Expect to see more of Deep Silver's biggest games get timed exclusivity on the Epic Games Store.
Metro Exodus' exclusivity deal on the Epic Store worked out quite well for THQ Nordic. The game not only helped skyrocket earnings by over 500% last year, but was the single best-selling title on all platforms and the biggest release in THQ Nordic's history. But how much of that revenue came from the Epic Store? Most of it, actually.
Previous comments from THQ Nordic's Lars Wingefors said Metro Exodus sold best on consoles and led gamers to believe the Epic deal backfired. That isn't the case. Console still reigns because of combined physical and digital sales, but THQ Nordic actually made more from Metro Exodus on Epic's PC store than it did from digital console revenues.
"The Epic Games store has exceeded our expectations in terms of sales in actual units of both Metro Exodus and Satisfactory during the quarter. Epic Games store is in fact the group's leading digital platform in terms of revenue generated by units sales in the quarter ending March," Lars Wingefors said in an interview with PCGamesN.
This year's Call of Duty game won't actually be called Modern Warfare 4, but instead just...Modern Warfare.
Multiple sources say Call of Duty 2019 will be called Modern Warfare, seeing Activision pull a similar naming scheme as EA with Battlefield 1 in 2016. Whether or not the game will be a reboot for the series remains unknown. Infinity Ward has been teasing the project for a while now and key Modern Warfare series vets have returned to make the new FPS.
Activision confirmed this year's Modern Warfare will have full singleplayer campaign with optional co-op. There's a possibility that Modern Warfare 2019 will also feature a free-to-play online mode for maximum engagement and monetization potential.
One of the newest titles to hit the Epic Games Store is Phoenix Labs' Dauntless. The title has seen quite the level of popularity as 500,000 players have jumped into the action in just 24 hours.
Dauntless released onto the Epic Games Store on May 21st, and since then the title has managed to pick up some major support player-base wise. This massive influx of players is mostly due to Dauntless releasing on the Epic Games Store with cross-play and cross-progression, meaning players on Xbox, PS4 and PC can enjoy the game together. This was a goal of Phoenix Labs right from the beginning.
Since the release of Dauntless on the PC, the game has seen 500,000 more players join the Shattered Isles, which has brought the total player count up to 4 million already. Since that is quite the amount of players, Phoenix Labs has taken to their Twitter account to explain that there could be some issues with matchmaking. They say that players should expect some delays until the server traffic is ironed out and stable. Phoenix Labs also express that they are working tirelessly on any and all issues that have been presented to them. For more information about Dauntless, check out the listing for the title on the official Epic Games Store here.
Turn-based strategy fans that haven't already picked up Mutant Year Zero are truly missing out on a fantastic title. Now that fantastic title is about to change things up a bit with a brand new DLC that will be adding a new character into the mix.
For those that don't know what Mutant Year Zero is, the game revolves around turn-based combat that captures the likes of interesting storyline, while also combining stealth and strategy. The game takes after that of XCOM, and allows for players to control mutant humanoids in a post-human world.
The new DLC titled 'Seed of Evil' throws a new playable character into the mix 'Big Khan'. Big Khan is a moose and is awfully good at dealing critical damage to his enemies. Khan also comes with some unique mutations such as Ground Pound and Flame Puke, both of these abilities are designed to change up the play style of players and encourage more diverse tactics. Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil will be released on July 30th.
If you are an owner of Dead Cells and enjoyed playing through the title and are after a bit more content, then you are in luck. As a new DLC has been released on all platforms, completely free of charge.
Dead Cells players who own a copy of the base game will soon be able to jump into the 'Rise of the Giant' DLC that is being released onto all platforms. This new DLC will allows for players to experience a whole new level of play that will include difficult and new enemies.
As players progress through the level they will eventually be faced with the final challenge, the giant we see at the end of the above launch trailer. Dead Cells developers, Motion Twin have also said that there is plenty of hidden pieces of content that can be found throughout the DLC. Dead Cells: Rise of the Giant can be downloaded on all respective platforms now!
Ready At Dawn is currently prototyping a big new AAA game, and it could release on Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5.
Ready At Dawn, the team behind the visually stunning but mechanically lackluster The Order 1886, is making a new console game that may harness the raw power of Sony's new PS5 system. In a recent interview with Venture Beat, Ready At Dawn CEO Ru Weerasuriya affirmed the new game would take lessons learned from The Order 1886 as well as the studios Lone Echo VR games.
"We're working on a triple-A console title right now as well. It's something we're developing internally, and funnily enough, a lot of the lessons we've learned about narrative and immersion and gameplay mechanics we're taking some of those lessons into console. It might not be the same [as VR], but the player agency we learned to do in Lone Echo...you're always there. You can never expect the player to do what you want them to do. They'll do whatever they want. That's something we're carrying with us to the console," Weerasuriya said.
THQ Nordic may have inadvertently revealed Dead Island 2's long-awaited release timing...and it could happen this year.
After years in development hell, Dead Island 2 could be ready for launch in 2019. THQ Nordic's recent financial briefing gave some interesting clues on the game's impending release. In a pipeline roadmap Dead Island 2 was grouped with games that're all releasing in 2019, and THQ's Lars Wingefors read through the list from left to right, corresponding to each game's release timing. Dead Island 2 is nestled between BioMutant, which is TBA 2019, and Wasteland 3, which is slated to launch during holiday 2019. If it's not releasing soon why lump it in with games that are? Why include it on the roadmap between games that're strategically set for release this year?
Predictably enough, no new details were announced during the earnings report. "Dead Island 2 is still being worked on. Stay tuned," THQ Nordic CEO Lars Wingefors said in a presentation. It's possible Dead Island 2 will be one of Deep Silver's big E3 2019 surprises. The company is currently developing 80 games and only 32 of them have been announced so far, leaving 48 new projects to be unveiled.
CD Projekt RED is currently working on two big projects: the massively anticipated Cyberpunk 2077, and a brand new unannounced AAA RPG. The latter could be announced during its big E3 2019 event.
In its latest financial report, CDPR re-affirmed E3 2019 will be its biggest show ever. Cyberpunk 2077 will steal the spotlight of course, but we know the studio is also working on a new AAA RPG at the same time. Now company CFO Piotr Nielubowicz hints this new project could be part of its huge E3 plans, saying that it has an exciting lineup that may refer to multiple games. "The most important E3 fair in the group's history is upon us. We have a truly exciting line-up and cannot wait to present it. For the first time in our history we will also be showcasing Cyberpunk 2077 at our public stand."
The studio has set a hard 2021 deadline for both Cyberpunk 2077 and the new mystery RPG, so a teaser or announcement in 2019 could build up hype momentum as gamers also look forward to Night City's cybernetic chaos. As of Q1 2019 CDPR stands by its release targets for these two games. While nothing's been confirmed, past remarks indicate the new RPG will be a Witcher game but CDPR is adamant that Geralt's story is over.
CD Projekt RED might announce Cyberpunk 2077's release window at E3 2019, but the game probably won't launch this year on current-gen systems.
Cyberpunk 2077 demos will be held at E3, but attendees won't actually be able to play the game. Instead CD Projekt RED will hold gameplay presentation demos that're played by developers, a move similar to the closed-doors affairs at E3 2018. CDPR global community lead Marcin Momot confirmed the news: "To answer many questions about the demo and whether or not Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable at E3 -- we are going to be hosting gameplay presentations (game played by us) in that cinema."
Momot's words strongly hint the game isn't yet ready and probably won't be released in 2019, but instead in 2020 alongside Sony's beefy new PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Scarlett family of hardware. The sci-fi FPS RPG has a massive scope and CD Projekt RED has invested heavy manpower, funds, and development of a new next-gen engine to power it.
Capcom, like other developers, is currently testing out PlayStation 5 devkits and sees exciting potential with the new hardware.
Sony's PlayStation 5 should be quite beastly. The system will feature all new customized AMD chips including a potent Navi GPU in tandem with a Zen 2 CPU to deliver high-end console gaming. Other features like full native backward compatibility with PS4 games will ensure a smooth transition. But Capcom also sees big opportunities with other features like the PS5's ultra-fast broadband SSD.
In a recent interview with Weekly Famitsu (as translated by Twinfinite), Capcom's games division head Jun Takeuchi says the PS5's beefy specs and blazing-fast memory can drastically improve immersion. Loading times break immersion and action games like Devil May Cry stand to gain quite a bit from the PS5's expanded hardware, and Capcom is eager to use the console to its full potential to optimize its games.