⇡ # INDUSTRY FOR THE WEEK
Racing game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe retained leadership in the UK – the project took the first place for two weeks in a row. The second was the science-fiction thriller Prey which earned a lot of high marks in the profile press: the average score for the version for Xbox One is 88 out of 100, for the PC – 83 points, and for the PlayStation 4 – 80 points.
In third place Grand Theft Auto V . Full list:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- LEGO Worlds
- Rocket League
- The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild
- FIFA 17
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Forza Horizon 3
In the digital distribution service Steam for seven consecutive weeks the top ten best-selling games are headed by the shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds available in Steam Early Access. Second place went to Prey warmly accepted by users: the game has over 3,700 positive reviews out of 4,000. The network shooter closes the three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive .
The full list of bestsellers is presented below.
- Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (early access)
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War III
- H1Z1: King of the Kill
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
- Grand Theft Auto V
- NieR: Automata
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
- Outlast 2
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts spoke about how long he sought to work as a screenwriter Metal Gear Solid . Initially Sony refused him and continued searching for candidates. However, Roberts did not despair and wrote a whole book in which he spoke in detail about his vision of the film adaptation and about what prevents modern films based on the well-known game series to become real hits. As a result, Jordan was paid attention and was later given a chance to back up the words with deed. Inspired, the director engaged in casting screenwriters: in his opinion, all applicants must have a clear idea of Metal Gear Solid and its contribution to the development of the industry. For this purpose, the competitors competed in the Metal Gear in 1987 to understand the idea of the stealth genre, and then they rated Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain . Also the writers got acquainted with Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty .
Universal Pictures studio named the film’s screenwriter’s name based on Gears of War . The screen version will be written by Shane Salerno, familiar to the audience on the paintings “Armageddon”, “Aliens against the Predator: Requiem”, “Shaft”, “Particularly dangerous”, and now engaged in work on new parts of “Avatar” with James Cameron ( James Cameron). At the end of last year, the head of the studio The Coalition Rod Fergusson (Rod Fergusson) announced a partnership with Universal Studios in creating a film adaptation of the legendary series of games. The authors of the project are not in a hurry to disclose details, but it is known that the tape will be an independent work and not tied to the action game.
Oculus VR closes its own studio for producing content for virtual reality. The company Story Studio lasted about two years and collected a portfolio of interesting works, among which the animated short film Henry awarded the Emmy television award. The staff of Story Studio will be disbanded. According to Vice President Oculus Jason Rubin (Jason Rubin), employees will gain positions in other units of Oculus or Facebook. As for further plans, Oculus VR will continue to develop the VR-film industry and the “creative content ecosystem”, investing in promising third-party projects. So, last year the amount of investments was $ 250 million, and in 2017 the authors of “innovative and innovative ideas” will receive another $ 50 million
Valve changed the system of gifts on Steam. Developers got rid of a lot of conflicting mechanisms in the service and said that it would be easier for users to please their friends with unexpected surprises. Now gifts are sent directly, and options with e-mail or inventory in the exchange system are not available. It is also easier to reserve a gift: it will be delivered on time, and if the recipient rejects it, the money will be automatically credited to the buyer’s account. In the case of international shipping, Steam will notify in advance whether the goods are available for sale and whether there is no price difference between the regions – if it exceeds the unannounced threshold, it is impossible to send the gift.
This year Bethesda will host the first e-sports championship on Quake Champions . The tournament will be held in Dallas from August 24 to 27 as part of the QuakeCon festival. Matches will be held both in the mode of “Duel”, and in the competition “Obelisk”, where two teams of four players will have to fight. The first qualifying games will be held in June. It should be noted that now Quake Champions conducts open technical testing, which will last until May 21. You can apply for participation on the official website .
Overwatch brought developers more than $ 1 billion. At a meeting with investors, the leadership of Activision Blizzard submitted a financial report for the first quarter of 2017. The company earned $ 1.73 billion, which is 19% more than the same period last year. Of these, 80% of sales accounted for the digital distribution (an increase of 16%). The creators noted the impressive successes of Overwatch: the online shooter is called the fastest growing franchise, which takes the eighth line in the list of billionaire games Activision Blizzard. At the moment, the audience of Overwatch fans has reached 30 million active users. Other Activision Blizzard projects also show positive dynamics. So, the number of players in Hearthstone exceeded 70 million people, and the first trailer Call of Duty: WW2 collected more than 10 million views on the first day after publication.
Electronic Arts expects that in 2017 almost half of the console games will be sold in digital format. Over the last reporting period, digital sales accounted for 33% of the total, although analysts predicted that the figure will not rise above 29%. Now professionals agree that according to the results of 2017 digital sales of the publishing house will reach 38%, and in the industry as a whole – 40%.
The release of the new BioWare project code-named Dylan was postponed to the following fiscal year (period from April 2018 to March 2019). The delay is associated with the need to refine and implement various social elements. Note that Dylan is a multi-user science fiction game, the gameplay of which combines mechanics Tom Clancy’s The Division and Destiny . The world of the project will be larger than in Mass Effect: Andromeda . It is expected that the announcement will be held at the EA Play event, timed to coincide with the E3 2017.
Deep Silver reported that the development of Dead Island 2 is in full swing. The project is still studio Sumo Digital. Representatives of the publishing house also added that they will demonstrate the game to the press and users when they are ready. The date of presentation and the deadline for the release of Dead Island 2 have not yet been reported. Recall that rumors about the cancellation of the project appeared in late May 2016, when the page with the game was removed from Steam and digital distribution services PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
Valve announced the story company for Dota 2 . The story, consisting of two parts, will be available to holders of the Battle Pass 2017 subscription, which can be purchased for $ 10. The first episode will be released in late May. Details of the plot are not yet revealed, but it is known that the events unfold in the underwater prison “The Dark Reef”. You can go through the mission either alone or in a cooperative mode for four people.
Ghost Games studio shared information about the new Need for Speed . The project does not require a permanent connection with the Network, as the previous part of the series so users will be able to put the game in a single mode for a pause. Tuning still plays an important role, like race with the police. The authors also promised a large and well-crafted world. “We are raising the scale and intensity of what is happening to a new level, you will have the opportunity to start from the heart – on the asphalt that is on the ground” – representatives of the company noted. More details will be presented at the EA Play event, which will be held from 10 to 12 June. The game, which does not yet have an official name, will be released before the end of the year.
MercurySteam is preparing four story campaigns for the Raiders of the Broken Planet : Alien Myths, Wardog Fury, Hades Betrayal and Council Apocalypse. All the stories are united under the name “Season 2017” and include “new missions and characters, as well as many other interesting content.” Players are invited to join a team of four Raiders, or act as opponents. Raiders of the Broken Planet is developed for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The company Activision announced the addition of Zombies Chronicles to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 . It will include a cooperative zombie mode with eight cards from Treyarch studio games. Fans of the series will be able to fight with the living dead on Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt and Shi No Numa from Call of Duty: World at War Kino Der Toten, Ascension, Shangri-la and Moon from Call of Duty: Black Ops as well as Origins from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 . The price of the collection will be $ 30. Owners of PlayStation 4 will be able to purchase Zombies Chronicles on May 16th. On the PC and Xbox One, the add-on will be released in a month.
Hangar 13 studio shared the details of the second addition to the criminal militant Mafia 3 . The collection is called Stones Unturned and includes a new story chapter with the story of John Donovan, a friend of Lincoln Clay. The heroes will face Connor Aldridge, who earlier betrayed Donovan and left him to die in Vietnam. The game will have new locations (shopping center, restaurant and island near New Bordeaux), vehicles, a new type of missions called “Bounty Hunter”, a pistol shooting darts, and the ability to enlist a sniper cover. The release of Stones Unturned will take place on May 30 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can buy an addition either separately or as part of a season ticket.
Publisher Kalypso Media named the release date of the strategy in real time Sudden Strike 4 – in Europe it will go on sale August 11 in versions for PC and PlayStation 4. Fans of the genre will receive three large-scale campaigns on the battlefields of World War II war. The staff of the Kite Games studio says: “By commanding the troops of the Allies, Germany or the USSR, you will lead more than 100 combat units, including the German Heinkel He 111 bomber, the T-34 Soviet tank, the Hawker Typhoon fighter and the famous German tank Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger “. Also, users will be able to choose one of the nine legendary generals of the time, including George Patton and Bernard Montgomery. Players will participate in 20 single-player missions and online battles, and PC owners will be able to create their own modifications. For a preliminary order of Sudden Strike 4 on Steam, a 15 percent discount is supposed, as well as an exclusive battle card “The Battle of Kursk”, a soundtrack and a digital album with sketches.
Platinum Games will release a futuristic shooter on PC Vanquish – the project will be released on May 25 on Steam. The game will get support for 4K resolution and improved graphics. Anyone who pre-orders will receive an extended edition, including a soundtrack, a digital version of the artbook and a desktop wallpaper. The developers also submitted system requirements. To start Vanquish on minimum settings, users will need the following system:
- operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8 (8.1) or Windows 10;
- processor: Intel Core i3 2.9 GHz or equivalent from AMD;
- graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 460 or AMD Radeon 5670 with 1 GB of memory;
- RAM: 4 GB;
- free space on the hard disk: 20 GB.
- operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8 (8.1) or Windows 10;
- processor: Intel Core i5 3.4 GHz or equivalent from AMD;
- graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 660 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 270 with 2 GB of memory;
- RAM: 8 GB;
- free space on the hard disk: 20 GB.
MMORPG Secret World Legends will be released on June 26 in the Steam service. The project is based on a shareware distribution model and represents the restart of The Secret World. Studio Funcom will offer a revised system of hero development, an updated combat system and improved graphics. At the time of launch, the game will contain eight scenarios and dungeons, and the duration of the story campaign will be more than 100 hours.
SNK Company announced that the fighting game The King of Fighters XIV will appear on the PC in May. Anyone who pre-orders will be able to participate in closed beta testing. It is expected that the PC version will include all downloadable add-ons that were previously released for the PlayStation 4.
Rising Star Games is working on a board game based on Deadly Premonition . As in the 2010 project of the same name, the events will unfold in the gloomy town of Greenwale, in which four heroes investigate the murder of Anne Graham. Before the beginning of the story, the roles of agents and killers, six cards with names of suspects and five cards with clues are distributed among the players. Also, the development of the plot is affected by the “weather” and “action” cards. The authors offer two versions of the edition, Standard Edition and Special Edition. The first edition includes a “desktop” and the key to downloading Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut on Steam. The second set is supplemented with a CD-disk with a soundtrack and pleasant souvenirs: a mug and a bag with game symbols.
⇡ # THE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK
Respawn Entertainment Company announced a real-time strategy Titanfall: Assault . The project is created by Nexon publishers together with the studio Particle City for mobile devices based on iOS and Android. In PvP modes, users have to fight on various maps, where it is necessary to land on the battlefield and defeat the enemy. In the battles must be used maps of the Titans, Pilots and various amplifications. The release date of the game is not announced, but already now everyone can register for beta testing on the official website .
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