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On September 19, the full release of Mortal Kombat 1 took place: before that, the game was available only to those who bought the premium edition. Her peak online on Steam immediately reached 38,129 people.
Another week, another data on the top-grossing Steam games. Starfield didn’t manage to stay at the top of the charts, with Baldur’s Gate 3 once again outselling other premium titles a month and a half after its launch.
It has been a while since Microsoft officially shared the number of Game Pass subscribers. So we can only rely on indirect data to assess whether the service is growing.
On September 14, an early release of Mortal Kombat 1 took place: the fighting game became available to owners of premium editions. In the first hours, the peak online Steam version of the game reached 26,633 people.
The new installment in the NBA 2K series has been released, and this time player reception is extremely negative. Let’s take a look at the game’s launch and why it is currently one of the worst-rated titles on Steam.
The release of NBA 2K24 on Steam turned out to be very unsuccessful. The game was released on September 8 and to date has collected over 3 thousand negative reviews.
Uma Musume Pretty Derby, which has already generated over $2 billion globally, recently launched in China. However, the game was suddenly removed from local app stores despite previously receiving a publishing license from the regulator.
The release of Baldur’s Gate 3 became extremely successful: only on Steam the peak online game exceeded 875 thousand people. It is not known for sure how many people bought the game in total, but Larian Studios and Wizards of the Coast are very pleased with the results of the project.
On September 7, Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, a mobile adaptation of the seventh part of Final Fantasy. The very next day, the game’s downloads exceeded 2 million.
Starfield has become Bethesda’s largest game launch of all time. Let’s compare its numbers to other Xbox first-party games and see Microsoft’s love for vague stats.
Bethesda announced that the audience of Starfield exceeded 6 million people. The game showed the most successful start for the entire existence of the company.
Sony has increased the price for its subscription service PlayStation Plus. While most regions saw double-digit increases, Turkey experienced the biggest hike.
The Rainbow Six Mobile tactical shooter has not yet been released, but it has already attracted a large number of gamers. According to the head of Ubisoft Yves Guillemot, the Android version of the game alone has collected 17 million pre-registrations.
Following the launch of Starfield, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has shared some data about the game across all platforms. It looks like a huge success for Xbox.
Titanfall 2 actively attracts players. At the time of writing the news, over 21.8 thousand people are playing the Steam version of the title at the same time. This is almost 10 times more than on September 4.
Starfield is the first new IP created by Bethesda in nearly 30 years. The game has finally launched globally on PC and Xbox, receiving generally favorable reviews from players and showing some great numbers.
Google is ready to sign a settlement agreement with the attorneys general of 37 US states who accused the corporation of abusing power in the Android mobile store market. The legal conflict between them lasts more than two years.
Sales of game consoles in Russia are on the rise. In a comment to the Izvestia newspaper, Russian retailers reported that PlayStation and Xbox consoles sold significantly better this August than in August 2022.
Although Starfield’s global launch is scheduled for September 6, revenue from its early access version was enough to top the Steam charts. Let’s take a close look at last week’s top sellers on the platform.
Action about the battles of giant robots Armored Core VI gave Starfield the first place in the top of the highest-grossing games on Steam over the past week. Both paid and freeplay titles were taken into account in the top.
Shawn Layden, former president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, called corporations that want to enter the video game market “barbarians”. In his opinion, they pose a huge threat to the industry.
Square Enix has announced that the games of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series have sold a total of over 3 million copies.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has opened up about the use of AI tools in game development. He also threw shade at Steam, saying that the EGS doesn’t ban titles for “using new technologies.”
Erik Peterson, responsible for business development at Valve, has shared some insights into visibility and discovery mechanisms on Steam. Here is how the company helps devs reach players and connect users to games.
Tim Sweeney is not against the Epic Games Store (EGS) releasing games created with the help of artificial intelligence. This was stated by the head of Epic Games in a comment to the developer’s tweet, who complained about the Steam rules.
The Defold Foundation has officially updated the Defold engine to version 1.5.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy, a remaster bundle for the classic platformer series from Insomniac Games, has hit a major milestone by selling 10 million copies globally. Let’s take a look at how these figures compare to the original titles.
On September 1, the crowdfunding campaign of Ratatan, a new rhythm action from the creators of Patapon, ended on Kickstarter. During the month, the developers attracted ¥219 million ($1.5 million) from gamers.
The Actors Guild of the USA called for a strike against gaming companies, Bethesda will not give up support for Redfall due to a failed start, sales of Crusader Kings III exceeded 3 million copies, – we tell you what happened in the gaming industry over the weekend.
Embracer Group, which was once on an endless shopping spree, is now dumping its first-party studios as part of the ongoing business restructuring. This time, the victim was Red Faction and Saints Row developer Volition, not to mention layoffs at Gearbox Publishing.
On August 30, Sony announced that it would raise the cost of an annual PlayStation Plus subscription by a third in September. Investors took this decision well: at Friday’s trading, the company’s stock price rose by 3.4%.
Starfield is now available for owners of the Premium edition, already attracting hundreds of thousands of players. Let’s take a look at the game’s early launch numbers and how they compare to other titles from Bethesda.
Gearbox Publishing is another company in the Embracer Group, which suffered from the restructuring of the holding. As the Game Developer portal noted, some of its employees have recently been reduced.
On the night of September 1, Starfield became available to owners of the premium edition of the game. She turned out to be extremely popular. Two hours after the opening of early access, more than 234 thousand Steam users were playing the Bethesda novelty at the same time.
Volition Studio, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary two months ago, is closing.
Discoverability expert Simon Carless has shared some interesting insights into why some games, even quality ones, fail commercially in today’s market. It might be due to the oversaturation of certain genres, but the issue seems to be much more complex.
Marvel Snap has become a hit for the studio Second Dinner and publisher Nuverse. According to the AppMagic analytical service, the mobile version of the game has earned $100.89 million since its release in October 2022.
Marvel Snap has been a huge hit for developer Second Dinner and publisher Nuverse. Let’s dive into the numbers to see the game’s road to $100 million in revenue.
Canada-based indie developer Sabotage Studio has just released Sea of Stars, a turn-based RPG in the style of classic Japanese titles. Let’s take a look at its launch numbers.
The developers of Sea of Stars are very happy with the start of the game. Sabotage Studio reported that on the release day, the turn-based retro RPG sold 100 thousand copies.
German developer Mimimi Games ceases its work after 15 years of operation. The studio is primarily known for real—time tactical games – Shadow Tactics and Desperados III.
Action about the battles of giant robots from FromSoftware topped the Steam top of the highest-grossing games over the past week (including taking into account fritupley titles). Before that, the top was headed by the role-playing hit Baldur’s Gate 3 for three weeks.
The Day Before, an upcoming multiplayer survival game developed by Fntastic and published by Mytona, is still the subject of a trademark dispute. However, the companies could use the new registered brand to eventually bring the title back on Steam.
At the weekend, Armored Core VI reached 156 thousand online players on the Steam platform. This is the second most successful result among all FromSoftware games. Also, the game in terms of online got into the top of the most successful launches this year.
In early August, the New Zealand legal entity Mytona Fntastic Limited registered the Dayworld trademark. According to the document, we are talking about a downloadable game product.
This was stated on his Twitter page by Thomas Puha, Director of Communications at Remedy.
The screenwriter of Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 left Rockstar, the Binance cryptocurrency exchange banned Russians from using foreign currencies, Microsoft removed an introductory subscription for a dollar on the eve of the release of Starfield, — we tell you what happened in the gaming industry over the weekend.
On July 13, Tencent released Arena Breakout, a mobile loot shooter in the spirit of Escape from Tarkov. It is reported that the number of registered users in the game recently exceeded 80 million people.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon has just been released globally to positive reviews from critics and players. On Steam, the game is now having one of the biggest launches in the history of FromSoftware.
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