The team over at Rising Star is teasing the announcement of a new JRPG which should be revealed next week. The company wouldn’t give any hints other than a silhouette of one of the characters, possibly the lead. We haven’t got too long to find out what it is and which platform it is for.
Platinum Games CEO Tatsuya Minami has revealed to Famitsu that the company has extremely high ambitions. Minami says that he wants Platinum Games to be one of the three top video game studios in the world. He says the this isn’t just talk, but something they are hoping to achieve. They’ve certainly got a lot of high profile video games in the works right now.
But don’t look for Platinum Games to slow down anytime soon. Minami explains that there’s always the goal of becoming one of the three top game studios in the world. This isn’t all talk, but motivation. Says Minami, “If you don’t have that kind of feeling, you can’t keep on going. Ten, twenty years from now, I want to aim even higher.”
This week’s Japanese software and hardware sales are now in thanks to Media Create. It’s been an interesting week this week as there’s been a number of new releases. The only one for Nintendo platforms is Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash which entered at number three. Also something to note is the fact that the PlayStation Vita was the best-selling video game platform this week beating the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation 4.
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)
- [PSV] Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix, 01/28/16) – 178,016 (New)
- [PS4] Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix, 01/28/16) – 141,369 (New)
- [Wii U] Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Nintendo, 01/28/16) – 55,331 (New)
- [PS3] Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix, 01/28/16) – 53,154 (New)
- [PSV] Uta no Prince-sama Music 3 (Broccoli, 01/28/16) – 51,289 (New)
- [PS4] Yakuza: Kiwami (Sega, 01/21/16) – 20,260 (123,516)
- [PS4] Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 (Koei Tecmo, 01/28/16) – 20,101 (New)
- [PS3] Yakuza: Kiwami (Sega, 01/21/16) – 17,591 (78,019)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter X (Capcom, 11/27/15) – 17,023 (2,661,523)
- [PS3] TV Anime The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls G4! Pack Vol. 8 (Bandai Namco, 01/28/16) – 15,720 (New)
- [PS3] Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 (Koei Tecmo, 01/28/16) – 15,431 (New)
- [3DS] Hyrule Warriors Legends (Koei Tecmo, 01/21/16) – 15,174 (69,653)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 13,256 (1,228,409)
- [PSV] The Asterisk War: The Academy City of the Water Houka Kenran (Bandai Namco, 01/28/16) – 12,436 (New)
- [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team / White Dog Squad (Level-5, 07/11/15) – 11,135 (2,183,566)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,733 (642,224)
- [3DS] Monster Strike (Mixi, 12/17/15) – 10,263 (779,754)
- [PS4] Just Cause 3 (Square Enix, 01/21/16) – 8,928 (42,588)
- [Wii U] Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, 09/10/15) – 7,865 (784,211)
- [PSV] Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Force (Bandai Namco, 12/23/15) – 7,429 (137,877)
Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)
- PlayStation Vita – 45,114 (14,999)
- PlayStation 4 – 32,557 (24,441)
- New 3DS LL – 22,593 (31,452)
- Wii U – 8,931 (11,298)
- New 3DS – 4,978 (4,715)
- 3DS – 3,298 (2,813)
- PlayStation 3 – 1,993 (1,671)
- 3DS LL – 558 (697)
- Xbox One – 92 (52)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm today announced LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, marking the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise, allowing players to relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a fun-filled, humorous way that only a LEGO game can offer. Launching on June 28, 2016, the game will introduce brand new gameplay mechanics to build, battle and fly through the galaxy like never before, as well as new story content exploring the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing additional insight about the new movie and its characters.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system, Xbox One, Xbox 360, the Wii U system from Nintendo, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and Windows PC.
“We’re extremely proud of the LEGO Star Wars videogames, truly an incredible franchise that has sold more than 33 million copies and helped ignite a passion for numerous fun-filled LEGO games enjoyed by countless gamers around the world,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be pushing the series forward with innovative new gameplay mechanics, while also exploring new parts of the universe that are sure to excite and delight both LEGO and Star Wars fans, as well as newcomers to our games.”
“We are thrilled to be bringing back the LEGO Star Wars videogame franchise, which kicked off such a beloved series of LEGO titles more than a decade ago,” said Ada Duan, Vice President, Digital Business & Franchise Management, Lucasfilm. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens allows players to experience the new film in a unique way that only TT Games can provide, combining signature humor with epic Star Wars action. With exclusive story content exploring new details about the movie and its characters, it’s a perfect fit for fans young and old.”
“We are delighted to return to the Star Wars Universe and continue the journey with the franchise that started it all for LEGO videogames.” said Niels Jørgensen, Vice President, Digital Games for the LEGO Group. “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will offer an amazing gaming experience covering not only the movie but also exclusive content with all the fun and humor you would expect from a LEGO game, while delivering the epic Star Wars adventure fans expect”
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes players deeper into the new film than any other game with all of the heroic characters from the movie, including Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and BB-8, as well as Kylo Ren, General Hux and Captain Phasma, while also exploring iconic Star Wars locales, such as Jakku and Starkiller Base.
This action-packed adventure introduces new gameplay features, including the enhanced “Multi-Builds” system, where players can choose from multiple building options to advance the game. Gamers will be able to engage in intense new Blaster Battles for the first time, utilizing surrounding environments to drive back the First Order. Fans can also experience the thrill of high-speed flight gameplay through arena-based battles and dogfights in space, while utilizing a multitude of vehicles along the way, including the legendary Millennium Falcon.
This week’s UK charts, which have come in courtesy of GFK Chart Track, show that Final Fantasy continues to remain a brand to be reckoned with. The Nintendo 3DS title Final Fantasy Explorers narrowly missed out on a top ten placement and landed just outside at number twelve. It’s the only Nintendo exclusive in the top forty which is dominated by Xbox One and PlayStation 4 titles. If you read the charts each week then this won’t come as much of a surprise, still it’s a shame. Here’s the best-selling video games this week.
01 (01) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
02 (NE) PS4 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
03 (NE) XBO LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
04 (NE) 360 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
05 (02) XBO CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
06 (03 XBO FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
07 (NE) PS3 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
08 (05) XBO TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE (UBISOFT)
09 (04) PS4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
10 (07) PS4 FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
11 (06) PS4 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE (UBISOFT)
12 (NE) 3DS FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
13 (09) XBO STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
14 (08) PS4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
15 (15) PS4 JUST CAUSE 3 (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
16 (13) XBO FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 (MICROSOFT)
17 (34) PS4 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN (KONAMI)
18 (10) PS4 RESIDENT EVIL ORIGINS COLLECTION (CAPCOM)
19 (14) XBO JUST CAUSE 3 (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
20 (NE) WIU LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
21 (12) XBO GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
22 (18) XBO HALO 5: GUARDIANS (MICROSOFT)
23 (20) PS4 FALLOUT 4 (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
24 (22) PS4 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
25 (32) XBO RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
26 (24) XBO MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
27 (11) PS4 LIFE IS STRANGE (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE)
28 (19) PS4 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
29 (33) 360 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE (TELLTALE GAMES)
30 (25) PS4 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
31 (37) 360 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
32 (31) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION (MICROSOFT)
33 (26) XBO FALLOUT 4 (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
34 (__) PS4 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE (UBISOFT)
35 (27) 360 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
36 (23) PS4 NEED FOR SPEED (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
37 (28) PC FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 (SEGA)
38 (39) PS4 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
39 (NE) 3DS LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
40 (30) PS4 THE LAST OF US: REMASTERED (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
Beyond Good & Evil was extremely well-received upon release but it seems as though we have been waiting forever for the sequel. During a Devs Play video from Double Fine, Tim Schafer played an hour of the original Beyond Good & Evil alongside the game’s producer, Michel Ancel. Schafer then said “You’re still in the headspace of this game because you’re making a sequel right” To which Ancel replied, “Yeah, but it’s difficult because it’s hard for me to redo the same game two times. I don’t know how you’re going to manage that for Psychonauts 2.” So there it is, the game is still in development but when we will see it remains to be seen. Let’s hope it comes to Nintendo’s next platform, the NX.
Financial Results for the 9 Months ended December 31, 2015 Increased by 19.3% in Net Sales, by 9.0% in Operating Income from the Previous Term
– Favorable Consumer business, including “Monster Hunter X (Cross)” and overseas digital download sales contributed to the earnings –
Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that net sales increased to 57,060 million yen (up 19.3% from the same term last year) in the 9 months of fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. As for profits, operating income increased to 10,604 million yen (up 9.0 % from the same term last year), and ordinary income increased to 10,640 million yen (up 5.2% from the same term last year). Net income for the current period increased to 7,006 million yen (up 7.1 % from the same term last year).
During the 9 months ended December 31, 2015, the latest title in the featured series “Monster Hunter X (Cross)” was a major hit and contributed to significant sales of more than 3 million units, surpassing the initially-planned 2.5 million units. In addition, sales of repeat titles and digital download contents were firm, particularly in overseas markets, in the Digital Contents business.
Regarding online games, “Dragon’s Dogma Online”, an online open-world action game, was strong, while mobile contents sales improved as downloads of “Monster Hunter Explore” surpassed 3 million. Meanwhile, in the growing Chinese market, distribution of the PC online game “Monster Hunter Online” by Tencent Holdings Limited in cooperation with Capcom, which began in December, was off to a good start.
The resulting consolidated net sales were 57,060 yen (up 19.3 % from the same term last year), operating income was 10,604 million yen (up 9.0% from the same term last year), and all profits exceeded the same term last year.
The forecast for the consolidated business results for the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 remains the same as what was projected at the financial results announcement on May 7, 2015.