The gaming industry in a week. 5.11 March 2012

INDUSTRY WEEK

Arcade simulator snowboarding SSX unexpectedly in first place in the list of the most popular games in the UK. Extreme sports fans waiting drive, downhill and conquest nine most famous mountain slopes in the world. A new part of the series met with enthusiasm not only players but also criticism, awarded the project 85 points out of 100 possible.

Was second football game FIFA 12, and the third mdash; Mario Party 9. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. SSX
  2. FIFA 12
  3. Mario Party 9
  4. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  5. Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics
  6. UFC Undisputed 3
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  8. FIFA Football
  9. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  10. Battlefield 3

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, three leaders chart PC-game remained unchanged. For the second week in a row the first line is a list of sales alone game Mass Effect 3.

No less popular life simulator The Sims 3. As many as five separate additions to the game entered the top ten most popular designs of the week.

Not changed preferences and console owners. This week, Mass Effect 3 took the first two places in the chart versions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The bronze medal was a thriller Shadows of the Damned. The full list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (DVD-Box)
  2. Mass Effect 3
  3. Mass Effect 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  4. The Sims 3: Showbiz Limited Edition
  5. The Sims 3: Show Business. Katy Perry (Collector’s Edition)
  6. The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
  7. The Sims 3: Catalog mdash; fine bedroom
  8. Heroes of Might and Magic (Collector’s Edition)
  9. Battlefield 3
  10. The Sims 3: Supplement mdash; Pets

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (PS3)
  2. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
  3. Shadows of the Damned (PS3)
  4. Kinect Sports: Season 2 (Xbox 360)
  5. DJ Hero 2 Turntable Bundle (game + controller) + game DJ Hero (Xbox 360)
  6. UFC Undisputed 3 (PS3)
  7. Twisted Metal
  8. Crysis 2 (Xbox 360)
  9. Fable II. Classics (Xbox 360)
  10. Dance Central 2 (Xbox 360)

American writer Stan Lee (Stan Lee) will be one of the heroes of the game The Amazing Spider-Man. Such a gift to the author of comics of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men decided to present publisher Activision. Interestingly, the hero Stan Lee will be one of the key management figures. Exit The Amazing Spider-Man for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii will be June 26.

Star film laquo; Artistraquo; mdash; Terrier Ugg selected official representative Nintendo. Charming and talented dog drew attention because of its immense popularity among users from all over the world. The first work of Ugg boots in the advertising campaign will be Nintendo game Nintendogs + Cats.

Results nomination PlayStation Network Gamers’ Choice Awards 2012. The winners were determined by a popular vote of users of the service PlayStation Network. The best exclusive to PSN recognized addition inFAMOUS Festival of Blood, in which the hero of the game to fight the vampires. The best game for PSN was proekt Resident Evil 4. Below is the full list of finalists:

  • Best PSN Exclusive: inFAMOUS Festival of Blood
  • Best PSN Game: Resident Evil 4
  • Best PSN Game Playable Online: Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition
  • Best PS3 Full Game: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Best PlayStation Move Game: Dungeon Hunter: Alliance
  • Best 3D Game: God of War: Origins Collection
  • Best PlayStation Classic: Chrono Trigger
  • Best Mini Game: Angry Birds
  • Best PSP Game: DISSIDIA 012 [duodecim] FINAL FANTASY
  • PlayStation Community Award mdash; Best Indie: LIMBO

All these projects can now be purchased at a discount of 30% for users of PlayStation Network and 50% mdash; subscribers to PlayStation Plus. The promotion is valid for one week.

Company Valve Software is working on creating its own gaming system Steam Box. Among the technical characteristics of the console declared processor Intel Core i7, NVIDIA graphics card and 8 GB of memory. Steam Box is equipped with a special controller, and will display the image on the monitor and the TV. Set-top box will be pre-installed service Steam. It is expected that the system will be presented at the exhibition E3-2012.

Creators Fable, brothers Dean and Simon Carter’s own studio. The company is called Another Place Productions, at first, it will focus on projects for the casual audience. For developers also joined other members of Lionhead. They included John McCormack, Guillaume Portes and Jeremy Texier. All of them had worked on a series of Fable.

Famous designer Peter Molyneux (Peter Molyneux) left the company and Microsoft studio Lionhead. Over the next few months, he will continue to work with Microsoft and work on the game Fable: The Journey as a consultant. Then the legendary British plans to start his own game company. Note that Peter Molyneux is known for his work on projects such as Populous, Fable, Black amp; White and Dungeon Keeper.

Publisher Electronic Arts announced the opening of the new unit. Studio called EA Gothenburg, and it will create laquo; pokoleniyaraquo new games, and on the basis of engine Frostbite 2.0. At present the company is formed staff. All it will run for 15 specialists, including art directors, writers, designers and developers. On rookie draft EA Gothenburg yet not a word.

Company Blizzard has announced a large-scale reduction of staff. It is planned to lay off 600 people. According to the studio, not be subject to reduction of the employees working on the World of Warcraft. Moreover, 90% of the disbanded units were professionals who did not participate in game development. Despite the large-scale reorganization, the release date of the projects will not be moved.

Company Zynga, best known for the development of games for the social network Facebook, has announced its plans to launch its own online playground. At the moment is open beta testing resource. The site Zynga.com presents all projects of the company also plans to regularly post game from the development team. Note that the audience of regular users Zynga games to date is 240 million people.

Company EA SPORTS invites you to take part in the virtual sports championship. Competitions will take place only among the owners of PlayStation 3 game on such subjects as FIFA, NHL and Madden. The prize fund of the event is one million dollars: it will be divided among 256 players to hold out until the final competition. Users can pay account for 10 # 36, and pass a series of qualifying rounds or laquo; give vzyatkuraquo, at a rate of 448 # 36, and is guaranteed to get to the finals mdash; latest version also provides conditions. The final stage of the championship will be held April 28, 2012 in New York.

Game Minecraft continues to set records. Draft version Minecraft mdash; Pocket Edition for mobile platforms based on Android and iOS systems sold over one million copies. To get there, it took six months. The company Mojang expressed thanks and appreciation to all of his fans.

Ubisoft has revealed new information about proekte Assassin’s Creed 3. The game will unfold in America, the War of Independence. The protagonist will be Indian-Blood Connor. The game will be such well-known historical figures such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Lee, and others. The project is based on an updated version of the engine Anvil, which allows you to build extensive locations and provides support for the battle scenes with thousands of characters. According to the developers and users to explore an area of ??two times higher than in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. European release of Assassin’s Creed 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U is expected October 31, 2012.

Staff Sanzaru Games shared new details of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. As previously reported, the story will develop around Bentley created a time machine. In Sly began a strange form of amnesia and to restore the memory, he decides to go back in time. This is Bentley, who looks after the main treasure clan Coopers mdash; book Thievius Raccoonus. Watching, as do the various episodes of the book, he is able to keep track of events that happen to his friend. And to help him, if the situation requires. Release Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for PlayStation 3 is expected this fall.

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will not be cross-platform multiplayer. This decision was made by Valve on the basis of the beta. In addition, the developers believe that cross-platform will significantly delay the output of downloadable add-ons. Recall that the release command shooter held in the summer of 2012 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Capcom has prepared a surprise for Xbox 360 owners. Exclusively for this console in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will be presented multiplayer Nemesis Mode. In it, users will be able to play as a monster Nemesis. However, access to this operating fee: it will cost 320 MS Points. Exit Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will be held March 23 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Multiplayer Action Dust 514 will be based on the shareware distribution model. For winning battles users accrued currency Aurum. It can be spent on the purchase of weapons, equipment, increased armor, skills, and more. Soldiers who have no luck in battle, be able to buy game currency for real money. Dust 514 will be output in the II quarter of this year for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

There was

Exit aviation simulator Microsoft Flight for PC. The basic version of the game is free and includes a card and aircraft ICON A5. However, users who are registered service Games for Windows, will be able to download an additional four aircraft, and also to get a collection of cards and Hawaiian Adventure Pack plane Vans RV-6A. The cost of a set of 1600 MS Points.

Sony is planning to discontinue support of the four-line projects. Closure be games such as EverQuest Online Adventures, Cosmic Rift, Infantry and the Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga. The reason was the low popularity of the projects. Downtime will be held in late March.

Publisher 2K Games announced the release date for BioShock: Infinite. The game will go on sale October 19 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Interestingly, the owners of the console from Sony in for a pleasant surprise as a promotion, complete with a new part of the series will be supplied original BioShock.

Publisher Konami decided on an exact release date for Silent Hill HD Collection. The project will go on sale March 29 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The collection includes the second and third parts of the series. Games will support HD and new voiceovers.

Company Activision has introduced a new downloadable k Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. DLC is called the Content Collection # 1 and includes four maps for multiplayer mode (Liberation, Piazza, Overwatch, Black Box), and two mission mode Spec Ops (Mission Black Ice and Negotiator). Set to go on sale March 20 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

There was a yield supplement

March Pirelli Car Pack for racing simulator Forza Motorsport 4. The kit includes the following models:

  • 1966 Ford Country Squire
  • 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
  • 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396
  • 1971 Ferrari # 2 Ferrari Automobili 312 P
  • 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6
  • 1995 BMW 850CSi
  • 2010 Renault Clio RS
  • 2011 Wiesmann GT MF5
  • 2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato
  • 2012 Ultima GTR

For season ticket holders Season Pass is available for free addition, all other interested persons can get it in the service Xbox Live for 7 # 36;.

Publisher THQ presented collector’s edition Darksiders II. The kit includes:

  • game disc;
  • death mask;
  • digital version of music to the game;
  • book with illustrations and concept artami hardcover;
  • downloadable content Shadows of Death, consisting of armor and braids;
  • plot supplement Argul s Tomb.

Edition Darksiders II Collector s Edition is available only on request at the price of 99.99 # 36;. The game will take place on June 29 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Electronic Arts announced that buyers Collector’s Edition Medal of Honor: Warfighter will be presented with an additional hero mdash; sniper squad US-Navy SEALs. Ordinary users to activate this character, you need to dial 40 hours of game time in the multiplayer campaign. European release of Medal of Honor: Warfighter on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be held October 25, 2012.

UPCOMING WEEK

Was the announcement of SimCity 5. Urban simulation developed for the PC and will be available in 2013. Engaged in the creation of the game studio Maxis. The fifth part of the series will get a modern graphics engine, a lot of innovations and will allow users to build a city in a variety of architectural styles. For more information on SimCity 5 will be presented in the near future.

Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games have announced a new part of the racing simulator Forza Motorsport. The project was called Forza Horizon and created for the Xbox 360. Traditionally, people expect a lot of new routes, fleet renewal, single and multiplayer modes. All the official details of the developers will announce at the upcoming E3 2012. However, now we know the approximate date of release. Forza Horizon release is expected in the IV quarter of 2012.

Company Blizzard announced Starcraft Master modification for StarCraft 2. It focuses on the single-player campaign, and includes 30 missions. Assignments will be marked by diversity and complexity. Allowed to pass them in a random order, skipping the missions that can not be successfully executed. Additionally, for users introduced hints. Exit Starcraft Master for PC will take place during this year.

Studio Epic Games China announced its first project mdash; multiplayer fantasy gunman Mercenary Ops. The game combines elements of Gears of War and Counter-Strike. The players have to get used to the skin of mercenaries and enter into a confrontation with the various armed groups. In Mercenary Ops will be implemented designed combat system. Thus, a soldier can carry only two types of weapons, and the weight of equipment affect the speed. An additional barrier to the player will weather mdash; wind, rain, mud. Launching the project on the PC is scheduled in summer 2012.

Plastic Studios has announced the development of the game Datura. The project is created for the PlayStation 3. His foundation mdash; unusual gameplay with PlayStation Move. In the story the player gets in a mysterious forest. To understand what is happening and get out, character will interact with the environment and solve problems. All of the user performs hands with PlayStation Move. According to the developers, this is an experimental game in which the world is perceived not only visually, but also at the level of sensations. Unique game mechanics create the illusion that the person is really touching the trees, the grass, picks up a stick from the ground, throwing stones and so on. Datura will yield this year.

OUR NEWS

Simulator of World of Warplanes is very popular among the players. According to the company Wargaming.net, only for the first day of acceptance of applications for participation in the alpha testing stage of the project, users sent more than 100,000 questionnaires. At the moment, one of the testers officially adopted 5000 people. Exit World of Warplanes will be on PC in 2012.

The launch of the closed beta multiplayer action movie from the company Warface Crytek. For domestic players available Russian-language version of the project. Users place an order, sent the keys. All are invited to test can join the ranks of soldiers and take part in spectacular battles. Running the full version for PC will Warface in 2012. The game will be distributed by the model Free2Play.

Began open beta testing of the Russian version of the multiplayer action APB: Reloaded. Testing last month. Thanks to participants in the game, publisher laquo; Innovaraquo, test the game on an error, and the operation of service of voice communication. Exit full version of APB: Reloaded will be held May 23.

Company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, started accepting pre-orders for the cooperative shooter Spec Ops: The Line. Users can request a publisher site to 21 June 2012. In addition, buyers will receive a special code to download bonus materials, such as: access to guns and AK-47 class laquo; Ofitserraquo for from the first rank, and exclusive accessories for the characters and the doubling of growing experience in the first week of the game. Release Spec Ops: The Line for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be held June 29, 2012.

Publisher Electronic Arts announced that it is now paying for goods in the service can be made through the Origin system laquo; Yandeks.Dengiraquo.; Purchase digital content by both the ruble account and any attached to the system laquo; Yandeks.Dengiraquo, payment card. Commission for payment will be charged.