Massive news today as Sony Online Entertainment is bought out by an investment firm, leaving Sony and taking Planetside 2, Everquest Next, H1Z1 and Landmark with them. Though development will continue on schedule, the newly-christened Daybreak Game Studios "can't wait to make Xbox One games" and develop for multiple platforms. Will we see Planetside 2 on Xbox One eventually?
In other news , Hideo Kojima and Jace Hall (the creator of Condemned) would like someone to take a punt at classic games in their franchises, while Ubisoft are starting to reactivate some of those moody Far Cry 4 keys.
We also announced the winners of our Avernum 2 competition.
All is still not well at 343 Industries, who have announced that their Massive Matchmaking Content Update That Will Fix Everything And Make Everyone Love Them Again™ has now been delayed and may not receive a beta after all. Here's hoping it eventually works -- I wonder if they're just replacing it or basing it on Halo 5's netcode after its successful beta last month.
In other news, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2 may have been teased during the Taipei Games Show. Kojima denies it, but if untrue, someone will be getting in trouble for stealing their font off the internet. Here are your headlines.
Seriously, have you seen these deals?! A ShopTo pay day sale has coincided with Rakuten's voucher code, coalescing into a ridiculous perfect storm of cheap games deals including Xbox Ones for £250 and Wii Us for £120. It's like Black Friday in January.
Anyway, you came here for the news so let's get back on track. More Battlefield Hardline beta details have emerged, Nintendo released an updated schedule of upcoming Wii U/3DS releases and LEGO Jurassic Park is happening. Here are your headlines
TT Games have revealed this year's slate of LEGO games, including one massive surprise that could prove to be one of the most hilarious tie-ins yet.
Clever girl.Click here to read more...
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Nintendo has added fifteen new 8-player stages to Super Smash Bros For Wii U by way of a new update, allowing you more opportunities to experience a mode I described as "brilliantly, wonderfully, magnificently stupid" in our full review.
"Good luck fitting everyone into the safe zone on Norfair," taunts the Facebook page. Naturally the patch adapts existing stages rather than bolting on completely new levels, but it's still a welcome inclusion.
So how much does this update cost? £4.99? £15,99? Nah, it's free. Get on it. I feel the sniffles coming on, so will probably have to knock off early -- while seven of my friends will probably have to pop by to keep me company [invite me or you're fired, Jon - Ed]
Don't worry if you're having trouble running that digital version of Dying Light that you bought on PS4, you're not alone. There's a pesky bug affecting digital versions of the game on PS4 where the system thinks that the game has already been downloaded and installed even when it hasn't. I punched in a download code for the game yesterday and instead of a download button, it simply said "Start" as if it had already been installed.
Annoying, but not insurmountable.
Basically, if you're faced with the same issue, simply log into the PlayStation Store on another device, app or browser and opt to download the game remotely. Once you've logged in, there should be a button underneath the game thumbnail that reads "Download to PS4". Click that and it'll start downloading properly on your machine.
For a longer explanation and more info, click here.
Green Man Gaming are branching out into the world of publishing, and they recently announced that the first game to come from the new Green Man Loaded label will be indie god-game Idol Hands, launching on 18th February.
As purveyors of splendid punnery, we're interested in the game already, and if you are as well, there's an opportunity to be amongst the first to play the game...
... if you can make it in to London tomorrow, that is. Here's the official blurb:
We have a very special Playfirst session taking place in central London, tomorrow 3:30pm - 4:30pm, where FOUR lucky Playfire members can meet the developers, play the full version of Idol Hands. Our exclusive guests will receive a FREE copy of the game at launch and extra goodies from our event partner, Overclockers UK!
It's super easy to enter, all you have to do is sign up to Playfire (which takes seconds) and leave a comment on the blog. Click here to drop your comment and enter >>
If you've already purchased and registered FFXIV, but maybe got bored and wandered off, or otherwise deactivated your account, Square Enix are offering lapsed and wayward sons and daughters the chance to check out what's new in the recently released Patch 2.5.
The Free Login Weekend will take place from Friday 30th January (08:00 GMT) to Monday 2nd February (08:00 GMT) and will be eligible to "players who have previously purchased and registered Final Fantasy XIV and whose service account is set as inactive during the campaign period."
Big developments in the deactivated Far Cry 4 keys story. Ubisoft has revealed that the batch of keys in question actually originated from,,, Origin... bought using a stolen credit card then flogged onto undiscerning key resellers. G2A has also responded, offering refunds to those who paid extra for the 'G2A Shield' service and looking into it for those who didn't.
In other news, Nintendo's financials forecast a gradual return to profit despite falling projections, whereas EA have made a packet.
— Roll7 (@Roll_7) January 27, 2015
Described by the developers as "the greatest 2¼D cover-based indie shooter of all time ever", Not A Hero is looking pretty cool. It's being made by London-based indie outfit, Roll7 -- the same folks who brought us the gloriously addictive OlliOlli.
Apparently the game is ready for testing, and that's where you come in.
Roll7 have extended a global invitation to games across the world to get in touch if they fancy being part of Not A Hero's testing process.
All you have to do is pop an email expressing interest over to [email protected].
Check out Jon's interview with Roll7's John Ribbins from Rezzed last year in the video below, and click here to visit the game's official site.
Great news for Xbox One owners today in that a new update halves the connection time of the controllers. It's currently available for preview members, though you'll need a micro USB cable to connect it to your console (play & charge will be fine). Microsoft have also announced that they've sold 6.6 million Xboxes during the lucrative last quarter, but failed to disclose how many were Xbox 360s.
In other news Ubisoft seems to be going after serial key frauds by punishing gamers -- deactivating their codes without warning -- which seems like a sure-fire way to get some fantastic publicity. We've got a few trailers and additional stories for you too.
I trust you all enjoyed a good weekend's gaming. Some of you may have taken advantage of Guild Wars 2's massive discount (there's still time!), meaning that you might be pleased to know that the first major expansion has been announced. Heart Of Thorns promises challenging new content, several new forms of character progression and some great-looking PvP additions. If you ever find yourself on Desolation and run into a diminutive guardian called Byssk, definitely grab me for a dungeon or two!
In other news, Homeworld Remastered has a release date, Lady Hammerlock is Borderlands-bound and The Bard's Tale IV has been confirmed. Here are your headlines.
Good morning! Today brings us an eclectic selection (an eclection?) of headlines, from Microsoft looking into PC Xbox One streaming (i.e. the right way round to make the console truly all-in-one) to APB: Reloaded making a surprise jump to new-gen consoles. You can also get a good look at Dying Light, Grow Home and the upcoming Dead Rising film.
The MCV award nominations have been revealed, showcasing all the industry's best marketeers, hypemongers and retailers, while Sony have deployed their 10% off 'we're sorry' voucher.
Microsoft have been busy. Over the last 24 hours they've revealed a crazy prototype hologram AR headset, announced that Xbox One can stream gameplay to Windows 10 devices and confirmed that Fable Legends is coming to PC. Combined with more DX12 details and an app that brings Xbox and Windows 10 onto one platform, it seems that Microsoft might finally be starting to take PC gaming seriously again.
In other news, The Elder Scrolls Online is going Buy To Play, an ex-Nintendo exec has harsh words for his old bosses and Minecraft passwords have apparently leaked online. Here are your headlines.
The news mill is starting to churn into life after a few slow weeks. Over the last 24 hours we've learned that Borderlands is coming to PS4 and Xbox One, several high profile Xbox One games have been dated and more importantly we can now download and play the magnificent X-Wing vs TIE Fighter on Good Old Games.
However, we've just got to give top billing to Strafe, which is leaning heavily on 90s nostalgia in one of the most hilarious Kickstarter pitches I've ever seen. The game itself looks seriously rad, too.
We all knew it was going to happen eventually. After Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel released last year on PS3 and Xbox 360, everyone on the internet assumed that 2K Australia's tie-in would make it to the new machines at some point. They assumed correctly.
However, Gearbox have gone further than just an HD remake by announcing The Handsome Collection. This new PS4 and Xbox One compilation includes a remastered version of Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and all of the DLC released thus far in a single collection, featuring save file transfers and an utterly ludicrous special edition.
As HD remakes go, it's an impressive volume of content, but does the Handsome Collection have what it takes to stack up against the biggest games of March 2015?
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We've got some good and bad news for you today, both involving stars in some capacity. First things first, Club Nintendo is set to close later this year, meaning that you'll need to redeem and spend your Stars before September 2015. In better news, though, Sid Meier has announced a new space strategy game set in the Beyond Earth universe, and Sid Meier doing space strategy is a thing we want.
Nintendo have announced that they'll be discontinuing their long-running Club Nintendo loyalty programme this year, with Stars expiring completely on 30th September 2015.Click here to read more...