Start every weekday morning with Words About Games’ round-up of the latest news from in and around the games industry.
This morning – Persona 5 debuts at #1 in the UK charts, Nintendo announce an Arms-and-Splatoon themed Direct is coming on Wednesday, Microsoft launch the Xbox Academy in Australia later this week, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy could be far longer than anyone thought and Race The Sun is getting an update that includes PSVR support.
Persona 5 is series’ biggest ever launch – Persona 5 stormed to the top of the UK sales charts this week, following the news that the game has shipped 1.5 million units worldwide in its opening week. This makes Persona 5 the first JRPG to top the charts since Ni No Kuni, which was launched on Playstation 3 in 2013. Elsewhere, new release Lego City Undercover launched in 8th, enjoying a larger share of sales on Switch than PS4 or Xbox One. Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition launched in 23rd.
(via Chart Track)
Nintendo Direct coming on April 12 – Nintendo of America have revealed via Twitter that there will be a Nintendo Direct this Wednesday. Scheduled for 11PM BST on April 12, the Direct will focus mainly on upcoming Switch titles Arms and Splatoon 2, as well as contain information about both 3DS and Switch.
Microsoft launches Xbox Academy program – Microsoft are launching Xbox Academy later this week, a series of free game development classes in Sydney, Australia. These classes see the console developer teaming up with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, with the goal of showing school children the process behind game development and give them a taste of what a career in video games can hold.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy could be more than 10 hours long – Naughty Dog’s Director of Communications Arne Meyer has teased that the developer’s upcoming Uncharted entry could be quite lengthy. Recently, the title has shifted from being Uncharted 4 DLC to its own, standalone adventure. Meyer has revealed that this move was due to Naughty Dog’s inability to limit themselves to making a shorter experience, speaking of story pitches that would “be over ten hours long.”
Race The Sun to get updated VR & first-person modes – Stylistic racing game Race The Sun is getting an update on April 18, aimed at enabling virtual reality support for the game. All current game modes will be supported in VR, though the update also includes a first-person mode and a more relaxing Sunrise mode, which removes leaderboards and increasing difficulty to allow players to play the game in a more relaxing fashion.
(via Playstation Blog)