The gaming industry in a week. 19-25 Feb 2018
Football game FIFA 18 has topped the bestseller list in the UK. In second place was launched role-playing game Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The project has received moderate reviews in the Western press: the average score version for PC is 75 out of 100 for the PlayStation 4 with 68 points, and Xbox One for 67 points. Closes the top three Grand Theft Auto V.
Steam first place in the list of the most popular games firmly holds multiplayer shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Second place went to Kingdom Come: Deliverance, whose sales for the week across all platforms amounted to about 1 million copies. In third place is Grand Theft Auto V.
Chris McKay (Chris McKay), directed by “LEGO Movie: Batman,” is in talks with Paramount about the filming of the film adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons. The film will be the debut project of new studios AllSpark Pictures, Hasbro was founded in October 2017. The producers of the film are Brian Goldner (Goldner Brian) and Stephen Davis (Stephen Davis) from Hasbro, and the script will be written by Michael Gilio (Michael Gillio). Note that in 1983 he released the animated series based on Dungeons & Dragons, and in 2000 the production company, Silver Pictures released a self-titled full-length picture.
Paramount Pictures has announced the release date of the film Sonic the Hedgehog — the world premiere will take place on 15 November 2019. Directed by the founder of Blur Studio Jeff Fowler (Jeff Fowler), the Executive producer is Tim Miller (Tim Miller), known for the film “Deadpool”, and the script responsible for Patrick Casey (Patrick Casey) and Josh Miller (Josh Miller). Sonic the Hedgehog will be to combine computer animation and live action.
The founders of Sledgehammer Games, Michael Condry (Michael Condrey) and Glen Schofield (Glen Schofield) left the Studio. The developers have accepted the offer Activision: “After the amazing success of Call of Duty: WWII Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey refused positions in Sledgehammer and moved to new Executive responsibilities at Activision, — said the representatives of the publishing house. We thank them for their great contribution to the development of Call of Duty series and look forward to further cooperation”. After the reshuffle the Studio will be headed by Aaron halon (Halon Aaron), a veteran Sledgehammer Games with twenty years of experience in the industry. Prior to the appointment of a halon held the post of senior Director of development.
Gray Newell (Newell Gray), the son of the founder of Valve and Steam’s Gabe Newell (Gabe Newell), opened indie Studio Naetyr. She works on her debut project called Fury, a first-person shooter in a science fiction setting, which is set in the near future. Gray has described Fury as a combination of several things that impressed him in various games and movies, and added: “But the main purpose of Fury is to give users tools for creating your own gaming experience. This concept can be found in Garry‘s Mode, Spore and Star Citizen“. Newell noted that not specifically looking for a publisher and plans to raise funds for the development via crowdfunding. Now Fury is based on the graphics engine Source, but the team is ready to switch to another technology if required by circumstances: for example, the authors consider Fury as an eSports discipline and want to add support for VR-helmets.
European team Penta Sports won Six Invitiational, world championship Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. This year the tournament was held in Montreal, Canada. At the arena Six Invitiational was found sixteen strongest teams of the four regions professional League, among whom was the Russian team Room Factory submitted by players, Shockwave, Joystick, Redgroove, PWN3F and Sheppard. Kibersportsmeny from Penta Sports, and Evil Geniuses came to the Grand final. The competition was completed with the score 3:2 in favor of Penta Sports. The winner received $500 thousand in prize money.
Sony has launched a web service My PlayStation, which is similar to the mobile application. With it you can view and edit your profile on the PlayStation Network: users friends lists and trophies, sending messages and requests to add to contacts. You can change the profile picture, avatar and privacy settings. On the territory of Russia the service supports the Russian language.
Multiplayer H1Z1 is rapidly losing audience. One reason for this is high popularity of other projects in the genre battle Royal — Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds and Fortnite: Battle Royale. Over the past eight months the number of players in H1Z1 decreased by 91 %, from 150 thousand to less than 8 thousand unfortunate state of Affairs is not helping to fix the part in the sales and free weekends. In October, Daybreak Game Company has announced plans to create a professional eSports League in the game, but now the initiative in question.
Nightdive Studios halted development of a remake of System Shock. General Director of the Studio Steven Kik (Stephen Kick) explained that the team was too far away from the original intent. “Maybe we were too successful. Maybe we lost concentration, says Steven Kik. The vision began to change. We went from training use to brand new games. We switched from Unity to Unreal, and it’s a choice which we never regret. Along with this, we wondered how to make the project even better, and deviated from the basic ideas of the original System Shock.[…] We took a break to go back a few steps back and rethink decisions already taken. System Shock will be released, and our promises fulfilled.”
Cyanide has shared details of horror the Call of Cthulhu. The protagonist of the game will gradually go crazy, but the mind can be controlled, making the right choice in different situations. The degree of insanity determines what the final you get in the game. The development of the storyline is also influenced by other factors: endurance, develop skills and a style of passing. In particular, in certain missions, some locations and the routes may be closed due to earlier decisions and set of abilities. The passage of the main story campaign will take from 12 to 15 hours. Call of Cthulhu is created for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One exact release date is not yet announced.
Deck13 told about the features of role-playing The Surge 2. Users themselves create the main character in the character editor. The protagonist of the first part named Warren will appear in the game, but in what capacity is not yet known. The project will be bigger: the survey will be available to metropolis consisting of related locations. During the journey, players will meet different characters, both hostile and willing to share the quest. Artificial intelligence opponents subjected to revision: enemies take to attack the hero and his actions in order to better confront in battle, and is also able to join groups. According to developers, the battle will become much more complicated. The Surge 2 will be released in 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Cyanide and White Wolf Publishing revealed new details of the role-playing game Werewolf: The Apocalypse, first announced in January 2017. The film is set in a dark fantasy world of The Wolrd of Darkness. The main character, the werewolf Garou, travels through an alternative USA where the power from the hands of humanity have moved to completely different beings. It is headed by the Triad: wild is the pure chaos of creation, weaver embodies the order, and the Wyrm is destruction. The latter is obsessed with madness and trying to start the Apocalypse, and a race of werewolves confront him. In the past Garou banished from the tribe, but now he wants to go back and save his son. Usually Garou is in the guise of a wolf, and to communicate with people turns into a man. Encountering the consequences of human crimes, Garou feels rage, which makes him a beast. But the longer he remains in this state, the harder it is to control animal instincts: for example, he may kill the innocent and important to the history of the characters. Werewolf: The Apocalypse will be released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2019.
On the website of the Australian rating Committee page appeared Dark Souls Remastered for Nintendo Switch making it known that this version deals with Studio Virtuos Games. Previously, the company worked on a reprint from L.A. Noire for Nintendo Switch and adaptation of Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for different platforms. Note that Dark Souls is also to be Remastered for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On versions for these platforms working Polish company QLOC. The release is scheduled for may 25.
Grinding Gear Games has announced an update for Path of Exile, which will allow fishing of animals. The captured creatures are stored in the menagerie, and a description of each of them can be found in “the Bestiary”. It will fit your hunting success. Animals will become part of the ritual ceremonies: if they are to be sacrificed on the Altar of blood, it is possible to open a portal to the heavenly or to obtain valuable and rare item. The update will be released on March 2.
Toadman Interactive has announced the imminent start of the closed alpha testing role-playing action Immortal: Unchained. To take part in it can only owners of the PC from 8 to 12 March. The developers promise a complex combat system, a solid Arsenal of weapons and character development for one of the six disciplines. To schedule the test at this link. Immortal: Unchained will be out this summer on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will be released this spring on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The project will be the sequel to the infamous in the nineties of the game Shaq Fu, the main character of which was voiced by legendary basketball player Shaquille O’neal. In the sequel, he once again saves the world from the looming threat of the entire planet is inhabited by celebrities, demon possessed, and only Shaq fairies hang can challenge a threat to society superstars. He will clean the world from hordes of villains using fists and weapons. Also this time in the Arsenal Shaq FEI hung will be a katana, shurikens and a baseball bat.
Developers Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick–ality announced that the version of VR games for the PlayStation 4 will be released on April 10. On PC it is available from 20 April 2017. In Rick and Morty: Rick Virtual-ality users will go to VR-adventure based on the animated series. Clone Morty will explore alternative worlds and solve puzzles, invented by a mad genius Rick.
Ubisoft has released “tour” mode for Assassin‘s Creed Origins. It is available for free to all owners of the game, but on PC it can also be purchased separately (Uplay and Steam). Users are encouraged to go on an exciting journey through Ancient Egypt by choosing one of the 24 characters. The combat system and missions during the exploration of the disabled. There are a total of 75 tour itineraries, introducing the history, architecture, religion, historical figures and daily life of Ancient Egypt. “We keep in touch with teachers ever since the Assassin’s Creed series — that is about ten years. Many of the teachers had used games in history lessons, but realized that they need accessible educational tool on the basis of our projects — says Maxim Durand (Maxime Durand), a staff historian of the Studio Ubisoft Montreal. — Players, who will go on an interactive tour of “Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt”, will see thousands of things from Egyptian history in real conditions, and therefore better understand them. The tour represents the game and learning tool is a valuable tool for use in the classroom”.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK
Electronic Arts announced the re-release of Burnout Paradise Remastered on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Racing on consoles the game will be released on 16 March, but PC owners will have to wait — there project will be “later”, but the exact date is not yet known. Burnout Paradise Remastered will boast improved graphics, support for 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. The structure of the publication will include the game and all DLC.
Automaton introduced multiplayer shooter Mavericks: Proving Grounds on PC. The game is created in the genre of the battle Royal and at the initial stage will support up to 400 users. Battles will unfold in large-scale destructible world: basically it is the nature with beautiful mountain slopes, rivers and forests inhabited by wild animals. Processing the game data is via cloud system SpatialOS. The developers promise to introduce a sophisticated role-playing system of character development, the ability to create clans and a social area for trading and communication of the characters. Mavericks: Proving Grounds will be released this year, and closed beta testing is scheduled for the summer. In 2019, the Studio plans to increase the game world to 12 square kilometers, where the fight will converge to 1,000 people.
Studio Cherry Pop Games has announced that the VRFC, the first football game for VR devices. The product supports PlayStation VR with HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. The project is based on Unreal Engine 4 using your own physics system Cherry Pop Games, dubbed 4K. Thanks to her VRFC added an advanced tracking system Agile movements of locomotion, so users will be able to score, pass, dribble and play head. VRFC will be in online mode for 8 players. The game will be released on February 27.
Independent Studio Wormwood Studios, the authors of Primordia, is working on a role-playing game Fallen Gods. The developers were inspired by Norse mythology, Tolkien created middle-Earth Board game Barbarian Prince and turn-based strategy game King of Dragon Pass. Fallen Gods tells the story of a God who is trying to survive in a dying world. The ruling of them being strong and smart, but can not heal the wounds of the planet years of war. The developers promise that the game’s plot will be multivariate, and the events will depend on the skills of the character, composition of its group and the even items in inventory. For example, the hero finds himself on a field strewn with dead starlings: if he owns the ability to talk to the dead and wearing a cloak, allowing to understand the speech of birds, you can go for this storyline. The exact release date of Fallen Gods will be announced later.