It appears the "war on GTA mods" is over: thanks to Rockstar Games, Take-Two has relented and will no longer pursue legal action against singleplayer mods. OpenIV has been updated, and the publisher has also issued out some new rules for singleplayer modders.
A bit ago Take-Two Interactive kicked the hornet's nest by forcing OpenIV, a popular modding tool used to mod GTA IV and GTA V, to go offline. After countless days of negative press, strong words from millions of fans, a huge petition, and the absolutely destruction of the game's Steam reviews, the Rockstar parent company relented. As of now OpenIV has been updated but the mod still isn't available for public download. Rockstar told Motherboard that it and Take-Two will work with OpenIV's creator to resolve the issue.
Rockstar has since delivered a new public statement affirming that singleplayer mods aren't being targeted by Take-Two--only those that affect Grand Theft Auto Online will get the axe. Interestingly enough OpenIV developer Yuriy "Good-NDS" Krivoruchko said that OpenIV could actually be used by some modders to disrupt GTA Online, but he never intended for the modding tool to be used in such a way.
Almost half of the world's total video games playerbase will spend money while they play games in 2017, according to analyst firm Newzoo.
In-game purchases such as microtransactions, add-ons and expansions are a lucrative part of the video games industry, and modern games typically ship with some sort of digital online component to facilitate long-term revenues. For example, more and more games in the console sector are switching to models with online multiplayer with free updates and content paid for by in-game spending, such as EA's new Star Wars Battlefront II and Activision's new Destiny 2.
These specific games mimic the successful revenue models of mobile games while charging a $59.99 premium for the base game, but consoles also offer numerous free-to-play experiences like SMITE. This trend is set to continue throughout 2017 and beyond, and more and more gamers are projected to spend money as they play games.
According to analyst firm Newzoo, 47% of all gamers in 2017 will spend money as they play games. The firm estimates 2.2 billion consumers play and spend money on video games worldwide, and 47% of them, or 1 billion gamers, will buy in-game items and content as they play. Consumers are expected to spend $108.9 billion on games and content in 2017, up a strong 7.8% year-over-year ($7.8 billion).
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has become an early access sensation, selling 4 million copies in its first three months of availability.
Reverb Inc today confirmed that Bluehole's massively popular multiplayer shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold 4 million copies, massing $100 million in revenue in just 13 weeks of availability. The early access game, which sells for $29.99, has attracted a considerable number of players on PC storefront Steam, with 230,000 concurrent peak users and over 100,000 game sessions being played every day. Reverb also notes that spectatorship on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds remains quite strong at 350,000 peak viewers, and affirms that 15% of all Twitch users--or 120,000 spectators--watch streams of the game every day.
The game's strong 230,000 player peak was hit in the last 30 days, which also saw almost 130,000 players on average. We've compiled a graph to show how PlayerUnknown's Battleground's playerbase has increased over the span of a few months.
Nintendo's total market cap has risen above one of it's major competitors in the games space: Sony Corp.
Thanks to consistent climbing share values, Nintendo's total market capitalization is now valued at 5.5 trillion yen ($48.98 billion), according to the latest Google Finance listings. Nintendo is now ahead of its Japanese rival Sony Corp who's market cap sits at $48.28 billion, or 1.14% less than Nintendo's current market cap.
But what is market capitalization, and why is it important? Market cap is a metric that gives investors and shareholders a baseline look at the company's current market performance. Market caps are determined by multiplying total outstanding shares with the current share price. Both Sony Corp and Nintendo are categorized as "large caps", referring to companies with larger market cap valuations from $10 billion to $200 billion, and are interesting choices for investors looking to diversify their portfolio.
It looks like PC gamers should begin getting excited for optimizations for the PC that Bungie and Activision are promising for Destiny 2, which is finally coming to the PC later this year, after Destiny being a console exclusive.
Destiny 2 Project Lead, Mark Noseworthy, said that the PC version of Destiny 2 will not only include a FOV slider, but the guns will have no recoil on the PC because the "controller feels good". In what I take away from that, console gamers have slower reactions because of the input delay of joysticks on a controller through to the TV and sub 60Hz displays, where the PC is instant one-for-one with mouse and keyboard to 60Hz through to 240Hz displays.
Noseworthy noted: "For instance, there's no recoil on guns on PC because recoil on the controller feels really good. 'I'm firing, I'm firing, I'm firing, oh, I'm losing control of my gun a little bit.' That feels great, especially with magnetism and all the magic in the controller that makes you feel it. With a mouse and keyboard, you don't want the mouse moving without you moving it, so recoil doesn't feel good, so there is no recoil on PC".
Project CARS 2 is shaping up to be one of the best-looking games of 2017, but even the new and powerful (at least for a console) Xbox One X is coming in November, can't run Project CARS 2 at 4K, let alone 60FPS.
Dutch website GamersNet had some words with Slightly Mad Studios' Game Director, Stephen Viljoen, said that Project CARS 2 would be running at 4K and 60FPS on Xbox One X. But it looks like this was a big of a fluff, and something SMS' Ian Bell said was a "misquote". We don't know what Sony's refreshed PS4 Pro will run the game at, but I'd say 1080p 60FPS would be a safer bet.
Slightly Mad Studios' Ian Bell posted on GTPLanet's forums, where he said: "Yup, this was a misquote. We're running sub 60 FPS at 4K and we'll probably always be unless we drop livetrack and a host of other things... We'll probably upscale from something very reasonable". Bell wouldn't comment on locked 60FPS at 4K on Xbox One X, adding: "We don't like the term 'locked'. It would put us in first party territory where chest beating is more important than a great experience. We'll be 60 most of the time in normal racing and we'll push the consoles to and beyond their limits for more interesting racing. Even if that means dropping a few frames".
Respawn Entertainment today confirmed that Titanfall 2's userbase is still strong and healthy, despite comments on the game's underwhelming launch sales from publisher EA.
Titanfall 2's free post-launch DLC plan is turning out to be a boon for the game's playerbase. Titanfall 2 receives regular free content updates in exchange for microtransaction earnings gleaned from optional cosmetic in-game purchases. While announcing yet another free content update with new maps, developer Respawn Entertainment says that Titanfall 2 enjoys over a 1 million monthly active users.
"Since launch we've released 5 content drops, free for all players, and continue to see a vibrant, engaged playerbase with currently over a million active players a month," Respawn said in the post.
Warner Bros. Interactive has opened a new studio in New York that will bolster its live services.
Publishers today are strongly investing into live services to power their games and ensure long tails of revenue. But these investments often come at a cost of manpower, servers, and other technologies. Today Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that it will open a new studio in New York to help buffer the live services that power features such as online multiplayer in games like Injustice 2.
According to Gematsu, the studio will be called Warner Bros. New York and will host cloud-based backend technology to power online and live services of key games.
Koei Tecmo today revealed a brand new trailer for Dynasty Warriors 9, confirming some big changes for the landmark Musou series.
Omega Force confirms that it will bring Dynasty Warriors 9 to a dynamic open world setting, complete with new combat mechanics and exploration content across impressively beautiful environments. As Koei Tecmo states, the new Dynasty Warriors features new combat systems that are built off of the "signature one vs thousands style gameplay," starting with the new State Combo System. Players can dish out destructive chaos in three different attack styles including Trigger Attacks, Flow Attacks, and Finish Attacks--all of which contribute to an interesting combo system.
"Trigger Attacks allow players to create the start of an explosive combo, leading to Flow Attacks, which adapt to the enemy's current state," the publisher said in a recent press release. "Successful combos allow for a Finish Attack to be performed, delivering a final blow that eradicates any foes caught in its path. These new enhancements aim to create a thrilling and fluid experience unlike any previous entry in the franchise."
SEGA's new potentially lucrative SEGA Forever mobile program has stuttered out of the gate with some missteps.
Just yesterday we wrote up a piece highlighting the ways that SEGA Forever could be a huge asset for SEGA, but the initiative, which allows users to play classic games for free on their phones, has a few problems at launch. I personally tried a few games and can say that the experience was awkward at best, even with a Bluetooth and OTG Xbox 360 controller plugged in.
But perhaps the most disappointing aspect of SEGA Forever was the claims that users can "play offline" for free. Of course this is technically true, but if you play the free version of the game offline, you can't save your game. The free versions can only save progress via the cloud, which of course can't be accessed offline. If you want to save your games offline then you need to shell out $1.99 to buy the game, and if you buy all five games, you'll spend $10. There's a few other hiccups, too. Sonic: The Hedgehog used to cost money on Google Play and iOS, and the paid game switched over to the SEGA Forever free version...but existing owners are having trouble accessing the game they previously paid for.