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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    Here we see data representing the global sales through to consumers and change in sales performance of the four home consoles and four handhelds over comparable periods for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  Also shown is the market share for each of the consoles over the same periods.

    Year to Date Sales Comparison (Same Periods Covered)

    Market Share (Same Periods Covered)

    2017 – (Week ending January 7 to January 21)

    2018 – (Week ending January 6 to January 20)

    2019 – (Week ending January 5 to January 19)

    2020 – (Week ending January 4 to January 18)

    Total Sales and Market Share for Each Year

    "Year to date" sales for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 sales are shown in series at the top of the table and then just below a comparison of 2020 versus 2019 and 2020 versus 2018 is displayed.  This provides an easy-to-view summary of all the data.

    Microsoft

    • Xbox One – Down Year-on-Year 46,575 (-20.7%)

    Nintendo

    • Nintendo Switch - Up Year-on-Year 303,956 (32.2%)
    • Nintendo 3DS – Down Year-on-Year 136,152 (-89.5%)

    Sony

    • PlayStation 4 – Down Year-on-Year 232,817 (-27.8%)

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442181/year-on-year-sales-amp-market-share-charts-january-18-2020/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    The Valve developers working on Half-Life: Alyx during a Reddit AMA said they are confident they will hit the release of the game in March 2020. Development on the game other than some tweaks and bug fixes is complete. 

    "With the exception of some tweaks to the absolute final scene, the game is done," said Valve during the Reddit AMA. "Lots of us at Valve, as well as playtesters, have played through the entire game multiple times.

    "Right now we're primarily polishing and fixing bugs, which is where we'd hope to be at this point in the development cycle. We're confident we'll hit our intended release. We let the Valve Time happen before we announced the game."

    Here is an overview of the game:

    Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s VR return to the Half-Life series. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

    Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival. The Combine’s control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth’s greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance.

    As founders of a fledgling resistance, you’ve continued your clandestine scientific activity—performing critical research, and building invaluable tools for the few humans brave enough to defy the Combine.

    Every day, you learn more about your enemy, and every day you work toward finding a weakness.

    ABOUT GAMEPLAY IN VR:

    Valve’s return to the Half-Life universe that started it all was built from the ground up for virtual reality. VR was built to enable the gameplay that sits at the heart of Half-Life.

    Immerse yourself in deep environmental interactions, puzzle solving, world exploration, and visceral combat.

    Lean to aim around a broken wall and under a Barnacle to make an impossible shot. Rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells. Manipulate tools to hack alien interfaces. Toss a bottle through a window to distract an enemy. Rip a Headcrab off your face and throw it out the window.

    Extra content for Index owners

    Customers who have purchased Valve Index hardware by the end of 2019 will have access to unique bonuses starting early next year:

    • Explore environments from Half-Life: Alyx in your SteamVR Home space
    • Alternate gun skins to embellish Alyx's arsenal
    • Special Half-Life: Alyx-themed content for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

      Community-built environments

      A set of Source 2 tools for building new environments will ship with the game, enabling any player to build and contribute new environments for the community to enjoy. Hammer, Valve’s level authoring tool, has been updated with all of the game’s virtual reality gameplay tools and components.

    Half-Life: Alyx will launch for Windows PC via Steam in March 2020.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442180/valve-is-confident-they-will-hit-half-life-alyx-release/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    The Valve developers working on Half-Life: Alyx during a Reddit AMA revealed the game was developed by the largest team ever at Valve. The team size was around 80 employees.

    "Right now it's around 80 people, which puts it as the largest single team we've ever had at Valve," said Valve. 

    Here is an overview of the game:

    Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s VR return to the Half-Life series. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

    Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival. The Combine’s control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth’s greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance.

    As founders of a fledgling resistance, you’ve continued your clandestine scientific activity—performing critical research, and building invaluable tools for the few humans brave enough to defy the Combine.

    Every day, you learn more about your enemy, and every day you work toward finding a weakness.

    ABOUT GAMEPLAY IN VR:

    Valve’s return to the Half-Life universe that started it all was built from the ground up for virtual reality. VR was built to enable the gameplay that sits at the heart of Half-Life.

    Immerse yourself in deep environmental interactions, puzzle solving, world exploration, and visceral combat.

    Lean to aim around a broken wall and under a Barnacle to make an impossible shot. Rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells. Manipulate tools to hack alien interfaces. Toss a bottle through a window to distract an enemy. Rip a Headcrab off your face and throw it out the window.

    Extra content for Index owners

    Customers who have purchased Valve Index hardware by the end of 2019 will have access to unique bonuses starting early next year:

    • Explore environments from Half-Life: Alyx in your SteamVR Home space
    • Alternate gun skins to embellish Alyx's arsenal
    • Special Half-Life: Alyx-themed content for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

      Community-built environments

      A set of Source 2 tools for building new environments will ship with the game, enabling any player to build and contribute new environments for the community to enjoy. Hammer, Valve’s level authoring tool, has been updated with all of the game’s virtual reality gameplay tools and components.

    Half-Life: Alyx will launch for Windows PC via Steam in March 2020.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442179/half-life-alyx-is-developed-by-largest-team-ever-at-valve/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    Publisher Koei Tecmo and developer Team Ninja have released the story trailer for Nioh 2.

    View it below:

    Here is an overview of the game:

    Survive a brutal blend of Japanese myth, legend, and history.

    Master the lethal arts of the samurai as a mysterious half-human, half-supernatural Yokai warrior, in this challenging action RPG sequel.

    Explore violent Sengoku-era Japan and the deadly Dark Realm, both plagued with grotesque, merciless demons.

    Unsheathe your deadly weapons and cut down all enemies in your path using a revamped combat system and the ability to transform into a full Yokai to unleash devastating paranormal powers.

    Story:

    Journey to 1555 feudal Japan, a country gripped in the misery and madness of endless warfare.

    Play as a mute rogue living as a hired mercenary and renowned Yokai hunter. Born to and abandoned by human and Yokai parents, you are burdened with the ability to take on supernatural Yokai form.

    Can you survive the treacherous Sengoku era and terrifying Dark Realm?

    Key Features:

    • Sharpen Your Skills – Prepare for the fight of your life with revamped mechanics that build on the fan-favorite elements of Nioh, requiring your full concentration and skill.
    • Choose Your Method of Combat – Follow the way of the samurai with traditional weapons including swords and hatchets, or fill your Amrita gauge to wield mighty Yokai abilities and destroy monstrous foes via a variety of mighty attacks.
    • Improve Your Weapons with the Yokai Shift – Filling your Amrita gauge doesn’t just give you access to a powerful Yokai form, but also allows you to increase the stats of various weapons and add extra buffs, such as staggering foes and grappling downed enemies.
    • Help, and Get Help, from Other Players – Call upon the spectres left behind by other Nioh 2 players to aid you in combat. Their spirits will assist you until the end of the current level… or until they’re defeated.

    Nioh 2 will launch for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on Match 12 and worldwide on March 13.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442178/nioh-2-story-trailer-released/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    The open-ended country-life RPG, Stardew Valley, has sold over 10 million units worldwide, according to developer ConcernedApe who updated the official press page of the game. The game is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC via Steam GOG and Humble, PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android for $14.99 / €13.99 / £10.99.

    View a trailer of the game below:


    Here is an overview of the game:

    Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life RPG! You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness! Stardew Valley now also features a Multiplayer update on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox, PS4, and Switch. The game has also been ported to iOS and Android.

    History:

    Stardew Valley was created by game designer Eric Barone, under the alias of ConcernedApe. During the four years he spent solo-developing it, he taught himself the necessary skills to produce the game’s music, art, programming, and design. The game was released on PC on February 26, 2016, and within two months passed 1 million copies sold. Within a few months the game expanded support to Mac and Linux, it released on Xbox One and Playstation 4 in December 2016, Nintendo Switch in late 2017, and iOS in October 2018. There have been three major post release updates – the first which added new farm maps, marriage options, and content, the second expanded supported languages to include German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. The latest update added Multiplayer functionality, with network coded by Chucklefish programmer Tom Coxon. Since release, the game has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

    Key Features:

    • Create the farm of your dreams: Build your farm from the ground up on 1 of 5 map layouts suited to your play style!
    • Master your ranching skills: Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard and build useful machines!
    • Become a part of the local community: Get to know all 30+ residents of Pelican Town!
    • Customize your farmer: There are hundreds of character customization options to choose from!
    • Settle down and start a family: Share life on the farm with 1 of 12 characters you can date and marry, and even have children with!
    • Explore vast, mysterious caves! Encounter dangerous monsters and valuable treasures!
    • Spend a relaxing afternoon at one of the local fishing spots: The waters are teeming with seasonal varieties of delicious fish. Craft bait, bobbers, and crab pots to help you in your journey toward catching every fish and becoming a local legend!
    • Cook delicious meals and craft useful items to help you out: With over 100 cooking and crafting recipes, you’ll have a wide variety of items to create. Some dishes you cook will even give you temporary boosts to skills, running speed, or combat prowess. Craft useful objects like scarecrows, oil makers, furnaces, or even the rare and expensive crystalarium.
    • Invite 1-3 players to join you in the valley! Players can work together to build a thriving farm, share resources and build relationships with townspeople or each other! As more hands are better than one, players have the option to scale profit margin of produce sold to change the difficulty level on a group farm. (Available currently on PC, Mac and Linux. Console support in development.)
    • Stardew Valley on mobile features the game’s full single player content in addition to tap to move controls and fully redesigned menus and UI.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442177/stardew-valley-tops-10-million-units-sold-worldwide/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    Publisher Bandai Namco announced the winter update for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will launch on February 3 and the demo for the Nintendo Switch version will launch on February 4. 

    The winter update for the game will add a new scenario and dungeon called Abyss Dungeon. It is a random dungeon that gets harder as you progress. You will level up, gain new skills, collection items, and have a goal to clear the dungeon's 50 floors. 


    Here is an overview:

    • Your level, skills, and equipment will all start from their initial state.
    • Every four floors you clear creates a checkpoint from which you can resume next time you play.
    • Acquired items are stored in the item box.
    • This is an offline, single-player mode.
    • There are bosses to fight along the way.
    • A scenario will also progress in the dungeon.
    • Difficulty settings do not take effect.

    Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is available now for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442176/sword-art-online-fatal-bullet-winter-update-launches-february-3/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    Square Enix has announced new Kingdom Hearts Experience Project Xehanort for iOS and Android. It will launch in spring 2020 with in-app purchases.

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    Square Enix is running a Guess the Name Campaign for fans to guess the title of Project Xehanort. Read the rules below:

    Guess the Name Campaign!

    The Guess the Name Twitter Campaign is here! If you can guess what the name of the upcoming Project Xehanort title, you can win big!

    To participate, simply:

    • Follow our NEW Twitter account @ProjectXehanort
    • Add in a comment with your guess
    • Make sure to include the hashtag #KHNameContest

    The campaign will end on January 28th, 2020 at 6:59PM PT! 10 winners with the best guesses will win big!

    Entry Rules:

    • Entrants must possess a Twitter account following the official @ProjectXehanort Twitter account.
    • Entries must follow the instructions listed in the "How to Enter" section above. Entry tweets must not be a duplicate update or otherwise violate Twitter rules for posting.
    • Only one entry per Twitter account is allowed per day, and entrants may not submit entries through more than one account. Entrants submitting entries through multiple accounts will be ineligible.
    • Square Enix reserves the right to judge whether or not material is appropriate for public display. Entries which fall under any of the below categories will result in a disqualification:
      • Contains obscenity, vulgarity, discrimination, or any other offensive subject matter
      • Infringes upon copyright/intellectual property, personal credit, privacy, etc.
      • Counter to public order and/or morals
      • Judged to be grossly deviant from the established theme

    We will contact winners through the @ProjectXehanort account once the campaign ends. If we are unable to get in contact with a selected winner by 48 hours of initial contact, we will automatically select another winner, so make sure you’re following the official KHUX Twitter account!

    For full terms and conditions, please see the official rules.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442175/kingdom-hearts-experience-project-xehanort-announced-for-ios-and-android/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    SEGA has released new information for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix that details the Practice mode, the Gallery, and the controller configuration.

    Read the information below:

    ■ Practice

    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix has a “Practice” function that allows you to practice rhythm game parts. By selecting “Practice Start” in the song selector, you can play any part from the rhythm game repeatedly. By using this feature, you can master the parts of a song that you are not good at.

    Practice Settings

    In “Start Time Settings,” you can freely set the song’s practice start point. You can also adjust the song start point during gameplay, as well as restart with the press of a button.

    ■ Gallery

    In the “Gallery,” you can check results such as your scores and completion rate, as well as staff credits.

    Records

    Check scores, completion rate, and more in your “Results” and “Stats.”

    • Personal Bests – Displays your best score per song.
    • Song Clear Stats – Displays your scores, average clear percentages by difficulty, and game modifier information.
    • Information – View added song difficulties, playtime, modules owned, and more.

    Tutorial

    The series’ mainstay “Tutorial” feature returns for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix. Learn at any time how to play with the unique slide and hold controls of “Arcade Mode,” as well as the basic controls of the new “Mix Mode.”

    ■ Game / Control Configuration

    Button Configuration

    You can freely change the button settings used for the melody and slide icons that appear in Arcade Mode. You can even set the same icon to multiple buttons. Additionally, simultaneous pressing (two, three, or four presses) of the melody icon can be set to one button each (for example, pressing ZL can be set to be equivalent to pressing all four arrow buttons). This is useful for those who are not good at pressing buttons simultaneously.

    For Mix Mode, you can turn “on” or “off” a support feature that allows you to earn points even while pressing buttons, as well as adjust settings like combo display position and cursor sensitivity.

    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix will launch for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on February 13, and in North America and Europe in 2020. 

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442174/hatsune-miku-project-diva-megamix-info-details-practice-gallery-and-controller-configuration/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    Developer inXile Entertainment announced Wasteland Remastered will launch on February 25 via Steam, GOG, and the Windows Store, for the Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass.

    The game was developed in partnership with Ty the Tasmanian Tiger developer Krome Studios. 

    The latest entry in the Wasteland series, Wasteland 3, will launch for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC on May 19.

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    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442173/wasteland-remastered-launches-for-the-xbox-one-pc-and-game-pass-on-february-25/

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    January 23rd, 2020GamespotUncategorized

    Publisher Double Fine Presents and developer Foam Sword Games announced the action adventure game, Knights and Bikes, will launch for the Nintendo Switch via the eShop on February 6 for $19.99. The game is out now for the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.


    Here is an overview of the game:

    Saddle up for a bike-riding, friendship-building, frisbee-throwing, goose-petting, treasure-hunting adventure for one or two players!

    You’ll play as Nessa and Demelza as they explore an ancient island with their pet goose Captain Honkers, riding and upgrading their bikes on a quest for answers.

    As the story unfolds they’ll face hazards, puzzles, and the gathering forces of an ancient curse with their growing collection of frisbees, water-balloons, toilet-plungers, and a boom-box loud enough to wake the undead.

    Together our heroines will laugh, learn, and cry – but will the power of their friendship be enough to actually save the island AND each other?

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/442172/knights-and-bikes-launches-for-the-switch-on-february-6/

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