Sunday, April 01, 2012

Megabits of News: Weekly Roundup

Megabits of Gaming trawls the web for the tastiest morsels of news, so you don't have to...

THQ axes 120 employees
Game developer and publisher THQ has axed around 120 employees as its looks to streamline the business and cut costs. About 80 jobs will be cut at Vigil Games in Texas, in the US, which is developing Warhammer 40,000, with another 40 positions will be hit at Relic Entertainment in Vancouver, Canada.

SEGA to focus on long-running titles
Another company looking to cut its costs because of underperforming business is SEGA. The company said it is streamlining its operations, focusing on what it calls reliable and long-running titles, including Sonic and Football Manager. SEGA will also strengthen its development in digital content. The group said a number of unnamed games will be cancelled and there will be job losses.

Minecraft sells over 5m copies
Gamers just love making things... independent sandbox-building video game Minecraft has sold over five million copies, earning over $80m in revenues in the process. Just as incredible is that Minecraft, developed by Majang, also has an impressive 25m registered players.

Assassin's Creed 3 to break Ubisoft pre-order records
Ubisoft’s Assassin's Creed 3 is set to be the highest pre-ordered game in the company's history. The developer said that in its first three weeks, pre-orders for Assassin's Creed 3 reached ten times the pre-order numbers earned by Assassin's Creed Revelations in the same period.

Journey becomes fastest-selling PSN game
VG24/7 says that Journey, a game developed by thatgamecompany and Sony, has become the fastest-selling game ever released in both the US and European region on the PlayStation Network. I expect more trips on the horizon.