Gamestop Q3, Resident Evil 2 sells 5 million, Forza battle royale, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com and welcome to your daily gaming update for Thursday December 12th. We’ve got plenty to look at here today, so let’s jump into it.

Gamestop Q3 financials

In our top story today is Gamestop. They reported on their Q3 financials, and once again, all the numbers are down. Overall sales down 24% year over year, hardware down 45, software down 33, and accessories down 13. The only gains were collectibles, which were up 4%. The CEO George Sherman noted that the hardware decline was to be expected thanks to the new console generation coming soon, and they expect declines until the new ones release. Now, last quarter, they revealed a plan to reboot, essentially, which this quarter has resulted in some layoffs, closing some stores, creating some new store concepts, and turning the website ThinkGeek into the physical GameStop stores. They say they are on track to achieve at $200 million annual operating profit by 2021 which will be achieved by these reboot strategies.

Resident Evil 2 remake hits 5 million units sold

The Resident Evil 2 remake has now sold over 5 million units since it released earlier this year. This means that it has sold more than the original’s lifetime sales, and the entire franchise is now up to 94 million units. Of course we now know that Resident Evil 3 will be getting its remake this upcoming April, which also includes an asymmetrical multiplayer mode called Resistance. It looks like there are some rumours that there will be a teaser of this game in RE 2, thanks to a new Steam achievement that popped up, so keep an eye out for that.

Forza Horizon 4 is getting a Battle Royale

Forza Horizon 4 has announced a new Battle Royale mode. It’s called the Eliminator, it’ll be a free update, and it comes out today. Here’s how it works, 72 people and everyone starts with a 1965 Mini Cooper. You can drive around the world to pick up drops which will upgrade you to a faster car. But, to knock out other players, you have to challenge them for head to head races. If you win, you can upgrade your car or steal your opponents. All the while, arena boundaries close in, and every competitor must race to the finish line to be crowned the winner. I’ll be honest it’s a bit confusing, but I’m really interested in checking this out and seeing how the concept works with racing games.

Tetris 99 adds team battles

Speaking of battle royales, Tetris 99 will be getting a new update itself, containing a new team battle mode. In this mode, you pick one of four teams and then work together to pick off your enemies. This update will also allow you to spend tickets to unlock previous event themes that you may have missed out on.

Twitch signs exclusive streamers

In the video game livestreaming world, it looks like exclusivity deals are going to be the next big thing. Now we know a while back two huge names in streaming went exclusive to Mixer, that’s Ninja and Shroud. Youtube and Facebook did similar things — well, now Twitch is doing it. Obviously their best people keep getting taken away from them, so now they have locked down Dr Lupo, LIRIK, and TimTheTatman. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know any of these people, I just know they’re big names, but it’ll be interesting to see how these platforms evolve with this new strategy. I imagine its going to cut into a lot of budgets.

That is all for today, thank you very much for tuning in, and I’d also like to thank Rodrigo and Alias all for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon, thank you very much. As you know I am here every Monday-Friday with the news, which means I’ll be back tomorrow and until then….Happy Gaming Everyone.