Ubisoft Believes Console Refreshes Help Make This Generation Longer

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Ubisoft Believes Console Refreshes Help Make This Generation Longer

In their financial call today, Ubisoft commented that they believe the generation will last at least another two years.

The mega-publisher's reasoning is that the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X have extended this generation beyond traditional time frames. Ubisoft clarify that they have no insider information they can share publicly that makes them believe this, but they expect this generation will last longer than initially expected.

Ubisoft also expressed support for console refreshes in general, believing that new hardware like the Pro and X work better for selling software than peripherals like Move and Kinect. With hardware refreshes, Ubisoft can produce the same games and sell to all four consoles without minimal investment or need to segment the audience like peripherals can.

About Half Of Ubisoft's Revenue Comes From Digital Sales, Origins Sales Double Of Syndicate

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About Half Of Ubisoft's Revenue Comes From Digital Sales, Origins Sales Double Of Syndicate

Ubisoft has posted its financial sales and earnings figures for the the first half of the 2017-18 fiscal year, and in the sea of numbers of charts are two surprising revelations.

The first is that just under half of Ubisoft's total revenue comes from digital sales, while 40 percent of its revenue comes from its back catalog (games released before March of this year). Breaking down what "digital sales" means, the company revealed that "digital distribution" (the sales of full games on digital stores) was up 57 percent from last year, while "player recurring investment" (sales of DLC, season passes, in-game items, and subscriptions) was up 83 percent from last year. The company is using these figures to pivot toward more long-term support of titles and an "outstanding games [experience]" which could hint at fewer yearly titles and more multi-year projects.

Restructuring At Telltale Games Leads To 25% Reduction Of Workforce

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Restructuring At Telltale Games Leads To 25% Reduction Of Workforce

Telltale has announced today that the developer is suffering layoffs and an overall reduction of 25% of the company.

The developer best known for narrative-driven adventure games like Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Tales from the Borderlands, has been growing steadily over the last few years by betting big on licensed games. In September, the developer named Pete Hawley from Zynga as the new CEO, laying the groundwork for restructuring.

Hawley commented that Telltale intends to release fewer, but higher quality games.

Fight The Egyptian God Of The Dead This Week In Assassin’s Creed Origins

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Fight The Egyptian God Of The Dead This Week In Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed Origins is kicking off its first free Trials of the Gods event today, with players able to take on the Egyptian god of the dead.

Thanks to a glitch in the Animus, a giant god, Anubis, has appeared at a location now marked on the in-game map. Anubis is only sticking around until November 14, so be sure to defeat him before then to earn a piece of god-themed equipment. While you can face Anubis as many times as you want, you’ll only receive one weapon for doing so.

More trials are on their way after Anubis leaves, and players who defeat all the gods will be rewarded with a legendary outfit. If you miss an event it’s no big deal though, as Ubisoft promises they’ll return again.

NieR Producer Confirms New Game In Series Has Begun Development

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NieR Producer Confirms New Game In Series Has Begun Development

In an interview with Dengeki PlayStation, NieR producer Yosuke Saito confirmed that development has begun on a new project.

In September, Square-Enix put up a recruitment page for a scenario writer for the NieR series. When asked about any new developments with the project in this week's upcoming Dengeki PlayStation, Saito commented "Well, when it comes to a game, we’re making preparations in earnest for the setting, which you could probably have guessed due to the fact that we were recruiting a scenario planner."

Saito was also asked whether Yoko Taro is part of this new game. "He is… At least, I'd like to believe so (laughs). Taro-san says he will do anything as long as he gets paid for it, but there is no one else I know who doesn’t move for money as much as that man. He only wants to do whatever he wants to do. So I’ll try my best to explicitly say what he doesn’t want to do to guide him towards what I want to do (laughs)."

The Monster Hunter: World Digital Issue Is Now Live

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The Monster Hunter: World Digital Issue Is Now Live

If you subscribe to the computer, tablet, or mobile edition of Game Informer magazine, you can now read all about Monster Hunter: World. Following today's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live on web browsers and will be coming to iPad/iPhone later in the day. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Google Play, ZinioKindle, and Nook.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Has Sold Over 20 Million Copies

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Has Sold Over 20 Million Copies

It seems like nothing can stop PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The enormously successful battle royale game passed another sales milestone last weekend, hitting more than 20 million copies sold ( , a milestone that PUBG's battle royale competitor, Fortnite, announced earlier) Via an announcement on Twitter. 

.@PUBATTLEGROUNDS reached an amazing milestone this weekend, passing 20 million copies sold!
I know a lot of you are frustrated by issues w/ the game but the team is working hard to deliver a truly great Battle Royale expierence for everyone. Bear with us, change is coming!

Ever since it launched on Steam, PUBG has been a massive hit: it sold more than 360,000 copies in just three days. It was only a month ago that the game hit 15 million copies sold, and a month-and-a-half ago that it became Steam's most popular game of all time. All of this is before the game comes to Xbox One, which should see sales spike yet again. To put this in perspective, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which released at the series' peak commercial success, has sold around 22 million copies across multiple platforms, including console bundles.

IO Interactive Teases Details On 'Next Hitman Game'

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IO Interactive Teases Details On 'Next Hitman Game'

After having a tumultuous year Hitman developer IO Interactive wants you to know it's only just getting started with this whole Hitman thing.

On its official blog, the company posted a thank-you as part of the launch of Hitman's "Game of the Year" edition, which offers every map from the base game as well as some bonus content. The interesting bit, though, was a short tease about the future of the series. "One last thing about our next Hitman game," IOI CEO Hakan Abrak said. "I want to let you know that we’re making great progress and we have exciting new features and some franchise firsts, which we can’t wait to tell you all about."

Abrak didn't offer specific details about whether "our next Hitman game" means a second season for the current Hitman game, or a brand-new endeavor It didn't offer any other details, either, saying only that more details are coming at "some point in 2018."

FIFA, South Park, Shadow Of War Top PlayStation Store's October Downloads

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FIFA, South Park, Shadow Of War Top PlayStation Store's October Downloads

The PlayStation blog has released its monthly list of the most-downloaded games and add-ons on all of its platforms, and FIFA reigns supreme.

EA's yearly sports title was the most-downloaded PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game in October, followed by South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Middle-earth: Shadow of War in second and third, respectively. Assassin's Creed follows fourth despite having launched at the end of the month (October 27). Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which launched that same day, debuts at number 19. The top 20 PS4 games are as follows:

1 EA SPORTS FIFA 182 South Park: The Fractured but Whole
3 Middle-earth: Shadow of War
4 Assassin’s Creed Origins
5 Gran Turismo Sport
6 NBA 2K18
7 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition
8 Madden NFL 18
9 Grand Theft Auto V
10 WWE 2K18
11 Destiny 2
12 Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
13 The Last Of Us Remastered
14 Mortal Kombat XL
15 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
16 The Evil Within 2
17 Rocket League
18 Dead Island Definitive Edition
19 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
20 Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition

December Cover Revealed – Monster Hunter: World

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December Cover Revealed – Monster Hunter: World

The Monster Hunter series has built up a devoted fan base over the years, with players gravitating toward its combination of methodical preparation, intense combat, and deep customization. Capcom is looking to further build that audience with Monster Hunter: World, a game that’s been built for consoles from the ground up. Thanks to that additional horsepower, the team has been able to reexamine fundamental parts of the series’ design. We visited Capcom’s offices in Osaka, Japan, and not only got extensive hands-on with the game to see those changes in action, but also got exclusive behind-the-scenes insight on how some of the game’s monsters and environments were designed.

We recently wrote about some of those changes, but we have a lot more to say about Monster: Hunter World. Our latest issue has 12 pages on the game, including exclusive art, blow-by-blow accounts of some of the game’s most intense hunts, and much more. This is one that fans of the series – as well as prospective players who have always been curious about Monster Hunter – won’t want to miss.

You can check out our cover by clicking the image below to open the full spread.