The gaming industry in a week. 9-15 May 2011

INDUSTRY WEEK

Company Chart-Track has provided sales data for games in the UK for the period from 2 to 8 May. Sports simulator Zumba Fitness is still in high demand among fans of a healthy lifestyle, which allowed the game to go up from second to first place in the charts, displacing the leader the previous two weeks, a puzzle Portal 2. Third place went to Fighting Mortal Kombat. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Zumba Fitness
  2. Portal 2
  3. Mortal Kombat
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  5. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  6. FIFA 11
  7. Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  8. Wii Fit Plus
  9. Pokemon White Version
  10. Just Dance 2

In Russia the list of the most sold games for the PC again led the game Portal 2. In second and third place, settled down and expanded edition collection of role-based project laquo; Witcher 2: Assassins koroleyraquo.; Fans also consoles again preferred Fighting Mortal Kombat. Different versions of the game immediately took the first three places chart. According to statistics from the online store OZON.ru full list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Portal 2 (with an icon)
  2. Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Premium Edition)
  3. Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Collector’s Edition)
  4. Battlefield 3 (Expanded Edition)
  5. Fable III
  6. Payment card

  7. BioWare Points Pack. For Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins (1600 points)
  8. The Sims 3: Barnacle Bay
  9. Brink (DVD-BOX)
  10. Crysis 2
  11. Darkspore

Game consoles:

  1. Mortal Kombat (PlayStation 3)
  2. Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360)
  3. Mortal Kombat Kollector’s Edition (PlayStation 3)
  4. PlayStation Move Navigation Controller
  5. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection: FFIV amp; FFIV the After Years (PSP)
  6. L.A. Noire (PlayStation 3)
  7. FIFA 11 (Xbox 360)
  8. Mortal Kombat Kollector’s Edition (Xbox 360)
  9. Patapon 3 (PSP)
  10. Battlefield 3 Limited Edition (PlayStation 3)

The first information about the new film based on the Tomb Raider. Working on a screenplay by Mark Fergus (Mark Fergus) and Hawk Ostbi (Hawk Ostby), known for such films as laquo; chelovekraquo Iron, and laquo; Child chelovecheskoeraquo.; Details of the storyline are kept secret, but the creative duo promises to create an interesting story with the characters spelled out in detail, which will be Lara Croft on a par with such characters as Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley. Owns the rights to the film company GK Films. Premiere in 2013.

Namco Bandai announced a set CG-length animation film based on the fighting game Tekken. The picture is subtitled Blood Vengeance and about the events that took place between the fifth and sixth parts of the series. As a screenwriter Dai Sato stands (Dai Sato), known for his work on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Cowboy Bebop, and took the director’s chair Yoichi Moir (Youichi Mouri). The premiere is scheduled to tape this summer.

American National Endowment for the Arts (National Endowment for the Arts) has officially recognized a type of video game art along with music, art and film. This means that now the developers are entitled to government grants in the amount of 10 to 200 thousand dollars. This step will be a great support for innovative projects from independent studios.

Company gaming industry continues to provide assistance to the victims in Japan. In the charity PLAY FOR JAPAN for sale e-bay auction exhibited rare items from the makers of video games, as all proceeds from the sale of the money goes to fund the Red Cross to help victims of the disaster. This week, the company has provided custom lot Grasshopper Manufacture. Developers put up for sale replica katana Blood Berry, who fought protagonist of the game No More Heroes. Accessory set at 1:1 and has previously been used to create the animation of the character. The starting price was katana # 36, 250, but after only three days, fans were willing to pay for it # 36, 5000.

Representatives of the Japanese subsidiary

Sony reported that the efficiency of the service will be restored PlayStation Network on May 31. However, this date is not final, as the strengthening of protection requires more time and labor costs. Experts of the company found in sisteme several flaws that could be exploited by hackers, and is now working to resolve breshey.

With this Sony announced share Welcome Back. The program, after the restoration of PlayStation Network, all PlayStation 3 owners will be free to download two games of the five proposals to choose from. PSP owners will be able to get two games, but of the four available. Download a list of proposed projects have not been announced.

Japanese company Capcom has huge losses due to technical service PlayStation Network downtime due to a hacker attack. laquo; For reasons beyond our control, we had not received hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in revenue. This has a negative impact on the company’s budget, threatening the development of many projects. Furthermore, due to a hacker attack affected users who have purchased our previous projects. In particular, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 is now impossible to play, as the system requires a mandatory DRM connection PSNraquo;, mdash; commented Vice President of Capcom, Christian Svensson (Christian Svensson).

Science fiction project Deus Ex: Human Revolution will support stereoscopic 3D and DirectX 11. The game also involves technology features ATI Eyefinity. Providing support to five displays, it will stretch the image and allow users to a new reality panorama. This will make the gameplay more realistic and exciting. Release Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be held on August 26 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

PC-version of the blockbuster RAGE has a built in map editor and modifications. , Said creative director Tim Willits id Software (Tim Willits). The toolbox is carried out directly from the game, which in the main menu, simply call a special console and type the phrase laquo; id studioraquo;. A company representative said that the editor is complex to study because it is an exact copy of a set of tools by which to create projects. But those who fully understand with its settings and features, have access to a full range of capabilities of the graphics engine id Tech 5. Recall out RAGE is scheduled for September 16 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Staff Blizzard said it plans to begin open beta testing Diablo 3 this summer. In turn, the question about the release date of the project is still open. The developers note that working hard to release the role-playing game this year, but the priority for them is the quality, not the time. Recall that the development of Diablo 3 is more than three years.

Valve Company announced the release of the Map Editor Portal 2 Authoring Tools. Tools are available in the Tools section of Steam service and may be used only to holders of computer game. Now everyone can create their own location for both single and multiplayer modes, and add a unique three-dimensional models, skins and music.

Rockstar Games plans to release a double-disc edition of the soundtrack to LA detective Noire. The first disc contains the original songs written by Andrew Hale (Andrew Hale) and Woody Jackson (Woody Jackson), and the second mdash; remixed by popular American DJs. Exit the soundtrack will be held simultaneously with the release of the game on May 17.

Publisher 2K Games has announced the official release date for The Darkness 2 militants. A new chapter in the life of an assassin Jackie Estacado, endowed with supernatural powers, will go on sale October 27 at the same time for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Lionhead studio has denied the release of the demo for Fable 3 PC. According to the company, it was never part of their plans. However, everyone will soon be able to evaluate the full version of the game, because the release of Fable 3 for PC will be held May 19.

Publisher Namco Bandai has announced the official release date for the racing simulator Ridge Racer Unbounded. The game will be released in Europe, February 10, 2012 simultaneously in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Recall that the project reveals the popular theme of street racing and offers users to take part in the competition for survival.

Company Codemasters has decided to encourage the people who pre-order at the DiRT 3 racing simulator. As a nice surprise, the players will get the addition Superteams Pack. Add-oriented participation in such events, as Nixon Gold Series, Monster Energy All Star Showdown, Rockstar Transworld Clash and Oakley Pro Invitational, he also gives access to four exclusive teams and 14 cars. In Superteams Pack includes the following vehicles:

Texaco Racing Team:

  • Ford Fiesta Open Class
  • Opel Manta 400
  • Monster Sport SX4 Hillclimb Special
  • Stadium Truck

Brembo Racing Team:

  • Fiat 131 Abarth
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Abarth Grande Punto S2000
  • Stadium Buggy

Team Yokohama:

  • Lancia Delta HF Integrale
  • Renault Alpine A110 1600S
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X JUN

Mobil 1 Performance Team:

  • Audi Sport Quattro Rallye
  • Ford RS200 RallyX
  • VW Race Touareg 2

Output DiRT 3 is scheduled for May 24 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

UPCOMING WEEK

Publisher Square Enix with IO Interactive have announced Hitman: Absolution. A brief description of the project says that the cold-blooded killer Agent 47 will perform one of the most dangerous jobs in my life. Betrayed all of whom he trusted. Trying to escape from persecution by the police, he finds himself at the center of the plot. In search of the truth he has to face the world of corruption, violence and lies. The details of the storyline and features gameplay mechanics will tell the authors at E3 2011.

Ubisoft has officially announced Assassin s Creed: Revelations. The project will be the final part of a trilogy about the life story of Ezio Auditore. The game will unfold in Constantinople, where the hero will uncover a conspiracy Templars. Game mechanics will remain basically unchanged. Is that the gift Eagle Vision now has changed to Eagle Sense. Thanks to this ability, the player will be able to track the movement of a character and then draw up a rough itinerary of further implication. This allows you to be proactive, setting up traps on the road and staging ambushes. Of the major innovations in the combat system, it is worth noting the possibility to produce some 300 types of explosive devices, the updated system combo attacks and special weapons as a harpoon. Exit Assassin s Creed: Revelations is scheduled for November of this year in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Representatives Namco Bandai Games reported that SoulCalibur 5 is in development. Fighting game created for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, he will see the light in 2012. The game will unfold 17 years after the end of the fourth. The main character will make a young man named Patroclus. Today it is all that is known about the project, but the authors promise to share more information in the near future.

Crytek has announced the release of the first addition to the sci-fi thriller Crysis 2. Addon called Retaliation, and includes four maps for multiplayer mode mdash; Park Avenue, Transit, Shipyard, and Compound. Release additions to the digital distribution service will be held on May 17 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

OUR NEWS

Company Nival has announced the North American market and the opening of the publishing office in Los Angeles. laquo; We look forward to continued growth in the online market and we plan to occupy a unique niche, combining social and strategic elements in the new genre of computer igrraquo;, mdash; notes leader Sergey Orlovsky. The objectives of the new office will be responsible for coordination, publication and promotion of game projects, and the development of business relations. The first few projects for the U.S. market will be launched later this year. Nival also plans to develop socially oriented games for PC, Mac, and mobile operating systems Android and iOS. Game companies will be distributed free of charge, the basic income will receive from the sale of various game elements through a system of internal micro-transactions.

Company laquo; Akellaraquo, signed the cooperation agreement with Koch Media to contain and release in Russia leading German publishing projects. The first games to be released in the domestic market in the framework of this agreement, will be Dead Island and Risen 2: Dark Waters.

Laquo; New Diskraquo, the publisher will make Hitman: Absolution in Russia and the CIS countries. The company will release the project for PC, and for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Exit thriller about a hired killer ruthless in early 2012.