Just when it seemed like all of the crazy Valve rumors had started to die down, they drop this on is. A new teaser site has opened up with the headline “The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014.” This new site coupled with an email sent out by Valve recently states that there are three announcements coming soon, and the first one hits on Monday.
After racking up $800 million on day one, Grand Theft Auto V has continued its hot streak. The latest entry in Rockstar’s popular franchise has now officially brought in over $1 billion in the span of just three days. This makes it not only the fastest-selling video game in history, but also the fastest-selling form of media period, beating out even Hollywood blockbusters like The Avengers. Impressed yet, Peter Molyneux?
The wait is over, Zelda fans, at least if you want to buy digital. The Wind Waker HD is now available for download on Nintendo eShop two weeks before the physical copy hits retail. If you’d like one last look at this classic reborn before you decide to open your wallet, we’ve got the official launch trailer for you after the jump.
Monster Hunter 4 is off to an incredible start in Japan. With its first week now officially in the books (bearing in mind that, due to the day it launched, its first week only consists of two days), the 3DS title has officially edged out Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for the best first week ever, despite the fact that Portable 3rd‘s first week consisted of five days.
Monster Hunter 4 sold 1,715,060 retail copies, which accounted for 91.96% of the total shipment. It’s estimated that another 250,000 units were downloaded digitally off the eShop, bringing the total to around 1.97 million copies sold in two days. Not too shabby, Capcom.
Both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will feature a camera accessory, but unlike Kinect, the PlayStation Eye will not be bundled with the system. Microsoft’s choice to bundle Kinect with Xbox One was to make it an integral part of the console experience, so will Sony really put all that effort into an optional accessory? Sony’s Masayasu Ito elaborated on some of the possibilities at Tokyo Game Show.
Grand Theft Auto V is off to a lightning start, smashing records and pulling in $800 million on the first day alone. Everyone is in agreement that this is the blockbuster hit of the year. Well, almost everyone. Peter Molyneux, creator of Fable and formerly of Lionhead Studios, is quite unimpressed by the sales numbers.
Retro Studios, the talented team that brought us the Metroid Prime Trilogy and Donkey Kong Country Returns is currently hard at work on Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, the HD sequel to the hit platformer on Wii. All of Retro’s games have fared well in terms of both critical reception and sales, and over the past two years the studio has been doing quite a lot of hiring. Is it time for them to expand and become a bigger part of Nintendo’s plans? Shigeru Miyamoto sure thinks so!
Pokémon has come a long way since the Game Boy days. From adding color to online battles to 3D graphics, Pokémon just keeps evolving (No, I couldn’t resist) into a grander experience. One direction the series has yet to take that many fans have asked about is a fully online experience. Why haven’t we seen a Pokémon MMO yet? Now that Nintendo finally has a console with solid online capabilities in Wii U, it would seem that the time is right. Unfortunately, director Junichi Masuda isn’t so sure.
Japan recently announced a new Vita model for Japan. Thinner, lighter, and cheaper than the standard Vita, this new model features an LCD screen instead of an OLED screen, and is marketed at ‘casual’ audiences according to Sony. Once this new model is more widely available, will Sony continue to sell the older model or discontinue it? Well, that all depends on sales.
Last month Capcom brought Dead Rising 3 to Gamescom, but there were some strong concerns regarding the game’s frame rates. The demo at Gamescom suffered from pretty noticeable frame rate drops, making for somewhat choppy experience. However, Producer Mike Jones is hoping to put to rest any fears that the final version will lag. According to Jones, the game has been improved significantly in the past month, and the version on display at Tokyo Game Show is ‘locked’ at a constant 30 FPS.
Sony caught us by surprise a little over a week ago when they revealed Vita TV. This unique little device has all the hardware and functionality of a Vita but without the screen or buttons. Instead, it connects to your TV and is operated with a Dual Shock 3 controller. Unfortunately, this limits the list of compatible games, but it can still utilize virtually all services, including (eventually) remote play of PlayStation 4 games.
It didn’t take long for Vita TV to sell out at some Japanese retailers, but Sony has no plans at this time to bring the device to the West. That could change, however, as the Western response to Vita TV has been stronger than expected.
Sony Japan executive Masayasu Ito has confirmed that PlayStation 4 will sell at a loss. Despite launching at $599, Sony lost around $200 for every PlayStation 3 they sold at launch, and they vowed not to repeat those losses with PlayStation 4. According to ‘well-placed sources’ the $399 PlayStation 4 will be taking about a $60 hit for every console sold at launch, but Sony would not confirm that figure. They did, however, explain how they believe they’ll be able to make each day one purchase profitable.