Update: There's still no good news if you were hoping to play in the Evolve Alpha on PlayStation 4 this weekend. 2K Games is offering additional access to Xbox One and PC users in an attempt to reach as many players affected by this as possible.
“2K, Turtle Rock Studios and PlayStation continue to work hard to resolve the difficulties affecting the Evolve Big Alpha on PlayStation 4," the publisher writes. "Evolve’s closed alpha test is still playable on Xbox One and PC. We thank our PS4 users for their continued patience. More information will be provided at the Evolve website, Twitter and Facebook pages as it becomes available.”
On PC, if you own a copy of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, you are automatically granted access to the Evolve Alpha. You'll see the game in your Steam library, and all you need to is click "Install."
If you don't own XCOM, you can still use the code below. Redemption codes will be mailed out tomorrow for those that register tonight for participation on Xbox One or PC.
We’ve got some bad news for PlayStation 4 fans hoping to play in the Evolve Alpha this weekend. You might want to make other plans, as it’s been postponed.
2K Games identifies the latest PlayStation update 2.0 as the culprit. That update has been causing other problems, including failures connecting to YouTube and significant issues with waking from “Rest Mode.”
For those players hoping to join the PS4 Alpha, there is still some hope. If you have an Xbox One or a PC and want to try the alpha on one of those platforms, use the following registration and referral codes on the Evolve alpha site. You should receive your new invite today.
Registration Code: 05379-29749-32069
Referral Code: EvolveBigAlpha4v1
“We know that for many of you PS4 players this is a big letdown,” 2K shared on the Evolve forums. “We’re disappointed too, and we’re going to do our best to make up for this delay.”
For more on Evolve's Alpha, check out our impressions.
Our TakeSony’s latest update has some solid features, but its problems are more widespread than we originally thought. 2K says it will “do its best” to make up for the delay as it works with PlayStation on a resolution.
Sony has reported its second quarter FY15 financials, breaking out PlayStation 4 sales for investors. After tailing off in the two quarters following launch, sales are on the rise once more.
3.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in the second quarter, bringing the total worldwide to 13.5 million. Sales for the gaming unit are up 74 percent when adjusted for currency compared to the same quarter last year, reaching ¥309.5 billion ($2.79 billion). Operating income for the game and network services segment hit ¥21.8 billion ($196.5 million) compared to an operating loss last year of ¥4.2 billion ($37.85 million).
Unfortunately, Sony’s big picture doesn’t reflect the success of the gaming division. The company shows an operating loss of ¥85.6 billion ($771.5 million) and a net loss of ¥136 billion ($1.23 billion).
Sony has drastically revised its loss projections for the full year, ending March 31, 2015 in September. They company had been projecting a ¥50 billion ($450.6 million) loss, but now anticipates that number to be a loss of ¥230 billion ($2.07 billion). The ¥180 billion ($1.62 billion) difference is attributable to due its mobile phone division.
[Source: Sony (1), (2)]
Our TakeSony’s gaming division is strong, but it’s had a tough month. With Driveclub, a major exclusive, having a terrible launch and then today’s news that the PS4 Evolve Alpha was postponed due to problems with Update 2.0, PlayStation needs to finish the year strong. Even then, with the corporate-level finances looking so bleak, the insulation provided by strong sales is thinning.
Happy Halloween readers! Many of the editors plan on taking part in holiday festivities over the weekend, but when they have some freetime many of them plan to dive into Bayonetta 2, Shadow of Mordor, Sunset Overdrive, and the Evolve Alpha. What are your plans for the weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
Jeff Cork: This weekend, I'm going to try to divide my time between Sunset Overdrive and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. I saw that idiot Dan Ryckert had a pretty good score on one of the new Pinball FX South Park tables, so I may have to spend a few minutes knocking him down to second place on my leaderboards, too. And, if that's enough, my kids and I might dig in and play some Skylanders. I'm getting tired just thinking of it. Life is tough.
Jeff Marchiafava: I am still rocking Shadow of Mordor, which is quickly becoming a game-of-the-year contender for me. I killed the first couple warchiefs and pulled down a big statue, so now…well, actually I have no idea what’s going on – I’m just really enjoying lopping off orc heads. I may do a couple more daily runs in Spelunky, which is the perfect time filler when you’ve only got 10 minutes to devote to gaming.
Ben Hanson: This weekend I think I'm going to a giant dinosaur puppet show, a Halloween party or two, and I'll try to squeeze some gaming into the mix. I will most likely continue to play Bayonetta 2, the game is getting ridiculous praise but I'm not sure if the stylish-action genre is my cup of tea. Other than that I'm going to play some of the Evolve alpah on my PS4. That game is one of my most-anticipated so I'm looking forward to playing it in the comfort of my own home. Have a good weekend!
Tim Turi: Talion’s quest for vengeance in Mordor is complete, and now I turn my gaze onto Bayonetta 2. I’ve already played the first several chapters and I’m already in love. The smooth combat, insane moments (fighting on fighter jets!), and incredibly pacing made it difficult for me to put down. Other than that, both Halloween and my birthday happen this weekend, so it’s going to be a fun one for sure.
Matt Kato: I hope to dip into the Evolve alpha some more and refine my monster technique as well as level up my weapon mastery so I can get new hunter characters. I also just purchased X-Wing at gog.com, but I need to find some sort of flight stick/controller setup for my PC laptop to really play it. I haven't touched Shadow of Mordor in a little while, so I'd be remiss if I didn't go back and kill some orcs this weekend as well.
Kyle Hilliard: It's Halloween so my family is dressing up as the Belcher family from Bob's Burgers and demanding people give us candy. Other than that, I am working on a review game and hope to dive into either Lords of the Fallen, The Evil Within, or Sunset Overdrive.
Sam Stewart: After finishing Bayonetta 2 last weekend I’m not sure what my next gaming target will be. I have been meaning to replay EarthBound, so I might end up marathoning some of that on the Wii U Virtual Console. If not, I’ll probably just play a bunch of Dota 2. I’ve seen Necrophos getting a lot of play in pros lately and have been meaning to try him out.
Humans aren’t the only ones who like to celebrate Halloween. As the new Skylanders: Trap Team trailer "Trick or Trap" shows, it’s a festive time for the undead element Skylanders too.
The video shows off what the undead Skylanders do best; Wolfgang jams out on his skeleton guitar, Krypt King takes a few swings of his hefty sword, and Eye Small summons his bouncy eyeballs on some unwitting minions.
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You can also preview how the upcoming character Bat Spin plays. True to her name, this witch can transform into a bat mid-combat, unleashing a devastating shockwave on her foes.
If you want to learn more about Skylanders' diverse cast of characters, check out our checklist of Trap Team’s current and upcoming figures. You can also read Andrew Reiner’s review of the game here.
This month, we get a double-dose of Sneaky Zebra. The duo of Nick Acott and Gary Scullion just finished filming at the MCM London Comic Con, and have a new collection of London’s finest cosplay.
The video is set against Party for Your Life by Down with Webster, and includes some great nods to Gears of War (above), multiple BioShock titles (check out that Big Daddy), Faith from Mirror’s Edge, a number of Metal Gear Solid characters, and a Saints Row crew wielding a massive dubstep gun.
For more Sneaky Zebra, check out the recent video from the London Film and Comic Con. You can also visit our past coverage of the duo’s work at the London Super Comic-Con, MCM Expo 2013, PAX Prime 2013, London Film and Comic-Con, and San Diego Comic Con.
Pick your favorite from a series of simple games this week. Don't think too much about it; just enjoy the ride and your holiday weekend.
Star Wars: Galactic DefenseDeveloper: DeNA Corp.Platform: iOS, AndroidPrice: Free (features in-app purchases)
No pretense here: it’s pretty much Kingdom Rush with a Clone Wars sheen. Choose your side and play for points to promote your allegiance to the Force. It might not be the most original Star Wars game ever, but lack of originality doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying out.
Woah Dave!Developer: Choice ProvisionsPlatform: iOSPrice: $2.26
Woah Dave! scratches an arcade itch with newfangled colors and fidelity. It looks like a glitzy version of a glitched-out Atari game and it plays a lot like the original Mario Bros., but don’t let those make the bar to which you hold poor Dave. You run around, you attack aliens (and they attack you), and you collect coins. It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.
Madow | Sheep HappensDeveloper: Michael KollPlatform: iOS, AndroidPrice: Free
I know you’ve always wanted to play Mario vs. Donkey Kong with cartoon sheep. You can’t hide the look on your face. With the power to lift and drop bridges that cross dangerous chasms, you need to guide your sheep to safety and never look baaaa-ck. A paced zydeco soundtrack helps steel your omnipotent vigil.
Meat FactoryDeveloper: Steve CablePlatform: iOSPrice: $.99
Bring out your inner humanitarian in Meat Factory, a Game and Watch-y sidescroller in which you play as Fred, a meat packer who has a change of heart and decides to save the adorable fauna from a sausagey grave. The steaks have never been higher as you help the animals avoid meating their maker.
Run, Sackboy! Run!Developer: PlayStation Mobile, Inc.Platform: iOSPrice: Free (features in-app purchases)
Sackboy et al have gone the way of the endless runner with Run, Sackboy! Run! As you run from right to left through LittleBigPlanet levels as LittleBigPlanet people, you can collect power-ups and upgrades, stickers to unlock prizes, and the franchise-standard unlockable costumes. Run until your little ‘Boy or ‘Girl is in stitches.
Today, Austrian publisher Nordic Games announced that it has acquired the de Blob IP from defunct publisher/developer THQ.
Last April, according to court filings Nordic bid $4.9 million for "substantially" all of THQ's IP (with exceptions like Homeworld, which went to Gearbox). de Blob was one of the properties picked up at the time, but a representative for Nordic Games told us that while the property was in one of the lots acquired, "we did not acquire entire lots, rather some titles which were in our focus." The representative continued, "One year ago, de Blob was not one of them. Well, time has passed and the conditions were right, so de bBlob found a new home today."
This appears to go against what Lars Wingefors, Nordic CEO, told us in an interview the day after the auction. "We had to bid on each lot," he said, "but we told them that we would pay a premium for the whole thing." Nordic later acquired the rights to publish under the THQ name, also.
Either way, the series is Nordic's to use. Although no specific news was announced regarding the company's plans for the franchise, Reinhard Pollice, business and product development director at Nordic, said in today's press release, "We will evaluate opportunities with the existing games, as well as potential sequels."
Our TakeSeeing as the series has appeared on myriad platforms, it will be interesting to see which ones Nordic thinks are a good fit for the franchise – either for a brand-new sequel or a re-release. The first game got attention for being on the Wii, but given that it can currently be difficult for some third-parties to thrive on the Wii U, perhaps a return to Wii U wouldn't be the best fit. That system would also be an interesting choice given that Splatoon – a title that appears to have been influence by de Blob – is already slated for the platform.
Bethesda is celebrating Halloween by offering up a demo for The Evil Within that’s available now on Steam. And if you like what you play, you’ll be able to move your progress over to the full version.
The demo includes the first three chapters of Shinji Mikami’s latest. If you do decide to purchase the game, you’ll also get a free copy of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (for a limited time). Bethesda has also discounted the season pass by half, making it $9.99 currently.
If you already purchased the game, you should find a copy of Call of Cthulhu in your Steam library. And if you already nabbed the season pass, check your inventory for discounts on other Bethesda games.
We’re currently streaming our play through The Evil Within. You can check out our current progress (with archived video) if you want to laugh at news editor Mike Futter. You can also read up on the game in our review.
Thanks to the readers who sent in this news tip.
If you have an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One, you can watch Remaking the Legend - Halo 2: Anniversary starting today. And if you don’t yet have a console but love documentaries, Microsoft will be streaming the film via its web player and on Twitch.
If you’re planning on watching via Twitch, you can tune in tomorrow or Sunday, November 1 or 2, at 6 p.m. Pacific. Set aside just over an hour to watch the entire documentary. It's available now on the Xbox Web Player. Starting on November 3, Remaking the Legend will be available at Halo Waypoint and on the Halo Waypoint YouTube channel.
Remaking the Legend includes interviews with those involved in the original Halo 2, those currently finishing up Halo: The Master Chief Collection at 343 Industries, pro players, and more. For more on Halo 2: Anniversary, check out the trailer for for the documentary. You can also check out the cinematic launch trailer featuring new cutscene by Blur Studio.
[Source: Major Nelson]
Our TakeWith the prevalence of upgrades and remakes to previously released titles, it's easy to forget that they aren't all the same. Having seen the improvements to Halo 2: Anniversary first-hand at Gamescom, I'm curious to watch this for two reasons.
First, I'm interested to get a sense of the manpower, timeline, and budget it took to overhaul the visuals and the audio. Second, I imagine there will be some discussion about covering the gameplay originally designed to run on the Xbox for compatibility with the Xbox One. This is a documentary, so much of this is likely to be sanitized, but it's more than we often get.
Earlier this week, Activision and Bungie announced the release date for Destiny’s first DLC pack. The Dark Below will feature some new gear, story missions, multiplayer maps, a strike (two on PlayStation platforms), and a new raid. That bundle will run you $20 (or $35 with the second pack included).
There’s likely to be a lot of discussion about the content, especially as it relates to Destiny’s story (or lack thereof, depending on your perspective). In combination with yesterday's Shadow of Mordor DLC news, we got to thinking about the different reasons why someone might decide to purchase DLC.
Are there any genres or series for which season passes and DLC are an immediate purchase? Do you tend toward multiplayer or single-player DLC over the other? Do you find yourself skipping DLC for titles you play when they release, or do you go back when new content is available?
We’re curious about your DLC purchase habits. Let us know what gets you to spend above and beyond the $60 price of entry.
Telltale vice president Steve Allison dropped some new hints about the studio’s upcoming Game of Thrones series. Unlike most of the studio’s past work, you won’t just be controlling one character. Tales from the Borderlands offers multiple points of view, but so does the studio's other upcoming project.
Speaking with the International Business Times, Allison says that you’ll be managing a number of characters from a single Game of Thrones family. “In Game of Thrones we're taking that multi-protagonist design even further with five playable characters from the same family whose choices affect everyone in the family, and that adds a whole new layer to things that we're really excited about,” he says.
Allison also reconfirms that the first episodes of both Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands will be out before the end of 2014. For more on Game of Thrones, check out our previous coverage in which Telltale teases (we believe) that House Forrester plays a major role. You can also read our preview of Tales from the Borderlands from PAX.
[Source: International Business Times]
Our TakeWhile there is most certainly a “Telltale formula,” it’s great to hear that Game of Thrones will push that in a new direction. I’ve already had a chance to play Tales from the Borderlands and was surprised by some of the variations on a them it brings to the table, also.
One of the centerpieces of Halo 2 Anniversary is the completely new set of cinematic cutscenes. You may have heard the name Blur Studio for the first time recently as we shared the cinematic launch trailer for the Master Chief Collection. You’ve definitely seen the studio’s work before then, though.
Blur has quietly worked on a number of trailers and game cinematics dating back years. They’ve contributed to the Mass Effect, BioShock, Batman: Arkham, Star Wars, and Elder Scrolls series.
You may also recall the stunning trailer from Prey 2 at E3 2011. Yup. That was Blur, too (you can see that trailer here). Unfortunately, that vision won’t ever see the light of day, with Bethesda confirming Prey 2’s cancelation last night.
If you’ve got some time this weekend, you can spend it on Blur’s website watching a collection of the studio’s past work. For now, check out the latest animation reel above.
Thanks to reader Griffin for the tip.
Developer Housemarque has announced that its voxel-powered Defender-like, Resogun (our review), will blast to another platform. Many have played the title on Vita with remote play. Now you’ll be able to do so natively.
Climax Studios is handling the port, but additional details aren’t yet available. We do not know yet when it will arrive on Vita or if this version will be offered as a cross-buy deal.
Since its release, Resogun received a free ship editor and its first paid DLC, the Heroes Expansion in June. At the same time, Sony began offering a season pass that promises more content before June 2015.
[Source: Housemarque on Twitter via MCV]
Our TakeResogun was a free giveaway at the PlayStation 4 launch, especially since every early console came with a month of PlayStation Plus. It wouldn’t be entirely surprising for it not to be a cross-buy title for that reason. However, with Sony publishing, it may opt to rope in the Vita version for those that maintained their Plus memberships.
Destiny's weekend merchant, Xur, has returned to the tower as he does every Friday. This time, he's bringing a special treat for all the little Guardians in costume.
First, you need to have one of the Jackolyte consumable items that were delivered to your mailbox. Head over to the Postmaster if you haven't nabbed them yet.
Once you look like I did in the screenshot above, head over to Xur. He's hanging out near the entrance to the Vanguard hall. In addition to his normal wares, if you've activated a Jackolyte, you'll be able to purchase something called "Flight of Shadows" for one strange coin.
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The item will change the way you look as you're waiting for a respawn for 24 hours. If you've got spare strange coins burning a hole in your pocket (they are warm to the touch, after all), here's a limited time goody you can waste one on.
Thanks to reader Anthony for the news tip.
Our TakeThis is just a little something to make Xur's visit more interesting this week. Remember though, a fool and his strange coins are soon parted.
This is your friendly reminder that today is the final day of the month. That means that it’s also your last chance to grab the Xbox Live Games with Gold titles that are currently available.
On Xbox One, Crimson Dragon will be rotating out. For Xbox 360 owners, Death departs on his pale horse if you don’t download Darksiders II.
Tomorrow, two new titles hit the service. You can read up on November’s offerings here. One of those, Volgarr the Viking for Xbox One, seems to be ready to download right now.
The long, sad tale of Prey 2 seems to be finally over. Bethesda has confirmed that the game is no longer in development.
Speaking with CNET, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines says the game wasn’t up to the publisher’s quality standards. "It was game we believed in, but we never felt that it got to where it needed to be - we never saw a path to success if we finished it," Hines told the site.
Prey 2, the sequel to a 2006 2K Games Xbox 360 and PC title, was announced in 2011. The title was delayed in 2012 following initial rumors of cancelation. In May 2013, new rumors emerged that development had moved from Human Head to Obsidian and then finally to Dishonored developer Arkane’s Austin location.
At that time, Bethesda didn’t have any news to share. Now, it seems the story comes to a close.
Our TakeWhen Bethesda first showed Prey 2 years ago, it looked extremely promising. Unfortunately, not every great concept turns into even a middling game. Sometimes you have to let good ideas go.
Thankfully, Hines also told CNET that this doesn’t necessarily mean the Prey franchise is dead for good. The door is being left open, which is really the safest thing for any publisher to say.
Reality television star Kim Kardashian is one of the hottest properties in video games - just ask Glu Mobile, the publisher of her wildly successful mobile game.
Glu Mobile has posted its best quarter in company history, with revenues rising to $64.8 million (the company posted only $21.7 million in the same quarter last year). Its profits rose to $10.6 million - a huge improvement over an $8 million loss the year before.
While the company stressed that other titles, like Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores and Tap Sports: Baseball, have also been performing strongly, its main source of income is none of the than Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
Our TakeFor better or worse, this is a sign of the times. The mobile market has shaken up the industry hierarchy, transforming companies like Glu Mobile into sudden successes - no matter how gimmicky the products they create are.
A trailer that leaked to the Internet shows off zombies in Activision's upcoming Call of Duty game.
The trailer surfaced on Reddit, and has been taken down and reposted several times. There is a live link in the original thread.
The clip is quite dramatic, showing a soldier fleeing from an oncoming horde of fast-moving zombies and making an escape by helicopter – with the requisite twist at the end. The screen above is grabbed from the clip; you can see a scene where the helicopter looks down on a stream of zombies quickly pouring over a wall, similar to scenes in the film World War Z. Whether this indicades a traditional Call of Duty Zombies mode or some heretofore unknown plot twist in the single-player campaign is unknown. Sledgehammer Games co-found Glen Schofield seemed to confirm that the leak was real, tweeting, "Nothing I can do about it now. But yeah it sucks. Imagine you're playing and this comes up – you'd be psyched up, right?"
[Source: Reddit via IGN]
Our TakeI'd never be suprised to see a zombie mode in a Call of Duty game, and the Schofield quote seems to confirm. It's certainly an exciting and effective trailer.
Even though the PS Experience event was announced earlier this month, Sony didn't reveal much of what would be on offer. That changed today when the company released a list of games and developers that will be present for the upcoming event on December 6 and 7.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony unveiled the companies it will be collaborating with for the Las Vegas event, including Naughty Dog, Ubisoft, EA, Media Molecule, From Software, and Ready at Dawn. Even more impressive is the list of playable titles:
Additionally, Sony has plans to show Project Morpheus and No Man's Sky at the event. The PS Experience website will have more updates as the event draws nearer.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakeI can't argue with that list of titles. On top of already anticipated games like Bloodborne and Mortal Kombat X, I'm also excited to get a good look at the Game of Thrones series from Telltale. The big question for fans is whether it's worth $50 for a single-day ticket in order to see these titles early, especially since that's money that could be put towards buying a finished version of these games in the coming months.
We’ve featured artist Marinko Milosevski a number of times in the past. You might recall his Pokémon tourism posters or his take on Star Fox (if not, you might want to check those out).
Now, Milosevski is back to celebrate Nintendo’s biggest title of the fall. Super Smash Bros. gets the poster treatment, and it features a number of familiar fighters. Jigglypuff has never looked so fierce.
If you’re interested in bringing this one home, the 18-inch by 24-inch print will run you $35. You can purchase it from Milosevski on his website. You can also browse Milosevski’s other work, including his take on The Legend of Zelda, and the original Pokémon titles.
Halloween is upon us, and digital storefronts are offering up deals on spooky games. Both Steam and Humble Bundle have kicked off themed offers, so turn the lights down, put your headphones on, and get ready for some frights.
Valve is celebrating with a Steam sale featuring nearly 500 titles. Included are some spooky entries, like Left 4 Dead 2, State of Decay, Mudered Soul Suspect, and a bundle of the first two Dead Space games. There’s a number of thematic entries with less frightful framing too, including Devil May Cry games, both Costume Quest titles, and entries from the Legacy of Kain series.
Humble Bundle also has something festive for the holiday. The Humble Halloweekly Bundle includes Knock-Knock, Home, and Halloween Drop Heroes HD at the pay-what-you-want level. Chip in more than the average ($4.11 at publication), and you’ll also get Betrayer, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and Our Darker Purpose.
At $15 or more, you’ll get Among the Sleep. While supplies last, those that buy in can also get two Payday 2 masks representing the Lycanwulf and The One Below. This bundle supports Unicef and Save the Children.
For the past few years, Activision has released live-action trailers for Call of Duty featuring celebrities. This year, there’s also a goat.
The trailer, titled “Discover your Power,” was directed by Peter Berg (Very Bad Things, Friday Night Lights) and stars Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) with a cameo by Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl). It also stars a goat that wants a kiss (Call of Duty “Discover your Power” Trailer).
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be out on November 4 (unless you nab the Day Zero edition, in which case it will be in your hands on Monday, November 3). For more, check out our preview of the multiplayer from Gamescom and our cover story from June 2014.
And if you're curious about what a particular "clueless gamer" thinks of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Conan O'Brien got a chance to play it. There will be a full segment next week, but here's a little tease from Team Coco with his reactions.
New information sheds some light on the problems facing Evolution Studios’ Driveclub. According to a new report, the issue has little to do with the servers and everything to do with the way the game was coded.
French outlet Gameblog spoke with president of PlayStation France Philippe Cardon about the matter. “In the programming of the game, there was an error that prevents us from welcoming enough players at the same time,” he says. “All this is being reprogrammed, but it takes much longer than simply adding 1000, 2000, or 3000 servers.”
Earlier today, president of Sony worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida shared that the PlayStation Plus edition of the game is delayed “until further notice.” Cardon echoed Yoshida’s statement that the fix for these problems does not have a specific rollout date yet.
[Source: Gameblog via NeoGAF]
Our TakeThis explains why Sony, which has been able to support Destiny’s server population, is struggling with Driveclub. With Evolution and Sony delaying the game for nearly a year, it’s unclear how these problems were properly identified through load testing.
Speaking on the company’s second quarter FY15 earnings call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot set expectations for two of the publisher’s upcoming titles. Ubisoft has a full lineup for the coming quarter, with strong sales expected from Far Cry 4 and The Crew.
Far Cry 3 has sold 10 million units to date, with 6 million coming in the game’s first year. Ubisoft anticipates that Far Cry 4 will at least match the last title’s first year performance.
Looking to The Crew, Ubisoft anticipates that the new series will move 2 million units in its first 12 months. Far Cry 4 will be out on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 18. The Crew is out on December 2 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Our TakeUbisoft’s expectations for Far Cry 4 seem modest, but the company has been conservative following last year’s financial stumbles. November is a tough month, and Ubisoft will be releasing four new games between November 11 and December 2 and Watch Dogs on Wii U on November 18, also. Still, Far Cry 4 follows a successful gameplay experience, something that Far Cry 3 could not lean on.
There’s a common theme in November’s Xbox Live Games With Gold: destruction. There’s one new title for Xbox One and two for Xbox 360.
On Xbox One, you’ll step into the boots of Volgarr the Viking, a new ID@Xbox game. On Xbox 360, the first half of the month brings candy-filled mayhem with Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise. For the second half of November, you’ll be able to tear down Mars in Red Faction: Guerrilla.
As a reminder, Xbox One games are tied to an active Xbox Live Gold membership. On Xbox 360, you’ll be able to play the Games with Gold titles, even if your membership lapse.
Be sure to download your Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles for October before Halloween ends.
Our TakeWith another new game this month and two solid Xbox 360 titles, Games with Gold seems to be hitting its stride. Don’t knock Viva Piñata until you’ve tried it, either. It’s deceptively delightful.