The NPD Group has released its retail report for the month of January. Software and hardware sales were down year-over-year in January, by 10% and 15% respectively. Only peripherals saw growth year-over-year by 15%. Overall, total industry sales were down 5% to $605.2 million. Once again, PlayStation 4 was the best-selling platform for the month.
The top selling games of January were as follows:
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. NBA 2K16
4. Star Wars Battlefront
5. Fallout 4
7. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
8. Madden NFL 16
9. LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
10. FIFA 16
Note: The NPD Group does not track digital game sales, only physical game sales.
Bandai Namco has released the launch trailer for Project X Zone 2, available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on February 16th.
Tune in to the one-hour primetime special finale of Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing the Cup this Monday, February 15th at 8 p.m. EST on The CW Network.
Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing the Cup follows five of the world’s top-ranked Mortal Kombat X players, vying to achieve their dream of being crowned the best in the world at the ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League Finals. Viewers can watch previous episodes of Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing the Cup on CW Seed.
Audience Award voting for both the 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) and the 2016 Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF Awards) is now open through February 19th at 11:59pm PT.
The winners will be announced live during the ceremonies on Wednesday, March 16th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, as part of the 30th edition of the Game Developers Conference (GDC). The ceremonies will be livestreamed on Twitch at 6:30pm PT beginning with the IGF Awards, and followed by the Choice Awards. You can join the festivities on Twitch on March 16th at http://www.twitch.tv/gdca.
Anyone who would like to vote for the GDCA and IGF Audience Awards can cast their votes using the links below. Voters simply need to select the game they are voting for, and enter a valid email address. Email addresses will not be distributed, and your information will be deleted after the poll has closed.
To vote for the Game Developers Choice Awards’ Audience Award, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11hLC0dYodZbGlOeHLJnTj6WN-htEVb47FlyPjSJchfA/viewform
To cast a vote for the Independent Games Festival’s Audience Award, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1tTLlpDcY-wDVIU6U1ZJCC-FF-eSUGM3z_5xUYrsiyWE/viewform
Voters will select their Audience Award nominees from the list of finalists for the Game Developers Choice Awards and the Independent Games Festival Awards.
Previous winners of the GDCA Audience Award include Arkane Studios’ mystical assassin tale Dishonored and Squad’s space exploration sim Kerbal Space Program. IGF Audience Award winners include Castle Crashers by The Behemoth, Mojang’s Minecraft and, most recently, This War of Mine by 11 bit studios.
Rockstar Games today announced Till Death Do Us Part – a brand new GTA Online Adversary Mode – is now available to play.
Up to four pairs of partner teams take part in the ultimate GTA Online quadruple date: each couple has one life between them, and if one half dies, the survivor then takes their own life in dramatic fashion. Additionally, you’ll get Health regeneration bonuses when you stay close to your partner.
You can play the new Adversary Mode in five different romantic locations (selectable via the Adversary Modes section of the GTA Online pause menus) or jump in to a Featured Playlist with a trio of locations by hitting the button on the GTAV launch screens.
Io-Interactive invites players to join Agent 47 on his very first assignment for the International Contract Agency this weekend on PlayStation 4. The beta is scheduled to start at 11:00am EST on February 12th and ends on February 15th at 11:00am EST
Labeled “The Prologue”, the Beta takes place twenty years before the Paris Showstopper mission. Set in a secret ICA training facility, the Prologue features a pivotal moment in Agent 47’s life – his introduction to the ICA and very first meeting with his future handler Diana Burnwood. The Prologue features two free-form training hits, which will introduce players to the features and mechanics of the upcoming Hitman game. The Prologue will also be available as part of the first episode of Hitman releasing March 11th.
The only way to guarantee your access to the Hitman Beta this weekend is to pre-order the game digitally on PlayStation 4 via PSN. Alternatively, you can pre-order the Collector’s Edition. Access to the Hitman Beta is available for the pre-orders of the Full Experience, Intro Pack and Collector’s Edition.
After revealing the Imperium ships and gameplay in a previous video, Tindalos Interactive now showcases the Chaos fleet and its ships in a new gameplay video for Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, the upcoming space RTS set in the Warhammer 40k universe from Games Workshop.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada warps in on PC beginning of 2016.
To celebrate a year since the release of their indie hit The Escapists, Team17 and Mouldy Toof Studios announced that they will be releasing a brand new free map, Paris Central Pen, which will be available for all PC owners of The Escapists via a free Steam update on February 16th, with the update following on Xbox One and PS4 at a later date.
The all new Paris Central Pen map is inspired by the La Santé Prison in Paris, which was once home to the infamous Carlos The Jackel and was hailed as one of France’s most notorious and brutal prisons.
XSEED Games today announced the launch of Mission Pack 2: Extreme Battle for Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair on the PlayStation Store. Mission Pack 2 includes 23 of the most challenging missions yet, mixing returning favorites from Earth Defense Force 2025 with brand new, exclusive missions.
Numerous players have reported issues with the saving system in Earth Defense Force 4.1, and after much work, the developers were able to correct these problems. As a thank you to players for their patience, and an apology for any inconvenience these issues may have caused, Mission Pack 2: Extreme Battle will be free for its first two weeks of availability. After this period has passed, the DLC mission pack will revert to its standard price of $9.99 USD.
EDF fans can also play through Mission Pack 1: Time of the Mutants before diving into the most recent DLC. Mission Pack 1 adds 26 missions and is also available on the PlayStation Store for $9.99 USD.
BioWare and Lucasfilm today released a new chapter in the episodic story, Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire. Anarchy in Paradise is the first in a series of seven new chapters and introduces the infamous mercenary known as Firebrand, who’s on a mission to destroy the Eternal Empire.
With the addition of Firebrand to the Alliance, it is up to the Outlander to decide just how far he or she is willing to go to defeat the Eternal Emperor.
Knights of the Fallen Empire, including Anarchy of Paradise, is free to Subscribers. Plus, Subscribers as of February 1st will be rewarded with the HK-55 Jetpack in-game item as part of the new Subscriber Rewards Program.