Star Wars, Devolver, Xbox, Sony … this week’s business news

business news Star Wars, Devolver, Xbox, Sony … this week’s business news

Sales figures, study acquisitions, accounts, developer transfer window, investments … if these topics interest you, you have come to the right place. We offer you an update on the latest week’s business news.

Summary

  • After Project Ragtag, Amy Hennig tries her luck again with a new Star Wars game
  • Soon ads integrated into free-to-play games on PlayStation and Xbox?
  • Devolver presents its first financial results
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga achieves record launch
  • Map in this week’s business news

After Project Ragtag, Amy Hennig tries her luck again with a new Star Wars game

Star Wars, Devolver, Xbox, Sony ... this week's business news

Former creative director and screenwriter of the Uncharted series, Amy Hennig finds the opportunity to work on Star Wars. His Skydance New Media studio, founded in 2019, has created one partnership with Lucasfilm Games to develop a “very cinematic” action-adventure game with a whole new story.

I have often described how watching Star Wars in 1977 indelibly shaped my creative life and my future. I’m excited to work with Lucasfilm Games again to tell interactive stories in this galaxy that I love. Amy Hennig.

A great revenge for the American who worked on the game Star Wars (Project Ragtag), which Visceral Games was dedicated to, until Electronic Arts closed the studio in 2017 and the cancellation of the project. With Skydance New Media, she now heads one “team of developers and artists with decades of experience in action and adventure games”. They are supported by “a diverse team of creative consultants from film, television, games and comics”. Note that the studio is a subsidiary of Skydance Media, David Ellison’s film production company. He was also trusted development of a Marvel narrative gameannounced in October last year.

When we return to Star Wars, fans of the saga will be served in the years to come. The projects in development are increasing, with especially the three games from EA and Respawn, the open world game from Ubisoft Massive, KOTOR Remake, Star Wars Eclipse or even Star Wars Hunters.

Soon ads integrated into free-to-play games on PlayStation and Xbox?

Star Wars, Devolver, Xbox, Sony ... this week's business news

In-game advertising is not new. Here’s an ad for Oculus Quest in NBA 2K21

According to Business Insider, Microsoft and sony would each work on applications that allow the inclusion of commercials in free-to-play games on Xbox and PlayStation. The purpose of the two companies would be the same: Encourage developers to create free-to-play and help them make money on them. According to media sources, these will be non-intrusive advertisements, such as signs placed on the side of the road in a racing game or around the track in a sports game. On Sony’s side, the idea would also be to include ads that reward players for seeing, as can be seen in certain mobile games. For example, watching a 15 second video to get a life, currency in the game, skin, etc.

Microsoft is aware that video game advertising is a sensitive issue, and Microsoft intends to create a “private marketplace” that allows the company to choose the brands that can broadcast advertising “that does not interfere with the gaming experience”. Sony would also be very careful in choosing its partners and would exclude companies that collect personal data such as names and email addresses. As for the revenue from these ads, Microsoft would not have planned to take a commission, while Sony would not have taken a position on this point yet. Contacted by Business Insider, the two companies declined to comment on this rumor. Microsoft’s program will be targeted implementation in the third quarter of 2022, and Sony’s by the end of the year.

Devolver presents its first financial results

Star Wars, Devolver, Xbox, Sony ... this week's business news

After entering the London Stock Exchange last November, Devolver Digital now has to regularly publish its results publicly. that first assessment recently shared by the publisher makes it possible to discover its figures for 2020 and 2021. Inevitably, there is a significant gap between the two years: with the successive catch-ups, 2020 has been an exceptional exercise for many companies in the industry, and Devolver had so far unseen success with Autumn boys. The financial year 2021 was still solid with good results achieved by new releases such as Loop Hero, Death’s Door and Inscryption (over one million sales). But The Texas company mainly derives its revenue from its old games: its large back catalog (more than 90 titles) is the source of 70% of its revenue in 2021.

Devolver results

Period Turnover Operating results net profit
January to December 2021 € 90.8 million 48 million euros 30 million euros
January to December 2020 € 196.8 million € 71.2 million 59.3 million euros

Currently, about thirty games are stamped Devolver in preparation. The publisher plans to release between 10 and 15 in 2022, counting those released at the start of the year, such as Weird West and Shadow Warrior 3. In the near future, Trek to Yomi is expected on May 5th. Back to Monkey Island, which was recently announced, Card Shark, Demon Throttle or Wizard with a Gun are also planned this year.

Finally, the balance sheet tells us that Devolver currently employs around 200 people. The publisher collaborates with many partner studies, but it also pursues an acquisition strategy to build a catalog of licenses. Since the beginning of 2020, Croteam (Serious Sam), Good Shepherd (Hard West), Nerial (Reigns), Firefly Studios (Stronghold) and Dodge Roll (Enter the Gungeon) have been acquired.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga achieves record launch

Star Wars, Devolver, Xbox, Sony ... this week's business news

Success confirmed for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Released April 5 on PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch, the game reached 3.2 million worldwide sales in two weeks. It’s just biggest startup made by a LEGO gameeven better than the previous adaptations of Harry Potter, Marvel, Batman or even Lord of the Rings.

It must be said that the title has arguments for seducing players: it revisits the saga’s nine main films and collects more than 300 characters, 23 planets to explore, hundreds of vehicles … Really massive content that has resulted in a long and grueling development for TT Games, as revealed by a Eurogamer survey. The studio is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. and released at least one LEGO game each year between 2005 and 2019 as part of an exclusive partnership with the small bricks brand. Partnership, which should soon end, according to sources at the VGC website. LEGO would have already signed with 2K Games to release a football game and a racing game in the open world. It is conceivable that the Danish company will also merge with other partners, such as Lucasfilm Games, which has multiplied Star Wars projects since the expiry of the exclusive contract with Electronic Arts.

Map in this week’s business news

  • Techland has revealed to Dying Light 2 has sold 5 million copies per year. February 28, 2022just over three weeks after release (February 4) on PC, PlayStation and Xbox.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga takes effect in location of the best physical sales in France. It sits in 1st place (Switch version), but also in 3rd (PS4 version) and 4th position (PS5 version). Kirby and the Forgotten World are number two, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe completes the top 5.
  • After eleven years of service, MMO TERA developed by Bluehole Studio closes its doors on June 30.
  • Towards a Return of the Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth? Square Enix recently renewed the “Valkyrie Profile” and “Lenneth” trademarks on Japanto United States and in Australia. Keep in mind that the license will be eligible for a brand new opus, Valkyrie Elysium, scheduled for 2022.
  • Gearbox purchased the support studio Lost Boys Interactive. Based in the USA, this team of about 200 people has helped with several projects such as WWE 2K22, PUBG and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. A subsidiary of Embracer Group, Gearbox now has nearly 1,300 employees thanks to this acquisition.
  • Published in November last year exclusively on Switch, Shin Megami Tensei V has exceeded one million sales, which already makes it the license’s biggest success ahead of Shin Megami Tensei IV and its 600,000 copies sold on the 3DS.
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