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Atlus claims first UK number one
Persona 5 has debuted at the top of the UK Top 40, giving Atlus its first ever UK number one. GfK said of the achievement, it was, “by far the biggest launch for a Persona title”. The title is also the first JRPG to score a UK number one since 2013’s, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
Ghost Recon: Wildands claimed second spot ahead of LEGO Worlds. Last week’s number one, Mass Effect: Andromeda slipped to fifth place. Full charts MCV UK.
IGN and Twitter partner for E3
The two companies have announced that IGN will be Twitter’s official livestream broadcast partner for E3 2017. Live broadcasts will be streamed directly from the expo floor with coverage to run from June 10 through 15. In total, 30 hours will be broadcast. Twitter COO Anthony Noto said, “Our gaming audience turns to Twitter every year to discuss what’s happening at E3.”
“We are excited to partner with IGN, an industry leader in gaming coverage, on these unique broadcasts that will bring live video and the related conversation all to Twitter.” Full story MCV UK.
Gamestop admits to possible credit card theft
The retailer is currently investigating whether customer data, including credit cards, have been comprimised and are up for sale on the black market. Gamestop told KrebsOnSecurity, “GameStop recently received notification from a third party that it believed payment card data from cards used on the GameStop.com website was being offered for sale on a website.” the company told .
“That day a leading security firm was engaged to investigate these claims. Gamestop has and will continue to work non-stop to address this report and take appropriate measures to eradicate any issue that may be identified.
“We regret any concern this situation may cause for our customers. GameStop would like to remind its customers that it is always advisable to monitor payment card account statements for unauthorized charges. If you identify such a charge, report it immediately to the bank that issued the card because payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges that are timely reported.” Full story MCV UK.
Atlus have shipped 1.5-million copies of Persona 5
The publisher has taken the niche JRPG mainstream, announcing that over 1.5-million copies of Persona 5 have been shipped world-wide. Almost 500,000 of these were in Japan alone.
Game director Katsura Hashino told Waypoint, “Every time the development on a new Persona game starts, this subject always comes up at the very beginning,”
“When thinking about how much work goes into accomplishing such a feat, it’s a huge amount. Honestly, to put that option into the game, we’d have to cut out other things to compensate for the workload, and every time that’s the situation we’ll basically say, ‘it’s not worth it’.” Full story MCV UK.