Jetsetter: Warface hits 5 million players in Russia, Czech president calls for ArmA III devs’ release

jetsetter warface hits 5 million players in russia czech president calls for arma iii devs release

Even considering the dubious morality of Christopher Columbus and those that followed him to the New World a few hundred years back, Thanksgiving is an important time to reflect on our shared history here in the US. We are a nation largely born of others, a huge plot of land broken up into states that, with the exception of some recognizable chain stores and restaurants, are very different from one another. It ain’t the ideal vision of a grand melting pot, but it’s pretty great all the same. So we give thanks for our international heritage, and look back out to the beautiful world that birthed us. Jetsetter does the same, albeit with a keen focus on the world of video games.

Welcome once again to Jetsetter, Digital Trends’ weekly column looking at what’s happening in the wide world of video games beyond our borders. Development trends, new studios, bizarre mobile games from a basement developer in Prague—That’s how we roll. If you like what you see, please do let us know in the comments.

Warface gains 5 million players in Russia.

Crytek are a Jetsetter favorite, not just because I’m a big fan of Crysis 2 but also because of the international sprawl of the company. What started as a studio opened by Turkish-born Germans has grown into a massive operation with subsidiary studios in the United Kingdom, South Korea, Ukraine, Budapest, and Bulgaria. That’s what I call a global footprint. This week, Crytek is blowing up in Russia. It’s new free-to-play online shooter Warface has grown a significant following, racking up 5 million players in the country within a few months of its release earlier this year. Congrats to Crytek.

 jetsetter warface hits 5 million players in russia czech president calls for arma iii devs release 3 banned iran 625x352 c

* Czech president lobbies for release of ArmA III developers.

Last week in Jetsetter, we reported that Bohemia Interactive staffers Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar would stand trial for espionage in Greece. The two developers were arrested in September while vacationing on the island of Lemnos and have remained in jail since. Now Czech Republic president Vaclav Klaus is calling for Greece to release them. “I would like to address a matter of two Czech citizens who were arrested in Greece and charged with espionage,” Klaus wrote in a statement to Greek president Karlos Papoulias, “I want to ask you, Mr.President, to follow this unfortunate affair with special attention considering the excellent relations between our nations so this does not throw unnecessary shade into out relationship.” You can follow updates on the fight for Martin and Ivan’s freedom at HelpIvanMartin.org.

 jetsetter warface hits 5 million players in russia czech president calls for arma iii devs release r4 cart

* Japan bans imporitng R4 flash cartridges for Nintendo DS.

It’s about time! Despite the runaway success of the Nintendo DS over the last eight years in Japan, developers have often shied away from releasing new games for Nintendo’s handheld because of rampant piracy. The DS pirates best friend has always been the R4 flash cartridge, a storage device with a simpe user interface that can hold literally hundreds of pirated game ROMs. Though Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry blocked the sale of R4 cartridges in Japan back in 2009, the devices were still readily available and new models were developed in 2011 just for the Nintendo 3DS. Now it has fully blocked the import of R4 cartridges in the country. It only took five years!

Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

Wage war on a budget with these fun and free first-person shooters

We all know about Halo and Call of Duty by now, but what about quality titles that won't cost you upward of $60? Check out our picks for the best free first-person shooter games from Paladins to Quake Champions.
Gaming

Take some time to reminisce with the 25 best Sega Genesis games of all time

Although the company has since fallen into obscurity, Sega was an indisputable titan throughout the '90s. That said, here are 25 best Sega Genesis games that helped define its fabled decade.
Gaming

These are the best weapons for taking down mutants and bandits in Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a very difficult game, and choosing the right weapons is key for surviving the post-apocalyptic Russia that 4A Games has created. These are the best weapons in Metro Exodus.
Gaming

Exotic Masterwork Weapons are in Destiny 2. Here's how to upgrade

Destiny 2's new Masterwork gear offers a number of special bonuses. Here is what you need to know about it, including how to find the gear in the game and even create it yourself.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

How to keep a PS4 in your pocket with the PlayStation Mobile app

Sony built the PlayStation 4 with smartphone and mobile integration in mind. Take a look at our guide for connecting your smartphone or tablet to a PS4, so you can get the most out of the system while on the go.
Gaming

You're not a true fan without these Nintendo Switch exclusives

Who doesn't love a good Nintendo game? If you're looking for great first-party titles for your Nintendo Switch, take a look at our list of the very best exclusives available right now.
Gaming

Razer Game Store to shut down at end of February, less than a year after opening

The Razer Game Store will shut down on February 28, less than a year after it opened. Games purchased from the digital store will continue to work, but purchased keys will need to be used before its closure.
Gaming

Niantic promises to make Pokémon Go less troublesome for homeowners

Niantic is looking to settle the lawsuits filed by angry homeowners who were affected by hordes of Pokémon Go players trespassing on their properties. Niantic promised to resolve complaints within 15 days, among other things.
Gaming

These Xbox One exclusives are the definition of quality over quantity

Xbox One has a prestigious collection of handpicked titles that you can't play on other consoles. Here are the latest and greatest Xbox One exclusives, including some that are also available on PC
Gaming

Kingdom Hearts 3 on Nintendo Switch reportedly never going to happen

Kingdom Hearts 3 for the Nintendo Switch will likely not happen, according to Game Informer's senior editor, Imran Khan. Square Enix is reportedly considering an alternative in bringing the franchise to the console.
Gaming

This list of PlayStation 4 exclusives puts its competitors to shame

The PlayStation 4's game library and incredible selection of exclusive games could make anyone with an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch think twice. Here's our list of the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives.