The gaming industry in a week. 6.12 June 2011

INDUSTRY WEEK

Detective L.A. Noire third consecutive week ranked first in the video game sales chart in the UK. In second place is LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean, and in third place mdash; racing game DiRT 3. Top 10 is as follows:

  1. L.A. Noire
  2. LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean
  3. DiRT 3
  4. Zumba Fitness
  5. Brink
  6. Wii Sports Resort
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  8. FIFA 11
  9. Portal 2
  10. The Sims 3: Generations

In Russia the list of the most sold games for the PC life simulator headed laquo; The Sims 3: All vozrastyraquo.; Second place went to pre-order expanded edition of Battlefield 3, and the third place went to the project laquo; Witcher 2: Assassins koroleyraquo;.

Fans

Consoles preferred football simulator FIFA 11. Version of the game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 took the first and third line chart, and the second place went to the militant Battlefield: Bad Company 2. According to statistics from the online store OZON.ru, the list looks like this:

PC Games:

  1. The Sims 3: All ages
  2. Battlefield 3 (Expanded Edition)
  3. Witcher 2: Assassins koroley (Premium Edition)
  4. Fable III
  5. DiRT 3
  6. The Sims Medieval
  7. Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  8. Portal 2 (with an icon)
  9. Portal 2 (White Edition)
  10. The Sims 3: Barnacle Bay

Game consoles:

  1. FIFA 11 (Xbox 360)
  2. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Extended Edition (Xbox 360)
  3. FIFA 11 (PlayStation 3)
  4. Mortal Kombat (PlayStation 3)
  5. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Extended Edition (PlayStation 3)
  6. Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360)
  7. NHL 11 (Xbox 360)
  8. Battlefield 3 Limited Edition (PlayStation 3)
  9. Dragon Age: Beginning (Xbox 360)
  10. inFamous 2 Special Edition (PlayStation 3)

Japanese publisher Capcom has announced that Screen Gems film company is working on the film adaptation of Devil May Cry. For the basis of the picture taken by the new project DmC, which is engaged in the development studio Ninja Theory. As a screenwriter Kyle Ward stands (Kyle Ward), known for his adaptations Hitman and Kane and Lynch. Director of the film and the cast has not been announced.

Microsoft has announced that the number of units sold in the world of Xbox 360 has exceeded 55 million. The most successful was in 2011: in the period from January to April, the sales system in the U.S. grew by 29%, which is three times higher than for the PlayStation 3. This growth trend experts associated with the release of a new model of the Xbox 360 S, which provides an improved teplootvedeniem, built-in Wi-Fi and no problems with the notorious laquo; smertiraquo red light;.

Along with this Microsoft noted that the number of users of the service Xbox Live has exceeded 35 million. Popular touch controller and Kinect. For six months, he has sold 10 million copies, becoming one of the best selling devices in the history of the gaming industry.

During the exhibition E3 2011, Sony officially unveiled the next generation portable console. The system, formerly known under the working name NGP, called PlayStation Vita. It goes on sale later this year at the same time in Japan, USA and Europe. Console will be available in two versions: the first version, equipped with only a module Wi-Fi, will be sold at a price of # 36, 249, second mdash; model with integrated 3G mdash; come with a price tag # 36, 299. The new system will receive strong support of the largest developers and publishers from around the world. Already, more than 80 projects for the Vita. The starting line of the most important are Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048.

In turn within Nintendo E3 2011 showed the new console Wii U. System specifications were not disclosed, but the event was featured controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen. Its main feature is the duplication of the main image, a dynamic interface and work on the principle of laquo; additional realnostiraquo.; Thus, users will be able to play even when the TV. Along with this controller has an integrated camera, a gyroscope, accelerometer, microphone, built-in speakers, two analog sticks, buttons and a crosspiece.

Representatives Nintendo said that Wii U will make video calls and will be equipped with a built-in browser. In the starting lineup of projects will include Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham City, Ghost Recon Online, Tekken, Ninja Gaiden 3, Metro: Last Night, Assassin’s Creed, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Madden NFL and Battlefield 3. The console also will be compatible with games from the standard Wii. Launch platform in early 2012. Approximate price of # 36, 250.

During the presentation

Mass Effect 3 at E3 CEO Ray Muzyka (Ray Muzyka) announced that the version of the game for the Xbox 360 will support the controller Kinect. In particular, the user will be able to voice their own answers on conversations with the characters, and to give voice commands during battles with opponents. Note that the output of Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for March 2012 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

At E3 2011 had provided new information about the project Silent Hill: Downpour. The action will unfold in the south-eastern part of the mystical city that has never been featured in previous episodes of the series. Moreover, areas open to public research and contain many hidden places with secondary missions. The developers said that the game is largely reworked combat system. From now on, the character can use only one type of weapon, which also short-lived and breaks. Specific role for water. Other features worth noting support 3D and the title song, specially written by and Korn. Release Silent Hill: Downpour will be held in IV quarter of 2011, in versions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company IO Interactive share new facts about Hitman: Absolution. Agent 47 will get new techniques, skills, and become more flexible and malleable. Enemies can now be eliminated, not only with weapons and unarmed combat, and using available tools (for example, a wire from the phone), or initiate an accident. For the casual audience regime introduced laquo; Instinktraquo;, which includes laquo; zrenieraquo X;, highlighting important sites and designation trajectory opponents. Release of the project is scheduled for 2012 in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Testing Service Call of Duty: Elite will start on July 14. The platform focuses on supporting Modern Warfare 3, but testing will be based on the multiplayer Call of Duty: Black Ops. Users will be offered limited functionality, which will allow players to evaluate the main features of the system, and developers mdash; identify critical errors. Full Elite will launch on November 8, simultaneously with the blockbuster Modern Warfare 3.

Publisher 2K Games has announced the release date for the new series of XCOM. The project will go on sale in Europe on 9 March 2012 release for the platforms PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is a shooter in which the player to identify with the secret service agent, reflecting an alien invasion on Earth.

Military shooter Tom Clancy s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will go on sale this fall for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The player will play the role of a soldier of the elite special forces. The main help soldiers become the latest technological developments. In particular, the device Cross-com to help navigate the terrain and coordinate the joint attack. Artificial intelligence ATLAS will analyze the situation in real time, to mark the change in the field and to provide information in all the circumstances.

Most significant innovations will affect the Xbox 360. The game for this platform will support the controller Microsoft Kinect, which will give voice commands to your AI-mate, and to disassemble and assemble any weapon to the battlefield.

Action Duke Nukem Forever will get three additions. The first DLC will include four new weapons, second mdash; three maps for multiplayer mode (EDF Base, LKR and Map 3). The third expansion pack will offer users about fifteen maps for single-player campaign, weapon called Impregnader, and some new mini-games mdash; arm wrestling, karaoke, and a few others. Released ons for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has not been announced.

Company Konami announced plans to release a collection of Silent Hill HD Collection for PlayStation 3. It will include the second and third part of the cult series about the mystical city. Games get themselves updated graphics with support for high-definition and some additions. Released Silent Hill HD Collection will be released in the near future.

Second collection of publishers mdash; Metal Gear Solid HD Collection mdash; released in November in the version for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The kit will include three games mdash; Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, previously published for PSP. All of them will have graphics with resolution 1080p, and PlayStation 3 owners will be able to even be used to save the game with the PSP.

Company Square Enix announced that sales of games Final Fantasy series worldwide exceeded 100 million copies. However, it was noted that the outcome of the finished Final Fantasy XIII-2. The new part of role-playing game will go on sale in Europe in early 2012, in versions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Publisher Electronic Arts has announced the release date and system requirements shooter Battlefield 3. The project will go on sale on October 25 in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. To start the game require the following system:

  • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7;
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2,0 GHz;
  • RAM: 2 GB;
  • Card compatible with DirectX 10 or 11, 512 MB of video memory;
  • Free hard drive space: 15 GB (for disk version) or 10 GB (for the digital version).

Recommended requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit;
  • Processor: Intel Quad or AMD;
  • Memory: 4 GB;
  • Card compatible with DirectX 11-class GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 6850 1 GB of memory;
  • Free hard drive space: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version.

Company Bethesda has announced the release of the anniversary edition role-playing game The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition. The collection will be released on July 12 in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The package will include:

  • drive with the game The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion,
  • two additions mdash; Knights of the Nine and the Shivering Isles,
  • film about the creation of the game,
  • map of the game world,
  • discount coupon at # 36, 10 when buying The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.
Price

Publish a # 36, 30.

BioWare unveiled a Collector’s Edition Mass Effect 3. The kit, which will be distributed in a special tin box with a picture of Captain Shepard, will include:

  • game disc,
  • 70-page album with illustrations and concept artami in tvrdom pereplte,
  • comics based on the Mass Effect by Dark Horse Comics,
  • Chevron crew members Normandy N7,
  • complete collection of exclusive additional material.

Collector’s Edition Mass Effect 3 will be available for owners of PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

UPCOMING WEEK

Microsoft announced the sci-fi shooter Halo 4. The game is designed to be the beginning of a new trilogy. Details of the storyline, as well as information about the characters and gameplay mechanics will present in November. Release of the project will take place at the end of 2012 exclusively on Xbox 360.

Ubisoft has announced

Thriller Far Cry 3. The main character will make Jason Brody, who appeared at a tropical island surrounded by a gang of thugs. His only desire mdash; hurry to get out of hell. According to the Ubisoft, the game will be a linear plot, and the character will be able to choose their allies and enemies, changing the script. Exit Far Cry 3 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for 2012.

Texas studio Gearbox Software has announced a tactical shooter Brothers in Arms Furious 4. The focus mdash; story of a group of four soldiers who deserted to the rear of the Third Reich, Hitler’s order to kill and destroy the army of experimental soldiers. Project to the atmosphere resembles Quentin Tarantino laquo; Inglourious ublyudkiraquo, and offer players a hard enough shooter, seasoned expletives and sophisticated methods of destroying the enemy. Brothers in Arms Furious 4 will be released in early 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Insomniac Games, best known for the series of Resistance and Ratchet amp; Clank, has announced a new project called Overstrike. The game is a shooter, designed for co-flow. The action takes place in the future where some shadow organization is planning a coup and seize power. The user to play the role of the agent and to prevent diversion. As the main character you can choose one of four characters, each with unique abilities. Overstrike project development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Release date has not been revealed.

Publisher THQ partnership with Adidas miCoach sports simulator provided for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The project is based on the program of training in sports such as football, basketball, tennis, running and athletics. The trainers were well-known athletes. They entered Madrid coach laquo; Realraquo, Jose Mourinho, Kaka soccer, basketball player Dwight Howard and others. Control over the correctness of exercise, stress level and physical condition will be implemented by the player controller Move and Kinect, pedometer, heart rate sensor and a special processing unit. MiCoach output planned for 2012.

Publisher THQ announced arcade shooter Warhammer 40.000: Kill Team. The project will be available through digital distribution service Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in July. As the main character, users are one of four fighter classes mdash; Sternguard Veteran, Techmarine, Vanguard Veteran and Librarian. The main objective of mdash; orc army to stop the attack on humans. The game focuses on the co-flow and as a bonus after the first mission opens Power Sword for multiplayer Warhammer 40.000: Space Marine.

OUR NEWS

Company Wargaming.net, known by the online project World of Tanks, announced the development of multi-aircraft action World of Warplanes. The game is dedicated air battles of the 30′s and 50′s of last century. The project focuses on PC-audience and will be distributed by the model free-to-play.

Russian division Sony announced the launch of the service PlayStation Plus. Price for Russian users will be 585 rubles for 90 days. You can subscribe via PlayStation Store. PlayStation Plus service provides users with discounts when buying a variety of content in a digital store, an extensive list of free downloadable materials, earlier access to game demos, invitations to participate in the tests, as well as access to the full versions of games for the PlayStation 3 and PSP. Another significant advantage is the ability to place save games on a remote server, which allows access to them at any time and from any console PlayStation 3.

Company Electronic Arts announced the launch platform Origin. Steam service is similar and offers users to purchase and download products publishing the official site. To date, the Origin is available more than 150 games, and in the near future will be on sale exclusive special edition of heavyweights such as Battlefield 3, FIFA 12 and Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as products EA Partners, including Alice: Madness Returns, and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Origin also allows players to form a community and razgovarirvat with friends. The service is available for PC, and mobile devices.