Monster Hunter: World is out, Red Dead Redemption 2‘s release is officially announced, and more, all on the 5th edition of The Roundup!
This week we see a flourish in gaming news, ending January in the biggest way. Moving onto February, the bar is set for 2018 and we’ll see if it goes up from there.
Join the Commission = Monster Hunter: World
It’s an understatement to say the most recent Monster Hunter: World release on January 26 was successful, and Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimoto highlighted its major sale 3 days after:
Capcom Co., Ltd. (Capcom) today announced that Monster Hunter: World for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One has shipped 5 million units worldwide (including digital download sales). A PC version is to be released at a later date. – Haruhiro Tsujimoto
Domestic sales numbers were also tallied:
Monster Hunter: World has sold 1,350,412 copies on the first three days (first week) of release, setting a new record for first week sales numbers in the history of PlayStation 4 software. It also holds the historic 1st place in the total [lifetime] sales amount. Furthermore, if digital sales are included, it is assumed that this game could even surpass 2 million copies. – Famitsu
The game is becoming an international sensation for the start of 2018, garnering old and new fans together for fun teamplay. Its biggest appeal aside from an ease in gameplay mechanics (it’s still a hard game but with streamlined controls from the 3DS version) is its availability on console and sense of community to help friends and people around the world with monster quests. Not everything has to be a competition, and there’s nothing better to unite people than fighting against a common monster enemy to upgrade weapons!
Capcom has a lot of plans up their sleeve, naming a few such as a PC release this year, a potential movie, and a Japanwide tournament in Spring 2018. Stay tuned for all the latest news coming up.
God of War Announcement and Pre-orders
With the official release of God of War for April 20, gamers can pre-order for the highly anticipated installment for PS4.
Fans of the game may know the previous games were based on Greek mythology, and the newest game will step away and follow Norse mythology. Digital and standard physical copies of God of War are available as well as the Stone Mason Edition. The game was also announced for a Mature ESRB Rating. We’re less than 3 months away, so you can expect more content to come out soon!
Watch the latest story trailer here:
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set
It’s official: Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming out on October 26, 2018.
This announcement comes paired with another delay by Rockstar Games, taking time for some final “extra polish”. Unfortunate, but The delay didn’t shock me in the least, in fact I almost didn’t realize the game had been promised for Spring 2018 at some point last year. When the sequel was initially announced for Fall 2017, in my head I unknowningly associated the game to come out on Fall 2018. Maybe it’s now a natural instinct to expect delay for Rockstar Games that this doesn’t come to any surprise, and gamers shouldn’t be too upset.
The good news is to appease shaken fans of a Q3 delay, they released excellent scenic stills of the game. The screenshots highlight new environments, the main character in different action shots, and another female character. Check out Rockstar’s official announcement here for all images, but I’ll post my favorite here of horseback riding in the snow.
Atlus sent a survey for future fans
Give the players what they want!
Atlus sent out an online consumer survey last week to domestic Japan, asking players different questions of what games and releases they would like to see. Survey questions range from general background information to interest in remakes and how they experience video games.
Different translated excerpts of the survey can be found here.
Long Gone Days: from demo to release
On the indie game radar, the worldwide release of BURA’s Long Gone Days was initially due for February 18. Now, the game’s Early Access Release will be available in March 2018 and the final game ready by Q4.
The popularity of its 2016 demo helped the game’s Indiegogo campaign and bring the full together, as gamers craved more of the dystopian RPG and helped fund for the complete package. In a regime called The Core, people are raised to be a certain role from birth. The game follows Rourke, a sniper who escapes his post, and Adair, a medic, as the two pair together to discover the truth together as deserters of their regime. Gameplay is a combination of turn-based RPG and visual novel, with an emphasis on conversations and the NPCs your player talks to. Part of the mechanic is that Rourke can choose which body parts to attack of enemies.
New editions to the full game create a more dynamic experience and adds more narrative about the corruption of war. Here are a few exciting features being worked on as we speak, with more listed on their official announcement of Early Access release, which is being called the “first arc” of the game:
- The original game was meant to be 3-4 hours long, and now the game will be doubled that length to about 8 hours
- Resolution was upgraded to 1080p HD
- More dialogue choices and party members
The game will be available for Early Access next month on PC, Mac, and Linux.
Watch the Long Gone Days trailer here: