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Sony’s looking into an Early Access program for PS4

Saturday, 12 July 2014 22:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony is considering taking a page out of Steam’s book and adding an Early Access type of service to PlayStation 4.

Speaking with Gamasutra, SCEA VP of developer relations Adam Boyes said it was a “massive conversation” internally.

“We’re working through that right now,” said Boyes. “We’re figuring out what’s okay. We obviously have our tech requirement checklist that people have to adhere to. We’re internally discussing [what the list will] look like and what are the caveats. At what point does [a game meet standards of release]? We still at some point ensure that we’re being mindful of the consumer.

“We don’t want somebody to stumble across that title and expect a full product, and have a negative experience. So it’s still a project that a lot of minds are considering. No details yet, but it’s something on the top of my mind every day.”

Boyes added there are many consumers who don’t mind paying for an unfinished product providing the price is right and their input is taken into account.

“There are different types of people,” he postulated, “who always back games, enjoy Kickstarters, try things that they know aren’t finished but are willing to help make better. I remember playing Rust and laughing hysterically. And there were some things that weren’t finished, but I had a ton of fun.”

This isn’t the first time an Early Access program has been discussed publicly by Sony.

During E3, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Kotaku there was “interest from developers” regarding such an option.

Furthermore, Microsoft also weighed in on the possibility with Xbox head Phil Spencer telling the site: “I’ve started to think about: ‘Is there a way to more programmatically think about what betas mean on a console?’ I don’t have a plan that’s locked on that, but just having a bunch of betas happening, I’m not sure if that’s the best way to run a console, either.”

Valve launched its Early Access program last year with 12 titles and now there are 226 currently available through the Steam service.

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22 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    Please no. Don’t do this Sony.

    This is a thing that I hate on the PC and I wish that console players won’t experience that fuckness. It’s out of control on the PC and it will be out of control on consoles. Console and PC releases are buggy but this is a new level and for consoles it’s going to be even harder.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Panthro

    In comes console gaming to save gaming again, PC early access just is a bunch of broken games, on console we will get much higher quality early access releases.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    @Panthro That’s in theory but in reality it won’t be like that. Higher quality early access releases are a shitty idea even if they don’t have bugs.

    Consoles lived without that. Had excellent and poor games. Early access shit will just do more damage to AAA industry and indie will be a total mess in the end.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    EA already beat them with Battlefield 4! Bet they were one of the keen publishers.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Panthro

    @Erthazus

    It’s a trend that wont stop, consoles get better, higher quality, better developed games, PC just has a bunch of early access MMO’s.

    Then PC will just get lower quality ports of early access console games which run perfectly at butter smooth 30fps 720p but on PC dont run at all (like the majority of PC games, they dont even start and a lot get black screens of death and BSOD’s)

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Erthazus

    + imagine if publishers will do Early access games. This is going to be the end of the industry.

    PREORDER Assassins Creed VI with early access and preorder DLC. It will be a buggy mess and publishers can exploit that idea for new iP’s to see if it was worth to make a fucking alpha stage release.

    Early access is SHIT and on Steam it’s already out of control.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. Panthro

    @Erthazus

    On PC it is.

    On console it will be better.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Erthazus

    @Panthro It won’t. Even some of the PS2 releases were broken and unplayable not to mention about PS3 releases where publishers fuck over consumer with crappy ports.

    Quality control on consoles is far from perfection.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. Panthro

    @Erthazus

    Stop fighting the perfection of consoles, PC gaming only gets the leftovers of consoles.

    #9 9 months ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    Is it opposite day already?

    #10 9 months ago
  11. TheWulf

    This makes a lot of sense.

    I pointed out the other day that lots of games are broken and unfinished, anyway, lacking content, polish, and their full potential. It’s just that Steam is more transparent about this with Early Access. With the consoles, you’re lead to believe that every game you buy is finished, when they very rarely are. How many times have journalists lamented the lack of completion of a title? It was rushed, or it felt thin towards the end, or it was excessively buggy…

    An Early Access program would encourage developers to continue working on their stuff. The thing is, back in the day, in the early days, everything was Early Access. Gasp! Shock’n awe! Et cetera. But it’s true. And what would happen is that developers would release … um … what did they call them? Pa-chez? Patches? Yes. Those things. They’d release patches until a game was done. Consider just how many PC RPGs, like Baldur’s Gate, benefited from this.

    Now, consider the end of that age, and how many PC RPGs suffered because that stopped being a thing. I’m looking at you, Knights of the Old Republic 2. It wasn’t the fault of Obsidian, either. It was the fault of Atari who just wanted it rushed out so they could ship it, with no further support planned.

    Erudition leads one to understand that Early Access isn’t a promise of broken games, it’s a promise of patches and further development as time goes on. The kind of things you’d have to pay for as DLC will be included into the game for free as a part of ongoing development. I mean, look at Starbound as an example of an Early Access title — it’s being continually worked on even though they could technically release it as a full game right now and just ask for further monies down the road to release patches as expansion packs.

    Early Access is doing it ’90s style. Anyone who doesn’t know that wasn’t around for the ’90s of PC gaming. It doesn’t surprise me that Erth wasn’t there for that. He seems to be a much more recent PC gamer.

    Why wouldn’t people want that? People are stupid, I guess. Or, more to the point, extroverts are stupid because they never let things percolate and think them through before commenting. :P So, I think the people who’ll hate this the most are the ones who don’t understand what the long term benefits are. Games are released in a broken state ALL THE TIME anyway.

    Early Access is a good thing.

    Don’t buy it? Skyrim on the PS3 was released in such a broken state that it initially couldn’t be completed, rushed patches made the game even worse, breaking sidequests and leading to dragons flying backwards. Eventually, Bethesda just gave up on it as a lost cause. Fallout 3 shipped with a bug where, if you completed quests in a certain order, the game would lock up if you stepped into about a quarter’s worth of the region of the map (the lower right half), which meant that it was impossible to get to Rivet City. It took Bethesda six months to fix this.

    Why did the fixes take so long, and why did they give up? Because there’s so much red tape for patches on the PC. An Early Access program would mean that the red tape surrounding patches would be removed because the game is in “ongoing development,” yes? So they could just land patches as they desired. If you don’t think that’s a good thing, then you’re a silly person.

    There’s nothing wrong with Early Access, just the incorrect public perception of it. Because people believe every ridiculous rumour they hear.

    To digress onto another topic for a moment, did you hear the rumour about how Starbound’s developer, Chucklefish, now has a bad rep? Apparently, they had a row with one of their developers and kicked him out, then started deleting posts and banning people who mentioned it. This sounded fishy to my introverted, investigative mind, so I looked into it.

    Turns out…

    - Bartwe had left on his own terms. Apparently the developers were getting together in an offices in London, Bartwe couldn’t join them, so he choose to part with them (on good terms).

    - Bartwe was already working on his own project (Staxel) anyway, and as such he wasn’t as invested in Starbound as he once was, so he thought it was time for new blood. He said this himself.

    - People on the forums started wildly speculating, those posts were deleted, and people were pointed to Bartwe’s own explanation.

    - People started attacking Chucklefish for chasing away Bartwe, those posts were deleted and people were given temp bans for being arseholes.

    - People started attacking Bartwe for abandoning the project, those posts were deleted and people were given temp bans for being arseholes.

    - This mutates into: Bartwe was kicked out of Chucklefish after they had a row, everyone who asks about it has their post deleted or is given a temp ban.

    How does that happen? Extroverts are freaking stupid and they never question anything! That’s how! I actually feel bad for Chucklefish and Bartwe, with people spreading all this nonsense around. I’m almost tempted to ask VG24/7 to help out by posting an article about this, because this ‘news’ is spreading like wildfire and it’s only going to hurt Chucklefish and Bartwe in the end.

    Neither of them deserve that.

    Anyway, back on the topic of Early Access — people hate early access because they don’t understand what it is, they don’t see the potential, and they buy into all the unsubstantiated rumours and hearsay that’s spread about it. Moreover, they’ll buy just any shitty game that’s on Steam without doing any background research, and they’ll always look for someone to blame for that. Steam, Early Access, whomever.

    Just tired of people doing that, I guess… extroverts, mostly, because as I said they lack the inclination toward investigation, and thought and percolation.

    Ultimately, Early Access is always a good thing. Just look for those who’re using it right and you’ll never go wrong.

    #11 9 months ago
  12. TheWulf

    I wonder when Erth will realise that Panthro is satirising the pricks who uphold the Console Master Race tenets? Because every format has its Master Race types, frankly, as annoying as it is.

    Like I keep saying: “I don’t hate the platforms, never did, I just the douchebags who believe that their chosen platform has objective superiority over all others.

    Every platform has its own pros and cons.

    #12 9 months ago
  13. The_Red

    Uh, Early Access. The ingenious scheme that turned me off Steam shopping sprees. Seriously, I used to be a huge Steam customer who would get tons of random, small Steam games without really knowing about them.

    Now? I did not buy a SINGLE game during Summer sale. Early Access is a horrible abomination that has ruined Steam for me and if Sony goes forward with this plan, will do the same to PSN in no time.

    #13 9 months ago
  14. ChristopherJack

    I don’t mind early access for the final bug finding phase. Anything before that phase shouldn’t be charging any money as they’re simply Alpha testers.

    #14 9 months ago
  15. polygem

    i LOVE dayZ. i wouldn´t want to miss the experience i had with this game.

    noone forces anyone into buying anything.

    having more options to play stuff on a system is always a good thing in my book.

    early access can be trash but it can also be an awesome experience.

    the gaming community is pretty vocal.

    as soon as something hits a digital store you can inform yourself if the game on offer might be worth it for you or not.

    i think this is a good thing.

    #15 9 months ago
  16. Game Hunter

    The industry is in need of a crash.#dealwithit :D

    #16 9 months ago
  17. Darkfield

    @Panthro Can’t disagree more. Early Access is a great way for indie devs to get their games on display and help fine tuning the final product. However it won’t make any sense if this some how expand outside of indie circle and therefore as long as this exist to serve indie devs I’m all up for it, if soulsucking publishers are after that I’m willing to go on all out war against it. To me Early Access was always about indies it hepls them funding their project and people will shower them with all kinds of feedback which depending on how devs are willing to take that feedback in helps the end result tremendously. Finer examples ArmA III, Divinity Original Sin, Wasteland 2, Age of Decadence and so on.

    #17 9 months ago
  18. Darkfield

    @Darkfield Tremendously better*

    @Pat PLEASE BRING BACK THE EDIT BUTTON!

    #18 9 months ago
  19. _LarZen_

    No thanks. Steam should remove Early Access…so much trash and many games never get finished.

    #19 9 months ago
  20. TD_Monstrous69

    If there’s actual quality control with this, then I’m all for it, because that’s the real problem with Steam Early Access. Though run it like Valve has seemed to have handled it, then I say no thank you, avoid it like the plague.

    #20 9 months ago
  21. Llewelyn_MT

    Way to kill console gaming with its myths just arrived, courtesy Sony. :D

    Sony’s Dream:
    Early Access + paid updates = $_$

    @Panthro
    Stop fighting the perfection of PCs, Console gaming only gets the leftovers of PCs.

    See what I did there? Seriously, if you want to fight the PC Master Race you have to do better then that… Last time I got a BSoD I got running Windows ME, which was 12 years ago (Football World Cup was on that summer, that’s how I remember the year).

    #21 9 months ago
  22. TheGreatWhiteHerd

    I have never bought an early access game and never will.

    #22 9 months ago

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    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 […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]