The gaming industry in a week. 9-15 January 2012

INDUSTRY WEEK

Continued success in the UK enjoy FIFA 12. Football game tops the list of best selling video games the third week in a row. Second place was awarded Action Battlefield 3, and the third mdash; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. FIFA 12
  2. Battlefield 3
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. Just Dance 3
  5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  6. Zumba Fitness
  7. Need For Speed: The Run
  8. Saints Row: The Third
  9. RAGE
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, sales chart for PC games again headed the Collector’s Edition pre-order Mass Effect 3. The second most popular role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the third mdash; expanded edition of Battlefield 3.

Owners of consoles, the most popular collector’s edition Medal of Honor: Tier 1 for the PlayStation 3. Despite the fact that the original action was released in late 2010, it re-aroused great interest. Second place went to a collection of sports games Kinect Sport, and the third mdash; controller PlayStation Move. A complete list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  3. Battlefield 3: Expanded Edition + Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand
  4. Nancy Drew. Burnt alibi
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Gift Edition)
  7. Battlefield 3
  8. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Collector’s Edition)
  9. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  10. Serious Sam 3

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. Medal of Honor: Tier 1 Collector’s Edition (PlayStation 3)
  2. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  3. PlayStation Move Stand Alone
  4. Gears of War 2. Classics (Xbox 360)
  5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PlayStation 3)
  7. Forza Motorsport 4 (Xbox 360)
  8. Mortal Kombat (PlayStation 3)
  9. Dance Central (Xbox 360)
  10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PlayStation 3)

Star Wars: The Old Republic came in a special edition of the Guinness World Records, dedicated to the outstanding achievements of the industry of computer and video games. The authors of the project are noted for the most extensive work carried out in writing and articulation of storylines. The creators of Star Wars: The Old Republic invited hundreds of actors who have read more than 200,000 replicas. By the way, in this category of projects is an absolute record: Beat could not figure any of the currently existing films.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was the favorite game of the Japanese developers in 2011. The study site 4gamer.net was attended by 80 representatives of the industry’s leading electronic entertainment. On his sympathies told: Naoki Yoshida (Naoki Yoshida), producer Final Fantasy XIV; Akihiro Hino (Akihiro Hino), the head of the studio Level-5, Fumito Ueda (Fumito Ueda), a leading designer of Shadow of the Colossus, and many others. The second in popularity was Dark Souls, and the third took Catherine.

Studio Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider looking for. Soon will start the original advertising campaign in support of the new Tomb Raider. The task of the participants is reduced to finding the treasure hidden in the company in the real world. Urban Quest studio will engage with the site Geocaching.com. During the year, Crystal Dynamics plans to organize more such adventures. Exit Tomb Raider on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for the III quarter of 2012.

At CES 2012, Sony representatives said that at the time of sale PlayStation Vita in Japan reached the level of 500 000 copies. This result was achieved in less than a month. Launch of the new handheld console in Europe held on February 22.

Controller Kinect for PC to go on sale February 1. The device will be compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The gadget is designed for games, as well as management in the areas of education and health. The recommended price of # 36, 249.99. Initially, it can be purchased only in twelve countries, including the USA, UK, Germany, Australia and Japan. In Russia is not among them.

Company Blizzard has denied that Diablo 3 will go on sale February 1. Previously, the date appears in the description of the game, available for pre-order in shops Best Buy, and then mdash; in other Western online stores. Manager of Public Relations Mike Whipple (Micah Whipple) announced that the company has not announced the exact release date of the project and it will be known only after the release of the official press release. Recall that the release of Diablo 3 for PC is scheduled for the first half of 2012.

Along with this, the company has officially confirmed that Diablo 3 is developing for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Chief designer of the console version of the game is to Mosquera Josh (Josh Mosqueira). Release date to be announced.

In Max Payne 3 will be fully recreated the realities of life in Brazil. In particular, developers reliably reproduce the city of Sao Paulo, including the sights, especially the area, as well as cultural and social life of people. In addition, many developers were talking to the police, and interviewed leaders of criminal groups to correctly display the laws and rules that are guided. Fortunately, none of the developers as a result of conversations was not injured. At least, statements to this effect have been reported. Output Max Payne 3 is scheduled for March 2012 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Learned the details of the joint mode Syndicate. There are seven missions from the single player campaign. The players have to fight with the four powerful syndicates, each headed by a very strong agent. He has unique abilities, skills, unarmed combat and powerful weaponry. Syndicate will release on February 24 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Creators MechWarrior Online reported on the implementation of the concept of information in the game of war. Advantage in combat will ensure that the collection and analysis of data coming into the computer BattleGrid. An additional element of the dashboard is a combination of cards and fighting command center. Determine the balance of power on the ground enemies by using various modes of radar fur: thermal vision, night vision, a magnetometer, and so on. Information available to one player, and can be transferred to other team members. MechWarrior Online release is scheduled for the summer of 2012 for the PC.

Studio Undead Labs revealed details about the multiplayer project Class3, the prepared exclusively for the Xbox 360. The game is set in a small American town beset by an epidemic of unknown virus that turns people into zombies. Players are among the few survivors, who will get used to the new realities of life: provide food, look for ammunition, to form a group to oppose the dead. The creators promise to introduce different types of monsters, among which is the class of characters, similar tank from Left 4 Dead. Release date of the project has not been announced.

Studio Nippon Ichi has shared new information about the game The Witch and the Hundred Soldiers. Main character mdash; wading witch Metallica, which is the ability to summon phantom soldiers. In her legion over hundreds of brave spirits. The role of one of them will be made by users. With the help of the sorceress, players can change the way your character, choosing the most suitable on the skills of the current battle or solving puzzles. In addition to the action scenes in The Witch and the Hundred Soldiers will attend a mini-entertainment mdash; fishing, board games and so on. Project is scheduled for release on June 28 for the PlayStation 3.

Valve Company recorded an attendance record in Steam. January 2 number of concurrent users were in service of more than 5 million. This high popularity is due to the Christmas sales (discounts on some of the games are up to 75%) and demand for The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Total monthly audience of Steam is now 35 million people.

Game Bastion, released by independent developer Supergiant Games, has sold 500,000 copies. The project was released in August of 2011 for PC and Xbox 360, it is now sold through digital distribution service. The game has gained recognition not only for ordinary users, but also in the press, at the ceremony to award her Spike VGA 2011 victory in the nomination laquo; Best downloadable project godaraquo.; According to the developers, the commercial success Bastion allowed them to start working on a new game, without the help of investors.

Publisher Activision plans to release 20 downloadable additions to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. All DLC will be released in the period from January to September 2012, with the first five collections will be available in the next three months. Output of the first supplement containing maps Liberation and Piazza for the multiplayer mode, will be held January 24 at PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

To Mass Effect 3 will provide patches for the multiplayer mode, and for the single player campaign. The latter are secondary missions aimed mdash; most fully reveal the history of the game. Exit Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for March 6 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Publisher Warner Bros. moved the release date multiplayer shooter Gotham City Impostors. The game does not go on sale January 11, as originally planned, and in February, as the developers needed more time for testing and fixing bugs. Buy Gotham City Impostors will be a digital distribution service for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Aviation simulator Microsoft Flight will be available in spring 2012. The project is created exclusively for the PC. The exact release date will be announced later.

Sony has officially confirmed the release of a special edition of Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition for PlayStation 3. The collection will include a copy of the game with all bonus scale updating 2.0. and code that provides access to a number of downloadable add-ons. Includes: Racing Car Pack, Car Pack 2, Course Pack, Racing Gear Pack, and Paint Pack. Online Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition will be January 17, 2012. Price increases to # 36; 39,99.

Company THQ will release an expanded reissue of militants Homefront. The collection was subtitled Ultimate Edition. This information appears in the schedule of future releases. The output of the project will take place before the end of March this year for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is expected that, along with a copy of the game will be included in the scope of downloadable add-on The Rock and Fire Sale.

Microsoft has introduced a list of games that will be included in the line of House Party this year. Start campaign is scheduled for early February. Each week in the Xbox Live network will appear a new project. February 15, users can get Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. February 22 will debut I am Alive. On February 29, planned output shooter Nexiuz, and March 7 in sale action Warp.

Yield tactical fighter Ghost Recon: Future Soldier delayed. The game will go on sale May 25 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In April, console owners will also be able to participate in the beta multiplayer project. The exact release date of the PC-version has not been announced.

Became known official system requirements for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. To run the game on minimum settings required:

  • Operating system: Windows XP (SP 3) or Windows 7 (SP 1)
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2,2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 +
  • Memory: 1 GB for Windows XP and 2 GB for Windows 7
  • Video Card: GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB or Radeon HD3650 512 MB with support for Shader Model 3.0 and DirectX 9

Recommended PC configuration:

  • Operating system: Windows XP (SP 3) or Windows 7 (SP 1)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 2,4 GHz or AMD Phenom X4 2,6 GHz
  • Memory: 3 GB for Windows XP and 4 GB for Windows 7
  • Video Card: GeForce GTX260 1GB or Radeon HD 4850 1 GB of RAM with support for Shader 3.0

Release Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on February 7 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Publisher SEGA presented collector’s edition of sci-fi thriller Aliens: Colonial Marines. Packed in an exclusive box and includes:

  • game disc;
  • statue of a soldier in a suit truck, attacked by alien, height 20 cm;
  • exclusive weapon mdash; rifles M577 A2 and M41A, and flamethrower M240;
  • additional game mode USMC Academy Firing Range;
  • dossier USCM, including a lost plot episodes, drawings ship Sephora, mission briefing, certificate of completion of the military academy, satellite imagery and patch USCM;
  • comics on 22 pages.

Aliens: Colonial Marines will be released in 2012 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Warner Bros. reported the content and date of Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition. The publication includes:

  • game disc;
  • four additional characters: Kenshi, Freddy Kruger, Rain and Skarlett;
  • 15 bonus retronaryadov and three classic fatalities for the characters Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Reptile;
  • code to download a music album Mortal Kombat: Songs Inspired By the Warriors and the first film based on the game, released in 1995.

Release edition for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 2 March 2012. Recommended price mdash; 59,99 # 36;.

Sony has introduced several new DLC content for Gran Turismo 5, the output of which will be held on January 18 on the PlayStation 3. The first collection is called Car Pack 3 and contains six cars:

  • Volkswagen [Beetle] 1200 1966
  • Jaguar XJR-9 LM Racecar 1988
  • Aston Martin V12 Vantage in 2010
  • Mini Cooper S Countryman (R60) 2011
  • Nissan Leaf G 2011
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP700-April 2011

Price increases to euro; 5,99.

Next downloadable addition Speed ??Test Pack includes a bonus track and a special option to compare the characteristics of vehicles and the provision of game statistics. Buy Speed ??Test Pack is possible for euro; 4,99.

Finally, a large-scale update 2.03, the main purpose of which is to eliminate the current system errors and adding new themed wallpaper for MyHome.

Publisher Konami announced to postpone the release date of Silent Hill HD Collection. The edition contains the second and third parts of the series. It is expected to go on sale on January 8 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Now planned that the compilation will be released on March 6.

UPCOMING WEEK

Company Warner Bros. announced adventure game LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. The story about trying Lex Luther with Joker to take power in Gotham City. Confront criminals called Batman and Robin. By command of the main characters of classic comic book characters will join DC Universe: Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. At the disposal of the Dark Knight, along with a variety of devices, vehicles will mdash; Batmobile and betsamolet. The game is scheduled for the summer of 2012 for the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS, 3DS and the PlayStation Vita.

Publisher 2K Games has announced a remake of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The development project is being studio Firaxis Games, known for his work on games that go by the name of Sid Meier (Sid Meier). XCOM: Enemy Unknown will retain the classic features of the strategy: the users have to learn technology alien invaders, build military bases, train soldiers for military special operations, and establish diplomatic and political ties. Subject campaign will be created from scratch. The game will be released in autumn 2012 on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Studio 2 Dawn Games plans to release Ravaged multiplayer shooter for the PC. According to the creators, the work on the project has been going on for two years, and now the game is in beta testing. Ravaged events unfolding in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by natural disasters. The players have to take the side of one of the warring factions mdash; Resistance or Scavengers. The emphasis is on co-op mode. The project will be released in 2012 and will be distributed through the digital distribution service Steam.

SEGA announced HD-reissue of the third and fourth parts of the House of the Dead for the PlayStation 3. Games include updated graphics, support for PlayStation Move controller and the system of trophies. Buy House of the Dead 3 in digital distribution service PlayStation Network will be since February 7, and House of the Dead 4 mdash; later this spring.

OUR NEWS

This year the series Diablo turns 15. To celebrate the anniversary, Blizzard fans have prepared a lot of surprises. The first was a special section on the official site. Going at it, users will be able to learn the history of the world Diablo, as well as watch three videos with Russian subtitles mdash; interview with Jay Wilson (Jay Wilson), an interview with Chris Metzen (Chris Metzen) and video with detailed retrospective series.

Company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, announced the start of pre-orders for Max Payne 3. Until February 24, users can request to purchase the standard edition for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. As an incentive, all buyers will receive an additional card Cemetery for the multiplayer mode. The exact release date will be announced in the near future.