While that same figure was reached within the opening week of Monster Hunter: World, that title was also available on multiple platforms.
To celebrate of the milestone, Monster Hunter Rise players can now claim a Commemorative Item Pack in the game.
Kamura Pack 1 includes 30 Mega Potions, 20 Well-done Steaks, 10 Large Barrel Bombs, five Mega Demondrugs and five Mega Armorskins.
The item pack is free for all Monster Hunter Rise players. However, an update is required before claiming from Senri the Mailman in the game hub.
First week numbers are in: #MHRise has shipped over 5 million units worldwide!
As a token of our gratitude, we’re giving out a Commemorative Item Pack. ❤️
Check in with Senri the Mailman to claim your Kamura Pack 1. 💌 pic.twitter.com/1NlCFvAylO
— Monster Hunter (@monsterhunter) April 7, 2021
There’s still more Monster Hunter to come with a post-launch update being released later this month. Spin-off RPG Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will also be released on Nintendo Switch and PC in July.
As reported in GamesIndustry.Biz, Monster Hunter Rise‘s latest sales figures means the Monster Hunter franchise has achieved lifetime sales of over 70million copies.
This puts it closer to Resident Evil, Capcom’s all-time best-selling franchise with 107million games sold since its debut 25 years ago.
In celebration of Resident Evil‘s 25th anniversary, the upcoming Resident Evil Village will include a mode called Resident Evil Re:Verse. The PvP multiplayer mode features playable characters (and enemies) from across the series.
As confirmed in a Resident Evil April showcase, an open beta for Resident Evil Re:Verse is going live this week from tomorrow (April 8).
Meanwhile, Monster Hunter Rise will also be coming to PC in 2022.
Pitchford took to Twitter on April 6 to share a brief statement following the release of the film’s official plot. “To the interested: The Borderlands Cinematic Universe is not identical to the Borderlands Videogame Universe,” he said.
“We are authentic to characters, tone and style, but allow for independent storylines. The mediums are not the same, so the content should not be bound to the same rules.”
Pitchford’s comment has since been met with criticism from gamers, one of whom has accused Gearbox of deciding to “pee all over something we love”. Check out Pitchford’s response below.
I’m not sure what you expect, but some of the most experienced and talented film makers in the world are working extremely hard to create something to entertain you. Maybe just take it as it comes instead to of fixate on whatever you’re thinking of?
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 6, 2021
Yesterday (April 6), Lionsgate revealed that actor Edgar Ramirez has been casted for the role of Atlas, the founder of the Borderlands universe’s largest weapons manufacturer. Lionsgate also revealed the film’s official synopsis.
Per an IGN report, a portion of the synopsis notes that the film’s characters will band together to become a group of unlikely heroes who “must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.”
The rest of the cast for the film includes Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Tannis, Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Jack Black as Claptrap, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Florian Munteanu as Krieg, and Kevin Hart as Roland.
A release date for the Borderlands film has yet to be announced.
Some Oddworld: Soulstorm gameplay has been revealed in four “quick look” videos from the developers ahead of the April 6 release date.
Expanding on the classic Oddworld IP, Oddworld: Soulstorm follows Abe once again as he embarks on a journey to save his fellow Mudokons. The 2.5D platformer will be available on all major formats, using the PS5’s heightened capabilities to mimic Abe’s heartbeat in the controller.
A high-powered console or PC will not be needed for Oddworld, however, as the specs released today (April 5) appear to suggest that even smaller gaming laptops should be able to run it with ease. The minimum requirements include Windows 7 64-bit OS, an Intel Quad Core 1.7Ghz CPU, and 8GB of RAM.
Further to the trailer released recently, Oddworld: Soulstorm now allows players a sneak peak at the actual gameplay footage, in four new tutorial videos named “quick looks”. These each have a different theme, revolving around looting/crafting, environments, sneaking, and managing followers.
Oddworld: Soulstorm allows players to solve puzzles and craft items to help lead their friends to safety, and is a significantly revamped and upgraded remake of Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, which was the second game in the series.
The Oddworld Twitter account is currently alerting followers to a bug, several hours before the game is due to launch, reassuring them that they have patched out the issue on PC and PS5. The PS4 and PS4 Pro “still have remaining traces of the bug”, but the team say no data will be lost and they are “working feverishly to get all remnants of it patched ASAP”.
But, the PS4 and PS4 Pro still have remaining traces of the bug. It no longer wipes out game save data which is great news, but if you encounter it, it will kick you out of the game and put you back into your PS4/PS4 Pro home screen. If you load back into the game,
— Oddworld (@OddworldInc) April 5, 2021
Oddworld: Soulstorm will be arriving on PlayStation Plus upon its release, alongside an array of other free games. In an announcement made by the PlayStation Blog, Days Gone, Zombie Army 4: Dead War, and Oddworld were all announced, with a free-to-play date of April 6 – May 3.
Apex Legends’ Game Director Chad Grenier and Senior Writer Ashley Reed shared the news during a recent Twitch panel hosted by BrownGirlGamerCode. Grenier confirmed that Apex Legends will continue to incorporate Titanfall lore moving forward.
“Next season, Season 9, you’re actually going to see a ton of Titanfall coming back into the game in one way or another. So, I’ve told some people before, if you’re a Titanfall fan, hang on for Season 9 because there’s going to be some really cool stuff in there,” Grenier said.
“What’s going on in Titanfall is a war, Apex is what happens after the war, like what is life like in this place?” Reed went on to explain. “So we’re trying to integrate Titanfall into that, because Titanfall’s very much a part of the universe.”
Grenier and Reed did not share further details on what season 9 will bring to Apex Legends in terms of Titanfall lore. Respawn currently has no plans to incorporate Titans properly into Apex Legends as well, although both games share the same universe.
In May 2020, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella said that “there’s nothing currently in development” for the series. However, he added that he would “personally like to see some kind of resurrection there. We’ll see if I can make that happen”.
Last month, Grenier revealed that the new hero being introduced in Apex Legends season 9 will appeal to a Japanese audience. “I mentioned a little about Season 9, but the legend in Season 9 I hope will be liked in Japan,” Grenier said.
Season 9 of Apex Legends has yet to receive a release date.
A report by researchers at the universities of Plymouth and Wolverhampton have found strong links between loot boxes and gambling.
The research has concluded that loot boxes are “structurally and psychologically akin to gambling” and that large numbers of children are spending real and in-game currency on them.
Some key points from the research suggest that of the 93 per cent of children who play video games, up to 40 per cent of them opened loot boxes.
The report also found that young men are most likely to engage with them, with younger age and lower education correlating with increased spending.
It was also discovered that around 5% of loot box purchasers were spending around £70 per month, generating over half of the industry revenue from loot boxes. The report confirms that one third of these spenders “fall into the ‘problem gambler’ category.”
The report also found that players are often “nudged” towards purchases via a number of psychological techniques such as “endowment effects, ‘fear of missing out’ and obfuscation of costs” and also positioned loot boxes as part of a “sophisticated choice architecture” created in order to monetise modern video games.
This report comes after the UK Government launched a call for evidence on the use of loot boxes in video games last year.
The statement which was made on September 23 2020 said the Government aims to seek the experiences of players and their parents or guardians as well as rigorous, high quality data and research from video games companies, academia, civil society as well as any other organisations with an interest in this issue”.
Earlier this year, former EA Sports president Peter Moore said that he does not view loot boxes as a form of gambling, in an interview where he compared the modes’ randomised packs to “collecting cigarette cards in the 1920s and ’30s.”
TT Games has delayed LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which was scheduled for release in Spring 2021.
The developer made the announcement via Twitter, thanking fans for their continued patience.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga had been expected to release in late 2020 until a trailer during Gamescom 2020 confirmed that it would actually arrive in Spring 2021.
While a new date has not been confirmed, the message from TT Games said that this will be updated “as soon as possible”.
Thanks to all our fans for your continued patience. pic.twitter.com/tCDV9Ikftd
— TT Games (@TTGames) April 2, 2021
“All of us at TT Games are working hard to make LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga the biggest and best-ever LEGO game – but we’re going to need more time to do it,” the studio said. “We won’t be able to make our intended Spring release date, but will provide updated launch timing as soon as possible.”
First announced in 2019, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to be the largest game in the LEGO Star Wars series, featuring levels from across all nine films.
As an open-world game, players will also be able to experience these levels and stories in any order they choose.
It is unfortunately another major game delay from publisher Warner Bros. Games, which follows the announcement of delays for Back 4 Blood, Gotham Knights and Hogwarts Legacy, the latter two having been delayed to 2022.
It’s not just games affected by delays, as the Analogue Pocket has also been delayed to later this year.