This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.
SuperData: Nintendo Switch sells 1.5M units in first week
According to data from Famitsu and GfK, the Nintendo Switch sold roughly 1.5 million units in its first week.
These estimates are of sell-through of consoles to consumers, rather than just to retailers.
Half a million Switches were sold in the States, with 360,000 being sold in Japan. In Europe, 85,000 units were sold in the UK, with just over 110,000 flying off store shelves in France.
PS Plus April free games lineup to include Drawn to Death
Drawn to Death, Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe’s new third-person shooter, will be a part of the PlayStation Plus free games lineup when it launches on Apr. 4.
Jaffe made the announcement on the PlayStation Blog, in addition to revealing five new features for the game. Sphinx missions will have players tackling its battle-centric riddles, each unlocking weapons or levels, 15 character-focused missions for each of the six launch characters that net players customers and taunts, mystery boxes filled with character skins or taunts that can be earned for accumulating kills, a Climb the Tower feature – the launch tower’s theme is Dark Fairy Tales – and finally what Jaffe dubs the ”Insane Mystery Special Offer.”
The game takes place inside the notebook of a high school student and will otherwise be $19.99 for players to download. Each of the game modes will support up to four players.
Ubisoft bans over a thousand For Honor players
Ubisoft has issued bans to players using an ARK farming in For Honor.
According to a post in the game’s subreddit, Ubisoft has handed out roughly 1,500 three-day bans, and around 4,000 warnings to players who’ve been detected of using the exploit.
“For those unfamiliar with the practice, players are able to go AFK (away from keyboard) and keep their in-game character moving throughout a match (ex. Tying a rubber band on the control stick), garnering end-game rewards and progression without actually playing. The ‘farming’ aspect comes about when these players use this technique frequently to gain a large amount of these rewards.”
-Ubisoft, on Reddit
Ubisoft also clarified that players believed to be using cheat engines to AFK farm are more likely to receive a permanent ban.
All players involved in these activities will receive an email from Ubisoft explaining their sanction in detail.
“Because this kind of behavior negatively affects the player experience of others, it has become a top priority for us. As such, we will be sanctioning all the players who have been found to be using AFK Farming repeatedly.”
PS4 games coming to PlayStation Now
PlayStation Now, Sony’s game-streaming service for PlayStation 4 and Windows, will receive some PS4 games later this year. A private beta will launch in the coming weeks, per the PlayStation Blog.
PlayStation Now subscribers will get first dibs on testing out the update.
As of now, users can stream PS3 games to their PlayStation 4 console or Windows. Cloud saves allow for games to travel between consoles and platforms as well.