […]

  • Free online multiplayer update now available for Trials Fusion

    Online multiplayer is now available as a free update to Trials Fusion. The online component includes three new four to eight player multiplayer modes on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and up to four players on Xbox 360. These are the three new gameplay modes included with the update can be found through a previous […]

  • This video for indie survival horror Monstrum features all in-game footage

    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]