Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios … this week’s business news

business news Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios … this week’s business news

Sales figures, student 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

  • Supermassive Games (The Quarry, Dark Pictures …) acquired by Nordisk Games
  • The Garden officially joins PlayStation Studios
  • The Resident Evil 2 remake hits 10 million worldwide sales
  • Charts Europe: F1 22 in sales position in June
  • Map in this week’s business news

Supermassive Games (The Quarry, Dark Pictures …) acquired by Nordisk Games

Supermassive Games specializes in narrative horror games and is now owned by Nordisk Games. The subsidiary of the Danish media giant already owned 30.7% of the study since last year and has therefore decided to buy the remaining shares for an undisclosed amount. ” “We have an ambitious growth strategy for Supermassive Games, and being a part of Nordisk Games only strengthens it. I am very excited to know where the security that this partnership offers and the continued access to from Nordisk Games will lead us, “commented Pete Samuels, director of the studio.

Supermassive Games was founded in 2008 in Guildford, England, and has long collaborated with Sony on games such as Start The Party !, Killzone HD, Until Dawn and The Inpatient. The studio, which now has more than 300 employees, recently launched The Dark Pictures saga with Bandai Namco as well as The Quarry with 2K Games. The next dark pictures, called The Devil In Me, are also planned this year, still on Bandai Namco.

Nordisk Games has been increasing investments in the video game sector for a few years now. The company especially bought Avalanche Studios (Just Cause, Contraband …) in 2018, before buying 40% of the Spanish studio MercurySteam (Metroid Dread, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow …) in 2020.

The Garden officially joins PlayStation Studios

Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios ... this week's business news

Announced four months ago, the acquisition of Haven Studios by Sony has now been completed. This new milestone is an opportunity to learn a little more about the operation of Haven Studios thanks to an interview published on The gaming industry. Founded in March 2021 in Montreal by Jade Raymond and about twenty former members of Google Stadia, the team now consists of 106 employeescompared to about fifty last October, most of them have worked in the past at Ubisoft Montreal and / or Stadia. As had been announced, their first major project is a new AAA multiplayer licensewhich is one of many gaming services that Sony plans to release in the coming years.

Born in the heart of the pandemic, the studio has the uniqueness of immediately implementing tools optimized for teleworking and counting in its ranks twenty engineers specializing in the cloud. Their goal: to facilitate the creation of gaming services, which are usually very heavy due to the fact that they are constantly updated and filled with content. We saw it for example with Destiny 2, which was forced to delete content to make room for new features, it is a complicated issue to deal with.

We also learn that Mark Cerny, the lead architect behind PS4 and PS5, is working on the studio and more specifically with its R&D department. “It’s not just about the cloud, it’s also about more forward-thinking R&D. I can ‘t say too much right now, but it’s obviously one of the things that appeals to us in our partnership with PlayStation. Of course, Mark Cerny is too. a kind of rock star, and being able to collaborate with him is really exciting. “commented Jade Raymond.

The Resident Evil 2 remake hits 10 million worldwide sales

Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios ... this week's business news

Following Monster Hunter Rise last week, Resident Evil 2 Remakes’ turn is to surpass the symbolic milestone of 10 million copies sold worldwide. Originally released on January 25, 2019 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, the title got a slight boost last month with the release of a PS5 and Xbox Series patch. It has now sold twice as much as the original game released for PlayStation in 1998. A huge success, one of largest in Capcom’s history behind Monster Hunter World (18 million sales) and Resident Evil 7 (10.8 million).

The publisher continues to perform well with its flagship franchise, as seen with the releases of Resident Evil 3 Remake (5.2 million) and Resident Evil Village (6.1 million). The latter will also be eligible for a Gold Edition and a narrative DLC (Les Ombres de Rose) on October 28, as well as a customization on PlayStation VR2. The Resident Evil news stops far from there, as a new series adaptation has just landed on Netflix, while the Resident Evil 4 Remake will be released on March 23, 2023.

Charts Europe: F1 22 in sales position in June

Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios ... this week's business news

After a particularly quiet month of May, video game sales rose again in June thanks to a few notable releases. According to figures reported by The gaming industry, 12.8 million games have been sold in European increase of 30% compared to the same period in 2021 and 52% compared to May 2022. We can highlight the overwhelming share of digital, 8.1 million of these sales have been made by download (up 33% over a year and 65% over a month), knowing that eShop sales of Nintendo games are not even considered (since not stated by the manufacturer).

This does not prevent Mario Strikers: Battle League Football will be June’s third highest hit and the best-selling physical game of the month. He has particularly successful in France, where 40% of its European sales are in France ahead of Germany, which represents 19% of sales. In just three weeks, it has already surpassed the overall score for the Mario Golf Super Rush, released in June 2021.

But it is F1 22 that occupies the first place, while only the Champions Edition of the game was available from June 28 (July 1 for Standard Edition). It was in Germany and Britain that he had the greatest success. Another novelty on the rankings: The Quarry, the new narrative horror game from Supermassive Games, which moved into 8th place. It had a better launch with sales 19% higher than the studio’s previous game, The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes, released last October. We leave you with the complete top 20, showing the latest LEGO Star Wars titles The Skywalker Saga, The Fire Ring and Horizon Forbidden West and other older ones like GTA 5, Minecraft Switch Edition, Dragon’s Dogma or Civilization VI.

  1. F1 22 (EA)
  2. FIFA 22 (EA)
  3. Mario Strikers: Battle League Football * (Nintendo)
  4. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
  5. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Nintendo)
  6. Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo) *
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
  8. The Quarry (2K games)
  9. Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony)
  10. Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
  11. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo) *
  12. NBA 2K22 (2K Games)
  13. Football Manager 22 (Sega)
  14. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (EA)
  15. Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)
  16. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (2K game)
  17. Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
  18. Assassin’s Creed Origins (Ubisoft)
  19. Dragon’s Dogma: Darth Arisen (Capcom)
  20. Minecraft Switch Edition (Microsoft)

* Download sales not included

Map in this week’s business news

  • In addition to Haven Studios, Sony has also completed the acquisition of Bungie (Destiny 2), which was announced in January last year.
  • “After selling 2 million copies in one week, the Monster Hunter Rises Sunbreak expansion is now at 3 million.
  • Very good performance also for Cupheads DLC (The Delicious Last Course), which has already reached one million sales.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge also reaches one million sales, one month after its release.
  • SELL has unveiled the best physical sales in France for the period from 27 June to 3 July. Mario Strikers Battle League Football leads for the fourth week in a rowfollowed by Horizon Forbidden West (PS5 version), F1 22 (PS4 version, then PS5 version) and Nintendo Switch Sports.
  • Nintendo has announced the acquisition of Dynamo Pictures, a Japanese animation studio that has worked on series (Yuri on Ice, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 …), movies (Kingslaive Final Fantasy XV) and games (Metroid: Other M, Final Fantasy XIII-2 …). This will be renamed Nintendo Pictures once the operation is complete. Nintendo’s goal is to strengthen its production capacity “visual content” highlight its licenses.

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