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Activision Says “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the Most Played Next-Gen Title

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Activision has officially announced that “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the most played game on the next-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They also announced that it is the top selling Xbox One and PlayStation 4 title at leading North American retailers.

According to the press release:

The next generation of game consoles is here, and Call of Duty®: Ghosts is the must have game. Activision’s blockbuster title is the #1 most played Xbox One multiplayer game worldwide, according to Microsoft, while becoming the #1 top-selling Xbox One title in retail sales in North America at retailers Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Wal-Mart. In standalone Xbox One software retail sales*, the game also is #1 in the United Kingdom, according to GfK Charttrack. Additionally, Call of Duty: Ghosts is the #1 most played PlayStation® 4 game, according to Sony Computer Entertainment America, and continues to be the #1 top-selling PS4 title in retail sales in North America at Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Wal-Mart.

So far more than 1 billion multiplayer matches of Call of Duty: Ghosts already have been played across all versions. Ghosts’ players have Prestiged more than 2.2 million times, earning over 3.3 trillion Experience Points (XP), according to internal gameplay statistics.

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc, said,

“Around the globe, Call of Duty: Ghosts is leading the next generation. It’s the #1 selling title at key retailers and it’s also the most played game on Xbox One and PS4 globally. As we’ve said before, we’ve got the best community of fans in the world, and we’re thrilled they’re coming with us to the next generation.”

“Call of Duty: Ghosts” is also the 1 most played Xbox 360 multiplayer game, according to Microsoft.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Announced

 

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A brand-new “Lord of the Rings” inspired video game is on the way. “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,” is a next-gen, third-person action game that promises an “original, dark story of retribution”.

The game is in development for both current generation and next generation consoles including PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 at Monolith. Gamers will play as a ranger whose family was slain by Sauron’s armies. Having been killed himself, he’s resurrected with “Wraith abilities”, and is ready to take on the Mordor hordes. The story involves the Rings of Power but otherwise seems totally separate from Lord of the Rings canon, though Warner promises it will align.

Warner’s Samantha Ryan said,

“Players will explore the dark and very personal theme of vengeance in a world where decisions have a consequence, and those consequences persist even after death… The game introduces new gameplay mechanics to the action genre, creating opportunities for emergent and customized gameplay that will be rewarding for players.”

What makes this game unique is the enemy system. “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” differentiates every enemy in the game according to personality, strengths and weaknesses.

“Through the Nemesis System, enemy relationships and characteristics are shaped by player actions and decisions to create personal archenemies that remember and adapt to the player and are distinct to every gameplay session,” claims Warner’s press release. “Gamers are able to craft their own battles, enemies and rewards within the dynamic world that remembers and adapts to their choices, delivering a unique experience to every player.”

There’s no release window yet, but IGN predicts a 2015 release.

Activision Sells More Than $1 Billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts Into Retail

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Yesterday, it seemed like 90% of Xbox or PS3 gamers were playing “Call of Duty: Ghosts” which released yesterday. Including my boyfriend unsurprisingly. But it seems that the game has already done extremely well financially for Activision.

Activision has announced that it has sold more than $1 billion of “Ghosts” into retail. According to a press release from Activision, “Call of Duty: Ghosts” has moved to the #1 spot as the most played game on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft. Additionally, Activision confirmed that on the Xbox 360 video games and entertainment system from Microsoft, average player sessions for Ghosts have been longer than either Black Ops II or Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3, during the same time period.

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, said,

“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation. More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. And in the last 12 months, Call of Duty®: Black Ops II, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year. Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, also added,

“Ghosts is an amazing game which ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty. The team at Infinity Ward has delivered yet another epic thrill ride in the campaign, and what I think is our best multiplayer game yet. This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next-gen title.”

 

Dark Souls 2 Beta Rescheduled for November 10

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Officially announced this week, the “Dark Souls 2” beta has been rescheduled for launch on November 10. Namco Bandai announced the rescheduled beta is set to take place between 2AM and 5AM ET (that’s 11AM to 2AM PT) starting November 9.

The second “Dark Souls 2” beta was intended to begin over this pat weekend, however, users were unable to login to the game. In their announcement, Namco assured fans that all the people who took part previously will be allowed into the rescheduled beta, and there’s still space for more participants.

The full game is scheduled to hit PS3 and Xbox 260 on March 11 in North American and then will be released on PC shortly after that.

Games with Gold Program Will Remain Ongoing for Xbox 360

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“Games With Gold,” the Xbox Live program that gives Live players a new free game twice a month will remain longer than initially believed. The program will remain an “ongoing benefit” for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.

This move is likely to combat the Playstation Plus program of a similar nature.

You can see the whole press release below:

Games with Gold: Now an Ongoing Benefit for Xbox Live Gold Members on Xbox 360!

Friday, Oct. 18, 12:01 a.m. PDT

By: Xbox Wire Staff

At E3 2013, we launched Games with Gold as a limited-time program to thank our Xbox Live Gold members. Within that short period of time, we’ve seen an overwhelming response, with more than 120 million hours played with Games with Gold titles. Today, as a part of the “Week of Xbox Live,” we’re excited to announce that we are making Games with Gold an ongoing benefit for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.

Whether they are blockbuster AAA or popular arcade titles, Games with Gold continues to offer a diverse mix of games with two free Xbox 360 titles a month – yours to keep and at no additional cost. According to recent surveys, 97 percent of participating members have given their stamp of approval for Games with Gold, and we’re excited to continue bringing you great games every month as part of our ongoing commitment to providing great value on Xbox 360.

Rockstar “working around the clock” to Fix GTA Online Issues

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It feels like every game that wants to launch an online function, should take a few extra days to fix it before it inevitably crashes and frustrates consumers. Like many before it, Rockstar attempted to launch “Grand Theft Auto Online” this week only for the server to go down almost immediately.

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Games with Gold: “Might & Magic Clash of Heroes” and “Halo 3” Free in October

5d8d3e48-cf9d-4e9e-85a0-484615d19bf0If you are a gold member on Xbox Live, every month two games are free for download. This October, the set of free games for includes “Might & Magic Clash of Heroes” and “Halo 3.” Starting Tuesday (October 1st) “Might & Magic Clash of Heroes” (Normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members through October 15th. Beginning on October 16th, “Halo 3” will be free for Xbox Live Gold Members (Normally US $14.99).

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Batman: Arkham Origins Deathstroke Challenge Pack Gameplay Trailer

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Warner Bros. Games UK has officially released a new gameplay trailer for the Deathstroke Challenge pack that will be available in “Batman: Arkham Origins.” The Deathstroke challenge pack, available to those who pre-order the game for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC, includes a fully playable Deathstroke character, two exclusive challenge maps and three unique Deathstroke character skins. Continue reading Batman: Arkham Origins Deathstroke Challenge Pack Gameplay Trailer

Grand Theft Auto V Worldwide Sales Surpass $1 Billion in 3 Days

2463980-grand+theft+auto+vAccording to the announcement made by Take-Two Interactive Software today, “Grand Theft Auto V” has officially surpassed retail sales of more than $1 billion during its first three days on sale.

“‘Grand Theft Auto’ is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to ‘Grand Theft Auto V.'”

Also noticing a bump in sales is likely the Playstation 3 has players buy the new bundle for the title that was released on September 17th after months of hype.

“Grand Theft Auto V” was developed by series creator Rockstar North and is currently available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The title is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB.