Quick Hits- Sony and Microsoft enjoy brisk sales, Atlus makes a big announcement for Persona fans

p5Some quick notes on some newsworthy items for you gamers out there. First off, the next generation of gaming has arrived (meaning we now have two generations that could be called “current gen” systems) and the public has responded in a big way, much to the delight of executives at both Sony and Microsoft. Both congratulated each other on the successful launches of the PS4 and the Xbox One. Despite the fact that some customers encountered some unpleasant bugs in their shiny new toys (something that one usually must expect when a new piece of technology is made available to the public), both systems enjoyed brisk sales, with both systems selling over a million units in their first 24 hours. Definitely a successful launch for both companies. Games for the new systems were generally received better by players than critics, with Sony’s launch titles reviewing slightly higher than Microsoft’s titles. Both have very promising releases to come in the months ahead, so regardless of your platform of choice, there’s plenty of good gaming to look forward to.

Speaking of games, there have been a few announcements of note over the past two weeks. On November 17, Bethesda Softworks has filed for trademark status the title Fallout 4 with the Office for Harmonization of the Internal Markets, the official trademark office in the European Union. A teaser site, called “The Survivor 2299”, has been registered to Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Media Inc. Could a new game be in the works for the popular series? Many are hopeful. We’ll let you know as we hear more.

In other trademark news, Square Enix has registered the unannounced title Lara Croft: Reflections in both the United States and Europe. This could be the next-gen sequel that Crystal Dynamics is working on to follow-up the rebooted Tomb Raider game, with the Lara Croft title possibly being used as a way to separate the rebooted universe from the old series. There are also hints that a next-gen release of Tomb Raider may be happening, with Square Enix promising an announcement at the VGX on December 7.

Persona fans are rejoicing, as Atlus made some huge announcements for the popular franchise. The biggest announcement was that Persona 5 is real and getting a release, exclusive to the PS3 and releasing in Japan by the end of 2014. Little is known at this point, but it’s promising news for fans and hopefully the game will get a world wide release at the same time or possibly in early 2015. In other Atlus news, another title was announced for the PS3, the fighting game Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, a new entry in the Persona 4 Arena series. It too is slated for a 2014 release in Japan, with word on a Western release to follow.

In other gaming news, it looks like a new LEGO game is on the horizon, based on Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. LEGO The Hobbit Game has been officially announced yet, but box art on LEGO building sets suggests a possible release for the game next year. The ad shows a LEGO version of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and Thorin Oakenshield, and lists the Xbox 360, the PS3, 3DS, Wii U, and PC all as platforms for the game, though one would think if this gets confirmed we’ll see releases on the PS4 and Xbox One as well. And did Sony buy back Crash Bandicoot from Activision? There have been several hints around the internet, but no confirmation as yet is Naughty Dog’s lovable mascot will be back in Sony’s stable. Be sure to stay tuned for further news.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more news as we get it and can pass it on to you. Til next time…

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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