Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preorders are 50 percent behind those of last year’s Ghosts, according to a market research firm.
That puts preorders a whopping 80 percent behind those of 2012’s Black Ops II.
“We believe that the preorders need to accelerate significantly over the next few weeks, or else the evidence for meaningfully weaker performance by Advanced Warfare vs. Ghosts will, in our opinion, become too strong to rationalise,” said Cowen and Company analyst Doug Cruetz.
He notes that many in Call of Duty’s audience are still playing Destiny.
“Call of Duty faces a very competitive slate following its launch on November 4, with Halo, Grand Theft Auto, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Dragon Age all scheduled for release between the November 11 and November 18,” said Cruetz.
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The first full expansion to Blizzard's digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will add a huge number of new cards.
Speaking with Polygon, production director Jason Chayes said Blizzard will "mix it up" in the first expansion.
"It will have a lot more cards. We’re talking about more than 100. We are going to have a central theme for how that will all fit together. That’ll be the next thing coming up."
Critically-acclaimed action-RPG Path of Exile’s second expansion and Taiwan release have pushed its registered players total to well over seven million, developer Grinding Gear Games has announced.
One million of those players are in Taiwan, and registered within a month of the game’s launch there, far exceeding the expectations of Asian publisher Garena Online.
"Prior to launching Path of Exile, we had no idea that Taiwan was such a large gaming market," said Grinding Gear Games managing director Chris Wilson.
Digital game retailer Green Man Gaming has launched its own PC publishing label, Green Man Loaded.
The London-based company is the second-largest digital games retailer in the world behind Steam.
The first Green Man Loaded (GML)-backed games will be announced soon, and will be sold across all major distribution channels, not just via the Green Man Gaming store.
A sequel to tricky skateboarding side-scroller OlliOlli is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita next year, Roll7 has announced.
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood will run on a new engine and feature an expanded combo system, a more powerful level editor, and new art, said Roll7’s Simon Bennett.
The game will also feature a new split-screen local multiplayer mode for up to four called Combo Rush that pits players against each other and the clock.
Viking Squad is a co-op roguelike brawler that’s coming to Windows PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4 next year.
A PlayStation Vita version is also a possibility, according to developer Slick Entertainment.
In Viking Squad, players choose from four Vikings, each with their own special weapon and move set, and then go on a voyage across the sea at the behest of a vicious Jarl to raid neighbouring enemies. All going well they return home with loot, level up, and do it all again.
Developer Nerd Kingdom has laid off half its workforce after rejecting a round of funding for crowdfunded open-world RPG TUG.
According to a post on the game’s Kickstarter page, the funding was rejected as it would have seen the studio relinquish ownership of the game.
"The deal that would have gone through would have lost us all control and ownership and we are not huge fans of being owned by investors like this," the company wrote.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue could be coming to PC as well as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Last week, NeoGAF user prudislav posted what he or she claims is a screenshot of Uplay showing an entry for a PC version.
Following that, NeoGAF user BakkaGames posted a screenshot he or she claimed was an entry for the game on the Brazillian Classification Board website.
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