• Payday 3 sales “significantly lower” than hoped, but Starbreeze focused on “long-term success”
    2024 update roadmap detailed Image credit: Starbreeze Payday 3 developer Starbreeze say their co-op heist ’em up is underperforming both in terms of sales and player numbers. They also say they’re committed to turning around that performance, with updates to come in 2024 which will revamp progression, the UI, add a solo mode and an offline mode, and more. “Payday 3’s sales and player activity are currently at significantly lower levels than we would like,” writes the company CEO in their year-end report. “Our biggest focus and absolute priority, both during and after the quarter, are the efforts needed to…
  • Embracer have laid off 8% of their global workforce since their “restructuring” began
    “Our overruling principle is to always maximize shareholder value in any given situation.” Image credit: Embracer Embracer have released their interim financial results for Q3, October-December 2023, in which they share details of the conglomerate’s on-going efforts to “restructure” and reduce their massive debts, to the tune of hundreds of layoffs over the past year. Amid the talk of revenues, profits and losses, we learn that Embracer have laid off 8% of their global workforce since announcing their restructuring program in June 2023. According to the report, Embracer’s total headcount has fallen from 16,243 in the period October-December 2022 to…
  • Helldivers 2 will “never” get PvP because Arrowhead don't want a toxic community
    “We all are fighting on the same side!” Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/PlayStation If you’ve been yearning to take up arms against Super Earth as either an arachnid, a robot or a filthy (managed) democracy-hating human traitor, then I have bad news, roughneck. Helldivers 2 will “never” get a PvP mode, according to Arrowhead’s CEO Johan Pilestedt. The reason? They want to avoid encouraging any toxic behaviour in the new shooter’s multiplayer community. Given that Helldivers 2 is a game with mandatory friendly fire in which you can kill team-mates by respawning right on top of them, I fear the…
  • TopSpin 2K25 announced, 2K Sports series returning after 13 years
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Image credit: 2K Sports Top Spin is returning. The 2K Sports tennis series last received an entry back in 2011, which didn’t come to PC, but while there’s no confirmed platforms for Top Spin 2K25, I choose to live in hope. You’ll find a teaser trailer below. The announcement trailer for Top Spin 2k25. TopSpin 2K25 is being developed by Hangar 13, the 2K subsidiary previously known for Mafia 3 and Mafia: Definitive Edition. Not much else is known about…
  • Tekken 8’s first DLC character will be series regular Eddy Gordo, kicking off its season pass this spring
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Three more characters will follow throughout this year Image credit: Bandai Namco Tekken 8’s first DLC character will be a familiar face: Eddy Gordo, the capoeira pro who has previously appeared in the mainline roster of the fighting game series since 1997’s Tekken 3. Publishers Bandai Namco announced that Eddy will be Tekken 8’s first DLC addition alongside a look at the game’s opening movie, which shows the likes of Jin Kazama, Kazuya Mishima and the rest of the game’s…
  • Steam's Best Of 2023 charts the year's best sellers and most played
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Being good seems to lead to more sales Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Larian Studios Valve have put together their “Best Of 2023” lists on Steam. This is different from the Steam Awards, voting for which is ongoing, and instead is built from Steam data like revenue, peak concurrent players, and so on. It’s interesting every year as older games or indie obscurities do better than you expect. For any data based on revenue, the games are separated into buckets called…
  • Popular Slay The Spire mod Downfall was hijacked to spread malware through Steam
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The malware was designed to steal passwords Image credit: Table 9 Studio Slay The Spire mod Downfall suffered a “security breach” on Christmas day which allowed hackers to distribute malware through Steam, the developers of the mod say. The malware attempts to steal users’ passwords from their internet browser, as well as passwords for messaging services Telegram and Discord. Affected users would have seen a “Unity library installer popup” upon launching Downfall during the hijack. The hack was reversed as…
  • Indie publisher Versus Evil closed and all staff laid off
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The publisher were bought by tinyBuild in 2021 Versus Evil, the publisher behind The Banner Saga and Pillars Of Eternity 2, among others, has been closed down and its entire staff laid off. Versus Evil were bought by tinyBuild in November 2021. “Entire 13 person company, Versus Evil, laid off today December 22 at the start our Christmas break,” wrote former director of product strategy Francis Fincke on LinkedIn. The Versus Evil account on X confirmed the news. “Today is…
  • Metal Gear Solid’s Master Collection finally gets an official fix for some of its biggest issues on PC
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Patch 1.4.0 is much chunkier than Konami’s previous updates Image credit: Konami Metal Gear Solid’s Master Collection was a fairly underwhelming package of some of the greatest video games ever made when it released back in October. While official updates since then have done little to address some of its most egregious problems – leaving modders to step in, as usual – the game’s latest patch has finally offered up a decent serving of improvements direct from the source. Patch…
  • Insomniac break silence on hacked Wolverine PC build: “we want everyone to enjoy the games we develop as intended”
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Company “saddened and angered” by theft of employee information and dev materials Image credit: Sony Earlier this week, hackers published over 1.6 terabytes of data stolen from Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games, with files ranging from employee passport scans, Slack conversations and employment records to details of several forthcoming games. Totalling around 1.3 million files, the hack includes a fully playable WIP PC version of Insomniac’s Wolverine game, which has yet to be formally shown off beyond some initial concept images,…
  • China reveal new limits on game spending and rewards, wiping billions from Tencent and NetEase market value
    Draft restrictions ban daily login rewards and limit digital wallet top-ups Image credit: Tencent Chinese regulators have announced far-reaching curbs on monetisation and reward systems for online games, in a move that has wiped almost $80 billion from the market value of the world’s biggest videogame publisher Tencent and their rival NetEase. Under the new government restrictions, which are pending final approval, online games in China will be banned from giving players rewards for logging in every day, spending money within the game for the first time, or spending money several times consecutively. As reported by Reuters, the rules further…
  • Steam now lets you mark games as private
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Image credit: Aurora Games If you’ve opted in to the Steam client beta, you can now mark games in your Steam library as private so that they’re invisible to other users. That means that if you’re – as a hypothetical – a games journalist who once had to buy and install some games with questionable names and subject matter for an article you were writing, you can now hide that so it’s no longer visible to your friends or -…
  • Steam's 2023 winter sale is now underway
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Nacon The Steam winter sale is now underway, with discounts across the digital storefront’s catalogue of games from now until January 4th. This also means that voting is now open in the 2023 Steam Awards, with the slightly earlier closing date of January 2nd. 50% seems like a decent discount for a relatively recent game like Star War Wars Jedi: Survivor. 50% off Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth makes an already life-consuming game even better value. That…
  • The Steam Awards 2023 nominees sure seem weird to me
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Image credit: Bethesda Game Studios The nominees for the public-voted Steam Awards have been announced and they are, perhaps more than ever before, baffling to me. If I was being uncharitable, I’d say that’s because the list is overrun by games with large multiplayer communities that can be encouraged to vote for them – but who would want to be uncharitable? Let’s instead say that the list is certainly not boring, even if Starfield gets a nod for “most innovative…
  • Naughty Dog cancel The Last Of Us Online while teasing new single player projects
    Launching a live service would have required “all our studio resources” Image credit: Sony Naughty Dog have officially stopped development of The Last Of Us Online, a multiplayer game based on their celebrated McCarthyite (no, not that McCarthy – I mean the novelist) post-apocalyptic action-adventure. Announced in the dusty days of 2018 as a multiplayer mode for The Last Of Us: Part 2, it evolved into a standalone experience with new characters and a new setting, but Sony reportedly scaled the project back earlier this year. Naughty Dog have now formally called it quits, stating that supporting a live service…
  • Creative Assembly apologise for “mistakes” with Total Warhammer 3 and Pharaoh, offering part-refunds and free DLC
    “We see the confusion, the frustration, and the distrust of us across the community” Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Sega I haven’t been keeping up with player reaction to the latest Twar and Twarhammer games, but it seems players are none too pleased with Creative Assembly right now. In a rather dramatic open letter, the company’s vice president Roger Collum has acknowledged that Total War: Warhammer 3’s Shadows of Change add-on and the recent historical strategy outing Total War: Pharaoh did not ship in a desirable state, with complaints ranging from wobbly execution to overpricing. The studio will try to make…
  • Arkane release new Marvel's Blade concept artworks, hinting at missions, combat and levels
    Half-vampires abroad on the burning streets of Paris Image credit: Microsoft Arkane Lyon’s studio director Sebastien Mitton has shared three concept artworks for the Deathloop developer’s adaptation of Marvel’s Blade, a third-person action adventure set in Paris, which was announced last week during the Keighleys. On the surface the artworks give away little, but thankfully, I am a Vampire of News, equipped with supernatural vision and insight. Why not come inside my den and let me regale you with some speculations? Don’t worry about the red stains on the carpet, that’s just, er, strawberry jam from all the doughnuts I’ve…
  • Please stop huffing your Steam Deck vent fumes, Valve plead, as players obsess over “new Deck smell”
    “We understand that it may be a meme, but please refrain from this behavior for the safety of your health” Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun Valve have asked Steam Deck owners to stop inhaling the fumes from the Steam Deck’s air vent, after the portable PC’s uniquely moreish smell became an obsession among the community. Watch on YouTube Dozens of posts over on the Steam Deck subreddit show players discovering the aroma from their fresh Decks; I’ve seen posts comparing its scent to a new car, US DIY store Lowes and a fresh PlayStation 1 controller, among everything in-between. There…
  • Just four days after The Day Before finally launched, devs Fntastic have closed down
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Say they lack the funds to continue developing the zombie-survival game Image credit: Fntastic Less than a week after The Day Before’s disastrous launch on PC, following multiple delays and becoming the most wishlisted game on Steam, the makers of the zombie-survival shooter have announced their closure. Watch on YouTube The Day Before finally hit Early Access on Steam four days ago after a series of delays that saw it slide back from its original release date last year to…
  • Alone in the Dark reboot delayed again, will now land in March so devs “avoid any potential crunch”
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Previously bumped back to 2024 to dodge a crowded October Image credit: THQ Nordic The reboot of survival-horror series Alone in the Dark has seen a second delay, with its release date now landing toward the end of next March. Publishers THQ Nordic ascribed the roughly two-month slip to their efforts in avoiding development crunch. Alone in the Dark came to light last summer as a reimagining of the 1992 psychological horror game set in the very haunted house of…
  • Yes, there will be another Resident Evil remake, Capcom confirm – but they won’t say which one just yet
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. “We are very grateful to users that are vocal about their opinion,” adds RE4 Remake director Surprise, surprise: Capcom are working on another Resident Evil remake in their successful series of ground-up rebuilds for the survival-horror franchise. As for whether we’ll barrel straight into Resident Evil 5 from this year’s RE4 Remake or jump back to Zero or even, uh, sideways to Code Veronica? They won’t say – yet. Resident Evil 4 Remake director Yasuhiro Anpo gave a definitive answer…
  • Biggest Baldur's Gate 3 update yet adds epilogue, new modes and Act 3 performance fixes
    Possibly the weirdest set of patch notes so far Image credit: Larian Studios / Rock Paper Shotgun Larian have released Baldur’s Gate 3 patch 5, which they’re calling the fantasy RPG’s “most feature-filled” update so far, and glancing over the patch notes, it’s hard to disagree. It’s not just about shaving the cats, this time: the standout additions and fixes include a new story epilogue, two new modes, and some performance boosts aimed specifically at the game’s ever-divisive third act. Here’s are Larian’s own highlights for your avid consumption. No, I don’t know what a “PS5” is either. Some kind…
  • Capcom wants you to buy Dragon's Dogma 2 for $70 and yeah, I probably wouldn't
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Resident Evil publisher breaks the $70 barrier for the first time Image credit: Capcom Capcom’s fantasy action-RPG Dragon’s Dogma 2 will sell for $69.99 – $70, if you disregard the usual “deduct one cent to fool silly left-to-right readers into thinking it’s significantly cheaper” gambit – when it releases in March 2024. If you’re in the UK, the figure is currently £53.98 on Steam. It’s the first time Capcom have sold the base edition of a game for $70 in…
  • Almost half of CD Projekt developers are now working on The Witcher 4, aka Polaris
    Cyberpunk now on the backburner as work on the new fantasy RPG spins up Image credit: CD Projekt Red I hope you’ve had your fill of cyberpunk, because we’re heading back to Rivia, baby. Almost half of CD Projekt’s development staff – around 330 people – are now working on the next Witcher game, the mysterious project Polaris. The news comes from CD Projekt’s latest earnings report, as passed on by IGN. According to the company’s CEO Adam Kiciński, over 400 developers will be working on Polaris by the middle of 2024, with some currently transferring from development of Cyberpunk…
  • Dragon's Dogma 2's leaked March release date has been confirmed
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. There’s a new trailer, too Image credit: Capcom Dragon’s Dogma 2’s release date seemed to leak via European ratings board PEGI a little over a week ago, and sure enough, it’s now confirmed. Capcom’s fantasy sequel will launch on March 22nd, 2024, and there’s a new trailer. Two new minutes of Dragon’s Dogma 2. The news was confirmed during this evening’s Dragon’s Dogma 2 showcase, which was around 13 minutes long and included the above trailer. Game director Hideaki Itsuno…
  • Bethesda are individually rebutting Starfield Steam reviewers, defending the loading breaks and “empty” worlds
    House of Skyrim quietly goes to war with detractors Image credit: Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda’s heaping plateful of space-spaghetti Starfield presently rejoices in the status of a Mixed Steam user review rating, with over 80,000 such reviews posted to date. Bethesda High Command are clearly displeased with this, and several unnamed but platform-verified developers have begun replying to and rebutting individual Steam reviewers, giving apparent priority to complaints about the game’s loading breaks during fast travel and when moving between maps. “While there may be loading screens in between fast travelling, just consider the amount of data for the expansive…
  • Killer Instinct is about to unlock all of its fighters and premium DLC for free forever if you already own it
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Current players will upgrade to a new Anniversary Edition as its base game goes free-to-play Would you believe the reboot of classic fighting game Killer Instinct is now a decade old? Well, it is! To mark the occasion, developers Iron Galaxy are taking it free-to-play – but not before they give existing PC players the game’s entire roster and premium DLC for free. A new Killer Instinct: Anniversary Edition will join a free-to-play version of the fighter’s base game, allowing…
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 has been delayed until late 2024
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Release date will be announced next month Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 had no confirmed release date beyond the vague “2023” still listed on its Steam page. In a business update released today by publishers Focus Entertainment, however, it seems the third-person boltgunner has been delayed into the “second half of 2024”. “The game is now poised to ship in the second half of 2024, to provide the time needed to properly polish the game and to ensure the best…
  • Half-Life is Steam Deck verified with new multiplayer maps for its 25th anniversary
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Image credit: Valve Software Half-Life came out 25 years ago tomorrow and to celebrate Valve ahve released an anniversary update. It includes four new multiplayer maps, updated graphics settings, and fully verified Steam Deck support. It also includes some new multiplayer models and skins, including proto-Barney and the original design for Gordon Freeman, pictured above. “We finally put our game through our own “Verified” tests, and… we failed super hard,” says Valve’s microsite on the update. “So we fixed it!…
  • Annapurna might be entering their own acquisition age after buying Gone Home, Neon White and Cocoon co-devs
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Promise it’ll remain business as usual for 24 Bit Studios Image credit: Annapurna Interactive Beloved indie outlet Annapurna have made their first-ever acquisition in the video game space, snapping up the studio responsible for co-developing a number of their biggest hits. Watch on YouTube South Africa-based 24 Bit Games boast credits across much of Annapurna’s catalogue, ranging from credits on Gone Home – helping to patch the beloved narrative game on PC, as well as upgrade it to a newer…
  • EA have removed Rocket Arena from sale without much warning
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Rocket Arena, the third-person hero shooter published in 2020 by EA, has been removed from sale without much warning. So far neither EA or developers Final Strike Games have given a reason for the delisting, but you can no longer buy it from its Steam or EA store pages. There was an easily-missed mention from EA a few days ago that Rocket Arena would be removed from game subscription service EA Play on November 14th, but at the time there…
  • Arma Reforger, Bohemia's bridge towards Arma 4, has left Early Access
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. With new helicopters, logistics and fast travel Arma Reforger, the latest game in the long-running milsim series, has been in Early Access since May last year. No longer. It’s 1.0 update arrived today, adding helicopters, a totally revised supply system, and as close to fast travel as the relentlessly realistic shooter will allow. Arma Reforger’s 1.0 release trailer. Reforger now includes the UH-1H and Mi-8MT, two real choppers, which have been created with functional cockpit instruments and all-new flight model.…
  • The Steam Deck OLED is out now and ready to ship immediately
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Though expect the see-through Limited Edition to go quickly Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun Don’t mind me, just pressing my face through the bars of my Black Friday cell to bark a reminder that the Steam Deck OLED is on sale now via the Steam Store. Unlike with the original Steam Deck’s launch, Valve say the much-upgraded OLED version arrives with ample stock, so buyers can hopefully get theirs posted out without delay. The familiar reservation system is “ready to…
  • CD Projekt announce free Witcher 3 mod editor for release in 2024
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Image credit: CD Projekt CD Projekt have announced that they’re working on a free mod editor for The Witcher 3, allowing you to write entire new quests for grizzly Geralt, or just make him walk around with no trousers on, which he spends every other cutscene doing anyway. There are already many mods for the venerable fantasy RPG, of course – the options range from mods that give you Henry Cavill’s face to mods that simulate the effects of long…
  • Blizzard say the Diablo series is “extremely poised” for more experiments like the shift to open world
    Once they’re done adding a million things to Diablo 4, anyway Image credit: Blizzard I do not greatly enjoy the playing of Diablo 4, but I do rather enjoy its hellish setting, which I would characterise as a Warhammer table-top diorama dunked in a bucket of frozen offal. As such, I’m tickled gall-bladder-pink to hear that Blizzard consider the action-RPG series “a wonderful platform” for different types of game, now that they’ve made the leap to an open world format. For the most part, said experimentation will occur in the course of Diablo 4 expansions – the first of which,…
  • A fifteen year open source effort to remake Dungeon Keeper just hit 1.0
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Modern controls, 4K and multiplayer included Image credit: KeeperFX Dungeon Keeper is a stone cold, never-bettered classic of the management genre, no matter how many other games try to mimic its devilish setting and moreish progression. The only issue is that the 1997 original is a little ugly and constrained by modern standards. Enter KeeperFx, a long-running open source project to make the original Dungeon Keeper run at higher resolutions, with widescreen support, improved AI, online multiplayer, modern controls and…
  • 2D roguelike remaster Risk Of Rain Returns is out now
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The original Risk Of Rain was a chaotic, 2D sidescroller about turning a tiny character into a wandering projectile swarm. It’s sequel mimicked the systems but switched from pixel art to 3D – and in my eyes lost a little of its readability in the process. Enter Risk Of Rain Returns, a full remaster of the 2D original with higher resolution artwork, new survivors, and slicker multiplayer. It’s out now. Risk Of Rain Returns’ launch trailer. Each life in Risk…
  • The first GTA 6 trailer will launch in early December 2023, Rockstar confirm
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Update: Co-founder Sam Houser rubber-stamps earlier reports Update 8th November 2023: Rockstar have confirmed that a GTA 6 trailer will release before 2023 is out. Posting on Xitter, the developer’s co-founder Sam Houser wrote that “we are very excited to let you know that in early December, we will release the first trailer for the next Grand Theft Auto.” Original story: Rockstar will make a quick Grand Theft Auto 6 announcement as soon as this week ahead of the first…
  • BioWare release new Mass Effect 5 “Epsilon” trailer while hinting about Mass Effect 3 connections
    “What about S– nevermind, you get the idea.” Image credit: EA/RockPaperShotgun Years of anticipation finally became reality last night when a videogame company posted a video of somebody in a sharp trench coat and mirror visor walking down a dim hall, swivelling dramatically to eyeball the viewer, then casually drawing a pistol and walking into a roomful of unfocussed Potential. This is Mass Effect 5, actual title possibly Mass Effect: Epsilon – “epsilon” being the Top Secret Codename of this hidden page on the Mass Effect website. What does it all mean? I don’t know. It’s a nice coat, though,…
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2's first confirmed playable race is the Brujah, again
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. One drop of blood at a time Image credit: Paradox/The Chinese Room Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has named its first playable race: the Brujah, who love to settle brouhahas with brutal melee combat. A brief, fifteen second trailer showed a little of that combat in action in The Chinese Room’s rebooted take on the RPG sequel. Find it below. A brief Brujah introduction in Bloodlines 2. I almost titled this post “Video game announces marketing beat,” because that’s…
  • One of the best shoot 'em ups ever just arrived on Steam
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Image credit: Treasure Radiant Silvergun is a little less well known than its successor Ikaruga, but it remains a shmup classic from Treasure, the masters of the genre. It was released in Japanese arcades in 1998 and it arrives on Steam today. The Steam trailer for Radiant Silvergun. A vertically scrolling shmup, you’re given three primary weapons, three secondary weapons created by combining them, and a sword with which to take down enemies. While Ikaruga is better known for its…
  • Capcom is worried that mods “offensive to public order and morals” will ‘tarnish’ the rep of their PC games
    Someone over there really doesn’t like Thomas the Tank Engine Modding Resident Evil with Thomas the Tank Engine in place of Mr. X/Lady Dimitrescu/Nemesis/the monster of your choosing is so much a tradition at this point that Capcom may as well set the inevitable Resident Evil Zero remake aboard the interior of the chirpy children’s TV character. While players might be having fun modding Thomas, Shrek and Barney the Dinosaur into its survival-horror series, Capcom has expressed concern that some mods may cause “reputational damage” to the company and their games. That’s per an internal presentation from Capcom’s R&D department…
  • Steam’s most wishlisted – and controversial – game The Day Before will release next month, after another delay
    Will the open-world zombie MMO’s ‘Final Trailer’ really be its last? Image credit: Fntastic Will it ever be The Day Of for much-delayed and gossip-laden zombie MMO The Day Before? We’ll apparently find out in just over a month, as The Day Before’s release date has now been announced as December 5th following yet another slide back from its previous date of November 10th. That’s after developers Fntastic previously promised that there wouldn’t be any more delays – something its latest ‘Final Trailer’ presumably vows once again. It’s the latest in a series of delays for the open-world survival game…
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has a voiced main character
    Image credit: Paradox/The Chinese Room Your character in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 isn’t a blank slate and will speak during dialogue scenes. New developres The Chinese Room introduced the protagonist in a new video, in which they show a couple of interactive conversation and then layout the backstory underpinning the troubled narrative RPG. Here’s the video, with the example conversations at 1m 25s and 12m 15s: A video introducing Bloodlines 2’s protagonist. Bloodlines 2’s protagonist is called Phyre, and they’re an Elder vampire first turned in the 17th century and now awoken in a modern world they don’t…
  • Ubisoft are switching off online services for another batch of games
    Pour one out for R.U.S.E. Image credit: Ubisoft Ubisoft are “decommissioning” another slate of games next January, including Assassin’s Creed Revelations, R.U.S.E., and Trials Evolution. These games will remain playable, but their online services will be switched off meaning leaderboards, online multiplayer, co-op and other features will stop working. Here’s the full list of PC games which are impacted by the switch-off: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Mac) Assassin’s Creed Revelations Ghost Recon Future Soldier Heroes of Might and Magic VI NCIS R.U.S.E Trials Evolution “Decommissioning such services for older games is not something we take lightly, but is a necessity as…
  • Remedy discuss Control 2 and the Max Payne remakes, while Sam Lake teases “huge budget dark gothic fantasy”
    Alan Wake 2 devs also touch on Control spin-off Condor and the mysterious Codename Vanguard Fresh from the release of Alan Wake 2 – and apparently with a view to driving me nuts, because I haven’t had a chance to play Alan Wake 2 yet – Remedy have shared some titbits about future projects. These include the modestly-known about Control 2, a sequel to the paranormal Brutalist telekinet ’em up that is seeing “good progress”, and the forthcoming remakes of Max Payne 1 and 2, on which Remedy are collaborating with GTA and Max Payne 3 developer Rockstar. Further afield,…
  • Steam players are loving this free RTS that’s like Anno in space
    Planet S is out after a year of early access, and it seems well worth playing Image credit: TeamJA You know what’s pretty great? Good video games. You know what makes good video games even better? Not having to pay a penny for them. Well, I come bearing great news for lovers of good video games you can play without paying a penny: Planet S is totally free and by all accounts pretty darn good. Planet S plonks players in a solar system made up of 14 procedurally-generated planets, each varying in their terrain and resource availability. As a spacefaring…
  • Crytek will never “replace” Hunt Showdown with Hunt 2 the way Overwatch 2 did Overwatch 1
    “Other products in the Hunt franchise” would be “brand extensions”, says general manager Image credit: Crytek Crytek have no plans to make a sequel to sweaty monster-culling FPS Hunt: Showdown, and will thus hopefully avoid the publicity problems currently faced by Activision-Blizzard’s Overwatch 2 and Valve’s Counter-Strike 2 – both presented as sequels with fancier technology, but in practice, more like service-game content seasons arbitrarily upgraded into replacements, with the ‘previous’ games, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, being taken offline to avoid splitting the playerbase. Speaking to me in an interview about Hunt’s evolution since its launch out of early…
  • Gangs of Sherwood, aka Robin Hood filtered through Warhammer’s grimdark lens, has been delayed almost a month
    Now shooting for a late November release after “abundant feedback” from this month’s Steam Next Fest demo Image credit: Appeal Studios/Nacon Gangs of Sherwood, the co-op PvE game inspired by the English folk hero but set in a gritty neo-medieval future closer to the grimdark world of Warhammer, has seen its release date pushed back by almost a month. Gangs of Sherwood first stalked out of the shadows last summer, unveiling a distinctly different take on the classic story of the heroic outlaw stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Gone were the verdant forests of Sherwood and…
  • Alan Wake 2 New Game+ and DLC plans include what can only be a Control crossover
    Don’t make me a liar, Remedy Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Remedy Entertainment You haven’t even downloaded Remedy’s Alan Wake 2 yet, assuming you’re planning to, which means it’s already time to start thinking about what you’ll do once you’ve finished it. Apologies, the news beat is a cruel mistress and the present is always past, but in my defence, jumping irresponsibly around the timeline does make sense for a supernatural horror game that follows two characters through different dimensions. Remedy’s plans for the game include a chunky New Game+ mode, aka “Final Draft”, which will hopefully arrive in late November,…
  • The Finals open beta is live now with a new map and mode to destroy
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  • Foxhole's massive Naval Warfare update is out now, adding gunboats and subs to its persistent battlefield
    Teamwork and death at sea Image credit: Siege Camp Foxhole is a massively multiplayer battlefield in which players can be frontline soldiers or part of a rear detachment providing supplies and logistical support. A major free update is out today, Naval Warfare, which as the name suggets brings that persistent online war to the sea, with gunboats, destroyers and beach landings to contend with. Here’s a launch trailer: The launch trailer for Foxhole’s Naval Warfare update. Players will be responsible for every part of running their ships, from maintaining its engines, sonar and navigation systems, to delivering ammunition, firing the…
  • Ubisoft delay Skull and Bones yet again, together with a mystery “large game”
    Ubisoft’s multiplayer Jolly Rog ’em up Skull and Bones is caught on the reefs once again. Recently tipped to appear in early fiscal year 2023-2024, it’s now due to make landfall in the publisher’s FYQ4 – sometime between January and March 2024. What’s the Golden Age of Piracy equivalent for “vapourware”? I’m picturing a spectral vessel like the Flying Dutchman, crewed by glum-faced producers and with a big grimacing statue of company CEO Yves Guillemot affixed to the prow. The troubled naval combat sim isn’t the only Ubisoft project experiencing misadventures. As revealed in their latest earnings report, the publisher…
  • SteamVR 2.0 is out and improves the storefront's UI for headsets
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Following on from Deck and Big Picture changes Image credit: Valve Valve have spent the past year or so gradually updating the Steam interface, partly to bring parity across its various forms such as the handheld Steam Deck and on-the-telly Big Picture mode. Now it’s virtual reality’s turn, with the launch of SteamVR 2.0. SteamVR 2.0 includes “most of the current features of Steam and Steam Deck”. There’s an updated keyboard with new languages and emojis, integrated Steam Chat and…
  • Remedy's latest game, Alan Wake 2, contains their very first
    But sadly not in playable form Image credit: Epic/RockPaperShotgun This isn’t a Mega-Scoop for the Ages, but it’s a fun little story. Tucked away in one dark corner of Remedy’s latest horror extravaganza Alan Wake 2 you’ll find an arcade cabinet machine dedicated to the very first game the Finnish developer ever made. The project in question is Death Rally, a top-down combat racer for MS-DOS in the spirit of Micro Machines, which graced CRTs all the way back in 1996. Published by Apogee, it sees you looping around toytown courses, peppering your rivals with bullets or pranging them with…
  • Metal Gear Solid – Master Collection Vol 1 is out, bringing MGS3 to PC for the first time
    Image credit: Image credit: Konami Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAA – Oh, there you are, Snake. This is just a quick Codec to let you know that Konami’s stealth blockbuster bundle Metal Gear Solid – Master Collection Volume 1 is now available to buy. Did you ever play Metal Gear Solid, Snake? It’s this sprawling philosophical epic about war, surveillance, AI, nationalism and anti-heroism, a baroque metafictional saga spanning generations that is also a complex series of videogame design experiments. I know – it’s a lot to take in, Snake, but you can sort of boil the series down to the difference…
  • Elder Scrolls 6 will keep Skyrim's approach to levelling and “traces” of its magic, says former Starfield designer
    “You can’t throw away everything, you can’t keep everything, you can’t update everything.” The Elder Scrolls 6 is going to be a mixture of new ideas and RPG systems that go all the way back to The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, according to Bethesda’s former design director Bruce Nesmith, who was lead designer on The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and senior designer on Starfield. In particular, Nesmith reckons it will “absolutely” continue with Skyrim’s approach to levelling and progression, whereby you improved skills by performing the associated actions. He also thinks the game will “probably” retain elements of the magic…
  • One of the most promising Silent Hill clones is in serious trouble
    Heartworm developer looking for a new publisher If you’ve been looking at the current crop of Silent Hill sequels, remakes and remasters and pining for the foggy streets and busted doorknobs of yesteryear, I recommend trying the demo for Heartworm. This is survival horror just the way Mother used to make it – before Mother read all those forbidden books and decided to sacrifice you to Samael, Lord of Serpents and Reeds. You’ve got your 3D engine with fixed camera perspectives, your thick coating of TV static, your sluggish vehicular control scheme, your enemies that could be either demons or…
  • Final Fantasy 14 director would still love to do a Diablo crossover, please
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  • Alan Wake 2's PC system requirements are hefty, with an RTX2060 minimum
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Alan Wake 2 is out in a little under a week, and Remedy have just announced its PC system requirements. Things I learned: I probably can’t play Alan Wake 2. The requirements were shared the traditional way, with an image you have to click to embiggen on X (formerly Twitter): Hey PC gamers! Here you have a full list of PC system requirements for Alan Wake 2.🔦 #alanwake pic.twitter.com/7whRbJoVK5— Alan Wake 2 (@alanwake) October 20, 2023 The minimum requirements, needed…
  • Starfield’s lead quest designer joins other ex-Bethesda devs – plus Obsidian and BioWare vets – to work on upcoming open-world RPG Wyrdsong
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  • First-person Forager-like Outpath, out today, is also like Minecraft SkyBlock for lazy people
    Image credit: GrabTheGames/UpgradePoint David Moralejo Sánchez’s Outpath, a blend of island base-building game and idle clicker, is now out on Steam with a launch discount and a rapidly growing sackful of positive reader reviews. The gist, for those who missed out on the demo: you walk around small islands punching resources out of the landscape, building crafting stations and dwellings, and slowly amassing the means to access other islands. Or, you ignore all that, and treat the whole thing as an idle clicker, with no time limit and no real opportunity to fail. Graham had a look at Outpath’s free…
  • Yes, Diablo 4 will be Steam Deck Verified when it hits Steam next week
    Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment Ahead of Diablo 4’s jump from Battlenet onto Steam in just a few days’ time, Blizzard has confirmed that its demon-slaying action-RPG will be fully Steam Deck Verified when it lands. Watch on YouTube Diablo 4 releases on Steam next Tuesday, October 17th – the same day that its second season, Season of Blood, also kicks off. That update will bring a new questline investigating pesky bloodsuckers – plus the chance to wield their vampiric powers for yourself using a new potent blood resource – fresh enemies to mow through and a host of quality-of-life improvements,…
  • Microsoft finally buy Activision Blizzard as last legal hurdles fall away
    And Bobby Kotick is staying on through the end of 2023 Image credit: Activision-Blizzard/Microsoft Microsoft have finally, finally, finally bought Activision Blizzard after many months of haggling with regulators in several countries. The total figure for the company behind Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch and Hearthstone, to say nothing of whopping mobile game publisher King and Candy Crush Saga? $68.7 billion, making this the biggest buyout in videogames industry history. This follows the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s provisional approval of the acquisition last month, which the CMA upgraded to non-provisional just this morning, pronouncing themselves satisfied with…
  • Valve upgrades Steam's security after several games are hacked and filled with malware
    Platform owner reports “an uptick in sophisticated attacks” on Steam devs Image credit: Valve Valve are introducing text message verification for game developers using Steamworks, following what the platform-holders describe as a limited incident which saw hackers taking over several Steamworks accounts and adding malware to their games. Reportedly, fewer than 100 Steam players have been affected by the malware – I hope you’re not among them. It’s not clear which and how many projects have been affected by the hacks, but the incident appears to date back to late August, and victims include NanoWar: Cells VS Virus developer Benoît…
  • Valve bin off Counter-Strike 2's Mac support, offering a CS:GO “legacy version” in return
    DirectX 9 and 32-bit PC support also canned Image credit: Valve Are you a Mac player who’s been hungrily looking forward to the eventual Mac port of Counter-Strike 2, released last month, after sinking many hours and much pocket money into the preceding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? Fantastic news, it’s been binned off! In the course of making what they’re calling “the largest technical leap in CS history”, Valve have decided to discontinue support for MacOS. They’re also doing away with support for older PCs, including DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems – in future, the game will be exclusive to…
  • FTL meets Slay The Spire in this Steam Next Fest demo
    Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Rocket Rat Games We recommended a dozen Steam Next Fest demos out the gate but that barely scratched the surface of the demo-o-rama. So after diving back into the demo pile myself, I have another recommendation for you: adventuring across the galaxy in roguelikelike spaceship deck-building dungeon-crawler Cobalt Core. If you enjoy Slay The Spire and FTL, do have a look, though I might argue that FTL’s follow-up, Into The Breach seems a stronger influence. Ah, play the demo and see for yourself! So, you’re a rag-tag spaceship crew in a time loop, adventuring across the…
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum devs were expected to make an ambitious triple-A game on a tenth of the budget, report claims
    Daedalic apparently knew the panned Lord of the Rings spin-off was a “total loss” long before release Image credit: Image credit: Daedalic Entertainment / Nacon / Rock Paper Shotgun The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is one of the more notable video game messes in recent years, with the Tolkien spin-off releasing earlier this year to universally negative reviews and claiming the unwanted position of being the worst game of 2023 so far on Metacritic and OpenCritic. A new report has delved into some of what went wrong behind the scenes at developers Daedalic, alleging a combination of overstretched resources,…
  • Call Of The Sea devs' next game has you escaping a deadly reality TV show this November
    Truman Show anxiety and 2.5D platforming collide in American Arcadia Image credit: Raw Fury We’ve all imagined ourselves as the stars (or the villains) of a reality show, right? What could we say, how could we act, or who could we woo to bag the ultimate prize? Everyman Trevor Hills – with his office getup, dad-sized ‘tache, and lanky build – isn’t quite so lucky in the upcoming American Arcadia. You see, he’s unknowingly stuck in a reality TV show where the penalty for unpopularity is death, and considering he has the personality of a pencil, his only option is…
  • Cyberpunk 2077's sequel might not be first-person, according to CDPR
    The team are still undecided when it comes to Codename Orion Image credit: CD Projeckt RED Cyberpunk 2077 – now redeemed and somewhat rebuilt after the car crash that was its initial launch – is looking ahead at the even further future. CD Projekt Red have expressed that they have “no regrets” about switching from a third-person camera to a first-person one in the transition from The Witcher to Cyberpunk, however, for future games in Night City, the studio are still undecided. That’s according to CDPR’s quest director Paweł Sasko, who discussed the changing perspectives in an investor Q&A (Good…
  • Silent Hill: Ascension releases on Halloween
    The monsters aren’t just in Silent Hill anymore Image credit: Konami Pre-registrations have gone live for Konami’s Silent Hill: Ascension, an interactive drama for mobiles – I know, shush, I’m sure it’ll come to PCs eventually – which follows a cast of characters around the world who are being tormented by monsters from the eponymous Town of Woe. My enthusiasm for Silent Hill these days is approximately that of a dog returning to his vomit (or better, a depressive male protagonist with repressed memories that keep reeling him back to the same, misty high street). There have been so many…
  • Diablo 4's Season 2 update feels like a pre-planned “triumphant comeback” arc
    Quality-of-life upgrades galore, plus vampires Image credit: Activision Blizzard Diablo 4 has been on the back-burner amid the chaos of Baldur’s Gate 3 and Starfield’s launches, but much like an arch-demonness putting together the pieces of an inter-planar conspiracy, Blizzard have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes. The action-RPG’s next big round of additions, the Season of Blood, launches on 17th October alongside the Steam edition of the game. It introduces a new season journey and questline, a new season event, and some skulking new enemies of the Nosferatu persuasion. The new quest sounds quite fun from…
  • Cyberpunk 2077 2.01 update hits PC with many progress and crash bug fixes
    That hot dog stand is no longer a prison Image credit: CD Projekt RED CD Projekt have released the full patch notes for Cyberpunk 2077’s 2.01 update, which as you might recall, stops people tumbling through certain elevator floors when the frame-rate drops. Out now on PC, the update spans many other technical fixes and improvements, some of them specific to the recently released Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty DLC. The highlights include performance enhancements when roving Phantom Liberty’s new Dogtown area, a fix for magically disappearing traffic during the Moving Heat quest, and fixes for a smattering of progression blockers,…
  • Resident Evil 4 Remake’s Separate Ways DLC will let you Spider-Man it up as Ada Wong, and it’s out next week
    Ada and Wesker also headed to Mercenaries mode in a free update Image credit: Capcom Resident Evil 4 Remake’s Separate Ways DLC – following the adventures of Ada Wong while Leon Kennedy is busy fighting giant fish monsters and escorting presidents’ daughters – has been fully revealed, and it’s out soon. Next week, in fact. Separate Ways was originally introduced to OG Resident Evil 4 when it released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005. It sees Ada become the player character, revealing what the mysterious spy is up to in-between the moments where her path crosses with that of Leon…
  • The original Tomb Raider trilogy is being remastered for release next year
    With HD graphics and modern controls Image credit: Aspyr/Crystal Dynamics The first three Tomb Raider games are being remastered and re-released. The awkwardly named Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft refreshes the graphics, adds quality-of-life features, and will release next year on February 14th. Announcement trailer for the Tomb Raider trilogy remake.The collection contains Tomb Raiders 1 and the Unfinished Business expansion, Tomb Raider 2 and the Gold Mask expansion, and Tomb Raider 3 and The Lost Artifact expansion. The visual look of all three games has been revised, with crisper textures, a more detailed Lara Croft model, and…
  • Steam celebrates its 20th anniversary in the only way it knows how: with a sale
    And a trip down memory lane Image credit: Valve Today marks 20 years since the release of Steam, as we wrote about earlier today. Valve have now posted their own reminiscence about the history of their digital distribution platform over on the Steam site. And in typical Steam fashion, it’s also a sale. The 20th anniversary page runs down the last twenty years of the platform, briefly noting the major changes that year – and some of the wider pop cultural trends of the moment. “The year is 2003. MySpace launches, Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes the governor of California, and ‘In…
  • Alan Wake 2's developers “have always internally felt that we need to find ways to do longer games”
    And nu-Wake will be Remedy’s longest yet Image credit: Image credit: Remedy Entertainment Alan Wake 2 outfit Remedy Entertainment have “always” felt pressured to make their games longer, creative director Sam Lake has observed in a new interview which also picks apart the differences between the forthcoming midwestern spookalot, out this October, and the 2010 original. Lake added that, Remedy’s sense of audience expectations notwithstanding, he himself has difficulty setting aside hours for longer games. “[It’s] just struggling with finding time and you know, being interested in a story, wanting to see it through,” he said. “So it can even…
  • Total War: Pharaoh has a release date, and a sweeping campaign map flyover video
    Sphinx and you’ll miss it Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Sega The Creative Assembly and SEGA’s Total War: PHARAOH has a release date, 11th October 2023. There’s also a physical limited edition coming to Europe on 23rd October, for those of you who revel in such things as portraits of faction leaders, packs of cosmetics and posters of the game’s campaign map, which you can also check out in the new campaign flyover video below. In case you’re wondering, I’ve checked with the authorities and yes, PHARAOH should be written in all capitals, making a laughing stock of all previous RPS…
  • Men of War 2 release date falls back to 2024 in order to crush bugs with tanks
    WWII RTS had been due out this month Men of War 2 is moving its release date back to next year so that developers Best Way can add some extra technical polish to the upcoming World War II RTS. Men of War 2, which marks the return of the veteran strategy series launched with 2009’s original Men of War, had been due for release later this month. Ahead of its planned release date of September 20th, Best Way ran three beta weekends for the game, the latest giving a peek at its Classic and Realism modes last month. Men of…
  • Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti officially announced, will “max out” 1440p monitors
    Out tomorrow, January 5th, for £799 / $799 Annual tech bonanza CES is underway over in Las Vegas this week, and Nvidia have used the occasion to announce the latest graphics card in their RTX 40 series family, the RTX 4070 Ti. Out tomorrow, January 5th, at a starting price of £799 / $799, Nvidia say it’s faster than their previous flagship, the RTX 3090 Ti, and will “max out” 1440p monitors. In terms of specs, you’re looking at 12GB of GDDR6X memory, a boost clock speed of 2.61GHz, 7680 CUDA cores, as well as DLSS 3 support. Its power…
  • “Dismemberment has been a high priority” for System Shock remake
    Doomguy would like a word With a March release window already locked in, we won’t need to wait much longer to experience developer Nightdive’s System Shock remake. The 1994 immersive sim is receiving more than just a facelift, though, as Nightdive have released more new clips of the game in action over on their Kickstarter blog. Nightdive’s first blog post of the year gives us fresh looks at the game’s enemy variants, visual updates, and most importantly, its bloody cool dismemberment system. In their blog post, Nightdive wrote, “As you know dismemberment has been a high priority for us, and…
  • Steam Mystery Fest will offer discounts and demos in February
    Crime doesn’t pay, but it’ll be cheap RPS apparently never met a detective game it didn’t like. There are six on our list of the best games of 2022, for example. If the glowing praise of the team here convinced you to try Chinatown Detective Agency or The Case Of The Golden Idol, then you might want to wait a little while longer before buying them. One of next year’s genre-specific Steam sales will be the Steam Mystery Fest, running from February 20th-27th. The event will focus on games about “the spirit of investigation and solving mysteries”, and will include…
  • “There's no real need” to turn games into movies, says Death Stranding movie director Hideo Kojima
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. They haven’t decided whether it’ll include characters from the game Death Stranding director Hideo Kojima has claimed his upcoming Death Stranding movie is “taking a direction that nobody has tried before with a movie adaptation of a game”, arguing that other attempts to wring movies out of game-ies have failed because they “cater to gamers”. His will be different, he says, because he’s “taking the approach of changing and evolving the world of Death Stranding in a way that suits…
  • Three years later, The Division 2 is heading to Steam
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Ubisoft stopped releasing their games via Steam back in 2019, starting with The Division 2. The Tom Clancy shoot-to-looter was instead released via Ubisoft’s own digital storefront and via the Epic Games Store. It’ll finally arrive on Steam next month on January 12th, as part of Ubisoft’s broader shift back to Valve’s storefront. The Division 2’s Steam page is live now, though there’s no information on it yet about what Steam connected features it might support. Ubisoft announced last month…
  • Steam's winter sale is underway with thousands of discounts
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Have you considered that the real pleasure of PC gaming lies in buying games, installing them, and then playing them for one hour or not at all? If so, then good news! The Steam winter sale has begun, offering discounts on thousands of games you can add to your backlog. The sale runs from today until January 5th at 10 am PT/1pm ET/6pm GMT over at the Steam store. From a glance at the Steam homepage: Sony’s cinematic hack-and-slasher God…
  • Kungfu brawler Sifu is coming to Steam in March
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. More info on a free arena mode update, too Martial art fest Sifu will make its way to Steam in March 2023 together with a new free update, devs Sloclap have revealed. From the snippets Sloclap have shown, the update will have a new arenas mode that seems to be similar to combat challenge maps from the Arkham series. A new patch, 1.16, has also gone live for Sifu today to duff up some pesky crashes and bugs, although patch…
  • A fresh hotfix means The Witcher 3's next-gen update might work now
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The Witcher 3’s next-gen update was borked on PC, but a fresh hotfix from developers CD Projeckt Red might have just unborked it. They say the update to the update “should improve the overall stability and performance”, which will hopefully be especially good news for anyone trying to de-neck nekkers on an ageing graphics card. Here’s their Tweet, where they also say more improvements are incoming:We’ve just released a hotfix for The Witcher 3 on PC, which should improve the…
  • The Knight Witch is a witchcore Hollow Knight, with splashy combat and cosy characters
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Shoot robots and talk to your Himbo husband The Knight Witch deserves more attention than it’s getting. It’s a Metroidvania shmup in which you fly about, blast enemies with guns, and cast spells from a deck of cards. For all the bang and zip of the combat, it’s also deeply cosy, with lush 2D art and sweet character relationships in an underground post-apocalyptic world that’s still somehow filled with plants, rustic cabins and cute market stalls. There’s a free demo…
  • Brace yourselves, the Steam Winter Sale begins December 22nd
    Didn’t the autumn one end like, five minutes ago Valve have announced that the Steam Winter Sale will begin next week on December 22nd. I can already see myself standing in front of my mirror, chanting “I do not need more games” before sitting back down at my desk and splurging on everything I missed from this year’s RPS advent calendar. Valve have given us a peek at what’s going to be on sale, so click through to see what you should avoid buying until it starts. So, based on what’s shown in that trailer, games you should absolutely definitely…
  • Valve want to make another Steam Controller happen
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. And Steam Deck 2 will have a better screen and battery Remember the Steam controller? It was kind of like the Neanderthal to the Steam Deck’s Homo sapiens, existing for a brief few years before being discontinued back in 2019. Steam Controllers were an unusual evolutionary offshoot of the by-then fairly standardised controller layout, with funky clickable trackpads taking the place of thumbsticks. Well, Valve’s designers seem to be up for reviving the concept in some form. At least, that’s…
  • Tesla update puts Steam in their cars, so you can crash in games instead
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. It’s even got keyboard and mouse support for some bizarre reason We’re just a few weeks off living in the futuristic year of 2023, so it’s entirely unsurprising that the world’s (former) richest man just dropped the whole of Steam’s catalogue as a form of in-car entertainment. Elon Musk shared his company Tesla’s announcement, via his company Twitter, that not his company Steam was now supported in Tesla’s newest Model S and X vehicles. Do you remember when I-spy was…
  • FromSoftware aren't aiming for “Soulsborne type gameplay” in Armored Core VI
    Though the combat does sound a bit Sekiro-ey You might have missed it in the Games Awards news-glut, but FromSoftware announced a new game last week. Armored Core VI: Fires Of Rubicon marks the return of the mechs they used to make before Demon’s Souls set them on a different, swordier path, and IGN have just published a big interview that pokes into what bearing the Soulsbourne lineage might have on a game about flying mechs with guns and missiles. Armored Core director (and Sekiro lead designer) Masaru Yamamura welcomed Sekiro comparisons, while FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki was keen to…
  • Valve delist The Outbound Ghost on Steam after its lead developer says don’t buy the game
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Conradical Games are looking to take legal action against publisher Digerati Paper Mario-style indie RPG The Outbound Ghost has been delisted from Steam by Valve, following lead developer Conrad Grindheim issuing a statement that claimed his relationship with publisher Digerati had “dissolved”. Grindheim posted a video to YouTube and Twitter that alleged the publisher’s recent business practices towards the game haven’t been “ethically correct”. Digerati later shared their own video response on Twitter, with owner Sarah Alfieri saying Digerati have…
  • Portal with RTX has popped onto Steam, but good luck running it
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Reason enough for a replay, anyway A lot of people claim foisting modern graphics on older games just results in compromising the original’s artistic vision. I am a chump who likes shiny things, so the release of Portal with RTX on Steam pleases me. It’s free if you own Portal, but fellow chumps should be aware that it’s not running too hot for everyone, with reports of crashes and literally too-hot GPUs. Ray-tracing does not come cheap. This new, fancy…
  • Gears Tactics studio Splash Damage are making a Transformers action game
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. It’s a 1-4 player co-op action game made in collaboration with Hasbro Right, here’s where I have to stay objective and professional. I’ve been a card-carrying Transformers fan since Generation 1, so I’m somewhat confused by the trailer shown at The Game Awards tonight for Gears studio Splash Damage’s upcoming co-op action game Transformers: Reactivate. Yes, theoretically any rather large robot that changes shape counts as a Transformer. Possibly a GoBot, I’m not going to judge anyone on their lifestyle.…
  • Space Marine 2 trailer shows off the sequel no one expected
    I was astonished by the announcement of Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 at last year’s Game Awards, never expecting a sequel to actually happen, so I’m pleased to see a new trailer at this year’s Geoffries. This “gameplay reveal trailer” only has a few wee snippets of the game being played, but they’re solid. As our boy Spice Maureen stomps through vast Gothic industrial ruins and cuts through hordes of aliens, it’s got that ‘Dynasty Warriors meets God Of War’ look again. But I do already miss the Orks. Ultramarine lad Lieutenant Titus returns for the sequel, having been transformed…
  • The Last Of Us Part 1 resurrects on PC on March 3rd 2023
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Six months after it came out on PS5 After six months of shambling around PlayStation 5 consoles, Naughty Dog’s first installment of The Last Of Us is heading to PC next year. Confirmed at tonight’s Game Awards, The Last Of Us Part 1 will be clicking onto PC on March 3rd 2023. Honestly, I just want to see the giraffes again, really. Those zombies can get stuffed. Previously, Sony said the PC version of The Last Of Us Part 1…
  • Death Stranding 2 is official and has an adorable new BB Boy
    Kojima Productions is back with more Sam and Fragile Death Stranding is getting a sequel, folks, and the BB Boys are BACK, baybeeeee. Holy moly, I am so excited, I cannot even. And they’re joined by honorary BB Girl Fragile, who seems to have both an actual child of her own to shepherd about, and… a BB Octopus? Come and help me decipher the reveal trailer for Death Stranding 2 below (and yes, the return of my BB Boys photo diary is 100% confirmed). Fragile is once again portrayed by Lea Seydoux, who appears to be caring for a newborn…
  • Hades 2 is real and has instantly set the bar for upcoming roguelikes in 2023
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  • Hellboy’s getting a new game for the first time in 15 years
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