The gaming industry in a week. 12-18 March 2012


Final part of the fantastic saga of Mass Effect 3 topped the bestseller list in the UK. According to publisher Electronic Arts, a sales project has already walked the first two games combined. Only in the first week in stores around the world were delivered 3.5 million copies of the game. Average Mass Effect from critics is 9 out of 10 points.

Second place arcade simulator snowboarding SSX, and the third mdash; fighting game Street Fighter x Tekken. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Mass Effect 3
  2. SSX
  3. Street Fighter x Tekken
  4. FIFA 12
  5. Mario Party 9
  6. The Sims 3: Showtime
  7. Mario amp; Sonic at the London Olympics
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  10. Zumba Fitness

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store, charts of PC-games also led the Mass Effect 3. Second and third place was shared by the various editions of independent addition laquo; The Sims 3: Show biznesraquo.; Note the growing popularity of simulation of life among domestic players mdash; this week, just seven additions to The Sims 3 includes the top-10.

Preferences console owners have not changed. Third week Mass Effect 3 is the first two lines of the charts in versions for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Closes the top three sports compilation Kinect Sports. A complete list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (DVD-Box)
  2. The Sims 3: Showtime. Katy Perry Collector’s Edition
  3. The Sims 3: Show Business (Limited Edition)
  4. The Sims 3: Catalog mdash; fine bedroom
  5. Heroes of Might and Magic (Collector’s Edition)
  6. The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
  7. The Sims 3: Showbiz
  8. The Sims 3: Supplement mdash; Pets
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Collector’s Edition)
  10. The Sims 3: World Adventures

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (PlayStation 3)
  2. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
  3. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  4. Mortal Kombat (PlayStation 3)
  5. Kinect Sports: Season 2 (Xbox 360)
  6. Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)
  7. DJ Hero 2 Turntable Bundle (game + controller) + game DJ Hero (Xbox 360)
  8. Shadows of the Damned (PlayStation 3)
  9. Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
  10. gnashing metal (PlayStation 3)

Representatives Funimation studios to share new facts about anime Mass Effect. Animated offshoot called Mass Effect: Paragon Lost. The film is based on the events leading up to the third part of the series. It tells the story of James Vega, head of the elite unit of the alliance. Its main objective is to protect human settlements mdash; residents of one of the distant planets. On a plot of space colony is attacked by aliens, known as collectors (The Collectors). Debut Mass Effect: Paragon Lost on large screens in the fall of this year.

Brian Fargo (Brian Fargo) invites all interested persons to participate in funding to continue the post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland. Fallout maker plans to raise money for two Wasteland using the site Kickstarter. Renaissance Series Wasteland is estimated at 900 thousand dollars. Generous users willingly responded to the request of the developer: a few days from the beginning of the action required amount has been collected. Everyone who contributes to 15 # 36, will be able to download the game for free through Steam. For donations from 30 # 36, and above, the developers promise a variety of bonuses like a soundtrack album with pictures, autographs and so on. To join the protesters at this link.

Studio Double Fine has completed raising funds to create a new adventure game. Members have expressed huge interest in the project and had a lot of support to developers. The campaign was planned to collect 400 thousand dollars, but in the end it was donated 3.3 million dollars. The event was attended by 87,000 people from around the world. Head of the studio, Tim Schafer (Tim Schafer) thanked the players and promised that all collected over the required amount will go toward improving the quality of the game. The project will be released on PC and mobile platforms.

Gabe Newell

(Gabe Newell) was in the rating of the richest people in the world by the publication Forbes. According to the publication, the creator of Half-Life takes a 854-th place in the list of 1226 represented billionaires. His fortune is estimated at $ 1.5 billion. Such is the price 50% interest in Newell Valve Software, of which he is a co-founder. Today, the company has become not only the legendary studio, but also one of the largest players in the market of digital distribution.

Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Harrison appointed (Phil Harrison). This is one of the most influential figures in the gaming industry mdash; Harrison previously served as president of Sony, as well as member of the board of directors publisher Atari. In Microsoft Phil Harrison replaced Peter Molyneux (Peter Molyneux), has resigned at his own request.

The Conference Game Developers Conference 2012 awards ceremony for achievements in the gaming industry. The event was presented nine nominations. Game of the year is recognized as the project The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and most innovative named proekt Johann Sebastian Joust. The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Best Audio: Portal 2
  • Best Debut: Bastion
  • Best Visual Arts: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Best Downloadable Game: Bastion
  • Best Game Design: Portal 2
  • Best Technology: Battlefield 3
  • Best Handheld / Mobile Game: Superbrothers: Sword amp; Sworcery
  • Innovation Award: Johann Sebastian Joust
  • Game of the Year: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Company Valve Software has denied rumors of developing the platform Steam Box. Marketing director Doug Lombardi (Doug Lombardi) noted that developers only collected a few PC versions with different configurations to test the new Steam UI and mode Big Picture, but no more. Plans to release a new console on the market at Valve Software no.

Guide Championship laquo; Formula-1raquo; signed an agreement to extend cooperation with Codemasters. Under the contract, the company will continue to develop and publish the racing games on laquo; Formula-1raquo; for the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and mobile platforms. Creating internal division games will Codemasters Birmingham.

Script for the new Halo trilogy is ready. The creative director of 343 Industries Josh Holmes (Josh Holmes) said that the developers have identified a series of vector and prescribed key events storyline, not only for the fourth part of the game, but for Halo Halo 5 and 6. While working on a draft of a possible adjustment of the script, adding new scenes and missions, but the basic story and the ending is already determined.

Irrational Games

Company introduced one of the most powerful enemies in BioShock: Infinite. Opponent called Motorized Patriot. This mechanical soldier, devoid of fear and self-preservation. Its sole purpose mdash; destroy the enemy, and he is ready to do everything to find and kill the main character. As the use of multi-armed soldiers with a Gatling gun. Exit BioShock: Infinite held on October 19 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In role

Igre Diablo III will not be mode PvP. At the start of sales of the players receive only single player and co-op mode, and the possibility of fighting between the users of the developers added later with a patch. This decision, Blizzard explains that the PvP mode is not ready and needs to be finished. Exit Diablo III for PC will take place during 2012.

Kento Kinoshita (Kento Kinoshita), a leading designer Dragon s Dogma, described the system involved in the game Pawn System. It must adjust the behavior of the characters, depending on the decisions made by the user in different situations. With Pawn System virtual companions can learn new skills and fighting techniques just by watching the actions of the player. Learning occurs spontaneously but can be scheduled and extraordinary laquo; zanyatieraquo, work-out hero in his spare time battles. European release Dragon s Dogma for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be held May 25, 2012.

Multi Project Star Wars: The Old Republic is very popular with the players. At the moment, the number of paying subscribers exceeds 1.7 million. Publisher Electronic Arts is planning to take the mark of 2 million at the end of June. It is expected that the influx of new players to grow with the launch of the project on the market in Asia.

Total sales of Alan Wake has exceeded 2 million copies. According to representatives of Remedy Entertainment, a weak release of the project on the Xbox 360 in May 2010, more than offset by an adapted version of the successful start to the PC. Studio returned invested in a port budget for the first 48 hours of the onset of the game in stores. Inspired by the success, the developers have revised the policy of the company and are now planning to transfer to PC and originally exclusive to Xbox 360 episode Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.

343 Industries Company reported that it will conduct beta fi blockbuster Halo 4. To implement the beta required to conduct large-scale work, spending a lot of time and resources. The developers believe this step is impractical and prefer to concentrate all their efforts on creating the final version of the project. Released Halo 4 for Xbox 360 has not been declared.

Staff Team Ninja told about the multiplayer in Ninja Gaiden 3. Multi component called Shadows of the World and includes two modes mdash; Ninja Trails and Clan Battle. First available to players in single player campaign. The main purpose of the bonus mission is to train certain skills and accumulation of karma points. In Clan Battle can participate up to eight fighters, which are divided into two groups. Teams compete against each other, along the way to give additional tasks. European release of Ninja Gaiden 3 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be held March 23.

Open beta testing multiplayer sci-fi thriller Dust 514 will begin in April. This was officially informed by representatives of publishers CCP. More exact date will be announced soon. Running full version of Dust 514 is scheduled for the II quarter of 2012, exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

Studio DICE has declassified information about in-progress additions to Battlefield 3. Three of them will go on sale later this year. In June, the first expansion is expected titled Close Quarters. The kit includes four new locations for multiplayer mode and ten kinds of bonus weapons. The main focus is on melee combat. Second obnovlenie mdash; Armored Kill mdash; come fall. A key issue will be the leitmotif of the tank battles. Players will have a new ground vehicle and the biggest card in the history of Battlefield 3. Last portion of downloadable content will appear in the winter. The contents of the collection End Game developers have not yet covered, but they promise to share the information in the near future.

Run multiplayer shooter Tribes: Ascend for PC and Xbox 360 on 12 April. Now the project is open beta. The number of participants has exceeded 400 thousand. Hi-Rez Studio announced that all the achievements of the players in the beta version will be stored and available in the full project.

Company Capcom confirmed Western release Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection. Re-release for the PlayStation 3 will include two of the series, previously available only to owners of consoles Wii. It’s about The Umbrella Chronicles and The Darkside Chronicles. The games will be available not only improved graphics, and support for stereoscopic 3D and touch controller PlayStation Move. Online Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection will be in June 2012. The collection will be available only in digital form.

Company Nordic Games has signed a contract with the studio Piranha Bytes to release two editions mdash; Gothic 3: Enhanced Gold Edition and Gothic Complete Collection. The first collection comes in a metal cover and includes an improved version of Gothic 3, Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods, a poster, stickers and six themed card.

The Gothic Complete Collection will include: Gothic, Gothic 2, Gothic 2: Night of the Raven, Gothic 3: Enhanced and Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods Enhanced. All games will be presented on two DVD. Supplementary disc developers have collected a series of rollers to create the series. Buyers also receive a 100-page album, 2 Poster A3, 7 stickers and 6 cards. Collector’s Edition will be available in high-quality packaging.

Release Gothic 3: Enhanced Gold Edition and Gothic Complete Collection on PC in April 2012.

Publisher NCsoft opens to accept pre-orders for the game Guild Wars 2. Since April 10, users will be able to order one of the three versions: Standard Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition and Collector s Edition. The composition of the Collector’s Edition includes:

  • game disc;
  • figurine Rytlock Brimstone height of 25 cm;
  • frame;
  • Five images from artists who created Guild Wars 2;
  • hardcover book that tells about the heroes of the game world and the development of the project as a whole;
  • CD with the soundtrack;
  • five exclusive game items.

Cost of this version of Guild Wars 2 will be 150 # 36;.


Company SEGA has announced HD-re arcade shooter The House of the Dead 4 for PlayStation 3. The project will be implemented support touch controller PlayStation Move. The edition includes additional levels of collectible versions of the game, video interviews with developers, a multiplayer mode, an updated system of trophies and bonus items for PlayStation Home. Exit The House of the Dead 4 on 17 April 2012. The game will be available in digital distribution service PlayStation Network at a price 9.99 # 36;.

Studio Haemimont Games is working on a new project Omerta: City of Gangsters. At this time the creators Tropico offer users dip into the realities of the underworld. Events unfolding in the 20′s of last century in Atlantic City. Players will go from petty thief, a pickpocket to the head of a mafia clan. Omerta: City of Gangsters is a classic real-time strategy. Duration of the single player campaign will be 15 hours. The game is also available to co-op and multiplayer. As the publisher was the company Kalypso Media. Release Omerta: City of Gangsters on PC is scheduled for IV quarter of 2012.

Company Epic Games announced the game Infinity Blade Dungeons. The third part of the popular action designed specifically for the new version of the tablet iPad. The action takes place over several thousand years before the events of the first part. Users to tell the story of the creation of Blade Infinity Blade. Story narrated by a person assistant blacksmith, who has to make these deadly weapons. The developers promise vast locations and dynamic chamber, through which the action scenes will be even more spectacular. The exact date of release Infinity Blade Dungeons is not reported.

Big Robot Studio announced an unusual game Sir, You Are Being Hunted. The developers describe their project as laquo; indie variation STALKERraquo;, created in the best traditions of English humor. The game is set in the vast British province, where the vast estates of aristocrats robots. In addition to tea, the main representatives of the entertainment elite is mechanical manhunt. Users assigned the role laquo; dichiraquo, which is saved from the ancestors Terminator. The game is based on the experimental engine Lodestone. The creators promise a huge open world and advanced intelligence of virtual opponents. The release date Sir, You Are Being Hunted for PC will be known later.

Company Capcom announced browser project Onimusha Soul. The game is created on the PC and is a strategy with role-playing elements. Users will act as ruler of a small province, leading e to prosperity. You must develop the economy, trade, military and fight with other territories. Despite the fact that the game is an offshoot of the series, it will meet a lot of characters familiar from previous installments. Exit Onimusha Soul June 28.

Studio Eyes Wide Games is working on a game based on the TV series The Walking Dead. Developed for the social network Facebook project will start in April. In The Walking Dead Social Game users will have to create a camp for survivors, fight zombies, to perform various tasks and collect purveyance.


Publisher laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, announced the exact release date RPG laquo; Confrontation: Last bitvaraquo.; Project created by French studio Cyanide based on the popular desktop vargeyma from company Rackham, will be fully voiced and translated into Russian. On the shelves of local stores PC-version laquo; Confrontation: Last bitvaraquo, appears April 13, 2012.

Sent to press strategy laquo; Total War: SHOGUN 2 mdash; Sunset samuraevraquo.; In Russia the game will be released in Russian March 23 for PC. Users will be offered the standard version and a collector’s edition. The latter includes:

  • game disc;
  • Manual;
  • set for calligraphy;
  • code access to exclusive downloadable laquo; Saga: Prudence imperatoraraquo;;
  • sided poster.

Additionally all who pre-order for the project, will receive the code to download the DLC laquo; Obama Praviteliraquo;.

In sale massive update for the military-historical strategy laquo; Behind Enemy Lines 2: Shturmraquo.; 2.00.11 patch includes all the downloadable content that went before, as well as new weapons, ammo and bonus stock. In addition, users expect some changes in the characteristics of combat units, the modified version of the single-player campaign and multiplayer. For a complete list of improvements and download the update at this link.