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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 10 months ago
  2. Joe Musashi

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

    JM

    #2 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago
  7. super3001

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

    will not miss them

    #7 10 months 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 10 months ago
  9. CyberMarco

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

    #9 10 months ago
  10. Joe Musashi

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

    JM

    #10 10 months 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 10 months ago
  12. dazedonthemoon

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

    #12 10 months ago
  13. super3001

    only 1 fact needed. 1.2 billion dollar losses

    not sustainable. sony will end soon.

    #13 10 months 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 10 months ago
  15. NocturnalB

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

    #15 10 months ago
  16. melonbuster1

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

    #16 10 months 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 10 months ago
  18. mxmassef

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

    #18 10 months 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 10 months ago
  20. Mike W

    @zoopdeloop

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

    #20 10 months ago
  21. melonbuster1

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

    #21 10 months ago
  22. stretch215

    @20 +1000. You beat me to it!

    #22 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago
  25. NocturnalB

    *does not signify

    #25 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago
  30. mistermogul

    Where’s ps3fanboy when you want him?

    #30 10 months ago
  31. NocturnalB

    @Joe Musashi

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

    #31 10 months ago
  32. cdcard

    lol, ps4 ain’t going to save you sony

    #32 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago
  39. Eregol

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

    #39 10 months 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 10 months ago
  41. super3001

    #40

    yen. not dollar

    #41 10 months ago
  42. Gheritt White

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

    #42 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]