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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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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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago
  5. Edo

    4 colors?

    #5 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago
  14. fearmonkey

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

    #14 10 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 10 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 9 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 9 months ago

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    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]