The gaming industry in a week. 20-26 February 2012

INDUSTRY WEEK

New favorite from the video game in the UK was UFC Undisputed 12. Simulator fights mixed style has won first place in the sales charts. Despite a successful debut, publisher THQ said that, at the end of the first week, the new part of the series sold out three times fewer copies than its predecessor.

Was second football game FIFA 12, and the third mdash; thriller Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Interestingly, the leader of last week mdash; Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning mdash; generally dropped out of the top 10. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. UFC Undisputed 12
  2. FIFA 12
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. Mario amp; Sonic at the 2012 London Olympics
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. Final Fantasy XIII-2
  7. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
  8. The Darkness II
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  10. Just Dance 3

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, the bestseller list is headed reservation Mass Effect 3. The game retains top position for three weeks in a row and it seems, is not going to take their positions. Second place went to an independent addition laquo; The Sims 3: Show biznesraquo, and the third mdash; laquo; The Sims 3: Catalog mdash; Exquisite spalnyaraquo;.

With no less eagerly awaited release of Mass Effect 3, and the owners of consoles. The third part of the space saga immediately took the first two places in the chart mdash; in versions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, respectively. Closed the top three sports compilation Kinect Sports: Season 2. The full list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (DVD-Box)
  2. The Sims 3: Show Business. Katy Perry (Collector’s Edition)
  3. The Sims 3: Catalog mdash; fine bedroom
  4. Mass Effect 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  5. The Sims 3: Show Business (Limited Edition)
  6. Heroes of Might and Magic (Collector’s Edition)
  7. Total War Shogun 2: Samurai Sunset (Collector’s Edition)
  8. Mass Effect 3
  9. Battlefield 3
  10. Max Payne 3 (DVD-Box)

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (PlayStation 3)
  2. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
  3. Kinect Sports: Season 2 (Xbox 360)
  4. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  5. Mortal Kombat (PlayStation 3)
  6. Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)
  7. DJ Hero 2 Turntable Bundle (game + controller) + game DJ Hero (Xbox 360)
  8. Twisted Metal (PlayStation 3)
  9. Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
  10. Gears of War 2. Classics (Xbox 360)

Multiplayer Rift hit the Guinness Book of Records. Members of the project have set the record for the number of virtual weddings, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Only from 14 to 15 February there were 21,879 marriages between the characters play. For this achievement, the company Trion Worlds has awarded all participants title The Avowed.

Discs Mass Effect 3 will make a trip into space. Such unconventional advertising campaign decided to hold publisher Activision. Six balloons disk and GPS-sensors will start this week in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, London, Paris and Berlin. Data on their movement will be displayed on the official website of the game. Once the balloons reach the nearest space, they will begin to fall to the ground. After landing, anyone who finds the drive can take it yourself and play in the third part of the series until the official release. Note that the output of Mass Effect 3 will be held on March 6 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Writers Guild of U.S. annual prize awards in television, film, radio, and electronic entertainment has announced the winner in the category laquo; For the best scenario to videoigreraquo.; Winner was Amy Henning (Amy Henning) mdash; script to Uncharted 3: Drake s Deception. On a par with this action adventure fighting for the victory Assassin s Creed: Revelations, Batman: Arkham City, Mortal Kombat and Brink.

British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) presented a list of finalists GAME British Academy Video Games Awards 2012. Leaders in the number of nominations were Batman: Arkham City and LA Noire. Both projects are claiming a victory in eight different categories, among which laquo; Best of 2011 godaraquo.; Along with them are fighting for the top prize The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA 2012, Portal 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The award ceremony will take place on March 16. A detailed list of participants can be found on the official website.

Writer Drew Karpyshyn (Drew Karpyshyn) announced his departure from BioWare and stop working in the gaming industry as a whole. He collaborated with the company 12 years and was author of scripts for games such as Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights, and Jade Empire. Drew Karpyshyn now plans to change the direction of its activities and started writing novels and feature screenplays.

Japan sold 5,000,000 3DS. Recognized as the best-selling console game system in the country. Interestingly, the mark of 4 million copies, Nintendo has reached the end of December, that is still one million consoles sold in less than two months. Recall that the 3DS was officially launched in February 2011.

Alan Wake PC version is in great demand among the players. According to representatives of Remedy Entertainment, the cost of porting the game to PC completely paid off in the first 48 hours of the start of sales. Note that at the moment only available digital version of the project, and the yield on physical media thriller March 2.

In 2011, sales of laquo; Witcher 2: Assassins koroleyraquo, for PC $ 1.1 Millia copies. Company CD Project Red is very happy with the result. The developers also noted that the popularity of the first part of the series. Despite the fact that the game came out in 2007, during the past year users purchased 400,000 copies.

New information became known o Guild Wars 2. In the World vs. World on a single card can battle up to 300 players with three servers. Duration of the battle will be between one and two weeks. Developers tend to optimally adjust the balance to participate in battles was wondering how large group of players, and small groups of users. An important element of the World vs. World will be the siege of fortresses, where success would have on special drawing construct catapults, ballistae and other siege weapons. Running Guild Wars 2 on the PC will take place during 2012.

In Diablo III will change the rune system. If earlier it was the things that had to be collected at the time of the passing game, now the runes are built-in skills and open up as the level of the character. This innovation is based on the fact that the developers felt the old system is too cumbersome, because then they had to add to the project 3000 different runes, which the hero is collected and stored in his inventory. Exit Diablo III PC will take place during 2012.

High Moon Studios has no plans to release PC-action version of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. According to employees of the studio, and lack of experience in designing for this platform has affected the quality of the previous project mdash; Transformers: War for Cybertron. In particular, users responded negatively about management and awkward interface. For this reason, the developers decided not to spend wasted time and focus more on the game console version. European release of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the fall of 2012.

European launch multiplayer thriller Tactical Inversion for PC will be held this spring. The author of the project is to Min laquo; Goosemanraquo; Lee, known for his work on Counter-Strike. The new game is based on the shareware distribution model and largely borrowed game mechanics of his previous creations. Offer users several game modes, solid arsenal and a large selection of cards. Closed Beta Tactical Inversion in March. Anyone wishing to participate can fill out an application on the official site.

Started

Open beta browser strategy Jagged Alliance Online. Players will enjoy a five character classes, advanced artificial intelligence opponents and battles in PvE and PvP. Take part in a game everybody can.

Company 2K Games decided on an exact release date for Borderlands 2. On the shelves of European shops shooter will September 21, 2012. Sequel will be released simultaneously on all platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Customers pre-order the game will automatically become participants Borderlands 2 Premiere Club and receive downloadable Gearbox Gun Pack, as well as virtual objects mdash; Golden Key and Vault Hunter’s Relic.

Company Funcom announced the exact release date for the PC-version multiplayer game The Secret World. The publisher will make Electronic Arts. The global release of the project will be held June 19, 2012.

Simultaneously with the release of Mass Effect 3 in sale downloadable From Ashes. Owners collectible versions of the game will get it for free, other users will be able to buy the expansion pack in digital distribution service. Information about the content DLC will be presented later. Exit Mass Effect 3 on 9 March for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Available on the second downloadable addition k Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The collection of maps for multiplayer was subtitled Flashback Map Pack # 2. The kit includes several altered locations of the second part of the series. In particular, users receive the new version Plaza, Village, Temple and Train Wreck. Cost Flashback Map Pack # 2 is # 36, 9.99, subscribers discount service Fortune Hunters’ Club will receive free DLC.

Company Activision has announced the next version of the limited edition of Prototype 2. The kit will be called Blackwatch Collector’s Edition. Acquiring it, fans of the game will receive:

  • copy of the game;
  • Virtual

  • content Radnet Edition;
  • soundtrack on the disc;
  • first addition Colossal Mayhem;
  • digital comics Prototype: The Labrinth;
  • Album illustrated hardcover;
  • discount of 20% in the Prototype Merchandise Store.

Online Prototype 2 Blackwatch Collector’s Edition will appear simultaneously with the release of the project on the consoles PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 mdash; April 24, 2012. Publish a retail price 79.99 # 36;.

Company Capcom unveiled Dragon’s Dogma: Limited Edition. The edition comes in a beautifully designed box. Together with a copy of the game, users will get the dragon figurine (16×24 cm), an album with pictures and a special card on the reverse side of which contain a code for downloadable content. Her takzhenbsp, can be used as a bookmark for the novel Dragon’s Dogma: The Beginning. Among other things, the package will include demo Resident Evil 6. The last two bonus will be available for the standard edition customers. European release of Dragon’s Dogma will be held May 25 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

UPCOMING WEEK

Company Day 1, created in his time seriyu MechAssault, has announced a new project. The game has received nazvanie Reign of Thunder, is a fantastic thriller. Details of the storyline and game mechanics will be announced shortly. Now it is known only that the Reign of Thunder is based on the shareware distribution model and will be released on PC in late 2012.

Company Ironclad Games announced a multiplayer strategy Sins of a Dark Age. A distinctive feature of the game is the distribution of roles within the group. Users choose a commander, which is responsible for equipping the base, planning attacks and defensive operations. Other players act as heroes and are directly involved in combat. The project announced and PvP-PvE-fights. The developers promise a timely manner to add new maps and missions. Sins of a Dark Age for the PC will be distributed free of charge. Closed beta testing will begin in the summer. The exact release date will be announced later.

Company Frictional Games has officially unveiled a new piece of horror Amnesia, which received podzagolovok A Machine for Pigs. The project is being developed in collaboration with independent studio thechineseroom. The game is not a direct continuation of the Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It has an alternative story line is not connected with the characters preceding paragraph. Events unfolding in 1899. Oswald Mundus mdash; rich industrialist, who returns home after a long and difficult expedition to Mexico. He struck an unknown disease, generating hallucinations. He sees a mysterious machine, and now obsessed with Oswald to create this mechanism. Release Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs for PC is scheduled for the end of the year.

Company Stoic, founded by developers who participated in the creation of Star Wars: The Old Republic, has announced its debut project. Game under nazvaniem The Banner Saga tells the story of northerners Vikings. By genre project is a turn-based strategy with elements of RPG. Starting the multiplayer will be in spring, and the full version is scheduled for late 2012. Platform, which is developed The Banner Saga, will be announced later.

Studio Rovio announced Angry Birds Space. The game is created for mobile devices and will go on sale March 22. Details of the project have not been disclosed. We only know that the action will unfold in space, adds new kinds of angry birds, as well as additional features such as time dilation.

Company 2K Games announced a massive addition Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods amp; Kings. Addon includes three story campaign: one covers events before the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the second will take players to the Middle Ages, the last offer science-fiction scenario Empires of the Smoky Skies. Developers added to the tree of religion. Users can choose to create a pantheon of gods and prophets, that will promote spiritual knowledge among the common people. The kit will also include nine new civilizations, 13 buildings, 27 units, fresh technology and wonders. Release Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods amp; Kings on PC will be in spring 2012.

Company Epic Games announced the fourth downloadable content for Gears of War 3. The new DLC is called Forces of Nature. It will include:

    Five cards
  • mdash; Artillery, Aftermath, Cove, Raven Down and Jacinto;
  • Three new hero;
  • Guardian Mode Mode for multiplayer games;
  • seven new skins for weapons;
  • more achievements for 250 points.

Yield supplement on 27 March for the Xbox 360.

OUR NEWS

In Russia started selling a new portable console PlayStation Vita. Cost console with integrated Wi-Fi is 11 999 rubles, and the complete Wi-Fi and 3G mdash; 14,999 rubles. PlayStation Vita comes with an updated version of the firmware that adds a mapping service for terrain orientation and route. Also activated when shooting video.

Publisher laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, began taking pre-orders for a fighting game Street Fighter x Tekken. The game will be released in standard and Collector’s Edition for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A limited edition of the game includes:

  • game disc;
  • Comic background authored UDON Comics (in English);
  • Kit-treasury in the form of a slot machine;
  • 45 additional stones for the game:
  1. World Warrior Gem Pack mdash; set of stones to increase attack power;
  2. Iron Curtain Gem Pack mdash; set of stones that increase protection;
  3. Lightning Legs Gem Pack mdash; collection of rocks, speed increase;
  4. King of Iron Fist Gem Pack mdash; set of stones, increasing the variety of settings;
  5. Cross Arts Gem Pack mdash; set of stones, increasing the range C.Gauge.

Release project in Russia will be held on March 9.

Company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, also started accepting pre-orders for the collector’s edition laquo; Total War: Shogun 2 mdash; Sunset samuraevraquo;, which is expected to release on March 23. Users will receive a disk with a fully translated into Russian yazyknbsp, a game guide, a set of calligraphy sided poster, DLC laquo; Saga: Osmotritelnostraquo.; Set is packed in a special box with a metal coating. In addition, to issue a request to 23:59 on March 15 are guaranteed to get the code to download the add-laquo; Obama Praviteliraquo;.

Those who want to get in time

Console version Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City can now pre-order on the website of the official distributor mdash; company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo.; The European release of the project is scheduled for March 23 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. To reserve a game, you must complete the appropriate application before March 16, 2012. Also, customers will get a bonus in the form of code to download a set of virtual weapons.