PlayStation 4 got off to a fast start, and so far it’s not slowing down. Originally projected to sell 5.5 million units by March 31, expectations are being exceeded. Sony has revealed that, as of April 6, PlayStation 4 has eclipsed 7 million units sold. This puts it about 1.5 million units ahead of expectations. PlayStation 4 now has a notable lead over Xbox One in these early days, and it has also surpassed Wii U, despite a one year head start. By comparison, PlayStation 3 sold just under 4 million units in its first year on the market.
Ubisoft recently held a special Watch Dogs preview event for certain members of the press. At these types of events, journalists are typically given the game’s demo or the full review copy of the game if applicable, and occasionally the company hosting the event will toss in a one or two other perks related to the game, such as a character figurine or collector’s item. Ubisoft took things a step further this time, with a move that many consider crossing the line from hospitality to bribery. Journalists in attendance received a “asset kit” that included things like bottled water and a Watch Dogs T-shirt…oh and a free Nexus 7 tablet.
Wii U sales have not gotten off to the strong start Nintendo had hoped for, and a big part of that is due to a lack of ‘must have’ first party titles. Recent releases like Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze provided only small, temporary boosts, but there may be no Nintendo title that gets people as excited as Super Smash Bros. does. Can Smash Bros. on Wii U help the struggling console turn things around? Cast your vote and join the debate!
Titanfall finally made its Japanese debut this week, but it didn’t exactly take the market by storm. Seeing as Xbox One has not yet launched in Japan, it was limited to a number nine debut on Xbox 360. Meanwhile, 3rd Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen took both the number one and two spots on PlayStation 3 and Vita respectively, but both consoles (and, in fact, all consoles) saw declined numbers this week. Hit the jump for the breakdown.
Sony is giving Naughty Dog’s immensely popular title The Last of Us a fresh new paint of coat, remastering it for PlayStation 4 with tuned up graphics. We know from the game’s first trailer that it’s slated for a summer release, but that’s still a pretty broad window. However, Best Buy, GameFly, and Target are all currently listing June 20 as its release date. This could just be a placeholder, and GameStop and other stores are still using the generic ‘December 31′ placeholder date, but we’ll be keeping our eyes out for any official confirmation from Sony.
Capcom has announced via press release that they will be opening up two new research and development facilities focused on creating ‘highly original games.’ The new buildings, located near Capcom’s main branch in Osaka, will be ‘ultra-modern and environmentally-friendly.’ This coincides with Capcom’s previously announced plan to hire 100 people a year on average, with an eventual goal of having a staff of 2,500 developers by 2022. You can catch Capcom’s announcement and a look at the building design plans after the jump.
Remember when an Xbox One was $500 by itself? We’ve seen an unusually high number of retail-specific bundles looking to get the console at the door at a better value, but this latest one might take the cake. Retailer Fry’s has just slashed $100 off of an Xbox One bundle that includes Titanfall and Forza Motorsport 5, meaning you can now score the console and two of its biggest exclusive games for $460. You can pick up the bundle here, but you’ll have to log into an account to see the full discount.
Speaking at PAX East, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos tesaed the return of the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises. While no new games in these franchises were officially announced or confirmed to be in development, Rigopulos stated that Harmonix has ‘grand plans’ to bring both of them back ‘with guns blazing’ during this console cycle. Are you excited for the return of these games, and if so, how would you like to see them evolve in the new console generation?
For the first time in the history of the franchise, Super Smash Bros. will have two different versions this time around. The latest iteration of the Nintendo-themed fighter is hitting both 3DS and Wii U. The handheld version launches first with portability, stereoscopic 3D, and the exclusive Smash Run mode. The Wii U version will hit later with gorgeous HD graphics, the return of the ‘My Music’ feature from Brawl, and more features to be announced later. Which one are you more excited for?
ASDA, the UK’s second largest retailer, has slashed £50 off their Titanfall Xbox One bundle. This deal puts the bundle at £349.00, which is the same price ASDA charges for a PlayStation 4. Since then, Amazon has also matched this offer. If you’ve been waiting for the right value to come along, this could be just what you need. You can order this discounted bundle here and here.
Ubisoft’s hotly anticipated Watch Dogs was slated for release last year, but was delayed in order to achieve a higher quality. Since then, all versions of the game have been cemented in for a May 27 release date except Wii U. Ubisoft has not officially offered a date or window for release on Wii U, but a listing on their Uplay store now states that the game will becoming sometime this Fall. Wii U owners, will you be picking up Watch Dogs?
We’re less than two months away from E3, the world’s premiere trade show for computer and video games, and that means lots of juicy new reveals and details are on the way. In addition to giving the media three days of hands on time with new games, Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, EA, and Ubisoft each traditionally hold a press conference, although Nintendo opted for a special Nintendo Direct video instead last year. The first of these has been revealed, as EA is now penciled in for a press conferences at 1pm Pacific on June 9.
The GenGAME staff will be covering all the new reveals out of this and the other conferences, as well as providing the live footage of the events if made available by the companies. We also plan to have representatives on the show floor, giving impressions on all the new games. What are you hoping to see at this year’s E3?