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Mass Effect 4: where will BioWare go next?

Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:52 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Mass Effect 4 is coming, but where is BioWare going without Commander Shepard at the helm? We explore the possibilities. This article contains references to the ending of Mass Effect 3.

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Mass Effect art credit

The beautiful fan art in this article is by Patryk “Garrett” Olejniczak, whose name almost sounds like the boss’s. Visit his DeviantArt and blog.

Mass Effect 4 made an appearance at EA’s E3 2014 conference, but to say it was on show is a bit of a stretch. Although it’s been called the first footage of Mass Effect 4, what we actually saw was prototypes and conceptual footage – it’s unlikely that the final product will bear much resemblance to these few brief snippets.

We don’t know much about the project – it’s playable, apparently, so presumably BioWare has locked down the core gameplay loop, if nothing else. We haven’t even been told whether the new game is set before or after the classic trilogy that closed out with Mass Effect 3 in 2012. Prior to kicking off pre-production, BioWare itself asked this question of its fans, because it wasn’t sure either.

As I’ve argued before, prequels are a safe bet when a new team takes over an IP, as BioWare Montreal has done now that the Edmonton studio is onto a new property. The Mass Effect lore is well-established and pretty weighty – so much so that even official products make mistakes – and creating a prequel to flesh out existing canon is a safer bet than writing all new stories.

The backstory of events leading up to the first Mass Effect game provides plenty of opportunities for storytelling, too. As you may remember, humans aren’t very well established on the Citadel at the beginning of Mass Effect, and Shepard becomes the first human to be accepted into any sort of high-ranking official Citadel role, as a Spectre. This is because the trilogy is set relatively shortly after humans “discover” mass effect technology and make galactic contact for the first time.

The First Contact War between humanity and the Turians is an obvious contender as a prequel setting. Human-Turian relations remain strained right up to the events of Mass Effect, and that’s why the Normandy – a collaboration between the two species – is such an important milestone and symbol for inter-species relations. Just as we enjoyed watching Shepard and Garrus come to know and trust each other despite their differences, a story set during the resolution of the First Contact War would be full of drama.

The Rachni War and Krogan Rebellions both provide fruitful ground for a prequel – even a series of connected games. The paired conflicts both arose out of misunderstandings and exploitation, which provides plenty of narrative hooks. The Rachni and Krogan are fierce opponents in the Mass Effect universe but I don’t feel BioWare ever effectively communicated the fear these opponents are supposed to inspire through gameplay; I’d love to see what a new team might do with combat to make these foes worth facing. Both conflicts also allow for non-human heroes, which is pretty cool; in the Rachni Wars, you might play a Krogan, and in the Krogan Rebellions, you could be a Turian.

Speaking of non-human protagonists: if we want to go further back in time, then of course the cyclical nature of Mass Effect’s lore makes for an interesting prospect. What about the Fall of the Protheans to the Reapers? It’d be wonderful to see what the galaxy was like before the last purge, especially as it would provide so many opportunities for in-jokes and references. You know when Javik jokes that Asari and Salarians were both primitive as all heck during his lifetime? Yeah. That.

And what about cycles before that? BioWare could really go crazy here, because the regular wiping out of galactic-level life means a completely fresh setting every time. That said, we know there are Krogans in Mass Effect 4, which makes the distant past a far less likely setting; the Krogan did not have galactic technology prior to the Rachni Wars.

There’s one other major conflict ripe for exploration, and that’s the Geth War, but while I’m unsure how exciting this one might be – the Quarians pretty much had their butts handed to them and fled the scene – there’s a lot of opportunity for storytelling among the first Geth to gain consciousness and their decision to rebel, or perhaps among the Quarians arguing for peace, or seeking help from other races. Additionally, the Geth conflict is microcosm look at the overarching AI versus organic life plot that undercut the whole series to date (although you might have missed it due to all the romance and pew-pew-pew).

A little closer to home, the story of Captain Anderson’s rumoured Spectre career is a pretty important one. It serves as a background for the reluctance of the Council to consider Shepard for the role, and establishes some important plot lines that play out throughout the trilogy. If you’ve read the Mass Effect novels, you’ll know Anderson’s had quite the exciting career; even his resistance movement on earth during Mass Effect 3 would be a great yarn.

Next: Will Commander Shepard return, and is a sequel even possible?

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18 Comments

  1. YoungZer0

    Didn’t Patryk stop providing fan art and was actually hired by Bioware to do a fem shep artwork?

    #1 9 months ago
  2. AmiralPatate

    The First Contact War could be interesting, only if you could see it from both sides which wouldn’t be easy. Same goes for the Geth-Quarian war. The thing is, in the end, you know exactly how it ends. That’d be a great setup for a movie or series though, but a game, I’m not sure.
    The Fall of the Protheans and previous cycles ideas basically boils down to fighting the Reapers again. Unless you focus on a time without Reapers, in which case I’ll make the argument you’re not really in the Mass Effect universe.
    The problem with Captain Anderson is his story is already told in the books. And the character is already established, which negates player choice of gender, background, even class. Which would be pretty bad for a RPG. I mean playing as Keith David is cool, but not quite what I expect.
    As for Shepard, by the end of ME3 he/she is The Shepard. He/she is not a human anymore, he/she is a legend, he/she is a myth, an inspiring story for the new generation (as seen from ME3 stargazer sequence). I don’t think the return of Shepard in the narrative would be beneficial. Also, which Shepard would that be?

    Mass Effect to me is also about the place of humanity in the Universe and in the galactic order. There is power struggling, a whole arc about human advancement and at what cost. I think the new trilogy needs to capture that, maybe with another species, or maybe just with another time.
    Everything that is mentioned in the ME trilogy is fairly well documented as well. Which is why I’m skeptical about telling one of those stories. I want choice, but if the story is already on rails because this and that has to happen, what’s the point?
    There’s a whole galaxy to rebuild, so I’d go with that. The Reapers are gone, hopefully there is have a better understanding of their technology, so maybe it could be set at the time of a massive new discovery that will change the galaxy forever. Something that would make the Citadel look like a toy.
    Or something else. I’m confident in Bioware’s team’s capabilities to deliver something brilliant and unexpected. So wait and see I guess.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Gheritt White

    I, for one, sincerely hope that BioWare don’t go down the prequel route. I want the ME universe to be expanded, not merely to have previously unknown details filled in.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Bomba Luigi

    I’m normaly not a Fan of prequels, but a sequal after ME3 would be stupid. Everybody glowing green and shit, thats silly.

    I just dont know if I really want a new ME. 1 and 2 are by far my most played Games last gen, even Oblivion and Skyrim cant keep up with them. But 3 was so bad in Parts, brilliant in others but mostly bad. The ending isnt even its biggest problem.

    I mean, new trilogy and stuff, maybe part 4 is amazing but when I still get shit the Moment the trilogy ends I dont think its worth playing. So many good Games and not much Time, I maybe should just give other Games a shot.
    But thats just me.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Edo

    4 colors?

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Inspectre

    I’m not very enthusiastic about Mass Effect 4. Call me pessimistic, but I seriously doubt the new teams’ ability to produce a game worthy of the title.
    Mass Effect has been my favorite game series since Virmire, and I’ve gotten attached to the party/Shepard/Reapers, so I am possibly biased against a new entry by default.

    Nice jacket, btw.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. bradk825

    Nice jacket.

    They have me thinking sequel personally, but if that’s the case I am guessing it means rebuilding mass relays, and it would be WAY in the future. After the credits in ME, the kid and grandparent are talking about these events as they happened centuries ago. If mankind is exploring the stars again 10 years post-shep I would be very surprised by that.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Praglik

    I would hate a prequel. The story of Mass Effect Trilogy has a beginning, a middle and an end, we don’t need anything more there. While a story was told, it’s time to move on the next one… What would be the universe without the Reaper’s careful planing ?

    #8 9 months ago
  9. karma

    Prequel?
    I could have sworn i heard Casey Hudson say during E3 that when asked, fans said they wanted something new, essentially setting the new game somewhere we haven’t seen. Now while that doesn’t rule out a prequel, you would think that to fill in the gaps and lead into ME1 there would need to be familiarity, which clashes with the point he was trying to make. /dunno

    #9 9 months ago
  10. karma

    @Bomba Luigi: Disagree. 1 was cool because it was fresh and retained its RPG heritage, 2 had cool character stories but otherwise sucked ass (imho). 3 did a better job of balancing action with its RPG routes. And was easily the sweetest playing of the three, even if the ending was left a bit.. well a lot vague. Gameplay wise it had the most to dig into.

    Personally i dont mind abstract endings, 2001 A Space Odyssey prepared me well.

    #10 9 months ago
  11. bradk825

    @10 I personally found 2 the best simply because of teh suicide mission finishing the game so perfectly. 1 would be a CLOSE, CLOSE second, as a fresh IP that was a welcome change but also stayed true to Bioware’s RPG visions. 3 comes in third for me, but I did love it, even the ending. Single player didn’t feel like an improvement over 2, but the co-op was awesome.

    #11 9 months ago
  12. Malmer

    As I understand it they said something to the effect of that we would go far away in the sequel. So put a ship through a wormhole or broken mass effect relay to an other galaxy. There will be new aliens. New cultures. But still the people on the ship from the old cultures. If it is a large ship things could get really interesting.

    #12 9 months ago
  13. Bomba Luigi

    @karma Thats a fine opinion and I dont want change it, but I still disagree. It had a lot faults in terms of Gameplay, Nr.1 being the absolut bollocks Sidequest design and broken Questlog. Or the drastic reduced amount of conversations you could have with your Crew, it was shoking for me.
    And lot of stuff didnt make any Sense, just like ending. Thats not abstract, but if you can see that way then ghats a good Thing. As said, I dont want change your mind, I many Times wished I could see ME3 as a good Game.

    I too like the second one the most, just because of the great Cast and all the great conversations. That always was my favorit part of Mass Effect.

    #13 9 months ago
  14. fearmonkey

    You know, you actually look a bit like my femshep Brenna :)

    #14 9 months ago
  15. Shadow1nside

    If they are going to do a sequel, which i am hoping because prequels without a flushed out ending are unsatisfying, they could use the bloodline approach and have that meaningless romance increase options for maybe a character. I would love to be a “son/daughter of Shepard” I mean your name would still be “Shepard” and carrying over games would have new major impact also encouraging replay-ability. I know that by following that path my character would be a half-quarian with biotic and tech powers. Plus if Shepard isn’t completely dead, NPC, you could see the kind of person your personal path made him into giving different diolouge and character for renegade or paragon paths. I mean it would be a big reward for carrying over games and a big new starting point for the story, and still might get cameos from old characters.

    #15 9 months ago
  16. lordbyro

    I think we should analyse a little more the question “where is BioWare going without Commander Shepard” before continue.

    I dont’ like the idea where we’ll just (…) get a chance to see our hero once more, even if it were just as a bub, or in the distance. This depresses me.

    I still seeing Shepard breathing through the rubble. Neither Bioware itself could say that wasn’t his torso but another N7 because it would offend the intelligence of many fans.

    I hope Bioware stop bullshit. BioWare apparently forgot how to tell a narrative and made fools patches to justify DAI. Morrigan is exaggeratedly ugly…just Bioware don’t see it. I’m affraid about futur ME game, so I prefer BW go in new direction to respect Shepard legacy.

    #16 9 months ago
  17. jackfiftynine

    1) Make our choices MATTER. In the previous games there where a decent
    amount of choices but in the key parts of the story our choices didn’t
    really make a difference at all. yea it would be time consuming to make
    each choice effect the story in major ways but it would be worth it. 2)
    More CUSTOMIZATIONS. Have MORE options for what you can wear and how you
    look. having to chose from JUST 6 outfits kind of sucked. and more
    armor customizations. the cloths(armor) make the man 3) the option to be
    a DIFFERENT race. being another race with new ABILITIES and TACTICS
    adds new ways to play the game. its made multiplayer pretty popular and
    fun so why not put it in the main game? 4) CUSTOMIZABLE SHIPS. being
    able to purchase FURNITURE, UPGRADES, COLORS, and more so i can SIM out
    my ship would make it more personal and more me. having MORE
    CUSTOMIZABLE ships would draw people into the story more because it
    would be THEIR ship in my opinion. 5) Have it so my previous games
    effect the new game. Most of the mass effect fans have probably put
    countless hours into the mass effect games and i personally have gone
    back and played the series countless times to get the perfect ending(bad
    ending) and would love for all that hard work to not be wasted. 6) Have
    a sequel. I (and countless others) want to see how the mass effect
    universe was effected by the reapers and how they have advanced more
    into the future. 7) LAST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY……..SPACE BATTLES!!!!
    they missed a HUGE opportunity here.

    #17 8 months ago
  18. jackfiftynine

    this is what they should put in the game
    1) Make our choices MATTER. In the previous games there where a decent
    amount of choices but in the key parts of the story our choices didn’t
    really make a difference at all. yea it would be time consuming to make
    each choice effect the story in major ways but it would be worth it. 2)
    More CUSTOMIZATIONS. Have MORE options for what you can wear and how you
    look. having to chose from JUST 6 outfits kind of sucked. and more
    armor customizations. the cloths(armor) make the man 3) the option to be
    a DIFFERENT race. being another race with new ABILITIES and TACTICS
    adds new ways to play the game. its made multiplayer pretty popular and
    fun so why not put it in the main game? 4) CUSTOMIZABLE SHIPS. being
    able to purchase FURNITURE, UPGRADES, COLORS, and more so i can SIM out
    my ship would make it more personal and more me. having MORE
    CUSTOMIZABLE ships would draw people into the story more because it
    would be THEIR ship in my opinion. 5) Have it so my previous games
    effect the new game. Most of the mass effect fans have probably put
    countless hours into the mass effect games and i personally have gone
    back and played the series countless times to get the perfect ending(bad
    ending) and would love for all that hard work to not be wasted. 6) Have
    a sequel. I (and countless others) want to see how the mass effect
    universe was effected by the reapers and how they have advanced more
    into the future. 7) LAST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY……..SPACE BATTLES!!!!
    they missed a HUGE opportunity here.

    #18 8 months ago

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    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

    We have 10 download codes for new indie puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One to give away. The be in with a chance of winning a code, just enter your details below and we’ll pull the winners from the hat on Monday March 2nd, after 2pm GMT. Pneuma: Breath of Life is a […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • 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 […]