Ubisoft Says Current-Gen Software Sales Down, PC Sales Up

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Ubisoft Says Current-Gen Software Sales Down, PC Sales Up

As part of its financial report, Ubisoft has updated its breakdown of software sales by platform. Current-gen software has dipped, while PC has grown.

At the halfway point in fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2015), Ubisoft’s current-gen software sales amounted to 47 percent (32 percent on PS4, 15 percent on Xbox One, 0 percent on Wii U). That has shrunk to 40 percent, with PlayStation 4 software now representing 27 percent of sales and Xbox One games accounting for 12 percent. Wii U accounts for 1 percent.

This can be attributed to a shift in the schedule, with a major title like Watch Dogs absent from Ubisoft’s year so far. The second half of the year includes six major releases, including Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and The Division.

Ubisoft Sales Down As Publisher Posts Losses For First Half Of Fiscal 2016

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Ubisoft Sales Down As Publisher Posts Losses For First Half Of Fiscal 2016

Ubisoft has reported weakened sales and a net loss for the first half of its current fiscal year. The company anticipates a significant turnaround heading into the second half of the year, with a heavy release schedule through March 31.

Ubisoft sales for the first half slid 57 percent to €207.3 million ($), but came in above targets. Ubisoft says that the presence of Watch Dogs in the first half of last year helped push sales significantly higher. The company posted operating losses of €107.8 million ($) and €65.7 million in net losses.

The remainder of Ubisoft’s fiscal year includes Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Just Dance 2016, Rainbow Six Siege, The Division, and Far Cry Primal. It also includes a major expansion for the The Crew, Wild Run. The second half of Ubisoft’s previous fiscal year only included four titles, creating a mis-match when comparing across periods.

2K Announces Evolve Ultimate Edition, Borderlands Triple Pack

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2K Announces Evolve Ultimate Edition, Borderlands Triple Pack

2K has announced two game-and-dlc bundles for the holidays. Both are coming to consoles, giving those on current-gen and last-gen something old to play in a new package.

For those on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Evolve is now available in an “ultimate edition” that includes the base game, the monster expansion pack (Behemoth), and both hunting season passes. It’s available today for $59.99.

All three Borderlands games are also getting bundled up. The package includes all of the DLC available for the three titles. These will be available on November 17 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Here Are All Of The Currently Available Guitar Hero Live Tracks

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Here Are All Of The Currently Available Guitar Hero Live Tracks

Unlike its competition in the music game world, Guitar Hero Live has completely abandoned the traditional notion of DLC. Instead of selling gamers new music, Activision and Freestyle Games will be adding it to the streaming Guitar Hero Live service.

That means you’re likely going to want to know what’s available to play on the disc and via Guitar Hero TV. That’s where we come in.

We’ll be updating this list of tracks as more music is added. For now, you have more than 240 tracks to get you started and our review if you want to know what we think of the game.

Halo 5: Guardians Moves $400 Million In Games And Hardware During First Week

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Halo 5: Guardians Moves $400 Million In Games And Hardware During First Week

Microsoft has announced significant first-week success for one of its pillar titles for the holiday season. Halo 5: Guardians is now the fastest-selling Xbox One game and has become the title with the highest first-week attach rate in the console’s two-year history.

The publisher says that Halo 5 is responsible for $400 million in sales, inclusive of “Halo 5: Guardians games and hardware.” Given the phrasing, we take this to mean bundles that include Halo 5. Controllers, like those bearing Halo 5 decoration, are typically considered accessories and likely do not factor in.

According to Microsoft, the Halo franchise is now worth $5 billion in lifetime sales. For more on the latest entry in the series, check out our review.

GoG Fall Sale Offers Opportunity To Unlock Three Free Games

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GoG Fall Sale Offers Opportunity To Unlock Three Free Games

GoG has kicked off its fall festival of savings. This year, you can unlock three games for your library by spending different amounts in the store.

There are more than 360 games on sale, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Pillars of Eternity, and Age of Wonders III. Daily bundles include a trio of classic Fallout games, older Elder Scrolls titles, and more. There are also deals that rotate every 12 hours. 

Those that spend $5 will unlock System Shock 2. At $15, you’ll get The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. Finally, at $30, you’ll add Banished to your library.

Free Guitar Hero Live On-Demand Weekend Celebrates Start Of 70 Song Rollout

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By the end of 2015, Guitar Hero Live will have more than 300 songs available on disc and on-demand. Activision has announced the start of a 70-song for on-demand rollout that will continue through December.

This week brings three new premium shows that include a total of nine new tracks. They are:

Black Veil Brides Premium Show, which includes playable footage from the band’s live concert DVD “Alive and Burning,” will be live on Friday. The DVD chronicles the band’s first ever recorded live performance during their successful Black Mass Tour in November 2014 at the legendary Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Three of the songs from the DVD will be playable in GHTV, including “Heart of Fire (Live)”, “Fallen Angels (Live)” and “In the End (Live).” Legendary Headliners Premium Show, including “Monster” by Paramore, “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” by Fall Out Boy and “First Date” by Blink-182 is live now. Pop Goes GHTV Premium Show, featuring “Chocolate” by The 1975, “Believer” by American Authors and “Budapest” by George Ezra is live now.

Ghost Trick Is Available Again For iOS Devices

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Ghost Trick Is Available Again For iOS Devices

Almost exactly one month ago, Capcom removed some titles from the App Store due to incompatibility with iOS 9. One of those is available again at last.

Ghost Trick is a supernatural puzzle game in which players possess objects to move throughout and manipulate the environment. The game is free to try on iOS, with in-game purchases unlocking more chapters. 

You can purchase blocks of the story in three $5 increments covering multiple chapters, or unlock everything for $10. For more on Ghost Trick, check out our review of the DS original.

Konami Officially Closes Its Kojima Productions Los Angeles Studio

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Following speculation and rumor, Konami has confirmed the closure of the Los Angeles arm of Kojima Productions.

In a statement to Polygon, Konami confirmed the closure writing the following:

Konami has made the decision to close its Los Angeles Studio, effective immediately, due to the product development resources being restructured into a more centralized unit. This facility contributed to the recent Metal Gear Solid games. Konami will continue its operations to support all Metal Gear Solid titles, including the recently launched Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Online. Metal Gear Online is still scheduled to release for PC Steam in January 2016.