This Week In The Business: A Shitload of Pip-Boys

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QUOTE | “We made a shitload of Pip-Boys, and we went back and made more, and went back and made more.” - Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines, explaining why there won’t be any more of the Fallout 4 accessories.

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QUOTE | “The immediate reaction when someone asks you to take on a Star Wars game, you kind of instantly think no. It’s too much.” - Patrick Bach, GM of EA’s DICE studio, talking about how the team’s passion for the license led them to take on the project.

QUOTE | “I believe that augmented reality will be the biggest technological revolution that happens in our lifetimes.” - Epic’s Tim Sweeney, talking about how when AR gets better we won’t need any other form of display.

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STAT | 25.3 million – Total number of PlayStation 4 consoles sold so far, according to Sony; the rate of sales is outpacing the PlayStation 2, and Sony is forecasting another 16.5 million units sold for the full year.

STAT | 10 million – Total number of Wii U consoles sold so far, according to Nintendo; sales of the console declined year-on year, to 470,000 sold in the quarter versus 510,000 in the same quarter last year.

QUOTE | “I think our player group is...one of the traits that you see in it...well, obsessive would be a word to choose.” - JD McNeil, managing director of developer Slitherine, talking about the audience for the complex wargames they make.

QUOTE | “We know this is a long-term investment for Xbox. We have teams here investing and are committed to growing this business slowly.” - Xbox head Phil Spencer, talking about the company’s commitment to China.

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QUOTE | “While it is nice to see that Kickstarter is still a platform where a project can gather a lot of support... the truth is, 2015 so far is the worst year yet for ‘regular’ projects.” - Analyst Thomas Bidaux, talking about how the lion’s share of Kickstarter funding is going to a few big games like Shenmue 3.

STAT | $4.3 billion – Amount of revenue EA expects for its full fiscal year, after beating analyst expectations for the first fiscal quarter; EA attributed the beat to “outperformance in digital live services” and catalog sales.

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QUOTE | “Seeing what JJ Abrams and Disney are doing with the movie, it feels right, to me at least.” - Head of EA Studios Patrick Soderlund, explaining why he and his developers are very excited to be working on Star Wars: Battlefront.

QUOTE | “I think we’re going in the right direction. We just have to be very careful. We have to stop being so crazy.” - Italo Capasso of Colombian developer Glitchy Pixel, talking about the ups and downs of game devs in Latin America.

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Kuili J8i9

Why are people still buying the PS4 at current rates? What exclusives are there that are worth anything? I mean, I can understand it selling because not everyone games on PC and Xbox One is definitely not for everyone but... to keep on pace when Sony has been sucking SO HARD (Microsoft isn’t doing much better) at making the platform appealing?

It boggles my mind, really. By all rights this generation should be held to task about the complete indifference each platform has towards exclusives and ambition. Hell, the Wii-U despite all its problems has been the most ambitious platform and has the most exclusives (not that that says much...) and yet people deride it, and rightfully, take Nintendo to task about its future and current present...

I hate hype trains...