The gaming industry in a week. March 5-11, 2018
Football game FIFA 18 for the third straight week tops the bestseller list in the UK. The game enjoys stable demand due to the lack of major new releases. In second place is Grand Theft Auto Vand the Call of Duty: WWII.
Steam leader remains Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Second place went to NieR: Automata, discount who last week was 50 %. The third position is occupied , Warhammer: Vermintide 2.
Facebook launched a campaign Women In Gaming, dedicated to women in the gaming industry. History in video, published on Facebook. Now the portal has 17 small rollers, it is planned to produce 100 interviews. In them the heroine share their thoughts about work, success and challenges that they face. “Women play an important role in this industry, — said the chief operating officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg (Sheryl Sandberg). Almost half of gamers around the world — girls, and in some genres are predominantly women. However, the games do not reflect the audience they serve. In the industry of virtual entertainment only work 23% of women, and representatives of racial minorities is even smaller. The more often we are faced with stereotypes, prejudices or threats, the more difficult it is to convince young women that this industry is full of opportunities for growth and not only appreciate their work, but also needed.”
Ubisoft has presented the program Commit Assistant, who will promptly tell the developer about bugs in the code. The authors of the project were members of La Forge, of the Department of research and development by Ubisoft. Commit Assistant parses the original code and all submitted revisions, alerts about errors and is also capable of self-education. According to Ubisoft to fix the bugs sometimes takes up to 70% of the production budget, so the company intends to reduce these costs by using the Commit Assistant.
Ubisoft acquired the Studio in 1492, authors of a series of visual novels Is it Love?. The project is among the five most popular mobile games in France and in the top 20 in the United States. “Is it Love? became one of the leaders in the genre of episodic interactive stories. Around her formed a close-knit community of fans, — said the Executive Director of Ubisoft Mobile Jean-Michel Detonation (Jean-Michel Detoc). — Buy Studio 1492 — competent and successful solution of our strategy to expand the audience.” The founders of the Studio 1492 Claire and Thibaud Zamora (Claire Thibaud Zamora) added: “We are pleased to join Ubisoft. Downloads Is it Love? gaining momentum, and we believe that our creation will be a hit among players all over the world. It is an achievable goal, given the possibility of Ubisoft with its highly developed international network of offices and experience in promotion of projects.” The amount and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
One more news from Ubisoft was the recruitment of additional specialists to work on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and support Tom Clancy’s The Division. On the official website of the publisher there were 25 vacancies in the state require programmers, level designers and game mechanics, animators and artists. The description States that the experts will work within the Studio Massive Entertainment on expansion of Tom Clancy’s The Division. This year the company plans to release two updates for the first part of the series: this will be a global themed events and a series of missions on Legendary difficulty.
In addition, the development is Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. “We are pleased to inform you that currently working on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. The development is Massive Entertainment in close cooperation with Ubisoft Annecy, Redstorm, Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Shanghai. The project is created on the updated version of the engine Snowdrop Engine, which will let us implement all our ambitious plans,” — said the creative Director of Studio Julian Gerity (Julian Gerighty). Presentation of the sequel will be at E3 2018.
Blizzard Entertainment has denied the rumors about the release of Diablo 3 on the Nintendo Switch, which appeared after the publication in the official Twitter of the company a short video demonstrating the lamp in the form of the head of Diablo. In the video, the developers were turning on and off night light, eloquently alluding to the Switch (in translation from English means switch “switch”), so fans of the series have suggested that the Studio is preparing the imminent announcement of the project for a Nintendo console. “We can assure you that we are not so smart. This was supposed to be just a joke for members. We have nothing to announce,” — said in a statement the company.
Ubisoft will toughen rules of conduct for the players in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The innovation will affect users who use racist and homophobic remarks — depending on the number of violations of the bullies will be blacklisted for a period of up to 2, 7 or 15 days. The most “toxic” players will receive a lifetime ban. The system does not depend on the reports of gamers, and independently considers each incident, analyzes statements and determines which rules had been violated. The authors explain that the changes are just the first steps in reducing “toxicity” among fans of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.
The world of God of War will consist of 9 different from each other measurement. Working on Midgard, the creators visited the forests of Iceland and Scotland to create a believable ecosystem in the game. And if Midgard is very similar to Earth and inhabited by ordinary people, the other eight worlds are very different from him. They will be opened gradually when Kratos and his son will learn to move between worlds and study them. God of War will be released April 20 on PlayStation 4.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of StarCraft Blizzard Entertainment has in store for fans of their games themed gifts. Users will receive the following surprises:
- in Diablo 3 on March 6, for free available pet in the form of the cruiser “Retribution of the dominion”;
- in Overwatch from 6 March until 3rd of April to the appearance of Sarah Kerrigan for the Fatal widow;
- in World of Warcraft from 31 March to 6 April, users will be awarded the achievement “long live StarCraft” if they will give credit to any pet from StarCraft;
- in Heroes of the Storm from 27 March to 7 April, available portraits with images of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg;
- in Hearthstone , from 21 to 25 March, the fans will distribute three sets of cards, “the Kobolds and catacombs” for participating in the “brawl” in the style of StarCraft.
March 30 will be the live broadcast, which will be attended by prominent players and personalities relevant to StarCraft, and on 31 March the documentary will also be released, in which fans share memories of the best moments for all time of existence of the game.
Sony has announced the release date of Detroit: Become Human — a sci-Fi game will go on sale on may 25 on the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation Network has opened the pre-orders for a new product from Quantic Dream. Buyers of the Digital Deluxe edition worth 3999 rubles will receive not only the game but also the following content:
- digital copy of Heavy Rain, which you can download immediately after placing a pre-order;
- digital artbook;
- two dynamic themes for the PlayStation 4: Cyber Life and Main Character;
- avatars for use in PlayStation Network.
Microsoft has announced a release date for State of Decay 2 release the survival simulator is scheduled for may 22 for PC and Xbox One. The cost of the standard edition will amount to 1999 rubles. Also in the sale of the enhanced version of Ultimate Edition for 3299 rubles, which will include State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition, along with two future additions, Independence and Daybreak.
In addition, the Corporation introduced the system requirements State of Decay 2. To run the game on minimum settings required:
- operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit);
- CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz or Intel Core i5-2500 2.7 GHz;
- internal memory: 8 GB;
- video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 with 2 GB memory.
- operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit);
- CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz or Intel Core i5-4570 3.2 GHz;
- internal memory: 16 GB;
- video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or the AMD Radeon R9 380 with 4 GB memory.
Ubisoft has announced that the addition of From Dusk Till Casa Bonita to the South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be released March 20 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In the new story Chapter, players will rescue your sister Mysterion from vampires. To help you in this will be the witch Henrietta. The RPG will be a new class, “Child of shadows” and some of the Gothic costumes for the characters.
Treyarch has released an update 1.27 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Users is now available a new multiplayer mode “Infected”: there is one soldier, chosen by the system randomly becomes infected. Every soldier he killed, after the revival of also becoming infected. The main goal is to spread the infection among the greatest number of people. In addition, the game added snowy version of the map Redwood called Redwood Snow.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK
The Studio in Question announces co-op shooter The Blackout Club. The action takes place in a small town, and the focus is the company of teenagers. Guys unites strange disease — each one is experiencing memory lapses. One of the band members goes missing, but adults ignore the incident. Without waiting for help, the friends will conduct its own investigation and will record it on a camera. Players will gather a team of four people and together unravel a chain of mysterious events. Each night you will explore the city and the maze of tunnels beneath it in which traces of a strange cult. On the project are veterans of the gaming industry, among them Jordan Thomas (Jordan Thomas), project Director and lead writer BioShock 2, Stephen Alexander (Stephen Alexander), the leading artist of the visual effects of BioShock Infinite, and Cain Tires (Kain Shin), the developer of AI and gameplay programmer Dishonored. It is expected that The Blackout Club will be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2019.
Cyan, the Studio behind the famous series, Myst, has announced a VR-game Firmament. The authors describe the project as a steampunk adventure: the heroes go on a journey across four different worlds, accompanied by a mechanical companion and a disembodied spirit guide. The authors published the debut trailer for the Firmament, which showed the snow-covered locations and puzzles in the style of Myst. It is expected that the details and demo version will bring to the event Game Developers Conference in 2018, which will be held from 19 to 23 March. Probably there will be announced the exact release date and list of platforms.