After the alt-right controversy and the Zenimax lawsuit
, this news should not come as a surprise to anyone. Since the first controversy surfaced last September, Luckey was no longer the face of VR at Facebook, being replaced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg at major VR events.
Upcoming months will tell if Luckey intends to carry on working in the VR space. But this surely can’t be a great day for the medium when the company (Oculus) that brought VR back from the dead is losing one of its founders.
It will be interesting to see if the game can find an audience on PC. Indications could potentially be found with Ubisoft’s The Division, another online-only shooter/adventure game. Unlike the first episode of Destiny, the Division was released on PC. While it had a promising start, it has remained a modest success on this platform. Sales on consoles however had driven the game to the #3 spot on the list of best-selling games in the US in 2016.
The streaming app has been rolled out to all XboxOne users this week and will arrive on PC on April 11th via the Windows 10 Creators Update. While Beam’s integration to the OS on both platform could make streaming a lot easier for many (especially on PC), it will have to bring serious innovations to drag people away from competition:
- Twitch is backed by the incredible power of its community, with a great chat system.
- YouTube Gaming can rely on its bank of ‘Let’s Play’ content to facilitate YouTubers’ transition to streaming.
These are competitive advantages that will not be easy to overcome.
This should make navigation and even gaming easier and immersive. It will also bring the Gear VR a lot closer product-wise to Google Daydream which already has its motion controller.
The new Gear VR and its controller will be released on April 20th.
I’ve never understood the idea that DLC for multiplayer modes 'should’ lead to a split in the player base. If the host has the DLC, it seems like a great idea to make the DLC available to players who join the session. It’s a clever way to give them a glimpse of that content and might lead to more purchases of DLC as a result. I’m glad EA’s getting it right and I hope to see more developers adopt this approach.
While the Overwatch-inspired Progression and Loot systems will definitely appeal to current HoTS players (and bring some of them back), the lack of changes in the gameplay will probably not put the game at the same level as competitors League of Legends and DOTA 2 on the esport scene. It is nonetheless a good news for HoTS players to see those changes, which indicate a long-term commitment and support from Blizzard.
Sales were largely driven by the Witcher 3 (released on all platforms, unlike previous episodes) which will go down as one of the best games of this generation. CD Projekt RED has reported a 27% decrease in 2016 revenues and profits vis-à-vis 2015 (boosted by the release of the Witcher 3 that year), but its online retail business GOG.com has had a 15% increase in revenues over 2015.
App Annie’s report indicates however that the App Store should remain the single highest grossing store in 2021, with a projected $60B vs $42B for Google Play. While non-gaming apps will see their revenues triple, gaming apps will still represent the biggest share of revenues of the entire mobile ecosystem, with 76% in 2021 vs 81% in 2016.