Category: Misc

Cyberpunk 2077 is No. 1 in the UK Charts

Released worldwide last week, December 10th. CD projekt red, Cyberpunk 2077, has claimed the UKs top spot and the second biggest boxed game launch in 2020.

Please bare in mind that the majority of Cyberpunk 2077 sales were download via PC which cannot be tracked. The overall number would be bigger than what is reported.

Even though the game made 8 million preorders and marred with bugs, glitches which is catching more heat, traction via social media. It hasn’t seem to make a dent in Cyberpunk 2077 impressive launch. 60% of sales came through as PS4 and 30% as Xbox One.

Below you can see the top 10. Who will be crowned Christmas’s No.1 this year? Animal Crossing New Horizons sales have been increasing each week for the last month to come 3rd in the charts. Sales are 8% up this week alone.

Source: gameindsutry.biz

The Game Awards 2020

The Game Awards of 2020 have been handed out. If you’ve missed it; here’s your overview of the winners in each category.


GAME OF THE YEAR

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Doom Eternal
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

BEST GAME DIRECTION

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades
  • Half-Life: Alyx

BEST NARRATIVE

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisp
  • The Last of Us Part II

BEST SCORE AND MUSIC

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Doom Eternal
  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisp
  • The Last of Us Part II

BEST AUDIO DESIGN

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Doom Eternal
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Resident Evil 3

BEST PERFORMANCE

  • Laura Bailey as Abbey (The Last of Us Part II)
  • Ashley Johnson as Ellie (The Last of Us Part II)
  • Daisuke Tsuji as Jin Sakai (Ghost of Tsushima)
  • Logan Cunningham as Hades (Hades)
  • Nadji Jeters as Miles Moral (Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales)

GAMES FOR IMPACT

  • Tell me Why
  • If Found…
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV edition
  • Through the Darkest of Times

BEST ONGOING

  • No Man’s Sky
  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fortnite

BEST INDIE

  • Hades
  • Carrion
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Spelunky 2
  • Spiritfarer

BEST MOBILE GAME

  • Among Us
  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • Genshin Impact
  • Legends of Runeterra
  • Pokémon Café Mix

BEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Valorant

BEST VR/AR

  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Dreams
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

INNOVATION IN ACCESSIBILITY

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Grounded
  • Hyperdot
  • Watch Dogs Legion

BEST ACTION

  • Hades
  • Doom Eternal
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Nioh 2
  • Streets of Rage 4

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAME

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Genshin Impact
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Wasteland 3
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

BEST FIGHTING

  • Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late(Cl-R)

BEST FAMILY

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King

BEST SIM/STRATEGY

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Desperados III
  • Gears Tactics
  • Xcom: Chimera Squad

BEST SPORTS/RACING

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
  • Dirt 5
  • F1 2020
  • Fifa 21
  • NBA 2K21

BEST MULTIPLAYER

  • Among Us
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Valorant

CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

  • Valkyrae
  • Alanah Pearce
  • Jay Ann Lopez
  • Nickmercs
  • Timthetatman

BEST DEBUT GAME

  • Phasmophobia
  • Carrion
  • Mortal Shell
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Röki

BEST ESPORTS ATHLETE

  • Heo “Showmaker” Su (League of Legends)
  • Ian “Crimsix” Porter (Call of Duty)
  • Kim “Canyon” Geon-Bu (League of Legends)
  • Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro (Call of Duty)
  • Matthieu “Zywoo” Herbaut (CS:GO)

BEST ESPORTS COACH

  • Danny “Zonic” Sorensen (CS:GO)
  • Dea-Hee “Crusty” Park (OWL)
  • Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann (LoL)
  • Lee “Zefa” Jae-Min (LoL)
  • Raymond “Rambo” Lussier (CoD)

BEST ESPORTS EVENT

  • League of Legends World Championship 2020 (LoL)
  • Blast Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals (CS:GO)
  • Call of Duty League Championship 2020 (Call of Duty)
  • IEM Katowice 2020 (CS:GO)
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals 2020 (Overwatch)

BEST ESPORTS GAME

  • League of Legends
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Fortnite
  • Valorant

BEST ESPORTS HOST

  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • James “Dash” Patterson
  • Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden

BEST ESPORTS TEAM

  • G2 esports (League of Legends)
  • Damwon Gaming (League of Legends)
  • Dallas Empire (Call of Duty)
  • San Francisco Shock (Overwatch League)
  • Team Secret (DOTA2)

Source: The Game Awards

Nintendo Cancels Splatoon 2 NA Open Livestream

Nintendo held its Splatoon 2 North American Open, though the live stream was cancelled due to “unexpected executional challenges”.

It’s been speculated that this was done since several teams had #FreeMelee hashtags and names. This following the recent cease and desist from Nintendo of the longest running Super Smash Bros. tournament in the US.

The issue Nintendo has with that event was the required “illegally copied versions” of Super Smash Bros. Melee and the use of Slippi Online.

Source: Nintendo Life

Realmforge Studios takes over future development of ‘Tropico’ series

Publisher Kalypso Media has today announced that future development of the hugely popular Tropico series will be taken over by Realmforge Studios GmbH.

The German developer, best known for Dungeons 3 and the upcoming Spacebase Startopia, will make its debut contribution to the series before Christmas with Caribbean Skies – an extensive add-on for Tropico 6 which will be available from 16th  December for PC, PS4, Xbox One.

To ensure that the developer had the resources necessary to do justice to the ‘Caribbean Skies’ add-on and beyond, Kalypso Media Group extended its previous shares in the developer from 60 to 100 percent, ensuring a complete takeover of Realmforge Studios at the beginning of 2020. Throughout the year, work has been done to expand the studio both in staff and space, including a relocation to a larger office in Munich.

Realmforge Studios and Kalypso Media have held an exclusive publishing relationship for more than a decade, notably making a name for themselves in the strategy market with fan-favourite dungeon management simulator Dungeons 3, which received a 94% positive user rating on Steam. Their next full-scale project, Spacebase Startopia, is already eagerly anticipated among strategy fans and is set to release in Spring 2021 for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™. The current heads of Realmforge Studios, Benjamin Rauscher and Christian Wolfertstetter, will lead the studio for the long term.

The expansion and complete takeover of the shares is a logical consequence of our strategy to expand our own development resources not only in Germany but internationally. We are offering the highly qualified, motivated team in Munich the opportunity to focus exclusively on the further development of exciting franchises such as Tropico, Dungeons and Spacebase Startopia in the future,” says Simon Hellwig, Managing Partner of Kalypso Media Group GmbH.

Developing complex city-builder and strategy games with that special x-factor element, that are well-received within the community and the wider market on all platforms – that’s something we do well. The Tropico brand is therefore a perfect fit for us” adds Christian Wolfertstetter.

We are very fortunate to have had a strong and secure publishing partner in Kalypso for over 10 years, who supports us at all times and shares our philosophy. At the same time, it is a great honour and a great responsibility for us to have such an important franchise as Tropico in our hands” says Benjamin Rauscher. 

Realmforge Studios is currently working to put the finishing touches on long-awaited sci-fi strategy game Spacebase Startopia, in addition to the Tropico 6 add-on ‘Caribbean Skies’.

Both games can be pre-ordered for PC at the Kalypso Store. A closed beta for Spacebase Startopia is also available exclusively to those pre-purchasing the game before its spring launch next year.

My Nintendo Europe Offering 2021 Calender

My Nintendo Europe have a calender available for 2021. For just 300 Platinum Points (and shipping costs) it can be yours!

Grab the calender for yourself here. These are the shipping costs:

To Germany – 3.99 EUR / 3.55 GBP / 4.45 CHF
To other countries* – 6.99 EUR / 6.25 GBP / 7.80 CHF

* Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, UK

Source: Nintendo Life

Todd Howard “We let a lot of people down” on Fallout 76

Bethesda executive, Todd Howard, said “We let a lot of people down” over the launch of the online multiplayer, Fallout 76.

Todd Howard was speaking to the guardian, which makes for interesting read, especially for upcoming titles, Starfield and Elder Scrolls.

The majority player base for Fallout and even Elder Scrolls Online, are single player focus. Speaking for myself, I fall into this bracket. However, Fallout 76 for example did have a very rocky start, yet Bethesda do fix many issues and delivered on content making Fallout 76 a lot better than compared to when it launched.

“Obviously, we’re big fans of single player and we’ve had some success with some multiplayer-focused games,” says Howard. “We have found that even if it’s multiplayer, whether it’s Elder Scrolls Online or Fallout 76, a large number of our players want to play it like a single-player game and not have the other players distract from it. Games handle multiplayer in different ways, and I think it all has merit.”

Source: The Guardian

PS5 launch in Europe to record sales

According to VGchartz. The PS5 was the best selling console in Europe week ending Nov 21st with 1,001,572 consoles sold.

In contrast to the PS4 launch in Europe was 706,948, in its first week. Where as the PS5 in its first launch week in Europe, sold 723,341.

The Xbox Series X and S however on its second week saw sales fall to 252,262.

Below you can see all the figures:

  1. PlayStation 5 – 1,001,572 (2,485,482)
  2. Switch – 827,941 (69,854,990)
  3. Xbox Series X|S – 252,262 (1,597,648)
  4. PlayStation 4 – 123,614 (114,019,854)
  5. Xbox One – 49,361 (48,598,031)
  6. 3DS – 4,311 (75,878,298)

Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) hardware estimates:

  1. Switch – 326,651
  2. Xbox Series X|S – 150,908
  3. PlayStation 5 – 142,081
  4. Xbox One – 37,832
  5. PlayStation 4 – 37,001
  6. 3DS – 902

Europe hardware estimates:

  1. PlayStation 5 – 723,341 – NEW
  2. Nintendo Switch – 238,815
  3. Xbox Series X|S – 82,073
  4. PlayStation 4 – 76,798
  5. Xbox One – 9,219
  6. 3DS – 2,572

Asia (Japan, mainland Asia, Middle East) hardware estimates:

  1. Switch – 228,755
  2. PlayStation 5 – 118,779
  3. Xbox Series X|S – 7,030
  4. PlayStation 4 – 6,703
  5. 3DS – 730
  6. Xbox One – 345

Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) hardware estimates:

  1. Switch – 33,720
  2. PlayStation 5 – 17,371
  3. Xbox Series X|S – 12,251
  4. PlayStation 4 – 3,112
  5. Xbox One – 1,965
  6. 3DS – 107

Source: VGchartz

People Can Fly announce working on ‘two’ new original triple A titles

People Can Fly Developer behind such games: Painkiller, Bulletstorm, Gears of War Judgement and upcoming release, Outriders. Have announced that they are teaming up with Take-Two interactive and Square Enix to create two new original triple A games.

“In partnership with Take-Two Interactive we are also working on the recently announced new original AAA title led by PCF’s NY studio.
People Can Fly’s third game in the making is our new exciting project with Square Enix which details are yet to be revealed.”

Stay tuned for more details.

Source: People Can Fly

Super Nintendo World Japan officially opening Feb 4th, 2021

Universal at Japan have officially announced that Super Nintendo World will be officially open in Feb 4th, 2021.

Feast your eyes on a Mario Kart AR challenge roller-coaster trailer below.

See the pics more up close.

Source: Universal Japan