According to the latest figures from VG Chartz, Microsoft's Xbox One family of consoles has surpassed 40 million sales globally to date.
Ever since Microsoft stopped revealing Xbox One console sales figures we've been in the dark about exact numbers. Right now all we have are estimates from sites like VG Chartz and analyst firms, the former of which pinpoints Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X combined sales at 40,020,713 units. We're not sure if these numbers are sell-in (shipments to retailers) or sell-through (sales directly to consumers).
Right now Sony leads the charge with a whopping 82.2 million PlayStation 4's shipped to date, and Nintendo has managed to move a very respectable 22.86 million Switch consoles as of September 30, or more than half of the Xbox family's total install base.
In lieu of new retro consoles, Nintendo could use Switch Online as a new subscription-based Virtual Console that offers NES, SNES, and eventually even Nintendo 64 games.
Nintendo's latest Switch handheld-console hybrid has no Virtual Console presence, a digital shop that sells older retro games on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS for anywhere from $5 to $10. The Switch does have classic games like NeoGeo and SEGA games for $7.99 a pop, but beloved old-school Nintendo games are missing in piecemeal sales. Rather than take the traditional VC path, Nintendo's retro gaming trajectory is forked: on one half it sells the NES and SNES Classic Editions that come with pre-loaded games, and on the other is the paid Switch Online subscription service that offers access to a growing pool of NES games.
Eventually Switch Online will be the only avenue for retro gaming on the hybrid system. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirms the NES and SNES mini-consoles are being retired after 2018, and Switch Online will be the main portal for Switch classic gaming.
Not every game should come to Nintendo's Switch platform, especially Rockstar's biggest game yet.
In a recent interview with Forbes, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime talked about the possibility of RDR2 on the Switch. Fils-Aime said he'd love to see Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Switch, and one of the main reasons it's not on the system is because it was in dev before the Switch itself. This prompted lots of articles divulging somewhat misleading info that RDR2 could've come to the Switch in the first place. But it's very likely the game was never planned for a Switch release. Bringing the Western to the limited handheld-console would be quite an undertaking, so much that it really just doesn't fit the system (both technically and literally).
There's many reasons why big games like Red Dead Redemption 2 shouldn't come to the Switch, but for clarification's sake we'll be talking about why Rockstar likely won't adapt their cowboy adventure to the platform. Let me preface this by saying this is an opinion-style article based around what I know about Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive's business model, and I'm not knocking the Nintendo Switch. Many games have come to the system--and many more will follow--but not every AAA title has a place on the handheld combo.
In the lastest 'Left Alive' trailer released by Square Enix, players are posed a multitude of questions regarding the choices they will be forced to make to ultimately make way for their own survival.
From the above trailer, Left Alive players will have some very hard decisions to make. These decisions will range in the form of advancing on enemies strategically or forcefully, to standing in the way of civilian life to protect them. Each vital decision made has a plethora of potential outcomes that will cause a butterfly effect throughout the rest of the game.
Left Alive will feature three main protagonists, each of these characters will come with their own story, missions and routes of survival techniques. This means that when playing as character A and moving forward through a specifically forced 'choice point', when coming across the same point and playing as character B, you may not have the same option as you previously choose. Left Alive is planned for release on March 5th and will be arriving on the PS4 and PC. For more information regarding the title, visit the official Left Alive website here.
Capcom has a new trailer for their upcoming title Devil May Cry 5. The new trailer showcases some awesome combat through the three playable characters.
Capcom have been rampant with the Devil May Cry 5 trailer hype, last week we saw a trailer released at The Game Awards that revealed the Xbox One demo and now we have a brand new one titled 'HYDE Collaboration.' The new trailer located above showcases to players all three main playable characters, Nero, V and of course Dante.
As you would expect from a Devil May Cry trailer, we are subjected to a slaughtering of demons at the hands of all three characters. The trailer actually showcases some awesome actions sequences throughout quite a large variety of demons, some large, others small and some that can only be assumed take 'boss' status. Devil May Cry 5 will release for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 8, 2019.
Yesterday we saw the announcement of 'Conan Unconquered', a new real-time strategy game that is being developed by the veterans at Petroglyph Games and published by Funcom. Both developers and publishers have commented on the recent announcement.
In a recent press release, we have comments from both Funcom CEO, Rui Casais and also Petroglyph CEO, Chuck Kroegel. Casais explains that him and his team are enjoying working with the team at Petroglyph, and that Casais feels as if that love is reciprocated back towards their company mutually. As a bi-product of this mutual connection, both companies believe this "team effort in every sense" will be what makes Conan Unconquered a "exciting game that continues to get better every day."
In final, Petroglyph CEO Chuck Kroegel has said that "Partnering with Funcom has truly made this Conan game experience unconquerable!" If you are a fan of strategy games and are curious about what a strategy game could offer you in the universe of Conan the Barbarian, a further description on Conan Unconquered can be found here. Conan Unconquered will be available in Q2 of 2019. A Steam listing for the title can be found here.
THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games have decided to release another trailer regarding the success of Darksiders III. The new trailer is an Accolades Trailer and details some quotes from media sources talking about Darksiders III.
The Accolades Trailer contains quotes from numerous gaming reviewing sources, we can see quotes from JeuxVideo, God Is A Greek, GameInformer, PC Games, GamerSky and more. The trailer mixes these quotes into the background of some epic action we see from Fury taking down a range of unqiue enemies.
For those that don't know the story of Darksiders III, players that decide to pick up the title will embark on an epic hack-slash adventure with Fury at the reins of your destruction. Fury is a member of the Four Horseman and is sent on a quest to take down the Seven Deadly Sins to restore order and balance to the world of good and evil and prove her superiority as the strongest of the horseman. Since Fury is a mage her form changes throughout the game depending on how far the player progresses, this aspect also coincides with the her evolving weaponry, mechanics and overall presence within the game. Darksiders III is currently available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. For information regarding the games coming DLC's, check out my story on the two that are currently planned here.
There is a new edition coming out for Square Enix and Platinum Games' NieR: Automata, and a teaser regarding the details of said edition has surfaced from the original writer, Yoko Taro.
The teaser is sourced from the NieR Game Twitter account where Yoko Taro took to the stage with a special announcement for the fans. The announcement says that Square Enix has asked Yoko Taro to comment about the coming Game of the YoRHa Edition, instead the writer gave us a fable regarding the meaning of nothing and how it can be applied to life.
Taro gives us the three release dates of NieR: Automata's release in their specific regions, he then lays out these dates into whole numbers and then adds them together to get a final number. He then proceeds to create two mediums by drawing two lines down the middle of the number and then subtracting the second number from the first. The equation is like this: 20170223 (2017/02/23) + 20170307 + (2017/03/07) + 20170310 (2017/03/10) = 60510840. This number is then divided by the lines 6051|0840 and then 0840 is subtracted from 6051, resulting in 5211.
China has just struck down its ban hammer on a bunch of the most popular games in the world, with heavy hitters like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds being banned in the country over "promoting incorrect values".
What exactly is "incorrect values" in the eyes of China? That would be blood and gore, and the depiction of female characters in games. Fortnite and PUBG weren't the only two hit, but they were totally banned in the country. Other games including Overwatch, Diablo, World of Warcraft and League of Legends have been told they need "correction action" in China if they want to stay unbanned.
There were 20 games that were put under the microscope by the Chinese government's new Online Ethics Review Committee, and out of the gate 9 of them failed and were ultimately banned. PUBG and H1Z1 were criticized for their use of blood and gore, but the banning of Fortnite is a mystery as there is no blood or gore in Epic Games' smash hit battle royale game.
Blizzard is once again getting into the festive spirit with a new update for Overwatch that arrives as the Winter Wonderland event, providing new skins, emotes, and more for the game to celebrate all things Christmas. Check out the trailer below:
The developer has been showing off individual Overwatch characters and their new festive outfits on social media over the last few days ahead of the Winter Wonderland update, but now we have a full detailed listing of what to expect. Roadhog receives an aweseome-looking Rudolph outfit for Christmas play in Overwatch, while Santa Claus costumes are provided for Mei (she looks SO good with it on) as well as Torbjorn.
Blizzard has thrown in two new brawls into Overwatch's new Winter Wonderland update, with the first dubbed 'Yeti Hunter'. In this mode, a team of Mei players will have to chase a Winston player who features the Yeti Skin festive outfit. Mei is featured in the second brawl which is called 'Snowball Offensive' that sees Mei sporting a modified Endothermic Blaster that launches snowballs that are painful one-hit KOs.