Grand Theft Auto V Sets First-Day Sales Record for a Video Game
$800 million. That’s how much money Grand Theft Auto V-related purchases brought in on September 17th. Though important to note that this is sheer revenue (i.e., not every penny of that is going directly to the games creators), $800 million is $200 million more than the previous record-setter, 2012′s Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It is also almost three times Grand Theft Auto V’s combined development and marketing budget, and smashes even the most positive of analyst’s outlooks.
We will confirm exact sales numbers when the September NPD results come out but, man, that’s more than most blockbusters make in a weekend.
Walking Dead, Mark of the Ninja leads form new studio “Campo Santo” with Illustrator Olly Moss
Today, Walking Dead leads Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman, as well as Mark of the Ninja lead designer Nels Anderson, have announced that they are forming a new studio called Campo Santo with acclaimed illustrator Olly Moss. Rather than go the now routine “crowd funded indie startup” route, Campo Santo is currently being backed by capital from longtime Mac software developer Panic.
Details on their first project are scarce at the moment, other than the fact that it will release on Linux, Mac, and PC. With a roster like that, though, you have to be excited for what is coming next.
SEGA SAMMY Acquires Atlus
Atlus, developer of the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series, will have its current parent company replaced with SEGA SAMMY in November, Nikkei reports. The deal allegedly closed for around 14 billion yen.
Hard to say what will come of this arrangement, but some reports claim that Sega wants Atlus focused on mobile games. Ick.