Rainbow Six Siege, Monster Hunter: World, GTA V Headline Steam's Best-Selling, Most Played Games Of 2018

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Rainbow Six Siege, Monster Hunter: World, GTA V Headline Steam's Best-Selling, Most Played Games Of 2018

Valve has released its charts of the best-selling and most played games on Steam in 2018, and while new releases like Monster Hunter: World and Assassin's Creed Odyssey has breakout years it was games with regular content drops that seem to be doing most well.

Though Valve doesn't disclose specific sales or revenue numbers in its charts, it does stratify games into distinct tiers, giving us a glimpse into how groups of games did relative to each other.

First up: Best-sellers. While 2018 titles like Monster Hunter: World, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Far Cry 5 made the platinum tier of titles who grossed the most revenue (allowing free-to-play titles with microtransactions to compete), nine of the twelve titles in that tier were games actually released before this year, but received regular or major content updates this year. The twelve best-selling titles are:

Rainbow Six Siege, Monster Hunter: World, GTA V Headline Steam's Best-Selling, Most Played Games Of 2018

about X hours ago from
Rainbow Six Siege, Monster Hunter: World, GTA V Headline Steam's Best-Selling, Most Played Games Of 2018

Valve has released its charts of the best-selling and most played games on Steam in 2018, and while new releases like Monster Hunter: World and Assassin's Creed Odyssey has breakout years it was games with regular content drops that seem to be doing most well.

Though Valve doesn't disclose specific sales or revenue numbers in its charts, it does stratify games into distinct tiers, giving us a glimpse into how groups of games did relative to each other.

First up: Best-sellers. While 2018 titles like Monster Hunter: World, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Far Cry 5 made the platinum tier of titles who grossed the most revenue (allowing free-to-play titles with microtransactions to compete), nine of the twelve titles in that tier were games actually released before this year, but received regular or major content updates this year. The twelve best-selling titles are:

Monster Hunter: World Gets Assassin's Creed Crossover Event

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Monster Hunter: World Gets Assassin's Creed Crossover Event

Yesterday Capcom stealth-launched a new crossover event for Monster Hunter: World, this time crossing over with the Assassin's Creed series.

The "SDF: Silent, Deadly, and Fierce" event, which lasts until January 10, has players facing off against "nimble, fierce, and impetuous monsters" to earn Senu's Feather. The event features a new armor that makes players look like Bayek from Assassin's Creed Origins, and the Assassin's Hood tool, which resembles the outfit Ezio wore in Assassin's Creed II and grants additional damage when attacking monsters out of stealth, as well as additional movement speed while running, climbing, and crouch-running.

The event is currently not available on PC, but will arrive "at a later date."

Monster Hunter: World Gets Assassin's Creed Crossover Event

about X hours ago from
Monster Hunter: World Gets Assassin's Creed Crossover Event

Yesterday Capcom stealth-launched a new crossover event for Monster Hunter: World, this time crossing over with the Assassin's Creed series.

The "SDF: Silent, Deadly, and Fierce" event, which lasts until January 10, has players facing off against "nimble, fierce, and impetuous monsters" to earn Senu's Feather. The event features a new armor that makes players look like Bayek from Assassin's Creed Origins, and the Assassin's Hood tool, which resembles the outfit Ezio wore in Assassin's Creed II and grants additional damage when attacking monsters out of stealth, as well as additional movement speed while running, climbing, and crouch-running.

The event is currently not available on PC, but will arrive "at a later date."

From Software Working On Two Unannounced Games

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From Software Working On Two Unannounced Games

This year, most of the talk surrounding From Software was focused on the reveal of its new title, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (and, to a lesser extent, Déraciné). However, the studio behind games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne has apparently been even busier than it seemed.

In an interview with 4gamer (and translated by Gematsu), From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki says that the company has two announced games in the works – though fans will have to wait a bit for any details. Apart from saying that the games would be in the style of From Software's previous work, Miyazaki did not reveal any specifics regarding either project.

Despite the lack of specifics, this leaves some interesting room for speculation. Maybe that Bloodborne sequel exists after all? Maybe another Souls game is coming? Or maybe there's a new franchise brewing? Whatever the titles end up being, From Software has a legion of loyal (if sometimes masochistic) fans eager to throw themselves at the challenge.  

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Canceled On Mac And Linux

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Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Canceled On Mac And Linux

When Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night originally met its Kickstarter funding goal back in 2015, the plan was for the game to release on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, Windows, Mac, and Linux. Since then, the Wii U version changed to Switch instead, and the Vita version was canceled outright – and the list of planned platforms just shrunk a bit more. In the latest development update, creator Koji Igarashi announced that the Mac and Linux versions have also been canceled.

"We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game," Igarashi says. If you were a backer hoping to get the game on Mac or Linux, you can send the team an email to change to a different platform.

Not all news out of Bloodstained is grim. Igarashi also says: "Development has reached its peak — we are currently checking the performance of Bloodstained on each platform. Overall, we are done with enemy placement and entering the adjustment phase." After some delays, it seems like the 2019 release is attainable – especially with the recent news that developer WayForward is assisting on the project.

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Canceled On Mac And Linux

about X hours ago from
Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Canceled On Mac And Linux

When Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night originally met its Kickstarter funding goal back in 2015, the plan was for the game to release on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, Windows, Mac, and Linux. Since then, the Wii U version changed to Switch instead, and the Vita version was canceled outright – and the list of planned platforms just shrunk a bit more. In the latest development update, creator Koji Igarashi announced that the Mac and Linux versions have also been canceled.

"We have made this tough decision due to challenges of supporting middleware and online feature support and making sure we deliver on the rest of the scope for the game," Igarashi says. If you were a backer hoping to get the game on Mac or Linux, you can send the team an email to change to a different platform.

Not all news out of Bloodstained is grim. Igarashi also says: "Development has reached its peak — we are currently checking the performance of Bloodstained on each platform. Overall, we are done with enemy placement and entering the adjustment phase." After some delays, it seems like the 2019 release is attainable – especially with the recent news that developer WayForward is assisting on the project.

Interactive Black Mirror Episode Hits Netflix Today

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Interactive Black Mirror Episode Hits Netflix Today

Black Mirror is a show about the dark side of technology, so it only makes sense that it has put video games in the spotlight a few times (including one episode that is practically overflowing with gaming Easter eggs). But the latest installment, entitled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, brings the show closer to being a game itself.

The new episode (which released on Netflix today) is a piece of interactive fiction; it allows viewers to make choices that affect the events and outcome of the story. Depending on your decisions, you see one of five possible endings. You can watch the trailer for the episode below, or experience it for yourself right now if you subscribe to Netflix.

Minecraft: Story Mode also recently released on Netflix, so Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is just the latest in the company's expanding experiments with choice-driven narrative.

Interactive Black Mirror Episode Hits Netflix Today

about X hours ago from
Interactive Black Mirror Episode Hits Netflix Today

Black Mirror is a show about the dark side of technology, so it only makes sense that it has put video games in the spotlight a few times (including one episode that is practically overflowing with gaming Easter eggs). But the latest installment, entitled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, brings the show closer to being a game itself.

The new episode (which released on Netflix today) is a piece of interactive fiction; it allows viewers to make choices that affect the events and outcome of the story. Depending on your decisions, you see one of five possible endings. You can watch the trailer for the episode below, or experience it for yourself right now if you subscribe to Netflix.

Minecraft: Story Mode also recently released on Netflix, so Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is just the latest in the company's expanding experiments with choice-driven narrative.

Cliff Bleszinski Joins Broadway Show Hadestown As Producer

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Cliff Bleszinski Joins Broadway Show Hadestown As Producer

It was not that long ago that former Gears of War developer Cliff Bleszinski said he was retiring from the gaming industry following the closure of his studio Boss Key games. Now we officially know where he's taking his talents to: Broadway.

NEWS!
I'm officially co-producing this show.

That's my next gig!

(Crazy, eh?!)

It's on Spotify, give it a go. It's fantastic! https://t.co/Ew7Tr1QsHA

Hadestown is the first production that Bleszinski is co-producing, currently scheduled to release in April. The show's official site describes it as follows: "Hadestown follows two intertwining love stories - that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone - as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell's beguiling melodies and Chavkin's poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience."