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Back in late February, Sony offered up some details on the PS4 game console and the number of units sold globally since it launched. The numbers showed that as of February 18, the console had sold 5.3 million units globally. Sales in Japan have helped that number grow significantly in short order.
Sony announced yesterday that the PS4 game console has now reached 6 million units sold globally. That is a gain of around 700,000 units sold in only a couple weeks. Sony also detailed some other interesting items about the console.
There have been more than 3.6 million live broadcasts and 56 million spectate sessions via Twitch and Ustream from the PS4. Sony notes that PS4 gamers account for almost 20% of all daily broadcasts on Twitch. Another interesting tidbit is that the share button on the PS4 controller has been pressed over 10 million times.
Watchdogs is one of the most highly anticipated games arriving on Sony's PlayStation 4 this year, but up until now, Sony has kept quiet about its launch date. We first got a glimpse of Watchdogs during PS4's launch event last year, and the game wowed us with its new style and ideas, but since then we have heard very little about the game other than a few features and specifications.
Today Sony accidentally let the release date for Watchdogs slip when it published the games launch date on its website. The leak says that Watchdogs will release on June 30, 2014, as well as showing a retail price of $59.99, and that 608 people have already rated it... This leak is most likely the result of a website developer testing functionality, and all the information could be false filler, that was entered for testing purposes.
Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice.
Chicago's overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city's technology and information - including key data on all of the city's residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You'll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy... and more.
Rewinding back to January, Valve boss Gabe Newell promised that he would do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, if $500,000 or more was donated to charity through The Heart of Racing. The amount was reached, and today was the day that Newell was meant to do his AMA... but he didn't.
Using uber math skills, we know that 3/3 and that Valve is scared of using the number three - but is Newell scared of stepping anywhere near it? Is this the reason why the AMA was not done today, and seems to have been pushed back until tomorrow? We should hopefully hear something tomorrow, but I highly doubt it'll be what people really want to hear about: Half-Life 3.
Monopoly is one of those games that you either love or hate, but Nintendo's Legend of Zelda and Pokemon franchises are loved by everyone. Imagine a world where those franchises were mashed up with the Monopoly franchise, and I guarantee that the word epic will come to mind. Fortunately you will not have to imaging a Zelda or Pokemon Monopoly game existing for much longer as Nintendo and Hasbro have teamed up to make them a reality.
This September, Pokemon and Zelda will arrive in Monopoly form with the Pokemon game taking place in the Kanto region of the popular turn-based video game. Each game will retail for $45 and will be released by licensing company USAopoly at major retailers everywhere. No information was released about if premium editions will be available, but I am keeping my hopes high for a premium edition of Zeldaopoly in a wood case and painted figurines.
Today DICE released an official response to all of the complaints it has been receiving about issues revolving around Battlefield 4's "netcode." While the term netcode is made up by the community, the issues in Battlefield 4 are quite real and very much a nuisance. For some players lag, rubber banding, and pre-mature deaths are causing the game to be unplayable and it all seems to revolve around network connection issues.
DICE says that it is currently working on problems ranging between faulty networking latency compensation, to glitches in the game-play simulation itself. Before DICE went into any of its fixes, it described how the game actually works. "The game receives updates from the game server and displays these to the player using a system called latency compensation - this system makes sure players move around naturally on your screen when network updates arrive. We have found and fixed several issues with latency compensation, and thereby decreased the impressions of "one hit kills" in the game."
Information and images from upcoming game 'Titanfall' is still being leaked. This time it contained a lot of information about the game which was present on the files of the BETA version of the Windows version of the game. The leak was done by 'FallenFusion' in Reddit's Titanfall sub-reddit section.
The game's campaign will have nine matches: five rounds of death match called 'Attrition' which can be played as either Intersteller Manufacturing Corporation or Militia. There's also 'Capture the Flag' and 'Last Titan Standing'. The 5th game type is called 'Pilot Hunter' mode where killing every pilot (human) is killed, but killing the AI opponents would lower the time to earn titans and the ability to regenerate the titan core.
Dark Souls 2 will be available for PC via Steam on April 25th according to the report. Earlier, Amazon listed the release date for May 31st, but an advertisement of Dark Souls 2 'Collectors Edition' which contains an art book, a cloth game map, game, official T-shirt and 'Black Armour Weapon Set' DLC confirmed that the game will be released on April 25th.
It is said that the game will have 4 times more resolution than the console version of the game, but will come with a cap of 60 FPS. Meanwhile, the PS3 and Xbox 360 version pre-orders are on, and the console versions will be released on March 11 in North America, and March 14 in Europe.
Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer recently replied to certain queries via Twitter which gives some good indication of upcoming games, including news about the next Halo title.
It is speculated that Microsoft studios is working on Halo 2 Anniversary Edition, though its also being speculated that there will be a Halo 2 remake. It will be interesting to get to know what 343 Industries has in mind for Halo, and whether there will be any footage, screenshots, official title announcement or any E3 2014 teaser for the next gen console from Microsoft.
Bethesda has confirmed that Wolfenstein: The New Order will be running at 1080p, but also at a silky smooth 60FPS on both the next-gen consoles. Bethesda announced the news through a statement to GamingBolt, in a response to reports that the PS4 version of the game would be the higher fidelity version.
But, that was wrong, as both the Xbox One and PS4 will be running at 1080p at 60FPS. Bethesda put it simply: "The Xbox One version of Wolfenstein will run at 1080p/60fps". This is some good news for Microsoft's struggling next-gen console, which seems to be second-best to the PS4 when it comes to gaming horsepower.
Thief runs at 900p on the Xbox One, versus 1080p on the PS4, and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes runs at 1080p on the PS4, versus the piddly 720p on the Xbox One.
GameStop received some new Batman banners yesterday, which is teasing a new Batman game to be revealed next week. British game studio, Rocksteady, worked on two previous Batman games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The last Arkham game, Origins, was developed by Warner Bros. Montreal.
Then we have the fact that Rocksteady held an event for reporters a few weeks ago, with an embargo date of March. GameSpot has said that the new Batman banner isn't being hung up until March 3, and with secrecy cloaking these new materials, the rumors are flying thick and fast. GameStop's are receiving a poster called "Zeppelin" which is being linked to Batman, according to an unnamed employee.
The Batman rabbit hole gets deeper, though, with GameStop's magazine, Game Informer, normally doing their big exclusive cover reveals in the first week of each month, which is next week. Last year's Batman: Arkham Origins was revealed on a Game Informer cover, too. Then we have the above shot, which displays "Available SKU" on October 8, 2014 - the possible release date of the unknown, and right now rumored new Batman game.