Can CD Projekt Recover from the Cyberpunk 2077 Disaster?

Can CD Projekt Recover from the Cyberpunk 2077 Disaster?

CD Projekt, based in Poland, is the developer and publisher of Cyberpunk 2077.  The company has been around for many years, but DFC Intelligence first became interested in them when they launched Good Old Games/GOG.com back in 2008. Good Old Games was designed as a digital distribution service for PC games along the lines of Steam.  The twist was they focused on older IP.  DFC did an analysis of the GOG and CD Projekt back .....
Record Video Game Sales Expected in 2021

Record Video Game Sales Expected in 2021

The year 2020 was an interesting one for video games to say the least.  Unlike the suffering faced by much of the world, video game sales thrived as a prime entertainment option during stay-at-home orders.  Of course, many companies were not planning for COVID, so they were not able to take full advantage of the opportunity.  The question becomes what can the industry expect for 2021 in regards to video game sales? It was expected that sales for video game software would be down in .....
Can Video Game Software Really Sell at $70

Can Video Game Software Really Sell at $70

With the new game system launch for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X many are arguing that this will be the last major console hardware cycle.  However, the bigger issue is around software.  In the emerging digital age can game software maintain a premium price or are games doomed to go the way of the music industry? DFC has long argued that the demand for high-end dedicated hardware is huge and growing.  Ironically, this demand has only grown in the digital era where d.....
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series: Is This the Last Generation of Video Game Console Systems?

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series: Is This the Last Generation of Video Game Console Systems?

As a new generation of game consoles launches many observers are again wondering if this will be the end of the console era. In other words, as games go online, will game hardware, like many consumer electronics products, become a commodity? This question has been asked for years, but now takes on new importance given the strategy of companies like Microsoft that increasingly view game offerings as part of a hardware agnostic service. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X will be in sh.....
Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is Nintendo’s Latest Augmented Reality Innovation

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is Nintendo’s Latest Augmented Reality Innovation

Virtual reality and augmented reality do not receive the same level of attention they did several years ago. However, Nintendo’s new Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is the latest example of how fun innovative products are implementing new technology. Mario Kart Live Home Circuit is a Switch-based remote-control car that launched on October 16, 2020. Prior to testing it out we viewed this as another video game gimmick. However, it turns out that Mario Kart Live .....
Microsoft Flight Simulator Highlights A Bold Microsoft Strategy

Microsoft Flight Simulator Highlights A Bold Microsoft Strategy

Much of the news about Microsoft’s plans for a new video game console system has come out this week.  What is clear is that Microsoft is focused on a service-based subscription model.  However, one of the best indications of where Microsoft is going may be Microsoft Flight Simulator which launched for PC in August. The Flight Simulator franchise has been around since 1982 when Microsoft was using it to promote IBM DOS-based PCs.  In 1996, the franchise moved to Windows.....
Microsoft Throws a Hail Mary with Xbox Series S

Microsoft Throws a Hail Mary with Xbox Series S

The rumors about a watered-down digital only version of the upcoming Microsoft Xbox Series X have been going on for quite some time. In the past few days the details about the system, originally known as Project Lockhart, started to catch fire. Finally, on Tuesday September 8, Microsoft officially announced the rumors were true and a new system the Xbox Series S would launch November 10, 2020. The Xbox Series S will launch at the bargain price of $299. However, the Xbox Series S featur.....
North American Video Game Publisher Values Soar 43% During COVID-19

North American Video Game Publisher Values Soar 43% During COVID-19

According to the latest analysis from DFC Intelligence, the market value of the leading console video game publishers in North America grew 43% in the six months from the end of February to the end of August.  This highlights a record five years of growth for the major North American video game publishers. The new DFC report is part of a series that looks at major players in the video.....