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Dark Souls III envelops your very being in darkness and despair… it was also the best-selling game of April 2016
I’m sure this is a surprise to no one, but people really love the Dark Souls franchise. And according to The NPD Group (as reported by GamesIndustry.biz), Dark Souls III was the best-selling retail game in April 2016.
The finale to From Software’s brutally difficult trilogy beat out some stiff competition in April including the Ratchet & Clank reboot (#2), Quantum Break (#7), and Star Fox Zero (#10). MLB The Show 16 also got a boost from the opening of this year’s baseball season (#3), but it wasn’t enough to unseat the Babe Ruth of gothic action RPGs.
But even with a handful of big new releases, the retail sector as a whole suffered a huge decline from the year before, when Mortal Kombat X obliterated all expectations. “In April 2016, overall trends (hardware, new physical software, and accessories) were down 15% (or $88.5 million) compared to April 2015 due to a $41.6 million decline in hardware and a $52.8 million decline in software, with the $5.9 million growth in accessories unable to offset these losses,” said The NPD Group’s Liam Callahan.
However, Callahan added, “Despite these declines, keep in mind that Xbox One and PS4 are trending over 40% higher in cumulative sales after 30 months in the market compared to their predecessors.”
A complete look at last month’s best-selling retail games can be found after the break. (more…)
Time travel is a dirty business, but somebody’s got to do it.
Remedy’s Quantum Break is now available to download for the Xbox One through the Xbox Games Store and for Windows 10 PCs through the Windows 10 Store. Players will control Jack Joyce and the very fabric of reality is at stake in his time-hopping adventure. Remedy will also propel the story forward through several live-action interludes that makes Quantum Break a “fast-paced fusion between game and show.”
Also available this week is Dirt Rally (Xbox One), the latest off-road rally racer from Codemasters. Available for the PC since December, Dirt Rally has been honed by the “Dirt Community” with more than 80 million miles of feedback. Finally, the retro-styled side-scrolling shooter Steredenn will also be available for the Xbox One.
More information on all three of these titles can be found after the break. (more…)
Remedy Entertainment ends their hiatus this week with the release of the time-bending Quantum Break on the PC and Xbox One. The game, which also includes a series of live-action interludes starring Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, and Aidan Gillen, will also be available as part of the Quantum Break + Xbox One 500GB Console Bundle. And all versions of Quantum Break will come packaged with a digital download of Remedy’s previous game, Alan Wake.
Also available this week is Dirt Rally, the latest entry in Codemasters’s popular offroad rally racing franchise. Available for the PC since December, Dirt Rally’s launch on the PS4 and Xbox One adds a number of new features including Classic Mini and Super 1600 series races, 21 Advanced Rally Driving Video Guides, the Pikes Peak course, and more.
Yesterday, Microsoft kicked off their own Cross-Buy program with the announcement that Quantum Break will receive a simultaneous launch on the Xbox One and PC on April 5. Xbox One owners who pre-order the game will receive a free copy of the Windows 10 version, and both games will include Cross-Save support, so progress you make on one platform will carry over to the other. Though I guess I should break in here and point out that not everyone is happy about this news.
Hopefully, those Xbox fans will come around as it looks like Microsoft has no plans to make Quantum Break’s Cross-Buy promotion a one-off. Posting on Twitter, the Head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division, Phil Spencer, has confirmed that Cross-Buy will be a “platform feature” for the PC and Xbox One going forward because he sees it as being “good for gamers”:
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 11, 2016
Microsoft has a large number of PC and Xbox One games in the works for 2016 including Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct Season 3, ReCore, and Sea of Thieves, so I wouldn’t be surprised if any or all of them are announced as Cross-Buy titles in the near future.
Microsoft will continue to support gaming on Windows 10 this Spring with a simultaneous Xbox One/PC launch for Remedy’s Quantum Break on April 5. Best of all, everyone who digitally pre-orders the time-bending action game through the Xbox Games Store will receive a token to download the PC version for free.
Players who purchase Quantum Break on the Xbox One will also receive a download code for the Xbox 360 version of Remedy’s previous game, Alan Wake, and both of its downloadable expansions (The Signal and The Writer). Pre-ordering Quantum Break from participating retailers will also entitle players to an Xbox 360 download code for the action-oriented Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.
But what if you don’t own an Xbox One and your PC isn’t up to snuff? Then you might want to consider a Quantum Break System Bundle ($349), which will include a 500GB “Cirrus White” console, matching wireless controller, and full-game downloads of Quantum Break and Alan Wake.
Finally, Microsoft and Remedy also unveiled a new live-action trailer for Quantum Break today. In “The Cemetery,” protagonist Jack Joyce (Shawn Ashmore) begins to learn about the full extent of his powers as he mourns his brother (Dominic Monaghan). You can check out the video, along with game’s minimum and recommended system requirements, after the break. (more…)
The Spring and Summer months are currently less dense with new releases than the first three months of the year, but that should change fairly soon, especially since publishers have staked a claim to every week from the beginning of April to the end of June with at least one big new release dropping every seven days.
Are you ready? Because here… we… go… (more…)
Remedy made their bones with Max Payne‘s “Bullet Time” mechanic, so it’s no surprise that they’re dipping back into temporal trickery with next year’s Quantum Break. During their Gamescom Briefing today, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One-exclusive will be released on April 5, 2016.
The publisher unveiled a brand new trailer for Quantum Break, which highlights a lot of the time-bending powers employed by the game’s main character, Jack Joyce. The trailer also serves as an introduction to the game’s star-studded cast, which features Shawn Ashmore (X-Men‘s Iceman) as Jack and Dominic Monaghan (Lost‘s Charlie) as his brother William. Other cast members include:
- Aidan Gillen as Paul Serene
- Lance Reddick as Martin Hatch
- Marshall Allman as Charlie Wincott
- Patrick Heusinger as Liam Burke
- Mimi Michaels as Fiona Miller
- Amelia Rose Blaire as Amy Ferraro
- Brooke Nevin as Emily Burke
- Courtney Hope as Beth Wilder
- Jacqueline Pinol as Sofia Amaral
- Jeannie Bolet as Kate Ogawa
- Sean Durrie as Nick Marsters
All of these actors will also play a role in Quantum Break’s companion live-action TV series, which will tell the game’s story from the villain’s perspective.
Thanks to the timestream shenanigans of Quantum Break‘s story, a jokey headline just seems to write itself now that the game has been delayed. Or maybe it was delivered subconsciously from my future self to my present self. Either way, the game will miss its planned 2015 release date and will now be released sometime next year. Speaking to Xbox Wire, Remedy’s Sam Lake confirmed the delay is due to a desire to “polish and fine tune” the game.
“We’re really proud to be part of the incredible Xbox One line-up,” said Lake. “We thank our fans for their patience, and want them to know that the team is taking advantage of this opportunity to polish and fine tune the game to create the kind of standout entertainment experience they’ve come to expect from us.”
The Xbox One title joins a number of other recent high profile delays. Last week, Nintendo pushed The Legend of Zelda Wii U into 2016 and Sony did the same for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End a few weeks before that.