Electronic Arts reports their preliminary Q1 FY2014 financial results,
reaffirming their forecasts for the year and offering the following summary of
the quarter: "For the quarter, non-GAAP net revenue of $495 million was above
our guidance of $450 million. Non-GAAP diluted loss per share of ($0.40) was
above our guidance of ($0.62)." Here's their list of highlights:
EA was the #1 publisher in Western retail markets
in calendar year 2013, and the #1 global publisher in the iOS game market in
the June quarter.
EA received 116 E3 awards from over 220 industry
nominations, including 8 out of 15 awards from the official E3 Game Critics.
Battlefield 4™ won a total of 21 awards at E3, including GameSpot’s Best of
E3 award, Need for Speed™ Rivals was named Best Racing Game, and NHL® 14
took the honors for Best Sports Game. Titanfall™ from Respawn Entertainment
won six major awards, including Best of Show, Best Original Game, Best
Console Game, Best PC Game, Best Action Game and Best Online Multiplayer.
The Simpsons™: Tapped Out recorded its highest
revenue quarter* in Q1 since launching in August 2012.
EA’s mobile and handheld digital revenue generated
$103 million* in the quarter, a 30% year-over-year increase in digital net
Real Racing™ 3, the #1 racing title on iOS, has
generated more than 45 million downloads, and has averaged over 2 million
daily active users since launching in March.
The Battlefield 3™ Premium community continues to
grow with over 4 million members to date.
FIFA 13 digital net revenue topped $70 million* in
the quarter, a 92% increase versus FIFA 12 in Q1 FY 2013.
FIFA Online 3 digital net revenue in grew 88%* in
the first quarter compared FIFA Online 2 in the prior year, and was the #1
online sports game in Korea based on revenue and traffic.
EA signs publishing agreement with TenCent for
FIFA Online 3 in China, with details to be announced in an upcoming joint
press release from EA and TenCent.
EA’s Origin™ platform for downloading digital
games has registered over 50 million users, including 22 million mobile
Trailing twelve-month non-GAAP digital net revenue was up 28% to a record
Eidos Montreal founder Stephane D'Astous has resigned his post,
telling Polygon he left the company on Friday, and that he is being replaced
by David Anfossi, producer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex:
The Fall. He also
talks with Polygon about his departure, and holds no bars in criticizing
studio owner Square Enix. Here's a taste: "Since last year's financial
short-coming performance of Square Enix Europe, we (HQ London and GM Eidos
Montreal) have had growing and divergent opinions on what needed to be done to
correct the situation," he said. "The lack of leadership, lack of courage and
the lack of communication were so evident, that I wasn't able to conduct my job
correctly. I realized that our differences were irreconcilable, and that the
best decision was unfortunately to part ways."
Stardock sends along their announcement covering the
news that they have acquired the rights to the Star Control franchise.
They say development of their new game in the series will begin later this year,
and will use Star Control 2 as its inspiration (there's a discussion
on IncGamers about what Stardock did and did not purchase here questioning
whether they have rights to use the races and plot points of SC2). Here's word
on their plans:
PLYMOUTH, MI – July 23, 2013 – Stardock is pleased to
announce that it has secured the rights to the classic PC franchise Star Control
with the intent to develop a new Star Control game. Development on the new game
will begin this year with a release date to be determined at a later time.
“We expect the new Star Control to come in the form of a reboot, similar to what
Firaxis did with the XCOM series last year,” said Brad Wardell, president and
CEO of Stardock. "We are looking at Star Control II as a major source of
Entering its 20th year as an independent studio, Stardock remains one of the few
development studios solely dedicated to PC gaming. Its critically-acclaimed PC
games include the timeless Galactic Civilizations series and the award-winning
Real-Time Strategy game (RTS) Sins of a Solar Empire, which has sold more than
two million copies worldwide. PC Gamer Magazine recently chose Galactic
Civilizations II and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion for inclusion in the top
100 PC games of all time.
Star Control maintains a cult following as a beloved PC franchise, with the
first title including options for melee or strategy gameplay set in a science
fiction universe. The sequel—Star Control II—expanded on the Star Control
universe as an adventure game and shooter. Star Control II still holds spots on
critics’ lists of the best PC games of all time among both new and seasoned PC
Codemasters announces that the Peak Performance Pack is now available for
GRID 2, a new DLC pack adding new cars to the racing sequel. They offer
this trailer to show
off the pack, explaining it like so: "To mark the launch of the Peak Performance
Pack, Codemasters has released a new video showing the three customized U.S.
Muscle cars and three tuned European classics contained in the pack cruising
down the California Coast and being put through their paces around the city
streets of Miami." Continue here to read the full story.
The five year
old Vancouver native loved piloting the Jenner ‘Mech in MechWarrior Online with
her father, Jon Parries. Calling the enemy ‘Mechs “baddies”, she and her father
dominated the Inner Sphere on a regular basis in the current Open Beta. Her
favorite ‘Mech chassis was the Jenner ‘Mech with streak SRMs, “because she liked
to move fast, lock on, and liked using night vision,” according to her father.
“Sarah’s passion for ‘Mechs and her battle with cancer had a profound impact
everyone at Piranha,” said Russ Bullock, president of Piranha Games. “She was an
inspiration with her passion and energy for the game and our hearts and deepest
condolences go out to her family. The outpouring of heartfelt sympathy from the
MechWarrior community and the support and encouragement we’ve received to
develop this unique ‘Mech has been nothing short of incredible. We have the best
fans in the world.”
Here's a new video from
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with about 13 minutes of gameplay footage
from the game, showing Edward Kenway tooling around a Caribbean seaport, beating
people up, taking the schooner out for a spin... the usual stuff. Word is: "From
open-ended assassination contracts to boarding and plundering enemy ships,
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag let’s gamers seamlessly explore the Caribbean
world from land to sea. This director’s cut of the 13 minute Horizon walkthrough
features commentary from Game Director Ashraf Ismail." Continue here to read the full story.
Indie Statik reproduces a quote from Valve's Tom Bui responding to
criticisms of the Steam Greenlight program. He acknowledges the system has
problems, but they are doing what they can. Here's part: "Until we can ship
everything we want, Greenlight is serving the purpose of helping us prioritize
what we ship. It is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and has a
bunch of downsides (even with all its failing, it is much better than our old,
opaque system). We are making improvements to Greenlight where we can, but right
now we are focusing on what we can do to ship more games." Thanks
Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
Steam now offers the
rumored but never announced
Stasis Interrupted DLC for Aliens: Colonial Marines, proving
report saying this would happen to be accurate. The pack will be the last DLC
for Gearbox's FPS and requires the base game to play. It is offered for USD
$9.99, though it is free for those who purchased a season pass. Here's word on
how this bridges the story of Aliens with the not-masterpiece that was Aliens
'Stasis Interrupted' is the final piece of Aliens™: Colonial Marines
DLC telling the story of what happened to Hicks between Aliens™ and Alien³™.
In this new campaign you play as 3 different characters through an interlocking
story. Waking up unexpectedly from hypersleep, Lisbeth and others must figure
out why the spaceship they are on, the Legato, has been diverted to intercept
the Sulaco leaving LV-426's orbit.
Fight your way through the alien infested spaceship, find out what Michael
Weyland is after and discover what truly happened to Hicks.
outlines Blizzard's plans to celebrate the third anniversary of the release of
StarCraft II on Saturday. They offer a
15th Anniversary ‘line up’ wallpaper and have boosted the experience points
doled out by the real-time strategy sequel. Here's word: "For a limited time,
we’ve increased the XP gains you get when you play StarCraft II by 25%. It’s the
perfect time to log in and play some Multiplayer, or Versus A.I., or Training
Mode games. Perhaps you’d like to level up the race you don’t play the least
often. Now’s the time!"
Nordic Games announces the release of the first chapter of The Raven – Legacy
of a Master Thief, a new point-and-click adventure for Windows, OS X, and
Linux that's also coming soon to last-generation consoles. The Nordic Games
Online Store offers the
standard edition and the
digital deluxe edition at a 10% discount for a season's pass, which includes
two more chapters. Both versions with the same discount are offered on the
digital distributors listed on this
page, and one of them may be preferable, since Nordic uses Digital River,
where they charge an additional €5.00 for two years of guaranteed re-download
service (defaulting to Euros will probably be a problem for U.S. users as well).
Here's word on the game:
Set across 1960’s Europe, The Raven combines the
thrill of the chase ‘whodunit’ with the risk and reward of a heist story where
players get to experience both sides of the story as the investigator and the
thief. Paying tribute to Agatha Christie’s crime stories and gangster movies
from the 60s and 70s, The Raven is set to be a thrilling episodic
The StarMade website offers downloads
of StarMade (also variously written as Star Made and Starmade), a Wing
Commander-style sandbox space game using Minecraft-inspired voxel graphics for
Windows, OS X, and Linux. The game is offered for free from the website and the
Indie DB, but the
Buy StarMade page offers
the "full version" for USD $3.00, and the game is the subject of a current
Steam Greenlight campaign, to there are some commercial aspirations behind
this. They offer Episode 1
and Episode 2 in a
video series on the game's basics, and a
screenshot gallery with a
look at what can be made in StarMade. Thanks Ant via
NeoGAF has a
this Japanese announcement saying Capcom plans to announce no fewer than 13
new games on August 1st. The drama and potential appeal of this is diminished by
word that these are online, smartphone, and social games, which are so often
not Scottish. Here's
the NeoGAF translation: "Capcom Online Games will be holding a conference (which
will be streamed) on August 1 in Japan to announce 13 brand new online,
smartphone, and social game titles. There will also be news updates for Monster
Hunter Frontier G and Onimusha Soul." Thanks
Fight Club sequel in the works (thanks Acleacius). Hmmm. A graphic novel is
fine I suppose, but I have to strongly echo the sentiment of the author in
saying that I don't need a follow-up to one of my favorite movies of all time,
so hopefully no film adaptation will come of this.
GameInformer has details from a talk by Volition and some of the Saints Row
IV voice cast at Comic-Con, where details about the imminent open-world action
sequel were discussed. One tidbit noted on
Kotaku (thanks nin) is word that: "The first DLC called Enter the
Dominatrix is coming 45 days after the game ships. It features a
behind-the-scenes style narration as the characters explain why the content was
cut from the game." Saints Row IV is due on August 20th in North America, so the
expansion being expected 45 days later means it's due around October 4th. Enter
The Dominatrix was first announced in
May 2012 as a standalone
Saints Row The Third expansion, but almost exactly
ago this was cancelled, as Volition announced Saints Row IV (or as they
called it at the time, "The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise")
saying the Enter the Dominatrix content would be a part of the main game.
Obviously the plan changed somewhere along the way, which can't be too
surprising considering Volition and the Saints Row franchise were sold from THQ
to Deep Silver in the intervening time. Meanwhile, we have a new
the Chief #2: Animal Protection Act trailer promoting the game. Continue here to read the full story.
Games Workshop announces a Chainsaw Warrior video game based on a zombie
board game they released in the 1980s. Bucking a trend, this is a single-player
only game, coming this summer to mobile devices and to Windows and OS X shortly
after that. This page
has an image and some details, and there's more
on Facebook. Here's the
22nd July, 2013, Bristol, UK: The seminal hit board game
Chainsaw Warrior, made by Games Workshop back in 1987 is set to return this year
in a digital form. The original 80s game was a notable rarity in that it was a
solo board game that pitted the player not against others but against the clock.
The game saw New York balancing on the precipice of darkness as twisted forces
from another reality attempted to rip the city from this world into theirs.
Standing between them and the destruction of the city was a lone figure, the
brutal and mysterious Chainsaw Warrior. As the eponymous hero, the player had to
delve into a zombie infested New York tenement to locate the source of the evil
spewing through the spatial rift and destroy it before he was destroyed. The
game is being created by Bristol based indie developer Auroch Digital for mobile
and desktop platforms.
Auroch Digital's Design & Production Director, Tomas Rawlings explained why they
are resurrecting this mutant and zombie infested classic; "It's a game I played
as a kid and loved. I see it as the pre-cursor of First Person Shooters when
video games technology could not really do the first person or the shooting. For
me this is not only a great game, but a classic of board game design - a solo
shooter that really challenges the player. When we spoke to Games Workshop about
developing a game this was the top of my list. I loved the 80s style of the game
and we've kept much of that in our design as well as faithfully translating the
gameplay. Don't expect to win the game easily. This was the Dark Souls or Super
Meat Boy of its day. Players didn't want to buy the game and run out of
challenge at first play. The game has many ways to kill you and is unafraid to
use them - which makes it all the sweeter when you finally win."
As well as its challenge, it also flies in the face of current trends in social
aspects in games. Chainsaw Warrior is firmly an individual experience, Rawlings
explains, "This is about you against the tide of darkness. Chainsaw Warrior is
the last hope for the city and time is running out. Ultimately I wanted to make
this game because it is one that needs to be brought to digital with all guns
blazing and chainsaw-blades revving, and that is what we're going to
Jagex announces the launch of RuneScape 3,
a new chapter in their free-to-play MMORPG, saying this "ushers a new age for
narrative, its gameplay, and its technology." Here's word:
The launch of
RuneScape 3 marks the beginning of the Battle of Lumbridge, the first gaming
experience forged by players, who will shape the future of the RuneScape world
forever. In addition to the player-driven dynamic events sculpting both the
content and lore in RuneScape 3, nearly every aspect of the immensely popular
game has been upgraded. RuneScape 3, which is available in five languages and
played in 190 countries around the world, is the most ambitious online adventure
experience to date.
“The simultaneous launch of RuneScape 3 around the world has been made possible
by the hard work and dedication of our team over the last year,” said Phil
Mansell, Executive Producer of RuneScape 3. “RuneScape 3 ushers in a new age for
couldn’t be more excited for them to write the next chapter in RuneScape’s epic
Bethesda Blog announces the tournaments to be held at QuakeCon 2013, two of
them in QUAKE LIVE, and in a fit of old-school awesomeness, one of them a 20th
anniversary DOOM tourney using DOOM 3. Word is: "Players can register for the
Intel QUAKE LIVE Duel Masters online. Registration is extremely limited, so sign
up as soon as possible. Registration for the QUAKE LIVE Clan Arena 3v3 Open and
the 20th Anniversary DOOM Challenge is first come, first served, on-site
registration only. Interested parties please visit the tournament area on-site
at QuakeCon from 10:00am to 3:00pm CST on Thursday, August 1st for tournament
Bethesda also announces John Carmack is going to be giving a second
technical presentation this year, in case any minds are left unblown by the id
Software technical director's keynote:
We’re excited to announce that in
addition to his
annual QuakeCon keynote address, John Carmack will return to the stage for
lecture-style presentation focusing on light transport and rendering.
Titled “The Physics of Light and Rendering”, the talk will take place on Friday,
August 2nd at 5:00pm CST. Learn how light behaves in the real world, and the
approximations and compromises that are involved in simulating the behavior with
computers. This lecture will be geared towards those interested in the
interactions of light in the world and how computer software simulates it. Note:
Not for the technically faint at heart. :)
A new patch is now automatically available
on Steam for Aliens:
Colonial Marines with changes and fixes for Gearbox's first-person shooter,
including making "Recruit" mode easier and a fix for world detail particles that
may require adjusting the world detail slider to take effect. The unconfirmed
week that new DLC was due for the game this week did say it would be preceded
by a patch.
Develop points the way to some
court documents revealing the disposition of more Atari IP, following a big
auction in May and the sale of a couple of other
properties last month by the
bankrupt publisher. Word is
Rebellion placed successful bids on the Battlezone and Moonbase Commander
franchises, Stardock Systems will acquire the rights to strategy classic Star
Control, while Wargaming is now owner of Master of Orion and Total Annihilation.
That last acquisition seems especially noteworthy since Wargaming also recently
aquired Gas Powered Games, which means the Total Annihilation property is now
reunited with GPG's Chris Taylor, who created the RTS series back in the CaveDog
A new trailer shows
highlights of a recent Super Street Fighter 4 tournament, with some torturous
audio as they "mix" mumbled player comments with booming music. What the clip
has going for it is footage of new character gameplay from the
to the fighting sequel that's been dubbed Ultra Street Fighter 4, as
shouted by the new announcer heard at the end of the clip. Continue here to read the full story.
GfK Chart-Track chart of the 20 bestselling full-priced PC games in the U.K.
for the week ending July 20th, which is mostly a re-shuffling of last week's
list, with The Sims 3: Island Paradise continuing to enjoy its moment in
the sun. Far Cry 3 jumped to the head of their
list of top budget-priced PC games. Looking at the big picture on
the all prices top 40 chart we see the Last of Us remains first and the one
significant new entry is Dynasty Warriors 8, which debuts at number five. The
biggest drop is Aliens: Colonial Marines, which falls from #10 to #26. Here's
still no stopping ‘The Last of Us’ (-22%) as Naughty Dog takes the No1 for a 6th
In topping the chart again it also matches the unbroken runs of ‘Black Ops
II’ and ‘FIFA 12’, an impressive feat as the title is exclusive to just one
format. ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ (+20%) propels itself back up to No2
following a strong boost in sales. ‘Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros’ (-8%) hold
their position at No3 just ahead of Nintendo’s second 3DS title ‘Animal
Crossing: New Leaf’ (-9%) at No4.
There’s a debut at No5 as developer Omega Force return with ‘Dynasty Warriors 8’
landing at No5. The latest instalment places 4th in the series best launch weeks
behind Dynasty Warriors 6, 7 and Dynasty Warriors 5 - Empires. Ubisoft remain at
No6 with ‘Far Cry 3’ (+4%) while retailer promotions for ‘Max Payne 3’ (+135%)
see it climb nineteen places to No7. Strong sales for ‘The Elder Scrolls V:
Legendary Edition’ (+31%) by Bethesda push it back into the Top 10 at No8. With
the next edition on the horizon EA’s ‘FIFA 13’ (-43%) slips to its lowest
position since launch (week 39 2012) dropping from No4 to No9. Square Enix round
of the Top 10 with ‘Tomb Raider’ (-10%) sliding a spot to No10.
Enhanced Steam offers browser
plugins for Chrome and Firefox to add some helpful functionality when visiting
the Steam website (thanks and fiftykyu).
This page lists the
following features it adds to the experience:
Highlights the games and downloadable content you
Highlights games on your wishlist
Points out 3rd party DRM on games
Adds DLC categories to the product page
Finds out how much you really save on a bundle
See pricing history for each game
See how much you've spent on your Steam account
Fixes the "No Image Available" images on your
Displays Metacritic user scores
Gives you widescreen support information from WSGF
Adds an "Add to Cart" button on your wishlist
Adds an "Empty Cart" button to checkout
Enhances the Steam Community pages
User-controlled options page lets you decide which
features to enable
This video offers 2½
minutes of highlights from a years-long project by a user usefully named "Titsonabull"
to complete all 55 maps in Left 4 Dead 2 and its DLC in expert mode with
no bots. For those interested in the full hours-long treatment
this playlist and
have the entire series of videos, revealing all the strategies used to
accomplish this feat.
Based on some encouraging comments, I've decided I'm ready to try smoking a
pork shoulder one of these days, and see how I can do with it. This has a lot to
live up to, as I was introduced to pulled pork on a trip to southern Virginia at
a full-on pork festival, so I know how the real thing is supposed to turn out
better than my Brooklyn roots would suggest. I'm eyeing the forecast to see when
this might happen, and I see that showers are no longer expected on Thursday, so
that may provide me the 12-or-so hours of clear weather this will require.