Soul Calibur 4 breaks Nintendo’s hold on UK charts

Soul Calibur 4 breaks Nintendo’s hold on UK charts
Soul Calibur IV has broken Nintendo’s stranglehold on the top end of the British sales charts. At least for this week. Take a look at the chart and only Soul Calibur 4 is the non Nintendo system title that managed to latch on to the top 20. UK Sales Chart Image after the jump. Post from: Games Industry Wire Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

NCsoft Sees $5.9M Net Income This Quarter
NCsoft Corporation say they saw sales of $78.6 million in the second quarter of 2008, a seven percent increase over the previous year, though their operating profit, pre-tax profit and net income all dropped, 25%, 31%, 42%, respectively, according to the South Korean company’s second quarter financials released last night. The news comes during a week of rumblings that NCsoft’s Austin office may be on the verge of laying off staff or closing, a rumor that NCsoft vehemently denies. Lineage and Lineage II both saw a drop in sales compared to last quarter as did Guild Wars, while City of Heroes and […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Diablo 3 Art director Resigns
Blizzard Entertainment has earlier reports confirmed that the Diablo III art director, Brian Morrisroe, has left the World of Warcraft developer to form a startup technology company. Morrisroe’s departure to a company outside of the games industry “won’t impact” Diablo III’s art design, says a Blizzard representative, according to MTV. This news comes after reports of Blizzard listing a job opening for Morrisroe’s vacated position. This also means that they may or may not chnage the look of the game as some disgruntled fans want. “Regarding Brian, he recently resigned to form a startup technology company (outside the game industry), which is […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

World of Warcraft Russia Launched
Blizzard has announced the launch of World of Warcraft in Russia, with five new localised realms for the game and its expansion, The Burning Crusade. Gamers in the region will be able to play the MMO in a fully regionalised form, including Russian language support and payment options for roubles. Russian players using a foreign copy can convert their account to the Russian version and transfer their characters to one of the new realms. Two new Russian language realms have been opened for new character creation only, while three will be opened for free character migration. However, the Russian accounts have different restrictions […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Namco Bandai reports profits fall
Namco Bandai has reported its financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2009, with a fall in profit of around 63 per cent compared to the previous year. The three months to the end of March saw profit just above the JPY 1 billion (USD 9.2 million) mark, compared to last year’s Q1 figure of JPY 2.8 billion (USD 25.8 million). Revenue and operating income were also both down year-on-year, by 6.4 per cent to JPY 90 billion (USD 830 million) and by 65 per cent to JPY 1.5 billion (USD 13.8 million) respectively. However, the company is still predicting revenue […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Massive already in talks with possible new owners
Following last week’s announcement by Activision Blizzard that it had reviewed its assets and planned to dispose/sell off various Sierra properties, developer Massive Entertainment has revealed that it’s upbeat on its future. “It seems like we have plenty of options,” company president and founder Martin Walfisz told VG247. “We’ve had some good meetings here [at the Develop conference.]” “Being a part of a merger like this is a strange situation, because obviously the new organisation has to look over all of its assets, everything it owns and its strategy for the future. For the past six months we’ve been waiting for the […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

ESRB Lists GTA IV for PC
Looks like the PC version of GTA 4 will arrive officially on the PC. A recent ESRB ratings update lists both Grand Theft Auto IV and Bully: Scholarship Edition for the “Windows PC” platform, which constitutes the first solid confirmation the two titles are heading to the PC. Grand Theft Auto IV has long been assumed to make the jump from consoles, as most major releases of the franchise, from the first Grand Theft Auto through Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, have eventually shown up on the platform. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Grand Theft Auto IV […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Madden NFL 09 Demo available on XBL and PSN
The Demo for Madden NFL 09 is already out on XBL and the PSN. The 20th anniversary of Madden NFL football is less than two weeks away! Gamers can check out Madden NFL 09, the first sports game that adapts to you, with the Madden NFL 09 demo that is now available on Xbox Live and Playstation Network. Players can try out the new Virtual Trainer mode, which allows users to customize the difficulty and gameplay settings, as well as preview the new Madden Moments game mode. At the start of the demo, players can get a sneak peak of the […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Wonderland Online: New “Leo” Server
IGG has announced that a new “Leo” Server will be added into Wonderland Online. Wonderland Online officials will be launching a new US server named “LEO” after the weekly server maintenance on August 5th EDT (GMT-4). The new server has 3 server branches and its name will be at the top of the Server List. Therefore, players can have more server options when entering the game and the population stress on Aries server will be relieved. In addition, a new European Server is currently being tested and will be released in August. For more details please visit http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=796. Images via Gamespress.com. Copyright 2008 IGG. Post […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Activision Blizzard Announces Record June Quarter Stand-Alone Results for Activision
Activision Blizzard, Inc. , which was formed on July 9 as a result of the closing of Activision’s transaction with Vivendi S.A., today announced record stand-alone June quarter financial results for Activision, Inc. For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, Activision’s stand-alone net revenues were $654.2 million, a 32% increase, as compared to net revenues of $495.5 million reported for the June quarter last fiscal year. Activision’s stand- alone net income for the June quarter was $59.0 million, or $0.18 earnings per diluted share, as compared to net income of $27.8 million, or earnings per diluted share of $0.09 reported for […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Soul Calibur 4 breaks Nintendo’s hold on UK charts
Soul Calibur IV has broken Nintendo’s stranglehold on the top end of the British sales charts. At least for this week. Take a look at the chart and only Soul Calibur 4 is the non Nintendo system title that managed to latch on to the top 20. UK Sales Chart Image after the jump. Post from: Games Industry Wire Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

NCsoft Sees $5.9M Net Income This Quarter
NCsoft Corporation say they saw sales of $78.6 million in the second quarter of 2008, a seven percent increase over the previous year, though their operating profit, pre-tax profit and net income all dropped, 25%, 31%, 42%, respectively, according to the South Korean company’s second quarter financials released last night. The news comes during a week of rumblings that NCsoft’s Austin office may be on the verge of laying off staff or closing, a rumor that NCsoft vehemently denies. Lineage and Lineage II both saw a drop in sales compared to last quarter as did Guild Wars, while City of Heroes and […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Diablo 3 Art director Resigns
Blizzard Entertainment has earlier reports confirmed that the Diablo III art director, Brian Morrisroe, has left the World of Warcraft developer to form a startup technology company. Morrisroe’s departure to a company outside of the games industry “won’t impact” Diablo III’s art design, says a Blizzard representative, according to MTV. This news comes after reports of Blizzard listing a job opening for Morrisroe’s vacated position. This also means that they may or may not chnage the look of the game as some disgruntled fans want. “Regarding Brian, he recently resigned to form a startup technology company (outside the game industry), which is […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

World of Warcraft Russia Launched
Blizzard has announced the launch of World of Warcraft in Russia, with five new localised realms for the game and its expansion, The Burning Crusade. Gamers in the region will be able to play the MMO in a fully regionalised form, including Russian language support and payment options for roubles. Russian players using a foreign copy can convert their account to the Russian version and transfer their characters to one of the new realms. Two new Russian language realms have been opened for new character creation only, while three will be opened for free character migration. However, the Russian accounts have different restrictions […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Namco Bandai reports profits fall
Namco Bandai has reported its financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2009, with a fall in profit of around 63 per cent compared to the previous year. The three months to the end of March saw profit just above the JPY 1 billion (USD 9.2 million) mark, compared to last year’s Q1 figure of JPY 2.8 billion (USD 25.8 million). Revenue and operating income were also both down year-on-year, by 6.4 per cent to JPY 90 billion (USD 830 million) and by 65 per cent to JPY 1.5 billion (USD 13.8 million) respectively. However, the company is still predicting revenue […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Massive already in talks with possible new owners
Following last week’s announcement by Activision Blizzard that it had reviewed its assets and planned to dispose/sell off various Sierra properties, developer Massive Entertainment has revealed that it’s upbeat on its future. “It seems like we have plenty of options,” company president and founder Martin Walfisz told VG247. “We’ve had some good meetings here [at the Develop conference.]” “Being a part of a merger like this is a strange situation, because obviously the new organisation has to look over all of its assets, everything it owns and its strategy for the future. For the past six months we’ve been waiting for the […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

ESRB Lists GTA IV for PC
Looks like the PC version of GTA 4 will arrive officially on the PC. A recent ESRB ratings update lists both Grand Theft Auto IV and Bully: Scholarship Edition for the “Windows PC” platform, which constitutes the first solid confirmation the two titles are heading to the PC. Grand Theft Auto IV has long been assumed to make the jump from consoles, as most major releases of the franchise, from the first Grand Theft Auto through Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, have eventually shown up on the platform. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Grand Theft Auto IV […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Madden NFL 09 Demo available on XBL and PSN
The Demo for Madden NFL 09 is already out on XBL and the PSN. The 20th anniversary of Madden NFL football is less than two weeks away! Gamers can check out Madden NFL 09, the first sports game that adapts to you, with the Madden NFL 09 demo that is now available on Xbox Live and Playstation Network. Players can try out the new Virtual Trainer mode, which allows users to customize the difficulty and gameplay settings, as well as preview the new Madden Moments game mode. At the start of the demo, players can get a sneak peak of the […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Wonderland Online: New “Leo” Server
IGG has announced that a new “Leo” Server will be added into Wonderland Online. Wonderland Online officials will be launching a new US server named “LEO” after the weekly server maintenance on August 5th EDT (GMT-4). The new server has 3 server branches and its name will be at the top of the Server List. Therefore, players can have more server options when entering the game and the population stress on Aries server will be relieved. In addition, a new European Server is currently being tested and will be released in August. For more details please visit http://wl.igg.com/news/newscontent.php?aid=796. Images via Gamespress.com. Copyright 2008 IGG. Post […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

Activision Blizzard Announces Record June Quarter Stand-Alone Results for Activision
Activision Blizzard, Inc. , which was formed on July 9 as a result of the closing of Activision’s transaction with Vivendi S.A., today announced record stand-alone June quarter financial results for Activision, Inc. For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, Activision’s stand-alone net revenues were $654.2 million, a 32% increase, as compared to net revenues of $495.5 million reported for the June quarter last fiscal year. Activision’s stand- alone net income for the June quarter was $59.0 million, or $0.18 earnings per diluted share, as compared to net income of $27.8 million, or earnings per diluted share of $0.09 reported for […]Post from: Games Industry Wire [Lees verder]

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