Animal Crossing dominates the charts, Artifact 2.0, much more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome back to your daily gaming news for Monday, March 23rd.

I’m sure a great number of you were playing either Doom: Eternal, or more likely Animal Crossing: New Horizons, because hey, they have taken the top two spots in the UK physical sales charts. Not only that, but Animal Crossing has become the most successful launch for the Nintendo Switch in history, unless you combine Pokemon Sword and Shield, then its #2. And again that’s specifically in the market of UK physical games. This doesn’t account for all of the digital sales it made, which let’s be honest here, is going to be much higher considering our current circumstances. DOOM: Eternal taking the #2 spot is no surprise here, however it has seen a drop in sales from the 2016 reboot, but again this doesn’t account for digital sales so my guess would be it actually is selling better than its predecessor. The rest of the titles in the top ten are the usual suspects, though I will mention that this last week had a surge in sales compared to the week before, which apparently is because people are preparing to stay at home for a while.

We just got a little bit more insight into what is going on with Valve’s card game Artifact. If you don’t know, this is a digital card game that was Valve’s first major title since Dota 2. It ended up being a serious flop, despite it being designed by the creator of Magic the Gathering. President Gabe Newell had this to say, “Artifact was an interesting failure in its first go-around…We were surprised. We thought that it was a really strong product…Based on the reaction to it, [we asked] what was wrong with the product? How did we get there? Let’s fix those things and take another run at it.” He went on to say that the reboot they are doing for the game is now being internally referred to as Artifact 2, though my guess would be that its more likely for this to be a comeback ala No Man’s Sky. Apparently we’ll be getting some more details about this quite soon.

I just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you haven’t heard the news, that Gamestop is going to be closing its doors indefinitely. That applies to the United States as well as Canada, where my very local store got some public attention for the large gathering of people it hosted recently. Anyway just thought I would let you know that you can’t physically visit them now, however they will be continuing online shipping and curbside pick-up. You have so many digital options these days that unless you are a game collector or something like that, you shouldn’t see any friction with this anyway.

Here’s a clarification from last Friday. Sony has come out now and said that the overwhelming majority of Playstation 4 titles are going to be playable on the Playstation 5. Previously they seemed to have suggested that only most of the top 100 games would be playable, but it seems like there was some confusion in the wording there. They said here “We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions.” And they are evaluating that on a game-by-game basis, so likely not everything will make it through.

Alright, thank you very much for joining me here today, and thank you to Mandy for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon. I will be back tomorrow with the news, as I am every Monday through Friday, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone.