The gaming industry in a week. 23-29 January 2012

INDUSTRY WEEK

In the absence of high-profile new releases of lead in the list of most-selling games in the UK firmly on hits of the past year. First place went to football game FIFA 12. Note that the game is headed charts for five consecutive weeks. Second line chart awarded The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the third mdash; dance simulator Just Dance 3. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. FIFA 12
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  3. Just Dance 3
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. Zumba Fitness
  7. Saints Row: The Third
  8. Zumba Fitness 2
  9. Rayman Origins
  10. RAGE

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, especially popular with players using PC-Mass Effect 3. The final part of the sci-fi trilogy, will go on sale on March 9, but now users are actively draw up pre-order the game. The second line of the charts took extended edition Battlefield 3, and the third mdash; The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Console owners still give their sympathy collection of sports games Kinect Sports. The second and third line chart took reservation Mass Effect 3 in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, respectively. A complete list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (DVD-Box)
  2. Battlefield 3 Extended Edition + Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Gift Edition)
  4. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (DVD-BOX)
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Collector’s Edition)
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  7. Battlefield 3
  8. FIFA 12
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  10. Heroes of Might and Magic (Collector’s Edition)

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  2. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
  3. Mass Effect 3 (PlayStation 3)
  4. Dance Central 2 (Xbox 360)
  5. Kinect Sports: Season 2 (Xbox 360)
  6. Gears of War 2. Classics (Xbox 360)
  7. Disneyland Adventures (Xbox 360)
  8. Alan Wake (Xbox 360)
  9. Final Fantasy XIII-2. Collector’s Edition (PlayStation 3)
  10. Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)

Game Batman: Arkham City got into the Guinness Book mdash; 2012. The project was awarded the record for laquo; highest concentration of negative superhero igreraquo.; Note that in the Batman: Arkham City were 25 villains of superhero comics DC Comics.

Diablo III Senior Producer Steve Parker (Steve Parker) left Blizzard. Reason for dismissal specialist does not disclose. The company is actively looking for a replacement and has a vacancy on its website. Note that Steve Parker worked successfully in Blizzard over five years.

American Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) presented the final list of participants Prize Interactive Achievement Awards mdash; analoga laquo; Oskararaquo, in the gaming industry. This year the ceremony of its delivery on 9 February in Las Vegas. The absolute record for most nominations in a draft Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The game is declared in 12 categories, among them laquo; Best Director rabotaraquo;, laquo; Best animatsiyaraquo, and laquo; better graphics sostavlyayuschayaraquo.; The project also claims to laquo; Game godaraquo.; His rivals are Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Blizzard officially announced that the festival BlizzCon will not be held this year. It’s the first cancellation of the event for the past six years. The company intends to focus on the final stage of the development of Diablo III, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, as well as preparation for the championship Battle.net World Championship in 2012.

Publisher THQ has announced a change in policy priorities. The company is going to give up on the issue of children’s games and focus on projects for adult audiences. At the moment, work on new games are five internal divisions THQ. Among the most significant projects worth noting UFC Undisputed 3, Darksiders II, inSANE, as well as new series of Saints Row, Warhammer 40,000, and Company of Heroes. Great expectations publisher also holds the game from Patrice Dezile (Patrice Desilets) mdash;’s Assassin s Creed.

Within E3-2012 will be presented Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance playable with a demonstration version of the project. Told game’s producer Hideo Kojima (Hideo Kojima). Studio Platinum Games is on the final stage of the project, and at the show everyone will be able to assess the results of its efforts. Output Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in 2012 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Adventure Uncharted 4 is already in development. Information reported by the representatives of the studio Naughty Dog in an interview Official PlayStation Magazine. Specialists said that at the moment the team is divided into two parts. Start working on The Last of Us, and the second mdash; on a new part of the adventure of Nathan Drake.

Croteam

Company announced the development of the console versions of shooter Serious Sam 3: BFE. The project will be released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this year. The exact release date will be announced later.

Hitman: Absolution will be an offshoot of the series, but not its direct sequel. Told producer of Hakan Abrak (Hakan Abrak). Agent 47 will commit murder, based on his own personal motives, and not by the order of the Agency. The game will be more serious and violent. The killer would have to count every step. The new part of the opponents will make the main character a worthy competition, demonstrating complex combination of strategic and tactical moves. According to him, they are endowed with advanced artificial intelligence. Exit Hitman: Absolution is scheduled for 2012 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Studio Crystal Dynamics announced that the alpha version of the new Tomb Raider is ready. Over the next two months, the game will take place in internal testing, after which the developers will beta-test project. The game is scheduled for the IV quarter of 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Chapter NetherRealm Studios revealed details on Mortal Kombat for PlayStation Vita. According to him, the game will be an additional test tower for 150 levels. For its passage users will have to use all the features of portable console, including the touch screen and accelerometer. Exit Mortal Kombat for Vita is scheduled for this spring.

In multiplayer shooter FEAR: Origin Online will include three modes. The first is called Scenario mdash; it is designed for the passage of a team of four people who will be out of the hospital, overrun by zombies. The second mode, Fear, offers users to transform into ghosts and deal with a group of soldiers, and a third mdash; Normal mdash; focused on team battles on special maps. Running FEAR: Origin Online will be held this year on the PC.

Electronic Arts talked about multiplayer FIFA Street. Developers have created a social network mdash; Street Network. With it, users can communicate with each other, compare results and achievements, share rollers and pictures. Players have the opportunity to form and train their own teams. Online competition has two modes: World Tour story mode and Head-to-Head Online Seasons. FIFA Street will be released on March 16 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In Bioshock Infinite mode appears high complexity. It is called the 1999 Mode, but the rest is different in that imposes a number of restrictions. In particular, the character can revive a limited number of times, and made progress through the game the decision can not be changed. Also, users will have to carefully approach the modernization of weapons and choice of skills to develop. According to the studio Irrational Games, this mode is likely to appeal to experienced players who are not afraid of difficulties. Bioshock Infinite will exit sometime in 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Open beta testing multiplayer game Guild Wars 2 will start in the spring. In February, it will be to review the press, and in March-April, it will open for normal users PC.

Company Remedy Entertainment released the system requirements for the PC-version of Alan Wake. To play in this thriller, users will need:

  • operating system: Windows Vista or Windows 7;
  • CPU: AMD Athlon X2 2,8 GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz;
  • RAM: 2 GB;
  • card: DirectX 10, and 512 MB of video memory mdash; ATI Radeon 3650, 4450, 5550, 6450 or a GeForce 8600GT, 9500GT, GT120, GT430, GT520;
  • free space on hard disk: 8 GB.

The project will go on sale in February 2012.

It turned out a new addition to the militant Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. The collection is called The Dreadnought, it contains Dreadnought Assault mode for multiplayer component, as well as three of mdash; Desolation, Dome Mechanicus and Chem Refinery. Additionally, the DLC included a number of new achievements and trophies. The Dreadnought is available for download on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at a price of 10 # 36;.

Company Media Molecule has released a new addition to LittleBigPlanet 2. Set is called the Muppets Premium Level Kit, and includes the following in it:

  • suit Rowlf;
  • 5 levels based on the comic show laquo; Muppet shouraquo;;
  • material Attract-O-Gel, through which you can walk on walls;
  • new backdrop for the level;
  • 13 items;
  • 49 elements for decoration;
  • 4 subjects;
  • 18 sound and music samples;
  • 219 labels;
  • 7 new trophies.

Cost DLC for PlayStation 3 is 5.99 # 36;.

Company Activision submitted schedule of downloadable content for the militant Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Each month from February to September of users are waiting for new maps, and in March, May, June, August and September will be released additional missions for Spec Ops. Stay tuned for content can be on a special calendar, which will publish a detailed description of the DLC and the release date for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Square Enix has shared plans for a downloadable add-on for Final Fantasy XIII-2. As previously reported, Lightning appears in the game as one of the secondary characters. Users can get her in your team, if victorious in the staged fight in the Coliseum. However, the developers want, to reveal the story of the life of the heroine, and make a few additions to the plot with its participation. The exact content of DLC not yet known. It remains to wait for the official announcement. European release of Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be held February 3, 2012.

Namco Bandai Games Release suffered Inversion. The creators did not report the exact cause of such a decision, citing technical shortcomings. Originally shooter on the confrontation of earthlings and alien invaders was scheduled on February 7. Now, as the release date stated laquo; godaraquo early 2012.; However, some users online store GameStop drew attention to the fact that, according to pre-order, Inversion will go on sale March 27, 2012 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Game Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock has acquired an estimated release date. On consoles PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita new episode of the adventures of time traveler who is hiding under the name of Doctor Who will be available in March 2012. The project will be distributed in digital format. Release date for the PC-version of the project founders decided later.

Company Nintendo said about the contents of the special edition of Last Story. Kit is packaged in a metal box and includes a copy of the game, the soundtrack of the seven musical themes chosen by the composer Nobuo Uematsu (Nobuo Uematsu), and a mini-booklet with illustrations. European release Last Story on Wii will be February 24, 2012.

Company Big Fish Toys will release a collection of eight-character figures Mass Effect 3. Each doll will be completed with code that provides access to downloadable content for the game. Details of bonus content not disclosed, but according to hints from BioWare, it’s likely there will be new characters and exclusive service. The first batch (Shepard, Grunt, Thane and Tali) will be available in mae. Fans of the series will be able to purchase a set of four figures for the # 36, 68 or model separately for # 36, 18.

Company DC Direct will release a collection of figurines of the characters Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Product range consists of such characters as Batman, Rarsquo, with al Ghul, Azrael, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, mutated Joker, Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy and Glinoliky. Home sales scheduled for June 2012.

UPCOMING WEEK

Resident Evil 6 officially announced. The focus mdash; history of special services of Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield. First, on behalf of the President of the United States, will look into the incident that happened in Raccoon City ten years ago, and the second mdash; go to China and prevent bioterrorist attack. The new part of the series will be different scenario strong foundation, tense action and atmosphere constantly palpable horror. The game includes a single player campaign, co-op mode, which supports up to 4 players, and multiplayer for up to 8 people. Exit Resident Evil 6 will be held November 20 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Release Date PC-version will be announced later.

OUR NEWS

Company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo; publish in Russia compilation Capcom Digital Collection. The publication will be released exclusively for the Xbox 360 in spring 2012. The set includes eight classic arcade games:

  • 1942: Joint Strike
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  • Final Fight Double Impact
  • Flock!
  • Rocketmen: Axis of Evil with the addition of Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD
  • Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Along with this, the publishing house will perform distributor Armored Core 5. The new part, tells the story of the war between the giant fighting robots, go on sale March 23 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Players are offered a serious tactical component, wide range of military vehicles and opportunities for modernization. In Russia the project will be released in English.

Company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, will also release a PC-version of Fallout: New Vegas. Ultimate Edition. The expanded edition includes a copy of the game and a number of additional materials. In particular, it will include collections of Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues and Lonesome Road. In the project it was decided to leave the original audio track, a Russian translation will also be added in the form of subtitles. Online Fallout: New Vegas. Ultimate Edition will appear in February 2012.

In March in sale fighting game Street Fighter x Tekken for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game will be released in English dubbing with Russian subtitles. Details of the release for the PC and PlayStation Vita will be announced later.

Digital distribution service Origin will support another 11 publishers. These included companies such as CD Projekt RED, Freebird Games, Recoil Games, Autumn Games, 1C Company, inXile entertainment, Paradox Interactive, Core Learning Ltd. and N3V Games. Their games will be available in the next few months. A complete list of projects that will be available in the Origin, published in the near future.

Demo Mass Effect 3 will be available on February 14 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Fans of the series will be able to take part in the first mission of the single player campaign, as well as compete in the mode of playing together. In the role of Commander Shepard users will witness the Reapers attack Earth and try to stop the bloody war, entailing the destruction of humanity. Exit full version of Mass Effect 3 will take place on March 7.

Gaijin Entertainment Company renamed online simulator World of Planes. Now the game will go under the title War Thunder: World of Planes. This decision is due to the fact that the developers are planning to release a number of new network project under the name War Thunder. High-profile announcements until they were, but now users can participate in the beta test. Fill out an application on the official site.