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Monday, Feb 03, 2014

  

Take Two Financials - GTA5 Sells > 32M

Take-Two Interactive Fiscal Third Quarter 2014 results are online, with the usual eye-popping numbers that surround the release of a new Grand Theft Auto game, saying that Grand Theft Auto V has sold over 32.5 million units to date. They are raising their outlook for the full year, which they say will be record setting, and lay claim to being "the top video game publisher of 2013." Here are the big numbers: "For fiscal third quarter 2014, GAAP net revenue increased to $1.86 billion, as compared to $415.8 million for fiscal third quarter 2013. GAAP net income from continuing operations was $578.4 million, or $4.69 per diluted share, as compared to $70.9 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, for the year-ago period. As of December 31, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $972.2 million."

Steam Music Beta Nears

A Steam Community announcement from Friday outlines plans to beta test Steam music soon, a service that will make it easier to enjoy your own music collection while playing games. Here's an outline of what the beta will involve: "With this beta, we’re getting started with what we believe to be the most fundamental set of features to offer a great music listening experience within Steam. As always, our next steps for the feature will be influenced by your beta feedback, so please share your feature requests, thoughts, and experiences in the music discussions. Happy listening!" Those interested in the beta should join the Steam Music group. Thanks Gamasutra.

Enemy Front in June/Summer

The Enemy Front website now says this World War II shooter is expected for release this summer for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, a far cry from the 2012 release window the game was announced with, though that was before the departure of designer Stuart Black. Narrowing this further, there's a flier from the game on EGMNOW that suggests it's coming in June. Thanks Videogamer. Here's a reminder about the game:

ENEMY FRONT is the first truly modern WW2 FPS, featuring stunning visuals, open-ended levels and a richly interactive combat experience that breaks out of the standard model of highly linear scripted FPS experiences, giving the player full freedom to own their playing style. Intense Combat, Sniping, Stealth and Sabotage – all are viable approaches for the player, maximizing player engagement and replayability.

Heat Signature Revealed

Heat Signature is an upcoming game from designer Tom Francis, since the release of his breakout game Gunpoint has allowed him to cast aside the shackles of game journalism to take up game development full time (thanks Rock, Paper, Shotgun). Tom's website is how to keep up with this, and there are already a couple of videos there explaining this is a stealth space game about temperature and a game about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. He also notes that his main focus is still a prototype grappling hook game, even though that sounds less fleshed out than this. Here's word:

So you can jet around an infinite galaxy super fast, but your thrusters generate heat, and enemies can detect that from far away. The closer you want to get to them, the cooler you have to stay, and the more precise you have to be with your thrusters. And to take them out, you have to physically clamp onto their hull and shut down their systems.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: This Is An Incredible Parallel Parking Job. I'm guessing it's staged from the junkers he passed, but hey. Thanks nin.

Titanfall Beta Not Restricted to Preorders

Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella has tweeted out a couple of reassurances that the recently confirmed Titanfall beta that should launch on February 14th will not be exclusive to preorder customers of the mech shooter, saying the beta is "NOT pre-order only" and that it "will not require a pre-order, but no more details than that yet... =/" Thanks Polygon.

Dark Souls II on May 31?

Amazon.com now lists a May 31st release date for the digital edition of Dark Souls II, specifying that this is only for customers with U.S. billing addresses. This is still unconfirmed, though, as Namco Bandai/Bandai Namco has not yet revealed an official release date for From Software's action/RPG sequel. Thanks Destructoid.

Next Walking Dead Chapter "Just Around the Corner"

Telltale tweets that the continuation of their episodic Walking Dead series is shambling ever closer, saying: "The next chapter of #TheWalkingDead Season 2 is just around the corner. Stay tuned for info! pic.twitter.com/1TzLFut559." Thanks CVG.

Combat Mission: Red Thunder Preorders

Battlefront.com is now accepting preorders for Combat Mission: Red Thunder, the next standalone installment in the Close Combat series of World War II strategy games. Preorders get a 10% discount over their normal download and digital distribution combo, a special tin case, two printed manuals, and more. Here's word:

Battlefront.com is proudly announcing today a major new title in its series of tactical WW2 combat simulations: Combat Mission: Red Thunder! For the first time in ten years, Combat Mission returns to the Eastern Front. And with a vengeance.

CM Red Thunder jumps right into the thick of the hard fought battles during Summer 1944 when Operation Bagration took the Soviet forces from the swamps of Belarus to the gates of Warsaw. Experience the most balanced period of tactical warfare on the Eastern Front, even as the Axis' strategic ability to wage war began to collapse. Play out historical battles and campaigns or create your own customized Quick Battles. All new units, new terrain, and new features make this a must have for all Combat Mission fans.

U.K. Sales Charts

The top three titles remain unchanged on a fairly static full-priced PC game U.K. sales chart on GFK Chart-Track where Football Manager 2014 continues to kick ass at number one on a chart which is comprised of 45% The Sims 3 titles. On the top 40 all platforms/all prices chart there's a brand new (sort of) game in the top spot as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition debuts at number one. Here's the write-up:

Square-Enix’s ‘Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’ debuts at No1 as a next-gen PS4/XB One re-launch of last years ‘Tomb Raider’ re-boot (debuted in week 10, 2013 as what turned out to be the fourth biggest week 1 seller on the All Formats in 2013).

EA’s ‘FIFA 14’ (-4%) drops to No2 and is less than 500 sales behind. Given the scarcity of releases at this time of year, ‘FIFA 14’ will be hoping to re-take No1 next week which would give the title entrance to the small elite club of products that have aquired 10 weeks at No1 on the All Formats Chart (currently 10 titles).
The rest of the Top 10 remains pretty much unchanged, with Activision’s ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ down 1 place at No3 (+19%), EA’s ‘Battlefield 4’ down 1 place at No4 (-5%) and Warner’s ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes’ also down 1 place to No5 (+11%).

January Steam Hardware & Software Survey

The Steam Hardware & Software Survey January results are online, revealing trends among the Steam user base. There are no dramatic changes that jump out from this, though The Next Web notes that Windows 8 and 8.1 adoption has crept past the 20% mark. Thanks HARDOCP.

Limit Theory Video

A new video development update shows off more of Limit Theory, the upcoming procedural space game from a one-man development team (thanks JDreyer). The clip accompanies a Kickstarter update with the latest on this impressive-looking project:

January was the first month in which we saw a real connection between the world and the player (at least, since LTP). The HUD is that connection, and with a solid framework in place, the window is now open for a whole new level of interactivity. Having built the scanner gameplay and UI in about a day, I hope I've at least partially convinced you that powerful tools are the key to building a great game. With the completion of this month, those tools - the UI, the renderer, the HUD overlay, the node interactions - have never been in better shape.

Going forward, I can only reiterate what I said last month: 2014 is going to be big. I hope you'll all agree that we're off to an auspicious start :)

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Out of the Blue

Happy Groundhog Day, as today marks the convergence of two of the Blue Tower's favorite occasions, with it also being Super Bowl Sunday. Word is our local Staten Island Chuck and nearby Punxsutawaney Phil each saw their shadows, scientific proof we should expect six more weeks of wintery weather, though Shipoke Sheena contradictorily says to expect an early spring, and she's not phar phrom Phil, if you'll phorgive the phorced alliteration. I hope she turns out to be right, because the six or so weeks of winter we've gotten so far around these parts have been pretty rough, and some warmth and sunshine will be welcome. Speaking of welcome, yes, the Super Bowl is tonight, and I certainly am looking forward to that, as always. This year's game holds a lot of promise, too, as it embodies so many classic conflicts: The AFC's one seed versus the one seed from the NFC, offense versus defense, the old QB versus the kid, the run versus the pass, good versus evil, orange orange versus lime green ... this one has it all.

R.I.P.: Sources: Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of apparent drug overdose. And Philip Seymour Hoffman's Everyman greatness.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: World's Hardest Game 3.
Ultimate Frontier.
Story: Super Bowl XLVIII - grading the best and worst from the big game.
Media: Super Bowl Commercials from Feb. 2, 2013.
The car we all wanted when we were two...Fastest Little Tike.
Auction: Hasselblad camera used in moon landing to be auctioned off.



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