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New Retail Releases: Horizon Zero Dawn Complete, Dead Rising 4 PS4, The Walking Dead Collection, More

It’s a good time for re-releases, as four well-loved games will be available in new editions this week.

First up, Sony and Guerrilla will repackage Horizon: Zero Dawn in a “Complete Edition” for the PS4. This re-release includes the original game, the Frozen Wilds expansion, and all the bonus content from the Digital Deluxe Edition.

Coming to the PS4 for the first time this week is Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package. The PC/Xbox One game was originally released in 2016, and it makes its PS4 debut in a new collection that includes the original game, all the downloadable content and expansions, and the new Capcom Heroes expansion.

Speaking of zombies, Telltale Games will re-release their entire Walking Dead saga as The Walking Dead Collection for the PS4 and Xbox One. Players will be able to prepare themselves for the final season with The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead Season 2 (and the 400 Days epilogue), The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, and The Walking Dead: Michonne.

Finally this week, Ubisoft will release Steep: Winter Games Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One. The Winter Games Edition will bundle the original game with the brand new Road to the Olympics expansion.

A complete rundown of this week’s new retail releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, PUBG, Persona, Horizon: Zero Dawn nominated for “Game of The Year” at 2017 Game Awards

gameawards-statueThe unprecedented success of the Nintendo Switch has been THE story of 2017, and not surprisingly, Nintendo’s latest console is well represented among the nominations for the 2017 Game Awards.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey received six nominations apiece, and both will be competing for “Game of the Year.” PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Atlus’s Persona 5, and Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn (which also received six total nominations) were also nominated for the prestigious award.

A grand total of 102 games and individuals were nominated for at least one award as part of this year’s ceremony, and several games are looking to take home a lot of hardware including Destiny 2 (six nominations), Studio MDHR’s Cuphead (five nominations), and Bethesda’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (four nominations).

The Game Awards will be held on December 7 at 9:00 PM (Eastern Time), and fans can watch the show through their favorite video streaming service or at TheGameAwards.com. The full list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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Horizon: Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds launches tomorrow… so here’s a Launch Trailer

Sony plans to launch The Frozen Wilds expansion for Horizon: Zero Dawn tomorrow, expanding Aloy’s world in a snowy new direction. To celebrate, the consolemaker has also released a stunning new Launch Trailer, and offered up a few tips on the PlayStation Blog for players looking to get the most out of the expansion:

1.) Load Your Latest Save
You don’t need to start a brand-new game just to access Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds. The expansion content is available regardless of whether you’re on your very first playthrough or on your latest New Game+.

2.) Check Your Level
We tuned Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds for players with an experience level of 30 or higher. While it’s possible to access the expansion content if your level is below this threshold, you may find that Aloy’s lack of skills and/or equipment becomes too great a challenge. If that’s the case, try completing a few quests in the base game until you’ve sufficiently leveled up.

3.) Complete the Quest “A Seeker at the Gates”
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds adds a whole new region known as The Cut, which becomes accessible after you’ve completed the quest A Seeker at the Gates. If you’re at level 30 you most likely already completed this quest, but if you’re not sure you can check its completion status in the Quests menu.

4.) Find a Quest-Giver
To receive directions to the new region known as The Cut, speak with one of the three quest-givers added to the base game region. These quest-givers appear with a blue quest start marker over their head. They’re located in the following areas:

  • Rhavid, a Carja nobleman with information and speculation about the Banuk borderlands, can be found outside Meridian.
  • Ohtur, who knows how to get to The Cut, can be found inside the Carja border fort known as Daytower.
  • Yariki, a Banuk woman with a dire warning about the dangers found in the borderlands, can be found north of the Grave Hoard.

5.) Survive the Frozen Wilds
Between the inhospitable environment and the dangerous new machines, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds offers a greater challenge than the base game — so make sure you bring the right skills, outfits, and weapons.

Players will be able to download Horizon: Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds from the PlayStation Store for $19.99 (or $14.99 if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber).

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Horizon: Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds expansion will be released on November 7

Sony and Guerrilla Games have announced (via the PlayStation Blog) that The Frozen Wilds expansion for Horizon: Zero Dawn will be available to download on November 7.

Guerrilla plans to reveal more about The Frozen Wilds as we get closer to its launch date, but in the meantime, the developer confirmed that anyone who pre-orders the expansion from the PlayStation Store will receive an exclusive Avatar.

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The 1-2 punch of Tekken 7 and Injustice 2 sit atop the best-selling games list for June 2017

Fighting game fans have proven, once again, that the genre is alive and well. According to the NPD Group’s recounting of the best-selling games in June, Tekken 7 (#1) and Injustice 2 (#2) took the top two spots. Nintendo’s bizarro take on the genre, Arms, also made a strong debut in the #5 spot.

Speaking of the Switch, Nintendo’s newest console continued to push the game industry to new heights in June, as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#6) and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#7) stayed in the top ten.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella said: “The Nintendo Switch has been the catalyst for year-to-date growth. Year-to-date, hardware spending has grown 19% versus 2016 to $1.4 billion.”

However, older titles also performed well in June, including Grand Theft Auto V (#3), Overwatch (#9), and Minecraft (#17). 2015’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III (#12) even managed to outsell 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (#15).

A complete look at the Top 20 for June 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Sony @E3 2017: Horizon: Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds expansion announced

The next trailer shown off during Sony’s E3 Press Conference was an expansion to Horizon: Zero Dawn, the post-apocalyptic smash hit from Guerrilla Games.

Snow-covered mountains are strewn across the land, as Aloy meets new people and battles new enemies. Horizon: Zero Dawn – The Frozen Wilds looks just as amazing as the original, and best of all, it’ll be available to download this year.

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The Switch continues to soar as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the best-selling game in April 2017

Nintendo continues to dominate the retail charts with another strong showing in April for their Switch console. According to The NPD Group, Nintendo added another 280,000 Switch consoles to its tally last month, and the newly-launched Mario Kart 8 Deluxe sold more than 459,000 copies (in just two days) to take the top spot on the list of best-selling games. The company’s success also seems to be great for the industry as a whole, as the industry generated $636 million in sales in April 2017, a 10% increase over the year before.

The other big news in April is that Persona 5 pushed the franchise and gave the RPG the #2 spot on the best-seller list, just below Mario Kart 8.

“Persona 5 experienced the strongest debut month for any title in Persona franchise history, with packaged dollar sales five times that of the previous best-selling debut, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4,” NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella told GamesIndustry.biz.

Additional new releases were thin on the ground in last month’s Top 20, but Lego Undercover‘s re-release on the PC and current-generation consoles helped it secure a spot (#13). And as expected, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild continued to sell well, landing in the #3 position for the month. But the big retail winners in April all came from the backlist, including Grand Theft Auto V (#6), Overwatch (#9), Call of Duty: Black Ops II (#10), and Minecraft (#20).

The NPD Group’s complete list of best-selling games for April 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo smashed sales records in March 2017… but Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands was the top-selling game

Nintendo told us all about their record-setting sales month last week, but the NPD Group made it official today when they revealed their retail report on the video game industry for March 2017.

NPD analyst Sam Naji told GamesIndustry.biz: “March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records.The Nintendo Switch had the biggest hardware launch for a Nintendo platform and the second biggest launch for any video game platform since 1995, the time NPD began tracking this category.”

However, even though The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild managed to sell more than 900,000 copies, it wasn’t able to secure the #1 spot. Instead, Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands was the best-selling game last month, likely due to Nintendo’s unwillingness to share their digital sales figures with the NPD Group. Other strong sellers on the Switch included 1-2 Switch (#13) and Super Bomberman R (#17).

Big debuts weren’t limited to Nintendo’s Switch, and it was a banner month for several new releases last month, as Mass Effect: Andromeda (#3), Horizon: Zero Dawn (#4), and Nier: Automata (#9) also smashed expectations. Combined with impressive Switch hardware sales, these games helped the industry record more than $1.36 billion in total sales for the month, a 24% year-on-year increase over March 2016.

The complete list of best-selling games from March 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)

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