Destiny could be the next Call of Duty

Friday, 25 July 2014 09:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Destiny is standing by ready to step into Call of Duty’s shoes should the behemoth ever take a tumble.


Destiny is an MMO that doesn’t have a subscription, and that’s weird, because Destiny is a very expensive game.

Oh, it’s nothing near the $500 million figure Activision has been throwing around; the publisher might have spent that much on marketing by the time September comes around, but Bungie has said the game itself cost much, much less than that to make.

Nevertheless, it must have cost an absolute fortune. For one thing it’s been in the works since before Halo 3: ODST released in 2009, likely dating back to Bungie’s 2007 split with Microsoft. That’s a long time.

The production values are through the roof. The incredible graphics and sound, the A-list vocal talent, the cross-platform release, the massive beta: all of this costs approximately $TheEarth.

It’s not going to stop costing, either, because Destiny is an always-on MMO and that means tremendous ongoing server and development costs. According to the 2012-published contract between Activision and Bungie, Destiny is expected to produce three sequels and four expansion packs, releasing on alternate years.

Hey! Listen!

The Destiny beta has been opened to all comers.

If you have a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One, and either PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, you can start playing right now.

That means the whole Bungie team is likely to be in full production at any given time. Normally triple-A development is cyclical, laying staff off when they’re not needed during particular stages of development, or relying on outsourcing and contractors. Destiny’s probably going to be in the works non-stop for at least six more years, judging by the original contract’s terms.

We know the contract has been superseded, because at least one major pertinent detail has changed: Destiny was pushed back one whole year. We have reason to believe the general shape of things is the same, though. In a recent interview, a senior Bungie staffer casually tossed around mention of Destiny 2 and Destiny 3. The promise of two expansion packs in digital content included with special editions confirms Activision and Bungie intend to continue developing content for Destiny 1.

That’s going to cost Activision huge amounts of money. Quality MMO development is hellishly expensive; Red 5 boss Mark Kern estimated that newbie content costs about $430,000 per hour of gameplay because players smash through it to get to end-game, where some hang around forever and many more trail off until the next expansion pops up. That’s why so many MMOs utilise small, regular content drops to keep subscribers on board.

Activision, one half of the massive twin publisher that runs World of Warcraft, could presumably call on Blizzard’s expertise to make a subscription MMO. It hasn’t, though – it’s backed Bungie’s vision of an MMO specifically designed for consoles, and since we’re all paying a network subscription, that means a monthly subscription is off the cards.

Instead, Destiny is going to rely solely on cover price to recoup its development costs – and hopefully pull in the fat profits suggested by that 2012 contract. That’s a tremendous risk in an era when even regular budget triple-A games need to sell about 5 million copies to meet profit targets.

Perhaps only Activision could contemplate taking on such an enormous project as this. The publisher has been paying for at least part of Destiny since it signed the team back in 2010, and its confidence in the team shows in the terms of the contract. The hype surrounding the beta suggests the quality of the product has lived up to Bungie’s compelling vision and Activision’s gamble.

Was it hubris or faith in Bungie that motivated Activision to back such an outrageously bold endeavour? I don’t think so. Because Activision has done this before, with Call of Duty.


The next Call of Duty?

I never thought I’d ever seriously be writing the phrase “the next Call of Duty”. Call of Duty is a phenomenon. Apart from Grand Theft Auto, no gaming brand has as much international mainstream recognition. Every annual Call of Duty game since Modern Warfare 2 has sold tens of millions of copies. It outsells books, movies and CDs. It is the game bought by people who buy just one game a year. For many people, it just is video games.

But with Destiny, Activision is genuinely setting up a new Call of Duty: a franchises that produces a major release on a regular schedule, and sells gangbusters every single time.

Now that we’re in the PS4 and Xbox One generation, you can’t pop out a game every year and expect it to meet standards, which is why Activision has moved Call of Duty to a three-year development cycle, and Ubisoft Montreal rotates Assassin’s Creed through multiple studios. That’s why Destiny’s going to alternate sequels with major expansions; maybe even multiple expansions between sequels. But the comparison stands: just as you buy new Call of Duty every year, you’ll have new Destiny to buy every year.

Activision has copped a lot of flack for its increasingly narrow property catalogue, but with Call of Duty and Skylanders under its belt, the publisher knows how to launch and nurture a long-lived, regularly lucrative franchise.

Activision has copped a lot of flack for its increasingly narrow property catalogue, and I can’t say I’m a fan of pushing the games industry to favour a small number of breathtakingly expensive tentpole hits, thereby of necessity reducing diversity and innovation. But with Call of Duty and Skylanders under its belt, Activision knows how to launch and nurture a long-lived, regularly lucrative franchise.

A fantasy inspired MMO shooter, Destiny is different enough from Call of Duty that I don’t expect it to cannibalise the military shooter’s sales. What interests me is that it doesn’t have to; unless Advanced Warfare reverses the trend, there’s a possibility Call of Duty’s sales may be tapering off on their own.

Should the juggernaut fall, Activision’s not going to be caught scurrying to turn a profit off Skylanders alone; Destiny is perfectly positioned to be the next Call of Duty.


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  1. Aullah

    “Destiny could be the next Call of Duty”

    You mean so blend and so overhyped for no real reason that the community hates it? I think you got taht right.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. undermyrules

    I had doubts but now i know that Activision is using thier 500mil buget to buy out gaming sites to hype already overhyped game…this shit is really fucking anoying

    #2 9 months ago
  3. The_Red

    Really? A 4th super positive, over-hyped Destiny article?

    What about getting a different view point? Or how about discussion between 2 staff members with different opinions. No? Just over hyping Destiny to a point that looks like advertorial?

    Come on Brenna, you are better than this :(
    This is a sad day for VG247.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. FabioPal

    Oh my….

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    You’re clearly just fishing for traffic now, Pat hinted at it.

    Destiny is not going to be the next COD nor is it positioned to be nor will it do COD numbers. Come August the hype for Advanced Warfare will be in full motion.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Neq

    This is f… unbelievable… VG247 what is happening to you?

    You got agreement with Activision to hype the game before it’s launch? Great! But please be decent enough to call it “Month with Destiny – prepared with the support of Activision / Bungie”.

    I didn’t agree with people bitching around under last article but this… this is pure nonsense. You prove them all right.

    Kind regards,


    #6 9 months ago
  7. BrownBanana

    This is really embarassing. The 4th. extremely positive article in … what … four days? The 3rd article smelled of advertisement. This one reeks of it.

    I cannot take this site seriously any more.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. lubu

    unprofessional ? your not even amateurs. shitty site, enjoy your ads money by activision and enjoy shitting and insulting your fans. lesbos

    #8 9 months ago
  9. M. K.

    Now I’m confused. I thought it is true next gen, but now it is call of duty?

    #9 9 months ago
  10. polygem


    maybe this year but this is a ten year project. it will be huge and judged by the beta that would be deserved.

    unfortunately you always look at these scenarios with a very short term perspective, are quick to judge, calling 2 year old systems dead, writing them off as failures, looking at things from only one side.

    i wouldn´t bet on your prediction. in fact, as long as you have been on this page you have always been proven wrong again and again.

    i don´t think this will change with your destiny analysis.

    #10 9 months ago
  11. NotPanthro

    destiny is propbably one of the best games i have ever played ever and that is because it takes call of duty (my favourite game of all time) and puts it in space like halo (my other favourite game of all time) and puts them in one.

    i hope they add killstreaks like cod in multiplayer so i can rain hell down on the newb fags once i get a 25 killstreak (which i get often due to my modded rapid fire controller with camo paint on it)

    anyway also glad it isnt coming to pc since it would liekly spoil the game for people like it does with other games. having something on pc aswell always leaves a bad taste in my mouth that around the world 4 of the remaining pc gamers left are playing the same game it sort of makes me feel sick to my stomach really, anyway hope it gets kept exclusive where it belongs and hope many pc gamers make lots and lots of petitions so i can see those filthy beggars beg for something that wont be there ever.

    #11 9 months ago
  12. polygem

    by the way guys. i think the staff just likes the game. i thought that pat was bought by sony when the vita launched back in the days :D he praised the shit out of that thing, in bold, colourful words he said how it is the best thing ever…in retrospective i think that he just enjoyed the vita a lot and wanted to share that. not more. not less.

    stop the drama. this game is damn good. some people are deeply in love with it because it pushes all the right buttons for them. i can understand that. i feel the same. if you don´t that´s completely fine but it doesn´t mean that there´s a conspiracy going on.

    #12 9 months ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    Yes, it could be, it has the proper things to do it, i hope does, not because i hate COD, no, i like COD, but i want to see great well stablished developers with new ips that have their vision and beliefs, doing as well as the strong old franchises of the industry. This in order to have more games like this, because it will be possible. Bungie i wish for your success with destiny, the industry destiny awaits.

    #13 9 months ago
  14. SpacemanSpliffz

    I think the title was supposed to read “DOOM is going to be the next Call of Duty”

    Destiny is the next HALO.

    #14 9 months ago
  15. bradk825

    I think what I am reading in the comments is “If a game is great you are not supposed to say so.” I find it quite funny, because we read articles here that make you wonder if the VG247 staff even enjoys video games anymore and everyone complains in the comments, and then when there’s an editorial about how great a game is that really impressed them, that’s a big problem too.

    If this new IP turns out to be as awesome as the beta makes it seem, as awesome as the investment by Activision makes it seem, or as awesome as Brenna makes it seem, it’ll be good for the industry. New IP is few and far between right now. We’ve all been complaining about that. Yet when something new comes out like Watch Dogs, Destiny or Titanfall everyone bitches that it’s just overhyped.

    Are you just trying to avoid getting your hopes up that gaming can ever be as imaginative and exciting as it has in the past?

    #15 9 months ago
  16. bradk825

    On topic: The above editorial states that Activision seems to have COD-like plans for Destiny. I think the evidence supports that. The investment is huge, which makes it every bit the gamble Brenna says it is, and they have already set up a schedule.

    It’s also great for Bungie to have regular work. The only thing that concerns me is how long they’ll enjoy working on a scheduled release plan. They didn’t want to be controlled by MS anymore and MS let them out, acquired Halo and started getting 343 to work on it. How long before Bungie gets bored with Destiny and wants out again, but is in an ironclad contract with Activision (the only kind of contract Activision knows how to write)?

    #16 9 months ago
  17. undermyrules

    @NotPanthro how much they pay you for saying that fanboy?

    #17 9 months ago
  18. Legendaryboss

    @NotPanthro Charming.

    #18 9 months ago
  19. polygem


    by the way. your “friend” uncharted2007 uses the same avatar than you on youtube. funny coincidence isn´t it?

    dude stand up for who you are. stop playing stupid games.


    #19 9 months ago
  20. polygem

    sorry i meant “ass you”, yep, with two “s”

    #20 9 months ago
  21. polygem


    #21 9 months ago
  22. tracyis300

    @undermyrules I was going to say the same thing. lol

    #22 9 months ago
  23. OlderGamer

    I would like to know, and I am being genuine, wtf is wrong with the community here?

    I get that things have changed and have a different feel. The new site roll out was bumpy to say the least. And I do honestly believe that the site needs to find an identity going forward. However.

    However it isn’t that bad. Not as bad as a lot of you are making it out to be.

    Newsflash folks, articles get written and posted in the hopes of generating traffic and clicks. That is the way the internet works. Not like Pat and crew somehow came up with that as a new formula all by themselves. It has always worked that way and will continue to do so.

    Here is my over simplified take:

    The culture has been changing and the gaming world is late to figure that out. And not just culture. The gender gap decreases each year. And the definition of what is a “gamer” has been changing. Collectivly this is a big deal and has a huge impact on the gaming community. Every year millions of gamers turn ten(but this demographic has been playing as many mobile games as console ones). And each year the average age of a gamer increases. And as it does it will become more jaded. Their attitude will change. Their apatite to consume the same old type of game will change. I do not want cod or halo or asscred or forza or fable or uncharted and so on. Not because they are bad games but because I have played the living shit out of those games. And as I and others in my demographic stop playing those games, other that are discovering that franchise for the first time are wide eyed excited and eating it up. The trouble with some segments of the industry is that they are not recognizing some of these(and again over simplified examples) shifts.

    Don’t try and sell me Titanfall. I think it is CoD with mechs. I have ZERO passion or interest in that game. It has no SP or Co-Op campaign. It has little to no level up system. It doesn’t have armor to craft. I can’t make weapons. The online combat is shallow, it is all twitch based old school arena. The maps are too small. The teams are too small. I don’t like it. It feels like several steps backwards to me as far as fps evolution goes. I would rather play Unreal from the early 2000s. But really I would rather play a FPS that moves the fps genera forward and offers more.

    But that is just me. No wait, it really isn’t just me. There are millions of other gamers(maybe in their 30s, 40s, 50s+) that would highly agree with what I just wrote. Just like there are millions of other gamers(likely younger) that would strongly disagree. But they aren’t burnt out to death on some of this stuff the way I am. Or maybe they simply have different tastes.

    But my point here(and I am microscoping just one game as an example), is that if you as a game website try and sell me on Titanfall, then bugger off. I am not interested. The same could be said for almost all established franchises. And that is the ugly word right there franchises. Yuck. But TF is a new IP? Right and has barrowed so much from the studios past work that it feels like, well CoD with Mechs. Could easily make the same statement about Bungie and Destiny. There are times(too many for my liking, esp PVP), where destiny feels a lot like playing Halo. And here we go again. Backlash from people that don’t want to play another haloesque game. Go up a couple paragraphs and rinse and repeat.

    So what the hell can a website do? A game website at that.

    Of course Destiny is going to get coverage. Just like Titanfall. Just like the new AssCred, Uncharted, Halo, CoD and so on. It is their focus as a game site to deliver stories based on the game industry.

    Opinion pieces? Yeah they happen. Everywhere. Not just here on VG247. And the big name game releases are going to get a lot of coverage. And here is a flash for you(and me) maybe we aren’t repersentitive of the entire gaming public? Just maybe other people have different interests and opinions. That is healthy and normal. Also as a person, a gamer every one of the staff can also have their own opinion. And so long as Pat(or Matt) or whomever is signing off on what gets posted oks something, it should get posted. Even if that means that everyone on staff loves the same damn game.

    Btw, I like Destiny too. I worry about the amount of content vs the price. And I think the PVP is the weakest offering in the game. But I am strongly considering preordering the game. I have spent money on much worse.

    I would never want to drive people from this site. I love these guys. However if you just can’t fucking stand the content or the way it is being presented, then leave for awhile. Maybe write Pat some constructive critics. But if you don’t like it(as they say) don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Think about how absurd it is to bitch about what you are calling click bait articles, and then: clicking on them and posting about it, hence adding to the click counts. Crazy.

    I have been here 5 or 6 years or some such thing. There are times when it has been a bumpy ride. Imo, the site needs to bring back some simplicity to the lay out. It needs to feature the no gone forums. It needs full time moderation. And yes, maybe it needs different staff to focus on different demographics and theme their posts to that(get an energetic youngster to talk up Titanfall) and (get a jaded old bastard to write from that jaded old bastard point of view). Understand that the gaming audience is fucking huge and constantly changing. No one view will cover them all. Like I said to Matt, define your identity, define your targeted audience, and write to it. You can serve more then one demographic, but in doing that you will need to change from what your offering now. It needs tighter structure. Just my two cents, wtf do I know?

    Even tho I don’t visit with the same frequency or intensity that I used to, I still come here almost everyday. And I have turned down three offers to migrate to other sites(one as staff). This is just a hobby for me. I am a gamer.

    Just a last thought, if there was a healthy community they would be debating the marrets of the games between themselves instead of lashing out at the site or the staff for the coverage of said game. Foster community folks, it is in their backs that your site is carried. Always has been.

    #23 9 months ago
  24. ps4fanboy

    Instead of being an unbiased gaming journalism site, vg247 is promoting Destiny. It’s pretty much obvious since your main page features 4 featured articles on Destiny, Activision sure has paid a lot money (millions) on such shoddy marketing. Shame.

    #24 9 months ago
  25. nonamegamer93

    @OlderGamer well said well said i agree and from the perspective of the younger crowd (early 20′s) that games should evolve further along but i feel the real thing wrong with the games isn’t the game design in itself its the big corporations holding back the game in hopes of making more profits or stopping innovation for a fear of too much risk any ways just one gamer’s opinion.

    #25 9 months ago

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  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – full gear set up to level 34 in PvP and PvE, upgrades, more

    The Destiny: House of Wolves livestream this afternoon was chock full of information. Read onward for our full report. According to Bungie, Petra Venj, who serves the Queen, is the main story agent who leads the player through the main series of quests. Players who complete bounties will be able to level up in her […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch the livestream right here

    Bungie will host a Destiny: House of Wolves livestream at 2pm EDT today, and you can watch it right here. Watch live video from Bungie on The stream will introduce the new social space, The Reef, as well as gear upgrade paths. House of Wolves contains new Strike missions, The Prison of Elders three-player […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 22 team includes Barcelona, Chelsea players

    This week’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week is now available for FIFA Ultimate Team players. Each team member, as with previous weeks, is selected base on the previous weekend’s matches. Here’s the list of players now available: Starting GK: Claudio Bravo – FC Barcelona (Spain) CB: Leonardo Bonucci – Juventus (Italy) CB: Ömer Toprak […]

  • Sony’s Spring Fever Sale winds down with Shovel Knight and Call of Duty discounts

    It’s the final week of Sony’s Spring Fever Sale which means more games have been added to the mix. Shovel Knight, which launches today is one offer, and the rest are all Cal of Duty titles. The Taken movie series is on sale as well. With Shovel Knight available today on PlayStation 3, PS4 and […]

  • Drivers for Xbox controllers, voice messages, more features available in Xbox One preview

    Microsoft has announced new features coming to Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10 through the preview program this month. Some of the new features have been requested by the community for both Xbox One and Xbox One SmartGlass. Here’s what to expect, straight from the horse’s mouth: Xbox on Windows 10 Game […]

  • Total War: Warhammer has been announced for PC, Mac, SteamOS

    Total War: Warhammer has been announced after previous teases from The Creative Assembly touched upon it. The game will contain “gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power.” It is also the first in a trilogy which includes two additional standalone titles and extra content packs. It will feature thousands of warriors […]

  • This video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features a quest from the prologue

    A new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, showing off the Precious Cargo quest contained in the game’s prologue. The quest tasks Geralt with helping a merchant retrieve a mysterious box from the swamps. The scene looks familiar, but we’ve seen so many videos for the game it’s hard to tell […]

  • Limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off tomorrow on consoles

    The limited public beta for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One tomorrow, and Sony has provided details on the tester for those who’ve been invited to participate. The beta test contains the full version of the game and will run from April 23-27, and will start and […]

  • Dying Light debuts in second place on Media Create charts

    Techland’s Dying Light made its debut in Japan lats week, coming in a respectable second place behind Nintendo’s Girls Mode 3: Kirakira Code. The zombie shooter sold 25,530 units on PlayStation 4, while the top earner for the week moved a little over 55,000 units on 3DS. Another western release when landed on the chart, […]

  • Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will release in the west this June

    Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven has been given a release date by XSEED Games, which announced the localization back in February. The title will launch for 3DS in North America on June 2 digitally and through retail. It will be an eShop only title in Europe and Australia when it releases on June 4. A […]

  • This Overlord video teases four new faces of evil

    A new Overlord game is in the works, going by the previous teasing and this video – which teases the possibility of four-payer co-op. Or just four characters to choose from. We don’t know just yet – all we know is the team is asking you to “join the fellowship.” A new entry in the […]

  • GTA movie will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, the BBC confirms

    The GTA movie Game Changer will star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder and president Sam Houser, theBBC has confirmed. The BBC also confirmed Bill Paxton will play Jack Thompson, a role Paxton already confirmed last week when speaking with Deadline. Here’s the synopsis per the BBC: “Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama […]

  • Take a look at Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode

    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold’s Classic Mode has received a trailer today. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold will come with two modes, Classic and Story. Classic Mode was trailered today and in it, you’ll get to make your party by choosing from 13 classes. You’ll be able to customise them too using the character creation tool. Revamped […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows to come with new challenge mode

    Shovel Knight’s upcoming expansion Plague of Shadows will bring with it a new challenge mode. Shovel Knight developer Yacht Club Games has revealed the challenge mode, one of the new additions coming to the game with the free Plague of Shadows expansion. “Are you more into digging than distillation? Already have your Feats book long […]

  • Nvidia releases complete graphical guide for GTA 5

    Those with GeForce cards will be happy to know that Nvidia has released a comprehensive graphical tweaks guide for GTA 5. Nvidia usually produces graphical guides for the big AAA games, and GTA 5 is no different. Their guides offer in-depth coverage of each in-game setting, how much they affect framerate, if they can be […]

  • Cthulhu voodoo: why Bloodborne is the best Lovecraftian game

    Sherif Said tackles Bloodborne’s links to Lovecraftian horror, explaining why you should face the madness and immerse yourself in its lore. Spoilers inside. No other game could commit to its themes so religiously without feeling the need to compromise its vision and veer towards accessibility. Bloodborne stands tall above any game that dares attach itself […]

  • WWE 2K15 is coming to PC this year

    WWE 2K15 will make its way to PC this spring. WWE announced that WWE 2K15 will make its debut on PC in the spring. The game will be based on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions, both of which came out in November. MyCareer and 2K Showaces modes are included, as well as all […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new mod adds snow to GTA Online

    If you’re looking to get some snow in your GTA Online, someone figured out a way. Modder ECB2 created a mod that works with GTA Online on PC. The mod is called “Snow in GTA Online” and it does what it says on the tin. YouTube channel imperfectplayers captured a video showing it in action. […]

  • Deals with Gold: Call of Duty edition

    Xbox Live Deals with Gold for the week of April 20 are now live with mostly Call of Duty games. Various Call of Duty games are on sale on Xbox One and Xbox 360 through Xbox Live this week. Indie games Never Alone and We Are Doomed managed to sneak in as well. With the […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: PSN sign in problems fixed in new patch

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Mortal Kombat X and it brings an end to the aggravating sing in issue encountered by some users on PS4. Mortal Kombat X 1.03 patch has been released. The patch fixes bug CE-34878-0, which affected the PlayStation 4 version. The bug caused users to have to log in and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: new patch fixes Windows Media Player issue, getting stuck in the clouds

    GTA 5 has received a new patch on PC to fix issues caused by the lack of Windows Media Player and getting stuck between online matches. Patch 335.1 is now available to all owners of GTA 5 on PC. The strange issue that affected those who didn’t have Windows Media Player installed, has been fixed. […]