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Holiday Retrospective: What happened in July 2011

Thursday, 29 December 2011 08:42 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A Persona spin-off baffled our US brethren; San Diego Comic Con went nuclear; Australia prepared to grow up; and EA coughed up a lung to buy one of the best-rated developers in the world.

New in July 2011

Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon

Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Bastion

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Catherine

From Dust

Civilization World

July should have been a quiet month; we were all looking forward to it. With E3 over and done and a nice summer release drought, Pat lost his head and went on an actual holiday, his first in years. We expected a few weeks of Googling Minecraft videos and Kinect hacks in a desperate search for a headline, any headline.

How wrong we were.

For one thing, we forgot about the San Diego Comic Con, which despite not even having “game” in the title, is becoming more and more important to gaming and geek culture in general. We got an avalanche of new information and media on games which released over the next six months, and those still to come.

Hatched, Matched, Dispatched
But by far the biggest story of the month was one of EA’s numerous 2011 acquisitions: PopCap, for a whopping $750 million. Quite a few hats were eaten around the office that day, but PopCap continued with business as usual, we adapted. Zynga reportedly offered $1 billion for the casual games company, and EA had to borrow the $550 million for its own bid.

In other EA news, the publisher picked up Ohai, and Sega took over EA distribution in Japan.

Elsewhere things were a little grim. Disney confirmed the closure of Black Rock Studios and Red Fly, the studio behind the Wii version of the Thor tie-in game, suffered layoffs, which may have been related to a canceled Star Wars title.

Three new teams were born in this despressing climate: Ten of the Eden Games team – the developer behind Test Drive Unlimited 2 – struck out for independence with new studio, Blossom Minds. After Fat Princess developer Titan Games shuttered, a number of its staffers founded Carbon Games. Ex-2K Czech and Bohemia Interactive employees banded together to launch Warhorse.

In other job news, NBA Jam creator Mark Turmell left EA Sports for Zynga, and Dead Rising 2 developer Capcom Vancouver got a make over and began hiring.

Street Fighter x Tekken got a
proper media blowout at SDCC.

Less salubriously, Ubisoft’s mobile arm, Gameloft, was accused of illegal working conditions; not much came of this kerfuffle in the end, which is slightly worrying.

Disgruntled Team Bondi staff stopped sending hints and lifted the lid on alleged “sweatshop” conditions among other scandalous treatment. The realities of the industry unfortunately suggest it’s probably true. One Team Bondi employee responded by politely describing the complaints as shit-stirring. Michael Pachter added his two cents, arguing that developers complaining about crunch time should take a shot of cement and harden up in lieu of the benefits of working in a creative industry. Later, he publicly backtracked – a little.

Releases
Namco Bandai’s budget sequel Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon released to reasonable reviews and at such a low price that it won quite a few hearts.

Nathan had a chat with the indies at Supergiant, coming away from his demo madly in love with Bastion. The Warner Bros.-published dungeon crawler hit Xbox Live on July 20, and turned up on PC, as well, to general critical acclaim – especially its narration system. Had a lovely launch trailer, too.

Call of Juarez: The Cartel arrived with very poor reviews, but in month otherwise dominated by arguably experimental releases, it charted strongly.

Catherine, which had attracted an unusual amount of Western media attention throughout its development, finally arrived in English – although we’re still waiting for it in other territories, Deep Silver confirmed it’d be bringing Atlus’s horror puzzler to Europe.

Ignition’s labour of love, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, was barely a blip in its US release month despite its massive Japanese launch. The first new game in years from Another World designer Eric Chahi, From Dust, went similarly under the radar with mixed reviews during its Xbox Live exclusivity period – the game’s delayed PC version would later be the centre of a PR shit storm. Ubisoft delighted the PC contingent by announcing the game wouldn’t feature its hated always-on DRM. We’d have to wait to see the end of this story, but here’s a spoiler: It was a lie.

Firaxis’ first foray into social gaming, Civilization World, arrived on Facebook this month, where it has performed consistently if not stunningly, failing really to pull the hardcore strategist or the casual crowd.

Just months ago, SWTOR was an
unknown quantity.

This relatively small batch of releases probably partially accounts for the NPD’s depressing report on the month as a whole, which saw retail sales fall 26% year-on-year to $707 million. The NPD admitted July 2011 was the US industry’s worst month since October 2009 – although only in the retail channel, as the company was yet to implement digital sales tracking. NCAA 2012 was the month’s best seller, with tie-in Cars 2 in second place and November 2010 releaswe Call of Duty: Black Ops in third. It wasn’t pretty.

On the hardware side, July marked a 29% decrease over 2010′s figures, and even the Xbox 360, while still leading the pack, saw its first sales slump since 2009. The gloomy feeling wasn’t dispelled during financials season, either: Nintendo’s financials revealed global 3DS sales had only just topped 700,000, and the company moved to counter this underwhelming and error-dogged launch by announcing a significant price cut. Early adopters were infuriated – as were shareholders, resulting in president Satoru Iwata taking a pay cut – but Ninty promised a number of rewards through its 3DS Ambassador scheme. On the bright side, the system scored its first million seller with Ocarina of Time.

Sony’s report also noted a hardware slump, but saw software sales on the rise, and THQ sadly copped to a $38.4 million loss, canning the Red Faction franchise in the process.

Announces
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as July also brought optimism for the future in the form of several new announces. One of the most intriguing titles to debut this month was Arkane’s Dishonored, the Bethesda-published bane of non-US spellchecks everywhere. The first-person title was revealed as a free-form action adventure game, with an almost sandbox approach.

Square Enix, apparently deciding its famous series of JRPGs isn’t mad enough, announced the rhythm action game Theatrhythm, a thing we’re still learning to spell.

Burnout Crash, a top-down, casual-friendly downloadable spin-off, was shown off alongside a new piece of Dragon Age II DLC at EA’s digital showcase.

New Polish studio Flying Wild Hog announced its debut title Hard Reset, giving the two finger salute to soft modern gaming conventions, consoles, and long PR cycles.

Planetside 2, originally planned as a free-to-play update to the original MMO, was announced as a full release, and Team 17 belatedly admitted that Worms: Ultimate Mayhem is a thing.

Ball’s in your court
Legal eagles had a comparatively quiet July, but Firefall developer Red 5 brought a case against publisher Webzen for breach of contract, a dispute which took months to resolve.

Fans got on board the ongoing Battlefield 3 versus Modern Warfare 3 catfight by using ModernWarfare3.com as a redirect to Battlefield 3′s site. Activision took it straight to court.

Serials
Several dramas continued unfurling throughout July. See the June instalment – and beyond – for earlier episodes.

In the wake of the Sony hacking saga, the Welcome Back package was extended for US users after a vocal minority forgot to take advantage of it. The PlayStation Store finally came back online in Japan after a downtime of over two months, and EEDAR gave its opinion that the Welcome Back package actually triggered an increase in PS3 sales; Media Molecule noted an extra 1.5 million players in LittleBigPlanet.

Goodness, Starhawk actually
exists! Thanks, SDCC.

CCP met with a delegation of players to seek a resolution to the Incarna-centred scandal costing the company millions of dollars. Nevertheless, the developer insisted it would continue development on the unpopular expansion. It even went so far as to announce more amazingly prices vanity items.

Perhaps caught off-guard by the strong negative reaction, Capcom said it might not reuse the save system featured in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Nevertheless, apparently due to hardware limitations, it did.

Still reeling from the Wii U’s announce, the industry was gratified to hear Nintendo plans to be more flexible with the system’s online features.

EA reiterated its ongoing commitment to Valve’s Steam, although the two companies were yet to find a solution, and Dragon Age 2 joined the ranks of missing games. EA announced that it might open Origin to other publishers. We argued that the growing PR disaster was largely fuelled by the companies’ unfortunate silence.

Australia’s attorney-generals prepared to meet and vote on the introduction of an R18+ ratings category for video games, getting us quite excited about the chances of that finally happening. An election in NSW threatened the movement, despite increasing support, but a decision was made to go ahead with a national R18+ ratings category. Not in South Australia, of course, where the government launched a plan just to re-label MA15+ games as R18+ regardless.

Smedley explained the closure of Star Wars Galaxies with the expiration of SoE’s contract

In the first shot of what would become something of a back-and-forth sniping match between the two companies over third part relations, Dennis Durkin said Microsoft has better exclusives.

The hacking epidemic was still generating pockets of ill will, this time with an attack on old Quakecon forums. The forums weren’t active, but enough people reutilise the same password and user name combinations for everything to make it a worrying affair.

Final Fantasy developer Tetsuya Nomura confirmed our fears by admitting that Versus XIII wasn’t progressing quite as well as expected. Like, at all. On that note, the fan-driven development of Mega Man Legends 3 fell through thanks to purported lack of interest, eliciting crushing disappointment and an apology from ex-Capcom series creator, Keiji Inafune.

Call of Duty Elite’s beta went live. It’s strange to think we were all still trying to figure out exactly what it is.

On the Operation Rainfall front, The Last Story was trademarked in the US, although this slight beacon of hope was soon dimmed by Nintendo’s ongoing refusal to commit.

Much to fans’ relief, the NFL lockout came to an end, ensuring madden NFL 12 could release with an up-to-date roster.

El Shaddai wasn’t exactly
a cracking success in the US.

Headlines
Xbox folded Games for Windows Live into Xbox.com, continuing a slow process to push LIVE as a platform rather than a console-specific service – much to the horror of anti-GFWL PC fans. The company’s financials release showed strong performance in the gaming division, with 30% growth in its fourth quarter and 48% over the year.

Speaking of Microsoft, an incomplete build of Gears of War 3 escaped into the wild, at least two months ahead of release, thoroughly disappointing Epic who were still beavering away at it.

Ahead of August’s biggest gaming event, Valve began gently unveiling DOTA 2′s gamescom presence; we all saw the signs and still weren’t prepared for the storm. MOBA’s weight in the industry is well illustrated by the defection of Mass Effect 2′s lead gameplay designer to League of Legends developer Riot Games.

Whispers had Sony down for a PSN revamp, a persistent rumour which still turns up about once a month despite failing to actually materialise. It did open the doors to Online Pass systems, though, and drop a cool $20 million in its indie publishing fund.

Crytek and Valve both released new SDKs, with the CryEngine SDK drawing massive attention in particular.

Microtransaction support was added to DC Universe Online as part of its conversion to free-to-play, just months after launch. Speaking of, Ubisoft made two acquisitions to expand its freemium portfolio.

Metacritic co-founder Marc Doyle gave voice to something the industry’s been complaining about for years – that the site’s handling of game review scores is a little askew. The site also stamped down on “corrupt” practices, axing at least one review outlet from its repertoire.

EA closed down 17 multiplayer servers including Need for Speed and Battlefield titles, much to the dismay of diehard fans. This move would prove something of an industry trend later in the year. GameRanger resurrected a couple, and revealed the games were still drawing significant attention.

Apple made some small adjustments to its international pricing schemes in line with shifting world currency valuations, reducing but not eliminating some glaring discrepancies. Meanwhile, EA sneeringly described the App Store as being in “freefall“, a sentiment echoed throughout the year as developers and publishers worried about the sustainability of the mobile model.

And on the homefront, VG247 launched its Team Fortress 2 server, where Pat was repeatedly slaughtered until he gave up in disgust. In a grudge match against Eurogamer readers, we … won? Lost? Nobody really knows.

Continuing our love affair with the cloud, we caught up with Gaikai’s Robert Stevenson, and tracked down BioWare to talk about its FemShep marketing for Mass Effect 3. It didn’t work out so well.

Stace waxed nostalgic with Just Add Water as the developed prepped a number of Oddworld HD re-releases. He also went hands-on with Inversion, Namco Bandai’s oft-delayed, gravity-manipulating shooter, and got a good look at Darksiders 2.

Come back tomorrow as we continue our exhaustive regurgitation of the year, to save you the effort if remembering with your actual brain. We’re all about the service.

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  1. NiceFellow

    You know I’d rather know what Sony updated on PSN this week, or see news about them selling their LCD stake to Samsung than read about a month I can remember perfectly well. A retrospective of the year I can understand, but month by month is simply too much detail for recent events IMHO. Also – I prefer new news :)

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  • Steam’s Discovery Update has helped increase revenue for smaller titles

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection April update includes “more ranked playlists”

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  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

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  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

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  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

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  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

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  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

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  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

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  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

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  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

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  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.