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14. 5. 2024

Gaming Industry in April: Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2, Starfield, Dead Space 2

April brought what a lot of Xbox fans were waiting for. A 60FPS performance mode for Starfield, the Bethesda’s RPG that was released last year. But that’s not the only interesting piece of news. Read on to check out what else had the last month in stock for the gaming industry!

Video of the Month

But before we get to that, let’s take a look at what’s coming in May. Ninja Theory will release Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 on May 21 after whopping five years of its initial announcement. The game is built on Unreal Engine 5 and will feature unprecedented graphics including for example metahuman-derived facial rendering.

Top Five April News

Starfield originally launched only with a 30FPS mode which was a subject to many controversies. However, Bethesda announced that in an update arriving later in May, it will add a performance mode running at 60FPS. The new update will also add a more detailed surface maps or the ability to access your ship cargo from the player inventory menu. There are also rumours that Starfield will come out on PS5 later this year, but that has not been announced it.

Warhorse Studios announced Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2 and they surprised everybody with the release date, as it will come out some time this year. It will continue the story of Henry and will be set in central Bohemia, most of the game will be in a medieval city of Kutná hora. The platforms will not surprise anyone – it will be published for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC

Microsoft will hold the annual Xbox Games Showcase on June 9 which will be shortly after followed by Direct. “This will also be our first Showcase featuring games from our portfolio of studios across Activision, Blizzard, Bethesda and Xbox Game Studios, in addition to titles from our third-party partners,” says Microsoft on its official website. Rumour has it a new Call of Duty will be announced there which would bring back the standard May time for announcements.

Journalist Jeff Grubb stated that Electronic Arts cancelled a remake of Dead Space 2. It was decided after the lackluster sales of the first game which came out last year in January, he says. However, EA later claimed that Grubb’s story has “no validity”. The journalist sticks to his story though and doubled down on it: “Dead Space 2 was definitely being planned. It had a code name. And they aren’t making it now,” wrote Grubb on Twitter after EA’s claim.

Insider Gaming reported that Ubisoft has completely changed the remake of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. This game was firstly announced three years ago and was later delayed several times. The author had the opportunity to look at some footage, however, it was provided under the condition that it wouldn’t be shown publicly. The game is then described as being in early development with missing textures and assets and long before release.

Statistic and Chart of the Month

The gaming market has always been dominated by just a few of the biggest players. As seen down below, the top 10 companies managed to generate over $54.4 billion in H1 2023. Since Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard, in total numbers, if we were to count Microsoft’s and Activision Blizzard’s revenue as one, Microsoft would take the second place in the overall revenue, while Sony the third place.

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Call of Duty is one of the most popular games in the world for nearly two decades. Statista released the monthly number of average concurrent players of Call of Duty HQ on Steam worldwide which looks at the player base since October 2022 until February 2024. The highest number, 223 thousand, is present in November 2022, which was the month of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release. However, it dropped to just over 55 thousand in September 2023 and the release of the sequel, Modern Warfare 3, did not help very much, as it increased to just only 103 thousand. But that’s just Steam only, the game is also available on Battle.net and on consoles.

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Quote of the Month

Official PlayStation account out of nowhere announced that computer players will be receiving trophies on PlayStation PC ports. “PlayStation. Trophies. On. PC,” said PlayStation on Twitter. The trophies will be accessible through an in-game menu via a brand-new PlayStation overlay.

Number of the Month

Capcom can be quite satisfied with Dragon’s Dogma 2, as it managed to sell over 2.5 million units in just 11 days. The publisher also announced that the whole franchise already sold 10 million copies which is a respectable number.

Photo of the Month

Life Beyond is a metaverse sci-fi game developed by Life Beyond Studios, previously known as Darewise Entertainment. This game takes you on a journey to build a civilization from scratch in a brand-new world. It allows you to have true control over the ownership of the virtual items. You can trade them and sold them as you wish on marketplaces.

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What’s Going on at Fanatic Games

We are currently working on several exciting projects at Fanatic Games. We have several types of graphics in production ranging from cars, hard-surface and realistic buildings. We are also currently working on a project where we are working on several environments and a lot of characters.

However, we are also currently open to new project challenges, so if you are considering bringing in outside graphics involvement, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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