Batman Arkham HD Collection Coming to Xbox One and PS4

When it comes to superhero video games, few did it as well as the Batman Arkham series, gripping fans as they explored the prison and then the city in the hopes of fighting crime in Gotham. If you enjoyed the games but miss being able to play them on your Xbox One or PS4 you may be in luck with leaked images showing the Batman Arkham HD Collection.

Leaked via an image sent by a reported GameStop employee, the images appear to show a release date of the 10th June, with preorders going live today (19th April). The collection will include both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City with “updated visuals optimised for Playstation 4 and Xbox One” while also letting you enjoy all the DLC that was previously released for both of the games.

With the last game in the Arkham series, Arkham Knight, giving you control over the Batmobile and a larger city, it didn’t take long before the technical problems scared people off of the game with many companies even offering refunds to anyone who had purchased it on PC. With the Arkham Knight being the last game made by Rocksteady for the dark hero, could this collection tide over fans while we await news about the next superhero series to grip our hearts?

GameStop Launches New Publishing Division

GameStop is a major force in the US retail gaming market and quickly became a popular outlet for consumers trading in their old games for newer releases. The pre-owned market allows users on a tight budget to purchase games at lower prices. However, whenever a used title is sold, none of the money goes to the original publisher. This has caused some controversy from major publishers because GameStop actively encourages people to purchase the cheaper, used option. As a result, some publishers have compared the impact of lost sales via pre-owned games to piracy. Saying that, you can’t blame consumers for trying to save money especially in the current economic climate.

Clearly, GameStop’s financial stability relies on second-hand sales so it’s an interesting notion that they’ve now launched a publishing division to help independent developers. The new division entitled, GameTrust has already signed up a number of famous studios including Ready at Dawn (The Order: 1886), Tequila Works (Deadlite, Rime) and Frozenbyte (Trine). Not only that, company revealed that they’re working with Insomniac (Ratchet and Clank) on brand new title called Song of the Deep. Apparently, GameStop is planning to launch between five and ten games each year which showcases the publishing division’s ambitious goals. In an interview with MCV, GameStop’s VP of Internal Development and Diversification, Mark Stanley proclaimed:

“Having been in the publishing part of first-party for many years [he worked for PlayStation in Latin America], there are many pieces in traditional publishing that have prevented many independent developers going down the publishing route. A lot of these included lack of creative control and the inability to make some of the game they always dreamt of making. We are trying to solve a lot of pieces there with GameTrust, and the model covers a lot of things. We can help if a developer needs funding to finish a game, or even kick-off a game.

“We may partner in a full development funding mode, or we may have a development partner who has a game that is almost finished and are just looking for someone that can treat their IP in a great way and bring it to market.”

“Also, every IP that we are working with from these developers are smaller-scale games, it’s an area of games development that is pretty much ignored by traditional publishers… we are talking of games with development budgets of up to $15m. Publishers today really focus on the larger franchises and triple-A, where budgets are $30m and above. We are working in this sweet spot that is largely ignored, but we are treating these IPs as if they are triple-As.

“We are not just going to put a disc on a peg on a shelf, we are going to treat these games as triple-A by expanding the media. As an example, with Song of the Deep we are publishing a book with Barnes and Noble, and we are also looking at potential TV and movie deals. We are also looking at putting all of GameStop assets behind the game – we will be promoting it as if it is a triple-A, if you walk into any GameStop store today, you will see Song of the Deep reservations and pre-order signage is all over the prime front part of the store.”

If you’d like to read more, please remember to visit MCV for the full in-depth interview.

Sony Planning PlayStation VR Demos at GameStop

As we’ve mentioned and time and time again, VR is a really VR sell unless the consumer has a chance to try it. Being told over and over again about VR without a chance to experience it as a new form of content consumption won’t sell many headsets. To combat this, Sony is planning to place their PlayStation VR headsets at many retail locations, mainly GameStop it seems. What’s more, the demo will hit the floor starting June.

Honestly, an in-store demo is pretty much expected as this point. Sony won’t be the only VR vendor as they will be sharing space with the HTC Vive demo units as well. The plan is for GameStop to provide over 500,000 experiences between June and December of this year. According to GameStop, the setup for PlayStation VR is easier, allowing for more units to be set up. This isn’t a surprise as GameStop is used to hosting console demo units while the HTC Vive will require a PC.

Finally, the reveal that PlayStation VR demos will arrive in June is a bit of a surprise. This means Sony plans to have the system all finalized and enough content created by June to start displaying it. To me, this suggests that Sony won’t have production ramped up to meet expected supply till October which is when the headset will officially launch. Given the supply issues facing the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, this is not the lease surprising.

Next Generation of Consoles Could See “Imminent” Launch

Consoles come in stages, from the PS2, Gamecube and Xbox to the Ps4, Wii and Xbox One, consoles are always launched around the same time leading to a large hype in people’s purchases as new games and technologies are revealed to the gaming community. According to the COO of GameStop, the new consoles could see “imminent” launch.

The statement was made during GameStop’s 2016 Investors Day, the companies Chief Operating Officer said that the company was happy to see new technologies being introduced, stating that things like virtual reality may play a big part in the next generation of consoles. Even going so far as to say that the rumoured new console could see an “imminent” launch.

This news shouldn’t be overly large, with companies like Nintendo constantly hinting at the NX while rumours were spread about the Playstation 4 getting an upgrade to run 4K content. With no word from companies regarding when or what the next consoles would officially feature, all we have is rumours and suggestions from fans and “sources”, including ones that point to upgradable versions of the Xbox consoles hardware.

With the last generation of consoles being released back in 2013 featuring the Wii U, Xbox One and PS4, gaming and technology has come a long way since then with virtual reality and 4K content becoming more than just an occasional venture, leading people to hope that the latest steps in technology will soon be released to the console gaming market.

HTC Placing Vive Demos at GameStop and Microsoft Stores

VR is one of those things where you have to experience it to know what it is all about. Without trying it, it really is hard to get a sense of how much you like or detest the whole experience. This is why it is so important to get VR headsets out into the public with demos so show them off. Starting today, HTC is doing just that, placing Vive headset demos throughout stores in the United States and Canada.

Right now, 3 Microsoft Stores already have HTC Vive demos ready for potential customers to experience. These are at New York City, Washington state (Bellevue Square) and Utah (City Creek Center). By the end of next week, 2 more will be added and peak at least at 30 by the end of the year. The other place where you can try out a Vive will at various GameStop locations. The plan is for 10 stores by the end of the month but how many there will be at the end remains to be seen.

For now, we have no idea what kind of demo the Vive will have at these locations. They should be smaller than the room scale demos at Overclockers UK but the idea is the same, to get VR out and into public view. Customers will also be able to order/pre-order the Vive at the locations. You can find out more about the Vive here.

Valve Wants More and Enters the Physical Store Market With Steam Sections

Valve isn’t satisfied with selling their newly designed hardware online, they also want to take it to the physical store world. For this, they have partnered up with GameStop in the USA, Game UK, and EB Games stores in Canada to create dedicated Steam sections this fall.

It has been over three years since the Steam prepaid cards launched in the same shops and they’ve been highly successful since then. Now it is time to expand on that for Valve with their Steam Hardware products such as the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and Steam Machines. The three shops, GameStop, Game UK, and EB Games will be the exclusive non-digital retailers for the Steam Hardware, making it available for those who don’t want to order it directly from Valve’s online platform.

The previously announced deal where you get the two games Portal 2 and Rocket League for free with the purchase of Steam Hardware still goes and applies to the physical sold versions too that have been pre-ordered. Users have already been able to pre-order at these shops for a while and the deal also applies to all of them.

I can see this be very successful, especially for the Steam Controller but also the Steam Link. You no longer need to wait long for a delivery, instead you can head down to your local shop and get a new controller when you need it.

Valve Has Just Made Its Steam Hardware Available for Pre-Order

Valve and its partners have just announced that the Steam Hardware will be made available shortly for anyone who wishes to pre-order them. Though the hardware will roll out this fall in North America and Europe, fans may reserve their gear starting today. Aside from Steam, customers can head over to GameStop, EB Games, Micromania, and GAME UK to check out if the manufacturers have made their offerings available for pre-order and if not, they will be doing that shortly.

US customers will be able to pre-order the Steam Machine, Steam Link, and Steam Controller from either Steam or GameStop starting today and will get them after the 16th of October, which is a few weeks ahead of the official release on the 10th of November. GameStop, EB Games, Micromania, and GAME UK will also join the pre-order deal in Europe and Canada, but offering only the Steam Link and Steam Controller at first.

Word is that GameStop, EB Games, and Micromania have already started accepting pre-orders for Steam Hardware in more than 5,700 worldwide retail stores and even CyberPower started taking pre-orders for their Steam Machine directly from their website. The prices for a Steam Machine range from $499 and can even go up to $4,999.99, while the Steam Link and Steam Controller is said to be priced at $49. If you wish to get familiar with what hardware is available, head on over to Steam’s hardware section or the appropriate manufacturers’ website.

GameStop Is Buying ThinkGeek

Last week it was reported that the retailer Hot Topic had bought ThinkGeek and the deal seemed to be in place – and it was, but GameStop really wanted the nerdy internet shop ThinkGeek.

The reason why ThinkGeek went back on their deal with Hot Topic and went with GameStop instead is very simple, money. Gamestop offered $20 per share where Hot Topic only offered $17.50 per share. After having a closer look at the deals, ThinkGeek went with GameStop that also will pick up the fees ThinkGeek needs to pay to back out of the previous deal with Hot Topic.

We don’t know yet how GameStop will incorporate ThinkGeek’s portfolio of nerdy gadgets into their own or if they’ll just keep running it as a separate business. The last one is however very unlikely as ThinkGeek hasn’t had the biggest success throughout time. The press release announcing the acquisition notes that GameStop wants to leverage Geeknet’s product development expertise to broaden their product offering in the fast-growing collectibles category.

So from the looks of things, you’ll find a lot more toys and weird geek gadgets from USB powered devices of all ranges to remote controlled toys in your local GameStop stores within a short period of time.

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

GTA V PC Price Drops to Under £30 for Digital Download

So Grand Theft Auto V has been out for over a week now and prices have seemed to stand around the £33 mark.

GTA V is that massive game, in terms of map size and hype, that has taken the world by storm. It was originally released back in 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PS3, then re-released on the XB1 and PS4 and now, around 16 months on; we see it on the PC.

It wasn’t long before users started seeing issues, some starting the minute the game was released due to baE install files and folders; this did require some users having to delete and restart the 60GB download again; news story can be found here. Along with that, one of the biggest games of 2015 may attract some unwanted attention and it did; in the form of hackers taking control of numerous GTA V accounts; full story can be found here.

It hasn’t been all doom and gloom, we’ve seen countless mod stories pop up, from the start of modding, Oculus VR hacked in and the most recent being the Apocalyptic Animal mod.

So what about the gamers that want the game, but are holding out for updates and a better offer? We are hosting a competition to win a steam game of your choice, that includes GTA V, just follow this link, sign up to our forums and tell us what game you want here.

If you can’t wait for the draw, fear not as the game has now dropped to below £30 for the digital download. GameStop is offering GTA V for £29.97 with the additional $1,200,000 in-game cash amount. So what are you waiting for? Go buy it here.

Scumbag Maces GameStop Employee Over Sonic Boom

For all its faults, the biggest problem with the latest disappointment in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Sonic Boom, isn’t the incessant bugs or the uninspiring gameplay, but rather that the developers had the gall to… make Sonic’s arms blue?  Doesn’t that make you want to mace an innocent person in the face because of it? No? Well, that’s exactly how degenerate Christian Weston Chandler (AKA “Chris Chan”) behaved on 27th December. Chan marched into GameStop, approached an employee, and maced them in the face in protest over the colour of Sonic’s arms.

Chris Chan posted a supercilious rant about the issue on Facebook, after his deplorable actions:

If ‪#‎SEGA had Never changed them, or reversed the change between February and November of this year in the new Sonic Boom video games AND Cartoon Series on Cartoon Network, as well as the Toys and whatever else, I would Never Have Had to Protest and Rebel the way I have, including the creation of my group, FIX SONIC’S ARMS IMMEDIATELY, SEGA!!!

Within my groups, I have lead by example to push forward to the path of Waking SEGA Up and Forcing Them to Change Sonic’s Arm Colour Back Immediately. And to confess, I HAVE DONE MY PART FOR REAL! I had personally gone into three of the four local GameStops (EXCLUDING the Fashion Square one) THREE TIMES to Personally Protest in my Silent Way.

With evidence of his actions freely available online, hopefully its only a matter of time before law enforcement stops Chan before he can harm anyone else in the name of a blue cartoon hedgehog.

Source: Wii U Daily

GameStop Italy Bundles Condoms & RedBull With inFamous As Pre-Order Bonus

inFamous: Second Son’s is living up to its reputation as the Italian side of the GameStop family award the title a pre-order bonus that could gain some infamy of its own. Those pre-ordering the title will find that it comes bundled along side glow-in-the-dark condoms and Red Bull… and we have no idea why.

Sucker Punch’s upcoming action game is hotly tipped to be one of this year biggest sellers, the hype has been building for a long time for this one and I’m sure people will be pre-ordering into some pretty significant numbers, eager to get the game on day one. Just so happens they’ll also be walking out of the store with two cans of energy drink and a pack of glowing condoms too.

“A fill of energy for an explosion of pleasure! Enjoy your power!” reads the pre-order bundle packaging (see above).

It seems like a completely random bundle of stuff with this pre-order bonus, and as far as a promotion goes it seems a little strange, or at least it would seem strange if it wasn’t for the fact that their latest marketing stunt is working… you’re reading about it after all. I’m not sure it’ll actually boost pre-order figures though.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Eurogamer.

Uncharted 4 For PlayStation 4 Appears On German GameStop Website

The fourth title in the Uncharted series is one of the most hotly anticipated games right now, the only problem we have is that we don’t know what to anticipate, since no official announcement has ever been made about the title. That is of course not to say that the game doesn’t exist, as it’s been known for some time that the studio split in two, with one half working on the Uncharted series and the other half took over to work on the truly epic The Last of Us.

Now it seems the game has made its first peek out of the door as GameStop Germany “accidentally?” listed the title with a placeholder. The listing was light on details, but this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen games leaked like this, to be honest I’ve seen this happen so many times I personally think it’s an early marketing move to show a listing like this, as it gets a little hype going prior to announcement.

A company like GameStop isn’t really in the business of making fake artwork and then leaking it, if they say Uncharted 4 is out there somewhere, then you can back your backside that it is.

No one knows where Naughty Dog will take the Uncharted series, or how Nathan Drake will fit into the adventure, especially given that the current trilogy (not counting the Vita title) is a pretty neat and complete set.

Thank you PSU for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of PSU.

Next-Gen Console Might Be Cheaper Than You Think

GameStop knows a fair few things about games consoles and the retail market, in fact it’s safe to say the Sony and Microsoft have sat down with them for some long and hard discussions about sales patterns, investors, prices, marketing strategies and much more to work out what will do best when the new consoles launch later this year.

GameStop believe that a lot of people are fearing a high price at launch and it’s causing too much worry as we approach the launch window, something that Rob Lloyd, the Chief Financial Officer for GameStop was quick to dismiss in the company’s post-earnings call, where he said that both of the new consoles will have a “lower opening price than the last cycle.”

When the Xbox 360 launched here in the UK back in 2005 it has an initial launch price of £279.99 and roughly adjusted for inflation that would be around £330.00 today ($400 US launch vs $475 after inflation) and to think that the new consoles would be anywhere above that would be crazy talk, the market just isn’t ready for that kind of investment on a large-scale, we are still recovering from a global recession you know.

When the Xbox 360 launch you could pick up two models at $300 and $400, the PlayStation 3 clocked in at a hefty $500 and $600. Yet back in the day, both these consoles used radically new hardware ideas, the Xbox had a triple CPU configuration, where as the PlayStation 3 had the Cell Broadband Engine, this time were seeing off the shelf components from AMD that have been modified, but that aren’t radically different from what we expect to see in the PC market over the next two years or so, this should keep manufacturing costs down significantly.

With both consoles launching in the same year you can bet there will be a price war, if Sony or Microsoft don’t start one, the retail market will and one thing is for certain, the consumer will win. It does however seem unlikely that the price for either will be under that of the Xbox 360 launch, but it’s impossible to think that it would be near the upper end of the PlayStation 3 launch, the sweet spot and magic number I expect is in the middle and around £300-350.

How much would you be willing to pay for a next-gen console? Keeping in mind that your budget would involve extra controllers, games and more upon purchase, personally I’d be setting a £500 but that all depends on if I can stick to putting money in a savings account each week.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion DLC “Forbidden Worlds” To Arrive On June 5th

The popular PC space strategy game, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion will be getting its first downloadable content on June 5th. “Forbidden Worlds” adds new planet types, planet specialization, technologies, planetary bonuses and additional Steam achievements all for $4.99.

The war between the loyalists and the rebels within the TEC, Advent and Vasari continues within the depths of Trader Space. Yet, this sector of the galaxy has far more worlds and history than any of the factions are aware. The need to survive forces each to expand into the unknown, discovering worlds of hazard, wealth, risk, and mystery. Most ominously, the Trader factions have been loathe to expand to these worlds due to the dark myths that surround them.

Feature List:

  • Four new planet types to colonize and exploit (Barren, Ferrus, Greenhouse, Oceanic), each created with beautiful high-res textures.
  • New Planet Specialization System: Dedicate your worlds to either social or industrial output. Devoting your planet to social improvements will increase its population and culture, at the cost of trade income and ship production. Choosing an industrial path will limit your growth and culture, but make your planet a trading and ship building powerhouse.
  • 15 new research subjects allow the races to conquer and expand onto the forbidden worlds.
  • Discover 40 new planet bonuses during your exploration of the galaxy, unlocking the dark past of the Sins’ universe.
  • Unlock five new Steam Achievements and display your mastery of forbidden space!

The Forbidden Worlds DLC will be available direct, as well as on Steam, GameStop, GamersGate and GameFly.