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News: PlayStation 4 Unsurprisingly Tops July NPDs in US, Despite 44% Year-on-Year Xbox One Growth

PlayStation 4 Unsurprisingly Tops July NPDs in US, Despite 44% Year-on-Year Xbox One Growth

Predictable

In what was the most predictable monthly sales report ever, NPD Group have confirmed that Sony's PlayStation 4 was the America's best-selling console in July. The report confirms the continuing demise of last-gen, with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sales down 56 percent year-on-year. The current systems picked up though, with Xbox One...

News: GAME Puts Halo and FIFA Hardware, Tomb Raider Special Edition on Locke-down in UK

GAME Puts Halo and FIFA Hardware, Tomb Raider Special Edition on Locke-down in UK

Well, we didn't see that coming

GAME UK have confirmed that the only place you'll be able to buy a lot of the limited edition items announced at Gamescom last week is in their stores or via their website in the UK. Their announcement confirms that the Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle will be available from 20th October for...

News: Australia and Britain Need Money For Nothing As Rock Band 4 Bundle Prices Are Confirmed

Australia and Britain Need Money For Nothing As Rock Band 4 Bundle Prices Are Confirmed

While our wallet gently weeps

The bundle prices for the upcoming Rock Band 4 have been confirmed and - as has become the trend - British and Australian fans are getting the short end of the stick. Only this time, it's somewhat worse than usual. Rock Band 4 will be available either as a standalone game, as the game with a guitar, or as the game with...

News: Famitsu's Half Year Report Shows Just How Badly the Xbox One is Doing in Japan

Famitsu's Half Year Report Shows Just How Badly the Xbox One is Doing in Japan

Bill needs to come back and do more burger crossover advertising

If we didn't laugh about this one, we'd cry. Japanese publication Famitsu has released it's traditional "First Half" report, showing the sales numbers for videogames in the region from the period of January 1st through to July 28th and unsurprisingly, there isn't a single Xbox One...

News: Industry: Electronic Arts Confirm UK Release Day Switch

Industry: Electronic Arts Confirm UK Release Day Switch

An interesting move

Electronic Arts have made an interesting move today, announcing that they're going to forgo the trend of releasing their games in the UK on a Friday, and switch to launching them on Thursdays. In the UK, Friday has been new game release day for decades. In the US, games usually launch on Tuesdays, and in continental Europe, new...

Editor's Opinion: Bravery Is The Only Escape

Bravery Is The Only Escape

Moving on to the next level.

Our friends over at Push Square posted an article this afternoon regarding a new game that’s currently seeking crowdfunding via IndieGogo and that with any luck, will be coming to the PS Vita system. Imagination Is the Only Escape is the proposed title of the game, and it will initially be aiming at mobile platforms...

News: Blitz Games Studios Closes Doors

Blitz Games Studios Closes Doors

125 jobs lost.

Sad news this morning, as UK developer Blitz Games Studios has today announced that it has closed its doors, after some 23 years in the business. The company, founds by the legendary Oliver twins back in 1990, took on development responsibilities for one of the original Kinect device's highlights - Puss in Boots - as well as working...

News: L.A. Noire Developer In Trouble

L.A. Noire Developer In Trouble

Next-gen title Whore of The Orient put on hold.

The development team behind the excellent L.A. Noire have faced a round of layoffs, due to significant financial troubles, Twitter sleuth Superannuation has reported A number of Team Bondi's staff has been let go, and the company's forthcoming open-world title for next-gen systems - Whore of The...

News: Bioshock and Tomb Raider Boost UK Market

Bioshock and Tomb Raider Boost UK Market

Revenue up, sales down.

As is usually the case, the UK game industry went through a bit of a boost in March, after a quiet first two months of the year. Even with two of the main players in the console market coming into their twilight years, releases such as Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, and Gears of War: Judgment helped get the cash registers...

News: Ubisoft Closes MotionSports: Adrenaline Developer

Ubisoft Closes MotionSports: Adrenaline Developer

End of the road

Ubisoft Vancouver, the studio behind MotionSports: Adrenaline and Pure Football, has closed its doors. A Ubisoft statement to Game Informer explained the publisher's stance: Ubisoft confirms that we have made the difficult decision to close its studio in Vancouver. Unfortunately, we haven’t found the right formula for success for...

News: Ubisoft: Microsoft Needs to Support Kinect Year-Round

Ubisoft: Microsoft Needs to Support Kinect Year-Round

Not just a holiday fad

Anyone who's glanced at the Kinect sales figures knows the sensor was quick out of the box, selling 8 million units in its first few months on sale, but the last update put the sensor at 10 million sold in its first year. With 80% of its lifetime sales in the first Christmas, it's clear Kinect hasn't yet achieved a solid...

News: Redundancies at Kinect Sports Developer Rare

Redundancies at Kinect Sports Developer Rare

Bad times

Despite the success of Kinect Sports, UK developer Rare is suffering from a round of redundancies in the studio's art department, according to Games Industry.biz. The exact number and nature of the redundancies isn't known, but a spokesperson for the company had this to say: I can confirm that a small number of employees in the art...

News: Ubisoft Owns a Huge 21% of the Marketplace on Kinect

Ubisoft Owns a Huge 21% of the Marketplace on Kinect

1 in 5 sensor sales goes to Ubi

Remember when we said Ubisoft held the third-party Kinect crown? The extent of the publisher's dominance has become clear thanks to its financial reports which show the multinational company holds a huge 21% market share on the sensor in Europe. Over in the US the company holds a slightly low 18% share, which still...

News: Ubisoft Takes the Third-Party Kinect Crown

Ubisoft Takes the Third-Party Kinect Crown

But is it the best of a bad bunch?

While third-party support for Kinect may be a little slow to get going, Ubisoft has grabbed the technology with both hands and bolted away with it, selling more units on the sensor than any other third-party company. With its first three titles – the good Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, the mediocre MotionSports...