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Conan Exiles Sells 320,000 In First Week Of Early Access, Development Costs Recouped

Funcom's Conan Exiles has taken the number-one 1 spot on Steam's global top-sellers list in its first week in the wild, selling more than 320,000 copies. The survival title is still in early access, but players are flocking in droves to experience the gritty world of Conan in one of PC's most popular, community-oriented genres.

“We are deeply humbled and very grateful for the
initial success of Conan Exiles,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “Funcom has gone
through some challenging times in recent years and seeing the game we have
poured so much time and effort into gain this amount of traction so quickly is
very invigorating for everyone who works here." 

Funcom released a Conan Exiles mod kit today that allows players and creators to craft mods and upload them to the Steam Workshop.

Conan Exiles will be featured at GDC and PAX East this year.

 

Our Take
Conan Exile's early success can likely be attributed to not only being a solid survival experience, but also the sheer spectacle of the "dong slider" making waves on streaming communities like Twitch. The game has been prominently featured on major channels as players experience the game and show off the whole package. Whether or not the game will have legs after the giggles wear off and the title moves from early access into a full-fledged survival game with many competitors on Steam remains to be seen, but for now, fending off crocodiles in the nude is making a significant splash.

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Funcom recoups Conan Exiles development costs in first week

Funcom’s open-world survival effort Conan Exiles has shifted 320,000 copies in its first week, allowing the developer to recoup all of its development costs.  …


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Nintendo’s mobile Fire Emblem surpasses $5M in revenue, a week after launch

“Less than a half-day after its release, [Fire Emblem Heroes] had been downloaded over a million times, and we’re seeing revenue today at $ 5 million U.S. dollars,” Nintendo chief Kimishima tells Time. …


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Fallout Shelter Hits Xbox One And Windows 10 Next Week

Fallout Shelter, a free-to-play mobile game, engaged many when it launched back in 2015, and has only grown since then with pets, iconic Fallout characters, additional rooms, and more. It later hit PC. Now Xbox One and Windows 10 users are getting the opportunity to build and manage their own vault as well.

This all begins on February 7. Fallout Shelter is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which allows players to switch between the Xbox One and their Windows 10 PC, retaining their progress, saves, and achievements. In addition, the game has been updated to work with an Xbox One controller. 

For more on Fallout Shelter, you can read our review here and a feature discussing more of its magic here.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

 

Our Take
This is great for those who have been itching to try the game, especially since it's had so many cool improvements since launch. If you haven't played it, it's worth giving it a shot when it launches next week on Xbox One.

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Nilfgaardian Deck Coming To Standalone Gwent Game Next Week

Back when CD Projekt Red first showcased the standalone version of Gwent, we noticed many interesting deviations from the version found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. One of the more notable ones was the removal of the Nilfgaardian deck, which was replaced with a Skelligan one. Now, the developer plans to bring this popular faction back into the fold via a major content update next week. 

According to the press release, the new faction is focused on controlling the battlefield. Its faction-specific cards give players the ability to reveal cards in an opponent's hand, control the order of their cards, or even introduce disloyal units to their ranks. Starting on February 6, players can collect the 60 new cards, which expand beyond the new faction to include new options for the Northern Realms, Scoia'tael, Skellige, and Monsters decks as well. 

Gwent is still in closed beta for Xbox One and PC. You can try to join the test group by visiting the official website.

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Ninja Theory-Developed Shooter Dexed Coming To PlayStation VR Next Week

Released last year on PC, Dexed offers Rift and Vive owners a Panzer Dragoon-style shooter, allowing you to tag enemies before firing upon them, and target enemies based on their elemental weakness. Next week, PlayStation VR owners will get to see what the shooter's all about.

Developer/Publisher Ninja Theory announced this week via the PlayStation Blog that the game will arrive on the platform Tuesday, January 31, for $ 9.99. The shooter takes place underwater and lets you shoot whales, starfish, and other creatures that probably don't deserve to get fire at. You can watch a gameplay trailer for the game below.

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[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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Resident Evil 7 Ships 2.5 Million In First Week

Capcom announced that it has shipped more than 2.5 million copies of Resident Evil 7 to retail worldwide across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

To put that number in perspective, let's look back at Resident Evil 6. A few days after its Oct. 2, 2012, release, Capcom announced that it had shipped 4.5 million copies of the game. There were about 150 million PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles around worldwide at the time, compared to the roughly 75 million PS4s and Xbox Ones in homes today. It's not the most elegant comparison, but proportionally it appears RE7 is keeping pace with its last-gen counterpart.

Thanks in part to the release of Resident Evil 7, Capcom says the series has sold a combined total of 75 million copies since its 1996 debut on PlayStation. 

 

Our Take
Capcom played a tantalizing game of "What is this thing, anyway?" in the months leading up to Resident Evil 7's release. Was the demo representative of the actual game? Was this even a "real" Resident Evil game? These questions have been answered (in short, yes to both), but I can't help wonder if people would have been even more excited about the game if they'd had more information to go on earlier.

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‘Professional Difficulty’ Coming To Hitman Next Week

A free update is coming to Hitman next week, and it will deliver a new difficulty level called Professional Difficulty, offering a more challenging experience. Professional Difficulty will become available to players in locations where they reach Mastery Level 20. 

Once that level is reached, the difficulty can be selected in all Story missions in Season One outside of the prologue. Elusive Targets and Escalation Contracts, however, will only be playable on the original difficulty level. This new difficulty introduces more restrictions to item availability, enemies and security cameras with advanced AI, limited save files and more rewards.

As for Hitman's leaderboards, they will now be separated by different difficulty levels.

You can read our review of Hitman's first season, which released episodically last year, by heading here. The complete collection is releasing on disc by January 31, at the same time this difficulty update arrives. Hitman is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

[Source: Hitman Official Website]

Our Take
Many past Hitman games have given players the option to dabble with several assists and difficulty options, and while this looks like an extension of that, there are some things that sound tedious. For example, this difficulty level can't simply be selected from the menu, but instead needs to be unlocked and it involves a fair amount of busywork. As it stands, a lot of the game's design already revolves around replaying levels. Nonetheless, this difficulty level and the unlocking process that comes with it will hopefully please diehard fans who are looking for more of a challenge and brings more replay value to the game.

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Final Fantasy XV Holiday Pack DLC Detailed, Hits With Free Update Next Week

As previously reported, Final Fantasy XV has free updates and DLC coming. Some of that is hitting just in time for the holidays, and Square Enix detailed more of what that entrails today. 

 Starting December 22, you can get a holiday themed photo framed for Prompto's holiday to ring in the festivities during your road trip. The holiday DLC is free for those who purchased the game, but those who purchased the Final Fantasy XV season pass or premium edition get some bonuses.

The free holiday DLC includes the following:

 

  • Warrior's Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Offense outside of training.
  • Nixperience Band – A device that stops experience points from being tallied, preventing the party from leveling up for an added challenge.
  • Carnival Passport – An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival for a limited time.
  • Choco-Mog Tee (available late January) – An exclusive T-shirt featuring everyone’s favorite fluffy and feathery friends. Colorful, comfy and appropriate for any carnival-goer.

 

Those with the season pass or who own the premium edition get everything below:

  • Ring of Resistance – A protective piece of jewelry that renders the entire party to be resistant to magical friendly fire.
  • Tech Turbocharger – A device for Noctis that accelerates the tech bar replenishment rate, but freezes the Armiger bar.
  • Armiger Accelerator – A device for Noctis that accelerates the Armiger bar replenishment rate, but freezes the tech bar.
  • Blitzer's Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Time outside of training.
  • Tactician's Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Finesse outside of training.
  • Key of Prosperity – A lucky charm that increases the rate at which fallen foes leave behind items of value.
  • Stamina Badge – A device that enables Noctis to sprint and hang without expending stamina.
  • Carnival Passport – An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival for a limited time.
  • Festive Ensemble (available late January) – A fancy and fun outfit perfectly suited for enjoying the festivities. The darling design puts all who see it in high spirits.
  • Holiday Pack + Exclusive Photo Frames (available late January) – Additional themes the player can add to Prompto's photos when sharing over social media.

A free update for all will also be available which Square Enix says, which adds a New Game +, "allowing those who have completed the game’s main line story to start a new game with all previous gameplay data intact."

 

Our Take
I have no issues with free updates and extra DLC, even if it's just more fun events and cosmetic additions. It will be interesting to see how much extra content comes to the game post launch. It seems like Square Enix wants to keep improving the game and giving players a reason to extend their road trip or relive it again.  

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