Despite a fair share of complaints about the heavy monetization of gameplay and the game's free-to-play model, Angry Birds 2 appears to be doing very well - at least according to Rovio.
After racking up one million downloads in 12 hours and 10 million downloads in the first three days of release (July 29 on iOS and Android), Angry Birds 2 has hit a new milestone today. Rovio announced that the bird-slinging sequel has now reached 20 million downloads in its first week of release.
A new BBC Newsbeat story about Angry Birds 2 should come as absolutely no shock to anyone who has ever had the displeasure of playing a free-to-play game that features overly monetized gameplay mechanics. Apparently Rovio's Angry Birds 2 is one of those games, if you believe many of the reviews being published this week.
Nexon announced a deal this morning with Electronic Arts to develop and deploy an online PC version of Titanfall for the Asian gaming market.
This is not the first time the two companies have collaborated on bringing key franchises from Electron Arts' catalog to the online gaming space; EA and Nexon worked together on EA Sports FIFA 3 Online.
QuakeCon 2015 is underway in Dallas, Texas and news is starting to trickle out of it. The first bit of interest to almost everyone is that Bethesda's hit mobile game Fallout Shelter for iOS will finally be coming it Android devices... next month.
The iOS version of the game was released during the Electronic Entertainment Expo last month in Los Angeles on the Apple App Store. The game is a free-to-play vault management game where players control every aspect of a bona fide Vault-Tec vault and all of its inhabitants.
Edge Case Games has received a total funding of $1.3 Million (£850,000), led by the UK-based investment firm Mercia Technologies. The company said that it will use the investment to "accelerate development and help to push the technological boundaries of its team-based space combat game." Edge Case games is the developer and publisher of Fractured Space, a team-based space combat fought in "gigantic capital ships" the promises to combine "the intensity of a shooter and the big-picture-thinking of a strategy game."
In a release dated June 4, 2015 UK regulatory agency the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed that it has referred three online games to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to consider whether to launch investigations. The games, which were not revealed in the release, are being looked into specifically for questionable marketing of in-app micro-purchases aimed at children/their parents.
GamesIndustry.biz reports that former Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson has found a new home at Six Foot as chief operating officer and head of its games division in Houston, Texas. Svensson will also manage Grey Box, which worked with Petroglyph, Axis Animation, and Weta Workshop on the RTS title Grey Goo.
In a not-so-subtle dig at Bungie, online shooter Warframe is now offering small features that Destiny players often have to pay extra for. Developer Digital Extremes has added four emotes to its third-person shooter for the tidy sum of $0.00.
The new emotes, which you can check out in action here, are a "shrug," a "clap," the "Eclipse Narta," and the "Fathom Narta."
Fallout Shelter - the mobile game that Bethesda released on Sunday right after it officially unveiled Fallout 4 at its E3 press event - is making more money than Candy Crush Saga on the top-grossing mobile games chart.
The game knocked King's popular game out of the number 3 spot in the charts on iOS, which is a pretty impressive feat considering how long Candy Crush Saga has stayed at the top of the charts. Also amazing is the fact that Bethesda managed to keep this free-to-play Fallout-themed mobile game a secret.
Nexon M's and Big Huge Games' DomiNations has been downloaded more than 7.2 million times in the last 60 days, according to this GamesBeat report - based on an infographic released by the free-to-play online gaming company.
Carbine Studios is the latest MMO maker to move its game to the free-to-play space. The company announced today that its MMO Wildstar will transition from a monthly subscription based payment model to free-to-play this fall - and only a year after launch.
Players will still have the option to purchase a monthly membership that will provide additional perks including convenience bonuses, game enhancements, and additional slots for characters, costumes, the in-game bank, supplies, and decor items. The client will be free to download and install.
Earlier today we reported that the upcoming retail consoles versions (Playstation 4, Xbox One) of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited would use a one-time activation code making it so that the game could not be resold. Our report was based on comments made by a Bethesda employee last night.
Update: Bethesda says consumers do not need to worry about reselling their game discs because the game does not use a one-time activation code. You can read more here.
Neverwinter, has attracted more than 1.6 million players since the game was launched at the end of March on Xbox One, according to data released by publisher Perfect World Entertainment. Neverwinter is officially the first free-to-play MMO on the Xbox One. The game is also available on PC - though the data released by Perfect World doesn't not include PC figures.
After a false start - which broke the Xbox 360 version of the game (see this story for details) - it looks like developer Toylogic has worked out the issues and will "officially" launch the Xbox One version of Happy Wars Friday, April 24.
Patrick Söderlund, EVP of EA Studios made an announcement via the company's official blog that will have a lot of people upset: the company is shutting down several long-running and popular online games. The games getting shut down are Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World and FIFA World.
Sony announced today that it will shut down Destiny of Spirits for the PS Vita June 30. Developed by the fine folks at Q-Entertainment (who you probably know better as the developers of the hit games Lumines and Rez), Destiny of Spirits is a free-to-play RPG that was launched less than a year ago.
Nexon has acquired Boolean Games, GII reports. Boolean is best known for developing the Dark Avenger series of games. In total the series has enjoyed 30 million downloads worldwide since its launch in May, 2013. The first Dark Avengers game has earned around $1 million in revenue to-date. The sequel, Darkness Reborn, was launched in November of 2014 and has been downloaded 10 million times.
The Elder Scrolls Online is getting rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and going free-to-play today, according to an announcement by Zenimax Online and Bethesda. The change from a monthly subscription to a free-to-play model is no shock for players; Zenimax announced its intention to switch over to the model way back in January of this year.
In a new post on Battle.net, Blizzard reveals that it is bringing micro-transactions to Diablo III - though this feature won't be available in all regions.
Blizzard's experimentation with microtransactions for Diablo III aren't currently planned for the North American or European regions, Blizzard says, but are aimed at regions in Asia where free-to-play and in-game purchases are a very big deal.
The Elder Scrolls Online developer Zenimax Online Studios revealed that it will soon allow players to buy what it calls "convenience items" in the PC version of its MMO. Those convenience items include health, stamina, magic and experience boost potions that you can buy using real-world money through the game's Crown Store. You'll also be able to buy customization items, upgraded mounts, vanity pets, costumes, etc.
None of these items will affect TESO's core gameplay, Zenimax claims.
The Elder Scrolls Online is not the only "free-to-play" game in town on PS4 and Xbox One, it seems. The makers of the online action game APB: Reloaded announced today that its free-to-play game will be hitting both console platforms in the second quarter of this year.
The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are being developed at The Workshop Entertainment, which co-developed The Evil Within alongside Tango Gameworks and also worked on the excellent Borderlands 2 expansion, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage.
Elder Scrolls Online will be going free-to-play later this year and it will be coming to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 too. Zenimax Online announced that its MMO based on the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games will be released on June 9 for Xbox One and PS4. And with it coming to next-gen consoles the company also revealed that the game will be free-to-play, meaning no subscription fees. To play all you'll need to do is buy it for your favorite platform.
RuneScape maker Jagex announced today that it is shutting down Transformers Universe, the company's MMO based on the popular Transformers franchise from Hasbro. The UK-based MMO developer proposed downsizing its team last month, noting that the free-to-play MMO game was reaching a "new stage of development in its life cycle."
But it turns out that the company decided that the game wasn't performing well enough to continue supporting it.
The U.K.-based Advertising Standards Authority has decided pursue a complaint against Gameloft over one parent's complaint that its free-to-play mobile game Littlest Pet Shop is specifically designed to exploit children by "coercing them" into making in-app purchases.
While the ASA's ruling acknowledged that the Gameloft game targeted young children, it also noted that the developers of the game put enough warnings in place so that both parents and the player would know about the microtransaction scheme and could oversee their children's use of it.
Crytek is shutting down its online action game Warface in February 2015, the company announced today. This is pretty shocking news considering that the game launched in April of this year.
The game will be shut down for good on February 1, 2015 and Crytek has already closed off access for new sign-ups as of today. Existing accounts can continue to play but they will no longer have the ability to buy "kredits," the game's in-game currency for buying various digital bits and baubles.
Apple has kicked the "free" label in its App Store to the curb. Popular free-to-play apps that offer in-game microtransactions will now be labeled with "Get" instead of "Free." While Apple has confirmed the changes with Re/Code, the company hasn't said anything else about why it made the changes in the first place.