The gaming industry in a week. October 31-November 6, 2011

INDUSTRY WEEK

Shooter Battlefield 3 topped the list of best selling video games in the UK. Senior vice president of the European division of Electronic Arts, Patrick Soderlund (Patrick Soderlund) noted that it is the most successful launch in the history of the game publisher. This is not surprising. Action has won more than 60 awards for the gaming industry worldwide, and has sold over 5 million copies in its first week of sales.

Second place

Dostalos Batman: Arkham City, and the third mdash; FIFA 12. Ten of the most popular games is as follows:

  1. Battlefield 3
  2. Batman: Arkham City
  3. FIFA 12
  4. Football Manager 2012
  5. Just Dance 3
  6. Forza Motorsport 4
  7. The Sims 3: Pets
  8. Zumba Fitness
  9. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
  10. RAGE

In Russia, according to statistics provided by the online store OZON.ru, the undisputed leader of the week is also recognized as Battlefield 3. Standard and limited editions militants occupied the first two lines of the sales charts for both the PC, and for consoles. Third place went away to role-based project Mass Effect 3. A complete list is as follows:

Games for PC:

  1. Battlefield 3 (Expanded Edition)
  2. Battlefield 3
  3. Mass Effect 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Gift Edition)
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Collector’s Edition)
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  7. The Sims 3: Supplement mdash; Pets (Limited Edition)
  8. Might and Magic: Heroes VI (Collector’s Edition)
  9. Batman: Arkham City (Collector’s Edition)
  10. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Game consoles:

  1. Battlefield 3 Limited Edition (PlayStation 3)
  2. Battlefield 3 Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
  3. Mass Effect 3 (PS3)
  4. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PlayStation 3)
  5. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)
  6. Need for Speed: The Run Limited Edition (PlayStation 3)
  7. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Explorer Edition (PlayStation 3)
  8. Batman: Arkham City (PlayStation 3)
  9. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Band Bundle (Xbox 360)
  10. Gears of War 3 (Xbox 360)

Company Big Ideas Digital has helped a five-year girl from the UK, a paraplegic. To return the ability to move, baby Vyndra Grace (Grace Windrum) required to perform the surgery in the U.S., worth 50,000 pounds. Under charity studio first made more than 22 thousand pounds and then another 21,000 transferred from the sales of the game Say What You See: The Collection. Now the child will be able to gain the ability to walk.

Japan began shooting the film based on the game Phoenix Wright from the company Capcom. The director of the film adaptation of acts Takashi Mike (Takashi Miike), and the central role mdash; lawyer Phoenix Wright mdash; plays NARIM Hiroki (Hiroki Narimiya). Premiere in the Land of the Rising Sun will be in spring 2012. Will there be a movie to rent in the United States and Europe mdash; unknown.

In the first half of the financial loss Nintendo was 70.3 billion yen, equivalent to about 923 million dollars. Analysts believe that such high losses are due to fluctuations in the exchange rate, the low demand for the console Nintendo 3DS and the decline of interest on the part of users to the products of the company in general.

Final version of the console Wii U will present at E3 2012. This was announced by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata (Satoru Iwata). The official start of the system is planned for the end of 2012. Note that the Wii U supports images in HD and has a non-standard controller, equipped with a touch screen, a microphone, a camera and a gyroscope.

Browser on a console, PlayStation Vita, will support JavaScript and HTML5. But support for Adobe Flash in the first months after the official launch of the console will not be available. To be introduced later with a firmware update. Then he added, and the ability to run the game with PlayStation One. Recall that the PlayStation Vita will launch February 22, 2012.

Toyota joined the Kinect for Windows. The action is timed to the anniversary with the release of the controller and is intended to show that it can be used not only in games but also in high-tech business. Along with the Toyota involved in the program are 200 companies. Earlier, based on Kinect scanner was created three-dimensional objects and a system for the rehabilitation of patients with problems of the musculoskeletal system.

Studio Epic Games is actively working on a new graphics engine Unreal Engine 4. This was officially the head of Mike Capps (Mike Capps). Release the engine is not reported, we only know that it is available before the start of next-generation consoles.

Company id Software released the source code delayed shooter DOOM 3. Earlier, it was planned that the tools will go on free access in October, immediately after the RAGE. However, John Carmack (John Carmack) said that the studio will have to take a break for as long as id Software has received legal permission to publish.

Blizzard shared information on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. The plot of the game is the logical continuation of Wings of Liberty. Kerrigan will be a key character. At the end of each level the player can choose which of the abilities of the protagonist is improved. The single player campaign includes about 20 missions. The developers promise a number of additional units for each race, new locations for multiplayer campaigns and advanced tools to create custom maps. Release of the project on the PC in 2012.

Studio BioWare hastened to reassure too impressionable fans Mass Effect 3, saying that the rumors about the impact multiplayer to single player story events exaggerated. According to the general manager of BioWare Edmonton Aarin Flynn (Aaryn Flynn), multiplayer component is an optional addition of the project and its presence mdash; rather a consequence of a general trend in the gaming industry. So from her in any way will not be affected outcome of the final battle. European release of Mass Effect 3 will be held March 9, 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Representatives studio Ninja Theory explain why the appearance of Dante DMC (Devil May Cry) is so different from the usual image of a hero for the players of the series. According to the developers, the reason lies in the theory of the multiverse. The game’s plot is not related to the events of the previous parts. This is a completely different story, which is set in an alternate world. Accordingly, the players appear one possible embodiment of Dante, endowed with superhuman abilities. Rate laquo; parallelnogoraquo; Dante players can in 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Protagonist of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim will be a cannibal and devour human flesh. At some point, the user can choose to join the tribe of cannibals or not. If approved, the hero will be allowed to kill and eat the body of enemies, as well as ordinary citizens. The output of the project will be held on November 11 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The very first details about Yakuza 5. The main hero of the game was made mafia Kazuma Kiryu. Events will unfold in Kamurote and another one in four Japanese cities mdash; Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka or Fukoku. What kind of city will be the site of action, identify users through online voting. The output of the project for the PlayStation 3 is scheduled for 2012.

Electronic Arts has announced that from November in the digital distribution service Origin will play third-party companies. The first project will be Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row: The Third. Later on sale Games Warner Bros. Interactive, THQ, Capcom and other leading publishers.

Sony has announced a campaign for the PlayStation 3. Everyone who will issue an annual subscription to PlayStation Plus from 1 to 8 November, will be able to download free four episodes of Jurassic Park: The Game. The offer applies to current users of the service mdash; they will need to renew your subscription for another year.

Open beta testing of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been postponed indefinitely. This official said the company Valve Software Falidzhek Chet (Chet Faliszek). Testing was to start in October, but after the feedback about the game of professional players in Counter-Strike 1.6 draft was sent for revision to address technical problems and errors.

Output additions Horde Command Pack for Gears of War 3 also postponed due to technical difficulties arose. Company Epic Games promises to solve the problem at the earliest. Note that the addition includes three new maps, three heroes, several kinds of colors for additional weapons and achievements for 250 points. The exact release date will be announced later.

However, Epic Games announced the release of the other additions to the Gears of War 3. Supplement called Versus Booster Map Pack includes five cards and mdash; Swamp, Clocktower, Azura, Rustlung and Blood Drive. Kit is free and will be on November 24 in digital distribution service Xbox Live.

Became known details about the Collector’s Edition of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Set, packaged in a special box with exclusive artwork, will include:

  • game disc,
  • styled sleeve,
  • Stripe Umbrella Security Service and Spec Ops Field Unit,
  • eight additional weapons for the game.

Exit project for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is scheduled for March 20, 2012.

Microsoft has released a supplement to the race simulyatoru Forza Motorsport 4. It is called the November Speed ??Pack and includes ten new cars:

  • 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
  • 2012 Aston Martin Virage
  • 2011 # 2 Audi Sport Team Joest R15 + + TDI
  • 2011 Audi RS3 Sportback
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
  • 2011 Ferrari # 62 Risi Competizione F458 Italia
  • 2013 Ford Focus ST
  • 1992 GMC Typhoon
  • 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R

In addition, you can buy digital distribution service Xbox Live costs 560 Microsoft Points.

Company Konami announced the transfer out Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The project will go on sale in Europe on February 3 2012 year, and not in November of 2011, as originally planned. The collection includes the second and third parts of the series, as well as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

Capcom has announced the exact release date Asura s Wrath for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The story of the revenge of God Asura, devoted neighbors celestial office and deprived of their exclusive powers, will hit U.S. stores February 21, 2012. The European release of the project will take place three days later mdash; February 24.

Botanicula Quest will be released in February 2012. The game is created Czech studio Amanita Design, known project Machinarium. The focus mdash; story about the adventures of five little creatures that are trying to save from death struck a tree parasites. Release of the project is planned for PC and Mac.

Learned the details of the first downloadable add-on for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The addition will expand the list of available characters for the multiplayer mode. Users will be able to play not only for new characters, but zanbsp, characters from the previous installments, including Flynn and strain. Just a collection of 26 models will. The exact release date and price has not been announced.

Studio Volition introduced the system requirements for Saints Row: The Third. To run the game on minimum settings required:

  • OS: Windows XP,
  • CPU: 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2,
  • RAM: 2 GB,
  • Video: 320 MB, Shader Model 3.0, for example, GeForce 8800 or Radeon HD 3800.

To evaluate the project in full, you need a computer with the following parameters:

  • OS: Windows 7,
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X4,
  • RAM: 4 GB,
  • Video: 1 GB, Shader Model 4.0, such as GeForce GTX 400 or ATI Radeon HD 5000.

UPCOMING WEEK

Runewaker Entertainment Company today announced a multi-user role-playing game Dragon’s Prophet. Players are invited to try to tame dragons. Unusual workout laquo; podopechnyhraquo, aimed at the development of four major groups of skills: the ability to melee, ranged, and two kinds of magic mdash; direct spells and curses, taking away health from enemies in a long time. The team member can be up to 24 dragons. Developers promise spectacular fights and interesting missions. Dragon’s Prophet release on PC is scheduled for 2012.

Jane Jensen (Jane Jensen), creator of the popular 90′s quest series Gabriel Knight, acting as a consultant in the project Cognition. Episodic thriller from Phoenix Online Studios and Khaeon Gamestudio tells the story of FBI agent Erica Reed having psychic abilities. The main character is going through difficult death of his brother, a victim of a serial killer. Culprit go unpunished, and Eric decides herself to understand the complicated case. Cognition for the PC release is planned for 2012.

Ubisoft has announced a new project for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Game called Babel Rising will allow players to feel as angry God who crushes people being built the tower of Babel. In the arsenal of users a selection of useful skills, including throwing lightning, and the ability to organize the earthquake and flooding. The project claims to support PlayStation Move controller and Kinect, as well as availability of multiplayer. Release of the game in 2012.

Specially for the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the famous game series Biohazard (Resident Evil) company Capcom has announced Resident Evil Chronicles HD Selection. An exclusive collection for the PlayStation 3 will include the re-release of HD-Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles and Darkside Chronicles. In addition to the improved graphics in games claim to support stereoscopic 3D and the controller PlayStation Move. Release date has not been announced.

Company Piranha Games announced the development of MechWarrior Online for PC. Events unfolding in the year 3049, during the height of intergalactic war. Users will be able to form groups of up to four people and battle modes Deathmatch and Conquest. Simulator multiplayer combat robots will apply for free. However, the game will present additional content, which may be purchased with money. The release is planned for summer 2012.

OUR NEWS

Russian division Sony announced the release of a special version of PSP. The console is subtitled Street and sells for 4990 rubles. Cost reduction due to the absence of the module Wi-Fi, in the rest of the system is not inferior to the characteristics of the normal version.

Company laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo, announced a special event, timed to release Football Manager 2012. All customers who purchase until November 30, the last part of the popular football game in retail chain stores laquo; Interesraquo 1C, will be able to participate in the drawing firm Puma soccer ball autographed by the studio director Miles Jacobson Sports Interactive (Miles Jacobson). To participate, you must register the purchase online laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo.; The first 200 people are guaranteed to receive a business card with the logo of the game.

Sent to press the computer version detective laquo; LA Noire. Expanded izdanieraquo.; It includes the original game, and five additional chapters, where the detective to investigate various crimes mdash; from fraud to murder. The game will come with the original English soundtrack and Russian subtitles. On sale in Russia on November 11 it will go.

Renegade Ops will issue in Russia. The game will be released entirely in Russian. Created in the tradition of laquo; shkolyraquo old, shooter, top-view shooting and miniature toy cars will go on sale on November 11 in versions for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Laquo; 1C SoftKlabraquo; speak publisher RPG Final Fantasy XIII-2 on the territory of Russia. The project will go on sale in February 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. On a par with the standard version, fans of the series will be available to the collector’s edition. The latter includes:

  • game disc in a special package,
  • disc with music, specially selected by the composer,
  • art album The Art of FINAL FANTASY XIII-2,
  • six collectible postcards with pictures of the main characters,
  • holographic portrait Lightning.

Publisher also provided equipment collectible version of fighting game SoulCalibur 5. The game will be packaged in a box in a book, which will include:

  • card autographed by developers,
  • letter on parchment,
  • DVD with materials about the creation of the game,
  • CD with the soundtrack,
  • album with pictures,
  • exclusive downloadable costumes dark and white knights for the character creation mode.

Exit project is scheduled for February 3, 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Company laquo; New Diskraquo; opened pre-order for action Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Went on sale just four versions of the game: a digital copy, the standard boxed, expanded and collectors. In the expanded version includes:

  • 2 DVD-ROM game,
  • sided poster,
  • full manual.

Collector’s Edition includes:

  • 2 DVD-ROM game,
  • USB-drive with the movie laquo; Kingfishraquo operation;,
  • sided poster,
  • full manual.

Checkout possible on this link. Exit Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 8 November.

Laquo; Akellaraquo, has announced plans to release a deluxe edition action Saints Row: The Third. The set includes:

  • game disc,
  • user manual,
  • poster A3,
  • sticker shirt A5,
  • additional content: laquo; Chelopushkaraquo, representing a car, shooting real people, leisure suit stunt Professor Genco and weapons laquo; Mollyuskometraquo;.

Exit project PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 18.

Company also is an official Russian publisher of PC-version platformer Trine 2, developed by studio Frozenbyte. The main characters igry mdash; knight Pontius, the thief Zoya and the wizard Amadeus. Each character has a unique set of abilities, and only skillful combination will help the player to deal with all enemies and puzzles. In Trine 2 are single player campaign and cooperative mode for three players. The game will take place in December.

Another news from the publisher is to transfer the release date Postal 3. The project did not go on sale on November 3, as previously planned, and on November 23 for PC. Delay is the need to fix and polish some components of the game.

Action laquo; Politsiyaraquo, created with the assistance of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, got a sequel. The game takes place in Batumi, where users will have to investigate more crimes. In the role of chief opponent stands a banker Vitaliy Gromov. The project extends to PC for free and is available for free download on the official website of the Interior Ministry.