Weekly Recap: Witcher 3 Accusations, PS4's "Victory" Over Xbox One, WoW Subs Fall Big Time
Did you step away from the Internet this week? Check out a roundup of some of the week's biggest stories here.
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THE BIG STUFF:
Witcher 3 $39 Codes Legitimate Despite Dev Accusation, Retailer Says: The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red and retailer Green Man Gaming are in the midst of a public spat over The Witcher 3. The developer says fans should not buy from Green Man Gaming gaming because the site obtained its keys from an "unknown source" and that CD Projekt Red would see no revenue. But that's not the full story. Click through the link above to hear Green Man Gaming's side.
Sony "Nailed It" With PS4 and Deserves "Victory" Over Xbox One, Ex-EA CEO Says: Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello made some heavy comments this week at the GamesBeat Conference in California. He says Microsoft made a critical misstep with the Xbox One, while praising the PlayStation 4 for its "gamer-first" approach. Check out the link above to get the full story.
World of Warcraft Loses Nearly 3 Million Subscribes in Three Months: Ouch. As part of Activision Blizzard's latest earnings report this week, the mega-publisher announced that subscribers dropped from 10 million at the end of 2014 to 7.1 million for the quarter ended March 31. That's a drop of 2.9 million.
THE OTHER STUFF:
How much will the Oculus Rift VR headset cost when it arrives in early 2016? That's the question put to Oculus VR VP Nate Mitchell during a recent TechCrunch Disrupt interview in New York City. He doesn't reveal the exact price, but describes it as "high-end," also noting that price should come down over time as VR grows in popularity. Watch the interview here.
Someone's dad recreated all the taunts in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. This is amazing.
Ubisoft this week announced a Far Cry 4 Complete Edition BUT it's coming only to PlayStation 4 and PC, and it will be released only in EMEA territories, the publisher explained. Versions of the package for Xbox One and last-gen consoles are not in development.
Here's a great interview to read this weekend. Kotaku's Patrick Klepek sat down with veteran developer SWERY, known for the Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die franchises. The interview is very wide-ranging (they talk about beer and sex, among other things) and is quite different than your normal Q&A. Check it out.
Here's a video of Harley Morenstein of Epic Meal Time fame shaving off his massive beard. Need we say more? Sure, it's basically an extended ad for Schick, but it's still pretty funny.
During an earnings call this week, Electronic Arts announced that it expects another 22 million combined Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles will be sold this calendar year, adding to the 27 million+ already sold. This is a good thing for EA, maker of big-time multiplatform games. EA also notes that, "This is much faster growth than in previous generations." To make its case, EA also pointed out that an incredible 80 percent of all Battlefield Hardline sales were on Xbox One and PS4.
Looking to buy a new digital PC game this weekend? EA's Origin store is currently offering everything (well, almost everything) for 25 percent off by way of the coupon code ORIGIN25. The offer expires May 12.
The Xbox One version of Rogue Legacy finally has a release date: May 27. What's it all about? The animated GIF below sums up the platformer quite well. Check it out.
In other deals news....to celebrate the NBA Playoffs being in full swing, 2K Sports has cut the price of NBA 2K15 for mobile to $3. Nice! It's available at that price through May 14. Download it on iTunes here.
The next Evolve Weekend Challenge has begun, and this one is all about Kraken and Lazarus. As usual, free DLC is being offered up as a reward for this event. Get all the details at Evolve's website here.
Five Nights at Freddy's is already a positively frightening game, but this new fan-made film ramps up the scare-factor to 11. Check it out.
Polygon has a great interview with Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ. He left DayZ developer Bohemia Interactive last year and has started his own studio in New Zealand. He's also climbed Mt. Everest, so needless to say, he's an interesting guy. Check out the full interview about what's he's doing next here.
Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has posted a ridiculously in-depth technical analysis for Slightly Mad's hyper-realistic racing game Project Cars. Interested in what's under the hood? You'll want to read this.
Double Fine's beloved adventure game Grim Fandango launched this week for iOS and Android, complete with new features, better visuals, and more. Download Grim Fandango Remastered now on iTunes or Google Play for $10.
GameStop is having a superhero-themed weekend sale. Now through Sunday, GameStop will offer games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes for $5. You can also buy various t-shirts, figures, and other accessories starting at $8.
Wolfenstein: The New Order prequel The Old Blood launched this week on console and PC. It has a ton of excellent easter eggs, Eurogamer has discovered. Check out this great video to see them all, or at least the ones they found so far.
A decade ago this month, Nexon released free-to-play MMO MapleStory in the US. Now, the developer has released a handful of stats that speak to the game's total enormity. In the last ten years:
- Over 2.3 BILLION quests have been completed
- Players have created more than 100 million accounts created worldwide
- More than 200 trillion Mesos (in-game currency) have been spent
- Nearly 280,000 guilds have been registered
- More than 1.5 million pets have been obtained
Have a lovely weekend.