Rapid-Fire: ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’ – PS4’s Most Successful New First-Party IP

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Rapid-Fire is Goomba Stomp’s weekly Playstation news column, wrapping up all of the Sony stories that you need to know about. This week, Horizon: Zero Dawn became PS4’s best-selling new first-party IP, For Honor achieved February’s top sales honors, Telltale Games’ CEO stepped down, and more. 

Horizon: Zero Dawn Officially PS4’s Best-Selling New First-Party IP

Two weeks after its release date, Horizon: Zero Dawn has achieved the title of the best-selling new first-party IP on the PlayStation 4.

More than 2.6 million units of Guerilla Games’ open-world RPG have been sold, according to Sony, including digital and physical copies. This is also the biggest debut ever for a Guerilla Games’ title.

“We knew Horizon: Zero Dawn was going to be something special, so to see the incredible critical reaction to a brand new game world translate into this level of sales is really gratifying,” said Sean Layden, Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios.

Officials at Guerilla Games have announced that additional content is already in the works for their biggest success. Managing Director Herman Hulst affirmed that the studio is “already hard at work on an expansion to the story.”

For Honor Tops Charts as February’s Best-Selling Game

The second month of 2017 treated PlayStation and Ubisoft well, with both companies experiencing major sales success. For Honor, Ubisoft’s hack and slash fighting game, topped the charts as the best-selling title for the month. The action game beat out Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, January’s top seller, despite being on the market for less than two weeks.

PlayStation 4 continued its streak of success, with Sony’s flagship console moving more units than its competition for yet another month.

Nioh achieved a spot on the chart, ranking ninth despite NPD not being able to include its digital sales numbers. Overwatch’s spot on the chart comes with a similar caveat, as figures from any Battle.net sales were not included in the official count.

 

The top 10 selling games in the U.S. according to the NPD Group are:

  1. For Honor
  2. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  7. Madden NFL 17
  8. Battlefield 1
  9. Nioh
  10. Overwatch

Outlast 2 Denied Classification by Australian Board

In a shocking turn of events, Outlast II was denied classification by the Australian Classification Board, restricting the game’s sale in the country.

This means that the upcoming horror title’s content did not meet the standards necessary for it to be classified under the ACB’s R18+ classification. Outlast II was due to come to Australia next month, alongside the Outlast Trinity bundle.

Outlast 2Outlets, including IGN, received copies of the ACB’s report, which contain minor spoilers for the game and mature content. The game’s restriction was primarily due to a scene including creatures taking part in “what appears to be a ritualistic orgy.” During this sequence of events, the main character Blake seems to be sexually assaulted by one of the naked, gray-skinned creatures. Any act of or depiction of implied sexual violence “cannot be accommodated within the R18+ category.”

There is still a chance that Outlast II could come to Australia, but the content would have to be significantly altered to remove any instance of sexual violence before it could potentially gain the approval of the ACB.

Telltale Games CEO Kevin Bruner Stepping Down

Just one week after Christophe Balestra announced his decision to step down as co-president of Naughty Dog, another has decided to resign from their current position.

Kevin Bruner, CEO of Telltale Games, stepped down from his position at the illustrious studio this week, according to an e-mail to staff obtained by Kotaku. Bruner has played a noteworthy role in the studio’s history, helping to found the studio in 2004 with fellow LucasArts alum Dan Connors and Troy Molander.

Telltale
Telltale Games has received massive success with titles like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Tales From the Borderlands.’

“Today I am writing to let you know that I’ll be stepping away from my position as CEO of Telltale,” Bruner wrote in the e-mail. “We’ve grown aggressively since Telltale’s inception, and now Telltale is bigger than I ever dreamed it would be. There are many possible futures for Telltale, and all of them are exciting and uniquely challenging. The time has come to pass the reins to someone that can better drive Telltale to the next level and realize all the potential that is here.”

Bruner also noted in the e-mail that he will remain on the company’s board of directors during the days of transition ahead. Connors will take over the “day to day operations as CEO,” a title Bruner took over from Connors in January 2015.

Telltale’s head of creative communications Job Stauffer provided a statement to Kotaku, saying: “Kevin has led Telltale over the past couple of years after he stepped into the CEO role for co-founder Dan Connors in 2015. With Kevin departing, Telltale is fortunate to have Dan here to step back seamlessly into the CEO role.”

It is not clear whether Bruner will stay involved with Telltale following the CEO transitional period.

PlayStation Play Collective Spring Showcase Announced; PaRappa the Rappa Remastered and More Get Release Dates

Sony has released details on their spring showcase as well as the release dates for six highly anticipated titles.

Called the PlayStation Play Collective, one of the six games will be released each week over a six-week period beginning March 21. Standout titles include PaRappa the Rapper Remastered, showcased at PSX 2016, and Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch.

Any PlayStation Plus member who preorders a Play Collective game will receive a 20 percent discount on the final price of the game.

 

The full PlayStation Play Collective release schedule includes:

  • Everything — March 21
  • Rain World — March 28
  • PaRappa the Rapper Remastered — April 4
  • Cosmic Star Heroine — April 11
  • Full Throttle Remastered —  April 18
  • What Remains of Edith Finch — April 25

PlayStation Now to Add Support for PS4 Games in 2017

In a massive update to their game streaming service, Sony has announced that PlayStation Now will introduce PlayStation 4 titles later this year. Around 500 PlayStation 3 games are available on PlayStation Now in available regions, but no titles from Sony’s current flagship system could be found in the library.

The announcement came via a post on PlayStation Blog by PlayStation Now’s senior marketing manager, Brian Dunn. Dunn noted that private tests of the new PlayStation 4 titles will begin in the next few weeks.

This change to the service may be in response to Microsoft’s recent unveiling of the Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service giving Xbox One owners the ability to download Xbox One and 360 games from its own library, currently totaling over 100 games.

Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Update Includes New Mode

A new multiplayer update came to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on Friday, bringing new weapons, character skins and an additional gameplay mode for players of Naughty Dog’s action-adventure game.

In a post on PlayStation Blog, Scott Lowe, Naughty Dog’s senior communications manager, detailed the next release of free content for Uncharted 4 Multiplayer coming to players on March 17.

The update made King of the Hill a permanent fixture in the game. Two teams of players will compete to control capture points scattered across the map. If one team reaches the score limit, the rival team will have one last chance to triumph by claiming a spot known as “Victory Hill.” However, the leading team can also solidify their win by capturing the same location.

Aside from the King of the Hill mode, players now have access to three additional weapons and The Last of Us-inspired Savage Starlight character skins.

 

 

 

Notable Releases for the Week*

#killallzombies

PS3 — Digital (Out 3/16)

Kill all zombies

#killallzombies is thrusting civilians into a fight for survival against the unleashed population of ravenous zombies. And you are the only one who is destined to stop them.

ACA NeoGeo Sengoku

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/16)

ACA NeoGeo Sengoku

Sengoku is an action game released by SNK in 1991. Players fight against ghosts that have been revived in modern times in a devastated Washington City.

Blue-Collar Astronaut

PS4, PS3, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy)

Blue Collar Astronaut

Fly across the cosmos delivering pizza, pulling freight, and paying off your student loans! This easy to play but hard to master 2D spaceflight genre-buster will have you literally and figuratively exploring upwards mobility on your way to fulfilling the space-dream!

Chaos Code -New Sign of Catastrophe-

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/15)

Chaos CodeChaos Code -New Sign of Catastrophe- is a simple yet highly flexible 2D fighter where players can enjoy the thrill of fighting with flashy moves! Choose from 16 unique characters and fight in ranked matches to earn the top spot.

Danganronpa 1-2 Reload

PS4 — Digital, Retail

Hope’s Peak Academy — home to the nation’s best and brightest high school students… and your new prison. You and your classmates have been trapped here, forced into a winner-takes-all killing game. You’ll have to solve the mystery of the school to survive, but be careful what you wish for — sometimes, there’s nothing more deadly than the truth…

Death Squared

PS4 — Digital

Get together with a loved one, a group of friends or even the whole family and guide teams of two or four robots through increasingly-complex levels to their color-coded goals. But beware! The path through each level is littered with cunning death traps that quickly send the automatons to the big scrapyard in the sky.

Dying: Reborn

PS Vita — Digital

Dying RebornLet’s play a game. It’ll help you remember something you locked away, deep in the recesses of your mind. Dying: Reborn is a dark, horror-themed puzzle game that creates a unique first-person room escape experience.

Eekeemoo — Splinters of the Dark Shard

PS4 — Digital

In this awesome third person adventure game you will help Eekeemoo rescue his friends from the clutches of the evil Dark Shard! Your quest will take you deep into the Dark Shards four corrupted splinter worlds.

Kona

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/17)

Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of a detective to explore the eerie village, investigate surreal events, and battle the elements to survive. The first installment in a series of four games, Kona is a chilly interactive tale you won’t soon forget.

Leave the Nest

PS VR — Digital

Leave The NestIf you’ve ever had a dream of flying, wanted to feel the wind in your hair, wanted to soar and dive among trees of the forest, race trains and cruise perilously close to dangerous volcanoes, then this game is for you.

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/16)

Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight is a fan-favorite, 2D action-platformer with highly satisfying combat and gorgeous pixel art. Combo and dodge your way through a cursed land to seek audience with the Queen and dispel the evil that threatens all life.

NeuroVoider

PS4 — Digital

NeuroVoider is a twin-stick shooter RPG set in a futuristic world about brains shooting evil robots with nuclear rocket launchers. Boost your character with the smoking remains of your victims and defeat the master NeuroVoider to end this eternal war.

Siralim 2

PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy)

Siralim 2 is an old-school monster catching RPG. Summon and customize hundreds of creatures to fight for you as you battle your way through endless dungeons. Find rare treasure and use it to upgrade your castle, empower your creatures, craft powerful artifacts, learn new spells, and much more.

Styx: Shards of Darkness

PS4 — Digital, Retail

StyxHired for a critical mission, explore and master huge open environments as Styx, alone or in co-op with a friend. Assassinate or sneak past enemies — Humans, Elves, and Dwarfs — but also much more fearsome, colossal creatures, and experiment with a new array of lethal abilities and weapons in your goblin assassin’s arsenal.

Trove

PS4 — Digital

Thirsting for danger? Lusting for loot? Then grab your friends and set off for adventure in this free-to-play, voxel-based action MMO. Whether you want to battle deadly monsters, loot epic treasure, explore wild realms, build brand new worlds, or just show off your style, Trove’s got you covered!

*Courtesy of http://blog.us.playstation.com/

 

Sara Winegardner is a lifelong gamer and aspiring journalist currently based in Washington, DC. Being fed a steady diet of Pokemon, Final Fantasy, and MMORPGs since she can remember, Sara will play just about anything, even if it means grinding for hours on end. Her childhood dream is to walk the E3 floor at least once.