The gaming industry in a week. 12-18 March 2018
Grand Theft Auto V topped the bestseller list in the UK — for the fifteenth time! The second position started racing simulator TT Isle Of Man: Ride on the Edge. New was very restrained press reviews: the average score version for the PlayStation 4 is 65 out of 100, and for Xbox One — 70. Closes the three leaders of Bravo Team for PlayStation VR, literally destroyed by critics (46 of 100 points).
Steam the leader of dozens of best-selling games once again became Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Second place went to Warhammer: Vermintide 2 — just days after the release of the cooperative shooter has sold over 500 thousand copies. On the third line debuted Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, has earned a lot of positive reviews (average score on Metacritic is 84 of 100).
Tencent has invested more than $1 billion in Chinese streaming services. Corporation signed a strategic agreement with the leadership Douyu in the amount of $630 million to Other partner Tencent has become a platform of Huya, which received $461,6 million investment. In future, Huya can completely pass under the control of Tencent, who has the right to purchase additional shares two years after signing a deal with YY Inc., its current owner. Both platforms are designed to broadcast games and entertainment content. The monthly audience Douyu is 13 million people, and Huya — 9 million viewers.
Druckmann Neil (Neil Druckmann) became Vice-President of Naughty Dog. In 2004, he as a trainee programmer joined the creators of Jak 3. Drachmann, was the lead designer and writer of the series Unchartedand The Last of Us was responsible not only for the story but also took on the role of creative Director of the project. In this capacity he will continue to work on The Last of Us 2, combining the duties of the Vice-President and head of the team.
Writer drew karpyshyn (Drew Karpyshyn) again left BioWare. First-time author stories for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 left the company in 2012. Karpyshyn focused on writing a series of fantasy novels entitled “Born of chaos” (Chaos Born). In 2015 he released the last book of the trilogy and went back to BioWare, which joined the team Anthem. The decision to leave again BioWare, Karpyshyn explained that it was not able to combine work in the Studio with other projects. Now he is once again busy with literary work, involved in creating graphic novels and collaborates with developers of Fogbank Entertainment and Games FoxNext.
The national hockey League (NHL) has announced a eSports tournament of the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship with a prize Fund of $100 thousand Qualifying matches will be held from 24 March to 14 April. They will be able to take part owners of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but games shootout are only for console users from Sony. Qualifications are held separately for players from USA, Canada and Europe. The winners and silver prize-winners of regional competitions will receive a ticket to the final of the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, which will take place June 19 in Las Vegas. All games will be broadcast on Twitch and online platforms, NBC Sports, Sportsnet and Viasat.
Ready at Dawn, known for shooter The Order: 1886, is working on a new major project. The title and game details were not disclosed. We only know that it will be a big-budget, third-person action game based on new intellectual property. In parallel, the Studio is working on a Supplement to the VR-game Echo and is preparing to release in China Deformers in conjunction with Tencent.
Activision has announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The developer of the project is the Studio Treyarch, and the release is scheduled for October 12 in versions for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Presentation of the game will take place 17 may in the framework of special events for the community of Call of Duty. At the event, the developers will demonstrate the debut video and share the first details.
The team of modders Road to Liberty stopped working on The Capital Wasteland Project, a remake of the Fallout 3 engine Fallout 4. The authors of the project have not found a legal way to transfer characters from one game to another. Any type of copying would lead to litigation with Bethesda, the creators of the remake do not want to face. The developers considered the variant with full pereozvuchivat, but soon abandoned it: in their opinion, Fallout 3 did not feel the characters talking, not the voices of Liam Neeson (Liam Neeson), Malcolm McDowell (Malcom McDowell), Ron Perlman (Ron Perlman) and Eric Dellums (Eric Dellums).
Bethesda Softworks has unveiled Skyrim VR for the PC. The game will be released April 3 on Steam and will support HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality. Users will get adapted to virtual reality helmets The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimand also add-ons Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn. The cost will be 1999 rubles. Note that in November 2017 VR Skyrim was released for the PlayStation 4. The project received positive reviews in the specialized press average score on Metacritic was 77.
The head of Valve Gabe Newell (Gabe Newell) has revealed new details of the Artifact, card games in the universe of Dota 2. The developers abandoned the shareware model of distribution: the project will be paid, without the above principle of “pay to win” and split according to types of rarity. In the Artifact presented 240 cards and 44 of the character. Competitions are held only in multiplayer and only in dueling format. In the beginning of the match in the hands of the user are five heroes with equipment slots and card abilities. The playing field consists of three lines, each of which stands a tower. To win we have to destroy two of them. In the game there will be two types of resources — mana and gold, which can be spent on the purchase of artifacts. Artifact will be released on PC at the end of 2018, and in the middle of next year it will appear on iOS and Android. At the beginning of 2019 will be the first tournament with a prize Fund of $1 million.
Sony has delayed the release of the post-apocalyptic action Days Gone. It was planned to release this year on PlayStation 4, but now it became known that in sale it will arrive only in 2019. Reasons for the delay of game not called. Recall that the events of Days Gone happen after a pandemic of an unknown virus which has wiped out most of the population. The users have to explore the world, to survive in difficult conditions and to reflect attack of huge hordes of zombies.
Obsidian Entertainment has moved the release date of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire on the PC — role-playing game will go on sale on may 8, not April 3, as previously reported. The developers noted that the second part of the series scope is far superior to Pillars of Eternity, so they needed more time on fixing bugs and making changes requested by the players after the beta testing.
Frostpunk from 11 bit studios is also delayed — until April 24. The developers took the extra time for the final “polishing” of the game: “for us Quality is paramount. No errors and carefully checked the balance are crucial. We want users to have the right impression and experience, — said Grzegorz Miechowski (Grzegorz Miechowski), managing Director of 11 bit studios. — This War of Mine is a unique game about moral choice, but Frostpunk we take this concept to a new level. Yes, it took us a while, but I’m happy to say it was worth it!”. Frostpunk events unfold in the alternate world of the nineteenth century: mankind struggles to survive in the new ice age. As ruler of the last city on the planet you should whatever you can to save the remaining people.
Emily Wants to Play Too come out on PS4 on April 24th. The sequel of horror Emily Wants to Play came out on PC in December last year and collected 55 reviews on Steam, but 80% of them are positive. The protagonist Emily Wants to Play Too works in the food delivery service. Fulfilling one of the orders, he gets to the warehouse, storing evidence from crime scenes. Soon, the hero discovers that locked in this strange and gloomy place. Moreover, in the warehouse he is not alone, but in the company of animated dolls, who started against him in some creepy game.
Activision will release Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The collection, which includes updated versions of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped will go on sale July 10. Note that in June 2017 the anthology was released for the PlayStation 4 and received high marks in the specialized press — the average score is 80 out of 100. The publishing house also published the minimum system requirements of the PC version:
- operating system: Windows 7;
- CPU: Intel Core i5-750 from 2.67 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965 from 3.4 GHz;
- internal memory: 8 GB;
- video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7850 with 2 GB memory.
Epic Games is working on a mobile adaptation of Fortnite Battle Royale. Owners of iOS devices will appreciate it first: March 12, developers are taking applications for beta testing the game on iOS. Later it will appear on Android. The authors reported that Fortnite Battle Royale will be cross-platform project. All versions will be combined on the same servers, so at one location will meet the owners of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, macOS, smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android.
Funcom has announced the addition plot Dawn of the Morninglight to multiplayer role-playing game the Secret World Legends. The heroes have to go to South Africa to face the cruel Morninglight cult. The developers will add a new region, several missions and new opponents. Release additions will take place April 4 on the PC.
Microsoft has unveiled the collector’s edition State of Decay 2. The kit will include:
- a steel box with a stand in the form of the human brain;
- mask zombie latex;
- USB flash drive 4 GB in the form of a cut finger;
- logo patch of the game.
It’s funny that the game disc edition not included and must be purchased separately. The cost of State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition will be $69,99. The project will be available may 22 on PC and Xbox One.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE WEEK
Studio Darewise announced a sci-Fi game Project C. It is the first independent project of the company, where staff had previously worked on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Thief, Half-Life 2 series , Dishonored and Assassin’s Creed. The authors promise a huge virtual world that has its own system of resources and living organisms. In this Darewise will help SpatialOS platform that allows you to transfer cumbersome computational processes in cloud services. Promise that the user will be able to change the environment beyond recognition, but the key points of evolution will remain in the history of the game world. Details and exact release date will be announced later.
Midwinter Entertainment has revealed the Scavengers, a team of competitive action, which is set in a frozen wasteland. After the collision of an asteroid with the Moon on the Earth began a new ice age. In the company of the four survivors you explore a huge world. The authors have focused on the tactics and teamwork of group members. You play against other users, hostile factions and mutated animals. The project is created on the Unreal Engine 4 and uses a cloud-based platform SpatialOS from London company Improbable, which also became an investor Scavengers. The exact release date of the game on PC and consoles will be announced later.
SEGA announced a collection of Sega Mega Drive Collection for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The publication includes more than 50 classic games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, Golden Axe, Shining Force and Phantasy Star 2. In addition to improved graphics, the projects will get additional features like saves, achievements system, statistics and multiplayer mode. Sega Mega Drive Collection will be released on may 29.