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Sony adds $200 million to its projected losses, $1.2 billion loss expected

Thursday, 1 May 2014 09:49 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony has added $200 million to its projected losses, bringing the total to $1.2 billion.

GI.Biz reports that for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, Sony has projected a net loss of ¥130 billion / $1.27 billion. It previously predicted a loss of ¥110 billion / $1.07 billion.

It comes after Sony initially predicted profits of 50 billion / $489 million at the end of the last fiscal year.

Explaining the projection change, Sony cited its exit from the PC market and end of its VAIO. We reported on the decision back in February, along with Sony’s decision to focus on the 4K market, and the expected laying-off of some 5,000 staff.

Sony’s PC sales for the fiscal year just ended are said to have been lower than expected.

In a statement, a Sony spokesperson said, “Consequently, Sony expects to record write-downs for excess components in inventory and accrual of expenses to compensate suppliers for unused components ordered for Sony’s spring PC lineup.

“In addition, certain restructuring charges are expected to be recorded ahead of schedule. As a result of these factors, an additional total amount of approximately ¥30 billion in expenses is anticipated to be recorded in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.”

The company also highlighted ¥25 billion in, “impairment charges mainly related to its foreign disc manufacturing business.”

It follows restructuring efforts at Sony, which have seen lay-offs at Guerrilla Games Cambridge, Sony London, and Sony Santa Monica Studio. There have also been a run of departures at Naughty Dog, but they have not been linked with lay-offs.

However, it’s worth noting that the firm’s operating costs have since dropped from ¥80 billion to ¥26 billion. We’ll have a greater breakdown of the numbers once Sony reveals its full financial report on May 14.

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46 Comments

  1. Dragon

    Kaz is on borrowed time now, one more year of losses and he will be out.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Joe Musashi

    Or make a retreat back to the only profitable division Sony have.

    JM

    #2 1 year ago
  3. The_Red

    Question for those with more info:
    Has Sony been doing this badly for years or did it get really worse when Kaz came on board? I’m not trying to blame him but so far, it’s been bad news after bad news ever since he came on board.

    If it really is his fault, then he should be fired immediately. If not, then he definitely deserves more chances (In case that all of this was his inheritance from Stringer regime, rather than his own doing).

    #3 1 year ago
  4. derpex

    Sony is selling or splitting off their lossy businesses (Vaio, TVs) and focusing on their profitable divisions. This means they’ll soon cut their losses and start turning a profit. You should be worried if Sony WASN’T cutting those losing divisions, but they’re making the right business decisions. They won’t ever be an empire again but they aren’t going bankrupt.

    Sony isn’t going bankrupt, and the gaming division and first party studios are well funded and making a profit. During the quarter ending 31st December 2013 the Game business made a profit of $172m off the back of an impressive 64.6 per cent rise in sales year on year. Sony is in for a year or two of losses and restructuring, then provided their profitable divisions stay profitable, they’ll be on solid ground.

    Sony is not on the brink of bankruptcy. They are still worth 18.5 billion. They just aren’t bringing in enough revenue or profits to bring that number up, and for a time, and probably for a few quarters here or there for the next few years, they will lose money. They also obviously have working capital, because they have games in development right now, and are able to market their newest system and do what they have to do to sell their products. If Sony were on the brink of bankruptcy, we wouldn’t be seeing AAA game announcements with budgets ranging from $50-100 million dollars. If they were on the brink of bankruptcy, they wouldn’t be buying Gaikai, or investing in new tech such as Morpheus or the PS4.

    PS4 will have the graphics advantage the entire gen. PS4 hardware and software will outsell Xbox globally the entire gen. PS4 will have more dev support and more 1st party games the entire gen. PS4 will make a net profit, and Sony won’t go bankrupt.

    Sony’s market cap is 18.65 billion as of today (2014).
    Market cap in 2013 was 17.6 billion it has gone up since then.
    Sony is ranked #80 in world as the most valuable brand 2013.

    Sony is ranked #506 in the global 2000
    #87 in Sales
    #171 in Assets
    #547 in Market value
    78.52 billion dollars in sales in 2013

    #4 1 year ago
  5. game_on

    Sell P4 to MS and go bankrupt already!

    @The_Red
    Sony is doing badly as long as I can rememer.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. dtyk

    @derpex
    While I’m glad that someone else here has the same business sense, but you should stop trying to convince people with logic. Doesn’t work around here lol. People also don’t understand that a market with no competition leads to a shit industry, they really just care about which platform they like to worship.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. super3001

    sony ends soon. brand loyal drones wised up. sony make overprice junk.

    will not miss them

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Erthazus

    This is incredibly lame. Gaming division won’t help at all.
    That’s why Jack Tretton left because he know that the ship is sinking.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. CyberMarco

    @super3001 Oh! look who came back for a visit… :P

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    @9 Strap yourself in buddy, the ride is just getting started.

    JM

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Erthazus

    Sony’s products are irrelevant. This year’s CES only showed that and it will continue to be that way until the company will collapse.
    It’s a sinking ship that requires a different strategy at all. Gaming division is not doing well too. Look at the Guarilla Cambridge/Sony London and other studios restruct.

    Anyway, execs are pissed off.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. dazedonthemoon

    @derpex
    Thanks for backing shit up with facts… All these trolls in here can only talk out their own asses.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. super3001

    only 1 fact needed. 1.2 billion dollar losses

    not sustainable. sony will end soon.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Dragon

    @The_Red,
    Its more of an inheritance issue. Sony has lost ground in many divisions since the start of 21st century, but gaming (ps2, psp era), sony financials and other hugely profitable parts led to complacency in Sony execs. Stringer, a western and a non-hardware guy was a bad choice in hindsight.
    Much part of this losses stem from 1 time writeoffs like selling PC division I assume. Spinning off TVs is also a good decision, so Kaz is going down the right path. But if TVs don’t recover this year, Sony would be under very severe pressure to sell off TV division, like Pansonic did with its plasma range.
    If you cut out TV division, then entire Sony is in profits. But selling TV division is a catch 22 for sony as it would mean parting with a section that made what they are. Sort of like nokia selling off mobile division to MS.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. NocturnalB

    @derpex – I agree. I see it all as shedding and refocusing, I see them returning to profit eventually as well.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. melonbuster1

    Lol I’m so happy soon all the dead fan boys will rot.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. The_Red

    @game_on
    In that case, it seems that at least so far, Kaz has not been doing enough to turn the ship around. He is not solely responsible for the crappy situation at the company and yet either his changes and attempts have been insufficient (His bad) or the legacy of Stringer is indeed beyond repair (Not his bad).

    @Dragon
    Thanks for the explanation. Great point about the TV section. I had a Sony TV at the start of last gen and it was a hell of a good product (Later switched to Samsung). Hopefully Sony is not going the way of Nokia in irrelevancy. If anything, PS4 is the proof that the company can get the right people (Cerny, Boyes, Shahid…) to work on a good product (PS4).

    #17 1 year ago
  18. mxmassef

    They will continue to struggle but they arent going anywhere just changing.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. zoopdeloop

    Super,melon being 10yrs old is that fun eh?guess you can’t comprehend the whole article and what derpex added
    Erthazus i though you were smarter than this

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Mike W

    @zoopdeloop

    Lol, that was your first mistake, to put “Erthazus” and “smart” in the same sentence. ;)

    #20 1 year ago
  21. melonbuster1

    @zoopdeloop they are done by the time I’m 13 I won’t remember you or sony

    #21 1 year ago
  22. stretch215

    @20 +1000. You beat me to it!

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Nickwpearce

    @dazedonthemoon Facts??? Selling a few ps4s isnt going to help them champ, Sony fan boys in denial as usual, cant wait until they are gone!

    #23 1 year ago
  24. NocturnalB

    @Nickwpearce – “Sony fan boys in denial as usual, cant wait until they are gone!”

    Spoken in willful ignorance. Just because he chose to use vulgarity, you label him a fanboy. And then follow it up with an even more ignorant, fanyboy-esque “cant wait until they are gone!”.

    This isn’t a fanboy topic, it is a business topic, and whether you choose to accept them or not, verified facts are verified facts. Just because a company posts a loss, doesn’t not signify the apocalypse. It’s especially ignorant to hope and wish for a company – especially one that plays a vital roll in our delicate gaming ecosystem just as much as it’s competition – to fail.

    Apparently you enjoy pay walls at every turn and increased presence of micro transactions and in-app purchases as well as an over decrease in the quality of the industry.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. NocturnalB

    *does not signify

    #25 1 year ago
  26. bradk825

    Sony isn’t going bankrupt, that will just not happen. If anything they may continue to cut unprofitable business lines. We certainly from a gaming perspective have to reason to think they’ll be dropping off. PS4 is off to an amazing start. With that install base they’ll have no problem selling games. That part of the company isn’t going anywhere.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Joe Musashi

    Some facts:

    There are the same number of letters in the word “SONY” as:

    DOOM
    FAIL
    DIRE
    DEAD
    BUST
    LOSS
    EXIT
    FOLD
    LAME
    MESS

    Coincidence?

    No: Fact.

    JM

    #27 1 year ago
  28. bradk825

    @NocturnalB Building on what you said, it takes more than a fanboy to wish for a company’s demise, it takes a complete asshole. Hoping for people to lose their jobs points to a penchant for cruelty.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. zoopdeloop

    @Mike W
    You got me :P still he rarely makes some good points.

    @melon
    hopefully until then you’ll be able to comprehend something beyond Dora the Explorer…”wishful thinking”

    #29 1 year ago
  30. mistermogul

    Where’s ps3fanboy when you want him?

    #30 1 year ago
  31. NocturnalB

    @Joe Musashi

    So what are you implying by this? Sarcasm, or a genuine belief that Sony is going to fail?

    #31 1 year ago
  32. cdcard

    lol, ps4 ain’t going to save you sony

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Mike W

    Derpex definitely put these numbers into a better perspective, something that even Dave Cook failed to do in his own article and we really do appreciate that. :D

    With that being said, these types articles only spread more ignorance and stupidity from the gaming community. Don’t believe me? Just look at “Super3001′s”, “Erthazus’s” and “Nickwpearce’s” comments.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. dreamcastnews

    Why would anybody want to see Sony out of the market? What bearing does it even have on anybody’s lives from a consumer standpoint?

    #34 1 year ago
  35. melonbuster1

    @zoopdeoop I will ask Dora for the map to where they buried you and ps4 when you die from a heart attack upon Hearing Sony files for chapter 11

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Mike W

    @dreamcastnews

    Just ignore the fools bro. God forbid if that will ever happen, the game industry will certainly not be the same and it will definitely be a turn for the worst for us gamers.

    Don’t be surprise that the fanboys are to fucking stupid to see that though. :D

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Mike W

    @melonbuster1

    Lol stop it bro, you’re making yourself look really stupid.

    Just because a company files for bankruptcy doesn’t mean the end for that company. Why won’t you look up the meaning of the word before you start using it.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. NocturnalB

    @dreamcastnews

    It doesn’t. The only people who wish for it are cynical, egotistical, immature, small minded, willfully uninformed, ignorant, arrogant, delusional, sociopathic desk jockeys with an insufficient grip on reality (much less the concept of how a multi-billion dollar corporation is financially operated), selective literary comprehension, and who comment for the reasons of either talking for narcissism’s sake, or as desperate attempt to establish a sense of self worth under the guise of being a self appointed expert in every subject they deem worthy of gracing with their invaluable (and usually invisible) knowledge.

    #38 1 year ago
  39. Eregol

    @NocturnalB
    https://3beautifulbamfs.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/the_rock_clap_clap_gif.gif?w=529

    #39 1 year ago
  40. Gheritt White

    Okay dipshits, lemme see if I understand this correctly.

    “In addition, certain restructuring charges are expected to be recorded ahead of schedule. As a result of these factors, an additional total amount of approximately ¥30 billion in expenses is anticipated to be recorded in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.”

    So this means that a $30Bn USD cost that *should* have gone into their 2015 financials has reported early? So, effectively, they’llbe able to report what amounts to a 30 billion dollar upside (or lack of downside, in reality) for the next financial year?

    That’s pretty enormous and is sure to have a positive impact on their share price not too far down the line.

    Did I get that right?

    PS: PS4 IS DOOOOOOOOMED. /sarcasm

    #40 1 year ago
  41. super3001

    #40

    yen. not dollar

    #41 1 year ago
  42. Gheritt White

    @super3001 Oh, right. So what, that;s like… 30, maybe 40 pence? :-)

    #42 1 year ago
  43. ManuOtaku

    Increased losses are never good, but thats not reason to call doom or bankrupt either. They need to focus more on the divisions they have big competotion, tv, laptops, etc or keep only in the side of the business they are doing well.

    They Just need to find the balance between quality and price, and taje the necesary steps to find that balance in those business.

    #43 1 year ago
  44. zoopdeloop

    @Mike W @37
    He is stupid and naive :P

    ps to the retarted (DMan)Super i don’t own a ps4,neither i’m planning to anytime soon ;)

    #44 1 year ago
  45. melonbuster1

    @Mike W I’m just messing with him. I don’t want Sony to go. I have owned every Playstation since the 1st. I have had many ps games and fun times. I love games I was just pulling old dudes chain

    #45 1 year ago
  46. dazedonthemoon

    @melonbuster1 zoopdeloop game_on nickwpearce… Do you guys even realize how terrible the industry would be if Sony failed? With no competition you can bet your little fanboy tushies that Microsoft would raise prices on games from $70 to $80 and upwards. Don’t even wanna think what the price of systems would be. Capitalism is all about competition, without it they will milk as much money from consumers as possible. You call yourselves gamers? Just masses of ignorant internet hatred that isn’t helping anything. Only showing how ugly humanity can be behind a veil of internet anonymity.

    #46 1 year ago

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    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 […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

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

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

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

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

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

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

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

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

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

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • 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?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • 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

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • 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.