The gaming industry in a week. 39 December 2012

INDUSTRY WEEK

Military action Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will not win again. The game is the first in the list of best-sellers in the UK the third consecutive week. Moreover, for 15 days from the moment she brought the company Activision $ 1 billion. Project could not shake off the podium, even such a strong competitor as Far Cry 3, mdash; game debuted on the second line of the sales charts. Creation of the French company Ubisoft has earned high marks in the profile press (average score is 8.8 out of 10), and a lot of positive feedback from users. Closes the top three football game FIFA 13. The full list is as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  2. Far Cry 3
  3. FIFA 13
  4. Hitman: Absolution
  5. Assassin s Creed 3
  6. Just Dance 4
  7. LEGO Lord Of The Rings
  8. Halo 4
  9. Skylanders Giants
  10. Need for Speed: Most Wanted

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, ten of the most popular computer games led thriller Far Cry 3. The game has just gone on sale, and people literally sweep the shelves this hit of the year. The second and third sections, the Special Edition and the standard action Assassin’s Creed 3.

In the console charts for two weeks in a row is a game leader laquo; Wonderbook: Book zaklinaniyraquo, that are provided with the same peripheral. In second place located shooter Assassin’s Creed 3, and the third mdash; thriller Far Cry 3. A full list of bestsellers is presented below.

PC Games:

  1. Far Cry 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  2. Assassin’s Creed 3. Join Or Die Edition
  3. Assassin’s Creed 3
  4. Far Cry 3 (Special Edition)
  5. Far Cry 3. Deluxe Edition
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mdash; Dawnguard
  7. Diablo 3
  8. Assassin’s Creed 3. Special Edition (DVD-BOX)
  9. Hitman: Absolution. Professional Edition (Russian version, DVD-BOX)
  10. Hitman: Absolution

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. Sets game laquo; Wonderbook: Book zaklinaniyraquo; + Wonderbook (PlayStation 3)
  2. Assassin’s Creed 3. Special Edition (PlayStation 3)
  3. Far Cry 3. Special Edition (PlayStation 3)
  4. Assassin’s Creed 3. Special Edition (Xbox 360)
  5. Far Cry 3. Collector’s Edition (PlayStation 3)
  6. Sports Champions 2 (PlayStation 3)
  7. FIFA 13. Ultimate Edition (PlayStation 3)
  8. Kinect Star Wars (Xbox 360)
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PlayStation 3)
  10. Halo 4 (Xbox 360)

Screen adaptation of God of War will get a new script. It was originally planned to base the film’s story line of the first part of the series. But in this case, the picture would have greatly resembled such successful films about ancient heroes, as laquo; war gods Bessmertnyeraquo, and laquo; Battle titanovraquo.; In connection with this guide Sony has decided to change the concept somewhat. Now the writers Patrick Melton (Patrick Melton) and Marcus Dunstan (Marcus Dunstan) working on a new script for the God of War, which will contain significant changes.

Web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy will be continued mdash; film company Warner Bros. release a new season in early 2013. It will be broadcast on the resource Machinima. The decision to give laquo; svetraquo green, and continue to develop the project was taken after the series has collected more than 60 million views. The first series of the new show at the event on February 17 Streamy Awards. The authors promise to please fans more nuanced script and lots of high quality special effects. Also on the show will be new heroes mdash; Ermak and Liu Kang.

President of Epic Games Mike Capps (Mike Capps) resigned. His decision to leave the studio, he explained that he will soon have a baby and he wanted to devote his time to his family. Mike Capps will retain his seat on the board of Epic Games and will provide advice to colleagues. Specialist worked for the company 10 years and made a significant contribution to the development of the studio and its projects.

In New York, the Museum of Modern Art opens exhibit dedicated to computer and video games. The exhibition will be available to the public from March 2013. The first part of the collection includes thirteen exhibits mdash; onanbsp, present projects such as Pac-Man, Tetris, Another World, Myst, SimCity 2000, Vib-Ribbon, The Sims, Katamari Damacy, EVE Online, Dwarf Fortress, Portal, flOw, Passage and Canabalt. These games are great examples of the art and interactive design. In the near future plans to expand the management of the museum exhibit and present visitors forty exhibits, adding Spacewar!, Super Mario Bros., Grim Fandango and Minecraft. In the selection of games experts guided historical and cultural value of the project, the aesthetics, it is interesting in terms of the script, the game mechanics and innovative technologies. On the show floor the audience will not only find detailed information on the projects, but also to play some of them.

Company Valve Software has launched a service Steam Big Picture. He is an adapted version of the service interface for the Steam digital distribution of television. For comfortable use provides navigation with a gamepad, and added a special method of entering text with a controller called Daisywheel. Especially on the launch of Steam Big Picture started sale of computer games that support management with a gamepad. These include projects such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Alan Wake, Limbo, and many others. Discounts on games from 50 to 75%. The campaign will last until December 10.

Announced results WCG 2012. Last weekend in the Chinese city of Kunshan has passed a series of final battles of the world’s biggest tournament. Competitions were held in five major disciplines: Cross Fire, Dota 2, Warcraft 3, FIFA 12 and StarCraft 2. Chinese team noted the special achievements: iG team became the gold medalist in two categories mdash; Cross Fire and Dota 2. In Warcraft 3 also won the Chinese composition mdash; TED. The best player in FIFA 12 was the German citizen mdash; Acer deto, be the best strategist in the Korean StarCraft 2 got ST_Parting. The RED Russian team took first place in one of promodistsiplin mdash; World of Tanks.

Console OUYA in picking developers start shipping around the world on 28 December. Special versions of consoles will be sent to all users who have made the appropriate amount in the resource Kickstarter. These samples will be different from the final version of the system. On a question about the differences between the producers do not give a direct answer, noting only that they will laquo; osobennymiraquo.; OUYA petite console, based on the operating system Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and has an open architecture. Users to develop it listed $ 8 million. The official launch and start selling console is scheduled for April 2013.

Output virtual reality Oculus Rift postponed to March 2013. Originally, the device goes on sale in December, but the creators have decided to change the design of new products and a number of technical characteristics. Therefore, developers can get a working version of the Oculus Rift until early next year. Note that the funding for the project is funded by users, gathered through resource Kickstarter. The idea of ??virtual reality like many people around the world, and eventually to a virtual piggy bank sponsors were transferred $ 2.5 million.

Social network Facebook has stopped partnered with Zynga, which lasted two years. Now the developer of social games to give equal rights to other companies. Zynga will continue to post their projects, but will not be able to advertise your website, and users who play its projects on the official website, will not be able to publish information about their achievements on Facebook. The news of the break the partnership agreement between the two companies at once resulted in reduction in prices of their shares. In particular, Zynga stock price dropped 12%, and Facebook mdash; 5%.

Publisher THQ has released a collection of Humble THQ Bundle. It included seven hits: Darksiders, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor, Metro 2033, Red Faction: Armageddon and Saints Row: The Third. Purchase a digital version of the publication can be for any amount, from $ 1. As you know, THQ is in a difficult financial situation, and this campaign is to help her cope with the difficulties. The result was not long in coming. At the moment, sold more than 658,000 sets of Humble THQ Bundle. On average, users get the collection for $ 6, but there are also those who donated 1,650 dollars. The cost of this brought the company revenues in excess of $ 3.6 million, and its shares rose immediately by 40%. Everybody can buy Humble THQ Bundle at this link.

Publisher Microsoft renamed the internal unit, located in Vancouver, Black Tusk Studios. The developers do not plan to engage in the development of the existing series. Their main purpose mdash; create new blockbusters. According to representatives of Microsoft, the company is already working on a sci-fi thriller, which is the level of quality will be able to compete successfully with a series of Halo. No details about the game has not been revealed.

Company Ubisoft is working on a new part of a series of Assassin’s Creed. The game is under development concept. Assessing the various ideas and inputs, the creators are actively interacting with fans. In particular, they conducted a survey to know the opinion of the players. Among the various issues featured version of the introduction of co-operative mode, the output of the project in 2013, and increasing the level of action and entertainment. Ubisoft is also interested in using their attitude to the popular adventure series Uncharted. Well, we wait for the official announcement of the new game.

Developers Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII shared information about the features of the game design process. All events take place in real time. This is a key innovation. Users have 13 days to prevent the end of the world. Acting in different ways, as the hero may postpone the apocalypse, and, conversely, to bring it closer. Day divided into morning, afternoon, evening and night. It is expected that the length of day in the game will be about 2 hours. Depending on the time of day that happens in the game is different. If a player is slow to choice or action, then it may miss a number of key events, late for a meeting or failing to prevent the disaster. This innovation enhances replayability project, because, having once a game, you might want to go back and in some cases to do otherwise. Output Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be held in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Multiplayer computer game Mortal Online switched to the shareware distribution model. Everyone can now easily sign up and start playing. However, free accounts have certain limitations. In particular, the user can have only one character instead of four. The maximum level of leveling at around 60, while the premium players can develop their skills and knowledge to the protagonist of item level 100. Heroes also can not earn one stealing and selling the most rarity units and accessories.

Demo innovative simulator Godus God will be released in late December. This was officially the head of the project, Peter Molyneux (Peter Molyneux). The main purpose of the demo mdash; show users the key features of the game and get them interested in novelty. Full version Godus be released in September 2013 for PC. Now developers are raising funds in the resource Kickstarter for the project. So far, 22 Cans studio managed to collect 210,000 pounds of the required 450,000.

Representatives Just Add Water have announced the release date for Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Edition portable console PlayStation Vita. Improved version of the popular platformer will hit U.S. stores on December 18. Cost new is $ 15. On when the adaptation of European buyers can purchase, the developers promise to report in the near future.

There was

Output plot-oriented downloadable add Slingshot to the game XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Users have to carry out the mission of the Council and to eliminate the threat from aliens. The collection includes three new maps, as well as a hero mdash; Chinese triads operative named Zhang with unique abilities, appearance and voice. Players have an opportunity to make war on the alien ship, penetrator China. Slingshot price for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 $ 7.

Supplement Crimson Map Pack for Halo 4 sci-fi thriller will go on sale December 10. The collection will include three maps (Wreckage, Harvest and Shatter) for multiplayer mode and eight achievements. They are focused on team battles with the support of 12 to 16 participants. The game also has a new mode Extraction mdash; there two opposing sides will compete in the resource collection. Players will be divided into groups of five and, using special equipment that will search and extract minerals while reflecting enemy attacks.

PlayStation 3 owners will get an exclusive addition to the Far Cry 3. The new DLC, received nazvanie High Tides, includes two chapters, Jailbreak and Redemption, the cooperative mode. Historical events unfold after the first six episodes of the campaign. The main characters perform Leonard, Tisha, Michael and Callum mdash; former members of the ship’s crew, which was sold to pirates. High Tides release date will be announced in the near future.

Crytek has provided information on the system requirements, the PC version of Crysis 3. To run the game on minimum settings, users will need:

  • Operating system: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8;
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Athlon64 X2;
  • RAM: 2 GB or 3;
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 or AMD ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1 GB of memory.

Those who want to enjoy the beauty of the world and spectacular fights, you need a computer to get the following configuration:

  • Operating system: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8;
  • Quad-Core;
  • Memory: 4 GB;
  • Video: AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560.

Crysis 3 will release in February 2013.

UPCOMING WEEK

Company Splash Damage introduced multiplayer shooter Dirty Bomb. The project is based on the shareware distribution model and designed exclusively for the PC. Military action thriller unfold in London. The first information about the features of the history of the game mechanics and will appear soon. At the moment, we only know that the game is created based on the Unreal Engine 3. Recall that the studio Splash Damage is known for projects such as Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, and Brink.

Arcade Binding of Isaac announced for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Previously, the game comes out on the PC, which has gained a cult status among the players and sold worldwide with a circulation of one million copies. Adaptation project for consoles will studio Nicalis, and the edition will subtitle Rebirth. It will include the original game, the addition of Wrath of the Lamb, as well as exclusive new chapter ending, enemies, and the two heroes. Besides, there is the NSA. Output Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is scheduled for late 2013.

OUR NEWS

Site Absolute Games team in full life left. This solution is the project management of the conflict to explain Kanobu Network, the owner of the site, as well as lower salary budget by 50%. Team online edition is not going to fall apart, and plans to create a new resource (now operates at AG20.ru) and successfully continue the work in the gaming journalism. However, the guide Kanobu Network Absolute Games plans to develop and make it analog IMDB in the context of electronic entertainment industry. Online is a set of new staff. Note that Absolute Games since 1998 and is the oldest domestic online gaming publication.

Girl from Russia named Anna Moleva became an official game BioShock: Infinity. This was announced by the head of the studio Irrational Games, Ken Levine (Ken Levine). Image and costume character Elizabeth by Anna for cosplay, so startled developers that they have decided to contact her and offer cooperation. The girl’s face is emblazoned on the cover of the game, as it will appear in promotional materials, videos, participate in exhibitions and programs on television. Anna did not expect that the company will show an interest in it and even wrote on his page on Facebook: laquo; When you write the game developers that you cosplay, and they say that they are your fans … Are you ready umeretraquo.; It should pay tribute to Anna not only strikingly similar to the character BioShock: Infinity, but also very beautiful (but it’s worth it, if it sounds from the mouth of a girl. Mdash; approx. Ed.).

Was release a special edition of Divinity II. The collection, called Divinity II: Developer s Cut, includes a copy of the original game laquo; Divinity II: Blood drakonovraquo;, addition laquo; mestiraquo flames, and a number of bonus materials, fully translated into Russian. Fans will appreciate the documentary about the creation of the series, a collection of themed videos, and artifacts at the design document. Also new Divinity II: Developer s Cut was a special laquo; razrabotchikovraquo mode;.

Publisher Microsoft announced it has started accepting pre-orders for a fantastic action laquo; Gears of War: Pravosudieraquo.; The game will be available in March 2013 exclusively for the Xbox 360 and will be the pre-history of the original series. Fans of the project can buy the game in stores Ozon.ru, Videoigr.net, GamePark, Game Zone, laquo; Igrraquo Republic, and laquo; 1C Interesraquo.; As a bonus, buyers will receive weapons Classic Hammerburst, which is a military assault rifle Locust. In addition, each of the shops gives a gift exclusive character for the multiplayer mode. For example, place your order for Ozon.ru, users will receive a COG Army liaison officer Anna Stroud, and if you buy the game on Videoigr.net, then as a bonus you can get Sergeant Alex Brenda.

Publisher laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, began taking pre-orders for action DmC: Devil May Cry. In Russia the game will be released in the English sound system with Russian subtitles. The project will go on sale January 15, 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It should be noted that the versions for different consoles come with exclusive bonuses. PlayStation 3 will receive a free code to download the add-on scene Vergil s Downfall mdash; collection includes the story of the main character’s brother, Virgil, a number of new areas, missions, enemies and bosses. Xbox 360 owners will get a set of gold weapons The Golden Pack. Pre-order the game at this link.

Publisher Electronic Arts has provided information about the bonuses that will get people who apply for pre-order Dead Space 3 in the digital distribution service Origin. Fans of sci-fi horror film will be presented with an exclusive weaponry mdash; automatic EG-900 and laquo; Enervator Teslyraquo; (Tesla Enervator). The first is an effective close combat weapon, a compact but high inflicts damage to enemies. Second kills an enemy with one shot. Dead Space 3 release on February 7 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.