In today’s news roundup we hear from MVC who reckon game retailers are optimistic regarding sales for 2010. We take a look at Valve’s major update for Left for Dead 2 – but does it go far enough? And lastly, we bring news of a new sequel for the classic FPS title S.T.A.L.K.E.R. which is due to be released early next year.
UK retailers confident in strong 2010 games sales
Despite the fact British game developers have taken a serious mauling since the onset of the economic recession, a recent survey of computer game retailers argues that an overwhelming majority have a positive outlook for 2010. A massive 91% said they believe things are on the up and up when it comes to sales of video games and video game accessories. 48% believe things may improve even sooner, insisting they’ll make more this holiday season than they did last year, whilst 27% reckon they’ll make at least as much.
But with the recession deepening is this just wishful thinking? Some strongly argue that it is, and insist the only way game retailers can weather the recession is to concentrate on sure sellers (aka New Super Mario Brothers and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – which seems to popping up everywhere, even petrol stations). But with only top selling titles dominating shelf space, does this mean total obscurity for all the more original and underground game titles? [VGEVO]
Valve fixes L4D2
A series of bugs and glitches which have been plaguing Left for Dead 2 players since the game’s release have prompted Valve to release a major update. However, although the patch addresses many issues affecting gameplay – such as changes to hit boxes around monsters and a few tweaks to the camera angles – the game is certainly not free from problems. Some gamers are still experiencing random crashes, whilst one of the biggest issues regarding Valve’s zombie sequel is the fact melee weapons are overpowered. For full run down of the patch follow this link: [Eurogamer]
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Pripyat gets release date
Fans of the critically acclaimed PC title S.T.A.L.K.E.R who actually persevered long enough to get into this classic FPS will be pleased to hear the latest sequel, Call of Pripyat (duty), is due to be released in February 2010. The PC game is apparently going to be the first to support DirectX 11, and focuses on a Ukrainian secret agent who is sent into the middle of the nuclear disaster zone to search for a group who never returned from a government sanctioned mission. With the previous sequel Clear Sky having attained a lukewarm reception, let’s hope this one is a bit more memorable. [GamesWeasel]