The gaming industry in a week. August 27 September 2, 2012

INDUSTRY WEEK

In the UK the second consecutive week bestseller list headed crime thriller Sleeping Dogs. In second place was marked by a successful debut action game Darksiders II. Game sales for the first week to 80% exceeded the same period of the original project. The third line chart took platformer New Super Mario Bros. 2. The full list is as follows:

  1. Sleeping Dogs
  2. Darksiders II
  3. New Super Mario Bros. 2
  4. London 2012: The Official Video Game
  5. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
  6. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  7. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  8. Mario amp; Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games
  9. Batman: Arkham City
  10. Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, top 10 selling PC games second consecutive week led by the Collector’s Edition pre-order Assassin’s Creed 3. In second place was placed role-playing game Diablo III, and the third mdash; football game FIFA 13.

Console owners the third consecutive week preferred reservation FIFA 13. Sales not yet released project is much higher than that of releases. Football game is at once the first two places in versions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. On the third line located fantastic action Halo 4. Full version best seller list is shown below.

PC Games:

  1. Assassinprime; s Creed 3. Freedom Edition
  2. Diablo III
  3. FIFA 13 (DVD-BOX)
  4. Darksiders II (DVD-BOX)
  5. The Sims 3: Supernatural (Limited Edition)
  6. Assassinprime; s Creed 3. Join Or Die Edition
  7. Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  8. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Limited Edition) (DVD-BOX)
  9. The Sims 3: Catalog mdash; Diesel
  10. Crysis 3. Hunter Edition

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. FIFA 13 (PlayStation 3)
  2. FIFA 13 (Xbox 360)
  3. Halo 4. Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
  4. Resident Evil 6. Special Edition (PlayStation 3)
  5. Assassin’s Creed 3. Freedom Edition (PlayStation 3)
  6. Fable II. Classics (Xbox 360)
  7. Darksiders II (PlayStation 3)
  8. God of War III. Platinum (PlayStation 3)
  9. Kinect Star Wars (Xbox 360)
  10. Gears of War. Classics (Xbox 360)

Australian players organize fundraiser to help people affected by the drought in the Sahel region of Africa. Charity event called Lame Game Marathon 2 will take place on September 22. During the event, three guys mdash; James, Dan and Mark mdash; during the day to play at fifteen worst draft in the history of the gaming industry. Broadcast Marathon will be broadcast live on the web. Viewers will be able not only to observe the passing game and listen to witty comments from the participants, but also to communicate with them. All the money collected will be transferred to the fund UNICEF. In 2011, during a similar operation to users managed to collect 5500 dollars.

Game Dishonored has become the choice exhibitions GamesCom 2012. As part of the project award GamesCom Awards received awards in the following categories: laquo; Best game vystavkiraquo;, laquo; Best game for PlayStation 3raquo; and laquo; Best game for Xbox 360raquo;. It is an absolute triumph! Users will be able to evaluate the project is October 12 in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Note that in the event the projects submitted more than 600 companies from 83 countries of the world. Assessment conducted avtoritetnoenbsp games, a jury of 20 people, made up kotorogo gaming industry representatives and journalists profile press.

Fans of the series

American McGee s Alice collect signatures in favor of a third part of the game. According to American McGee (American McGee s), for Alice 3: Welcome to Otherland is ready design document and the script. As planned, the project could go as a digital version of episodic series. Each of them is a short story in which Alice travels to the fictional world of one of the characters, which reduces its fate during the journey. However, Electronic Arts is skeptical about the idea, and doubt demand games to users. To prove the fallacy of the publishers of this opinion, fans of the series wrote the petition. The campaign to collect 10,000 signatures mdash; all indifferent to the fate of the project participants can join and vote at this link.

Producer Kenji Kaido (Kenji Kaido) left Sony, having worked at the company for 15 years. During his career, he led work on projects such as ICO and The Shadow of the Colossus. Allegedly, he was also involved in the development of The Last Guardian. On further creative plans and the proposed site of Kenji Kaido not yet known. Who’s going to take a specialist short time out and relax.

Publisher Interplay revived studio Black Isle. The company is known for creating the cult role-playing games such as Fallout, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale and Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader. It was founded in 1996 by Fergus Urquhart (Feargus Urquhart) and closed in 2003 due to financial problems. Now, many former Black Isle employees work in Obsidian Entertainment and BioWare. Will re-open studio development of the existing game series publisher. Who will be the backbone of the development team mdash; yet to be announced.

Action Lollipop Chainsaw is the most successful project of Grasshopper Manufacture. The game was released on June 29 and two months sold worldwide with a circulation of 700,000 copies. For comparison, the previous studio projects Shadows of the Damned and No More Heroes have sold 100,000 and 400,000 copies respectively. Despite the commercial success, Lollipop Chainsaw received mixed reviews in the press mdash; average score of 7 out of 10. The cause of criticism from journalists served as monotonous gameplay, poorly designed combat system and a low artificial intelligence opponents.

To console PlayStation Vita came out a firmware update to version 1.8. Install it, users will be able to play the classic designs, the output for PSOne. In Europe in the PlayStation Network service is available to download 129 games. Extensive library includes such well-known hits such as Arc the Lad, Syphon Filter, Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Castlevania: Symphony of The Night, Final Fantasy VII, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, Metal Gear Solid, Parasite Eve, three parts of Resident Evil, and many other games.

MMORPG The Secret World does not live up to expectations of developers. The project has sold only 200,000 copies. As a result, losses on the results of Funcom II quarter at $ 47.5 million dollars. To stabilize the financial situation, the company is forced to reduce staff mdash; according to preliminary data, will lay off about half the staff. First of all get laid off workers, Technical Support. Leadership of the studio promises that key developers to keep their seats.

MMORPG Guild Wars 2 Noting the successful launch. The project was launched on August 28, but now it is sold all over the world have made 1 million copies. That is the number of copies was provided by the publisher NCSoft users, pre-order. Interestingly, despite the fact that the game just came out, has already found a man who was able to pump up to the maximum of the hero, eighty levels. They became the French player nick Surfeuze.

Representatives studio People Can Fly revealed fresh details about Gears of War: Judgment. For the first time in the project will be the network mode Free For All. A distinctive feature of the battle will be no laquo; duharaquo team;: each player will defend only their own interests. In essence, Free For All combines two standard rules for the organization of competitions: Deathmatch and Player vs All. Especially for the presentation Free For All authors have made two new locations mdash; Gondola and the Library, which will also be available to users after the official release. Output Gears of War: Judgment for Xbox 360 in March 2013.

Publisher Ubisoft will release a computer version of I Am Alive. The project will go on sale September 13 at digital distribution service Ubishop and Steam. Unlike the original game, previously unreleased for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the post-apocalyptic shooter will get an improved graphic component with support for HD, as well as two new modes. The cost of I Am Alive will be $ 19.99.

Bethesda

Company presented the second downloadable content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim called Hearthfire. Install it, players will be able to buy plots of land and build a house. The kit contains a solid tool that allows to build any structure mdash; from the hut to the castle and estates and tower magician. To service the residence you can hire servants, and that it was not boring pastime mdash; invite bard. Xbox 360 owners will be able to buy DLC on September 4 at the price of 400 MS Points. Release date for the collection of PC and PlayStation 3 will be announced later.

New addition to the computer strategy Might amp; Magic: Heroes 6 will be released on September 28. It’s called Dance Macabre, and contains the storyline campaign, the passage of which is designed for ten hours. History tells of the adventures Necromancer Sandro. The structure of DLC will also include new characters, artifacts, and unique pet job.

In Angry Birds Space appeared rover Curiosity. The spacecraft is part of the new additions Red Planet. On a par with this set includes twenty new puzzles and additional characters mdash; pigs astronauts. According to history, the cunning pigs stole the rover to use it in the battle with the birds. Everyone can now buy Red Planet in versions for platforms iOS and Android.

In anticipation of the blockbuster Borderlands 2 Gearbox company released themed browser game. The project is called The Border Lands and stylized arcade game for the 16-bit consoles. The action takes place on the planet Pandora. Selecting one of four characters (Maya Akston, El Salvador, Zero), players need to repel the attacks of enemies. Solid arsenal of weapons and upgrades are included. Play The Border Lands can be on this site.

Publisher Activision provided two collector’s edition thriller Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The first is called the Hardened Edition and contains the game disc in a tin box, two commemorative coins, exclusive avatar disk with music tracks from the project mode Nuketown Zombies, map Nuketown 2025 and additional game bonuses.

Second set is called the Care Package Edition and, along with all of the above, including radio-controlled model of combat drone MD-27 Dragonfire. Price has not been announced editions. Exit Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will take place on November 13 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

UPCOMING WEEK

Company Techland announced Project Hell shooter for PC. Originally, it was amateur modification to Dead Island, created the lead programmer Zhigadlo Marcin (Marcin Zygadlo), known under the pseudonym MZM. His ideas like management studio, after which it was decided to release the full game. Project Hell events unfold in the early Middle Ages, where military clashes converge adherents of Christianity and paganism. The protagonist mdash; warrior, who will go through all the circles of hell, fighting demons. The project combines the dark atmosphere of European legends and spectacular fights with swords and magic spells. Release date has not been announced.

Revolution Software has announced a sequel to the popular adventure game Broken Sword. Elaboration of a fifth part of the series, Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse, is for six months and at the expense of own funds of sponsors. Therefore, the creators decided to apply for financial support from the fans of the series. Studio plans to raise 400 thousand dollars through a virtual piggy bank Kickstarter. The campaign will last until September 22. A thematic page, users can see a list of purchased for donating bonuses and view a demo. According to the story plot, the main characters have witnessed the abduction of the Paris art gallery. Now they will have to join the investigation. Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse is made in the 2D-style. The release will take place in early 2013 for the PC and Mac.

Authors Dungeons of Dredmor announced a new project. According to the studio Gaslamp Games, urban simulation Clockwork Empires created for PC, Mac and platforms based on Linux. The game is set in an alternate universe. Developers gave steampunk-style: around many unusual arrangements, the sky airships ply, and the hijackers are trying to steal the precious cargo. The yard mdash; XIX century and the beginning of the height of the industrial revolution. To the users of the task to build a stable and economically powerful state, starting as a minor bureaucrat to head of state. In Clockwork Empires is the single player campaign and multiplayer for four people. The exact release date will be announced in the near future.

Studio King ART announced adventure game The Raven. The action of a detective story set in Europe, the 60-ies of the last century. The story of a mysterious abduction sapphire laquo; Eye Sfinksaraquo.; Players will be able to assess the situation from different perspectives: the original user will observe the criminal, who organized the robbery and hiding under the name Raven, and then the story goes to the investigator, who requested to solve the case. At this point in the list of declared platforms featured PC and Mac, maybe later developers announced about the console adaptation of the project. The Raven will release in 2013.

OUR NEWS

Successfully completed the first stage of the Russian qualifiers for Cross Fire. For the right to play in the final of World Cyber ??Games 2012 fought 158 ??teams. In the end, the winners of the competition were Virtus.Pro and reMake. Now, in late September, they will come together in a decisive battle, the outcome of which will determine which team will represent Russia at the official competition in China.

Laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, announces the start of the applications for the purchase of the Collector’s edition of PC-Assassin s Creed 3. The choice of fans of the show will offer two sets: Assassin s Creed 3. Freedom Edition and Assassin s Creed 3. Join or Die Edition. Until November 15, both options are available for pre-order.

The composition

Assassin s Creed 3. Freedom Edition includes:

  • copy of the game;
  • figure assassin Connor;
  • Diary of George Washington;
  • Two themed lithographs;
  • Two missions for single-player campaign: laquo; voynyraquo Ghost, and laquo; mayyaraquo Lost Ruins;;
  • bonus content for the network mode: laquo; Package strelkaraquo;.

Set comes in a stylish steel box, which features Alex Ross.

Assassin s Creed 3. Join or Die Edition includes:

  • game disc;
  • Medallion Assassins;
  • Notepad George Washington;
  • Mission laquo; voynyraquo Ghost, and inventory laquo; Package strelkaraquo.;

Also, the release date will give the company sets laquo; Captain Akvilyraquo, and laquo; assasinraquo Colonial, single-player, and laquo; kitelraquo Red, for multiplayer. On the shelves of local stores Assassin s Creed 3 for PC will be 22 November 2012. The owners of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be able to buy the game before mdash; October 31.

To pre-order was made available a limited edition Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Collector’s Edition in versions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The collection includes the game disc, stylish package Steelbox, soundtrack, a collection of remixes of the main musical themes of fighting, illustrated album The Art of Tekken, a film about the creation of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Accepting applications online laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo; operating until September 6.

Addition, all customers who previously purchased Tekken Tag Tournament 2, receive a number of bonus materials. For example:

  • additional fighters Kunimitsu, Ancient Ogre, Michelle, Angel;
  • locations Snoop Dogg Stage;
  • set swimwear for the beautiful half of virtual characters;
  • Attire Lili s Skirt;
  • Two dynamic themes for the XMB (for the PlayStation 3 version);
  • Costumes Kazuya, Lili, Raven and Yoshimitsu for avatar Xbox LIVE.

European release Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will take place September 14, 2012.