The Update for Week ending 12th February 2017

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

NEWS

3)Project CARS 2 coming Later this year

The sequel to 2015’s Project CARS, the “community-assisted racing simulator” from Slightly Mad Studios, is in development on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One for release in late 2017, publisher Bandai Namco announced this week.

Known as Project CARS 2, the game will offer more than 60 tracks and 170 cars to race on them. Its first trailer (see below) focus on powerhouses like the Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R GT3 and McLaren 650S GT3, and courses such as the Fuji Speedway and the famous street circuit in Long Beach, California. Project CARS 2 will be playable with three 4K monitors side by side for a panoramic view, but if that’s not immersive enough for you, the game will also support virtual reality headsets.

Weather is another feature that’s getting a major upgrade in Project CARS 2, according to Slightly Mad. The developers are expanding on the original game’s challenging rainy racing with wintry conditions — snow and ice — as well as rally racing on dirt and mud. Thanks to technology that Slightly Mad dubs “Livetrack 3.0,” the sequel will offer a real-time weather simulation that will have an impact on the track surface, as well as dynamic time-of-day and seasonal effects.

“Our collective goal at Slightly Mad Studios is to create a simulation racing experience that rivals that of real-life,” said Stephen Viljoen, game director on Project CARS 2, in a news release. “Realism and authenticity are central to our development mantra for Project CARS 2, hence we’re making sure we employ the best professional drivers, game developers, artists, and sound engineers to realize our vision for a game that takes players on the ultimate driver journey.”

Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad are treating this week’s news as the initial reveal of the game. But Slightly Mad actually announced Project CARS 2 way back in June 2015, a plan to crowdfund Project CARS 2 was an “early concept,” and that the company later decided to finance the development itself before signing on with publisher Bandai Namco.

“We left a window open for a limited number of external members to contribute to the development (around 3000 participants) like we did with the first Project CARS,” the spokesperson said. “The members have reached the required number pretty fast and so we closed the signup soon after.”

Asked by Polygon for the total contributions from the crowdfunding participants, the Slightly Mad Studios rep said the backers have given “around £200,000” (approximately $250,000).

Slightly Mad has kept quiet about Project CARS 2 since then.

2)South Park: The Fractured but Whole is Delayed again

South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been delayed for a second time, publisher Ubisoft announced this week. The foul-mouthed role-playing game based on the long-running animated series will now be released in Ubisoft’s upcoming fiscal year, which runs from April 2017 through March 2018.

Back at E3 2016, Ubisoft slotted The Fractured But Whole for a Dec. 6 debut. The company announced three months later that it had decided to push the game back to the first quarter of 2017. “The development team wants to make sure the game experience meets the high expectations of fans and the additional time will help them achieve this goal,” Ubisoft said at the time.

Because of the additional delay, Ubisoft revised its sales forecast for the current fiscal year, which ends March 31. The new range, which reflects the fact that The Fractured But Whole won’t be released in the 2016-17 fiscal year, runs from €1.61 billion ($1.72 billion) to €1.67 billion ($1.78 billion) — a drop of €155 million on the low end and €175 million on the high end.

The previous entry in the franchise, South Park: The Stick of Truth, also suffered a number of delays. It was originally scheduled to launch in the second half of 2012, but then-publisher THQ pushed the game into early 2013. The company then delayed the game again to later in 2013. After Ubisoft picked up The Stick of Truth during THQ’s collapse, the French publisher announced a December 2013 date but then pushed it back, too. The Stick of Truth was finally released in March 2014.

1)E3 tickets on sale to the public for the first time

For the first time in its history, E3 will be open to anyone who buys a ticket to the annual video game show.

Starting on Feb. 13, the Entertainment Software Association will open sales on 15,000 tickets to consumers. The first 1,000 of those tickets will sell for $149 each, the rest will sell for $249. All tickets are for all three days of the show and grant the owner full access to the show floor.

The tickets will go on sale at E3’s official website.

There is also discussion with Game Awards host and producer Geoff Keighley about having gamer events and discussions at LA Live as part of the event.

The show will still have a central media and business component. ESA officials say that business pass owners will still receive special benefits, including a dedicated entrance and VIP Business Lounge.

ESA officials said they are encouraging leading streamers and Twitch folks to register as media this year.

This year’s decision to sell tickets directly to consumers is the latest iteration on the slow opening of the show to those who aren’t a part of the industry or don’t cover it for the press.

While E3 had traditionally been an industry event which didn’t officially allow consumers onto its game-packed floors, the 2015 show allowed 4,000 to 5,000 of some of gaming’s biggest fans into the Los Angeles Convention Center halls to wander as invited guests.

Last year, 5,000 prosumers attended E3. The ESA also hosted E3 Live last year, a free event that was open to the general public.

E3 Live, which drew in about 20,000 people, didn’t take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the standard E3 convention is held. Instead, it was held at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

UK GAME CHARTS

On the Top 40 Chart, Rockstar/Take 2 return to No1 with Grand Theft Auto V for a third time this year and a total of 12 times since original launch back in September, 2013 (PS3/360), then a PC launch (April, 2015) and finally a PS4/Xbox One launch (November, 2014).

GTA V is now one of only 5 titles to claim a minimum of 12 No1’s on the Top 40 Charts. The others in this list are Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (18 No1’s, Eidos/Square Enix), Wii Fit (16 No1’s, Nintendo), Zumba Fitness (13 No1’s, 505 Games) and FIFA 14 (12 No1’s, EA).

Debuting at No2 on the Top 40 is Sony/Koei Tecmo’s Nioh, developed by Team Ninja, most notable for the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive games.

Coming back to the Top 40, Capcom’s Resident Evil VII: Biohazard drops to No3 after 2 weeks at No1, followed at No4 by EA’s FIFA 17 and at No5 by Activision’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Last week’s big new release, Square Enix’s Hitman: The Complete First Season drops 4 places to No8 and Nintendo’s new last week Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World also drops 4 places to No24.

Still at No.5:                     CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE

Down 1 to No.4:              FIFA 17

Down 2 to No.3:              RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD

New at No.2:                     NIOH

Up 1 to No.1:                      GRAND THEFT AUTO V

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
For Honor (PS4, Xbox One)
Sniper Elite 4 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Battle Islands: Commanders (PS4)
Bridge Constructor (Vita, with cross-buy)
Flywrench (PS4)
Io (PS4, Vita, with cross-buy)
Monster Loves You (PS4)
MX Nitro (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Ride 2 (PS4)
Semispheres (PS4)
Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found (PS4)
Vertical Drop Heroes HD (PS4, Vita, with cross-buy)

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
Sky Ride (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY
ACA NeoGeo Neo Turf Masters (PS4)
Starry Nights Helix (PS4)

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
Halo Wars 2: Definitive and Ultimate Edition early access (PC, Xbox One)
All the Delicate Duplicates (PC)
How to Survive 2 (Xbox One)

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. The Update will be back next week with more news, uk charts and game releases.

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