ⓘ 2004 in video gaming


ⓘ 2004 in video gaming

2004 saw many sequels and prequels in video games. New intellectual properties included Fable, Far Cry, FlatOut, Killzone, Katamari Damacy, Monster Hunter, Ninja Gaiden, N, Red Dead Revolver, SingStar, Sacred, and World of Warcraft.


1. Events

  • July - IEMA Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association hosts 5th annual Executive Summit.
  • November 5 - Nobuo Uematsu resigns from Square Enix and becomes a freelancer, starting his own business, called Smile Please Co., Ltd.
  • January 20 - Wired s Vaporware Awards gives its first "Lifetime Achievement Award" to recurring winner Duke Nukem Forever.
  • December 12 - Sony launches the PlayStation Portable in Japan, and was soon released in other markets in 2005.
  • November 21 - Nintendo launches its DS handheld in the United States with the enhanced remake Super Mario 64 DS.
  • November 17 - Atari, Inc. Releases the Atari Flashback.
  • May 11 - Nintendo officially announces its "Revolution" later named Wii console.
  • February 26 - Castle Wolfenstein creator Silas Warner dies at age 54.
  • May 11–13 - The 10th annual E3 is held in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  • November - Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 are officially released on PC around the world, bringing in a new era for the First Person Shooter genre of video games, with advanced graphics & physics.
  • October 12 - EA Sports launches the multi-format FIFA Football 2005. It is the last major title to be released for the original PlayStation console.
  • March 4 - Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards; inducts Peter Molyneux into the AIAS Hall of Fame.
  • August 3 - Doom 3 is released, restarting the breakthrough franchise, and featured complex graphics features such as unified lighting and shadowing, real-time fully dynamic per-pixel lighting and stencil shadowing. The game became ids best selling game to date.
  • March 22–26 - Game Developers Conference hosts 4th annual Game Developers Choice Awards and Gama Networks 6th annual Independent Games Festival IGF.

1.1. Events Business

  • September 1 - Acclaim declares bankruptcy and closes its doors.
  • December 20 - Electronic Arts purchases 20% stake in Ubisoft. The purchase at the time was considered "hostile", by Ubisoft.
  • July - Square Enix restructures executive branches around the world.
  • March - Microsoft announces XNA the successor of DirectX as the default API for "Longhorn", and Xenon.
  • April 6 - Midway Games acquires Surreal Software.
  • February - Electronic Arts consolidates, rolls most of Maxis and all of Origin Systems into its Redwood Shores, California HQ.
  • May - Sammy Corporation buys a controlling share in Sega Corporation at a cost of $1.1 billion creating the new company, "Sega Sammy Holdings Inc", one of the biggest video game companies in the world.
  • December 13 - Electronic Arts purchases a 5-year exclusive agreement for the rights to the NFL, which includes NFL teams, stadiums and players for use in EAs football video games.
  • October 11 - Midway Games acquires Inevitable Entertainment and renames it Midway Studios Austin.
  • January 12 - Ubisoft acquires Tiwak.
  • November 30 - Midway Games acquires developer Paradox Development.

2. Trends

In 2004, the total U.S. sales of video game hardware, software and accessories was $9.9 billion compared with $10 billion in 2003. Total software sales rose 8 percent over the previous year to $6.2 billion. Additionally, sales of portable software titles exceeded $1 billion for the first time. Hardware sales were down 27 percent for the year due in part to shortages during the holiday season and price reductions from all systems.


2.1. Trends Video game consoles

  • Sony released an internal hard drive for the PlayStation 2 on March 23
  • Xbox
  • PlayStation 2
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • The third major hardware revision of the PlayStation 2 model number SCPH-70000 was released in Japan on November 1

2.2. Trends Handheld game systems

The dominant handheld systems in 2004 were:

  • Game Boy Advance SP
  • N-Gage

Additionally, Nokia released an updated version of their original N-Gage, called the N-Gage QD. Nintendo released the Nintendo DS on November 21 in the United States. In Japan Sony released the PlayStation Portable on December 12.

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