This week, Daniel Lawrence from N1 Games in London talks Xbox One S, FIFA 17, Call of Duty and NX with MCV
How has business been lately?
It’s been quite slow to be honest. I think the reason why is because lots of people are buying stuff online. That’s sort of the bad thing about the new consoles, they’re taking everything to the online side.
What games have you been seeling well recently?
It’s all a bit mediocre. All year round, there’s GTA, Call of Duty, FIFA - they’ve always been the biggest releases. Every single year. I mean people are already pre-ordering FIFA and Call of Duty... People are going crazy about the Modern Warfare remake, which is really good. But the actual Call of Duty game, it’s so-so.
What platform performs the best at your store?
PS4 by far. Maybe it’s just the area that we’re in. Personally I prefer the Xbox, the online side is a lot better but, around here, more or less everyone is a PlayStation person.
What about the new Xbox One S console? Is it performing well?
Yes, we couldn’t get a lot in, but we sold out straight away. I’m already taking pre-orders for the versions releasing in September but we haven’t got a lot at the moment. We are just waiting for people to get the information that it’s coming out.
Do you think it will be enough for Microsoft to gain the upper hand?
I can’t really say for sure. I mean, the specs are good but it all depends on the service. I have to admit, the online free games are a lot better. I know there are loads of free content on the PlayStation Plus, but Xbox seems to be giving away bigger games, which is a lot better.
What about Nintendo? Is the Wii U performing well?
As much as I hate to say it: no. The best thing for us with Nintendo is the 3DS. From what I hear about the new NX, it seems very intriguing, I hope that it can bring Nintendo back. I’m hoping it does well.
What games are you looking forward to?
I’m not really a big FIFA fan but the Story Mode has quite intrigued me. The Modern Warfare remake also. Other than that, my biggest one is Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I can’t wait for it.
What about virtual reality? Are you looking forward to it?
I’m not sure to be honest. I know it will sell, we have had a lot of people inquiring about pre-orders already, but we’re not even sure how much we’re getting in there.
What are your prospects for the rest of the year?
Towards the end of the year, we always do well. As soon as Call of Duty is in, we’ll be selling loads.