The Update for week ending 9th November 2015

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and I am here with this weeks top 3 gaming news stories, the top 5 games, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Someone spends $30,000 on Star Citizen

PC Gamer has an interview with a Star Citizen fan who has spent $30,000 — you read that figure correctly — and it is a must-read for anyone with any interest in the ongoing story of the most crowdfunded video game in history.

The gamer, whose handle is Ozy311, describes taking on second jobs in real life to come up with the money (he says he hasn’t financed anything) and calls Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts one of the three most influential persons in his life. (The other two also are not relatives.) He weighs in against accusations hurled at Roberts and his studio following a year of delays to core components of the game.

Even better, Ozy311 says he knows he’ll end up spending more money. Really, read the entire interview. Regardless of how you feel about Star Citizen, it is transfixing and worth your attention.

Few games that haven’t yet launched have achieved this kind of controversy like Star Citizen. However, the $94 million Cloud Imperium Games has collected from donors since October 2012 makes indefinite delays to things like the Star Marine first-person module a lot more serious than the usual setbacks that many big games face.

Star Citizen’s full launch is due sometime next year. Meantime, Cloud Imperium has rolled out parts of the full game to donors meantime, including the Arena Commander space dogfighting module in June 2014.

Star Citizen has hawked a fleet of virtual ships at prices of $110, $250, $400 and even higher. Cloud Imperium has hired on big-name actors for its voice-overs and cinematics, yet Roberts deliberately won’t offer a timeframe beyond “the near future” for the launch of a new wide-ranging module that includes the promised first-person-shooter features.

Cloud Imperium at first said Star Marine’s module would launch this spring, then pushed the timeframe into late summer. Roberts and Cloud Imperium have insisted the prior timeframes they had given were informal commitments only.

2)Overwatch is not going to be Free-to-Play

Blizzard has unveiled a Collector’s Edition and an Origins Edition of Overwatch, featuring skins and extras while also putting an end to speculation that the game might be free-to-play.

Overwatch Origins Edition comes with all 21 heroes from the game as well as five skins that “harken to the backstories” of the characters portrayed, which will include Overgrown Bastion, Blackwatch Reyes and Splitstream Tracer. It will also come with “goodies” from other Blizzard games including a pet. Origins Edition will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

The Collector’s Edition includes all of the above as well as a bronze statue of Soldier: 76, soundtrack and source book. The base game will cost $40 on PC, with the Origins Edition costing $60 on all platforms. The $40 version will not be available for consoles.

For the Collector’s Edition, retailers Best Buy, Amazon and GameStop are both listing it at $129.99. Blizzard also announced a pre-order website.

Overwatch is Blizzard’s multiplayer combat game, currently in beta and due for a full release in the spring of 2016.

1) Battleborn Delayed to May 2016

Battleborn, the upcoming shooter with MOBA elements from Gearbox Software, has been pushed back to May 3, 2016, publisher 2K Games announced.

That’s a three-month delay; 2K Games had originally announced in August that it planned to launch Battleborn Feb. 9. That means the game will now launch outside of the current fiscal year of Take-Two Interactive, parent company of 2K Games; Take-Two’s fiscal year ends March 31.

In a quarterly earnings statement today, Take-Two still raised its financial guidance for the full 2016 fiscal year, although it noted that the increase is “partially offset” by moving Battleborn into the 2017 fiscal year (and by the previously announced delay of XCOM 2 from November to February).

UK GAME CHARTS

2015 so far reveals there have never been more games released on a Tuesday (25 and counting, previous record was 2012 with 17 for the whole year), but Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III forsakes Tuesday for Friday for the first time since 2009 / 6 iterations ago. So Black Ops III launched Friday 6th November and UK gamers had to divide their disposable income between fireworks, the Treyarch-developed first person shooter and the continued wallet-drain of ‘Spectre’ at the cinema. However, Black Ops III explodes on to the scene at No1 and in terms of revenue generated in week 1 (regardless of release day) Black Ops III ranks at No14 amongst all titles. Compared to other Call of Duty titles this is the 7th in terms of week 1 takings, though of course all of those above it benefited from 5 days of sell-through in week 1 (UK charts run Sun-Sat). The Gen 8 (PS4/Xbox One) transition is overwhelming with 91% of sales units coming from these 2 formats (compared to 68% for last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare). EA’s FIFA 16 climbs 1 place to No2 and EA have the only other new entry at No3 as Need For Speed arrives for PS4/Xbox One. Microsoft’s Halo 5: Guardians drops from No1 to No4 and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate drops 3 places to No5. There are numerous re-entries due to various retailer promotions, most notable of which is Nintendo’s Mario Kart 7 back in at No14.

Down 3 to No.5:     ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE

Down 3 to No.4:     HALO 5: GUARDIANS

New at No.3:            NEED FOR SPEED

Up 1 to No.2:           FIFA 16

New at No.1:           CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

Fallout 4 (XO/PS4/PC)
StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void (PC)
Superbeat Xonic (PSV)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

Rise Of The Tomb Raider (360/XO)
Football Manager 2016 (PC)
Rodea The Sky Soldier (Wii U/3DS)
Sword Art Online: Lost Song (PS4/PSV)
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations (360/PS3/Wii U/XO/PS4/3DS)
Kromaia Omega (PS4)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at the first 5 Nights of the Nights of Horror that went up this week

Night Two: Shimmy Plays Amnesia

Night Seven: Billy Plays Eternal Darkness

Night Eight: Heavenly Plays Resident Evil

Night Nine: Drunk Hanksy Plays Outlast

And a few extra’s to wet your appetite

CTG Plays Rocket League

Cajr Plays Until Dawn Finale

The CTG Podcast Live! Episode 66

Don’t forget that we have the podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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