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Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct: the power and the passion

Friday, 11 April 2014 07:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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Sheik

Sakurai did another teasing reveal of Sheik, who is no longer relegated to an alternate from of Zelda but a character in their own right.

Sheik’s appearance as a unique character rather than just an aspect of Zelda is cool for a couple of reasons. It allows Nintendo to leave room for non-Ocarina of Time versions of Zelda without discounting one of her most popular appearances. It means both Sheik and Zelda can be balanced individually, hopefully resulting in both of them fitting comfortably into the roster.

Perhaps most importantly, it gives Sheik fans a little bit of representation. Everyone has their own reading of Sheik – as a simple disguise, as a second personality, as the “real” Zelda, et al – but without getting too much into it let’s just say the character has a really important place in the hearts of the QUILTBAG.

Naturally of course this means a lot of people are quite unhappy that the character exists at all, but at least the old “OP” chestnut is likely to hold less water.

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Yoshi stands tall.

As he explained a number of character and balancing changes likely to set forums aflame for months, Sakurai maintain an easy grin and calm tone. But there was one change so dramatic, so consequential, and so controversial that he felt the need to presage it with an apology.

Bringing his Super Smash Bros. design in line with recent Nintendo games, Yoshi now stands upright.

I know, I know. You may need to sit down. You may require a glass of water. Breathe! Just breathe. You’re going to be okay. This is not a heart attack; it just feels like one.

Do you ever look around at the screeching hordes of our fellow gaming enthusiasts and wonder if maybe you should go off and feed orphans for a while? And maybe wash your hands?

And the rest.

The full presentation is really worth a watch if you have even a passing interest in the franchise, as Sakurai had a lot more to say that didn’t start controversial fires. His discussion of the game’s multiplayer makes Super Smash Bros. Wii U sound like Nintendo’s first really conscious effort to create a modern online multiplayer scene that matches its vision for how the world of gaming should be – pleasant, rather than the seething cesspool it mostly seems to be if you fail to mute everyone. The rest of the new characters seem to be pretty popular, and there’s a wide variety of stages, items and Pokémon to choose from.

Super Smash Bros. may not be the most original property to hit consoles this year, but it’s clearly one of the most treasured – both by Nintendo, and by its fans. We leave you with this video which certainly seems like proof of the latter.

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14 Comments

  1. dj

    Hi Brenna. I signed up for an account just so I could comment on this article. :)

    I disagree with your thoughts on Zero Suit Samus. While Team Ninja/Yoshio Sakamoto (mostly Sakamoto) may have not made the best design decisions regarding Samus for Metroid Other M, Sakurai is mostly doing the opposite. I don’t know why he kept the boots design as high heels, but he does not view Samus as weak simply because she’s female. Zero Suit Samus, by canon, only has her stun gun and not her full power suit.. thus, she’s much weaker physically! He wanted to change her recovery, so he gave her jet boots for that move. The boots also “power up” her design by the way they appear in all of her kicking attacks. This is what I believe he meant in that statement.

    You can see he doesn’t seem to think too much about her gender based on the way he showed Little Mac fighting her in his trailer. At least, these are my thoughts on that.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. polygem

    hmmm, i am having huge issues with games that oversexualize women and reduce them on being a weaker human being. huge problems with these things. in a game where blobs, foxes, dinosaurs, overweighted plumbers, ninja frogs, angels etc. fight against each other….the fact that a sexy (yet strong and self confident) lady with high heels is also part of the roster really isn´t an issue. this isn´t sexism. it´s a completely different issue than with the senran kagura burst game which is build around the idea of letting women fight for you and then undress during that process, revealing their unrealistic proportions. zero suit samus is just as sexy character in a videogame. i don´t think it is necessary but i don´t think that it´s really problematic. this whole business has a problem with sexism though, not only nintendo. but then, don´t only focus on all the female characters in games too much – also look at all the male stereotypes this industry creates game after game after game. that´s something people seem to forget as well. stuff can be sexist even withought the representation of female protagonists by creating stereotypes that, in the bigger picture, promote chauvinism and sexism.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Michael Ireland

    The high heels aren’t sexist. But they are stupid.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. polygem

    @Michael Ireland
    i 100% agree with that!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. fihar

    Who cares about Samus?

    I can pit Greninja against Lucario now, woohooo!
    Charizard who?

    Seriously though, thank God this is also coming for the 3DS because that trailer for Greninja was one of the best things I’ve seen today other than Joan Jett and frickin’ St. Vincent filling on for Cobain.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. POOhead

    You argued as if samus wasn’t a girl already

    #6 1 year ago
  7. salarta

    I was going to wait to say this, but what the hell.

    The high heels put on this “Samus” are more sexist than the real Lara Croft’s original and iconic costume ever was. See, it’s not the fact that Samus is a woman wearing high heels that makes it sexist. It’s the fact that 1) it’s Samus wearing high heels, and 2) the high heels are part of her combat design rather than her simply wearing them at a social function.

    Let me put it this way. Lara Croft wearing skimpy clothing became such a big sticking point to people that it was treated like enough justification all by itself to redefine Lara into a completely different character that doesn’t fit her at all. If the reboot “Lara Croft” were to get another game and it involved her wearing high heels for the whole game, there would be complaints up the ass from the very same people that eagerly slurped up the reboot. If high heels would be wrong for the current “Lara Croft,” then they should be wrong for Samus Aran too.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. fearmonkey

    man…Samus has some sweet stripper shoes now ….wtf

    They need to edit those to be more z-coil like, less stupid.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. macromanjr

    “Away forever?” I asked hopefully. “Since her existence is a stain on an otherwise impeccable franchise and the things Team Nina did to one of our most beloved female protagonists still make many hardcore series fans deeply uncomfortable even as they acknowledge the qualities of the game in general?”

    …Considering that Samus gained considerable fame for being revealed as female in the first place… I love Metroid. One of the best science-fiction franchises ever. Solid gameplay, particularly with Super Metroid. One of gaming’s best. But seriously, you’re fooling yourself if you would claim that Samus’ femininity WASN’T much the attention-gainer to the series. Back when Metroid was new, the talk of among guys was that not only was the game fantastic, but the character turned out to be a chick. You can’t pin this all on Team Ninja–the sexual appeal of Samus has been a part of Metroid legacy from the start.

    (Though, personally, I’m not much a fan of Team Ninja’s rendition of Samus, either, but it has to do more with the foreign gameplay and overly-cinematic aspect with an entry of the Metroid series with Metroid: Other M, more than their gratuitous portrayal of Nintendo’s first bombshell beauty, Sex appeal sales, and males are the overwhelming majority of this franchises target audience–I get it. Kinda unnecessary, but still, I’m not going to act all offended over it.)

    This is where shit gets kind of ridiculous. Sakurai, apparently unaware that it is 2014, argued that without her powersuit, Samus isn’t strong enough to fight off her opponents.

    Considering that Samus doesn’t fight without her Power Suit, they’re probably just giving her some enhancements to validate her as a separate fighter.

    By the way, when will folks stop fallaciously bringing up the year in such sociopolitical matters, as if to claim that with enough time, general human nature is going to simply disappear? It’s 2014, and the public’s only gotten more politically-correct, as it’s gotten a lot easier to appear as such publicly. It doesn’t mean deeply-ingrained values are any more standing within society’s whole. People are just as shallow, pretentious, crude and groupthinking as they’ve always been, and projectively always will be.

    (In the world of Nintendo, the idea of women being as powerful as men is still so far-fetched and fantastical that it simply cannot stand, despite the fact that one of the other cast members is a pink blob that swallows things and appears to have no skeletal structure. A male blob, by the way.)

    Don’t be such a blatant feminist here.

    You’ve conveniently chosen to ignore Princess Peach, Princess Zelda (and by extension, Sheik), and the new additions of Rosalina and female Wii Fit Trainer. Not to mention the original power-suited Samus. All of these female characters can hold their own in the game against any male character, and Nintendo even went as far as to make the female and male Wii Fit Trainers with the same moves and strengths.

    By the way, Kirby is a pink blob that swallows things and appears to have no skeletal structure, who within context of his series, can turn into various material structures, swing heavy mallets twice his size, and fly by inhaling air. His context of character was already fantastic and outlandish.

    While Super Smash Bros. itself is fantastic and outlandish, the characters stay in tuned to their original context. Even Solid Snake back when he was included in Brawl stayed in character for the otherwise outlandish game. That’s the appeal of the game–series context versus series context, in a non-serious free-for-all context.

    Being that Zero-Suit Samus bears little (no pun intended) prior context as such within the Metroid series, some imagination is giving towards her abilities. Since the bulk of her abilities rely chiefly on the Power Suit, they emphasized her flexibility and her sex appeal. She has little to draw on in terms of prior context as to why she can double-jump, so they added the jet shoes.

    I myself would’ve preferred they gave her some jet boots rather than heels, but still, it’s rather a stretch just having her as a playable character. Honestly, I can’t complain. Since the average gamer of this series is a 25-30 year old male, and people like the novelty of alternative characters, and since so much of the Wii U’s success is riding on the success of this and only a few other key games, they went for maximizing appeal here more than anything.

    You could’ve instead just made it a valid point that Zero-Suit Samus had no prior context of being a character much to begin with, and thus little relevance as an playable character, but you didn’t. You choose a feminist route of making an argument.

    Oh, and pointing out that Kirby is male did absolutely nothing for your point. That point wouldn’t have made a lick of difference if he were male or female–Kirby would still be staying in character in context to the Kirby franchise. You merely tacked it on in a typical feministic fashion, appealing to emotion.

    So in order to make Samus a decent rival to her many foes, Sakurai’s shoved her in jet shoes. This is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous even before you notice the shoes have high heels. The heels take it from “ridiculous over the top video game nonsense” to “okay, now you’re just being offensively silly”.

    Silly? Sure. “Offensively silly”? Only if you take offense. Hate to say it, but in this world of expression, who cares much about whom they offend? They’re not in the business of sparing your feelings. They’re in the business of making games that make money. If you don’t want to be offended, simply ignore the character in the game. It’s not like you would have to express repulse every single time you see the character. Growing up near gang violence, I’m not particularly fond of gang-violence games–I don’t have to put effort towards minding it all the time. If one likes Saints Row, I’m not going to give them flak for it. People are going to like what they’re going to like.

    And even being a woman as you are, this isn’t a degradation towards all womankind, which is a common argument to this issue. It’s an instance of someone sexualizing a character for their game (and not too far off the mark how much many young women sexualize their own selves, mind you). Many women always act like something of an exaggerated nature with a female character is an attack to the nature of all womankind. If you’re going to be so readily offended by this, maybe I should be offended by men in the movies always being more handsome, physically-fit, idealized white guys than most men in reality will ever be. But I can’t be offended here, since I frankly don’t much care.

    Furthermore, you should know that I as a male simply do not take the exaggerated nature of female characters within a completely fictitious virtual world as some sort of measuring stick towards women in reality. I never look at Zero-Suit Samus and think, “Man, why aren’t more women built or dressed like her?”

    Games are a context of complete fantasy, where one can enjoy an experience where they simply won’t get in reality, and often times, probably shouldn’t. Some fantasies can cross a serious line, but sexualization of women isn’t always necessarily one of them. Since males are the majority of the core gamer market*, and since women are a chief topic among our fantasies, and since most developers are male, is it any surprise that such sexualizing of women in games are still so rampant? You earlier brought up that it’s year 2014, as if you’re surprised to see this logic and we should be beyond this by now, but why should the year 2014 truly change this from being reality? Nothing has changed about general male human nature.

    *(And sorry–I don’t care for misleading reports and polls that always include Facebook games and Angry Bird-esque mobile games as counting female gamers as “half” of gamers–something closer like approximately 30% of console owners are female and about 40% of hardcore PC gamers are female, according to one report from Entertainment Software Association. Women are increasing among the core gamer demographic, and I’m in love with a woman who games even more than I do, but generally-speaking, the majority of this game’s demographic and market is predominantly male)

    Perhaps we could stand to have less usage of such a cheap sex appeal and relying on more thoughtful character design, but there’s no sense in complaining about every case of it. Especially with women writers on gaming news publications, who all seem to point it out almost every time a game exhibits it. It’s just as annoying as how you find with the over-sexualized portrayals of women. This is nothing new, and it’s not changing any time soon.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    ^ Wow!

    Topic: The high heels are Sexist? No. Silly and pointless is what the high heels are representative of.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. macromanjr

    @macromanjr Crap, that was longer than I had intended it. Oh, well. I meant every carefully-weighed word. Minus the typos.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. macromanjr

    @Legendaryboss You want to know what’s funny?

    If men portray women in games as dressed in sexy attire, some (though not all) women will complain of it being sexist–even if many young women dress in much the same sexy manner themselves and some women prefer sexy women in games (half the women at conventions dressed as sexy game characters attests to this).

    If men (say, male government officials) were to tell those same women to cover up more decent attire in public places (such as, forbidding the absurdity that is topfreedom, or simply telling nursing mothers that perhaps in this sick world, it’s safer to find somewhere private to breastfeed), many of those same women will complain of it being sexist.

    Such the conundrum of agenda.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Legendaryboss

    @12
    That is an interesting and good comparison.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Gekidami

    You know what would be great?: Not having Brenna push her dumb feminist agenda down our throats literally over nothing. Take that crap to Tumblr, readers didnt click on this article for you silly over reaction.

    But anyway, on topic: Make transformations into separate characters, nice way to artificially boost the roster. The bottom of the barrel is being scraped so hard, its now got holes in.

    #14 1 year ago

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

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

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

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

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

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

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

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

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

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

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

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

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

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

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]