Morning News Wrap (6 Feb 2013)

Breakfast Wrap 03It’s a new morning to a new day, and we’re feeling optimistic that today is the day that all the promised bribes for our current competition will arrive.  While we sit staring expectantly out the window for the postman, we’ll bring you the overnight news.

An ‘Add-on Content Pack’ has been announced for Borderlands 2.  The retail pack will not feature all of the game’s DLC and will be available from 26 February at a price of $30 for Xbox 360 and PS3, and apparently constitutes a $10 saving over buying the content another way.  It will include Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty and Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, as well as the playable Mechromancer class, access to the Creature Slaughter Dome, and additional loot and customizable skins for your character.

That rather appealing kid’s game (it’s a fair amount of fun actually) Skylanders is getting a new game.  Skylanders SWAP Force, which will be premiered at New York’s Toy Fair, will allow the 16 new characters to be swappable.  The top and bottom halves of each character can be customised into more than 250 unique combinations, while still being able to play with their existing characters from previous games.

Sniper Elite V2 is coming to the Wii U.  The game will arrive on the console in the Northern Hemisphere’s Spring and will introduce enemy tracking on the GamePad, and that appears to be it… The same otherwise as the Xbox 360 and PS3 version from last year.

Capcom has decided to slash its DmC sales forecast by 800 000 units.  The publisher had previously expected to sell 2 million copies of the game.

The indicators are just as poor for Square Enix at the moment.  While the publisher expects to make a full-year profit, they have posted a nine-month loss.  In a statement, Square Enix said: “During the nine-month period ended December 31, 2012, the Company has not recovered the operating loss posted in the six-month period ended September 30, 2012, primarily due to the increasingly difficult condition of the world-wide console game market, under which the Group is struggling to achieve a fair expected return on its investment.”

On the flip side of all this negativity (and humanity) is the fact that zombie slaying “original” IP Dead Island has sold over 5 million copies.  Suck that Resident Evil…  “While others focus on ever-increasing development budgets and driving brand messages via ballooning marketing expenditures, Deep Silver stands for hitting the zeitgeist, innovation and fresh gameplay… This once again proves that venturing into new waters in terms of games publishing does matter for success and that even at the end of a console cycle new IPs can be created and nurtured into lasting franchises,” says Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media.  Watch out for the next game in the franchise – Dead Island Riptide coming soon.

Lots of financial stuff coming, so if you are not an accountant, skip to the next paragraph.

  • A total of around $14.8 billion was spent on video games in US in 2012, according to new NPD figures, which represents a decline of 9% year-on-year.  More…
  • Take-Two Interactive has posted strong results for its third quarter fiscal 2013, with net revenue of $415.8 million, up a whopping 244% year-on-year.  More…  Take-Two Interactive also announced that Borderlands 2 sales were up at six million and have also said the XCOM shooter is still coming.
  • Casual game’s publisher Zynga has announced a net annual loss of $209,448 – an improvement over its 2011 performance by 12%.  More…

American McGee’s Red Riding Hood inspired game – Akaneiro: Demon Hunters – has reached its Kickstarter target.  The PC and Mac bound game went past its $200 000 target and the action game and developer Spicy Horse will now also devote time to developing co-op gameplay, crafting, Linux support and iOS and Android versions of the action RPG.

Another (much larger) Kickstarter success, the Ouya, will see its public launch this June in the US.  The console is available to pre-order via “major retailers” (HMV might be out of luck then…) for $100.  The controller by itself will set you back $50 because “the inclusion of the touchpad really makes it a premium in the marketplace.”

Speaking of marketplaces, you all love them, especially when there is a sale on.  To celebrate the one year anniversary of the PS Vita, Sony has announced a sale of software on the PlayStation Store from today.  The sale will last two weeks and offers up to 50% off some of the titles.  To see the full list of items available, head over here.

A “rebooted” Hitman movie starring Paul Walker (from ‘Fast and the Furious’)and called Agent 47 has been announced by Fox International, according to a report on Deadline.

Let’s finish with some zombie related news.  The developer diary of the DayZ standalone has been released and shows off the changes brought to the standalone version of the game.

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