News Mash-Up - Week # 32


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Top News Items

    • Bandai Namco reported its financial figures for Q2 2022. The company reported a 55% increase in year-on-year sales, with a total of 11.4 million units of four different games sold. This contrasts with last year when they sold 10 million copies across 14 games. Net sales for Bandai Namco were up by 22% year-on-year at $1.62 billion, and operating profit was up 64% at $334 million.

    • In their Q2 2022 financials, Square Enix reported that its sales decreased by 15% to $553 million, but that profit increased 45% to $136 million. Its MMO segment generated $104 million, a 21% increase year-on-year, which can be largely attributed to Final Fantasy XIV. Square Enix recently sold western studios such as Crystal Dynamics and Eidos, a move that was "driven by concerns that the titles cannibalised sales of the rest of the group."

    • A gaming software company, AppLovin proposed to buy Unity Software for $17.5 billion. AppLovin is a global technology platform that gives mobile developers integrated solutions to help grow their businesses and their apps. The acquisition has been rejected by Unity. In Q2 2022, Unity reported a revenue of $297 million, up 9% year-on-year, but continued to see a net loss with -$204 million in Q2 2022, up from a $148 million loss during the same time last year. Unity recently signed a three-year deal worth billions (actual price undisclosed) with CACI, a company that specializes in defense.

    • On August 10, Nintendo hosted a Splatoon 3 Nintendo Direct showcasing the game and features to look forward to. Nintendo will release the new multiplayer action game Splatoon 3 on September 9 for the Nintendo Switch. The showcase highlighted new weapons and maps.

    • THQ Nordic Digital showcased a 50-minute video that promoted 11 games and showcased a dozen more.

    • Pac-Man will be adapted into a live-action movie. Bandai Namco will team up with Wayfarer Studios.

    • Three weeks after release, MultiVersus already has 10 million players. This comes three weeks after the release of the game, on July 19 for the beta version, and July 26 for the version released to the public.

    • EA has decided to keep the controversial loot boxes in FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team mode. This comes after the UK government recently made an announcement with the decision not to regulate loot boxes in games.

    • Apex Legends’ new season has hit an all-time Steam peak player count. It reached over 500,000 concurrent players – a fist in Steam history.

    • Microsoft has accused Sony of paying game developers to stay away from subscription services like Game Pass. This comes after Sony’s previous statements condemning the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, notably Call of Duty, by Microsoft.

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New games

Week commencing Monday 8 August 2022

Date Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
8 Aug. Oita Beppu Mystery Guide: The Warped Bamboo Lantern Win Adventure Happymeal Flyhigh Works
  Tyrant's Blessing Win, Mac, Lin, NS Turn-based tactics Mercury Game Studio Freedom Games
9 Aug. Axiom Verge 2 PS5 Metroidvania Thomas Happ Games Thomas Happ Games
  Timothy and the Tower of Mu Win Action game, platform Kibou Entertainment Playism
  Two Point Campus Win, Mac, Lin, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Business simulation Two Point Studios Sega
10 Aug. Heaven Burns Red Win Role-playing Key, WFS Key, WFS
  Lost in Play Win, NS Puzzle, adventure Happy Juice Games Joystick Ventures
  Tower of Fantasy Win, iOS, Droid Role-playing Hotta Studio Level Infinite
11 Aug. Arcade Paradise Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Adventure, arcade Nosebleed Interactive Wired Productions
  Axiom Verge 2 Lin Metroidvania Thomas Happ Games Thomas Happ Games
  Cult of the Lamb Win, Mac, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Roguelike horror, farming simulation Massive Monster Devolver Digital
  Rumbleverse Win, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Brawler, battle royale Iron Galaxy Epic Games
  Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation – The Endless Seven-Day Journey NS Adventure Millennium Kitchen Neos
  Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi PS5 Role-playing, dungeon crawler Experience Aksys Games
12 Aug. Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered Win Action-adventure Nixxes Software Sony Interactive Entertainment
  Super Bullet Break Win, Mac, NS, PS4 Roguelike, deck-building BeXide PQube