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Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution has sailed past 2.18 million copies sold, as found out from their financial figures as part of their bi-annual financial report. It revealed a year-on-year fall in net sales of 15-percent between April and September.
Net profile for the same period was up by 115-percent to approximately £30 million, with one of those titles contributed quite a bit to it, DX:HR. The vast majority of those 2.18 million copies sold were in Europe, surprisingly.
Dungeon Siege 3 sales you ask? They're only at 820,000 units. How about Minecraft? Minecraft has an impressive 4 million sales, despite the game not even fully released yet and only in a playable beta state. It goes on sale later this month, though.
A fresh video of Hitman Absolution has been uploaded complete with Director's Commentary from Game Director Tore Blystad and Gameplay Director Christian Elverdam.
The near 17 minute long video gives a behind the scenes rundown of the upcoming fifth entry in the Hitman game series which runs on IO Interactive's proprietary Glacier 2 game engine.
Join Game Director Tore Blystad and Gameplay Director Christian Elverdam as they take you behind-the-scenes of the award-winning Hitman: Absolution, with a 17 minute commentary version of "Run For Your Life" playthrough. Learn first-hand what it takes to create a living and breathing world, gain new insight into the creation and ambition for the game and get a taste of what players can expect when they enter the mindset of the original assassin: Agent 47.
The game is due for release in 2012. A definitive date for its launch has not yet been made official.
Kmart have let a copy of Modern Warfare 3 slip off the shelves, and four days before its released, sold on eBay for an astonishing $1,725. Of course the buyer is anonymous, but there is one [lucky?] person out there who happened to value a leaked copy of Modern Warfare 3 at $1,725.
$1,725. That number is huge. Especially for an Xbox 360 copy, consider this; you could buy a full HD TV, Xbox 360 console and a handful of games for that kind of money. But, to a diehard fan, or someone who just wants it before everyone else (COD-peen?), then it would be invaluable to that person.
The problem with this? It takes three-to-four days for the game to be shipped as on the eBay delivery status it clearly states "Delivery: Estimated within 3-4 business days". Can you imagine how your heart would feel if it stopped beating for a second? That's what this person would feel when they realised they'd be waiting to pretty much on the day of proper release of MW3, and they'd get their copy. But, at $1,725.
I stumbled across this video today, which is from the same two guys who bought the world the live-action Battlefield 3 video which featured "Fearless CPU player who loves running down dark corridors" and "Sitting-down terrorist with no peripheral vision", comes a Skyrim-themed short film.
The two guys behind it, Rob Hardy and Jarrad Cody are also from my home town, Adelaide, South Australia. I noticed some of their props looked like local brands, and then at the end of the Battlefield 3 video they said that the prize giveaway was to be picked up from Adelaide, SA. Small world! Anyway, check out the Somewhat Skyrim video below:
Rainbow 6 series' new title has been confirmed today called Rainbow 6 Patriots and is the latest Tom Clancy first-person shooter which won't see the light of day until 2013. This marks a five-year gap in between Rainbow Six console releases as the most recent of them was Vegas 2 in March 2008.
The wait is possibly at the fault of Vegas 2, which was criticized at the time for being too similar to the original Rainbow Six: Vegas, released in November 2006. The setting for Patriots hasn't been confirmed with the only nugget of information to go on is that it "captures the reality of modern-day terrorism". The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, "with the support of" Ubisoft Toronto and Ubisoft Red Storm.
You would think that a company the size of Activision would not let this happen so close to launch, especially since Elite was announced so long ago now. Alas, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Elite will not launch on PC with the game, and will be released sometime after the game itself.
This is due to the developers saying the PC is "insecure", where they're worried people will hack the system. Those statistics can't be hacked, it would cause the world to implode and would be equal to the consequences of dividing by zero! Beachhead Studio head Chacko Sonny says:
We're as committed as ever to the PC, but the need to ensure a safe PC environment is greater than ever. It's really extensive. We need more time to get there, so Elite on PC will not launch on Day 1. We're working our butts off to make it happen, but we won't release it until we know that PC gamers can enjoy Elite as it's meant to be. The issue here is that the PC is an insecure platform. Without a central, trusted resource for stats, a lot of our competition features become unfair. We can't give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats. Leaderboards are less fun when a lot of the users are there unfairly.
Earlier this week, Dead Island developer Techland filed a trademark for something called Dead World. The name was logged on the 28th of October, and potentially refers to "computer game software and electronic software programs."
Could we be looking at the expansion and sequel to the hit game, Dead Island? Dead World would be pretty cool. Eurogamer reached out to Techland and a spokesperson for the company told Eurogamer "Techland is not going to comment on [the trademark filing] at this time."
I was a huge fan of Heavy Rain, it wasn't a perfect game, but it was a very, very good game. Next week, it's being re-released as "Heavy Rain: Director's Cut". In addition to the original game, it will include DLC, the original soundtrack, bonus videos, and more. Better yet, it will only be $29.99!
Heavy Rain: Director's Cut starts shipping on November 8th in the US. Here is a list of all the great content fans can look forward to:
If the TweakTown powers that be would allow me to do it, this post would simply say "Wow" followed by the trailer... but, we'll discuss it is a bit first. Battlefield 3 is obviously out and the first DLC Pack for it comes in the form of Back to Karkand. Back to Karkand features four of the most loved maps from Battlefield 2: Strike at Karkand, Sharqi Peninsula, Gulf of Oman and my personal favorite, Wake Island.
The expansion pack also sports new weapons, vehicles, persistence, and the return of the classic Conquest Assault. Better yet, those who pre-ordered will get Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand for free... yep, no extra charge. Those of you who didn't pre-order can purchase it on the same day for $14.99/1200 Microsoft Points.
The trailer is just awesome, I really wish the Battlefield 3 trailers were done in that way, it just looks... amazing. What I'd like to know is what is this "enhanced destruction" about, is it more than what we experience in Battlefield 3? If so, why? Is this something they'll switch on with an update to BF3? I hope so.
If you can't get Battlefield 3 running smoothly enough to enjoy it and are desperately saving some cash to get that rig upgraded, perhaps in the meantime you may like to take up Futuremark on its generous offer in providing its zero gravity FPS, Shattered Horizon for just $4.99 via Steam.
Beginning tomorrow (Friday 4th) through to Sunday the 6th, Futuremark is offering the game up for the aforementioned all-time low price, and even if you happen to miss picking it up then, it will remain at a permanently lower price of just $9.99 from Monday November 7th onwards, down from the current $19.99.
When we launched Shattered Horizon its high hardware requirements put it out of reach for some gamers. Today, Windows 7 is the most popular operating system in Steam's hardware survey and games like Battlefield 3 are raising the technical bar for PC games. We are happy to offer Shattered Horizon for an extra low price this weekend to give PC gamers the chance to enjoy its unique zero gravity combat.