The gaming industry in a week. 8-14 August 2011

INDUSTRY WEEK

Leader in video game sales charts in the UK again became a sports simulator Zumba Fitness. On a par with this, according to the rating agency GfK Chart Track, a project considered the best selling game for the end of July. This is not surprising, as Zumba Fitness keeps the championship for the eighth straight week. Overall, since the release of the game to rank high on the charts eleven times.

Second place went racing simulator DiRT 3, and the third mdash; Cars 2. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Zumba Fitness
  2. DiRT 3
  3. Cars 2
  4. Just Dance 2: Extra Songs
  5. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
  6. FIFA 11
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part Two
  8. LEGO: Harry Potter mdash; Years 1-4
  9. L.A. Noire
  10. Call of Juarez: The Cartel

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, my PC-game sales led the project in the style of cyberpunk Deus Ex: Human Revolution. In anticipation of the users actively place orders on the expanded edition of the game. In second place located thriller Battlefield 3, and on the third mdash; new addition to The Sims 3.

Console owners preferred football simulator FIFA 12. Playing in versions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has taken two positions chart mdash; first and third place. Silver went to fi shooter Gears of War 3. A complete list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Expanded Edition)
  2. Battlefield 3 (Expanded Edition)
  3. The Sims 3: Catalog mdash; City Life
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (DVD-BOX)
  6. Might & Magic: Heroes 6 (Collector’s Edition)
  7. The Sims 3: Supplement mdash; Pets (Limited Edition)
  8. Dead Island (Collector’s Edition)
  9. FIFA 12 (Expanded Edition)
  10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Game consoles:

  1. FIFA 12 (PlayStation 3)
  2. Gears of War 3 Epic Edition (Xbox 360)
  3. FIFA 12 (Xbox 360)
  4. Battlefield 3 Limited Edition (PlayStation 3)
  5. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  6. Need for Speed ??The Run Limited Edition (PlayStation 3)
  7. Gears of War 3 Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
  8. Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360)
  9. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Platinum (PlayStation 3)
  10. Playstation Move: Starter Pack

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo will hold a musical tour with a symphony orchestra. Performances will be held in Los Angeles and London on 21 and 25 October, respectively. The concert program will include the best songs from the popular game series. Their selection was personally involved in the composer Koji Kondo (Koji Kondo). Tickets for upcoming event can be purchased now at the official site.

Actor Nolan North (Nolan North) will announce criminal and intellectual Penguin in Batman: Arkham City. Information about this studio has officially confirmed Rocksteady Games. Note that Nolan North is one of the most sought-after actors voicing the game industry. On account of his work on projects such as Uncharted, Prince of Persia, Mafia 2, and Portal 2.

Era of gaming consoles will soon be over. According to representatives of Qualcomm, will be replaced by mobile devices and tablets. Experts believe that in the near future, the gap in the production capacity and quality of graphic consoles and mobile systems will be reduced to zero and starts to increase in the latter. At the moment, Qualcomm is working on a new series of processors Snapdragon, are smaller than a coin of 10 cents. This chip makes it possible to run on the device or tablet PC games with the latest graphics level. In this case, the device can connect to a TV via HDMI-out and play on the big screen already.

Company Euclideon going to turn the idea of ??the graphics in the game. Now experts are developing a technology that allows you to create three-dimensional graphics, detailed laquo; 100 thousand times luchsheraquo, compared with the systems of the present generation. The fundamental difference is that the images are used to construct the figures are not flat, but something more like atoms. This solution allows for greater detail, the so-called laquo; tochekraquo cloud, contains up to 15 million atoms per square meter of the virtual game space.

Traditional technologies

Drawing 3D-image based on the ranges, or polygons that make up the three-dimensional shapes. The smaller the size of each polygon and the greater the number, the more detailed. Rejecting technology sites and replacing them with atoms, the company managed to achieve, according to its representatives, laquo; unlimited detalizatsiiraquo;.

Publisher THQ has closed two studios and cut staff by 200 people. Employees were fired by internal divisions in the U.S. and Australia. In particular, it has been completely disbanded team racing simulator MX vs. ATV. The decision to restructure due to a loss THQ mdash; in the first quarter, the company lost 38.4 million dollars. For the same reason last week was closed series Red Faction.

And here at

Publisher Take-Two things are perfect. Sales western Red Dead Redemption has exceeded 11 million copies. Representatives of the company said that this figure is not the limit and the proceeds of the game will increase with the release in September of the new additions Myths amp; Maverick Bonus Pack. Note that the release of Red Dead Redemption in May 2010 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Minecraft has the potential to become the most popular game from independent developers. So far, a paid subscription to the project acquired three million, and the total number of registered users is 11.5 million. In this milestone of two million paying subscribers was taken in late April. The total number of players at the time was 7 million. The immense popularity of Minecraft due to its unusual and fascinating. The exhibition GDC this year, the game was awarded the prize in laquo; Best debyutraquo;, laquo; Award innovatsiiraquo, and laquo; Best downloadable igraraquo;.

Last week, Blizzard has shared interesting details regarding Diablo 3. The developers have stated that in the new part of the series, players will have the opportunity to participate in the auction, put up for sale found in the passing game rare items, weapons, and other bonuses. In this case, buying virtual laquo; raritetovraquo, will be carried out for real money. Such a system auction trade Blizzard plans to introduce in both its draft mdash; StarCraft 2. However, here as lots will be featured user-created levels. With each transaction, the company will charge a fee, the amount of which is not yet known.

Along with Blizzard auction system and the company decided to introduce Valve. Steam Trading allows users to digital distribution service trade virtual items acquired for various projects and gift games that they paid for, but not yet paid to your library. First game to support the trading system will be Team Fortress 2. The exact date of the start of the beta test the auction is not declared.

Company Gearbox Software has shared the first details about the game Borderland 2. In the continuation of the series will be available for joint mode for four people, with the key characters of the first part will be featured only as NPC. AI controlled allies and opponents will be more intelligent, able to join groups and adjust tactics of combat, depending on the player’s actions.

Action movie as a new element Eridium, a kind of game currency equivalent. Eridium and has additional properties: it can be combined with a weapon or means of transport, thus improving their performance. Borderland 2 output planned for 2012 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Studio Rocksteady told about the features of the passing game Batman: Arkham City for Catwoman. The heroine will be allotted a number of key chapters and many side quests. Past mainly focused on the search and capture of fugitives. To assist in carrying out missions heroine could use x-ray vision to detect enemies, unique gadgets and links with the underworld. Recall that Batman: Arkham City will be available on October 21 in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Fiction thriller Binary Domain uses an innovative control system that will communicate with the characters in the game through the headset. The nature of the communication will depend on the development of the plot, as well as a degree of loyalty and trust of fellow teammates. Evaluating the actions of the player, they will decide it is worth it to support their commander in difficult times or better to ignore his request and throw in one battle. According to the producer Toshihiro Nagoshi project (Toshihiro Nagoshi), ability to command and maintain a dialogue designed to bring a new level of the game online. Binary Domain release in February 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

French studio Arkane told about the plot Dishonored. The game takes place in a dystopian metropolis Danvoll (Dunwall), where organically intertwined architecture in London early XX century and style elements of steampunk. The protagonist mdash; man named Corvo. Formerly loyal bodyguard of the Empress, now it mdash; fugitive criminal accused of murder of royalty. His goal mdash; find the true killer. Dishonored game mechanics based on the detective component mdash; searching for clues, hidden passage and use various means to distract opponents. The project is scheduled for release in 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Steel New details on Information laquo; The Sims Medieval: Pirates and znatraquo.; The game announced 16 new story missions, extended wardrobe, as well as pets, who will assist in solving puzzles. The main task of the player will be to find hidden treasures and artifacts hidden on a mysterious island. To do so would be to gather information from local residents. But do not necessarily help them. It can be done with the use of interrogation laquo; pytokraquo guns, like tickling feathers or chinchilla, sinister looking out of the box. Additions to the PC release will take place on August 30.

Source Doom 3 will lay out in free access in October. John Carmack (John Carmack) believes that this step is justified and will help new developers to improve their knowledge and skills. He also encouraged other companies to support the initiative and id Software to publish the source code of the old games.

New project the Japanese studio Atlus mdash; thriller Catherine mdash; its first week of sales in the U.S. and Europe, has sold 200,000 copies. According to the authors, the level of sales for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has surpassed all expectations. Furthermore, Catherine also boasts the title of laquo; relizraquo most successful, in the history of the last 20 years.

Four years after the official announcement of Rage game will finally hit the stores. The long-awaited project id Software for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for October 7. Fiction thriller, based at the new id Tech 5 engine, promises to recreate the atmosphere of a post-apocalyptic world and provide the player full control over vast areas.

Twisted Metal Release postponed to 2012. Originally planned to release the game on October 4 PlayStation 3. However, the developers do not have time to meet the deadlines and they need more time to calibrate all aspects of the project, as well as testing. In this studio Eat, Sleep, Play promises to provide a demo version of Twisted Metal at GamesCom and PAX Prime.

Studio Kalypso Media has released a demo version of Tropico 4 strategy. The game includes four tasks the learning mode and a full-mission campaign. In it the player playing the newly elected president, who needs to revive the economy is in decline of the island. Release the full version of the project will be held on August 30 on PC and Xbox 360.

Company Bethesda revealed a complete set of limited edition The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. To the delight of fans, the kit will include a statue of a dragon, height 30 cm, 200-page album with pictures, a map of the game world, DVD with a selection of videos to create the project and directly drive to the game. The publication will be available on November 11 in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at a price of # 36; 149,99.

UPCOMING WEEK

Reef Entertainment has officially announced the game based on the movie of the Vietnam Veterans of John Rambo. According to the statement of commercial director Craig Lewis (Craig Lewis), this is only the first project in a planned series of the popular movie character. The exact name of the game has not been announced, as well as it is not known whether or not to participate in the work of actor Sylvester Stallone. The output of the project is planned for 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Activision has announced a new addition to the fighter Call of Duty: Blac Ops called Rezurrection. Collection should please fans of zombies and includes four previously appeared card mdash; Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt, Shi No Numa and Der Riese, and the new location Moon. According to the developers, not fully updated levels allow players to relax and use the usual strategies and tricks. In addition, the Rezurrection will present three new songs and title theme Moon. The first estimate additive Xbox 360 owners will be able mdash; they access Rezurrection on Tuesday, August 23 and will be able to purchase add-on costs $ 15. Owners PC and PlayStation 3 will see the new product in September.

OUR NEWS

Laquo; SoftKlabraquo 1C, the publisher will make F1 2011 racing simulator. The game will go on sale in September for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The new part of the series created by agreement with the Formula One World Championship: it contains all the drivers and teams participating in the world championship laquo; Formula-1raquo; in 2011, as well as tracks, which run races. Players will be able to enter into rivalry with Vitaly Petrov, Sebastian Vettel, Liyusom Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. Among the teams mdash; Lotus Renault GP, Ferrari, Red Rull Racing and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Furthermore, in addition to all traces of previous season, F1 2011 offers two new mdash; Buddha International Circuit (Buddh International Circuit), which held this year’s debut Grand Prix of India and the legendary German Nurburgring race track for the first time recreated in high definition.

Also, the company will

Distributor adventure action Bleach: Soul Resurrection. The game is created based on the popular Japanese anime series, and tells the story of the battle between the conductor of souls (Soul Reapers) and laquo; pustymiraquo, or arrankarami (Arrancars), threatening the human world. The project features more than twenty characters with unique abilities, weapons and fighting style. Selecting one of them, players will join the battle against the demons. Bleach: Soul Resurrection will be released on September 16 exclusively on PlayStation 3.

Laquo; Akellaraquo, will release in Russia and the CIS strategy Jagged Alliance: Back in Action for PC. The game is an updated version of the second part of the series, which was published back in 1999. Authors retain full story, mercenaries, and the game mechanics, but will transfer the project to create a three-dimensional engine and high quality visual performance. Release Jagged Alliance: Back in Action is scheduled for October 16.