Game industry in a week. July 31 – August 6, 2017 / Games

INDUSTRY OVER A WEEK

Collection Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the fourth time topped the list of bestsellers in the UK. In the second position is a colorful shooter Splatoon 2 . Closes the top three leaders of the criminal action Grand Theft Auto V .

The complete list:

  1. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  2. Splatoon 2
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Fallout 4
  5. DOOM
  6. Dishonored 2
  7. Miitopia
  8. Rugby League Live 4
  9. FIFA 17
  10. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

In Steam, the top ten best selling games are still headed by a shooter Playerunknown's Battlegrounds – the project does not give up positions nineteen weeks in a row. The second place was taken by jRPG The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel . On the third line there is a simulator of survival The Long Dark which until August 8 can be purchased at a discount of 10%.

The complete list:

  1. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (early access)
  2. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
  3. The Long Dark
  4. Dark and Light (early access)
  5. Total War: Warhammer II (pre-order)
  6. Tales of Berseria
  7. Rocket League
  8. Slime Rancher
  9. Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 – Silver Edition
  10. Foxhole

Producer of the film series "Resident Evil" Jeremy Bolt and creators The Long Dark are working on the adaptation of the game. The founder of the studio Hinterland Raphael van Lierop (Raphael van Lierop) will write the script for the future picture. The authors do not disclose the details of the plot, but even now one can assume that the audience is waiting for a mystical thriller. Recall that the action of The Long Dark takes place on the snowy expanses of the Pacific coast of Canada. In the center of the story – the pilot Will Mackenzie and Dr. Astrid Greenwood. The plane of the heroes crashes as a result of a geomagnetic catastrophe. However, the protagonists manage to survive and now they are looking for a way home without knowing how much the world has changed around.

In Australia they will launch a reality show based on League of Legends . Organizers of the show The Next Gamer invite the players to participate in the casting, following which 40 people will go to the set. Rivals have to prove their skills in the League of Legends matches. The top ten will go to the next stage of competitions in Sydney, where they are expected not by virtual, but by certain physical and psychological tests. In the finals, the organizers will gather a team of five of the strongest players who will compete with one of the teams of the professional league of Australia. The best player The Next Gamer will receive a semi-annual contract and $ 10 thousand in prize money.

British Broadcasting Company BBC has launched regular broadcasts of cybersport matches. In the next two months the BBC Three channel will show tournaments on Street Fighter V Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League . Programs will be released in the evenings from Friday to Sunday. Online broadcasts can be viewed on the official website .

Blizzard revealed the minimum level of salaries for professional players performing in the league Overwatch – teams are required to pay each e-sportsman a minimum of $ 50 thousand per year. The contract is also concluded for at least a year. In addition, players receive a full social package (health insurance, pension) and a training space that meets the requirements of the league. The stage of contracting is from August 1 to October 31. Collectives can recruit from 6 to 12 people without reference to the region.

BioWare reported the death of one of the leading designers of the studio Corey Gaspura (Corey Gaspur). "Corey was a talented designer and a wonderful person. We express our condolences to his family and all those who knew him "," the official appeal of the studio says. The cause of his death is not reported. Cory Gaspur worked on Mass Effect 2 Mass Effect 3 Dragon Age: Origins as well as the upcoming science fiction game Anthem . He also acted as a consultant in the development of such projects as Star Wars Battlefront Mirror's Edge Catalyst and Mass Effect: Andromeda .

Electronic Arts confirmed the merger of BioWare Montreal and Motive Studios. "We are counting on the cooperation of our studios, ," commented a spokesman for Electronic Arts. – In Montreal, several major projects are being developed, so we decided to merge BioWare Montreal and Motive Studios. This is a lengthy process, but we will have posts and opportunities for each team member ". Now the creators of Mass Effect: Andromeda will be working on Star Wars Battlefront II . Leading the Motive Studios team is Jade Raymond, former producer of Assassin's Creed .

Remedy Entertainment Studio announced collaboration with NVIDIA in the field of facial animation. To do this, neural networks will be used that can analyze video recordings with actors with high accuracy and create their own materials on the basis of these data. It only takes a few minutes to learn a neural network. Moreover, the developers of NVIDIA implement in practice the method of automatic generation of facial animation, based on the sound track. Toolkit is designed to improve the quality of animation and reduce the cost of its creation.

Koei Tecmo announced the beginning of cooperation with the Japanese company HEROZ, specializing in artificial intelligence technologies. Koei Tecmo plans to use advanced AI developments in their own games. Let's remind, HEROZ has received wide popularity thanks to Ponanza, the digital version of shogi (the Japanese version of chess). The program managed to overcome several professional players, including grandmaster Amahiko Sato (Amahiko Sato), claiming the honorary title of Odesa in 2015.

HTC and Qualcomm announced the standalone Vive Standalone virtual reality helmet. According to the manufacturers, the device works without connecting to a computer or a smartphone. At the start, only Chinese buyers will be able to purchase the novelty. The developers do not disclose all the technical characteristics of Vive Standalone, it is known only that the helmet functions on the basis of the chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Owners of Vive Standalone will be granted access to the online platform VR-content Viveport. More detailed information will appear in the near future.

ICO Partners analysts noted a decrease in interest in video games from Kickstarter users. The peak of popularity of this category was in the first half of 2013 – then the service participants invested $ 28 million. However, for the last two years, the money collections of game projects on the Kickstarter platform have dramatically decreased: in the first half of 2015, users donated $ 19.9 million, last year $ 7 , 99 million, for the first half of 2017 – $ 9.4 million. On average, 30 projects a month receive the necessary funding, and most often the requested amount receives teams with a starting goal in the range of $ 100 thousand to $ 500 thousand

Board games, in contrast, show steady growth. The first half of 2017 again broke the record of collected funds: the authors of the projects received $ 69.7 million, which is $ 20 million more than in the first half of 2016 ($ 49.7 million).

Role-playing game Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age is in great demand in Japan. Just two days after the release of the project, 2,080,806 copies were sold. Owners of Nintendo 3DS purchased 1,130,468 copies, and PlayStation 4 owners – 950,338 copies. On the territory of Europe, the developers promise to release Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age in 2018.

In Assassin's Creed Origins there will be a war of groupings. Traveling around the virtual world, users repeatedly encounter bandits fighting with each other. All these characters have their own schedule and behavior patterns. If their paths intersect with representatives of a hostile faction, a conflict can not be avoided. And, on the contrary, the NPC will be pleased to see a friendly detachment. This innovation will help the authors show that the world Assassin's Creed Origins lives in its own rhythm. At the moment, the creators mentioned three factions: friendly protagonist rebels, soldiers of the Ptolemaic dynasty and bandits. Assassin's Creed Origins will be released on October 27 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Dota 2 became friendlier to the newcomers. The developers have implemented a system through which only the incoming users will participate in matches with those who have a good reputation and behavior. In addition, the first 25 matches for beginners are open only 20 heroes, which will facilitate the mastering of key mechanics.

Blizzard announced the imminent start of the Summer Games in Overwatch – the annual event will be held from August 8 to 29. The developers will open access to the regime "Lucibol", in which two teams of three people in each manage Lucio and with the help of his weapon try to score the ball into the opponent's goal. This time, the arena for "Lucibol" will not only be the stadium in Rio, but also a new venue in Australian Sydney. Seriously tuned athletes will take part in the rating mode "Lucio Cup". Also, users will have a chance to get themed images for the characters from previous Summer Games and win new ones. Old "Olympic" skins of characters can be purchased for in-game credits at a reduced price.

A multiplayer shooter LawBreakers is not very popular with Steam users. If during the closed beta testing the maximum number of players at the peak moment was 7500 per hour, then during the recently passed open testing phase this figure fell by 40% (4,500 people). This is an extremely worrying sign for developers, because the release of the novelty is scheduled for August 8 (for PC and PlayStation 4). Starting from the indicators of beta testing, Western journalists already predict the novelty of failure, as was the case with Battleborn which sold off in a disappointingly low circulation.

Bungie announced the date of the beta test Destiny 2 on the PC. Holders of pre-orders will be able to try the game from August 28, all the rest will be available on August 29. The testing will continue until August 31.

Minimum system requirements for launching the beta version:

  • processor: Intel Core i3-3250 or AMD FX-4350;
  • graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7850;
  • RAM: 6 GB.

Recommended system requirements:

  • processor: Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X;
  • graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390;
  • RAM: 8 GB.

Destiny 2 will be released on September 6 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and from October 24 the game will be available on the PC.

ArenaNet introduced the second major addition to Guild Wars 2 named after Path of Fire . It will tell about the rebellious god Balthazar, who decided to destroy the Elder Dragons and put the existence of the world in jeopardy. Fans of the game will have access to the lands of Elona and the Crystal Desert. Developers will add a new elite specialization for each profession, as well as the ability to train mounts. Release of the Path of Fire will take place on September 22, three editions are available: the base edition for $ 30, Deluxe for $ 55 and Ultimate for $ 80. For pre-order of any kit will present one look for weapons "Sunspear" (choice), a miniature Balthasar and the title of "Elonian Envoy."

Bethesda revealed new details of the addition The Freedom Chronicles to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus . The collection includes three stories, each of which is told on behalf of the new hero. In the first episode, the authors will talk about a former baseball player who decided to fight the Nazis. In the second, users will act as an American from the Office of Strategic Services, which penetrates into the secret bunkers of the fascists in California. In the third protagonist will be a military, trying to disrupt the operation "Black Sun" in the Nazi-controlled Alaska. Buyers who have issued a pre-order will receive a bonus prequel mission to the three mentioned episodes. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be released on October 27 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Konami introduced the system requirements Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 . Minimal:

  • operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit);
  • processor: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-4100 3.6 GHz;
  • graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 2 GB of memory;
  • RAM: 8 GB;
  • free space on the hard disk: 30 GB.

Recommended configuration:

  • operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit);
  • processor: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-4170 4.2 GHz;
  • graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950 with 2 GB of memory;
  • RAM: 8 GB;
  • free space on the hard disk: 30 GB.

The Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 release is scheduled for September 14th on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Wildcard announced the postponement of the release date of the final version Ark: Survival Evolved . It was originally planned to release the project on August 9 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but now fans will have to wait until August 29. The developers also said that simultaneously with the release on the consoles there will be a massive update of Ragnarok, which will add new creatures and location to the game world.

Capcom called the release date of the re-release Resident Evil: Revelations on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – on consoles of the current generation the game will appear on August 29th. The updated version will receive improved graphics, a more detailed environment and modified animation of monsters. The kit will include all downloadable add-ons and co-op mode Raid Mode. Representatives of the company also reported that at the end of this year Resident Evil: Revelations and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be released on the Nintendo Switch.

The soundtrack Dark Souls will be released on vinyl records. Edition The Dark Souls – Vinyl Trilogy with a circulation of 2,000 copies will include all musical compositions from the three parts of the series. The set will include nine records, and the total duration of music will be more than five hours. Note that the musical accompaniment was answered by composers Motoi Sakuraba (Motoi Sakuraba) and Yuka Kitamura (Yuka Kitamura). The Dark Souls – Vinyl Trilogy will go on sale in the fall, the price of the kit is not reported.

# THE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK

Atlus announced three branches of the series Persona . The first two games are called Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night – they are musical rhythm-action games. There will be key characters in the projects Persona 3 and Persona 5 who will demonstrate their skills in dancing and defeating opponents. Both games will go on sale in Japan in the spring of 2018 on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The date of the European release is not yet announced.

The third project is Persona Q2 on Nintendo 3DS. The novelty is based on Persona 5 . More detailed information about the features of the game will be presented in the near future.

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