Disney Interactive has suffered massive financial losses in the past two and a half years, totaling nearly $600 million. As such, they’re banking pretty heavily on Disney Infinity as their ace in the hole. Employing a similar strategy to the highly successful Skylanders franchise, Disney Infinity combines a video game and sets of collectible toys together into the ultimate “Mommy, you have to buy this for me!” item for kids.
So just how invested in this game is Disney? According to The Wall Street Journal, the combined cost of creating the game and manufacturing the toys is “well over $100 million.” This figure doesn’t seem to include advertising costs, which are likely to rival the development and manufacturing costs. It looks like Disney is truly all-in on Disney Infinity.
Just as promised a few days ago, GameStop has restocked the rare Metroid Prime Trilogy in their online store. Due to the very limited quantities in which it was released, Trilogy typically sells used for upwards of $100, and GameStop has taken note. Just as with Xenoblade Chronicles, GameStop’s price tag for the game is meant to reflect the “current market value.” As such, a used copy of Trilogy will cost gamers $84.99.
I was lucky enough to pick it up brand new for its launch price of $49.99, and I’m sure glad I did. Are any of our readers willing to fork out the kind of cash GameStop is looking for to pick up this stellar collection?
Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most highly-anticipated games in recent history, and it hits PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in just over a month. With Sony and Microsoft’s next gen consoles launching just a few months later, many gamers have been questioning if Rockstar will create a bigger, better version of the game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. According to one report, Rockstar isn’t ruling that out as a possibility, but they’re currently focused solely on the current gen verison.
The Resident Evil franchise has been trending more and more towards action lately, cutting out some of the survival horror elements that once defined it. This strategy led to increased sales initially, but a lot of gamers believe the series has strayed too far from its roots. Resident Evil 6 was met with mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, and it sold below Capcom’s expectations. Capcom has taken all of this to heart, and they plan to cater more to the core fanbase in the future.
Ubisoft is planning to unveil a new IP at Gamescom in just a few days, and the game’s title may have just leaked. Two domains – ‘FighterWithinGame.com’ and ‘Fighter-Within.com’ – were both recently registered using Go Daddy’s proxy service. Because of this, the registrant cannot be traced, but both URLs redirect to a “Coming Soon” page on Ubisoft’s website. Just what does Ubisoft have up their sleeves? Gamescom kicks off on August 20, so we won’t have to wait long to find out.
Sony plans to offer a greater selection of online services on PlayStation 4, courtesy of Gaikai. Sony acquired the cloud-based gaming company for a whopping $380 million, and they’re putting them to good work. Of course, Sony has to make all that money up somehow, and that’s where PlayStation Plus subscriptions come in.
While Sony won’t charge you additional fees for services like Netflix or the Share function, online multiplayer will require a paid PlayStation Plus subscription on PlayStation 4. According to research firm IHS Electronics and Media, Sony will generate $1.2 billion a year from this decision.
Gamescom is just a few days away now, and we’re expecting some big announcements from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Valve, and others. SEGA will also be attending the event, and they’ve just revealed their software lineup. Unfortunately for anyone expecting a big showing, it looks like SEGA’s lineup will only consist of two unreleased games and one title that launched earlier this year.
Nintendo’s goal of pushing 3DS in the US this year is looking more and more successful as time goes by. The handheld has been dominating the Japanese market month after month for some time now, and that trend is finally heading to the West.
In a recent PR email that cites NPD Group sales data, Nintendo reports that 3DS is now the highest-selling video game platform in the United States for the third consecutive month. 3DS sales for July were up by 14% over last year, and software sales for the handheld were up 45%. Nintendo credits the strong sales of Animal Crossing: New Leaf for this surge, and reports that the popular game sold over 150,000 copies in its second month on the market in the US. You can catch the rest of Nintendo’s sales highlights after the jump.
A little over a month ago, Sony filed a trademark for something called PlayStation TV. The trademark was registered as a ‘service,’ and not a piece of hardware, so we theorized that it might be one of the non-gaming PlayStation 4 features set to debut at Gamescom a few days from now. While that timetable may not be exact, sources indicate that an announcement is coming soon. From what we’re hearing so far, this could be a game-changer for Sony. Hit the jump to catch the details.
Gamescom 2013 takes place next week, so it’s not all that unexpected that screenshots and other stuff would leak out ahead of time, especially for games like The Sims 4 that we already know exist and as such don’t need to be kept under such tight wraps. Fittingly, an official factsheet description and screenshot pack has leaked for the new Sims game, obtained by Croatian site SimHrvatska.
The game features a more detailed character creator mode, as well as updates to community sharing features, emotional states for Sims, and…well, it’s hard to tell what else at this point.
Click below for the official details and images.
Paladin Studios, the Dutch development group behind Momonga Pinball Adventures for iOS, is bringing their game to Wii U, thanks to the easy-to-use tools in Nintendo Web Framework. That’s great – another Wii U developer on the list – but the bigger news is that they’re stating Nintendo will showcase an updated Wii U indie lineup at Gamescom this year.
Earlier this month, a new Nintendo Direct in Europe highlighted the current slate of indie titles coming from European developers, including games like Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Cubemen 2, and upcoming Zelda-like title Ittle Dew. Click below to check out Europe’s Wii U indie games trailer.
UPDATE: We’ve received a statement from Paladin Studios that the original report about Nintendo’s Gamescom showcase, which can be found here, was based on a misinterpretation. Nintendo does not have any plans to showcase a special lineup of Gamescom titles other than those that have already been announced. Bummer!
Battlefield 4 fans who plan to purchase the new game on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 can rest easy when it comes time to upgrade. DICE is making it possible for all players who buy the game when it launches on October 29th to move all the game data onto their PlayStation 4 pr Xbox One whenever they decide to upgrade. Battlefield 4 premium memberships, unlocables, and rankings will also carry over with the data transfer to PS4.
DICE also encourages anyone who wants to learn more about the data transfer, and Battlefield 4 in general, to watch EA’s 2013 Gamescom press conference on August 20th at 10:00 AM ET.