Apex Legends down in sales, Playdate, OUYA, more

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This is your Daily Gaming Update for May 24th, 2019. For links and a transcript for today’s stories, be sure to visit thegamingobserver.com.

Superdata (April): Apex Legends down in sales, MK11 top of consoles

The latest report from SuperData is in, and they’ve got some interesting statistics for the month of April. First of all, Apex Legends income is down significantly, earning $24 million for the month, which is a 74% drop since February. Despite it having the best ever opening for a free to play game, it is not even in the top ten of sales. In consoles, Mortal Kombat 11 took the top spot. Overall, $8.8 billion was spent digitally across all console, PC, and mobile games in April.

Playdate announced; handheld console releasing early 2020

The publishers of Firewatch just took a strange turn into the hardware market, announcing their newest console the Playdate. It’s a bright yellow handheld with a d-pad, buttons, and a black and white screen. Most interesting of all though is a crank on the side of it, something I’ve never seen before. Everyone gets the Playdate will also receive Season One of its games for free – there are 12 of them, with 1 appearing each week, and a pretty solid lineup of developers behind it as well. It’s been in devlopment for 4 years, will ship in early 2020, and can be preordered for $150.

OUYA closing down online store

Speaking of consoles, the lovingly remembered Ouya is officially closing its online store. That’s right, the device that broke Kickstarter records, only to then fall extremely hard, and get acquired by Razer in 2015. Its final day is June 25, 6 years after its release.

Total War: Three Kingdoms released, sets franchise records

Total War: Three Kingdoms came out today to extremely positive reviews AND extremely impressive sales. In fact, the franchise has hit a record in concurrent players, with around 160,000. If you’re a fan of that series, it’s definitely worth it to take a look, lots of reviewers are saying its not the best Total War, but is still very good.

Rime free on Epic Games Store. Jalopy free on Humble

Head over to the Epic Games Store and you can pick up Rime for free, which is an explorative puzzle platformer. You can also pick up Stories Untold while you’re there if you haven’t already. Another free game comes from Humble today, go over there and get Jalopy, which is an adored indie game.

That’s the news for today. Thank you so so much for tuning in, and thank you to Brandon for supporting the show through Patreon. I am Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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