Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Delivers Over Half a Billion Dollar Opening Weekend

New Call of Duty Blockbuster Surpasses $500 Million in Worldwide Sales in First Three Days

Total Number of Players and Hours Played Up Year Over Year Through Opening Launch Weekend

Black Ops 4’s Opening Launch Weekend was the Most Viewed on Twitch in Franchise History

SANTA MONICA, Calif.-Oct. 18, 2018- Activision’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 has sold more than $500 million in sell-through worldwide in its first three days of release as the total number of players climbed from last year. Through its first three days of release, Black Ops 4 set a new Call of Duty® franchise record for most combined players, average hours per player and total number of hours played, on current generation consoles. The combined number of Black Ops 4players across its three modes of play during those first three days tops both last year’s Call of Duty: WWII, as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (single player, multiplayer and zombies), respectively, for the same period of time.

The first Call of Duty release on Blizzard Battle.net®, Black Ops 4 on PC continues to be significantly above last year, as the number of players is more than double year over year through its first three days.

Additionally, based on minutes watched, the title delivered the highest level of viewership through launch weekend on Twitch in franchise history.

Black Ops 4 is off to a blockbuster start. Our player counts and hours played are up year over year, our viewership on Twitch has set new standards and is showing just how fun Blackout is to play and to watch, and the weekend results yet again put Call of Duty at that highest tier of entertainment,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty. “Our digital sales results have been record-breaking across all platforms, and the overall performance strong. We’re really excited about Black Ops 4’s momentum. There’s much more to come, we’re just getting started.”

Following its launch last Friday, Black Ops 4 already established a new day one record on PlayStation for digital full game sales on PlayStation Store, globally*; and also became the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one, globally**. Through its first three days, PC digital sales and active players are up significantly from last year.

Sell-through sales figures include Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 retail and digital unit sales, including Black Ops 4 season pass sales, for the opening three-days following initial launch. Sales figures based on retail customer sell-through information, Gfk Chart-Track data, and internal Activision estimates. Total players, hours per player, total hours played, and Twitch viewership based on Activision data.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is published by Activision and developed by Treyarch with additional development support from Raven Software and PC development with Beenox. For the latest intel check out: www.callofduty.comwww.youtube.com/callofduty and follow @CallofDutyand @Treyarch on Twitter, Instagram and FacebookCall of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available on PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and PC on battle.net. The game is rated M for Mature (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language).

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Date published: 18/10/18

Written by: Joseph Opoku

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FINAL FANTASY XI’S KAM’LANAUT NOW AVAILABLE IN DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT SEASON PASS

New FINAL FANTASY XV Stage Also Available Today

SQUARE ENIX announced that Kam’lanaut, the fourth downloadable character in the Season Pass for DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY NT, is now available for players worldwide.
 
Originally from FINAL FANTASY XI, Kam’lanaut was lauded as a hero by the people of Jeuno, while secretly harboring a much greater and darker ambition. In DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT, he deftly wields a sword while dealing elemental damage and growing stronger upon each successful hit. He can also utilize the power of his unique EX Skill ‘Esoteric Region’ to manifest an arcane area around him which debilitates the unfortunate souls who step into it.
 
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Kam’lanaut is available now as a standalone purchase, or as part of the Season Pass, which also includes Vayne (FINAL FANTASY XII), Locke (FINAL FANTASY VI), Rinoa (FINAL FANTASY VIII), and two additional unrevealed characters. Each character comes with two additional costumes and weapons. More information about the Season Pass is available at: http://sqex.to/dDQ.

Additionally, the iconic battle arena of Insomnia from FINAL FANTASY XV is now available to play in both offline and online modes for all players from today. To see the new stage in action go to

 

 

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT and the DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT Season Pass are available now for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
 
The title is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

For more information, please visithttp://www.dissidiafinalfantasynt.com.

 

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Date published: 18/10/18

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CHALLENGE MASTER TRAINERS IN POKÉMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU! AND POKÉMON: LET’S GO, EEVEE!

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today that fans can challenge “Master Trainers” in the highly anticipated
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! video games for Nintendo Switch.
 
In Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the fun doesn’t end after the player becomes the Pokémon League Champion. After becoming Champion, the player will encounter Master Trainers who are dedicated to training a particular species of Pokémon. Accordingly, there is a Master Trainer for every Pokémon species in the Kanto region. An image of each Master Trainer’s favourite Pokémon is displayed above their head. Battling a Master Trainer is a true test of skill and strength since items cannot be used in battle. Players who emerge victorious from the battle can leave with that Master Trainer’s title. Titles can then be displayed prestigiously in-game during Link Battles.
 
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will be available exclusively on
Nintendo Switch on November 16, 2018. For more information, please visit pokemonletsgo.pokemon.com/en-gb/

 

 

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Date published: 17/10/18

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Steins ; Gate Elite – Limited Edition Announced

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Spike Chunsoft is thrilled to announce that the STEINS;GATE ELITE Limited Edition is launching on February 19 2019 for PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch

The Limited Edition includes additional bonus content like an amazing 100+ page Hardcover Artbook. The book not only includes the beautiful artworks of the game but also let’s buyers dive deeper into the STEINS;GATE-Universe with its Storyboard collection created by Kenichi Kawamura, the director of the STEINS;GATE 0 anime! Alongside this, the Limited Edition will contain a cloth poster, a custom outer box, and exclusive Bonus games: STEINS;GATE: Linear Bounded Phenogram for PlayStation®4 and 8-BIT ADV STEINS;GATE for Nintendo Switch.

 

STEINS;GATE ELITE is a fully remastered version of the original STEINS;GATEwith animated scenes from the anime, creating a brand new, immersive experience. Follows a group of young, tech-savvy “lab members” who discover the means of changing the past via e-mail using a modified microwave. Their experiments in pushing the boundaries of time begin to spiral out of control as they become entangled in a conspiracy surrounding SERN, the organization behind the Large Hadron Collider, and John Titor, who claims to be from a dystopian future.
STEINS;GATE ELITE Key Facts

Platforms:                 PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™
Release:                 February 19, 2019
Developer:                 MAGES./5pb.
Genre:                 Visual Novel/Adventure
Players:                 Singleplayer
Age Rating:                 TBD
Languages:                 English text and Japanese audio
About Spike Chunsoft, Inc.
Established in December 2017, Spike Chunsoft, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. Located in Long Beach, California, Spike Chunsoft, Inc. serves as a base of operations to localize and publish titles from its parent company for the Western market. More information about the company can be found at www.spike-chunsoft.com

 

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Date published: 17/10/18

Written by: Joseph Opoku

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ACTOR SEAN BEAN TO STAR IN FIRST ELUSIVE TARGET MISSION FOR HITMAN 2 VIDEO GAME

Elusive Target No. 1 – The Undying – Scheduled to Release on 20thNovember, Following the Launch of HITMAN 2 on 13th November

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive today announced that international actor Sean Bean will star in the first Elusive Target mission for the HITMAN™ 2 video game. Bean will take on the role of Mark Faba, a former MI5 agent turned freelance assassin. Notoriously known as “The Undying”, Faba’s reputation as a master of faking his own death is second to none, ultimately causing the International Contract Agency (ICA) to put an imposing bounty on his head.
 
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the upcoming HITMAN™ 2 video game” said Bean, “It’s always exciting to take on a new role, and I look forward to seeing my character in action when the Elusive Target mission launches.”
 
“We are very proud to partner with the talented Sean Bean on the first Elusive Target mission in HITMAN™ 2,” said Hakan Abrak, Studio Head, IO Interactive. “Elusive Targets have become a distinguishing trait in Hitman™ games as part of the constant stream of free live content for all players to enjoy. This new mission starring Sean Bean is one of many updates, features, modes and franchise firsts coming to HITMAN™ 2, making the next chapter in our ever-expanding world of assassination a richer game for our passionate community and newcomers to the series.”
 
In the new live-action announcement trailer, Mark Faba, played by Sean Bean, is introduced speaking to his therapist and begins to hint at his unique approach to contract killing, as many random items in the room could potentially serve as useful weapons in Faba’s unorthodox profession. While the session ends badly for Faba’s therapist, the video closes with a familiar character emerging, who has been patiently watching the entire time—the masterful Agent 47. The interactive trailer also asks viewers to vote on three different items referenced in the trailer to unlock an exclusive HITMAN™ 2 weapon later in the game. For more information, visit: https://elusive-target.hitman.com/

 

Check out the Official HITMAN™ 2 Elusive Target #1 Trailer Starring Sean Bean:

 

The first Elusive Target mission, entitled The Undying, is scheduled to release on 20th November, one week after HITMAN™ 2 launches on 13th November, and will run for 10 days. Once the mission is available, players must stop Mark Faba before he can utilize his expert surveillance, infiltration and demolition skills to complete a contract at the Global Innovation Race event in Miami, and if anyone can take down Faba for the last time, it’s Agent 47.
 
In HITMAN™ 2, Elusive Targets are unique, high-stakes contracts that are only available for a limited time. These missions are free for all players, allowing one chance to assassinate the target and if not successfully completed, the contract cannot be retried. The Undying Elusive Target is first of many post-launch, free live content updates and missions that players will be able to enjoy in HITMAN™ 2.
 
HITMAN™ 2 is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed video game, HITMAN™. Featuring entirely new hyper-detailed sandbox locations full of living, breathing environments to explore, HITMAN™ 2 offers players the freedom to plan the ultimate assassination utilising an assortment of tools, weapons, disguises and a variety of stealth techniques to creatively trigger their own unique chain of events.

HITMAN™ 2 introduces new ways to play with the Sniper Assassin mode, a standalone feature that brings a co-op experience to the Hitman™ series for the first time, allowing two players to work together online to take down their targets. Sniper Assassin is available to play now as an early access bonus for consumers who pre-order the HITMAN™ 2. Players can also enter the HITMAN™: Sniper Assassin Competition and put their marksman skills to the ultimate test for a chance to win the grand prize of getting their name and likeness included in future HITMAN™ 2 content. For more information, visit: https://hitman.com/en-GB/competition .

HITMAN™ 2 will be available for PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 4 Pro, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC beginning 13th November 2018.

To learn more about the HITMAN™ 2, please visit www.hitman.com or join the HITMAN™ 2 conversation on Twitter (@Hitman), Facebook (@Hitman), Instagram (@Hitman), YouTube (Hitman), Twitch (Hitman) and Discord (Hitman).

 

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Date published: 17/10/18

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1)  From: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment , Re: Hitman 2 via the [Gamespress]

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WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, DC SUPER-VILLAINS IS NOW RELEASED

Villains Reign Supreme in the First-Ever DC Super-Villain LEGO Game Available This Friday
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO® Group and DC today announced the launch of LEGO® DC Super-Villains, the first LEGO® game to put players at the centre of a villain-centric adventure taking place in the heart of the DC universe.  Nominated as one of the Best Family Games of 2018 by E3’s Game Critics Awards, LEGO®  DC Super-Villains fuels imagination, giving players the opportunity to create their own super-villain, complete with costume, appearance, abilities, and a name while playing alongside an iconic roster of DC Super-Villains. Both LEGO® and DC fans alike will leave their fingerprints on a hilarious and original story written in collaboration with DC. LEGO® DC Super-Villains will be available on 19thOctober in the UK for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®4 Pro computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, and PC.

The official LEGO® DC Super-Villains TV Spot 

 

“With the amount of content packed into LEGO® DC Super-Villains, along with the Season Pass content in store, there is loads of mischievous fun for players to jump into,” said Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games Publishing.
 
“Players will be captivated by the story and adventure, embarking on hours of content including story levels, quests, recruiting and unlocking other villain characters to join you, and exploring the hidden secrets scattered throughout Gotham and Metropolis,” said Phillip Ring, Executive Producer, TT Games Publishing.
 
“DC has some of the most popular Super-Villains in the world and it’s exciting to see these characters call the shots in this new game,” said Ames Kirshen, Vice President, Interactive & Animation, DC Entertainment. “Fans will love teaming up with The Joker™, Harley Quinn™, Lex Luthor™ and host of other DC characters as they play through this light-hearted story set in iconic DC locations.”
 
“Whether you’re playing solo or with a partner in crime for two-player, local co-op, LEGO®  DC Super-Villains brings the family-friendly fun, with a playful, villainous twist that both new and existing players will enjoy,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group.
 
In LEGO®  DC Super-Villains, the Justice League has disappeared, leaving Earth’s protection to a newcomer group of heroes from a parallel universe, proclaiming themselves as the ‘Justice Syndicate’. Renowned DC Super-Villains from the ‘Legion Of Doom’ discover Earth’s newest heroes may not be the heroes they claim to be. With each player’s completely customisable Super-Villain character in command, this team of misfits must join forces to discover and foil the evil plans the incognito newcomers have in store. Players will create their own super-villain character and set out on a journey to determine their character’s purpose within the story. Along the way, players will unlock new powers and customisations for their character, travel off the beaten path for additional story quests, puzzles, and mini-games to unlock rewards and recruit other DC Super-Villains, and cause mischief throughout well-known DC locations including Gotham, Metropolis, Smallville, and more.
 
The Deluxe Edition will be available at £59.99 and features the main game content, Season Pass content, early access to the DC Super-Villains: TV Series DLC Character Pack, and an exclusive LEGO® minifigure, Lex Luthor™ Superman. Digital consumers will receive the Justice League Dark Character Pack, inspired by the comic book series Justice League Dark.  For players who want to further their adventures beyond the main game, the LEGO®  DC Super-Villains Season Pass will be available separately at £11.99 and provides players with exciting add-on game content inspired by a wide range of DC movies, live action and animated TV series, and comics. The Season Pass will feature six Level Packs and four Character Packs, including two Aquaman Movie Level Packsinspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film, Aquaman, in theatres nationwide on 2nd December and two Shazam! Movie Level Packs inspired by the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film Shazam! in theaters nationwide April 2019.
 
For more game information, visit chaos-is-coming.wbgames.com and follow the official LEGO® DC Super-Villains social channels on Facebook and YouTube, and @LEGODCGAME on Instagram and Twitter.  

Analogue will be releasing the new Sega Mg console

Say hello to the Mega Sg

 

 

 

 

 

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Date published: 16/10/18

Written by: Joseph Opoku

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Focus Home Interactive: Publisher Sale on XBOX brings deep discounts across the publisher catalogue

In celebration of the upcoming Focus Home Interactive Publisher Sale, Focus Home has once again partnered with MICROSOFT to bring deep discounts across the game catalog on XBOX. Lasting one week, from October 16 until October 22, enjoy these special discounts on over 30 original Focus titles.

This year’s Publisher Sale features discounts on recent releases including Vampyr, widely celebrated for its deep player choices, combat and compelling narrative constructed by developers DONTNOD Entertainment. Deck13’s hardcore action-RPG The Surge – Augmented Edition is also available at discount, including all its DLCs– there’s never been a better time to dive into the title’s acclaimed fast-paced, visceral combat.

Also in the lineup are Focus Home Interactive’s fan favourite simulation games. These include Saber Interactive’s Spintires: MudRunner, the ultimate off-road simulator which continues to enjoy dedicated, ongoing support. In addition, take on the role of a modern farmer and enjoy deals for Giants Software’s Farming Simulator 17 Premium Edition, including the Platinum Expansion and all DLCs. The future remains bright, as Farming Simulator 19 is also now available for pre-orders!

Fans of Games Workshop’s Warhammer will find a wealth of titles to enjoy at special discounts. Experience an explosive cocktail of turn-based strategy, humor and brutality, as Blood Bowl II – Legendary Edition is on offer.

Focus Home’s catalog of games is ever-expanding, with many more great games on the horizon such as Call of Cthulhu which promises to lead you down the path of madness when it releases October 30, available right now for pre-order at a 10% discount.

 

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Date published: 16/10/18

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Paws-itively Adorable Multiplayer Shooter Super Cats Coming to Android, iOS October 25

 Super Cats, a cat-centric multiplayer action shooter developed by Happy Universe and a small army of felines, arrives on the iOS App Store and Google Play on Oct. 25, 2018.

 

Face-off against the fuzzy competition in Bounty mode: 3 vs. 3 combat on a randomized map. For a different challenge, try Gemcraft mode, where quick-footed cats rush to grab more gems than their competitors. Not chaotic enough? Then take the Battle Royale mode for a spin and try to be the last cat standing. But be careful: nobody has nine lives in this free-for-all. One loss is all it takes.

But catfights are only half the fun! Each of the 17 unlockable characters has their own unlockable weapons, attack forms and skills. Rank up to earn new weapon types with different effects and damage to find new strategies. Unlock loads of additional skins, many of which pay homage to pop culture characters and decide who gets to be the prettiest kitty on the block.

Super Cats utilizes a control scheme that makes jumping, shooting, defending and evading a breeze, while also offering more precise aiming controls for experienced players. Parents, kids, and everybody in-between can get in on the fun (and fluff) right away.
“We’re all cat lovers here at Happy Universe. So much so that we wanted to put our community cats into a game and give them superpowers,” said Martin Ma, Founder of Happy Universe. “Now we’ve created family-friendly action game starring a bunch of adorable felines!”

Super Cats will be free-to-play on Google Play and the iOS App Store, and will be available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, French, Russian, and German. The game will feature in-app purchases for new skins and weapons, all of which can be earned through play.

Learn more by checking out the official website, or by following Super Cats on FacebookDiscord and Reddit.

 

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Date published: 15/10/18

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