Ubisoft reports first-half 2017-2018 sales and earnings
, showing an upswing
they explain thusly: "Group's outperformance once again buoyed by its strategy
of extending game experiences and by new high-quality offerings." As for the big
numbers, they say: "Gross margin rose to 83.7% of sales and €390.1 million in
absolute value terms (compared with 80.5% and €226.4 million in the first six
months of 2016-17). Ubisoft ended the first half of 2017-18 with non-IFRS
operating income of €3.1 million versus a non-IFRS operating loss of €61.8
million in first-half 2016-17." One interesting element noted
is that for the first time Ubi's microtransactions brought in
more revenue than digital game sales alone. The financial news includes word
from the boss:
Yves Guillemot, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
stated: "We continue to offer players outstanding game experiences with
unrivalled variety - ranging from Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle to Assassin's
Creed Origins, and including South Park: The Fractured but Whole. In addition to
these new releases, players are engaging with a large amount of additional
high-quality content which provides them with longer-term entertainment. This
includes Blood Orchid, the recent major update to Rainbow Six Siege, and Ghost
War, the highly-acclaimed PvP mode for Ghost Recon Wildlands. And it doesn't
stop there: in the coming weeks we will notably release Resistance, a massive
free update to The Division, and South Park: Phone Destroyer, a free-to-play
mobile game. Our commitment to providing high-quality game experiences and
supporting them for the long term is driven by the importance we place on our
player communities. This winning content strategy drove a 66% surge in our sales
for the first half of 2017-18 - largely exceeding our targets - as well as a
sharp increase in our earnings."
Guillemot concluded "The quality of our new releases is the result of our effort
to transform our model and make our business more profitable and recurring.
Given longer development lead times, our talents can fully express their
creative visions and therefore maximize the potential of our games. The success
of these releases - notably the 100%2 sales growth for Assassin's Creed Origins
- combined with solid live operations demonstrate that Ubisoft is ideally
positioned to deliver further growth in future fiscal years, both in terms of
financial performance and shareholder value."
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Results for Fiscal Second Quarter
. They show growth in GAAP net revenue, but still declare a GAAP net
loss. Like for the Ubisoft results,
the emphasis this places on microtransactions, saying they
account for nearly half of the company's net revenue for the quarter. The
results also include word that Grand Theft Auto V
is now the bestselling
videogame in U.S. history: "Grand Theft Auto V has now sold in more than 85
million units. According to The NPD Group, Grand Theft Auto V is now the
all-time best-selling video game, both in revenues and units, based on combined
U.S. digital and physical sales across PC, console and portable." Here's
more on the results:
Net revenue was $443.6 million, as compared to $420.2 million in
last year’s fiscal second quarter. Recurrent consumer spending (virtual
currency, add-on content and microtransactions) grew 66% year-over-year and
accounted for 48% of total net revenue. The largest contributors to net revenue
in fiscal second quarter 2018 were NBA® 2K17, Grand Theft Auto® Online and Grand
Theft Auto V, WWE® SuperCard and WWE 2K17, and XCOM® 2.
Digitally-delivered net revenue grew 31% to $302.9 million, as compared to
$230.8 million in last year’s fiscal second quarter, and accounted for 68% of
total net revenue. The largest contributors to digitally-delivered net revenue
in fiscal second quarter 2018 were NBA 2K17, Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand
Theft Auto V, XCOM 2, and WWE SuperCard.
Net loss was $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, as compared to net income
of $36.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the comparable period last
The Mass Effect website
celebrates N7 Day, thanking fans for their support for the Mass Effect
franchise, which turns 10 years old on November 20th. They offer a
Ten Years of Mass Effect
with a look back, along with some celebratory artwork, giveaways, a giant image collage,
and a livestream schedule. They note that they "can’t wait to see what the future
holds" for the series, though they only had vague
thoughts on that future
following the end
of single-player support for Mass Effect Andromeda
and the absorption
of developer BioWare Montreal into EA Motive
. Here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
marks 10 years since the release of Mass Effect. In that time, we’ve made
friends, fallen in love, and traveled to new galaxies.
We’ve watched our community grow, as all of you shared your love of this
universe, wore your N7 with pride, and told us stories about your Shepard and
This N7 day, we’re celebrating how far we’ve all come together, and looking back
on a decade of Mass Effect.
Thank you for coming with us to the stars and beyond. It’s been a hell of a
ride. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Quickly following news that
Fortnite's free battle royale
mode has surpassed 20 million users comes
saying that PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
has now passed
20 million sales (thanks
). He promises they are still working hard on improving everyone's
.@PUBATTLEGROUNDS reached an amazing milestone this weekend,
passing 20 million copies sold!
I know a lot of you are frustrated by issues w/ the game but the team is working
hard to deliver a truly great Battle Royale expierence for everyone. Bear with
us, change is coming!
the release of Don't Stop Believin'
, episode five from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
. Here's a
review from a top critic: "I am Groot!" So there's that. Here's
from the new
episode, and here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
In the aftermath of an unbearable sacrifice,
the Guardians finally fracture. With her opposition in shambles, Hala renews her
campaign of death and devastation, carving a path of indiscriminate destruction
en route to Knowhere. If he hopes to avoid catastrophe (and save his own skin),
Star-Lord must search his feelings, reunite his team, and mount one final
mission to save the galaxy...again.
Speaking of Telltale,
has the unfortunate news that the studio is laying off 90 staff,
approximately 25% of its workforce. They have an official statement covering the
In a statement, Telltale said the decision to lay off staff is
design to make the company “more competitive as a developer and publisher of
groundbreaking story-driven gaming experiences with an emphasis on high quality
in the years ahead.”
“Our industry has shifted in tremendous ways over the past few years,” Telltale
Games CEO Pete Hawley said in a statement. “The realities of the environment we
face moving forward demand we evolve, as well, reorienting our organization with
a focus on delivering fewer, better games with a smaller team.”
The restructuring is “not expected to impact the release of any of the company’s
previously announced projects,” Telltale said.
Hand of Fate 2
is now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, offering a
sequel to this virtual card game. You can pick this up on
and each store is offering a launch deal. Here's
, and here's
Hand of Fate 2 is a dungeon crawler set in a world of dark
fantasy. Master a living boardgame where every stage of the adventure is drawn
from a deck of legendary encounters chosen by you! Choose wisely - your
opponent, the enigmatic Dealer, will pull no punches as he shapes you into the
instrument of his revenge.
The table has changed, but the stakes remain the same: life or death!
- A world transformed - 100 years have passed since
the Dealer was usurped and the Game of Life and Death gained a new master.
- 22 exciting new challenges that will push your
deck-building skills to the limit - Hunt fiendish assassins, reunite
star-crossed lovers or build up a fortress to withstand a raider assault!
- Enlist the aid of all new companion characters -
team up with them in battle, or have them bend the rules of the boardgame in
- Hundreds of new encounters, artifacts and items to
earn and upgrade.
- Enhanced action-RPG combat - shred foes with quick
dual-wielded daggers or brutalize them with heavy two-handed hammers. Build
up your combo meter to unleash powerful special attacks!
- Engage new foes united by all-new card suits -
Cross swords with disciplined Imperial soldiers, purge corrupted mutants and
fend off northern raiders.
Continue here to read the full story.
IO Interactive announces the release of the HITMAN: Game of the Year Edition
which collects the entirety of the recent episodic installment in the
assassin-for-hire series. Here's
here's an outline of the contents to hopefully justify the game's AAA+ price
point of $61.51 USD:
Continue here to read the full story
We are super excited to announce HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition!
This awesome package includes The Complete First Season, the brand new
'Patient Zero' campaign, new Escalation Contracts, new weapons, new suits, new
challenges, improvements to existing features and new lighting enhancements to
all locations that make the game look better than ever - plus we have a few more
HITMAN - Game of the Year Edition will be released digitally on November 7th
2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here's a full rundown of what's included:
- HITMAN The Complete First Season
- New: 'Patient Zero' Campaign
- New: Clown Suit and themed weapon
- New: Raven Suit and themed weapon
- New: Cowboy Suit and themed weapon
- New: 3 themed Escalation Contracts
The full details on all of this content can be found on our detailed blog
post right here:
Nioh: Complete Edition
is now available
, offering the promised Windows edition of this action game. We
looked for any indication that they've added mouse
, but there are none. The reviews do note that it's not obvious how to
access the launcher, but that this is how to enable higher resolutions. Here's a
rundown on the game:
Ready to die? Experience the newest brutal action
game from Team NINJA and Koei Tecmo Games. In the age of samurai, a lone
traveler lands on the shores of Japan. He must fight his way through the vicious
warriors and supernatural Yokai that infest the land in order to find that which
The Complete Edition contains the full game, as well as the three expansions
with additional story chapters: Dragon of the North, Defiant Honor, and
Dragon of the North
This expansion opens up the Tohoku region, where the "one-eyed dragon" Date
Masamune is secretly gathering spirit stones.
Fight your way through the Siege of Osaka's winter campaign as you follow the
story of one of Japan's greatest generals from the Warring States period, the
brave Sanada Yukimura.
Join the summer campaign of the Siege of Osaka as the Warring States period
draws to a close in this, the final chapter of William's tale.
Steam Exclusive Bonus
Enjoy wearing the "Dharmachakra Kabuto," a helmet exclusive to the Steam version
of Nioh! You can claim yours by selecting "Boons" from a shrine.
is now in open
beta testing, offering the chance to check out this Korean action MMORPG based
on the action/RPG MU Online
. Yes, those titles seem reverse. Here's the
open beta trailer
here are some details:
Continue here to read the full story
MU Legend is the highly anticipated action MMO and
follow-up to MU Online. It features fluid and stunning hack 'n' slash combat,
content that caters to both solo and party play, and a deep and intriguing world
that will satisfy new players and fans alike. Players can choose from four
distinct classes - Dark Lord, Whisperer, Blader and War Mage - and engage in the
endless battle between the world of MU and Pandemonium. MU Legend offers
spectacular visuals that will run on lower-end systems and boasts detailed art
design with stunning effects.
It's election day here in the U.S., one of those off-year deals that do not
involve the federal government. The big deal this year are two gubernatorial
races, but there's an old saying made famous by Tip O'Neill "that all politics
is local." I'm not sure actually refers to voting in local elections, but that's
the sentiment that's carrying me to the polls today.
the chance to get a free copy of the original Watch_Dogs
PC through UPlay beginning tomorrow at 11:00 am EST. A
earlier today acknowledges an issue redeeming this offer and preloading the
game, but a
says this is cleared up now, so if you had trouble with
this before, you should try again. This offer will run until November 13th, but
you will be entitled to keep the game thereafter.
is now offering free access, as promised, to the Injustice 2 Online
, an open beta test of this brawler featuring DC Comics superheroes. The
game officially launches on November 14th, and the beta will run between now and
November 10th, featuring one-on-one matches only. Here are the details:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today
announced that the top-selling videogame Injustice 2 is coming to PC (Steam and
Microsoft Store) Nov. 14. Originally developed by NetherRealm Studios, Injustice
2 is being adapted for PC by QLOC and beginning today fans will be able to
participate in an open beta that will be available on Steam. For the first time,
PC players will be able to experience the super-powered hit game featuring
Justice League characters Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg,
as well as other iconic DC characters such as Harley Quinn and Green Arrow.
Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a
massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build
and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Players can
fight their way across an epic Story Mode, ever-changing Multiverse and online
multiplayer guilds - all while earning rare and valuable gear to fully customize
their characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox
is now available for Windows
offering a non-linear puzzle game with a throwback pixel art style where you get
to play as the grim reaper.
that art as well as gameplay, which sadly does not involve challenging death to
a chess, Battleship, Clue, Electric Football, or even Twister. Here's what it
does actually entail:
Continue here to read the full story
Death Coming, the newest title from NEXT Studio, is
now released on Early Access. The pixel-based puzzler lets players spend a day
deep in Death's work and collecting souls for the afterlife through
environmental manipulation. With a splatter of violence and a ton of comedy,
Death Coming is wacky (if slightly morbid) fun.
As a recently deceased fellow, you've been given the new job of Grim Reaper.
While you can't personally interfere with humans, your powers extend into the
environment. With a touch of ghostly power, you can open manholes, drop air
conditioners, and mess with beehives to bring souls to the Afterlife.
Be careful though, Angels don't want you messing with the order of the world and
will gladly penalize you if they catch you. If you want to take out your
targets, you'll need to know your environment, follow the schedules of your
targets, and to make sure the deed is away from the watchful eyes of the Agents
Even with your new task, you can't help but wonder: Why were you chosen? Why are
Angels preventing your task? Will you get a second chance at life if you play
along? You might have powers other humans may dream of, but you will need to
find out these answers yourself.
post on Gadgets360.com
has more on the possibility of Overwatch
macOS. This comes from a conversation during BlizzCon, though it does not seem
to be a direct response to the rumor
of a Mac
installer for Blizzard's multiplayer shooter (thanks
Mac Gamer HQ
). They were chatting with Blizzard's
Tim Ford, Lead Engineer for Gameplay Systems on Overwatch, and they
coincidentally asked him why Overwatch isn't on Mac like most Blizzard titles.
“We have no plans of giving this game on the Mac," says
Ford. "There are several technology decisions that Apple has made that has made
it a little difficult for us to release Overwatch in the way we want it to be
consumed, and that is why we haven't pursued it."
Beta News notes
an interesting tidbit picked up from the
latest Steam Hardware &
), showing Windows 7 usage surging at the expense of Windows 10.
They also seem to have zeroed in on the cause of this shift, noting a large
uptick in Chinese users on Steam
which seems to correlate pretty closely with
the OS change. Here's word:
The latest stats from Steam show Windows 10
shedding a massive 17.38 percentage points, to give it 28.6 percent share. (The
64-bit version accounts for 28.23 percent, and the 32-bit version adds a tiny
Meanwhile, Windows 7 has gained a whopping 21.47 percentage points in the same
month, climbing to 65.46 percent (63.60 percent for the 64-bit build, and 1.86
percent for the 32-bit edition).
You could be forgiven for thinking that Steam has made a mistake here, or that
gamers are turning their backs on Windows 10 in huge numbers, but it seems
likely that at least a sizable portion of the change can be attributed to
According to the Language section of Steam’s survey, Simplified Chinese surged
26.83 percentage points to 56.37 percent in October, while English fell 13.40
percentage points to 21.24 percent. It seems reasonable, therefore, to assume
that Chinese gamers running Windows 7 are responsible for much of the shift
we’re seeing here. There's no official word from Steam on this yet.
GfK Chart-Track is back with their weekly charts detailing game sales in the
U.K. for last week. Call of Duty: WWII
lands at number one on the
PC top 30 chart
the all-platforms top 40
highlights the success of Call of Duty: WWII versus its predecessor, Infinite
. Word is: "Week 1 sales of ‘WWII’ are significantly higher than
‘IW’, in fact some 57% higher in units and 21% higher in revenue (last year
sales on Legacy / Legacy Pro editions were substantial, which is why overall ASP
last year was significantly higher). Ubisoft’s ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ drops
from a debut at No1 to No2 this week, followed at No3 by EA’s ‘FIFA 18’.
Nintendo drop 2 places to No4 with Switch ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ and Sony’s PS4
‘Gran Turismo Sport’ remains at No5. The only other new entry within the Top 40
is Focus Home Interactive’s ‘Spintires: Mudrunner’ debuting at No24 for PS4,
Xbox One and PC." The top 10 from PC chart follows:
||CALL OF DUTY: WWII
||THE SIMS 4
||THE SIMS STUDIO
||WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS
||FARMING SIMULATOR 17
||FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE
||FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE
||FOOTBALL MANAGER 2017
||TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER II
||OVERWATCH GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION
||THE EVIL WITHIN 2
||THE SIMS 4 GET TO WORK
||THE SIMS STUDIO
- AORUS Z370 Ultra Gaming Motherboard on
- ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Motherboard on
- Coffee Lake Z370 Mini-ITX Motherboard roundup on
- Cooler Master MasterAir MA610P Cooler on
- Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB Special Edition Torque DDR4 Memory
- Creative Sound BlasterX Siege M04 Mouse on
- MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING Graphics Card on
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition Graphics Card on
- Thinksound TS03+mic HD In-Ear Headphones on
- ViewSonic XG2703-GS QHD G-Sync Monitor on
Watching sports over the years teaches one to not have kneejerk reactions to
trends too early, whether things are going well or poorly. With things going so
far south for the NY Giants I have to admit I am not able to follow that
principle, and I am jerking knees all over the place. There are some fans going
along with the idea that this is on Eli Manning, but I'm having none of that.
From my point of view, which is not unique, GM Jerry Reese has had way too many
misses after the earliest rounds in the draft to keep his job. Perhaps if his
offseason plan to rebuild the offensive line by talking about how hard our
god-awful tackles were working on improvement had worked out I'd feel
differently, but that's worked out about as well as one (other than Jerry Reese)
would expect. I'm pretty much completely done with Coach McAdoo too. He earned
some benefit of the doubt last season that would normally have me holding off
judgment, but he has recently had to suspend our best cornerback just a couple
of weeks after suspending our second-best cornerback, which sounds way too much
like someone who has lost control of his team. Sad days in Giants country. I
don't generally relish being proven wrong, but I can only hope things turn
around rapidly and I have to eat all these words.