The NPD Group has released its retail report for the month of December. Both console and PC software sales were down year-over-year in December by 12% and 13%, respectively. Hardware sales were also down 20% year-over-year. Overall, total industry sales were down 15% to $2.8 billion. For the second month in a row, PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console.
The top selling games of December were as follows:
1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
2. Final Fantasy XV
3. Battlefield 1
4. Madden NFL 17
5. NBA 2K17
6. Watch Dogs 2
7. Grand Theft Auto V
8. Pokémon Sun
9. FIFA 17
10. Pokémon Moon
The top selling games of 2016 were as follows:
1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
2. Battlefield 1
3. Tom Clancy’s The Division
4. NBA 2K17
5. Madden NFL 17
6. Grand Theft Auto V
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
9. FIFA 17
10. Final Fantasy XV
Indie developer Pixel Titans and Devolver Digital today announced that its procedural retro FPS, Strafe, will release on March 28th for PC.
Activision today announced that Call of Duty is the #1 top-selling console video game franchise globally for 2016 based on revenue. This marks the seventh time in the last eight years that Activision’s on-going franchise has been the top-selling console franchise worldwide, and the eighth consecutive year in the U.S. According to NPD, the most recent release, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is the #1 top-selling video game on console in the U.S. for 2016 based on total revenue and units sold from physical and digital sales (excluding hardware bundle sales).
Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. In addition to establishing Epic Games, Sweeney is the creator of the iconic games ZZT and Unreal, and is the main architect of the influential Unreal Engine.
The Choice Awards ceremony, which immediately follows the Independent Games Festival Awards, will take place on March 1st at 9:30 pm ET at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2017 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC’s official Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/gdc.
Nintendo today launched Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the Nintendo 3DS. Uncover the story of the Cursed King as you save the world from a twisted magician in this updated role-playing game which includes new dungeons, bosses, items, quests, scenes, and a new possible ending.
Watch the first single player walkthrough for Ghost Recon: Wildlands which highlights gameplay with 3 AI teammates.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on March 7th.
Kalypso Media today announced the release of developer Reborn Games’ new ‘City Ruler’ strategy title, Urban Empire on PC via Steam and GOG.com
In Urban Empire, players will assume the role of mayor, tasked with founding a new city in the fictional country of Swarelia. Select from one of four distinct families, each with their own values, talents and specializations, and guide them through 200 years of history, from the 1820s through to modern times, as you strive to remain in power whilst battling against the competing political parties who will serve to help or hinder your ambitions depending on your choices and playstyle. Manage your city’s infrastructure, economy, rights, laws, technological progression and cultural identity, forging a unique and personal Urban Empire of your very own.
Headup Games announced today’s Xbox One launch of Toby: The Secret Mine, a puzzle platformer inspired by games like Limbo and Badland. Toby: The Secret Mine can be purchased for $9.99 from the Xbox Games Store.
The Chaos Arena monthly special event returns to The Elder Scrolls: Legends today as Sheogorath, the Elder Scrolls’ legendary Daedric Prince of Madness, takes over and brings back the limited-time PvP mode to the strategy card game. As an added bonus, players that log into their The Elder Scrolls: Legends account during the event will receive a free card pack, regardless of whether they play Chaos Arena. Card packs will be delivered shortly after the event ends.
The Chaos Arena special event is live now and will continue until Monday, January 23rd.
Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the MLBPA, and MiLB.com, today announced that Out of the Park Baseball 18 will be released on March 24th.
For the first time, Out of the Park Baseball 18 introduces an all-new Challenge Mode. This will allow series newcomers to enjoy a way to learn the intricacies of this strategy title, while driving community engagement for all users via the creation of online profiles to share accomplishments on new leaderboards. The Challenge Mode is just the beginning of an all-new, long-term expansion of OOTPs online platform — more will be unveiled during the course of the 2017 baseball season.
Through January 27th, customers may pre-order OOTP 18 for $31.99, a 20% discount off its full retail price. From January 28th to March 23rd, customers may pre-order OOTP 18 for $34.99, a 10% discount off its full retail price. All pre-order purchases include access to the Gold Master version on March 20th, four days ahead of the official launch on March 24th.