Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios… the business news of the week

business news Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios… the business news of the week

Sales figures, study purchases, financial statements, developer transfer window, investments… if these topics interest you, you’ve come to the right place. We bring you an update on last week’s business news.

Summary

  • Supermassive Games (The Quarry, Dark Pictures…) scored by Nordisk Games
  • Haven Officially Joins PlayStation Studios
  • Resident Evil 2 remake reaches 10 million sales worldwide
  • Europe Charts: F1 22 in sales pole position in June
  • Briefly in the business news of the week.

Supermassive Games (The Quarry, Dark Pictures…) scored by Nordisk Games

Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios... the business news of the week

Specializing in narrative horror games, Supermassive Games is now owned by Nordisk Games. The subsidiary of the Danish media giant already owned 30.7% of the studio since last year and has therefore decided to buy the remaining shares for an undisclosed sum. “We have an ambitious growth strategy for Supermassive Games and being a part of Nordisk Games only reinforces it. I’m very excited to see where the security this partnership provides and continued access to Nordisk Games will take us,” said Pete. Samuels, CEO of the studio.

Founded in 2008 in Guildford, England, Supermassive Games has long partnered with Sony on games like The party begins !, Killzone HD, Until sunrise et the hospitalized patient. The studio, which now has more than 300 employees, most recently released the saga the dark images with Bandai Namco and The Quarry with 2K Games. The next Dark Pictures, dubbed the devil in meIt’s also scheduled for this year, still at Bandai Namco.

Nordisk Games has been increasing investments in the video game sector for a few years. In particular, the firm bought Avalanche Studios (Just Cause, Contraband…) in 2018 before buying 40% of the Spanish studio MercurySteam (Metroid Dread, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow…) in 2020.

Haven Officially Joins PlayStation Studios

Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios... the business news of the week

Announced four months ago, the acquisition of Haven Studios by Sony is now finalized. This new milestone is an opportunity to learn a little more about how Haven Studios works thanks to an interview published on GamesIndustry. Founded in March 2021 in Montreal by Jade Raymond and about twenty former Google Stadia members, the team now consists of 106 employeescompared to about fifty last October, most of them having previously worked at Ubisoft Montreal and/or Stadia. As advertised, his first big project is a new AAA multiplayer licensewhich is one of many game service that Sony plans to launch in the coming years.

Born in the heart of the pandemic, the studio has the particularity of having immediately implemented tools optimized for teleworking and counting in its ranks. twenty engineers specialized in the cloud. Its goal: to facilitate the creation of gaming services, which are usually very heavy due to the fact that they are constantly updated and filled with content. We saw it for example with Destiny 2, which was forced to remove content to make room for new features, it is a difficult problem to manage.

We also learn that Mark Cerny, the lead architect for PS4 and PS5, works with the studio and more specifically with its R&D department. “It’s not just about the cloud, it’s also about more forward-thinking research and development. I can’t say too much at the moment, but obviously that’s one of the things that draws us to our partnership with PlayStation. Of course, Mark Cerny He’s also kind of a rock star, and being able to collaborate with him is really exciting.”Jade Raymond commented.

Resident Evil 2 remake reaches 10 million sales worldwide

Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios... the business news of the week

After The rise of the monster hunter last week, around ”’Resident Evil 2 Remake to surpass the symbolic milestone of 10 million copies sold worldwide. Originally released on January 25, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the title received a bit of a boost last month with the release of a PS5 and Xbox series patch. It has now sold twice as many as the original game released on PlayStation in 1998. A huge success, one of biggest in Capcom history behind Monster Hunter World (18 million sales) and Resident Evil 7 (10.8 million).

The publisher continues to do well with its flagship franchise, as seen with the releases of Resident Evil 3 Remake (5.2 million) and Resident Evil Village (6.1 million). The latter will also be entitled to a Gold Edition and narrative DLC (Les Ombres de Rose) on October 28, as well as a PlayStation VR2 adaptation. The news of Resident Evil is far from staying there since a new adaptation of the series has just landed on Netflix, while Resident Evil 4 Remake It will be released on March 23, 2023.

Europe Charts: F1 22 in sales pole position in June

Resident Evil 2, Supermassive Games, Haven Studios... the business news of the week

After a particularly quiet month of May, video game sales picked up again in June thanks to some notable releases. According to figures reported by GamesIndustry, 12.8 million sets have been sold in Europe30% more compared to the same period in 2021 and 52% compared to May 2022. We can highlight the overwhelming participation of digital, 8.1 million of these sales have been made by download (up 33% in a year and 65% in a month), knowing that eShop sales of Nintendo games are not even taken into account (as they are not disclosed by the manufacturer).

this does not prevent Mario Strikers: Football Battle League be the third biggest hit of june and the best-selling physical game of the month. Have particularly successful in France, making 40% of its European sales in France ahead of Germany, which represents 19% of sales. In just three weeks, he has already surpassed the total score for Mario Golf Super Rush, released in June 2021.

But it’s okay F1 22 which ranks first, while only the Champions Edition of the game was available from June 28 (July 1 for the Standard Edition). It was in Germany and the UK that he was most successful. Another novelty in the ranking: The Quarry, the new narrative horror game from Supermassive Games, which moves up to 8th position. Sign a better launch with sales 19% higher than the previous studio game, The Dark Pictures: The House of Ashes, released last October. We leave you with the complete top 20, which shows recent LEGO Star Wars titles The Skywalker Saga, Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West, and older ones like GTA 5, Minecraft Switch Edition, Dragon’s Dogma or Civilization VI.

  1. F1 22 (EA)
  2. FIFA 22 (EA)
  3. Mario Strikers: Battle League Soccer* (Nintendo)
  4. Grand Theft Auto 5 (rock star)
  5. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Nintendo)
  6. Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)*
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2 (rock star)
  8. The Quarry (2K Games)
  9. Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony)
  10. Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)
  11. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
  12. NBA 2K22 (2K Games)
  13. Soccer Manager 22 (Sega)
  14. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (EA)
  15. Grand Touring 7 (Sony)
  16. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (2K Games)
  17. Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
  18. Assassin’s Creed Origins (Ubisoft)
  19. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Capcom)
  20. Minecraft Switch Edition (Microsoft)

.* Download sales are not counted

Briefly in the business news of the week.

  • In addition to Haven Studios, Sony has also finalized the acquisition of Bungie (Destiny 2), announced last January.
  • ”’After selling 2 million copies in one week, the extension break the sun from Monster Hunter Rise now has 3 million.
  • Very good performance also for the DLC (The delicious last dish) of cup headwhich has already reached one million sales.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Shredder’s Revenge it also earned a million sales, a month after its release.
  • SELL has presented the best physical sales in France for the period from June 27 to July 3. Mario Strikers Battle League Football leads for the fourth week in a rowfollowed by Horizon Forbidden West (PS5 version), F1 22 (PS4 version, later PS5 version), and Nintendo Switch Sports.
  • Nintendo has announced the acquisition of Dynamo Pictures, a Japanese animation studio that has worked on series (Yuri on Ice, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045…), movies (Kingslave Final Fantasy XV) and games (Metroid: Other M, Final Fantasy XIII-2…). This will be renamed Nintendo Pictures once the operation is completed. Nintendo’s goal is to strengthen its production capacity for “visual content” highlighting their licenses.

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