Get ready for another gaming subscription service, this time from Ubisoft. The French video game maker, known for its titles like the action adventure series Assassin's Creed, said at the the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 as it's known, that it plans to launch a new subscription service for Windows PCs and Google's Stadia service called Uplay Plus on September 3. It'll cost $14.99 per month. Uplay Plus, which players will be able to sign up for starting June 10, will give players access to the company's upcoming releases, including Watch Dogs: Legion, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and more. All told, Ubisoft said the service will have more than 100 games. "Wherever players are, we want to provide access to our games and services," said Brenda Panagrossi, Ubisoft's product management head, in a statement.Ubisoft isn't the only company trying to offer a monthly game subscription though. Microsoft on Monday said its upcoming $9.99 per month … [Read more...] about Ubisoft at E3 2019 announces subscription service, Uplay Plus
STAT | 4 million - Number of digital copies Red Dead Redemption 2 sold worldwide in its first week of release, according to Superdata. It came in second for the month, behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's digital sales of 4.2 million. STAT |73% - Year-over-year increase in US gaming sales for October, according to the NPD Group. The $1.5 billion total was a new record for the month, greatly boosted by Red Dead Redemption 2 and Activision’s decision to move Call of Duty up from its traditional November launch. QUOTE | “I just want someone to look at the game... good or bad, I’d rather have bad reviews than no reviews.” - Conker’s Bad Fur Day project leader discusses the struggles to get press coverage for The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup, which launched the week before Red Dead Redemption 2. QUOTE | “I don’t get no money. That’s what y’all are thinking, right? Somebody got paid? No. No. I did not. Somebody stole that shit, and … [Read more...] about This Week In The Business: Always Bet on Black (Ops)
The president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, was in New York this week to sell his company’s big holiday line-up. But there was plenty more to talk about, too. A good portion of our conversation involved Fils-Aime’s pitch for the newest Switch and 3DS games. You can read about that in the first part of my interview with him. What follows are the other topics we crammed into our chat in which he downplayed expectations for a Nintendo 64 Classic, addressed Nintendo’s meager support of its iconic older games on the Switch, boasted of the success of Zelda: Breath of the Wild expansion a and even managed to work a mention of Waluigi into our chat about the new Smash Bros. Hmmm. The Missing N64 Classic Nintendo’s holiday line-up does not include a new retro console, a surprise for fans and media who expected the 2016 NES Classic and 2017 SNES Classic retro consoles to be followed by a 2018 Nintendo 64 Classic. Fils-Aime isn’t one to announce … [Read more...] about Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime On Hopes For An N64 Classic, Switch Online, And Sakurai’s Smash Roster Tweets
QUOTE | “Even when I see students enrolling in predatory schools that count ‘indie’ as alumni career placement to bilk students into bloated programs they don’t need for jobs they won’t get, I never discourage. Frankly, it’s time I looked at myself in the mirror and asked if I’m really acting ethically. Am I an enabler?” - Over the Moon Games’ John Warner says it’s time to tone down the encouragement the industry gives aspiring indies. QUOTE | “The way to operate in the arts is to take small risks by doing highly risky small things that make you happy and give you experience/resumé items even when they fail catastrophically. Don’t build your livelihood or taste or happiness around expecting commercial success.” - SpellTower developer Zach Gage, one of a number of indies who weighed in on Warner’s editorial. QUOTE | “No matter what you do in this industry you’ll most likely fail; your … [Read more...] about This Week In The Business: So You Want To Be A Developer?
QUOTE | “We’re currently still working to find a way to hand off production of episodes 3 and 4 so that the season can be completed.” - Telltale Games reassures fans that it is still trying to finish the final season of The Walking Dead. QUOTE | “By keeping the Company open in some capacity, it would appear that Telltale has foreclosed itself from using the most obvious exception to the [US and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] Acts.” - Attorney Richard Hoeg weighs in on the class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former employees laid off without severance or warning. QUOTE | “This problem is not isolated to only Telltale or the executives there - this is a problem that we see time and time again throughout the industry; and we will continue to see as long as management is able to take advantage of workers.” - Unionization group Game Workers Unite discusses the Telltale collapse in its own scathing … [Read more...] about This Week In The Business: The Walking Dead