The DayZ standalone alpha has already accumulated 172,500 sales since it launched 24 hours ago on Steam Early Access.
The news came from Bohemia CEO Marek Španěl, who also announced that the game has achieved 142,403 concurrent players.
The Kiwi creator of DayZ, Dean Hall, said 19,000 players had joined the DayZ alpha within its first hour on Steam Early Access, and that a about 200 players joined every second.
The game can be purchased on Steam here.
YouTube has defended its controversial new Content ID copyright management system despite negative feedback from both users and copyright holders.
The automated system flags copyrighted content in videos on monetised YouTube channels.
In an email to users, YouTube said, “Know that we love what you do. We’ve worked hard to design Content ID and other tools to give everyone – from individual creators to media companies – the opportunity to make great videos and earn money. As YouTube grows, we want to make sure we’re providing the right product features to ensure that everyone continues to thrive.”
Telltale Games says it won’t pull any punches in the second season of its adventure game series The Walking Dead simply because players are controlling a child.
Speaking with IGN after the debut of the second season trailer, director Dennis Lenart, writer Mark Darin, and Telltale president Kevin Bruner said they had no qualms about subjecting Clementine to the same kinds of horrific situations faced by season one protagonist Lee.
“Yes it makes us uncomfortable, but in the best way possible. Uncomfortable, yes. Hesitation, no. You play as this little girl, but the world doesn’t care.
Disney has announced Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, a free-to-play space combat game in which up to 16 players can take part in online dogfights.
The game is in development at a new Seattle-based game studio, Area 52. Players earn points and upgrade iconic Star Wars ships.
Star Wars: Attack Squadrons is scheduled for release in 2014.
Vehicle combat game Scraps is one of the first Kiwi-made projects to successfully meet its goal on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
At the time of writing, $28,517 has been pledged, a total that surpasses the project’s target of $23,000. There are 11 hours left to back the project.
In Scraps, players build custom combat vehicles from the chassis up, and go head-to-head against opponents who have built their own vehicles with “realistic physics [that] support your horrible design decisions.”
More than $919 million in crowdfunding was pledged to Kickstarter projects in 2013, and $200.42 million went to game development projects.
Games was the largest category again in 2013, followed by Film & Video, Design, and Technology.
7,922 game projects were successfully funded, however, only 35.08 percent of all game projects meet their backing targets.
Despite concerns raised by South Australian Attorney General John Rau, the Australian Classification Board has made no change to the ratings of 12 videogames.
A press release from the board said that subsequent to a review, none of the 12 affected games would have their rating adjusted.
The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA), Australia’s primary trade body, welcomed the news, but described the process as “unwarranted” and “costly”.
Call of Duty: Ghosts has sold much less than its predecessors, estimates market analysis firm Cowen & Company.
According to the firm, Infinity Ward’s latest entry sold 19 percent less year-on-year compared to 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and 36 percent less year-on-year compared to 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Analyst Doug Creutz added that the figure was even more worrying for Activision than it appeared, as Call of Duty: Ghosts has had an extra week on sale compared to Black Ops 2 at this time last year, and two extra weeks on Modern Warfare 3 at this time two years ago.
Indie sensation Minecraft is coming to PlayStation 3 on December 18.
Mojang’s Owen Hill announced the news on the PlayStation blog.
“PlayStation 3 Edition comes with everything present in other console versions,” said Hill. “They’re pretty-much identical to play, and will be developed in tandem from now on.”
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