The Update for week ending 30th May 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)No Man’s Sky delayed to August

Hello Games’ ambitious space exploration game No Man’s Sky has been delayed beyond its previously announced June 21 release date. The PlayStation 4 and Windows PC game is now expected to arrive Aug. 9.

The new date comes from the game’s listing on the official PlayStation website.

Hello Games’ Sean Murray commented on the delay on the PlayStation Blog, saying, “We understand that this news is disappointing.”

“The game really has come together, and it’s such an incredible relief,” Murray said. “As we sit and play it now, and as I watch playtesters every day, I can finally let myself get excited. We’re actually doing this.”

“However, as we approached our final deadlines, we realized that some key moments needed extra polish to bring them up to our standards. I have had to make the tough choice to delay the game for a few weeks to allow us to deliver something special.”

Murray confirmed release dates outside of North America, as well: Europe will get the game Aug. 10 and the U.K. will get it Aug. 12.

2)Starbreeze buys Payday Franchise rights

Swedish game developer and publisher Starbreeze Studios announced an agreement to purchase the full rights to the Payday franchise from publisher 505 Games for about $30 million in the company’s stock.

Starbreeze also noted that 505 will get a third of all revenue from the future sales of Payday 3 up to $40 million, after Starbreeze has recouped its development and marketing costs.

The transaction will give Starbreeze full rights to the franchise for any future development or “commercialization,” according to a statement on the company’s site. That includes Payday 2 and Payday for mobile. The company will retain full net revenue on the Steam platform for the game dating back to May 1. Sales generated by Payday 2 will continue to be split between the companies as before and 505 Games will continue to publish the game.

“Payday is very close to my heart, and has laid the foundation for Starbreeze success in recent years. We’re very excited to bring our heisters home to the safe house,” said Bo Andersson Klint, Starbreeze CEO, in a prepared statement. “To start with, we believe in the continued success of Payday 2 and will support it for at least another 18 months continuing expanding the game.”

Developers Overkill, which are owned by Starbreeze, also announced that they would be giving away a community grenade, the skills tree and making the black market free for everyone going forward, effectively doing away with Payday 2 microtransactions.

1)Get ready for battle on Minecraft Console Editions

Next month the console versions of Minecraft are getting a major free update: Battle, the first of many minigames that Microsoft says will be coming to the popular title.

In Battle, players will be dropped into a pre-created map and given a few seconds to grab a weapon from a chest before taking on the other players in a deathmatch. It is a game mode, like future minigames, inspired by some of the things players are already doing on their own.

But Battle, which is coming to all PlayStation, Xbox and Wii U versions of Minecraft, comes with the infrastructure to quickly start a competitive game for up to eight players on these pre-created maps with timers, a waiting room and randomly generated resources. The minigame also supports split-screen for up to four players.

While the game won’t support creating maps for Battle at launch, Microsoft says it will be continuing to evolve and update the minigame over time based on they community’s requests.

Battle launches with three maps for free, but Microsoft does plan on selling map packs featuring three new maps for $2.99. The company says it will also continue to add free updates with new gameplay options and features.

While Microsoft declined to discuss what other concepts it’s playing around with for Minecraft, officials did say that more minigames are inbound for the console version of the game.

UK GAME CHARTS

Launched on Tuesday across PS4, Xbox One and PC Overwatch shoots straight in at No1. It is the fastest selling Blizzard title on console with 47% of launch week sales on PS4, 36% on Xbox One and 18% on PC. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End makes way, dropping to No2, but managing to stay ahead of Doom which also falls one place, down to No3. Homefront: The Revolution slips from No3 to No4 in its second week of release.

Only ¼ of the Top 40 lose sales this week as Half Term bundling and promotions give older titles a boost. At No5, sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 are up 26% while Ratchet & Clank bounds back in to the Top 10 thanks to retailer hardware bundling, up from No12 to No6. Previous No1s FIFA 16 and Tom Clancy’s The Division are not left out of the promotions with EA’s blockbuster up 3 places to No7 on the back of a 91% sales increase, while Ubisoft’s ‘The Division’ falls one place to No8 despite a 42% sales jump.

Total War: Warhammer debuts at No9 ahead of Grand Theft Auto V which slides 2 places to No10 despite a 49% sales increase. The only other new title to break in to the Top 40 this week is Activision Blizzard’s TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan, new at No18.

 

Down 1 to No.5:                    CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

Down 1 to No.4:                    HOMEFRONT: THE REVOLUTION

Down 1 to No.3:                    DOOM

Down 1 to No.2:                   UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END

New at No.1:                         OVERWATCH

NEW RELEASES

 

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 31ST MAY

Dead Island: Definitive Edition (XO/PS4)
Oxenfree (PS4) – Digital Only
SteamWorld Heist (PS4/PSV) – Digital Only
The Witcher 3: Blood And Wine (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only
Hitman: Episode 3 – Marrakesh (XO/PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 3RD JUNE

Carmageddon: Max Damage (XO/PS4)
One Piece: Burning Blood (XO/PS4/PSV)
Prison Architect (XO/PS4))

YouTube videos of the week

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