The gaming industry in a week. 511 December 2011

INDUSTRY WEEK

Action Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 again topped the list of best selling video games in the UK. Thriller won the palm for the fourth time in a row. Silver winners were football game FIFA 12, bronze went Assassin s Creed: Revelations. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  2. FIFA 12
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  4. Just Dance 3
  5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  6. Saints Row: The Third
  7. Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call
  8. Mario Kart 7
  9. Battlefield 3
  10. Super Mario 3D Land

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, the undisputed leader of the week in the charts PC-games became laquo; Assassin s Creed: Otkroveniyaraquo.; The narrative of the life and adventures of the assassin Ezio Auditore in great demand among users mdash; collector and the standard version of the project took just two first lines of the chart. Third place was awarded the cult role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Proponents

Consoles preferred sport games: the first and third charts took a series Kinect Sports for Xbox 360. On the second line chart located laquo; Assassin s Creed: Otkroveniyaraquo;.

PC Games:

  1. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Collector’s Edition)
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Gift Edition)
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  6. Serious Sam 3
  7. Mass Effect 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  8. Batman: Arkham City
  9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Gift Edition)
  10. Batman: Arkham City (Collector’s Edition)

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  2. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Collector’s Edition) (PS3)
  3. Kinect Sports: Season 2 (Xbox 360)
  4. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PlayStation 3)
  5. Kinect Disneyland Adventures (Xbox 360)
  6. PlayStation Move Stand Alone
  7. Dance Central 2 (Xbox 360)
  8. Dark Souls: Limited Edition (PS3)
  9. Final Fantasy XIII-2: Collector’s Edition (PS3)
  10. Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary (Xbox 360)

Studio Mojang plans to release LEGO set based on their game Minecraft. This idea was made public on the website developers CUUSOO. According to the terms of the project required to dial 10 000 user votes, the company officially released LEGO designer. Results have been achieved in just a few days, as the fans of the game were very active.

Famous gaming magazine GamePro has announced its closure. Professional journals, published monthly since 1989, is considered one of the pioneers in the gaming press. According to the administration, served as the reason for closing the popular magazine recession and a sharp reduction in the number of advertisers, thus releasing it became unprofitable.

Company PopCap noted the growing audience of users that prefer social games. According to experts, in 2011 the number of players increased by 71% (compared with 2010) and amounted to 120 million people. Of these, 18 million spend on the games for more than 6 hours a week. However, users have to spend more money to buy items and currency in games. If last year is actively spending money only 14% of users, this mdash; already 26%.

Studio Quantic Dream shared statistical information about the game Heavy Rain. A brilliant thriller for PlayStation 3 sold over 3 million copies. 74% of users completed the game before the final credits. Of these, 65% of the players have saved little Sean, kidnapped maniac, 33% of users are able to save the lives of all the characters, and 4% mdash; become spectators of all possible game endings.

Company Blind Wink, headed by director Gore Verbinski (Gore Verbinski), has signed an agreement with Microsoft. According to the conditions specified therein, Blind Wink will create video games and entertainment content. The first project will be a game for the Xbox 360 controller with support for Kinect. Its development will be led directly by Gore Verbinski. The name and details of the project are kept secret.

Swedish studio IO Interactive disbanded into two divisions. This will happen after the end of the game Hitman: Absolution, which is scheduled for 2012 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The first unit will join Square Enix Montreal to participate in the development of the next Hitman, and the second will create a new original project.

Company BioWare shared fresh information about the combat system in Mass Effect 3. For each character class has a new set of skills. In particular, the attack can knock down nearby enemies, just banging his fist on the ground. This ability is called Nova, for its implementation requires a lot of energy. Charge ability allows the player to instantly cover the distance to the enemy. For a stormtrooper will also be available additional weapon type mdash; shotgun, shooting bursts of needles. Engineers will start flying combat turret. In addition, they will be able to reprogram the security guns. European release of Mass Effect 3 will be held March 6, 2012 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Learned the details of the joint mode, The Darkness 2. It was called Vendettas is a separate plot-oriented campaign. In game four characters mdash; samurai Inugami, secret agent Shoshani, sorcerer, JP Dumont and Scot-drunk Jimmy Wilson. Each of them has a unique weapon, empowered by darkness and is fighting on the side of the main character Jackie Estacado. The project is scheduled for release on February 10 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The beta multiplayer role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic was attended by over 2 million users. The greatest number of players have joined in the last stage of testing, which took place from 25 to 28 November. These days, the number of new participants was 725,000 people, each of whom spent about 12 hours in the game. The maximum number of users who can simultaneously play in Star Wars: The Old Republic, was 250 thousand. Recall, the output of the project on the PC is scheduled for December 20.

Square Enix plans to refuse shareware distribution model Final Fantasy XIV. On January 6, 2012 will be offered to users to make a paid subscription. At the start, you can purchase a season ticket at a reduced price: pay per month is # 36, 6.99, three-month subscription to mdash; # 36, 17.97, six months mdash; # 36, 29.94. Price offer is valid until launch large-scale renovation project in version 2.0, scheduled for launch in October of the following year.

Microsoft has introduced the system requirements for Microsoft Flight. To run the game on minimum settings users will need:

  • Processor: Dual Core 2,0 GHz;
  • video card with 256 MB of memory with support for Shader 3.0 compatible with DirectX 9.0c;
  • RAM: 2.0 GB;
  • operating system: Windows XP SP3.

Recommended Specifications:

  • CPU: Core i7-960 @ 3,20 GHz or Phenom II X6 1100T 3,3 GHz;
  • card: Radeon HD 5870 or GeForce GTX 560;
  • Memory: 6 GB;
  • operating system: Windows 7 64-bit.

Aviation simulator developed exclusively for the PC. Release date of the project has not been announced.

Company Deep Silver told about the contents of the Collector’s Edition Catherine: Stray Sheep Edition. The kit includes the game disc, a real copy shirts protagonist Vincent, a poster of Catherine and two coasters glasses. As the box is used for packaging pizza logo bar Stray Sheep. The cost of the collection will be 54.99 pounds. European release of Catherine: Stray Sheep Edition will be February 10, 2012 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Warner Bros. preparing a special edition of Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition. Information about this appeared by rating agency BBFC, which put the draft age limit laquo; 18 letraquo.; The collection will include the last part of Mortal Kombat with all the currently available supplements. Online Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition will be February 17, 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Konami announced the exact release date for NeverDead. On the shelves of European shops game will be February 3, 2012. The project will be released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. We also learned that the transfer and sale of NeverDead in Russian company will laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo.; Domestic publisher with the time of release has not yet decided.

This week on sale, a new addition to the Resistance 3 for the PlayStation 3. Downloadable compilation called Brutality contains the following materials: a new survival-mode for up to two players, exclusive weapon in the form of a sledgehammer and music from rock bands Mastodon, The Hunter and Blood Mountain.

French publisher Ubisoft

Preparing another downloadable add-on for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. The collection is called the Mediterranean Traveller Map Pack and a set of new maps for multiplayer campaign. In the gaming locations featured virtual prototypes of Siena, Jerusalem, Dyer, San Donato, Florence and the Imperial District of Constantinople. Price increases to # 36, 9.99. Available Mediterranean Traveller Map Pack will be January 24, 2012 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

SEGA announced the start of sales of the two add-ons for Total War: Shogun 2. Story addition The Hattori Clan brings to the game bonus historic scenario mdash; battle of Nagashino in 1575, as well as several types of military units and a new outfit for the main character. The cost of the mini-collection will be # 36, 4.99. The second set, called Blood Pack contains a set of visual effects that make the battle even more spectacular. Buy Blood Pack can be priced at # 36; 1,59.

Action Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is now available for devices by Apple mdash; iPhone, iPod and iPad. The game is distributed via digital distribution service Apple App Store at a price of # 36, 6.99. The draft put the zombie mode from the original shooter Black Ops. Users will be able to fight on the map Kino der Toten in mode, designed for four people, and a mini-game Dead Ops Arcade.

UPCOMING WEEK

Studio Obsidian Entertainment in conjunction with publisher THQ will release a role-playing game based on the animated series laquo; South Parkraquo.; The main character will perform character created by the player. For this will be submitted to a solid tool to edit the appearance and five classes of specializations to choose from. The latter will become a thief, paladin, mage, adventurer, and one particular class, created by Cartman. Goal of the game mdash; win as many friends in the town, performing various tasks. Exit game adaptation laquo; South Parkaraquo, scheduled for the second half of 2012 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Electronic Arts is working on a new part of the popular game series Army of Two. Continued under the working title Army of Four is created by the studio Visceral Games and experts from DICE. The project will involve graphics engine, Frostbite 2.0, previously served as the technical basis for Battlefield 3. Users will be offered an updated joint mode for four players. The exact release date is Army of Four and the list of target platforms have not been announced.

Also

Electronic Arts has announced The Sims 3: Showtime. The game takes place in Starlight Shores. Users offered to pass thorny path of a promising young talent to superstar and producer. The choice can be a singer, a magician, a DJ or a circus performer. The first time a function SimPort, making it possible to transfer a character in the storyline campaign with another player. This innovation allows you to expand the boundaries of the tour your talent, but also boast achievements. Release The Sims 3: Showtime on PC is scheduled for March 2012.

Vietnam Emobi Games Studio has announced a game based on the First Indochina War. Project called laquo; 7554raquo; developed for PC and is based on the final stage of the conflict between the forces of yummy Vietnamese nationalists, fighting for political independence, and the French colonial administration. The plot describes the events of the fall of France to May 7, 1954, after the defeat at Dien Bien Phu. Presumably, the first-person shooter laquo; 7554raquo; will be distributed via online distribution costs # 36, 12. The official release is scheduled for March 2012.

Company Bethesda announced a map editor for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Tools will be available for PC in January 2012. For convenience, it will open the site to users with background information and video instructions. Amateur modifications will be distributed through the service Steam Workshop.

Sony announced an enhanced version of Gran Turismo 5. Collection called Gran Turismo 5 Spec II includes the original game, all bonus material scale updating the code on 2.0 and downloadable addition Complete Pack. Release of the project in Japan for PlayStation 3 is scheduled for February 2, 2012. With exact release date for Gran Turismo 5 Spec II in Europe Publishing is not defined yet.

The company announced

Egosoft plot supplement X3: Albion Prelude. The project is intended to be the basis for the screenplay has not hit X Rebirth and explain the reasons for the intergalactic war that took place in the vast X-universe. Developers promise to update the graphics and interface, re-developed stock market and about 30 new models of space ships and stations. Buy X3: Albion Prelude will be a digital distribution service for the price # 36, 19.99. Previous owners of the series mdash; X3: Terran Conflict mdash; game will get a reduced price in the # 36, 9.99. Release of the project on the PC on 15 December.

Konami has announced the re-release of classic arcade helicopter Choplifter for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The project will contain about 30 missions, plays with various military operations, from hostage rescue to evacuate residents from the dangerous virus infected village. The developers promise improved graphics with HD support and cult hero Duke Nyukema as one of the bonus characters. Choplifter HD will be available in stores digital distribution this winter.

Studio Just Add Water announced Oddworld: Stranger s Wrath HD for PlayStation 3. In addition to re-release the game improved graphics and music will be new levels of complexity and system trophies. Passage Oddworld: Stranger s Wrath HD will take about 12 hours. Initially, the project will not have declared support for stereoscopic 3D. But a little later, this function appears as a downloadable add-on. Release of the project will be held December 21, 2011.

OUR NEWS

Company Big Little Team reported that the demo version of arcade flight simulator laquo; Molten neboraquo, will be available for free download from the official website from December 26. The project is created exclusively for the PC, and tells the story of the battle of U.S. and Russia in 2015. Players will be available such model aircraft as a fighter of the fifth generation laquo; Sukhoi T-50raquo; (PAK-FA), a fighter-interceptor Su-27 attack helicopter Ka-50 laquo; akularaquo Black, and MBT T-90. Check out the full version of the game has not been revealed.

Publisher laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo; opened pre-order for the game laquo; Rattle metallaraquo; (Twisted Metal). Car Action is created for PlayStation 3 and will be available on sale from February 14, 2012. All pre-order will receive a free exclusive vehicle laquo; Akselraquo;.

Second news from the company this week it became a competition on knowledge of the series The Elder Scrolls. Participants are invited to fill in the questionnaire by answering 49 questions. The campaign will last until 13 December. Winners will receive a video card HIS 6970 IceQ Turbo 2 GB (3 pcs.) And HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2 GB (2 pcs.) And the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for PC.

Sony has shared information about the launch of the portable console PlayStation Vita in Russia. Interface consoles and all games starting line will be fully translated into Russian. The console will be available at approximately the end of February mdash; early March 2012. The list of projects will start ten games:

  • Uncharted: Golden abyss (Uncharted: Golden Abyss)
  • WipEout 2048
  • Unit 13
  • Escape Plan
  • Madhouse pocket (Little Deviants)
  • MotorStorm RC
  • Fight in reality (Reality Fighters)
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip
  • Top Darts
  • Hustle Kings