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Monday, Feb 10, 2014

  

Adam Orth Making a Game - Deal With It

A preview on Kotaku introduces >Adr1ft, a non-violent first-person game that sounds loosely based on Gravity, as it "poses the player as an astronaut who begins the game floating above Earth amid the debris of a mostly-wrecked space station." The game was shown in prototype form at the D.I.C.E. Summit by Adam Orth, the former Microsoft employee who infamously tweeted "deal with it" to followers irate over the rumors about always-on DRM plans for Xbox One (which turned out to be accurate before MS reversed course in light of the outrage). In fact, Orth invokes this by telling them that creating the game was how he chose to "deal with it" when his tweets turned into an enormous PR disaster, and he suggests that some of the twists in the story are allegories to his experience. The project is being shopped around, with the hopes of creating a finished game for Windows, OS X, Linux, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Here's a bit that gives the sense of what they are calling a "beautiful" game: "Orth figures >Adr1ft could be classified as an FPX, a first-person experience, a decidedly non-confrontational game that will let players explore. They will also be on a mission, moving through five areas and confronting a series of procedurally-generated puzzles involving electronics repair. "

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Into the Black

Watch Dogs in Q2

In the financial reporting noted below, Ubisoft reaffirmed the release window for Watch Dogs (Watch_Dogs) is their fiscal Q1, which is calendar Q2 of this year, so the open-world adventure is currently expected between the beginning of April and the end of June. This is a consistent message, they said the same thing along with their Q2 report in November. Thanks nin via @geoffkeighley.

Ubisoft Financials

Ubisoft reports their third quarter fiscal 2013-2014 results, highlighting "very solid performance by Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Just Dance 2014" and "highly successful" next gen console launches in hitting their projected numbers. They confirm their previous outlook for the rest of this year and for next year. They also add specific sales numbers, saying AC4 sold around 10 million units and Just Dance 2014 sold around six million, while singling out Rocksmith 2014 as a disappointment for only selling about one million copies. Here are some financial numbers:

Sales for the third quarter of 2013-14 came to €520 million, down 35.2% (or -32.7% at constant exchange rates) compared with the €802 million recorded for third-quarter 2012-13.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2013-14, sales totaled €813 million versus €1,081 million in the corresponding prior-year period, representing a decrease of 24.8% (or -21.8% at constant exchange rates).

The third-quarter sales figure was in line with the target range of between €500 million and €540 million issued when Ubisoft released its first-half 2013-14 results.

Rabbids Film Plans

Ubisoft announces they are teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment for a full-length feature film based on the Rabbids franchise. Shades of Who Framed Roger Rabbid, it sounds like this may be a live-action/animation hybrid. "Sony Pictures has tremendous experience developing hybrid live-action-and-animated blockbusters for audiences around the world, which makes them a natural fit for what we want to achieve with a Rabbids film," says Jean-Julien Baronnet, Executive Director of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "This deal deepens our partnership with Sony Pictures and highlights our holistic approach to bringing Ubisoft’s brands to new audiences while still maintaining the brands’ creative integrity." There are no further details on the film or when it's expected, just a bit more on how it will be developed: "The project will be overseen at Ubisoft by Ubisoft Motion Pictures and the group will actively participate in the film’s production. Minghella and Jonathan Kadin will oversee for Sony Pictures."

World of Speed Announced

Slightly Mad Studios announces World of Speed, a AAA free-to-play MMO racing game coming to Windows PCs at some point this year after a closed beta session that's scheduled for the spring. The World of Speed website is online, offering details on the game, signups for that beta testing, and an official announcement trailer. Here's the announcement:

Slightly Mad Studios, the critically acclaimed developer known for their pedigree in racing video games, today unveiled World of Speed, a AAA massively multiplayer online arcade racing video game. World of Speed will be available in 2014 as a free-to-play experience on PCs.

In World of Speed, players will hop in the driver’s seat of an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest super cars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing. Players will find themselves racing on true-to-life tracks spanning the globe and on tracks only a speed freak could dream up, carved from roadways across cities including London and San Francisco.

“At the heart of World of Speed lies a unique massive multiplayer online experience which incorporates a dynamic social elements and entirely new ways to compete in a racing video game - from an individual to a team level,” said Ian Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Slightly Mad Studios. “World of Speed is an online game and will be continuously supported with innovative and fresh content to keep the competition furious well after its launch.”

World of Speed introduces a new level of connected competition allowing players real-time interactive social gameplay through intense Club and team gameplay, the Airfield social hub, and unique missions and objectives in every race to make every players actions really matter. As an online experience, World of Speed will be supported with live events and player challenges, new gameplay modes, tracks and cars and much more.

Continue here to read the full story.

Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 Demo; Free DLC Plans

The Steam listing for Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 now features a playable demo for this spanner-fest that shows the behind-the-scenes side of motorsports. Right above the note on the demo they also reveal free DLC plans, saying: "We're really thankful for your response to our game, so we're trying our best to put 4x4 FREE Add-On as soon as possible." There are no further details on the DLC or the demo. Thanks Frans.

Bridge It (plus) Demo

Bridge It (plus) on Steam now includes a demo for Chronic Logic's strategy construction game, hoping to help bridge the gap between interest and sales. Word is: "Bridge It is about building a bridge that doesn't break, although watching your bridge creation break and plunge a train into the watery depths below can be half the fun."

Arkham Origins Patch After DLC (If Ever)

A post to the WB Games forums by an Arkham community manager responds to questions about support for Batman: Arkham Origins by saying that the bugs and other issues being discussed in the thread are not being worked on for the time being while the developers concentrate on DLC for the stealth/action prequel (thanks NeoGAF via Destructoid). The post also says "if" (not when) they work on a new patch, it will only be to address show-stopping bugs, rather than "minor glitches," so the are admittedly neglecting "progression blocking bugs" for now to create new paid content for the game. A later post indicates they probably "will" patch a couple of PC bugs, saying the "teams will be looking into addressing the issue of Deathstroke’s Quick Fire Neural Pellets and Quick Fire Proximity Bomb not working with PC mouse/keyboard," going on to add: "The timing of this fix is still not determined." Here's the original post:

The team is currently working hard on the upcoming story DLC and there currently are no plans for releasing another patch to address the issues that have been reported on the forums.

If we do move forward with creating a new patch, it will try to address the progression blocking bugs for players, not the minor glitches that do not prevent one from continuing to play. The issues that are not progression blockers will unfortunately no longer be addressed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused for some of you, and want to thank you for having been patient.

Rush for Glory Announced

Immanitas Entertainment announces Rush for Glory, a tower defense game from Parseh Game Studio they plan to release in April for Windows via digital distribution, hoping the game will end up on Steam thanks to their Steam Greenlight campaign. Here's a gameplay trailer. Continue here to read the full story.

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track's new charts are online with the latest weekly U.K. sales figures. On the PC games full price chart there are reentries in the last three spots and repeat offender in the top three, which remain (in order) Football Manager 2014, The Sims 3, and Battlefield 4. On the all platforms/all prices chart FIFA 14 returns to number one and Fable Anniversary enters the chart at number three. Here's the official word on the topic:

‘FIFA 14’ (-22%) returns to the top claiming its 10th No1 crown since launch last year.

In doing so it also becomes the 11th title in an elite group to claim 10 weeks at the top on the All Formats Chart. It’s the 3rd FIFA title to achieve the feat and also the 6th by publisher EA to feature in the list. Activision’s ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ (-15%) returns to No2, ahead of the sole new entry in our Top 10 this week, Microsoft’s ‘Fable: Anniversary’ at No3. The title remastered in HD for Xbox 360 was first released almost 10 years ago on the original Xbox and includes ‘The Lost Chapters’ content. Its arrival also sees last week’s debutant and chart topper ‘Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition’ (-57%) pushed further down the chart to No4.

Warner’s ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes’ (-14%) holds its place at No5 just ahead of ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ (+54%), which jumps two places to No6 thanks largely to retailer promotions. ‘Battlefield 4’ (-26%) slides three places to No7 while ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ (-7%) drops one place to No8. ‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’ (+5%) at No9 just edges ahead of ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ (-31%) at No10.

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