Weekly News Roundup: An Xbox One victory, new ‘Assassin’s’, and more

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Press the pause button and stretch those fingers: it’s time to roundup the news that you might have missed from the world of gaming this week.

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Horror fans are still reeling over the cancellation of Silent Hills, and so is Guillermo del Toro. CinemaBlend reported Guillermo del Toro has caught wind of the Silents Hills petition and is willing to add his name to the list. Mr. del Toro shared his hope for the games revival, but the chances of that happening are slim to none at this point. That doesn’t mean del Toro has given up on games. It was accidentally confirmed that del Toro’s movie studio would be working on a cinematic trailer for Fallout 4 according to the Nerdist. Although this does not mean del Toro will be involved in the project, it does mean that Fallout 4 is indeed happening.

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CD PROJEKT RED has a million reasons to celebrate. Inquisitr noted that the pre-orders for one of the most anticipated RPG games of the year,  The Witcher 3, have surpassed 1 million orders. Due in stores May 19, The Witcher 3 is already off to a strong start.

“We’ve crossed the 1 million pre-order milestone and it’s all thanks to you guys! We would like to thank all the gamers for their trust and support,” said Marcin Iwiński, co-founder, CD PROJEKT RED. “This is the last stretch and we’re pushing hard — over the last two weeks, we’ve increased performance on all platforms and started working full speed on the expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine,” concludes Iwiński.

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Blizzard Entertainment announces first ever Heroes of the Storm tournament. The competition will have regional championships for the Americas, Europe, China, Korea, and Taiwan regions. Each battle will bring teams one step closer to the world stage where the top eight teams will duke it out during BlizzCon on November 6-7 in Anaheim, CA.  With cash prizes totaling $1.2 million, the stakes are high.

The Road to BlizzCon kicks off later this month with a tournament in China, and similar events will be taking place in the Americas (including North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand), Europe, Korea, and Taiwan regions in the weeks ahead. Everyone is encouraged to gather a team and compete in their local tournament. Details on how to sign up, as well as further event-related news, will be posted on www.heroesofthestorm.com.

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Xbox One outsells PS4 in April in the USA according to Polygon. The top-selling packaged game for the month was Mortal Kombat X. Microsoft had this to say.

“As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month,” said Xbox marketer Mike Nichols. “Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014 and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users (Xbox One and Xbox 360) grew 24 percent.”

Sony reminded fans that they the PS4 remained the leader in software, and Nintendo reported a continued climb in Wii U sales.

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ComingSoon.net reported that the trailer for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has been revealed. This time around, players will be traveling to jolly old London during the Industrial Revolution. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 23, 2015.

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