The gaming industry in a week. 14-20 November 2011

INDUSTRY WEEK

Action Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 topping the charts sales of video games in the UK. Project enjoys unprecedented popularity worldwide. In the first 24 hours after the start of official sales were sold 9 million copies of the game, which was an absolute record in the history of the gaming industry.

Second place went to

RPG The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and the third mdash; Battlefield 3. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  2. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. FIFA 12
  5. Just Dance 3
  6. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  7. Moshi Monsters
  8. Batman: Arkham City
  9. Zumba Fitness
  10. Wii Party

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, thriller Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is not caused excitement among the players. Proponents of PC preferred reservation Collector’s Edition laquo; Assassin s Creed: Otkroveniyaraquo.; The second and third chapters of standard chart and deluxe edition The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

Among the fans

Consoles the second consecutive week, the most popular exclusive project for PlayStation 3 called laquo; Uncharted 3: Illusions Dreykaraquo.; Silver medal was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the bronze went to Need for Speed: The Run. A complete list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Collector’s Edition)
  2. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  3. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (Gift Edition)
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  6. Mass Effect 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  7. Need for Speed: The Run (Limited Edition)
  8. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Gift Edition)
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  10. Batman: Arkham City (Collector’s Edition)

Game consoles:

  1. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PlayStation 3)
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PlayStation 3)
  3. Need for Speed: The Run Limited Edition (PlayStation 3)
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Xbox 360)
  5. Kinect Sports: Season 2 (Xbox 360)
  6. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (PlayStation 3)
  7. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
  8. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  9. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Special Edition (PlayStation 3)
  10. Dance Central 2 (Xbox 360)

Company Atlus with Marvelous AQL working on the show based on the series Persona. The basis scenario is the fourth event of the game. Speech actors will be accompanied by special effects and cinematics. Main role performed by Toru Baba (Toru Baba), familiar to Japanese audiences for musical Prince of Tennis. Theatrical production Visualive Persona 4 will be held in Tokyo theater SunshineTheater from 15 to 20 March 2012.

Shooting a film based on the series BioShock postponed indefinitely. Assumed that the director of the film will make Gore Verbinski (Gore Verbinski), who previously worked on laquo; Pirates of the Caribbean moryaraquo.; According to Ken Levine (Ken Levine), at the stage of creating a script and planning of all phases of work on the adaptation of BioShock everything was almost ready, but the search for investors for large-scale project has not been successful.

Microsoft offers Halo fans to contribute to the creation of a virtual monument to Master Chefoo. The project is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the series and release Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. To participate, users need to visit the site and download their stock images (screenshots, photos, drawings) that are associated with the popular series. According to the authors, these pictures will be stored in a kind of mosaic on the 3D-model of the main character. Unique content also involve in the video Halo Tribute.

Chapter Ubisoft Reflection Gareth Edmondson (Gareth Edmondson) left the company. Specialist studio headed for 10 years. The best-known projects, which appeared under his leadership, became a racing game series Driver. Gareth Edmondson will continue to work in the gaming industry, but in a different company.

Vivendi announced the sale of 35 million shares of Activision Blizzard, thereby reducing its ownership stake from 63% to 60%. According to preliminary calculations, the profit from this transaction will be 426 million dollars. Vivendi representatives describe the situation as a necessary tactical decision on the structure of the publishing house, but the company still believes Activision and remains its main shareholder.

Intel has announced a six-core Intel Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition. New focus primarily on the fans of computer games. Representatives of the company to position its new development as the fastest and most efficient chip for PC. At the core is a processor microarchitecture Sandy Bridge-E, Core clock is 3.3 GHz, and mode Turbo Boost can reach 3.9 GHz. Intel Core i7 3960X has 15 MB of L3 cache memory and supports four channels of DDR3. The output of the processor is scheduled for II quarter 2012. A detailed review of this processor is already published on 3DNews.

Vice President of Rockstar Games Jeronimo Barrera (Jeronimo Barrera) revealed new details about Max Payne 3. The game is much diversified system of shelters, but have removed the option to automatically restore health. According to experts, it is to make a dynamic action, to make players be smart and use the tactical moves to solve problems. Output Max Payne 3 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for March 2012.

Representatives studio Sanzaru Games shared new details about Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. Users will have the opportunity to travel back in time and get to know the glorious ancestors Sly Raccoon, mention of which met several times in the previous parts of the series. Relatives appear as playable characters in various story missions. It is certain that his life story will tell the master ninja Rioch Cooper. Detailed study of a family tree of the dynasty Coopers will be in 2012 at the PlayStation 3.

The creators of Final Fantasy

In the future want to abandon the system of turn-based battles. According to Sinor Kitase (Yoshinori Kitase), traditional RPG sidelined and have become increasingly popular genre of role-action projects. Ignore this trend does not make sense, so the battle system Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be introduced elements of action, which will make the battle more entertaining and dynamic.

Studio 343 Industries has denied rumors of leaving Halo 4 for the next generation console from Microsoft. Developers have officially confirmed that the new part of the sci-fi thriller created for Xbox 360 and will be available in late 2012.

Tools Call of Duty: Elite, which was launched on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 simultaneously with the release of Modern Warfare 3, could not resist the influx of users. In the early days the number of applicants to take part in online battles was so great that the servers could not handle the load. As compensation for failures publisher Activision has promised owners paid subscriptions provide another month of use free.

Polyphony Digital spoke about the future plans regarding game series Grand Turismo. According Kazunori Yamauchi (Kazunori Yamauchi), the studio is working on Grand Turismo 6, but expect a release of the project in the near future is not worth it. The developers also have not forgotten about the additional materials for Grand Turismo 5. Watch out for some DLC with new vehicles, among which are trucks. Downloadable content plan to produce a digital distribution service PlayStation 3 every two months. In compiling collections of user requests will be considered.

In Assassin s Creed: Revelation is not DRM-protection. Instead of the constant connection to PC users need only once to activate the game online after installation. Then you can take a single player campaign offline. Exit Assassin s Creed: Revelation held on December 2 at the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

To run PC-version of Mass Effect 3 will require access to the Internet. According to BioWare producer Jesse Houston (Jesse Houston), to verify the authenticity of the purchased copy, all users have to go through an online authentication. Otherwise, the player will not be available optional features such as co-op mode and content of Galaxy at War. This procedure should be done once. To continue serving Mass Effect 3 permanent online connection is not required. The European release of the project is scheduled for March 9, 2012.

MMORPG EverQuest II in December will go to the shareware distribution model. Users will be available three subscription options: free, silver and gold. The first is to play two characters, four races, eight classes of characters and the ability to level 90. In the second it will be possible to create four characters. Only owners laquo; zolotogoraquo; account will not see limitations. Simultaneously with the transition to the new system will complement Age of Discovery.

Platformer Limbo of the independent studio Playdead was certified platinum game. The project has sold a million copies for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Commercial success has allowed developers to buy out the share of the company to investors, as well as to finance the creation of a new game.

Publisher Warner Bros. has announced the release date for multiplayer action movie Gotham City Impostors. The project will go on sale January 10, 2012 in digital distribution service for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In December launched open beta testing of the game, which you can become a member by signing on this link.

Version racing game Need for Speed: The Run for PlayStation 3 will include seven additional exclusive cars. Among the brands represented included: Bugatti Veyron SuperSport, GUMPER Tapollos, Lamborghini CountachQ V5000, Porsche Carrera GT, Lexus LFA, Koenigsegg Agera R, Hennessey Venom GT. This advantage for the Sony console owners because the game was originally marketed specifically for this system.

DeepSilver company announced the release date for the first DLC for the zombie shooter Dead Island. Downloadable addition Bloodbath Arena, which will include four new locations and bonus weapons Brain Wave Bomb, will appear in the digital distribution service on November 22. The release of the collection is planned for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Bethesda announced the release of an expanded version of the role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas. The publication is subtitled Ultimate Edition and besides the original game, including such additions as:

  • Dead Money
  • Honest Hearts
  • Old World Blues
  • Lonesome Road
  • Couirer’s Stash
  • Gun Runners’ Arsenal

Exit project PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for February 10, 2012.

Company Capcom unveiled the contents of a collectible version Asura s Wrath Heaven Edition. The package will include:

  • game disc,
  • 128-page book on the establishment of the project, which includes the comments of staff studio CyberConnect2,
  • 40-page album with pictures and detailed description of the universe and characters of the game,
  • drive Asura s Nirvana with animated movies and videos on the design process.

Approximate price collector’s edition will be # 36, 115. Exit Asura s Wrath is scheduled for February 22 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Publisher THQ makes it possible for everyone to buy for the money cheats for Saints Row: The Third. Downloadable content called The Invincible contains a set of codes that allow players to gain invincibility, infinite ammo, and increased level of armor for vehicles. You can buy the DLC in digital distribution service for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at a price of # 36; 2,99.

Company Cryptic Studios has announced the transition multiplayer game Star Trek Online to the system Free2Play. Free access to the project will open to users from January 17, 2012. On par with that from December 1 action starts Gold Member Stipend, according to which all active subscribers will receive a monthly bonus of 400 Cryptic Points. The only condition: you can spend the points received only in Star Trek Online.

UPCOMING WEEK

The company will release

Codemasters F1 2011 for the portable system PlayStation Vita. The game will go to the start line of the console and will be released in Europe in February 2012. The project includes all of the missions, tracks and racing team, contained in a version for laquo; starshihraquo; consoles. On a par with that in the game mode for four players and the support races for Wi-Fi.

Publisher THQ has announced four additions to download Saints Row: The Third in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The first DLC called NyteBlade, including new costumes and the car will go on sale on November 15. In January will set Genkibowl VII, containing a number of new missions. In late winter and early spring, people are waiting for Gangstas in Space and The Trouble With Clones. Note that the Season Pass subscribers will be able to buy all the add-ons for the 20 # 36, which is 15% below the retail price.

NaughtyDog company introduced the first downloadable addition to Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Collection called Flashback Map Pack # 1 will provide users with a number of new maps for the multiplayer campaign. About contents and exact release date DLC developers still silent. However, the published screenshots learned that in Flashback Map Pack # 1 will present the updated location The Cave and The Fort.

Sony has announced plans to release two new sets for PlayStation Move. The first set will be available at a price of # 36, 99. It will include the controller itself, PlayStation Eye camera and two games mdash; Sports Champions and Medieval Moves: Deadmund s Quest to support stereoscopic 3D. The second set is aimed at fans of dance marathons and PlayStation 3 console has a hard drive of 320 GB and DualShock 3 controllers and the PlayStation Move, PlayStation Eye camera and a game Everybody Dance.

OUR NEWS

Chairman of the Duma Committee on Veterans Affairs Nikolai Kovalyov, announced plans to release a military strategy for the PC called laquo; Beat fashistaraquo.; The concept of the game will be based on real historical facts about the history of the Great Patriotic War. In particular, we plan to recreate battles such as the Battle of Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk battle, the crossing of the Dnieper, the capture of Koenigsberg and Berlin. Battles play out on land, sea and air. About the company that will act as the developer and an indication of the timing of the output of the project did not yet know.

Laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, with Capcom and NAMCO Bandai will participate in the Festival of modern Japanese culture J-FEST, which will be held in Moscow on 19-20 November. During the event, all visitors will have the opportunity to play in Street Fighter X Tekken and Asura s Wrath. On a par with that, the demonstration project will be exclusive Tekken Hybrid for PlayStation 3. The edition includes an HD-version of the game Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, and CGI-movie Tekken Blood Vengeance.

Laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, sent the print version of PC-action laquo; Batman: Arkham Sitiraquo.; In Russia the game comes with an original soundtrack and Russian subtitles. The project will go on sale on November 25 in two editions mdash; standard and collector. The latter, in addition to the game disc, includes album with illustrations, metal key chain and a mouse pad.

Publisher laquo; Akellaraquo, provided a complete set of gift and collector’s editions laquo; Assassin s Creed: Otkroveniyaraquo.; The premium version includes:

  • game disc,
  • DVD with additional material,
  • album with pictures,
  • leather bracelet with metal buckle,
  • code to download additional content: Turkish armor Ezio and two characters for multiplayer mdash; Ottoman Doctor and Crusader.

Collector’s Edition includes:

  • game disc,
  • DVD with additional material;
  • DVD with animated short film Assassin s Creed: Embers,
  • book illustrated hardcover,
  • leather bracelet with metal buckle,
  • shirt hooded assassin,
  • code to download additional content mdash; as a gift version.

The game for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Russia on December 1st.

The company will also perform

Publisher Trine 2. The game will be fully translated into Russian and will be available in two versions mdash; standard and a deluxe edition. Last set includes the game disc, a metal figure of a knight Pontius, colorful album with pictures and a code to download the soundtrack and artbook digitally. Trine 2 output in December on PC.

Company Electronic Arts announced the start of sales of third-party game publishers in the digital distribution service Origin. The first online store were projects from Capcom mdash; fighting game Super Street Fighter 4 and zombie shooter Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. Representatives of Electronic Arts promised that the number of available games will continue to grow.