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Doom‘s third “Free Update” is now available and players of the game’s multiplayer mode will finally get the chance to compete in a free-for-all Deathmatch. The inclusion of Deathmatch in the original Doom is one of the things that put the 1993 shooter on the map, so it’s great to finally see it added to this year’s reboot.
“Free Update 3” will also add an option to create Private Matches in multiplayer, as well as Custom Matches that’ll allow players to adjust “the modes, maps, length of play time and other match settings.”
To celebrate these changes, id Software has unveiled a new trailer for Doom, and kicked off a Double XP Weekend for multiplayer players. The Double XP Weekend begins today and will run until Monday, September 26, at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time).
With a sweltering Summer in full swing, game publishers mostly skipped the month of July. And nowhere is this more evident than the monthly NPD ranking of best-selling games, which was topped by Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V, a game that was originally released almost three years ago. The only new release to crack the top ten in July was Capcom’s Monster Hunter Generations, which claimed the #4 spot.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, NPD analyst Sam Naji said: “Lack of strong new titles for the month resulted with poor comparison with last July’s Batman: Arkham Knight with consumers spending 14 percent less year-on-year on hardware, software and accessories. However, the release of Monster Hunter: Generations and the price drop for the 2DS helped to bolster spending for 3DS and 2DS hardware by 44%”
While brand new titles were a rare sight in the NPD’s July 2016 top ten, new-ish titles like Overwatch (#2), Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (#3), and Doom (#8) continue to be popular with shoppers.
The NPD Group continued their foray into tracking sales of digital downloads last month, though Capcom, Mojang, Bethesda, and Blizzard (for Battle.net sales) chose not to participate.
A full look at July 2016’s best-selling games can be found after the break. (more…)
Doom is going to unleash Hell on Earth over the next seven days.
Let’s start with today, and that’s because id Software has now pushed out Free Update 2 to all players. The shooter’s second major patch will add two new multiplayer modes to the game (“Exodus,” a one-flag Capture the Flag Mode, and “Sector,” an objective-based Capture and-Hold Mode), as well as a series of new building blocks for SnapMap.
Also beginning today is Doom’s first Double XP Weekend. Players will be able to collect the extra XP from now until Monday, August 1.
In addition to shining a spotlight on Free Update 2, a new trailer for Doom gave us a sneak peek at the Unto the Evil DLC Pack, which we now know will be available on Friday, August 15. Available as part of Doom’s Season Pass (or as a standalone download for $14.99), the DLC Pack will include three new multiplayer maps (“Offering,” “Cataclysm,” and “Ritual”), as well as a new Demon Rune (the Harvester), weapon (the UAC EMG Pistol), piece of equipment (the Kinetic Mine), Hack Modules, and new customization options.
June is typically a slow period for new game releases, but The NPD Group’s look at last month’s best-selling games proves just how slow it was. According to tracking firm, consumer spending on games was down 20% from last year, when Batman: Arkham Knight launched to strong reviews and even stronger sales.
To make matters worse, the only new release to crack the top ten were Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (#3) and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst (#5). But that means the path to the top of the list was clear for Overwatch, which rode a wave of support from fans to become June 2016’s best-selling game. Grand Theft Auto V (#2) and Doom (#4) rounded out the top five.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in June, as NPD Analyst Liam Callahan told GamesIndustry.biz: “After 32 months since the launches of the PS4 and Xbox One, the combined cumulative hardware sales for these two consoles exceed the sales of [the PS3 and Xbox 360] by 40% at the same point in their lifecycles.”
However, the biggest news this month might be the new way that the NPD reports their monthly sales data. Provided a publisher supplies the numbers, the company has agreed to begin integrating digital sales into their monthly tally. Most publishers have already signed on, though Bethesda, Sony, and Mojang remain holdouts, and Blizzard has decided not to share sales data from Battle.net.
A complete look at last months top ten best-selling titles can be found after the break. (more…)
Sony Interactive Entertainment is likely very aware that their fans are indulging in a neverending stream of news and trailers from this year’s E3 Expo, because the PlayStation Store update is pretty bare.
As announced Monday, Ubisoft’s Trials of The Blood Dragon is now available to download for the PS4. The “stunt platformer” takes place in the same universe as Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and combines the side-scrolling motorbike stunts of the Trials series with the pure insanity of the 2013 shooter.
Also available to download this week is Siren, the latest addition to the PS2-On-PS4 series. The horror title wasn’t the most well-known game on the PS2, but it had a dedicated core of fans that will appreciate replaying its horrific scenarios.
But speaking of horror, the real star of this week’s PlayStation Store update is the trio of demos that are now available to try out… and two of them will bring new horror experiences to PS4 players. First up is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, a teaser for Capcom’s upcoming entry in the long-running survival horror series. The viewpoint has switched to first-person and the entire thing will take place in a dilapidated plantation in the American South, but there’s certainly something scary going on.
Also this week, PS4 players who skipped out on Doom will get to try the game’s first level and see what all the fuss is about. A small taste of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is also available to download ahead of its PS4 debut later this month.
More information on all of this week’s new release can be found after the break. (more…)
After disappearing from the gaming landscape for nearly a decade, Doom is back, and id Software’s reboot/sequel is a huge hit with gamers everywhere. But owing to the franchise’s shareware past, the developer wants to invite everyone to try out a free demo of Doom’s first level, which is now available to download on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. But there’s a catch, the demo will only be available this week.
If you already own Doom, id Software is planning a number of new additions to the game. The SnapMap feature will be expanded with a new “Hell” visual theme, along with new props, objects, weapons, and items. New functionality will also be added to SnapMap to allow for the creation of “true single-player experiences.”
Over on the multiplayer side, id Software has brought the development of the game’s multiplayer mode in-house, and will release two new modes in the coming weeks: Exodus (Capture the Flag) and a “multi-zone capture and hold mode” known as Sector. And later this Summer, three Free-For-All modes will be added to Doom’s multiplayer, including Classic Deathmatch.
The developer is also working on Doom’s first premium DLC Map Pack, Unto the Evil, which will be available next month. Unto the Evil will include three new maps (“Offering,” “Cataclysm,” and “Ritual”), as well as a new demon (The Harvester), gun, equipment item, armor set, and more.
All SnapMap and multiplayer updates will be available for free, but the Unto the Evil Map Pack is a paid download.
The NPD Group has revealed their tally of the best-selling games from May 2016, and four new titles were battling it out for the top spot. But ultimately, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End bested them all for the #1 spot on the list.
The three shooters that made the month of May a very crowded time for fans of the genre slotted in just behind Uncharted 4, and id Software’s Doom claimed the silver medal as the runner-up. And in the duel for the “Hero Shooter” crown, Blizzard took the first round as strong sales for Overwatch ensured a finish in the #3 spot. That means Gearbox had to settle for a bit less of the market thanks to Battleborn‘s fourth place debut.
Overall, the retail side of the industry did very well in May, which NPD’s Liam Callahan explained to GamesIndustry.biz: “Overall trends across new physical software, hardware, and accessories in May 2016 rose by 4%, or $19.3 million, due to 18% growth of new physical software, which offset the 10% decline of hardware, and the 2% decline in accessories”.
A complete look at last month’s best-selling retail games (which also includes Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, Dark Souls III, and others) can be found after the break. (more…)
Is id Software teasing Quake 5? Developer is telling prospective employees they’ll get to work on “franchises like Doom and Quake”
After nearly a decade in development, Doom is now available on store shelves and nostalgic FPS fans are loving its mixture of modern design and retro sensibilities. So the developers at id Software are probably feeling pretty good about themselves. But that hasn’t stopped the company from going on a hiring spree.
More than a dozen job openings at id Software were recently added to Bethesda’s Careers page, and once again, they’re offering prospective employees the chance to work on “legendary game properties like DOOM and QUAKE.” Obviously, this isn’t a guarantee that Quake 5 is in the works at id, but the last time the developer went on a similar headhunting operation was in 2013, about a year before they debuted Doom to a packed house at QuakeCon 2014.
Of course, this is probably just the regular employment churn that occurs at all companies, combined with an HR department too lazy to write up a new job description. But after the amazing return of Doom (and Wolfenstein before it), I am ready for more Quake too.