Yesterday, Sony announced that sales for Playstation 4 have already exceeded 2 million units sold worldwide. Not wanting to be left out, Microsoft has also reported on the recent success of its new console, Xbox One, though no official sales figures have been provided so far.
A few months ago it was revealed that Microsoft’s Lift London studio was hard at work on four titles that bridge the gap between free-to-play and AAA. Details have been scarce up to this point, but that should change soon. Lift London studio head Lee Schuneman has revealed to Official Xbox Magazine that we can expect three of the games to be unveiled in the near future.
The Spike TV Video Game Awards, recently renamed VGX, will take place on Saturday, December 7. Several companies have teased appearances, and we can expect plenty of new trailers and game announcements alongside the awards ceremony. The official VGX announcement has just been made, giving us a better look at what we can expect. You can catch all the information after the jump.
Nintendo has been pumping out special edition 3DS models almost non-stop, and it looks like they’re not slowing down. The latest entry in their lineup of special models is a silver Mario & Luigi themed system with Dream Team pre-installed. This beauty is a steal at $199, essentially netting you the popular RPG for free. You can catch Nintendo’s full press release after the jump.
PlayStation 4 has been out less than three weeks, but it’s already making its presence felt. Sony is reporting via the PlayStation EU Twitter account that the next gen console has racked up 2.1 million sales worldwide since its launch on November 15. With Christmas yet to come, Sony is aiming for 5 million units shipped by the end of the fiscal year in March 2014.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both off to fast starts in virtually all of the markets where they have launched. In fact, in the UK, PlayStation 4 has already become the fast-selling console of all time, reaching 250,000 units sold in just a few days. Xbox One is considerably behind, but still sitting quite impressively at around 170,000 units sold.
This is bad news for Nintendo, as the UK has been a particularly tough market for Wii U. After a full year on the market, Wii U has managed just 150,000 units sold in the UK, trailing behind both competitors consoles after just a few days. Nintendo has put together three new Wii U bundles for Europe, but that may not be enough to compete with Sony and Microsoft this Christmas.
Last year Wii U went into the holidays with an advantage, as it was the only new console on the market. This year, it’s got the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to compete with, and they’re both off to hot starts. Can Nintendo compete in a market that just got much more crowded? According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, they’ve got two advantages that give them pretty good chances this month.
Wii U has not been selling at the rate Nintendo hoped it would, and there are plenty of accusing fingers being pointed all around. Some blame the price (still more expensive than Wii after a price cut), others blame the lack of must-have games, and many point to the marketing.
A big concern early on is that a similar name and ineffective advertising have failed to make the average consumer understand and appreciate the differences between Wii and Wii U. Are people still skipping out on Wii U because they don’t realize it’s a completely new console?
At one point, Microsoft and Sony were predicting ten year lifespans for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. At eight and seven years respectively, this past generation’s consoles had long, healthy lives, but fell short of that mark by a few years. With Xbox One, Microsoft is again predicting a ten year cycle, but that may not be the case with Sony. According to at least one Sony executive, PlayStation 4 may have a shorter cycle than PlayStation 3 did.
The past week’s Japanese sales data is in, and the Final Fantasy franchise continues to be popular in Japan, taking the number one spot with Lightning Returns. While its numbers no longer touch franchises like Animal Crossing or Monster Hunter, the game pulled in over 277,000 sales in its first week. Meanwhile, 3DS sales are on the rise again and Vita sales have dropped drastically from last week’s impressive numbers. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
A job listing recently discovered by Kotaku states that “EA Canada is looking for an experienced Animation director to help define and deliver on the vision for a major new next gen open world action game.” A past tweet by the current recruiter for the studio at the time confirmed that the “open world action game” is in fact a Star Wars game.
It was recently announced that Monolith Productions will be working on a Lord of The Rings prequel titled Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and studio head Kevin Stephens is making it known that he and Monolith Productions are very invested in creating a Lord of The Rings game that is respectful of Tolkien’s source material, but also gives gamers a unique perspective on the series.