When you build a giant open world filled with hundreds of missions, miles of terrain, and dynamically scripted civilian populations, your chances of shipping with bugs are significant. No open-world game seems to escape this reality – even the thought leaders in the space like Rockstar and Bethesda have faced their share of problems.
With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in particular, Bethesda Studios faced the daunting task of trying to put out technical problems like crippling framerate issues on the PlayStation 3. We broached the topic of lessons learned and how the development team has evolved its practices for Fallout 4 with game director Todd Howard. He explained that Skyrim's popularity and the sheer volume of player data in the game created challenges to troubleshooting bugs in the open world.
“It probably took us a month or two before we really had a handle on it,” he says. The team had to decide how it was going to identify problems before it could figure out how they happened or why they surfaced at particular times.
“All of the updates we did on Skyrim, and all of the DLC – once we sorted [the bugs out] we had a different process for how we checked the content out,” he says. “There will always be some problems.” Howard says that figuring out how to deal with those issues is the trick.
“I think we’ve gotten way better there,” he says. “For us, [the player’s] saved game is the number one thing. If the game crashes that’s bad, but it is nowhere near as bad as someone’s saved game being hosed. That’s our scenario that we will do anything and everything to avoid. We made a lot of progress given how Skyrim went, but we did it during Skyrim. This just builds on that."
Some Amiibos may be hard to find, but none of them are as unique as the one-of-a-kind creations that pop up around the internet. A quick tour of the Reddit Amiibo community shows a diverse collection of creative collectors. From a demonic Bowser to a Pikachu Amiibo remade to look like Gengar, the custom Amiibo community has shown that there are very few limits to what the crafty can accomplish with Nintendo's popular NFC figures.
Check out the gallery below, and if you like the custom Amiibos you can check out the artist's pages in the source list. If you'd like to see more custom Amiibos from our past coverage, you can see a past gallery of awesome Amiibos, as well as a great custom Toon Link Amiibo.
[Source: Reddit, Tumblr, Thingiverse, Imgur (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9)]
Choice has become an important part of the video game landscape, providing players with a say in the narrative. Whether it's choosing to help or harvest the Little Sisters or deciding to diffuse or destroy the Megaton bomb in Fallout 3, we're always wondering what impact our decisions will have. Emotional tales such as Life is Strange and Telltale's The Walking Dead have even put characters' fates in our hands. Today, we're asking what choice really got to you.
Obviously, this topic is bound to bring up some spoilers, so I suggest your write the game title and warn of spoilers before the meat of your post. But let's discuss the choices that really made us pause before making them or had us feeling like we had some power over the virtual world before us. What is the biggest choice you made in a game, and why do you think it enhanced your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
Anyone can dream about the future. Interstellar space ships, laser swords, and alien races are a staple of science fiction, but it takes a lot of diligent research to craft a future that could actually come to pass. When Eidos-Montreal rebooted the Deus Ex series in 2011, it wanted to build a world that didn’t just feel real, but was a world that might become real in 15 to 20 years. The team knew they wouldn’t be able to do that on their own. In order to craft a believable near future, Deus Ex’s developers consulted with Will Rosellini, one of the leading biomechanical researchers in the field. However, Rosellini doesn't fit the mold of a traditional scientist. This ex-pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks has spent over a decade and several million dollars engineering a future where machines can flawlessly make up for biological failings, and now he’s helping deliver that future with the Deus Ex series.
Do you feel that most games misrepresent actual science?I believe there is a correlation between the amount that science fiction is based on actual fact and the success of a game. Most serious gamers put the original Deus Ex on their top 10 lists, but agree that the sequel fell flat. My explanation for that fall off in popularity was based on the work that went into making the video games "real." I contacted Eidos-Montreal when they took over the franchise and helped them see that a core element of the series' popularity was based on employing real science to innovate within the game.
Jonathan Jacques-Belletête, the executive art director at Eidos-Montreal, is a true genius. He set the tone of the environment like a modern renaissance. Then I would explain where the technology is now and where it's headed. It was a really incredible creative process amongst the team. I pretty much only think about the future, so this was a very rewarding experience to see my future come to life in the art and world of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
What was it like transitioning from the MLB to the research lab?Surprisingly, it wasn't that much of a change. I approached being a pitcher as if it were a science. Each game, each pitch, and each move was studied. I would record every practice and game to evaluate and optimize even the smallest movements. Then I would experiment with a slight change to my technique. It took discipline and focus that was comparable to what I need in research. It takes some guts to stand on the mound with the bases loaded in a tie game, and I use that same confidence when I'm pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration.
As far as what sparked my interest in science, I've always been interested in this from a very early age. But my experience as a pro athlete only increased my interest. I was consumed by the idea of how another guy with my same build, training, and biomechanics could out-perform me. What does Curt Schilling have in his nervous system that made him better? When I left baseball, I had this lingering drive to figure out how to enhance the nervous system.
Sounds almost like a supervillain origin. Where did you beginning studying for something like that?I am currently in the 31st grade. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in economics, I went on to complete nearly 300 hours of graduate education at 17 different schools. I'm hoping to enroll in the ATEC program at UT Dallas next, which deals with next generation thinking about digital-media design.
A lot of people didn't understand my path while I was in the midst of it. They'd ask me, "What do you need to go to law school for if you want to be a scientist?" But it was all always a part of my plan. I studied the law, the business, the government-regulation process, and the science, all as it is related to this field. Knowing each of these has allowed me to make a real impact on its advancement.
Telltale Games unveiled the first trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode today at Minecon, the yearly Minecraft convention in Stockholm, Sweden. Holding true to the formula Telltale has used recently for all of its adventure game series, Minecraft: Story Mode is a five-part episodic game, in which player choice dictates pieces of the narrative.
Minecraft: Story Mode features the voice talents of Patton Oswalt, Ashley Johnson, Paul Reubens, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Scott Porter, Brian Posehn, and Billy West. The game puts players in the role of Jesse (Patton Oswalt) who is tracking down The Order of the Stone, a group of adventures that slayed an Ender Dragon.
Despite Microsoft purchasing Mojang, Minecraft: Story Mode is not releasing only on Microsoft platforms. It's coming this year to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android devices.
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Our TakeI like the art style and animation that Telltale has created for this odd choice for an adventure game. It'll be interesting to see how much control players have over the characters and building aspects of the game. Sword creation is hinted at early on in the trailer, but that could just be a scripted story event.
Seems like a lot of the Game Informer crew are going handheld for this holiday weekend.
Following the success of the Super Nintendo, in 1998 Nintendo contracted Sony to create a CD-based add-on for its console, but the product, which was supposedly called the SNES-CD, never saw the light of day. Nintendo went on to work with Phillips on the atrocious Zelda games for the CD-i player, and Sony decided to jump into the video game market with its PlayStation console.
After the Nintendo/Sony CD project was canceled, rumors swirled through the industry that working prototypes existed, but the machine had never been seen in the wild...until now. Images of the prototype appeared on Reddit and Assembler Games overnight by someone who clams to be the son of a businessman who worked for Sony. This machine, if real, is priceless, and shows us just how close Sony and Nintendo came to co-releasing a system. Hopefully we find out soon whether it still functions and what's on that cartridge.
Our TakeThis finding is one of the rarest pieces of video game history to see the light of day. Hopefully it offers us more insight into Nintendo and Sony's abandoned hardware partnership from the '90s.
If you've already tracked down all of the Riddler trophies in Batman: Arkham Knight, and need another Batman fix pronto, you don't have long to wait. Warner Bros is releasing Batgirl: A Matter of Family, a prequel story that takes place before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum, on July 21 for $6.99. If you purchased the Season Pass for Arkham Knight, you get the DLC a week early on July 14.
A Matter of Family places players into the role of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) for the first time in an all-new location. This DLC offers several missions, a new hacking gameplay mechanic, and the occasional run-in with Robin for Dual Play combat maneuvers. To much surprise, the DLC is not developed by Rocksteady Studios, and is instead created by WB Games Montreal, the team behind Batman: Arkham Origins.
The DLC is only listed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
This week in mobile has a little bit for everyone. Insomniac Games goes prehistoric while a brave scientist risks life and limb to bring jetpacks to the mainstream. Fans of simple one-touch games will be happy with another selection from BoomBit Games. Finally, anyone looking to kill some time by killing some mutants will be in for a treat with Xenowerk.
Bad DinosDeveloper: Insomniac GamesPlatform(s): Android, iOSPrice: $2.99
What happens when the minds behind Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, and Sunset Overdrive make a mobile game? The result, apparently, is a dinosaur-themed tower defense game. Bad Dinos is a traditional tower defense title with a few intriguing wrinkles in the experience. With the capture mechanic, you can catch weakened enemy dinosaurs and send them right back at your foes. The maps themselves are also dynamic, so don’t get too comfortable; lava flows and marshes cause the battlefields to shift during gameplay.
XenowerkDeveloper: PixelbitePlatform(s): Android, iOSPrice: $1.99
Pixelbite returns to the twin-stick (twin-thumb?) shooter with Xenowerk. This game takes the action from Space Marshals while cranking up the speed and body count. Players fight hordes of mutants in over 50 levels of an underground science facility. Pick from a wide array of upgradable weapons and special powers to wipe them out. Xenowerk is an intense little game, perfect for those times when your commute is just a bit too quiet.
Spider SquareDeveloper: BoomBit Games Platform(s): AndroidPrice: Free with in-app purchases
Like Running Circles, Spider Square takes the same minimalist art and simple control scheme and marries them with Flappy Bird-style gameplay. True to the name, players shoot webs while controlling a spider-like square. Tap the screen to stick a web to the ceiling and swing across the level, all while avoiding obstacles and collecting diamonds. Race your friends in the multiplayer mode to find out once and for all who is the greatest arachnid quadrilateral.
PiloteerDeveloper: Fixpoint ProductionsPlatform(s): iOSPrice: $2.99
In a world where jetpacks are feared and the people who fly them are hated, one scientist sets out to prove everyone wrong. Flying said jetpack isn’t easy, but Piloteer makes failing fun. Accompanied by a hand-drawn art style and an oddly calming atmosphere, players must perform backflips and other death-defying stunts. The learning curve is steep and the gameplay is utterly addictive in the “just one more round” kind of way. Think QWOP with jetpacks.
We asked our readers which game was their favorite from the first six months of 2015. They sounded off (loudly) lifting three games to the top of the pile in a dead heat.
Batman: Arkham Knight pulled out a victory, but not by much. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was just a couple of votes behind, with Bloodborne just a single vote behind it in turn.
Other notable nominees include Splatoon, Dying Light, and The Elder Scrolls Online. A number of our readers have expressed that other titles are likely to supplant their picks come the end of the year.
Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V popped up time and again as anticipated games. We’re looking forward to seeing how the community feels come the end of 2015. For now, get back to saving Gotham, Yharnam, and Temeria.
Final Fantasy VII is an old game that's getting a modern makeover, but does it need more than just a visual update? Would it be sacrilegious to change the game's combat system? How many changes are too many, and when does it stop being a remake?
Yesterday, our very own Joe Juba made some controversial opinions about Sqaure-Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake, saying that the updated game should change some of FF VII's familiar combat system, story beats, and mini games, among other things. What do you think about this? Does Final Fantasy VII need more than just a facelift? Do you think the original combat system is still fun? Does the game's story still match the new art design? Director Tetsuya Nomura has already said that the remake could deviate from the original, but what exactly would you want to see changed in the Final Fantasy reboot?
We'll pretty skeptical of Adam Sandler’s new video game-based film, Pixels. We just hope it will be better than Jack and Jill (you know, the one where Adam Sandler played his own sister). Here's a 8-bit pixelated remake of Pixels most recent trailer.
GI's Mike Futter probably won't be seeing this one in the theaters, but Noober Goober Gaming's 8-bit remake of Pixels' recent trailer is like watching a snake eat itself.
For scientific purposes here's a look at the original trailer.
If your July 4th plans include slaying some mighty beasts in
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Capcom is offering up some extra goodies to aid you
in your adventures.
Previous DLC packs have included Legend
of Zelda gear and Mario
and Sonic costumes. The biggest addition in July? The highly coveted USJ
Star Knight equipment. However, you'll have to wait until July 17th to pick it
up, as Capcom is delivering this month's DLC extras in two parts. Altogether though, it
sounds like a good hall. Here's the rundown from Capcom:
I don't play Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, so I don't know what
half of that means, but the video below makes it all look pretty darn cool:
The first half of this month's DLC will be available
tomorrow, July 3rd. For a rundown on how to access the content, check out Capcom
Many Americans celebrate the 4th of July with outdoor barbecues and shooting off fireworks. Although these time-honored traditions are a fun way to kick back and relax, they often distract people from an equally important activity: taking advantage of great 4th of July deals.
For those interested in spending part (or all) of this holiday gaming, we've complied a list of the most notable Independence Day events and offers related to video games.
Ever heard of Splatfest? On July 4, owners of Nintendo's popular paint-spewing shooter will separate themselves into teams based on whether they prefer cats or dogs. Nintendo first showcased Splatfest in Japan, where the company asked if users would rather eat rice or bread for breakfast. Because Splatfest functions as a recurring event, prepare to spend the entire day fighting for your favorite pet species. If you want to look cool while defending your perspective, you may need to purchase this epic Splatoon hat.
Along with Splatfest comes "Independence," a tournament for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. We praised the turn-based strategy title for its quirky set-up and engaging gameplay, but knocked the game for requiring players to sit through long enemy turns. Fortunately, Nintendo resolved this issue with a patch, thus leaving no reason not to enter the tournament. Anyone who wishes to participate in the competition has until July 6 to reach the top of the leaderboard.
Grand Theft Auto V players will be able to earn double GTA$ and RP through
three patriotic jobs with names ranging from Mud, Sweat, and Gears to GTA: Land
of the Free. Gamers who insist on spending the holiday away from television and computer screens should know Rockstar Games also plans to sell limited-edition toys in stores across Los Santos and Blaine County. Fans living in that
area of the country owe it to themselves to pick up The Liberator (a monster
truck) and Sovereign (a motorcycle). More details are available at the company's blog.
Smite, a free-to-play MOBA starring gods, recently announced
an Independence Day Chest featuring Americanized skins for several deities. Among
others, Uncle Sam joins the fray as Uncle Zeus and Ra gets a makeover into
Ramerica. While this chest costs 400 gems, Developer Hi-Rez Studios also announced several free bonuses: Until Sunday, players will collect double worshippers, favor, and experience points. Head to Smite's Youtube channel for more information, or read our review to decide if this title interests you.
When we previewed Broforce last year, we laughed the entire time thanks to the game's combination of run-and-gun insanity and over-the-top patriotism. If you would like to check out this title, there's no time like the present – Devolver Digital revealed this morning that Broforce is 33% off until the end of this weekend.
Our Take:4th of July always brings a host of fantastic deals, and this year follows suit. I'm particularly excited for Splatfest, as I always relish the opportunity to engage cat lovers in battle.
Mad Catz has reported that the opinion letter for its independent audit carries concerns over the company’s ability to pay its debts. An audit opinion letter, a document prepared by the independent auditor as a narrative accompaniment to the financial assessment, includes what is known as a “going concern” note.
This happens when a company is at risk of defaulting on its debt obligations. Mad Catz’s 2016 success hinges on the performance of Rock Band 4 (via co-publishing agreement with Harmonix), according to form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 25.
The Company depends upon the availability of capital under the Credit Facility to finance operations. Compliance with the Adjusted EBITDA covenants in fiscal 2016, which are tied closely to our internal forecasts and include significant contributions from anticipated sales of products related to the Rock Band 4 video game, depends on the Company’s ability to increase net sales and gross profit considerably.
Also, the Company operates in a rapidly evolving and often unpredictable business environment that may change the timing or amount of expected future sales and expenses. If the Company is unable to comply with the revised Adjusted EBITDA covenants contained in the Credit Facility, Wells Fargo could declare the outstanding borrowings under the facility immediately due and payable.
If the Company needs to obtain additional funds as a result of the termination of the Credit Facility or the acceleration of amounts due thereunder, there can be no assurance that alternative financing can be obtained on substantially similar or acceptable terms, or at all. The Company’s failure to promptly obtain alternate financing could limit our ability to implement our business plan and have an immediate, severe and adverse impact on our business, results of operations, financial condition and liquidity. In the event that no alternative financing is available, the Company would be forced to drastically curtail operations, or dispose of assets, or cease operations altogether.
These uncertainties raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. The consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments that might result from the outcome of these uncertainties.
In short, the statement above indicates that Mad Catz is at risk (as of the close of its last fiscal year on March 31, 2015) of failing to comply with terms of its debt funding from Wells Fargo. In the event that it falls out of compliance, the lender can immediately call due all outstanding loan amount and applicable interest. Whether that happens or not is at the lender’s discretion at that time.
Mad Catz has since secured funding that will replace its Wells Fargo credit. The company provided us with an additional statement on the matter.
“This language was added because our debt covenants are tied to our budget and, as we have stated, we are anticipating significant growth in sales and gross profit from Rock Band 4 this year. This is great news,” Mad Catz chief financial officer Karen McGinnis tells us. “However, for KPMG, there was not enough audit evidence for them to conclude that it is probable we will make those projections since we just started taking preorders. If we don’t meet the projections, we will violate a debt covenant, which means the bank has the right to call the loan. However, we have violated debt covenants several times in the past, and Wells Fargo has always provided us with a waiver of default. Unfortunately, KPMG cannot just assume Wells Fargo will provide a waiver, which is why they were required to include this language.”
Mad Catz’s new funding amounts to $30 million in two pieces. One element is a $20 million line of credit that will increase to $35 million from September 1 through December 31, 2015, in order to ship Rock Band 4. The other $10 million is secured funding to Mad Catz Europe (a wholly-owned subsidiary). That funding is termed at three years, but can be canceled by the lender with three months notice.
Mad Catz has been running a string of operating losses, with the last postiive operating income reported for fiscal year 2011. The losses have been diminishing, but still remain. Net income was positive for the most recently completed fiscal year for the first time since 2011.
Harmonix indicates that this presents no disruption to its plans to ship Rock Band 4 for release on October 6.
Our TakeA “going concern” note in an audit opinion letter is reason for investigation, no matter how you spin it. I'm surprised that the chief financial officer admitted that the company has entered non-compliant status "several times" in the past and based solely on lender discretion avoided the loan being called.
The reason the lender would opt to agree to a waiver is based on a belief that there is a better chance of recovering more money (preferably through the established interest agreement) by waiting to see if the company can restore compliance than calling the loan immediately.
Everything might work out for Mad Catz if Rock Band 4 meets projections. However, it is clear the company is basing much of its future and its debt position on one title. Mad Catz is counting on people buying new hardware (guitars, drums, microphones) rather than using their old equipment. It's my hope that we don't see a repeat of the THQ/uDraw situation due to a surplus inventory of new Rock Band peripherals.
In a tweet earlier today, Rare showed off a screenshot of Jet Force Gemini from their upcoming Xbox One exclusive Rare Replay:
#tbt Can't upgrade everything, but Jet Force Gemini's widescreen option is retooled and looking sharp in #RareReplay! pic.twitter.com/mOtiEOXhuz
— Rare Ltd. (@RareLtd) July 2, 2015
#tbt Can't upgrade everything, but Jet Force Gemini's widescreen option is retooled and looking sharp in #RareReplay! pic.twitter.com/mOtiEOXhuz
It seems the original Jet Force Gemini's widescreen option has made it onto the Xbox One intact, along with some significantly improved visuals. Jet Force Gemini is just one of 30 games featured in the collection, which also include Battletoads, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Perfect Dark, and Banjo-Kazooie. Rare Replay releases for the Xbox One on August 4. Check out our E3 coverage of the game for more.
Our TakeLike Rare said, there's only so much you can do when bringing a 16-year-old game to an eighth-generation console. The screenshot in their tweet looks great, though. I hope the rest of the games make the jump to Xbox One as successfully.
Humble Bundle is teaming up with Dark Horse to offer a collection of video game comics and art books at extremely low prices. As always, payments support charity.
At the “pay what you want level,” you’ll get Fallout: New Vegas - All Roads, Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon, EVE: True Stories, Tomb Raider: The Beginning, and The Art of Remember Me. If you pay more than the average ($7.54 at the time of publication), you’ll get The Guild Volume 1, Halo: Initiation, The Art of BioShock Infinite, and Valve Presents Volume 1: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories.
Finally, if you pay $5 more than the average, you’ll also get Mass Effect: Foundation Volume 1 and Dragon Age Volume 1: The Silent Grove. More books will be added before this bundle ends on July 15.
Your contribution can support (in part or in total) the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You can check out the offerings on Humble’s website.
While you’re there, be sure to claim a the free comics that are on offer.
Comcept and animation house Studio 4C are planning to make an announcement for something called “Red Ash” at Anime Expo this weekend. The studio headed by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune was careful to pepper the tease with the word “legends,” which might be a hint.
Comcept is getting set to release Mighty No. 9, which is a not-so-subtle riff on the Mega Man series. The visuals featured in the video below (along with the word “legend” appearing multiple times) give some glimmer of hope that Mega Man Legends might be getting a similar treatment.
It’s worth noting that the Japanese name for Mega Man Legends is Rockman Dash. Red Ash shuffled just a bit gets us to “Re-Dash.” It’s still too early to get your hopes up, but if you lament the cancelation of Mega Man Legends 3, this might be one to keep your eye on.
While there’s nothing concrete to point to yet, you won’t have to wait long for details. The reveal is set for Saturday, July 4 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. For more from Inafune, you can read our E3 interview, during which we discuss Mega Man Legends 3.
Our TakeIt wouldn’t be at all surprising for Comcept to return to the crowdfunding well for another title (especially with the "Studio 4C's challenge" bit at the end. I’m curious about the Studio 4C connection and the presence at Anime Con. This might be a trans-media project and not just a simple game announcement.
Big changes are in store for the Marvel comic universe in the form of the newest publishing line All-New, All-Different. The previously leaked free preview comic is in stores now, which, according to Marvel, "provides a large snapshot of what’s to expect in the fall: new characters, new teams, new wrinkles for our heroes, and most importantly, fresh creative directions." Those who can't make it to stores can find the issue online at the Marvel store.
Comicbook has a full list of the covers, creative teams, and taglines in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Previews #1. Highlights include a pregnant Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman and what looks to be Kitty Pryde as Star-Lord.
For more on Marvel in the video game sphere, check out our retrospective on some of the best Marvel games and read about Telltale's deal with the comic-book giant.
Ever heard of Tim Stamper? He co-founded Rare, retired, then re-entered the gaming industry last year as the head of mobile developer FortuneFish. More importantly, he directed Donkey Kong Country for the SNES. Earlier this morning, Stamper revealed photos of the computer that created the original demo graphics for Donkey Kong Country.
This computer didn’t launch a man, it launched an ape into the world of Super CGI pic.twitter.com/RQZgjEDitI
— Tim Stamper (@InTimsWorld) July 2, 2015
This computer didn’t launch a man, it launched an ape into the world of Super CGI pic.twitter.com/RQZgjEDitI
For more photos, head to Stamper's Twitter page. Those interested in learning more about one of Rare's premier franchises may also want to read this alternate explanation of Donkey Kong Country.
Did you rescue DK's bananas when Nintendo first published the sidescrolling epic in 1994? Or did you wait for the Game Boy Advance remake before taking on King K. Rool? Let us know in the comments.
It wasn’t even September when readers started asking when we’d publish the initial list of 2015 release dates. Our ever-popular and regularly updated roster of launch dates for the new year is here.
If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping.
JanuaryDuke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Vita) - January 6Woah Dave (Vita) - January 6Warhammer Quest (PC, Mac, Linux) - January 7Chariot (Wii U) - January 8Funk of Titan (Xbox One) - January 9Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings DLC (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 13Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (Vita) - January 13Evolve Open Beta (Xbox One) - January 15Blackguards 2 (PC) - January 20Citizens of Earth (PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC) - January 20Gunman Clive 2 (3DS) - January 20Ironclad Tactics (PlayStation 4) - January 20Planetside 2 Beta (PS4) - January 20Resident Evil Remastered (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 20Saints Row IV: Re-Elected / Gat Out of Hell Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 20Grey Goo (PC) - January 23Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 27Grim Fandango (PS4, Vita) - January 27Heroes of Might & Magic III - HD Edition (PC) - January 29Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (PC) - January 29Supreme League of Patriots (PC) - January 29Life is Strange: Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 30 Unmechanical: Extended Edition (Xbox One) - January 30
February#IDARB (Xbox One) - February 1Apotheon (PS4) - February 3Criminal Girls: Invite Only (Vita) - February 3Kick & Fennick (Vita) - February 3SpongeBob HeroPants (360, 3DS, Vita) - February 3Deathtrap (PC) - February 4Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy (3DS) - February 10Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - February 10Minutes (PS4, Vita) - February 10Super Stardust Ultra (PS4) - February 10Unmechanical: Extended (PS4, PS3) - February 10Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 (Vita) - February 11Blek (Wii U) - February 13Decay - The Mare (PC) - February 13The Escapists (Xbox One) - February 13The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) - February 13Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) - February 13New 3DS XL - February 13Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - February 17Deadrock (PC) - February 17Hand of Fate (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - February 17Pillar (PS4) - February 17Q*Bert Rebooted (PS4, PS3, Vita) - February 17Total War: Attila (PC) - February 17Frozen Cortex (PC) - February 19The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PC) - February 20Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) - February 20The Order: 1886 (PS4) - February 20Roundabout (Xbox One) - February 20Auru's Awakening (PC, Mac, Linux) - February 24Desert Ashes (Vita) - February 24Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - February 24Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC) - February 24htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (Vita) - February 24Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (Vita) - February 24Limbo (PS4) - February 24Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - February 24 (PSN) and 25 (XBL, PC)Rugby 15 (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) - February 24Starwhal (PS4, PS3) - February 24There Came an Echo (PC) - February 24Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late (PS3) - February 24Homeworld Remastered (PC) - February 25Isbarah - The First Journey (PC, Mac, Linux) - February 25Ironfall (3DS) - February 26Republique Remastered (PC) - February 26
MarchHelldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita) - March 3La Mulana EX (Vita) - March 3OlliOlli 2 (PS4, Vita) - March 3Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Vita) - March 3Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 2 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 3 (PSN) and 4 (XBL, PC)ScreamRide (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - March 3Shiftlings (PS4, PC) - March 3, (Xbox One) - March 4Tormentum - Dark Sorrow (PC) - March 4White Night (PS4, PC) - March 3, (Xbox One) - March 4Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U, 3DS) - March 5OlliOlli (Wii U, 3DS) - March 5, (Xbox One) - March 6Proun+ (3DS)Zombie Army Trilogy (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - March 6Assassin’s Creed Rogue (PC) - March 10Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PS3) - March 10Cities: Skylines (PC) - March 10DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) - March 10Flame Over (Vita) - March 10Hotline Miami 2 (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) - March 10Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble (PC) - March 10Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 3 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 10 (PSN) and 11 (XBL, PC)Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - March 10Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, Vita) - March 10Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC) - March 11Sid Meier's Starships (PC, Mac, iOS) - March 12Trine Enchanted Edition (Wii U) - March 12Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS) - March 13Awakened Fate Ultimatum (PS3) - March 17Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 17Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) - March 17Final Fantasy Type-0 (Xbox One, PS4) - March 17Jamestown+ (PS4) - March 17Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (PC) - March 17Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 4 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 17 (PSN) and 18 (XBL, PC)Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2 - Atlus Mugged (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, iOS, Android) - Week of March 17Woolfe - The Red Hood Diaries (PC) - March 17Elliot Quest (Wii U) - March 19Worlds of Magic (PC) - March 19Mario Party 10 (Wii U) - March 20Fossil Fighters: Frontier (3DS) - March 20Out of the Park 16 (PC) - March 23Bloodborne (PS4) - March 24Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Xbox One, PS4) - March 24Glorkian Warrior (PC) - March 24Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (Vita, 3DS) - March 24Yorbie - Episode 1: Payback's a Bolt (PS4) - March 24Slender: The Arrival (PS4) - March 24, (Xbox One) - March 25Etherium (PC) - March 25Dot Arcade (Wii U) - March 26Infinite Crisis (PC) - March 26Pillars of Eternity (PC) - March 26Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast & Furious (Xbox One, 360) - March 27Oddworld New 'n' Tasty (Xbox One) - March 27Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PC) - March 30Axiom Verge (PS4) - March 31MLB 15 The Show (PS4, PS3, Vita) - March 31Neverwinter (Xbox One) - March 31Paperbound (PS4, PC) - March 31Rack 'n' Ruin (PS4)RBI Baseball 15 (Xbox One, PS4) - March 31Story of Seasons (3DS) - March 31Toukiden: Kiwami (PS4, Vita) - March 31Woah Dave (PS4) - March 31
AprilAngry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Wii U) - April 2BoxBoy (3DS) - April 2Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U) - April 2Excave: II: Wizard of the Underworld (3DS) - April 2Mon Premier Karaoke (Wii U) - April 2Psycroir (Wii U) - April 2Underground (Wii U) - April 2Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (Xbox One, PC) - April 7Aaru's Awakening (PS4, PS3) - April 7Bastion (PS4) - April 7Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - April 7Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS) - April 7MonsterBag (Vita) - April 7Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (PS4, PS3, Vita) - April 7Tower of Guns (PS4, PS3) - April 7Pokemon Rumble World (3DS) - April 8Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U) - April 9I Am Bread (PC) - April 9Stardrive 2 (PC, Mac, Linux) - April 9Dead Synchronicity (PC) - April 10Tower of Guns (Xbox One) - April 10Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New 3DS) - April 10Bloxiq (Vita) - April 14Grand Theft Auto V (PC) - April 14Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - April 14Titan Souls (PS4, Vita) - April 14Halo: Spartan Strike (PC, Windows Phone) - April 16Telepath Tactics (PC, Mac, Linux) - April 16Goat Simulator (Xbox One) - April 17We are Doomed (Xbox One) - April 17Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – April 21Convoy (PC) – April 21Oddworld New 'n' Tasty (PS3) - April 21Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, Vita) - April 21Infinity Runner (PS4) - April 22Crypt of the Necrodancer (PC) - April 23Car Mechanic Simulator (PC) - April 24Dungeons II (PC) - April 24Brawl (PS4) - April 28Broken Age (PS4, Vita, Act II on PC) - April 28Highlands (PC) - April 28Magicka: Wizard Wars (PC) - April 28Omega Quintet (PS4) - April 28Project Root (PS4, Vita, Xbox One) - April 28Shadowrun Chronicles (PC) - April 28State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One) - April 28Tropico 5 (PS4) - April 28Verdun (PC) - April 28WWE 2K15 (PC) - April 28Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (PC) - April 28The Weaponographist (PC) - April 29Amiibo Tap (Wii U) - April 30Block N Load (PC) - April 30Chroma Squad (PC, Mac, Linux) - April 30Guns, Gore, & Cannoli (PC, Mac) - April 30Karmaflow (PC) - April 30
MayRemnants of Isolation (PC) - May 1Space Hulk (Wii U) - May 2Ether One (PS4) - May 5Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 5Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (3DS) - May 5Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 5High Strangeness (Wii U, PC) - May 6Vertiginous Golf (PC, Mac, Linux) - May 6Sym (PC) - May 7Ultratron (Xbox One) - May 8Disney Infinity 2.0 (Vita) - May 9Action Henk (PC) - May 11Inside My Radio (PC) - May 11Airmech Arena (Xbox One) - May 12Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS) - May 12Color Guardians (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac) - May 12Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (PC) - May 12Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4) - May 12The Last of Us: Left Behind - Standalone (PS4, PS3) - May 12Lost Orbit (PS4, PC) - May 12Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4) - May 12Project CARS (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 12Toren (PS4, PC) - May 12Ultratron (PS4, PS3, Vita) - May 123D Thunder Blade (3DS) - May 14Axiom Verge (PC) - May 14Galactic Civilizations III (PC) - May 14Nihilumbra (Wii U) - May 14Not a Hero (PC) - May 14Quell Logic (PC) - May 14Ultratron (Wii U) - May 14Nero (Xbox One) - May 15Destiny: House of Wolves Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - May 19Farming Simulator 15 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - May 19Life is Strange - Episode 3 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - May 19The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 19Blockstorm (PC) - May 21Epanalepsis (PC, Mac, Linux) - May 21Porcunipine (PC) - May 21Sunset (PC, Mac, Linux) - May 21Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U) - May 21Technobabylon (PC) - May 21The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (PC) - May 22Puzzle & Dragons Z / Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition (3DS) - May 22Badland: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux) - May 26Chariot Wars (PC) - May 26Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R (PC) - May 26Magicka 2 (PS4, PC) - May 26Magnetic: Cage Closed (PC) - May 26Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Vita) - May 26Roundabout (PS4) - May 26Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS4) - May 26Catlateral Damage (PC, Mac, Linux) - May 27Rogue Legacy (Xbox One) - May 27Don't Starve: Giant Edition (Wii U) - May 28Beach Buggy Racing (Xbox One) - May 29Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PC) - May 29Splatoon (Wii U) - May 29
JuneMassive Chalice (Xbox One, PC) - June 1The Escapists (PS4) - June 2Heroes of the Storm (PC) - June 2Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven (3DS) - June 2Adventures of Pip (Wii U, PC) - June 4Wander (PS4) - June 4You Must Build a Boat (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) - June 4D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die (PC) - June 5Steamworld Dig (Xbox One) - June 5The Swapper (Xbox One) - June 5The Elder Scrolls Online (Xbox One, PS4) - June 9Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita) - June 9Kholat (PC) - June 10Alone in the Dark: Illumination (PC) - June 11Dr.Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS) - June 11Lego Jurassic World (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PC) - June 12Payday 2: Crimewave Edition (Xbox One, PS4) - June 16Canvaleon (Wii U) - June 18Batman: Arkham Knight (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - June 23Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - June 23Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (PS4, PS3, PC) - June 23Planetside 2 (PS4) - June 23Ride (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - June 23Tales from the Borderlands Episode 3: Catch a Ride (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC, iOS, Android) - June 23Art Academy: Home Studio (Wii U) - June 25Fort Meow (PC, iOS) - June 25Shiftlings (Wii U) - June 25Sonic Runners (iOS, Android) - June 25Toukiden: Kiwami (PC) - June 25Lego Minifgures Online (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) - June 29Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation (Vita) - June 30J-Stars Victory VS+ (PS4, PS3, Vita) - June 30Red Goddess: Inner World (PS4) - June 30Rogus (PC) - June 30Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 (3DS, Vita) - June 30Whispering Willows (PS4) - June 30
JulyRise of Incarnates (PC) - July 1Ar Nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star (Vita) - July 2Legends of Eisenwald (PC) - July 2Vainglory (iOS, Android) - July 2Battle Fantasia Evolved Edition (PC) - July 7Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved (Vita) - July 7NekoBuro CatsBlock (Vita) - July 7Pneuma: Breath of Life (PS4) - July 7Rocket League (PS4, PC) - July 7Smite - Open Beta (Xbox One) - July 8The Red Solstice (PC) - July 9Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess (PS4, PS3, Vita) - July 14God of War III Remastered (PS4) - July 14Godzilla (PS4, PS3) - July 14Guild of Dungeoneering (PC) - July 14Guncraft: Blocked and Loaded (360) - July 14Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (Xbox One, PS4) - July 14Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max Expansion (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - July 14Sorcerer King (PC) - July 16SlashDash (Xbox One) - July 17F1 2015 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - July 21Onechanbara Z2: Chaos (PS4) - July 21Yasai Ninja (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - July 21Capsule Force (PS4, PC) - July 23Victor Vran (PC, Mac, Linux) - July 24King's Quest Episode 1: A Knight to Remember (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - July 28Lost Dimension (PS3, Vita) - July 28The Swindle (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) - July 28, (Xbox One) - July 31
AugustEtrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight (3DS) - August 4Rare Replay (Xbox One) - August 4Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4) - August 11Garfield Kart (3DS) - August 11Paddington: Adventures in London (3DS) - August 11Christopher Brookmyre's Bedlam (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac) - August 13Armikrog (PC) - August 18LBX: Little Battlers eXperience (3DS) - August 21Risen 3: Enhanced Edition (PS4) - August 21Amnesia: Memories (Vita) - August 25Gears of War Ultimate Edition (Xbox One) - August 25Madden NFL 16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - August 25Steins;Gate (PS3, Vita) - August 25Until Dawn (PS4) - August 25
SeptemberDanganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Vita) - September 1Mad Max (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - September 1Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - September 1Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence (PS4, PS3, PC) - September 1Act of Aggression (PC) - September 2Renowned Explorers: International Society (PC) - September 2Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (3DS) - September 8Sword Coast Legends (PC) - September 8Tearaway Unfolded (PS4) - September 8Super Mario Maker (Wii U) - September 11Forza Motorsport 6 (Xbox One) - September 15Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC) - September 15Mighty No. 9 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, PC) - September 15NHL 16 (Xbox One, PS4) - September 15Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - September 15Skylanders Superchargers (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, iOS) - September 20Blood Bowl 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - September 22FIFA 16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PC, PC) - September 22Soma (PS4, PC) - September 22Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer (3DS) - September 25Lego Dimensions (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U) - September 27NBA 2K16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - September 29NBA Live 16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - September 29Samurai Warriors 4-II (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) - September 29Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (Xbox One, PS4) - September 29
OctoberDisgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4) - October 6Rock Band 4 (Xbox One, PS4) - October 6Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4) - October 9Dragon Quest Heroes (PS4) - October 13Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - October 13Rodea The Sky Soldier (Wii U, 3DS) - October 13Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U) - October 16Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (3DS) - October 20Guitar Hero Live (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U) - October 20Tales of Zestiria (PS4, PS3, PC) - October 20Assassin's Creed Syndicate (Xbox One, PS4) - October 23Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) - October 27WWE 2K16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - October 27
NovemberAnno 2205 (PC) - November 3Need for Speed (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - November 3Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - November 6Fallout 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - November 10Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - November 10The Crew: Wild Run (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - November 17Star Wars Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - November 17One Final Breath (PC, Linux) - November 26, (Mac) - November 28, (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Vita) - November 30
DecemberJust Cause 3 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - December 1Trackmania Turbo (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - December 1Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U) - December 4Hitman (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - December 8
Confirmed for 2015, but undated
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(PS4)Gunship X (PS4, Vita)Gunsport (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Habitat (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories (Wii U, PC, iOS, Android)Hatoful Boyfriend (PS4, Vita)Hellblade (PS4)Henka Twist Caper (PS4)Heroes of Loot (Vita)Hex Heroes (Wii U)Hollowpoint (PS4, PC) HTR+ Slot Car Simulation (Vita)Hyper Light Drifter (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Vita, PC)Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Vita)Imagination is the Only Escape (PS4)The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (PC)Inside My Radio (Xbox One)Invokers Tournament (PS4, Vita)Jet Car Stunts (PS4)Journey (PS4)Just Dance 2016 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Wii)Killing Floor 2 (PS4, PC)Kill Strain (PS4)Kingdom Under Fire II (PS4, PS3, 360, PC)Klaus (PS4, Vita)Kodoku (PS4, Vita)Krinkle Krusher (PS4, PS3, Vita)Kyn (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)The Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PS3, Vita)Legend of Raven (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes (3DS)Lego Marvel's Avengers (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PC)Let it Die (PS4)Life of Pixel (Wii U)Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (3DS)Lost Sea (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Magic Duels (Xbox One, PS4, PC, iOS)Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)Mayan Death Robots (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita)Miegakure (PS4)Might & Magic Heroes VII (PC)Mighty No. 9 (Vita, 3DS)MillitAnt (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)Monster Bag (Vita)Moon Chronicles: Episodes 2-4 (3DS)Mortal Kombat X (360, PS3)Murasaki Mist (PS4, PS3, Vita)Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (Wii U, 3DS)N++ (PS4)Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Neonchrome (PS4)Never Alone (Wii U)Night in the Woods (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)Ninja Pizza Girl (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, iOS, Android)Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PS4, PS3)No Man’s Sky (PS4)Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4)Norn9: Var Commons (Vita)Not a Hero (PS4, Vita)Nova-111: A Cosmic Voyage (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux)Nuclear Throne (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Xbox One, Wii U, Vita)Oddworld New 'n' Tasty (Vita)Once Upon Light (PS4)One Final Breath (Wii U)One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)One Way Trip (PS4, Vita)Onigiri (PS4)Orbit (Xbox One, PC)Orcs Must Die Unchained (PS4)Paparazzi (PS4)Pavilion (PS4, Vita)Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Vita)Persona 5 (PS4, PS3)Pier Solar and the Grand Architects (Vita)Pix the Cat (PC)Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS)Primal Carnage: Extinction (PS4)Project CARS (Wii U)Project Treasure (Wii U)Pure Hold 'Em (PS4)Q.U.B.E. 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People love to hate him (and, some years, hate to love him), but he’s leaving all that behind. Donny Moore, who has served as the Madden NFL “ratings czar,” is leaving EA after 16 years at the company.
Moore has been responsible for determining player ratings, drawing criticism (and praise) from players and fans alike. He’s been lobbied by NFL stars who think their stats should be higher, and the object of derision for those up-and-comers who have yet to earn the 99 rating they think they so richly deserve.
After much thought & consideration, I have chosen to step away from @EASPORTS & announce my retirement as the Madden Ratings Czar
— Donny Moore (@Donny_Moore) July 2, 2015
After much thought & consideration, I have chosen to step away from @EASPORTS & announce my retirement as the Madden Ratings Czar
Moore hasn’t yet discussed where he’ll be heading next. For more on sports game ratings, you can read a feature written by Matt Bertz earlier this year.
[Source: Donny Moore on Twitter]
Our TakePlayers are never going to be happy with their ratings, which means Moore’s email and phone are constant lit up with NFL stars hoping to appeal the decision. Moore and his team have kept ratings updated throughout the season, giving players an experience reflective of real world play. He’s not going to be easy to replace, and we’d understand if his successor isn’t just a little frightened.
Former California state senator Leland Yee pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering yesterday, stemming from corruption charges that he faced earlier this year. Yee is known within the games industry as the author of a bill that prohibited the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. Then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed it into law, but it was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Yee’s guilty plea acknowledged that he made illegal transactions that greased political wheels with campaign contributions. Some of those deals include giving contributors preference to state contracts, setting up introductions between donors and political influencers, and making an official proclamation on behalf of a group with possible criminal ties.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the game legislation in June 2011 for violating the First Amendment. Yee didn’t stop talking about violence in video games, however, particularly when it came to their effects on young people. Yee said in an interview that “Gamers have just got to quiet down. Gamers have no credibility in this argument.” Yee later apologized, saying he should have chosen his words more carefully. "I have a lot of respect for many gamers – many are on my staff and in my family – but the industry has profited at the expense of children."
Sentencing is set for October 21, and Yee faces up to 20 years in prison.
[Source: The Sacramento Bee]
Our TakePeople tend to suspect that politics are a dirty business, and stories like this simply confirm the worst. That doesn't make it any less disappointing, even if you take Yee's position on video games out of the conversation.
As the video game industry develops, the opportunity for complementary product relationships expands. Yesterday, League of Legends developer Riot Games made an investment of an unknown amount in Curse.
In addition to its Gamepedia service (a home for video game wikis), Curse operates a secure voice over IP service called Curse Voice. The application is currently in beta, and recently expanded from PC to include Mac, iOS, and Android.
“Riot really believes in what we're doing and where we're going,” writes Curse CEO Hubert Thieblot. “This investment boosts our efforts to continue creating what I believe to be the best communication tool in gaming.”
About a year ago, Curse was put in a challenging position with regard to the portion of its community that also plays League of Legends. Two features were deemed to be in violation of Riot’s rules (automatic timers and automatic chat joining), with the developer going so far as to ban anyone using the client.
“When the application begins directly connecting you with dozens of other people in unfiltered (and untrackable) voice chats, it can make for a huge negative player experience in a space where we cant help,” Riot said at the time. “No software should interfere with the League of Legends player experience between when you press Play and the end of game screen.”
Curse altered its product to comply, removing the timers and changing the way the voice chat app works. Today, the relationship has clearly evolved with financial ties now existing between the two companies.
Curse does not indicate how much the investment is worth, and both it and Riot are private companies, the terms may not be revealed. Via its Twitter account, Riot directed people to Curse’s brief statement on the matter.
We inquired with both companies on what this might mean for a formal relationship between League of Legends and Curse Voice (which is already a partner with Hi-Rez Studios’ Smite).
“This is an investment in Curse because Riot believes in the team and the experiences they’ve built for players,” a Riot representative told us via email. “We’re not announcing any League of Legends development roadmap plans (or feature plans) right now.”
Curse provided no additional comment, but assured us that we’d hear more when there was more to share. “This is, of course, exciting and positive news for us,” Thieblot writes in Curse’s statement available online. “We've known Riot for a long time, and know that Riot, like us, cares very deeply about the core gamer. I'm excited and confident that this will be good for Curse and for the millions of players we serve via Curse Voice.”
[Source: Curse, Inc.]
Our TakeWhile Riot and Curse aren’t talking about specifics or what this might mean for the future, it does position the latter quite well. Riot will want to see return on its investment, and that likely means giving Curse more visibility. Whether that comes in the form of a formalized or official partnership remains to be seen (and neither party is willing to talk yet).
Update: EA has filed a copyright claim, removing the footage from YouTube. We suspect more will pop up throughout the weekend. We'll share them if they emerge.
If you want to check out this Alpha footage from the Star Wars Battlefront, you might want to click the play button now. It’s likely not going to be up for very long.
What you’ll see (if you were fast enough), is a mission on Hoth. The soon-to-be banned user plays as a Snow Trooper on Hoth, tasked with keeping uplinks offline.
There is also some AT-ST footage, if walkers are your thing. Star Wars Battlefront will be out this fall. The Alpha, for those who received an invitation, runs through Monday, July 6. For more, check out our impressions from E3.
Our TakeIf you miss this one, chances are people will be posting footage throughout the weekend. We'll try to get you as much as we can.