The Witcher is popular, Dead Cells update, SuperData, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Monday, December 30th. My friends thank you for your patience while I was on holiday, and to my new listeners welcome to the show, I hope you have a good time here. We talk about video games every single day, so why don’t we do just that. Let’s jump in.

The Witcher franchise sees major boost in numbers

Okay so all of the news for today is going to be from the last week since there really wasn’t much happening, understandably. Probably the biggest news of them all though comes from The Witcher. Of course they just released the new Netflix series, and apparently this has cause a bunch of people to go buy and play the game. The game has hit a new record of concurrent players, which as of this recording is 94 thousand, with the previous record occurring in the first month of its release. The first Witcher game also has new record, so it looks like people may be attempting to play the whole series, starting from the beginning. We’ll see if this continues as the Netflix show has been confirmed for a second season.

SuperData November notes

We’ve got some information here from SuperData, who provide monthly digital sales data. So for November, they noted that Red Dead Redemption 2 had an unfortunate start on the Epic Games Store, selling around 400 thousands units, which is pretty low compared to something like Borderlands 3 which had 1.7 million. That being said, while it was the debut on PC, of course many people already owned it on console. As well, it appeared on the Rockstar Launcher and one month later on Steam. Besides that, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order had the best digital launch in franchise history, outselling Battlefront II by more than 2 to 1. Pokemon Sword and Shield have become the top-selling Nintendo title of 2019, replacing Link’s Awakening at the top. And finally, the F2P market on consoles is down 41% year over year, which is largely thanks to the descent of Fortnite. What blew me away is that to-date Fortnite is responsible for 51% of F2P revenue on consoles. Wowza.

Dead Cells update lets you play previous versions of game

Motion Twin, developers of Dead Cells, have released a new update to the game that allows you to reload any major version of the game, from the first build in Early Access, right up to the present. They said they wanted to do this because “we were always bugged by the fact that we were drastically changing the experience that a lot of people had come to love.” I think something like this is really cool, and I hope more developers take a project like that on in the future. Also in the update is two new weapons, some reworks, mutations, and a Christmas skin.

Get your free games!

Ok and one last thing before we end the show, I just wanted to give you another reminder that the Epic Games Store is giving away a free game every day until December 31st, so there’s only 2 days left out of the 12 that they promised. There’s a lot of quality games being just given away, so make sure you give that a look before it goes away.

Okay that is all for today, once again thank you for your patience, and as we are still in the holiday season, this week might be a bit slow on news, but I’ll be here to talk about it! I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow and until then, Happy Gaming Everyone.