Grant Kirkhope’s First Tune For Ex-Rare Developers PlayTonic Is Coming Along Nicely

Famed composer Grant Kirkhope who has worked on a number of critically acclaimed soundtracks including Banjo Kazooie has tweeted that his first tune for PlayTonic Games secret project is coming along rather nicely. We’ve yet to get a glimpse of the game, but PlayTonic has revealed that they will be showcasing the game during a presentation at EGX Rezzed which starts on March 12th

Thanks, aishitsuzukeyo

Square Enix CEO Is Aware Of Dragon Quest Demand Here In The West

Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda says he is fully aware of the demand for Dragon Quest titles in the west. Matsuda announced only today that Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to the United States and Europe on the PlayStation 4 and he believes that the Dragon Quest franchise has a “bright future” ahead of it in the west. Hopefully that means localising Dragon Quest titles for the Nintendo 3DS. Matsuda also said that we should look forward to more announcements in the near future.

Matsuda acknowledges a number of Dragon Quest titles were not released in France (in the West, if you prefer, heh) but he and the DQ team are aware of the demand. He says he thinks they (the DQ team) have some ideas on how to make the franchise successful in the West, and asks us to look forward to upcoming announcements and to a “bright future” for the series.

Ex-Rare Developers Will Show Off Their 3D Platformer At EGX Rezzed

We’ve all been waiting for a glimpse of the spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie and it seems as though it will all be revealed fairly soon. The team of ex-Rare developers who have formed PlayTonic Games will give everyone a look at their new project on Saturday at 4pm during a presentation entitled ‘A rare reunion: Rebirth of the 3d platformer’. This will all take place during EGX Rezzed which kicks off on March 12th,

“It was the fans of our past work who inspired the creation of Playtonic, so we’re delighted to be able to showcase our vision to them in person at EGX Rezzed – as well as a few cheeky details of our game!”

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 38k And Wii U Sells 6k

This week’s Media Create game sales are now in from Japan. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D has been knocked off its chart-topping position by PlayStation Vita title God Eater 2: Rage Burst. Fortunately, the 3DS remake still retains a healthy number of sales during its second week with an additional 71k. Newcomers The Order: 1886 – which was number one in the UK this week – lands in fourth, while Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is just behind in fifth.

Hardware sales follow a different route this week with the PlayStation Vita taking top, while Nintendo 3DS garners an additional 38k in total sales and the Wii U drops once again to 6k. Below you’ll find the top 20 software charts, followed by the best-selling hardware in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PSV] God Eater 2: Rage Burst (Bandai Namco, 02/19/15) – 234,180 (New)
  2. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo, 02/14/15) – 71,181 (302,246)
  3. [PS4] God Eater 2: Rage Burst (Bandai Namco, 02/19/15) – 37,824 (New)
  4. [PS4] The Order: 1886 (SCE, 02/20/15) – 25,023 (New)
  5. [PS4] Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Koei Tecmo, 02/19/15) – 24,457 (New)
  6. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi (Level-5, 12/14/14) – 17,738 (2,497,462)
  7. [PS3] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 12,211 (72,838)
  8. [PS3] Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Koei Tecmo, 02/19/15) – 11,271 (New)
  9. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 11,256 (2,525,177)
  10. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 8,936 (53,510)
  11. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, 10/11/14) – 7,910 (2,478,064)
  12. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 7,860 (2,157,653)
  13. [PS4] Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Bandai Namco, 01/29/15) – 7,239 (54,442)
  14. [PSV] Otoko Yukaku (D3 Publisher, 02/19/15) – 7,083 (New)
  15. [PSV] Samurai Warriors 4-II (Koei Tecmo, 02/11/15) – 5,223 (28,742)
  16. [PSV] Hakuoki Zuisouroku Omokage Hana (Idea Factory, 02/19/15) – 5,154 (New)
  17. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 4,881 (592,794)
  18. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 4,603 (921,092)
  19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,595 (3,923,419)
  20. [PSV] Fuuraiki 3 (NIS, 02/19/15) – 4,435 (New)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation Vita – 35,203 (10,901)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 24,737 (21,381)
  3. New 3DS LL – 23,466 (41,821)
  4. New 3DS – 8,657 (9,584)
  5. Wii U – 6,070 (7,007)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 5,810 (6,683)
  7. 3DS LL – 3,343 (4,126)
  8. 3DS – 2,707 (3,214)
  9. Xbox One – 1,381 (191)
  10. PlayStation Vita TV – 731 (588)

UK Charts: Majora’s Mask 3D Remains In Top 5, The Order: 1886 Takes Top

This week’s individual UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK Chart-Track and sales tracker UKIE. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D remains in the top 5 but slips down to 4 from its leader status, while newcomer The Order: 1886 smashes the (games) box office and steals the glory crown from Skull Kid and friends. While Evolve maintains its position from last week, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate takes a nose dive from 4 to 12 – though tracks a good position within the full top 40.

Elsewhere, Mario Kart 8 for Wii U is knocked out entirely after skimming through the charts, and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Tomodachi Life almost partner up, taking 37 and 39 chart positions, respectively. You can view the complete individual UK top 40 games chart below, or alternatively you’ll find the all-format chart, here.

1. (NE) [PS4] The Order: 1886
2. (02) [XBO] Evolve
3. (03) [PS4] Evolve
4. (01) [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
5. (05) [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
6. (07) [PS4] Far Cry 4
7. (06) [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V
8. (12) [360] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
9. (08) [XBO] Grand Theft Auto V
10. (10) [XBO] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
11. (09) [360] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
12. (04) [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
13. (11) [PS4] FIFA 15
14. (14) [XBO] Far Cry 4
15. (13) [XBO] FIFA 15
16. (20) [PS3] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
17. (NE) [PC] Total War: Attila
18. (19) [XBO] Minecraft: Xbox Edition
19. (RE) [PS4] The Last of Us: Remastered
20. (22) [XBO] Forza Horizon 2
21. (15) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
22. (25) [XBO] Halo: The Master Chief Collection
23. (17) [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
24. (29) [360] Far Cry 4
25. (24) [PS4] Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
26. (34) [360] Terraria
27. (18) [360] FIFA 15
28. (21) [PS4] Destiny
29. (16) [XBO] Assassin’s Creed: Unity
30. (39) [PS3] Far Cry 4
31. (23) [PS4] The Crew
32. (37) [360] Disney Infinity 2.0
33. (NE) [PS4] Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
34. (28) [XBO] Destiny
35. (35) [360] LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
36. (32) [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts
37. (30) [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby
38. (26) [PC] Football Manager 2015
39. (36) [3DS] Tomodachi Life
40. (31) [PS4] Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Developers Say The Metacritic Obsession Is Damaging To Video Games

UK publication MCV has written an interesting article exploring the current obsession with Metacritic and why it’s bad for the industry as a whole. The publication has spoken to a number of European video game developers who have once again reiterated that a good Metacritic score means that they can receive pay bonuses and shares for the company rise. Some believe that the scoring system is detrimental to developers and is harming innovation Here’s what some of the developers who spoke to the publication had to say.

“The problem is how parts of the games industry and audience treat Metacritic. The idea that a game isn’t worth buying, or that its developers have failed and don’t deserve bonuses if it scores under 80 or even 85 on Metacritic, is going to result in samey, bland games that are made according to what works in Metacritic’s system. It’s harming innovation in mainstream gaming.”

– Eurogamer

“I understand the desire to simplify complex matters into easy to understand patterns. But ultimately I believe review scores are a bane to the games industry.”

– Bossa Studios co-founder Imre Jele

“There are so many factors that go into reviews it doesn’t make sense. Some people use the score as a quick shorthand, but there is so much missing.”

– Frontier

“What matters most to us is the response of players and how social media spreads the word about good, playable games,”

– Rebellion founder Jason Kingsley


Project CARS Has Been Delayed Again It’s Now Coming In April And Wii U Not Mentioned

Project CARS looks like a gorgeous racer, but sadly Bandai Namco and Simply Mad Studios have announced that the game has been delayed yet again. The racing simulator is now scheduled to launch in April on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, but oddly the Wii U version hasn’t been mentioned by the company. Whether it’s coming at a later date or the same date remains to be seen.

“Moving a release date was not an easy decision to make, as we know our fans are eager to get their hands-on on Project CARS,” studio head Ian Bell. “But we know that these extra days will allow us to provide the best game experience that our fans deserve. We assure you the wait will be worth it when the game does arrive early April.”

Thanks, Jester