The main thing for the weekend (November 18-19)
Online Half-Life on Steam has grown 50 times, Germany has allocated €100 million for subsidies to German game developers, more than 100 thousand people have played in The Talos Principle 2 — we tell you what happened in the gaming industry over the weekend.
Valve celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first part of Half-Life with a large-scale patch with new content and distribution of the game on Steam. This led to a sharp increase in interest among gamers. According to the SteamDB service, on the evening of November 19, a record number of people simultaneously played the shooter — 33,471. For comparison: on the day before the release of the patch and the start of the distribution, the maximum online Half-Life on Steam was 677 people.
The German Ministry of Culture has launched a new funding program for German game developers, GamesWirtschaft reported. As part of it, the agency will spend €100 million on studio subsidies over the next three years. Startups and indie teams will be able to apply for money first of all. Recall that Germany already has a similar program overseen by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection of Germany, but recently its budget was cut due to problems in the country's economy.
Devolver Digital and Croteam have announced that the circulation of the philosophical puzzle The Talos Principle 2 has exceeded 100 thousand copies. To achieve this result, the game took a little more than two weeks. Its release on PC, PlayStation and Xbox took place on November 2.
The creators of A Little to the Left, a meditative Unpacking game about sorting objects, also shared their successes. According to Max Inferno studio, since the release on November 8, 2022, the title has been bought 999,999 times. A Little to the Left is available on PC and Nintendo Switch.