The gaming industry in a week. 18-24 July 2011

INDUSTRY WEEK

Three leaders of the most popular video games in the UK remains unchanged. The championship still holds simulator fitness Zumba Fitness, got silver shooter Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and the bronze mdash; DiRT 3. Among the new chart is worth noting Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, Harry Potter amp; The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and EA Sports Active 2. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Zumba Fitness
  2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  3. DiRT 3
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  5. LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean
  6. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  7. Harry Potter amp; The Deathly Hallows Part 2
  8. EA Sports Active 2
  9. Brink
  10. Assassin s Creed: Brotherhood

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, sales list PC-games the fourth consecutive week led by pre-order Battlefield 3 militants. Second place went to newcomer charts mdash; laquo; Heroes of Might and Magic VIraquo;, and the third mdash; addition to the life simulator The Sims 3 mdash; laquo; Pitomtsyraquo;.

Fans

Consoles this week in their allegiances have not changed and preferred football simulator FIFA 12 and the collector’s edition Gears of War 3. The full list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Battlefield 3 (Expanded Edition)
  2. Heroes of Might and Magic VI (Collector’s Edition)
  3. The Sims 3: Supplement mdash; Pets (Limited Edition)
  4. The Sims 3: All ages (Supplement)
  5. DCS: A-10C Battle for the Caucasus
  6. FIFA 12 (Expanded Edition)
  7. Super Street Fighter IV (Arcade Edition)
  8. Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition
  9. Portal 2 (White Edition)
  10. F.E.A.R. 3

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. FIFA 12 (PlayStation 3)
  2. Gears of War 3 Epic Edition (Xbox 360)
  3. FIFA 12 (Xbox 360)
  4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Collector’s Edition (PlayStation 3)
  5. Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary (Xbox 360)
  6. Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360)
  7. Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
  8. Gears of War 3 Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
  9. Mortal Kombat (PlayStation 3)
  10. PlayStation Move Navigation Controller

For the game Angry Birds planning to shoot several films. Shared information about Vice President Rovio Ville Heyari (Ville Heijari). Work on the first picture of the birds angry already started, but so far the format and base scenario under discussion. The film is scheduled for 2014. Until that time, the company plans to release an animated series based on the game.

New director

Action adventure based on the Uncharted series began work on a painting from scratch. Now the script is written to tape, with Neil Berger (Neil Burger) noted that strives to adhere to the original source. According to the director, to ignore the dignity of one of the most cinematic games, which has well developed characters and a rich universe of heroes, would be a big mistake.

Ubisoft has announced the release of the series based on Assassin s Creed. The film, which is subtitled Lineage, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray discs on November 15. The painting consists of three episodes and tells of Giovanni Auditore, whose purpose mdash; uncover a conspiracy in medieval Italy. Along with the series disc includes developer diaries, videos and animated short Assassin s Creed: Ascendance.

Publisher Grand Central Publishing has announced the release of the book based on Battlefield 3. The novel goes on sale in the U.S. on October 25. Sponsored by Andy McNab (Andy McNab), a former British soldier, author of the bestseller laquo; Bravo Two-nolraquo, and Patrick Bach (Patrick Bach) mdash; executive producer studio DICE.

Sony is working on a virtual reality helmet that can reproduce three-dimensional image. The device includes two displays on crystal LED (OLED-displays) mdash; one for each eye. At the moment, the company is exploring a full range of technologies to create projects using virtual reality. But it is already being developed several games that involve a helmet. Unit price and release date have not been disclosed, but the official presentation to be held in the next few months.

Another news was the announcement of the Sony program to develop exclusive games for the PlayStation Network. The project allocated 20 million dollars over three years will be made in the most promising companies studios and independent developers. They had already entered Doublesix, known for arcade Burn Zombie Burn.

British division of THQ Digital Warrington disbanded. Of the 50 employees at the moment in the state left 10 people, who are completing work on the project Warhammer 40.000 Kill Team for the service PlayStation Network. After the game studio will be closed permanently. However, former employees are not going to leave the gaming industry and has established two independent companies. First led Jamie Campbell (Jamie Campbell) and Stephen Powell (Stephen Powell), and the second mdash; Don Whiteford (Don Whitefor) and Rick Badger (Ric Badger).

NBA Jam creator Mark Tarmel (Mark Turmell) left the company, Electronic Arts. Specialist created the original game in 1993 and in 2009 moved to the division EA Sports, where he worked on projects and subsequent restart of the series. Now Mark works with the studio Zynga, specializing in the development of casual games.

Company Valve Software upgrades work digital distribution service Steam. The main innovation will be the expansion of the channel load, which will allow users to download files at high speed. In addition, the new system will upload files on a schedule to create a system of priority download and install updates directly in the game. Also, developers will simplify the process of publishing new content. For information on when it will come into force innovations to be announced in the near future.

Publisher Ubisoft has decided to deal with the secondary market games. Since August, the company introduces a system of one-time passwords, which give access to the multiplayer mode and downloading additional content. The first project, which will support the system Uplay Passport, will Driver: San Francisco, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Assassin s Creed: Revelation. Subsequently, this function will be distributed to all the games company. However, to avoid a negative user feedback, Ubisoft has made a concession mdash; if desired, players can buy additional passwords for a fee in the digital distribution service.

Crytek has announced that it had sold about 40 licenses to use the engine CryEngine 3. Among potential developers listed as the world’s leading publishers and independent studios. According to the Director of Business Development Carl Jones (Carl Jones), most of the projects will be released in 2012. The expert noted that the license to use the engine got even the U.S. military to create a realistic military simulator to train soldiers.

Game DOTA 2 will be shown at GamesCom 2011 in Cologne. The event will be held in August. Released for PC project is not yet known. Recall that the continuation of the popular modification for Warcraft 3 was announced in October 2010, but so far not a playable version does not exist.

BioWare showed a new character from the team Captain Shepard in space epic Mass Effect 3. James Vega soldiers belong to the forces of the Alliance. By nature he is a determined, strong-willed, with a strong sense of duty. James experienced professional soldier, but he is poorly versed in the intricacies of politics, hidden motives and objectives sought by various factions in the galaxy. According to the developers, this hero will symbolize the people who begin acquaintance with the Mass Effect universe simultaneously with the third part. The output of the project will be held March 9, 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Beta Uncharted 3 was the biggest event in the history of the service PlayStation Network. According to the Summary, the number of participants was 1.53 million people. On 22 million online games, in which users made 1.9 billion kills. Total time testers in the game, was 362 years. Recall that the output action adventure November 1 exclusively on PlayStation 3.

Publisher Activision has selected two million users who will participate in the testing service Call of Duty: Elite. Invitations will be sent out in stages at regular intervals. Testing will take place on the basis of multiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops. The beta version has limited functionality, which should help developers evaluate the main features of the system and fix critical bugs. Full Elite launch on 8 November.

The project

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record number of zombies will be increased by 30%. This was announced by the executive producer of the game Jason Leigh (Jason Leigh). This decision is due to the fact that the main character will be initially endowed with enhanced compared to the second part of the original set of skills, skills, martial arts, as well as an arsenal. Increasing the number of enemies, the developers seek to maintain balance. Output Dead Rising 2: Off the Record for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 14.

Ubisoft head Yves

Gilmo (Yves Guillemot) announced plans to release a new project series Assassin s Creed console Wii U. The game will be an independent branch and talk about the events that unfold after Revelations. The official announcement and first details will follow later this year.

Publisher Square Enix has announced the release date for role-based project Final Fantasy XIII-2. The game will go on sale in North America in January 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. On the timing of the release in Europe will be announced shortly. Presentation of the project will take place at the festival ComicCon in San Diego.

Studio CD Projekt RED has announced the imminent release of an update for the role-playing game The Witcher 2. Along with the patch version 1.3, users will receive a free new quest called A Sackful of Fluff. Mission is available for the second chapter, and you can get a job at a character named Elton. For the successful execution of the hero is waiting for a prize. Release Update The Witcher 2 will be announced in the near future.

Company Activision reported that collection of maps Annihilation for blockbuster Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PlayStation 3 will be released on July 28. Supplement includes four locations for the multiplayer mode mdash; Hangar 18, Drive-In, Silo and Hazard, and a map of Shangri-La for the zombie mode.

Exit PC version shooter Call of Juarez: The Cartel postponed to a later date. The game will go on sale in Europe on September 16. In this case, the owners of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game will, as planned earlier, on July 22. Why is the delay, Ubisoft representatives do not speak.

Among lingering projects and hit shooter The Darkness 2. If the original release of the game was scheduled for October 7 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but now it will be released only February 7, 2012 in North America and February 10 mdash; in Europe. Recall that in The Darkness 2 users will meet with demonic powers vested mafia Jackie Estacado, and the plot tells about confrontation crime.

Capcom closed the project MegaMan Legends 3. The game was developed for the Nintendo 3DS, and was supposed to see the light this year. Reason for the cancellation was the poor quality of the project and, as a consequence, its inadequacy publishers.

UPCOMING WEEK

Studio Flying Wild Hog announced sci-fi shooter Hard Reset. The main hero of the game playing soldiers, to protect the people of the last survivor of the planet of bezoar from the army of cyborgs. The development team consists of 35 people, who included former employees of companies such as People Can Fly, CD Projekt RED and City Interactive. Hard Reset will be released on PC already sentyabre.

Ubisoft has announced a dance simulator Just Dance Summer Party for Wii. The game is a distinct addition to the second part of the Just Dance and includes 20 new dance tracks. The project will go on sale July 19 at a price of $ 30. A full extension mdash; Just Dance 3 mdash; scheduled for release in October on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

OUR NEWS

PFC CSKA defender Vasili Berezutski will face Russian version of the simulation EA Sports FIFA 12. The athlete will be second only to the Russian player Sergei Semak, which appeared on the cover of the popular series of football simulators.

Company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo; released shooter laquo; First Avenger: Supersoldatraquo; (Captain America: Super Soldier). The game went on sale in versions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in English and translated documents. Fantasy action adventure created after the popular comic book series Marvel, became also the basis of the same movie. Together with the brave superhero Captain America, players will engage in combat with a terrorist organization laquo; Gidraraquo, led by the Red Skull. Legendary indestructible shield with unique properties, will be the main weapon: they can attack multiple enemies, deflect enemy fire, destroy obstacles, and even use it to solve puzzles.

Contents became known Russian Collector’s Edition Batman: Arkham City. The project will go on sale on October 21 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In the collector’s version will include:

  • album with pictures,
  • Batman figurine of the Japanese company Kotobukiya mdash; known manufacturer of collectible figurines comic book and video game,
  • code to download the soundtrack from WaterTower Music, which will be presented specifically designed for playing tunes by well-known artists,
  • Batman: Gotham Knight mdash; bonus animated movie from DC Universe,
  • access code to resources.

In Russia, Batman: Arkham City all platforms will come with the original sound track and Russian subtitles.