Daily Scoop: May 24, 2017 – What a lovely day to support charity with Humble GameOn Bundle

Oh, what a day! What a lovely day! No, it really is. There’s no giant sandstorm, but there are blue skies, sun, and a decent temperature. Much better than the dreary gulag weather of previous weeks. So go play outside today (and by that I mean take your Switch outside and sit under a nice tree!). But first, let’s witness these deals!

There isn’t much out there today, but the Humble Store’s newest bundle, the “Humble GameOn Bundle,” went up yesterday and expires in 13 days, 2 hours, 36 minutes, and 30 seconds… no, wait, 29, 28… ahhh, 27… you get the idea. Anyway, pay what you want for Worms: Clan Wars, 80 Days, and Her Story. Pay more than the average and also get Grim Fandango Remastered, The Stanley Parable, and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse. Finally, pay more than $10 to also get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Day of the Tentacle Remastered! And don’t forget the bonuses!

Humble also revealed the mystery game in the “Beat the Average” tier for last week’s “Humble Indie Bundle 18” and it actually appears to be two games: A Story About My Uncle and Neon Drive. A reminder that there are about five days left on this bundle.

Another final Humble Store reminder… their big Spring Sale ends tomorrow, May 25th, at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time). Tons of games at great discounts so don’t let it pass you by!

Also, in non-Humble deals, Grand Theft Auto V is on sale this week at Steam for 40% off its original price.

Now it’s time to clothe yourself! Today’s daily shirts can be found after the break.

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First Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 trailer throws a ton of characters at the screen

The first trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 opens with Baby Groot sprinting towards the screen as an explosion rages behind him… and it just gets wilder from there.

Baby Groot is trying to repair the timestream in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, and that’s because C-List villain Kang the Conquerer disrupted it and forced all of Marvel’s heroes and villains to gather together in Chronopolis, a city outside of time. And when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE. Loki is hobnobbing with Doctor Octopus and Ego the Living Planet, while Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Gwen swing around town. And don’t forget all the Avengers… and regular-sized Groot… and his pal Rocket… and…

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be released for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One on November 14.

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Friday the 13th, Rime, Gwent, Marvel Heroes Omega, more coming to PS Store this week

Two brand new Open Betas are now available to download through the PlayStation Store for the PS4… and they’re both free.

First up, CD Projekt Red will give players the chance to try out Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. According to the developer, Gwent is “based on skill rather than luck” and will require the clever mastery of strategy and deception if you want to defeat your opponents. Elsewhere on the PlayStation Store, Marvel has launched a free-to-play beta for Marvel Heroes Omega, an upgraded adaptation of the mobile action RPG.

It’s also possible to travel back to the past this week with the PlayStation Store as Square Enix has added Star Ocean: Till the End of Time to the PS2-On-PS4 collection. Whether you’re playing it for the first time or the fifth, the epic RPG is now available to download for the PS4.

Later this week, Jason Voorhees will tear his way through a helpless group of camp counselors in Friday the 13th: The Game. The 4v1 multiplayer game will be available to download on Friday, May 26. Also set to launch for the PS4 this Friday is Rime, an exploration adventure from Tequila Works.

You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break.

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Take-Two will release a “new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” in 2018

Take-Two Interactive is gearing up for a rather quiet 2017. As of right now, the publisher’s release calendar only features NBA 2K18 in September and WWE 2K18 this Fall. But 2018 might be one of the “biggest” yet for the company.

We already know that Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch in Spring 2018, but CEO Strauss Zelnick also said during Take-Two’s most recent quarterly financial report that, “A highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises” will be released during their next fiscal year (which runs from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019).

Aside from NBA 2K and WWE 2K, the most famous franchises from Take-Two’s 2K Games label are BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM, and Civilization. But the latter two received new entries just last year, so it’s unlikely that Take-Two is working on XCOM 3 or Civilization VII. Instead, it’s much more reasonable to believe the executive is providing a very early tease for Gearbox’s Borderlands 3 or the currently-unannounced (but known to be in development) BioShock 4.

Whichever game it turns out to be, Zelnick isn’t concerned with hitting a release date ahead of the holiday shopping season. Especially when you’re talking about a game as big as Red Dead Redemption 2:

For a title like [Red Dead Redemption 2], I don’t think the launch window really matters. And obviously, Red Dead Redemption went out in May and was an extraordinarily successful title. Consumers are consuming entertainment year round. Now they don’t stop in the summer months. And we believe that if you give people an extraordinary experience, they will show up for it.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more about this mystery title (and Red Dead Redemption 2) soon.

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Take-Two has shipped more than 80 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online is more popular than ever

Grand Theft Auto V continues to steamroll the competition. Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick lead off yesterday’s quarterly financial report by announcing that the publisher has shipped more than 80 million copies of the game since its release in 2013.

Even though that’s an absolutely astonishing number, Grand Theft Auto V still trails Wii Sports and Minecraft on the list of best-selling games of all time.

Grand Theft Auto V’s continued sales success is mostly due to the way its sprawling single-player story draws in new players every month. But the game’s multiplayer component, “Grand Theft Auto Online,” has actually never been more popular. According to Zelnick, Take-Two made more money through microtransactions in “Grand Theft Auto Online” during their last fiscal year (April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017) than ever before. Not bad for a game that’s almost four years old.

New content for “Grand Theft Auto Online” is released on a nearly weekly basis, and Zelnick confirmed that Rockstar Games is currently hard at work on even more updates to the game mode:

On “GTA Online,” we have said that plenty more content is coming. More announcements will be made by Rockstar Games. The title is absolutely being supported by the label.

With Red Dead Redemption 2‘s recent delay, this strategy will surely sell more copies of Grand Theft Auto V (and keep “Grand Theft Auto Online” players happy) for a long time.

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The Adventure Log: What Happened on May 23, 2017

It’s all coming ’round again in most of yesterday’s big stories. Sony Pictures is once again restarting their efforts to produce a film adaptation of Uncharted… this time with Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake. Capcom is re-releasing Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, yet another remaster from the PS3/Xbox 360 era. And after Red Dead Redemption 2‘s delay, 2K Games is pinning their hopes on this Fall’s WWE 2K18.

We’ve also got the latest on Overwatch‘s Anniversary event and Nintendo’s Global Testpunch for Arms.

These stories, and more, can be found after the break.

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Capcom will re-release Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for the PS4, Xbox One this Fall

Capcom has announced plans to re-release Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for the PS4 and Xbox One this Fall, adding yet another remaster to the publisher’s current-generation catalog.

Dragon’s Dogma was originally released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012, with the Dark Arisen expansion (and a new retail bundle containing both adventures) following a year later. The action RPG is reminiscent of other “monster hunting” games that have gained popularity in recent years, and the Capcom-Unity blog has more details about Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen’s upcoming re-release, as well as a few screenshots:

Well met, Arisens! ‘Tis a grand time of celebration: Dragon’s Dogma was originally released five years ago this week, and we are bringing the beloved Action RPG experience of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall!

Featuring a variety of unique classes, a robust system of AI-controlled companions called Pawns and intense real-time combat from the designers behind the Devil May Cry series, this epic masterwork took our hearts by surprise and quickly became a fan-favorite.

Capcom-Unity is also hosting a livestream replay of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, and you can watch it on their Twitch channel beginning at 6:00 PM (Eastern Time) today.

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Overwatch Anniversary event is now live with over 100 new Anniversary-themed items

It’s hard to believe that Overwatch only launched a year ago, because it feels like Blizzard’s team-based “Hero Shooter” has always been with us. But a year it has been, and Blizzard kicked off a massive in-game event today, Overwatch Anniversary, to celebrate.

Like previous seasonal events, players will be able to obtain more than 100 new Anniversary-themed items in special Anniversary Loot Boxes. These Loot Boxes will feature new Legendary Skins, as well as new Voice Lines, Sprays, Player Icons, and a series of “dancing” Emotes. You can get a look at the new Skins and Emotes (including a very smooth Winston shuffle) at PlayOverwatch.com.

Three new Arena Maps will also make their debut in the Arcade as part of the Overwatch Anniversay event:

New Arena Maps in Overwatch Anniversary

  • Necropolis: Ana Amari has made Necropolis her personal hideout—and an impromptu field base where she can keep an eye on things. Head to Ana’s preferred vantage point at the top of the ruins, and use the high ground (and the element of surprise) against the enemy team. Or walk the stone corridors below, and take the fight to them directly—just watch out for pits!
  • Castillo: Castillo is an old fort looking out over Dorado’s bay. It’s the location of Calaveras, a bar frequented by questionable patrons; a graffitied Los Muertos hangout; and Sombra’s hacking den. Test your skills against the enemy team throughout Castillo’s multiple levels, and use its winding stairs for cover and strategic advantage.
  • Black Forest: On the outskirts of Eichenwalde, the misty Black Forest map wraps around a long-overlooked battlefield dotted with the wreckage of Bastion units.
    Flank your opponents on pathways between the castle and woods, and use the wooden balconies to move between the second stories of houses throughout the forest.

Finally, Blizzard has uploaded new Patch Notes for Overwatch’s latest update, as well as a new trailer for the Overwatch Anniversary event and a new “Developer Update” video hosted by Director Jeff Kaplan. Both videos can be found after the break.

The Overwatch Anniversary event will end on June 12, but remember, fans who don’t already own the game can try it out for free this weekend on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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