Modern Warfare retakes #1 in charts, Battleborn shutting down, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, bringing you all the news in gaming for Tuesday, November 26th. Let’s get started shall we?

Modern Warfare takes #1 spot back in UK charts

As we always do on Tuesdays, let’s take a look at the UK physical sales charts. There hasn’t been a tremendous shift from last week, Modern Warfare went from #4 back up to #1, mostly because Pokemon sales dropped significantly. Sword & Shield take #s 3 and 5 respectively, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and FIFA 20 rounding out the rest of the top 5. We still have six Nintendo Switch exclusives in the top 10, which is insanely good for Nintendo. Interestingly, Shenmue III, which was only physically released on PS4, kicked off at #17. Though, it likely would have done much better had they not sold around 70,000 copies through Kickstarter in the first place. That puts it one spot below the debut of Football Manager 2020, at #16, which is even more interesting because that is only a PC game, and fun fact is the first in the series to be released in a box using new eco-friendly packaging. They likely got most of their sales digitally though. Next week’s charts will be factoring in Black Friday deals, so we’ll likely see all of this get shaken up.

Google statement deflects Stadia issues

Google has drafted an official response to the accusations that they broke promises over the performance of Google Stadia. It’s been noted since release that it really doesn’t perform at 4K 60fps like they advertised, and in fact it often underperforms compared to console output, despite their claim that its GPU had more power than the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro combined. And here in their statement, they essentially just shift all of the blame to developers, saying “Stadia streams at 4K and 60FPS…We give developers the freedom of how to achieve the best image quality and framerate on Stadia.” And the research that people have done basically confirms this, that no matter what the developer sends Stadia, they upscale it to 4K, but if the developer renders at 1080p or 1440p, 30FPS, then that’s essentially what you get on the screen. Obviously this could have been not a huge deal, but the fact is that Google has consistently advertised that all games would support 4K at launch, and especially because they are locking that quality behind a paywall subscription. Things aren’t looking good for Stadia right now, and I can only hope that they will turn their attitude around on this and many other things.

Gearbox shutting down BattleBorn

Gearbox’s Battleborn has begun to ride into the sunset, with it being deslited from storefronts, losing its virtual currency in February 2020, and stopping its servers in January 2021, thus making it unplayable. If you don’t remember Battleborn I don’t blame you, this was a hero shooter that released at the same time as Overwatch. So you can guess how that turned out. It had a pretty bad launch, and has been going downhill ever since. The last time the game had more than 100 players online at once was in May last year. So its no surprise that Gearbox is saying goodbye to it.

Rebellion acquires The Bitmap Brothers

Hey, for you old-school gamers, Rebellion has just acquired the development studio The Bitmap Brothers. This was a company that made a ton of pretty famous Amega and Atari games, such as Xenon, Speedball, and Z: Steel Soldiers. This means that Rebellion will be looking to bring some of those games to modern platforms, and perhaps even create new games based on those IPs. I personally haven’t heard of this company or their games, but it looks like they come well regarded.

That is all for today, I want to thank you very much for tuning in. As you know I am here every Monday through Friday with news, I’ll be back tomorrow, and until then…Happy Gaming Everyone.