Epic Games battle royale phenomenon Fortnite earned 'the most annual revenue of any game in history' across 2018, according to a report from gaming analytics firm SuperData. The hugely successful video game, played by more than 200 million players worldwide, made $2.4bn last year according to SuperData. While the base game is free to download, Fortnite drives revenue by selling in-game 'skins' and emotes via microtransactions, as well as the regular 'Battle Pass' season updates that offer players new challenges. The report says that the success of Fortnite was a major factor in digital games revenue jumping 11pc over 2017 with $109.8bn made across mobile, console and PC. Digital games revenue is expected to top $118bn in 2019. Free-to-play games, such as Fortnite, made up 80pc of global revenues, with 62pc of that figure coming from Asia, driven by games such as Tencent's Honour of Kings in China. While free-to-play has become the dominant business model in … [Read more...] about Fortnite earned the ‘most annual revenue of any game in history’ in 2018
The malleable wastelands of post-apocalyptia is hardly unfamiliar territory to video game players the world over. But even by those standards, the first six months of 2019 are awash with post-nuclear milieu with games like Far Cry: New Dawn and Rage 2 bringing different shades and colours to the end of the world. Mainly blistering pinks. But Ukrainian developer 4A Games are hoping that its Metro: Exodus will stand out as a harsh and brutal survivalist among the more rambunctious American heroes. An Eastern spin that recalls the Soviet-punk and oppression of the brilliant S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, a game on which the 4A founders worked on. This is the third game in the series based on Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro novels, following the success and acclaim of Metro 2033 and Last Light. Exodus is 4A Games most ambitious attempt yet, blending linear and non-linear environments to create a game that can be by turns sprawling, wild and terrifyingly intimate. The … [Read more...] about Metro Exodus preview: “It’s nice to be liked by everybody, but we want to be rockstars”
I’m not sure many were expecting the industry-shaking news that Bungie, most famous for creating Halo, would not only be leaving publisher Activision but taking the phenomenally successful Destiny with them. But so it came to be, with Bungie and Activision releasing a jovial joint statement last week to say the full rights to the shared-world sci-fi shooter would be transferring to the former after eight years of partnership. “Today, we’re announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise,” said the statement. “Going forward Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects.” “Activision and Bungie are committed to a seamless transition for the Destiny franchise and will continue to work together during the transition on behalf of the community of Destiny players around the world.” All very chummy, full of … [Read more...] about Bungie’s Destiny looks secure, but what now for Activision?
3 At times it can feel that Capcom’s samurai adventure Onimusha is one of the PS2’s forgotten classics. A series not revisited by the Japanese publisher since 2006, the original Onimusha was the PS2’s first million seller. Not bad for a short, relatively niche game that blended Resident Evil horror with hack n slash combat and a fantasised reimagining of the historical Sengoku period. It is a small delight, then, to be able to replay Onimusha Warlords. In truth, it is an imperfect game that thoroughly shows its age (this is an enhanced port of the 2002 original to PS4, Xbox One and Switch, rather than a full-blooded remake like the upcoming Resident Evil 2), but a singular one that reminds you of its forgotten impact. You play as the skilled samurai Samanosuke Akechi, pitted against the feudal lord Nobunaga Oda. After Nobunaga is killed in battle, Samanosuke is called to the castle of his cousin, the Princess Yuki, who fears that demons related to the Oda clan … [Read more...] about Onimusha: Warlords review
The long and arduous wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 is nearly over for fans of the complex and exuberant Disney RPG. This apparently final chapter in the ‘Dark Seeker Saga’, which has seen young adventurer Sora teaming up with Donald Duck, Goofy and a clutch of Disney pals to defeat the evil Heartless, is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best upcoming games of 2019. But the wait for this chapter stretches back almost 15 years. The last mainline entry for Kingdom Hearts was in 2005 and while fans have seen a number of prequels, spin-offs and updates in the meantime, the continuation of Sora's story has been a long time coming. So long, in fact, that there is a whole new breed of Kingdom Hearts players waiting in the wings, enamoured with the punchy adventuring on show and the ebullient Disney crossovers, which now features Pixar and characters from properties such as Frozen. A new entry in such a long-running series needs some unpacking however. And here we endeavour … [Read more...] about Kingdom Hearts 3: The story so far and everything you need to know about the sprawling Disney adventure