Last week was a huge launch week, Death Stranding to PC, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Tuesday, October 29th. Lots of news to get into here today, let’s jump right in.

The UK physical charts are in from last week, which had a very strong lineup. Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare took the #1 spot, and unlike a lot of yearly releases, sold a significant amount more than predecessor, Black Ops 4. Apparently it’s not as high as WWII, though the digital vs. physical landscape has changed a lot in the past two years. This release pushed FIFA 20 down to the #2 spot, after 4 weeks at #1. The rest of the top 5 are also debuts. #3 is WWE 2K20, despite the pretty big community backlash. #4 is The Outer Worlds, which is in a very interesting position. It released on the same day as Call of Duty, which tells you that they have a bigger focus on Christmas than they do on launch. But also, the game is published by Private Division, a subsidiary of Take Two, who have been publicly sceptical of subscription services in the past. Now that Obsidian is owned by Xbox, obviously the game is on Xbox Game Pass, which likely means less physical sales, but it will also test the two sides of the coin when it comes to that kind of service. #5 in the charts was MediEvil which is the Playstation 1 remake which had a mixed reception but also had a $30 price tag, so I’m sure that helped things along. Big thanks to Christopher Dring from gi.biz for a lot of this insight.

Hideo Kojima and his team will be releasing Death Stranding on the Playstation 4 in just over a week now. Well, what was previously assumed to be a Playstation exclusive has now been confirmed for a PC release. Mind you, you’ll have to wait until summer 2020. The review embargo lifts this Friday, so you can keep your eyes open for what they have in store.

Project Scarlett will be coming around in the holidays next year, and Microsoft has just announced a new financing plan for it. Xbox All Access essentially lets you buy a console with monthly payments, instead of a lump sum, and it looks like they have an interesting deal here. Essentially, you can purchase an Xbox One this holiday season, and after a certain amount of payments have been made, you can upgrade it to the Project Scarlett. So you can choose to finance an Xbox One X, you’ll make 12 payments, or an S which is 18 payments. Those also include a controller and two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Obviously this is an attempt to bolster some Christmas sales this year, and honestly it’s not that bad of a deal if you want a new console now but were planning on waiting for the next generation.

Mario Kart Tour on mobile continues to blow our socks off here. In the first month of its release, it’s been downloaded 124 million times. That’s 100 million more than Nintendo’s second best downloaded game, Super Mario Run, but 40 million less than Pokemon GO from Niantic. Revenue is little different, taking second place with $37 million, compared to Fire Emblem: Heroes which did 67 and a half million dollars. I don’t know about you but the number of downloads compared to how often its talked about in the community seems like quite the difference.

That’s the news for today. A big thanks to Boarder and Kally for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon, I will be back tomorrow, as I am every day, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.