It’s been an eventful week full of news to unpack, and today is no different. Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Nintendo Switch have reached meteoric success, Marvel’s Avengers‘ PS4 preorder beta went live early today, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition has issues on PC, and more. Here’s the video game news you might’ve missed on Aug. 7, 2020.
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition’s PC Version Is Here, but Players Are Having Issues with It
It’s sort of surreal to see a first-party PlayStation 4 game running on PC, but that’s exactly what we get today — thanks to the launch of Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition on PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store). It’s out now and it comes bundled with the game’s Frozen Wilds DLC, along with higher frame rates, better resolution, and mouse and keyboard (or DualShock 4) support.
However, players seem to be having issues with it, and in some cases it has been nearly unplayable due to bugs and glitches. Many players have reported frequent crashes and constant downscaling in resolution. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a patch soon.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Has “Shipped and Digitally Sold” Over 5 Million Copies
Today, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy VII Remake has reached 5 million copies shipped and digitally sold. What makes that number more impressive is that it is only available on one platform, PlayStation 4. Square Enix also announced it was the highest-selling digital release on a PlayStation platform ever in Square Enix history.
The one thing to consider is that the terminology used — “shipped and digitally sold”– does not mean the game actually sold 5 million units. “Shipped” refers to the copies sent to retailers to be sold but does not necessarily account for actual sales. Nonetheless, this number will increase when it presumably comes to other platforms in the future.
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We shipped and digitally sold over five million copies worldwide, which has made #FF7R the highest selling digital release on the PlayStation platform in #SquareEnix history! pic.twitter.com/f6vaDSHukD
— FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE (@finalfantasyvii) August 7, 2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Has Reached 22 Million Units Sold, Switch Hardware Up to 61 Million
In other news about sales figures, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an absolute behemoth, reaching 22.4 million units sold since its launch in March 2020. This makes it the second best-selling Nintendo Switch game ever, trailing only Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at 26.74 million (which had a three year head start, mind you).
Equally as impressive is that Nintendo Switch itself has surpassed 61 million units sold, nearly reaching the lifetime sales of the NES (which sits comfortably at around 61.91 million) since its launch in 1985. Nintendo is having a fantastic year, at least from a profitability point of view — and it’s only half over!
Play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer for Free This Weekend
Starting today, Aug. 7, players will be able to enjoy a free version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s multiplayer this weekend, across all platforms. The free version contains five maps, along with game modes like Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, Domination, and Hardpoint. The free trial will last for 72 hours, coinciding with the release of the game’s Season Five batch of content, which features new maps, weapons, and a slew of Easter eggs found in Warzone.
Marvel’s Avengers Preorder Beta Is Live Now
A bit ahead of schedule, Marvel’s Avengers‘ PS4 preorder beta is live now and includes campaign missions, challenges, and a taste of the game’s War Zones. Originally, the beta was set to go live tomorrow, but Square Enix and developer Crystal Dynamics decided to open the floodgates early. The beta’s reception has been mixed, as many have praised its combat, story, and characters but were more iffy on the live-service components. For right now, the beta is only available to PS4 players, with other platforms to follow on Aug. 14 and an open beta following that on Aug. 21.
— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) August 7, 2020