The Update for week ending 13th March 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and and we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, Top 5, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Is Rocket League hitting the court?

Rocket League, Psyonix’s wildly successful combination of cars and soccer, is apparently trading the pitch for the court, based on a tease tweeted by the developer this week. Yes, basketball is coming to Rocket League.

Psyonix tweeted the teaser image this week, hinting that a “Rocket League Hoops” mode is in the works, just in time for the NCAA college basketball tournament:

 

While soccer has been the main sporting choice for Rocket League — and its predecessor Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Psyonix has also flirted with another sport: hockey. The developer swapped the soccer ball for a hockey puck as part of Rocket League’s “Snow Day” Mutator Mode. The switch to basketball looks like it might have a bigger impact on gameplay, since it appears that players will have to toss the ball into a basket instead of a goal. You can see the “Snow Day” Mutator Mode that GD and Cajr has played in the video below.

2)The Division breaks Ubisoft’s Day One Sales

The debut of The Division on Tuesday was a record-breaking launch for publisher Ubisoft, with the game selling impressively across retail stores and digital marketplaces, the company announced this week.

Ubisoft did not provide any sales numbers except to refer in a press release to “millions of players’ enduring engagement in The Division’s game world,” which suggests that the publisher sold more than 1 million copies of the game on its first day of release.

Whatever the sales figures are, Ubisoft said it sold more copies of The Division within the game’s first 24 hours of release “than any previous title in the company’s history.” That means it performed better on launch day than Ubisoft’s previous record-holder, 2014’s Watch Dogs, which ended up with more than 4 million copies sold during its first week of availability.

Ubisoft added that with The Division, Watch Dogs and 2007’s Assassin’s Creed, the publisher now has three of the top four launches of new brands in the history of the game industry. (The fourth — and the one that sits in the top spot on the list — is Activision’s Destiny, which debuted in September 2014.)

The Division also set records for the highest single-day sales of full-game downloads for Ubisoft across all three platforms on which it is available: PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, according to Ubisoft.

1)Amazon Japan Shipping video Games Internationally

If you’re in the market for a Japan-only video game — or some Japanese video game hardware — you have a new option: Amazon Japan. The Japanese arm of the online retailer is now shipping select games and systems to international buyers, with competitive pricing and shipping.

Amazon Japan has shipped other products internationally in the past, but buying video games from the online store hasn’t been an option until recently. Fortunately, the process is surprisingly simple and straightforward, though you may have to sign up for an Amazon.co.jp account, even if you have an account at Amazon.

Amazon Japan also displays most of the relevant information you need to create an account, save a credit card, check out and navigate its store in English. You’ll just need to adjust your language display settings, either by clicking “In English” from the top navigation menu or setting it from a link on the right side of the website.

Not every video game or hardware platform is available to purchase or pre-order for international shipping, however. Customers will need to look for items sold directly by Amazon.co.jp — not third-party sellers — and those that qualify for shipping through AmazonGlobal International Shipping.

Import-curious gamers have reported that certain titles, like Ace Attorney 6, are not available for pre-order through international shipping. So shop carefully with the knowledge that not everything you might want to import via Amazon Japan will be available to ship internationally. (Products that aren’t available internationally will say “Sorry, we can’t deliver this item to your area” in their product description.)

Of course, importers should be mindful of which hardware platforms are region-free and will work with Japanese games. Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Vita, as well as Microsoft’s Xbox One, will play Japanese imports. The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, however, are region locked and won’t play Japanese games natively.

UK GAME CHARTS

Ubisoft knock themselves off the top of the chart this week as Tom Clancy’s The Division topples Far Cry Primal and in the process becomes the biggest ever First Quarter launch. Released on Tuesday 8th March, The Division breaks an 11 year record held by Gran Turismo 4 (back in 2005), outselling any other title released in the first 3 months of the year. It is also Ubisoft’s biggest ever launch of a Tom Clancy title, sitting behind Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed III as their third largest launch of all time. Far Cry Primal slips to No2 and with another Tom Clancy title Rainbow 6: Siege also down one place to No10, Ubisoft can claim 3 titles in the Top 10 this week. Heavyweights Call of Duty: Black Ops III and FIFA 16 both creep up one place to No’s 3 and 4 respectively, while Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 wilts slightly, down 2 places to No5 in its third week of release. Lego Marvel Avengers and Grand Theft Auto V are both non-movers at No’s 6 and 7 respectively, ahead of Forza Motorsport 6 which accelerates up 2 places to No8. Sales of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD drop by 84% in its second week as it falls from No2 to No9. Hitman makes an appearance at No29 with the boxed digital Collector’s Edition PS4 and Xbox One versions launched on Friday.

Down 2 to No.5:                   PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2

Up 1 to No.4:                          FIFA 16

Up 1 to No.3:                          CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

Down 1 to No.2:                    FAR CRY PRIMAL

New at No.1:                          TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 15TH MARCH

Salt And Sanctuary (PS4) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 16TH MARCH

Dungeon Of The Endless (XO) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 17TH MARCH

EA Sports UFC 2 (XO/PS4)
Need For Speed (PC)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 18TH MARCH

Pokkén Tournament (Wii U)
Aegis Of Earth: Protonovus Assault (PS3/PS4/PSV)
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus (PS4/PSV)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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