This Week in Games – Week 33

This Week in Games
This article is part of the weekly “This Week in Games” article-series on Nordic Game Bits. The purpose of the series is to collect and wrap-up all the news that we did not cover with a full article on NordicGameBits form the past weeks. 

Hugo to be removed from Ronaldo & Hugo: Superstar Skaters

Danish Hugo Games is changing its strategic focus with its Ronaldo & Hugo: Superstar Skaters game. The game was released 8 weeks ago, but after analyzing the game metrics and consumer behavior, the studio have now concluded that the number of downloads is simply not satisfactory and far from the potential of the game.

“In general, our consumers are having problems identifying whether the game is an original Hugo- or Ronaldo game, why it has become clear that the current version faces some conceptual challenges.”, an official blog post reads.

Over the next 4-6 months, the game will therefore change focus, and Hugo will be removed from the game. Instead, the game will focus purely on Ronaldo, and Hugo Games have even gotten Ronaldo’s main sponser, Nike, on board as well.

Lastly, Hugo Games is eager to emphasize that this is not the end of Hugo. Not at all. The studio will still develop new games within the Hugo universe, in the hope of reviving what was once one of the largest entertainment franchises. At its height, Hugo was aired on national television in more than 40 countries, and its games became huge hits on the Comodore, PC, Nintendo, and even PlayStation.



Critical Force Entertainment releases Alpha version of Critical Ops on Facebook

Finnish Critical Force Entertainment who developed and published the popular mobile FPS Critical Strike Portable are now back with an Alpha version of the follow-up game; Critical Ops.

The game, which is built in Unity, is now playable on Facebook.



Battlestation: Humanity’s Last Hope re-launches on Kickstarter

Nearly a year after the last campaign failed to reach its goal, Finnish Bugbyte is re-launching a renewed version of the space station simulation rogue-like strategy game on Kickstarter.

So far, the game is off to a great start, above 10% of its funding goal with still 30 days to go. We’re interviewing Aksel from Bugbyte for an article next week, so make sure to check back again for a more in-depth take on the story behind re-launching instead of giving up!



Danish Serious Games Interactive Launches “President for a Day – Corruption” on Steam

Danish Serious Games Interactive have just launched their second steam game; President for a Day – Corruption. In all honesty, the game actually went live last week, but since there was no “This Week in Games”-article last week, the news is included in this edition. The game has received mixed reviews on Steam so far, but players generally seem to love the concept of the game.

“President for a Day- Corruption gives you the opportunity to assume the role of an African president. As such, you must make controversial decisions revolving around topics such as: democratic evolution, corruption, development aid- and cooperation.”, the Steam page reads.



Oslo-based Funcom seeking Acquisition, Merger, or investment

Thing doesn’t look all that good for Norwegian Funcom these days. The studio’s LEGO Minifigures Online game have not performed as expected on PC, and the company is now in a situation where they most likely won’t be able to pay back their debt by July 2016, as otherwise planned.

The studio has therefore now announced that they are seeking interested parties for a discussion about a possible investment, acquisition, merger, and other available options.



Shark Punch’s The Masterplan won the Best Game Design Indie Prize at Casual Connect USA

Only a few days after Gamescom had ended, Finnish Shark Punch were on their way again. This time, to receive the Best Game Design indie prize at Casual Connect USA.

The award was for the studio’s first game, The Masterplan, which has been particularly well-received on Steam, where it released on June 4th.

The Masterplan Indie Prize

Sune Thorsen

Sune is not only a gamer and writer who wishes his keyboard-typing-speed would translate directly into Nintendo 64 controller agility, but also the co-founder and CEO of NordicGameBits.

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