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Call of Duty: WWII was the best-selling game for all of 2017

Call of Duty: WWII earned a spot at the top of The NPD Group’s list of best-selling games for both November and December, and now the tracking firm has confirmed that Activision’s shooter was also the best-selling game for all of 2017.

It looks like Activision had a pretty good year, especially with Destiny 2 checking in at the #3 spot, but Nintendo was the publisher with the biggest presence on the NPD’s Top 10. The consolemaker can claim three games in the Top 10 including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#5), Super Mario Odyssey (#9), and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#10).

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, The NPD Group also confirmed an uptick for the industry as a whole. Gamers spent $14.59 billion on their favorite hobby in 2017, an increase of 11% over 2016.

Sony’s PS4 was the best-selling console of the year, but the Switch and Xbox One have also benefited from brisk sales:

“Combined sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One continue on a record-setting pace,” [NPD Gaming Analyst Mat] Piscatella said. “Over the first 50 months in market for each console, the combined hardware installed base of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now exceeds that of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by 18 percent, and that of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox by 4 percent.”

The NPD’s Top 10 best-selling games for 2017 can be found after the break. (more…)

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Call of Duty: WWII repeats as the best-selling game of December 2017

Activision’s Call of Duty: WWII has reenlisted for a second tour of duty as the best-selling game of the month. According to The NPD Group (via GamesIndustry.biz), the shooter was the best-selling game in December 2017, besting Star Wars: Battlefront II (#2) and Super Mario Odyssey (#3).

The holiday season dominated last month’s list, as several games that were tailor-made for gift-giving ranked high in the Top 20 including NBA 2K18 (#4), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#5), Madden NFL 18 (#6), and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (#9). But perhaps most surprisingly, the Xbox One debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds landed at #7 after just a few weeks on sale (PC sales weren’t included in the NPD Group’s calculations).

You can find The NPD Group’s complete list for the Top 20 best-selling games from December 2017 after the break. (more…)

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Call of Duty: WWII leads a huge month for game sales as best-selling game of Nov. 2017

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…)

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EA turns off all microtransactions in Star Wars: Battlefront II after fan backlash

The run-up to Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s launch has been filled with more fireworks than Luke’s trench run through the Dark Star in the first film. Many fans were disappointed in the beta, and many reviewers took issue with the game’s progression system, which seemed overly-dependent on purchasing in-game currency with real money.

Rather than ignore the outcry, Electronic Arts and DICE responded to these complaints with a statement about the future of the game from DICE’s General Manager, Oskar Gabrielson. According to Gabrielson, the developer and publisher have decided to turn off the online storefront for Battlefront II’s in-game currency. For now, players will only be able to unlock the game’s more advanced features (including the ability to play as Darth Vader) through gameplay.

However, EA and DICE also announced plans to restore Battlefront II’s microtransactions after they rework the game’s progression system:

[A]s we approach the worldwide launch, it’s clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design. We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn’t get this right.

We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this.

Star Wars: Battlefront II is now available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Gabrielson’s full statement can be found on Electronic Arts’s official website.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II, The Sims 4, Karnov’s Revenge, more added to Xbox Store

It’s Friday… so it’s time once again for an Xbox Games Store update.

Electronic Arts has a two-fer for Xbox One owners today, launching both Star Wars: Battlefront II and The Sims 4. Also available to download today is Karnov’s Revenge, a fighting game that was originally released during the NeoGeo era by Data East.

You can learn more about the rest of today’s additions to the Xbox Games Store after the break. (more…)

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Star Wars: Battlefront II, Skyrim VR, L.A. Noire, more coming to PS Store this week

Fantastic and faraway lands are the focus of this week’s PlayStation Store update.

The Star Wars universe gets another chance to shine this week with the release of Electronic Arts’s Star Wars: Battlefront II. PS4 players will also be able to return to Bethesda’s fantasy world in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. The fate of the entire multiverse is at stake in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, and THQ Nordic brought back the colorful shenanigans of De Blob in a PS4 re-release of his eponymous game.

Finally this week, things will float back to Earth in the 1940s-set L.A. Noire from Rockstar Games and the everyday experiences of Electronic Arts’s The Sims 4.

You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store (including a few titles for the Vita) after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Star Wars Battlefront II, Pokemon UltraSun/UltraMoon, Skyrim on Switch, More

It’s a big week for brand new releases, and it starts with Electronic Arts’s Star Wars: Battlefront II for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Star Wars who are thinking about picking up a PS4 this week might also want to peruse two new bundles for the console… a PS4 Pro 1TB + Star Wars: Battlefront II Bundle and a PS4 Slim 1TB + Star Wars: Battlefront II Bundle.

Elsewhere on store shelves this week, Nintendo and Game Freak will launch Pokemon UltraMoon and Pokemon UltraSun, the final “mainline” Pokemon games for the 3DS.

A slew of popular games will find new homes this week as Bethesda will bring The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to the Switch and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR to the PS4, while Rockstar is relaunching L.A. Noire for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. The Sims 4 will also make its PS4 and Xbox One debut this week, alongside Batman: The Telltale Series, which will make its first appearance on the Switch.

Finally this week, WB Games and TT Games will build another brick-tastic adventure with Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 on the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

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

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Electronic Arts reiterates that Battlefield 6 and Anthem are coming in 2018

Electronic Arts delivered their quarterly financial report to investors last night, and Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen delivered some (not unexpected) news about the publisher’s 2018 slate of games.

Jorgensen reiterated that the currently untitled Battlefield 6 will be released in 2018, alongside a “full slate” of EA Sports titles (presumably FIFA 19, Madden NFL 19, NHL 19, and NBA Live 19), and BioWare’s Anthem. It looks like multiple in-game events for Star Wars: Battlefront II are also on tap for next year:

The core of our fiscal 2019 is in a full slate of sports titles and their associated live services, plus new live services from Star Wars: Battlefront II. We will add the next Battlefield game and moved into the action genre with Anthem. We expect our subscriber base to continue to grow and our new mobile titles to benefit from players looking for deeper experiences with higher production values.

Later in the presentation, CEO Andrew Wilson added that EA Sports is planning something connected to next year’s World Cup:

On World Cup, we don’t have any news to announce right now, but at EA Sports we have a long tradition of celebrating the World Cup and bringing it to life for fans, stretching back to the World Cup 1998. So as it gets closer, the world’s largest sporting event, we’ll announce more details on how we’ll continue this tradition.

Electronic Arts’s stock is down more than 4% in trading on the stock market so far today.

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