Akihiro Hino, the president of Level 5, has told a Japanese gaming publication that he wants the acclaimed studio to be more like the iconic Disney. Hino says he doesn’t want the company to be completely dedicated to traditional video games, but instead he wants to create a company that’s focussed on providing worldwide entertainment.
News has emerged that suggests Slightly Mad Studios racing simulation Project CARS has been delayed until March 2015 for all formats. The decision to delay the game was apparently due to the “other big games” shipping around the same time. The company also wants time to fix technical issues and polish the game.
The official NPD sales figures for the US have come through and they reveal exactly which titles made the top ten all-format chart in September. Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo 3DS managed to chart at number four despite only being on sale for only two days of data included in NPD’s September report. Destiny was the best-selling video game for the month. Here’s the US top ten video games.
- Madden 15
- FIFA 15
- Super Smash Bros
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- NHL 15
- The Sims 4
- Disney Infinity 2.0
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
Geoff Keighley has teased a mystery date on Twitter which is widely thought to be day of this year’s VGX awards. The date mentioned is the 5th of December which is around the same date as it was last year. We saw a few surprise announcements at last year’s VGX so hopefully this year’s event won’t be an exception.
Finnish game developer Frozenbyte announced today that the Trine series has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. To celebrate this milestone, the editor tools for Trine Enchanted Edition and Trine 2: Complete Story have been released on Steam – accompanied by a Free Weekend promotion that includes a 80% discount on both games.
The Trine series has been released on a total of eight platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, the Wii U system from Nintendo, Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. This vast selection has been made possible by Frozenbyte’s flexible inhouse engine and development tools, and now the editor part of this toolset is available for anyone who has the games on Steam.
The editor for the Trine games gives users a first-hand look at the development process. Players can now do the same things to Trine or Trine 2 as the developers; They can edit existing maps to their liking, create entirely new ones from scratch, or even create a completely different game. The mods can then be published on the newly opened Steam Workshop pages for Trine and Trine 2 for everyone to try. While the editor software might take some time getting used to, a growing open wiki with helpful guides for getting started has been made available at http://www.frozenbyte.com/wiki.
Anyone on Steam can now download and try Trine and Trine 2 for free during the weekend, starting on Thursday, 16 October at 10am PT and ending on Sunday, 19 October at 1pm PT.
“We’ve reached a higher userbase than we ever thought possible, but now we hope that people who’ve yet to play the Trine games will give them a shot during the Free Weekend on Steam. Opening up the games to user generated content is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, and we’re thrilled to see what people can come up with using the Editors,” said CEO of Frozenbyte Lauri Hyvärinen.
Frozenbyte is also preparing to launch a new game next week. Splot, Frozenbyte’s new iOS platformer, is due for release shortly on the App Store – out next week on the 23rd of the October. Stay tuned for more news on the one-eyed blue alien and his adventure!
This week’s Media Create sales are now in from Japan. As expected Monster Hunter 4G – or Monster Hunter Ultimate as it’s known in the west – has soared to victory, pulling in just short of 1.5 million copies. Earlier, Capcom announced in a statement to the press that the action RPG has surpassed 2 million copies for shipment in the region, which includes downloadable sales via the eShop. An unsurprising chart topping position for Monster Hunter 4G, while Super Smash Bros drops into second with a further 76k in sales.
The New Nintendo 3DS and LL models, released in Japan last weekend, have sold a total of 234k in units. As we reported earlier today, sales of the New Nintendo 3DS LL were almost three times larger than the standard new model according to Famitsu sales tracker data. Media Create records the standard New Nintendo 3DS at 70k compared to 164k for the LL.
Despite the new models launching, Nintendo 3DS & LL sales were boosted slightly to 27k in comparison to last week’s figures, while the Wii U steadily declines to 6k. You can view the top 20 software and hardware Japanese charts below.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – 1,446,289 (New)
- [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – 76,392 (1,557,829)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke – 57,583 (2,712,909)
- [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix – 21,158 (106,093)
- [PS4] FIFA 15 – 16,719 (New)
- [PS3] FIFA 15 – 16,149 (New)
- [PS4] Driveclub – 8,620 (New)
- [PSV] Danganronpa: Another Episode – 7,184 (93,113)
- [3DS] Nazotoki Battle Tore! Densetsu no Makyuu o Fukkatsu Saseyo! – 6,106 (102,905)
- [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 5,021 (102,905)
- [PS3] The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – 4,330 (79,473)
- [PSV] FIFA 15 – 4,253 (New)
- [3DS] Forbidden Magna – 4,247 (27,497)
- [PS3] Destiny – 4,160 (105,296)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest X Online – 4,151 (105,296)
- [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 – 3,996 (686,763)
- [3DS] Yokai Watch – 3,170 (1,284,799)
- [PSV] Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star – 3,157 (12,398)
- [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island – 2,906 (194,510)
- [Wii U] Fatal Frame: Oracle of the Sodden Raven – 2,710 (37,320)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- New 3DS LL – 164,756 (N/A)
- New 3DS – 70,050 (N/A)
- 3DS LL – 19,727 (16,130)
- PlayStation 4 – 11,697 (7,350)
- PlayStation Vita – 8,561 (13,510)
- 3DS – 7,340 (6,360)
- Wii U – 6,309 (7,805)
- PlayStation 3 – 4,954 (5,365)
- Xbox One – 809 (1,062)
- PlayStation Vita TV – 737 (922)
- Xbox 360 – 97 (80)
- PSP – 67 (84)
CyberConnect2 company president Hiroshi Matsuyama has revealed at Machi Asobi this weekend that the company is working on what he describes as a “shocking project.” Matsuyama wouldn’t say any more on the subject, but said an announcement is due at the end of the year. CyberConnect2 made the fantastic Solatorobo on Nintendo DS.
“It should be around the end of the year that we can announce a shocking project from our company.”