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UK Charts: Bayonetta 2 Makes Its Debut At Number 6

This week’s individual UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track. The highest charting newcomer this week is the long-awaited return of the feisty dark witch, Bayonetta 2. Making its cracking debut at number 6 this week, the hack-and-slash game just falls outside of the top 5 with FIFA 15 firmly staying its ground on various platforms, along with the ever-popular Minecraft.

Further down the chart, Super Smash Bros for 3DS slips from 14 to 16 this week, while the quirky life simulation title Tomodachi Life moves up to 31 from 35. Mario Kart 8 also makes some great manoeuvres and leaps from 40 to 34. And newcomer Just Dance 2015 makes its debut at 38 for the Nintendo Wii. You can view the UK individual top 40  chart below.

1. (04) [PS4] FIFA 15
2. (02) [360] FIFA 15
3. (13) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
4. (08) [XBO] FIFA 15
5. (05) [PS3] FIFA 15
6. (NE) [WIIU] Bayonetta 2
7. (01) [PS4] The Evil Within
8. (03) [360] Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
9. (07) [PS4] Driveclub
10. (10) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
11. (15) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
12. (09) [PS4] Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
13. (23) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
14. (06) [XBO] The Evil Within
15. (12) [XBO] Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
16. (14) [3DS] Super Smash Bros.
17. (21) [PS4] Destiny
18. (NE) [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth
19. (24) [360] Skylanders Trap Team
20. (26) [XBO] Destiny
21. (26) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
22. (11) [PS3] Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
23. (19) [PS4] Alien: Isolation
24. (31) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
25. (16) [360] The Evil Within
26. (NE) [360] The Borderlands Collection (1&2)
27. (30) [PC] The Sims 4
28. (17) [PS3] The Evil Within
29. (18) [360] F1 2014
30. (29) [360] Destiny
31. (35) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
32. (25) [XBO] Alien: Isolation
33. (RE) [PS4] Watch Dogs
34. (40) [WIIU] Mario Kart 8
35. (22) [PS3] F1 2014
36. (36) [PS4] The Last of Us: Remastered
37. (RE) [DS] Frozen: Olaf’s Quest
38. (NE) [WII] Just Dance 2015
39. (39) [360] Grand Theft Auto V
40. (33) [WII] Skylanders Trap Team

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EDGE Gives Super Smash Bros On Nintendo 3DS 8/10

Respected UK video game magazine EDGE has awarded Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS a solid 8/10. There’s no details from the review, but EDGE are renowned for being rather stringent with regards to review scores. You can see what EDGE gave the other games in the latest issue, below.

  • Destiny – 8
  • DriveClub – 7
  • Forza Horizon 2 – 7
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter – 8
  • Middle Earth : Shadow of Mordor – 7
  • Costume Quest 2 – 7
  • Wasteland 2 – 7
  • Super Smash Brothers 3DS – 8
  • D4 – 7

Thanks, Cammi

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Former EA Boss Is Now The New CEO Of Unity

Former EA CEO John Riccitiello has been announced as the CEO of Unity. Outgoing CEO, David Helgason, has said that Riccitiello is what he describes as a “heartfelt believer in the indie scene”. Here’s what John Riccitiello had to say about his new position at Unity.

“Unity has been a hugely positive force in the games industry for years,” Riccitiello said. “Now it’s my incredible fortune to have the opportunity to help guide Unity going forward. Unity is more than a great engine or packages of services, it’s an amazing and diverse community of developers, many of which are changing the way we think about game design and production. Unity’s mission – to democratize development – is an important one that I’m very happy to help drive forward.”

Thanks, N-Dub Nation

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Japanese Charts: 3DS Sells 113K, Wii U Sells 5k

This week’s Media Create Sales are now in from Japan. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate continues to reign at the top of the charts and pulls in another 327k in copies sold. Last week, Capcom confirmed they had shipped 2 million copies, meaning we could be looking at 2 million physical copies sold by next week. Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS stays resolute in its chart position at number 2. The brawler sells a further 53k copies and moves into the 1.6 million bracket.

Hardware sales take a dip on all counts this week. Sales for the New Nintendo 3DS and LL reaches almost 90k units, while the standard 3DS and LL sells a further 23.5k. On the other hand, Wii U shifts a mere 5k in sales this week, down from last week’s 6k. Below you can view the top 20 software chart followed by the hardware chart.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 327,212 (1,773,501)
  2. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 53,075 (1,610,904)
  3. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 42,778 (2,755,687)
  4. [PSV] Chaos Rings III: Prequel Trilogy – 12,436 (New)
  5. [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix – 11,215 (117,309)
  6. [PS3] FIFA 15 – 4,462 (20,612)
  7. [PSV] Amnesia Later X Crowd V Edition – 3,668 (New)
  8. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 3,625 (690,387)
  9. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 3,309 (106,214)
  10. [3DS] Dragon Quest X Online – 3,303 (108,599)
  11. [PSV] Danganronpa: Another Episode – 3,283 (96,396)
  12. [PS4] FIFA 15 – 3,038 (19,757)
  13. [3DS] Nazotoki Battle Tore! Densetsu no Makyuu o Fukkatsu Saseyo! – 2,936 (15,782)
  14. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 2,934 (1,287,733)
  15. [PS3] Destiny – 2,858 (94,324)
  16. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 2,666 (3,797,831)
  17. [PS3] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 2,631 (82,104)
  18. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 2,598 (197,108)
  19. [PSV] Toukiden Kiwami – 2,158 (143,048)
  20. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y – 2,118 (4,153,186)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 60,348 (164,756)
  2. New 3DS – 29,341 (70,050)
  3. 3DS LL – 16,771 (19,727)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 8,761 (8,561)
  5. PlayStation 4 – 8,046 (11,697)
  6. 3DS – 6,778 (7,340)
  7. Wii U – 5,293 (6,309)
  8. PlayStation 3 – 4,779 (4,954)
  9. Xbox One – 728 (809)
  10. PlayStation Vita TV – 630 (737)
  11. PSP – 100 (67)
  12. Xbox 360 – 88 (97)
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Ubisoft Developer Says ‘Linear Story Games Will Suffer In Modern Marketplace’

Far Cry 4’s creative director Alex Hutchinson believes that traditionally linear story based titles that we are all used to will eventually lose appeal with consumers. Hutchinson thinks that big open world games are the way forward giving consumers a choice about how they go about approaching the world presented to them.

“I’m really interested in emergent games and where that’s going with video sharing and Twitch. I think linear story games are really going to suffer in the modern marketplace.

“They’re already super high-quality, and we’re already seeing their audiences migrate to the big open world games. If I open my friends list and see everybody on the same mission, doing the same thing… I think that’s nowhere near as strong a sales pitch as opening your friends list and seeing 40 people doing completely different things.”

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Ubisoft Toronto Founder Jade Raymond Departs To Pursue New Opportunities

Today, Ubisoft announced that after 10 years of collaboration, the company and Jade Raymond have agreed to pursue future opportunities separately. Alexandre Parizeau, a founding team member of the Ubisoft Toronto studio, replaces Raymond as managing director.

During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin’s Creed (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin’s Creed II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29.

“I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours.”

With more than 15 years in the game industry, Parizeau has an impressive range of experience across many facets of the business. As a founding core member of Ubisoft Toronto studio, Parizeau is a proven and trusted team builder and leader. He also served as senior producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, and producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas.  Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will oversee Toronto’s continued role as a key contributor to the development of some of the biggest brands at Ubisoft, as well as a number of unannounced projects.

“On behalf of Ubisoft, I’d like to thank Jade for her leadership and many contributions over the years, and wish her all the best in her next adventures,” said Mallat. “The Toronto studio is a key part of the Ubisoft global network, and Alex has been at the heart of the studio’s growth over the years. He was the obvious choice to lead this talented group of people as they continue to develop amazing games.”

 

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UK Charts: Smash Bros Slips To Number 14 And Mario Kart 8 Hangs On At Number 40

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. The number one title this week is survival horror title, The Evil Within. The excellent Super Smash Bros has slipped from number 11 to 14th in the charts. Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U is still hanging in there at number 40 and Hyrule Warriors has disappeared completely. Here’s the best-selling games in the United Kingdom this week.

01 (NE) PS4 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
02 (01) 360 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
03 (NE) 360 BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL! (TAKE 2)
04 (02) PS4 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
05 (04) PS3 FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
06 (NE) XBO THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
07 (03) PS4 DRIVECLUB (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
08 (07) XBO FIFA 15 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
09 (06) PS4 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
10 (08) XBO FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
11 (NE) PS3 BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL! (TAKE 2)
12 (10) XBO MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
13 (19) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
14 (11) 3DS SUPER SMASH BROS. (NINTENDO)
15 (17) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
16 (NE) 360 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
17 (NE) PS3 THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
18 (NE) 360 F1 2014 (CODEMASTERS)
19 (05) PS4 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
20 (12) 360 FORZA HORIZON 2 (MICROSOFT)
21 (15) PS4 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
22 (NE) PS3 F1 2014 (CODEMASTERS)
23 (21) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
24 (14) 360 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
25 (09) XBO ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
26 (18) XBO DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
27 (13) 360 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
28 (NE) PC THE EVIL WITHIN (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
29 (22) 360 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
30 (25) PC THE SIMS 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
31 (29) 360 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 (DISNEY INTERACTIVE STUDIOS)
32 (16) PS4 NBA 2K15 (TAKE 2)
33 (23) WII SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
34 (27) PS3 DESTINY (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
35 (31) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
36 (30) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
37 (28) PS4 SLEEPING DOGS: DEFINITIVE EDITION (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
38 (20) PS3 ALIEN: ISOLATION (SEGA)
39 (32) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
40 (36) WIU MARIO KART 8 (NINTENDO)