Independent studio Campo Santo (Firewatch) has been acquired by a most unlikely suitor—Valve, a digital store operator that once made video games. Three people familiar with the news confirmed the purchase to Kotaku today.
Do you feel more obligated to play the games you buy for $60 than the ones you snag during Steam sales? On this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen, let’s discuss.
Black Friday and its numerous extensions (Cyber Monday, Just Buy Our Damn Stuff Thursday) are a magical time in retail, when the veil between wallet and willpower is at its thinnest. Which games, gadgets and gear made it past your defenses this year? I’ll start.
If you have ever wanted to play the best video game of all time for only two dollars, this is your lucky week, because Suikoden II is on sale as part of an excellent set of PlayStation discounts that also includes Final Fantasy XV for $36 and Persona 4 Golden for $9 (all with PlayStation Plus).
Nintendo sold over 906,000 Switch units in the United States alone last month, making it, as they bragged in a press release tonight, the fastest-selling video game system in the company’s long history. Combine that with half a million in Japan and you’ve already got nearly 1.5 million of these things, not counting…
Millions of people watch games being played on Twitch. This spring, they’ll be able to purchase the games they watch directly from the streaming site, with a portion of the revenue going to the on-screen talent.
PlayStation chief Andrew House told The New York Times late last week that PlayStation VR has sold 915,000 units as of February 19. That puts the device on a path to exceed the company’s goal of one million sold in the first six months.
Have you gone to GameStop over the past few months and tried to buy a new game? Have they told you that it’s not in stock? They may simply be lying to you, fueled by a new program that discourages GameStop salespeople from selling unopened copies of video games.
For a little while, every major Steam Sale came with a meta game attached. Over the years, they grew more elaborate, culminating in last year’s Steam Summer Sale Monster Game. But then Steam Sales changed. Now there’s no meta game to be found.
I know, I know, 2015 isn’t over yet, but the Oricon charts (think Billboard, but for Japan) have listed the biggest selling manga of this year.
Smite’s “Ultimate God Pack,” which gives you every character currently in the game plus any future characters Hi-Rez adds to it, is going on sale tomorrow for $20. I highly recommend it if you have any interest in the game. Except for Dota 2 (which makes every hero free), this is easily the best deal in any MOBA.
There’s a great sale going on in Heroes of the Storm right now that takes 50% off everything in the game—provided you spend real money on it. There’s also a new 360-day stimpack available, which could be a great thing to buy if you know you’re gonna be playing a lot of HOTS. The sale lasts until December 8th.
Since the dawn of recorded time, big seasonal Steam sales have included daily deals that make the whole process downright ritualistic. Wake up, check Steam sale deals, feel the life being drained from your wallet, etc. Soon, that will no longer be the case.
While the most exciting deal of GameStop’s 2015 Black Friday sale is letting employee’s take all of Thanksgiving off, $299 PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles, $80 used PS3 and Xbox 360 systems and the best possible Wii U bundle aren’t too shabby either.
Raising your prices right before Steam’s big summer sale and then “discounting” them back to where they’d been for months sure sounds scummy, right? A handful of games have been accused of it, but the truth of the matter isn’t so black-and-white.
In 2014, Japan saw the release of big Pocket Monster games Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The games sold a ton in Japan, but not enough to reign supreme. A new challenger has taken the crown: Yokai Watch.
We're in 2015. Last year is last year. It's over. The past! But let's take a look at which games dominated the Japanese sales so far this year. Brace yourself for games that... also dominated last year.
On November 2nd, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One console would see a temporary $50 price cut. The move was a clear attempt to bolster sales going into the holiday season... and it looks like it's paid off.
After hemorrhaging cash for almost four years, Nintendo's luck might be turning around. Wii U sales have doubled since last year, Smash Bros. has shipped 3.2 million copies and Tomodachi Life moved another 1.3 million copies.