The gaming industry in a week. 21-27 November 2011

INDUSTRY WEEK

Action Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 again topped the charts selling video games in the UK. The project continues to set records. According to representatives of publishers Activision, a new part of the series for the first week of sales brought $ 775 million.

Launched last week’s historic action Assassin s Creed: Revelations came in second, and the third went to The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. Saints Row: The Third
  5. FIFA 12
  6. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  8. Battlefield 3
  9. Super Mario 3D Land
  10. Just Dance 3

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, three leaders of the sales charts for the PC has not changed. Like a week ago, the first place is laquo; Assassin s Creed: Otkroveniyaraquo.; The second and third charts shared standard and deluxe edition of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

Fans

Consoles preferred new racing arcade Need for Speed: The Run. Adventure laquo; Uncharted 3: Illusions Dreykaraquo, down to second place. Third went to laquo; Assassin s Creed: Otkroveniyaraquo.; 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. Mass Effect 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Gift Edition)
  6. Need for Speed ??The Run Limited Edition (DVD-BOX)
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  8. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  9. Batman: Arkham City (Collector’s Edition)
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Collector’s Edition)

Game consoles:

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

Company New Line Cinema released the film based on the game Rampage. The scenario will form an original story about the gorilla George, werewolf dinosaur Lizzie and Ralph, who together destroyed the city and in the process of kicking the frightened residents and military attacks. Adapt popular in the 80s arcade instructed John Ricardo, producer of such films as laquo; Item naznacheniyaraquo;, laquo; Horrible bossyraquo, and the new version laquo; Nightmare Street Vyazovraquo.; Date movie premieres yet known.

On sale there was a novel based on the Borderlands. Author of Borderlands: The Fallen, John Shirley (John Shirley) known literary adaptations of famous games like BioShock, Doom and Batman. The book is available in two formats: a traditional paperback edition and an electronic version.

Young married couple from the U.S. won the competition, timed to release The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. According to the rules, the company Bethesda promised lifelong free games in order to provide their parents, who 11 November 2011 born baby, if they call it Dovakinom. The winners are Megan and Eric Kellermayer who officially registered under the name of the child Dovakin Tom Kellermayer.

Microsoft introduced a version of Kinect controller for PC. The device is compatible with Windows operating system and allows the minimum distance between the user and the controller 40 cm Release dates and price of Kinect for Windows has not yet announced.

Company Square Enix has signed a licensing agreement with Epic Games to use the Unreal Engine 3. Studio already has experience with this tool in 2008 on the basis of the engine has been created The Last Remnant. However, the project has collected not very good reviews. According to the critics, the game was laquo; syroyraquo, with a number of technical shortcomings. However, learning from mistakes. Square Enix plans to use the Unreal Engine 3 to create a number of games has not yet announced.

Company CD Projekt RED shared work plans for the next four years. The first priority is the release The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360, the release of which will be held in the I quarter of 2012. In addition, the team is working on two major projects, one of which is likely, The Witcher 3. Second, according to developers, is not related to published games studio. Under favorable conditions, all the new items from CD Projekt RED will be until 2015.

Nordic Games announced the purchase publisher DreamCatcher Games. Along with a controlling stake in the company acquired a license to the bankrupt line of games studio. Developers are already planning a sequel to the popular action movie Painkiller. In addition, Nordic Games is going to release a new part Safecracker. Details and release dates of future projects are kept secret.

Creator Metal Gear Solid series Hideo Kojima (Hideo Kojima) was interviewed by Britain’s Official PlayStation Magazine. Talking to journalists, experts told about the features Metal Gear Solid: Rising, and also confirmed that does not exclude the possibility of a Metal Gear Solid 5. The magazine goes on sale on 29 November, so expect fans of the series to-date information is not long.

Rockstar Games plans to release Bully 2. This was officially the vice-president Dan Houser (Dan Houser). At this point, management considers the concept of the project and the feasibility of developing the game. The final decision on whether to create a continuation of the story about the life of schoolboy bully, will be taken after the completion of Max Payne 3.

Guerrilla Games is working on a new part of Killzone. Experts have not yet been reported to be a logical continuation of the project Killzone 3 or offshoot series. We only know that the head of the development team is Steven Ter Heide (Steven Ter Heide), producer of the third part of the series. Presumably, laquo; preemnikraquo; Killzone enters the starting line of the projects for the PlayStation 4.

Blizzard is not going to port Diablo 3 on consoles. According to project director Jay Wilson (Jay Wilson), the studio will release a separate version of the game. laquo; We want to create a game that looks as if it was originally made for konsoleyraquo;, mdash; experts say. On the timing of the development and the release date of Diablo 3 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 not yet known.

Company Infinity Ward has been active in the fight against cheaters Modern Warfare 3. So far, the developers have blocked more than 1600 user accounts, which are used cheats and hacking programs. Specialists prepare to leave a patch that will fix most of the bugs and close loopholes in game code.

In SSX snowboarding simulator as one of the characters will be Travis Rice (Travis Rice). An athlete is one of the idols of snowboarding and one of the twenty best riders in the world. Note that this is the first time in the history of the series, when, as a character in the game playing a real athlete. Exit SSX for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for February 14, 2012.

Studio Piranha Games revealed new details about the multiplayer game MechWarrior Online. The project is being developed on the engine, CryEngine 3. At the time of the game will be available only mode PvP. It includes two types of missions: Battle up to 20 minutes and the metagame in which corporations are fighting for control of space colonies. In the future, developers want to add PvE-elements. Maintain a constant interest of users in the project plan to the regular release of downloaded updates. Exit MechWarrior Online for PC in Summer 2012.

Yakuza 5

Action unfold in five Japanese cities. It will start in the fictional area of ??Tokyo called Kamurote. Over time, the character will also visit the city of Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. Yakuza 5 release is planned for 2012 for the PlayStation 3.

Studio Project Soul Simadzaki invited Mari (Mari Shimazaki) to work on the characters in SoulCalibur 5. Bayonetta designer will create the appearance of a minimum of three characters, among which are the known players Tira and Ivy, as well as newcomer Leixia. However, the main character Bayonetta can also appear in the project. Developers discuss this possibility, but do not hurry with the official announcement: Charming brunette magical abilities do not quite fit into the concept of laquo; realistichnyhraquo; battles. The European release of fighting game SoulCalibur 5 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be held February 3, 2012.

Representatives Square Enix shared new details about Final Fantasy XIII-2. Passage of the storyline will take 30-40 hours. After the game, users can load the last saved before the final boss and go back in time. Historia Crux system will re-take their favorite episodes, but with a Pimp characters. The developers have prepared a virtual bonus for users who have left the save file from Final Fantasy XIII. They will receive a themed wallpaper and optional equipment. Exit Final Fantasy XIII-2 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for February 3, 2012.

Became known start date of the Closed Beta Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Customers who have applied for and received an invitation and password to access the developers will be able to enter into the game on November 30. How long will the testing militants to be announced. Exit full version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Mac scheduled for the I quarter of 2012.

Daily multiplayer role-playing game League of Legends has 4 million people. In addition, each month, the number of subscribers of the project increased by 11.5 million, and the total number of users currently stands at 32 million. The company is proud of the result achieved Riot and as an incentive for fans League of Legends has announced that the prize fund of the second season of competitions will be 5 million. This amount is the largest in the history of e-sports.

Company BioWare demonstrated content collectible version of Mass Effect 3. The publication is called the Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector’s Edition, and includes:

  • game disc;
  • soundtrack digitally;
  • 70-page album with pictures and comments of the developers;
  • poster depicting ship laquo; Normandiyaraquo;;
  • comic based on the game from the publisher Dark Horse;
  • patch N7;
  • additional content for the game.

Collection is packaged in a metal box with a picture of the main character. Exit Mass Effect 3 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for March 9, 2012.

Company Rockstar Games announced a special edition of Max Payne 3. Set Max Payne 3 Special Edition includes:

  • game disc;
  • drive with major musical compositions;
  • hero figure 25 cm high;
  • set of thematic cards;
  • additional downloadable content: eight characters for the multiplayer campaign, including Max himself, as he is remembered by the players on the second part of the series, as well as three exclusive weapons mdash; automatic shotgun Hammerhead, a Molotov cocktail and a grenade G9.

Make a reservation on the official website of the project to 15 January 2012. Cost Max Payne 3 Special Edition for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is 99 # 36;.

Sony prepared a surprise for the PlayStation 3. Customers who purchase shooter Saints Row: The Third, will be free to download Saints Row 2. Offer valid until 13 February 2012.

Ubisoft has announced the first downloadable addition to the Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Collection called Ancestors Character Pack includes four new character classes for multiplayer campaign: corsair, privateer, gangster and Gladiator. Online Ancestors Character Pack will be on December 13 in the version for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Add value is 4 # 36;.

Sony Online Entertainment described the content of the new DLC for online game DC Universe Online. The kit will include Lightning Strikes: story campaign for the superhero Flash’s (Flash), a set of additional capabilities Electricity Powers, Central City location, and a few bonus characters. Update the version for the PC and PlayStation 3 will go on sale in late December 2011. Lightning Strikes the cost will be 10 # 36;. Legendary collection account holders get free.

A promotion company Blizzard gives users free access to the keys for the beta testing Diablo 3. Everyone to participate must fill out a form on the project page in Facebook. Every Monday the company send out 200 key participants. Current offer will last until December 12.

Naughty Dog Company in cooperation with the Mass Media will release a collection of Jak and Daxter Collection. The project is dedicated to the anniversary of the series, which was 10 years old, and is exclusive to the PlayStation 3. The package will include the game Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak 2 and Jak 3 in HD-resolution 720p reissue at 60 frames per second. Additional claims to support stereoscopic 3D-mode and system trophies. Exit Jak and Daxter Collection will be in February 2012.

Studio Runic Games announced the postponement of the release date of action role-playing Torchlight 2 for the PC. Solution due to the need to complete the project and a series of additional tests. The developers also note that in the autumn of this year, had a lot of potential hits that poses difficult for users to choose: which game to buy. To start the project Torchlight 2 has been successful, it is planned for the I quarter of the 2012.

Digital distribution service Good Old Games is making changes in policy sales. Beginning in January 2012, the store will be sold not only games that were released over three years ago, but modern projects. The price of new items will be higher. Other changes in the distribution policy is not planned. Until the end of 2012 Catalog Good Old Games will expand to 400 games.

Sony introduced the starting lineup of games for PlayStation Vita. The list includes 12 projects developed by internal divisions of the company:

  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • WipEout 2048
  • Reality Fighters
  • Little Deviants
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip
  • Everybody s Golf
  • Escape Plan
  • Gravity Rush
  • Hustle Kings
  • MotorStorm RC
  • Top Darts
  • Super StarDust Delta

The company also said that working with the world’s leading publishers, who currently are working on the following projects for the Vita: Army Corps of Hell, FIFA Football, F1 2011, Rayman Origins, Assassin s Creed, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat, Bioshock, and Call of Duty. The output of these games will take place during 2012.

UPCOMING WEEK

Will Wright (Will Wright) is working on a new project called HiveMind for PC. Author SimCity and The Sims plans to further develop the genre of social simulation. But in contrast to the series, which takes place in a fictional world, HiveMind offers users to simulate their own lives. The base will provide a psychological portrait of a player. Based on questionnaire data, the system will create individual tasks and missions. Be counted more than 50 different parameters: the location and are of interest to the level of income and future prospects. The exact release date of the project has not been revealed.

Company Square Enix has announced a new game series Hitman. The project is developed subdivision, located in Montreal, along with IO Interactive. Details of the game, the title and release date not announced. We only know that the project will be released on next-generation consoles.

Company Legacy Interactive announced the development of Murder, She Wrote 2. The project is based on the eponymous series tells the story of writer Jessica Fletcher. Players along with the main character to investigate three intricate detective business. The developers promise a lot of interesting puzzles that require customized solutions. Among the secondary characters are stated Sheriff Mort Metzger and Dr. Seth Hazlitt. Release Murder, She Wrote 2 on PC will be held in early 2012.

Company Sony with Evolution Studios is working on a sequel to the racing simulator MotorStorm. The project is called MotorStorm RC and will be released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The game announced four broad locations, eight vehicle classes, sixteen new tracks and co-op mode for four players. Buy MotorStorm RC can be a digital distribution service, and the purchase, users will soon release for both consoles. Release is scheduled for late February 2012.

Swedish studio Avalanche announced the game, tentatively called Project Mamba. At the moment, the developers did not disclose any details about the plot and gameplay mechanics of the project. Project Mamba release is scheduled for 2014. Among the stated platform featured PC and next-generation consoles.

Company City Interactive announced thriller Enemy Front. The project is based on the engine, CryEngine 3, and is being developed for platforms such as PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Story served as the basis of the events of the Second World War. As the main character will perform a simple soldiers in the camp of the Nazis. Players will go from occupied France to military bases in Berlin in order to prevent the production of a secret weapon. Fans will enjoy authentic locations and fully destructible environments. The release is scheduled for 2012.

French publisher Bigben Interactive announced the creation of a new racing simulator series of Test Drive. The project is called Test Drive: Ferrari. He is scheduled to be released March 30, 2012 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. According to unofficial data, the game developer studio stands Slightly Mad, which is the owner of the license to produce projects with the car brand Ferrari.

Goblinworks Studio in collaboration with publisher Paizo Publishing announced a fantasy Pathfinder Online multiplayer game for PC. Leads a team of Ryan Dancy (Ryan S. Dancey), known for his work on the EVE Online. The project announced massive PvP-battles and interesting story missions. Players will be able to erect the structure, creating entire cities, and fight for control of resources. Release date is still unknown.

OUR NEWS

Publisher laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo; reports sending a print version of PC-platformer Sonic Generation. In sale the standard and collector’s edition. Set laquo; Sonic Generations. Nostalgia Editionraquo; includes a DVD with the game, the user manual and the electronic key to download classic projects Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic 3 and Knuckles. The release will take place December 2, 2011.

Military-historical strategy laquo; Teutonic ordenraquo, will go on sale December 2, 2012. PC-exclusive created by Ukrainian studio Unicorn Games. The game takes place in the XIII century: an army under the command of Teutonic Knights, sent to a military campaign against the Prussian pagans. In the project there are large-scale battles (to 10,000 units) in combination with the classic elements of the genre: the investigation and capture of uncharted territories, urban development, as well as performing various tasks at the request of the minor characters.