Console game market grows, while Nintendo Switch becomes most popular in the USA. Week’s news21 December 2018
The head of a studio producing Halo will become a new member of AIAS Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Nintendoclaims to be the most successful developer of the year. se and other gaming events are revealed in our traditional digest.
Hellboy teaser was presented one day earlier
Due to premature leakage of video on the Web, producers of the Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen movie posted the trailer one day earlier than it was planned. The third part of fantasy film about adventures of the demon from the Hell will be screened in April 2019 with the R rating.
A full teaser version was introduced at Comic-Con in New York, and then CAMRip appeared on the Internet. Therefore, movie directors promptly posted a high-quality video. According to the plot, Hellboy will go to the UK in order to fight with a witch of medieval period. Leading roles: David Harbour (Stranger Things), Ian McShane (merican Gods), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element).
Nintendo Switch breaks sales record in the USA
The NPD Group data show that Nintendo Switch has become the most rapidly sold console game in the USA over the past year and a half. Since its release in March 2017, one has sold 8.7 billion Nintendo Switches in the USA.
Other figures as of November 2018 prove that Nintendo is the most successful game producer over the last 12 months. Besides, this is without regard to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that has become the most quickly sold Nintendo home console game of all time in Europe and the USA. US gamers bought 3 million copies of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 11 days.
PC game share falls below console one
A PC market share in 2018 dropped from 28% to 25% in comparison with 2017’s figures. According to Gamebomb.ru, each of the four dollars spent on games this year is accounted for computer offers. Moreover, other segments are taking over the majority of the market and developing faster.
The РС industry earned $33.4 billion in 2018, while the console game sector gained $38.3 billion (15.2% more than in 2017). However, the most impressive performance was shown by mobile games occupying 47% of the market share ($63.2 billion). Totally, the gaming industry can be estimated at $134.9 billion in 2018, which is 10.9% than in 2017.
Announcement of hardware requirements for Mortal Kombat 11
The Steam official page of Mortal Kombat 11 published minimum hardware requirements for the game. Minimum and recommended PC characteristics are higher in comparison with the previous version, but not out-of-limit. Mortal Kombat 11 can already be preordered for all platforms, save for Nintendo Switch.
The fighting game was announced just two weeks ago. But a gameplay and character roster are still unknown. Now, gamers are able to watch the Mortal Kombat 11 trailer and prepare their computers for the new game, which launch is scheduled for April 23, 2019.
Head of 343 Industries to enter AIAS Hall of Fame
Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, will be the first woman in the Hall of Fame of the US-based Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS). 343 Industries Studio is famous for a series of Halo games that have generated $6 billion since their launch. It is one of the world’s best-known franchises making the gaming industry popular.
Bonnie Ross will be awarded on February 13, 2019, during the annual ceremony – D.I.C.E. Awards. Besides, she will become the 23rdmember in the AIAS Hall of Fame.