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Destiny sells US$325 million in five days

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Destiny sells US$325 million in five days

Destiny achieved sales of more than US$325 million to consumers in the five days following its release, says publisher Activision.

Activision reportedly spent US$500m getting Destiny on to shelves. The day after release, the publisher announced that more than US$500m worth of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter had been sold-in to retailers and first-parties (Microsoft and Sony).

On the strength of these sell-through figures, Activision has now declared that Destiny is the best selling new game franchise of all time. The publisher had previously announced that Destiny was the most preordered new franchise of all time.

Destiny launched last Monday for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

Over the same five day period, players logged over 100 million hours and participated in 137 million activities.

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Final Fantasy 13 coming to PC next month

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Final Fantasy 13 coming to PC next month

Final Fantasy XIII will be released on Steam for PC next month on October 8, Square Enix has announced.

The game will cost US$15.99, and those who pre-order now will receive a 10 percent discount.

Final Fantasy XIII for PC will be followed by all others in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, which includes Final Fantasy 13-2, and Final Fantasy XIII - Lightning Returns.

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Trade Offers removed from FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode

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Trade Offers removed from FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode

Trade Offers will not be an option in FIFA 15’s Ultimate Team mode, as EA continues to wage war on cheaters in the best-selling football franchise.

In prior versions of the game, Trade Offers allowed users to exchange items directly rather than rely on the game's auction mechanism.

Trade Offers were in the game so players could barter or share items with friends, but the system quickly became the domain of coin sellers.

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Destiny reviews may have seen Bungie miss US$2.5m quality bonus

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Destiny reviews may have seen Bungie miss US$2.5m quality bonus

The warm but not volcanic reception Destiny has received might mean that Bungie misses out on a cool US$2.5m “quality bonus”.

A clause in a 2010 contract between Activision and Bungie – which was made public thanks to the legal battle between Activision and Vince Zampella and Jason West – states:

“Activision shall pay to Licensor a quality bonus (the "Quality Bonus") in the amount of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000) should Destiny Game #1 achieve a rating of at least 90 as determined by gamerankings.com (or equivalent reputable services if gamerankings.com is no longer in sen/ice) as of thirty (30) days following the commercial release of Destiny Game #1 on Xbox 360.”

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Microsoft acquires Minecraft and Mojang for US$2.5b

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Microsoft acquires Minecraft and Mojang for US$2.5b

As rumoured, Microsoft has acquired Swedish developer Mojang and smash hit sandbox title Minecraft for US$2.5 billion.

As a result of the sale, Mojang co-founders Markus "Notch" Persson, Carl Manneh, and Jakob Porsér are all leaving the company

Mojang's Owen Hill shed some light on why Notch made the decision to sell and leave Mojang in a post on the company’s blog.

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Moving from Halo to Destiny was liberating, says Bungie

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Moving from Halo to Destiny was liberating, says Bungie

Bungie won't soon forget its accomplishments with Halo, but says that working on Destiny has been "liberating" for everyone at the studio.

Speaking with USA Today, Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague said, "We’ll never turn a blind eye to the accomplishments that come with Halo at Bungie, but as creators, as artists, as people with imaginations for how games can be new and different, and exciting, it was pretty liberating, actually, to start with a blank canvas and say, ‘What sort of story do we want to tell now?’"

Dague added that the move away from Halo was especially popular with staff who had "had kept their imaginations rooted" in that universe.

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Notch on Minecraft sale: "It's not about the money. It’s about my sanity."

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Notch on Minecraft sale: "It's not about the money. It’s about my sanity."

The sale of Minecraft and Mojang to Microsoft was actioned to keep Mojang co-founder Markus "Notch" Persson sane, he says.

In a post on his personal blog, Persson – the creator of sandbox phenomenon Minecraft – has detailed how he felt so overwhelmed by Minecraft’s staggering success that selling the game ended up being the only option.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity,” he wrote.

“I don’t see myself as a real game developer. I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits, and I don’t try to change the world.

“Minecraft certainly became a huge hit, and people are telling me it’s changed games. I never meant for it to do either. It’s certainly flattering, and to gradually get thrust into some kind of public spotlight is interesting."

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New Titanfall DLC map 'Zone 18' revealed

New Titanfall DLC map 'Zone 18' revealed

Respawn has shared the first screenshots and details about Zone 18, a new Titanfall map coming up in the IMC Rising downloadable content pack.

Zone 18 is an old IMC base hidden in the wilderness of the Dakota system where IMC robotics research continues in secret, despite the destruction of Hammond Robotics' corporate headquarters.

Respawn describes Zone 18 as a fast-paced environment with two main sections divided by a supply path.

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GTA V for new-gen and PC dated

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GTA V for new-gen and PC dated

Rockstar has dated both the new-gen and PC enhanced editions of Grand Theft Auto V.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions will be available from November 18. The PC edition will land on January 27, 2015.

Rockstar has cut a new trailer to support the announcement. Watch it below.

News Index


Final Fantasy 13 coming to PC next month
Final Fantasy 13 coming to PC next month
NEWS Lightning strikes late.
PC, 360, PS3
Adventure & RPG
1
Destiny sells US$325 million in five days
Destiny sells US$325 million in five days
NEWS Sales achievement unlocked.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
6
Trade Offers removed from FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode
Trade Offers removed from FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode
NEWS Battling coin sellers.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, 3DS, Vita
7
Destiny reviews may have seen Bungie miss US$2.5m quality bonus
Destiny reviews may have seen Bungie miss US$2.5m quality bonus
NEWS First Raid now live.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
7
Notch on Minecraft sale: "It's not about the money. It’s about my sanity."
Notch on Minecraft sale: "It's not about the money. It’s about my sanity."
NEWS Seeks lower profile.
PC, 360, XO, PS4
10
Microsoft acquires Minecraft and Mojang for US$2.5b
Microsoft acquires Minecraft and Mojang for US$2.5b
NEWS Notch leaves Mojang.
PC, 360, XO, PS4
17
New Titanfall DLC map 'Zone 18' revealed
New Titanfall DLC map 'Zone 18' revealed
NEWS Screenshots inside.
PC, 360, XO
Moving from Halo to Destiny was liberating, says Bungie
Moving from Halo to Destiny was liberating, says Bungie
NEWS On creative freedom.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
13
GTA V for new-gen and PC dated
GTA V for new-gen and PC dated
NEWS Plus, a new trailer.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
40
Bungie details five Destiny events coming this month
Bungie details five Destiny events coming this month
NEWS Including a new raid.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
4
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will get an episodic release first
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will get an episodic release first
NEWS First story details emerge.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
First-person survival title Dying Light has a release date
First-person survival title Dying Light has a release date
NEWS Sooner than expected.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
9
Watch Dogs for Wii U gets local release date
Watch Dogs for Wii U gets local release date
NEWS Coming this November.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
1
Destiny has made its colossal budget back
Destiny has made its colossal budget back
NEWS Acti claims two sales records.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
10
Last-gen Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delayed six weeks
Last-gen Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delayed six weeks
NEWS A receding shadow.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
2
Spec Ops: The Line writer leaves 2K
Spec Ops: The Line writer leaves 2K
NEWS Will stay in games.
PC, 360, PS3
Action: First-Person
Destiny is the most pre-ordered new IP in history
Destiny is the most pre-ordered new IP in history
NEWS Hype hits a new high.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
10
Destiny servers go live at 11pm NZST tonight
Destiny servers go live at 11pm NZST tonight
NEWS Midnight launch win.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
2
Mortal Kombat X has a release date
Mortal Kombat X has a release date
NEWS Ex not ten.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
2
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 protagonists unveiled
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 protagonists unveiled
NEWS Someone old, someone new.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
1
Xbox Destiny ad pulled
Xbox Destiny ad pulled
NEWS Violates ad agreement.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
16
An Evil Within after-dark maze is coming to Movie World
An Evil Within after-dark maze is coming to Movie World
NEWS
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell inspired by Disney movies
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell inspired by Disney movies
NEWS Musical numbers and all.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Watch Dogs DLC 'Bad Blood' stars T-Bone
Watch Dogs DLC 'Bad Blood' stars T-Bone
NEWS Out this month.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: Third-Person
Explore Destiny locations using Planet View
Explore Destiny locations using Planet View
NEWS Mars, Venus, The Moon.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
Opinion: These Assassin's Creed: Rogue screenshots look suspiciously good
Opinion: These Assassin's Creed: Rogue screenshots look suspiciously good
OPINION Hmm...
360, PS3
12
Play as Handsome Jack in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Play as Handsome Jack in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
NEWS The first DLC character.
PC, 360, PS3
2
Two new hints that PC, new-gen GTA V will land in November
Two new hints that PC, new-gen GTA V will land in November
NEWS Tunes changed.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
1
Resident Evil Revelations 2 announced
Resident Evil Revelations 2 announced
NEWS Features new heroes.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
3
Saints Row IV expansion Gat out of Hell coming 2015
Saints Row IV expansion Gat out of Hell coming 2015
NEWS New powers, weapons, story.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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