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A Year of Delays: the big games that have slipped… and why Destiny could be next

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 15:17 GMT By Matt Martin

Batman Arkham Knight

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Ow, this is the one that stings the most. Delayed until 2015 after a release penciled in for this year. This is the game where we finally get to drive the Batmobile but it looks like it just got a flat tyre.

What they said: “We just want to make sure we are giving Batman fans and gamers the best Batman experience that we can possibly deliver and that just takes time.”

What we say: Batman is WB Games’ biggest core franchise, it can’t afford to cock it up. We don’t really care about Shadow of Mordor or Gauntlet and Mortal Kombat 10 is too far away. This is wise like Alfred Pennyworth calming down a hot-headed master Bruce.

Expected release: We reckon March – May 2015 when the release slate is supposedly quieter.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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We’ve waited three years for a follow up to Assassins of Kings, so we’re just going to accept a delay until February 2015. The fact that CD Projekt has confidently given us a new release month tells us the game is still under control and honestly needs just a little more tweaking.

What they said: “We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us.”

What we say: No gaming experience is better than a perfectly crafted RPG. There are only a handful of those, and we’re expecting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to join them. We can wait. We will wait. We must wait.

Expected release: February 2015 according to CD Projekt.

Dying Light

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We don’t get all sniffy about Techland games because they always put fun first. But this last-minute delay by almost a year is a concern. When exactly did they realise it needed more work?

What they said: “We believe the Natural Movement element of our game will change what you expect from the genre, and we don’t want to sacrifice any of its potential by releasing too early.”

What we say: We don’t believe the parkour-style Natural Movement feature will change open-world games, to be honest. Although this is likely to be a fun game, the delay isn’t that big a deal because Dying Light isn’t at the top of our most wanted lists.

Expected release: February 2015. That’s going to be a busy month, eh?

On to page 3 where we lament new IP and an infamous, seemingly endless, delay.

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73 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    The more I see delays of upcoming games the more I’m convinced that the new consoles where rushed as hell.

    On the other hand there was a feeling that the PS360 were too old. Oh Gaming Industry you! the most incompetent of them all…

    #1 8 months ago
  2. undermyrules

    in my book Destiny is more overhyped than Watch Dogs was…Watch dogs turn out good game(and not GOTY like we thought it gonna be) but Destiny will fail 100% with like 55/100 reviews.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    @CyberMarco They were not rushed. Well, PS4 is not rushed that’s for sure.

    Upcoming AAA games are always delayed.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    @1
    That connection makes absolutely no sense.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Cyber+1

    My biggest beef with gaming right now is lack of next gen games. I can deal with them not being graphical power houses. They aren’t terrible looking either. But if the new games don’t start and keep coming…what is the point of having a next gen system?

    I just play PC while I wait.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. DiodeX

    Looks like that 2015 is the real start of next gen consoles. Hang in there me ole trusty 360 :D

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Dog4life

    Nextgen consoles came out way too early.

    They could have waited 1 good year later for the release, maybe with even better HW specs

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Erthazus

    Next-gen is a stupid buzz word for high school children and it works against these machines.

    PC is so far right now in innovation that consoles can’t even get to the indie level of a PC and all of the ports (Elder Scrolls online) or possible sequels or new big games (that are cross platform) so far are being delayed because development is harder and harder every year and it requires more budget.

    #8 8 months ago
  9. lubu

    @DiodeX
    don’t count on it. 2014 was supposed to be a good year, but it wasn’t. i bet most of those 2015 titles, and titles got delayed to 2015 and new titles in E3 will be push even more to 2016-17-limbo

    #9 8 months ago
  10. polygem

    i don´t believe that destiny will fail at all.

    i think that it will become one of the commercially strongest franchises of the next 10 years really / as acti has planned obviously :D

    it all looks good to me. the artdirection is pretty solid. it has stylized, slick and clean visuals.

    this is a bungie game. they know a thing or two about how to make a game feel right.

    i don´t think that anyone can judge it by just looking at it or by playing it for half an hour.

    many people never really played halo and then wrote it off as trash while others who have dedicated time into it praise it as one of the best mp shooters ever. i am certainly in the latter team.

    i think bungie will nail it.

    i listened to their podcast a lot recently. they´ve putted so much passion and thoughts into this, into world- and weapon design, into balancing it, making it feel right.

    i am a believer.

    we´ll see.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. mistermogul

    @CyberMarco – Don’t think the consoles were rushed, just that it takes more man hours and effort to make new gen games.

    Nintendo also found this out with the Wii U and HD development, hence the massive game droughts that console has suffered.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Joe Musashi

    I don’t see the transitional issues of the current gen being any more severe than the previous one. Or the one prior to that.

    Given where we are in the lifecycle of the new platforms, this is par for the course and quite understandable. It’s amazing how, every few years, folk forget what happened previous and act like this is all new.

    Also #1 blames the industry for things being too fast and for things being too slow. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Very easy to sit and lay blame.

    And any implication that this is specific to certain types of platforms is just desperation. Games get delayed for heaps of reasons, and always specific to each project. Try reading some development post-mortems sometime . No need for insipid politics to come into it.

    JM

    #12 8 months ago
  13. CyberMarco

    @Erthazus

    Yeah sure, the PS4 wasn’t rushed at all. Lacking features that the PS3 had on launch (DLNA features, mp3 playback etc.) and others that even toasters and fridges can do these days.

    @Legendaryboss

    I think it totally does. What’s the point of having a “next-gen” console if new (and not cross-gen) games aren’t available for them?

    #13 8 months ago
  14. Joe Musashi

    Lack of DLNA isn’t the result of the product being rushed.

    JM

    #14 8 months ago
  15. CyberMarco

    @mistermogul

    Then they should make sure that when they make an announcement they are able to fulfill that and not act surprised from the outcome.

    Also, did someone fart?

    CM

    #15 8 months ago
  16. Joe Musashi

    I think you’re confusing the stench of the combo of thoughtless knee-jerk reaction and assumed-entitlement with farts. One is far more easily dispelled than the other.

    JM

    #16 8 months ago
  17. OlderGamer

    I think it is an investor related/biz related problem honestly. To the suits, the last gen was perfect. A huge install base, easy to program for, shorter dev cycles, and cash cows for the top tier pubs. If you were them, would you want to walk away from that and embrace a new generation of hardware? With all of its pitfalls and uncertainties. Not to mention smaller user base?

    I don’t think many companies prepared properly. I don’t see the incentives for them.

    Now add in underpowered hardware)and I am sorry but the xbo and PS4 are grossly under powered. The WiiU would have sold better had they waited till after the PS4 and XBO launches and gamers had their “that’s it” moment with those systems. The WiiU has several games that stand shoulder to shoulder and in some cases exceed the PS4/XBO games. I don’t want to get off subject, just saying the next gen systems aren’t what most people expected or wanted out of new hardware. Think back three years, you expected more. The reality is the next gen systems didn’t deliver and don’t make a strong enough, imo, case for moving forward from a gamer stand point. None of them, either of the three.

    Complete lack of Backwards Compat. I think it hurts MS and Sony. WiiU has it, and so should XBO and PS4. Offer old games being played on new systems, then dial down the production of old systems. If you own a XB360, you can buy newly made xb360 games. If your system dies or you just don’t have one, you can still play those same xb360 games, but on your brand new XBO. Never before have I felt that BC was so important. Never before have gamers had so much past investment in a single gen of platform. I spend thousands of USD on PC games. I upgrade my PC(maybe even buy a new one), and all of my Steam games are still there for me. Consoles should be like that. I am going to lose so freaken much if I unplug and shelf(or sell) my xb360. And what about all of those PSN+ games I have? Same type of thing. Imo, this gen, BC was needed.

    The next gen systems sell well, but they don’t deliver the games. There is a seemingly lack of next gen focus. Lots of companies are very happy to produce PS360 gen titles with their “next gen” versions with slight graphical improvements. I own everything, always have. I play a lot of BF4 and Madden25(PS4), beyond that my XBO/PS4 sits empty. I play a few WiiU games, will buy MK8 soon. And while this might come across as having a sense of entitlement, it isn’t. But I am not happy with any of the next gens systems. They just don’t deliver. I wanted better graphics, bigger worlds, better gameplay, and NEW games.

    I think there too many suits with their grubby hands on the puppeteer strings right now, console side. I that is why the PC has been resurgent. I think that is why there are legions of kids aged 4 to 12 that couldn’t careless about consoles, and I think it will catch up to the industry down the road.

    Maybe not, maybe I am just getting too damn old to care(and it is true, I am). These are just toys and it is just a hobby after all. That being said I can still express my disappointment with the games industry right now, and at the next gen in particular.

    #17 8 months ago
  18. Erthazus

    @CyberMarco these features were out because Sony tested it’s sequrity for the PS4.
    If you don’t know at launch USB devices worked not properly because Ps3 has a history with dongles and other piracy stuff.

    this is a piracy protection on all fronts and the best way to test it when the thing has come out.

    #18 8 months ago
  19. polygem

    farts? yeah, can smell it too. pheeew…who was it?

    #19 8 months ago
  20. Joe Musashi

    DLNA and similar function are absent for a very obvious reason. A considered reason. One that wasn’t rushed:

    These companies have musict and media content services of their own and also partnerships for content services.

    If they provide you with that stuff out of the box, there is no reason for you to investigate their pay-for-services.

    Which, as the maker of the platform is their say so and theirs to control. It’s not because of a lack of though, it’s the exact opposite.

    And exactly the same is true for lack of back compatibility. The platform holder earns nothing from providing it. And if their previous machine is still on the market then it will have the higher profit margins. Why cannibalise sales of your more profitable product by giving it away for free in your less profitable one?

    It makes absolutely no sense.

    The cost of developing emulation or back compatibility is high and will see zero revenue. Everyone who bitches about ‘waaaah I want to play my old games’, when asked, has NEVER said ‘but I will buy new games for the older machine to play via back compatibility’. In other words: all cost, zero revenue. There is no commercial reason to do it.

    Furthermore, HD remakes / Definitive versions have already proved to be a highly profitable and well received alternative. The consumers have spoken with their wallets.

    None of these things are the result of rush. Or lack of thought.

    Just because something YOU want isn’t present, doesn’t mean an oversight occured. Just that you’re too wrapped up in yourself to even consider a bigger picture might exist. That, perhaps, the world doesn’t revolve around you.

    JM

    #20 8 months ago
  21. CyberMarco

    @OlderGamer

    I agree that the new consoles are underpowered compared to PC from back to 2010 but they are miles ahead compared to the PS360. There were some great games squeezed out of those hardwares, great games introducing better graphics and gameplay mechanics compared to their predecessors.

    I think that the PS4/XB1 wont shine because the PS360 are keeping them “hostage” with all the cross-gen games. But even then, the same games on PS4/XB1 would perform better and deliver much more if they were on PC.

    @Erthazus

    I can’t get you, seriously. On one day you are all for bashing these POS machines, with suP-Bar features and potato-like quality of games, with no real-time foliage in the air simulation and titty tessellation and yet you are “defending” the lack of features from these consoles. Double standards much? Are we going to reduce the field of playing?

    @Polygem

    I know right!? :P

    #21 8 months ago
  22. Joe Musashi

    I’ll add that what you’re seeing is the continued transition to a service driven model of content and commerce on all gaming platforms.

    But, yeah, game delays: nothing new.

    JM

    #22 8 months ago
  23. Legendaryboss

    Damn! Comment didn’t go through. @CyberMarco Your response to Erthazus has more merit for platforms being rushed, but the original indication still makes no sense: games getting delayed has nothing to with platforms being rushed. Millions of customers have purchased Xbox One & PS4, crossgen games are obviously profitable for now and remakes/ports are in the same boat. Gamers purchased their consoles to play games, may not be the sole reason. Regardless they have games available to play, be it “new gen” exclusive or cross-gen, i doubt they will get nit picky over new gen exclusive or cross gen exclusive or platform exclusivity.

    #23 8 months ago
  24. mistermogul

    @Joe Musashi “I don’t see the transitional issues of the current gen being any more severe than the previous one. Or the one prior to that.”

    True but that doesn’t necessarily mean developers were more prepared than in previous generations… Nintendo certainly weren’t prepared for the required additional resources needed for HD development and I think that’s been proven in their Wii U output since late 2012 and Iwata keep telling me to “Please understand” ;)

    #24 8 months ago
  25. ManuOtaku

    I understand that new consoles will suffer from this issues, delaying and not getting new games, this for being new architectures and because of this, the needs of new techs to be able to develop for newer Architectures, etc.

    But I do not understand why this issue was a focus for the wiiu, but not for PS4 and one, i mean why some gamers did critize nintendo, stating they were not ready for hd era, and for that being obsolete, but they remain silent with the other two, thats my main qualm regarding this.

    Also If this new architectures are pc based in order to be friendly to developers, why this is happening?, i believe there are some reasons that are being keep close to the chest regarding this.

    But I do hope it is fixed at some point, although is very tempting to publishers to keep this going for a while, five platforms instead of three is better, especially when gamers do not demand more than an enhancement in pixel count. We Are Making it easier for them.

    #25 8 months ago
  26. Joe Musashi

    @24 “True but that doesn’t necessarily mean developers were more prepared than in previous generations…

    I think that’s precisely the case. It’s just as big a generational hurdle to get over as it’s always been.

    And that games are frequently delayed anyway.

    JM

    #26 8 months ago
  27. POOhead

    This happens every gen,fucking noobs with short term memory loss

    #27 8 months ago
  28. mistermogul

    @Joe Musashi Agreed!

    #28 8 months ago
  29. Legendaryboss

    @ManuOtaku Because Nintendo are all alone in supporting Wii U and the other two have their third party support in addition to their own games. That’s why it was a focus, it was more apparent. But the majority of the games being delayed are third party, that’s where your logic fails.

    #29 8 months ago
  30. Erthazus

    @CyberMarco No double standards sir. Look, when Steam launched it was not good as it is today. In fact, it was a piece of shit.

    and something like a console that is known for piracy issues and security breaches… Obviously it is going to take a while for them to bring features. PS4 was not rushed. It is a complete system. Every other thing you mention is an OS enabled feature. It has nothing to do with “consoles” being rushed.

    #30 8 months ago
  31. ManuOtaku

    @Legendaryboss ok agree, but it hanst been that many sony and microsoft ips released so far, therefore while they are not been delay, like third paty titled, they are not been release either, there are not thay many games from them, most are third party, so there are some similarities in both cases.

    #31 8 months ago
  32. harr0w

    Its obvious to anyone with eyes that the consoles were well and truly rushed out of the gate at the very least 12 months to early. Couple that with the extra supposed performance to the new Xbox one Dev kits with kinect optional now I think there will be more to come for sure.

    #32 8 months ago
  33. Mike W

    I hope Destiny is not delayed, but like Dave said it wouldn’t be a surprise.

    But now that we know what games are delayed, let’s look at what else is still on track to release this year for the current gen systems at the moment. Please be advised that I’m purposely excluding last generation consoles.

    Lords of Fallen (PC, PS4, XBO) Date is unknown (may release this year)

    Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, PS4, XBO) October 7, 2014 (may release this year)

    Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PC, PS4, XBO) October 7, 2014 (may release this year)

    The Evil Within (PC, PS4, XBO) October 21, 2014 (may release this year)

    Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4, XBO) August 19, 2014 (has to release this year)

    Destiny (PC, PS4, XBO) September 4, 2014 (may release this year)

    Far Cry 4 (PC, PS4, XBO) Holiday 2014 (high chance of being pushed into 2015)

    Assassian’s Creed: Unity Holiday 2014 (PC, PS4, XBO) (has to release this year)

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Holiday 2014 (PC, PS4, XBO) (like fucking clockwork, this game is never late)

    Driveclub (PS4) October 7, 2014 (has to release this year)

    Sunset Overdrive (XBO) Date is unknown (high chance of being pushed into 2015)

    I’m not sure if I’m missing anything else, but as you can see the pickings are getting slimmer and slimmer.

    #33 8 months ago
  34. zombizmo

    I think Destiny has already been quietly delayed back in spring when it was originally supposed to come out. I can’t see them doing it again honestly. Sure, it wouldn’t affect Activision in the least but I do think it would hurt Bungie and how people hold interest in this game. Although Activision does control marketing for the game I think that would be giving them a little too much power over the brand which from what I understand isn’t part of the deal between them and Bungie.

    #34 8 months ago
  35. Kreion

    Hasn’t it always taken a while for good games to come out on the next iteration of a console? I mean I can’t remember that many impressive games on the early days of the PS3 or 360 or even the Wii. With that said the latter, and Nintendo in general, got games on it quicker than the other two – but that’s mainly because they were the same franchises as always.

    I wouldn’t say these consoles are rushed…I think the development of the Xbox One was skewed and think that it’s suffered on that front, but it wasn’t like it was kicked out of the door suddenly – it was a long series of mistakes instead. Same with the PS4 the issues with it are prior decisions that Sony has decided to reverse or modify – which there’s nothing wrong with since the market is always in flux.

    Still, I never expected to see any amazing games this year – I expected them to be announced this year. I’d much prefer that the studio’s take their time in getting to know the new hardware before releasing a new game on it.

    #35 8 months ago
  36. Shadonic

    On the little preview thing, that’s not really a good source to judge the entire game on for any site, its like if they showed off watchdogs psychedelic digital trip and if people hated it and based their entire opinion no how the game was on a separate game mode. The previewers all know that you cant really have a good opinion on a game we all still know barely anything about and or experienced. I was worried about what i read but i’m not going to base everything on it and take it with a grain of salt. I’ll wait for the beta to make my own judgement and the game to make my final decision.

    #36 8 months ago
  37. ManuOtaku

    Also i do forgot to mention that new early ips of the past gen like assassins creed, the darkness, valkyria chronicles, heavenly sword, lair, Condemned, etc, didnt came on the ps2, or on the first xbox, like it is happening in this gen with watch dogs, thief, shadow of mordor, Destiny, etc.

    Therefore I think this generation is somehow diifferent than the others from a third party view of things. Like i said for publishers is more tempting to release in five consoles rather than three, especially when we demand more pixels count.

    When, a game like assasins creed, that was not possible on prior console cycle,will come on this gen. Maybe its my way of seeing things, but this gen is a little different than previous ones.

    #37 8 months ago
  38. polygem

    i think this console gen is very different to the previous generations. the graphical differences just aren´t that impressive anymore.

    the tech has reached a point where technological progress is slowing down a little bit again.

    the pc is getting cheaper too and more accessible and much more mainstream because of that…and more future proof. it´s upgradeable and upgrading becomes easier too.

    consoles are outdated the moment they are released. by design.

    kids grow up with mobiles and pcs first and foremost, not many have consoles too. they don´t need them. they play elsewhere. maybe their dads and moms play consoles, their older brothers…

    we also see more and more concepts of making the pc more streamlined. it will see a facelift, a transformation…be it the steambox or that razer upgradeable pc thingy. i forgot the name. you know that thing. these concepts aren´t there yet but they could be getting there.

    i think these concepts are a hint towards a future videogame market and not only videogames. everyone needs a pc. they are aiming for the livingroom and it makes sense.

    consoles are facing a problem in that regard because the marketing power buzz wont sell systems forever, esepcially if you can´t deliver and at the same time have a pretty steep asking price for hardware AND games.

    the innovation must come from the software itself and not so much from the hardware anymore.
    or you have to try to make your hardware unique (wiiu) and then try to find a niche with it. it´s risky but it could pay off in the long run.

    just offering a system upgrade every 7 years wont work anymore, at least i can´t see it working like this forever and ever.

    also, look at these systems architecture. they ARE basically pc´s.

    ok, i wanted to say that and that mario kart 8 looks better than everything that i have played on my launch ps4.

    #38 8 months ago
  39. bradk825

    Could increased public awareness of crunch, and the accompanying disdain for it have anything to do with the delays? Have they become more likely to delay than abuse employees?

    #39 8 months ago
  40. Joe Musashi

    Can someone point me to some reliable, objective information that supports the notion that PC adoption is exponentially increasing into the demographic occupied by console sales (and, likewise, objective information shows the console adoption demographic is significantly shrinking?). And that the two are directly related to each other?

    The industry figures I’ve seen and commercial receptoin to consoles (particularly the recently releasesed PS4 and XBO) suggest otherwise. Didn’t retailers keep talking about ‘record breaking’ pre-orders too?

    Thanks.

    JM

    #40 8 months ago
  41. polygem

    we´re seeing the last gasp of the videogameconsole as we know it.

    #41 8 months ago
  42. stretch215

    The only thing a console gamer upgrading to new gen cares about (visually) is that the games look better. And they do. Dramatically.

    #42 8 months ago
  43. stretch215

    *drastically- damn autocorrect

    #43 8 months ago
  44. Joe Musashi

    “As we know it” is a subjective and nebulous term. It could be applied to any and every generation because what is ‘known’, the norm, changes with each progressive generation. So, besides theatrics, I can’t see much objective information in that statement at all.

    For those insisting that consoles are dying and PC adoption is moving into that demographic, what objective information, what evidence can you point to that substantiates this belief?

    What I’m looking for is concrete, objective information. Not personal interpretation or anecdotal evidence. Presumably such evidence must exist.

    Thanks.

    @stretch215

    Improvements are always present, but the ability of the end user to pick them up will vary. For someone going from mono to stereo sound, the improvement may be dramatic. From sterio to surround, less so. Surround to 5.1 less so again. 5.1 to 7.1 even less. Regardless, these are all steps forward and become the new norm.

    Likewise, if you don’t know the difference between pre-baked lighting and dynamic lighting you’re unlikely to appreciate how one differs from the other, the benefits and costs as to why it may not have been present in one generation but in the next.

    Of course, advancement is not all about visuals. But its the most convenient barometer to use.

    JM

    JM

    #44 8 months ago
  45. polygem

    the fact that the consoles sell today doesn´t mean that they will sell tomorrow. what you are selling as facts aren´t facts if you try to paint a picture of a future videogame market.

    it will always be speculation. you do not have more than i have. you are speculating.

    steam is a service with 75 million users – and it is still growing – they are creating steamboxes now, you have heard of it, they are grabbing for the living room, they have said it. they are going to compete with the console market now.

    so this is pretty new, it is a new trend. it should be interpretated. it could have an impact on gaming. it probably will.

    pcs are becoming more accessible and cheaper. the kids are at the same time becoming more and more tech savy. while pc´s offer you more freedom, consoles offer you more and more restrictions.

    this is not exactly a great selling point for consoles and again this is another huge social trend…people do not want restrictions in their technology that hold their product back in an artificial way. they tolerate this less and less.

    this needs to be answered if you want to keep in business. this desire needs to be satisfied.

    look at what happened to ms after their reveal. it shows that there is lots of room for alternative business models. restrictive ones aren´t the ones you should be looking at.

    consoles are restricted by design. they are outdated. they can not much longer hold on with the zeitgeist.

    you can of course nail down numbers more easily than social trends. it doesn´t mean that you should ignore these trends. if you want a complete picture, you must look at them.

    consoles are losing the advantages they once had (accessible, easy to pick up and play etc etc). the pc is getting there as well while at the same time it offers you much more freedom and alternative applications. it will soon be much better value.

    if the steambox will pay off for valve and their third party manufacturers is not clear at this point but it is a very very clear message nonetheless.

    i don´t think that the steamboxes will be huge successes but they will slowly cut the ground from the console business. at this point this is a clear sign to me. i read it like that. feel free to interpretate this differently.

    all that, combined with underwhelming experiences offered from the console manufacturers pretty much only allows one conclusion at this point…

    the videogame console as we know it could have it´s very last dance if innovative, alternative ideas cannot be achieved from their manufacturers.

    #45 8 months ago
  46. ManuOtaku

    @polygem sadly i think that scenario might happen, is a possibility, with that i concur. Personally i dont like it, i dont like steam, steam machines or pc, or systems in gaming like netflix, etc., for various reasons not worth writing here.

    But I think newer techs on consoles can overcome that scenario, imagine a holographic console alas star wars chess game, without the need of tv sets, glasses, anything, just an hologram. That would be mental, and can keep consoles relevant. And like i said holigraphic, any brand new tech that we might not imagine right now. I remain optimistic.

    #46 8 months ago
  47. polygem

    @ManuOtaku

    i do not want it to happen either.

    they must all look for a new niche soon i think. this market will change even more. the cards will be shuffled completely new.

    it must not mean that they will all have to get out of the hardware market but tbh i think that they will go towards branded services for the most part and / or have to really create some unique hardware that gives you a different gaming experience (virtual reality or yeah, pretty much anything, noone can look into the future).

    we´ll see…

    #47 8 months ago
  48. Joe Musashi

    So, what you’re saying is that you do not have any quantifiable, real world, objective evidence to support your argument.

    And not only that, you’re asserting your argument in the face of the quantifiable, real world, objective evidence that says the opposite.

    Got it.

    JM

    #48 8 months ago
  49. ManuOtaku

    @ Joe Musashi having evidence doenst mean it can become a reality or not, the same applies with not having evidence.

    Of Course evidence sustain an argument, but because this is tie to unknown factors, does not mean that an Argument will be maintain or debunk in the future.

    Chances Are that having evidence will make the probability of being truth or happening, very high, as well as not having evidence, the chances will be low, but this does not make it infalible/falible.

    There Are a lot of theories in all types of sciences and studies, that were sustain in evidences, that later became wrong or debunked, with newer evidences and studies. This because a lot of factors not worth writing here.

    His Opinion might be wrong or without any evidence, but that does not mean is not a possibility, even with remotly chances of being truth or becoming reality in the future, it is a possibility.

    For Example electricity by air, there was evidence of that with the tesla research, tested, and in theory it was/is possible, but for a lot of factors not worth writing here ( politics, economic, personal gains), it is not a reality and never has been.

    #49 8 months ago
  50. ManuOtaku

    Also i will like to add, sorry, that theres also a lot of theories based on evidence that were rejected, discarded by the body that ruled that area, to later become accepted and well received, becoming the facto.

    #50 8 months ago
  51. NocturnalB

    I just don’t understand such a long delay for The Division, was it just that early in development? Obviously making a game on such a scale takes time, but if they knew it was going to get delayed for 2 years why did they even bother mentioning it so soon?

    #51 8 months ago
  52. budoshi

    READ this with the joker ‘s voice: Oh yes they all going to be delayed and then downgraded you’ill see…you’ill see e e hihihihhahahahah MOUHAHAAAhhahahahahahah

    #52 8 months ago
  53. briggstown

    Most of those games you mentioned would have died in this jam packed fall.

    - The Division won’t look like that. (See: Watch Dogs) They were nowhere near being finished with that game.
    - The Order will just be a horrible corridor shooter.
    - ESO is confirmed mediocre.
    - Quatum Break: Remedy is solid, but the slow time featured looked more like a gimic then actual fun.
    - The Last Guardian: VAPOWARE
    - Dying Light: Techland made Call of Juarez and Dead Island so why would I care about this?

    The only two that I will miss is the Witcher 3 and Arkham Knight.

    Don’t sleep on Shadow Of Mordor. They are showing off true next gen gameplay features. Monolith is solid so I see no real reason why they can’t pull it off. Visceral will make the single player in Hardline amazing. Evolve will be a GOTY candidate. Far Cry 4 is pretty much a given for GOTY candidate. Inquisition will be solid if not great.

    #53 8 months ago
  54. Joe Musashi

    @ManuOtaku: You’re spinning those semantics so hard you’re making yourself dizzy.

    It’s one thing to propose a theory.

    It’s another thing to propose a theory and be unable/refuse to provide a shred of objective evidence to back it up.

    It’s yet another thing to assert that theory in the face of objective evidence that demonstrates the opposite of it.

    It’s another thing to declare it factual (#41)

    You will notice, that whilst attempting to entertain this incredulous theory I specifically asked for obective, real-world, evidence. I then clarified that further by stating that providing personal interpretation and anecdotal evidence wasn’t ‘objective, real-world evidence’.

    Just after banging his theory as fact, polygem spewed a mass of personal interpretation and anecdotal evidence.

    Possibilities are nice. Pigs may fly. Money may grow on trees.

    But anybody insisting those things are going to happen, is choosing to ignore reality.

    JM

    #54 8 months ago
  55. Gekidami

    we’re seeing the last gasp of bread as we know it.

    Because the fact that bread sells today doesnt mean that it will sell tomorrow.

    So yeah. The end of bread, “logically” explained.

    #55 8 months ago
  56. polygem

    @48:

    i have offered lots of evidence.

    in fact you didn´t deliver any evidence yourself. i am still waiting for that tbh.

    the conclusions you have made, reveal literally nothing about the console market in 7+ years, instead you just lazily, repetitively, almost mantralike, analysed the status quo again, assuming that things will just stay the same as they have been in the past, while at the same time ignoring the factual, drastical changes this industry faces atm.

    this can only be described as naive.

    #56 8 months ago
  57. Joe Musashi

    “i have offered lots of evidence.”

    You have provided precisely zero evidence. Even when requested numerous times.

    You have provided an abundance of personal interpretation and anecdotal evidence whilst asserting your opinion as fact.

    You, your theories and your supporters lack credibility. Lying and spinning do not add credibility.

    JM

    #57 8 months ago
  58. polygem

    @Gekidami

    “People, we are not talking about food and water. We are not talking about basic human rights.
    Videogames are a luxury, not a necessity”

    Joe Musashi

    #58 8 months ago
  59. polygem

    @Joe Musashi

    Well, if you would finally offer some of your “facts” i might bite again.

    For now you only romanticised about how the current market will just stay as it is forever.

    This is short sighted if you ask me. In fact, this ignores facts. It´s a very lazy analysis too. But most importantly, for the topic we are discussiong here – it proves precisely: nothing.

    #59 8 months ago
  60. Joe Musashi

    Your ‘tactical retreat’ has been noted.

    JM

    #60 8 months ago
  61. Gekidami

    @polygem
    What Joe said doesnt matter seeing as i was using the example of food as merely a parody how how dumb your logic is:

    -Take something thats selling well
    -Say that things might change (offer no actual reason why)
    -Therefore its the end of that thing

    “Well, if you would finally offer some of your “facts” i might bite again.”

    Fact: This is the best selling console generation ever, bar failing Nintendo.

    Conclusion: The decline you’re talking about is bogus and has no backing. Besides perhaps for failing Nintendo.

    #61 8 months ago
  62. polygem

    “Say that things might change (offer no actual reason why)”

    i offered many reasons why.

    repeating that this console gen sells well doesn´t change the fact that this doesn´t prove that it will stay like that forever.

    in fact it could very well be just the last gasp of these systems….because – well, look at my posts above….lots of reasons to be found there and there are more.

    prove me otherwise or at least admit that you are just speculating about this topic.

    you are speculating here and trying to sell your assumptions as facts, while at the same time you are ignoring obvious social and some very relevant market specific trends. you can´t use the console sales of today to demonstrate their continuing success tomorrow. that´s just not working. no matter how you look at it.

    #62 8 months ago
  63. Joe Musashi

    “prove me otherwise”

    It’s been provided. And yet, every time it has, you just childishly dismiss it and insist your unfounded, fact-free, reality-dismissing opinion-presented-as-fact has more substance.

    It doesn’t.

    JM

    #63 8 months ago
  64. polygem

    no joe, you still have to deliver on that unfortunately.

    #64 8 months ago
  65. Joe Musashi

    Fortunately for me, the real world supports my argument. Your dismissing of it doesn’t negate it.

    You have no proof and no argument. Just posturing and theatrics.

    JM

    #65 8 months ago
  66. polygem

    the real world supports my arguments. your arguments only reflect on a staus quo. don´t do the mistake of mixing these things up.

    #66 8 months ago
  67. Joe Musashi

    If the real world supported your arguments (it doesn’t) then why, after multiple requests have you failed to provide any objective, quantifiable, tangible evidence of it?

    I’ve politely asked you, multiple times, to point me to this factual information.

    Your response has been to present a grandiose but empty statement or essays of personal opinion presented as fact.

    Given your habitual lies, manipulation, brain-meltingly poor grasp of how commerce works, platform bias, spin, selective comprehension, aggression, agenda and investment in conspiracy theory, I find it hard to simply beleive your reality-dismissing argument as fact. Lying about providing proof, dismissing reality, and deriding the views of others further damages the credibility of you and your argument.

    At this point, you still have provided no proof, evidence or facts. You merely claim you have and then parrot out take a few of my words and parrot them back at me.

    Every time you reply and fail to substantiate your argument with something more credible than your own personal view, you demonstrate that you have no argument, just bluff and bluster.

    JM

    #67 8 months ago
  68. polygem

    but joe, i have pointed out that this IS my personal view. it is, just like your argumentation is yours.

    the moment that you will get this into your head, we can finally start a discussion.

    this is one of your main problems. you don´t get the basics.

    #68 8 months ago
  69. Joe Musashi

    Awww. The great fact-presenter, [no]proof-provider, reality dismisser has given up all his efforts above and imploded into ‘just opinion’. Mmmm, #41 is so clearly presented as ‘just an opinion’. Yup.

    I had understood, in the first place, that it was your opinion. You had already overlooked that. That is why I asked for the evidence that formed these opinions in the first place.

    No, it’s far easier for you to just u-turn than simply point to all this ‘proof’ you repeatedly claim to have already provided eh?

    Just another evasive move rather than being able to discuss and converse like a normal human being. Carefully signed off with a derisive remark so that it looks like your utter failure to conduct a simple conversation is somebody else’s fault.

    Bluff and bluster. Nothing more.

    JM

    #69 8 months ago
  70. polygem

    oh joe…

    #70 8 months ago
  71. Legendaryboss

    Walk in, walk out.

    #71 8 months ago
  72. polygem

    i just googled video game consoles decline…

    #72 8 months ago
  73. face76

    The ps3 had just as bad first year. Uncharted wasn’t released until the ps3 was out for over a year. The ps3 got Ratchet and Clank and Resistance. They had problems with mulit console games not looking as good on the ps3. But look at how well the ps3 turned out with the games that were released in that start of its 2nd year.

    This time next year we will have games like Batman, Witcher, The Order 1886, Dying Light, and many others. The summer is always a drought for games, but can’t for Valiant Hearts. The fall usually starts off with NHL and picks up from there. We have Sunset OverdriveDestiny, AC 5, LBP, Shadows of Mordor, Alien: Isolation, Dragon Age:Inquisition, Driveclub, The Crew, Far Cry 4, Evil Within, Evolve, and a few others. Even the ps3 and 360 have games like Tales of Xilia 2 and New Borderland’s Game.

    The PS4 and Xbox One are only 6 months old. Xbox One was all about it features when announced and less on games. They changed that tempo this. Especially with the sales falling behind the PS4. A PS4 with 2 major games: KillZone and Infamous. Within the next year we will see some amazing games on all consoles, including the Wii U. In this industry its either taking to long to be released or it rushed. The problem is we are spoiled with technology.

    #73 7 months ago

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    Tripwire Interactive has released a new batch of screenshots for Killing Floor 2. The screens show various weapons as well as a variety of Zeds ready to tear you to shreds. Killing Floor 2 is slated for release this year on PC and PlayStation 4. It will also be made available for SteamOS.

  • Hatred is now available for pre-order, new video released

    Hatred is now available for pre-order through the game’s official website. There are two editions to choose from: Digital version with the official game soundtrack for €16.66; or the Digital version with the game soundtrack and a T-shirt for €36.66. The second edition is limited to 1,485 units. Hatred, which was handed an AO rating […]

  • This The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D TV spot is sort of creepy

    With The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D arriving on the first Friday the 13th of the year, it’s only fitting Nintendo would release a slightly creepy TV spot for it. The game’s concept is rather dark, and while it the commercial isn’t too creeptastic, for as short as it is the message is conveyed […]

  • GTA 5 “documentary” chronicles the life of a Tennis Pro

    Here’s another user created video featuring footage from GTA 5, but this one is a documentary instead of crazy stunts, mayhem and face-plants. Created by Bombastic Gamer Films, the documentary delves into the life of Tennis Pro Andreas Schmovakovic, who is both the “greatest player in the world, and the worst.” It’s rather good honestly. […]

  • World of Tanks Xbox 360 updated with console exclusive Pacific Island map, JapaneseChi-Nu Kai tank

    World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition has been updated with a new and exclusive console-only map called “Pacific Island”, which also comes with a Japanese tank. Players will be able to wreck havoc in their very own Japanese Chi-Nu Kai tank, which ca be picked up through the in-game store for Tier 5. It tank […]

  • Here’s the first trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

    Roll 7 has released the first trailer for OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood. Gameplay in the second outing will include ramps, jumps and hills, allowing for plenty of air and split level routes. It comes with a deeper combo system with Manuals, Reverts, Revert Manuals and Grind Switching. The ‘Tricktionary’ has also been updated with new […]

  • Learn all about the single-player mode in this Evolve video

    A video showing off the single-player portion of Evolve has been released by 2K and Turtle Rock. All content in the game can be played in either online multiplayer or offline in single-player. The video below contains two matches of Defend mode played from both the Monster and Hunter perspective. AI obviously takes on the […]

  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U update comes with 15 extra stages

    An update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U has been released, and it comes with 15 new stages for the 8-player mode. The update, version 1.0.2., is 316MB in size and the stages are split with nine normal stages and six Omega stages. Here’s the list: Regular stages Animal Crossing – Smashville Animal Crossing – […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with the Metroid Prime Trilogy, Shadow of the Ninja on Virtual Console and a demo for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Here’s your update: Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Wii U Rock ’N Racing Off Road – Wii U Frenchy Bird – Wii U Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – […]

  • Battlefield Hardline open beta takes place next week on all systems

    Details and dates for the Battlefield Hardline open multiplayer beta were announced by EA and Visceral Games today. From February 3-8, the beta will be available to all players worldwide on Origin for PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You’ll notice that the dates coincide with the Microsoft slip up earlier in […]

  • Transistor, Yakuza 4, Thief headline February PS Plus offerings

    Sony has announced your free PlayStation Plus games for the month of February. Come February 3 in North America and February 4 in Europe, Plus members on both side of the pond will be gifted with the following: Transistor (PS4) Apotheon (PS4) Yakuza 4 (PS3) Thief (PS3) Rogue Legacy (PS Vita|PS4|PS3) Kick & Fennick (PS […]

  • Life is Strange launch trailer and final dev diary released

    With the first episode of Life is Strange releasing tomorrow, Dontnod Entertainment has released the last developer diary for the title as well as the launch trailer. Titled Creating Arcadia Bay, the video provides more information on the licensed soundtrack as well as the voice actors behind Max and Chloe. It also touches upon how […]

  • LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers out this year

    LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers have been announced by Warner Bros., the former was outed by Toys R Us and then teased at the end of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, if you recall. LEGO Jurassic World encompasses all four Jurassic Park films and will be made available in June for 3DS, PC, […]

  • Pokemon, Super Smash Bros. top Nintendo’s million units sales list for Q3

    Nintendo has posted a list of titles which have sold millions of units as part of its quarter three earnings release. Global unit sales of 3DS titles for the nine months ending December 31, 2014: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: 9.35 million (life-to-date, same) Super Smash Bros.: 6.19 million (life-to-date, same) Tomodachi Life: 2.11 […]

  • How to take a screenshot on Xbox One: a lesson in frustration

    Trying to do just one simple thing seems to have 360 steps with Microsoft – why is the Xbox One’s functionality such a car crash? “The Xbox One’s definition of usability is in fact the exact opposite – this is a console designed to make life inconvenient for its players unless they sign up for […]

  • Game of Thrones’ Westeros is being made in Minecraft by 125 people

    WesterosCraft, the project dedicated to creating the entirety of Game of Thrones’ Westros has resurfaced. There are more than a few ambitious Minecraft projects, but hardly any as impressive as WesterosCraft. We first came across it all the way back in January 2013, but it looks much better now. “I would say the world is […]

  • Dying Light exploit gives you unlimited money and items

    Dying Light has been out for just over a day and an infinite money and item exploit is already out there. A simple exploit has been discovered in Dying Light that lets you duplicate weapons, all of which you can sell for profit. Win/ win. YouTuber PowerPyx lays out the steps in the handy video […]

  • Sunset Overdrive concept art is as jovial as the game itself

    Sunset Overdrive is a colourful game which is partly due to its concept art. The concept art featured below is created by Vaughan Ling, one of the concept artsists who worked on Sunset Overdrive. Anyone who’s played the game will immediately recognise the locations, weapons, character designs and general atmosphere of the game through these. […]

  • Get an extended look at the PS4 version of Project CARS

    The PlayStation 4 version of Project CARS has been shown in 1080p 60fps. The video below is captured by racing game enthusiasts Team VVV from a preview build. You can see different racing disciplines being demonstrated here, on different circuits. The game’s impressive visuals get even better when the weather gets worse.

  • Battle Pod is the Star Wars arcade game you’ve waited your whole life for

    Star Wars: Battle Pod is an arcade game that lets you replay the battles of the original trilogy, and features an incredible cockpit. If you’ve never played a game at an arcade before, Star Wars: Battle Pod will definitely be the one to change your mind. It’s an arcade cabinet out of a classic Star […]

  • CoD Exo Zombies: how to unlock the Ride of the Valkyries Easter egg

    To no one’s surprise, Exo Zombies mode in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has some Easter eggs. The first Exo Zombies Easter egg, of surely many more to come, has been discovered. It’s a musical one that involves Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. How you unlock it is not as convoluted as you might […]

  • Dying Light is sub-1080p on Xbox One, full 1080p on PS4 – report

    Early analysis of Dying Light on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has revealed a few technical details about both ports. Digital Foundry has produced some analysis of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports of Dying Light based on some early testing. Both versions manage a solid 30 frames-per-second, only dipping below that in […]

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free to all EA Access members

    EA is offering Battlefield 4′s Second Assault expansion free to anyone with an active EA Access subscription. Anyone with an active subscription to EA Access can download the Second Assault expansion pack for Battlefield 4 starting January 29 and through February 28, free of charge. All you need to do is find it on the […]

  • The Witcher 3 is getting optimised, but no visual downgrade

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is in the final stages of development and developer CD Projekt RED is making sure optimisation work doesn’t impact the game’s visuals. The Witcher 3 art producer, Michal Stec, spoke to Eternity in an interview and was asked whether the team will downgrade the visuals to get better performance. “No. […]

  • Can’t download Dying Light on PS4? Here’s a fix

    If you’ve bought Dying Light on PS4 and you’re having trouble downloading it, you’re not alone. Here’s how to beat the bug. Techland’s Dying Light is stumbling out of the blocks a little this week, with many PS4 users experiencing problems with their full-game downloads. A bug’s to blame. Your console thinks you’ve already installed […]

  • What The Witcher 3 owes to Skyrim – and how it surpasses it

    A huge open world Skyrim’s open world is still impressive three years on. Bethesda’s ever-improving environmental tech and its focus on “epic” landscapes made for a beautiful vista or beckoning path less travelled around every corner. Every little pocket of the landscape was peppered with interesting things to see and do. Even more so than […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online has great monsters

    Dragon’s Dogma Online looks pretty rad – an undesirable quality in a game unlikely to come west, from our perspective. The first Dragon’s Dogma trailer was released this afternoon; admire its beauty below. The free to play online RPG was announced for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4 overnight, but Capcom doesn’t intend to bring it […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X map about five times the size of last game’s

    Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game. This week’s Famitsu has a feature on Xenoblade Chronicles X giving some details on Monolith Soft’s next RPG and first Wii U game. According to Siliconera‘s translation of reports on the feature, the game’s map is about five times the size of that in Xenoblade Chronicles. The […]

  • Take on Mars expected to hit beta in April

    Take on Mars, the space sim from Bohemia Interactive will soon be reader for wider consumption. According to a new Take on Mars development roadmap, the sim will go into beta at the start of April, with full release expected in June. The project is currently available via Steam early Access, but between now and […]

  • Can you guess the next Mortal Kombat X character reveal from this fatality audio clip?

    Mortal Kombat X will have at least one very liquid-sounding fatality. NetherRealm is revealing Mortal Kombat X’s cats one character at a time, and has promised a new reveal during a community Twitch stream tomorrow. It also provided the following teaser video – it’s audio only, and apparently taken from a fatality sequence. What’s your […]

  • Nintendo Creators Program now recruiting YouTubers – PewDiePie, others weigh-in

    Nintendo has opened a Creators Program designed to ensure creators get a slice of ad revenue from videos featuring Nintendo assets, and some prominent YouTubers aren’t pleased with the company. Update “What Nintendo are missing out on completely is the free exposure and publicity that they get from YouTube,” wrote Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) on his […]

  • Xbox Live issues under investigation

    Can’t sign into Xbox Live? Microsoft is on the case. Xbox 360 and Xbox One users report being unable to sign in to Xbox Live. Microsoft is already aware of and working on the problem. “Our team is hard at work right now trying to get this resolved. Thank you for staying patient while we […]

  • Make money from your non-Valve mods with Steam Workshop

    Valve has opened the money-making side of Steam Workshop to third-party titles, giving enterprising modders more ways to make money. Steam now hosts curated Workshops for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, the first non-Valve games to support the scheme. What that means is that community members can create, vote on and eventually even […]

  • Check out DmC: Devil May Cry’s new manual lock-on

    DmC: Devil may Cry developer Ninja Theory has released a video showing off the new, controversial lock-on mode. The new manual lock-on is causing quite a stir, although its reception is probably better than the white-wigged Dante who makes fans even more upset than the original makeover. “The primary purpose of this video is to […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes looks pretty fun

    Dragon Quest Heroes is yet another Omega Force take on an existing property – like Hyrule Warriors or the One Piece games. And it looks pretty sweet. We haven’t heard much from Dragon Quest Heroes here in the west because it hasn’t been confirmed for release outside Japan. This isn’t terribly surprising as we still […]

  • Square Enix to reveal new PS4 game this weekend

    Square Enix is doing something pretty mysterious right now. The Final Fantasy publisher is teasing something called Project Code Z. The project, which Square Enix is tweeting about in Japanese, English and German, is due for reveal at Tokaigi 2015 on Saturday. It’s a PS4 game, but that’s all we know. There’s a website you […]

  • Tetris has crowned its first known western Grand Master

    Tetris fans have a new western champion. Tetris is one of those gaming obsessions that goes much deeper than you might expect. For example, did you know that some versions of the game assess your performance and over you the chance to become a “grand master”? Turns out that’s a thing, and according to Polygon […]

  • Ken Levine’s next game teased as “sci-fi-ish” small, open-world RPG

    A series of tweets from BioShock creator Ken Levine has shed a sliver of light upon his next project. According to Levine he and his team are considering something a bit sci-fi and contemplating first-person mode. The team is developing the game for PC with a large in scope, expandable, systems-based narrative where more can […]

  • Become a lynx in new Shelter 2 trailer

    Shelter 2 casts players in the role of a lynx, which makes for quite a different experience to the badger of the first game. The first Shelter game had you evading predators, but in the second, you becomes one yourself. That doesn’t mean there are no dangers to face, of course. Judging by the trailer […]

  • Why King of Fighters 13 isn’t coming back to Evo

    Evo, the premiere western fighting game tournament, has dropped support for a few previously favoured titles. King of Fighters 13 had a loyal following, but isn’t featured in the Evo 2015 line-up. “Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo […]