The gaming industry in a week. February 27 March 4, 2012

INDUSTRY WEEK

Adventure Uncharted: Golden Abyss topped the list of best sellers in the UK. The game was created exclusively for the PlayStation Vita. Today it is the most successful project of starting a new line of portable Sony.

Remaining two places in the top three separated sports simulators. Silver medal was FIFA Football, and the bronze went to UFC Undisputed 3. New this week mdash; cyberpunk thriller Syndicate debuted only in seventh place. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  2. FIFA Football
  3. UFC Undisputed 3
  4. FIFA 12
  5. Rayman Origins
  6. Mario amp; Sonic at the London Olympics
  7. Syndicate
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  9. Battlefield 3
  10. Final Fantasy XIII-2

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, the bestseller list is headed reservation Mass Effect 3. The game is the clear market leader, occupying the first three lines of the charts in the various versions of the publication.

No less popular among PC owners enjoy life simulator The Sims 3. Just four independent additions to the game entered the top ten most popular designs of the week.

Fans

Consoles still prefer Mass Effect 3. The final part of the trilogy is the first and the second place of the charts in versions for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The third line in the chart received thriller Shadows of the Damned. A complete list is as follows:

PC Games:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (DVD-Box)
  2. Mass Effect 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  3. Mass Effect 3
  4. Syndicate (DVD-BOX)
  5. The Sims 3: Catalog mdash; fine bedroom
  6. The Sims 3: Show Business. Katy Perry (Collector’s Edition)
  7. The Sims 3: Hidden Springs
  8. The Sims 3: Show Business (Limited Edition)
  9. Heroes of Might and Magic (Collector’s Edition)
  10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Games and accessories for consoles:

  1. Mass Effect 3 (PlayStation 3)
  2. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
  3. Shadows of the Damned (PlayStation 3)
  4. Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)
  5. Dance Central 2 (Xbox 360)
  6. Kinect Sports: Season 2 (Xbox 360)
  7. Twisted Metal (PlayStation 3)
  8. Kinect Sports (Xbox 360)
  9. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PlayStation 3)
  10. Gears of War 2. Classics (Xbox 360)
The exhibition

Game Developers Conference 2012 will be a presentation of new engines from companies Crytek and Epic Games. The event will be held from 5 to 9 March. However, representatives of Epic Games reported that the demonstration of Unreal Engine 4 will be held behind closed doors and will be reserved for business partners, investors and customers. All those who will attend the presentation, necessarily have to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Sony has announced the commencement of voting, designed to determine winners PlayStation Network Gamers’ Choice Awards 2012. As members of the jury are the online service. The most popular and downloadable projects consisted of 10 different categories. Among them: laquo; Best game PSNraquo;, laquo; Best game for PlayStation 3raquo;, laquo; Best Multiplayer Game PSNraquo; etc. The voting results will be announced March 6, 2012. Feature of the event is the fact that in the future winner in each category will be sold at a 30% discount for regular customers and 50% for subscription service PlayStation Plus.

Chapter American unit CCP Mike Tinney (Mike Tinney) left the company. Over the next few months, he will continue to work with developers as a consultant. Mike Tinney resigned. His plan is to base the new company and the development of sports, aimed at improving the health and physical development of the people.

One of the company’s and the author of Guerilla Game Series Killzone Arjan Bryussi (Arjan Brussee) resigned his post and left the studio. New job will be the company Arjan Visceral Games, best known for a series of Dead Space. Arjan Bryussi takes over as executive producer.

PlayStation Vita Sales in 2012 reached the level of 12.4 million copies. This forecast was made U.S. research agency Strategy Analytics. The main competitors in the console marketers called smartphones. To compete Sony needs to reduce the price of the console and to focus on the issue of exclusive games. Note that at the time of sale PlayStation Vita exceeded 1.2 million copies.

Social network users have less to play. Is the conclusion that intelligence agencies HIS Screen Digest Media Research, analyzed the activity of people who are registered on Facebook. By the end of 2010, every second person held for casual games, but at the end of 2011, the number of players was only 25% of all users of Facebook. Experts believe that this situation will encourage developers to more intense competition, in which will eliminate a lot of companies.

The full passage Mass Effect 3 users will need 40 hours. 20 of them will have to spend hours on the implementation of the key story missions, and will take 90 minutes viewing video clips. The output of the project for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 7 March.

Street Fighter X Tekken for PlayStation Vita will be significantly expanded. Unlike versions of games for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in addition to the project will include twelve new fighters. From Street Fighter join characters such as Elena, Cody, Guy, Sakura, Blanka and Dudley, and from Tekken mdash; Alisa, Christie, Jack, Lars, Bryan and Lei. Exit Street Fighter X Tekken for PlayStation Vita is scheduled for the autumn. PC owners can expect a game in May, but for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it will be available is March 9.

Puzzle Quantum Conundrum come summer 2012. The author of the game is Kim Swift (Kim Swift), known for her work on the Portal. Publisher appears Square Enix. The project will be available in digital distribution service for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company Sega has announced HD-re-action-platformer Jet Set Radio. The project will be available only through digital distribution stores. Release of the game should be expected not only to fans of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but also the owners of PC. Exit Jet Set Radio HD is planned for summer 2012.

Also on this occasion, Sega announced a contest for the most original design in the style of graffiti. User experience are accepted until March 20, 2012. As a result of events 18 best graffiti will be added to the game. Winners will receive prizes: a copy of Jet Set Radio HD, themed accessories and portable speakers Etoacute; n Rukus, solar-powered.

Company Nexon released the popular Korean online shooter Shadow Company: The Mercenary War in Europe. The project was created by the studio Doobic Game Studios based on Unreal Engine 3. Users will enjoy not only a strong visual component, but also fun and entertaining gameplay. Its distinguishing feature is that the field can simultaneously fight four different teams. Shadow Company: The Mercenary War will be distributed free of charge. The exact release date has not been announced.

Multiuser computer game Aion is transferred to the shareware distribution model. In this case, the project received a subtitle Ascension and update 3.0 adds a new mission, and increase the maximum level of heroes. For the Europeans, this innovation has come into force at the end of February, the United States will be available in the spring. Plans to convert the Russian version of the game on the Free2Play model no.

Started

Open beta multiplayer shooter Tribes: Ascent. Company H-Rez added to the game mode Arena Deathmatch, four new maps and a number of additional items of equipment. On a par with this, developers have increased the capacity of the servers in the U.S., Europe and Australia. The exact launch date of the full version Tribes: Ascent for PC and Xbox 360 has not been announced.

Alpha version of a military tactical fighter ArmA III players will be available in June. This variation of the game called Community Alpha and is designed for anyone who wants to take part in the testing and help developers identify and correct errors early on. Later studio Bohemia Interactive is planning to hold an open beta. The full version of the project will be released in the IV quarter of 2012 for the PC.

Multiplayer Killzone 3 is available as a separate game. Download free project possible through digital distribution service PlayStation Network. It includes a complete set of maps, but has laquo; potolokraquo, character development. Users who want to get the advanced skills and use the most powerful weapons, have to pay # 36, 15.

Publisher Capcom announced the release date for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for PC. The game will go on sale in Europe on May 18. Note that the owners of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will be able to start the battle with the zombies is March 23.

Became known release date of Halo 4. Fiction thriller will go on sale November 21 exclusively for the Xbox 360. Information about this appeared in a new video, exhibited in public for the developers.

Company Capcom unveiled the collector’s edition of fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken. The kit includes:

  • game disc;
  • Stylized piggy bank in the form of a miniature game machine;
  • comics publisher UDON, who will talk about the events leading up to Street Fighter X Tekken;
  • Additional content

  • mdash; 36 stones, which can be spent on improving the skills of the heroes.

Company Atlus has made a gift to customers pre-order on the role-playing game Game of Thrones. Members receive a 64-page book with illustrations and developer commentary. Introduction to the publication written by a literary source mdash; American author George RR Martin (George RR Martin). Art-book will be released in hard cover and printed on high quality paper, it measures 21,5 x 28 cm The offer is for customers online stores Amazon, EB Games, Gamestop and the HBO Store. Release Game of Thrones for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 15 May.

Company 505 Games and Rebellion reported on pre-order bonuses, Sniper Elite V2. In addition to the simulator based on the sniper of the Second World War, customers will get a plot DLC, in which they will be offered to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Also, the players will get two additional types of weapons: German Kar 98 rifle and Soviet self-loading rifle SVT-40. Sniper Elite V2 release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is expected in May 2012.

Konami called tentative release date for Zone of the Enders HD Collection. The collection includes improved reissue Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, trophy system, and a new intro, created the animation studio Sunrise. Among the stated platform featured the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Fans of the series will be able to buy Zone of the Enders HD Collection in autumn 2012.

UPCOMING WEEK

Publisher Electronic Arts announced thriller Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Game development studio entrusted Danger Close. The project is created on the engine, Frostbite 2.0, previously involved in Battlefield 3. The focus of the game mdash; soldiers of a special unit Tier 1, which is to carry out complex operations in hot spots. Along with the single-user companies will be available for multiplayer. In multiplayer mode, users will be offered to join one of the four military organizations: the British SAS, Australian SASR, KSK German or Polish Grom. The first details of the plot and game play will be presented in March. Exit Medal of Honor: Warfighter is scheduled for October for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Studio Critical Mass has announced a game based on the movie laquo; Saints truschobraquo.; The main characters perform brothers Connor and Murphy, who decided that they were chosen by God to cleanse the world of evil. For the project are invited to the actors who played in the movie. The game’s plot will complement the original story with new details and facts. By genre Boondock Saints is a shooter. The game includes single player and co-op mode. The output of the project is scheduled for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Release date has not been determined.

Company Nintendo announced Pokemon Black amp; White 2. The new part of the series is a direct continuation of the original and is created for consoles DS and 3DS. The action unfolds in UNOWA. The protagonist mdash; teenager who aspires to become a master Pokemon. Details of the storyline, the game mechanics and innovations Pokemon list will be announced later. Exit Pokemon Black amp; White 2 is held in June in Japan. American and European gamers will have to wait until the fall.

Independent developers of PixelFoundry Games announced strategy BlackSpace. Is the debut studio project, which is based former employees of EA Sports Tiburon mdash; Aksoy Volga (Volga Aksoy) Fanof and Jerry (Jerry Phaneuf). Users will be offered to go to the role of space pioneers whose primary purpose is to search for mineral deposits, and with the successful outcome of mdash; construction and development of a new base. According to the creators, players will also have to protect and provide everything you need your virtual team. BlackSpace is exclusive to the PC. The release is scheduled for the IV quarter of 2012.

Company Electronic Arts introduced the first story addition to the role-playing game Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. DLC received subtitled The Legend of Dead Kel. Users will be offered a new location mdash; vast island Gallows End, whose size is comparable to the 15% of the virtual world of Kingdoms of Amalur. The creators promise a lot of new missions, various enemies, 18 weapons and eight sets of armor and shields. Exit The Legend of Dead Kel is scheduled for March 20 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

OUR NEWS

Publisher laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, reported the immediate availability of five games from Ubisoft for the PlayStation Vita. List of projects for the portable console joined Rayman Origins, Lumines: Electronic Symphony, Michael Jackson The Experience, Asphalt Injection and Dungeon Hunter: Alliance. All games are available for purchase in English and Russian documents.

Publisher Electronic Arts announces the launch of a new advertising campaign. Customers who purchase any of the project for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or The Sims 3 for PC, are guaranteed to receive the second game for the same platform for free. Users will be offered a choice: Battlefield 3, The Sims 3: Pets, Need for Speed ??Hot Pursuit, Bulletstorm, FIFA 12, Crysis 2, Dead Space 2 and other bestsellers publishers. The offer is valid until 11 March 2012. Please see the list of participating stores here.

Nival company announces the launch of updated laquo; Royal bitvaraquo, multiplayer role-playing game laquo; Seventh elementraquo.; Users can now take part in the weekly PvP-tournament. A series of qualifying matches will be held during the week, and semi mdash; Saturday. The final battle is scheduled for Sunday. The strongest players of each stage will receive gold medals, which they can exchange for virtual rarities. The winner will be awarded the Order of guaranteeing bonus drop 20%, and the status of laquo; tigraraquo driving, and during the following week. For the same period a finalist, runner-up will receive a bonus of 10% of the loot and status laquo; decorative tigraraquo;.

Studio Wargaming.net shared fresh details about the multiplayer flight simulator World of Warplanes. Soviet troops will be represented by more than twenty aircraft, including mdash; fighter La-5 and Il-2. The game will be historic armored forces of Germany and the USA. Running World of Warplanes for PC will take place during 2012.

Disney Company has introduced a new design for casual social network laquo; Odnoklassnikiraquo.; Simulator laquo; Kinostudiyaraquo, offer users through the steps of the film. The players have to be patient and to create his own company, think of a scenario to organize the filming process, to the casting of actors and make many more important things to the point where their creation debut on the big screens. Beta version is already available on the website.