Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Reports Strong Results for Fiscal Year 2019
As is to be expected, this includes some really big numbers: "GAAP net revenue
grew to $539.0 million, as compared to $450.3 million in last year’s fiscal
fourth quarter. Recurrent consumer spending (virtual currency, add-on content
and in-game purchases) increased and accounted for 54% of total GAAP net
revenue. The largest contributors to GAAP net revenue in fiscal fourth quarter
2019 were NBA® 2K19
, Grand Theft Auto® Online
and Grand Theft
, Red Dead Redemption 2
and Red Dead Online
Meier’s Civilization® VI
, Dragon City
and Monster Legends
and WWE 2K19
." Here some business and product
highlights of interest:
- Continued to update the Red Dead Online Beta with
new content, gameplay balancing and bug fixes, including the following:
- Showdown Modes, including Plunder, Up in Smoke
and Spoils of War. These player-versus-player modes are tight, dramatic
competitive matches that allow for quick structured gameplay sessions;
- Target Races, where players shoot targets
while on horseback to pass checkpoints while racing and be first to
- Fishing Challenge, a new Competitive Challenge
to the Free Roam Event rotation, in which players compete to catch the
most weight in fish;
- Gun Rush, where players gather weapons and
ammunition while the play area shrinks in this mode for up to 32
players. Available to play in Free-for-All and Team variations, where
the last one standing wins;
- Numerous new Weapons, Clothing, Emotes and
- Released new numerous new missions, vehicles,
weapons and other content for Grand Theft Auto Online.
- Announced that Borderlands® 3, the next
installment in the critically acclaimed shooter-looter series from Gearbox
Software, will launch worldwide on September 13, 2019 for PlayStation 4,
Xbox One and Windows PC. At launch, Borderlands 3 will be available for PC
exclusively through the Epic Games store and will be available on additional
PC digital storefronts in April 2020. The franchise, which combines the
exhilarating action of a first-person shooter with the rich progression and
loot systems of a role-playing game, has sold-in more than 43 million units
worldwide, and Borderlands 2 still draws in more than one million unique
monthly users more than six years after the game’s initial release in 2012.
- Launched the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition
on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. This brand new definitive
version of the original game boasts ultra HD remastered graphics,
significant quality-of-life content updates, and includes all add-on
content. In addition, Gearbox and 2K released an Ultra HD Texture Pack that
increases the visual fidelity of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection on
consoles, and provides a visual upgrade for Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The
Pre-Sequel, and all the game add-ons for both titles on PC.
- Launched Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering
Storm for Windows PC. Developed by Firaxis Games, Gathering Storm is the
largest and most financially successful expansion pack ever created for a
Civilization game, and the second pack for the critically-acclaimed and
award-winning Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.
- Released NBA 2K Mobile as a free download for
Android devices. Previously launched on iOS phones and tablets, NBA 2K
Mobile enables players to experience console quality graphics on the go
while they collect their favorite NBA players, build dream teams, and step
onto the court in lifelike 5v5 match-ups.
- Announced that video game industry veteran Michael
Condrey has joined 2K as President of the label’s new game development
studio based in Silicon Valley. Condrey is best known for co-founding
Sledgehammer Games and leading development for the renowned Call of Duty
franchise, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Condrey also served as
Chief Operating Officer and Director at Visceral Games in establishing the
popular Dead Space franchise. In his new role with 2K, Condrey will build
and lead a new development team to work on an unannounced project.
- Announced, together with The National Basketball
Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), a
significant, multiyear global partnership extension. The agreement expands
upon the success of NBA 2K, the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game
simulation series for the past 17 years* that has sold-in over 90 million
- Revealed that The Outer Worlds, a new intellectual
property created by Obsidian Entertainment, and Ancestors: The Humankind
Odyssey, the debut title from Panache Digital Games, which are both planned
for launch in calendar 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will be
available for PC exclusively through Epic Games store for 12-months. The
Outer Worlds can also be purchased at the Microsoft Windows store.
Pretty shortly after reporting
Entertainment Software Association Still Reeling After Head’s Exit
article on Variety
has the news that Stanley Pierre-Louis is the new
President and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. Lewis joined the
ESA in 2015 as its general counsel, and was serving as acting President and CEO
since last October. The story discusses the trade group's struggle to find a way
forward, and their uncertainty that it makes sense to lobby on
behalf of the industry while also operating the E3 trade show. "Stan’s strategic
vision, years of entertainment industry experience, and policy expertise make
him the ideal choice to lead our industry through this period of growth and
opportunity," said Robert Altman, Chairman of the ESA Board, and Chairman and
CEO of ZeniMax Media. "The Board and the industry look forward to his leadership
of the ESA."
that the open beta for Dauntless
will end on May 21st
with the official release of co-op action/RPG. The announcement also includes
details on a new season pass and a last chance for beta players to pick up some
Hunt Pass Season 5: Hidden Blades, the Mastery system, a
complete campaign rework, and more land simultaneously with PlayStation 4, Xbox
One and Epic Games store launches
Phoenix Labs today announced the release date for its flagship game Dauntless.
Launching May 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC through the Epic Games
store, Dauntless is bringing its cooperative, Behemoth-hunting action to a new
worldwide audience. With over 3 million Slayers to date, there’s never been a
better time to Live For The Hunt.
To celebrate the launch, a new Hunt Pass season will arrive in the Shattered
Isles. Hunt Pass Season 5: Hidden Blades transforms the world of Dauntless into
a Moon Blossom Festival and offers Slayers a huge variety of thematic gear to
flaunt their inner ninja. As with previous Hunt Pass seasons, Slayers can work
through 50 levels of content across both the basic and Elite tracks, earning
cosmetic rewards as well as premium currency along the way.
Dauntless will also launch with numerous new improvements and content updates
that recently arrived in the PC Open Beta. The Mastery system offers a new way
for Slayers to hone their skills, earn experience, unlock achievements, and
acquire new rewards. Each Behemoth and weapon has its own unique Mastery card
for players to delve into.
Slayers can also look forward to a massive campaign rework. Everything from
questing and crafting to meeting other Slayers and pursuing Behemoths has
received massive updates. The rework also introduces a brand new “End of Hunt”
screen, providing Slayers with a wealth of information, including progress made
in various Mastery cards, quest rewards, Behemoth break parts earned, and more.
New players who’ve yet to experience Dauntless can kickstart their Slayer
journey with the new Arcslayer Pack, which introduces a brand new mech-inspired
armor set and includes premium currency and a number of consumables. This also
marks the last chance for current PC Open Beta players to pick up the
Ramsguard set before it
is locked away in the vault.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
is set to plague gamers tomorrow, and so the
this action/adventure game is online and ready to go viral. Read on for more
details, view the clip, and tell us you don't smell a rat:
Continue here to read the full story
debut new IP, A Plague Tale: Innocence, launches tomorrow for PlayStation 4,
Xbox One and PC on May 14. Watch the Launch Trailer now and embark on a dark
adventure through a war-torn, medieval France, relentlessly pursued by the
Inquisition and never-ending hordes of ravenous rats.
A Plague Tale: Innocence tells a grim and emotional story, with gameplay
blending action and adventure. Follow Amicia and her little brother Hugo, as
they attempt to survive a harsh, brutal world plagued by war and the Black
Death. On the run from the Inquisition and surrounded by unnatural swarms of
rats, the siblings’ rocky journey will not leave them unscathed.
The launch trailer
for Sniper Elite V2 Remastered
is now online, as this sharpshooting remake has
its sights set on a release tomorrow. This comes along with the following look
at the video and the game itself:
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Showcasing gripping gameplay, revamped
visuals and new features, the trailer highlights the improvements fans old and
new can look forward to when Sniper Elite V2 Remastered launches tomorrow on
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Sniper Elite V2 Remastered takes players to Berlin, 1945, and the heart of World
War 2. As veteran sharpshooter Karl Fairburne you must use skill, patience and
cunning to prevent the unthinkable. Your mission is to go behind enemy lines and
prevent the cataclysmic Nazi V2 rocket technology from falling into the hands of
the Red Army. Deadly aim and a stealthy approach are vital as you find yourself
trapped between two armies in a race against time.
A new teaser trailer
from Oddworld: Soulstorm
offers a first look at gameplay from the upcoming
follow-up to Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
. Here's more on this second
installment in what's planned as a pentalogy:
Continue here to read the full story
Oddworld Inhabitants Inc.
proudly unveil the first look at gameplay from Oddworld: Soulstorm, which is the
second game in a planned Oddworld pentalogy. Oddworld Soulstorm is the first
true follow-up to the critically acclaimed, best-selling Oddworld: New ‘n’
Tasty, which was a ground-up remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee.
Oddworld: Soulstorm picks up from where New ‘n’ Tasty ended. Abe has defeated
Mollusk the Glukkon, his former boss and RuptureFarms’ meanest inhabitant,
overthrown RuptureFarms and liberated workmates.
Now, Abe - along with 300 newly emancipated Mudokons – find themselves without
food, water or a place to call home. Stranded alone in the desert, they find
solace in a strange new brew - a delicious drink that has insidious
ramifications for their newfound freedom.
Oddworld: Soulstorm will continue to chew up the themes of environmentalism,
capitalism, consumerism and addiction that critics and fans found so engaging in
the "AAA Indie" release of Oddworld’s last pensive platformer, New ’n’ Tasty.
Oddworld: Soulstorm will launch on PC & consoles in 2020.
Every time we think we've seen it all, something like this comes along to
humble us. There's now a listing
for a game called Wanking Simulator
, an action/adventure expected in Q3 of this
year. As for the subject matter, the title sums it up, so this immature game
carries the following mature content warning: "The only sexual content in the
game is our main character masturbating. No sexual organs are visible." Here's
the reveal trailer
along with word on how this will allow players to take matters into their own
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You play as Winston Gay, a man whose house was taken away by the
corrupt government after being called out for wanking too loud by his neighbours.
Now, Winston is on a mission to make everyone in the town pay a price for taking
away his home.
Wanking Simulator is a mix of destruction & wanking - you are thrown into a town
called Gay Bay consisting of a church (God bless), a number of houses and a few
other places, such as high school, a garage etc.
The main goal is to destroy as many things as possible before getting caught by
the police and collect points by wanking to the chaos we caused.
You are free to go wherever you want, and destroy anything you want.
Our protagonist is given unlockable superpowers, such as making gravity weaker,
spawning a rifle in your panties, teleport etc.
With the game due tomorrow, the Rage 2
(aka RAGE 2
) review embargo
notes that review copies of the first-person shooter sequel show
some good news and bad news as far as performance, the bad news being the use of
Denuvo DRM, and the good news being the support for the Vulkan graphics API.
Here's a first roundup of reviews:
Lesser Evil Games announces a July 17th launch date for the first chapter of
, the dark RPG they crowdfunded on
a couple of years ago
. This game
places the player in the unenviable role of a torturer/executioner in a medieval
kingdom, who must grapple with the toll such a job takes on one's sanity and
conscience. The news is accompanied by
this teaser trailer
which does not show much in the way of gameplay since this game is primarily
text-based. There is a chance to see this in not-so-much action through a
part of the Kickstarter. Here's more on this chance to get in touch with your inner Ser Ilyn
Continue here to read the full story
Fusing a unique blend of medieval storytelling, sanity management,
and the brutal moral conundrums only an executioner could face -- this harrowing
tale of a man who tortures people for a living will challenge you to face the
monster that lives inside of all of us. The decisions are yours, and so are the
- Hori TAC Pro Type M2 Keypad and Mouse on
- Noblechairs Hero gaming chair on
- Patriot Viper VPN100 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD on
- Roccat Renga Boost open-backed gaming headset on
Rock Paper Shotgun.
- SilverStone UC03-PRO and UC04-PRO USB Station on
- Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB Camera Gimbal on
Last night was the airing of penultimate episodes for two HBO series I follow
closely, the second to last episode of season two of Barry
and the set-up
for the series finale of Game of Thrones
. I won't spoil anything, but I
have to express my surprise at myself that I think between the two I'm actually
more caught up in what happens in Barry, as GoT seems like a fait accompli at
this point. On the other hand, I suppose it's about how the story is being told,
and not just about thinking I know what's going to happen. Otherwise I would not
feel such anticipation about tonight's episode two of Chernobyl, right?
Doris Day Dead at 97
Nan Ma's LinkedIn profile
contained a reference to a PC edition of Red Dead Redemption 2
time as a physics programmer at Rockstar Games Toronto. They have an image
showing "Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XB1, PC)" under the heading "titles worked
on." They express their opinion that a PC version of the western shooter is a
certainty, though it seems plausible the platform listings were just a
copy/paste error from his mention of Grand Theft Auto V
. On the other
hand, it seems intriguing that this mention of RDR2 now seems to be removed
altogether, rather than just edited.
post on Reddit
has some information from Respawn's community manager on
improvements for Apex Legends
they're working on for their next patch
). This outlines plans to address a few bugs, including hit
registration issues, the fortified bug introduced in their last balance update,
how some matches start in slow motion, audio bugs, and more. There is also a
discussion of what they call "piggy-backing," where a player will be essentially
carried to victory by their squad despite not actually participating in the
battles. They say this behavior will now result in bans, and in extreme cases,
these bans will be permanent:
Piggy-backing is when a player drafts off
other players in the squad to carry them to a good position and level up faster
but doesn't actually participate in the match [meaning they never collect a
weapon, fire a shot, don’t deal any damage, etc]
We had been seeing some feedback from players around this and have been doing
some internal investigations looking at game data to understand how many of the
matches being played are affected by this behavior.
After looking at the data and internal discussions, we’ve decided that in the
future we’ll start instituting temp bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing
behavior and extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban. This change will not
be immediate but wanted to give a heads up to players so you can adjust that
offers a 2019 roadmap for RAGE 2
, outlining the support
we can expect from the first-person shooter sequel following its release on
via RedEye9). This kicks off with community challenges that will run throughout
this month that will reward players with free skins. This will be followed by a
free update in June, another big free update in July, the first major expansion
in August, and a second major expansion in November. Here's the plan:
The first big game update arrives just a month after launch, with fresh
community challenges, new Cheats, and a couple of pretty major events, including
one that introduces a pilotable Mech as a new vehicle type and one that adds a
massive new enemy to the wild world of RAGE 2. All that for free.
July marks another big free update for the game, with another new vehicle type
and enemy joining the game. We’ll continue dropping new community challenges,
skins and Cheats for everyone to enjoy.
In addition to a mountain of new events and other goodies, August brings RAGE
2’s first major expansion: Rise of the Ghosts. The Rise of the Ghosts expansion
will add a brand-new storyline and region to explore, as well as new weapons,
abilities and vehicles. See what the Ghosts have been up to since you last saw
them in the first RAGE in Rise of the Ghosts.
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
There’s plenty more coming to round out 2019, including the second major
expansion coming in November. We’ll have more details soon, so keep an eye on
Twitter for the latest info.
post from Blizzard
announces the Recruit-A-Friend program for World of
is soon going "on hiatus" (thanks Ant
. This will go into the shop
for an overhaul in about a month, so in the meantime they urge players to turn
up the heat on those who have resisted entering the MMORPG for 15 years now:
Recruit-A-Friend (RAF) is heading into the workshop! The longstanding RAF
program is going on hiatus while we construct something new that makes it even
more rewarding to introduce your friends to World of Warcraft. As of June 11,
2019, the current program will come to an end, and you’ll no longer be able to
send new RAF invitations. Don’t worry though—the program will be back in its new
form before you know it.
To take advantage of the current RAF program, your friend will need to link a
qualifying WoW account to yours before June 11, and will have 90 days to
purchase game time to trigger any rewards.* Check out the RAF web page for the
details on the current program and the available rewards.
We look forward to sharing the details of the new RAF program with you in the
Nine games and one hardware preorder comprise this week's list of the
bestselling titles on Steam
- Grand Theft Auto V
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition
- RAGE 2
- Valve Index VR Kit
- Risk of Rain 2
- Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
- Human: Fall Flat
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Happy Mother's Day to all who are celebrating. Here's hoping your breakfasts in
bed or other commemorations of the occasion went smoothly. And if you haven't
considered this up until now, you better get moving... nothing says I love you
better than flowers from the gas station.
Peggy Lipton, star of 'Mod Squad' and 'Twin Peaks,' dead at 72