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Fans have been asking to send the Call of Duty franchise back to the European Theater for years, and now that Activision has finally delivered, those same fans have gleefully opened their wallets. According to The NPD Group, Call of Duty: WWII was the best-selling game in November, as well as the best-selling game in all of 2017 (so far).
Call of Duty: WWII’s launch helped push November 2017’s total game, hardware, and accessory sales to $2.7 billion, an increase of 30% over last year. Other big performers that fuled the last four weeks of sales included Star Wars: Battlefront II (#2), Assassin’s Creed Origins (#3), Super Mario Odyssey (#6), and a big debut for Need For Speed: Payback (#8).
The complete Top 20 from last month can be found after the break. (more…)
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Super Mario Odyssey are October 2017’s best-selling games
A northeastern cold snap proves that Fall is all… as does the massive number of new releases that cracked The NPD Group’s list of best-selling games from October 2017. WB Games’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War lead the way at #1, but it was closely followed by Assassin’s Creed Origins at #2, Super Mario Odyssey at #3, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole at #4.
Nintendo actually had a huge month, placing four titles in the Top 20 (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#15), Mario Kart 8 (#16), and Fire Emblem Warriors (#17) were the others), as well as owning the top two hardware platforms. However, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that overall industry sales still dropped 11% versus October 2016 to $825 million:
With interest in the Switch and the Super NES Classic still sky-high, Nintendo hardware managed to account for two-thirds of the hardware sales generated. That being said, NPD noted that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is still the best-selling hardware platform year-to-date. Furthermore, in the accessories category, the black DualShock 4 wireless controller was both the best-selling accessory of October, and the best-selling accessory year-to-date.
The complete Top 20 from October 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)
A trio of new games were added to the Xbox Games Store this morning, but two of the three will definitely make a big splash on the digital storefront.
Leading the way is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which is now available to download for the Xbox One. BJ Blazkowicz is back, and this time he’s taking the fight to the Nazis in the good old US of A. A new locale is also in store for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, which has shifted to Ancient Egypt for Assassin’s Creed Origins, which is also available to download now on the Xbox One.
Finally today, Hamster Corporation continues their series of NeoGeo re-releases on the Xbox One with Mutation Nation, a side-scrolling beat ’em up.
You can learn more about all of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break. (more…)
It’s a good time for epic-size games on the PlayStation Store.
This week, Bethesda will launch Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for the PS4, and it’ll be joined by Ubisoft’s double-shot of Assassin’s Creed Origins and Just Dance 2018. But if you’re looking for something a bit smaller, WayForward will also launch The Mummy Demastered, their latest retro-themed “MetroidVania” for the PS4, this week.
You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store after the break. (more…)
New Retail Releases: Super Mario Odyssey, Wolfenstein II, Assassin’s Creed Origins, More
Mario is back this week in his first fully 3D adventure in more than a decade. Super Mario Odyssey will make its Switch debut this Friday, but fans can dance along with its super-catchy theme song, “Jump Up Super Star,” right now.
Also returning to the dance floor this week is BJ Blazkowicz (in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus), Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise (in Assassin’s Creed Origins), and the latest entry in the Just Dance series (Just Dance 2018).
Finally this week, Destiny 2 will make its PC debut.
You can read all about the rest of this week’s new retail releases after the break. (more…)
Ubisoft will release Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune on November 7… Assassin’s Creed Origins Season Pass and Free DLC detailed
Ubisoft has an interesting variety of games set to be released this Fall, including the latest game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. But they’re also dipping back into their reserve of family-friendly properties and will also launch new versions of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune in November.
You can learn more about the Season Pass plans for Assassin’s Creed Origins and the game show adaptations after the break. (more…)
Second Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer released… Ubisoft to add “Educational Mode” to Assassin’s Creed Origins
It’s hard to compete with a brand new trailer for the highly-anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, but Ubisoft is going to try, and they’ve announced a combat-free “Educational Mode” for Assassin’s Creed Origins.
You can see the trailer and read more about Origins’s “Educational Mode” after the break. (more…)
It was rather surprising when Ubisoft announced that a new entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise wouldn’t be released in 2016. But the publisher has roared back at Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference with Assassin’s Creed Origins, a brand new game that takes the storyline back to its very beginning.
Players will take control of Bayek, a protector of Egypt, and the first member of the Assassin’s Brotherhood:
Journey into Ancient Egypt, the most mysterious place in history, during a crucial period that will shape the world. Discover the secrets behind the Great Pyramids, forgotten myths, the last pharaohs, and – engraved in long-lost hieroglyphics – the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.
For the last four years, the team behind the acclaimed Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has been focused on crafting a new beginning for the franchise. Fight in a completely new way where you transition seamlessly between unique ranged and melee weapons, and take on multiple enemies at once. Choose your Assassin skills while exploring the full country of Ancient Egypt, engaging in multiple quests and gripping stories along a journey that will change civilization.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will feature a new focus on action RPG mechanics, and players will be encouraged to level up Bayek’s abilities and craft new items for the tasks at hand:
Assassin’s Creed Origins Features
- Experience the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt – Uncover lost tombs, explore the Great Pyramids, and discover the secrets of mummies, the gods, and the last pharaohs.
- An Origin Story – Start here, at the very beginning, with the never-before-told origin story of Assassin’s Creed. You are Bayek, protector of Egypt, whose personal story will lead to the creation of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.
- Embrace Action-RPG – Experience a completely new way to fight as you loot and use a variety of weapons with different characteristics and rarities. Enjoy deep RPG progression mechanics, choose your preferred abilities, and challenge your skills against unique and powerful bosses.
- Each Quest is a Memorable Adventure – Pick and tackle quests at your own pace: each of them tells an intense and emotional story full of colorful characters and meaningful objectives.
- Explore a Full Country – From deserts to lush oases, from the Mediterranean Sea to the tombs of Giza, fight your way against dangerous factions and wild beasts as you explore this gigantic and unpredictable land.
Ubisoft has put together an extensive look at Assassin’s Creed’s new setting in a massive new post on the UbiBlog. A companion video, “Building An Empire,” is also available after the break.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 27. Players who pre-order the game will receive access to a bonus mission, and two special editions will include even more content. The Deluxe Edition will a printed world map, the official soundtrack, and a variety of extra in-game content. The digital-only Gold Edition includes all the in-game content from the Deluxe Edition, as well as the game’s Season Pass. (more…)