Game industry in a week. July 17-23, 2017 / Games

# INDUSTRY FOR THE WEEK

The re-release of the role-playing game Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on the PlayStation 4 started on the first place in the list of bestsellers in the UK. The game received high marks in the profile press: the average score, according to Metacritic is 87 out of 100.

The second line was occupied by the shooter Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and on the third – the collection Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy .

The complete list:

  1. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  3. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  4. Overwatch
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Forza Horizon 3
  7. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
  8. WipEout: Omega Collection
  9. Horizon Zero Dawn
  10. Injustice 2

The top ten most popular games are still run by the shooter Playerunknown's Battlegrounds – the number of fans of the project continues to grow, allowing him to hold the lead for seventeen weeks in a row.

The second place was taken by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the third – H1Z1: King of the Kill .

The complete list:

  1. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (early access)
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  3. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  4. PGL 2017 Krakow CS: GO Major Championship Mega Bundle
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – The Game of the Year Edition
  7. Fire Pro Wrestling World
  8. Stardew Valley
  9. Friday the 13th: The Game
  10. God Eater 2: Rage Burst

Colorful Splatoon will be an anime series. The premiere of the debut episode will take place on August 12 on the YouTube channel of the Japanese magazine CoroCoro. The basis of the film adaptation will be a manga based on Splatoon, which is published monthly in the print edition of CoroCoro. The authors do not explain whether the plot will completely copy the original source or become its continuation. Note, Splatoon debuted in May 2015 on the Wii U, and the sequel to the Nintendo Switch was released just this week, July 21.

Creator Mass Effect Casey Hudson returned to BioWare. In the company, he will replace Aaryn Flynn (Aaryn Flynn) as chief manager of BioWare Edmonton. Now the studio is working on a shooter Anthem . The developer notes that the decision to leave BioWare in 2014 was one of the most difficult in his career. Then he moved to Microsoft and joined the team designing HoloLens mixed reality glasses. "I have had enough time to understand what I really want to do in life, ," says Hudson. – I managed to work with completely new technologies. Now I'm glad to return to BioWare, the company I consider my home ".

Microsoft shared plans for the Gamescom 2017 exhibition, which will be held in Cologne, Germany, from 22 to 26 August. Representatives of the company will demonstrate the console Xbox One X, as well as show how the games look on it. Note that the release of a new set-top box is scheduled for the fall of this year. In total, 27 projects from leading studios from around the world will be presented within the exposition. Journalists and visitors to the event will be able to appreciate Forza Motorsport 7 Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Sea of ​​Thieves and many other games. August 20 at 22:00 Moscow time, Microsoft will conduct a live broadcast of a special show, during which it will be possible to see announcements of projects, demonstration versions of the upcoming novelties, as well as interviews with developers.

Ubisoft shared information about the successes of current projects, as well as forecasts about the sales of new products being prepared for release. The number of registered users in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege exceeded 20 million, and in The Crew – 12 million In the first quarter of 2017, the most popular projects Ubisoft enjoyed among the owners of PlayStation 4 – sales on this platform are 44%, followed by Xbox One – 22% and PC – 21%. The remaining 13% falls on the platforms of the previous generation (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U) and mobile devices. Representatives of the company also expect that sales of Assassin's Creed: Origins will be higher than that of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate . Great hopes are placed on Far Cry 5 which, according to forecasts, should disperse at the level of Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 that is, in the number of 7- 10 million copies.

The prize fund of the tournament The International 2017 beats new records. Last year, the teams fought for $ 20,770,460, and this amount was the largest for all years of the competition. This time, the winners will share $ 21,764,540. Let's note that the prize money is not final: the fundraising campaign will last for another two weeks, and fans of the tournament will necessarily replenish the "piggy bank" of The International 2017 by purchasing "Battle passes", 25% of which goes to the fund International 2017. From August 2 to 5, the group stage of the main championship for Dota 2 will be held, following which 16 top teams are determined who are participants of the main stage. It starts on August 7 and ends on August 12. The International 2017 will host the Key Arena in Seattle.

The creators of EVE Online launched Project Discovery, a toolkit with which fans of the game will help scientists in the search for real exoplanets. Developers will provide users with a database obtained by the COROT telescope. Recall, in 2006, the European Space Agency launched COROT specifically to gather information about planets that are outside the solar system. For their work, users participating in the research will receive the game currency, new skins for ships and drawings.

Fans of autosimulators will help the organizers of "Formula 1" make the race more interesting. According to the idea, many changes can be tested in advance in the "virtual space" before they are transferred to the realities of these competitions. For example, cyber sportsmen could test previously unrepresented car configurations or innovations in the rules, and then share their feelings. Representatives of the Formula-1 expect that players will take a new look at the usual format of competitions and give practical recommendations that are not obvious to the organizers of the event.

Turn 10 introduced the first 167 cars that will appear in the racing simulator Forza Motorsport 7 . The list includes cars of such brands as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Porsche. You can see the full list on this link . In total, the game will be more than 700 cars. Forza Motorsport 7 will be released on October 3 on the Xbox One and PC (only for Windows 10). The new part of the series will acquire support for 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.

Electronic Arts released a free trial version of the sci-fi role-playing game Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can download and try it out. Users have a story campaign and a multiplayer mode, but only 10 hours are allowed to play the new part of the series. Note that earlier the project could be tested for free only by Origin Access subscribers.

Bandai Namco and Level-5 announced the postponement of the release of the role-playing game Ni No Kuni II . Initially it was planned that the project will go on sale on November 10, but now it became known that the novelty will be released on January 19, 2018 on PC and PlayStation 4. The president of Level-5 studio Akihiro Hino apologized to fans and said that extra time developers will spend on the development of game mechanics, testing and elimination of errors.

Racing simulator Gran Turismo Sport acquired the release date. The game will be released on October 17 exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Users will have 177 cars and 19 tracks available. It is interesting that for the first time in the history of the series, the cars of the brand Porsche will appear in the game. Demonstrate their mastery of driving can be in three modes: campaign, sport and arcade.

Square Enix was defined with the release dates Kingdom Hearts III . Continuation of the role-playing game will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2018. The developers presented a new trailer at the D23 Expo. In the video, in addition to the protagonists Sora, Goofy and Donald were shown new characters – Woody and Buzz, the famous characters of the "Toy Story". The company goes to the store Galaxy Toys, which sells large figures of robots. By the way, they can be controlled like Mehami from Titanfall . More detailed information will be published shortly.

Respawn Entertainment introduced a free upgrade to Operation Front Side Shield for Titanfall 2 . The main innovation will be the cooperative regime "Frontier Defense", designed for four people. In it, the soldiers have to equip the Titans and protect the harvester from the enemies. In total, the team must reflect the five waves of opponents. For the victory players are awarded currency, which can be spent on the purchase of spare batteries, turrets, traps and other devices. Also in the cooperative mode, the Titans will receive new parameters of progress. Another update will add to the game a redesigned card "Voskhod" from the first part of the series and a new location "Settlement" for the regime "Shootout". "Operation Front Side Shield" will be released on July 25 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Square Enix has opened applications for participation in the closed beta testing of the arcade fighting game Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT . Owners of PlayStation 4 can register for participation on this link . Testing will take place this summer, the exact date will be announced in the near future. The output of Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT will be held in 2018.

This week there was a beta testing of the football simulator PES 2018 . Owners of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can test the network mode in the "1 by 1" and "3 by 3" formats. Users are available two teams, France and Brazil, and matches are held in the fictional stadium Neu Sonne Arena. Testing will last until July 31. The final version of PES 2018 will be released on September 14 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The creators of the MMO-action Crossout added two game modes. In the first, users are fighting on the principle of "all against all." Everyone gets an armored car that can destroy an enemy with a single shot. In the second, opponents can unite in clans and fight for supremacy over the deposit of the rarest resource – uranium ore. Both formats of competitions are available in Crossout after the release of the update 0.7.20. In addition, the developers have released a new map "Two Towers" and announced the support of HBAO + technology from Nvidia, which makes the shadows of objects and landscapes more realistic and detailed.

Deck13 released a demo version of the role-playing game The Surge . Try it can owners of PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The version for PlayStation Pro includes support for HDR, dynamic resolution 4K and mode with a frequency of 60 frames per second, but at a resolution of 1080p. Users will be able to spend several hours in the game and go through the first missions, telling about the battle with the CREO corporation, which provoked a devastating catastrophe. If the player decides to buy the full version of the project, he will be able to transfer all the progress he has made. Note that The Surge came out on May 16 and received mostly positive reviews from critics: the average score of the game in the Metacritic composite rating for PC and PlayStation 4 versions is 73 out of 100, and for the Xbox One, 74 out of 100.

# THE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK

This week Telltale Games announced continuations for three of its game series. The first episode of the adventure game Batman: The Enemy Within will be released on August 8th on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the second season, the Dark Knight will enter into confrontation with Zagadochnik. Users who played in the first part will be able to transfer their solutions to a new game.

In 2018, the final part of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – The Final Season whose main character will again be Clementine, will see the light. Also next year will be the second season The Wolf Among Us . About the project so far nothing is known, but, according to developers, users are waiting for a completely new story with several old heroes. Release of the sequel The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – The Final Season will take place on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Marvel introduced a new VR game Marvel Powers United VR . The project is created jointly with the companies Oculus Studios and Sanzaru. The authors do not name the exact release date, but note that the novelty will be an exclusive for Oculus Rift. In the debut video appeared such characters as the Hulk, Jet Raccoon and Captain Marvel. An interesting feature was the "point of view" of the characters: if you play as a green giant, then all the opponents will seem to be "small bipods," while the kid Rocket, to put it mildly, can not boast of such an advantage. The authors promise a cooperative regime, a lot of interesting missions and battles with supervillains.

Creator Her Story Sam Barlow (Sam Barlow) announced a new project. Like its predecessor, the game Telling Lies will become a representative of the genre of "interactive cinema". Now the author writes the script, drawing inspiration from the thrillers of the 70s, for example, in the film "Conversation" by Francis Ford Coppola. The developer has already found a publisher for Telling Lies – they will be Annapurna Interactive. Barlow hopes to attract talented Hollywood actors to the work, but does not name specific names, answering the question about the contenders for the main roles. It is expected that the "shooting" Telling Lies will start in late 2017 or early 2018.

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