The gaming industry in a week. 26 February – 4 March 2018
FIFA 18 has once again topped the bestseller list in the UK for the sixth time. Second place went to Grand Theft Auto V, and the third Call of Duty: WWII.
Steam the leader
The rating Agency ESRB will label the game with the ability to purchase digital content. Now publishers are required to notify buyers about the presence of any additional materials fee: skins characters, luchboxes, virtual currency, season tickets, add-ons, subscriptions, and other things. On the cover of the physical copies will receive the warning: “in-Game purchases”. Innovation applies to products sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, the ESRB has launched a website ParentalTools.org, which publishes materials for parents who wish to control the time and expense of children in the games on different platforms. “The video game industry is constantly evolving and improving, and as the ESRB rating system. Our goal is to provide parents with modern tools that help to understand which games are better for their child”, — said the President of the rating Agency Patricia Vance (Patricia Vance).
David Jaffe (David Jaffe) has announced the closure of Studio the Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency. It was founded in 2014 and three years later released shooter Drawn to Death, which was stylized exercise book drawings of a graph. However, the unusual visual style did not help the exclusive for the PlayStation 4 to become any popular. Later, the team worked on a new project that has not been officially announced: “We made a prototype of the Iron Man for PlayStation VR helmet and was going to show the game Marvel, hoping that she’ll love it. During the flight you could have a conversation with Jarvis using the microphone of the PlayStation VR. That was awesome! Maybe someday…”. In gratitude for the support the developer is ready to give wanting Souvenirs, including the figurine Spike Video Game Awards that Jaffe received in 2005 for God of War.
Microsoft will create a unified ecosystem for Xbox and PC. In the words of Satya Nadella (Satya Nadella), console games bring in more money, but also popularity among PC gamers is growing. Microsoft CEO added: “In fact, both platforms are owned by Microsoft, although many may not agree”. In the future, users will have access to your game collection on Xbox and PC. Also Microsoft will not leave without attention to subscription offers of Xbox Game Pass streaming service Mixer and eSports franchise: “I Think we have a lot of leverage, says Nadella. — now we can cover a much wider market than ever before.”
Troy Baker (Troy Baker) and Emily O’brien (Emily O’brien) has joined the cast of Death Stranding, which is already used Norman Reedus (Norman Reedus), Mads Mikkelsen (Mads Mikkelsen) and Guillermo del Toro (Guillermo del Toro). Video game fans are familiar with many characters played or voiced by the Baker: he gave voice Joel from The Last of Us, Booker from BioShock Infinite, Batman from Batman: The Telltale Series, Delsin Rowe from inFamous: Second Son, Talion from Middle-earth: Shadow of War and many others. He also worked with Hideo Kojima (Hideo Kojima) over Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Emily O’brien is known for the TV series “the Young and the restless” and also has experience in voicing video game characters — the girl participated in the creation of Batman: The Enemy Within, The Order: 1886 and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Activision Blizzard has told about the nearest plans. “We will release World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and the new part of Call of Duty in the second half of 2018. We are preparing new additions to Hearthstone and Destiny 2, themed events in Overwatch, the map packs for Call of Duty: WWII, — said the representatives of the publishing house. — The company is also working on several re-mastering of our old games. This year we have planned to release at least two mobile games, one of which will be virtual casino from the King. Finally, we will continue to invest in new projects to promote and develop e-sports direction”.
Electronic Arts will show Anthem at EA Play the 2018. This year the event will be held from June 10 to 12 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. In addition to the latest BioWare project, visitors will be able to evaluate the next Battlefield, to see the new line of EA Sports, learn about the fresh content for The Sims 4 and games for mobile devices. Detailed program EA Play 2018 will be published shortly.
Square Enix plans to sell 2 million copies version of Final Fantasy XV for the PC. At the moment of delivery role-playing game based on the digital copies reached 7 million the Company intends to actively support the project until 2019: in 2018, the planned release of four new downloadable add-ons. The first tells about the mysterious antagonist by the name of Ardin Izuni, and the second was dedicated to Princess Luna. On the composition of the two supplements is not known. Only Square Enix intends to sell 10 million copies of the game on all platforms, excluding mobile Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition.
Skateboarder Tony Hawk (Tony Hawk) would like to release remastered games in the series Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. “Anyone who asks me about re-releases of old games or complains about non-production servers of the projects Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater: all rights to the series belong to Activision, but I no longer work with them. If I had enough skill or authority to recover servers or to adapt the game under the new system, I would be happy [to do it]…” — he wrote in his Twitter. Note that in January 2017, Tony hawk has announced that it is working on some game about skateboarding in conjunction with third-party Studio, but no news about the project since then was not.
CD Projekt RED intends to create based on the Cyberpunk 2077 new popular video game franchise. “Cyberpunk 2077 is our new The Witcher 3, but is even more ambitious. Our goal is to create a high quality blockbuster. It will be a real role-playing game for an adult audience. With an open, detailed world and nonlinear gaming process. We work with all the new futuristic universe, and I want to start a popular series,” — said the Executive Director of the Studio Kicinski Adam (Adam Kicinski). Release date Cyberpunk 2077 have not yet, but rumor has it that the game will show at E3 2018.
Blizzard Entertainment introduced a new character in Overwatch — it was a character class support Brigitte Lindhal. The main weapon of the girls — a chain that has a rather large range and can hit multiple targets at close range. In the Arsenal of the heroine is also a shield, which can not only protect themselves, but, having made the leap forward to stun the enemy. Brigitta knows how to treat allies, throwing them a repair kit. All excess healing is converted into additional armor. Her superpower is the “Total fee”: character moves faster, and gives all allies near the armor, which is consumed when damage is received. To play for Brigid while you can only on the test server.
4A Games told about innovations in the system of morals Metro Exodus. In the previous parts of the series, the ending depended on taken during the passage of solutions. The key points are not always obvious. For example, in Metro 2033 the protagonist meets a mutant that looks like a huge rat. It seems that the creature guarding valuable supplies and is closely monitoring the movement of the hero, many players killed him, but after the death of the beast was revealed that it was protecting its young, and not useful items. The character received negative karma points, which in the end affect the final scene of Metro 2033. Metro Exodus into account not only the actions but also the behavior of the hero in combat: “We don’t want to make a game, where literally ask: “do You want to be good or bad?”, — the authors explain. — We want to see people play, and the game responds to their actions”. Metro Exodus will be released this year on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Ukrainian Studio Frogwares has shared new details of The Sinking City. The authors repeatedly stressed that the history of the project written under the impression of the work of HP Lovecraft and is closely interwoven with fantastic stories of his works. The game is set in the fictional town of Oakmont, located in Massachusetts, not far from Arkham, Innsmouth, Dunwich, and other settlements mentioned in the books of Lavkrafta. The main character will find out the true causes of floods, threatening to destroy Oakmont. Despite the danger, closed and conservative residents do not leave the city — they jealously guard their settlement and fanatically to honor the local tradition. Many of them consist of ancient cults and worship of a mysterious deity. In The Sinking City, the developers promise to show “how the fear and despair able to distort human nature beyond recognition, to get people to commit unspeakable acts for the sake of survival or because they got nothing else”. The game is created for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One exact release date is not yet announced.
Funcom spoke about the innovations that will appear in the Secret World Legends in the coming months. Heroes of 15 level will receive access to the system agents, which are unlocked are six additional types of tasks. With this system, users will be able to identify and recruit certain characters, studying their dossiers. At the same time you can recruit on a mission to three agents. Traveling the world, you will meet 40 similar NPC.
The developers of Hearthstone talked about what to expect fans coming to the game year of the Crow. In this period it is planned to release three add-ons, as well as to make changes in formats. From the standard free format leave card additions “Awakening of the ancient gods”, “Party in Caragana” and “Cereal city Gadgetzan”, and “Hall of Fame” card “Ice block”, “Vashj’ir given by the Oracle” and “Fire giant”. Heroes, victorious in 10 ranked and unranked games standard format will get a new look druid — Lunaro, the eldest daughter of the demigod Cenarius. In the middle of 2018, users will take part in the beta testing of the system organization of the user tournaments, which will conduct its own contest among friends.
Multiplayer shooter H1Z1 left early access on Steam. With the release of the game has a new mode — battle Royal on cars Auto Royale. In this the participants are divided into teams of four, one of whom sits behind the wheel of a car, and the rest shoot from the Windows at the enemies. Main goal: to survive in ever-shrinking map. Along the way you can pick up various bonuses like double jumps, traps and smoke screen. To exit the vehicle impossible. Daybreak Game Company expects that the Auto Royale will draw in new fans, because in recent years the project has lost a large part of the audience.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced Injustice 2. Legendary Edition. In the expanded edition will include all the additional characters (teenage mutant ninja turtles, Darkseid, Red hood, Starfire, Sub-zero, Black manta, Raiden, Hellboy, the Atom, Enchantress), as well as alternate costumes for the heroes. In addition, the game will add advanced training mode “Training center” and new equipment plus raise level cap to 30. Injustice 2. Legendary Edition will be released March 27 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The final version role-playing Ghost of the Tale will be released on 13th March (PC and Xbox One). The project tells the story of a mouse-the minstrel who goes in search of his beloved Marah. The focus of the game to use stealth, agility and a study of the world. The passage of the main storyline, users will need 8-10 hours, and with all secondary missions will have to spend about 15-20 hours. All the authors promise of 60 jobs.
Ubisoft has announced the release date of the following additions to Assassin‘s Creed Origins — The Curse of the Pharaohs will be released March 13 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Fans of the game will visit Thebes, Karnak and Luxor temples and the valley of the kings. The plot Biek looking for a mysterious artifact, stolen from the graves of ancient rulers. The treasure has a curse, who raised the dead. Now the city wandering mummy come to life and kill people. To deal with the undead, the main character will have to destroy it twice: the first time in this world, the second — in the afterlife. In addition, the addition will bring an increase in maximum character level (up to 55), new items, gear and skills.
Nightdive Studios released reissue Remastered Turok and Turok 2: Seeds of Evil on the Xbox One. To buy game at official Microsoft store for $20 each. In the updated draft retains all features of the game mechanics, puzzles, and Arsenal, but added a multiplayer competitive mode for up to 16 persons and slightly improved graphics. Both reissues are also available on the PC.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK
Funcom has announced the tactical strategy of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, is based on was published in 1984 tabletop role-playing game Mutant. The development of the project deals with Studio Bearded Ladies. Events unfold in a post-apocalyptic world where after a nuclear disaster, most survivors and animals have mutated. Users have to assemble a party of heroes and go in search of Eden. According to legend, it is situated in the middle of the infected Zone, and to reach it, have to fight with looters and overcome many dangers. The mechanics of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden combines turn-based battles in the style of the series XCOM, covert elements of the passage, the study of the world in real-time and character development through the acquisition of new abilities. The game will be released this year on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.