Game industry in a week. 7-13 August 2017 / Games

# INDUSTRY FOR THE WEEK

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy again topped the list of bestsellers in the UK: for the fifth time since the release, the anthology tops the rankings. This is the first time that the PlayStation 4 achieved such a high result, and the first project in 2017, which visited the top of the chart so many times.

The second place was taken by the criminal action Grand Theft Auto V and the third was the role-playing game Fallout 4 .

The complete list:

  1. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Fallout 4
  4. DOOM
  5. Dishonored 2
  6. Splatoon 2
  7. Battlefield 1
  8. Miitopia
  9. FIFA 17
  10. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

On Steam leadership still retains Playerunknown's Battlegrounds : the game remains on top for twenty weeks in a row. The shooter set a new record: on August 4, the number of simultaneously playing users (CCU) was 519 478 people. According to this indicator Playerunknown's Battlegrounds at that time even surpassed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (511,768 people) and climbed to the second line, losing only Dota 2 (772,822 people).

The second position of the sales chart was placed on Dark and Light on the third – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive .

The complete list:

  1. PlayerUnknown's Battleground (early access)
  2. Dark and Light (early access)
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. Car Mechanic Simulator 2018
  5. Foxhole
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. Total War: Warhammer II (pre-order)
  8. The Long Dark
  9. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  10. Citadel: Forged with Fire

Devolver Digital Films will release a documentary on history Call of Duty . The picture CODumentary will tell about the development of the series, the competitive struggle and the complexities faced by the developers. The film will be released on September 19, and will last 93 minutes. View the tape can be in the service Steam. The debut video is presented on this link .

At the age of 60 years, Daniel Licht was an American composer, author of soundtracks for popular TV shows and games. A few weeks before his death, Likhta was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma. Daniel Licht managed to work on the popular series "Dexter" and many horror films, including "Children of the Corn", "Horror Amityville" and "Risen from Hell 4". He also participated in the creation of soundtracks for Dishonored Dishonored 2 and two projects Silent Hill – Downpour and Book of Memories .

Ubisoft opened a new studio in Stockholm, which was headed by Patrick Bach (Patrick Bach), former general manager of EA DICE. Ubisoft Stockholm will work closely with Massive, located in Swedish Malmö. At the moment, the studios are working on the game Cameron's Avatar: The Game and in the future Ubisoft Stockholm await independent AAA-projects. According to Bach, now the company's paramount task is to recruit a strong team (in the next two years, the management will employ more than a hundred employees).

Ubisoft shared plans for the Gamescom 2017 exhibition, which will be held from 22 to 26 August in Cologne, Germany. At the company's stand, visitors will be able to play demo versions of The Crew 2 and The Crew 2 Assassin's Creed Origins, Far Cry 5, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, South Park: The Fractured. Also, new seasons will be available to users Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and For Honor . Whether it is necessary to expect from the publishing house announcements of new games, is still unknown.

In addition, visitors to the stand will enjoy an entertaining show program, contests and gifts. Within the exhibition, the final games of the second season of the professional league Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege will be held: the semifinal will be held on August 25, and the final will be on August 26.

Valve published the latest Steam statistics. Over the past 18 months, the platform has attracted more than 27 million new customers. Over the past month, over 67 million active players have used the service, of which 33 million people visit Steam daily. The indicator of simultaneous game (CCU) also reached an impressive mark: 14 million people.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege marked a new achievement. According to the developers, the project audience reached 20 million registered users (with a daily attendance of 2.3 million people). "Our community is growing, and with it the ambitions of our team, which will ensure a long and fruitful life for the game," said project director Nicolas Lefebvre. – The next few weeks will be a sign for us, as the optimization of the game will end and the release of the next season will take place, the events of which will unfold in Hong Kong ".

Developers Rocket League introduced a system of automatic bans. The Language Ban program will recognize certain words and phrases from the base of non-normative expressions and blacklist the players who abuse them. Once caught for the first time, the intruder will be removed from the online matches for a day, then
for 72 hours, then for a week, and in especially neglected cases – forever.

Authors Assassin's Creed Origins told of the tombs that the protagonist will explore in search of treasure. According to Ashraf Ismail, when they were created, the team worked closely with historians, studied the data of the present Egyptian graves and tried to accurately recreate them in the game. Also, the creative director of the project stressed that the "dungeons" will not only be reliable, but also diverse: many of them contain puzzles that require the hero to dexterity and quickness of reactions. Assassin's Creed Origins will go on sale October 27 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Bethesda introduced new details of the horror The Evil Within 2
. The game assumes a flexible system for pumping the main character: with the help of a green gel, you can increase the character's stamina, speed, strength, and stealth. Modernization of weapons will now be carried out through various parts: it is allowed to increase the damage, increase the capacity of the store, the speed of recharging and reduce the return. In addition, users will be able to independently create any ammunition away from the workbench (but this will take more resources).
The Evil Within 2
will be released
13
October

on
PC, PlayStation 4
and
Xbox One.

Developers Call of Duty: WWII shared new information about the plot campaign, during which players will visit in different parts of Europe. The story begins with the landing of troops of the American infantry division on the beach "Omaha" – in many respects this scene is reminiscent of the film "Salvation of the Private Ryan". Then the users will participate in the operation "Cobra", and later they will try together with the British troops to stop the German train. In one of the missions, The Wolf's Den, the hero will penetrate the enemy base, disguised as an enemy. The authors advise to closely monitor what the character says and does: from the ability to pretend well and juggle with facts, the life of the scout depends on the outcome of the whole operation. Call of Duty: WWII will be released on November 3 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Activision also announced the Collector's Edition Call of Duty: WWII – The Valor Collection Pro . The set includes:

  • the disc with the game;
  • exclusive metal case;
  • a bronze statuette on which a detachment of soldiers takes cover behind an anti-tank hedgehog
  • a set of patches;
  • a poster dedicated to the zombie regime of Nazi Zombies;
  • season ticket;
  • addition The Divisions Pack.

The cost of the publication will be $ 270.

Konami signed an agreement with one of the oldest football clubs in England – the team "Fulham". Developers will scan the appearance of athletes using motion capture technology and recreate their exact appearance, clothing and decorations in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 . In addition, the Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 logo will appear on the Fulham headquarters and the thematic products of the club. PES 2018 will be released on September 12 on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

In Middle-earth: Shadow of War there will be a multiplayer mode Social Conquest. As the game progresses, users will be able to capture fortresses, as well as invade other people's possessions and rob them. Recovering the castle, it is worth to improve it: appoint commanders from among the controlled orcs, establish fortifications and protective weapons. Further construction can be published in the community. If the opponent can defeat your troops and destroy the fortress, then he will receive a chest with trophies and virtual currency. Middle-earth: Shadow of War offers two types of captures: normal, in which the attacking player retains all his followers after the battle, and ranked – with a table of records and the danger of permanently losing their fighters in case of an unsuccessful attack. Exit the project is scheduled for October 10 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Ubisoft told what fans should wait for For Honor in the third season, Grudge and Glory . Users will receive two new fighters: a mountaineer from the Viking faction and a gladiator belonging to the Knights. Owners of the "seasonal subscription" will be granted access to the characters from August 15, all the others will be able to unlock the characters from August 22 for 15,000 units of steel. Developers will also add two new maps, replete with traps – "Sentinel" and "Viking Settlement". The level of characters will raise to 40 and introduce a new category of equipment – the legendary one. In addition, in the third season the competitive mode will be available on all platforms: the competitions will be held in tournaments "1 on 1". Grudge and Glory will be released on August 15th on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developers Conan Exiles told about free add-on The Frozen North which will be released on August 16. It will open access to a huge snow-covered location, where new dangerous tests are waiting for users: you explore mountain peaks, dense forests, dungeons, meet mammoths, ice giants and fight wolves. In such an environment, your character can easily freeze, so before you start traveling you will need to collect provisions, warm clothes and even prepare a stock of alcoholic beverages so as not to overcool. To this end, the creators have added new resources, armor and weapons, as well as a system for cooking food and drinks.

Bandai Namco shared the details of the open beta Gundam Versus on the PlayStation 4. In Europe, testing will take place from 2 to 4 September. Preloading the game client will be available from August 29. Users will be able to complete a training mission, as well as participate in single and online battles on futuristic combat robots. To participate in online battles, the PlayStation Plus subscription will not be required. Gundam Versus will be released on September 29.

Black Lab Games announced the release date Battlestar Galactica Deadlock – space strategy will be available on the PC on August 31. The game will unfold 40 years before the events of the series "Star Cruiser" Galaxy ". Users have to take part in the First War with the Cylons, lead the Colonial Fleet and defend the Twelve Colonies from cybernetic civilization. The project is also being created for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the release date for console versions is not yet reported.

Telltale Games called the release date for the second episode Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two . The chapter titled Giant Consequences will be available August 15 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and mobile devices based on iOS and Android. The developers also reported that the first season Minecraft: Story Mode will be released on August 25 on the Nintendo Switch.

Red Hook Studios will release Darkest Dungeon on iOS. In terms of content and mechanics, the mobile version will be completely identical to the already released options for consoles and PCs. The project will receive a revised management system, as well as support for the Dropbox cloud service, through which it will be possible to transfer the save from the PC. Release of Darkest Dungeon on iPad will take place on August 24 (one-time purchase and no micropayments). Supplement The Crimson Court will be released later.

Bandai Namco and Level-5 presented two special editions of the role-playing game Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom . The first is called Prince's Edition: it includes a disc with the game, an exclusive Blu-ray disc with materials about the creation of the project, a metal box and a season ticket. The second edition, King's Edition, contains all of the above, as well as an album with 148-page illustrations, a soundtrack on a vinyl record and a music box 20 cm high, performing the title track from the game. Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom will be released on January 19, 2018 on PC and PlayStation 4. The project will receive Russian subtitles.

Fantasy Flight Games company will release a board game based on the cult of the post-apocalyptic series Fallout . The game is designed for a group of two to four people. The main sources of inspiration for the authors can be called the third and fourth parts of the game, as well as additions to them. Heroes Fallout: The Board Game will be a ghoul, an outcast of the Brotherhood of Steel, a supermutant and a Wilderness traveler. In addition, the game will implement the system S.P.E.C.I.A.L. The authors offer four scenarios (The Capital Wasteland, The Pitt, The Commonwealth and Far Harbor). In each game, the placement of the main points is strictly set, and the rest of the map varies. All scenarios include two unique factions with which players can be friends or conflict. Fallout: The Board Game will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

# THE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK

Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Builders 2 – a hybrid of role-playing game and construction simulator in the spirit of Minecraft . The project is created for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, the release date is not announced. There are not many details, but it is known that users will be able to build waterfalls, swim under water and travel the world on a hang glider. Also in the game will be a cooperative mode, supporting up to 4 participants.

Valve introduced the collectible card game Artifact: The Dota Card Game to Dota 2 . In it will appear characters from Dota 2 and some familiar elements. This is all the information about the game so far is exhausted. In the work on the novelty takes part geymdizayner Brad Muir (Brad Muir), previously worked at the studio Double Fine over Psychonauts and Brutal Legend . The output of Artifact: The Dota Card Game will be held in 2018, the list of target platforms will be announced shortly.

Gearbox announced the game Project 1v1 which combines the elements of a first-person shooter with a strategy based on collectible cards. The name (while working) reflects the basic mode – a one-on-one competition with an opponent. The authors are not in a hurry to disclose all the details of Project 1v1, but invite those wishing to leave the application for closed testing, which will be held this month. Users will be presented with three variations of fights: in ranked fighters are ranked on the basis of rating, the test mode will give a chance to win to any participant regardless of achievements, and in the arena it is necessary to try to shift from the pedestal of the current champion and take his place.

# OUR NEWS

In Warface the special operation "Eclipse" started, the continuation of the popular mission "Anubis". According to the story, the fighters are preparing for evacuation after the destruction of the base for the production of cyber-shot. However, they face an even more dangerous test ahead: the team will survive in Africa, destroy the remaining opponents and wait for a group of rescuers. Passage complicates limited visibility, severe weather conditions and unpredictable tactics of the enemy. In addition, the creators added the 85th rank and replenished the arsenal with new weapons: MSBS Radon, Sidewinder Venom, Orsys T-5000, PP2000 and Walther P99.

# THE WEEK OF THE WEEK

Trailer dedicated to the multiplayer mode in Destiny 2 ( link to video ):

A video with a story about the addition of Dishonored: Death of the Outsider ( link to a video ):

The developers talk about the features of game mechanics in The Evil Within 2 ( link to video ):

Released trailer for multiplayer shooter LawBreakers ( link to video ):

# RUMORS, STRANGER AND SCANDALS OF THE WEEK

Fans The Last of Us revealed the scene of the sequel. The fans thoroughly analyzed the debut trailer and the images published by the developers. On one of them, they noticed the abandoned building of the company Driftwood, and on the other – underground parking. Attentive users have found similarities with similar buildings from real life, which are located in the American Seattle. It is interesting that both objects are close enough to each other. Авторы The Last of Us 2 не дают официальных комментариев относительно догадок и теорий, которые строятся вокруг ожидаемого продолжения игры.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice удаляет файлы сохранений, если игрок слишком часто погибает. Это объясняется в сюжете: повелительница мира мертвых Хела наложила на главную героиню проклятье — темная гниль, словно болезнь, распространяется по ее телу, начиная с руки. С каждой смертью площадь поражения становится все больше, и как только зараза доберется до головы, игра завершится, а сохранения будут стерты. По всей видимости, таким образом разработчики хотели сделать геймплей более напряженным и добиться более глубокого погружения в роль страдающей воительницы. Сколько именно раз нужно умереть, чтобы потерять достигнутый прогресс, не сообщается. Подробнее читайте в нашей заметке .

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