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PlayStation 4 sales top 7 million worldwide

The PlayStation 4 has sold more than 7 million units worldwide, according to an official release from Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. The console has also sold more than 20 million games, which is impressive considering it launched in North American and European markets in November and the Japanese PS4 launch was only two months ago.  

The last set of numbers Microsoft released on their Xbox One sales were back in January, where they announced 3.9 million units had been sold. That said, Titanfall’s recent release likely help move more than a few Xbox One units, so expect a counter announcement from Microsoft trumpeting their sales sooner than later.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One delayed indefinitely

The Xbox One is a bit light on the selection of games at the moment and it looks like it’s getting a bit worse. The Xbox One version of the “Amazing Spider-Man 2” has been quietly removed from the game’s site and Activision has released a short statement confirming the Xbox One version has been delayed indefinitely saying “When and whether ASM2 is released on Xbox One is to be determined.”

Xbox 360 owners will be happy to know their version will still be released alongside the PlayStation 3 and 4 and Wii U versions. 

Sony sells off last of 'Final Fantasy' dev stock

Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. is reporting that they're selling off every share of Square Enix stock they own — a total of 9,520,000 shares worth approximately $47 million. Japanese brokerage firm SMBC Nikko Securities will be the lucky new owner of what amounts to between 8 and 9 percent of Square Enix's total stock.

While this is interesting news because of the close ties Sony and Square have shared in the past, it's not likely indicative of any financial struggles with either company. In 2001, Sony bailed out Square with a sizable stock purchase after a series of poor decisions on Square's part —  including the disastrous movie "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" — left the role-playing giant financially unstable. This is likely just Sony selling off the last of those shares while Square's stock is high.

Halo composer leaves Bungie, claims termination

Marty O’Donnell, the composer behind the “Halo” series, sent out a Tweet last night that he had been fired by Bungie on Apr. 11. Details are scarce at this time, but as O’Donnell was also working on the soundtrack for the upcoming “Destiny,” this comes as a shock to the fan base.

It becomes even more shocking when looking back at the scope of O’Donnell’s work with Bungie, which covers 20 years and touches nearly every game produced by the company. His soundtrack to “Halo 2” is one of the bestselling video game soundtracks of all time.

"Child of Light" trailer

'Child of Light' teaser shows artistry behind title

Ubisoft has released a new trailer for the stunningly beautiful “Child of Light,” the upcoming side-scrolling role-playing game from their Montreal studios.

The trailer is light on the gameplay, but shows off the talents of world-renowned character artist Yoshitaka Amano, who has lent his considerable talents to the game. "Child of Light" follows the adventures of Aurora, a young woman in late 1800s Austria who has discovered she can access a mysterious world through her dreams.

How 'Sniper Elite 3' is aiming to be a WWII 'thinking person's shooter'

“Sniper Elite V2” was somewhat of a cult hit on the PC when it launched in 2012, garnering a dedicated fan base through excellent word of mouth, despite a somewhat harsh official critical reception.

The series is a slower-paced World War II shooter that fills the niche that “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield” have left behind as those franchises moved into warfare in the modern era.

Obsidian announces 'Armored Warfare'

Obsidian, fresh off its success with “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” is venturing into even odder territory for the company, with the announcement of “Armored Warfare.”

Unlike everything else created by the company, “Armored Warfare” is not a role-playing game, but rather a modern take on the uber-successful “World of Tanks” formula. If you’re not familiar with WoT, it’s a free-to-play online deathmatch shooter revolving around tank combat. After taking a look at the media on display on the “Armored Warfare” site, it’s fair to say Obsidian looks to be lifting pretty heavily from WoT — almost too heavily.

Virtual Insanity: Sony enters VR fray

Sony's "Project Morpheus" headset was unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Sony lifted the veil on its proprietary virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference yesterday.

Titled “Project Morpheus” this headset is joining the race to bring virtual reality to the masses. It’s in the early prototype stages, but the initial specs are impressive, with a 1080p display, more than a 90-degree field of view and a sleek, futuristic look that may make users look only marginally silly.

Titanfall movie is in the works, trailer is here!

“Titanfall” is finally in the hands of the masses and by all accounts it’s doing quite well both critically and sales wise. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that the Respawn and EA have banked on the success of the shooter, and have already enacted plans to bring Titanfall to other forms for media.

For instance, film. Respawn is working with visual effects studio Playfight for their first feature length movie, titled at the moment “Titanfall: Free the Frontier.”  If you haven’t already seen the trailer for the "live-action-mixed-with-CGI" flick then you really ought to click above. Obviously, we don’t know much about the movie at this point, but the trailer shows explosions, titans and titans causing explosions, so it’s at least capturing the mood of the game.

First look at 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'

BioWare just released the long-awaited trailer for “Dragon Age: Inquisition.” Before this, fans of the uber-popular role-playing series had to rely on mostly second hand, off-screen footage recorded on cell phones.

This latest trailer shows off the world of Thedas, rendered with the same Frostbite 3 engine that powers “Battlefield 4”. It doesn’t show more than really spectacular lighting effects, but there is a couple of shots of some expansive areas that shows they really are serious about moving away from the confined, linear pathways of “Dragon Age 2.”

 
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About the Authors


Brian Bowers is Stars and Stripes’ Assistant Managing Editor for Europe and Mideast and one of its video game reviewers. He joined the newspaper in 1992 in Germany, where he worked on the news desk and the city desk. He has a wife and three children, who are always eager to help him test games.


Sam Laney joined Stars and Stripes in 2007 as a copy/layout editor and slowly convinced upper management to support his video game habit. Since then, he’s added game reviews and previews to his list of duties and moved on to the iPad. When he’s not rocking newbies in “Left4Dead2,” he covers PC and Nintendo systems.


Michael S. Darnell joined Stars and Stripes in 2013 as a reporter and quickly annoyed his bosses into allowing him to write about video games in his spare time. He's a PC gamer at heart whose life goals include buildin